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Before treatment (left) and six weeks after treatment (right)

Before treatment (left) and six weeks after treatment (right)(1)

Press Release:

  • (1) Burcon M. (2008) Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research. “Upper Cervical Protocol to Reduce Vertebral Subluxation in Ten Subjects with Meniere’s: A Case Series.” pp1-8.
  • (2) Long A, Xing M, Morgan K. (2009) The Internet Jounal of Otorhinolaryngology. “Exploring the Evidence Base for Acupuncture in the Treatment of Meniere’s Syndrome- A Systematic Review.” University of Leeds, UK. pp1-12.
  • (3) Weiser M, Strosser N, Klein P. (1998) Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. “Homeopathic versus conventional treatment of vertigo: A randomised double blind controlled clinical study.” pp879-885.
  • (4) Feijen R, Wit H, Albers F. (2005) Fifth International Symposium on Meniere’s Disease & Inner Ear Homeostasis Disorders. “Treatment of Meniere’s Disease with Intermittent Middle Ear Pressure.”  Los Angeles, CA. (Editor’s note: The Meniett device costs about $3,500.00, not including surgical implantation.)
  • (5) Garduno-Anaya M. (2007) 26th Politzer Society Meeting. “Dexamethasone Inner Ear Perfusion by Intratympanic Injection vs Oral Prednisone in Unilateral Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss:  A Two Year Prospective, Randomized Trial. ” Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH. (Editor’s note: Effectiveness of orally taken steriods versus steriods injected into the middle ear is currentlybeing actively debated at most Meniere conferences.)
  • (6) Smith W, Sankar V, Pfleiderer A. (2005) Laryngol Otol. “A National Survey amongst UK Otolaryngologists reguarding the Treatment of Meniere’s disease. pp 102-5.
  • (7) Luetje M, Clarence M. (1988) Am J Otology. “A Critical Comparison of Results of Endolymphatic Subarachnoid Shunt and Endolymphatic Sac Incision Operations.” (Editors note: The most contoversial study on Meniere’s disease was done in Denmark in 1981. In this double blind study, one half of the patients got shunt surgery, but half were only told that they got surgery. These patients have been followed ever since the study. Both in the short and long term, both groups improved equally as well! The only theory as to why the group  that got no surgery at all is that the lasting effects of the anesthetic depressed their vestibular system enough to lower inner ear pressure.)
  • (8) Soderman A. (2001) Otol Neurotol. “Patinet’s subjective evaluations of quality of life related to disease-specific symtoms, sense of coherence and treatment in Meniere’s disease.” pp526-533. (Editors note: There is a significant difference between the side effects of low dose and high dose Gentamicin ear injections! Although low dose is almost as effective as high dose, many general practioners and even ENTs that are not keeping up with literature are still using high dose. Side effects include deafness and nystagmus.)
  • (9,10) Eisenmen D, Speers R, Telian S. (2001) Otol Neurotol. “Labyrinthectomy versus neurectomy: long-term physiologic and clinical otcomes.” pp539-548.
  • Editor Michael T. Burcon, B.Ph.,D.C was the only doctor that presented at the last four major seminars dedicated to Meniere’s disease research:

2008 13th International Symposium and Workshops on Inner Ear Medicine and Surgery, The Prosper Meniere Society, Austria.
2007 26th Politzer Society Meeting, Cleveland Clinic.
2006 12th International Symposium and Workshops on Inner Ear Medicine and Surgery, The 25th Anniversary of the Prosper Meniere Society, Austria.
2005 Fifth International Symposium on Meniere’s Disease & Inner Ear Homeostasis Disorders, Los Angeles, CA.
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Meniere’s Disease Breakthrough

Ten years of Meniere’s disease research by Dr. Michael T. Burcon results in elimination of vertigo in 291 out of 300 patients.

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Grand Rapids, MI (PRWEB) November 1, 2010

Michael T. Burcon, DC started researching Meniere’s disease (MD) ten years ago after having three MD patients quickly recover from their vertigo under upper cervical specific chiropractic care. His papers have been published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research and the textbook, Upper Cervical Subluxation Complex, a Review of the Chiropractic and Medical Literature, by Kirk Ericksen in 2004.

The First International Symposium on Meniere’s Disease was held in Germany in 1980. Subsequent meetings were held every five years in Boston, Rome and Paris. Dr. Burcon gave his first presentation on Meniere’s to medical doctors in 2005 at the Symposium in Los Angeles. Prior to that Burcon had presented his Meniere’s research to chiropractors. He later gave two presentations to the Prosper Meniere Society in Austria and one to the Politzer Society Meeting at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Burcon will give his paper, “Cervical Specific Protocol and Results for 300 Meniere’s Patients,” to the Sixth International Symposium on Meniere’s Disease in Kyoto, Japan on November 16. His Session Topic will be, “Novel treatment of inner ear diseases.” He will also make himself available for patient consultations, technique demonstrations and interviews during his week in Japan. On Wednesday, Nov 17, he will give a demonstration at Dr. Wakaki’s chiropractic research clinic in Kyoto, at 11 am.

Burcon has established a link between both Meniere’s disease and Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) with whiplash injuries that misalign the base of the skull with the top of the neck creating a lesion affecting the Eustachian tube and/or the Trigeminal ganglion. About half of these traumas are caused by vehicular traumas and the other half from injuries involving head trauma. Burcon believes that the correlation was not made because it takes an average of fifteen years from the time the patient was injured until the onset of symptoms.



Peer reviewed Meniere’s disease paper in JVSR.

Dr. Michael T. Burcon’s Meniere’s disease paper in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research.

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN), the suicide disease.

Same protocol used successfully with TN patients.
Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research
A Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journal
Abstracts: Original Research
Upper Cervical Specific Protocol and Results for 139 Patients with Medically Diagnosed Meniere’s Disease
Michael T. Burcon BPh, DC Bio
[November 14, 2010, pp 1-10]Abstract:
Objective: The cause of Meniere’s disease is unknown; the pathophysiology is poorly understood, and the treatment empirical. One theory is that the most common cause of Meniere’s disease is a structural problem, i.e., an upper cervical subluxation complex that is irritating the origin of CNVIII and partially blocking the Eustachian tube. The objective is to demonstrate the effectiveness of cervical specific chiropractic management with one hundred and thirty nine patients medically diagnosed with Meniere’s disease.

Methods: Detailed case histories were taken on the first visit, followed by spinal examinations. Patients were required to furnish a letter from their ENT medical specialists, along with copies of the reports from the tests performed. Because evidence of upper cervical subluxation was discovered in each patient, three cervical x-rays were taken; lateral, A-P open mouth and Nasium. Detailed leg checks were performed utilizing the modified Prill leg check system to determine which cervical vertebrae to adjust, and when to adjust it. Thermographic pattern work was done using the TyTron C-3000. X-rays were analyzed using the Blair technique.

Results: One hundred thirty out of one hundred and thirty nine patients had inferior and posterior listings with laterality on the opposite side of their involved ear. After one or two specific cervical adjustments, one hundred and thirty six out of the one hundred and thirty nine patients presented with balanced legs and an absence or dramatic reduction of symptoms, especially vertigo. After two years, on a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 representing the absence of the symptom and 10 being the worst imaginable, vertigo was lowered from an average of 8.5 to 1.4.

Conclusion: Prior to the onset of symptoms, all one hundred and thirty nine cases suffered cervical traumas; most from automobile accidents, resulting in previously undiagnosed whiplash injuries. It is unlikely coincidental that one hundred and thirty out of one hundred and thirty nine consecutive Meniere’s patients would present with a posterior and inferior atlas listing with laterality on the opposite side of the involved ear. More research on Meniere’s and chiropractic is needed

Key Words: Meniere’s disease (syndrome), vertigo, upper cervical specific chiropractic, atlas subluxation, whiplash.

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