Watch out for those supplements!

I don’t know if you’re taking supplements, or if you purchase them from these retailers, but this report from the New York Attorney General is kind of scary, especially if, like me, you believe that your vertigo is caused primarily by particular foods and other items you might ingest, like supplements. Here’s the first part of the Attorney General’s report.

NEW YORK — Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that his office sent letters to four major retailers, GNC, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens, for allegedly selling store brand herbal supplement products in New York that either could not be verified to contain the labeled substance, or which were found to contain ingredients not listed on the labels. The letters, sent Monday, call for the retailers to immediately stop the sale of certain popular products, including Echinacea, Ginseng, St. John’s Wort, and others.

See the full report here




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This post was written by Dan Ferry on February 4, 2015


Have you tried cutting out the most common allergens?

I dreaded the possibility, but now I have to admit that I think dairy products can also cause me to have vertigo. A few weeks ago I ate a gluten-free, soy-free pizza, and a day later I had a pretty bad vertigo attack. (Constant reader will remember that I have celiac and that eating soy causes me to have violent vertigo attacks). I’ve previously had vertigo attacks after eating ice cream, but most ice creams contain soy (WHY?), so I attributed the vertigo to the soy.

BTW, don’t ask me why it takes a day or two for me to react. That’s one of the mysteries of my little piece of the universe. People who have peanut allergies react instantly. Working with dusty hay (we have horses) will result in me sneezing in a few minutes. A bug touching my hair will make me itch for hours or until I shower (got that particular problem from my Mom). When my GI specialist told me years ago that I had celiac, he also told me that his celiac patients reacted strangely to eating wheat/gluten. They did not have an instantaneous reaction, but would have a reaction in a couple days. He couldn’t explain it, but he knew it to be true. It probably has something to do with how long it takes the body to digest the food, or how long it takes the liver to clear it, or something similar.

Anyway, I thought shrewdly, maybe some of the other stuff that I thought was giving me vertigo really wasn’t to blame because I might also have had some butter on the same day. Not a bad theory. I bought some bags of my favorite chips, the ones that I thought had given me vertigo. For a couple weeks I was happily downing half a bag of chips at a sitting (can’t eat just one!). I was avoiding dairy products and having no problems. I was in heaven. Then I ate another bag of those chips from a different sales batch and WHAM! Vertigo attack. Therefore, I concluded that I really am allergic to one or more of the four oils that are listed as possibilities on the packaging: cottonseed oil, palm oil, sunflower oil, canola oil. How to determine which one? I don’t know. I’ll just avoid them all for now.

So the things that give me vertigo attacks are soy, dairy, one or more of those four oils. Maybe eggs? Don’t know. Hate to do the testing because of the possibility of a vertigo attack. Are these causing my vertigo because of gene manipulation, or antibiotics given to farm animals, or some other contamination of our food supplies?

What causes your vertigo? Have you tried cutting out the most common allergens? You owe it to yourself to try.

Thankfully vertigo-free for a couple weeks,

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This post was written by Dan Ferry on November 7, 2014

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My heroes sometimes have medical problems – Two of my novels $0.99 Each for 7 Days!


My novels “Field Piece, The Complete Series” and “Death on Delivery” are both on sale on Amazon Kindle from Thursday August 21 through Midnight on Wednesday August 27 for only 99¢ each.  Take advantage of this special pricing if you haven’t read these novels.

Field Piece, The Complete Series includes both Field Piece, Book I: Tehran and Field Piece, Book II: Azerbaijan.

In Book I the hero is in the best of health (early 40’s), but by Book II, two years later, he’s got a bad back.  A really bad back. (How many people do you know in their 40’s who have not had back problems?) I haven’t given a problem like vertigo to any of the heroes in my books, but that would be really tough to handle, wouldn’t it?  Not like Jimmy Stewart in the Alfred Hitchcock movie “Vertigo.” That was not the vertigo that we’re concerned with. I’d give my left pinkie to not have real vertigo problems, and I’m sure many of you would agree with me on that!

Anyway, in Book I of this series, a CIA agent is murdered in Tehran, and the White House wants someone on the scene to determine what the agent discovered that led to his death, and who is responsible. The agent is supposed to remain low-profile — just get in, find out what the hell is going on, and get out. No women, no trouble, no killing. The U.S. State Department sends agent Steve Walker. That might have been a bad choice …

In Book II of this series, Walker returns to Iran on another assignment: to staunch the flow of black market American weapons to rebels in Azerbaijan. His boss says Walker has a tendency to overachieve and is sometimes a loose cannon. Truer words were never spoken …

The hero in my mystery Death on Delivery, named John Bent (because his view of right and wrong is a little off), doesn’t have any physical problems. (Those were the days, weren’t they?)  Maybe next book I’ll give him ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease (I had UC), but maybe that’s too harsh.  The plot: when former Montgomery County, MD police detective John Bent finally gets out of prison, he lands a job working as a computer programmer on a high-profile NASA project. But he finds his new job is more dangerous than his stint as a cop when someone starts killing the other members of the development team. There’s a healthy amount of flirting, sex, violence, horses, and even comedy in this novel.

And no, I have never been to prison and I don’t live with a prostitute! However, I have been on too many software projects where the manager claimed “we’re all going to die if we don’t finish this project on time.” Right.

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This post was written by Dan Ferry on August 21, 2014