My name is Mike Spencer. I have over two decades association with Meniere’s and I have been involved in supporting Meniere’s disease sufferers since 2004.
I have also been completely free of Meniere’s since 2012. Prior to that I managed my condition and lived 10 years 95% symptom free.
You can read how I did that by clicking the tab at the top of the page or click this link: ‘Mike’s Meniere’s story‘.
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Please browse through the main site and find a wealth of information about this condition and always keep in mind that we now know that NOBODY (pre-invasive or destructive surgery) has to live with Meniere’s.
To think anything else is an outdated and incorrect view, but sadly a view that still prevails throughout the medical community and as a result, most sufferers.
All contributors and friends of Meniere’s Help have lived through Meniere’s themselves, overcome the condition and have been supporting other sufferers and helping them do the same since before 2004.
At the time of writing this message, I have now been researching and writing on the subject of Meniere’s triggers and underlying root causes for over 7 years and continue to do so.
Every year it gets clearer and easier as to how to rid yourself of Meniere’s. 1000’s of sufferers who have contacted us over the years and were able to free themselves of all their symptoms stand in testimony to this fact.
There is no one single magical silver bullet to deal with your symptoms, but with enough knowledge you can find what matches your individual case. Every case is slightly different and there can be several possible root causes and many contributing factors.
It is important to understand this. Although the end results, the symptoms are the same, what is relevant in terms of root causes in one person can be totally irrelevant to another. And make no mistake, you CAN get your life back. This has been done by thousands (to our knowledge alone), and is being done all the time.
You can learn how to manage your symptoms and you can learn how to eliminate Meniere’s from your life completely.
In both cases, gaining the knowledge available is not enough. You must use that knowledge and act accordingly, taking appropriate action in your own individual case. Always remember we are here to help so never hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The common theme throughout the Meniere’s disease Help site and this blog is that you can, not only live symptom free but also with effort find your root cause and eliminate it from your life altogether, therefore ridding yourself of Meniere’s completely.
You CAN get your life back. This has been done by thousands (to our knowledge alone), and is being done all the time.
So read through the main site, this blog and/or read ‘Managing Meniere’s Disease‘ and The Need for Balance, get informed and get your life back. Arm yourself with knowledge and most importantly TAKE ACTION. Knowledge is useless unless you use it.
Use the search box on on this page to find what you need, search our archives and popular posts or contact Mike at email@example.com. If you have Meniere’s disease, we know exactly what you are going through. You will usually receive a reply within 2 hours, rarely more than 24 hours.
If you are a doctor or health professional we welcome any input, discussion or debate. Our 100% confidence in the positive message that everyone can overcome Meniere’s disease** comes not only from our own personal experience but most importantly the experiences of multiple thousands who have contacted us over the past 12 years and continue to do so.
Too often sufferers of the symptoms of Meniere’s disease are told “There is nothing more to be done, learn to live with it.”
If you suffer from Meniere’s disease and have amalgam fillings, you might want to consider the fact that this could be the root cause of your symptoms. Here is why……
In 16 years of support work and 12 years of research and study we have seen Mercury toxicity to be at the very least a contributing trigger and more often than not (when present) it would appear an obvious root cause. Removal of amalgam fillings followed by a heavy metal detox seems to have resulted in the elimination of Meniere’s symptoms in numerous cases that we know of alone. More famously, Ben Zander’s case below is a great example.
Based on our research and experience Mercury toxicity through amalgam fillings is only one of several possible root causes of Meniere’s symptoms.
Bear in mind that in terms of root causes, what may be relevant in one case may have little to no relevance in another.
Amalgam however, is a very common theme among many sufferers.
Ben Zander, the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, almost had to give up his career because of the debilitating symptoms of Meniere’s ‘disease’ and almost lost his hearing. Cruel for a musician of such standing. He would have to leave concerts half way through.
“They told me it was Meniere’s disease and there was nothing they could do about it,” said Zander.
[I can not count how many times we have heard this…..and it is simply NOT TRUE. There is so much you can do.]
Zander went from doctor to doctor, and no one could help. He was eventually referred to biological dentist Dr. G. Robert Evans of the Groton Wellness Dental Spa and Medical Center. Evans traced his symptoms to the amalgam fillings in his mouth. Fillings that were partly mercury. Evans removed 15 fillings immediately. (See Ben Zander’s testimony on video below)
Mr Zander completely recovered after having the amalgam/mercury removed and has not had an attack since.
“Mercury is the most toxic non-radioactive substance known to man. It is 1,000 times more toxic than lead“, said Evans.
The American Dental Association said the FDA acted appropriately when it ‘found’ that dental amalgam is a safe and effective treatment option for the general public. But the ADA also supports the feds’ recommendation to continue review of existing and new scientific information as it becomes available.
However, “The World Health Organization declared there’s no safe level of exposure to mercury,” said Evans, who runs a mercury free practice.
“The fact that I got over my Meniere’s disease because I had the metal out of my teeth is not proof it caused a problem but that’s what happened,” said Zander, who said he has never missed another concert after having his fillings removed. [I am not sure how much more proof is needed?]
When a dentist removes amalgam and the mercury in it, it is so toxic that it can not be thrown away because it is deemed a environmental hazard. A toxic waste hauler is called in to dispose of it.
Dr Evans says,” If you took a good size mercury filling and placed it in a ten acre lake, it would warrant a fishing advisory that you can’t fish in that lake“.
Dr Tom McGuire runs a mercury free dental surgery and writes extensively on mercury toxicity. He explains,
“The majority of people I’ve consulted with do not understand just how devastating chronic mercury poisoning is to their health. Without this awareness it is difficult to fully appreciate the need for, and value of, participating in a mercury detoxification program that supports the body’s efforts to remove the accumulated mercury and heal the damage done by it.
I’ve also found that most people think that it is enough just to have their mercury amalgam (silver) fillings removed and, once they do, the problems they equate to mercury exposure from these fillings will quickly go away. When the mercury related symptoms don’t improve in a short period of time they often get frustrated and think that their amalgam fillings didn’t cause or contribute to their health issues. I believe that if they were educated about the destructive effects of chronic mercury poisoning more people would not only commit to having their fillings removed but also stimulate participation in a mercury detoxification program.
The first place to start this education is to realize just how toxic mercury is to the body, including how it does its damage and why it must be dealt with in a unique way. I believe that in order to effectively treat chronic mercury poisoning and appreciate the need for removing the accumulated mercury from your body, it’s critically important to see the big picture.
Mercury amalgam(silver) fillings are the main source of mercury exposure and nearly 200 million people in the USA alone have them. These fillings continuously release mercury as a toxic vapor and as much as 80% of the vapor enters the body. It is fat soluble and can enter every cell of the body and particularly harmful to the brain. The safest way to remove the source is to find a mercury free dentist. www.dentalwellness4u.com has the largest mercury free dentist listing in the world.”
Mercury is toxic in extremely small amounts, it can accumulate in the body over time, and contribute to or compound all manner of illnesses and the vast majority of sufferers will have no idea they are carrying the root cause of this in their mouths 24/7. For example mercury can:
Attach to proteins and enzymes and interfere with their normal function
Create autoimmune diseases and impair the blood and cardiovascular system
Interfere with, or overload, the natural detoxification pathways of the liver, kidneys, skin, and bowel.
Impair the function of the nervous, endocrine, immune, enzymatic, gastrointestinal, reproductive, and urinary systems.
Increase allergic reactions.
Cause harmful intestinal bacteria, including Candida, to become immune to antibiotics.
Dramatically deplete the body of its most important antioxidants.
The emboldened words above highlight the amount of possible contributing factors to Meniere’s Disease that mercury affects. Autoimmunity has been linked to MD, impaired micro circulation has been linked to MD and improving blood flow has been shown to improve symptoms, MD has been linked to problems with the central nervous system, endocrine disorders have been linked to MD, supporting the immune system through diet/supplementation has been shown to reduce or suppress symptoms of MD, allergies have been linked to MD, Candida albicans/fungal infections have been linked to MD, high dietary intake of antioxidants has been shown to help reduce or eliminate symptoms of MD. (*MD- Meniere’s Disease)
A study published in Environmental Health Perspectives: ‘Thyroid hormones in relation to lead, mercury, and cadmium exposure in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2007-2008.’ It was stated that,” Heavy metals, such as lead (Pb), mercury(Hg), and cadmium (Cd), are known toxicants” and concluded with “Our analysis suggests an inverse association between Hg[mercury] exposure and thyroidhormones.“
Another study published in Environment International in 2012: ‘Mercury and thyroid autoantibodies in U.S. women’ stated, “Mercury exposure has been associated with cellular autoimmunity and mercury accumulates in the thyroid gland.” and concluded with, “Results suggest an association between mercury and thyroglobulin autoantibody positivity.”
There is still a reluctance by some in the medical community to accept the obvious link of amalgam to Meniere’s, despite the known toxicity of mercury. The fact that mercury is one of the most toxic elements on earth, the case of Ben Zanders and the countless Meniere’s sufferers who have contacted us over the past 12 years is evidence enough that you should not dismiss the possibility that it might be the root cause or a contributing factor in Meniere’s for many people.
You make your mind up, but I know I had my solitary amalgam filling removed and replaced with ‘ozone treatment’ in Japan several years ago. See ways to detox heavy metals including Mercury further down the page.
Amalgam mercury and Meniere’s disease videos:
Watch Ben Zander’s testimony below.
Biological Dentist’s testimony to FDA on Mercury toxicity from amalgam fillings.
More FDA hearings on the history and deception of the use of mercury in dental fillings
Brain Neuron degeneration due to mercury – University of Calgary
If you remove amalgam fillings you may still need to detox and flush the Mercury from your body.
There are many ways of detoxing heavy metals such as Mercury:
To help your body excrete and eliminate mercury and other heavy metals try these natural detox methods below or use the heavy metal detoxification supplement at the bottom of the list:
Epsom salt is a mixture of magnesium and sulfate. Magnesium helps to regulate over 300 enzymes in the body. Sulfate helps flush toxins from the body and is necessary for the health of your skin, joints and nervous system.
Sulfate molecules are negatively charged and are able to both attract and extract heavy metals from the body. We know that the magnesium and sulfate in Epsom Salt penetrates the skin, so soaking in an Epsom Salt bath is a very gentle and useful detoxification practice.
Mix 2 cups of Epsom Salts in a tub of warm water. Soak for 20 minutes several times a week. You may add in 1 drop of each of the following essential oils to enhance the bath. Rosemary, juniper berry and cilantro are good choices for detoxification and tangerine and geranium are purifiers.
TIP: To help the oils disperse, mix the oil into 1 tablespoon of coconut milk or the milk of your choice before adding it to the bath water.
1. Cilantro is rich in many vitamins and minerals (potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, magnesium, vitamins A and K). Studies also document proven antiseptic, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Amazingly, Cilantro has been found to successfully remove Mercury, Aluminum and Lead from the body!
The easiest way to incorporate cilantro into your healing protocol is to consume about ¼ cup of fresh cilantro leaves daily. You can do this in a smoothie or by mincing the leaves and adding them to your meals. Do be careful not to consume much more than ¼ cup of cilantro daily, because the chelating effects can be quite real.
Cilantro PULLS heavy metals out of your tissues, but you also need to bind it and excrete it. This is where chlorella comes in!
2. Chlorella absorbs heavy metals and facilitates their release from the body when you urinate. In a German study, high doses of chlorella were found very effective in eliminating heavy metals from the brain, intestinal wall, muscles, ligaments, connective tissue and bone.
1. Garlic has been scientifically proven to treat heavy metal poisoning by binding with the heavy metals so they they can be excreted rather than deposited in bone and tissues.
The allicin in raw garlic not only has significant antioxidant properties, but is also antifungal, antiparasitic and antibacterial. This is important for helping support immune health while your body is working to detox.
Add crushed/minced garlic to your food daily. Tasty ideas range from garlic broth to a lively pesto.
2. Probiotics are protective powerhouses. An article from probiotic expert resource, BodyEcology, noted that “a 2012 study from the Lawson Health Research Institute explored the value of probiotics in those who have an accumulation of heavy metals.
“According to researchers, the friendly gut bacteria Lactobacillus have the ability to detoxify heavy metals. Other studies report that probiotics may be valuable tools for cleansing the body of the heavy metals lead and cadmium.”
Add a daily lactobacillus supplement or consume plenty of fermented foods. Lactobacillus bacteria are prevalent in fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha and fermented vegetables. Not only will you be working to cleanse your body from heavy metals, but you’ll also be supporting great digestive health and a lower inflammatory response.
3. Silica–rich foods and herbs are great choices for a heavy metal detox. In a 2009 study, silica was shown to be protective in subjects with high aluminum exposure.
Aluminum is excreted via urine when you supplement with silica. Proper hydration and adequate vitamin B1 and potassium are necessary when using silica though.
Try supplementing with a horsetail tea or tincture or focus on silica-rich foods for several weeks. Horsetail should not be used long term (an herbalist can guide you if you’re interested in focusing on herbs for detoxing).
According to the 1993 book Silica: The Forgotten Nutrient by Klaus Kaufmann, the richest food sources of silica are (foods are measured in 100g; Silica content is measured in mg):
Horsetail is a weed that is used as a diuretic and astringent in herbal remedies. The silica content of horsetail is unmatched and is likely the reason why people who use it give accounts of shiny, healthy hair, nails and skin. Beyond beauty, the silica in horsetail may also be a good choice for removing aluminum from the body.
The above stand alone herbal supplements may be able to help detox you of Mercury. Alternatively you can use a specific heavy metal detoxication supplement such as Folium pX.
Folium pX Immune System Support, Full Body Cleanse, Heavy Metal Detox, Mercury, Lead, Arsenic, Barradium, Gadolinium, Cadmium Poisoning, Super Antioxidant Supplement, Pine Bark, Grape-Seed Extract
Antioxidants are vital for everybody regardless but for the Meniere’s sufferer perhaps even more essential. Both pine bark (used in pycnogenol) and grape seed extract help blood flow and are both used to help ease the symptoms of Meniere’s disease.
*October 27th 2020 update*
From Mercola.com: Consumers for Dental Choice Sued FDA — and Won
FDA Admits Amalgam Dangers
“After years of pressure from Consumers for Dental Choice and its allies, the FDA finally admits the unvarnished truth about amalgam, noting that “Dental amalgam is a mixture of mercury and a powdered alloy made up of silver, tin and copper” that “releases small amounts of mercury vapor over time.”
The FDA warns mercury fillings may adversely affect people in certain high-risk groups and should be avoided
The FDA also advised against use of the misleading term “silver fillings,” and urges patients to discuss all dental filling options with their dentist
For help in removing your amalgam fillings and alternatives in the US:
Problems with sinuses have been linked to triggers or possibly even a cause of Meniere’s Disease.
Denise who is part of our support team recently published a very good post on her blog regarding sinuses and how to safely clear them. Steaming is preferable to saline sprays.
Denise says that if she used any sort of saline spray she would get ringing in the ears badly and dizziness . She reminds us that saline sprays have a great potential to drift straight to the ears! This is something we totally do not want because it contributes to the vicious cycle of Meniere’s symptoms! She says she is no longer fooled when they say that saline solution is safe because there is no ‘so called’ medication ingredients. I found this very eye-opening but not surprising: http://www.medicinenet.com/sodium_chloride-nasal_spray/page2.htm#SideEffects
Denise has some very good advice in her post. When we have congestion in the sinuses we may think there is something inside. However, sometimes it is just the swelling that occurs due to infection, irritants, or histamine reactions.
Allergies from pollen in the air and sinus problems seem to be a factor with many people. Hay fever and other airborne allergens, causing inflammation around the nasal passage and sinuses and clogging up the ears with pollen would seem an obvious candidate and many people do seem to have problems with this.
The sinuses and tonsils are the first line of defense for your immune system. The tonsils pick up bacteria and prevent it from going further into your body. The immune system memorizes the bacteria and now has a ready made army of cells to send to eliminate that bacteria the moment it appears again.
In the case of sinuses, these are filters to stop unwanted dusts and allergens into the body. When your sinuses are blocked or running, they are doing their job. To do their job, they must be kept moist.
Most sinus medicines prevent them doing their job in order to make you more comfortable. However if the sinuses are not filtering out the allergens, they can proceed and do damage deeper in the body.
Wearing a mask during allergy seasons and steaming the sinuses clear regularly can help. Steaming is preferable to masks. Masks can hold bacteria that should be exhaled. Wearing masks for too long can result in bacterial infections.
You can steam the old fashioned way, bent over a bowl of hot water with a towel over your head to stop the steam escaping. Or you can use a personal steamer inhaler.
“In order to clarify whether autoimmune mechanisms form part of the etiopathogenesis of Meniere’s disease, sera and endolymphatic sac tissues from 30 patients with Meniere’s disease were analyzed according to the clinical criteria for autoimmune diseases stated by Mackay & Burnet. Several cases showed hyper gamma-globulinemia, antibody elevation to Type II collagen in the serum and endolymph, positive staining to immunoglobulins and C3 or infiltration of immuno-competent cells in the endolymphatic sac, good response to prednisolone and combination with systemic immune disorders. Other examinations showed a significant elevation of OKT 4/8 ratio and a decrease of OKT8-positive cells, and elevated levels of circulating immune complex and antiviral antibody titers. It is suggested that certain cases of Meniere’s disease may have an altered immunological background, which may be attributed to an autoimmune mechanism dependent on humoral and/or cellular responses.”
Hain T. 2012
Autoimmune connections to Meniere’s disease
What is Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease?
Autoimmune inner ear disease (AIED) is a syndrome of progressive hearing loss and/or dizziness that is caused by antibodies or immune cells which are attacking the inner ear. In most cases, there is reduction of hearing accompanied by tinnitus (ringing, hissing, roaring) which occurs over a few months. Variants are bilateral attacks of hearing loss and tinnitus that resemble Meniere’s disease, and attacks of dizziness accompanied by abnormal blood tests for antibodies. About 50% of patients with AIED have symptoms related to balance (dizziness or unsteadiness).
The immune system is complex and there are several ways that it can damage the inner ear. Both allergy and traditional autoimmune disease such as ankylosing spondylitis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), Sjoegren’s syndrome (dry eye syndrome), Cogan’s disease, ulcerative colitis, Wegener’s granulomatosis, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, and psoriatic arthritis (Srikumar et al 2004) can cause or be associated with AIED. Another multisystem disease, Bechet’s, commonly has audiovestibular problems. Allergy is traditionally suspected to be food related, but there is presently no agreement as to the importance of food allergy.
AIED is rare, probably accounting for less than 1% of all cases of hearing impairment or dizziness (Bovo et al 2009). The precise incidence is controversial.
What is autoimmunity? How is it connected to vestibular disorders?
Parts of the immune system, working constantly and behind the scenes, patrol the body in search of foreign invaders and relentlessly attack them once found. On rare occasions, in some people the immune system runs amok, identifies the body itself as foreign, and launches a lethal attack. This self-attack is referred to as an autoimmune reaction.
The immune system can attack just the ear, attack the ear and some other body part like the eye, or attack the entire body (including the ear). An autoimmune reaction also creates debris. Even if the ear is not being directly attacked, it could end up with debris transported from distant locations and deposited by the circulation. This debris in the ear can cause problems.
Some autoimmune disorders that can affect the ear include Cogan’s syndrome, relapsing polychondritis, polyarteritis nodosa, Wegener’s granulomatosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, ulcerative colitis, Sjogren’s syndrome, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Hearing loss has been viewed historically as the main inner ear effect of an autoimmune problem, but the vestibular system can also be attacked. Several factors determine the type of vestibular symptoms that may be experienced. Those factors include the speed with which the vestibular loss occurred, the degree of loss, whether one side or both sides are affected, and whether the damage has triggered a problem with fluctuating function (for example, if endolymphatic hydrops developed from the autoimmune reaction). The symptoms of autoimmune problems can be similar, even indistinguishable, from other vestibular disorders.
Read the whole report here