Gluten Neuropathy? Are They Connected?

Gluten & Neuropathy? Are They Connected?

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All of us can remember at some point in time, walking into a bakery or kitchen where fresh breads and pastries were being made.

The aroma can be overwhelming and draws us like magnets.

Now once upon a time most especially when human beings were externally physically active, bread was in fact the staff of life. There was no problem consuming massive amounts of carbohydrates as long as it was consumed during physical activity.

Well Flash Forward 300 years and the situation is now, entirely different. Not only are we less active but grains are often heavily processed, grown on nutrient deficient soils, or perhaps even GMO.

Breads and pastries are also sources of extremely high carbohydrate levels. In fact a sandwich can have 40 to 60 grams of carbohydrates!

And this has had an effect on neuropathy and our health in general.

With neuropathy however the stakes are higher. Gluten can and does cause celiac disease.

Sometimes in celiac disease, the only presentation is a gluten neuropathy.

Most of the time however, it’s a simple fact that gluten can aggravate our bellies at the least and yes even our aches and pains including neuropathy.

You see gluten is a gooey protein. That’s what gives bread that wonderful texture.

But most of us who stop eating gluten on regular basis find out quickly how much better we feel.

It appears that this is because even those of us who don’t have celiac disease and even test negative for allergy to gluten, may still be “sensitive”.

In gluten neuropathy as well as in other patients it appears that gluten may actually trigger inflammatory reactions. This ads to pain, stiffness and posibly neuropathy symptoms.

However the evidence is not conclusive, and there are many that would argue this point.

What I can tell you, as a clinician is that many patients feel so much better we feel it’s worth a try.

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Antibiotic Neuropathy

Powerful antibiotics are more likely to cause antibiotic neuropathy.

pain 200x300 Antibiotic NeuropathyIt wasn’t that long ago that human beings just didn’t live that long. In reality it also wasn’t long ago that our life expectancy was half of what it is now! Now no doubt there have been many of reasons over the last 300 years that human beings are living far longer.

Better diet, improved social systems, and better living conditions no doubt account for so much of this.

One key reasons however, in modern societies is we are far better able to deal with infections. Now this is true in modern societies but many underdeveloped countries still suffer and millions die each year from diseases that are largely preventable in our world.

It’s been less than 100 years that antibiotics have been widely available. Now we even have antibiotics for some of the most devastating viral diseases.

Antibiotics also have side effects and for some this is antibiotic neuropathy. This very neuropathy is actually a toxic neuropathy. You see antibiotics are effective because they are by definition toxic products, usually much more so to invaders than humans.

Antibiotics literally help destroy bacteria and viruses so that they don’t kill us, the hosts.

Now we have more powerful antibiotics, which are more likely to cause antibiotic neuropathy. There are also many reasons for what many consider over-prescription of these drugs.

But please keep in mind despite your doctors best efforts, antibiotic neuropathy is a possibility and must be treated as soon as possible.

The most important thing is to recognize and report signs of antibiotic neuropathy as early as possible.

Help your doctor and report any unusual symptoms. This would include things such as tingling, numbness, burning, and loss of sensation. Often times these will occur very suddenly and without warning.

Next time we’ll talk more about the treatment of antibiotic neuropathy but for now understand the best communication between you and your doctor is essential to help prevent it!

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More Vitamin B1 and #Neuropathy Treatment

Vitamin B1 has beneficial effects on neuropathy.

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If you follow our series of nutrition articles and yes our regular articles, you know that we frequently talk about the importance of vitamin B-1. But you may not know that thiamine or vitamin B1 occurs in several different forms.

Vitamin B1 is hugely important. It helps our bodies indeed, it helps every cell to produce energy more efficiently. It also can have a very significant effect on lowering blood sugar, stimulating mental alertness, and having a calming effect on the nervous system. In fact thiamine is the key nutrient given to alcoholics who are withdrawing.

The most common form in dietary supplements is thiamine hydrochloride. And for most patients this is the most common form that is consumed. It is relatively inexpensive and tolerated well by most patients. One of the disadvantages however is that it can cause stomach upset.

There are different forms of vitamin B1 that have been available for some time. One in particular is in the synthetic form called benfotiamine and has been used in Europe and Japan for over 30 years for the treatment of nerve pain and related conditions.

There is however even a slightly different form that is naturally present in sulfur containing plants. Its chemical analog is now synthesized. One of these is called Allithiamine with an A. This unique substance is at least in part of what is responsible for the natural odor of garlic and onions.

Now it is not a perfect substance. It has a characteristic odor, which some people find highly objectionable. *We do not know enough about its long-term usage and extreme caution is advised in giving it to any patient who has a history of cancer or a metastatic disease.

But what we do know is this; conditions including neuropathy that benefit from the beneficial effects of vitamin B1 oftentimes respond very well to Allithiamine, both in tablet and cream form.

What most people undergoing effective neuropathy treatment have discovered is that when they begin to use it, they won’t use anything else!

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Vitamin C is a Key Neuropathy Nutrient

Vitamin C is important to neuropathy patients as is it does help our bodies rid themselves of toxic substances.

Vitamin C is another key player in health and nutrition. In fact, just like Vitamin A which we discussed a few days ago vitamin C is absolutely essential to cell health, replication, and repair.

Perhaps you are already familiar with some of the key functions of vitamin C. You probably know you can shorten recovery times from infections like the flu and colds.

Like vitamin A, vitamin C has a significant role in bolstering our bodies immune system.

But more than this Vitamin C takes part in many key biochemical reactions throughout the entire body. If we consume less vitamin C than we need on a daily basis, our blood vessels can become fragile and our body will begin to break down very quickly.

This was the lessons learned at sea many years ago when sailors developed survey, the Vitamin C deficiency disease.

Vitamin C is absolutely essential for collagen and tissue repair-collagen, is the substance that binds together our skin, and ligaments, muscles, joints etc. This is one of the key reasons that vitamin C applied to the skin can help improve its tone, texture, and resistance to environmental factors.

Just like all nutrients however too much of a good thing is not necessarily better. The maximum amount of vitamin C that should be taken on a daily basis is probably around 2000 mg. and this amount should probably only be continued for a relatively short periods of time. There are of course exceptions, and each patient is different.

This is why you should work with your clinician when formulating your precise nutrition plan.

If you’re following the NeuropathyDR Diet and Lifestyle Plan, it is unlikely that you’ll be deficient vitamin C. The simple reason for this is that you’ll be consuming a fair amount of fresh vegetables and small to moderate amounts of fruits. Many of these are naturally high in vitamin C. The better quality food, the higher the vitamin content.

This is why you must learn to shop wisely and store your food carefully.

Perhaps one of the key reasons that vitamin C is important to neuropathy patients is it does help our bodies rid themselves of toxic substances. These could be anything from natural breakdown products in the body to substances we encounter in our environments.

The net result however is adequate amounts of vitamin C ensure that these critical functions happen, and will help to keep you not only feeling, healing well but also looking your very best!

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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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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.

 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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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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“Does My Behavior Affect My Neuropathy?”

“Does My Behavior Affect My Neuropathy?”

Wow. You mean how I act around my family, and even my health care professionals has an impact on my peace of mind, my health and maybe even my neuropathy treatment?

In a word, yes! This may be a very difficult discussion for some, but a very important one. In the clinic, we call this “illness behavior”.

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Lets break it down. When you were a little kid, and you got those scrapes from falling down, or maybe the assault from a bully. Or even something worse. Just like me you learned that being “sick” certainly brings more attention to us.

And in an emergency, rightly so! NOT letting the correct people know you need help in a crisis is just as bad!

But problems arise when we carry these inappropriate learned behaviors from childhood over into adulthood. Often it begins unconsciously. Being diagnosed with a new health problem, like peripheral neuropathy, having a genetic disease or major accident is life changing.

These all require a period of time to uncover real choices, treatment options, etc. And in neuropathy treatments especially this is true now more than ever as more and more neuropathy claims are being made.

Here’s my point. When we display illness behaviors, the biggest negative effect is on ourselves! If we tell our subconscious mind how sick we are, what do we get? More sickness!

This in no way demeans anyone suffering from a serious or life threatening disease. But plenty of studies even in really sick patients tell us as neuropathy treatment specialists that when you have a healthier outlook, and a healthy set of behaviors to match, the better chance we have at really doing really well with your treatment success!

We also know that our attitudes and behaviors affect our immune systems, our sleep, and yes even our aging process.

We also know that even in really severe illness, our behaviors have a huge impact.

And the most difficult but important behavior of all?

Asking for professional and spiritual guidance, or in a word, acceptance.

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A Neuropathy Get Well Plan

A Neuropathy Get Well Plan

If you have spent even just a little time with our last few messages, you probably are starting to see there ARE some very easy steps you can take to deal with the effects of neuropathy.

Of course, everyone is different but simply relying on neuropathy treatment drugs to do the entire job can be risky.

Neuropathy is one of those health conditions that is caused by so many different conditions, toxins or diseases. Some are extraordinarily painful, and can really disrupt your life.

But, as bad as it can be, we find that taking some little steps can make for a much better quality of life. And we know from experience in the NeuropathyDR Center the sooner we can help you sort this out, the better and faster your progress will be!

There are probably at least three things in your life you really will need to take a look at.

No doubt, the first is your diet. Is it full of processed foods? Or, loaded with vegetables, lean protein. Are you drinking only clean water throughout the day or haven’t yet kicked the soda or juice habit?

Next is your relative fitness level. For example, are you in the best physical shape you can be given everything else you may be dealing with? Even patients with walkers need to move as much as possible throughout the day.

Last, not least and probably most important, what about your attitude? This is one area that has a huge impact on not only yourself, but also those trying to help you.

Tell us what concerns you the most...and we'll really listen!

I’m not saying it’s easy. If fact as your health professional, it can be one of the most difficult, but yet important things we can help you sort out.

And you know what? This is one area where talking about this in private in the clinic really can help!

I look forward to helping you with more steps toward neuropathy treatment success!  Join us on Facebook during the week and help others with what you have found helpful in your neuropathy game plan!