Zinc and Tinnitus

Volume: 3
Issue: 1
January 15, 2008
Zinc and Tinnitus

Dear Colleagues:

Some unfinished business with regard to last month’s newsletter on tinnitus:  First let me thank you for the feedback on newsletter length and for the constructive criticism, suggestions and encouragement.  The consensus seems to be that a page and a half is about the right length, so I will continue to aim for that.  

Secondly, Dr. Margaret Taylor of Fullarton, Australia draws our attention to the importance of zinc in the treatment of tinnitus.  She has sent a list of abstracts and titles of research papers on this subject that I would be happy to forward to anyone interested.  As Dr. Taylor reminds us, the sensory tissues of the inner ear have the highest concentrations of zinc of any tissues in the body. 

I have tried in these newsletters to keep “on topic”, i.e. discuss subjects as closely related to neural therapy as possible.  However as readers of my book at neuraltherapybook.com know (chapter 8), I feel that the development of interference fields and nutritional deficiency is often connected. This relationship is ignored in the Dosch textbook, but explored by Pischinger in his monograph, “Matrix and Matrix Regulation”, where nutritional deficiency, especially of minerals is considered to be an “irritation of the ground system“,  (or of “the matrix”, or of the fascia, or of the extra cellular system – take our pick!). Irritation of the ground system is the same thing as an interference field, in this way of looking at things.  

While generalized neurotoxicity or nutritional deficiency may result in interference fields in many areas, some tissues are more vulnerable to these stresses than others.  For example, it has been known since the 1920’s that the adrenal glands are the first organs in the body to decompensate under conditions of starvation.  Adrenal fatigue (or fatigue that is worsened by physical activity) is therefore almost always a sign of at least some nutritional deficiency.

Other tissues with specific nutritional vulnerabilities include the thyroid and breasts (iodine), the prostate (zinc), red blood cells (iron), pancreas (chromium), muscles – (magnesium and calcium) etc.  And it stands to reason that a tissue under nutritional stress will be more vulnerable when stressed in an additional way, e.g. by a related interference field. 

Interference fields may result in no symptoms and they may produce symptoms in remote regions of the body.  I find it useful to think about why an interference field might manifest in a particular place.  Why does a wisdom tooth interference field cause tinnitus in one patient and sacroiliac joint instability in another?  I believe the answer is that (at least in some cases), the place that becomes symptomatic may be borderline nutritionally deficient.  In these situations, it would seem reasonable to use both neural therapy and nutritional supplementation to achieve a lasting good result.  In the case of tinnitus, neural therapy would relieve the vasoconstrictive component and zinc would optimize the metabolism of the inner ear. 

One more thing about wisdom teeth:  Almost 50% of dental interference fields are found in wisdom teeth or wisdom teeth scars, and dental interference fields are common.  So the energetic connections of this tooth are worth memorizing.  These can be found in the Voll dental acupuncture chart found on pages 166 and 167 of my book, (copied with permission from the Dosch Manual).      

From this chart, a connection between wisdom teeth and the C7 vertebra can be found.  On reviewing this, I was puzzled as in my own experience I have often found somatic dysfunction at the C1-C2 (atlanto-axial) level* associated with wisdom teethinterference fields.  This chart shows no dental connections with any of the upper cervical vertebrae.   Of course it is possible to speculate that the atlanto-occipital joint is secondarily affected by dysfunction at the sacroiliac joint with its energetic connections to the wisdom tooth.  Experienced manual therapists are aware of the upper cervical-pelvic ring association and the Dvorak brothers describe this relationship that they call “spondylogenic reflex syndromes” in their monograph “Manual Medicine”.  

While pondering this question I came across another Voll dental-acupuncture chart hanging on the wall of my examining room (I think I may have obtained it from Dr. Klinghardt years ago).   On this chart, all the teeth connect energetically with the C1 and C2 vertebrae! 

One of the practical applications of this knowledge is that in patients who have a poor response to manipulation of the C1-C2 vertebrae (or any other cervical vertebrae), a wisdom tooth interference field is a possible cause.  Since atlanto-axial somatic dysfunction often goes with headache, particularly the type that refers to the forehead and/or eyes, this may be the pathway that explains how a bad wisdom tooth or wisdom tooth scar can cause chronic migraine headaches. 


*Somatic dysfunction at the atlanto-occipital level can be detected as follows: With the patient lying supine on an examining table, the physician stands at the head of the table facing the patient.  The upper cervical spine is passively flexed and the head rotated alternately to the right and to the left.  If the range of motion is less in one direction than the other, somatic dysfunction is present. 

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