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Stasha Gominak on Sleep and Vitamin D3

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 13, 2012 at 2:42 PM

I did a search of this site and didn't find any discussion of Stasha Gominak.

She's a neurologist who started studying sleep disorders because of observations with her headache patients. I'm fascinated by her comments about the restorative nature of sleep. "I don't care about vitamins one bit. I care about sleep."

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7cbBB1c0IM

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwaFn7D3anY

Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFkKkLB6rpM

Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeb3PtkCd_c

Part 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOUybbVOoRU

Has anyone heard of her? Science-y types, can you help me evaluate her comments?

EDIT: Here is the executive summary if you don't want to wade through an hour of video: http://drgominak.com/vitamin-d

FURTHER EDIT: I had my serum level tested. In late May in the Pacific NW, but with D3 supplementation, my level was 44. Not horrible, but not in my target range of 60-80 yet either.

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on May 16, 2012
at 02:44 PM

She put in an appearance on my sleep apnea board to explain some points about her observations on sleep disorders in her neuro patients, too. She appears to be more interested in communicating her excitement about ideas than promoting her website, etc. Refreshing.

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on May 15, 2012
at 02:36 AM

I sent her an email re: the "rhetoric" and she replied right away! Said she was exaggerating to make a point. I responded that hyperbole did not impress the folks who were likely to disseminate her information. I'll see if she replies...

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on May 14, 2012
at 05:02 PM

Nice find tdgor!

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on May 14, 2012
at 04:25 PM

Also of interest was the possibility (research obviously needed on this point) that statins might interfere with vitamin D production by the body by reducing the cholesterol available for conversion.

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on May 13, 2012
at 07:17 PM

Yeah, that rhetoric raised my eyebrows a bit, but her clinical observations of her own patients in two categories that I would fit into just intrigued me. Neurologists and sleep medicine docs don't seem to talk to one another as much as you'd think.

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on May 13, 2012
at 05:12 PM

This is cool .

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on May 13, 2012
at 04:57 PM

Thank you for posting this!

Have finished watching through Part 3 and just read the summary you linked to.

She has some funny ideas about absence of D3 from food sources (Salmon anyone?) and seems to think that humans can hibernate and that there was NO food available in winter during our evolution, but the rest of it looks relatively sound.

Great to read about Dr. Stumpf's research and the page of references on the website link will be keeping me busy for awhile.

ETA: Just finished the series & I appreciate how she emphasizes that it's the blood level that matters, not the dose. (She has found that 60-80 ng/ml gives the best results for good sleep.)

Reminds me that it's time to re-test!

870fdea50f2a9f1cd2890c8e22549300

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on May 13, 2012
at 07:17 PM

Yeah, that rhetoric raised my eyebrows a bit, but her clinical observations of her own patients in two categories that I would fit into just intrigued me. Neurologists and sleep medicine docs don't seem to talk to one another as much as you'd think.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on May 15, 2012
at 02:36 AM

I sent her an email re: the "rhetoric" and she replied right away! Said she was exaggerating to make a point. I responded that hyperbole did not impress the folks who were likely to disseminate her information. I'll see if she replies...

870fdea50f2a9f1cd2890c8e22549300

(2056)

on May 16, 2012
at 02:44 PM

She put in an appearance on my sleep apnea board to explain some points about her observations on sleep disorders in her neuro patients, too. She appears to be more interested in communicating her excitement about ideas than promoting her website, etc. Refreshing.

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5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

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on May 13, 2012
at 10:08 PM

What I got from this is that maintenance of high vit D levels may be especially important if on a non-ketogenic diet, as carbohydrate availability has always been yoked with summertime UVB exposure.

Also, I like the idea that high cholesterol may just be a symptom of low vit D levels, since cholesterol is the precursor to D and would thus be upregulated to make conversion more efficient.

870fdea50f2a9f1cd2890c8e22549300

(2056)

on May 14, 2012
at 04:25 PM

Also of interest was the possibility (research obviously needed on this point) that statins might interfere with vitamin D production by the body by reducing the cholesterol available for conversion.

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on May 13, 2012
at 08:15 PM

That was fascinating. Thank you so much for posting!

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