According to the Mayo Clinic, pediatric obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which a child’s breathing is completely or partially blocked during sleep. The cause is thought to be larger than usual adenoids and tonsils.
Symptoms can include:
- Bruxism (loud clenching and grinding of teeth)
- Pauses in breathing
- Restless sleep
- Snorting, coughing or choking
- Mouth breathing
- Nighttime sweating
- Sleep terrors
Pediatric sleep apnea also has consequences for when the child is awake. As their day unfolds, children with sleep apnea might:
- Perform poorly in school
- Have trouble paying attention
- Have learning problems
- Have behavioral problems
- Have poor weight gain
- Be hyperactive
All of this weighs heavily on Dr. Joel Gould, a dentist who is working to enlighten parents and children about pediatric sleep apnea.
With 32 years of clinical experience, and a victim of the disorder himself, Dr. Gould has recognized significant shortcomings in pediatric healthcare. This is especially true for pediatric sleep disorders, which can have a powerfully-disruptive effect on a child’s normal growth and development.
Looking for a solution, Dr. Gould observed that children acquire a vast amount of information through content consumption that can be either helpful or harmful. He’s not impressed with current entertainment content for children, who can be sponges, and take in information from all around them, for better or worse.
But while some on a mission like this would set out to educate, Dr. Gould’s means of raising awareness comes through entertainment.
Dr. Gould is working to disrupt the healthcare industry with dazzling graphics and charming cartoon characters that entertain, and possibly educate, young people worldwide. His goal—initially online but destined for the metaverse—is to entertain his way to good health for children and teens. Imagine “Schoolhouse Rock” on steroids, and you can get a sense of Dr. Gould’s goal.
To understand the world that Dr. Gould is creating, visit Deuteriumrecords.com. This website illustrates Dr. Gould’s entertainment universe, which he compares to something Walt Disney would have created if he was alive
Deuteriumrecords.com showcases Dr. Gould’s “Heroes of Light,” characters that include Marty Mitochondria, Polly Polymerase, Cathy Cholesterol and, of course, DJ Deuterium.
There are also upbeat, animated videos that bring all of Dr Gould’s characters—including “the Foundational Four:” Vitamin D3, Vitamin K2, Sulfur and Magnesium—to life.
Dr. Gould also brings these characters to life outside of animation, with his real-life band, The Foundational Four.
This entertaining and hopefully educational ensemble—Dr. Gould plays guitar and keyboards as his alter ego, DJ Marty Mitochondria—performs catchy and positive songs in the real world. The Foundational Four specializes in Electronic Dance Music, which DJ Marty Mitochondria mixes together for, as Dr. Gould described it, “a live performance unlike anything out there.”
Dr. Gould is concerned over the health of children and teens and with his “Heroes of Light” undertaking is issuing something of a warning. But this endeavor is not meant to weigh anyone down. There is plenty of light-hearted sharing and no-strings-attached education.
And this brings us back to pediatric sleep apnea, an area of great concern for Dr. Gould, and one he is working to address through his “Heroes of Light.”
“Forgive the pun, but parents need to wake up and understand the ramifications of pediatric sleep disorders, and how easy they can be to reverse,” Dr. Gould said. “And I’m here to offer help.”
All of this can be traced back to another of Dr. Gould’s initiatives, “Modern Hunters Gatherers.”
“Humans evolved to be hunter-gatherers, living in tune with Mother Nature, and their natural ecosystem,” Dr. Gould writes on his website, modernhuntergatherers.com. “Modern humans have become disconnected from their natural habitat and evolutionary origins, and are suffering separation anxiety.”
He continues, “In today’s hectic modern world, we live a very different life than our ancestors did. Understanding our evolutionary origins allows us to give our environmentally-sensitive bodies the right information for health.”
The irrefutable truth is that humans evolved to be Hunter Gatherers, but we live in the modern world, we all need to join our tribe, and become Modern Hunter Gatherers
Visit modernhuntergatherers.com to learn more.