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Meniere’s Disease

MenieresDiseaseJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

First described in 1861 by French physician Prosper Meniere, Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that can cause episodes of vertigo, tinnitus, and a feeling of pressure or fullness in the ear, as well as fluctuating hearing loss. Typically confined to one ear, symptoms may vary from person to person. Episodic attacks often happen in clusters and occur intermittently. Considered a chronic disease with no known scientifically validated cure or exact cause, it’s generally believed that fluctuating pressure of the fluid within the inner ear or abnormally enlarged fluid passageways contribute to the often debilitating symptoms.

Tinnitus is the perception of sound when no external noise is present. Commonly referred to as ringing in the ears, sounds can also include buzzing, hissing or swooshing. While tinnitus may be acute or chronic, it affects over 50 million Americans, mostly in middle age. Often associated with hearing loss, there are many health disorders that can generate tinnitus as a symptom, including age-related and noise-induced hearing loss. Blockages in the ear canal from excessive ear wax, head congestion, foreign objects, or dirt can cause pressure to build up in the inner ear, which can irritate or affect ear drum function. In many cases removal of any blockages can alleviate tinnitus symptoms. However, in some cases, the blockage may cause permanent damage and lead to chronic tinnitus.

Vertigo, a sense of rotational dizziness, can be temporary or chronic and is commonly found in those aged 65 years and older. Peripheral vertigo is linked to a disturbance of balance organs in the inner ear, while central vertigo is liked to a disturbance in parts of the brain known as sensory nerve pathways. While vertigo can be a symptom of many health conditions, is it one of a triad of symptoms of Meniere’s disease. Individuals with Meniere’s disease often have an abrupt onset of severe symptoms and fluctuating hearing loss, as well as periods of time in which they are symptom free. Vertigo attacks, which can last from a few minutes to 24 hours, often occur without warning and may be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. The periods of remission between attacks can vary from days to months or even years, making Meniere’s disease an unpredictable and distressing condition.

The sensation of fullness or aural pressure, the third characteristic of Meniere’s, can be very uncomfortable and cause considerable distress. While the sensation can fluctuate with the acuteness of the condition, it can also become chronic, leaving one with a constant feeling of pressure. It’s widely believed that Meniere’s develops as a result of swelling in the small, fluid-filled chambers of the inner ear resulting in pressure. The ebb and flow of this pressure is believed to damage the delicate structure of the inner ear, as well as the balance structures of the semi-circular canals, resulting in cumulative damage and a decline in hearing levels over time.

In the early stages of Meniere’s, hearing levels return to normal between attacks. In the secondary state, hearing levels fluctuate, but do not return to normal. In the third stage, hearing loss, resulting in difficulty hearing in noisy situations or group conversations, is generally irreversible. Treatments aimed at reducing and controlling symptoms vary with individuals. These can include medications, diet and lifestyle improvements, tinnitus management, hearing aids and less often, surgical procedures when symptoms drastically interfere with normal daily life.

Lifestyle recommendations for self-management include:

-A reduced sodium diet, as salt levels regulate fluid balance. Lowering salt intake can to help decrease fluid in the inner ear and reduce pressure on nerve endings.

-Stress reduction, as anxiety is believed to be a major trigger in Meniere’s disease. Identifying and managing stressors may bring relief.

-Reasonable exercise, such as a brisk daily walk to stimulate circulation and aid blood flow.

-A higher protein, low refined carbohydrate diet to reduce blood insulin levels, which impair circulation.

-Not smoking, as smoking constricts blood vessels, and reduces blood flow to the tiny vessels that nourish the inner ear nerve endings.

-Reduced caffeine intake, as caffeinated beverages can worsen tinnitus symptoms. Those who restrict caffeine are known to significantly reduce attacks.

-Cognitive therapy, which some individuals find helpful to cope with the unexpected nature of the attacks and reduce the anxiety over future attacks.

-Identifying and addressing allergies, as the inflammatory symptoms of Meniere’s may be related to allergic reactions in up to one third of cases.

-Supplementing with pycnogenol, as this natural extract from French maritime pine bark may help to control symptoms. One study involving 120 patients showed that symptoms of Meniere’s disease, including the flow at cochlear level and tinnitus, significantly improved in those taking 150 mg/day of pycnogenol for six months as compared to the control group.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality nutritional supplements to support overall wellness:

Manganese Chelate ...Manganese Chelate by Douglas Laboratories®: Manganese is a component of manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD). As the principal antioxidant enzyme in the mitochondria, MnSOD is known to be a powerful inflammation fighter. Manganese deficiency is linked to the onset of symptoms of Meniere’s disease, including tinnitus and vertigo, as well as glucose intolerance and nerve disorders. Gluten, wheat, soy, dairy, sugar and artificial ingredient free, vegan formulation.

Pycnogenol® 100 mgPycnogenol® 100 mg by Pure Encapsulations®: Used extensively in Japan to improve blood flow in the inner ear, pycnogenol has been shown to provide relief from symptoms of Meniere’s disease including tinnitus, dizziness, hearing loss, inner-ear pressure and unsteadiness. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO, hypoallergenic, vegetarian formulation.

Chromium (picolinate...Chromium Picolinate 200 mcg by Pure Encapsulations®: Individuals with Meniere’s often have high blood sugar levels. Chromium picolinate, a highly bioavailable form of chromium is formulated to promote heathy glucose and lipid metabolism. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO, hypoallergenic, vegetarian formulation.

Vitamin B-6 100 mg ...Vitamin B6 100 mg by Douglas Laboratories®: Clinical observations support adequate amounts of dietary vitamin B6 for the maintenance of healthy nervous system function. Vitamin B6 reduces fluid retention and is essential for glucose production. Gluten, wheat, soy, dairy, sugar and artificial ingredient free, vegan formulation.

Active B-ComplexActive B Complex by Integrative Therapeutics: This supplement provides a full complement of bioavailable B vitamins necessary for healthy nervous system function, the repair of damaged nerve fibers and the reduction of nerve inflammation often seen in individuals with Meniere’s. Gluten, dairy, soy, sugar and artificial ingredient free, vegetarian formulation.

Vitamin C with...Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids 500 mg by Vital Nutrients: Particularly important for the structure of blood vessels, vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrient that has been shown in studies to improve symptoms of Meniere’s. Gluten, wheat, soy, dairy, and sugar free formulation.

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Prescription Drugs – Proceed with Caution

CautionJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Despite overwhelming evidence that adherence to a healthy lifestyle plays a critical role in preventing, managing and reducing disease risks, less than 3% of American adults actually follow general principles of healthy living—a nutritious diet, moderate daily exercise, weight management and avoiding smoking. One problem contributing to this seeming lackadaisical attitude towards general wellbeing is that people are led to believe that there’s a pill to cure every ill. So much so that 55% of Americans take 4 different prescription medications daily, far more than citizens of any other country, and nearly 70% take at least one prescribed drug.

All drugs, whether prescription or over the counter, can have harmful side effects. Although some side effects, such as gastrointestinal issues, fatigue, and muscle aches, are considered minor; allergic reactions, heart palpitations, internal bleeding and organ failure may also occur. Many take additional medications to counteract side effects, while others who find side effects intolerable discontinue medications against medical advisement. There’s no doubt that certain medications are essential and enhance the quality of life. Others are lifesaving, treating potentially life-threatening diseases and infections. Some are life-improving, helping to manage chronic or debilitating conditions. Still others are life-prolonging, treating cancers and rare conditions.

Per Thomas J. Moore, senior scientist for drug safety and policy at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, barring overdoses and misuse, there is no formal process for quantifying injuries, hospitalizations, or deaths caused by therapeutic drug use. While consumers and healthcare providers are encouraged to report adverse reactions to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency says its unable to use this reporting data to quantify overall deaths that result from taking prescribed pharmaceuticals as directed.

It would appear that simply taking prescribed drugs as instructed may potentially expose an individual to significant risks. Moore and other researchers, who closely evaluated hospital admission studies over several decades, reported their findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Recent analysis estimates adverse drug reactions result in 1.5 to 2.7 million hospital admissions each year. Sadly, approximately 128,000 Americans die each year from taking medications properly prescribed by physicians. Other research suggests that half of those events were preventable.

When medication is clearly necessary, always read the safely information that lists known side effects of the prescription. Some individuals may not experience any side effects. Those who do should report all adverse reactions to their healthcare provider, as there may be alternative medications that work equally well with fewer side effects. Those taking multiple medications are advised to be particularly cautious and weigh the benefits of the medications versus any potential harm. In certain situations, paying serious attention to improving lifestyle habits may provide a non-pharmaceutical intervention to improving health status, especially for borderline conditions such as prediabetes, osteopenia, prehypertension or even mild depression.

Of course, prevention is always the best medicine. Healthy nutrition and lifestyle habits are known to greatly reduce the likelihood of developing chronic diseases. Oftentimes borderline conditions and minor health issues can be improved with dedication to taking better care of one’s health, improving one’s diet, and nutritional supplementation. Regular exercise is key to weight maintenance and maintaining cardiac health, as well as healthy blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Although it’s not easy to change unhealthy behaviors, the rewards of a healthier life today and the ability to function independently later in life are more than worth the effort required to improve long-term health.

-Abundant research and a clear consensus support healthy lifestyle strategies in the prevention, management, and reduction of cardiovascular disease and its risk factors.

-To address prehypertension, cut back on sodium, lose excess weight, exercise regularly, control stress, drink alcohol in moderation, and don’t smoke. The DASH diet is recommended for those with hypertension to help lower systolic blood pressure.

-Weight loss if appropriate, a healthy diet and exercise can reduce blood sugar levels in prediabetes. If you are carrying excess weight and have been unsuccessful with weight loss, consider a formal weight loss program for diabetes prevention.

-Back and joint pain can often be improved with physical therapy and appropriate exercise, such as yoga, tai chi, swimming and gentle stretching. Supplements such as MSM, hyaluronic acid and curcumin support joint tissue health and reduce inflammation.

-Weight bearing exercise can slow the progression of osteopenia and encourage the body to build new bone cells. A whole food diet filled with calcium-rich foods is also advisable. Sufficient vitamin D is needed for the body to absorb and utilize calcium and other minerals.

-Exercise therapy, as well as various forms of talk therapy, are valid non-pharmacological primary treatments for mild depression. Exercise temporarily boosts mood enhancing endorphins and may encourage positive rewiring in the brain. Certain supplements such as omega-3 essential fatty acids, B vitamins and 5-HTP may also be beneficial for mood support.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality supplements to support overall health and a healthy lifestyle:

MSM powderMSM powder by Pure Encapsulations®: This naturally occurring patented formula provides 99.7% pure MSM, plus elemental sulfur, in support of healthy joints and connective tissues. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

Hyaluronic AcidHyaluronic Acid by Pure Encapsulations®: This naturally occurring compound supports healthy joint lubrication and joint function. Additionally, hyaluronic acid supports skin hydration, nutrient delivery and proper cellular communication. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.

Curcumin 500 with...Curcumin 500 with Bioperine® by Pure Encapsulations®: Curcumin supports a healthy inflammatory response and supports healthy liver, colon, musculoskeletal and cellular function. Bioperine®, a black pepper extract, has the potential to enhance the bioavailability and promote the absorption of curcumin. If taking medications, consult a healthcare provider before supplementing with curcumin.

5HTP Supreme5HTP Supreme™ by Designs for Health: As a precursor to serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter, 5HTP may help to promote healthy mood and reduce food cravings. This formula includes an activated form of vitamin B6 for overall neurotransmitter support. Gluten free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

Active B-ComplexActive B Complex by Integrative Therapeutics: A highly bioavailable complex providing a full complement of B vitamins, this formula naturally boosts brain chemicals that improve mood, energy, concentration, visual clarity and alertness. Gluten, soy, dairy and artificial ingredient free, vegetarian formulation.

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Prehypertension: Does it really matter? https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/prehypertension-does-it-really-matter


Can a Healthy Lifestyle Reverse Chronic Low-Grade Inflammation?

InflammationJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

As part of the body’s immune response, acute inflammation is the beginning of the biological healing process. A central component of innate immunity, inflammation is a local response to pathogens and injured tissue. Per the British Journal of Nutrition, acute inflammation is “marked by increased blood flow, capillary dilation, leukocyte (white blood cell) infiltration and the localized production of a host of chemical mediators,” all in pursuit of the identification and destruction of toxic agents and the repair of damaged tissue. Generally considered to be a protective mechanism, the trouble begins when anti-inflammatory mediators don’t resolve, and pro-inflammatory pathways don’t switch off. The balance between pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines plays a critical role in the body’s response to an inflammatory stimulus.

Low grade inflammation is defined as a two to four-fold increase in circulating levels of pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines, as well as other markers of immune activity. Chronic inflammation can occur when the body sends an inflammatory response to a perceived threat when a response is unwarranted, or can result from a failure to eliminate the cause of acute inflammation. The association between chronic low-grade systemic inflammation and chronic disease development is well recognized, yet the question as to why the immune system goes awry, signaling attacks on and destruction of its own healthy tissues, remains unclear. Obesity, bacteria; and the western lifestyle, characterized by sedentary habits, sleep deprivation, and a diet rich in industrially refined foods, are considered likely contributors to systemic inflammation.

Chronic inflammation can remain silent and symptomless and persist for years until a serious disease presents itself. Elevated unresolved inflammation can affect the body’s organs and tissues, and lead to conditions such as chronic sinusitis, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, arteriosclerosis, and irritable bowel syndrome, as well as some cancers and Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s diseases. The American Heart Association recommends blood tests that measure levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation. Elevated levels of CRP are linked to plaque formation and a higher risk of developing coronary artery disease.

Scientists have found that obese people have higher levels of white blood cells, and ultimately, persistent inflammation. Studies also show that reducing inflammation through weight loss, along with modifiable dietary and lifestyle factors, may offer a disease-prevention strategy. Certain foods, supplements and nutraceuticals are known to target a range of compounds associated with inflammation. Astaxanthin, omega-3 essential fatty acids, and turmeric may help to slowly reduce or prevent inflammation without the side effects of anti-inflammatory OTC formulations and pharmaceuticals.

-Substantial evidence suggests that foods and nutrients, such as those found in a Mediterranean style diet, help to modulate both acute and chronic inflammation.

-Foods that help reduce inflammation include fatty fish, berries, leafy greens, nuts, olives and spices, including ginger, rosemary, cinnamon, garlic and turmeric.

-Foods that fuel inflammation include fried foods, red and processed meats, sugary foods and refined carbohydrates.

-Moderate intensity physical activity can improve weight and cholesterol, enhance cardiac and lung functions, calm stress and reduce inflammation by the release of hormones that decrease production of immune substances.

-Sleeping for fewer than six or more than eight hours nightly is associated with higher levels of C-reactive protein. Although sleep requirements vary, as a general rule, aim for the optimal amount of sleep.

-Omega-3 essential fatty acids are associated with lower levels of proinflammatory markers. An Ohio State University study showed that daily consumption of omega-3’s reduced acute and chronic inflammation, as well as anxiety in a group of young healthy people.

-Astaxanthin, a potent antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory, has been shown to cool the fires of the inflammatory process in peer reviewed scientific studies.

-Tart cherries’ powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties have been shown to significantly reduce levels of key inflammatory markers.

– B vitamin insufficiency can harm the lining of the blood vessels through increased clotting, oxidative stress, and interactions with white blood cells. Magnesium deficiency is also thought to play a role in chronic inflammation, and those deficient in vitamin A are more likely to have a prolonged inflammatory response.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality supplements in support of a normal inflammatory response and overall health:

Astaxanthin 4 mgAstaxanthin 4 mg by Pure Encapsulations®: Derived from Hawaiian microalgae cultivated under pristine and highly controlled conditions, this powerful antioxidant naturally supports skin, macula, joint, immune and cardiovascular health. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.


ProOmega Lemon 1000...ProOmega® Lemon 1000 mg by Nordic Naturals: Clinically shown to provide high intensity, therapeutic support with high levels of pure omega-3 fatty acids, this deep-sea fish oil provides support for cardiovascualar, liver, joint, immune, brain and eye health, as well as a healthy natural inflammatory response. Gluten free, no artificial ingredients.


Tart Cherry UltraTart Cherry Ultra by Enzymatic Therapy: Tart cherries provide anthocyanins, beneficial antioxidant phytonutrients known to inhibit oxidative damage. Gluten, wheat, soy, dairy, sugar, yeast and artificial ingredient free, vegetarian formulation.


Vitamin A 10, 000 I...Vitamin A 10,000 IU by Douglas Laboratories: One softgel provides 10,000 IU of vitamin A palmitate in support of eye and cellular health, and a healthy immune response. Contains soy and fish oil.


Active B-ComplexActive B-Complex by Integrative Therapeutics: Active B-Complex provides a full complement of bioavailable B vitamins in support of numerous biochemical processes that support good health and bodily function. Gluten, dairy, sugar, yeast and artificial ingredient free, vegetarian formulation.


Chelated Magnesium ...Chelated Magnesium by Douglas Laboratories: One tablet provides 100 mg of elemental magnesium in the form of magnesium amino acid chelate for optimum absorption and assimilation in the body.


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