Good morning, everyone! Rather than share a recipe today, I’m here to offer some potentially exciting news for those of you who also suffer from Meniere’s Disease.
As you know, I’ve had tremendous success in controlling my Meniere’s symptoms through diet alone. After living low-sodium the past decade, and the last two years vegan as well, I’ve reached a fairly steady equilibrium. But when dietary changes aren’t enough, particularly to combat the incapacitating vertigo of Meniere’s, then what?
I received an intriguing email yesterday from a woman who works for a company called Access to Patients. This company is currently recruiting for a research study for Meniere’s Disease. Although I do not myself intend to participate, I know that this might be helpful to others. So I want to get the word out!
Here is the information about the study.
The sponsor is Otonomy. They are a company based in California. Otonomy’s co-founder, Jay Lichter, discovered he had Ménière’s disease as he was driving along the coast and had his first vertigo attack. He went to his doctor and after a series of tests was diagnosed with Ménière’s. He asked his doctor if there were effective medicines available to reduce the severity and frequency of vertigo attacks. After the answer was no, he basically set out to develop one.
This Meniere’s study tests the effectiveness and safety of the investigational drug, OTO-104, at reducing the number of and severity of vertigo attacks. It’s a steroid administered via syringe in the ear. The medicine starts out as a liquid and once inside the ear turns to a gel that (for lack of better term) pretty much stays put. Current steroid injections are liquids that run out of the ear very quickly, so can be less than effective.
If you feel this would be helpful, check out the Meniere’s Disease Study website. The clinical trials are being conducted across the country and it’s likely there’s a location within driving distance. You can also keep up with the study via social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Wishing you health and happiness always, Christy