I have been trying to control my Meniere's for the past year by following the recommendations in the Heal Your Headache book, with pretty good but not perfect success. Usually if my Meniere's goes south it is due to stress. However, for the past month I have been having problems and it is not a particularly stressful time for me. I have been using xylitol sweetener for a while as it seemed to me that it would be good for both Meniere's and health in general as it is natural, and has a very low glycemic index of 7. Anyway, that led me to do a Google search for "xylitol and Meniere's disease". This brought up a very interesting patent application for a Meniere's treatment. http://www.faqs.org/patents/app/20100120712 It's very long but there is quite a bit of information in there for those who have the patience to wade through it. Also, its funny how you can pick up other bits of info, like pieces of a puzzle. One of the things in Heal Your Headache is to avoid foods containing Arginine. It was explained either in that book, or somewhere I read, that the herpes virus likes arginine, i.e. it promotes the virus growth. I do avoid such foods and as I said, the diet works for me, however, the antivirals I tried did not do anything for me. I always have found this a bit confusing. However, in that patent article, the word "vasopressin" is used so I typed "define vasopressin" into Google and these came up: Vasopressin: A pituitary hormone that acts to promote the retention of water by the kidneys and increase blood pressure. Argipressin: Arginine vasopressin, also known as vasopressin, argipressin or antidiuretic hormone, is a neurohypophysial hormone found in most mammals. Its two primary functions are to retain water in the body and to constrict blood vessels Well! retain water in the body and to constrict blood vessels is NOT what MDers want to do! So, eating a lot of foods heavy in arginine like nuts and aged meats etc may have the same blood vessel constricting action as caffeine and this explanation to me seems much more likely than the promoting the herpes virus health. Also, as reducing arginine intake is a recommendation for people suffering migraines and now that makes sense too. Anyway, just some more interesting info.