I asked for an interesting resource on sleep, and you responded. Thanks to Pam for pointing me to this lecture by Dr. Stasha Gominak, a neurologist who studies the interaction between Vitamin D, sleep, and healing.
Since I started cupping in the mornings, it is clear how much more sensitive my body is when I don’t get a full night’s sleep. Even though I know intellectually that is important to get eight hours of sleep a night, this simple observation motivated me more than anything to go to bed earlier. The goal is to wake up naturally before my alarm clock goes off each morning.
I’ll write more about that later this week. Today, I want to share this fascinating lecture by Dr. Gominak. It is posted in five sections. I added a few notes after each one. Even if you don’t listen to the whole thing, it is worth skipping through a few to get the gist of her argument.
I like how she emphasizes that it’s not normal to go to the bathroom during the night. Your body should be in such a state where you don’t have this urge.
She points out that headaches can be caused by lack of sleep. It’s NOT normal to have a headache. When we have unsatisfying sleep, our bodies don’t have a chance to do the necessary repairs and pain is the result.
Dr. Gominaks presents an elegant categorization of all the different type of sleep disorders. The patient is either too paralyzed (sleep apnea) or not paralyzed enough (twitching arms, legs, talking, chewing).
She suggests that sleep disorders are much more common in developed countries and that pain (headaches, back pain, etc.) and a lot of other problems are caused by sleep disorders.
Your genes can make you vulnerable to certain conditions, but lack of sleep prevents the body from repairing that weakness. Could this apply to cellulite, too? She urges doctors to look at the sleep for any patient who complains of chronic pain.
I love the part at 11:11, when she describes how she used Google to find the connection between B12 and headaches. I can do that! She seems genuinely surprised that she did not learn this during her training as a neurologist.
Towards the end of this clip, she describes how she discovered that all her sleep patients were low in vitamin D, and the worst ones were also low in B12. It’s interesting to see the thought process behind how a standard doctor of modern medicine started to realize that nutrition is behind the confounding ailments modern medicine is trying to treat (laregly unsuccessfully) with all kinds of drugs and apparatus.
In this clip, Dr. Gominak talks about the research on Vitamin D by Dr. Walter Stumpf, including why his work is not widely known within the American medical community.
At 9:50, she talks about why the word “vitamin” relegated this important research to nutritionists and other health matters that are “beneath” doctors.
I’d like to read the articles she mentions about Dr. Stumpf experience with the peer review process in the United States. Most of the groundbreaking work on Vitamin D is coming out in European journals.
At the end of Part 3 and the beginning of Part 4, Dr. Gominak explains why the early research on “D” was inadequate. It was performed on rats. Rats are nocturnal. Humans, and most other creatures, absorb vitamin D from the sun. Nocturnal creatures are not a good choice for test subjects on Vitamin D.
At 2:40 she mentions cod liver oil. Still, she implies elsewhere that vitamin D is not available in the food supply and only comes from the sun. She doesn’t ask our modern diet is lacking in vitamin D and she doesn’t talk about spending more time in the sun. She relies on synthetic vitamin D for her studies, which I suspect is why she has to be so careful about prescribing too much of it.
In the second half of this clip, she talks more about sleep and healing. She laments how hospitals continuously waken weak patients to bathe them, administer shots, etc, when this is the time their bodies are trying to heal. “If you hurt somewhere in the morning, it’s because you’re not perfectly paralyzed at night,” she claims.
For our purposes here at CI, it is counterproductive to treat your cellulite during the day (whether it’s through nutrition, creams, massage, exercise, or whatever) and then not give your body a chance to process the treatment (i.e. heal) during the night by allowing for a full night’s sleep.
Here Dr. Gominak explains why she supports the FDA’s recommended dose for Vitamin D, even though it is significantly lower than the dosages she uses in her practice. Her explanation makes sense, but it does seem like she is trying a little too hard to play nice.
At 4:00, she talks about a patient who was sent to the psyche ward because she took D2 instead of D3. I like that Dr. Gominak isn’t afraid to talk about doctor’s mistakes (she does point out the prescription for D2 was not from her).
At 6:00, she discusses the cofactor vitamins: B12 (not shots), iron, and magnesium. She recommends pumpkin seeds for their magnesium content because she doesn’t want to bother “understanding magnesium.” C’mon, doc. Just Google it.
Around 6:30 she explains that women get fat after they have children because child bearing uses up their stores of vitamin D. Prenatal vitamins don’t have enough so new moms often end up with big butts and sleep problems.
I love her account at 8:00 about how modern medicine blames the patient because “you don’t do it right.” She compares doctors to priests: “you screwed up, give me money, go do it right.”
As a doctor, she takes responsibility for creating the diseases that the pharmaceutical industry is trying to create pills to treat when they should be using nutrition. How refreshing.
Around 8:00 there is a profound quote about how most of us in the developed world are in a perpetual winter.
Thanks for stopping by The Cellulite Investigation. Things are a little quite around here at the moment. I’m taking an extended break as I get married and settle into married life and a new home. Don’t worry, I’ll be back soon!