European-wide Public Consultation
ended 3rd September 2012
Some Recommended Supplements
for Tinnitus Sufferers:
No-one should, take NUMEROUS supplements at any one time. We suggest NO-ONE should try MORE THAN ONE, or AT THE VERY MOST 2 supplements at a time.
Not every supplement will suit every person! Individuals often need different formulas, and this will vary according to the state of health of the person concerned. For instance some might want to take extra Vitamin B after a finishing a course of antibiotics.
If you take too many supplements at the same time, and one benefits, or another doesn't help, you could have no idea which! Supplements are not a substitute for a balanced diet, but, when run down, stressed, or ill, they can give us a helpful boost. Please do remember that, when buying supplements, to ask if they are easily absorbable.
Many supplements, and other pills, get as far as the stomach, don't break down, and end up in the sewage system unabsorbed, and still whole! For a variety of reasons, there are individuals "out there" who analyse sewage! Often these are students researching theses. Studies from many countries confirm that numerous, unabsorbed pills end up whole, and undigested, in the sewage system. Those who took them have literally flushed their money down the toilet! Drug-Free Healing
"Logic will get you from A to B, ...
Imagination will take you everywhere."
Has your Tinnitus been cured ... through changes to your diet - or otherwise? We would love to hear from you. "Only When I Eat" , the breakthrough book on tinnitus and diet, written by tinnitus sufferer June Rogers, explains how those suffering with tinnitus are most likely to be able to relieve the symptoms of their tinnitus by adjusting their diet. "Only When I Eat" was originally based on June's personal observations on the fluctations of her tinnitus. Later, she verified these observations with painstaking research into tinnitus, carried out over many years. If any vegan, or anyone following an orthodox Jewish diet, (which is not, obviously, vegetarian), suffers from tinnitus, we'd love to hear from them. We differentiate between those who suffer from tinnitus, and those who have Meniere's Disease (tinnitus type noises combined with serious loss of balance).
A probable Tinnitus Breakthrough? ... "ONLY WHEN I EAT",
the original book on tinnitus and diet by the late June Rogers.
UK ISBN No. 0951 0769 06 .
For our researches we excluded sufferers whose tinnitus sounds were temporary. Perhaps their tinnitus symptoms were a side effects associated with a patent medicine? If so the noises should, eventually, clear up. In others, the temporary tinnitus symptoms might result from a bacterial infection. A virus could be another cause of tinnitus symptoms, so could severe catarah, or a temporary nerve disorder. We have been surprised to learn that many individuals who had been struck by lightening; were in the immediate vicinity when lightening went to earth; or had been on the telephone during an electrical storm overhead, developed tinnitus symptoms. Whilst this connection, which was always made by the tinnitus sufferers themselves, could be understandable, the number of tinnitus suffers who say their tinnitus began in such circumstances seems, in our opinion, to be way out of proportion to the number of lightening incidents reported! That still leaves us with a conundrum, though! Should such tinnitus "start-ups" be classified as "tinnitus", or are they really ear (or nerve) damage? "Only When I Eat" is based around a vegetarian diet. This can be adapted if you are not a vegetarian . The late June Rogers was a strict vegetarian , bordering on vegan status. She was Hon. Treasurer of the Research Committee of UK Vegetarian Society. Sadly, this Committee no longer exists. Whilst serving on it June collaborated with the biochemist Dr. Alan Long .
"Only When I Eat" can also be ordered direct from Ki Publishing for £6.50p including postage. It can also be ordered through your local (British) bookshop. Some overseas bookshops might order it too! "Only When I Eat" is available to partially browse on Google Book Search, or through the Amazon Book Search. Trade terms are available through Ki Publishing . Buyers of "Only When I Eat" , living abroad., and only ordering this book, can buy it from Ki Publishing for 12 x International Reply Coupons (IRCs). We have a free research questionnaire available on receipt of a largish ssae (UK requests) or 2 x International Reply Coupons (those living abroad.). Our TEMPORARY postal address whilst we are Royal Mail with the bullying Royal Mail is: #23, Norfolk House, Richmond, TW10 5AT.
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Some Helpful Links: Anyone can find out about a particular medication. The site is sponsored by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, a professional society that represents pharmacists who work in hospitals and health systems within the US.
Integrative Medical Network provides information about herbs and herbal remedies, and their possible side effects. So are the known side effects of patent medicines. Therapy definitions are set out, as are the standards US consumers should expect from their practioners.
"The World's Healthiest Foods" by George Mateljan.
"Food is Better Medicine than Drugs: Your Prescription for Drug Free Health", by Patrick Holford. Piatkus Books: Hardback and Paperback.
The UK Food Standards Agency has a department working on Vegetarian and Vegan labelling.
General information on food facts and food hygiene is also available on the websites of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. and The Trading Standards Institute One Stop Shop, which is approved by the Plain English Campaign.
Survey Reveals Lack of Salt Source Knowledge. More than three quarters of people (77%) are NOT aware that bread and breakfast cereals are among the daily foods that contribute most salt to our diet, a new Food Standards Agency survey reveals. The publication marks the
launch of the latest stage of the effort to reduce people's salt intake.
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As part of "The Meeting Point", "Tinnitus and Diet" still has an unsettled dispute with the "bullying" Royal Mail. Like all bullies, Royal Mail mistakenly assumes that they can win by dragging the situation out interminably!
Have YOU come across a food, or a supplement, that helped your tinnitus?
Details should include the manufacturer; where you can buy it and the improvement(s) noticed. We'll ask others to try it out. Canditox Formula in 100 Trufil capsules [G0756] is cheaper at £12.50p. We are NOT trying to undermine anyone'else, but for many tinnitus sufferers product 1 is out of the question. Progress is only made through lateral thinking and experimentation so:
Fancy Trying an Experiment? Canditox Pack by G & G Vitamins , product reference GO755 is perfect for tinnitus sufferers. Sadly it is expensive, at £39.95. The pack contains a month's supply of Cloves Powder Capsules, Green Walnut Tincture and G&G’s special Canditox formula, i.e. 180 Cloves capsules; 20 ml Green Walnut Tincture; 100 Canditox capsules. We think that most tinnitus sufferers should only need to take this supplement twice a week to notice a benefit, so the pack would last longer.
Walnuts are one of the best nuts for a tinnitus sufferer to eat, and
We have linked to information on Cloves.
Does any tinnitus sufferer feel like trying out product 2 at the same time, or immediately after eating a meal which contains Walnuts, and/or Cloves? Remember Cloves can be added to liquids (as in "punch"). If you do try this experiment do keep a record of what else you ate/drank, and the approximate time of day. Be sensible! Experiment using ONLY the Cloves if you have a NUT ALLERGY!
B Vitamin Complex: Tinnitus sufferers are often, we actually think always, lacking in the B vitamin GROUP. B vitamins MUST always be kept in balance within the body, so there is absolutely no point in dosing up on one particular B vitamin. If you do you will only move the vitamin imbalance around within your body. A good vitamin B complete supplement, or a well formulated multivitamin tablet will help tinnitus sufferers. Our opinion is that B-Complex 50mg with Niacin (G & G Vitamins ref. no. G0625) is ideal for tinnitus sufferers. They should NOT take more than 3 capsules in a week.
Point to note: It is possible to overdose on B Vitamins. Symptoms include headaches, aggression, hyperactivity, or an "unusual" or "unrealistic" 'high' that comes on soon after taking a Vitamin B supplement. If such symptoms regularly happen to you, read the label on the packaging; establish a connection of cause and effect in your own mind, by taking and then not taking the supplement, and seeing if the symptoms disappear. Change your vitamin formula,or the brand, if necessary.
We have come across, and this is absolutely true, an expensive, and expensively packaged bottle of vitamins from a major manufacturer. The manufacturer had, it appeared to us, gone to a lot of trouble to produce a well-balanced, daily vitamin supplement, except for Vitamin B12 content. That was listed as over 1000% of the Recommended Daily Allowance. In the US the RDA is known as the RDI, the "Recommended Daily Intakes". At first we thought this must be a misprint, but the "overdose" symptom of a headache appeared within an hour of taking the supplement. A second (trial by us) intake of the capsule a week later had the same effect. We asked a friend to try this supplement. He reported he became hyperactive. We had no choice but to dispose of the remaining tablets, and write to the makers who are still (according to the labels on the bottles and allowing for the distribution delay) producing the same formula supplement. We think this particular supplement is dangerous and could, if taken regularly, become addictive. Not all supplements are good for everyone, or even anyone. Read the labels. Accept that there COULD be adverse reactions to supplements, as well as to pharmacutical products. RDAs are a pretty accurate guideline. We suggest that any supplement which contains more than 150% (absolute maximum cut-off point) of the Recommended Daily Allowance of any ingredient should be avoided. Consuming nine (9) times more than the body needs, of anything is, self-evidently, dangerous. It's an overdose! It could be as dangerous as drinking too much alcohol! RDAs are a sensibly calculated guideline. Whilst we might feel that it can be acceptable to vary the amounts SLIGHTLY, using 'common sense', and taking personal circumstances into account, all things should be done in moderation! As a general point, it is worth noting that Vitamin A is another supplement which it is quite easy to overdose on. Vitamin A is NOT flushed through the body by the liquids you drink. It builds up in the liver, and could, eventually poison you.
Cal-M™ by G & G Vitamins provides a soluble form of Calcium and Magnesium in a base of Apple Cider Vinegar which, because of its mild acidity, ensures effective absorption of the minerals in the digestive system. In addition there are traces of Potassium, Phosphorus, Zinc and Iron.
Energy Plus is the ideal nutritient drink for tinnitus sufferers. The complete vitamin and mineral content of the drink, as you consume it, will, obviously, vary depending on what you mix it with. For example, mixing it with milk will provide more calcium, or mixing it with fruit juice will provide more vitamin C. The downside (sadly) is the cost. Energy Plus by G & G Vitamins , Ref. G0981 costs around £10 for 330g. The larger pack of Energy Plus, by G & G Vitamins Ref. G0451 costs around £25 for a 1 Kilo tin. We suggest those suffering from tinnitus take 3 helpings during the first week, and 2 helpings each week thereafter.
Gingko Biloba: Let's start with a warning! Gingko Biloba is a blood thinner.
If you are taking warfarin or heparin YOU MUST NEVER take this herbal supplement. Neither must you take Gingko Biloba if you eat a lot of garlic; or take garlic pills; or high-dose vitamin E supplements. Taking garlic and high dose vitamin E supplements are two of the natural ways of thinning the blood. Gingko Biloba will react very badly if taken with these, or with asprin.
Herbalists know that for many people Gingko Biloba will help their tinnitus. In some patients there are side effects, such as a mild tummy upset, or headaches. If this happens stop taking it! Herbalists have known of Gingko Biloba's positive effects on blood circulation for many years. Gingko Biloba effectively inhibits platelet aggregation, and is a powerful antioxidant. Gingko Biloba has long been recommended for treating and preventing Alzheimer's disease, macular degeneration and similar illnesses. Perhaps, and this is only a supposition, the improved circulation of blood flow to the ears helps the tinnitus sufferers? A recent German study compared the effects of Gingko Biloba and pentoxifylline in treating sudden hearing loss, a condition that is often accompanied by tinnitus. In Germany pentoxifylline is the standard treatment for sudden hearing loss. In the rest of Europe, and in the US, suffers are more likely to be given oral cortisone to eliminate any inflammation that may be compressing the nerves in the ear. Pentoxifylline helps improve blood flow and circulation. After 10 days, both groups of patients showed similar gains in hearing. For those in the Gingko Biloba group the hearing improvement averaged 13.4 decibels. For those taking pentoxifylline the improvement was, on average, 12.4 decibels. Those in the Gingko Biloba group reported larger decreases in the severity of their tinnitus symptoms, and, ranked Gingko Biloba higher on a five-point rating scale. Hair Nutrition Formula: G & G Vitamins ref: no. G0391 was formulated for people with greying, brittle, thinning or dull hair. A beneficial side effect is that it helps tinnitus sufferers! We would think you only need to take 2 capsules a week.
In the UK Ginseng is usually found in capsules, or as a powered tea. We have seen Ginseng root on sale in China Town in London. This is a personal preference, and what we were taught, but in our opinion Chinese or Korean Ginsengs are superior to the Siberian roots. Like wine, though, we accept, this could just be a matter of personal preference! All Ginsengs have antioxidant properties. Ginseng stimulates the immune system, and it helps to protect the body against the adverse effects of stress. In Chinese medicine, Ginseng has long been used to prevent respiratory infections; to provide energy, and, as a means to help to balance the body. Numerous clinical studies have demonstrated Ginseng's ability to increase capacity for mental and physical work, and to decrease recovery time from overwork and injury.
Lactoferrin: is NOT suitable for vegetarians. It is a natural therapy that is manfactured to help to rid your body of h.pylori. Lactoferrin is a protein found in bovine colostrum. It does not have the unwanted side effects of antibiotics. Studies have show that Lactoferrin binds iron in the blood, keeping it away from cancerous cells, bacteria, viruses and other pathogens that require iron before they can grow. Research also suggests that the Lactoferrin protein activates specific strands of DNA that turn on the genes that launch your immune response. It is available in most good health food stores.
Nuts: Almonds are a good source of calcium, and they contain magnesium, which helps the absorption of calcium. Note: Calcium is only absorbed by the body when Vitamin D is present. Vitamin D comes from exposure to sunlight, or through supplements such as Cod Liver Oil.
Vitamin E is found in almonds, as well as in hazelnuts, and pecan nuts. Pecan nuts also contain copper and potassium. Potassium is also in hazelnuts.
Brazil nuts have a high selenium content. They contain linoleic acid and zinc.
The best nuts for tinnitus sufferers to eat are Walnuts and almonds. When cooked, as in a cake, they are better still!
The ubiquitous 'peanut' is not a nut. It is a pulse, so are broad beans, lentils and peas. Peanuts contain niacin, folate, vitamin E, and a rich combination of minerals, BUT those who suffer from tinnitus should AVOID peanuts, broad beans, peas and other pulses. Try for yourself: you will notice your tinnitus noises increase as you begin to digest pulses
A Nut Roast recipe. Suggested substitutions: Walnuts or almonds for the pistachios. A recommendation is that you wash the mushrooms, or peel them, before slicing