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October 29, 1916

On October 29, 1916, an article was published in the NY Times that states that from the research and works of several individuals, it has been verified that vertigo (or seasickness as they call it) results from an imbalance in the inner ear. In the article it states that vertigo was often thought of as an intestinal or digestive disorder brought upon by indigestion or stomachaches.

In 1900, the relationship between vertigo and the inner ear was first established and many tests ensued. In one experiment, animals were rocked on a moving floor that simulated a rolling sea and it resulted in the animals getting seasick. The head researcher, Kreidl, then severed the eighth nerve (the acoustic/auditory nerve). The same experiment was then conducted on the moving floor and the animals did not get sick.

1916 was the beginning of the acknowledgement that vertigo was the distinct result of the “disturbance of the vestibular apparatus”.  A lot of things were proven in the years leading up to 1916, such as champagne giving relief to vertigo symptoms (see last paragraph of the article) and the causes of vertigo “no longer be[ing] regarded as vague or mysterious”.

Help Prepare a Cookbook for Meniere’s Diets

One of the top treatments suggested for Meniere’s Disease is a diet with low-salt content. On one of the Meniere’s Disease forums, I found a fun project for anyone who would like to be involved. Meniere’s Resources (link provided below) is putting together a cookbook for those on low salt and gluten free diets.

If you have recipes, or would like to help out editing or putting together other aspects of the book, contact:,19208.0.html

Balance Disorders and Your Diet

One of the best Web sites for balancing your life and vestibular disorders that we always refer our patients to is I was looking through the site and came across some suggested dietary guidelines for Meniere’s Disease and other balance disorders. For Meniere’s Disease, it’s important to maintain a steady fluid consistency to help manage the disease. Here are some tips for dietary considerations with balance disorders.

  • Distributing food and fluid intake evenly throughout the day and from day to day.
  • Avoiding foods and beverages that have a high sugar or salt content. Foods with complex sugars (e.g., those found in legumes and whole grains) are better choices than foods with a high concentration of simple sugars (e.g., table sugar and honey). Sodium intake also affects body-fluid levels and their regulation. Each individual’s physician will be the best judge of appropriate levels of sodium intake.
  • Drinking adequate amounts of fluid daily. If possible, fluid loss from exercise or heat should be anticipated, and extra fluids drunk before and during exercise and in hot weather.
  • Avoiding foods and beverages with caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant that can make tinnitus louder. Its diuretic properties also cause excessive urinary loss of body fluids.
  • Limiting or eliminating alcohol consumption. Alcohol can directly and adversely affect the inner ear by changing the volume and composition of its fluid.
  • Avoiding migraine triggers including foods that contain the amino acid tyramine. Examples of such foods include red wine, chicken liver, smoked meats, yogurt, chocolate, bananas, citrus fruits, figs, ripened cheeses (e.,g., cheddar and Brie), and nuts.