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Saturday, January 20 • 9:15am - 9:50am
Using Neurochemistry to Repair the Epidemic of Sleep Disorders- LIVESTREAM

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The field of sleep disorders has been inappropriately focused on sleep apnea and the airway, but the resulting use of CPAP devices has shown that better sleep means less illness. Recently, it’s become clear that sleep disruption from any cause results in chronic disease. All sleep disorders, including insomnia, have slowly become a pandemic, starting first in developed countries in the 1980’s and now moving into the undeveloped world as well.  “New” diagnoses began to appear at the same time: fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome. These are all “normal” diseases of the elderly that were renamed when they became common in young people.

The cascade of events that we call “aging” has a specific mechanism.  Reduced vitamin D production per hour of sun exposure occurs with advancing age and leads to reduced supply of D to the intestinal microbiome. The four healthy microbiome species; Actinobacteria, Bacteroidetes, Firmicutes and Proteobacteria require our vitamin D, passed down in the bile, and in return they produce 7/8 of the B vitamins that we need. Bacteria were probably always the source of these essential cofactors. Thus D deficiency leads to secondary B vitamin deficiencies that are the underlying cause of sleep disorders, heart failure, gait disorders, neuropathy, and mental decline seen in the normal elderly population.

The move from “outside human” to “inside human” with the advent of air conditioning and sunscreen has resulted in widespread vitamin D deficiency. Combined D and B deficiencies and the resultant diseases have now moved into younger and younger populations, we are aging and dying faster.

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Stasha Gominak

Dr. Gominak grew up and attended college in California. She received a degree in biochemistry from UC Santa Barbara, then moved to Houston for medical school at Baylor College of Medicine.  Neurology residency was at Harvard, the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She also completed fellowship training in Clinical Neurophysiology at Harvard. In 1991 she returned to California to join the Camino Medical Group in Mt. View, CA. In 2004 she and her husband moved to Tyler, Texas.Since 2004 her focus... Read More →

Saturday January 20, 2018 9:15am - 9:50am

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