dizziness

  1. Dizziness drugs can worsen the condition

    What your dizziness REALLY means… and how to STOP it

    It’s the perfect example of mainstream madness at its absolute worst.

    It starts when you show up at a doctor’s office complaining about a problem that is often CAUSED by medication.

    YOU would find the drug and get rid of it, because YOU have a little common sense.

    But what will HE do?

    If he’s like too many docs, he’ll do just the opposite.

    He’ll add another drug to the mix!

    Now, the mainstream is claiming victory, because new numbers show that fewer doctors are following this insane approach with the rate of drugs prescribed for dizziness dropping in recent years.

    But less insanity is STILL insanity -- and that’s what we’ve got here, as the same new numbers show that 1 in 5 patients who visit a primary care doc for dizziness STILL walk out of that clinic with a new prescription.

    You NEED fewer meds. Instead, you GET more.

    And while the mainstream is celebrating fewer patients getting the extra meds, the docs are making up for it in another way.

    When you have this form of run-of-the-mill dizziness, docs have a few options, starting with cutting back on meds.

    What they’re NOT supposed to do is panic you and send you off for brain scans -- because without other risk factors, complications, or symptoms, this form of vertigo is almost never serious.

    But they’re doing it anyway.

    As the rate of new drug prescriptions drops, the rate of those brain scans is climbing, jumping by FOUR TIMES within just a few years.

    Now, 1 in 20 patients who complain of ordinary vertigo are sent out for unneeded imaging tests, adding cost, worry, and risk for something with a simple solution.

    If you’ve been getting the dizzies yourself, go over your medications with your doctor or pharmacist before you do anything else… and look for the obvious suspects.

    Blood pressure meds (including ACE inhibitors, beta blockers, and diuretics), painkillers, sleeping pills, antidepressants, antipsychotics, and more can also cause dizziness.

    Along with individual drugs, certain combinations of drugs can also cause side effects such as dizziness.

    Don’t stop taking them on your own, but work with your doctor to find alternative options. Many of the conditions controlled with these drugs have non-drug options.

    And for quick relief from dizziness as you work to find a long-term solution, try some ginger root.

    Need some more personal help? Make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

    Not in the San Diego area? I’m also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

    And don’t forget to connect with me on Facebook!

  2. How to know when you're having a heart attack

    You might think heart attacks don't discriminate, but that's not actually true. They do discriminate -- and it's a form of discrimination that's killing women.

    Believe it or not, women are actually more likely to die and more likely to die young as a result of a heart attack, and it's because they don't always experience the classic heart attack warning signs.

    You know the big one: chest pain. That sudden pain is a direct and urgent message from the body that something's wrong -- and you need to get to the hospital.

    But according to a study of more than 1.4 million heart patients tracked for up to 12 years, only 58 percent of women experience chest pain during a heart attack. Compare that to 70 percent of men who feel chest pain, and it's not hard to see why women are 40 percent more likely to die as a result.

    They simply never had a fair chance in the first place.

    Overall, the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that 10.3 percent of men who experience heart attacks die as a result of them, versus 14.6 percent of women -- with the biggest increase in risk among younger women, especially those 55 years old or younger.

    Because they feel just about anything other than chest pain, these women are more likely to blame their symptoms on just about anything else: the flu, nerve or muscle pain, simple stress or something else entirely.

    So instead of getting help, they pop a few painkillers or go lay down for a little while.

    And some of them never get back up.

    Don't let this happen to you or your loved ones. Make it your mission to get to know the rest of the heart attack warning signs, which include:

    • Pain or a numb sensation in other parts of the body -- including the jaw, arms, stomach or back;
    • Sudden fatigue;
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath;
    • Dizziness;
    • Nausea, vomiting and/or stomachache;
    • Anxiety;
    • Lightheadedness; and
    • A cold sweat.

    Don't wait to see if these symptoms pass. Get help -- especially if you're younger and especially if you're thinking "I couldn't possibly be having a heart attack."

    That's the kind of attitude that's clearly getting people killed.

    For more on heart protection, keep reading.

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