My father, Benny, was diagnosed with borderline severe OSA back in 2007. I had not heard of sleep apnea before then. Dad was prescribed a CPAP machine but after two weeks he quit using it and donated it to Goodwill. He tried a custom made dental appliance (expensive) for about 2 months, but started having symptoms of TMJ so he threw it away. Dad is a kind and reasonable person, so it was difficult watching him suffer through all of this. His biggest symptom was daytime sleepiness. We worried about him driving, and his quality of life in general…
Then he found a news story online about a study of OSA sufferers who learned to play the didgeridoo (a simple, non-reed musical instrument) and how all of the participants “had a significant reduction in their apneas” and some had a complete cessation of symptoms. In other words, a “curative affect”, which is something that no other device including CPAP can claim.
My dad’s story and my professional work combined at this point. You see, I started importing Australian aboriginal art and didgeridoos back in 1996 as a small business (L.A.Outback Didgeridoos). I read the article dad found and also started getting calls from customers about what kind of didgeridoo they should get to treat their sleep apnea. We got to work straight away and modified our affordable “Modern Didgeridoo” to match the size, pitch and ease of play of the one used in the original University of Zurich study.
Jump to today in Jan. 2014 and some interesting, wonderful and weird things have happened…
Most importantly, dad’s daytime sleepiness is gone and his apneas have fallen below “moderate”. He sits and plays his didgeridoo for about 20 minutes every couple of days. Mom says his snoring has decreased substantially so it all works out for her, too. And it’s not just my parents and regular folks like them… even doctors, scientists and celebrities have been getting curative relief with.
Playing the didgeridoo is not a replacement for CPAP for those that need the machine and have no problem using it. Rather,is a supplemental treatment that has been proven to have curative benefits. CPAP only offers nightly treatment with no possible curative affect.
I’ve been so involved with this since the first study came out that it has nearly taken over my small business, and that’s good news for everyone. The problem I’m having (and why I’m posting here today) is that the corporate, big money CPAP manufactures heavily invest in lobbying firms to attack and suppress the facts about. As you know, 60% of sleep apnea sufferers are CPAP intolerant. But once their equipment is prescribed and the equipment bought, big money lines the pockets of these huge companies whether you use their gear or not. It’s a cash cow offering no curative affect. And many people that REALLY NEED to use CPAP won’t use it, so thank goodness there’s an alternative…
Didgeridoo Therapy will never become big business. I’ll never have the kind of money it takes to “buy” doctors, hire a lobbyist or a big advertising firm to represent. Ours is a small grass-roots effort to get the word out to OSA sufferers that this therapy exists, that it works, and it’s easy and very affordable. Didgeridoo Therapy is also the only therapy for OSA that can truly claim to have a curative affect. Everything else only treats symptoms temporarily. Playing a therapy-grade didgeridoo is a very unique workout for the upper airway with long lasting benefits. And you don’t have to become a great player, it’s the simple act of playing that does the work.
So I’m asking for your help to get the word out. Like and share my post/links if someone you love has sleep apnea. I’ve used online forums before, but the CPAP lobby constantly monitors those forums and (appearing to be regular sleep apnea sufferers) shoot downas ridiculous. Even the American Sleep Apnea Association is funded by the CPAP industry and run by a K Street lobbying firm. Our message is getting blocked when so many people could be getting relief. Yes, more sales will help my small business, but my interest in this is much more sincere than the likes of ResMed, Inc. or Somnetics Corp.
Here is the page on my website where all of the info is broken down. There are videos and external links for you to investigate. Have a look and let me know id you have any questions: