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Meniere Disease

What is meniere’s disease?

Meniere's disease is a condition characterized by recurrent episodes of vertigo (dizzy spells in which the patient feels like the world is spinning around them) associated with ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and deafness. Nausea, vomiting, sweating and faintness often accompany the vertigo attacks. It most frequently begins in the fifth decade of life and results from an abnormality and degeneration of part of the inner ear (labyrinth). It has an incidence of between 1 in 1000 to 1 in 600 and is more common in descendants of Vikings, Northern Europeans and Japanese. Generally, Meniere's Disease runs a benign course and most patients undergo spontaneous recovery. The natural history of the syndrome is unpredictable with long remissions. Hence it is difficult to evaluate various treatments and procedures with accuracy.

What causes it?

The underlying cause is usually unknown, but may be associated with fluid retention and food allergies. Some sufferers have reported the following triggers : wind and cold, stuffy crowded rooms, carrying extra weight.

Treatment and general recommendations

  • Bed rest, lying as still as possible, is essential during an acute attack to minimise the vertigo.
  • Avoid sudden movements of the head and loud noises.
  • Always check with your doctor if any medications you are taking or are about to take are toxic to the inner ear. Try to avoid such drugs.
  • Many sufferers find that acupuncture provides some relief
  • Wear a beanie of scarf over head during cold windy weather.
  • Moderate exercise daily is recommended – bike riding, walking and swimming.
  • Avoid stress where possible  


  • Follow a doctor prescribed low salt diet 2000mg daily – buy a pocket nutrient counter book and read all labels on foods.
  • It is recommended to follow the eating principles in "The Liver Cleansing Diet"
  • Include often – raw fruits and vegetables, fish, rice, legumes and raw juices.
  • Avoid – caffeine, fatty or fried foods.
  • Avoid ALL dairy products.
  • Also avoid refined sugars, artificial sweeteners or diet colas because these destabilise blood sugar levels. See for more information on artificial sweeteners.
  • Be aware that food allergies can exacerbate Meniere's disease, especially to wheat and dairy products, and it may be a good idea to see an allergist to check for such allergies.

Raw Juicing

Raw fresh vegetable juices are important. Recommended recipes from "Raw Juices Can Save Your Life" are:
  • "Fluid Retention Juice" on page 85
  • "Immune Dysfunction Juice" on page 103

Recommended supplements:

Bonebuild Capsules

  • Take 2 capsules twice daily – Meniere's sufferers need a good mineral supplement – Manganese 5 mg daily is often useful, as Meniere's disease has been linked to manganese deficiency. In our experience dizzy spells may be associated with zinc deficiency and can be reduced by taking zinc chelate 10 to 20 mg daily.

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Selenium Complete Tablets or Selenomune Designer Energy Powder

  • Take 2 tablets twice daily or 1 teaspoon twice daily in water or raw juice - Antioxidants are essential to reduce free radical damage and inflammation in the inner ear.

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Organic Flaxseed oil

  • Taken daily - Flaxseed oil and Evening primrose oil 3000 mg daily is excellent in this type of metabolic disturbance.

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Orthodox Medical Treatment

Medications such as prochlorperazine and dimenhydrinate are sometimes helpful in the treatment of the vertigo. Betahistine three times daily may be beneficial for all the symptoms including vertigo, deafness, tinnitus, nausea and vomiting. Mild sedative drugs may help some anxious patients between attacks. If the attacks become severe and persistent, surgery to destroy the labyrinth of the ear or the vestibular nerve (responsible for balance) may be required.