Overcoming Meniere’s: How changing your lifestyle can change your life


Researchers Anderson and Harris once described Ménière’s disease as one of the most debilitating diseases experienced by people who survive any illness. As a former Ménière’s sufferer, Mark Knoblauch fully endorses that statement. For three years he was subjected to constant unsteadiness and dizziness along with unpredictable, violent attacks of vertigo. It took several visits to multiple physicians before he was finally diagnosed with Ménière’s disease, a relatively obscure condition of the inner ear known to wreak havoc on an individual’s balance and equilibrium.

Once diagnosed, Mark was able to adopt a relatively simple lifestyle change that effectively eliminated his symptoms. In the years since adopting this lifestyle change he has not only remained almost symptom-free but has used his newfound health to successfully complete multiple marathons and even become an Ironman.

Due in large part to the success of his lifestyle change, he wrote this book to not only provide new patients an overview of just what Ménière’s disease is but also outline for other sufferers how he has gone from at times struggling to walk to now living relatively Ménière’s-free. Drawing from his background as a scientist, Mark provides the reader a detailed overview of Ménière’s including the involved anatomy as well as the most recent research, along with a comprehensive look into how his adopted lifestyle change is thought to improve the symptoms of Ménière’s disease. By detailing his own Ménière’s journey as well as what has worked for him, Mark intends to provide other Ménière’s sufferers a pathway which they themselves can follow in order to find similar relief from the devastating effects of Ménière’s disease.


Definite Ménière’s disease requires one episodic vertigo syndrome event lasting between 20 minutes and 12 hours, associated with low- to medium-frequency sensorineural hearing loss in the affected ear as well as fluctuating aural symptoms (ear fullness, tinnitus, or hearing issues).  Probable Ménière’s disease includes episodic vestibular symptoms (e.g. dizziness or vertigo) associated with fluctuating aural symptoms lasting from 20 minutes to 24 hours. 

The prevalence of Ménière’s has been reported to range from 190 to 513 cases per 100,000 people, though this wide prevalence range has been reported to be due to methodological differences, changing diagnostic criteria of Ménière’s, and the similarity between Ménière’s and other vestibular conditions, as well as issues with the patients surveyed.  Furthermore, the prevalence of Ménière’s increases with age.  Children and adolescent cases of Ménière’s is just 8 in 100,000 while the rate in adults is 440 per 100,000 with the onset of Ménière’s typically occurring between the patient’s fourth and seventh decade.  By gender, Ménière’s disease shows a higher prevalence in females than males.

Unexpected reductions or increases in the number of water channels can influence the balance of fluid on each side of a membrane.  Similarly, some researchers suggest that Ménière’s patients have a diminished capacity to regulate fluid within their inner ear.  Consequently, fluctuations in the inner ear fluid are not well tolerated in Ménière’s patients. This is thought to lead to fluid imbalances that contribute to many of the symptoms encountered by Ménière’s patients.  Electrolytes such as sodium that are known to play a role in the body’s fluid regulation are commonly restricted in Ménière’s patients in order to reduce potential fluctuations within the middle ear. 

This well-written book provides a beacon of light through the darkness of dismal stories about Meniere’s disease and for its sea of hopeless sufferers.

Best Meniere’s book on the market. No fluff, not trying to sell you anything or refer you to any website. Just the facts with a lot of information about this miserable disease.

I wish I had found this book 2 years ago! Supplements and drugs will NOT cure you. Don’t fall for the hype! Stop suffering and read this book and you will learn how you can do it all by yourself.

For those who, like me, suffer from Meniere’s, Knoblauch’s contribution to the unfortunately smallish library of books related to this horrible disease is worth a look, not only for its wealth of new information (our understanding of Meniere’s is growing, thank God) but also for his personal anecdotes, which progress from depressing to inspirational.