Finding the source of the problemRecently, a patient came to me complaining of dizziness. She had gone to urgent care, where they gave her antihistamines, antibiotics, and a whole host of other drugs—to no avail. The doctors were guessing, without proper information, that her dizziness was the result of a sinus problem. Doctors—especially in emergency rooms or urgent care facilities—look for big problems first. They ignore the small problems, small adjustments, which can make a big difference. That is what I always check first. So I did what would have been most helpful in the beginning. I gave her a nutrient, allergy, and toxicity assay. This is the greatest tool we have in the fight against nutritional deficiency and foreign contamination. With an assay, you can quickly and easily see if you’re missing something—or if a foreign body is causing an adverse reaction. In my patient’s case, it turned out she was deficient in iron, ferritin—a chemical the body uses to store iron—and the
- Eat right As I just mentioned, nutrient deficiencies can directly cause balance problems.
- Throw the ball Studies have shown that exercises involving a throwing motion help your body’s balance. Because the act of throwing and catching involves lots of tricky calculations your body must make, it’s a great exercise for your nervous system, along with your muscles and bones.
- Do complex movements This doesn’t mean you need to strike difficult yoga poses.
- Heel raises If you are going to practice a limited exercise, make it heel raises.
- Strengthening all your muscles and bones The best possible thing for balance is a strong body, through and through. Your muscles can help hold you in place and protect you in any fall.
- Healthy Years, “The act of better balance”, December 2015, page 3