Rachel Zoe

Rachel talks about her illness, her childhood as an aspiring fashionista, and her Fashion Week conflict.

on Sep 28, 20090

 

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?

 

83 comments
cressid
cressid

Rachel I love your show. You are truly bless with your gift. I think that your are caring and honest person. Remember who has bless you and trust me he (GOD) will not take that gift away from you. When I watch the show I am so worried about you. I see how nervous you get, the headaches, the ulcers. please, please take care of yourself!!!!!!!!!

Pamela J Neal
Pamela J Neal

I watched the episode today where the doctor told you that your nausea is caused from Vertigo. I suffer from vertigo also but mine is a symptom of Meniere's disease which is a disease in the inner ear that effects your balance and hearing. I was so upset when the dr. told you to reduce your stress level and nothing was mentioned to you about your sodium intake. Normally we need at least 2500 mg a day but I have had to lower mine to 1500 mg. Try lowering your sodium, if you continue to have vertigo then I suggest you see an ENT (ears, nose, throat) dr. You need to have other things ruled out before you can be satisfied with being told you have vertigo. Vertigo is a symptom of some underlying condition. I hope you get some relief from this.

Mary from Argentina
Mary from Argentina

I love your show, Rach!! You´re BA-NA-NAS!!! jajaja. Greetings from Argentina

karla from venezuela
karla from venezuela

Hi rachel¡¡¡ I just love your show i'm 17 and i'm from venezuela and is my dream to be a desiner oh and by the way you have the most beutifol cloth bye

Susan from Toronto
Susan from Toronto

I love your show. My first pay cheque at 16 was a subscription to Vogue. I am a 61 years old and even though I am past the age of most of the latest fashions I try to incorporate some of it into my life (without looking like I am trying too hard). Love you Rachel I feel like I found a younger, prettier, thinner me. In my mind I am always critiquing or dressing women. I watch your shows over and over again. I die for couture even though I could never afford to buy, oh my god.

Coco
Coco

I am recovering from surgery and watching Rachel Zoe Project marathon. The segment where you sell your prized jewelry collection for cancer research was so uplifting. I just learned that I have ovarian cancer. It was so wonderful and strange at the same time for me to be watching, as if you were personally reaching out to me. I agree with you that not enough information is out there on ovarian cancer yet it is the most deadly of all the gynecologic cancers. Please keep up cause and thank you for helping to bring a bright spot to my recovery and touching my heart.

Lisa - Chicago
Lisa - Chicago

Hi Rachel,

Love the show - watch it faithfully each and every week. I know there has been much comment on the posts regarding your diagnosed Vertigo, to which I would like to also comment. My dad, originally thought he was suffering from Vertigo, but as does yours, it persisted and would impact him when he least expected it and at the most inopportune times. After additional tests and trying a range of different things he was diagnosed with Meniere's Disease - which despite the name is simply an imbalance in the inner ear. It is a lifetime deal, but his has improved considerably since he eliminated caffeine from his diet, and also sodium. Also when he feels like he is getting an onset of it he does 2 things - lays as flat as he can, which is often the floor and stays as still as possible. He also carries some small tablet sin his wallet, which are a type of motion sickness tablet but prescription strength, and places one of these under his tongue as soon as he gets the symptoms. He now gets the occassional attack every 6-12 months, sometimes even longer - so he has seen vastly improved results. I hope this helps - continue to be brialliant! Lisa - Chicago

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I admire beyond words, your ability and aesthetic sense -- it's so freaking beyond! I hope you will hire a dietician who works with you and your doctor to make sure you have the energy to go on.

Irene
Irene

Rachel, I love your show. I hate seeing you so sick. I know you have been giving a lot of advice about your vertigo. Here is one more. I had a sailor who had it for two years before she was told she had vertigo. Her symptoms were the same as yours. Before you illness continue to get worse, which it will. Please go see an ENT doctor. She had plugs put in her ears, and right away she told me that she notice the differents. Take care!

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Hi Rachel. I get the vertigo thing every once in awhile too. I notice it's bad when I'm dehydrated. When you start to feel it coming on... lay off the coffee/tea and pound water. it helps and you can still keep working like crazy.

JW
JW

Rachel, you are amazing, A true talent. You have such a wonderful style. I have often wondered what it would be like to meet all those designers and be in the midst of such greatness. Running around for all those celebs must be such a daunting task. You are doing such a great service for all those people who read the magzines and watch ET. The public looks at the pictures of the beautiful celebrities and then go home and change their lives for the better because you chose the right shoes for Demi. I mean how rewarding. You are one of a kind. How do you relax? Do you get into a good book? something from Chomski perhaps?

Your Fan, So Full of it

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Viewer

I have become a BIG fan of the show. For some reason I am drawn to Taylor, plus I like the way that Brad dresses MINUS the huge bow ties. Rachel you are the best at what you do, and Taylor and Brad are great at what they do as well. The whole PARIS decision sort of angered me because I truly don't understand why Taylor dropped out of attending Paris Fashion Week. Her decision solidified why I like her so much. She did exactly what I would have done if put in that situation. Was I disappointed that Brad didn't bow out of attending, YES! But hey, Taylor's a trooper and the fact that he mentioned to her about the seat next to him being empty was almost like adding INSULT to INJURY! He's still my boy though! Taylor is still a ROCKSTAR, and RACHEL ZOE is a GENIUS when it comes to styling. (I can't believe I'm saying all of this, but I truly enjoy the show.) My sister has decided that DESIGNER VINTAGE is the way to go now...LOL! Keep It Up!

m.
m.

Rachel...I am suffering from the same thing, so I really feel for you. Unfortunately, I've had it for several YEARS now, & way more dizziness than nausea. Stress may be a small part of it, but believe me, after being to many many doctors & having some really crappy tests, (including the positional!), I'll tell you that eliminating stress does NOT stop this problem--been there, done that! My life has not been the same since the day this started. The fluid and crystals in the ear are messed up, & they do NOT correct themselves. Mine isn't "benign positional", which just means you have to get up slowly, & doesn't look like yours is either. I don't know what medication they gave you, but mine is just the stuff you take for sea sickness on a cruise (Bonine), & although it takes away some of the dizziness it also makes you tired. They do say you just have to "live with it", & that's a pretty poor diagnosis in this day & age. I would give my right arm for a "cure" but there just isn't one--even in 2009! I think you're a very sweet person, I'm sorry this happened to you too, and I wish somehow/someday/some way a real cure really will be found so we can live our full lives, instead of being scared and worried all the time as this problem makes us feel! God bless.

chari
chari

rachel i luv u & your show!!!!! you are awesome and what a great job u gave i would die for a job like u have so sorry about your illness i hope it goes away soon u need to relax more yake a nonworking vacation u seem like a caring loving person who would be awesome to meet and shop with could use some advise on dressing myself i'm in my 40's and still dress in te same type of clothes my teenage daughters wear. I just cant seem to figure out how to dress like agrown cuz where I live wh dont have many options I moved here to michigan from Arizona and always ffound nice things to wear tere but MI is so boring no variety I love vintage but cant find anything cute here I luv the way u dress u are so beautifful when I saw all of your jewelry i was so healous i luv accesories also but cant afford alot which i could anyway u are a very cool prson and seem supersweet I hope your show goes on forever cuz I couldnt live without my rachel zoe fix every week u are my new fav.celebrity totally bananas luvv your words u use now i catch myself saying them luv u ttake care of yourself try to relax more i wouldnt want anything to happen to u cuz u are awesome luv ya take care and slow down

Melissa S.
Melissa S.

I'd like to start by saying you are a very fortuante that you have people close to you who truly care about you. I think you know that. I'd also like to say I enjoy your show, I hate to use the word show because it's your life and you and the rest of the gang are not characters. I kind of feel like a nut job for posting, never done this before, but there is a deeper reason for it, one that I'd thought you may like to know.

A coworker of mine, unbeknownst to me, has been suffering from Vertigo. I saw her yesterday, she had been out all week and was going home. I had just read this blog the day before and saw Muriels post. I emailed my co worker at home the site Muriel posted. Don't you know she emailed be back last night and said she had done the exercises and she felt much better. Her husband couldn't believe how much better she was. The point being by bringing this out you (and Muriel) have clearly made a difference.

To add some humor, even though it's true and probably TMI, I am completely fashion challenged. It may be hard for you to imagine. I don't get it at all and only own black pants for work. Imagine, a fashion challenged person watching a show based upon fashion, how ironic. Hope that made you laugh to yourself.

One more thing, since I'm being a nut. Don't worry so much about negative things that are written. I can't say I have an idea what it's like to be in your shoes but I can tell you resonable people usually don't believe everything they read in the rags and via this show people know how you are. When things upset you just think will any of this matter 5 years from now? Even a year from now? Relax, deep breath, easier said than done but try.

Much love to all.

Proud Grandma
Proud Grandma

Rachel. I love your show. Just wondering if you will be going to any of the runway shows during the LA Fashion Week. My granddaughter was one of 20 models chosen to work the runway shows and I would tell her to watch for you. Not sure what her schedule will be but she's very excited about this opportunity.

 Andy
Andy

Hi Rachel,

I want to know if you use real furs and if it is not a problem. How is your position with the PETA? What is the best fur to buy? Mink? Fox is okay?

Please let me know....And congrats for the excellent job and style.

Miles
Miles

Rachael, Your a talented and amazing stylist. I think that since your doctor wants you take a break and you've said that you want to have a child on the show. This would be the perfect time to do that. I know this must have been filmed a few months ago but don't let your career take over your personal life. Best of Luck.

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Viewer

Rachel, I think you are amazing. You have brought "vintage" back into my life. I am a bit over 50 and all the outfits that you wear I can remember a version worn by my mom and I always loved her clothes. I am so glad you have brought that back to the new century. My friends laugh because they only feel "new" is the right thing to wear. Anyway, I agree-sequins, glitz, glamour, fur (faux mostly-a couple of real), and high heels.

Also I do hope your vertigo abates quickly. I have a friend with it and it can hit when you least expect. Take care of yourself.

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Love your show! I think it's fabulous!!

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Vertigo - be careful

A few of my friends and my mother in law ALL were diagnosed with Vertigo and it ended up being a Benign Tumor called a Acustic Neroma which could be dangerous because it puts pressure on the brain - SAME vertigo symptoms

Not something to fool around with

They only found out becuase of a Cat Scan

otherwise 5 doctors said it was vertigo

I am finding out that all the people Talked on the cell phone ALOT

FYI

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Viewer

Rachel, you are truly a wonderful person with feelings. I was happy that Brad went with you to Paris! Taylor made you all feel guilty about it after telling Brad to go. What is THAT? I remember when Brad first started, and she never even gave him a CHANCE, she was so jealous of him working there. And she may not admit it, but she still IS a bit catty about your working relationship with Brad. So then she wants to quit. SO childish. And she already knows how much stress you have. She's extremely LUCKY to work for you, period. I know she's a great friend, but if she wants to go, then go! Brad will always be there for you. And SCREW the tabloids. Your fans don't listen to that crap. Always wishing you the best:)

Cat
Cat

Rachel, I suffer from Vertigo too so I know how horrible the feeling is. Stress is definitely a factor when it comes to this condition. I know you would never slow down, but do try and find time for yourself...take it easy and get better!

will
will

rachel, i absoultley love your show. and comeing from a gay teen in texas work it girl.

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FEEL BETTER SWEETHEART!

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I LOVE THE SHOW AND BRAD NOT COOL

Paulina
Paulina

I LOVE YOU RACHEL you are fabolous! my role model. i'm totally in love with your style and your show. and u are just great as a person :) u have my dream job. what do u have to do to become so succesful? do you have like an email where i can contact you? xoxoxo / Paulina, sweden

Shari
Shari

Hi Rachel, I just wanted to ask you about a vintage shop in NY that would carry gently loved Chanel Bags. I have wanted a Chanel Bag since I was in my Teens. I am well past that mark and I think it is time to make that dream come true. My daughter is going off to college and so I need to be thrifty. I have overcome some hardships and accomplished a few goals so, I want to reward myself. Thank you for any suggestions.

Beth
Beth

Rachel: I loved the show supporting cancer and hope there are more. Your closet will never miss things. lI ost my mom on my birthday to cancer. She had Breast, ovarian and brain cancer. Her dream was to go to Paris and Italy. She never got to go, she kept waiting to live her life and i find I am doing the same without meaning to. I love to see any show about travel and esp. Paris, so I understand how difficult it would be for Brad to say, 'ok I will stay back'. Perhaps he should out of respect for Taylor, but he will be the one to be at your side for whatever you need however late. She just might bale again and since she wants more authority it does begin in the tedious, doesnt it. Tough decisions, be brave and bold but kind. Im watching and when isee the Eiffel Tower, I will think of our moms. Have a blast whiel working.

Theresa York
Theresa York

Hi Rachel, Just wanted to drop you a line and tell you how GREAT your show is!! I also wanted to comment on how the press treats you,...DONT LISTEN TO THOSE A-HOLES!! Remember there are people out here who do not listen to that garbge about you,...because that is exactlly what it is "GARBAGE"! From what we see in your show you are a person with a great heart,...!! much love to you Rach,...Theresa!

Leetal
Leetal

Rach,I went bannanes over the faux fur vest with hook and eye closure pppppppppplllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaassssssssssseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee tell them to bring back a small size because im 13 and im a small.and in my essay for school they said what name would would you want I said rachel zoe because i want to be a stylist just like her.

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Viewer

Rach! LOVE THIS SHOW. Love the cast. Please keep Taylor and Brad, they are so opposite but really add flavor to it and truly want the best for you. Love ya Rach, but it was unfair to pass the buck on a decision about PARIS. Brad will be great for it,. buttaylor actually wanted it and deserved to go. Shes ready to groom for much more authority, responsibility and put her in design action, she'll do you well. But get a contract before someone snaps her talent up. Brad is learning and really wants to. He should have conceeded the trip and you should have apologized to them both and offered him the next trip possible. The other girl? train someone new.

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Viewer

You say you don't like conflict and I can see that it pains you, however, trust yourself to handle it and get it over with, because the few times that I have watched you deal with your staff, once with Taylor telling her that actually you DID have plans for her...and now with Brad over what he felt was his being "set up"...you were nothing less than EXPERT, my dad was a Harvard MBA, I managed a large office, you were direct, honest, INTELLIGENT, and caring. IMO you slayed then both and reminded them of why you are the boss. Professionalism sometimes means having to handle less than ideal situations and keep smiling. It means seeing the big picture. That said, I wished that you were able to block off those Paris days after telling them both they could go, BUT I thought it thru and realized that if Demi and Eva and whoever used other stylists..., then I wondered if you couldn't use some really cool audio/video LD conference call styling.... heck, physicians conduct exams LD now... but I know movie stars expect personal service. I guess it would depend on how personal you could make it feel...also, was there any way that Brad and Taylor could "split" Paris? - let Taylor go to the Chanel show and jet back to wherever she was needed, with Brad getting in on other parts of Paris? And, Taylor...this incessant WHINING has to STOP. JUST DO IT, start taking clients pt time and once you have built up enough..you're there. Really, what do you expect Rachel to do? Or, approach her with SOLID SUGGESTIONS..."you need less to do, so I will do _____ and _____" You are making yourself look ridiculous. Brad, you too. No matter what your feelings, you just don't embarrass your boss on TV. (uless all of this is FOR TV and I have considered that, to which I say: I think we all would rather see more STYLING and less playground antics).

Torri Quinn
Torri Quinn

Hi Rachel!

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!"!!!

Robin
Robin

Dear Rachel,

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.....

Linda
Linda

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.

La Tina
La Tina

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..

LA TINA

Toni
Toni

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.

Anna
Anna

Rachel,

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.

Molly
Molly

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!

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Viewer

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.

Arky
Arky

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.

Patty
Patty

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!!

Patti
Patti

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

Debbie
Debbie

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

angelsout
angelsout

vertigo is a symptom, not a disease.

Jewel
Jewel

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.

Scott Cole
Scott Cole

O hope you feel better soon. Can you tell me what designer Brads glasses are from! Thanks Keep up the good work! LOVE YOU!

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Viewer

Rachel, how did you make it up to Taylor for not being able to go to Paris?

Lisa
Lisa

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