Can the Mind Cure Your Dizziness?

September 5, 2014 4:25 PM

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Can the Mind Cure Your Dizziness?

My son, Andrew, entered the Ironman race in Boulder a few weeks ago, startling himself and me by completing it -- just 20 minutes short of the cut-off time of 17 hours. At the start, he'd given himself a 50-50 chance of finishing: swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles, then running a full marathon of 26.2 miles, in 90 degree heat, at altitude of 5,500 feet. He'd never swum that long, biked that far, or run a marathon, let alone done all three in a row.

Halfway through the bike course, his face and body overheated, his head hurt, his energy dropped, and his stomach and digestive system stopped functioning, causing him to vomit. For the last three hours, he couldn't keep down anything -- water, nutrients, electrolytes. The doctor who saw him puking ...

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