Sleep Apnea: Seeking Resolution

This week Tonya commented on my post about sleep apnea.  How to Heal Sleep Apnea – Eliminate the CPAP.  I believe there are so many sufferers of sleep apnea that is just from vitamin D deficiency that I have decided to highlight her comment.  Sleep apnea is failure of the CNS due either to trauma or nutritional deficiency.  The diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea is misnamed.  Sleep apnea is all central or related to the CNS.  It is typical for obese people to have low vitamin D and sleep apnea can result.  As Dr. Gominak says, if you can breathe when awake, then you can breathe when you are asleep if your CNS is healthy.  If you wear a CPAP of a Bi-PAP, then take action with your neurologist or doctor that is treating you to have your vitamin D issue corrected.  Have them read Dr. Gominak’s webpage on vitamin D Vitamin D Hormone and watch her lecture of sleep apnea and vitamin D and magnesium Video Lecture on Sleep and Vitamin D and Magnesium.

Tonya is a perfect example as what has been described by Dr. John Cannell as Vitamin D Deficiency Syndrome – that is several diseases that can be linked to vitamin D deficiency.  Please join with me in praying for Tonya’s well being.  She writes:

I am 42 ,4.10 I’m not obese, I’m actually petite. I have been diagnosed with everything under the sun, ms, fibromyalgia, blood disorders,depression,the list goes on and on. I’ve been in and out of hospitals ,drs, specialists, and the medication list. well that;s another list on its own. i run a business and I’m single, I used to be the center of attention very outgoing full of energy. my life is down to this. I finally was told I should have the sleep study done. I have central severe sleep apnea. 115 times an hour, I stop breathing. along w possible heart disease. my chest hurts all the time. I’ve had two pulmonary embolisms. 13 years ago in my lungs….Life seems like such a struggle anymore just to do daily things in my home. I really want a life again. my friends ,family etc..I just got this bi-pap machine and it gives me even more anxiety.. is there not anything I can do naturally to cure myself of all of this nonsense? I sure would and could do a lot for myself and many people around me. I have had my fair share of trauma events, illnesses, and lifestyle explosions, and I just want to have a happy, healthy normal life..I’m going to try my hardest to figure out how to change this viscous circle the way our natural bodies should be. any feedback would be great.


I am so very sorry for your pain.  I know the difficulty of dealing with the medical profession when they do not have an answer.  Whatever you decide to do you should keep your doctor fully informed.  He may not agree with you, but most do not have a clue about nutrition.  I would suggest that you find a doctor of osteopathy or his credentials will say DO after his name.  Most of them have had training in nutrition.  If not then a nutritionist that is fully aware of the benefits of vitamin D and magnesium.  You are going to have to take personal responsibility for a lot of education in nutrition.  Suggest that you get the newsletters from Mike Adams and Dr. Mercola –  just google them.  Important is the Vitamin D Council newsletter by Dr. John Cannell.  Also since you mentioned heart disease then I would suggest Dr. William Davis blog – The Heart Scan Blog.

Central sleep apnea is a very serious disease.  In your note you said you stopped breathing 115 times per minute.  I assume you mean 115 times per hour. (I corrected you comment) Anything greater than 40 times per hour is consider severe(some doctors use a lower number). Since it is central it most likely originates from the nerves in your cervical disc or your neck.  Suggest you consider gentle neck exercises to help the nutrients get to your disc.  Be very careful as any impact on you head or sudden movement of you neck could make the condition worse.  I would hope your neurologist suggested a physical therapist.  I would also talk to him about a home cervical traction system for your neck.  You should also watch the video that was linked on the post that you read.  Dr. Gominak has become very schooled in treating sleep apnea, but none is probably as severe as what you have.  Stick with the BiPAP as this is necessary until your neck heals.  You need the oxygen while you sleep.

The key with your neck is to get the cartilage healthy so that the nerve roots are not impinged.  Only exercise will allow the nutrients to flow to the cartilage as it has no blood supply.  If you have had neck trauma then an MRI of your neck may be a good idea.  If the damage to your spine is severe then surgery may be necessary as a last resort. Try to heal with the nutrients first.

Our primary deficiencies are: Vitamin D, vitamin C, magnesium, sulfur and potassium.  The potassium is the easiest to correct.  It is just a mater of eating lots of vegetables without losing the salt in the cooking water.  Eat lots of salads.  Greens are high in potassium without the calories. Suggest you read for potassium and magnesium deficiencies and how much to take in the case of magnesium.

If you would like to know what I took to heal, then read the post  Since you weigh about half of what I do then the vitamins should be portioned accordingly.

Vitamin D should be held to a serum of level of 60 to 80 ng/ml.  To do this most folks require about 40 IU per pound of body weight per day.  For you this would be about 4000 IU per day of vitamin D3.  Be sure to use a reliable brand like Swanson, Vitamin Shoppe, or Bio Tech Pharmacal.  If you want to buy online then try and sign on as a guest.  This is the upper limit per day as described by the IOM so no doctor should have a problem.  If your doctor wants to prescribe vitamin D, be sure not to use vitamin D2.  Start the vitamin D supplementation and then have your level checked after about three months.

Magnesium is about 4.5 mg per pound of body weight per day so about 400mg as a chelate should work for you.  see

Suggest you take at least two to three grams of vitamin C per day.  That is two or three caps of the 1000 mg size.  Be sure only vitamin C and not with anything else added.

The sulfur should be of the form of the triple strength formula like Osteo Bi-flex. (Chondroitin, glucosamine, and MSM) A couple of these caps per day should be adequate.

Since you had the blood clots, then consider 400 IU of vitamin E per day to help keep your blood thinned. Dr. Mercola has suggestions on how much and what type at his website.

These nutrients should help all of your ailments.

See the post mentioned above for the other things that I take.  I suspect that you are extremely vitamin D deficient.  You didn’t say which part of the country you are from but I suspect a cloudy area like the northwest or Pittsburgh. Spend time in the sun this summer.

It may take a couple of years of good nutrition to help your apnea, but stick to the regimen. You other aliments should feel much better soon.  Try to eliminate the meds as soon as possible.  Be sure to get your doctor to agree that you don’t need them any longer.  Remember, you are in control.

We all love you and will pray for you.  – Pandemic Survivor


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