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Meniere's Disease and Nutrition

Foods That Destroy Your Immune System

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

Foods That Destroy Your Immune System

Is your food destroying your immune system?

Having a strong, fully functioning immune system is vital to deal with the inflammation that causes your Meniere’s symptoms.
Supporting your immune system with a balanced healthy diet of whole foods (preferably organic) low in salt, sugar and bad fats and high in anti oxidants and other vital nutrients is essential for anybody. But for a Meniere’s sufferer or someone with any other degenerative disease, it is even more important.

In a body that is experiencing imbalances and dysfunctions within the ear the immune system is struggling badly to cope with inflammation and needs help. We see the results of this in symptoms such as tinnitus, dizziness and vertigo etc.

Giving all the nutrients it needs to combat inflammation and allow the ear and lymphatic system to function as it should and preventing or fixing any malfunctions developing is just plain common sense.

Nutrition is always the main factor when considering the strength or weakness of your immune system. Eating whole, organic foods that are free of additives and synthetic chemicals provide the best nutrients to your cells without any toxins. This food nourishes your body and supports immune function. Unfortunately not all foods do that.

Some of the worst foods that destroy your immune system:

  1. Red Meat?

    A recent study from the University of California suggests red meat can trigger a dangerous reaction that can weaken the immune system.  The problem comes from a natural sugar in red meat that our bodies can’t digest. The sugar is believed to cause a host of other health problems including a higher risk of cancer.

    This has to be balanced with studies that show red meat, in particular beef can have a very beneficial effect and enable the body to deal with certain autoimmune conditions.  What helps with one person might be a problem for another.

  2. Fried Foods

    Fried foods can trigger inflammation, reducing the effectiveness of your immunity.  One study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism suggests that just cutting back on fried foods — or cutting them out of your diet altogether — could “help restore the body’s natural defenses regardless of age or health status.”  In addition to this, fried foods accumulate ‘acrylamide’, a dangerous carcinogen.

  3. Processed Foods

    One of the biggest problems with our culture today is our passive acceptance of overly processed foods. All in all they must be the most dangerous foods to immune health. More and more people are understanding this and switching to fresh organic diets.

    Many food companies use the terms ‘natural’ to describe their product, even though their foods may have large amounts of refined carbohydrates, added sugar, and other hidden often toxic flavorings and additives

    Even organic processed foods, like cereal and breads, can contain immune-suppressing sugar. Processed foods are basically anything that comes in a package, contains more than one ingredient, and has been cooked and modified.

    Eating processed foods can lead to chronic irritation in the body. A recent study published in Nutrition Journal [Fast food fever: reviewing the impacts of the Western diet on immunity. ] even suggests that the toxins of a modern diet completely outweigh the possible nutritional gains.  Processed food is not only full of triggers for a Meniere’s sufferer, it is generally weakening the immune system all round, leading to a higher rate of other illnesses and diseases, and all round poor health.

  4. Sugary Snacks

    Refined sugar,  can actually suppress the immune system. One study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that the sugar actually targets the cells that attack bacteria.  This negative effect on the body can last for hours after you eat something sugary.

  5. Soda

    All sodas contain phosphoric acid. Phosphoric acid can deplete calcium and magnesium in the body. If you’re drinking soda — it really doesn’t matter what it’s sweetened with — you’re likely damaging your immune system. Even diet soda is a bad option, possibly worse because it usually contains aspartame.

    Because soda has no beneficial nutrients, drinkers are less likely to get enough vitamin A, calcium, and magnesium—all necessary for an optimum immune system.

If you want a healthy immune system, starting by eliminating these foods from your diet would seem very wise.  Eat foods that boost your immunity instead. These include vitamin C rich foods like green vegetables and citrus. Exercise is also prudent. Even simple moderate exercise like walking can help build your immune system. Stress has a negative effect on your immune system so finding ways to reduce stress is very important.

Supplementing with a quality, balanced, anti oxidant filled multi vitamin/mineral supplement can help support your immune system, while Oregano oil is also a powerful harmful organism cleanser and may have some benefit for immune health.

If you are not convinced yet about the importance of what you eat and your health, watch this short but excellent video:

Bottom line for someone with Meniere’s disease is this: Over 12 years we have had many people contact us and report positive improvements in their condition after making the correct dietary changes. In addition, supplementing with the regimen we have used for over a decade makes even more difference, allowing people to live free of symptoms.

Not everyone is the same and we may all have different root causes and contributing triggers. But cutting immune damaging ‘foods’ out of your life and eating more immune strengthening foods is a very good place to start when dealing with Meniere’s or any other disease.

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

What are your experiences with dietary changes and Meniere’s.? Tell us all about it in the comments box below or email Mike at meniereshelp@gmail.com

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Meniere's Disease and Nutrition

Low Salt Diet for Meniere’s Disease

Low Salt Diet for Meniere’s Disease

By Mike Spencer

Founder of Meniere’s Help – Supporting sufferers since 2004

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

The apparent importance of a low salt or low sodium diet for Meniere’s sufferers is well known and well documented.

One of the first things your treating doctor will usually advise when you are diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease is to keep your intake of salt low.  In today’s world of processed foods, junk foods and snacks or even eating out and just cooking fresh food at home, it may feel very difficult to stick to a diet as low as 1500 mg of sodium per day.

Is a low salt diet for Meniere’s disease really that difficult? Is it that important and what are the alternatives?

On February 29th Huffington Post Australia reported on a Meniere’s patient named Emily George and how a low salt diet enabled her to live free of her symptoms.

Emily was diagnosed with Meniere’s in 2011. After suffering one too many vertigo attacks, she was of course advised to change her diet.

She told Huff post,

“My neurologist recommended a low sodium diet to help manage the symptoms,”

“I stopped using salt immediately and within weeks I was vertigo free.”

But it wasn’t only Emily’s symptoms of vertigo and dizziness that disappeared.

“My blood pressure has also come down, I am less bloated and now my family and I eat a lot less processed foods,” she said.

When sufferers are first told to stop drinking alcohol and reduce salt intake many wonder how they will cope with such a big change in their life. Wont life be boring and food flavorless without any salt?

In my own case, it was easy to quit alcohol and after a very short time food actually tasted better without added table salt. I could taste the true natural flavor of vegetables and it was easy to substitute salt with other flavorings in the kitchen.

Many years later. after recovering completely from Meniere’s I noticed an important observation in hindsight. Shortly after my worst year with vertigo I went into remission for around 6 to 8 months. At the time I didn’t care why and never gave it a thought. I was just ecstatic to have my life back again albeit temporary.

When later analyzing why, I could put it down to two things despite the fact I hadn’t been watching my salt intake at all and drank occasionally at that time. So what was different?

I had become very physically fit, going to the gym several times a week and the real surprise was I had been using natural sea salt crystals rather than common table salt. At the time, salt was salt to me; just the crystals that my wife was buying seemed more fancy sitting on the dinner table.

You might say, well sodium is sodium right? And although your body needs a certain amount of sodium to function properly we all know about how it supposedly raises blood pressure and causes the body to retain fluid if over consumed. So what’s the difference?

The difference is, while common table salt has been heavily processed to the point where it is virtually robbed of all its original nutrient value, is totally unbalanced and is ‘just sodium’ plus some additives. Something like Himalayan salt crystals is completely natural and its minerals are balanced so there much less possibility of an overload with sodium.  The minerals work in synergy with other nutrients inside the body in a beneficial way.

Himalayan salt crystals have been deep in the earth for over 250 million years and are toxin free. Containing all the natural minerals that are vital to the human body, it’s safe and more beneficial than any other processed salt.

Natural sea salt is a great source of iodine.  Though little attention is given to it, iodine deficiency is a major problem in the western world and contributes to Thyroid problems which have been linked to Meniere’s possibly because of the effect that has on weakening the immune system.

It also balances the body’s pH. It has been shown that disease states such as Meniere’s and cancer are unable to manifest in alkalized human cells. Some cancer research suggests our bodies can become too acidic.

Much of nature’s best medicine in plants helps keep our body’s cells pH well balanced through their alkalizing effect.   (The pH Miracle is well worth reading to learn how you can take care of your pH levels and avoid disease)

In the bible the term “salt of the earth” was first used and there is good reason for that. It was a prized mineral and was even used as a form of ‘money’ in ancient times. Sadly, in recent times the blind acceptance of over processing for mass production, distribution and profit of every food source has become the norm at the obvious expense of our health.

These days, at a time I value non toxic organic food more than anything, I wouldn’t use processed table salt if you paid me. I only use pure sea salts.

If you sticking to processed table salt are and attempting a low salt diet Emily George promises that it is possible — in fact, it’s actually better, she says.

“The first two-to-three weeks were pretty hard — food tasted bland,” Emily said.

“But once I got past that point, everything tasted better than it had previously — there was so much more flavor in food that I couldn’t taste before as it always had salt added.”

“Now if I have a taste of something which has been salted, I can taste it instantly and it is often unpalatable to me,”

(I feel exactly the same as Emily with my food)

Aside from helping her manage her Meniere’s disease, following a low sodium diet has also improved her cooking skills.

“It also made me a better cook because I couldn’t just rely on throwing in some salt for flavor any more,” Emily added. “Now I use lots of fresh herbs and spices and different cooking methods to make food taste great.”

As outlined in her new  book, ‘The No Salt Cookbook’, there are a number of ways to add flavor without the need for salt.

Emily told Huff Post “Fresh herbs, spices, lemon juice and vinegar are all excellent sources of flavor,” .

“A dash of red wine in a beef casserole is delicious.”

She also recommends trying alternate methods of cooking to bring out different flavors in food, such as poaching, roasting or barbecuing.

“Marinating meats overnight instead of just an hour or so can really intensify the flavor,”

If you are suffering with Meniere’s Disease and in particular vertigo. Consider using Himalayan Salt Crystals and/or try Emily’s recipes  from The No Salt Cookbook. (check some of her mouth watering recipes in the Huffington Post article)

Low salt diet for Meniere’s disease explained

Sodium is an essential electrolyte for life. It helps maintain the balance of water in and around your cells. It’s important for proper muscle and nerve function. It also helps maintain stable blood pressure levels.

Insufficient sodium in your blood is also known as hyponatremia. Some of the symptoms of hyponatremia can include altered personality, lethargy and confusion. Severe hyponatremia can cause seizures, coma and even death.

Lethargy, or lack of energy is something many Meniere’s sufferers experience. Confusion could be interpreted as brain fog, another symptom of Meniere’s. Moreover, there may some gray area between a drop attack suffered by some Meniere’s patients and seizures.

Clearly salt, or sodium, has significance for Meniere’s sufferers but quite how may be a little misunderstood. There are studies suggesting that too little sodium can cause vertigo, yet another symptom of Meniere’s.

Too much or too little sodium is clearly a health risk. If you ate a normal healthy fresh food diet and added table salt in moderation, in normal circumstances it would be unlikely to cause any problem. 

Both sodium and potassium, two essential electrolytes are both regulated by insulin. Blood sugar irregularities such as diabetes and hypoglycemia can affect insulin production.

A significant number of Meniere’s sufferers have also experienced hypoglycemia or blood sugar level irregularities. Click on the link above to read more on this.

However, the real problem perhaps lies in our overall eating habits. Processed foods, sauces and in particular fast foods can be packed full of sodium (in addition to potentially harmful chemicals). 

For example, a serving of fresh asparagus, cooked would average 1mg of sodium, while the same serving of canned asparagus would be 236mg.

A serving of regular roasted Peanuts would average 5mg, salted peanuts 418mgs and peanut butter 607mg.

Consider this; the usual medical advice for a Meniere’s sufferer would be to follow a low sodium diet, usually in the range of 1500-2000 mg per day. But is this in fact a low sodium diet?

According to the US CDC, the guidelines for everyone is to consume less than 2,300 mg per day. So that seems pretty much similar to a “low salt diet”. Now balance that with the fact that the average American consumes 3400 mg per day. (See list of sodium in common foods below)

If you are eating fast food regularly, then your sodium intake may be much higher than that even.

No consider that it may not be just the amount of sodium consumed daily but the sudden spike in sodium after eating fast foods. It could be this sudden fluctuation in sodium that will increase the fluid retention in the tissues of your affected ear. 

A constant bombardment of sodium may be continually upsetting the sodium/potassium balance in addition to continually swelling (inflaming) the tissues in the affected ear.

The bottom line is, we may be consuming too much sodium in the first place, meaning a low sodium diet for Meniere’s is rather what should perhaps be a regular diet – if we ate sensibly in the first place.

If you have spent much time on our main website, Meneieres-Help.Com, you will know how relevant inflammation is to this condition and most other common diseases. If you cook yourself or are cooking for a Meniere’s sufferer The Anti-Inflammation Cookbook:The Delicious Way to Reduce Inflammation and Stay Healthy’ by Amanda Haas and Dr. Bradly Jacobs is a great book to have in your kitchen. It is the #1 best seller in Cancer cookbooks on Amazon.

Meniere’s Help received this message from Murry in Australia regarding sodium:

“I need to write my story as well – just to give other people encouragement and strength to push through it, for me the biggest relief was to limit  salt / sodium.

I finally found a specialist who said cut the intake of foods to those that have less than 120mg / 100g. We thought we ate well (carefully) but when went home and cleaned out the pantry we were shocked by the amount of stuff (>120mg/100g) we threw out.

Vertigo / vomiting stopped almost over night

RHS ear still very buggered, LHS not the best and every day is different i.e. Shall I wear the hearing aids today?  But the appreciation of music has recovered and I no longer have the vertigo

Regards from

Murray Hunt”

Low Salt Diet for Meniere’s Disease

For those watching their measures of sodium. The University of Washington has a list of Sodium Content of Common Foods:

The information below is provided to assist patients maintain a low-sodium diet by: Alec N. Salt, Ph.D.,
Cochlear Fluids Research Laboratory, Washington University, St. Louis
:

Dietary Salt (sodium) Intake

Physicians may initially suggest a partially reduced salt level, in the range of 1000 – 2000 mg/day, to see if symptoms can be alleviated. Maintaining a sodium intake below 2000 mg/day requires considerable effort. Eating in restaurants causes difficulty as the majority of restaurant food is salted. To maintain a low sodium diet, you need to scrutinize the “Nutritional Information” boxes on food cartons. The amount of salt is listed as “sodium”.

Choose those products which would give you the least sodium, based on the amount of product you eat. Note that many “high salt” products (ketchup, salad dressing, corn chips) show relatively low sodium values based on very small serving portions (who eats only 12 corn chips at a sitting??). What is important is the total amount of sodium you are eating each day. As shown in the list below, fresh fruits and vegetables have low sodium content, but avoid adding salt to vegetables during preparation. The following advice may help maintain a low salt intake.

  • Do not use salt at the table
  • Reduce the salt used in food preparation. Try 1/2 teaspoon when recipes call for 1 teaspoon. Many cakes and desserts can be prepared without adding salt.
  • Use herbs and spices for flavoring meats and vegetables instead of salt.
  • Avoid salty foods such as processed meat and fish, pickles, soy sauce, salted nuts, chips and other snack foods.
  • Check every “Nutritional Information” label before you buy or use a product. Note sodium and portion size information.

A cautionary note: The body possesses exquisite systems which accurately regulate body sodium. The goal of a low sodium diet is to “push” this regulation system toward one end of its range, without pushing it to the limit when body sodium starts falling. Although a low-salt diet if difficult to achieve, be aware that the low-salt diet can be “overdone” with possible adverse consequences.

For this reason, if your vestibular symptoms persist, do not keep decreasing your salt intake. The level of sodium intake should be decided in consultation with your physician or nutritionist. Lower levels require more rigorous monitoring by your physician. You should also be aware that your body can lose sodium by a number of routes other than in the urine. Sweating, vomiting and diarrhea can all produce significant sodium loss. In addition, other diseases, such as those which impair kidney function, may result in greater than normal sodium losses. In the event of adverse symptoms, you should contact your physician.

Sodium Content of Common Foods

All values are given in mg of sodium for a 100 g (3.5 oz) food portion. These values are a guide. More accurate values are given in the Nutritional Information on the package of most products, in the form of mg of sodium per serving.

  • Apple, raw unpeeled 1
  • Apple juice, bottled 1
  • Applesauce, sweetened 2
  • Asparagus, cooked 1 (regular canned 236)
  • Avocado 4
  • Bacon, cooked 1021
  • Bacon, Canadian 2500
  • Baking powder 11,000
  • Banana 1
  • Barly, pearled 3
  • Beans, Lima 1 (regular canned 236)
  • Beans, snap green, cooked 4 (regular canned 236)
  • Beans, white common, cooked 7
  • Beans, canned with pork and tomato sauce 463
  • Bean sprouts, cooked 4
  • Beef, roasted broiled or stewed 60
  • Beef, corned 1,740
  • Beef hash, canned 540
  • Beef, dried 4,300
  • beef hamburger 47
  • Beef pie or stew, commercial 400
  • Beets, cooked 43 (regular canned 236)
  • Beverages, beer 7
  • Beverages, liquor 1 (avoid margueritas with salt!)
  • Beverages, wine 5
  • Beverage, soda 0 to 100 (check can)
  • Beverage, fruit drink 0
  • Beverage, water 0
  • Biscuits 630
  • Blackberries 1
  • Bluefish, cooked 104
  • Bouillon cubes 24,000
  • Bread 300 to 500
  • Broccoli, cooked 10
  • Brussel sprouts, cooked 10
  • Butter, salted 826 (unsalted – less than 10)
  • Cabbage 20
  • Cakes 100 to 300
  • Candy, caramels, fudge 200
  • Candy, hard, marshmallow, peanut brittle 30
  • Cantaloupe 12
  • Carrots 40 (regular canned 236)
  • Cashews, unsalted 15
  • Cauliflower 10
  • Celery, raw 126 (cooked 88)
  • Cereals bran, wheat, crude 9
  • Cereals, commercial 700 to 1100
  • Cereal, Corn grits 1
  • Cereal, Cornmeal 1
  • Cereal, Farina, dry 2 (cooked salted or instant 160)
  • Cereal, Oatmeal, dry 2 (cooked salted 218)
  • Cereal, Rice flakes 987
  • Cereal, wheat flakes 1000
  • Cereal, wheat, puffed 4
  • Cereal, wheat, shredded 3
  • Cheese, cheddar 620
  • Cheese, processed 1189
  • Cheese, cottage 406
  • Cheese, cream 296
  • Cheese, Mozzarella 373
  • Cheese, Parmesan 1,862
  • Cheese, Swiss 260
  • Cherries, Raw 2
  • Chicken, cooked, without skin 60 to 80
  • Chicken pot pie, commercial 411
  • Chickpeas, dry 8
  • Chicory 7
  • Chili con carne, canned with beans 531
  • Chili powder with seasonings 1574
  • Chocolate, plain 4
  • Chocolate syrup 52
  • Clams, raw soft 36
  • Clams, hard, round 205
  • Cocoa, dry 6
  • Cocoa, processed 717
  • Coconut, fresh 23
  • Coffee, instant, dry 72
  • Coffee, beverage, 1
  • Collards, cooked 25
  • Cookies, Fig bars 252
  • Cookies, oatmeal 170
  • Cookies , plain 365
  • Corn, sweet, cooked 0 (regular canned 236)
  • Cowpeas, dry, cooked 8
  • Crabmeat, canned 1000
  • Crackers, Graham 670
  • Crackers, saltines 1,100
  • Cranberry juice or sauce 1
  • Cream 40
  • Cucumber 6
  • Dates 1
  • Doughnuts 500
  • Duck 74
  • Eggplant, cooked 1
  • Egg, whole, raw 74 (whites 152, yolk 49)
  • Endive, curly 14
  • Figs 2
  • Flounder 78
  • Flour 2
  • Fruit cocktail 5
  • Gelatin, dry 0 (sweetened, ready-to eat 51)
  • Grapefruit, fresh, canned or juice 1
  • Grapes 3
  • Haddock, raw 61 (battered 177)
  • Heart, beef 86
  • Herring 74
  • Honey 5
  • Honeydew melon 12
  • Ice cream, vanilla 87
  • Jams and preserves 12
  • Jellies 17
  • Kale, cooked 43
  • Lamb, lean 70
  • Lard 0
  • Lasagna 490
  • Lemon, juice or fresh 1
  • Lettuce 9
  • Lime, fresh or juice 1
  • Liver, beef 184
  • Liver, pork 111
  • Lobster 210
  • Macaroni, dry 2 (commercial with cheese 543)
  • Margarine 987
  • Milk 50
  • Milk, buttermilk 130
  • Milk, evaporated 106
  • Milk, dried 549
  • Molasses, light 15 (Dark 96)
  • Muffins, plain 441
  • Mushrooms 14 (canned 400)
  • Mustard, prepared yellow 1,252
  • Mustard greens 18
  • Nectarine 6
  • Noodles, dry 5
  • Nuts, in shell 1 (processed nuts may contain high amounts of salt)
  • Oil, corn 0
  • Okra, 2
  • Olives, green 2,400
  • Onions, green 5 (mature 10)
  • Orange peeled, juice, canned or juice 1
  • Oysters, raw 73
  • Pancakes 425
  • Papayas, raw 3
  • Parsley 45
  • Parsnips, cooked 8
  • Peaches 2
  • Peanuts, roasted 5 (salted 418)
  • Peanut butter 607
  • Pears 2
  • Peas, cooked 2 (regular canned 236)
  • Peas, dried 40
  • Pecans, shelled 0
  • Peppers, green 13
  • Perch 79
  • Pickles, dill 1,428
  • Pickles, relish, sweet 712
  • Pie 250 to 450
  • Pie crust, baked 617
  • Pike, walleye 51
  • Pineapple, raw or canned 1
  • Pizza, cheese 702
  • Plums 2
  • Popcorn, salted with oil 1,940
  • Pork 65
  • Pork, cured ham 930
  • Pork canned ham 1,100
  • Potatoes, baked, boiled or french fried 2 to 6
  • Potatoes, mashed salted 331
  • Potato chips, up to 1000
  • Pretzels 1680
  • Prunes 4
  • Pumpkin, canned 2
  • Radishes 18
  • Raisins, dried 27
  • Raspberries 1
  • Rhubarb 2
  • Rice, dry 5 (cooked salted 374)
  • Rolls, bread or sweet 400 to 550
  • Rutabagas 4
  • Rye wafers 882
  • Salad dressing 700 to 1300
  • Salmon 64 (canned 387)
  • Sardines, canned 400
  • Sauerkraut 747
  • Sausage, pork 958
  • Sausage, Frankfurter 1,100
  • Sausage, Bologna 1,300
  • Scallops, 265
  • Shrimp 150
  • Soup, canned 350 to 450
  • Spaghetti, dry 2
  • Spaghetti with meatballs, canned 488
  • Spinach, raw 71 (cooked 50)
  • Squash 1
  • Strawberries 1
  • Sugar, white 1 (brown 30)
  • Sunflower seeds 30
  • Sweet  potatoes 12
  • Syrup 68
  • Tapioca, dry 3
  • Tomato 3 (canned 130)
  • Tomato ketchup 1,042
  • Tomato juice, canned 200
  • Tongue, beef 61
  • Tuna in oil 800
  • Turkey, 82
  • Turnips 34
  • Veal 80
  • Vinegar 1
  • Waffles 475
  • Walnuts 3
  • Watermelon 1
  • Wheat germ 827
  • Yeast, compressed 16 (dry , active 52)
  • Yoghurt 46

A final word – Something for you to contemplate

I spent 10 years 95% free of symptoms through good nutrition before fully ridding myself of Meniere’s in 2012 (Click here to read my story). About two years into this period of being symptom free I visited my old home in Hawaii. I was living in Japan and eating normally (not counting my sodium intake). 

Within two days of being in Hawaii and eating Burger Kings and the like, I suddenly felt dizzy again. That sudden spike in sodium (and whatever else was in that junk food) and the resulting dizziness took several days to subside.

Moral of the story? While you are living with Meniere’s, eat fresh whole foods, avoid processed foods and junk. Eat what natures makes not what man makes.

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:

What are your experiences with salt, Himalayan salt and Meniere’s? Do you have any advise for low salt cooking? Tell us all about it in the comments box below or email Mike at meniereshelp@gmail.com

Related articles:

Nutritional Supplements for Meniere’s disease

Hypoglycemia and Meniere’s disease

Dealing with Tinnitus

Further reading:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30596397/

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Meniere's Disease Triggers & Causes

New Drug for Meniere’s Disease?

New Drug for Meniere’s Disease? Clinical trials starting soon.

According to a press release from Sound Pharmaceuticals (SPI) on January 5th 2016, new trials are set to begin to test the drug SPI-1005 for Meniere’s Disease.

SPI-1005 is an investigational drug that contains an orally available small molecule that mimics and induces Glutathione Peroxidase (GPx) activity. GPx1 activity is diminished after ototoxic insults that cause sensorineural hearing loss and tinnitus.

In pre-clinical studies, SPI-1005 has been shown to prevent and treat different types of hearing loss that involve auditory hair cells and neurons. In a recent Phase 2 clinical study, SPI-1005 was shown to prevent sensorineural hearing loss due to noise.

“Based on the anti-inflammatory activity of SPI-1005, we hope that it will be of benefit in Meniere’s disease,” said Jonathan Kil, MD, CEO.

It is interesting that the focus of this study is based on the “anti-inflammatory” properties of this drug. We at Menieres-Help.Com and others around the world have been focused on dealing with the inflammation within the ear for over 12 years.

To understand why inflammation is so important to Meniere’s sufferers click here.

The difference is we concentrate on allowing the body to deal with the inflammation naturally by making sure the immune system is healthy and strong enough to do so. A healthy organic wholefood diet supported by quality nutritional supplements has been successful in allowing sufferers to live symptom free for well over a decade.

In addition, this method results in general health being much better and there are no possibilities of any side effects from synthetic drugs occurring over time.

Moreover, and more importantly our approach has been to identify and deal with the root cause(s) of the inflammation causing the symptoms and to eliminate that cause from our life, therefore ridding us of Meniere’s for good. Learn more about this by clicking here.

Any trials that may benefit Meniere’s sufferers is always welcome but as always it seems the focus is to “treat” the symptoms rather than find the cure by identifying the root cause. This is the plight plaguing the medical world and therefore patients in a corporate profit driven society. Find the root cause and eliminate it and it is game over but by treating conditions with drugs the big corporate pharmaceutical drug manufacturers get recurring income from millions of prescriptions that can be continued for decades if not the rest of a patient’s life depending on the condition.

Quite simply and to be brutally honest, there is no money in finding cures even though cures for many conditions are available, almost all of which are natural and drive from common sense, understanding how the body works and the importance of what we eat and do not eat, our environment, metabolism and internal organ health and muscular skeletal condition.

Read more on the clinical trials here.

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

Related articles:

Toxic Mold and Meniere’s

Dealing with Tinnitus

Meniere’s Success Stories

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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

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

Help other sufferers.

Do you have experience with Neurocranial Restructuring ?

Let us know all about it in the comments box below or email Mike at: meniereshelp@gmail.com

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Further reading:

Neurocranial Restructuring

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