It All Adds Up: Your Best Self-Care

It All Adds Up: Your Best Self-Care

Stay the course with your good health and your best self-care care habits, and over time everything becomes a little better!

One of the things patients and the BEST caregivers realize is that good treatment plans for patients with neuropathy and many forms of chronic pain can be simplified.

With simplification comes less stress AND expense.

Pulling this off means you must learn to be personally accountable, to you.

For example, we learned how easy the NeuropathyDR Diet with supplementation plans can be to follow. If you still don’t have a copy, you’ll find it in HERE. Many of you have told us how much better you feel JUST by following it!

Amazing as it is, we feel so much better  eating this way—and spending far less on groceries.

We also have talked about how important each key nutrient is, along with daily applications of neurostim and other key components of your  home care plan.

Every week is a little better until… something happens and you find yourself greeting off-track—lousy diet, not enough water, and not enough activity.

Maybe it was that wedding or party. Or weekend away. Or, worse yet, maybe some criticism from friends or relatives, targeting you for being so “good”.

Then you get to thinking, I can “cheat” on all this self-care and it won’t make a difference.

Nope, not at all…

Before you know it, a week or more has gone by and you find yourself sluggish again, in more pain, with poorer sleep…

So what’s up here? In reality, our bodies are “plastic”, but only to a point. And the older we get, the less this is true.

Miss a day of self-care—so what? But miss 2 or more, and before you know it, all hell has broken loose.

The fix for this is to tell yourself day after day that EVERYTHING matters, especially your good self-care.

So don’t let others sway or deter—stay the course with your good health and neuropathy care habits, and over time everything becomes a little better!

Remind yourself that it can take years to get sick, and repair takes time.

Just remember: everything you do matters!

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Inositol and Neuropathy – Learn About Another Former Vitamin

Inositol and Neuropathy – Learn About Another Former Vitamin

If you have been following the NeuropathyDR Diet, you are likely getting plenty of inositol from nuts and plants.

Inositol is kind of an interesting nutrient; 20 plus years ago, I actually used it to treat diabetic neuropathy. In just a little bit, you’ll understand why.

VeggiesInositol was once considered a vitamin, or a substance we must get from our diet. Well, modern chemistry unraveled that most of us can produce enough in our own bodies.

We actually synthesize this mainly in healthy kidneys, from glucose, a simple sugar. From here, certain forms of inositol help make key molecules, or building blocks neuropathy patients need to know about.

Inositol is very important in helping us break down fats and reduce serum cholesterol.

It also positively affects the impact of insulin on key cells, hence its role in helping treatment along in diabetic neuropathy.

Insulin is the hormone produced by our pancreas that normally allows us to control blood sugar levels, and store fat, among other things.

This also is why it can be helpful in PCOS, polycystic ovary syndrome, as it can enhance the function of insulin that is critical to those who suffer this disorder. It has also helped postmenopausal women with the abnormal lipid profiles common to metabolic syndrome and “dyslipidemia”, or elevated “bad” blood fats.

Because of inositol’s’ role in nerve and brain function, large dosages have been used to treat depression, and even bipolar disorder.

Now just because we can produce some inositol on our own does not mean we don’t need to look at dietary sources. The good news is if you have been following the NeuropathyDR Diet, you are likely getting plenty from nuts and plants.

Fruits can be relatively good sources too, but eating too much fruit is discouraged due to the high sugar content of some. Still, because there is a track record of this helping diabetic neuropathy and other patients, we’ll sometimes add additional amounts in dietary supplements.

This is just another example of why consuming a healthy diet and if needed physician supervised supplements can be critical—and GOOD medicine for many neuropathy and all of us!

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*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  on our website HERE

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Chronic Pain Management

Chronic Pain Management

Unfortunately, no one medication or therapy is usually the answer once chronic pain has set in. Deaths due to narcotics are at an all time high. This trend will not be reversed unless different steps are taken to manage the vast numbers of chronic pain and neuropathy patients in the world who suffer.

We’ve spoken extensively in the past about the two most common forms of pain. Most of us are very familiar with acute pain that is the pain of a cut, bruise, or even childbirth. Fortunately, acute pain is relatively short-lived, and not imprinted firmly upon our nervous systems.

Chronic pain however has a way of becoming deeply embedded and tripped very easily, setting up deep circuits within the brain and nervous system, which can be difficult to change. No one medication or therapy is usually the answer once chronic pain has set in. With narcotics, each successive dose becomes less effective than the previous, setting up the pathway for overdose and abuse.

The best alternative is to first jump on any new injury or illness with pain as soon as possible. It is vital with any new condition or injury to reduce pain quickly, and as much as possible with non-drug methods. This is why seeking therapy soon after injury or onset of a condition like shingles or neuropathy–or even headaches and back pain–can produce much better long-term treatment results! This is also the time to use powerful non-drug treatment methods, including physical therapy modalities such as massage and manual therapy, and various forms of electric neurostimulation–and even laser therapy.

The most important take away from this discussion is to use every non-drug tool available as soon after the onset of injury or illness as possible. This helps explain why our NeuropathyDR NDGen Kits can be so very powerful in helping avoid drug dependence.

In summary, anything you can learn to do to better manage your neuropathy and chronic pain with non-drug methods will lead to a far better long term outcome!

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*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  on our website HERE

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Let’s Talk About Vitamin B7 or Biotin Deficiency

Let’s Talk About Vitamin B7 or Biotin Deficiency

Biotin deficiency tends to show as a skin rash, as well as fatigue, depression, and even as peripheral neuropathy-like symptoms.

Biotin is one of those nutrients that are not commonly known any longer as a vitamin. In the so-called “normal” healthy population, real deficiencies are rare because our normal intestinal bacteria can manufacture large amounts of biotin. There are, however, some things in common with biotin and the other vitamins.

Portrait of a doctorBiotin is another of those vitamins commonly added to cosmetics in products for hair, nails and skin. Unfortunately, the real hard evidence supporting such usage appears to be relatively slim.

Primarily, biotin deficiency like other B-vitamin deficiencies, tends to show as a skin rash, as well as fatigue, depression, as well as peripheral neuropathy-like symptoms.

Biotin deficiency can affect hair and skin health; such is the rationale for adding biotin to personal care products. This may be more severe in diabetics and alcoholics.

In diabetes, it may actually be that the need for biotin is greater than average. We also know that when diabetic patients are given biotin supplementation, along with the other B-vitamins, blood lipid and sugar profiles can improve.

Biotin is largely available in a wide variety of foods. But unlike some other nutrients we have recently discussed, biotin is present only in very small amounts. If you follow the NeuropathyDR Diet, it will be very hard to be deficient in biotin. This is especially true if you follow our advice with regard to frequent leafy green and other vegetable consumption.

There are, of course, exceptions. If you have been on long-term antibiotics, which can kill normal intestinal bacteria, you could be at risk for a biotin deficiency.

Some genetic disorders means certain patients need higher amounts of biotin than others.

Lastly, intestinal surgery and gastric bypass procedures affect absorption of many vitamins. Biotin is no exception.

Eggs and swiss chard are said to contain the highest amount of biotin foods. Raw eggs are not a good food source; cooked ones actually contains fair amounts of available biotin. Because of the danger of salmonella, we don’t recommend raw egg consumption anyway.

So you can see again that, like in so much of good nutrition, a wide variety of foods are really key to helping prevent deficiencies, low intakes, and the health problems they can cause–including peripheral neuropathy!

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*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  on our website HERE

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Moving from Helplessness to Empowerment

Moving from Helplessness to Empowerment

Recently, I had the opportunity to film a video, and write an article about “learned helplessness” but more importantly what happens when we movie from helplessness to empowerment?

Learned helplessness was discovered many years ago, as a response by animals that are under tremendous stress. In a nutshell, this is a behavioral response that occurs when animals or in fact people believe there is no way out of their current situation.

Person in painUnfortunately, too much of drug advertisements and naming of this syndrome and that syndrome, a pill for this and pill for that mentality has led many patients to believe they have 10 more things wrong with them. And the reality is so often many conditions for which patients are treated have single underlying causes!

These could include things like acute infection, inflammation, elevated blood sugars, and perhaps even genetic disorders. More often than not, it is simply the accumulation of years of poor health habits.

But all of this consumer direct drug advertising helps make patients both consciously and unconsciously feel out of control. This is not healthy, not by a long shot.

No this is not to say that sometimes multiple medications are not necessary.

I’m more specifically talking about patients who self-medicate and will present with perhaps up to five or more prescription medications and then 15 or more dietary supplements, home remedies etc. I am not exaggerating.

It is not at all unusual for patients to literally bring half filled shopping bags into the office full of bottles, tubes, and creams.

Now some of this is certainly a byproduct of the times we live in, with too often poor access to qualified healthcare professionals. The problem is, when we feel helpless, we tend to reach in numerous different directions instead of focusing on one at a time. This is perhaps the biggest problem with social media groups not run by physicians.

When we feel empowered, we make different choices. We have a focus, purpose, and direction. This is why we strongly recommended patients take a very hard look at everything they are doing, and why, on their journey back to health. This is also why investing in some confident professional guidance can go along way towards restoring your mental, physical, and emotional health.

Join the conversation on Facebook! *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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Just BE SURE to leave your full name, time zone and concerns.

Your Best Self-Treatment

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!

Join the conversation on Facebook! *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

*You can also call or text our team at 339-793-8591 Just BE SURE to leave your full name, time zone and concerns.

 

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