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Got Neuropathy? You May Need To Consider Weight Loss!

Many patients with peripheral neuropathy discover is that weight loss can accelerate healing, reduce pain, and dramatically improve quality of life.

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Amazingly, one of the things that most patients who suffer from peripheral neuropathy discover is that weight loss can accelerate their healing, reduce their pain, and dramatically improve the quality of their life.

Now, this is true for many forms of peripheral neuropathy, especially those associated with diabetes or metabolic syndrome.

The reasons for this are many.

But here are three reasons why you should consider weight loss if you suffer from neuropathy, or ANY form of chronic pain.

Number one: Being even as little as 10 to 15 pounds overweight can help create an inflammatory environment in your body. Inflammation causes pain, which sets the stage for more devastating diseases.

In fact, I have had patients present to my practice with significant widespread aches and pains, whose only medical issue was being overweight. Their inflammatory blood markers (CRP), much like those who suffer from inflammatory arthritis and other devastating diseases, are often significantly elevated.

An inflammatory environment in our bodies helps create symptoms including achiness, fatigue, and other bothersome issues—which many patients simply accept as normal.

Being even a little overweight will also aggravate any underlying pain syndromes, like peripheral neuropathy. Simply by losing weight, you can correct much of this pro-inflammatory situation!

Second, you probably already understand that being overweight makes it much more difficult for you to maintain normal blood and blood sugar levels. Elevations in both of these, especially triglycerides and blood sugars over many years, can lead to the development of, or worsening of, peripheral neuropathy.

The third, and perhaps most powerful, reason to consider weight loss is, by losing weight, we significantly reduce our risks of devastating diseases including diabetes, heart disease, and many forms of cancer.

As we recently published, the NeuropathyDR diet solution is one that is very effective.

In fact, we’ve had patients tell us they lose as much as 5 to 8 pounds in just several days after beginning and following our diet. In case you missed it, you’ll find that at http://neuropathydr.com/the-neuropathydr-diet.

One of the last, and most compelling, reasons to consider weight loss is, like most patients, you’ll likely experience more energy, less fatigue, drop your blood pressure, and perhaps even improve other conditions without more drugs, including health issues such as fibromyalgia and sleep apnea.

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“It’s Just a Slight Tingling, Maybe It Will Go Away…”

Nowhere else can this attitude be as dangerous as in your health—especially when dealing with peripheral neuropathy and related disorders.

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Now, those of you who read us regularly know that sudden onset of tingling, or other “funny” symptoms could be a medical emergency, like a stroke. That’s why an accurate diagnosis is your FIRST imperative!

What I’m talking about here is the cases where we see patients who “blow off” their own self-care, including available good neuropathy treatment!

Sometimes it’s finances, lack of family—or, even physician—support, but all too often it’s not wanting to make the emotional or time investment in learning all about YOUR type of neuropathy, then focusing like a laser on the things you CAN do!

First, you really have to know what you are dealing with. We do know that better health habits, regardless of your diagnosis, make an incredible difference. That’s why an accurate diagnosis is imperative!

For example, almost universally, we know that diabetic and MANY OTHER neuropathy patients who avoid dairy, gluten, and get strict with what and how they eat, get the best neuropathy treatment results! And this is even MORE true in the case of metabolic syndrome, or pre-diabetes, which is now epidemic.

Another area we feel VERY strongly about is that most neuropathy patients should at least try a gentle electric neurostimulator! 

So much so, I have even invented a brand new one! But, more on that next month.

Yes, you can even lease or rent these from us! You’ll find everything at http://neuropathydr.com/homecare

Now, when this type of home care is coupled with great clinicians, manual therapies and rehab, laser therapy, and therapeutic nutrition, you are PUSHING your body in the direction of healing, wherever that is possible!

So, why NOT do everything you can do to help beat your neuropathy early? The longer you wait, or if you just dampen the symptoms with medication, the more difficult feeling better will be!

Our clinics are always ready to help you with great in office treatment plans and home care kits AND many specialized, viable treatments!

A complimentary 15-minute Neuropathy Analysis, lease or rental of related equipment, and even no-interest financing are available in most NeuropathyDR® Treatment centers for any non-covered services, supplies, and equipment!

We are more than happy to discuss YOUR neuropathy treatment needs with your personal physicians, too!

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#Neuropathy And The Blood Sugar Connection Part II

#Diabetes and metabolic syndrome are two diseases that are becoming much more common.

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Although there are genetic contributions, most of the time metabolic syndrome and diabetes develop because of a declining level of physical fitness and carrying around too much body fat.

Our so-called modern high-fat and high sugar diets are a big contribution. Most adults need only 2000 calories or so per day yet some people consume as much as 6000 calories or more per day for years on end.

Diabetes and it’s precursor called the metabolic syndrome, are two diseases that are becoming much more common as the result of consuming too many calories and lack of physical activity and exercise.

One of the most devastating things that tens to happen as a direct result of metabolic syndrome and in a large number of patients who suffer from diabetes is peripheral neuropathy.

Most often this does not happen overnight. It takes many years for these to develop and by that time, considerable damage often has been done. This is why it is so important to control your calorie intake and maintain the highest level of physical activity. You can at any age!

Once the damage from elevated blood sugar is done, simply getting sugars under control is not enough! This is a myth that both physicians and patients alike don’t fully understand. There are good studies that show 75% of time just getting sugars control is not enough – you could be left with significant pain and disability just by treating the elevated blood sugar!

This is where a comprehensive NeuropathyDR Treatment plan may help you substantially!

So isn’t it time you learn all you can about #neuropathy treatment in advance?

Remember, we are here to help.

We will do everything in our power to help nurse you back to health, but YOU must reach out and grab all these tools!

Otherwise you run the risk of suffering miserably for the rest of your life.

Harsh words? Yes.

But it is the truth.

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Neuropathy And The Blood Sugar Connection Part I

High blood sugar is one of the most devastating consequences of being #diabetic.

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What you may not know however is that even borderline elevations of blood sugar especially over long periods of time can cause considerable problems, not the least of which is peripheral neuropathy.

What a lot of people don’t realize is that borderline blood sugar elevations over a longer time cause them to feel really lousy, stiff, sore, and achy. Yes, this may even contributes to a lot of the symptoms that people ordinarily attribute to things like arthritis and fibromyalgia.

Why is this?

This is due to a process that occurs in our bodies called glycosilation. What might you ask is glycosilation?

This is simply what happens when elevated blood sugars are allowed to persist and free sugar (glucose) molecules attach themselves to protein structures.

Proteins make up large components of our skin, muscles, and yes even the lining of our joints. As you can see, elevated blood sugars over time can affect almost our entire bodies!

Your nerves are no exception.

But what is the root cause of this elevation in blood sugar?

That’s what we’ll talk about next time in part two of this article. So be sure to read this and the next segment very carefully and post your comments and questions on Facebook!

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Neuropathy Pain Is A Complex Phenomenon

Peripheral neuropathy and many forms of chronic pain are now easier than ever to manage at home and in the clinic.

Practical day-to-day solutions can be difficult for neuropathy and chronic pain patients to deal with.

This is largely because every single medication has potential side effects. Sometimes they’re not obvious for many years. With many over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen and NSAIDs, the side effects may not be apparent until liver or kidney failure appears.

This is not an exaggeration. If you follow us on social media, you know how often we talk about this; right now it is the number one cause of liver and kidney failure in this country. This is a huge public health epidemic.

Unfortunately, medical education generally does not do a good job of educating physicians on drug-free alternatives to pain management. For generations now, even children have been fed medications at an early age and taught this is the only solution.

There are even links to early dosages of acetaminophen and the development of asthma, and perhaps other health issues as well.

Let’s talk about the most practical solutions. First and foremost, rather than reaching for medications first, use all the drug-free alternatives you have at your disposal. Simple measures early on are far better. Applications of ice packs, warm packs, and Epsom salt baths still go a long way to solving many of life’s aches and pains.

Maintaining proper body weight and make sure you are eating an anti-inflammatory diet.

But neuropathy pain is a different animal. Severe pain—debilitating pain—from any source requires extraordinary measures. Still, the simple things we spoke about earlier can have a powerful impact.

This is especially true when simple measures are combined with appropriate dietary changes.

The good news is, peripheral neuropathy and many forms of chronic pain are now easier than ever to manage at home and in the clinic.

With the introduction of our new NDGen®, and ever improving in clinic protocols, more patients are finding better and longer lasting results than ever before.

Always remember though, the key to best managing neuropathy, arthritis, fibromyalgia, spinal pain, et cetera, is stopping pain at its source wherever possible—and rapidly! This means improving the overall function of your entire body early on, not simply masking pain with medication, and, most importantly, boosting and improving the efficiency and energy of your key body systems.

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Delaying #Neuropathy and Pain Treatment is Like Playing With Fire!

You could end up more seriously injured by delaying #neuropathy, #fibromyalgia, and other chronic pain treatment.

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As you probably know working with and actually effectively treating neuropathy can be extraordinarily challenging.

Neuropathy itself can be the result of many different causes and other conditions. The underlying conditions themselves are often times very challenging and then if you add neuropathy on top of it and you can have a very difficult situation.

Unfortunately drug only therapy serves to simply mask the symptoms and not treat the underlying illness. Too often patients who suffer from neuropathy, fibromyalgia, and other forms of chronic pain can go on this pattern for many years before effective treatment is actually implemented.

And often times it’s prolonged self-treatment for pain or other annoying symptoms.

It is not unusual now to see patients taking large amounts of self-prescribed over-the-counter drugs ending up with liver damage or kidney damage and sometimes organ failure.

Don’t let this be you! Yes of course sometimes medications are necessary to help with pain but using them only to the exclusion of other good self-care is a road for disaster.

It’s very important you take the most appropriate steps to actually improve your underlying health and function as quickly as possible.

Also understand that our personal behaviors most especially diet, activity and stress control will have more to do with your outcome than almost anything else.

This is also why using the most appropriate home care tools including everything we’ve made available to you can work so well.

And sooner you can start along this treatment pathway the better your end result will be!

By now, you probably understand that we know much more about actually treating most forms of neuropathy and chronic pain than ever before.

And we do know that early active intervention by YOU usually makes a huge difference in your prognosis!

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Do you have Pain, Neuropathy, and Stress?

If we already suffer from a painful condition like peripheral neuropathy, stress makes it worse.

As a reader of this column, you already understand the relationship between diet, lifestyle, and your health.

You probably already know to that inflammation and “inflammatory states”, even at microscopic level, can cause a whole host of human illnesses, ranging from arthritis to cancer and heart disease.

 Do you have Pain, Neuropathy, and Stress? The more inflammation we suffer, the more pain and disease we can endure. This is also why we are continually writing about easily correctable factors such as diet, certain supplements, adequate water intake, etc.

A key component of health is stress management. Stress is something that all human beings deal with on a daily basis. Some of us are confronted with enormous periods of stress and remain healthy.

But we all have our limits. Sooner or later, our bodies experience breakdown. And if we already suffer from a painful condition like peripheral neuropathy, stress makes it worse. But why is this so?

We know that inflammatory diets, such as those high in sugar, can aggravate pain, as can our environments, physical activity, and a many other external factors.

Well, scientists have finally made the connection between stress and pain.

A research team at Carnegie Mellon Institute in Philadelphia has discovered that stress significantly affects our body’s ability to regulate inflammation.

Not only can stress affect hormone production, but it can affect the way our immune cells and immune system response to attacks by things like viruses.

And, everybody knows, inflammation causes pain.

For example, how bad does a sunburn or deep scratch hurt? When you look at these, you notice the swelling, redness ,and sometimes extreme discoloration. These are all signs of inflammation.

If we are relatively healthy, our bodies will respond relatively quickly. Within two weeks we never knew anything happened.

But what happens if you can’t control inflammation properly?

That scratch or sunburn may worsen, or could develop a serious complication like an infection. We all know how badly they can hurt.

So, when inflammation is not regulated properly internally, our pain levels will increase; we are more predisposed to everything from the common cold to more significant illness and disease. The longer this goes on, the worse it becomes.

It’s been said that the first step to improvement is knowledge, so next time we’ll talk more about some more practical stress management techniques for those who suffer from many forms of pain and, of course, peripheral neuropathy.

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The Best And The Worst of At-Home Neuropathy Pain Treatments.

Better methods of controlling the pain and discomfort that peripheral neuropathy can bring are essential.

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By now you realize that there are a huge number of pills, potions, and gadgets etc. that are marketed to people who suffer from neuropathy and many other forms of chronic pain.

Many years ago when I became involved in the treatment of neuropathy and realized that this was inevitable due to the sheer number of people who suffer from peripheral neuropathy worldwide. And the huge numbers of patients is growing rapidly. Peripheral neuropathy now occurs in younger and younger ages.

Make no mistake about it this directly parallels our modern lifestyle and expanding waistlines. This of course is due to a high sugar, carbohydrate diets and less physical activity.

In fact, the overall quality of diet and physical exercise for the vast majority of the population has deteriorated dramatically in the last 40 years.

All that said, doesn’t it make sense that these should be the primary targets of effective treatment?

Of course it does and even more so if you have the type of neuropathy that is directly related to obesity and poor fitness.

So why then did these critical two components get ignored until it’s often too late?

This one is a combination of public health and healthcare professional education to be sure. The relentless push on you that all you need to do is to take this pill so that you feel better is an extreme disservice to both patients and their physicians alike.

But all neuropathy is not caused by lifestyle. Some are due to accidents, usage of certain medications, a side effect of surgery, genetics, or just bad luck.

All this means is that better methods of controlling the pain and discomfort that peripheral neuropathy can bring are essential.

The worst pain treatments are those that have no basis in science what so ever and there are plenty of them available. You only have to scan the aisles of your local pharmacies.

Employing other methods, which are researched and supported by science are our first choice both at home and in the clinic.

Shouldn’t they be yours as well?

If you like, search back through the archives here for references on neurostimulation, TENS, and laser therapy. As well as key nutrients, which we combine into our NeuropathyDR treatment programs.

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Diabetic Neuropathy Tx And Conventional Dietary Approaches

One of the most difficult and frustrating forms of peripheral neuropathy we treat is caused by diabetes.

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As you probably know, diabetes as well as diabetic neuropathy is on the rise. The reasons for this are many, however it is widely agreed that the most common cause is significant increase in BMI or body mass index, otherwise known as weight gain.

Unfortunately, this is one neuropathy problem that is not treated aggressively enough. Too many patients are simply told to lose a little weight and get more exercise etc. without any meaningful specifics. Worse yet, very common hospital-based diabetic nutrition programs are still far too high in carbohydrates, as are some very famous diet programs.

This also includes programs still prescribed by nutritionists who treat diabetics. In our opinion, this has perpetuated problems with weight control in diabetes. We also see people eating so-called healthy diets, which are loaded with sugars, this commonly includes diets rich in fruits and grains.

In the treatment of diabetes and its cousin metabolic syndrome, the most important thing to realize is that carbohydrates in your diet must be significantly controlled.

This means that carbohydrates need to be restricted to approximately 15 g per meal. For some of you, this will come as a shock. This means no more than a half a slice of bread per meal with no other carbs, minimizing starchy vegetables, and eliminating sugars.

*Now this also means you will need to work with your doctors and nurses to adjust your medication dosages, especially, if you are insulin-dependent. Do not make these suggested changes without your doctors’ knowledge or consent.

Getting very strict about carbohydrate control and realizing that conventional nutrition approaches may not be enough to manage your weight, diabetes, but most especially your neuropathy goes a long way towards helping you regain control of your health and thus your life.

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Developing a Neuropathy and Chronic Pain Schedule

Scheduled physical activity every day can improve neuropathy and other chronic pain.

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One of the things we find in our practices is that patients who tend to keep tight schedules do extremely well managing and ultimately defeating chronic pain.

More specifically when we work with these patients even recovering from neuropathy, fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis and yes even more serious illnesses, we find there is scheduled physical activity every day.

In fact, it may be one the most challenging things you do. But it could also be one of the most rewarding.

The reason for this is our bodies work on set schedules.

Did you know that even such things like body temperature and alertness, etc. all run on internal schedules and cycles?

This also helps explain why those who schedule things such as meals, physical activity, self-treatment with your home-care and clinic care, do far better!

Otherwise, especially in this modern world the tendency is to drift aimlessly. And yes, even things such as our computers, social groups, and social media can wind up being distractions using a vast majority of our time.

Unfortunately, this tends to happen more not less as we get older, retire, become disabled or move away from daily structure.

The bottom line is it is not healthy.

So here’s where I recommend you begin today. Start by outlining what an ideal date looks like for you.

What time do you get up? What do you have for breakfast that makes you feel the best?

Most of our neuropathy and chronic pain patients find that adhering to the NeuropathyDR diet and eating schedule goes along way towards keeping them productive.

This is because the NeuropathyDR diet will allow you to maintain more even blood sugars and thus your energy level and mental alertness.

Next, regardless of your fitness or illness level, some type of scheduled physical activity is critical.

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