Health & Wellness, November 2021

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Herbal treatment for sleep apnea relief


leep apnea is one of the most common sleep disturbance problems in America. It ruins the sleep of an estimated 40 million Americans on a regular basis. Experience has shown that 60% of the people who try overt solutions like CPAP, BiPAP and dental appliances cannot tolerate them long-term. There is a simpler and more appropriate way to deal with this condition. As we fall asleep, we move from stage one (drowsiness) into stage two where muscular activity is inhibited (blocked). It is called “reduction of muscle tonus.” This is a function that occurs primarily to keep the dreamer from physically acting out the movements of their dreams that will occur in REM sleep. Unfortunately, as we age, the inhibition of skeletal muscles causes un-intentional reduction in the signal to the diaphragm muscle. When in stage two sleep, our breathing becomes shallower and shallower due to insufficient signal strength to the diaphragmatic muscles. In sleep apnea sufferers, breathing will stop completely. When the carbon dioxide level gets high enough, the brain intervenes and causes the body to make a large and immediate inhalation. This causes a large pressure differential in the pharynx and literally sucks the sagging-soft palate into the airway. This obstructs the flow and causes a loud “SNORT” disturbing sleep or awakening the subject. Upon awakening or returning to stage 1 sleep, the reduction of muscle tonus for entry into stage two sleep is released and respiration begins again in a somewhat normal manner. Then the cycle repeats again. Sleep apnea is NOT caused by a sagging soft palate, it is exacerbated by that condition.

The problem is caused by the reduction in signal from your brain that reaches your diaphragm. Shortly after your breathing stops, you take a rapid inhalation and this sucks the soft palate into the airway with a snort; disturbing your sleep. The appropriate intervention is to enhance the communication from your brain to your diaphragm so that you breathe deeply and steadily throughout the night. Lobelia acting as a respiratory stimulant, does just that. It has been used for thousands of years to treat respiratory conditions. This herb will actually increase the level of respiration sufficiently so that your breathing does not stop during muscular inhibition. It will maintain deep steady breathing through the stage 2 sleep period. Thyme actually improves the ability of the lungs to exchanges CO2 for oxygen. To round out the combination, Chamomile aids the subject in relaxing and Cramp Bark helps the upper trapezius muscles to relax supporting better nerve transmission through the nerves emanating from between the cervical vertebrae C3, C4 and C5. This bouquet of herbs enhances respiration, relaxes muscles that restrict nervous flow and increases drowsiness. It represents a wholistic natural solution to sleep apnea. It is non-habit forming and no-preconditioning is required. What’s more, it addresses the cause of the problem without drugs, machines or surgery. Of course, if you don’t want to be troubled with filling herbal capsules, this unique and patented combination of herbs is available from Nature’s Rite. The product is called Sleep Apnea Relief and can be purchased on-line at You owe it to yourself to give it a try.

REGION — Every week, Trinity Irvine and her 7-year-old daughter, Mia, make the drive from Oceanside to Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego for the first grader’s weekly blood transfusions. Since February when doctors' discovered that Mia had acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a rare disease overall but also the most common form of childhood cancer, Mia has received 27 blood transfusions. And since leukemia is a type of cancer found in blood and bone marrow, Mia’s chemotherapy eradicates a lot of good white and red blood cells along with cancerous cells. Currently, the young girl requires two bags, or about two pints, of blood each week. So far Mia hasn’t had any interruptions with her frequent blood transfusions, but others like local 5-year-old Karina Willis who is also battling childhood leukemia have had to wait for transfusions in recent weeks due to a regional and nationwide shortage of blood donations. Over the summer, the American Red Cross reported a severe blood shortage in the U.S. Normally the San Diego Blood Bank (SDBB) is prepared for a smaller supply of blood during the summer and winter months when high schools and colleges are on break. A large

MIA IRVINE, 7, of Oceanside is battling childhood leukemia. Mia’s treatment requires her to receive two bags of blood each week, but a regional and national shortage of blood donations could eventually impact her treatments. Photo courtesy of the Irvine family

portion of blood donations come from blood drives held at regional high schools and colleges. What the bank didn’t necessarily expect was to see that shortage continue into fall this year when most students have returned to campus in person. According to Claudine Van Gonka, SDBB director of communications, many of this season’s blood drives have been canceled

at schools due to fear of spreading COVID-19 and the delta variant. “These canceled drives are costing us hundreds of pints,” Van Gonka said. Typically the blood bank likes to keep a 7-day supply of all blood types, but currently, the bank only has a 2-day supply of blood. In the event of a major disaster where multiple blood transfusions could be needed, there wouldn’t be

enough for everyone. “Even if everyone went to donate then and there, the victims of such an event wouldn’t receive that blood because it takes days for blood to go through tests and get ready for the shelves,” Van Gonka said. Not only that but there are already many patients like Mia Irvine and Karina Willis who depend on regTURN TO BLOOD ON A17

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Tri-City Hospital is a beacon for community health


n July 1961, Tri-City Hospital opened its doors for the first time to support a rapidly growing coastal North County region which previously had few advanced medical services close to home. Over the last six decades, Tri-City Medical Center has grown into a beacon of advanced healthcare in the region, adding new services, expanding our team of renowned physicians, and adopting innovative technologies that help patients overcome health challenges and create the life they want to live. Through all of this, we’ve remained laser focused on the needs of the community and serving as a health partner to all within the region. As a true partner, we’ve paved creative ways to engage with community members and meet them where they are, often far outside the walls of our hospital campus and medical offices.


Our efforts to engage community members and empower them to proactively manage their health are collectively known as our Community Outreach and Support Through Active Leadership or COASTAL Commitment. Through dynamic partnerships with nearly 60 community-based organizations, Tri-City Medical Center and our staff provide financial and in-kind support, as well as

active leadership, to address community health issues and improve healthcare equity. These partnerships have resulted in data-driven care programs developed in collaboration with our community partners to meet the specific health needs of the North County community. It’s important to recognize that the health needs of our community are much broader than emergency care and surgeries. In collaboration with our partners, we support programs that enhance the overall wellbeing of community members. One example is our work with the North County LGBTQ+ Resource Center’s Unicorn Homes and Behavioral Health programs. The Unicorn Homes Program is a wrap-around service for homeless youth ages 14-24 that aims to reunite each youth with their family or find a permanent home in cases where the

family is unable to support them. In addition to housing and reunification, Unicorn Homes ensures access to mental health resources, job readiness, life coaching, and independent living skills. While the long-term impact of the collaboration will be reflected in big picture data in the future, we know the health of individuals participating in the program has already been positively influenced. With the support of Tri-City Medical Center and other partners, in 2020 alone, the North County LGBTQ+ Resource Center delivered 2,000 hours of clinical care and served over 150 community members. Convenient and accessible quality healthcare is also paramount for our community. In July, we grew our partnership with Kaiser Permanente San Diego to enable more individuals and families in North Coun-

ty to enjoy a wider range of services close to home. Kaiser Permanente members living in North County now have access to inpatient hospital care, including surgical services and specialty procedures, at Tri-City Medical Center in addition to services through our emergency department, making quality care more convenient while enhancing the patient experience. This partnership expanded access to integrated health care services closer to home for more than 185,000 community members in North County. These are a few examples of the creative programs and partnerships formed to improve the health of community members before they arrive on our campus or in our medical offices. We are now partnering with the Coast News to provide relevant and insightful health information through this very column to our

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Health Plan Benefits All Covered California health insurance plans provide comprehensive services, including: • Ambulatory patient services (outpatient care you get without being admitted to a hospital) • Emergency services • Hospitalization (like surgery and overnight stays) • Pregnancy, maternity and newborn care (both before and after birth) • Mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment (this includes counseling and psychotherapy)

community. This column provides a platform for skilled and respected physician and healthcare leadership partners to share insights that can help you make informed healthcare decisions. From “things all community members and patients should know” to tips for specific health issues, this column will serve as a direct line of communication between healthcare experts and you, the community we exist to serve. Whether you’re interested in better understanding what options exist for resolving the pain you experience in your shoulder, how to be a healthcare advocate for your aging loved one, or another healthcare issue, you will receive input on health care topics impacting the North County community directly from your community experts. Six decades after the hospital opened its doors, we remain committed to embracing new opportunities to fulfill the vision first established by the North County leaders who championed Tri-City’s creation. We’re proud of the accolades we’ve earned and the legacy we’ve cultivated within the community, but as you can tell, we’re embracing new and creative methods to advance the health and wellness of our community. If there’s a topic you’re interested in and would like to see explored in a future edition of this column, please send a message to externalaffairs@tricitymed. org and share your idea, or give our team a call if you have any healthcare questions. This year we are celebrating our sixtieth anniversary, and we are looking forward to the next sixty years of partnership with you, the community we serve. Steve Dietlin is president and CEO for Tri-City Medical Center

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yslexia is the number one learning disability in the United States, affecting about 1 out 5 people. This means everyone knows somebody with this reading disability. But many are not aware of the stress and anxiety it causes students and their families. Parents are devastated when their child is not successful in school and loses the confidence to do better. They are not only frustrated with the lack of effective resources to correct Dyslexia, but also with the misinformation that it is a life-long and incurable problem. Thankfully, new brain science makes it possible for students with Dyslexia to become excellent readers in record time. Dr. David Bloch, an eye doctor and reading disability expert in Carlsbad, California, is the Dyslexia Buster. He has discovered the key element that makes it possible to cure Dyslexia. His Reading Without Limits program allows students with Dyslexia to read at or above grade level in about 3 months. This is incredible, considering the next best and accepted method takes nearly three years to produce a half way decent reader. Needless to say, the

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Millions of amalgams are still being placed every year holistic dentristry

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malgams, which are silver-colored metal fillings. are 50% mercury by

volume. Mercury is a neurotoxin that can cross the blood brain barrier and is the second most toxic metal after plutonium. However, most dentists consider amalgam to be durable, safe and effective for filling cavities because they are easy to place, inexpensive and long lasting. Unfortunately, amalgam fillings often outlast the teeth they are placed in. They will contract and expand with temperature over time, weakening,

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her husband both carried COVID antibodies. The two have donated convalescent plasma, double red cells and whole blood transfusions. Kellogg tries to donate directly to children in need of blood transfusions like Mia, to whom she donated blood earlier this month. Kellogg learned about Mia through her sister, who works with Mia’s father. Now, Kellogg has family all the way in Texas who are planning to donate directly to Mia as well. “I have a child too, and if my child were sick, I would want everyone and their brothers to donate,” Kellogg said. “That’s what’s saving their lives.” For now, Mia’s mother, blood donor and the blood

bank where she gets her supply are all hoping to see more donors come forward in the next few weeks to prevent further delays in treatments or surgeries and to keep the supply well stocked. “You don’t know until you’re in these shoes how important it is to donate blood,” Trinity Irvine said. “Blood can’t be created in a lab yet, so without donors taking an hour or so out of their day to donate, these children and other patients wouldn’t be here.” Those who want to donate can check out https:// /donor/ auth/signin for a complete schedule of upcoming regional blood drives or find a donor center near them to schedule an appointment.



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