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L-lysine for Meniere’s Disease

L-lysine for Meniere’s Disease

Synthetic Anti-viral drugs vs L-lysine for Meniere’s disease

One of the many possible root causes of Meniere’s disease is thought to be viral in origin.

Because of the relative success of various anti-viral treatments in some people this belief has held ground over many years.

If you have ever had a cold sore, the virus can show up in your blood test, so the study done in Hokkaido Japan showing that high numbers of Meniere’s sufferers have this present appears slightly flawed.

That said, viral infections are a possible cause to check for and rule out. It does have to be said that at least some people contact Meniere’s Help and say Valtrex has helped them reduce their symptoms.

The same cane be said of L-lysine.

According to a study published in the American Journal of Otolaryngology published in 2014, ‘Recovery of Hearing in Meniere’s Disease after Antiviral Treatment,’ “Out of thirty one Meniere’s patients hearing was improved in twelve and not improved in nineteen of those patients.

Complete control of vertigo was achieved in those patients with improved hearing.  It may be important to note that the duration of Meniere’s in the group with hearing improvement was shorter (2.4 years) than the group with no improvement (5.5 years).”

Valtrex (valacyclovir) is an antiviral drug. It slows the growth and spread of the herpes virus to help the body fight the infection. Valtrex will not cure herpes and will not prevent you from spreading the virus to other people. However, this medicine can lessen the symptoms of an infection.

Valtrex can harm your kidneys. This effect is increased when you also use certain other medicines, including: antivirals, chemotherapy, injected antibiotics, medicine for bowel disorders, medicine to prevent organ transplant rejection, injectable osteoporosis medication, and some pain or arthritis medicines (including aspirin, Tylenol, Advil, and Aleve).

Valtrex or valacyclovir is what is known as purine nucleoside class of drug. Purine nucleosides are antiviral agents that have selective activity against herpes simplex virus types 1 (cold sores) and 2 (genital herpes) and varicella zoster virus (chicken pox).

The purine nucleoside molecule is converted to a monophosphate by viral thymidine kinases. The monophosphate is then converted to diphosphate and then into a triphosphate form by cellular enzymes.

The triphosphate form blocks the replication of viral DNA by inhibiting viral DNA polymerase and terminating the growing viral DNA chain.

Other drugs may interact with valacyclovir, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Possible side effects of Valtrex include:

  • confusion, aggression, feeling shaky or unsteady
  • hallucinations
  • problems with speech
  • a seizure (convulsions)
  • kidney problems–little or no urination, painful or difficult urination, swelling in your feet or ankles, feeling tired or short of breath.
  • fever, pale skin;
  • unusual bleeding (nosebleeds, bleeding gums)
  • red or pink urine, little or no urination
  • red spots on the skin (not related to herpes or chickenpox)
  • feeling weak or tired
  • stomach pain, bloody diarrhea, vomiting
  • swelling in your face, hands, or feet

More common side effects are:

  • nausea, stomach pain
  • headache
  • rash
  • tired feeling

Perhaps a much safer natural alternative to Valtrex and other synthetic anti-viral drugs, and one with little to no known side effects is L-Lysine.

L-lysine for Meniere’s Disease

L-Lysine is a natural essential amino acid that the body uses to build proteins, the same protein building block that helps treat cold sores and can also help fight cancer.

In fact L-Lysine also benefits the brain and gut. Gut issues are also linked to Meniere’s disease. Low lysine levels have been found in people with Parkinson’s, hypothyroidism, kidney disease, asthma, and depression.

L-lysine is an essential amino acid, meaning it is necessary for human health, but the body cannot make it. You have to get L-lysine from food or supplements.

Foods high in L-lysine include:

  • meats
  • sea food
  • eggs
  • yogurt
  • legumes
  • potatoes
  • tomatoes
  • beets
  • avocado

Spirulina also has high amounts of lysine.

Viruses need arginine – another amino acid – to reproduce, but several studies have found that l-lysine blocks arginine activity.  This can help prevent viruses spreading, or reduce the length of infections.

L-lysine is known to be particularly effective at tackling the virus that causes cold sores, herpes simplex 1, so could it also help with viral ear infections?

There’s an increasing amount of anecdotal evidence that taking l-lysine can help relieve the symptoms of Meniere’s disease such as vertigo, tinnitus, or pain and pressure in the inner ear.

The evidence may be “anecdotal” but do not let that discredit the possibility that it may help. Anything helping any health condition that is natural will always be labelled “anecdotal” because giant pharmaceutical companies will never pay for test or studies.

Nature cannot be patented so there is no chance on monopolizing the market. The big money for studies, trials and tests will only go to pharmaceuticals that can be patented. This is the way the medical “industry” works.

If either valtrex and other anti viral medications or L-lysine work in a Meniere’s patient then that would suggest that indeed, in this particular case a virus is persistently present.

This would mean the regular use of either valtrex or L-lysine would be needed. Chose wisely which one you would use.

Bottom line, it is an elimination process when trying to find your individual root cause and dealing with it. When considering possible causes of your Meniere’s symptoms herpes should be one of the several possible root causes checked for.

Click here to read Managing Meniere’s Disease – How to Live Symptom Free

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Neurocranial Restructuring

Neurocranial restructuring for Meniere’s disease and vertigo

Neurocranial Restructuring, also known as NCR is a treatment that has been around for well over a decade now and is a powerful therapy in physical medicine.

NCR is similar to cervical spine chiropractic treatment in that it concentrates on the muscular skeletal aspect of the body as an holistic solution to Meniere’s disease or vertigo.

Neurocranial Restructuring is a manipulative craniosacral procedure that works directly on the primary cause of neuro-musculoskeletal dysfunction – a misaligned skull.

Like an earthquake, NCR unlocks the binding pattern in the skeletal system and causes the body to shift into its original and optimal design: head, neck and spine in proper alignment.

By correcting the causes of dysfunction, rather than just treating symptoms, like pain, NCR produces permanent, cumulative changes to the skull, spine, pelvis and nervous system. 

Consequently, unlike other physical medicine techniques where you need maintenance visits for lasting treatment effects, each new NCR series takes you to a new level of functioning. As treatment progresses, life gets better and better.

We had one gentleman this week who combined NCR and supplementation. He was so happy that he requested that we put some information on the website, “even if helps just one person” to quote him.

While it is true many people are living symptom free from strengthening their immune system with the correct quality supplements and this allows our own immune system to take care of the inflammation causing the build of fluid in the inner ear.

It is neither a cure nor a treatment. If you have Meniere’s as a result of skeletal muscular problems in the back and neck area etc then NCR (seen in this video) may actually tackle your root cause.

Around the 6 minute mark there is a patient who had Meniere’s Disease and Vertigo. In this video it mentions:

  • TMJ
  • Neck pain
  • Sinuses
  • Whiplash
  • Fibromalgia,
  • Back pain
  • Tinnitus
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Core posture.

NCR is said to successfully improve many conditions including other conditions related to Meniere’s disease and vertigo. These include:

  • Anxiety
  • Ear infection, acute & chronic,
  • deafness
  • Headaches, head pressure and migraines

All of these have been are often claimed to have a correlation with Meniere’s Disease from different sources.

NCR is reported to allow patients with many conditions come off of medication after years of reliance of painkilling drugs.

Neurocranial Restructuring was created by an American, Doctor Dean Howell. His website states: “In natural medicine, there are three modes of treatment: 1) nutrition, environment, and lifestyle; 2) detoxification; 3) musculoskeletal.” A mantra that very much echoes similarly to what we have been saying at Meniere’s Help for 16 years.

Here is an excellent video about a unique Neurocranial Restructuring (NCR) method. You may find it worth investigating, especially if you have sinus trouble or persistent slight tinnitus that won’t go away despite living otherwise free of all the other symptoms.

Click here to read Managing Meniere’s Disease – How to Live Symptom Free

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Surgery for Meniere’s Disease

Surgery for Meniere’s Disease

Are you considering surgery for Meniere’s disease ?

I have just posted part 6 of my own story (click the Mike’s Meniere’s Story tab at the top of the page to read).

Discussed are surgical options for people with Meniere’s Disease, such as an endolymphatic shunt implant and vestibular nerve section, and the implications.

Unfortunately, in my case surgery wasn’t successful. However, within a year of the failed surgery I was able to live free from 95% of the symptoms of Meniere’s disease for 10 years. The surgery was in 2001.

In addition to this, since 2012 I have been completely free of Meniere’s disease. It is now 2020.

Surgery for Meniere’s disease is indeed an option. For most, a last resort. But there may more ways to beat this condition, whether it be by managing your symptoms enough to live a normal life again or freeing yourself completely by finding and dealing with your own individual root cause(s).

Click here to read Managing Meniere’s Disease – How to Live Symptom Free

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Meniere’s Disease Triggers

Meniere’s Disease Triggers

The video below discusses Meniere’s disease triggers. For a more in depth, comprehensive list read the article on triggers.

Click here to read extensive article on Meniere’s Disease Triggers

The video below is from 2007.   Please be aware that an awful lot has changed since then (it is now 2020).

We didn’t know anywhere near as much as we do now about how to deal with this condition at that time.

We knew how to suppress the symptoms through nutrition, diet, lifestyle and avoiding triggers.

But we now know how to deal with the root causes of Meniere’s disease. As a result I and many others no longer have Meniere’s disease. We live normal healthy lives. This can be done, has been done and is being done all the time. 

Click here to read The Need for Balance – Dealing with the Causes of Meniere’s

You can see the full transcript below this video.

Meniere’s Disease Triggers video

Hi I’m Mike, You may have seen my other two videos that are out there on the internet, on You-tube and a few other places on the internet. And in those videos basically I just explain that, I’ve lived with Meniere’s for about 13 odd years now. and uh, I managed to rid myself of the symptoms, and I’ve been symptom free for the last 7 years I think it is now, through taking very high quality nutritional supplements.

I hadn’t intended on making another video but 1 or 2 things have come up. Basically on the website, which you can see probably down here. There is a page called “triggers” and obviously that is about all the triggers that affect us people with Meniere’s. 

The thing about triggers, is, I think, certainly I didn’t take them very seriously or not seriously enough when I was very sick with Meniere’s. And it seems that quite a few people who we advise about these triggers don’t really take it seriously enough either.

One of the reasons for that is I think, you know, changing something in your diet, or your lifestyle, or whatever, it’s not going to give you results overnight and it takes time basically.

People kind of might change their diet for a week or so and don’t see any change and think well that’s not working; what’s the point. I like my chocolate I’ll just eat it. You know things like that (that’s not to say chocolate is a definite trigger for you).

So basically this is just to draw attention to a few triggers and just to explain, yeah, it does take time.

It’s up to you to try and find your own particular triggers, because basically we are all different and some people are affected by some triggers and others are not basically.

So I’ll just give you a quick breakdown of what’s on that page on that site and you can go and visit that site. Click on the link to ‘Triggers‘ and that will give you a lot more information than what is on this video.

Okay, so basically, the first thing: Diet…

There are quite a few things that may, not definitely, but may affect you. So you know every doctor or virtually every doctor will tell you that salt is the main problem for us, because the sodium in the salt  retains fluid in the body.

So cutting your salt intake down to a sensible level is the first thing every person with Meniere’s should do.

But not only that, there are things like if you have too much caffeine, if you have a diet full of saturated fats, if you drink alcohol, all of these things can have an affect on us.

If you can either cut those things out of your diet or limit them to sensible levels, I mean obviously it’s common sense with a lot of it, you know for just staying healthy generally.

But you know, more so for us, people with Meniere’s. If you can keep to a healthy diet, full of fresh vegetables and fruits and cut out unhealthy fats, salty foods like processed foods, junk food, in the long run it’s going to help you. In most cases.

Certain things affect some people and certain things don’t affect people. Personally alcohol was a huge trigger for me but I’ve had emails from people, where they say it’s never bothered them, ever.

You know it’s up to you to find out if it does affect you. By the way I think most people are affected by alcohol.

Okay there are other things like lifestyle and environment.

So in your lifestyle, obviously if you are overworked, you’re stressed, if you’re not getting enough sleep, you know all these things contribute to the problems we have.

So you need to get decent sleep.

For your work and your stress, you know obviously there are certain things you can do about that and other times it’s not always possible to cut that out.

But if you cut the other things out, in your life like your diet and your environment, you’re giving yourself a better chance.
In your environment, you could be talking about mold or allergens in the air, chemicals in the work place, or in the household; these can all, possibly have an affect on you. 

If you’ve had dental work or if you have amalgam fillings. There seems to be a lot of people, for me not personally, but there are a lot of people that have been affected by this. They have found that that is their main trigger, and they’ve done something about it.

Another thing is the weather, because heavy weather, you know low barometric pressure, if there is low air pressure, that is increasing the pressure in your ear.

So again there is nothing you can do about that but if you cut out all the other triggers, you know like the salt, the things in your diet and if you cut out the things in your lifestyle, then perhaps the heavy weather is not going to affect you as much.

Go to, the website down here and look at triggers. Have a good look and try and figure out what affects you and do something about it basically.

And if you want help with that you can contact us and someone will get back to you and help you out there with advice.

Okay one other thing….in the other two videos I’m talking about high quality supplements helping us get rid of our Meniere’s basically. Or the Meniere’s Disease symptoms I should say; it’s not a cure. But you know, we live symptom free. 

A fair amount of people I think, they see that video and they just rush out to the local store and buy, maybe not the cheapest, but they certainly don’t worry about the quality of what they are buying.

A lot of supplements are not very good quality and what it says on the bottle might not be what is in there. You know in that case they are buying these cheaper low quality brands and basically they are not getting any results.

Then they probably think, well that’s a load of nonsense and they are missing out. So just one thing about that, look on the site, look what we use.

Of course I think you should use what we use, because we know it works.

But you know if you don’t use what we use because it is expensive, and it is expensive by the way.

If you don’t use that make sure you find the equivalent, you know I mean as close as you can and certainly the best quality you can get hold of.

Because otherwise you’re kind of wasting your money, and kind of wasting your time I guess. So yep, that’s the two things that came up recently…so go to and best of luck…

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What is Meniere’s Disease?

What is Meniere’s Disease?

The explanatory video “What is Meniere’s disease?” below has the full transcript underneath for people who are either hard of hearing or can not view the media for some reason.

You can also read a more in depth explanation by clicking this link:

What is Meniere’s Disease and what does it mean for you the sufferer?

Dr. Steven D. Rauch – Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary – Boston .MA. explains just what Meniere’s disease is in simple easy to understand terms. People are naturally anxious to get a real diagnosis and have explained what causing their symptoms. In a sense Meniere’s is just a name or a label given to a set of symptoms your treating doctors doesn’t know the root cause of.

This is called an idiopathic condition, of which there are many. There could be several root causes that are triggering inflammation within the inner ear and the consequent build up of fluid. They only refer to it as “Meniere’s Disease” or “Meniere’s Syndrome” once they have ruled out other more sinister possibilities such as a tumor.

The name comes from Prosper Ménière, the physician-in-chief at the Institute for deaf-mutes in Paris in the 1800’s.

So in a sense, what the doctor is saying when he or she says you have “Meniere’s disease” is that you have symptoms for which they don’t know the cause. That is where the doctor usually has to palm you off with various drugs.

These usually consist of a mix of anti-histamines, anti-inflammatories or diuretics, sometimes mixed with tranquilizers and occasionally what are essentially travel sickness pills).

Sufferers are too often told to take the drugs and live with it. Occasionally sufferers who are persistent enough are referred to “specialists” for various invasive surgical options, or steroid injections. So does that mean you are stuck with the horrible symptoms of Vertigo, deafness, tinnitus and everything else that comes with Meniere’s for the rest of your life?

Absolutely not. But it will usually need you to take your health into your own hands if you want to rid yourself of Meniere’s symptoms and live a normal life again.

The truth is, very few look for the actual root cause. This is rather shocking because there is a cause for everything that happens in the body; it’s called “cause and effect”, a simple law of nature.

There are many possible causes for Meniere’s, vertigo and other vestibular conditions. The trick is finding the root causes and triggers in your individual case. If you identify your root cause or causes then you have found the key to your cure.

When you read the statement above, understand that this can be done, has been done and is being done all the time. Mike Spencer, the founder of Meniere’s Disease help, the author of Managing Meniere’s Disease – How to Live Symptom Free and The Need for Balance – Dealing with the Causes of Meniere’s, in fact did this himself.

You can read Mike’s story by clicking the link below.

Mike’s Meniere’s Story

By giving the body all the nutrition it needs (and rarely gets in today’s society) the body can usually take care of itself and a as a result keep Meniere’s symptoms at bay. We see this all the time. For more information on the nutritional supplements used to support the immune system and ultimately keep Meniere’s sufferers free of symptoms click here.

The use of supplements is not a cure, neither is it a treatment. The right quality supplements, a good healthy diet and lifestyle can support your immune system enough for it to deal with the inflammation causing your symptoms, therefore keeping you symptom free.

You can take that further and actually eliminate the root cause of the inflammation that is causing of your Meniere’s symptoms. This takes knowledge and effort on your part, as well as ignoring those who tell you it can not be done. As mentioned above, it most certainly CAN be done and is being done all the time.

Ultimately, it is your choice.

Below, Dr Rauch’s analogy of an old car is perhaps not the best but you can understand what he is getting at. And certainly it is NOT something we “have to live with”.

At the bottom of this page is another video explaining the workings of the balance organs in the inner ear.

What is Meniere’s Disease?

A doctor’s perspective:


Menieres Disease. In order for an ear to work normally, there are a number of regulatory systems.

These systems manage the production of the two different flavors of the inner ear fluid.

They manage the chemical composition of those fluids, the recycling of those fluids, the nerve signals entering the ear, the nerve signals leaving the ear, circulation entering the ear, circulation leaving the ear, communication between the different parts of the inner ear.

All of those systems have to be working perfectly, for the ear to be working perfectly. If anything goes wrong with any of those systems, the ear may fail.

Since the inner ear houses organs of hearing and balance, the failure can affect hearing or balance, or both. If the pattern of failure affects both hearing and balance, and if the pattern of failure is intermittent, if it comes and goes, it’s called Meniere’s Syndrome.

We don’t know what’s wrong in there, it may be different in different patients, it’s all called Meniere’s Syndrome. And that name simply means that the ear is unreliable or unstable or fragile.

The best analogy is to an old car. When you bought the car it ran perfectly, some day it wont run at all, but as the car is aging there may be a period of time, days or weeks or months or even years where that car is not dependable.

There are a million different things that could be wrong under the hood; what you have to live with is an undependable car, sometimes it will start, sometimes it wont, sometimes it runs sometimes it stalls.

If you have Meniere’s Syndrome, you have an ear like that.”


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