Vertigo Remedies

Dietary Changes

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Posted by Kater (Waterloo, Ontario) on 12/02/2012

I have meniere's disease and cannot have salt-(it induces vertigo). Could you please suggest a salt-free leavening agent for baking? Any ideas about a salt-free diet would also be greatly appreciated.

Replied by Karen
(Clarkston, Mi)
01/01/2013

I do not know if this will help... But regular table salt that we buy at the store is detrimental to your health. It is the sodium in sea salt or Himalayan sat that our bodies need. We have been on sea salt for over 2 years now. Try using that.. But I strongly suggest you try Himalayan salt. Make sure you buy from a reputable source. I hope this helps you.

Replied by Timh
(Louisville, Ky, Usa)
01/02/2013
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I can attest that after having dropped the traditional processed salt and using both Himalayan and Sea Salt, food never tasted better. For the well informed, the old age of processed salt and white flower bread is.............. D E A D.

Replied by Sherrie
(Florida)
04/12/2016

I agree with the ladies above. Our bodies need the minerals in Himalayan salt, or Celtic salt. It can prevent numerous health conditions that are present in today's society. processed salts like Morton's do not contain near the amount of minerals as Himalayan or Celtic salt and Morton's has toxic chemicals and way too much sodium.

Replied by Marie-Louise
(Zürich)
04/14/2016

Hello, try Strath from Bio-Strath. The founder himself had Meniere and got cured many years ago. It is a Swiss product and can be bought in Food Health Stores.

Replied by Jenilyn
(Temecula, Ca)
04/19/2017

I agree but I do believe you need the iodine though that iodized salt supplies.


Dietary Changes
Posted by Lyn (Singapore) on 10/12/1007
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I had a sudden attack of vertigo two days ago and read that some causes of vertigo could be related to a lack of water in the body due too to much salt or a high cholesterol. If this is the case. A diet as simple as staying off caffeine and salt would help. And taking more citrusy fruits like oranges will help reduce the bout of spinning. It works.

Replied by Joan
(Chantilly)
05/19/2015

You mean table salt. Stay away from process table salt, yes. But SEA SALT, like Himalayan or Celtic, is very healthy and others have found relief from vertigo with SEA SALT.

Replied by Mariann
(Annapolis, Maryland)
09/12/2017

That's odd. I was diagnosed with vertigo about 10 years ago and the neurologist gave me a list of food restrictions and on that was anything that was citrus.. It was said to be a vertigo trigger. 😳


Dietary Changes, Biofeedback

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Posted by Mia (Berkley, Mi, Usa) on 07/30/2013
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I have had Meniere's for 12 years. The area surrounding my right ear is intermittentantly numb, I have tinnitus 24/7, and have experienced severe 'spin-outs" to the point of vomitting, and then need to sleep for 18 hours. When I first sought an answer to what I had, I was told I could possibly have otitus media, a brain tumor or very off chance, Meniere's Disease. I was given antibiotics and steroids. I happened upon a Meniere's specialist of world renown in the Rochester, Michigan area, by overhearing a conversation, who diagnosed classic Meniere's. I can tell you from experience that diet is the key.

CATS =No Caffeine, No Alcohol, No Tobacco, No Salt

With that in mind; eliminate processed foods, condiments, think organic, no hormone, no antibiotic treated foods. No sugar substitutes.

To stop a "spin-out" in the process I was taught to Focus! (Bio-feedback) Focus your eyes on an object, do not close your eyes, you will feel your eyes bouncing in your head, but the vertigo will stop. The more you use this technique, the faster you will be able to stop the spinning.

Replied by Ami
(Michigan , sa)
10/15/2014

Rochester michigan menieres ear specialist from previous post.

Replied by Sherry
(Michigan)
02/06/2017

Please tell me the name of world reknown special dr. I'd like to see him.


Dietary Changes, Magnesium

Posted by Karen (Clarkston Mi) on 06/30/2014

This past weekend I was researching for my daughters illnesses. In those articles ( wished I would have saved them) it said that Vertigo has promising healing results when you put the patient on a gluten free diet and magnesium is increased in the patient. Soak in Epsom salts daily. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil daily up to 4 TBs helps with may brain disorders. They are finding that the wheats today are not like the wheat 100 years ago and many are having gluten intolerant issues...which are damaging the gut. Leaky gut can cause auto immune diseases. Auto immune diseases are rampant these days!!


Eliminate Artificial Sweeteners

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Posted by Susan (Sarnia, Ontario) on 06/25/2011

Eliminate artificial sweeteners. The slightest amount of aspartame will cause me to spend the next full day with such a severe vertigo attack that I cannot get out of bed without walking into the walls and very severe nausea . It did not take me long to make the connection as I do not use aspartame on a regular basis. A friend told me about aspartame poisoning. Some people just cannot metabolize this chemical.


Eliminate Artificial Sweeteners
Posted by Ga_bass (Atlanta, Ga) on 03/04/2010
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Vertigo

Eliminate Aspartame and sugar free foods and drinks. I realized after reading a article regarding aspartame on EC was linked to lupus and other aliments. I came to the conclusion it caused my Vertigo. I was overdosing on the stuff daily without being aware of it. I began drinking coffee at work with artificial sweetners 1-2 cups daily, had a diet soda with my lunch, then would drink energy drinks, chewing sugar free gum. ALLLLLL contained aspartame. Once I took that out of my diet and started paying more attention to the labels on the products I consume. Its one year later still no signs of vertigo.

EC: Thank you, Ga_bass. Your feedback has been cross-posted to the aspartame side effects page: http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/aspartame.html

Replied by Ga_bass
(Atlanta, Ga)
12/29/2011
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I am glad and thankful to report as of 12/29/2011 going into a new year 2012. Not one sign of vertigo, not one symptom of dizziness, not one trip to the doctor re: dizziness since I have eliminated aspartame from my diet. The companies are aware that the consumers are now aware of aspartame, so now they have changed the name of aspartame. Please, Please read the link provided, please please update yourself on all the names used for aspartame and artificial sweetners. I urge you to tell all you can.

Replied by Ga_bass
(Atlanta, Ga)
05/01/2013

Reporting I cured myself from vertigo in 2010 it's now 2013. Simply eliminating aspartame. Still not one episode. HOWEVER, IF THIS DOES NOT WORK FOR YOU there lies a bigger problem, ask your doctor to check for Gliosis. Scarred brain tissue and early signs of MS. A friend was recently diagnosed.

Replied by Serena
(Clover Sc)
02/17/2014

This is to Ga_bass from Atlanta, Ga 05/01/2013 concerning friend that was diagnosed with MS. Please tell her to research low dose Naltrexone. It has stopped MS symptoms for many. Good luck and stay away from artificial sweeteners.


Eliminate Artificial Sweetners

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Posted by Jeanette R (Midwest City, Ok) on 09/08/2017
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I am a diabetic and had recently had a flare-up of elevated sugars due to a round of hi-dose steroids. I also have Meneire's Disease and the steroids were to try to control the vertigo I experience from the disease. I started a diet in April of this year (2017) and started drinking water with Crystal Light packets mixed in it. Not long after, maybe a month, I started having vertigo spells like I had never experience before! One dropped me right to the ground, and several made me throw up immediately. They were the most horrible vertigo spells I have had to date. I went to see a nutritionist to discuss the diabetes and diet and had one of those spells while sitting with her. She did some research while I was suffering and found out that Crystal Light has aspartame in it. On further research, she found some information on just how bad aspartame is and a correlation to people that already experience vertigo. I immediately stopped drinking water with those packets and switched to a different water enhancer and almost immediately had a cessation of those horrible vertigo spells! I do still have some vertigo, guess I always will with Meneire's, but it is so much easier to take without the aspartame poisoning. I look over the labels now of everything I eat to check for it and avoid it like the plague! Plus I have informed my friends and coworkers to avoid it also. Thank the good Lord for my nutritionist - I feel like she saved my sanity.

Replied by Timh
(Ky)
09/08/2017
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J: Thanks for the post about your aspartame experience.

If I might add, one of the negative aspects of Diabetes is excess sugar in the body which ferments and becomes a fungal infection which further ferments into aldahyde. aspertame contains wood alcohol which goes thru the fermentation process into aldahyde just like regular glucose. So, in your case, you experienced major aspartame toxicity shortly after it's consumption, in comparison many people drink large quantities of Asp but no bad symptoms whatsoever.

Suggestion are to help correct sugar metabolism and alcohol or aldahyde detox so you don't get sick again.

A good whole-food multivitamin plus extra Chromium Picolinate helps convert sugar/glucose into energy.

A complex of Zinc/Copper plus any combination of Niacin forms will improve alcohol detox.

Molybdenum plus Niacin again will help detox aldehyde.

I provide this info as a preventive to your condition which will only worsen in time and eventually have deadly consequences.


Eliminate Caffeine

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Posted by Alain Boutin (Derry, NH) on 10/29/2008
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I start suffering mild vertigo 15 yrs ago. I was heavily drinking coffee (huuumm, good coffee...) at that time and did not know the link with vertigo.

I am very prone to motion sickness. I cannot dive either because I cannot clear the pressure in my ear. I often has mild dizziness when changing position in my youth. But the vertigo started at the age of 35 and it was something much worse. I sometimes had to lean against a wall in order to not fall when standing up or just turning the head. It I was suffering a genetic problem common in my family.

It is by change that I stopped drinking coffee, just because there were no coffee shop in my new neighborhood. The vertigo stopped. I started coffee and coca-cola and the vertigo came back.

I repeated that cycle a good dozen times, and it reconfirmed every time the link between vertigo with cafeine

I saw 2 specialist (one was Otorhinolaryngology) who sweared there were no link between cafeine and vertigo. The Otorhinolaryngology said it was some loose crystals in the ear and not much could be done except some exercises like rotating the head.

Some web site call this similar dizziness BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) syndrome and can be cure by the Epley maneuver. I never tested it though.

Now that I stopped definitively coffee and coca-cola, I seldom have vertigo and when I do have them, they are very mild.


Epley Maneuver

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Posted by Kathi (New Brunswick, Nj) on 02/13/2016
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One more YEA for Epley maneuver. I have had vertigo a number of times now, and using the maneuver always does the trick to relieve the symptoms.

My variation: sit up at the edge of the bed, quickly lie back (with force) onto your back, then quickly turn your body on its side toward the affected side. Wait until the (very! ) unpleasant vertigo sensation stops, then slowly raise yourself back up to sitting. Repeat 2-3 times.

My understanding is that vertigo is caused by calcium crystals that are naturally present in your inner ear become loose. The maneuver forces the loose crystals into a place where they don't float around so much every time you turn your head.

Sadly I will not be able to take any more arial yoga classes until this latest bout of vertigo subsides.


Epley Maneuver
Posted by Francis (Southside Alabamhe, US) on 01/16/2015

I had bppv and it was that way for 4 days. The ent doctor told me to do exercise at home, the epley maneuver. I did it for three days twice, that was enough for me. My hearing test was very good; he also did a test in the office. I was screaming for life, scary is not the word. Well when I was on my 4th day of these exercises, I said God help me, so he did. I put hydrogen peroxide in my right ear cause he said that was the one that made me dizzy and off balance, praise God, oh lord it went away, solely the truth, Amen. Hopefully I helped someone, thanks Francis

Replied by Mari
(Texas)
10/10/2017

I'll try it, thanks. Also my chiropractor told me to put a drop of olive oil every night in each ear and it has helped.


Epley Maneuver
Posted by Lynne (Winchester, U.k) on 07/02/2014
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I suffered from dizziness foe several months which my doctor diagnosed as Vertigo. I was rather put out and sceptical when her recommendation was to look up Epley maneuver on "you tube". She said some people only need to do it once for success! Well I did it with the help of my husband twice a day for a week and it did stop altogether. It is straight forward after you have watched a couple of times and costs nothing so must be worth a try.


Fenugreek and Thyme

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Posted by Tara (Provo, Utah) on 11/19/2007
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All throughout my childhood I had bouts of vertigo. Fluid would get into my ears, cross the ear drum and get stuck around the eustation tube. Recently, I had a severe bout that lasted almost a month. Decongestants and Meclizine would help but it would just come right back. I spoke with a good friend who is extremely knowledgable about herbs and she said she has had a similar problem. She uses a mix of Fenugreek and Thyme. She said its also good to use Pcynogenol as well. I have only been using the Fenugreek and Thyme mix but I have noticed a huge improvement. The mix of herbs is also good for general sinus clearing. Drink lots of water though because this will pull the fluid out of your body. Hope this helps!


Fluorescent Lighting Link, Supplements Which Help

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Posted by Ester (Garden Grove, CA) on 03/16/2008
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Vertigo caused by energy saving and fluorescent lighting: I have suffered from vertigo for the last year. I have found out that my vertigo is triggered by fluorescent or energy savings bulbs. I've read that the use of this lighting is questioned in Europe because it causes many health problems. Avoidance of these types of lights and supplementing with calcium (1000 mg), (500 mg) magnesium, and B 100 complex really has helped me. I have also switched to full spectrum lighting (great light!). I am now researching the possibility that I need to add zinc to my diet. Hope this helps somebody. I know how debilitating vertigo is.


Garlic, Mustard Oil

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Posted by Lug (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) on 05/18/2012
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I read somewhere on internet that vertigo could be because of some bacteria or infection in your ear. So u can treat it like this, take two garlic cloves, smash it, then take 2, 3 tblsp of mustard oil, heat it and roast the garlic in it. Remove it from heat. Let it get cool. Then put 2/3 drops in your affected ear at night. I did it 4 two nights and I felt pretty good. Well my vertigo is still there but not that annoying. Hopefully it will get cured if I do it continuously.

Replied by Karen
(Clarkston, Mi)
01/01/2013

You should NOT put any type of oil down in the ear canal.

Replied by Ken
(Milwaukee, Wisc)
01/01/2013

sorry, but you are very wrong on this one. Lots of people use garlic oil and hydrogen peroxide in their ears. Garlic kills the germs in a ear infection

Replied by Cheri
(Downriver, Michigan, Usa)
01/01/2013

Also, people have been using sweet oil (olive oil) for years.

Replied by Lou
(Tyler, Tx)
09/27/2015

Dr. Oz did a show about using warm coconut oil drops in the ear.


General Feedback

Posted by Janice (Lafayette, Louisiana) on 03/07/2013

Meniere's Disease: my daughter is financially unable to see a doctor for this disease and I was wondering if there is any resourse out there where she can get help financially or a free clinic available to see her, she suffers daily and has two small children. She has no income and is struggling so much with this disease... Please if you can help me I would appreciate it..we live in Louisiana and the closest city to us is Lafayette Louisiana.. Thank you. Janice

Replied by Deborah
(Santa Barbara, California)
06/10/2013

Hi Janice, My heart goes out to your daughter. I know what it's like to be suffering from Meniere's and not be able to see a doctor. Although I don't have knowledge of free clinics for her, what helped me was a Meniere's forum, particularly this post http://www.menieres.org/forum/index.php/topic, 25945.0.htm It's full of great information that might help her pinpoint the cause.

Also, I've found following the diet to be extremely helpful. The attacks haven't gone away, but have lessened dramatically.

I hope she gets her health back. She is truly living in a nightmare.



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