Your Toxic Exposures

One of the things that is new to many patients especially those who suffer from peripheral neuropathy and chronic pain is the effect that your toxic exposures can have.

For example, the average person is exposed to numerous chemicals everyday in our air, water, and even our food. Some of these substances may pass through the body harmlessly, yet others may linger in fatty tissues, creating a whole host of health problems. But this is tricky. With rare exception, most accumulations are slow or insidious. Exceptions could be exposure to large amounts of acute toxins, such as solvents.

Note these toxins can be anything from radon gas in the house to chemical pesticide residues on food, to antibiotic residues, which are now commonly present in water. Living healthily means you need to avoid as much toxic exposure from your environment and food as possible. So let’s talk about some of the most important things we can do.

Perhaps the most important source of toxins you can correct immediately is filtering your drinking water. We strongly recommend a pitcher or whole house type water filter with a carbon filter. Carbon filters can be very effective at removing many toxins. But the key to their effectiveness is to make sure that the filters are changed frequently and disposed of properly.

The next rule of thumb is, wherever possible, consume only unprocessed foods. Fruits and vegetables should be organically grown, or at least washed, wherever possible. If you grow anything around your home, do not use commercially available pesticides.

Third, minimize your exposure around the home. Start with cleaning out your garage and your cabinets, removing all toxic cleaners and chemicals. Most towns have hazardous waste disposal—make sure you participate.

Lastly, stop using commercial lawn products with pesticides and weedkillers. There are now great natural alternatives. We spend so much time around our homes, breathing the air, walking along the soil, and so do our pets. Be more careful here immediately. There are now many available products, which are far safer than traditional commercial products.

But don’t simply fall for the trap of “green”, environmentally safe”, etc; really read labels. Go to websites, learn, ask questions. If we all do this, we will create a far safer world for our children! So what if it’s not perfect? Just do better every day and you’ll be much better off.

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Your Best Self-Treatment

We know for a fact that your best self-treatment goes a long way towards help & recovery in peripheral neuropathy and chronic pain.

Let’s face it. As a clinician, one of the most amazing things I get to do is watch patients make extraordinary recoveries from devastating illnesses and injuries. So let’s talk about what experience tells is is your best self treatment.

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When people have a sense of control, and responsibility over their own direction, their neuropathy treatment outcomes are far better.

Of course, some health problems are much more serious than others. Some require much more time and effort to recover. And, yes, sometimes recovery is impossible or incomplete.

Regardless, however, we do know that patients who become more involved in their own neuropathy and chronic pain treatment do far better, are far happier, and have a much better quality of life.

The reason for this is simple. We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that when people have a sense of control, and responsibility over their own direction, their neuropathy treatment outcomes are far better.

So, what are some of these simple things that you could be engaging in on a regular basis? Number one, of course, is to let go of habits that are hurting your health.

These include things like cigarette-smoking, eating too much, or eating the wrong things. This is why we spend so much time in our books and social media talking about diet and lifestyle.

Number two: you can become physically active if your current condition allows. You can, if you’re recovering from surgery or an accident. Simply getting up out of bed {with assistance) more often can make a big difference at the end of the day.

Take advantage of all the tools your doctors and therapists can provide, including wheelchairs, walkers and canes.

This is also the reason that virtually every neuropathy and chronic pain patient that visits our clinics receives their own set of tools in a unique homecare kit.

We know for a fact that better, daily self-treatment goes a long way towards helping patients manage and wherever possible recover from peripheral neuropathy and chronic pain.

Last, but just as importantly, is to continually keep a good eye on your outlook and your attitude.

Along with our treatment & systems, our patients tell us all the time that it is their outlook on life and attitude to pull themselves through that has done the most to facilitate their recovery!

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Do You Suffer from “Analysis Paralysis”?

While searching for answers or treatment, vow to do everything you can TODAY to improve the quality of your health and well-being without “Analysis Paralysis”.

If you are reading this, no doubt you understand how difficult chronic pain and frustrating a diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy can be. You probably know that many times it is impossible to identify precisely what causes a patient’s peripheral neuropathy. The same is true for many forms of chronic pain.

You should know this is very frustrating for your doctors as well. One of the things that’s the most frustrating for all of us is searching for a precise answer where none is liable to be found. Unfortunately, many cases of chronic pain including peripheral neuropathy are just like this.

So what happens is, both patients and clinicians will delay treating the patient. Now, sometimes this is a good idea— especially when it involves strong medications with powerful side effects and/or invasive tests or procedures. But what also happens is, while searching for a precise answer or treatment plan, constructive changes such as changes in health and behavior are neglected, and our patient’s suffering continues. This is “Analysis Paralysis”?

We suggest a better solution is to vow to do everything you possibly can to improve the quality of your health and well-being immediately. What we do know is that our behaviors have a profound impact upon the outcome of any disease, trauma, or health condition.

For example: could you become a little more fit, starting today? Are there other habits you have, like smoking cigarettes, or consuming too much alcohol, that you could change immediately? These could make a profound difference in how you feel a month from now. In fact, you may want to start with this free diet and lifestyle guide.

So, while it’s wonderful to have a single diagnosis, and all the answers, too often this is not possible.

This is why becoming more involved with your own health conditions goes a long way towards speeding you on your path back to health. But where do you begin? This is always the first question that patients pose.

The answer is, start with a list of things you could be doing different right now including picking up the phone and calling us today!

So don’t add “analysis paralysis” to your list of maladies. Instead, vow to take daily positive actions, however small they may seem.

*As frustrating as it may be at times, we encourage you to learn as much about your underlying condition and treatment options as possible. Even if it’s not 100% clear on what the underlying cause, the good news is proven strategies now exist for effectively treating many forms of  #pain & #neuropathy.

Join us for more in depth help, #neuropathytreatmentsthatwork and learn lots more about #chronicpain & #neuropathy HERE

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The Importance of Having a Pain and Neuropathy Treatment System

Having a pain and neuropathy treatment system provides for more measurable results!

One of the most frustrating things for patients and doctors alike is not having adequate treatment plans for patients who suffer from peripheral neuropathy and chronic pain.Too often, a haphazard approach is taken both by patients and their professionals early on, and the net result is failure, or possibly worsening of the underlying pain and neuropathy. When specific formulas are followed, you know what to expect, and how to measure your progress. Having a pain and neuropathy treatment system provides for more measurable results!

For example, most patients who suffer from diabetic neuropathy know when they keep their fasting blood sugars within a healthy range, their neuropathy reacts much better. Conversely, when blood sugars are out of control due to poor dietary systems the net result is worsening of their neuropathy. And the same holds true for other facets of treatment. For example having a personal system for regular, and scheduled exercise as well as stretching and rest can make a profound difference.

The timing of dietary supplements, and even medications can make a big difference. We know for example that regularity, in terms of time of day and spacing of dosages can make a huge difference for many.We also know that when treating with our homecare pain and neuropathy treatment systems at specific times makes a huge difference and leads to bigger improvements in quality of life.

So if you find yourself not progressing as much as you would like, work more on a system and game plan for yourself. Remember no two patients are the same. Some trial with your Doctors first is necessary to find out what works best for you. But the good news is having a treatment system to follow provides for more measurable pain and neuropathy treatment results!

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Healthy Goal Setting for the New Year

Healthy Goal Setting Can Be Hard

Have you ever started the New Year with a healthy goal and then fallen flat of your face? Well guess what, so have millions…billions of others all around the world. In fact, we all want to have the best expectations of ourselves, but too often, stress and the work load of life get in our way.

Sometimes we think stress and such are preventing us from getting where we want to go. In fact, the blatant truth is, we are what gets in the way.

You might wonder what in the crap we mean saying that we are our own worst problem. The fact is, that can be a hard pill to swallow sometimes. But, the fact remains, that’s the truth.

In order to achieve, be the best we can be and accomplish our goals (whatever they may be), we have to take care of the front lines first. That means US!

Your ability to care for yourself, plan your path and stay the course is what determines whether you will achieve that New Year healthy goal.

So, what’s the best way to make sure you are caring for yourself correctly? That’s the first step. That is to say, without good self-care, the path and what you do with it don’t really matter.

Helping you take excellent care of the whole you is just one of the things that we excel at here at neuropathyDR.com. Furthermore, our team thrives on helping our readers and our patients to be the best they can be. Those who suffer with neuropathy and chronic pain sometimes strive just to make it through the day. So, how do we control pain and move to being our best?

Using healthy goal setting is the way to start. Here are just a few ideas that our patients have shown success with. Take a look at some of our recommendations and try one out for yourself. Fulfilling healthy goals will begin to help your pain.

Healthy Goals and Pain

The truth is, whether you suffer with:

  • peripheral neuropathy
  • chronic pain due to arthritis
  • chemotherapy induced neuropathy
  • diabetic neuropathy

You can improve that number one healthy goal and gain better control of your pain and symptoms.

Some of the best ways are to use a holistic approach to your own self-care. Furthermore, through practices such as nutritional health, relaxation measures and healthy, but appropriate exercises, you can meet those healthy goals for the New Year. You can accomplish whatever it is you are seeking.

Check out some of our earlier information on nutritional health here.

Whatever your healthy goal setting holds for the New Year, it’s always helpful to have support. Join us over on Facebook to learn more and ask any questions you may have. We’ll see you there!

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Neuropathy Treatment Basics

Help Yourself Today by Making a Neuropathy Treatment Plan

If you or someone you love suffers from peripheral neuropathy then you understand how difficult it can be. You know the story all too well: pain, tingling, numbness, burning, and sleepless nights. Maybe your walking has even been affected. So starting today make a neuropathy treatment list of all the things you can do to help yourself.

Most of the time neuropathy is a slowly progressing situation. Many patients look back and find that their symptoms have been developing for many years.

Other times it’s sudden. Some cases can result from chemotherapy, certain medications (most especially statins, antihypertensives, and some antibiotics) and yes, even accidents.

Chemotherapy-related neuropathy also often comes on suddenly.

Because we treat patients with neuropathy every day, we understand it’s easy to become overwhelmed and I’m sure it seems like you are always searching for answers too.

Neuropathy can also be caused by so many other health conditions. Things like viruses, rheumatoid arthritis, and even certain bacterial and viral infections. It takes a really good clinician to sort out everything that’s going on with every patient, to help you get an accurate diagnosis and the most effective treatment.

But there are some things you can actually do immediately!

The most important thing you need to do is to take a look at your overall health habits. And we strongly recommend you start by making a Neuropathy Treatment list.

Regardless of what caused your underlying health problems, things such as quitting smoking, starting a stress management program, improving your diet, most especially by limiting sugars and starches, and becoming more physically active, all can be very helpful!

This will also help your healthcare provider take the best care of you possible.

Start by making a neuropathy treatment list of all the things you can do to help yourself, beginning today! To help yourself the most, be sure to continue to update your neuropathy treatment list as your health habits improve!

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Neuropathy Basics: Distinguishing Sensory Neuropathy from Motor Neuropathy

What You Need to Know about the Two Types of Neuropathy and How to Treat Them

Why is neuropathy so difficult sometimes to diagnose and treat?

Well, for starters, there is no one disorder known as neuropathy. Technically, it’s an entire group of issues ranging from basic to complex.

One helpful way of subdividing this class of disorders is to think about sensory vs. motor. Sensory neuropathy is about sensation or lack of sensation—in other words, tingling or pain on one end of the spectrum and numbness on the other end.

Losing sensation can also affect balance, which is a major quality of life issue.

Things like diabetic neuropathy (in its early stages), neuropathy related to metabolic syndrome, and chemotherapy induced neuropathy are examples of sensory neuropathies.

On the other hand, motor (or movement) neuropathy describes a loss of power and strength in the muscles. The major symptom of this type of neuropathy is muscle weakness.

Unfortunately, motor issues can be difficult to diagnose and even harder to treat. You can end up with motor neuropathy as a side effect of a Lyme disease infection, or it can be genetic.

What’s important to know about sensory vs. motor neuropathy is that even the most advanced cases with the worst symptoms can often show some amount of improvement through self care. That means good nutrition, physical therapy, and at-home neurostimulation techniques. Some types of supplements may also help, such as CoQ10.

Even though I’m urging self care, I want to make sure you truly understand that a good self care protocol and treatment plan is always developed in collaboration with a knowledgeable neuropathy clinician.

If you don’t know where to turn to find a trained neuropathy expert in your local area, click here for a list of NeuropathyDR® clinicians sorted by region.

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Massage Therapy Treatments for Chemotherapy Induced Neuropathy

Chemotherapy’s Side Effects are No Picnic, Including Chemo-Induced Neuropathy Pain. Massage Therapy is One of Several Treatment Modalities That Can Help.

Chances are, you were hoping that when your chemotherapy cancer treatment was over, you’d be done with medications entirely.

Unfortunately, neuropathy is a common side effect of some chemotherapy treatments. In some cases, the neuropathy symptoms end within weeks or months of the end of chemotherapy. In other cases, neuropathy induced by chemotherapy drugs may be permanent.

But it’s important to understand that even if your neuropathy symptoms aren’t curable, that doesn’t mean that the current level of pain and impairment is a permanent fixture in your life. That’s because there are ways to treat chemotherapy neuropathy that can significantly reduce pain and discomfort. For many patients, massage therapy is a key aspect of treatment.

Peripheral neuropathy induced by chemotherapy may have any of these qualities:

  • Numbness, burning, or tingling in your feet, toes, hands, or fingers
  • Shooting nerve pains
  • Insomnia because of pain and discomfort

Here’s how massage therapy can help to reduce those problems.

In short, massage therapy means manipulation of the body’s soft tissues. One of the key features of massage therapy is its ability to improve blood circulation, which can reduce nerve damage in addition to relieving pain.

Massage therapy also helps you to relax, not just while you’re on the massage table but for days afterward. Relaxation is so important for neuropathy patients, because tension tends to make pain seem even worse. Being able to relax will also significantly improve your ability to sleep at night—which affects your quality of life significantly.

Massage therapy is just one form of the “complementary or alternative therapies” that we recommend for many patients with peripheral neuropathy. The best neuropathy treatment plans will often complementary therapies like massage, in addition to lifestyle changes, high-tech treatments like laser therapy, and appropriate medications.

To understand more about custom neuropathy treatment plans, please take a look at the “neuropathy owner’s manual,” I Beat Neuropathy!

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The NeuropathyDR Diet and Chronic Pain Reduction Guide

How to keep what you’re eating from eating you!

The key is beginning and staying with this neuropathy diet program!

One of the questions we frequently get, as neuropathy and pain patients begin to understand the impact their diet has on overall health, is, “What do I eat, and when?”

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Keep starches, such as rice and white potatoes, to a minimum.

So what I’m doing today is to describe a typical day of meals and snacks, which is relatively easy to modify and add variety to on a regular basis.

Let’s start with breakfast: It is very important to consume some protein within one half hour of arising. The reason for this is that it helps stimulate metabolism, protein synthesis, and mental alertness. It also helps us burn fuel more efficiently. My favorite breakfast is a vegetable protein shake, using a dairy-free protein powder with almond or coconut milk. Another good breakfast is a serving of gluten-free granola, taking care to keep carbohydrates between 15 and 20g maximum. You could also use a measured serving of gluten-free steel-cut oatmeal.

No more than three hours later, have a snack again, not exceeding 15g of carbs. This could include one half apple or banana, seven or eight almonds for other nuts, et cetera. Packaged protein or nut bars can be fine, as long as the carb content is low.

Lunch should universally be some form of salad with protein. You can mix this up with your favorite greens. You could use baby spinach or mixes greens. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil, a few almonds or walnuts, and lean protein such as tuna, salmon, chicken or turkey. If you are vegan or vegetarian, you could use tofu or tempeh.

No more than three hours later, have an additional snack, just like your mid-morning.

When dinnertime comes, this is the time to emphasize non-starchy vegetables. Some of the best are cooked spinach, broiled or sautéed asparagus, cabbage, beets, squashes, yams and sweet potatoes, and so on.

Keep starches, such as rice and white potatoes, to a minimum.

Be sure to get in a high quality source of protein. Don’t be afraid to try things like hormone-free pork, beef, or, if available, fresh fish. Again, you could use a vegan alternative, just be careful of gluten and carb content.

Not more than three hours after dinner, have another snack.

This time, try a few gluten-free crackers with some almond butter. You can also try some sliced tofu. There are also low carbohydrate gluten-free cookies—just be careful not to eat the entire bag, which is easy to do! Another really good choice to satisfy your evening cravings is a small square of unsweetened dark chocolate.

So what’s NOT here?

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Do you see where we are going here? The fact of the matter is the above list of foods is probably responsible for more ill health and disease than any other single factor in the modern developed world.

The key is beginning and staying with the program. Don’t worry about the very rare weekend, or party. Just always stay trying not to go berserk. Be especially careful during holiday periods.

Consume half your body weight in ounces of clear liquids, most especially water, during plenty any 24-hour period.

Be especially careful not to overdo coffee and tea. Limit alcohol consumption to occasional low sugar wine or beer, and very rarely stronger adult beverages.

Once you make a shift, you will realize how simple, easy and inexpensive this approach to eating–for neuropathy patients and anyone else–can be!

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Neuropathy, Vitamin B1, and Diabetes: What You Need to Know

Thiamine, or vitamin B1, can actually improve blood sugar levels—and, thus, diabetes.

Not too long ago, we spoke about a very important vitamin, and its role in neuropathy and chronic pain. This vitamin was B1, or Thiamine. As you may remember, B1 is part of the family of water-soluble vitamins, and our body storage is limited. Therefore, it is relatively easy to become deficient or suffer from low levels relatively quickly.

Perhaps the most significant cause of low thiamine in our society is the high carbohydrate diets that so many people consume. You see, thiamine is necessary for our bodies to produce energy. When we lack thiamine, a whole host of health problems can develop.

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Avoid processed breads and grains, as well as sugars, soft drinks, candy, and virtually all sweets.

What many patients and their doctors may be ignorant of is the fact that thiamine, or vitamin B1, can actually improve blood sugar levels—and, thus, diabetes.

In fact, in borderline diabetes, vitamin B1 may actually help drop blood sugars, and what is called glucose tolerance, or how our bodies handle sugar, to normal within a month.

I have even seen insulin-dependent diabetics drop their blood sugars over 200 points, one recently virtually overnight with as little as 25 mg of thiamine.

Like many nutrients, this is one place you really need to work with your clinicians. You and your doctors need to know that taking additional vitamin B1 can reduce need for medications, and sometimes even insulin.

This becomes even truer as you improve the overall quality of your diet. You and your doctors also should be aware that all not all vitamin B1 is created the same.

In particular, we are very partial to Alithiamine. It is tolerated better than most other forms and is taken up by the body more efficiently than the common thiamine hydrochloride.

And this is precisely why that we recommend all diabetic patients get in the habit of checking their blood sugars on a regular basis.

This is also why sticking to to a carbohydrate-controlled diet is also essential.

The most important things to avoid are processed breads and grains, as well as sugars, soft drinks, candy, and virtually all sweets. You also need to be very careful with sugary or dried fruits.

Some excellent sources of thiamine in the diet include tuna, sunflower seeds, pistachios and other nuts, as well as many beans.

As you may recall, these are also key components of a Paleo-type diet.

Be sure to add more of these to your diet on a daily basis and work closely with your healthcare professionals on optimum supplementation to help improve your diabetes!

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