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How tinnitus can kill–and what can be done

Mainstream ignorance is a killer

Usually, reading mainstream news gets me feeling pretty depressed. But one recent article in particular left me feeling more distressed than usual.

The article details the ways in which tinnitus–characterized by a constant ringing or screeching or hissing in a person’s ears–can ruin lives, leading to insomnia and depression. In fact, the article says, living with this constant noise has led people with tinnitus to think about suicide–and some people to actually go through with it.

The fact that some people find escape from tinnitus only through suicide is extremely sad, to be sure. But what had me feeling especially distressed is that this is yet another example of how ignoring natural and alternative health solutions is ruining (and ending) people’s lives.

Nowhere in the article is there any mention of the research that’s been done on natural treatments for tinnitus–or how those treatments have helped people finally silence the tormenting sounds in their heads. There are passing mentions of the American Tinnitus Association and a few “experimental” treatments, sure, but that’s about it.

The rest of the article is about how terrible living with tinnitus is–how horrible, how hopeless.

And that’s pretty much the way, isn’t it? If there’s not a patented drug for it, it’s “incurable.” Any natural options go completely ignored–even when it means keeping people hopeless.

And when you’re talking about an estimated 50 million Americans who have tinnitus to some degree, the reality that living in a world of earbuds pumping music right into people’s ear canals, and the fact that the Veterans Administration will pay out more than $1 billion by the end of the year in disability compensation for tinnitus, it becomes painfully clear that ignoring natural medicine isn’t doing anyone any favors–health-wise or budget-wise.

There might not be a 100 percent cure for tinnitus, but Nature offers many things that can reduce the symptoms–and often eliminate them entirely. Dr. Wright and the Nutrition & Healing team have covered these options in the newsletter and in the e-Tips.

Among the possible sources of relief–or even elimination–are the following:

  • Ginkgo biloba, 80 milligrams of a standardized preparation, three times daily
  • Zinc (picolinate) 30 milligrams twice daily, “offset” with 2 milligrams copper, twice daily
  • Vitamin B12, 1,000 micrograms injected once or twice weekly, along with 5 milligrams of folic acid each time. (You’ll need help from a physician skilled in natural therapies for this. To find one in your area, contact the American College for Advancement in Medicine at 800-532-3688 or www.acam.org.)

Of course, tinnitus is just one example of how willful ignorance on the part of the mainstream is keeping us in the dark about our health–with dire consequences. Thanksgiving might have been last month, but I’m grateful that Dr. Wright is here to inform us about the natural solutions missed–and ignored–by the mainstream.

P.S. The recommendations made in today’s e-Tip are just the beginning. If you’re looking for a complete resource on how to beat tinnitus, look no further. Click here for more information.

Sources:
“Phantom Noises Drive Sufferers to Distraction, Suicide,” ABC News (abcnews.go.com)