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.

Dana White recovering after his unsuccessful surgery in 2013

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).

Image via the Regenexx blog – showing differences between orthokine and PRP treatment.

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. I’ve linked to the English version of their website.

Dr Wehling has also licensed the treatment out to a clinic in New York called Schottenstein Pain & Neuro.

Dr Wehling in his office – image curtousy of New York Times article.

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.

Alex

Posted by Alex

Hi, I’m Alex, a writer with a broad interest in nutrition, hormones, cancer prevention and gerontology (study of ageing). I write this blog to answer questions I myself have had at one stage or another. With the hope that others find it useful.

9 Comments

  1. Have had Ménière’s for about 4 years now.lost hearing in my right ear and had a cochlear implant and now can hear from the implant.but I have bouts with vertigo and the rest of the discomforts of this disease including tinnitis 24/7 in the ear with the implant but is barely noticeable since the operation but the other ear is come and go,also use a hearing aid in that ear as I have lost about 60% .would like info on your operation.

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    1. Alex

      Hi Louie, for more information you’ll need to contact the clinics directly.

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  2. hi ,how can i book the regenokine treatment for my mineires in Dusseldorf,? im from Australia but willing to travel to Germany to get the treatment, how did you contact the clinic? and did they agree to do the treatment for mineires? as i heard they dont like to do it for minieres,and how much did it cost?

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    1. Alex

      Hi. The clinic’s website has both a contact number and a email address, that should be your first port of call.

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    2. Hi Lina, did you have any success in either finding a provider or with the treatment?

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  3. Teneill morris July 26, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    I’m desperate to send my dad to this clinic in Germany his Meniere disease is really bad and his virtigo is at its worst. We live in England and would travel to Germany tomorrow if we could get an appointment.
    The website is in German with no English option any ideas how I could get him booked in?

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    1. Alex

      Hi Teneill. Sorry to hear about your father, I hope he’s able to get some good help with this. See http://cemor.clinic/peter-wehling/ for their website details in English. I’m sure if you give them a call they will be able to provide all the info you need. Of course, no guarantee it will work, but absolutely worth exploring.

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  4. I had the Regenokine treatment for my Meniere’s in Dusseldorf with Dr. Jens Hartmann a wonderful doctor however my remission only lasted 14 months before my vertigo returned full force. We really haven’t heard any recent statements from Dana White about his remmision.

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    1. Alex

      Hi, thanks for your comment, and sharing your experience with Regenokine. That’s interesting that you achieved remission, but then the symptoms came back. Did you get a chance to discuss this with Jens or the clinic? Did they have any recommendations for you about where to go from here? Can imagine that’s very frustrating.

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