J. Sabo - January 2020

Medical Miracle or Health Hoax?

3 Red Flags to Watch Out For

The new year is a great time to make your health a priority again, and there are a bunch of workouts and diet plans to choose from. Too many, some might say. It can be difficult to determine exactly which health plan will help you reach your goals, but there are some pretty obvious red flags that you’ll want to avoid. BEWARE THE DREADED ‘DETOX’ Plenty of diets, supplements, and products claim to “purify” your body by removing unspecified “toxins.” These “detoxes” conveniently forget that your kidneys and liver are already removing substances your body doesn’t need! The human body has been capable of cleansing itself for thousands of years. It doesn’t need a special smoothie or footpads to get the job done.

did before you started using them. Unless you have been diagnosed with a disease that would impair your liver or kidneys, you don’t need to spend extra money to keep your insides clean. A healthy diet is enough. CELLULITE ISN’T REAL In 1968, Vogue magazine introduced American women to the word “cellulite,” warning them of a terrible “diagnosed” condition women suffered from. They encouraged the use of a special rolling pin to banish the little lumps of fat on women’s thighs and buttocks. Since then, cellulite has been used as shorthand to mean “bad body fat you need to remove.” But cellulite is not an indication of poor health. Furthermore, there’s no cure for cellulite because it’s not a disease. It would be like using a special lotion that claims it can remove the wrinkled skin on your knuckles! Most people, especially women, have cellulite. It’s perfectly natural!

If you want to get in shape this year, avoid diets or products that claim to melt cellulite. This is a clear indication these treatments aren’t based on real medical science.

Most detox products are nothing but snake oil, and some of them can leave you feeling worse than you

CURE-ALLS CURE NOTHING A “cure-all” is any product, treatment, or diet that claims to cure a bunch of unrelated medical problems. Cure-alls have been a problem for centuries, claiming to help with weight loss, migraines, heart disease, anxiety, depression, and even baldness! This isn’t how medicine or the human body works. One change cannot magically fix many different, sometimes unrelated, problems.

A good way to determine if something is a cure-all is to check if it claims to help treat, prevent, or cure cancer. That’s a big red flag you want to avoid.

Stanford Team Develops Exciting News for Sleep Apnea Sufferers Struggling to Sleep?

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines are the gold standard for the maintenance of the airway in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Many patients are interested in a more long-term solution to their continued sleep troubles, health concerns, and frustrated bed partners. A study by Tomonori Iwasaki, Audrey Yoon, Christian Guilleminault, Youichi Yamasaki, and Stanley Yung Liu at Stanford University just may have found a solution that could work wonders for these adult sufferers. Their findings were published in December 2019. The foundation for these findings starts with kiddos. OSA is common among kids with maxillofacial hypoplasia. The jaw’s shape and position alter the position of the tongue and constricts the nasal airway. A common treatment option for kids is rapid maxillary expansion (RME), following tonsillectomies and adenoidectomies as needed. RME involves a series of palatal expanders that widen the upper jaw.

While this is a great option for children, RME is not as reliable for adults with a similar jaw and airway composition. Instead, the distraction osteogenesis maxillary expansion (DOME) treatment method mimics the results of RME. With DOME, three surgical separations and mini implants assist the palatal expander. This is much less invasive than previous LeFort alternatives. For the past five years, the Stanford team studied the success of DOME and how this treatment effectively treats OSA in adults. The team assembled 20 participants, each one presenting similar characteristics to maxillofacial hypoplasia and intolerance to CPAP- machine usage. From 2014–2016, the participants underwent DOME treatments, and through modeling procedures, the researchers determined why these treatments were so successful. Previous schools of thought linked a smaller throat with OSA severity and risk, but using “computational fluid dynamics” and measurements, the team showed the significance of the nasal passageway. The nasal airway expanded through DOME and RME treatments, which decreased the velocity of the air. This subsequently improved OSA symptoms and severity, resulting in a positive treatment option for patients with OSA. This is very exciting news for adults struggling with OSA. If you want to explore your options, Dr. Sabo’s team would be glad to help. Learn more about your treatment options for OSA by calling 951-769-1616.

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