What Do Caterpillars, The Titanic and Anxiety Have in Common?

What Do Caterpillars, The Titanic and Anxiety Have in Common? Anxiety – butterflies, ants in pants, heebie-jeebies, pin and needles,

Hmmmm? That is an interesting synonym, Anxiety and butterflies.

I guess the fluttering feeling we feel in our gut when we are anxious and worried can be characterized as a feeling of fluttering of butterflies. But is there more to that?

We all know how the caterpillar morphs into a beautiful butterfly.

But what does that radical transformation entail? How does a caterpillar rearrange itself into a butterfly? What happens inside that chrysalis or cocoon?

First, the caterpillar digests itself, releasing enzymes to dissolve all of its tissues. If you were to cut open a cocoon or chrysalis at just the right time, caterpillar soup would ooze out.

Now if the caterpillar stopped there and looked at itself, it would most likely say, “Holy Cow! What kind of mess did I get myself into? How am I ever going to be whole again? I will NEVER be a beautiful butterfly!” WHAYYYYYYY!

Does this sound like you? As you continue to grow and learn and develop into all that God intended you to be, you might stop and look at the oowy soup that appears to be your life.

But God is faithful, ‘He who began a good work in you will complete it.”

You may see oozing soup and God sees ingredients with which to build you into a beautiful butterfly.

But we become anxious and doubt ourselves and God. Just as we feel ‘butterflies’ in our stomach, we feel anxiety in our organs. This anxiety when left uncheck will manifest itself in different areas of the body. As the caterpillar digests itself, we will begin to feed on ourselves and develop ulcers, colitis, headaches, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, swelling, constipation and diarrhea.

How and why does this happen? When the body’s stress response kicks into high gear, the brain signals the body to get ready to fight the stress or ‘flight’, run from the stress. Just as the captain of a ship will lighten the cargo load in order to withstand the impending storm, the body tells the large intestines, “Lighten up the cargo hold.” And it will begin to eliminate the bowels. The brain tells the small intestines to ‘cease any movement and lock down the ship.’ (We have all seen the scene in the Titantic after it hits the iceberg and the crewmen frantically begin to shut down all valves to stop the intake of water). Imagine that happening to the gut and intestines. “Tighten up Scotty, we need to conserve energy!” Well…something like that. You get the idea.

Once the cargo hold is lightened up and the ship is locked down so no more damage is incurred, the collateral damage is constipation, cramping and irritable bowels.

How did I get from anxiety to caterpillar to butterfly to the Titantic. Talk about linguistic gymnastics!

If you are suffering from anxiety/depression and feel your stomach tied up in knots, there is something you can do about it.

NON SURGICAL, NON DRUG ‘Therapy’. Oral System Balancing is simply getting the tongue out of the way so you can breathe optimally.

When the tongue blocks your airway, you release more adrenaline putting your body in a constant state of ‘fight or flight’ mode.

This is when your Titanic starts taking in too much water! The crew (your hormones) start shutting down the valves (I’m talking constipation, irritable bowel) to save the ship.

Enough of the analogies. YOU CAN get help for your anxiety/depression with a simple comfortable mouth piece.


CPAP...The sinking Ship

CPAP...The sinking Ship

Wearing a CPAP can be like bailing water out of a boat that has holes in it. You are addressing the immediate problem of snoring and sleep apnea, but missing the cause. The CPAP is trying to force air through a collapsed airway into the lungs when it could possibly be the tongue that is blocking the airway. You have to fill the holes in the boat before bailing water is effective. The tongue has to get out of the way before you can stop snoring and get breathing again. Is it the airway that collapses or could it be the tongue that blocks the airway? CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. It increases air pressure in your throat so that your airway does not collapse when you inhale. CPAP’s are certainly life-saving, however only 50% of the users like wearing it. A CPAP can force air continuously into the throat all night long, but if your tongue is like an big mouth bass blocking the airway, that CPAP is going to have a very tough time getting that forced air past the tongue and into your lungs with much efficiency. What if it is not the airway that collapses but instead the tongue that is the culprit? A CPAP machine will help keep you alive at night but what about the daytime hours?

The question we need to ask is…Why do we snore?

Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) are the result of a breakdown in the body’s ability to keep the airway in the throat open. When this occurs, the tongue is able to fall back into the throat (pharynx) and either obstruct (blocks like an NFL player) or partially obstruct the air passage which can result in snoring, OSA or a multitude of other concerns. You have choices. A machine is not your only option. Oral System Balancing (OSB) is a simple mouthpiece that is your non-surgical, non-drug solution! The Oral System refers to the body’s ability to breathe, swallow, and speak. OSB Therapies address snoring and sleep apnea at the level of their origin. In doing so it also impacts other ailments associated with the poor sleep and inefficient oxygen intake. You can use your CPAP at night and an OSB during the day. Or perhaps you need both at night. Break free from constraints of a machine to keep you alive. A simple x-ray will show if your tongue is indeed blocking your airway. Simply visit www.drwaynewhitley.com and watch the amazing video testimonials.

Oral System Balancing (OSB) is "Smart!"

Oral System Balancing (OSB) is "Smart!"

Everybody knows there is a difference between a smart phone and an older landline phone. They are both phones. The newest technology has many more capabilities.

Dental appliances look alike in many ways also, each with its own function. Some are for moving teeth. Another holds medicine or tooth whitening gel. Others retain teeth in place or protect the bite. Some are for treating jaw joint problems or to reduce snoring and sleep apnea.

An OSB appliance is a "smart" appliance as it has more than one function, more capability than you can imagine. It works day and night balancing oral function (swallowing, speaking and breathing). The 24-hour approach makes more sense because the support also occurs while you are up, say 17 hours and asleep 7 hours. And the M.D.'s find themselves reducing meds and performing less surgery by using physiologic monitoring of vital signs throughout OSB treatment.