Shocking cure for apnea
It's being billed as the newest "cure" for sleep apnea, the condition where you stop breathing in the night. But honestly, I can't tell if this one falls under "medicine" or "torture" -- because this new treatment works by delivering jolts of electricity to a nerve under your tongue.
Believe it or not, the worst part of this isn't the possibility of waking up with smoked tongue for breakfast.
No, it's how those jolts are delivered: via a pacemaker, installed in your chest, with electrodes that extend down into your ribcage (to measure your breathing) and up under your tongue.
The pacemaker cuts apnea events by 68 percent, but only if you're willing to live with it forever -- because if it's ever taken out, the apnea comes back full blast.
And who wants to live with this thing zapping them all night, every night, from here to kingdom come?
Well, I'm here to tell you there's a much better solution -- one that's close to 100 percent effective, and comes with no smoked tongue (unless you buy it from the deli).
And if you're living with apnea, you probably already know what it is.
Yes... weight loss.
Sorry, folks, but there are no short cuts when it comes to apnea. Lose the weight, and the condition goes away for good -- and you sleep better, feel better and even look better.
I know that may sound like a tall order, especially if you're badly overweight. But while it might take a while to reach your ideal weight, it won't be long before you're sleeping better.
In fact, once you lose about 5 percent of your body weight, the apnea will start to ease.
That's about a month of dieting, give or take -- and if you want to speed the process along, stick to the one diet proven to melt the pounds away fast: a diet rich in animal fats and low in carbohydrates (and zero added sugars).
Yes, the diet even allows for smoked tongue. Just not your own.