Mike Spencer has had a very personal association with Meniere's Disease for 21 years. He suffered with the worst symptoms Meniere's could throw at him, on and off for 7 years and at times seriously felt like giving up.
He saw doctors in the UK, USA, New Zealand, Hawaii and Japan, tried what he thought was every conceivable treatment available at the time and even had major surgery. NOTHING stopped the vertigo and everything else that comes with Meniere's.
Through lifestyle changes, dietary changes and supplementation he managed to stay pretty much symptom free from 2002 to 2012 (with the exception of a few minor setbacks).
Mike got involved with supporting other Meniere's sufferers around 2004 and set up his own support website and blog. He has been supporting sufferers ever since and has spoken to multiple thousands of sufferers, doctors and other health professionals as research and writing on the subject became his life.
During his research he actually pinpointed his own root cause and eliminated it from his life. This is the main focus of The Meniere's Help Reports as it can be very different in each individual case. He has been completely free of Meniere's without the need for expensive supplementation since 2012.
In 2013 he released the book: Managing Meniere's Disease - How to Live Symptom Free, and in July 2016 released the sequel: The Need for Balance - Dealing with the Causes of Meniere's.
Most of what is in the Meniere's Help Reports ten part series available here on Amazon is extracted from these books, in particular The Need for Balance. Links to these two books can be found in the resource section of each report.
Here are some comments from readers of these two books:
"Thank you so much for your email, received your book 'The Need for Balance'. Feeling fantastic. PS - You saved my life :)
"Wow, the adjustments to life have been huge but I'm pretty happy with where I'm at now. I talk to other people experiencing this condition and even after a year they explained they were still in a train wreck and can't get over how I've come so far.
Your book gave me a lot of guidance and pointed me to resources I probably wouldn't have found. It gave me a lot of ideas and understanding of what I was experiencing and how to cope
Thank you for the assistance with this crazy condition.
"Managing Menieres came along exactly when I needed it most. It's been like a miracle. Something I would recommend to anyone.
Teresa D'Ambrosio "
"Your earlier book [Managing Meniere's Disease] was the best resource I found when I began seriously researching the causes and possible treatments for my menieres (after having been treated terribly by the medical profession for a long time.) I've had it for 40 years and I'm 69, so we're talking staying alive!
Again, thanks so much for all your research and help and for making it available at a price I can afford. The last flare left me deep in debt.
"Thanks for this new book! I really enjoyed the last one.
Keep up the good work my Friend. You speak the truth which is rare, but extremely helpful!
"I would like to take a moment to thank you for doing all you do to educate and support everyone.
You have been instrumental in steering the ship back on course. You are a blessing to us who had lost hope and for the first time can now begin to move forward toward health and happiness once again.
"Thanks Mike. I've been symptom free for 3 years now. So far so good
"Crystal is doing great. She hasn't had an attack in about 1 1/2 years
"Couldn't put it down till I was done!!! My comments:
I loved the way the book flowed. It was so easy to read and the print size was perfect..short paragraphs..nice flow all the way.
The research you have done is amazing! And much better and more inclusive of what I could do or consider part of the book
Again, congratulations on the book! It will be immensely helpful and comforting to dispel a lot of fears amongst the sufferers....wish only more could find the courage to think for themselves.
Karin Henderson" (Menieres-Disease.Ca & Menieres-Disease.Com)
"I got no help from my GP and was told nothing could be done and I would have to live with it! Usual scenario from them. Thankfully I haven't had an episode of vertigo for nearly 3 years now.
"Thanks for all your help you do for us Menieres patients. I have purchased and read your book and found it a great resource.
Thanks so much for your help, you are a true inspiration to all of us menieres sufferers
"Started reading your book last night..it's awesome! So encouraging
Denise Griffin". Menieres-WhatWorksforMe.Com
"It is very good. The dots are now connecting with me. I'm interested in your other book as well and will check your website.
Again, thank you for all your hard work!
"Many thanks Mike.Rita is feeling much better thanks to you.
"Thanks Mike; read the whole book here at work (Ha). Good job; stuff in there I never saw before!!
"I bought your 1st book and learned a lot from it. Symptom free for about a year and a half.
"I read every word carefully, and find it a light bulb moment. Thank you for your research, and passing it on for desperate single moms as myself to gain back life and function.
"I just finished reading your book and it has helped me identify some of the causes that may be causing my menieres.
"Thanks Mike. I got the book which has been very helpful. Thanks for your support and your book, it gave me hope for the future
"This is great that you are promoting the book to help people with Meneire's disease. I do not have this disease anymore!!
Keep up your great work and pray for Meneire's Disease to go away for everyone.
"I have spent the last 2 days reading your book! The information has been very helpful and I understand and look at Meniere's in a different light now. I feel like it all makes sense!
"Greetings from Cairo. I have just finished reading your book. Full of good information. Thank you!
"Thank you for your very informative, encouraging book.
"Thank you for following up, again...I do appreciate it. After reading your book so far I have seen improvement. My hearing has cleared up some in both ears. The "fog" I was living with has subsided and my tinnitus has decreased as well. Earlier this year my hearing was so bad that I was unable to hear the fan that is placed right next to my head at night. For years I have not been able to speak on the phone with my right ear and now I am able to.
Finally, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, for having and maintaining your web site and your book. I have already referred it to a couple of people who I have met that are going through the same problems. You definitely opened my eyes to alternative options for dealing with these issues, other than the Dr's telling me to "learn to live with it", or having to take the potentially toxic medications they were prescribing me.
Thanks again for your help. I can't express my appreciation enough!
"I just wanted to congratulate you on the completion of your book. As a fellow Meniere's sufferer, I sincerely appreciate people like you doing extensive research and publishing what works and what doesn't work. More of us need to be solution minded, instead of having a victim mentality. Two years ago, I was literally a mess. I thought my career was over, I thought my life was over.
At this time, I have the (vertigo and brain fog) symptoms about 98% under control.
In any case, just wanted to say kudos for sharing your information. It's great for an MM sufferer to have hope that they can conquer this awful disease.
"My husband is now living symptom free.
"First, thank you for your terrific book! You have done incredible research and provide a wonderful guide. We are quite knowledgeable re Meniere's from Jeff's experience with this wretched disease diagnosed in 1997. We are so enthusiastic re your work and grateful for your help and the terrific book!
Candice and Jeff"
"I have been suffering with Meniere's for over 12 years. Now my head is clear, I have energy, and my vision has returned to normal. I got up on Saturday and walked over to the window. I was in awe that there was so much color outside. It was like I was seeing beautiful color for the first time. And the brain fog had lifted. This is honestly better than I imagined I would feel so soon but I feel fantastic. I have boundless energy and found myself actually laughing and feeling playful like my old self.
It's been a long, rough road but I am truly hopeful of living with fewer and/or less intense episodes for the first time since my initial diagnosis.
Thanks for giving me hope.
"Just read your book that was given to me for Christmas by my husband. Thank you. I have no criticism! Great Book full of things all Meniere's people need to know. I am going to re-read it!
Thank you so much for sharing your experiences and knowledge!
Look forward to receiving more.
"Just wanted to let you know that I read your book and was surprised at the amount of information you have made available.
Thanks for all that you do.
"Hi Mike I have read your book it's really full of lots interesting data
My mother has been very lucky, her Meniere has been cured.
I wish you much success in helping people from this terrible disease.
"Today is day five and I am much more alert than I have been for years. I feel a lot less dizzy. I told my husband tonight that I feel alive again. I feel like a functioning person again after feeling so low for the last four years that suicide was a real option. THANK YOU for sharing. I am now looking to the future with real hope. Thanks for helping me get my life back. Warm regards,
"Thank you Mike. All of my symptoms have gone away.
"Great news as I'm sure you knew there would have been! I Haven't had any symptoms of dizziness or vertigo since February. The ringing sensation I always had in my ears has almost gone, most days it is not there at all. The fullness of the inner ear that I usually experienced has reduced also and again some days it isn't there at all. All round I feel great, my lifestyle has improved, I have more energy feeling less tired than I did, my immune system has got a real boost, I no longer seem to suffer from the continuous colds/snuffly feeling that I had before.
I was getting really frustrated and feeling really low about the menieres and could not see a light at the end of the tunnel. The ENT specialist I am under did not give me any hope of how to reduce my symptoms etc and just said that Menieres is something that I needed to get used to and just live with. That's a load of rubbish and I cannot wait to see my specialist next and tell him that.
I cannot thank you enough for your advice and help. Please keep up the good work. My life really has improved in the last few months and Menieres disease is now in the background locked away, hopefully for good. People should not have to suffer from the disease as it can be managed and not just by pumping your body full of chemicals such as serc (that hardly work at all anyway).
"Thank you for your continued support. I learned so much from your book and have been living free of almost all symptoms ( I have a very slight tinnitus still) for over a year now. I can't wait to read The Need for Balance. I have recommended the first book to all my friends in our group.
Thank you again. You gave me the confidence and knowledge to change my life around when I was ready to give up.
After 20 years obsessed with beating this condition, not only for himself but for other sufferers, and often at the detriment to his business and family life, he now lives on and helps run an organic farm in the northern hills of Thailand. Completely Meniere's free but still dedicated to helping others get over this much misunderstood condition.
His Meniere's Help website and books have one overriding message of hope backed up by medical studies, data and statistics and of course the experiences of himself and thousands of others, and that is that, "Nobody has to live with Meniere's disease. It can be beaten, has been beaten and is being beaten all the time."
This all starts with knowledge and ends with the appropriate action being taken in each individual case.