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Airway Advocates
Championing the Recognition, Diagnosis and Treatment of Airway-Related Disorders

Breathing well is the key to wellness. A healthy, open airway can have a dramatic effect on one’s sleep, physical appearance, and overall well-being.

Are You at Risk?
Airway-Centered Disorder (ACD) is the hidden airway problem and can affect breathing 24 hours a day – including and especially during sleep.

Are you struggling with health problems such as fatigue, excess weight, headaches, chronic pain, sugar and junk food cravings, or with stress in general? Do you have a child with behavioral issues, chronic infections, allergies or asthma? Is your doctor treating you or your child for a chronic disease like high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, insomnia, anxiety, or depression?

What if you discovered that what's driving all of these conditions is something that is rarely considered by today's medical practitioners? We're talking about Airway-Centered Disorder, or ACD. Read more.

Airway Health Success Stories

"When I had lost all hope of living a pain-free life, I learned that there are specialists out there who know their business and who care about restoring me to a quality life. My tiny airway was at the center of everything else: the pain, the joint degeneration, my intubation crises, and the consequences of all the anxiety I experienced because I couldn’t breathe easily. I’m grateful I got to tell my story for the Foundation for Airway Health website because sometimes it’s hard to believe this all happened. It did. And I hope sharing my path will help you find yours.”
-Becky's Airway Story

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What is ACD?

Airway-Centered Disorder (ACD) impacts how we breathe because it increases the amount of effort we put into breathing just to survive. When not recognized, the expressions of the ACD are treated and the underlying disorder remains.

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Risk Factors

No age group is immune from poor airway health. Often associated with older, obese men, ACD or other manifestations of poor airway health can be present in infants, children, teens, young adults, and slender women!

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Treatment Plans

We believe that opening one’s airway can have a dramatic effect on the ability to function in everyday life, on one’s physical appearance, and on overall long-term health. We also believe that ACD, in its various forms, is a missing link in medicine today.
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Our doctors have received additional education in sleep and airway health and will screen all patients for airway and sleep problems and will provide resources for diagnosis, treatment and referral.

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Latest News

Sleep Well for a Healthy Brain: The Right Kind of Sleep Matters
Posted on 3/5/2019 by Foundation for Airway Health
Sleep is the time when our brains are cleansed and harmful proteins are removed. New research shows the depth and quality of sleep is as important as the amount of sleep. To best preserve our brain health and function optimal sleep should be the goal - not just better sleep - and it starts in childhood. According toa release from the Univ. of Rochester Medical Center, "[T]he depth of sleep can impact our brain’s ability to efficiently wash away waste and toxic proteins. Because sleep often becomes increasingly lighter and more disrupted as we become older, the study reinforces and potentially explains the links between aging, sleep deprivation, and heightened risk for Alzheimer’s disease....

Lactation Consultants' Role in Infant Airway Protection
Posted on 2/22/2019 by Foundation for Airway Health
A lactation consultant (LC) is a professional breastfeeding expert who is qualified to provide education and consultation in all aspects of routine and special circumstance breastfeeding to the mother/infant dyad (couple) and to other health professionals. Special circumstance breastfeeding might include situations that require more than the normal amount of help to achieve a successful breastfeeding relationship. This includes, among other problems, infants who are premature, have birth defects or are ill, and mothers who are ill or have handicaps. Mothers may have sore nipples, too much or too little milk, breast pain, or infections. Babies may be fussy, not gaining well or failing to thrive. LCs can help teach correct breastfeeding skills prenatally, post-partum in the hospital, and as private practitioners from the time the dyad leave the hospital until weaning. Some dyads leave the hospital still experiencing breastfeeding problems. Some experience problems at a later time. The LC also helps when there is no apparent problem other than the fact that the breastfeeding and care of the baby are not going well. Breastfeeding and infant care are not simple tasks, and there is a tremendous need for professional support. The LC is trained to act independently in developing a treatment plan for each specific breastfeeding situation. At the same time, she recognizes that the mother/infant dyad must remain under the medical care of the attending physician. A team approach between the MD and the LC is taken in order for the mother and infant to receive optimum care. How can a mother know who is a qualified breastfeeding expert? Ask questions e.g. What is your training? How many years of experience do you have? How frequently have you worked with the problem(s) I’m experiencing? Many LCs, for example, have little or no successful personal experience with a baby who has a cleft palate, or cardiac problems, or a mother who wants to induce lactation, but may have years of experience with latch and positioning problems. Successful experience means that the baby was fed at the breast until problems were corrected and then transitioned to breastfeeding without tools. Just as another physician’s counsel would be sought if not satisfied with the first, keep looking for a more experienced LC if the first can’t solve your specific problem(s). Another key is to seek an LC who has IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) behind her name. This designation insures that the LC has fulfilled specific educational requirements and passed a standardized exam that has been given in over 105 countries. In fact, lactation consulting is the first profession to have a standardized exam world-wide. We have set the standards for how to accomplish this feat. The very best way that a mother can help her child avoid future airway problems is to establish a solid, strong breastfeeding relationship with her newborn and then continue breastfeeding – ideally until the child self-weans. This natural weaning occurs at different times with different children. The most typical age for self-weaning is when the child is 2 plus years old in a developed country, but longer in a traditional society - in a culture supportive of breastfeeding. Unfortunately, the USA is not yet a breastfeeding supportive country. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends breastfeeding for a MINIMUM of 2 years. Breastfeeding until the baby self-weans translates into many months of using the oral anatomy correctly. Why is breastfeeding so key to avoiding the need for orthodontia, ear nose and throat problems or the need for myofunctional therapy? The answer: a baby’s oral anatomy has to be used correctly to remove sufficient milk from its mother’s breasts for appropriate growth. If milk isn’t removed, the mother’s body doesn’t know to make more. When used correctly, all the muscles of the oral anatomy become stronger and correctly positioned. For example, the palate is widened by breastfeeding as the tongue rolls against the roof of the mouth in a repeating wave-like pattern…many, many times each breastfeeding session , which is repeated many times per 24 hours, per week, per month and per year. The same is true of helping to insure that the teeth will come in in good position. The cheek muscles develop properly which is why breastfed babies cheeks are so pinchable. They look like chipmunk cheeks. Research has shown that it is also the correct use of the oral anatomy during suck and swallow that protects the ears & airway, thus breastfed babies have statistically far fewer ear and respiratory infections. Research has also shown that breastmilk delivered from a bottle does not protect the ears or airway the same way. The delivery system does make a difference. Extensive research has shown that children who were breastfed for many months to years have less need for orthodontia. And...

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