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December 2010

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Sleep Apnea: Too Fat to Breathe

The delivery of air to the lungs by an electrical pump system is a commonly prescribed treatment known as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). When air is provided at a pressure that is above that of normal atmospheric pressure, it relieves some of the bedtime suffocation that sleep apnea patents suffer. In my experience, this treatment has been life changing for about half of those who try it. A temporary inability to breathe, referred to as apnea, exceeding 10 seconds in duration, and snoring can be reduced after patients are successfully attached to a CPAP machine. Their nights become more restful and their days more energetic. Relief of incapacitating fatigue is one of the most rewarding benefits, which translates into documented reductions in traffic accidents.1 Claims have also been made about improvements in patients’ moods and mental functions.2 Bed partners welcome the exchange of thunderous snoring and the multiple frightening episodes of apnea hourly for the softer mechanical rumblings of a CPAP machine.


Featured Recipes

Tiffany Hobson

Tiffany is the executive assistant to the McDougall’s. She heads operations for all McDougall Programs and is the tour director for McDougall Adventures. Tiffany has a BA in Rhetoric from University of California, Berkeley and is nationally certified as a Pharmacy Technician. She has the pleasure of assisting Dr. McDougall when seeing patients. Most recently, Tiffany has started helping Mary with recipe development.

  • Peasant Soup

  • Fabulous Stir Fry

  • Fettuccine Alfredo with Asparagus, Chanterelle and Black Trumpet Mushrooms

  • Roasted Garlic

  • Cashew Cream

  • Asparagus

  • Chanterelle and Black Trumpet Mushrooms

  • Fettuccini

  • Alfredo Sauce

  • Elegant Berries

  • Chocolate Delights


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