I get a lot of calls from people who are having trouble with their balance and are afraid of falling. Are you or a member of your family one of these people? Balance problems can be caused by conditions such as Parkinson’s, MS, and stroke. However, lacking these conditions, prescription drugs are most often the cause.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, common problems caused by prescription drugs include temporary or permanent balance disorders, vision changes, dizziness, and impaired alertness or judgement. Commonly prescribed drugs that can affect balance include: anti-anxiety drugs, antidepressants, antihistamines, blood pressure medications, and pain relievers. Most often, the problem isn’t a single drug, but the combined effects of several drugs. Once you are on three or more drugs, no one in the world knows what is going on in your body. You are in biochemical chaos, and biochemical chaos is disease. That’s why prescription drugs are the third leading cause of death and a major cause of disease in our society.

In addition to working with your doctor to get off prescription drugs, which do nothing to cure disease and only suppress the symptoms of disease, there are other things you can do to improve your balance. One of them is exercise. Research shows that exercise can dramatically improve strength and balance at any age, and this helps to prevent falls. Walking, biking, climbing stairs, rebounding, and other forms of exercise are all beneficial. Yoga and Tai Chi are also good choices. You don’t have to live with poor balance.