When Dana White was a 21 year old, living in Boston, he got jumped by guys from Charlestown, and got the shit beat out of him. In particular, his left ear sustained massive amounts of damage via punches, which led to permanent hearing loss in that ear.
Later in life, that ear damage turned into Meniere’s disease. If a bout of Meniere’s hit, Dana could find himself out of action for an entire day; dealing with dizziness and nausea. Hear the full story of how he got the problem here.
Dana had to put up with the symptoms of Menieres for many years before he was able to get treatment.
He even had an unsuccessful ear surgery in 2013 (link), where an LA clinic cut the nerve in his ear.
Eventually he heard about an experimental treatment in Germany called Orthokine (often called Regenokine in the USA – the two names refer to the same treatment).
Two sports stars, A-Rod of the Yankees, and Kobe Bryant both used it successfully to overcome chronic injuries. A-Rod actually called Dana up and encouraged him to try it.
Amazingly, the orthokine treatment worked, and Dana’s Meniere’s no longer bothers him.
Orthokine works by treating the inflammation in an injured area. It’s similar to a treatment called platelet-rich plasma (PRP).
Key differences between the two treatments are:
- Orthokine uses serum, whereas PRP uses the platelets
- Orthokine heats the blood to increase the amount of anti-inflammatory proteins.
The brains behind orthokine is Dr Peter Wehling, who treats out of his clinic in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Dr Wehling has also licensed the treatment out to a clinic in New York called Schottenstein Pain & Neuro.
Orthokine cost €6,000 ($7,400) as of 2012 – which puts it out of financial reach for many people. However for something as debilitating as Meniere’s; its likely a price worth paying.