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Meniere’s disease – Cervical Spine and TMJ

Meniere’s disease  Cervical Spine and TMJ

By Mike Spencer

Founder of Menieres Help -Supporting sufferers since 2004

Researcher and author of Managing Meniere’s Disease – How to Live Symptom Free,  and  The Need for Balance – Dealing with the Causes of Meniere’s 

Misalignment in the cervical spine, neck and jaw (TMJ) have all been linked to the symptoms of Meniere’s disease.

Many people who have had chiropractic readjustments and manipulation of the cervical spine have freed themselves of Meniere’s symptoms, notably C1 through C6.

The most commonly found misalignment in the neck is C1 in sufferers of vertigo, which it has slipped out of place. This is usually due to trauma of some kid such as whiplash or sudden jerk like movement.

This can go years without being detected, and years before causing disturbances with equilibrium and the ear.

Treatment for TMJ/TMD has also been successful in stopping Meniere’s disease symptoms in some people. Such testimonials are common in emails to Meniere’s Help. Neither cause is recognized by ENTs and GPs in general but the numbers speak for themselves. When researched, the science also backs this up.

This message was posted by Bryann in a Meniere’s group on Facebook recently (May 2017) regarding TMJ and Meniere’s:

“Hey y’all, just a treatment update. I’ve been in treatment for TMJD with Dr. Foskin and Adelina in Oklahoma City since November 2016 and I’ve been symptom free since December 2016. I just had a check up this week and it looks like my jaw is stabilizing!

Please, please, please get an assessment to rule out TMJD!!! I would have never thought I had it, but I did! An amazing thing about this last visit, when I was first assessed, I had a tremendous amount of neck and shoulder pain. I had Dr Foskin do the same assessment and the pain is gone! I also used to have a lot of headaches and they are gone too! If you are having random neck and shoulder pain, this is a telltale sign of TMJD.  Good luck to you all in your journey to health!”

Have you had your neck, back and jaw checked for any irregularities?

You can read more information on links to Meniere’s symptoms and the neck and spine on this page: Chiropractics for Meniere’s disease

On the page linked to above you will read in one section about the work of Doctor Michael Burcon and his peer reviewed paper in 2010 after performing a study on 139 patients. In March 2017 a press release was published and circulated on social media with the headlines ”

“After 155 Years, the Cause of Meniere’s Disease has Finally Been Discovered,”

The headline is rather misleading in that yes, although neck and spinal issues are very significant in a many Meniere’s cases, it cannot be claimed to be “THE” definitive cause, just as nothing else can be claimed to be the outright definitive cause.

The reasons for this are simple, there are several possible causes and possibly more than one cause in each individual case. This is discussed at great length, how to find your own particular cause(s) and how to eliminate them from your life (therefore eliminating Meniere’s from your life) in the book, The Need for Balance – Dealing with the Causes of Menieres.

The significance of this press release is that Doctor Burcon’s work has now extended to 300 patients over 6 years.

“Six years of treatment on 300 patients demonstrated a 97% improvement in the intensity and duration of vertigo attacks,” Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research.

The paper was actually released in 2016 and is discussed in The Need for Balance. Dr Burcon explained: “Seven hundred and twenty one consecutive patients diagnosed with Meniere’s disease have entered my clinic, most denying a history of a head/neck injury,” .

In the press release, The Journal went on to state: “Most patients are diagnosed with Meniere’s in middle age. That’s because they were injured in high school or college, when they were learning to drive, playing sports or attempting to do something they came to regret. Luckily, it’s not too late to benefit dramatically from upper cervical specific care. These doctors take post graduate training to get certified in their technique. They spend more time testing to create an adjustment, based on x-ray analysis, tailor-made for the patient. This translates to faster, safer results, especially with patients with one-sided neurologic disorders like Meniere’s disease or Trigeminal neuralgia.”

Having communicated with Dr Burcon on several occasions I cannot imagine he was responsible for the sensational headline. But that said, his work is significant and should not be ignored or ridiculed as it is by some who have alternative (and potentially lucrative) treatments.

Dr Burcon says: “The reason it took so long to discover the cause of Meniere’s disease is simple, it takes an average of 15 years from the time of the trauma, a whiplash/concussion injury caused by a vehicular accident or significant blow to the head, before the onset of symptoms.”

Ligaments are damaged allowing an upper cervical subluxation complex to slowly develop over time. Additionally, the brain slips lower into the foramen magnum, slowing the flow of cerebrospinal fluid out of the skull, creating normal pressure hydrocephalus. Since the skull acts as a closed hydraulic system, less blood flows into the head. This syndrome is often missed on supine MRIs. These films should be taken upright, seated or standing, and should include the upper cervical spine in addition to the head.

So is Meniere’s disease – Cervical Spine and TMJ relevant?

Yes, absolutely for some people.

Whether it be the neck, the spine, the jaw or teeth, Musculoskeletal imbalances are an important possibility that you should get checked for and corrected if need be.

Click here to read Managing Meniere’s Disease – How to Live Symptom Free
Click here to read The Need for Balance – Dealing with the Causes of Meniere’s

Help other Meniere’s sufferers. Do have experience with Meniere’s, the spine, neck or jaw? Tell us all about it in the comments boxes below or email Mike at meniereshelp@gmail.com

Further reading:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12555932/

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Menieres disease and food allergies

Menieres disease and food allergies

Food allergies and gut issues have been linked to Meniere’s disease.

This is one of several possible causes you can correct or eliminate in your life. Studies have shown that up to 30% of Meniere’s sufferers have food allergies and/or intolerances. Intolerance to gluten and candida overgrowth are common.

The gut has more neurons than the central nervous system and the bowels are where serotonin is stored. The proliferation of chemicals in foods and the environment that destroy good gut bacteria is having an effect on human health in many ways. Meniere’s disease is one possible result in some people.

Watch the video below for more on food allergies and gut issues.

Click here to read Managing Meniere’s Disease – How to Live Symptom Free
Click here to read The Need for Balance – Dealing with the Causes of Meniere’s

Help other Meniere’s sufferers. Do you have experience with Meniere’s and gut issues, food allergies or intolerances? Tell us all about it using the comments boxes below or email Mike at meniereshelp@gmail.com

Related articles:

Food Allergies and Meniere’s Disease

Candida Albicans and Meniere’s Disease

Help other Meniere’s sufferers. Do you have experience with Meniere’s disease and gut issues, food allergies or intolerances? Tell us all about it using the comments boxes below or email Mike at meniereshelp@gmail.com

Further reading:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20713244/

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Meniere’s Disease – Amalgam and Mercury

Meniere’s Disease – Amalgam and Mercury

Is amalgam a root cause in some sufferers?

Mercury leaking from amalgam dental fillings is just one of several possible root causes of Meniere’s Disease symptoms. When people have removed amalgam from their mouths often they find themselves free of Meniere’s altogether.  This is one of the most common themes among sufferers who have contacted Meniere’s Help over the past 12 years.

Exposure to mercury is a major heath concern and amalgam is not the only way it may get into our bodies, though it is the most common. People who live near coal burning power plants may be at risk and in recent years vaccinations are sometimes laced with mercury, supposedly to cause an immune response.  Considering The World Health Organization states that no amount of Mercury exposure is safe, this is a concern that should be taken very seriously.

Do you have amalgam in your mouth? Have you considered having it removed.

Watch the video below for more on amalgam and Meniere’s.

Click here to read Managing Meniere’s Disease – How to Live Symptom Free
Click here to read The Need for Balance – Dealing with the Causes of Meniere’s

Book Review: The Need for Balance; Dealing with the Causes of Meniere’s Disease

Is Meniere’s disease amalgam and mercury toxicity an issue?

Read a more in depth look about the overwhelming evidence pointing to mercury and in particular amalgam as a trigger or root cause of Meniere’s symptoms by clicking the link below:

Help other Meniere’s sufferers. Do you have any experience with Meniere’s disease and amalgam or mercury? Tell us all about it in the comments boxes below or email Mike at meniereshelp@gmail.com

Related articles:

Meniere’s Disease caused by Dental Work

Amalgam mercury and Meniere’s disease

Mike’s Meniere’s Story

Further reading:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16962722/

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Meniere’s – Thyroid and Endocrine System

Meniere’s – Thyroid and Endocrine System

Both the endocrine system and thyroid  have been linked to Meniere’s. Up to 38% of Meniere’s disease sufferers have thyroid issues

The thyroid is part of the endocrine system and metabolism, which is also linked to Meniere’s, is regulated by the thyroid. Have you been checked for thyroid dysfunction?

The thyroid is one one of the most overlooked possible root causes of Meniere’s  symptoms. Consider the fact that endocrine disruptors saturate our environment, food, drinks, household goods, personal hygiene products and cosmetics. Anything throwing this hormone system out of sync can affect the thyroid and metabolism. It may be wise to consider this as a serious factor in your own individual case and get checked. Either eliminate this as a possibility or take action if needed.

Video: thyroid and endocrine links to Meniere’s.

Click Here to Get Managing Meniere’s Disease – How to Live Symptom Free
Click Here to Get The Need for Balance – Dealing with the Causes of Meniere’s

For more in depth information on the thyroid and endocrine system related to Meniere’s disease by clicking the links below.

Help other Meniere’s sufferers. Do you have experience with Meniere’s related to the thyroid, endocrine or metabolism?  email Mike at meniereshelp@gmail.com or tell us all about it using the comments boxes below.

Endocrine Disorders and Meniere’s Disease

Metabolism and Meniere’s Disease

Overcoming Meniere’s Disease

Further reading:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27437251/

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Meniere’s Disease – Allergies and Mold

Meniere’s Disease – Allergies and Mold

Allergies from pollen and other airborne allergens are known triggers for Meniere’s disease sufferers. 

It may be that airborne allergens are not only triggers but even a possible root cause in some people. There is always a surge of sufferers contacting Meniere’s Help during the allergy seasons in spring and fall/autumn so without doubt it increases symptoms and triggers attacks.

In addition, mold can increase allergic reactions and in itself can cause many diseases. Mold and mildew is also a known Meniere’s trigger and possible root cause in some sufferers.

In the USA, 28.9 million people were diagnosed with sinusitis in 2010. The sinuses are an important part of the immune system and also related to Meniere’s. Allergens inside buildings can be even worse! Could this be a problem for you?

Video: Meniere’s disease – allergies and mold.

Click Here to Get Managing Meniere’s Disease – How to Live Symptom Free
Click Here to Get The Need for Balance – Dealing with the Causes of Meniere’s

For more on Meniere’s Disease – Allergies and Mold, click below:

Help other Meniere’s sufferers. What are you experiences of Meniere’s in the allergy seasons, with mold and other allergens. Tell us all about it n the comments boxes below or email Mike at meniereshelp@gmail.com

Related articles:

Toxic Mold and Meniere’s

Stopping Meniere’s Symptoms During Allergy Season

Further reading:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31163563/

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