Have you had brain MRI’s, CT Scans, inner ear testing that have come up with no positive findings that could be causing your vertigo or poor balance?
Has your doctor put his hands up in the air and told you that they can’t find anything wrong? Most doctors will treat your vertigo or balance disorder with medication or some simple head exercises, and if those treatments don’t work they will probably tell you
Or maybe you have a confirmed diagnosis of Meniere’s syndrome or some crystals in your inner ear (BPPV) that is being treated ineffectively with drugs, inappropriately performed inner ear exercises, or the standard run-of-the-mill outdated dietary recommendations.
Like just stop eating salt. The most recent research has shown that Meniere’s syndrome is an auto-immune disorder where your immune system attacks your inner ear.
Maybe you are thinking about having inner-ear surgery. These surgeries can be a risky and ineffective form of treatment for dizziness, vertigo and balance disorders. Some studies report that 90% of inner ear surgeries are unnecessary and unsuccessful.
Do ever find yourself asking any of these question?
It is important to understand that going to your medical doctor is a good idea to rule out a pathological cause of your Vertigo or Balance Disorder such as, Tumor, stroke, MS, clogged carotid arteries, or other disease process.
But when you’re VERTIGO or BALANCE disorder is not caused by pathology and you are not responding to medicine or simple head exercises it is time to look elsewhere.
You see, your medical doctor may have diagnosed your condition as an “inner ear problem,” which it could be. However, a large cause of dizziness is due to abnormal function of the circuitry in the brain. The most common area of the brain to be affected in vertigo or poor balance is the cerebellum. A decreased firing of the cerebellum and not simply “an inner ear problem” is usually the hidden underlying cause affecting many vertigo sufferers. The cerebellum is the back part of the brain which controls your balance and movement. When there are decreased impulses in the cerebellum or an imbalance in it functions you will experience vertigo or poor balance. Sometimes your perception of the world may be tilted, you may feel very unstable when you walk, the environment may spin around you or worse you may feel like you are spinning. Please understand the inner ear AND the cerebellum is CONNECTED by the vestibular branch of the 8th cranial nerve and…
UNLESS THE REAL HIDDEN CAUSE OF YOU BALANCE DISORDER (I.E. THE CEREBELLUM) IS DIAGNOSED AND IS TREATED WITH THE PROPER FUNCTIONAL NEUROLOGICAL CARE, YOU’LL NEVER GET BETTER!
THE TROUBLE IS VERTIGO AND BALANCE DISORDER SUFFERERS WITH ALTERED FIRING OF THE CEREBELLUM HAVE NORMAL BRAIN MRI FINDINGS AND THE TYPICAL DOCTOR IS NOT TRAINED IN DIAGNOSING AND TREATING THESE ISSUES.
AGAIN MOST DOCTORS JUST PRESCRIBE MEDICATION!
Other often misdiagnosed causes of dizziness is poor blood sugar regulation, food sensitivities, brain inflammation, autoimmunity (as seen in Meniere’s), Intestinal Permeability, anemia and certain types of vitamin deficiencies. The GREAT NEWS is these causes of dizziness and abnormal brain/cerebellar firing can be corrected using drug-free Functional Neurology and Functional Medicine and Nutrition.
We help people every day using these amazing life changing protocols
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