The link between Ménière’s Disease and herpes was tested in a number of studies including one that tested the antiviral Acyclovir (aka Zovirax) on Ménière patients. ("Effectiveness of Acyclovir on Meniere's Syndrome III Observation of Clinical Symptoms in 301 cases," Mitsuo Shichinohe, M.D., Ph.D., The Sapporo Medical Journal, Vol. 68, No. 4-6, December, 1999)
Personality traits and types predict medical school stress
In his book Robert states that, “evidence is pouring in from many quarters suggests that stress may indeed impair our immune systems and increase the risk of illness”. He outlines the Psychoneuroimmune Route as thus:
- The individuals in question have been stressed
- Stress causes the stress-response (the secretion of glucocorticoids, epinephrine, and so on)
- The duration and magnitude of the stress-response in these individuals is big enough to suppress immune function
- The suppressed immune function increases the odds of these individuals getting some infectious disease, and impairs their ability to defend themselves against that disease once they have it.
- Herpes viruses know when your immune system is low.
- Herpes viruses can artificially trigger the stress-response.
Robert also discusses the Lifestyle Route which involves things like carcinogenic substances (alcohol, smoking), epidemics, sneezing on others, diet (inc: skipping breakfast habitually), lack of sleep, hypertension, obesity, and lack of physical activity… among other things.
Lack of social support and social isolation are particularly damaging. According to Robert data shows that, “the fewer social relationships a person has, the shorter his or her life expectancy, and the worse the impact of various infectious diseases”. Positive social relationships include: marriage, contact with friends and extended family, church membership, or other group affiliations. Robert states that, “for the same illness, people with the fewest social connections have approximately two-and-a-half times as much chance of dying as those with the most connections” (after controlling for variables).