This week I had two young women in the office to deliver their ALF appliances. One of them asked me why snoring was so bad since her boyfriend ‘snored like a banchee’. As I explained the problems that are associated with snoring- there might be sleep apnea issues that lead to heart disease and diabetes, I noticed the woman’s father was turning red in the face. His daughter then told me that her Dad snored really bad too. Busted! He then said “I guess I should come see you too” and about all I could do was agree with him.
As many of my dear readers will recall from a previous blog, sleep is absolutely critical to your health! It allows your hormones to recharge at night and allows your body to heal from the stress of the day. And to top it off, if you snore, then you are more likely to have sleep apnea, not to mention there could be damage to the carotid artery from all that vibration. Whew…that’s a lot of stuff going on! The situation with children can be even worse- when a child snores, they are depriving their little body of the oxygen needed for body growth AND neurological development. And if they don’t get that oxygen at the proper time when their brain is developing, there will be a high price to pay as they get older. In other words, deal with the snoring NOW, not later!
When I use the ALF appliance, I find that in almost all cases the child or the adult sleeps better after just a few months. The ALF was invented by Dr. Darick Nordstrom nearly 35 years ago and yet very few doctors have any idea what it can do. Too many people come to see me after they have had nasal surgery- balloon plasty, turbinate reduction, septum straightening – and we could have avoided a lot of these if only we started with the ALF first. I was actually in Norway last week and had the honor of teaching side by side with Dr. Nordstrom and we met about a dozen or so local patients who needed some help. As it turned out, most of them had had some form of surgery and it simply did not help all that much. In all cases, our plan was to get them into ALF’s to ‘unwind’ that which had been done to them. I guess the term ‘unwind’ is something I say frequently, but it is very accurate in explaining what we do – I take people who are all tightened up and get them looser over time – and this gives them better health.
As I start this new day, it looks like I will be meeting around six new patients. This makes me realize that we are indeed getting the word out there- the ALF is working well and we have started to spread the word so to speak. As I lecture more and more each year, I see other doctors are beginning to learn that the ALF is a great concept and now that it has been in use for 35 years or so, it might one day become mainstream. I look forward to being part of this!