12 Medications That Can Make You Fat or Ruin Your Sleep [Part 1, Podcast 64]

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Prescription medications are the mainstay of modern medicine. But what we don’t realize is that many common medications have the potential to make you fat or ruin your sleep. Please join Kathy and me as we discuss 12 Medications that can Make You Fat or Ruin Your Sleep. This is Part 1, and in our next podcast, we will go over various ways to avoid prescription medications. 

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Shownotes:

3 reasons why we shifted from acute to chronic care for medications

3 pathways that medications aggravate sleep problems and weight gain 

  1. High blood pressure medications (lower melatoninand nasal congestion)
  2. Acid reducers (proton pump inhibitors)
  3. High cholesterol medications
  4. Antibiotics 
  5. Antihistamines
  6. Birth control pills

Estrogen dominanceDr. John Lee

Wisdom of Menopauseby Dr. Northrup

Estrogen promoting environmental toxins podcast

Endocrine disruption podcast (Trasande)

  1. Viagra and other medications for erectile dysfunction (nasal congestion)
  2. Oral steroids
  3. Antidepressants  

Reader comment about Paxil 

  1. Mood stabilizers

Upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS)

  11. Stimulants for ADHD

  12. Sleeping pills

Interview with Dr. Karkow on treatment resistant insomnia

Blog response on 7 Drugs That Can Cause OSA

https://doctorstevenpark.com/medications1

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12 Medications That Can Wreak Your Sleep or Make You Fat

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Modern prescription medications are touted as a major advance in promoting health and keeping us alive longer. I beg to differ. What I observe instead is that in many cases, commonly prescribed prescription medications can wreak your sleep or make you fat, or both. As I have stated many times on this blog and in my book, Sleep, Interrupted, poor sleep promotes weight gain, and weight gain promotes sleep related breathing problems. Nasal congestion from medications may also ruin your sleep.

For example, Jane is a 51 year old woman who came to see me for her recurrent sinus infections and headaches. She took 5 courses of antibiotics this past year. Her doctor ordered a sinus CT which revealed that her sinuses were clear with no evidence of infection, except for a deviated nasal septum. Upon further questioning, she admitted that about 2 years ago, she gained about 15 pounds. Around the same time period, she was placed on a medication for high blood pressure, and was given another medication for chronic migraine headaches. She also started taking sleeping pills occasionally for insomnia. As expected, she admitted that her sleep quality had worsened and now wakes up to urinate about 2 times every night.

Looking back on Jane’s medical history, I noted four risk factors for weight gain and sleep loss. Besides the fact that she is in her pre-menopausal years (lower progesterone with lower tongue muscle tone), she was exposed to three medications which likely contributed to her weight gain in the past few years. What most patients (and many doctors) don’t realize is that a high number of prescription medications have the potential to cause weight gain, ruin your sleep, or both. If you’re taking a prescription medication, take a look at your package insert or look online for potential side effects. It’s more than likely that insomnia or weight gain will be on the list.

Here are 12 of the most commonly prescribed medications that can ruin your sleep or make you fat:

High Blood Pressure Medications and Weight Gain

Beta-blockers (such as atenolol, metoprolol, nadolol, propranolol) lower the effects of the hormone epinephrine, which constricts blood vessels. Alpha-blockers (prazocin, doxazocin or terazocin) help to relax muscles in the small vessels by blocking norepinephrine. Both of these classes of medications are known to promote weight gain. Other classes of antihypertensives including ACE inhibitors do not have this effect. 

Another way that high blood pressure medications can ruin your sleep is by blocking the pathway for making your sleep hormone, melatonin. Light stimulates receptors in the eye that stimulate nerves in …

The Top 7 Toxins to Avoid for Better Sleep and Health [Podcast 63, Part 2]

Originally at: https://doctorstevenpark.com/toxins2 Dangers of Fluoride

In this episode Kathy and I continue our conversation about the most common toxins that we’re exposed to on a regular basis. We will talk about the potential dangers of fluoride, flame retardants and chlorine.

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Show Notes:

Fluoride, Flame retardants, Chlorine

Previous podcast #62 on the following toxins: BPA, PTFE, phthalates, lead 

Dr. Weston Price: Nutrition and Physical Degeneration

Sleep Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired 

Why Some Women Have Throat Pain Before Periods

Fluoride and IQ study

Chlorine swimming pool and asthma study

Negative health effects of chlorine

Branch Basics Discount

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The Top 7 Toxins to Avoid for Better Sleep and Health [Podcast 62, Part 1]

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I don’t want to sound like Chicken Little, but we are literally bathing in a myriad of potentially toxic and harmful toxins and pollutants in our everyday lives. Many of these substances are proven to be endocrine disruptors. We touched on some of these toxins during my interview with Dr. Trasande. In Part 1 of this important episode, Kathy and I will go over 4 of the 7 common toxins that all of us may be exposed to on a regular basis. Some of these can definitely affect your sleep quality. Stay tuned for our next episode when I reveal the next 3 toxins.

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Show Notes

Dr. Trasande, author of Sicker, Fatter, Poorer interview

Slow Death By Rubber Duck

Sleep interrupted

Environmental Working Group (EWG)

Micro-poop theory article 

Homemade cleaning products on Pinterest 

Branch Basics cleaner review 

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Use NOSTRILS to Sleep Better Today

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A consequence of being a sleep doctor is that I constantly get bombarded with questions about sleep by complete strangers at parties, gatherings, and especially on airplanes. It seems that almost everyone I meet has or knows someone that can’t sleep. They’ve tried all the typical methods and hacks recommend by friends or found online, with minimal to no success. At this point, I use NOSTRILS as a reminder of the 8 important steps to help those of you that are struggling to fall or stay asleep.

Before I describe the 8 things to consider, my basic premise is that all modern human have smaller jaws and airways, predisposing everyone to various degrees of breathing problems at night. If you had wisdom teeth removed, or needed braces, then you’re at risk. Crooked teeth comes from smaller jaws, which leads to more narrow airways from the tip of your nose to your voice box. Breathing problems result during sleep, leading to various physical ailments that are so common in our society today. This is what I talk about in my book, Sleep Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired.

Nose

Being able to breathe optimally through your nose is the single most important thing to start with. If you can’t breathe through your nose, this will force you to mouth breathe, which causes more obstructed breathing, as explained in my last post. If you are breathing well through your nose but suddenly suffer from an allergy attack, you begin to toss and turn, because your nose is more stuffy. This is due to the vacuum effect that’s created in your throat like what happens when you suck on a straw with the other end pinched closed. (Read my free report on How to Unstuff Your Stuffy Nose.)

Oxygen

Getting more oxygen is commonly touted as being more healthy. This is a myth.

  • The air you breathe has plenty of oxygen that’s available to your body. When you stop breathing multiple times at night, it creates a stress response that shuts down blood flow to your gut, your reproductive organs, and higher-level areas of your brain. As this problem worsens, it can carry over into the daytime, leading to poor oxygenation of tissues that are required for optimal health. 
  • Another important process that lowers oxygen to your body occurs when you don’t breathe through your nose. The nose makes a gas called nitric oxide, which dilates blood vessels. Once this gas reaches your lungs, it relaxes smooth muscles in your blood vessels allowing more oxygen absorption. Bypassing the

Sleep, Interrupted Book Now Available as Audiobook

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I’m pleased to announce that my Amazon best-selling book, Sleep Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired, now has an audiobook option. Sorry it took so long.

You can find it as an Audible audiobook on Amazon.

If you are still struggling to find the reason for your chronic fatigue, daily headaches, anxiety, unexplained weight gain or hormonal fluctuations, then this audiobook has the answers you’re looking for. If you have friends or family that may benefit from this important information, please forward this information along.

After listening to this audiobook, please give me your honest feedback below. What other topics or conditions do you want to hear more about? The only way for me to provide useful information is by listening to your concerns and questions.

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7 Supplements to Fight Fatigue and Brain Fog

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In this episodes, Kathy and I explain why certain supplements are essential to good gut health and brain function, as well as to potentially prevent damage from untreated obstructive sleep apnea or upper airway resistance syndrome. We end the discussion by exposing a major myth about a popular supplement. 

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Show Notes 

Sleep Breathing Paradigm in Sleep, Interrupted

Inflammation and OSA article

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers(Talks about stress)

Glyphosate podcast

Functions of the liver

Vitamin D podcastwith Dr. Gominak

Dr. Deborah Wardly UARS and ANP paperand effects on magnesium

Sleep apnea and brain damage (Dr. Ron Harper interview)

Sleep deprivation and effects on gut biome article

Dr. Mercola’sinformation on probiotics

Ferritin level and limb movements article

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