LED, or light emitting diodes, have been around for quite some time. Often used in the neuropathy clinic with laser, they are in fact part of what light therapy is now called – Photo-BioModulation or PBM. In fact, some of their original applications date back to the space program of the 1990s. Light energy is simply particles that can penetrate tissue at selected depths. LEDs have also been used for improved wound healing.
However, how exactly does this work? Light energy is simply clusters of photons or particles that can penetrate tissue at selected depths. What has been known for centuries is that light speeds healing. LEDs have also been used for improved wound healing. A long time ago, ill patients from infectious disease units and TB wards were rolled out into sunlight daily. Wounds were also exposed to sunlight to heal. 1
We also know that light therapy does have specific effects. The most important effect of that may have a bearing on peripheral neuropathy and related conditions, is the ability to stimulate metabolism or cellular efficiency.
You see, all the work we have done in the treatment of peripheral neuropathy since 2008 has been focused upon metabolic stimulation. In PBM, the addition of LED which is so often added to laser therapy, we are now able to expand our reach and help more patients than ever before. Our 2020 research study results incorporating these are extraordinarily encouraging.
Talk to your clinician about possibly adding LED therapy to your treatment. Consider this especially if you suffer from diabetic neuropathy or other poor wound-healing complications. Then Contact us to schedule an evaluation for LED and more.
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How to Transform Negative Self-Talk into Positivity for Healing Chronic Disease
The bad news: Negative self-talk can be very damaging to your health.
The good news: You can easily learn to transform negative self-talk into positive thinking that can actively help you in healing chronic disease, from diabetes to cancer.
What is negative self-talk? This is the term for the kind of demeaning, insulting, or belittling internal messages that we give ourselves when we are frustrated by our perceived failings. “I’m so stupid.” “I always mess up.” “Nobody could ever love me.”
These messages are so hurtful because they are based on labeling and judgment. They tell you that there is something wrong with you as a person. When your goal is healing chronic disease, negative self-talk tells you that instead of getting better, you ought to BE a better person.
You wouldn’t allow your best friend to talk this way to herself. It’s time to become your own best friend and intervene in negative self-talk. All you have to do is learn to break the pattern and replace negativity with truly healing actions that support you in healing chronic disease. Remember that healing begins from within, and you have total control over the mindset that is either helping or hurting your chance at optimum health.
Begin by simply noticing during the day when you use negative self-talk. Write down what the circumstances were, what you said or thought to yourself that was negative, and how those thoughts made you feel. Then, pick one recurring negative thought and decide how you will turn it around into a healing action.
For example, if you have noticed that you think to yourself “I’m such a klutz,” use this thought as a cue to notice what you need. The next time you catch yourself thinking about being a klutz, stop and say, “What do I need right now?” Maybe it’s a rest break, some water to rehydrate you, or a kind word from a good friend. Then take that healing action.
We think of negative self-talk as “automatic thoughts,” but the truth is that you can break the negative cycle and turn the negative into a positive. Let your negative thoughts be a signal that it’s time for a wellness check-in to find what your body needs right now. Soon, every moment will become a healing moment on the path to healing chronic disease.
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Could Meditation be an Effective Home Treatment for Chronic Neuropathic Pain?
Meditation is a free wellness tool that you can use anytime and anywhere. And it’s not as complicated as you might think.
It might surprise you to hear that meditation can be an effective home treatment for chronic neuropathic pain. Maybe it doesn’t seem like something that would be an accepted neuropathy treatment, like medications or other traditional approaches to chronic pain.
In fact, there is a type of meditation that is actually considered to be evidence-based. In other words, multiple studies have looked at this method and seen positive results for chronic pain. A program called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction has been used in many renowned hospitals and medical centers, incorporating a type of mindfulness meditation that focuses on noticing thoughts and sensations without judgment.
There are books and tapes available about this program, but you don’t even need that kind of specialized training to begin using meditation for wellness on your own. All you need is to understand why mindfulness meditation works with chronic pain.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, who developed this evidence-based program, says that when we have chronic pain, there are two things that make us suffer: the physical pain itself, and our thoughts and emotions about the pain that intensify what we are feeling. Our story about the awfulness or unbearableness of the pain builds a layer of tension around it, like wearing a shirt with a collar that’s too tight.
Meditation lets us change the way we feel ABOUT the pain, so that we can be more relaxed and accepting of it. That way, we can experience peacefulness even when physical pain is present.
Those are the reasons why meditation can be an effective home treatment for chronic neuropathic pain. Soon, we’ll discuss some different ways to meditate and how you can find the method that works best for you.
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Your local NeuropathyDR® specialist can help you understand Chemotherapy Neuropathy Treatments
Last time, we talked about some therapies that can help alleviate chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. The precise combination of these complementary therapies in NeuropathyDR® protocol can bring relief from your peripheral neuropathy and put you back on the road to a full life.
As a cancer patient, you’re already familiar with the effects chemotherapy and other treatments can have on your digestive system. The side effects of cancer treatment can not only affect your ability to eat but they can also prevent your body from getting the nutrition you need to heal.
If you have cancer, you need to make sure you’re getting enough nutrients to prevent or reverse nutritional shortfalls, lessen the side effects of treatment and improve your quality of life.
If at all possible, you need to make sure you’re eating enough high calorie, high-protein foodto give your body proper nutrition. But sitting down and eating a big meal may not be possible. Try eating small meals or snacks frequently instead. Frequent small meals will give your body a steady supply of nutrients, be easier for your sensitive digestive system to handle and maintain a consistent blood sugar level. All of this will often make you feel much better.
Talk to your local NeuropathyDR® clinician to discuss a meal plan that will give your body what it needs to repair the damage done by cancer treatment. Good nutrition will boost your immune system and let it do its job in fighting off illnesses brought on by the damage of chemotherapy.
NeuropathyDR® practitioners often use diet plans and our nutrition guidelines to complement their chiropractic and NDGen treatment protocols to treat the whole patient from the inside out.
Nerve Stimulation (Neurostimulation or NeuroStim)
Once a NeuropathyDR® course of treatment has been designed and a nutrition plan established, the final piece in the overall treatment of your post-chemotherapy peripheral neuropathy treatment plan is nerve stimulation.
There are several nerve stimulation techniques to help peripheral neuropathy patients. Our protocol that is having great success includes the NDGen Family of Neurostimulation Devices.
By employing electrical stimulation to the nerves, in a wave-like low frequency motion the nerves may be stimulated to heal wherever possible. This specialty treatment allows the nerves to communicate more normally again and that, in itself, seems to start the process of reversing some damage of peripheral neuropathy.
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The combination of good NeuropathyDR® in-clinic care, nutrition and NDGen nerve stimulation and Laser/LED Therapy is showing great promise in helping post-chemotherapy peripheral neuropathy patients return to a pain free life, without the debilitating effects of post-chemotherapy peripheral neuropathy.
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If you’re taking chemotherapy to fight Neuropathy, Cancer or other Illnesses and you’re suffering from
- Loss of appetite
- Post chemotherapy peripheral neuropathy
- Dry mouth
You can help yourself heal without resorting to even more medication.
By giving your body the nutrients and vitamins that it needs for repair and recovery.
If you’re suffering from loss of appetite, telling you to eat may sound crazy but you have options. You can eat a healthy diet, with foods that are appetizing, and give yourself a head start on healing.
Nutrition and Cancer
Chemotherapy wreaks havoc on your immune system. You need to give yourself every ounce of immune support possible. A diet of whole foods that are easy on your sensitive digestive tract is your best option.
Get plenty of anti-oxidants and protein. Your chemotherapy nutrition plan must include foods rich in vitamins, especially vitamins C, D and E and nutrients like soy isoflavones, amino acids, folic acid, l-glutamine, calcium and carotenoids. Make sure you stay well hydrated (especially if you are nauseated) and forget about counting calories. Eat every calorie you can get your hands on – this is not time to worry about weight issues.
If you’re having problems with digesting food, invest in a good juicer. A juicer will make it easy for your digestive system to break down the food you take in and still get the nutrition your body desperately needs to build itself back up.
The Best Foods For The Chemotherapy Patient
To make it easy for you to remember which foods you need, here is a simple cheat sheet of foods that will ensure that your body is being well nourished while undergoing chemotherapy:
- Red cabbage
- Kiwi fruit
- Red and Green Bell Peppers
- Strawberries and tangerines
- Nuts, including almonds and peanuts
- Sunflower seeds
- Greens, especially collard greens and spinach
- Sweet potatoes
- Acorn squash
- Soy milk – might be easier to digest than regular milk because it’s lactose-free
- Dried beans
- Brussels sprouts
- Garbanzo beans
Talk to your local NeuropathyDR™ clinician or other medical professional about diet planning to make sure that you’re getting everything from your food that you need to rebuild your immune system.
The Beauty of Herbs and Spices
Adding herbs and spices to your food will not only make them taste better (which is vital if you have no appetite), many herbs and spices have medicinal properties. Some really good options are:
- Ginger (natural anti-inflammatory properties)
- Garlic (natural anti-biotic properties)
- Mint (great for fighting nausea as well)
Again, talk to your NeuropathyDR treatment center about cancer recovery nutrition and diet planning. Sit down and formulate what you need to eat and gather recipe ideas that sound appealing to you. By working with your medical professionals and doing what you can on your own to rebuild your immune system, you will have a much better chance of recovery, both from your cancer and your chemotherapy treatment. By giving your body what it needs, you can also give yourself a better chance of fewer long term effects from post chemotherapy neuropathy.
Have this article handy for your next doctor appointment and take it with you when you go to the grocery store. It’s a great reference for planning your weekly diet and making sure you’re eating the right foods for chemotherapy recovery.
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If you’ve been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, chances are that diagnosis was made by your family doctor.
Chances are even better that he’s sent you to a specialist to confirm that diagnosis and begin immediate treatment (if you’re lucky).
If you’re reading this, you’ve probably been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy as a result of:
- HIV/AIDS or some other immune deficiency disease
- Exposure to toxins
- Alcohol or drug abuse
If your treating physician hasn’t referred you to a specialist, one of the best things you can do is request a referral to a specialist in treating peripheral neuropathy, like your local NeuropathyDR® clinician.
Once that referral is made, you need to take advantage of every minute you have with your specialist. Peripheral neuropathy is not a condition forgiving of delayed treatment. The longer you wait, the more severe and long-lasting (potentially permanent) your nerve damage can be.
So What Should You Do?
First, realize that your appointment with your specialist is much more than just time blocked on both your schedules. It’s a chance to take your life back. If you have peripheral neuropathy, your body is at war and this is your chance to win.
You want to be prepared so you can take advantage of every minute and get started with an effective treatment program ASAP.
To do that, you need to
- Write your symptoms down, even if you don’t think they have anything to do with your peripheral neuropathy. Making a list will ensure that you don’t forget anything.
- Make a list of every medication you take. That includes vitamins, herbal supplements and anything over the counter. Those liquid glucosamine drinks you may be taking to alleviate joint pain count as a medication.
- Line up someone to go with you, either a family member or a friend. You’ll want someone there to write down what the doctor tells you. There’s no way you’ll remember it all.
- Write down any questions you want to ask. There is no such thing as a stupid question so ask about anything you’re not sure about.
Here are a few samples:
- What causes peripheral neuropathy?
- Does everyone have the same symptoms or are mine different?
- What else could be causing my symptoms?
- Are there any tests I need?
- What are my chances of a full recovery?
- Will the treatment you’re prescribing have any side effects?
- What are my treatment options?
- Do you have any reading material I can take home to learn more about peripheral neuropathy?
These are just suggestions so don’t limit yourself to these questions. Again, write down anything you’re not sure about.
Be Ready to Help Your Doctor
Depending on your symptoms, your underlying medical conditions and any other issues that are specific to you and your peripheral neuropathy, your doctor will ask you quite a few questions.
To make the most efficient use of your time with him, do what you can to help him. Think about the answers to these basic questions before your appointment:
- Do you have any underlying medical conditions (like the ones we listed above?)
- When did you first notice your symptoms?
- How often do you experience your symptoms? Do you have problems at specific times of the day or after any specific activity?
- On a scale of 1 to 10, (1 being mild and 10 being severe), how would you rate your symptoms?
- Have you noticed anything that makes your symptoms better or worse?
Just thinking about these questions ahead of time and actually putting together answers will make your time with your NeuropathyDR® clinician or other specialist more efficient and productive. You’ll both be much happier with the result if you know what to expect.
And don’t be afraid to ask your doctor for suggestions to help you manage your peripheral neuropathy symptoms. Your NeuropathyDR® clinician specializes in treating the whole patient, including recommending lifestyle changes, preparing diet plans, whatever it takes to make your treatment plan effective for you.
We hope this gives you a head start on taking charge of your peripheral neuropathy and making sure that you and your medical professional get the most out of your time together.
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