Allan R. Handysides and Peter N. Landless

Peter N. Landless, a board-certified nuclear cardiologist, is director of the General Conference Health Ministries Department. Allan R. Handysides, a board-certified gynecologist, is a former director of the General Conference Health Ministries Department.


I am a 71-year-old man who, last week, began to experience severe dizziness, as though the room was spinning. I actually vomited, and was taken to the emergency room. An ear, nose, and throat specialist saw me, jerked my head around, and sent me home. I was not too impressed by his treatment. What is your opinion?

Your question actually made us smile, but your diagnosis is not a laughing matter. You most probably have benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), which is the most common type of vertigo.

The condition manifests itself with symptoms of spinning sensations, usually lasting less than a minute, but …

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