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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About Vitamin B3

About Vitamin B3

Vitamin B3, or niacin, is a nutrient that, like all vitamins, is essential to health, life and just feeling great! Vitamin B3 helps our bodies convert food into energy, burn fat properly, and is largely responsible for helping us feel energized!

Did you know that vitamin B3 is a common ingredient in *energy drinks?

The reason for this is simple. Without vitamin B3, or niacin, our body is unable to function. For many patients, it is lacking due to poor diet. Consuming a diet high in processed foods is likely to be low in niacin. Consuming alcohol can also lower vitamin B3 levels too.

In the neuropathy clinic, mild deficiencies of niacin are probably relatively common. Frank niacin deficiency can cause the disease called pellagra. Pellagra is disease characterized by the three D’s: diarrhea, dermatitis, and dementia.

In very severe niacin deficiencies, significant changes occur to the nervous system.

These changes can show up as psychiatric symptoms and, as we mentioned earlier, dementia or brain disease. More commonly, especially in modern society, are lower levels of niacin then are optimal, possibly making worse some very common conditions, including high cholesterol and metabolic syndrome.

A proper diet should include a good food sources of niacin. Many nuts are also high in niacin. Avocado and shiitake mushrooms are also high in niacin. Vitamin B3 as niacinamide is also a common ingredient in many multivitamins and other dietary supplements.

Since niacin is available in two different common forms (niacin and niacinamide), we recommend often advise patients to consume both forms in small amounts. The reason for this is they will tend to act somewhat differently, both having beneficial effects.

Measuring vitamin B3 levels requires a little more work than a simple blood test. Blood tests for niacin are often unreliable, so special urine tests need to be performed.

Like so many nutrients, it is important to remember that diet must be the number one method of obtaining proper nutrition. It is also critical to understand that each nutrient is just like a key instrument in a symphony.

And just like a symphony does not work when one instrument does not play properly, the same is true in nutrition–especially in pain & neuropathy nutrition!

* [which we never advise due to potential irregular heart rhythms which can be dangerous or even fatal]. 

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What About Turmeric?

What About Turmeric?

Turmeric  is a spice derived from the roots of the plant Curcurma longa. Curcurma is a flowering plant related to Ginger. It is used in cooking in some cultures and has been used for it’s medicinal properties as well. We have used a combination of Turmeric as a supplement with enzymes both to aid digestion but also as an anti-inflammatory aid in pain and neuropathy patients for some time.

In practice, our usage is empirical meaning if it seems to help and does not cause significant side effects it’s something else that may enhance pain and neuropathy care. And as you’ll read, we also use it as a digestive aid with enzymes.

Turmeric is a major component in curry powder. As you may know, some incredibly fun and healthy foods are made using curry. Just like too much curry can cause belly issues so can too much turmeric.

What Are The Possible Health Effects of Turmeric?
Here is some data from NCCIH

  • Claims that curcuminoids found in turmeric help to reduce inflammation aren’t supported by strong studies.
  • Preliminary studies found that curcuminoids may
    • Reduce the number of heart attacks bypass patients had after surgery
    • Control knee pain from osteoarthritis as well as ibuprofen did
    • Reduce the skin irritation that often occurs after radiation treatments for breast cancer.
  • Other preliminary studies in people have looked at curcumin, a type of curcuminoid, for different cancers, colitis, diabetes, surgical pain, and as an ingredient in mouthwash for reducing plaque.
  • The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has studied curcumin for Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and prostate and colon cancer.
  • HERE is another great resource we really like for more information on turmeric curcurmin benefits too.  Check it out and I’m sure you’ll agree.
  • One final caution. Don’t mix supplements of any kind with drugs as so little is known about potential interactions. As always, be sure your physicians know what for, and why you may be using turmeric, cucurmin or any supplement or diets.
  • HERE is the Phyto-Curcurmin we have used for years in pain and neuropathy patients, and also as a digestive aid  with great results.

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Your Health and Vitamin B2

Your Health and Vitamin B2

Let’s talk about your health and vitamin B2. Do know what a vitamin is? By definition, a vitamin is something our bodies can’t make on their own so we must get from our diet. This also means vitamins are essential to life!

Deficiencies, poor absorption, or, sometimes just low vitamin levels due to diet and illnesses can make us feel just lousy. But sometimes they can make us sick—or even kill us!

Vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin, is a key player in neuropathy treatment too! This yellowish substance is easily destroyed by light. It’s found in leafy vegetables, almonds, beans and peas, organ meats, and mushrooms.  This is really important in neuropathy treatment, because B2 is a key co-factor.

Co-factors are non-protein chemicals that bind to or join up with larger molecules in the body to make them work. And in this case, the vitamin B2 co factors called FAD and FMN are responsible for a wide variety of key body functions. This is crucial universally but especially for neuropathy patients, because FAD and FMN help us burn or metabolize our food efficiently.

Although we need only a little every day, not getting enough, or not absorbing it due to intestinal issues can cause symptoms ranging from fatigue, to cracked scaly skin, and inflammation of the mouth and tongue.

In fact, one of the classic signs of deficiency is what’s called angular chelosis—where cracks appear at the corner of your mouth. This is critical to be aware of, because neuropathy can be associated with intestinal diseases, and things like colitis and alcohol abuse. Diabetes (so often part of neuropathy), heart disease, and taking some medications, including birth control pills, can raise the need for this key nutrient.

Higher doses of riboflavin are used to treat migraines and even some eye diseases. In neuropathy and pain treatment, we find B2 or riboflavin supplementation is often needed to provide maximum health benefits. As we have discussed many times before, our preferred general diet supplement is the fully balanced multi-nutrient available in our office or on-line called Metabolic Support Formula.

Lastly, always remember the foundation of good nutrition is obtained by following the free NeuropathyDR Diet Plan. This diet and lifestyle will also help you immensely to feel and look your very best!

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Make Better Treatment Decisions

Make Better Treatment Decisions

It was not that long ago that neuropathy and chronic pain patients had very few treatment options. Now though, how can we all make better treatment decisions? For a very long time, health professionals just focused on drug therapy to calm neuropathy and pain symptoms.

Physical Therapy

When patients take action, lose weight, become more active, and cut out sugars and processed foods, their pain and “idiopathic” neuropathy often starts to improve!.

In fact, many patients AND their own doctors still believe this is the only approach to neuropathy and pain treatment. But you know better, and that is why you are here!

We now know that there is a place for active treatment in many forms of pain, especially neuropathy.

For example, we know the most common form of neuropathy is “idiopathic neuropathy” meaning, by definition, “no known cause”. Many cases formerly called “idiopathic” are, in fact, due to metabolic syndrome, an issue for many in modern society that, over many years, creates too much body fat and not enough lean muscle. This is sometimes still called pre-diabetes because without better lifestyle, food and activity decisions, many patients with metabolic syndrome will become diabetic!

*Drug-only neuropathy therapy alone will not change this.

But the good news is that when patients apply their own decisions to take action, lose weight, become more active, and cut out sugars and processed foods, their “idiopathic” may begin to improve, especially while using an active treatment system.

The sad part is, many doctors and patients still attempt to treat just with drugs to calm the symptoms like tingling, numbness and burning so many neuropathy patients suffer from. Worse yet, when patients are given high blood pressure or cholesterol lowering medication to treat metabolic syndrome this form of neuropathy can actually worsen!

Since 2008, we at NeuropathyDR have lead the way in informing neuropathy and chronic pain patients the impact their own health care and lifestyles decisions have upon their quality of life, and more! In the whole scheme of things, this approach to neuropathy treatment is relatively new.

So, what is a patient or their family to choose? Simply, we think patients need to learn all they can about real health! Real health comes from deciding to work a little more on it every day!

And, like it or not, the older we get, the more we all need to be proactive about our health—not less!

Know that our team of docs is with you all the way!

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Better Home Care

Better Home Care

Let’s Talk About Better Home Care You Can Use Today!

Move As Much As Possible! You don’t have to run a marathon, or even walk one. You don’t have to race a titanium frame bicycle. Just move the big muscles in your legs as often and as much as you possibly can. Exercise, even very gently at first, improves circulation. Improved blood flow to the legs and feet will help nourish damaged nerves.

A Warm Bath Can Do Wonders

Warm baths increase blood flow; reduce stress and aid in relaxation. All three of these benefits will make the pain a little easier to tolerate. But a word to the wise, check the water temperature with your elbow or your wrist before you get in the bathtub. The nerve damage in your feet makes them an unreliable source for judging temperature. Use a thermometer. We like 100 degrees Fahrenheit with some added minerals like Epsom salts (don’t be stingy) and antioxidants.

Take Targeted Supplements

Vitamins B-1, B-12, B-6 and folic acid are all vital to healthy nerves. We have found certain combinations in professionally tailored packages for each case often works best. In our clinics, we now use the NDGen® Metabolic Support Packs that Dr. John Hayes personally designed. If you eat a healthy diet, you may still not be getting the recommended daily amount of some vitamins and other nutrients. Be sure taking any supplements you self-prescribe won’t interact with any medications you’re taking.*

Control—or, Better Yet, Eliminate Your Alcohol Intake

High intake of alcohol is a toxin to your nerves. And if the nerves are already damaged, it’s even worse. Some people think that a drink a day is good for your health. We respectfully disagree. If you have nerve damage, that’s a chance you don’t need to take.  Don’t drink more than four alcoholic beverages a week (if you suffer from peripheral neuropathy; none would be even better).

Work More Closely With Us

Before you begin any self-care regimen or add supplements, herbs, or vitamins to your healthcare regimen, always schedule talk to us first. Virtually everything has some side effects, so make sure that what you’re planning to take won’t cause you more harm than good. *You can easily check for drug-nutrient interactions online. Special caution is advised in thyroid disease and cancer therapies during neuropathy care.

And Above All Else…

Don’t give up.  Self-care is vital to managing your pain or neuropathy.  While you may need a combination of these self-care tips and medication, sorting out yourself is not always wise. All it takes is a phone call to meet with the doctor that knows your case the best.

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Join the conversations all day on Facebook and Instagram ask questions too. Watch our videos on YouTube

*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

*You can also call or text our team 24/7 at 339-793-8591 (international inquiries welcome)
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