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Toxic Mold and Meniere’s

By Mike Spencer

Founder of Meniere’s Help. 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

The hidden dangers of toxic mold and Meniere’s Disease

Mold and mycotoxins may be among the least spoken about serious threats to our health. The possible connections between mold and Meniere’s is not among the most commonly spoken about subjects when considering triggers and causes either.

Yet the possible connections have been known for many years. It is important to understand there can be many possible root causes and what is relevant to one Meniere’s sufferer may have little to no relevance in another.

According to Dr Mercola, “From a toxicity point of view, some mycotoxins (toxic substances produced by mold) are actually far more toxic than heavy metals, in terms of concentration. Mycotoxins also tend to affect more biological systems in your body than do pesticides or heavy metals, partly because fungi have the ability to dodge your immune system by rapidly mutating, while at the same time producing chemicals that suppress your immune system.”

He also says, “If your immune system is stressed in any way, or if you are extremely sensitive and have allergy-like reactions to a variety of agents then you may be even MORE sensitive to mold than the average person and have chronic symptoms directly related to mold in your environment. But even if you are generally healthy, mold can still pose a significant risk if you are caught off-guard.”

You need a healthy immune system to avoid Meniere’s symptoms, that’s a fact. We have seen for over a decade and a half that supporting your immune system with high quality supplements and a good diet has helped many people reduce their symptoms significantly regardless of their root cause.

However if your Meniere’s symptoms are a result of toxic molds, it may take specific nutrients in high enough levels to detox it from your body.

Molds have been associated with health problems that in themselves have been linked to Meniere’s such as sinus problems and autoimmune disease. Diagnostic tests for mold toxicity are very specific and one of those is a hearing test.

Toxic mold exposure has also been linked to neurological damage causing memory loss, insomnia, anxiety, depression, trouble concentrating, confusion. headaches, fatigue, nasal irritation and nausea.

Mold has also been linked to, dizziness, vertigo, tinnitus, ear infections, hearing loss, autoimmune inner ear disease and Meniere’s disease itself.

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In a study published in the journal Nature, ‘Proinflammatory cytokines and response to molds in mononuclear cells of patients with Meniere disease’ it was concluded that “Aspergillus and Penicillium trigger the release of TNF-? in MD patients and this could initiate or exacerbate the inflammatory response in the inner ear.”

Aspergillus and Penicillium are types of mold. There are hundreds of types of aspergillus molds and mildews that can be inhaled.

Penicillium is a fungus that grows on spoiled foods and can be ingested.

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I personally suffered for 7 years with Meniere’s symptoms [ I am now completely free of Meniere’s disease ]. During the absolute worst period of suffering I searched for mold in my house. It was the rainy season in Japan where I lived and at that time of year the moisture is incredible.

I found a huge patch of mold behind a set of drawers very near where my head would be while I slept. I immediately set about cleaning the mold and as a result very quickly brought on a violent vertigo attack.

It would be advisable to get a professional in to clear the mold because it may be all over your home without you knowing. If a professional is out of the question, then at least get someone else to clean it for you.

According to American mold expert Dr. Jack Thrasher, as many as 40 percent of American schools and 25 percent of homes have mold infestations, unbeknownst to the people occupying those buildings.

He says, “It follows that adverse health effects of mold may be reaching pandemic levels.”

Regarding humidity and mold Dr. Thrasher says,  anything above 60 percent is going to lead to growth of mold and bacteria… People have to be very careful about this situation. That’s why I call it a pandemic

If your home is prone to mold it would be advisable to (after clearing the mold) use an air purifier during the damp periods and make sure your house is well aired naturally in dryer periods.

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Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant produced in cells. Research suggests that mycotoxins in mold can decrease the formation of glutathione due to decreased gene expression of the enzymes needed to form glutathione.

Mycotoxin-related compromise of glutathione production can result in an excess of oxidative stress that leads to tissue damage and systemic illness.

Glutathione  is needed to detox mold from your body. Your liver is your body’s main detox organ. This is where glutathione plays a major role in detoxifying your mold mycotoxins.

When there is not enough glutathione to eliminate the toxins they start to stack up in the liver and cause mitochondrial damage – your cells’ energy powerhouse – affecting glutathione production.

Glutathione has been shown to improve protein, enzyme, and bilirubin levels in the blood of individuals with alcoholic and nonalcoholic chronic fatty liver disease. A study reported that glutathione was most effective when given to people with fatty liver disease intravenously, in high doses.

Glutathione can be found in foods such as: asparagus, avocado, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, spinach, broccoli, garlic, chives, tomatoes, cucumber, almonds, and walnuts.

However, dietary glutathione is poorly absorbed by the human body. Additionally, cooking and storage conditions can decrease the amount found in food. So if you have been exposed to mold mycotoxins it is worth supplementing pro-glutathione nutrients.

Milk thistle, N-acetyl cysteine and superoxide dismutase supplements can activate glutathione production naturally in the liver.

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Social Security Disability Benefits Meniere’s Disease

How to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits with Meniere’s Disease

We recently received this helpful article from Ram Meyyappan of  Social Security Disability Help. Hope you find it useful if you are out of work because of Meniere’s.

Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits with Meniere’s Disease in the United States.

Meniere’s Disease can result in sporadic episodes of vertigo. The spinning sensation and fluctuating

hearing loss can make it almost impossible to maintain the responsibilities associated with full time work

activity. If the symptoms associated with Meniere’s Disease have prevented you from performing fulltime work activity and have resulted in the loss of income, Social Security Disability benefits may be able to help alleviate some of the financial strain.

There are two disability programs that you may qualify for if you suffer from this condition, including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Qualifying for SSDI Benefits

In order to qualify for SSDI, you must have earned enough work credits through your previous work history. As of 2013, you earn one work credit for every $1,160 that you earn.

You can earn a total of up to four work credits per year. If you are age 31 or older, you must have a total of 20 work credits in order to qualify for SSDI benefits. If you are under the age of 31, you must have worked half of the time since turning age 21.

For example, if you are 29, you must have worked four of the past eight years in order to have enough work credits to qualify for SSDI benefits. If you do not have enough work credits to qualify for SSDI benefits, you may be able to qualify for SSI benefits.

Qualifying for SSI Benefits

SSI is a needs-based program. You do not need any work credits to qualify for SSI benefits. You must, however, meet the financial criteria that have been set forth by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

In addition to proving that you are disabled according to Social Security guidelines, you must also not earn more than $710 per month as an individual or $1,060 per month as a couple. Your household assets must also not exceed $2,000 as an individual or $3,000 as a couple.

Meeting the Blue Book Criteria

The easiest way to qualify for disability is by meeting a condition that is listed in the Social Security Blue Book or a condition that meets or equals a Blue Book listing.

The Blue Book is a publication set forth by the SSA that lists all of the conditions that could possibly qualify an individual for Social Security

Disability benefits, along with the criteria that must be met for each condition that is listed.

Meniere’s Disease is covered under Section 2.07 of the Blue Book, which covers disturbance of

labyrinthine-vestibular function. According to the Blue Book, in order to qualify for disability benefits with Meniere’s Disease, you must be able to prove that:

• You suffer from disturbed function of vestibular labyrinth demonstrated by caloric or other vestibular tests; 

• You suffer from hearing loss that has been established by audiometry.

To prove your disability to the SSA, you will want to include copies of certain medical evidence with your disability application. Examples of what should be included are:

• Bekesy audiometry results

• Pure tone and speech audiometry results

• Positional and caloric testing results

• Copies of polytomogram results

• Imaging reports of the skull and temporal bone such as CAT scan or MRI with or without contrast material.

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Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits

You can apply for Social Security Disability benefits online ( or in person at your local Social Security office. You will be asked to fill out a number of forms including the Adult Disability Checklist, the Adult Disability Report, and the actual disability application.

If you are applying in person, you should bring copies of the medical records mentioned above with you to your appointment. If you are applying online, you will be provided with a cover sheet that will allow you to fax your medical evidence to the Social Security Administration.

Make sure that you do so as soon as possible to avoid delays in the processing of your application. You will receive a decision regarding your disability claim within three to six months of the date of your application.

If your claim for Social Security Disability benefits is denied, you have 60 days from the date of the denial notice to appeal the decision. If you need to file an appeal, you may want to consider retaining the services of a disability attorney.

A disability attorney can help you determine why your initial claim was denied and will help you gather the evidence that is needed to strengthen your claim.

Article by Ram Meyyappan

Social Security Disability Help

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Holistic approach to Overcoming Menieres Disease

This lady combined supplementation and diet changes for a yeast overgrowth with Chiropractics to free herself of Meniere’s symptoms

“Hi Michael,

Sorry for the delay in replying to you.

I am doing much better these days. I was taking the supplements for over 4 months without any improvement and not being able to pinpoint any factors which was my trigger. Someone told me about a doctor in Belfast who no longer worked for the NHS as he took a more alternative therapy view on health, a more holistic approach. I attended his clinic about 3 months ago and after a consultation and some investigations he diagnosed my problem as candida overgrowth. For this he put me on supplements to deal with the bacteria overgrowth and a strict diet (no yeast, no dairy, no sugar). He also had me attend a chiropractor as he felt my neck had a lot of tension in it which could be triggering some of my dizziness/vertigo. Since I have been on this diet & supplements and finished course of chiropractor treatment i am feeling much better, more energy, no vertigo in 2 months, sleeping better….just feeling like my old self again! The only thing that still bothers me at times is the tinnitus but i can live with that!

Thanks once again for the help and support i received from you


Used with permission.

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Social Security For Meniere’s Disease in The USA


Social Security For Meniere’s Disease in The USA

Many people want to know, can they claim Social Security if they have Meniere’s Disease. It is not a problem in the UK because of the national Health System. But many people say they have difficulty claiming it in the States.

Well according to this lawyer, Gordon Gates from Maine, who specializes in social security disability law, you CAN claim social security for Menieres. Social Security adult listing 2.07 apparently states that you can if you have been treated for it.

Social Security adult listing 2.07 explicitly covers Meniere’s disease. The listing states:

“2.07 Disturbance of labyrinthine vestibular function (including Meniere’s disease), characterized by a history of frequent attacks of balance disturbance, tinnitus, and progressive loss of hearing.

With both A and B:
A. Disturbed function of vestibular labyrinth demonstrated by caloric or other vestibular tests; and

B. Hearing loss established by audiometry.”

Mr Gates states on his blog : “Anyone suffering from Meniere’s has probably seen a specialist, and had the appropriate audiometry testing. This should not be a difficult listing to meet for a claimant suffering from Meniere’s who has had the benefit of good medical treatment.”

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Meniere’s No More

Meniere’s No More

I have just posted a new message from Andrew who has beaten his Meniere’s Disease symptoms. In his case he used supplements.

To read Andrew’s story and that of many more click on the tab ” Meniere’s Success Stories” at the top of the page…..

Note: Supplementation has proven very effective in allowing the body to suppress the symptoms of Meniere’s disease. How is that possible?

Using supplements is neither a cure nor a treatment.

Rather, the right quality supplements can support the immune system enough for it to deal with the inflammation causing Meniere’s symptoms.

The most common factor that prevents this is the fact that “quality” supplementation is often not cheap and many supplements are poor quality, often with fillers meaning what it says on the bottle may not be quite what is in the supplement.

However, supplements or not, it is still possible to overcome the symptoms of vertigo, dizziness, brain fog and tinnitus completely. Many can even restore their hearing, something we are often told is impossible.

We now know that you can find your root causes and triggers and deal with them so you can truly say in your case:

Meniere’s no more

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Help other sufferers. Do you have a success story? Can you say for you Meniere’s no more ?

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