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Vertigo Proof of Design, NOT Evolution

Every time you sit up or stand up and move around, you take for granted that you have enough balance to keep from falling over. You can turn your head and your vision follows your movement and stops.

But those of you who suffer from any form of vertigo, like I do, will know that having a sense of balance is not so automatic or something to take for granted. Whenever you sit up or stand up, you hope and pray that you won’t fall over and often find yourself holding onto something to help steady yourself. When you turn your head, you sometimes have to close your eyes to keep your vision from spinning out of control.

As a kid and young adult, I could run on a railroad track for some distance without falling off. When hiking, I could easily skip across the stones of a creek or stream. As a kid, I used to run along the top wooden rail of fences without falling, except for once when I ended up breaking my arm.

However, all that changed in early July when I was suddenly struck with over four hours of violent non-stop vomiting and so dizzy that I couldn’t stand up or open my eyes. There was no up or down. My world was literally spinning out of a control and we ended having to call 9-1-1 and be taken to the hospital. I was diagnosed with BBPV – Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, a condition of the inner ear that disrupts balance.

Quite often, there is no known cause for BBPV and this is referred to as idiopathic BBPV. Sometimes it can be caused by a blow to the head or some sort of damage to the inner ear. In some cases, many specialists believe that BBPV is caused by small calcium crystals forming in one or more of the semicircular canals and when these crystals lodge against the inner lining of the canals it causes the dizziness and loss of balance.

As a biologist, I’m familiar with the structure of the inner ear but failed to realize the significance of its design until now. Inside each of your ears are three structures called semicircular canals. There is an anterior, lateral and posterior semicircular canal. They are instrumental in maintaining your sense of balance.

Without any of the three semicircular canals, you would not be able to stand up and walk. Whenever something happens to any of them, you will find it difficult to stand up and walk.

If you follow the evolutionary theory of how mankind evolved, consider that at some stage of evolution, a creature had to be the first to be able to stand up and move around. That means that all three semicircular canals had to have suddenly evolved in BOTH inner ears in order for that creature to have stood upright. What are the odds of that happening by random chance? ZERO.

First, you have to have the genes in the DNA to code for the development of the semicircular canals. Then you need all of the complex molecules, proteins and elements present in order to form the semicircular canals. Then consider the fact that the three semicircular canals in each inner ear had to be perfectly aligned in order to maintain an upright sense of balance.

The probability of all of this evolving at one time is ZERO. You would have a better chance of winning a Powerball lottery, being struck by a meteorite and being struck by lightning and then doing it again, than you would have of evolving the semicircular canals and workings of the inner ear that are involved in balance.

Consider the evolutionary theory and then ask yourself how many creatures tried to stand and walk but continually fell over and were so dizzy that they couldn’t function. What would an intermediate species be like? Some creature who couldn’t stand, walk, or even gather food? The survival and reproduction of such an intermediate would be near impossible and then this would have to have continued on for many many many generations while waiting for all of the different parts of the inner ear to evolve in order for them to stand up, walk, gather food and reproduce. It just could not have happened.

If it’s impossible for it to have evolved then that means that the inner ear had to be a specially designed part of our creation by an infinitely wise and all-knowing Creator God, just like described in Genesis. Vertigo just helps to reinforce that we are here by God’s design and NOT evolution.

I have a Master of Science Degree in Biology and the more I learn about biology and other sciences the more I see that bankruptcy and impossibility of evolution. Additionally, I prefer to choose to believe the infallible Word of an unchanging and infallible God over the fallible ever changing words of fallible men. My struggle with vertigo just helps me realize how wonderfully God designed us from the very beginning.

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Dave Jolly

R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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