In this episode you were diagnosed with vertigo. The doctor says vertigo can have varying degrees of seriousness - was yours chronic?
It's been pretty chronic and constant for the past six months. It's pretty much ruined my life for the past several months.
Is it because of stress?
That's what they say. They say it's part of a virus. Vertigo is something that is almost always brought on by stress and traveling and it's basically an inner ear problem. It's an inflammation of a nerve, and it basically causes you to feel motion sick while you're on land. I end up getting that on and off for days at a time from the minute I wake up until I go to sleep. It's a disaster and there's not much you can do to get rid of it. That's the problem. There is no real treatment for it. So you have to just live miserably with it. Apparently it affects over 3 and a half million Americans every year, so it's not that uncommon. It's just something that isn't fixable. It's a nightmare. They say it's brought on by tremendous stress. I find that I get a relapse when I'm extremely stressed and exhausted and traveling.
Have you tried changing your lifestyle?
You know, the answer to that is yes. But in the same breath, I would tell you that it's almost impossible for me to change my lifestyle. I'd have to make drastic changes and adjustments. The thing is, I wish it were a choice, but at the end of the day it's definitely given me a lot of time to think and reevaluate the way I live. I think I can do everything when in fact I can't. My body is just showing me that I can't do everything anymore.
Have Brad and Taylor been helpful stepping up?
Yes, they’ve been fantastic. I have a hard time delegating responsibility, but my clients and my team have been amazing in covering for me during the really bad times. And there have been many.
You hold an exhibition of your jewelry at Decades...
That was amazing. That was one of the greatest things I've ever had the privilege of working on. It was taking something I loved and that I've been collecting and working on for years and years, and actually doing something great with it, which was incredible. I reached out to a friend of mine who owns Decades and we tried to do something amazing with all of my stuff. Because I mean clearly I don't need it all. You get to a point and a certain age where you're like, OK what do I do with all of this? Ovarian cancer is something that is very close to me and something that I support, and so when the opportunity came to sell my jewelry and I thought it was perfect. What better reason to sell your jewelry than to raise money towards ovarian cancer research?
I loved tonight's show! I love every show, but tonight really hit home. I lost my mom four years ago to ovarian cancer,and was completely devastated ! So when Rachel donated all her cool jewels to Decades to raise money for ovarian cancer research it was incredible. What better way to bring awareness to a "girls only cancer" than by fashion , I love it! Also Rachel,if you read these posts, I freaked when my mom passed and got really sick and had vertigo. I took something called bonine which you can get over the counter and it helped alot ,can't hurt. Anyway, keep up the great work :)
I can't believe you don't take a stand with Brad over this issue. YOU are the boss and Taylor has been a HARD WORKING employee, not like Brad who likes to play with you. I will be very disappointed if you don't take Taylor to France. Brad needs to earn his brownie points, not charm you out of them.
I don't believe you that Rodger typically dresses himself-his wardrobe has definitely seen a major upgrade this year and I'm sure this was carefully planned and packaged to promote the Zoe brand-at least be honest with your viewers!
I am a physical therapist, licensed in New York and Florida, with a specialty in Vestibular Rehab. When I watched this episode, specifically, the scene with your doctor, I was surprised that she didn't do a positional test to see if you may have BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo). This condition is quite common in our clinic, and is very easily treated.
We die over your show!!!!! Honestly, my nine year old daughter watches it with me and we are addicted! We adore Taylor, Brad and Rodger also. We hope you feel better - you are amazing - take care!!
Watched the show last night, loved it. Let me tell you, my brother had vertigo & it went away. I know it sucks to feel like that, but you have to let go of some responsibility & just collect the Dough! Another thing, what is wrong with Taylor? Why do you like her so much. She is a very miserable & depressed person, she immediately pegged you for death when you weren't feeling well. Get rid of her. She never smiles, complains constantly & brings alot of us down. Maybe if she took the hair out of her eyes, she'd be happier. Surround yourself with happy people & I promise, your vertigo will go away!
I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer a year ago and I discovered your show while undergoing chemotherapy. I prided myself on being a fashionista prior to diagnosis but unfortunately had to take a break for a while while recovering. I am happily in remission but I jumped for joy when I saw you do the benefit for this awful disease. I was lucky and was caught early, and with awareness lives can be saved--so you bringing this disease out in the open can help so many people. You are absolutely beautiful inside and out and you have helped women with cancer in more ways than you know! Now feel better from the vertigo - take care of your health- and thanks again for being fabulous! :-)
There was no doubt Taylor should have gone...I really like your show but I was very dissappointed. You are the boss you should have just said Taylor is going. You seem to go out of your way to baby Brad and from what I have seen he doesnt do all that much work on his own. You need to grow up and handle your business.
Hi Rachel Please listen to Muriel, she is right on track. A friend of mine is an audiologist and he has told me about BPPV and it can easily be treated.
Hi Rachel!!! LOVE you and your show- so interesting, so much fun, I'd love to be styled and work on your show- and i'm in NYC. I really think you should have had Brad take the backseat on this one- it wasn't fair at all to Taylor- she works so hard for you and she wants to advance and Brad is still newer and doesn't have seniority--- he's not allowed to have a Brad fit! I understand about being close with them and its a family type environment but like there were only two tickets for the Zoe team, he should have stepped up and done what was right- seniority is seniority!
Oh and please give Rodger a moment for his dressing- remember your the love of his life and it can be very fun to help dress each other-like plan it in to your schedule-I know easier said than done! LOVES you and I wanted to buy that faux fur vest and it was sold out :*(
My Aunt has had vertigo off and on for the past yr and a half- she finds that she's allergic to something and that sets it off---like at christmas time, she's allergic to the Christmas tree. You should go to an allergist and they can give you drops/medicine to counter what you're allergic to (have you noticed if you get sick during high amounts of pollen/molds- whatever in the air?--- that might help).
You know Taylor is a very, very good person and it was an amazing thing that she gave up Paris. She gives up a great deal for work. I only hope it is worth it in the long run. But she deserved Paris and it should have happened for her. Brad was a better diva about it but she needed to go I am sorry for her.
Rachel! LOVE your show!! Must know, who makes the black off shoulder top you wore on last nights episode????
I love your show. I watch it over and over. I have wanted to write something since I saw the show where everyone was giving you grief over your size. I just wanted to say that I think you are beautiful inside and out!! You seem to be a very loving and giving person and tabloids are skum.
hello Rachel, i caught part of your show today for the first time. i wish to say first off that i am sorry you are ill.
i wanted to comment about your jewelry! i make jewelry in a small way and saw your lapis necklace. Lapis is my favorite stone and i wanted to correct something you said about the necklace. You called it a southwest necklace. it is, in fact, an afghani necklace or at least one made in the mid east. i would bet money on it being a kuchi tribe necklace. it is one beautiful necklace and as the kuchi lapis type necklaces are my absolute favorite i wanted you to know what it's origin truly is. if you don't believe me, please ask around at a tribal jeweler's or even a local belly dancing troupe. i wish you a speedy recovery from your vertigo. and i hope you have a rip roaring time during the paris fashion week. my best.
There IS help for vertigo. Rachel needs to see an ear specialist to be properly diagnosed. Simply "reducing stress" is NOT going to fix the problem. Check out this web site for lots of info: http://www.vestibular.org/. The "Epley Maneuver" is one method of treating positional vertigo. Physical therapy is also useful.
Confrontation and choices with employees you adore is very nerve racking. Maybe flipping a coin with the three of you present would have been a fun way out. After watching your show the next morning I wake up and am inspired to color code my closet and put matching outfits together,It's become my favorite hobby. I chose a green dress for Christmas many years ago for my sister in-law while shopping with her and the next step was a green emerald shaped pendant necklace at the same store. Talk about a feeling of joy. And like you ,put days of the week on outfits. I'm presently an unemployed nurse,guess I'm catching up on my artsy side. Love you , your staff and show.
I was a CEO with lots of stress and vertigo. I tried everything from acupunture and chiropractors for a few years, besides medication. I went to an eye, ear, and nose specialist because I was at my wits end and was told I had Benign Positional Vertigo. (See previous comment above). I had a simple, short treatment, no pain or needles, in the office and I have never had another episode. I couldn't believe it! All the suffering gone in 2 minutes.
I am totally into fashion and designing but after i saw what you do that looks so much cooler. to me your are a role model to me and im sure many others.
If you are the business owner/manager - you need to tell your employees what will be happening. Managing people is not always fun and exciting but that doesn't mean you just ignore the tough issues and hope it all turns out the way you want.
Sending an email that places the decision in the hands of your employees, while hoping one of them steps up to the plate and does the mature and professional thing is so unbelievably unprofessional and unaccountable. The issues that exist with your staff are the so representative of poor/uninvolved management.
Brad SHOULD have volunteered to stay home. He knew how much Taylor wanted to go. Taylor taught him the business. He owed her as senior assistant that trip to Paris. No question. I'll think less of him because of this.
Hey Rachel.... Have to tell you that at first I was into your show...until I saw Anne Hathaway's Oscar dress in InStyle magazine. NOW I GET IT! For the passed two months I've been on the couch with a complications to an ankle surgery, so I thank you for this guilty pleasure. Unfortunately, its hard for me to do any shopping, with the expection of the internet..... You and your staff are amazing! Love, love, love! es
Rachel - Your modeling was absolutely great - you are so beautiful - both inside and out!! Also, as far as the "thin" issue - you are who you are - you look great and are truly beautiful. As far as the Brad - Taylor - again I have to say I can't stand the way Taylor talks to you at times. You are extremely generous and gracious to your employees and they do always, I think, take advantage of you and your kindness. Taylor is always threatening to leave - I think if she feels the grass is greaner - go. I don't believe there is a better place to work than with Rachel Zoe - so go out and try to find something better - She has been a hard working employee - of course she has - but give me a break - don't threaten - when things get rough - count your blessings. You go Rachel - you are the best.
My best friend was suffering terribly and her doctor put her on a special diet that is equal parts fat, protein and carbs - because when they are unbalanced the fluid in the ear is unequal on different sides of this membrane and causes imbalance. She follows it fairly religiously and has few problems except when she decides to splurge and have some alcohol or some food that cannot be balanced well.
When it's really bad, he has her sleep sitting up for two nights and that knocks it out. You might want to ask your doctor for information on that vestibular diet.
I know this is off topic, but how do you become a stylist? Where do you start? Is there a degress or can you volunteer for any photographer or company? If so, do you have a list of good companies in the NYC area that I could volunteer to begin my career?
I LOVE your show!
Thanks so much! Mary Robbins
Let's talk about THE NECKLACE... lol... OMG.. I have the same one.. exactly... have had for about 15-20 years... piece of tibetan or balinese junk jewelry bought from a street vendor ..you can't even polish the "silver" without it coming off.. actually leaves black marks on my neck... dying to know what it sold for.... and while I can understand sentimental value.. other than that.. not so much
Yes, I've heard of vertigo being a symptom of inner ear infections. But vertigo is also symptomatic of brain tumors as well. I URGE you to get an MRI asap. I have first-hand experience as my sweet husband was diagnosed with an inoperable brain stem tumor and ultimately died from it. PLEASE GET THE MRI just to be sure.
Does anyone know where Taylor got her necklace she is wearing with the stripped shirt (she is wearing it during here interview)? It has multi colored stones all around it.
Rachel you are so wonderful! The special collection of jewelry you donated to Decades was impressive and heartwarming. It was special to see and hear the stories behind the pieces and the pictures with your Mom. I'm glad both your parents are cancer survivors-mine were not. I am going through chemo. for breast cancer myself. Watching your show is fun ! Thank you for raising money for cancer. You and Rodger are such good people! My two teenage daughters watch your show, what a great message to send to the younger generation to give back and help others!
Rachel, I just saw the "Paris' episode. I'm not sure when I've ever seen a more childish response to a normal business problem. How either Taylor or Brad could work for someone who would "shaft' both of these loyal employees is beyond me. This is how to run a business ( I run two). You go directly to the employee involved and say, "Only one of you can go, and I have decided that for seniority reasons, Taylor will be going." (Or, "Brad is going", for whatever reason you have. I think your husband and employees deserve a medal for staying with you. Grow up!
I can totally sympathize with you on the vertigo. I too suffered from vertigo like yours for many months (almost a year). To try to explain the feelings of dizziness to someone who has not suffered through it themselves or with someone else is difficult. Thank you for documenting your struggle on your TV show.
I love your fashion sense and the show! Thanks for making it possible for normal girls to get an actual glimpse of how fashion and style really work. I have learned so much.
Rachel we enjoy the show. I do have to say however that despite your illness, your handling of the Paris dilema was disappointing. Taylor definitely deserved to go, she should not have been put in the position to make the decision. I hope you own that mistake and don't lose Taylor over it. Brad on the other hand should have shown some maturity and selflessness for once and conceded to Taylor.
Rachel--I just love your show and I just think how wonderful it was of you to help raise money. You are a talented beautiful woman who is so talented. My husband (who could care less about fashion or clothes)watches your show with me. Keep inspiring and feel better!
Rachel, I absolutely love you and your show. I wanted to let you know that I also suffer from vertigo. There is something that helps alot if you have true Vertigo. Its call the Epely Manuever. An ER doctor taught me how to do it. It works great. Here is a link to instructions on how to do the Eplely Manuever. www.tchain.com/otoneurology/disorders/bppv/epley/first.html
O hope you feel better soon. Can you tell me what designer Brads glasses are from! Thanks Keep up the good work! LOVE YOU!
Rachel: I love, Love, LOVE you, what you do, and how you do it! But now you have to get ZEN and learn how to breathe n relax, and to allow yourself "ME TIME". The big gigs are important but your have to take care of YOU!. I also suffer with Vertigo but, I have managed to work myself into a calmer state.(but, not before I fell really ill). Doing Yoga, listening to meditative CDs when I'm very stressed, and accupressure have worked for me. You have many irons on the fire but, you have to make sure that you don't burn yourself. Breathe Rach, Breathe! You're a friend in my head and I would like you to be around and successful for many, many years to come.
Hi Rachel First of all I wish you the best health. As a business owner the thing about Paris telling both great employees they are coming you should of had a back up assistant. Which I have to say I am surprised. I know you have a hard time letting go but, to be on top you should know to let go and manage your business.I KNOW THIS IS T.V. BUT I KNOW YOU ARE NOT THAT STUPID. Not to be rude but, you need to show that you can handle anything no matter what and not use your 2 assistants that are your right hand
i love your show. and i think that you really need to do things more things to alleviate stress in your life. i really think that you and your husband need to get away together. you just seem, emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually drained. i will definately keep you in my prayers and please rachel...don't worry about what the press has to say about you or your figure. your health is yours, you need to take care of it....let them do what they do..just rest assured that you are doing what you have to be healthy and prosper...heck with them
Rachel, you are a wonderful creative person. I can relate to the dizzy spells you are having. My son has had vertigo since he was 2 yrs old, and is now 20. After many trips to ear nose and throat docs and a scary trip to Mayo Clinic, they found that he has very small sinus's and they were impacted. I highly recommend an ear nose & throat exam. The hard thing about dealing with vertigo is the fear. The fear of not knowing when it will hit you. So, in turn you end up with panic attacks. My son started to hole up in the house and avoid doing activities in fear of having an attack. His doctor recommended the opposite. He suggested doing activities, like swinging on a swing, things to "strengthen" his balance. Just remember to get plenty of rest, EAT well, drink plenty of fluids, and if you smoke, try to quit. Lots of us out here really care about you and hate seeing you ill. Hang in there!!
Let's see...you pit your two employees against one another and then you are too tired, busy - what were you really - to assist Roger who only asked your opinion on a jacket to wear? Honestly Rachel, charity begins at home. Remember this the next time you say you want to do something to help another. Ridiculous.
How pathetic of you for being a coward and not being a boss. It was up to you to make the decision that Taylor go to Paris. I cant believe there was even a question of who should go with you. It is called seniority. There should have been no question as to the fact that Taylor would go to Paris. Is there something wrong with Brad that he actually would go to Paris even if Taylor insisted. It will really show lack of integrity if he packs his bags and gets on that plane. You will really deserve it if Taylor quits.
My vertigo was caused by a mineral deficiency. I went through months of testing before I found out. I use Sea Essentials by Heaven Sent Naturals, Inc. The website is hsnaturals.com. Feel better!
I know it's hard but don't sweat the small stuff. Listen to your husband....you need to let go of what the media thinks of you. You're fantastic in all ways and don't ever let anyone get you down! You are truly blessed you know. Try some yoga or meditation of some kind to help relieve the stress...it would help the vertigo and help you release what builds up inside you.
Screw the negative press...your viewers and clients love you and that's what matters most!
I love your show and look forward to many more.
Totally love the show, love fashion, what I'm grown tired of is the Tay drama, why doesn't she just man up and tell Rachel how she feels or is she hoping that one of the millions she's been dishing Rachael to will tell Rachel for her.
My wish is that the season were longer.
RACHEL!!!!! After watching one of your shows, remember one thing your FANS ... LOVE LOVE LOVE you , i am a faithful Fan and look up to your and your TEAM. What you do is not easy and DISREGARD all the negative press because seriously none of your fans care obout the tabloids that are filled with lies. And about you being pencil thin... YOU are BEAUTIFUL and a million girls and women would love to have your body... your faithful fan..
Today for the first time I watched a couple of your episodes. I saw you on The View and I did not really think much of you. However, having watched just two episodes, I can see how you are okay with being a perfectionist, and also okay to show your weaknesses and insecurities. You seem like a great person. Just a bit overworked. Thus the Vertigo. Just two months ago, I was in and out of the ER, and told that I too might suffer from it chronically. Like you, I tend to be a perfectionist and overworked. Not to mention, single handedly raising my children. Like superwoman we think we can do it all. Yet our bodies and minds sometimes kick in, and just say STOP! And we need to listen. Another thing you have done that is awesome is raise awareness and money for Ovarian Cancer. Unfortunately, 3 yrs ago, I lost my 26 yr young sister-in-law to that. It was the saddest time of my life. She was an angel. Thank you for all you do. Keep up the great work.
You are deficient in minerals, your electrolytes are low and so your blood pressure lowers and you feel nauseated and like you will pass out. You can treat the symptom OR the cause. (go to Trader Joes or Whole Foods)Start with 2 pkgs a day of E-mergen-C to replace electrolytes. Then, make sure you get very good pharm quality minerals, hydrate more and monitor your blood pressure. If it's too low, so are your minerals. (use Sea salt, not Sodium Chloride). Feel better.....
I got my husband to watch your show today. He thinks it is a great show! I love your show and hate that you have one episode left. I would love to work with you! You seem to be the most genuine, sincere, caring person on the Bravo network. Of course, Roger included! What a great pair you two make.
Okay, you need to slap Taylor about Paris. She never wants to participate in the after hours events that your company attends. That is all part of your business. It helps it grow. We always see Brad there!!!
Anyway, your sister seems to be as lovely as you. How heartwarming that she visited to be with you while you recovered.
You go girl! PS Love, "It's bananas!"!!!