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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Ask the Harvard Experts: Could melatonin cause my dizziness?

By Howard LeWine, M.D.




What recurrent episodes really mean


JewishWorldReview.com | Q: At least once a week, I experience a bout of dizziness. The room spins and I feel like I will fall. It's very sudden and random. The only thing I take is 5 mg of melatonin at night to help me sleep. Have you ever heard of melatonin causing this type of dizziness?


A: The episodes of dizziness you describe sound like vertigo.


Like you, people with vertigo experience a sensation that the room is spinning. Or they may feel that they are spinning in the room. Sometimes it's just a sense of imbalance. Vertigo may be associated with nausea, vomiting, and ringing in one or both ears (tinnitus).


Melatonin is considered to be a relatively safe supplement for short-term use. There are reports of balance and equilibrium problems at higher doses, usually more than 5 milligrams per day. So it's not likely that the melatonin is causing the vertigo. The only way to know for sure is to stop taking it.


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When a person has recurrent episodes of vertigo, I usually suspect a disorder called benign position vertigo (BPV). In this condition, small crystals break loose in the canals of the inner ear and touch the sensitive nerve endings inside. A change in head position sets this off, causing sudden episodes of a spinning sensation.


Another potential cause of vertigo is Meniere's disease. But people with Meniere's don't usually have symptoms that recur so often. Also, the vertigo of Meniere's is accompanied by ringing in the ear and some hearing loss.


A much rarer cause of recurrent vertigo is intermittent interruption of blood flow to the back part of the brain.


Your next step should be to talk with your doctor about your symptoms. If this is benign positional vertigo, your doctor may advise Epley maneuvers. This involves moving the head in a sequence of positions that directs the floating crystals into a part of the inner ear with fewer nerve endings.


(Howard LeWine, M.D., is a practicing internist at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston., Mass., and Chief Medical Editor of Internet Publishing at Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School.)

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