Meniere’s Bulletin: Mushroom Supplements, Finding Triggers & More!
Glenn here with another edition of the Mind Over Meniere’s Bulletin!
The Bulletin is my way of sharing all the interesting things that come across my radar – things I think will be of value to the Meniere’s community.
Today’s edition is no exception. I hope you enjoy!
(Have an idea or topic you’d like me to cover in a future Bulletin post? I’d love to hear about it! You can leave a comment below or email me directly: Glenn@mindovermenieres.com.)
This Week’s Bulletin Features:
- Medicinal Mushroom Supplements
- Questioning Triggers & Assumptions
- VeDA’s Steps-2-Balance Event
- My Favorite Recent Quotes
- Save Big on Paperback Copies of My Books!
Medicinal Mushroom Supplements:
(I am not a doctor or medical professional. Always talk to your doctor before trying any new supplement or medication. Click here for full disclaimer.)
A few weeks ago, I caught one of the worst colds I’ve had in a very long time.
Thanks to Meniere’s disease, all my colds are worse than they used to be. But this one was brutally intense and lasted longer than a week.
After a few days of misery, I found myself in the supplements department at Whole Foods, browsing the “immune boosting” products. I saw a lot of what you’d expect, like zinc supplements and homeopathic remedies.
But then I noticed something interesting– a brand of supplements I’ve been meaning to try for a long time – a medicinal mushroom supplement company called Host Defense (Host Defense on Amazon).
I first discovered Host Defense when it’s world-famous mushroom scientist (mycologist) founder, Paul Stamets appeared on one of my favorite podcasts called the Joe Rogan Experience. It’s a mind-blowing interview, and I was particularly fascinated by the discussion surrounding some of the unique medicinal and immune boosting properties of many of these mushrooms. Host Defense has been on my list of supplements to research for a while now.
(Paul Stamets also gave an incredible Ted Talk: 6 Ways Mushrooms Can Save the World)
I decided to grab a bottle of MyCommunity, which is the most powerful immune boosting supplement that Host Defense currently offers. It contains a combination of 17 different medicinal mushroom and mycelium extracts. (They offer several other immune boosting supplements as well.)
I took 2 capsules (a single serving) as soon as I got home and it immediately started to improve my cold – the next day was the first day I woke up feeling better than the night before. But it also had an interesting effect on my Meniere’s symptoms. I felt less fatigue, especially in the mornings, as well as what I can only describe as stabilizing effect on some of my other symptoms. It’s hard to describe, but it reduced the up and down roller coaster type effect that I typically experience in terms of my mental energy and brain fog.
Since getting over the cold, I have continued to experiment with MyCommunity, and have been surprised to find that many of the benefits remain
I’ve decided that I’m going to test as many of these supplements as I can. So far, I’ve only tried one other product called Cordychi, which contains both Cordyceps and Reishi mushroom extracts, but I plan to try many more. I will report more about my experiences with MyCommunity as well as any other products I experiment with in the weeks to come.
In the meantime, if any of you have tried any of the Host Defense product line (or any other medicinal mushroom supplements), I’d love to hear about your experiences!
Leave a comment below and be sure to include how/if it had any effect on your Meniere’s disease.
Questioning Triggers and Assumptions:
For as long as I’ve had Meniere’s disease, I believed that sodium was one of my biggest triggers.
Switching to a low-sodium diet helped me get my symptoms under control early on, plus eating too much sodium triggers my symptoms pretty much every time.
But after all these years on a low-sodium diet, I’m beginning to question all of my assumptions.
It started a few weeks ago. In an effort to lose weight, I went on a no sugar, low carb, high fat and high protein diet, which was a radical departure from my previous diet.
It’s not difficult any more, but the first few days we’re an incredible struggle of will power and self-discipline. Luckily, the hard work is paying off and I’m steadily losing weight.
But it’s also having a transformational effect on my Meniere’s symptoms, which is something I didn’t expect. For starters, my brain fog has improved dramatically. It’s not entirely gone, but I’ve experienced a significant reduction in brain fog and fatigue.
And here’s where it get’s really interesting – I can now tolerate far more sodium in my diet than ever before without triggering my symptoms. So much so, that it’s made me question everything.
In fact, considering how horrible I feel and how much brain fog I experience when I have a cheat meal or eat dessert, I now believe that either sugar, excessive refined carbohydrates, or possibly even gluten are much more significant triggers for me.
I’m still not entirely clear on the specifics and I have do a lot more experimenting to figure this all out. But this new diet has given me more good days, mental clarity, and a sense of resilience than anything I’ve experienced in a very long time.
And it’s made me realize that we should never stop trying to improve our health, even when we think we have it all figured out, or when we think we think we’ve tried everything.
There is always some aspect of our lifestyle that we can experiment with to try to improve our quality of life in some meaningful way.
Here are a few simple lifestyle experiment ideas to get you started: trigger tracking, meditation, dietary changes, or exercise.
VeDA’s Steps-2-Balance Event:
“Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.” ― Theodore Isaac Rubin
The Vestibular Disorders Association is hosting an event this month (May 12-20) called Steps 2 Balance in an effort to raise money and awareness by helping vestibular patients achieve their goals.
Here’s how it works: You register for the event, set a difficult personal goal, announce the goal to your friends and family, and then work as hard as you can to achieve it.
(It doesn’t have to be an overwhelmingly difficult goal, pick something that matches your current level of limitations, but still requires you to push yourself.)
As challenging as things can get with Meniere’s disease, we aren’t ever powerless. We might be overwhelmed by fear, and stuck with unwanted limitations, but we always have some measure of control over our situation.
We can push ourselves to do a little bit more, to be a little bit better, and to fight a little bit harder.
Steps-2-Balance is an opportunity to push yourself harder than you have before – to reach deep down within yourself and do something that you thought was impossible.
I will be riding my bike for 50 miles to raise money and awareness for Meniere’s disease and other vestibular disorders.
What will you do? Click here to register!
Can’t Participate? Click here to support my campaign!
My Favorite Recent Quotes:
“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” – Stephen Hawking
“Never give up on a dream just because of the length of time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – H. Jackson Brown
“Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.” – Chuang-Tzu
“Sometimes the strength within you is not a fiery flame that all can see, it is just a tiny spark that whispers softly, you got this, keep going.” – Unknown
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That’s all from me for today! Wishing you all a spin-free week!
5 thoughts on “Meniere’s Bulletin: Mushroom Supplements, Finding Triggers & More!”
Sarah Frances Victoria Mowday
Hello, thank you for your bulletin it is a really good read. The mushroom supplement sounds brilliant. I am still figuring out my vestibular disorder and looking in to dietary changes. Is it possible to know where to find a low sodium diet for this? I was thinking of eliminating sugar and dairy as I think it kills your immune system. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and advice. Sarah
RE: mushrooms. Glen, I do believe you, but it doesn’t work like that. With mushrooms especially. I regularly purchase from JingHerbs, they have zillion free videos and free online questionaries to see where you are deficient, and they have superior quality stuff, but no medicinal herbs, mushrooms work overnight.
I also take 2 x year RM-10 by Garden Of Life. Eagle Herbs has lots of free questionaries (they are kind of speed out, you need to search) to pinpoint you directly to what you need to take, even make a custom formula, however I have not purchased anything from them yet.
I enjoy your blogs. Tried CBD oils, 2 brands, but it doesn’t work for me internally. However I apply it to pains. Spinal cord, knees etc. and it seems to be taking care of pain.
Having said all that, I wish you full and speedy recovery and look forward to your next post.
I use Immune-Shroom from a organic company called Organic Olivia. I felt the benefits within probably 10ish hours I was very impressed with the product, I never considered taking it after I felt better for menieres, but I think I may try it. I also use a anti-stress Magnesium body spray to help with anxiety or if Im not sleeping well, along with CW cbd oil and cbdistillery vape daily. I spoke with ENT about the cbd oil, his response was- “If its working for you I see no problem with it, however I am not recommending it”
I’ll have to check that supplement out! Thanks!
Really enjoying reading Rewiring Tinnitus, I read the preface out loud with my partner and was almost bought to tears. Your humbleness and optimism truly struck a cord with me. I too acquired tinnitus (but not Meniere’s) at a young age (25, now 29).
Funnily enough, I just purchased a Lions Mane supplement to combat brain fog and lethargy and noticed an immediate change in to my focus although it feels like I’m on a very mild trip lol. I think I’ll halve my already halved dose tomorrow and see how I go.
Hope you’re doing well Glenn, thank you so much for writing such a beautiful, instructive, and supportive book.
Much love from Australia.