We are a small global charity registered in the UK and we follow research concerning Menieres disease across the world. We also have a large network of members many of whom are willing to try out the latest research findings and feedback to inform what the most effective treatment for Menieres could be i.e. what works and what does not.
What we outline below is built upon the research findings and feedback we have and provides a basic generic approach to managing your Menieres symptoms. Everyone is unique and has their own personal health conditions. If you have any existing medical conditions or concerns about any of the suggestions below then you should consult your doctor before trying them.
Much of the below you can slowly work away on yourself but if you wanted to speed things up or be guided by a medical professional then you should enlist the services of a Functional Practitioner who will take an holistic approach to finding the root cause of your symptoms. You can find a local Functional Practitioner near you off the Institute for Functional Medicine website here . A first appointment is likely to cost around £300 to £400.
We have found there is hope if you have Menieres, you don’t need to go deaf and you don’t need to live with constant vertigo attacks.
Fixing Menieres is about going through a process of elimination as there can be many and multiple causes. Menieres is an outward sign of an inward imbalance which needs to be corrected.
A miracle recovery will not happen overnight. To recover will be a slow process but hopefully a steady systematic improvement over time towards better health.
Outlined below is just a high level summary of what our members have found to be successful. There is much detail under treatment and other pages on our website for each topic as there is generally on the internet.
As a basic package our members have found the following to be fundamental to their improved health and you should look to put this gradually into place before looking at a process of elimination for the more complex causes.
Gluten, Dairy and Sugar are the big 3 from a Menieres perspective. You should look to cut out all three from your diet. Gluten and Dairy are very common food allergies with Menieres sufferers which cause inflammation. Sugar is addictive and causes inflammation and should be reduced as much as possible.
Carbohydrate is also addictive and a big feature of the Western Diet and also needs to be addressed. So a low carbohydrate diet is most successful.
The ideal diet would be a whole foods diet only eating real food and lots of vegetables. A good rule is if it’s made in a factory then don’t eat it.
There are various diets that work equally well, Mediterranean diet, Paleo, Keto. Try one or rotate all three and see what works best for you.
Humans have not evolved with constant eating. It’s perfectly natural for the human body to go periods without eating.
A study published in an issue of Cell Stem Cell by researchers from the University of Southern California showed that cycles of prolonged fasting protect against immune system damage and, moreover, induce immune system regeneration. They concluded that fasting shifts stem cells from a dormant state to a state of self-renewal, triggering stem cell based regeneration of an organ or system
The natural state of the stomach is acid and the stomach needs time to digest food and return to this acid state. The constant snacking of foods particularly those from the Western Diet, makes your stomach ferment and converts it from something like an acid bath to more of a sceptic pond. Which then leads to leaky gut which then puts your immune system into a heightened inflammatory condition.
Snacking between meals needs to be stopped to give your stomach time to recover and digest each meal.
It’s also useful to try and miss a meal say a couple of days per week i.e. 5:2 diet. The aim would be to have a 12 hour gap without food or create an 8 hour eating period and a 16 hour fasting period in a day. For example, if you ate dinner at 8pm then skipped breakfast and had lunch at 12 noon, you would have had a 16 hour fast. Another way of doing it would be to only have 2 meals in a day, so you could have a big breakfast at 8 am and dinner at 8pm, thereby creating a 12 hour fast.
Obviously you can drink in these periods but avoid sugary drinks, dairy, alcohol. Best drink water, infusions, green tea etc.
When tested it’s normal for people with chronic illnesses to be seriously short of vitamins therefore a basic programme of vitamin supplements is needed to help your immune system regain control.
Is very safe and a great viral and bacteria killer which kills on contact with them. There are various thoughts on the correct dosage but a daily dosage can be as much as you can take before causing diahorrea.
The daily need for an adult human to maintain good health varies according to each individual but is generally thought to be between 2,000 mg and 20,000 mg per day.
But if in doubt a general dose of 4,000 mg per day would be reasonably effective.
It’s the most important immune changing substance which will alter your immune system more than anything else.
Most people with chronic illness are seriously deficient in vitamin D.
Sunshine is necessary to make vitamin D. Thirty minutes of good sunshine on skin exposed by swimming costumes will give us about 5,000iu of D3.
But unless you live on the equator getting enough sunshine all year round is virtually impossible, hence the need to supplement. Vitamin D is extremely safe. So the maximum daily dose of 5 grams MMM gives 5,000iu of vitamin D3 or thereabouts is the most effective way to ensure sufficient vitamin D.
If you’re supplementing with D3, you’ll create a need for additional K2 so take this in combination with D3. K2 is fat soluble and works synergistically with D3 and calcium to aid in absorption. You should take a daily dosage of around 600 mcg.
Generally a severe deficiency of B12 in most chronically ill people. So a supplement of 1,000 mcg per day would be helpful. Vitamin B12 is generally very safe, the body takes what it needs and anything left over is passed away in urine.
Multi B vitamins
Chronically ill people when tested are generally short of most B vitamins. An adequate level of B vitamins is vital to maintaining good health. So taking a general multi B vitamin each day would be helpful
Stress is a big factor in the onset of Menieres disease and many of our members have seen their first attacks of vertigo come after stressful periods in their lives.
Stress produces cortisol which is necessary in certain circumstances but over production of cortisol is very damaging to the body and can kill good bacteria and cause inflammation.
The immune system only heals your body when you are asleep, hence you need a minimum of 7 hours sleep per night to give yourself a chance to heal.
You should aim to get some exercise within your limit each day to maintain good health and movement
Reducing salt intake to minimal levels is generally not a good idea. Also if you stop eating processed food your general salt intake will be much less anyway. What you need to do is be taking natural salt rather than refined salt, using sea salt, Himalayan salt etc. Natural salt contains many vital minerals which are essential to a healthy body.
You should aim for around a teaspoon of natural salt each day.
Process of elimination
Once you have the basic essentials in place it may well be that this is enough to get your Menieres symptoms under control and start feeling well. It seems that more than 60% of sufferers can get their symptoms under control by introducing the above basic essentials.
However if some or all of your symptoms still persist then you need to enter a process of elimination to see what else might help.
This involves reducing your toxic and environmental load to enable your immune system to regain control.
There is more detailed information on our website under treatments and also more widely on the internet but the main areas to be looking for would be as follows:
The studies by Dr Richard Gacek in the US have shown that almost 90% of his patients showed improved symptoms by taking antivirals.
We accumulate viruses throughout our lives and herpes virus, Epsom Barr etc can be dormant in our bodies for many years waiting for an opportunity to get active when the immune system is weakened.
There are pharmaceutical antivirals which need to be prescribed by a GP e.g. Famvir, Valtrex, Acyclovir which tend to work by suppressing the virus.
There are herbal antivirals you can take which actually kill the virus e.g. lysine, monolaurin, olive leaf extract, oregano oil gel caps.
Vitamin C is also a great viral killer
We are currently experimenting with a rotating multiviral approach where you would take a couple of different antivirals for a period of time then switch to a couple of different ones. We will see how this goes.
Upper Cervical Chiropractor
Upper cervical spinal misalignment is a proven cause of Menieres symptoms which many of our members have found relief from. So best visit an upper cervical chiropractor to get spinal alignment checked out and eliminate as a potential cause.
Jaw misalignment is also a proven cause of Menieres symptoms.
Mould, heavy metals, mercury etc
These can cause much the same Menieres symptoms as anything else
Poor dental work in extracting teeth can leave opportunities for bad bacteria in the mouth which would put your immune system into a heightened inflammatory state.
Root canal fillings are very controversial and can trap bad bacteria in your mouth again putting your immune system into a heightened inflammatory state.
Mercury fillings are also very controversial. Mercury constantly leaks into your body but most humans can deal with that and clear it away. However if you are chronically ill it suggests that you are one of the percentage of people who cannot clear mercury and hence get sent into an inflammatory state.