With all due
respect to the literature reviews, I would like to put in my two cents
worth. Prior to my developing the debilitating symptoms of Meniere’s
“disease”, as a family physician, I never gave much thought to the use
of supplements including anti-oxidants. As my condition deteriorated to
the point of almost throwing in the towel and going on disability and
realizing rather quickly that there is no effective pharmaceutical
treatment for this condition, I quickly sought out alternative
treatments. I learned that sufferers of this condition would improve if
they initiated a specific regimen of high quality nutritional
supplements. It turns out in this much unregulated industry that not all
supplements are the same and in fact many supplements are total garbage,
which do not contain what they are supposed to contain. I personally
approached the concept of supplements for myself with extreme
However I had nothing to lose (except for a little money) and a lot to
gain (I begged for my health back). Within approximately 8 weeks on the
supplements, I had complete resolution of my symptoms. I previously was
so ill that I felt life was not worth living and now, I am back on my
bicycle able to cycle for hours, and all other activities of daily
living, without the continuous threat of brain “fog”, severe vestibular
imbalance, vertigo, tinnitus all of which I was living with virtually
24/7 for a four month period.
Quite frankly, I couldn’t care less what all these “scientific”
meta-analyses show. I’m staying on my supplements. They gave me back my
life and no one will convince me that this is placebo effect. So will
anyone else with this condition who has taken the same formula and
healed just the same.
I wouldn’t be fooled by cafeteria signage either. As long as you believe
that supplements are not all the same, no different than say different
anti-hypertensives or different diabetic medications. We all know now
that certain products in the latter category can kill you despite their
claims of benefit for years.
I saw my primary care Doctor on Friday for cholesterol check my LDL has
been very high past few years in the 120's to 130 range he started me on
a statin and it came down BUT I stopped it 3 months ago when starting
the vitamins. I told what I was taking and he pitched a fit. Ask me why
I choose a vitamin over prescription meds that make keep me from having
a heart attack I ask him if he had rather have ringing in the ear 24/7
or high cholesterol. He stated he guess he had rather have a cholesterol
problem but begged me to take statin. About 3 hours later I got a call
from his nurse my LDL is 107 better than its ever been and the doctor
wanted me to continue whatever it is I'm doing.
Thought you would love it.
I am doing very well. My dizzy spells have gone away. I have been
taking my supplements more consistently. I have definitely noticed a
significant benefit from the supplements. Thank you very much for your
advice and concern.
I just want to wish you a Happy New Year and thank you for your help
with Tommy's Meniere's. He's doing pretty well. A couple of set backs ,
but learned from them. He can look back in the past and see where he's
had attacks before but wrote it off as the flu or food poisoning etc.
Dear Karin and
I wanted to give you an update on my condition.
If you remember, Karin, I first contacted you in mid-June of this year
after having developed symptoms of
(albeit only with lightheadedness; no vertigo).
The first ENT doctor I went to was of little value. Remember, he
advocated histamine shots into the thigh muscle? In any event, I
subscribed to your regimen instead and followed the classic hydrops
diet: to wit, I boosted my vitamin intake per your recommendation;
steamed my sinuses; dropped caffeine, nicotine and alcohol from my diet;
dropped sodium intake to under 2 grams per day; got more sleep; kept
exercising; moderated stress; and tried to be mindful of Steve’s
admonition that healing takes time and is fraught with uncertainty as
one takes one step backward for every two forward. I also had all the
mercury removed from my mouth. And, one more thing: I dropped NSAIDS and
aspirin from my diet and to this day never take either for any reason.
For that matter, I abstain from all over-the-counter medications.
Well, over the next 2 ½ months, things began to roll around inside my
head. I went through permutations of symptoms where fullness would be
expansive or tinnitus overwhelming (to the extent that it would wake me
up at night). Lightheadedness came and went in terms of severity but
never left completely. Hearing loss became significant in the left ear
accompanied by a most unpleasant distortion (particularly for a piano
player). I could no longer hear a telephone conversation with my left
ear and jumped three feet every time someone dropped a spoon or slammed
a door. All classic manifestations, I know.
And then, two weeks ago today, I found myself driving home and
unwittingly holding the phone to my left ear. I went to another ENT for
a hearing test (which I had done four weeks prior). My hearing was
improving remarkably. Two days later it was better yet, and two days
after that, it had returned to normal. No distortion, no loss, very
little tinnitus, no lightheadedness, no fullness (except for a small
amount that appears to be ever-receding).
The new ENT I go to is quite good because he admits that much of what
they know about this kind of thing is voodoo and that when doctors don’t
know, they say “caused by a virus” and give you a steroid shot and send
you on your way. He is as amazed by the remission as I.
Was it your regimen or was this going to happen on its own? I have no
idea. But I do know that I owe you and Steve a profound debt of
gratitude. I was always pretty disciplined about eating habits and
exercise, but now have become even more so in the respect of protecting
my immune system. I know I may well develop symptoms again in the near
or distant future such as those I had, but it won’t be for want of
repeating past errors.
Thanks again to both of you. Mine is a happy tale to relate. I hope
others experience similar success. Please feel free to share this email
with anyone you’d like.
Mary’s Meniere’s Story
I was diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease (MM) in mid-2003, but the onset
of it was at least three years before that in 2000. Only my left ear is
affected. I also have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, osteoporosis and a number
of food intolerances. My mother had MM, but it never occurred to me that
I had the same thing until I had the diagnosis.
The first symptoms that I noticed were: blocked hearing in the affected
ear – that would come and go; ear pain and a feeling of fullness in the
ear. Some months later I had my first vertigo attacks. These episodes
initially passed rather quickly – a few minutes to a half hour in
length. However, I felt weak and generally unwell for a number of days
Initially, I didn’t know what was happening to me. I went to the GP to
see about my hearing – yes, it was impaired. I had the wax cleared from
my ears – didn’t help and in fact the treatment brought on another
vertigo attack. Later that doctor said the dizziness was due to high
blood pressure. Of course when you are in the middle of an MM attack,
your BP would rise a tad, wouldn’t it? (Later, checking my BP at home,
it was normal.) Another doctor told me I had labyrinthitis, likely
caused by a virus of some type, and that it would likely pass in weeks
Then the attacks went away and outside of the fact that my hearing was
somewhat dodgy and that I had some noise in my ear (sometimes worse than
at other times), I was asymptomatic for many months. It was in the
November 2002 that I had my first full blown vertigo attack which lasted
for a number of hours and ended with my falling into an exhausted sleep.
Then no more attacks for approximately 18 months. However from time to
time I felt dizzy or unstable or just generally unwell. In June 2003,
after a few dizzy spells, a new doctor prescribed Stemetil (Prochlorperazine)
and sent me to an ear/nose/throat specialist, who ordered an MRI to rule
out an acoustic tumour. He said that, barring a tumour (there was none),
I most likely had MM. He had nothing positive to offer except the
bare-bones advice: maintain a low sodium diet and avoid caffeine.
Basically, he said, there was nothing more he could do. In effect he was
saying, “Goodbye and have a nice (dizzy) life.”
In the next few months I had mild attacks and a number of days that I
felt unwell and where my balance was affected. It was during that period
that I sought help from an acupuncturist who also prescribed Chinese
herbal remedies. I did get better: the attacks stopped, my tinnitus
improved and my hearing improved. I continued this treatment with good
results until January 2005.
Then came the season of rolling attacks. This was at least four years
from noticing the first symptoms of the disease. Beginning in January
2005 and over several months, I had daily vertigo attacks which normally
involved vomiting, most often in the afternoon. I was taking Stemetil
daily, which only sometimes stopped the vertigo and vomiting.
I was now truly incapacitated. I could make no plans, was afraid to
drive or leave the house and lost all confidence that I would ever again
lead a normal life. I rarely had any okay days. Okay to me at that time
meant no vertigo attacks. I might in other ways be feeling unwell:
tired, headachy, mildly nauseous, neck soreness. Nearly anything would
bring on vertigo and vomiting: turning my head in certain directions,
certain foods especially strongly flavoured ones or rich foods, wine,
stress, hard physical labour (e.g. heavy gardening). The list goes on.
Somehow, and I don’t know how, I managed to do my very part-time job,
though I had no idea what I’d do if I had an attack on the job. Luckily
the job only took a few days a month to do, although I did get a vertigo
attack once as I was heading back to my car from a meeting. I remember
sitting in my car in a cold sweat, swallowing a Stemetil and hoping and
praying for the attack to end so that I could drive home. I sat there
for an hour until I could drive and then I virtually inched my car home
and collapsed into bed.
At this stage, I was also in charge of my grandchildren in the
afternoons as my daughter had returned to full-time study. I truly
doubted that I could be relied on to care for my grandkids and was
worried about their and my safety. I was barely holding it together.
There were times when I had to phone my daughter to come home or ask my
husband to come home from work to look after me and the kids. I was
very, very frightened.
It was at this point that I started to look for more help. I had stopped
the acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, because the rolling attacks
started while I was still on that treatment. So like you, I went to the
internet for answers and came upon Karin Henderson’s site. I read the
case histories and put through a request for information on the
‘System’. Within a couple of days I got a response from Denise, who
works with Karin. She offered to call me here in Australia (she lives in
Rhode Island, so that is dedication for you!). We spoke a few times
about my symptoms and she told me her story. We talked about the System
and how it is helping so many MM sufferers. Of course I was sceptical,
but I was also desperate and scared and I knew I had to do something to
help myself, because crossing my fingers and hoping for the best was not
going to do it.
With Denise’s help, I completed my first order for the supplements which
comprise the System and they arrived on 18 March 2005, within days of
ordering. Denise and I had discussed my likely reaction to the
supplements and I was fully prepared that I would more than likely go
through a detoxification period in which I would not be feeling all that
well. And that is what occurred for fully two months. During that time I
felt weak and unwell, but strangely enough the occurrence of MM attacks
was reducing. How do I know this? I had begun to chart my symptoms and
keep a journal. [*] I was still very vulnerable to tummy upsets, neck
aches and headaches, but I had two MM episodes only and that was in the
early days of taking the supplements. By the end of the two months I was
starting to feel better – more energetic and more confident and
definitely no vertigo attacks.
During the detoxification period, I was sorely tempted to give up a
number of times. I found that talking with Denise and Karin helped me
through this period by their encouraging me and giving me hope that I
would be better. Also the journal and charted information helped me. The
important message here is that improvement does not come over night.
After all, it took years to develop this condition.
Karin, during a phone call with her, tried to help me to uncover the
triggers for my MM attacks and for the underlying condition that causes
them. I also read Karin’s article on triggers and inflammation and I
have thought long and hard about it. I believe that inflammation is at
the root of it, but I still am not sure what has caused the inflammation
that has triggered this disease in me. I do have a mouth full of amalgam
fillings (I grew up in an area where water was not fluoridated). I have
another auto-immune condition, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, and it is not
uncommon for people with Hashimoto’s to develop other auto-immune
http://www.aarda.org/patient_information.php ). So there must be
something going on in my body, but I am still not sure what. Well, not
yet anyway. One thing for sure, when I was prone to Meniere’s attacks,
almost anything could set one off: certain foods, strong smells,
alcohol, stress etc. I find now, since I have been on the System, that I
can tolerate, at least in moderation, some of those same things that
used to make me sick. I generally do watch my diet quite carefully – I
try to eat fresh, natural foods and lay off caffeine, salt and sugar.
But I occasionally indulge.
Something I am doing is getting rid of my amalgam fillings and I have
worked out a program of removals with my dentist, working at a pace that
I can afford. It is worth reading up on the issue of amalgam fillings
and their removal through links that Karin provides.
What I can say is that I am truly grateful to have improved so much and
to be living a normal life again. Yes, I still have the disease. I know
it lurks in there somewhere. However, I do not have vertigo attacks, my
hearing is better and more stable and the tinnitus in my affected ear is
much reduced (now at 1-2 on a scale of 10). I just don’t dwell on the
Meniere’s anymore, because I don’t need to and I am living my life to
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