Would you hit a Fly with a Sledgehammer?

Then why are clinicians prescribing invasive methods of treatment for any condition before more simple and often times old fashioned common sense methods?

Of course not.

Sometime common sense methods are easily ignored.

Why then has so much about modern healthcare for what were once relatively simple to manage conditions become just like this?

One of the most recent examples has been highlighted by the deaths and serious infections due to contamination of steroids and drugs administered for back pain and spinal injections.

Now it’s not of course that these don’t have a place. They do.

What I have issue with is when invasive methods of treatment for any condition are prescribed before more simple and often times old fashioned common sense methods of management for spine pain including modified rest, exercise, traction, physical therapy, spinal manipulation, and noninvasive therapy modalities.

The same could also be said for many of the other conditions that we now treat with drugs instead of lifestyle and behaviors FIRST.  This includes GERD, minor depression, sleep disturbance, fibromyalgia, and other forms of chronic pain.

Furthermore, third-party payers and insurance companies do not help the situation because often reimbursement is provided for invasive and expensive procedures and simple modalities are simply considered “not medically necessary”. There is no common sense in any of this!

I’m old enough to remember when this was never the case. Unfortunately, it’s also been very difficult to change. However there are some things you can do.

First of all, always inquire about inexpensive and noninvasive procedures when considering any healthcare choice. This is especially true in spine pain and peripheral neuropathy.

For example, too often patients with peripheral neuropathy are treated with expensive medications with significant side effects before exploring possible underlying causes that are easily correctable such as obesity and metabolic syndrome.

And very often patients tell us the side effects from the treatment with medications and invasive injections for pain are worse than the disorder itself!

But there are some things you can do, and one of them you’re doing right now.

And that is to learn everything you can to become your own health care advocate.

Now this is a situation that also has significant ties to politics and government, I’ll let you have those discussions on your own.

However if you like my input, I’m more than happy to contribute!

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It’s Not Just My Neuropathy!

”Why do I just feel so lousy all the time?”

This is something that unfortunately is becoming more rather than less common in our NeuropathyDR clinics.

Have you kept a log recently to see exactly what you are eating?

You see, there is a tendency now for people not to prepare or consume fresh foods, especially vegetables. Too often, fast food works its way into our diets.

As for people with peripheral neuropathy and chronic pain, this is like pouring gasoline on fire!

The reason for this is that poor food choices raise blood fats and blood sugars. When blood sugar is increased, some of the sugar molecules tend to attach to proteins; proteins like those that help make up our muscles and skin.

This then leads to achiness, stiffness, and quite possibly inflammation. For the peripheral neuropathy sufferer, regardless of the cause this typically poor diet seems to make it worse.

Increased sugar consumption in addition to aggravating your underlying neuropathy, will cause you to gain weight, lose energy and sleep more poorly.

The good news is however when you make deliberate changes to when and how you are eating, you often times will find yourself feeling better than ever!

So, how do we do this without becoming overwhelmed?

The simplest way to do this is to keep a food diary or record for a week. Keep track of everything you consume. You may be shocked at how much sugar is in things like soda, ice cream, and other things that may have become a staple for your diet.

You, like most neuropathy patients probably know you should be eating better.

When neuropathy patients write all this down, changes are much easier for us to help you with.

Always remember, neuropathy is often times a manifestation, or made worse by poor metabolism, secondary to poor diet and lack of enough activity.

Improving both of these can often improve most forms of peripheral neuropathy!

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When Neuropathy Treatment Diet Changes are Not Enough

Many forms of peripheral neuropathy respond to carbohydrate-controlled diets.

Last time, we spoke about the impact of diet selection especially carbohydrate consumption on diabetic peripheral neuropathy.

What are you eating to help your neuropathy?

Now the reality is because many forms of peripheral neuropathy respond to carbohydrate-controlled diets that maintaining bodyweight and overall body composition is critically important to beating neuropathy.

But sometimes, simple dietary changes are not enough and a more radical approach is necessary. This is where professionally supervised weight loss programs and dietary retraining can be incredibly powerful. TSFL as it is known around the clinic is incredibly powerful system that is implemented in most of our NeuropathyDR treatment centers.

One of the systems we have had a lot of experience in is the Take Shape for Life® program. TSFL as it is known around the clinic is incredibly powerful system that is implemented in most of our NeuropathyDR treatment centers.

This system allows you to finally gain control of your diet, by teaching carbohydrate and calorie restriction, food selections, meal timing and what TSFL has called the Habits of Health®.

If you continue to struggle with your weight, or body composition you need to explore this treatment option. This system is based upon the Medifast® family of products.

This program, which we administer in three phases, consists of meal replacements, changing your dietary habits to vegetable-based with lean proteins, adequate water consumption, followed by a smooth transition back to healthier neuropathy treatment type diets.

The program has proven extraordinarily beneficial for diabetics.

Keep in mind, getting your metabolism, that is your weight and body composition under control is a key step towards…

It goes without saying that you will look better, feel and function better mentally, physically, and usually spiritually as well.

If you’d like additional information, contact your local NeuropathyDR Treatment Center and ask what the Take Shape for Life program can do for you.

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When Neuropathy Treatment Diet Changes are Not Enough

Many forms of peripheral neuropathy respond to carbohydrate-controlled diets.

Last time, we spoke about the impact of diet selection especially carbohydrate consumption on diabetic peripheral neuropathy.

What are you eating to help your neuropathy?

Now the reality is because many forms of peripheral neuropathy respond to carbohydrate-controlled diets that maintaining bodyweight and overall body composition is critically important to beating neuropathy.

But sometimes, simple dietary changes are not enough and a more radical approach is necessary. This is where professionally supervised weight loss programs and dietary retraining can be incredibly powerful. TSFL as it is known around the clinic is incredibly powerful system that is implemented in most of our NeuropathyDR treatment centers.

One of the systems we have had a lot of experience in is the Take Shape for Life® program. TSFL as it is known around the clinic is incredibly powerful system that is implemented in most of our NeuropathyDR treatment centers.

This system allows you to finally gain control of your diet, by teaching carbohydrate and calorie restriction, food selections, meal timing and what TSFL has called the Habits of Health®.

If you continue to struggle with your weight, or body composition you need to explore this treatment option. This system is based upon the Medifast® family of products.

This program, which we administer in three phases, consists of meal replacements, changing your dietary habits to vegetable-based with lean proteins, adequate water consumption, followed by a smooth transition back to healthier neuropathy treatment type diets.

The program has proven extraordinarily beneficial for diabetics.

Keep in mind, getting your metabolism, that is your weight and body composition under control is a key step towards…

It goes without saying that you will look better, feel and function better mentally, physically, and usually spiritually as well.

If you’d like additional information, contact your local NeuropathyDR Treatment Center and ask what the Take Shape for Life program can do for you.

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Diabetic Neuropathy Treatment And Conventional Dietary Approaches

Diabetes as well as diabetic neuropathy, is on the rise.

What we are eating is more important than you think!

One of the most difficult and frustrating forms of peripheral neuropathy we treat is caused by diabetes.

As you probably know, diabetes as well as diabetic neuropathy, is on the rise. The reasons for this are many however it is widely agreed the most common cause is the significant increase in BMI or body mass index otherwise known as weight gain.

Unfortunately, this is one neuropathy problem that is not treated aggressively enough. Too many patients are simply told to lose a little weight, get more exercise etc. without any meaningful specifics.

Worse yet, very common hospital-based diabetic nutrition programs are still far too high in carbohydrates, as are some very famous diet programs.

This also includes programs still prescribed by nutritionists who treat diabetics. In our opinion, this has perpetuated problems with weight control in diabetes.

We also see people eating so-called healthy diets, which are loaded with sugars, this commonly includes diets rich in fruits and grains.

The most important thing to realize in the treatment of diabetes and its cousin metabolic syndrome is that carbohydrates in your diet must be significantly controlled.

This means that carbohydrates need to be restricted to approximately 15 g per meal. For some of you, this will come as a shock.

This means no more than a half a slice of bread per meal with no other carbs, minimizing starchy vegetables, and eliminating sugars.

*Now this also means you will need to work with your doctors and nurses to adjust your medication dosages, especially, if you are insulin-dependent. Do not make these suggested changes without your doctors’ knowledge or consent.

Getting very strict about carbohydrate control and realizing that conventional nutrition approaches may not be enough to manage your weight, diabetes, but most especially your neuropathy goes a long way towards helping you regain control of your health, and thus your life.

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Diabetic Neuropathy Treatment And Conventional Dietary Approaches

Diabetes as well as diabetic neuropathy, is on the rise.

What we are eating is more important than you think!

One of the most difficult and frustrating forms of peripheral neuropathy we treat is caused by diabetes.

As you probably know, diabetes as well as diabetic neuropathy, is on the rise. The reasons for this are many however it is widely agreed the most common cause is the significant increase in BMI or body mass index otherwise known as weight gain.

Unfortunately, this is one neuropathy problem that is not treated aggressively enough. Too many patients are simply told to lose a little weight, get more exercise etc. without any meaningful specifics.

Worse yet, very common hospital-based diabetic nutrition programs are still far too high in carbohydrates, as are some very famous diet programs.

This also includes programs still prescribed by nutritionists who treat diabetics. In our opinion, this has perpetuated problems with weight control in diabetes.

We also see people eating so-called healthy diets, which are loaded with sugars, this commonly includes diets rich in fruits and grains.

The most important thing to realize in the treatment of diabetes and its cousin metabolic syndrome is that carbohydrates in your diet must be significantly controlled.

This means that carbohydrates need to be restricted to approximately 15 g per meal. For some of you, this will come as a shock.

This means no more than a half a slice of bread per meal with no other carbs, minimizing starchy vegetables, and eliminating sugars.

*Now this also means you will need to work with your doctors and nurses to adjust your medication dosages, especially, if you are insulin-dependent. Do not make these suggested changes without your doctors’ knowledge or consent.

Getting very strict about carbohydrate control and realizing that conventional nutrition approaches may not be enough to manage your weight, diabetes, but most especially your neuropathy goes a long way towards helping you regain control of your health, and thus your life.

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“I don’t have neuropathy symptoms; I only walk like I’ve had a few drinks”

Unfortunately, this loss of balance occurs frequently in peripheral neuropathy.

One of the more common but sometimes under diagnosed components of some forms of peripheral neuropathy is loss of balance.

Ever Feel Out Of Control With Your Neuropathy? You are NOT alone!

In the clinic, we call this “gait” changes. Of course, there are many neurologic disorders that can cause you to walk abnormally or to lose your balance.

Unfortunately, this loss of balance occurs frequently in peripheral neuropathy.  This is primarily due to changes in sensation of your feet to touch, as well as position sense, or what neurologists call proprioception.

One of the most important things to recognize is that left untreated, this problem often gets worse. It requires not only treatment for the neuropathy component but also rehabilitation to help retrain balance and coordination, wherever this is possible.

There are some very simple steps they can be taken almost immediately to prevent catastrophic falls and other side effects of this neuropathy related imbalance.

The first thing is to make sure that proper footwear is worn at all times. Secondly, remove common hazards around the household such as objects upon stairs, rugs without non-slip backing or pads, spilled liquids on the floor etc.

Be especially careful in kitchens and bathrooms.  Once neuropathy treatment has begun, your clinician will instruct you in a series of exercises to help retrain your nervous system.

This is only possible, when adequate neuropathy treatment is been able to restore sensation to the soles of your feet, and position sense to your toes and ankles.

This is why working with a NeuropathyDR treatment specialist can go along way towards not only speeding your neuropathy recovery, but also set the stage for a return to a more active lifestyle.

Remember, the sooner you act, the sooner you improve.

Please, do not wait for your situation to really deteriorate before seeking active neuropathy treatment intervention.

Good treatment for many of the more common forms of neuropathy is now available!

All you have to do is ask!!!

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