Getting Better In 2012

With New Year’s resolution time quickly approaching, you should consider setting “Conquer Meniere’s Disease” as your number one goal.

There should be multiple components to your strategy.  Keep in mind that there is seldom one single thing needed to overcome Meniere’s disease.  It is a multi-prong effort.  Consider any of the following that you are not already doing:

  1. Exercising regularly.  This will yield benefits beyond helping your ears.
  2. Taking supplements.  Talk with your doctor about your options.  I have previously mentioned pycnogenol, rhodiola rosea, ginseng, ginkgo biloba,  lemon bioflavonoids, and vinpocetine.
  3. Start a journal– If you believe the statement “What gets measured, improves,” then you understand the importance of monitoring your Meniere’s disease conditions.
  4. Healthy mental attitude.  This is another action that will benefit your life beyond just your ailing ears.
  5. Lower your sodium intake.  I have written quite a bit about this topic.  Do a site search for “sodium” for ideas to help you.  Also check the onsite chart that lists the sodium content of different foods.
  6. Incorporating stress reduction techniques in your daily routine.  In my opinion, this will give you the biggest benefits.  There are a number of activities to consider:
  • yoga
  • Tai chi
  • meditation
  • Analyze your life, determine the sources of stress and eliminate or reduce the effects of those sources.
  • Eliminate bad habits.  This also goes with the theme of New Years Resoluions.
  • Start a journal– If you believe the statement “What gets measured, improves,” then you understand the importance of monitoring your Meniere’s disease conditions.

The Mayo Clinic suggests using the 4 A’s to live with the stress in your life: Avoid, Alter, Accept, and Adapt.  Search this site for the term “stress” and you will find plenty of ideas to pursue.

My goal would be that in 2012, you would reach the point where you no longer need to be reading Meniere’s disease blogs.  Good luck and have a great holiday season.