(08-21-2016 07:07 AM)DeepBreathing Wrote: While 15 is a reasonably high pressure, it's not unusual. What is you basis for saying it is of "dubious value"? Presumably it was prescribed following a sleep study. While these are not infallible, they are usually a good place to start, and much better than "a feeling".
(1) The whole point of APAP is that it should increase the pressure to meet the need. Setting such a massive MINIMUM pressure defeats this - regardless of any sleep study.
(2) As several posts above have pointed out, using excess pressure can cause excess apneas - again it defeats the purpose.
(3) When the recorded data shows about 60 central apneas and next to no (possibly no real) obstructive apneas in the night, the pressure is clearly far too high. The OP's post implies that this is a trend he is seeing regularly, and as such is worth far more than a sleep study in which the patient has to sleep under exceptional conditions. Furthermore the doctors/technicians in charge of sleep studies are fallible, as are also their equipment. They should be measured up against results in real sleep every night, not believed blindly.
(4) The question of "compliance" speaks volumes about the effectiveness of the treatment in the industry as a whole! When the doctor and/or equipment mess up and make things worse for the patient, "non-compliance" is unsurprising. The problem is often the arrogance and failures of insight on the part of the practitioners. (Of course, there can also be non-compliance for irrational reasons, I don't take issue with that).
(5) By setting the minumum pressure too high, the APAP device is NOT BEING GIVEN A CHANCE to do the job for which it was carefully designed, which is to attempt to titrate the optimum pressure at any given moment to reduce obstructive apneas while avoiding unnecessary and unhelpful excessive pressure. If you don't give the machine a chance to work the way it is designed to work, and you are not getting good results, how do you know that the machine cannot take care of it properly when it is allowed to do its job as designed?
I didn't say the very high minimum pressure settings are wrong, I said they are dubious. You or anyone else is free to disagree, but I consider that the above 5 points amply justify that opinion.
(08-21-2016 07:07 AM)DeepBreathing Wrote: I'd be very reluctant to take this substance in any dose at all. See here: (big-pharma propaganda site)
Taking 0.6-1 gram of the leaf is said to be toxic, and 4 grams may be fatal.
If you want to blindly believe the multi-trillion dollar pharma industry that is from time to time fined billions of dollars for fraud that is your problem not mine. We are talking about a few NANOGRAMS of a plant that has been used medicinally for breathing disorders for centuries, so please do not compare it with a dose MILLIONS of times greater. The VAST MAJORITY of pharma industry drugs are massively more dangerous than one globule of Lobelia inflata at D2 concentration, as are the majority of processed food products and large agribusiness products. Such, unfortunately, is the malaise of big business and rampant monopolised-market capitalism.
Isn't it wonderful that we have blogs such as this where people can share their own experiences with others, who can then judge for themselves and compare with their own experiences, instead of having to believe everything force-fed to them through the mass media and big-pharma sponsored medical industry!
I have been taking Lobelia every night for the last 7 years, and have found it very helpful for me. By sharing that information with others on this blog, others can benefit from my experience. Keeping an open mind tends to be very helpful!