Is there a really a cure for Meniere's 'disease'?
The answer to that is both yes and no. No, only because of the general perception of both terms "disease" and "cure". The official line is that there is no known cause and no known cure.
However, the reality is that yes you can rid yourself of your symptoms, so that would mean yes you can cure yourself of Meniere's.
Confused? Don't be.....read on.....
Meniere's itself is not a disease to cure. Not in the same perception as more clearly defined conditions such as cancer or heart disease.
Meniere's is classed as an idiopathic condition, meaning it is a set of symptoms, of which the origin is unknown. This again is very deceptive because if you find the cause of your symptoms, by the very definition of "idiopathic" you no longer have Meniere's. But the origins or underlying causes CAN be found and dealt with and so that would mean you are cured.
The word disease comes from the middle English, Anglo-French term "dis" "ease". So if you take it for its literal meaning as "not at ease" then a slight headache can be considered "disease". And we know that a headache can be "cured" by taking an aspirin or plenty of water and a good sleep.
Knowing what we know now, after 16 years of supporting Meniere's sufferers and over 12 years of extensive research and study into the triggers and underlying causes of Meniere's symptoms, it would be easy to simply state that YES, it can indeed be "cured".
The only reason we don't just come out and say this on the front page of this site is cultural perception of the word would mean it would sound sensationalist and doctors could argue the semantic technicality that "Meniere's" can not be cured due to its definition as "idiopathic". So we can say therefore then, categorically that the causes of the symptoms can be found and dealt with and so the symptoms can be in fact "cured". This of course basically means yes your problem can be solved, you can be cured or you can cure yourself.
The Oxford dictionary defines the word 'cure' in part: "relieve (a person or animal) of the symptoms of a 'disease' or 'condition', "a substance or treatment that cures a disease or condition", "restoration to health" or a "solution to a problem"
So if we take the literal meaning of "cure" and we know that we can find the underlying cause of the symptoms and find the "solutions to the problem" and "restore health" then YES absolutely it can be cured.
The problem is merely perception. A perception that leaves millions suffering needlessly.
Far too often, once the "diagnosis" has been concluded that you have "Meniere's" the medical community resigns your case to the "can't be solved" file and sends you on your way with what are usually very ineffective drugs and an attitude of "there is nothing more to be done, learn to live with it".
If the treating doctor were to spend one single day with the horrendous effects of the worst symptoms of vertigo, vomiting, dizziness, ear splitting tinnitus, severe pressure in the ear, head and face, the deafness, brain fog and drop attacks, I wonder if the attitude would be to dismiss any cure so easily.
Just a little investigation would tell the doctor that among the many possibilities he or she could look at neck and spinal issues, autoimmune issues, sinuses, allergies, neuro-toxins in pesticides, prescription drugs, GMO's, viral possibilities (that may have already been tested for), dental issues and the list goes on.
It is a big subject and doctors are often overworked, but to the sufferer this is no comfort at all when you have to live every day with this debilitating set of symptoms. It is not the individual doctor but rather the system they work within that is the problem, the training ethic and the perception of what is good medical care. "Treat the symptoms, not look for the cause". I am sure 99% of doctors would love to actually "cure" people instead of palming patients off with drugs.
Just being told to "take the drugs and learn to live with it" is not good enough and the only party happy with this solution (that is in fact no solution), are the pharmaceutical mega corporations making a huge profit knowing the perpetual handing out of prescriptions keeps them making that profit.
It is a cultural problem in society that is endemic and sees the medical professionals always looking to "treat" symptoms rather than looking for the underlying cause and fixing it. Good caring doctors that seek to find causes and use nutrition and preventative medicine are looked on with suspicion and demonized. It is insane.
So with this knowledge you must understand that yes your symptoms can be cured. It has been done and is being done all the time. But you must take action yourself to arm yourself with the knowledge available and get proactive. You need to go through the information and see what applies to you, take practical action to eliminate the things in your diet, lifestyle and environment that may be causing your symptoms and you must take action by getting checked for all the possibilities that can be dealt with by health professionals.
It is a big subject but the possibilities have been narrowed down enough for you to be able to get your life back and cure your Meniere's. We have both first hand experience and the testimonials of countless others of this and the facts don't lie. Sufferers who have contacted Meniere's help alone number in their thousands who have "cured" themselves or been cured. So take heart and understand this is the case. Nobody has to live with these symptoms. If your doctor has told you there is nothing more to be done, then you have to take your health into your own hands.
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