Podcast #004: Interview With Dr. Stasha Gominak on How Low Vitamin D Can Ruin Your Sleep (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of my interview with Dr. Stasha Gominak, a neurologist practicing in Tyler, Texas. Dr. Gominak has unique views on how Vitamin D can significantly affect the quality of your sleep, independent of obstructive sleep apnea or upper airway resistance syndrome. In this intervew, she will reveal:

How B vitamins interact with Vitamin D
How B vitamins are related to fibromyalgia
The link between irritable bowel syndrome and headaches
How Vit D is linked with weight gain
What’s the right dose of B vitamins? And for how long?
Which vitamins are made in your gut?
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4 thoughts on “Podcast #004: Interview With Dr. Stasha Gominak on How Low Vitamin D Can Ruin Your Sleep (Part 2)

  1. So Dr. Gominak is now beginning to understand how this marvelous machine that the body is has its own built in bioreactor and that the bioreactor is a major player in health and disease. I am delighted to see this.

    In the past several years I have become part of the five percent of people who have used diet and exercise to loose at least five percent of their body weight and maintain that loss for over five years (actually now in the sixth year and twenty one percent lighter going for twenty five percent). After reading many articles and papers and most recently a book by Raphael Kellman MD (“The Microbiome Diet”) I have come to believe that my efforts to eat for a healthy microbiome during the past five years has played a major factor in my success with long term weight loss and also being able to use very much less pressure while using CPAP (fifty percent less in the summertime).

    Perhaps in the next section we will get to hear Dr. Gominak explain how the microbiome is involved in the production of neurotransmitters and such?

    There are those who believe that changes to the microbiome which have resulted from changes in food production, hygiene, and the management of disease are now resulting in many of the autoimmune diseases and obesity that we see today. But I wonder if the microbiome’s involvement with genetic expression might well play a part in the development of the physiological characteristics which seem to now facilitate sleep apnea.

    I also wonder how a medical community of specialists can possibly deal with the interconnectedness necessary to figure it out.

  2. I am so happy to again get your emails. I had them for maybe a year and then they vanished. Thank you for continuing them and sending the information again to me to hear & see.


    Sylvia Boyd, PT, IBCLC

  3. Great interview, thanks! But only the ancient microbes–those we evolved with for millennia in soil, untreated water, and feces–will be most able to regulate our nascent immune systems. These will be H. pylori, hepatitis A virus, lactobacilli, mycobacteria, helminths (worms), etc.

    The relatively recent (evolutionarily) microbes, which require humans to live in large numbers in order to spread, will have little to no role in the education of our immune systems from in utero to the first few years of life. These include influenza virus, measles virus, Yersinia pestis, etc.

    This is Graham Rook’s “Old Friends” hypothesis, which replaces Strachan’s original Hygiene Hypothesis in a few critical ways and has profound downstream implications for diagnosing/treating/heck, even conceptualizing our modern diseases of civilization (especially the immune/nervous components that underlie sleep).

    Rook is immunology professor emeritus at University College, London. Please look him up.

    If you’re not a physician/scientist, you might enjoy the lecture by Homer Boushey, MD, asthma specialist from UCSF. Find his hour-long Hygiene Hypothesis video on YouTube. It’s a couple of years old now, but he builds the case nicely and in plain speech.

    John from NY

  4. Hi Dr Park–
    Another fascinating interview– thanks! I think Dr Gominak is on to something with her reasoning. I have sleep apnea (treated for 4 years and undiagnosed for 14 years– and I believe I had UARS as a child.) I too have IBS, Migraines, Vertigo and Chronic pain. I have supplemented with B’s for years and also had liver in my diet– I can really tell when the B’s are not there. I appreciate her comments on finding just the right dose of D and B’s– and to constantly monitor. Maybe a critical factor for me– as well as getting the right gut and colon flora. How wonderful we are looking at this package now in the sleep world! (And maybe the link between sleep apnea/gut/hypothyroidism would be next)

    I wanted to provide some references. I believe this is the article she referred to in The Economist:
    We do not have the gut and colon flora we should due to many factors not discussed in the article or by Dr Gomiak: GMO foods, Antibiotic overuse– antibiotics in our non-organic meats, Heavy Metals, Pesticides, too much sugar in the diet, etc are some.

    I know that her comments on Fecal Microbiotia Transplants would be difficult for some to deal with– but if you are not able to make all of your B’s (or have a faulty Vitamin D Receptor like me) –and you have everything else dialed in– it may be of interest. As well like the previous poster– this discussion could well be expanded to neurotransmitters– and still keep in the subject of the microbiome in the role of healthy sleep. Your gut is your second brain! And– you make more Serotonin in your gut than you do in your brain— the nerves that control breathing require an adequate amount of serotonin. Fascinating.

    I am waiting on my Fecal Microbiota Transplant– almost have things set up in place. It is not quite as easy as finding a 3 month old– I am using our local Weston A Price Chapter Leader as resource for finding a still nursing baby from a mother who has superior health while being on a Weston Price/Ancestral diet– no transmittable diseases– AND is not obese. It is very important to choose your donor carefully: http://www.psychcongress.com/blogs/charles-raison-md/microbiota-gut-bacteria-depression-human-behavior

    Here is the site that has the best info I have found yet: “The Power of Poop”
    Well worth your time to review this excellent site, and look at the many You Tube’s on the side. There are even DIY’s. The typical person visiting the site has something like C Difficile– for which Fecal Microbiota Transplants offer a 95% cure rate– saving lives. Many other gut conditions respond well– although less dramatically.

    The take home message is that we modern humans are paying the price with all of our “advances” in the age of industrialization– we have forgotten to look to Mother Nature and traditional ways of living for answers. But the exciting thing is that we can use our technology to discover the secrets of Mother Nature– and then choose wisely how to implement.
    Thanks Dr Park and Dr Gominak– keep up the great work!