Meniere's Syndrome and Tinnitus
Tinnitus & Meniere's
It shook me deeply to see my father have to crawl to the bathroom to
was only in his mid 50s and was already using a cane to stand up, when he
could stand at all. He had a really bad case of Meniere’s Syndrome, a
miserable collection of symptoms including recurrent ringing in the ears,
dizziness, and nausea. Perhaps it proved to be a defining moment for me.
Seeing your father reduced to helplessness is enough to make anyone want to
know more about getting well. When you look this one up, the treatments you
come across, whether pharmaceutical or surgical, are primarily aimed at the
symptoms, because the cause of the illness is pretty much unknown.
Enter natural healing.
By trial and error, I
have found that there are some drugless, scalpel-less
options for Meniere’s. While the solutions shed some light on the
cause, I am interested in results. I have seen success with what
CHIROPRACTIC or osteopathic adjustment of the
upper cervical (neck) vertebrae is worth trying, first thing.
Some 20 years ago, I met
a young man so dizzy that he could not read or even watch TV without having
to lie down. Meniere’s, aptly described in the Merck Manual as “prostrating,”
certainly is capable of flooring a person. Such was the case with Lowell, a
college dropout. He had a gentle but persistent series of manipulations which
restored his life. He was able to read again, to return to school, and live
again. How so? The practitioner discovered that his two top neck
vertebrae, the atlas and the axis, were practically at right angles to each
other, and to the skull on top of that. This seemingly impossible state
of affairs turned out to be due to a summer job
The closest to such an
experience my father had was when he was knocked out of the box, figuratively
speaking, while in training to become a New York Yankee pitcher. Well,
he did not quite make it to the farm team. Still, my Pop struck out Bobby
Brown, the guy who would become the President of the American League three
times in one game.
But I digress, as usual.
Pa refused to go to a
chiropractor until his Meniere’s was so bad he could not take it any
more. He’d been on various ineffective medications from various
ineffective physicians, none of whom gave chiropractic the time of day. But I
managed to get him to a D.C. for a visit or two.
Pa said it did not help
He then began taking
vitamins, notable the B-complex in fairly high doses. Pa had no praise for
But over a period of
months, his specialist-diagnosed Meniere’s went away.
I had persistent
suspicions that the natural approach had helped him.
Zinc supplementation and
moderate additional amounts of B-6 (pyridoxine) are also worth a
several-month therapeutic trial. (Werbach, M. Textbook
of Nutritional Medicine, p 475-482)
For what it’s
worth, these can’t-hurt-to-try-them approaches may help someone you
love stop crawling, and start living.
My Dad, fully recovered
from Meniere’s, would walk four miles a day for the rest of his
life. His dizziness and nausea were gone for good. His sense of humor
was not, however. If you ever asked my father how his hearing was, he’d
invariably shout back at you:
But he did it smiling,
and standing up straight.
Copyright 2004, 2003 and
prior years by Andrew W. Saul.
Andrew Saul is the author
of the books FIRE YOUR DOCTOR! How to be
Independently Healthy (reader reviews at http://www.doctoryourself.com/review.html
) and DOCTOR YOURSELF: Natural Healing that Works. (reviewed at http://www.doctoryourself.com/saulbooks.html
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