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  • Jonathan Swift died before the discovery of Ménières disease

     

    Jonathan Swift died before the discovery of Ménières disease

    Did Mozart suffer from reduced kidney function? Was Napoleon poisoned? The suffering and death of celebrities has always tickled our curiosity.

    One of the worlds most widely read authors and satirists, Jonathan Swift, who wrote Gulliver’s travels, suffered from Ménière disease.

     

    Today we read about Gulliver, his shipwrecks and adventures in strange countries, and think of the books as children’s tales. But at the time of their publication in the 18th century, the books generated a stir with their unapologetic critique of society.

     In the books, Jonathan Swift showed how ridiculous those in power in English society were. His descriptions of his time were immensely funny, something that quickly made the books about Gulliver’s travels very popular.

     

    Dizziness since his youth

    Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) had been suffering from dizziness and ear problems already as a young man. Three years before his death he suffered a stroke from which he never really recovered.

    Encyclopedia Britannica states:

    ”From youth he had suffered from what is now known to have been Ménière's disease, an affliction of the semicircular canals of the ears, causing periods of dizziness and nausea.”

    The writer’s last years have been targets of misrepresentations and false rumours. It has been stated, for instance, that Swift became mentally ill.

       

    Dr. Prosper Ménière

    In Swifts own time, his disease still hadn’t been given its current name or description. That happened in the year 1861 when the French doctor Prosper Ménière discovered and described the disease which later was given the name Ménière’s disease.

     

    Antisecretory factor

    Scientists have for years had different opinions on the cause of the illness, but they are now more and more inclined to see the cause of Meniere's disease as an increase of fluid pressure in the inner ear, a simple swelling reaction. A support for this hypothesis is the good effect of the fluid-regulating treatment of AF, antisecretory factor. AF is an endogenous protein that was discovered in Sweden about 20 years ago.

      AF, which can be bought without prescription at pharmacies in the form of SPC-Flakes or Salovum, has a beneficial effect on a range of conditions, all with the common feature that fluid balance is disturbed: Ménière, gastro-intestinal disorders of various kinds and engorgement in lactating women.

     

    Food as medicine

    “Evil is dispelled by evil,” is a common saying. We really do not agree. As the name suggests, SPC-Flakes are cereals of the breakfast type. They can be sprinkled on yoghurt, baked in bread rolls and so on.

         The flakes have been in business since 2001 and side effects have not been reported. SPC-Flakes are made from specially processed oats and wheat.

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