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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*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 main website HERE

*You can also call or text our team 24/7 at 339-793-8591 (international inquiries welcome.) Just BE SURE to leave your full name, time zone and concerns. We’ll answer during business hours 9-5 EST Monday-Thursday.
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Making Your Diet Count

Making Your Diet Count

Always remember, making your diet count goes a long way towards getting and feeling better!

In the past, I’ve talked about how simple a diet can—and should—be most of the time.

Do you remember why we eat? It’s to provide fuel and “building blocks” so our bodies can function smoothly and repair themselves. Thinking very consciously about this really can help you change your old habits.

One of the biggest things I find that helps us is always having a powerful image of how we want to feel and function! Think about it. Would you rather be building your body with empty calories from highly refined foods—or from fresh, “live” foods such as vegetables, fruits, and so on?

In the case of pain, we are trying to stop or reduce “Inflammation”, the cause of much pain and suffering.

Neuropathy patients especially need to be able to repair their bodies better, maintain even blood sugar, and also provide things like magnesium and vitamins.

In most everyone, magnesium can help ease pain and restore better sleep. In our neuropathy diet, this would be from eating our leafy green vegetables, fruits and nuts. This is one nutrient almost everyone can benefit from supplementing with.

The B-Vitamins, especially, help our nerve cells work better. A key neuropathy vitamin is B1, or thiamine. This one is crucial in neuropathy and diabetes as it helps your body “burn” starches and sugars, commonly called “carbs”.

This you’ll get from eating nuts and lean proteins. Cereals are limited in the neuropathy diet, but small portions like a quarter cup (hint: always measure) can help your belly work better and help keep cholesterol levels in check.

One of my favorite ways to start the day is with ¼ cup gluten-free granola with almonds, then, add 1 tablespoon of soy or vegetable protein powder, and finally a splash of soy or almond milk. You’ll be keeping your carbs around 15-20 grams and be getting a head start on vitamins if you do this right.

A final word about supplements: always use under supervision and as we say repeatedly, don’t forget periodic blood tests.

Always remember, the foundation of your best treatment at home should be The ND Diet & Lifestyle Plan 
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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 main website HERE

*You can also call or text our team 24/7 at 339-793-8591 (international inquiries welcome.) Just BE SURE to leave your full name, time zone and concerns. We’ll answer during business hours 9-5 EST Monday-Thursday.
Marshfield Private Practice Patients call or text our team 24/7 at 781-659-7989 read our daily updates and PLEASE “Check In” & Review Us on Facebook HERE
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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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.) Just BE SURE to leave your full name, time zone and concerns.

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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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.) Just BE SURE to leave your full name, time zone and concerns.

 

Your Toxic Exposures

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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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)
Just BE SURE to leave your full name, time zone and concerns.

Risks vs Benefits

Risks vs Benefits

Neuropathy & Pain Treatment Risks vs Benefits

Here is a proven fact. All of healthcare in fact you could argue most of life our “decisions” are made pitting risks versus benefits.  As adults we ask ourselves and teach our children, do our actions today set us up for a healthier and better future or not?

What if we take no action at all? Is that better than doing something?

All of these are decisions that you need to make along with your healthcare providers on a regular basis. You see everything we do is risks versus benefits. This is so important to understand.  Make no mistake about modern science and medicine have developed amazing treatments.This also includes what we do here. We are continually working on treatments to help neuropathy and chronic pain patients.

Do YOU Always ASK your clinicians Is the cure is worse than the problem?

So, what if instead, we as both doctors and patients took a very strong look at the underlying causes of so much of illness and treated those first?

You know, all those things just get us into trouble. Poor dietary habits especially over the long haul, inactivity, cigarette smoking, not paying attention to stress and emotional health. I’m sure you get the picture.

What if we did all of those things before we prescribed for patients neuropathy and chronic pain treatment drugs, or surgical procedures that could cause significant harm.

For example, if doctors and patients paid more careful attention and worked together just like we do in NeuropathyDR Treatment Centers on weight loss and lifestyle, far less patients would be placed on statin medication.

Statin medications as you probably know are one major cause of neuropathy..

What if instead of injecting patients, and suggesting invasive procedures early on what if we both make sure as doctors and patients that all conservative treatment options were exhausted first?

You already know the answer…

You understand, as your NeuropathyDR clinician does, that’s all good neuropathy and chronic pain treatment is risks vs benefits!

So why not learn more today? Why not take actions that will help you live much more fully, without devastating side effects.

Make all your decisions about your neuropathy and chronic pain treatment very carefully!

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