Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Health Talk DVD

468x60We invite you to watch our HEALTH TALK DVD about Complementary and Alternative Medicine. In Health Talk Dr. Michael Burcon interviews James and Rhonda Tomasi, authors of the book, “What Time Tuesday?” James suffered from Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) for years. In Health Talk II James and Rhonda interview ten of Dr. Mike’s patients, several suffering from Meniere’s Disease (MD). Added Bonus DVD of Health Talk III covers the proceedings of the 10th National Symposium on Meniere’s Disease and Trigeminal Neuralgia.


The complimentary DVD contains excellent descriptions of what it is like for a patient to live with either TN or MD. If you can not pick up your free copy, we will be happy to ship you one for $5.00 US to cover shipping and handling.
Health Talk IV was filmed by GRTV at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at Frederick Meijer Gardens and will be live at DVDs will be available soon.

Just as most people get headaches but never experience a migraine, most of us have been dizzy, but have never had vertigo. When you have vertigo, the whole world is spinning around you. You get nauseous and may vomit. As with migraine, the only thing you can do is lie down in a dark, quiet room and pray that the episode will pass.

One cause of vertigo is Meniere’s disease (MD). It affects one out of every five hundred people. Other symptoms of this syndrome include hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and ear fullness. Many patients go to the emergency room with their first vertigo attack. Unfortunately, they do not have much help to offer, nor does your family physician. Most likely, you will be referred to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist.

Ear specialists can do a variety of tests to diagnose Meniere’s, some of which are very unpleasant. They may shoot alternating hot and cold air and water into your ears while they observe your nystagmus (eyes jumping around). Hearing tests are done and a MRI is taken to rule out other possible cause of vertigo, like brain tumors.

If you are diagnosed with MD, a low salt diet is often recommended. This often helps, and is also very good for your cardiovascular system. If your symptoms do not improve, a variety of medications are tried. The important thing to know is that none of these drugs were developed for MD, but they may help to reduce the symptoms to tolerable levels. If medicine does not work, surgery may be recommended. Only the radical surgeries are highly effective, but have serious possible side effects, like deafness.

One type of doctor that most people would never think of visiting for balance problems are chiropractors. Did you know that the first chiropractic patient was deaf and had his hearing restored with an adjustment? Half of my patients have MD, and nine out of ten get their vertigo under control with upper cervical specific care. What does this mean? The frequency, duration and intensity of their attacks are diminished enough that they once again can drive and return to work. It also dramatically improves their relationships with their families, who also suffer when dealing with a misunderstood incurable disease like Meniere’s.

Most of my Meniere’s patients have undiagnosed whiplash injuries. Simply stated, this means that their heads, which weigh as much as a bowling ball, are stuck too far forward, irritating the origin of the VIII Cranial nerve, which supplies the ear. The correlation with whiplash is usually overlooked because it takes an average of fifteen years from the time of the trauma to the onset of symptoms. Luckily, this problem can often be dramatically improved with about six treatments over the course of one month.

October is National Chiropractic Health Month. To celebrate Burcon Chiropractic is offering complimentary spinal exams and massages at the 30th Annual Rethink Healthy Expo Thursday, October 13 from 10 am until 7 pm at the Woodland Mall. To celebrate of our 12th anniversary, we are offering complimentary one hour massages to all new patients and DVDs of our GRTV show Health Talk. To get your copy or to make an appointment, please call (616) 575-9990 today.
Michael Burcon, D.C.