Is anyone else noticing how many pro-pharma 'viral deniers' are on the MD message boards? Be it on Facebook, reddit or even on this site, it seems like some think we are a good hunting ground to push patients to use prescription drugs and limit their focus to only symptom relief. They seem real in some cases, often taking on a persona of a Meniere's patient but oops...in the middle of that casual comment on tinnitus or peanut allergies...they slip in a "no one knows what causes Meniere's" when someone mentions an antiviral. And..."A natural diet is all you need....or "I am in 100% remission from just avoiding salt." One I saw the other day. "Anyone who tells you they know anything about Meniere's is a fool." Really? Dr Gacek of UMass is a fool? JOH? All the researchers from Europe, Japan and the genetic research in Spain? All the patients who are benefiting from their research? Read more here: http://www.mm3admin.co.za/documents/docmanager/6e64f7e1-715e-4fd6-8315-424683839664/00056616.pdf Admins of these sites cannot sort out all the posers and make adjustments. Indeed, in some forums the admins themselves are from industry. They have the power to comment and delete a post not deemed worthy and censor any dissent from the drumbeat of 'give up and deal with it'. Don't be distracted by them. The shockwaves from the latest tranche of clinical studies are noticeable. These studies proved that virals are not only present but that patients can respond very well to an antiviral regimen. And these studies only covered prescription antivirals. When will the first MD studies be conducted comparing natural antivirals like olive leaf extract, monolaurin etc? A healthy number of studies have already proven that these are effective in reducing viral loads and helping long term to reduce symptoms in patients with a viral infection. It stands to reason that if 1. viruses are either the cause or a large contributing factor as proven, and 2. we know we have all these antiviral tools like acyclovir, famicyclovir and valacyclovir, BHT, Monolaurin, Olive leaf extract, astralgas, essiac tea, Lysine, vitamin C, colloidal silver...then 3. Rather than waiting forever to find that elusive enlightened Meniere's Dr. and incurring more damage to hearing and wellness While you wait...we can start today on treating the underlying cause and complicating factors. We would always want a good Dr. to assist treatment efforts. But, the startling truth is Most Dr' send patients home with 'deal with it' hopelessness and expensive and all too often inapproiate procedures. We who are making progress have knowledge birthed from a motley mix of rare Dr's remote to many, researchers who's studies are pushed down search results past the 50th+ page, and curious patient leaders, that while perhaps lacking a medical degree, are brave enough to post what they have read and found in their own self treatment. The good news is there has been an explosion in MD patients trying to get on antivirals and getting better. Awareness is increasing. However, along with that is a coincidal industry awareness of a threat to their MD Revenue stream. We can be big money to clinics! The next time you see a post that looks fishy, not of a humble patient, curious and haggered from the symptoms but of an oddly motivated poster nay saying obvious breakthroughs...don't get down. Don't start doubting progress. Take those poser comments as further evidence that we are on the right path and we are upsetting the apple cart of the symptom management industry. What is your regimen and how can it improve from your baseline? Which antivirals have you tried? Have you had your viral load tested? Are you seeking an acyclovir, famocyclivir or valacyclovir prescription? Are you seeking an enlightened Meniere's Dr? If you cant get a prescription have you considered buying OTC antivirals? Stay strong and focused!