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by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy Ménière's disease is a group of symptoms:

  • tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • vertigo (dizziness)
  • sensation of fullness or pressure in the ears
  • possible hearing loss, perhaps to the point of deafness
  • There is an association with edema of the inner ear which includes the spiral organ (cochlea, which perceives sound) and the organ of balance (the semi-circular canals).

    Sometimes Ménière's disease can occur without vertigo. In this type of the disorder, the semi-circular canals (which are responsible for the sense of position in space) are not involved with water retention while the cochlea is swollen.

    The disease occurs more frequently in males than in females, with the onset usually after the age of 50. It is estimated that 0.4 percent of persons in the United States may be affected by Ménière's disease.

    The cause of Ménière's disease is unknown although edema, or swelling, of the lining of the inner ear has been found. This may be caused by allergy affecting the inner ear and vascular disease causing diminished blood supply to the inner ear. Also, poor regulation of the tension of the muscular lining of the blood vessel walls (called "vasomotor dysregulation") may play a part. Stress and emotional disturbances seem to contribute to attacks.

    The alternative, nutritional medicine approach is to give daily injections of vitamin B12. This seems to help about 50% of cases. It also makes sense to identify hidden allergies by blood test and avoid those allergens (primarily foods). If allergy is the cause, enzyme potentiated desensitization holds hope for putting the disease in long term remission.

    The approach used in homeopathy is to attempt to restore the balance of the system using dilute solutions of natural substances specific to the disorder.



    The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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