• Ann Taylor

Is there more to Meniere’s disease than salt?

Meeting someone recently who has been advised to avoid all salt as a treatment for Meniere’s disease (vertigo - spinning sensation, severe nausea, imbalance) made me want to dig a bit deeper into other possible causes, since I also know how vital the right amount of the right type of salt is for our healthy physiological processes.

Vertigo is that sudden sensation of spinning, moving, swaying that may cause a loss of balance, and risk of falling. Other symptoms may be nausea and vomiting, sweating, headache and possibly loss of hearing or impaired vision.

What is happening? What can you do to help yourself?

Here are two important possible contributing factors:


Many commonly prescribed pharmaceutical medications can be cause of symptoms. Are you regularly using medications?

Musculoskeletal misalignment

Head and facial muscles control our jaw, tongue, ears and eyes and also impact on our breathing passages. So any musculoskeletal misalignment in the neck and head area could be causing issues including snoring, sinus congestion, facial pain, pressure in inner ear, impaired blood flow to brain, miscommunication between ears and eyes that control our balance system: eyes tell us to move in one way; ears tell us to move in another. (Christian Goodman)

Hence consider the potential long term effects of head trauma if left with unresolved misalignment, leading to temporomandibular disorders. Also consider the risks from chronic adverse head position; for example in people who cycle a lot, with their head bent forward and down instead of up; likewise for people using laptops and any device that results in adverse head position, as explained here:

"An adult head weighs about 5kg. The neck supports the weight of the head, which increases as the angle of inclination, increases. The more we look down, the more our heads weigh. According to the cervical segment that takes weight and stress, the head weight fluctuates to less than 5kg, but if you lean forward it weighs more and more. When bent at 60 degrees, it charges 22-27 kg on lower cervical vertebrae and down the chest; indeed down the entire spine. What's more, the support plethora of soft tissues, fascias, muscles, ligaments and tendons becomes tense and tired, which increases tension on joints and discs. If not now, then down the track, this will have an impact on the neck as it gets stiffer and increases the likelihood of creating problems elsewhere."

Exercises that loosen up and strengthen muscles around the head are reported to have the following benefits:

  • increase blood flow to the head, because all muscles act as mini-pumps that help the heart move blood to different parts on our body;

  • back muscles described as being especially important to improve blood flow and trigger the lymph system to remove toxins and extra fluids from the head area;

  • hence helps clear lymphatic congestion, which enables the body to fight infection in this area;

  • loosening up the jaw triggers the lymph system around the inner ear, hence removes fluid and enables body to fight inflammation in the inner ear;

  • positions head in the right way.

Hence my suggestions:

  • holistic dental assessment that assesses temporomandibular alignment;

  • chiropractic or osteopathic assessment of musculoskeletal alignment;

  • take care with how you hold your head when using smartphone and laptops.

Jason Prior is a chiropractor that I know and recommend; check out his special interest and experience with dizziness and vertigo disorders.

You can read my other blogs about the importance of the right form of salt and how to use tissue salts to help resolve faulty mineral balance and cellular hydration; contact me for more information about my nutritional and biochemic medicine advice.