Patients who do extremely well managing, and ultimately defeating chronic pain keep tight schedules.
One of the things we find in our practices with patients who do extremely well managing, and ultimately defeating chronic pain, is that they tend to keep tight schedules.
With patients that do the best we find there is scheduled physical activity every day, yes even patients recovering from neuropathy, fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis and yes even more serious illnesses.
Now I’m not saying this is easy.
In fact, it may be one the most challenging things you do.
But it could also be one of the most rewarding.
The reason for this is our bodies work on set schedules.
Did you know that even such things like body temperature, alertness, etc. all run on internal schedules and cycles?
This also helps explain why those who schedule things such as meals, physical activity, self treatment with your self care and clinic care do far better!
Otherwise, especially in this modern world the tendency is to drift aimlessly.
And yes, even things such as our computers, social groups, and social media can wind up being distractions using a vast majority of our time.
Unfortunately, this tends to happen more not less as we get older, retire, become disabled or move away from daily structure.
The bottom line is it is not healthy.
So here’s where I recommend begin today. Start by outlining what an ideal date looks like for you.
What time do you get up? What do you have for breakfast that makes you feel the best?
Most of our neuropathy and chronic pain patients find that adhering to the NeuropathyDR diet and eating schedule goes along way towards keeping them productive.
This is because the NeuropathyDR diet will allow you to maintain more even blood sugars and thus your energy level and mental alertness.
Next, regardless of your fitness or illness level some type of scheduled physical activity is critical.
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The Hardest Part for Many Neuropathy Patients
One of the things that we find very challenging, and gets in the way of patient progress many times, is the patient’s unwillingness to question the status quo.
Now, if you suffer from neuropathy or indeed many forms of chronic pain , spinal stenosis, fibromyalgia etc. know that often times the only answers presented to you or drugs and more drugs.
Drug-only therapy can mask underlying causes of neuropathy, and make your condition progress faster.
By and large, our system does a terrible job of educating patients the impact that their lifestyles, diet, and fitness have on the progression and wherever possible reversal of their underlying diseases.
One of the fundamental reasons for this is that very little time in professional education is spent in these critical areas.
Furthermore, the constant barrage in all forms of media with drug only solutions does tend to brainwash people. Also, it’s a sad fact that these tools are made available to patients with little or no cost out-of-pocket before potentially less harmful, and invasive alternatives.
Thanks to patients like you however all of this is changing.
Social networks like this continue to grow and bring alternative solutions to patients literally around the world.
Often times though YOU need to carry this a step further when dealing with your healthcare pros.
Ask more questions.
Be sure you fully engage your doctors and therapists!
You have every right to. After all, this is the only body you’ll ever get.
Talk neuropathy and pain treatment side effects. Talk risks versus benefits.
Talk about trying alternative solutions FIRST!
Above all do something more every day to improve the quality of your health.
You’ll be glad you did!
Your Neuropathy and Chronic Pain will thank you day after day!
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Peripheral neuropathy and many forms of chronic pain are now easier than ever to manage at home and in the clinic.
Practical day-to-day solutions can be difficult for neuropathy and chronic pain patients to deal with.
This is largely because every single medication has potential side effects. Sometimes they’re not obvious for many years. With many over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen and NSAIDs, the side effects may not be apparent until liver or kidney failure appears.
This is not an exaggeration. If you follow us on social media, you know how often we talk about this; right now it is the number one cause of liver and kidney failure in this country. This is a huge public health epidemic.
Unfortunately, medical education generally does not do a good job of educating physicians on drug-free alternatives to pain management. For generations now, even children have been fed medications at an early age and taught this is the only solution.
There are even links to early dosages of acetaminophen and the development of asthma, and perhaps other health issues as well.
Let’s talk about the most practical solutions. First and foremost, rather than reaching for medications first, use all the drug-free alternatives you have at your disposal. Simple measures early on are far better. Applications of ice packs, warm packs, and Epsom salt baths still go a long way to solving many of life’s aches and pains.
Maintaining proper body weight and make sure you are eating an anti-inflammatory diet.
But neuropathy pain is a different animal. Severe pain—debilitating pain—from any source requires extraordinary measures. Still, the simple things we spoke about earlier can have a powerful impact.
This is especially true when simple measures are combined with appropriate dietary changes.
The good news is, peripheral neuropathy and many forms of chronic pain are now easier than ever to manage at home and in the clinic.
With the introduction of our new NDGen®, and ever improving in clinic protocols, more patients are finding better and longer lasting results than ever before.
Always remember though, the key to best managing neuropathy, arthritis, fibromyalgia, spinal pain, et cetera, is stopping pain at its source wherever possible—and rapidly! This means improving the overall function of your entire body early on, not simply masking pain with medication, and, most importantly, boosting and improving the efficiency and energy of your key body systems.
That’s what we help you do!
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Copper, Another Key Neuropathy Nutrient
Most people don’t think about copper as a key nutrient. Or in any way related to peripheral neuropathy or chronic pain.
But as you’ll see, a small daily amount is necessary and essential to normal health and well-being.
Only the tiniest amounts are necessary for normal health.
But like so many nutrients lack this tiny amounts, and we cannot survive.
In the human body, copper serves several roles. Perhaps the most important are our body’s ability to process oxygen, and absorb iron.
Both of these functions are of course essential to life.
We only need approximately 3 mg or so per day to remain healthy. Unfortunately, excess copper more than our bodies can normally dispose of can cause a whole host of health problems, and must be avoided.
The most common source of excess copper in humans is likely from copper plumbing.
Copper levels can be measured in the blood and in the hair.
As we spoke about last week, excess zinc supplementation will deplete copper, creating a mineral imbalance and the health problems that go with it. So, excess zinc supplementation will cause a copper deficiency.
This can lead to a whole host of health problems. There is a syndrome called myeloneuropathy in which copper deficiency causes a B12 deficiency like illness, with damage to the nerves and spinal cord.
Likewise, copper deficiency due to excess zinc either due to supplements or poisonings like denture cream can lead to the development of neuropathy too.
One of the key functions of copper is maintenance of normal joint and soft tissue proteins. There is no scientific evidence that copper bracelets and copper socks and the like work for arthritis, even though this was once suggested as a possible cure.
The NeuropathyDR diet is adequate for normal intake of copper because it is high in nuts and seeds. Additional good sources include olives and avocados. Paleo sources include shellfish, beef and lamb.
Because copper is essential for normal cellular energy and respiration, a deficiency could aggravate many underlying conditions yes including chronic pain and neuropathy.
Now you know more about this pretty metal!
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Too much zinc will suppress the immune system and cause difficulties, too little can create problems. Neuropathy can result when zinc is deficient.
As you know, zinc is a metal. It is used in a process applied to preserve metals from corrosion, especially in salt water. This of course is called galvanization.
What you may not know is that zinc also has a large role in your health, especially neurologic and immune system related issues.
But like so many nutrients, balance is everything. Too much zinc will suppress the immune system and cause difficulties with copper levels. Too little can create problems ranging from memory impairment to prostate disease. Yes, neurologic dysfunction can result when zinc is deficient.
According to Hambridge et al in 2007 in “Zinc deficiency a special challenge” it is stated that zinc is an element with “profound biologic significance”. In fact, zinc deficiencies worldwide are responsible for many disease states.
Perhaps the most important thing to understand is that zinc imbalances are relatively common. This is due both to low levels in foods of modern agriculture as well as elevated levels of copper due to plumbing and environmental sources.
In the clinic, we will measure hair and blood levels of these crucial elements when assessing nutrition status.
In our bodies, zinc can actually act as an antioxidant. This protects us against damage from environmental assaults, as well as natural aging. The presence of zinc is essential for normal nerve function.
It is well-known that zinc can speed the healing process and, in essential amounts, will help stimulate the immune system and possibly prevent prostate disease.
When zinc is used in shampoos and skin lotions, it can act as a sunscreen, a soothing dressing, and also help prevent dandruff.
The reason that zinc is so important is that it participates in many chemical reactions, especially in enzymes.
The recommended dietary allowance is around 15 mg per day.
However modern diets alone sometimes fall short of this.
The good news is, NeuropathyDR diet that is high in nuts and seeds provide relatively good zinc levels. Seafood, shellfish in particular, can be great sources of dietary zinc.
For most patients, safe supplementation level is probably not more than 25 mg per day. More than 50 mg a day could be detrimental. Like so many nutrients, this is one area where working with your neuropathy healthcare professionals is essential if there are any questions at all about appropriate zinc dosages.
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With neuropathy, if you lack vitamin E, it will be impossible for your nerves to heal and function properly.
Vitamin E is an essential nutrient for all of us, especially those who suffer from many forms of peripheral neuropathy.
As a member of the fat-soluble vitamin family that includes vitamins A, D, E and K, it is also lacking in many modern diets.
This is also one key nutrient that occurs in eight different forms; two are the most biologically active. The most common are gamma and alpha. In your diet this will be found primarily in nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant, which basically means it helps prevent cells from damage due to “free radicals”, or cell destruction generated by some biochemical reactions.
Although Vitamin E is best known for its role as an antioxidant, it does have some profound roles in protecting the nervous system. Vitamin E is essential to helping healthy nerve function, as it helps us repair and protect myelin, the sheath that insulates our large nerves.
Healthy myelin is largely responsible for normal nerve conduction.
In fact, studies suggest that Vitamin E, when given to diabetics can improve nerve conduction significantly1.
But there are some precautions: First, there are no overnight miracles. Supplementation for months may be necessary to see a significant effect. Too much Vitamin E can cause the blood to thin; this has an additive effect for anyone who takes Coumadin and other anticoagulant medications, including aspirin. Be especially careful here!
In addition to seeds and nuts (almonds and sunflower in particular), there are some other good dietary sources of Vitamin E, such as palm oil, the principal ingredient in “Earth Balance”, a butter substitute and line of products we recommend. To a lesser extent, leafy green vegetables and avocadoes will provide some active vitamin E.
Generally, safe supplementation is in the range of 2 to 400 international units of mixed tocopherols for most patients.
There maybe other occasions where your physician may want to prescribe larger amounts of the d-alpha tocopherol form. This is sometimes done in other neurologic conditions including multiple sclerosis.
As we say all the time, there is no one single magic nutrient. But if you lack vitamin E, it will be impossible for your nerves to heal and function properly.
This is another reason why multiple nutrient components are necessary for effective health maintenance and treatment of disease; this is not a short-term proposition.
As always, with neuropathy it is important to work very carefully with your physicians and therapists and make sure that your progress is monitored.
1. 10.2337/diacare.21.11.1915 Diabetes Care November 1998 vol. 21 no. 11 1915-1918
Dietary antioxidant interventions in type 2 diabetes patients: a meta-analysis The British Journal of Diabetes & Vascular Disease March 1, 2011 11:62-68
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