I’ve been reading the book “When the body says no” by Canadian MD Gabor Mate where he defines psychoneuroimmunology thus:
“What is psychoneuroimmunology? As I learned, it is no less than the science of the interactions of mind and body, the indissoluble unity of emotions and physiology in human development and throughout life in health and illness”
In this book he makes a convincing case that most illnesses in modern society are caused by identifiable or often hidden, persistent stressors and their resultant effect on the body over many years.
Yet I see that in most of the MAV discussions on this site the emphasis is on pills, doctors, diet, exercise.
I too, used to think that diet and proper breathing are most important but if Gabor is right they are only part of the problem. Indeed, if the ratio of gases in your blood and tissues such as CO2, O2 is wrong (e.g. severe asthma) then diet would be the least of your problems. Furthermore, if you are living with persistent stress (which may be invisible, much the same way as overbreathing is not readily identifiable as hyperventilation), then your diet and breathing patterns may be the least of your problems.
If psychoneuroimmunology research is right then for all of us here to get to where we are (MAV, vertigo, etc) we have some serious psychological/emotional/stress issues to work through, and not until we resolve them can we begin the process of healing.
Some relevant quotes that I found illuminating here: good reads link