The Furstenberg regimen and what it means to those with Meniere’s disease

Sometime in your study of Meniere’s disease, you may come across some mention of the Furstenberg regimen or diet.  Who is Furstenberg and what is his diet?

Albert Carl Furstenberg was born in 1890 and showed an interest in medicine at an early age.  He would accompany local physicians on house calls when he was only eight years old. He received his B.S. and M.D. from the University of Michigan.  Albert practiced medicine in Ann Arbor specialized in otolaryngology.   Doctor Furstenberg had a keen interest in Meniere’s disease and served as the dean of the University of Michigan for 24 years from 1935 to 1959.

Doctor Furstenberg promoted a regimen which consists of a low sodium diet and diuretics–both of which are still common treatments today for Meniere’s disease.  Back in 1975, a study was done to determine the effectiveness of the Furstenberg regimen.  The study declared that “the Furstenberg regimen has been quite satisfactory in relieving the most disturbing symptoms of Méniére’s disease in the vast majority of cases.” The study also mentions that the degree of success was largely tied to the strictness of the patient to adhere to the low sodium diet.

You can find the study here.

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