The changed intestinal microbiome.
There is a pandemic of the ‘‘wrong” intestinal microbiome, the cause of which is unknown. The current treatments, probiotics and fecal transplant, are intended to provide the ‘‘missing” bacterial species but they are only partially successful. Observations regarding the negative effects of abnormal intestinal flora go far beyond the bowel symptomatology of IBS. There are reports linking the ‘‘wrong” intestinal flora to hypertension, heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, colon cancer, and autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis, asthma, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis, all diseases that also have reported links to sleep disorders. The changed intestinal microbiome has become epidemic in parallel with the epidemic of vitamin (hormone) D deficiency, suggesting that they might be linked.
About our guest:
Dr. Gominak grew up and attended college in California, moved to Houston
for medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, where she received an MD
degree in 1983. Her Neurology residency was done at the Harvard affiliated,
Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She practiced Neurology in the
San Francisco Bay area from 1991-2004 then moved with her husband to Tyler,
Starting in 2004 she began to dedicate more of her practice to the treatment
of sleep and sleep disorders. In 2012 and 2016 she published two pivotal
articles about the global struggle with worsening sleep, the possible causes and
solutions, related to vitamin D deficiency and the intestinal microbiome.
In 2016 she retired from her office practice to have more time to teach.
She currently divides her time between RightSleep® coaching sessions for
private individuals and teaching other clinicians the RightSleep® method of
The Vitamin D Conundrum
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