Vertigo Exercises

In my professional opinion, I believe the cytomegalovirus infiltrated the endolymph fluid which is encased in the balancing labyrinths of the inner ear. Within these labyrinths are small hair-like structures which move with changes in motion. My theory is that the virus attached to the hair-like sensors and the toxins produced by the CMV virus disrupted the normal proprioceptive function causing faulty signaling into the central nervous system. The dramatic results came when the virus was immediately destroyed by the treatment frequencies. This technology has been available since the early 1930’s but was suppressed because it was too effective and would have destroyed the pharmaceutical companies as they existed in the 1930’s.

No specific tests exist to diagnose vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis. When other illnesses have been ruled out, medications are often prescribed to control nausea and to suppress dizziness during the acute phase. Examples include Benadryl (diphenhydramine), Antivert (meclizine), Phenergen (promethazine hydrochloride), Ativan (lorazepam), and Valium (diazepam). Other medications that may be prescribed are steroids (e.g., prednisone), an antiviral drug (e.g., Acyclovir), or antibiotics (e.g., amoxicillin) if a middle ear infection is present.

If treated promptly, many inner ear infections cause no permanent damage. In some cases, however, permanent loss of hearing or damage to the vestibular system can occur. If symptoms of dizziness or imbalance persist for several months, vestibular rehabilitation exercises (a form of physical therapy) may be suggested in order to retrain the brain’s ability to adjust to the vestibular imbalance, in a process known as compensation. A key component of successful adaptation is a dedicated effort to keep moving, despite the symptoms of dizziness and imbalance.

Vertigo Resolved by Bio-Frequencies

Vertigo Exercises

This is the second part to my “Learning to Deal with Vertigo” blog. I hope I can effectively describe the exercises I was given by the clinic on balance without having any visuals. It might be a bit of a stretch but I will try. They are rather simple and can be done on a couch or a bed. Start by sitting on the edge near the middle of the couch. Sit up straight with both feet firmly on the ground. Now turn your head and look directly over your left shoulder. Quickly fall onto your right shoulder on the couch. (Do not try to control the fall but rather drop hard and fast without support of your arms). Looking up at the ceiling you should experience vertigo and the feel of the room moving. Try to stay focused on one spot until the moving or vertigo stops or mostly stops, you might also experience some nausea so wait until that seems to subside. Then, quickly sit up keeping your head turned over your left shoulder. When you are fully upright, slowly turn your head to the center or forward position. Now repeat for the other side. Turn your head and look over your right shoulder and quickly fall onto your left shoulder. Stay in this position until the vertigo passes then come to an upright position. Repeat these exercises 10 times on each side. Do these exercises everyday until you notice the vertigo on each fall diminishing. Even though I no longer experience vertigo I still go to bed and get up each morning doing these exercises. I simply do them to lower and raise myself from a lying position.

Vertigo is such a debilitating condition and illness that  I hope  these exercises give you hope to be able to control yours in the future.

Kris

Learning To Deal With Vertigo!

I honestly had never heard of Viral Vertigo until it knocked me flat, literally, and my subsequent visit to my doctor enlightened me on the condition. I then knew exactly what is was, a very nasty virus that I didn’t want. Unfortunately, it didn’t want to let go of me and I battled it for quite a few years. I think I have it under control now because it has been sometime since I have had an episode, so I would like to share a few things that I did to help control/get rid of the problem.

I love the internet, had Google been around at the time I had viral vertigo, I would not have had to struggle so long on my own. Not that my doctor didn’t try to help, he just didn’t have all the answers or options that could have shortened the duration of the disease. I would like to share my experiences with the condition and some information from websites that I liked that shed a little more light on what the disease is.

A website called the International Center for Nutritional Research, Inc or http://www.icnr.com, in an article by Dr. Gerald H. Smith, divided viral vertigo into types.

“There are two basic types of vertigo: objective and subjective. Objective vertigo exists when the external world revolves around the individual. Subjective vertigo manifests when the individual perceives them-self revolving in space. Vertigo is a result of a disturbance of equilibrium. It can be caused by middle ear disease; cranial distortions, dental malocclusion; toxic conditions caused by aspartame, mercury poisoning, silicylates (aspirin), cocaine, alcohol or the antibiotic streptomycin; sunstroke; under-active adrenals, postural hypotension; or toxemia caused by such things as food poisoning or infections (viruses, bacteria or fungi)”

Another website http://www.vestibular.org, the Vestibular Disorders Association listed the types of vertigo a little differently:

“Labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis are disorders resulting from an infection that inflames the inner ear or the vestibulo-cochlear nerve (the eighth cranial nerve), which connects the inner ear to the brain. Vertigo, dizziness, and difficulties with balance, vision, or hearing may result.

Infections of the inner ear are usually viral; less commonly, the cause is bacterial. Although the symptoms of bacterial and viral infections may be similar, the treatments are very different, so proper diagnosis by a physician is essential. Such inner ear infections are not the same as middle ear infections, which are the type of bacterial infections common in childhood affecting the area around the eardrum.

Neuritis (inflammation of the nerve) affects the vestibular branch of the vestibulo-cochlear nerve, resulting in dizziness or vertigo but no change in hearing. The term neuronitis is also used. Labyrinthitis (inflammation of the labyrinth) occurs when an infection affects both branches of the nerve, resulting in hearing changes as well as dizziness or vertigo.

An inner ear viral infection may be the result of a systemic viral illness (one affecting the rest of the body, such as infectious mononucleosis or measles); or the infection may be confined to the labyrinth or the vestibulo-cochlear nerve. Usually, only one ear is affected.

Symptoms of neuritis can be mild or severe, ranging from subtle dizziness to a violent spinning sensation (vertigo). They can also include nausea, vomiting, unsteadiness and imbalance, difficulty with vision, and impaired concentration. Sometimes the symptoms can be so severe that they affect the ability to sit up, stand, or walk. Labyrinthitis may produce the same symptoms, along with tinnitus (ringing or noises in the ear) and/or hearing loss.

The onset is usually very sudden, with severe dizziness developing abruptly during routine daily activities. In other cases, the symptoms are present upon awakening in the morning. After a period of gradual recovery that may last several weeks, some people are completely free of symptoms. Others have chronic dizziness, if the virus has damaged the vestibular nerve.”

My Vertigo appeared suddenly and without warning. I don’t remember even feeling sick but when it hit I had instant vertigo, falling on the floor with nausea, and throwing up. My doctor gave me the Antivert medicine but it really didn’t help and it made me drowsy. So not only did I have vertigo, but now I was too tired to do anything about it.

My first go round with vertigo lasted over 3 months and yes I was able to get around but driving was a hair raising experience because I never knew if I would have another sudden attack, also walking a straight line was very difficult. It finally disappeared and I thought I was free from it.

Now this is where I might sound a little controversial, but I really didn’t make this connection until my second bout of vertigo. I realized that my first episode happened 1 week after my very first flu shot, because the second episode appeared 1 week after my second flu shot only one year later. Coincidence? I don’t think so. Unfortunately the second episode became a rather permanent condition not like the first one. I couldn’t seem to get rid of it. It could appear when I was sick or just moving my head wrong. It was not a pleasant thing as anyone who has experienced it can tell you. I just didn’t know what to do. Finally, I talked to my chiropractor about it. He told me that the cochlear had probably detached and were intermittently playing havoc with the balancing sensors of the cochlear chamber. He had had the same condition and whenever he felt an episode of vertigo coming on, especially while driving he would pound his head hard against the head rest. That sounds so bizarre I know but it really worked. I was able to control the vertigo. He also had me really focus on one spot in the room whenever I had vertigo and not give into the urge to close my eyes but fight through the spinning until it stopped. This helped as well. It didn’t clear up the vertigo but it did help to control it. Finally, I was told about a great clinic on hearing and balance. They gave me exercises to do that I feel really helped me turn the corner. It was through constant repetition of those exercise that I feel finally helped me to be free of vertigo.

I will explain the the vertigo exercise in my next blog.

Kris

Asthma and Natural Solutions!

I have a great affinity for asthma sufferers in the world. I had asthma from when I was a very young child until my teen years. It was so severe at times that they put me in makeshift vaporizing tents to help relieve the symptoms. I couldn’t participate in a lot of physical activities because it would bring on an attack. I no longer have asthma, thankfully, but I learned a few things along the way and would like to share those tidbits of wisdom with you. I didn’t call this post natural cures for asthma, although I guess it has some components of that, but really it is more about learning how to control your asthma and easing the panicky feelings one gets, as well as some alternatives to inhalers and drugs.

It is hard to describe asthma to someone who has never experienced it. That panicked feeling of not being able to take in enough oxygen no matter how many times you take a breath. The inability to participate in activities because it might bring on an attack. It can be a frightening and debilitating illness. In fact, I get exhausted just remembering how hard it was trying to take a breath. I overcame asthma because of a wonderful country doctor. I think he was before his time. I have read articles since his passing that talked about the same treatment he used on me as if it were new material. I owe my recovery to his innovative ideas and my parents commitment to see that I followed his advice.

The first thing he had me do was breathing exercises. I know that sounds strange but it isn’t really when you understand what happens to someone with asthma. During an attack the air sacks in the lungs become filled with fluids, which cuts down on the capacity of the lungs to take in air. An inhaler opens the air sacks to help the fluid drain. Well these forced breathing exercises essentially do the same thing. I never used inhalers whether that was because he didn’t believe in them or they weren’t around I am not sure. I just know that my doctor had me blow a feather across a long table in one long drawn out breath. I would have to do this for 20 minutes everyday. (I did this for several years.) I remember thinking how mean he was because he would make me blow even when I didn’t think I had any air left in me. I even told my mother it was a stupid exercise because I couldn’t take in enough air to be able to blow out. However, that wasn’t entirely true because every time I blew the feather across the table in one long breath the next time I inhaled I could take in more air and blow the feather even further. I was eventually able to blow the feather the entire length of the table in one breath. Now this was very exhausting and would make me light headed but it did help me to breath better and I found as time went on that I could control my asthma whenever I had an attack. I simply had to stop what I was doing and do my breathing exercises and after a few minutes I could start to breath a little more normally. I never panicked after that because I knew I would be able to help myself breathe better and also be able to control it.

I know you are thinking why go to all that trouble and hard work when the inhaler would do the same thing. Well maybe my story will change your mind. Sometime after my last symptoms of asthma had disappeared I came down with an respiratory illness. I went to the doctor and during his questions I mentioned I had once had asthma. He decided to do a breathing test to make sure asthma was not contributing to my problems and to better know how to treat my illness. He decided to measure my lung capacity as well. Not only did I not have any lingering asthma symptoms but my lung capacity was that of an athlete. I know that was a direct result of those breathing exercises.

An article I read not long ago talked about the same kind of treatment for controlling asthma. The author/doctor suggested doing some of the breathing exercises upside down or lying on your back on your bed with your head hanging over the edge. He said that position during the forced breathing exercises would help that expelled fluid to drain more easily from the lungs rather than doing it in a standing position.
The next thing he did for me was to get me tested for allergies. I know that is common practice now but it wasn’t when I was young. What was even more amazing was how he figured out and treated what was really triggering my asthma. I know they don’t even do it anymore, that is if they have ever heard of it, because I have asked other doctors about it when my own daughter developed asthma. In analyzing the things I was allergic to, which were quite a few, he realized that my most severe attacks occurred when I was ill. He realized that the thing I was most allergic to was my own bacteria. He had the lab make up a serum using my own bacteria as the base along with some of the other allergens. For the next 10 years I received a shot once a week.

Radical? Inspirational? I don’t know what to call it, but I know it worked and it helped my own daughter as well. If it could help someone to not have to rely on drugs and inhalers so much wouldn’t it be worth trying? Well I guess that is for you to decide, but I hope you will think about it.

Kris

Benefits of Vitamin E

My blog today is a slight departure from the health tips I have been sharing, only because it has to do with RLS again. I ran across a website or blog that was called essential oils blog the URL came up as http://www.essentialoilsonline.wordpress.com. What got my attention was the mention of Vitamin E as a help for RLS. I have never tried this but I am always looking for new treatments to recommend. I did some further research and found another site www.talkaboutsleep.com that mentions it again and what the dose should be.
One stated dosage was 400 units 2 times a day. It quoted another medical writer, Dr. Robert M. Giller of New York, who cited a possible higher dosage for relief of patients suffering from RLS.

“In one study of l25 patients,” he says, “all but two had complete or nearly complete relief from their symptoms when they took Vitamin E supplements. In most cases, the symptoms returned when the supplements were discontinued.” In his book, “Natural Prescriptions,” Dr. Giller, a specialist in preventive medicine, also recommended that Vitamin E be taken in supplements of 400 international units (IU) twice a day after meals for two weeks. If symptoms recur, he said, “increase the dosage until symptoms are relieved but never take more than l,200 IU daily.”

I love finding naturals ways to prevent disease and pain. It is great to know that by taking the simple supplement of Vitamin E, relief from RLS could occur. Besides finding relief from symptoms of RLS , Vitamin E is a great antioxidant and protects your cells from oxidation. It can neutralize free radicals. I’ve read it is great in preventing degenerative diseases and blood clots from forming. It promotes fertility, reduces hot flushes in menopause and increases stamina and endurance. The list goes on but the one I am most familiar with is its benefits for the skin. If used topically it can help your skin to look younger and promote healing and cut down on the risk of scar tissue forming. I also read it can have an effect on eczema, cold sores and shingles.

Wow! I didn’t know it had so many benefits.
Here’s to enjoying all the benefits of Vitamin E.

Kris

Iodine and Thyroid

I just heard on the news about a link between iodine and thyroid. That is the second time I have been reminded of the link between the two, and since I have had personal experience with a low thyroid, I felt it was worth commenting about on my blog. There are many thyroid problems, but the main one I am going to talk about today is Hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism stems from an underproduction of thyroid hormones. Since your body’s energy production requires certain amounts of thyroid hormones, a drop in hormone production leads to lower energy levels. I think this is the most common problem and one that seems to effect women in particularly as they age. I talked more in depth about this when I was discussing Bio-Identical Hormones, but in essence being low in the thyroid hormone can cause weight gain, lack of energy, hair falling out and cold hands and feet. The very best test for thyroid problems is a blood test with your doctor, but have them test for T3 and T4 not just TSH, which is the standard test and really doesn’t tell you anything.

Before I knew about Bio-Identical Hormones I had my thyroid tested and it was for the TSH. The doctor said it wasn’t that low, but I explained I was tired all the time and couldn’t lose weight, so he put me on Synthroid and for the next 2 years absolutely nothing changed. It wasn’t until I met with my hormone doctor that I learned about T3 and T4. I also learned about a little test to see if my iodine levels were low. He explained that iodine can help the thyroid to function better. He told me to rub regular iodine on my upper inner arm and watch it for 24 hours. If it disappeared before that time I was low in iodine. He also wanted me to keep track of when it disappeared, because the sooner it did the lower I was in iodine. I don’t think mine lasted for more than 5 hours before it completely disappeared. I was amazed. If you know anything about iodine it use to be a common treatment for cuts and scrapes. It would sting like the dickens and it would stain your skin for a very long time. You can understand why I was amazed when it completely disappeared in 5 hours. My doctor then put me on a supplement called Iodoform with iodine to build back my levels of iodine and to make sure the thyroid medicine I was taking would be effective.

I now make sure all my salt has iodine in it. If you didn’t know that most salts have it as part of the ingredients then check out the container next time you buy it. It is a smart way to get some of the iodine your body needs.

It might be worth the time to take the iodine test. It is an easy test to do and you can see immediately if you are low in iodine. Also, if you have some of the symptoms I talked about for low thyroid you might want to have your doctor do the blood test because low iodine could be effecting your thyroid.

Kris

Skin Cancer, Are There Natural Cures?

I’ve debated whether to put this on my blog, because I don’t want to tout some miracle cure. I don’t have that, only just an interesting experience that made me curious as to the possibilities of natural cures for skin cancer. It involves Dr. Christopher’s Complete Tissue Ointment. I really love this stuff. My last 2 blogs have been about it. I use it for sprains, sore tendons, you name it, I just had never used it for one of the main reasons it received it’s original name of “Bone, Cartilage and Flesh”. I think I had read in some of Dr. Christopher’s books about using it for skin cancer. I don’t really remember because I am sure I blew it off as some outrageous claim, until my husband had the ugliest looking sore on his shoulder that never got better and continued to be soft and mushy. A perfect candidate for skin cancer? Well that is what I thought, but trying to get your husband to see the doctor is another story. I guess that is when I remembered about Complete Tissue and skin cancer. At that point I decided that it couldn’t hurt and since my husband was unwilling to go to the doctor to have it checked out, I could at least rub that stuff on it, until he changed his mind. Well, that went on for the next couple of months and actually started to look better, but still hadn’t gone away completely.

I think it was at that point and because of my constant nagging that he finally decided to go to the doctor. To make a long story short it was skin cancer, but not malignant, and the doctor simply cut it out. So my question is, was it always nonmalignant, or had the Complete Tissue arrested the spread of the cancer and was actually curing it. I don’t have the answer to that because it was never tested before hand. Who knows? I just know that I use it on my nose all the time when I have a change in my skin tissue from too much sun, or when a sore on my nose doesn’t go away. I just put loads of Complete Tissue on it and they always seem to go away. Coincidence? Could be, but I am not going to stop just on the small chance that it really does work.

More health tips, that just might work!

Kris

Do You Have Tennis Elbow or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

If you have tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome this is for you! Painful and debilitating are 2 words of many that describe these conditions. For most people it is lots of pain medication or surgery and then it still isn’t gone. In fact, what I have been seeing in research and hearing from Doctors, is that surgery really isn’t the answer. In some cases it has made it worse! All great reassuring information, right? I have actually had both conditions and I am now basically free of any pain.

After having very painful neurological tests, which I wouldn’t recommend for anyone, (Neurologists seem to enjoy inflicting pain on their patients). OK, so not every Neurologist, just mine. Anyway, he did do something right, he didn’t recommend surgery. I decided again after that yucky experience, that there had to be a natural alternative. I have since found the following steps that can help anyone that has either condition. If you stick with it for at least 2 weeks, I am positive you will start to see a difference.

  1. Find an ace bandage or brace that will stop you from bending your wrist or elbow at night when you are sleeping.
  2. Mentally remind yourself during the day to avoid bending your wrist or elbow as much as you can. No leaning on your elbows at the desk or table. Think straight as much as possible.
  3. Remember me talking about that wonderful Complete Tissue ointment in my last blog? Well, it is the perfect ointment for these conditions as well. Simply rub the painful area liberally with the ointment at bedtime and then put your brace over the top of it.
  4. One other thing that will speed healing is talking the capsule form of Complete Tissue by mouth as recommended by Dr. Christopher.
  5. As always, I recommend seeing your chiropractor, adjustments along with the ointment will eventually lead to no more problems!

For this to really work, you must do it every night for at least 2 weeks and in some hardcore cases even longer. I find that it is easy to fall back into old habits of bending my elbows or wrist too much, so I have to repeat the treatment again every month or so for a while.  I go longer between treatments now, but if I have overused those joints and they are getting sore again, I simply apply the treatment for another week and I am good to go. Bad times now are few and far between and I did it all without surgery. How great is that!

More good news!

Kris

Shingles and Chicken Pox

Well, here is the first of my health tips. It seems shingles has become the older persons chicken pox. I had never heard of it until I got it about 3 years ago. I went to my medical doctor and he told me what it was and gave me some medicine and cream to put on it. It didn’t seem to make much difference. Since I had never heard of Shingles before, I decided to do some research on the internet. I found that it can damage your nerve endings and create a permanent reoccurring condition. Well that frightened me so I started to look for natural solutions. One of my favorite sources is Dr. Christopher’s herbs. I found a reference to it and found that he suggested using 2 of his ointments for the condition. Complete Tissue and Cayenne Heat. I put it over the effected area continually for about a week and it cured it completed. I have never had a another episode with shingles. I have since told other people about it and they have had the same results.

Let me warn you though, that it isn’t the best smelling stuff and you have to be really careful with the cayenne ointment that it doesn’t get in your eyes. You should wash your hands thoroughly after each application. Also, always put the Complete Tissue on the affected area first and then apply the Cayenne Heat on top of that.

It really is an amazing and cheap treatment. Oh, you can also use the Cayenne Heat as treatment for sore muscles and the Complete Tissue is wonderful for a myriad of other things that I will share with you another time.

Some great natural things to try, hope you enjoy the information.

Kris

An Enzyme Fuel for Exercise!

I read an article in my local paper, that talked about some university scientists that had found “a specific enzyme that triggers the building of more “power plants” to fuel the muscles”. In other words, they said: “The more you exercise, the more you can exercise (and) for longer times with less fatigue”. They said it is well known, at least to biologists, that “repeated exercise increases the amount of mitochondria in muscles”. What it does is convert food into a type of energy that helps the muscles to contract.

Now, I have known for a long time that it takes a lot of pain and strain to get in shape and it seems like only a minute to get out of shape. What I liked about this finding? It is nice to know we have help when we are going through all that pain. In other words our own bodies are making it easier for us to get in shape. If that isn’t a great motivation for starting an exercise program I don’t know what is! I have mentioned many times that I think a good exercise program, even if it’s just a daily walk, can greatly help those of us who suffer from RLS. And just think all you have to do is get started and it will get easier from there!

Here’s to a new determination to get out and exercise!

Kris