Dairy, Diabetes and Neuropathy

There is a long-reported link between dairy consumption and the development of type 1 diabetes. Significant numbers of patients with type 1 diabetes can, and do, develop neuropathy.

In one of our recent articles, we spent some substantial time talking about dairy consumption, and its negative effects on human health. As I said previously, these are not popular statements—but so be it.

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The simplest way to make a dietary shift is to do so gradually.

The fact of the matter is, the scientific evidence is overwhelming. Human beings are probably far better without dairy consumption than with it.

What you may not be aware of is there is a long-reported link between dairy consumption and the development of type 1 diabetes. You may know, significant numbers of patients with type 1 diabetes can, and do, develop neuropathy.

Also, dairy contains insulin-like growth factor which is a promoter of several different cancers, including breast and prostate cancer. Even stronger is the connection between a particular milk sugar called galactose and the development of ovarian cancer.

But more than this, 50% or more of the population has difficulty digesting milk. It is responsible for allergies, indigestion, as well as elevation in cholesterol and so-called “bad” fats.

All politics aside, let’s help the consumer understand the link between milk consumption and health. We often find that patients who do a dairy and gluten-free diet have significant reductions in both pain and inflammation.

Of course, this influences many patients with neuropathy, and, indeed, many forms of chronic pain.

The simplest way to make a dietary shift is to do so gradually. Give yourself time to explore alternatives such as almond, coconut, and rice-based products.

Like everything else, some are far better than others. Be careful of any product with added sugars. Also, many patients find thickeners such as carrageenan to be very irritating to the G.I. tract.

Of course, I encourage you to do your own research—do your homework. Unfortunately, the influence of the dairy industry is very wide. The spillover into classic nutrition, in which I was trained, is also great.

Keep in mind: in a short period of time, you could know more about dairy and human health than your doctor.

So what’s the answer? Share with them. Provide them a copy of The China Study.

Above all, remain diligent to other dietary assaults. They have a tremendous impact upon your health, well-being—and, yes, your neuropathy!

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Got Neuropathy? Then Dump Dairy!

Dairy consumption almost always makes patients with peripheral neuropathy and chronic pain suffer more than necessary.

This series of articles will not be “politically correct”. Nor will it likely be popular with the mainstream press. But the fact of the matter is, anybody with a degree in nutrition, who has done across the board research, understands the dangers of dairy products and human diet.

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Calcium and vitamin D are essential for human health, but there are far healthier ways to get both of these besides milk consumption.

A landmark book on dairy and health called The China Study was published some years back. As serious students of health and nutrition, I recommend you get and read a copy of this book, at least once.

There are several major problems with dairy consumption in the human diet, but by reading magazines and watching television you would never know it.

The dairy industry is a huge industry—unfortunately, with an incestuous relationship with the FDA.

Almost everybody knows about struggling with lactose intolerance. Lactose is a milk sugar, which is difficult for some people to digest. But the dairy story goes far deeper.

One of my professors once said it best. Milk is designed to be a hormone delivery system from cow to calf. It is not intended for human consumption. Human milk is for humans, but only in the first two years of life.

Let’s first start off by talking about osteoporosis. Both doctors and patients alike are taught that dairy builds strong bones. Yes, calcium and vitamin D are essential for human health, but there are far healthier ways to get both of these besides milk consumption.

One of the most eye-opening things regarding osteoporosis is when scientists look at relatively “primitive” cultures which are active, consume a plant-based diet, spend a fair amount of time outside—and, almost never get osteoporosis.

This is in stark contrast to more developed countries like the USA, where osteoporosis is rampant and people consume large amounts of dairy and animal products.

Also, milk contains certain hormones, which are detrimental to human health. Some of these compounds have been linked to the development of cancers.

But, most importantly, dairy can aggravate inflammation in the body. And it almost always makes patients with peripheral neuropathy and chronic pain suffer more than necessary.

Future articles will talk more about the dangers of dairy products, but, suffice it to say, there are now many readily available alternatives. These alternatives include products made from almonds, coconuts, and rice.

It takes a little bit of experimentation to find exactly what works for you, but making the shift towards a more healthy diet goes a long way towards providing a healing environment for your neuropathy and chronic pain.

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Think You May Have Neuropathy? What To Do Next

Good neuropathy and chronic pain treatment is often a do-it-yourself project.

As you probably know, peripheral neuropathy is a condition that afflicts millions of Americans.

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In fact, one hundred million Americans suffer some form of chronic pain—and 25% of those suffer from some form of peripheral neuropathy! Unfortunately, like so many disorders, peripheral neuropathy is reaching epidemic proportions.

Why is that? Well, it looks like many forms of peripheral neuropathy are lifestyle-related. The most common cause is likely related to the increasing rates of obesity and poor fitness.

But because there are many different causes, it is important to work with a healthcare professional that understands this, and tries to identify any possible causes early on.

The most important thing of all while searching for possible correctable causes is to embark upon a self-treatment program early on.

This includes learning more about your own health and fitness.

I can’t emphasize enough the importance of maintaining proper body weight. Another immediate step you can take is limiting possible irritants like gluten, dairy, and artificial sweeteners from your diet.

Unfortunately, it is often never possible to completely understand what causes a patient’s neuropathy. Failing to take immediate action to help move your health in a positive direction is a big mistake.

Make every attempt to begin some non-drug therapies like nerve stimulation, laser, and physical therapy early on—even during the diagnostic process!

The reason for this is quite simple: As we said, many patients search for answers, and all the while their health continues to deteriorate.

Sometimes, patients and doctors alike will mask symptoms only with powerful medications.

Medications may dull the pain for a while. But, unfortunately, symptoms often return, with a vengeance.

So, as you can see, good neuropathy and chronic pain treatment is often a do-it-yourself project.

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A Common-Sense Approach to Neuropathy Treatment

If you believe you may be suffering from neuropathy, it is important to get proper treatment that targets the overall improvement of your health—early.

One of the things that we see in the office all too frequently is when a patient presents with neuropathy symptoms, sometimes for many years.

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Drug-only therapy can mask underlying causes of neuropathy, and make your condition progress faster.

Too often, neuropathy patients search for answers without actually engaging in any effective treatment. And too often real answers as to what may be responsible for your neuropathy never come.

All the while however, the actual conditions underlying or aggravating neuropathy are going untreated.

The consequences of this are dangerous. The longer you delay proper treatment, the more difficult effective treatment could actually be.

This is not to say every case of neuropathy is curable; unfortunately, it is not.

But we now understand the impact of things like lifestyle, cigarette smoking, and body weight have on most forms of peripheral neuropathy, and related disorders such as fibromyalgia.

Many types of chronic pain respond exactly the same way.

So here’s the best advice I can give you: If you believe you may be suffering from neuropathy, it is important to get proper treatment that targets the overall improvement of your health—early.

Keep in mind that very rarely do drug-only therapies provide a lasting answer. In fact, drug-only therapy can mask underlying causes of neuropathy, and make your condition progress faster.

At the same time, work with healthcare professionals that understand all possible underlying causes.

Identify any correctable things such as poor diet, cigarette smoking, et cetera. Above all, it is important to take responsibility for your own care, in your own health. Neuropathy and chronic pain are not one-size-fits-all disorders. Peripheral neuropathy patients who do the best realize this—and take action every single day.

Learn all you can about things like gluten- and dairy-free diets.

Be sure to get regular physical activity as tolerated. Explore proper physical therapy and treatments such as neurostimulation and laser.

Listen to your body. Pay attention to what it is telling you. Years from now, you’ll be glad you did.

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Taking Misery to Miracles in Just 5 Weeks…

Peripheral neuropathy can be caused by or is a manifestation of many different underlying conditions. Unfortunately, even well-intentioned physicians are not aware of this.

A lot of you have asked us about the book, Beating Neuropathy, and how it may help you along your journey back to health.

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We thank you and wish you the best along your journey back to health!

So what I’m going to do today is talk about the story behind Beating Neuropathy, and exactly what its intentions are for you.

Now in its second edition, the book is deliberately small, concise, and to the point. 

This is precisely why the first edition achieved bestseller status for self-published books quickly.

Its ONLY intent is to provide the reader with a good primer about the various types and causes of peripheral neuropathy. The reason for this is quite simple.

We find many patients, as well as healthcare professionals, have difficulty navigating effective neuropathy and chronic pain treatment options.

Neuropathy is not a one-size-fits-all disorder. Peripheral neuropathy can be caused by or is a manifestation of many different underlying conditions. Unfortunately, even well-intentioned physicians are not aware of this. This is a critical fact because rarely is drug-only therapy effective in peripheral neuropathy and many forms of chronic pain.

More importantly, we tell the story of actual case studies from our clinics. We also talk about the various treatment options that peripheral neuropathy patients now have.

We discuss laser, LED, manual therapies, and various neuro-simulation techniques as well as nutritional components that are proving to be promising, and supported by research. For the science-minded or health care professional reader, we also provide an introduction for physicians, as well as literature references, where applicable.

Much more detailed information about self-care, diet, lifestyle changes, and more, is contained in our 2012 edition of I Beat Neuropathy! Getting Your Life Back on Track.

We thank you and wish you the best along your journey back to health!

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Make Your Neuropathy Treatment Program Work Better!

We know for a fact that self-treatment goes a long way towards helping patients recover from 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.

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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 therapist can provide, including wheelchairs, walkers and canes.

This is also the reason that virtually every neuropathy patient that visits our clinics receives their own set of tools in a unique homecare kit.

We know for a fact that self-treatment goes a long way towards helping patients 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.

Neuropathy patients tell me 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!

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Sensory vs. Motor Neuropathy

We strongly recommend that in addition to everything you can do at home, you put a true neuropathy professional in charge of your care.

Spend any time on the Internet, and you would think that all neuropathy is one problem. At first glance, you would think all neuropathies are the same.

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As a general rule, motor neuropathies are serious, and more difficult to treat.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Neuropathy is actually a group of disorders; some are relatively simple, some extraordinarily complex.

Let’s spend a little time talking about the differences between sensory and motor neuropathy. Sensory neuropathy is just as it sounds—that is, neuropathy where patient experience issues related to sensation. For example, patients with a sensory neuropathy may have decreased sensation, commonly described as numbness—or increased sensation such as burning, tingling, and pain.

Other patients will have simply a loss of sensation. Too often, related to loss of sensation, is the experience of losing one’s balance. As you know, this can be devastating to the neuropathy patient.

The most common forms of neuropathy are largely sensory. This includes early diabetic neuropathy, most chemotherapy-related neuropathy, and those due to metabolic syndrome.

In motor neuropathy, there is a loss of muscle power, and often muscle size and strength. As the name suggests, motor neuropathy can be accompanied by significant weakness.

As a general rule, motor neuropathies are serious, and more difficult to treat. A certain portion of motor neuropathies may be genetic in nature, and can be very difficult to diagnose.

Some motor neuropathy can be the result of serious infections, like Lyme disease, and represent true medical emergencies.

Although frustrating to both patients and doctors alike, a totally accurate diagnosis in some cases of motor neuropathy is impossible—or to do so would involve very expensive genetic testing.

Regardless of the cause of your underlying neuropathy, we feel that good self-treatment is essential.

Cases that have been labeled as hopeless sometimes show improvement with proper nutrition, good physical therapy, and appropriate neurostimulation techniques.

Even in genetic cases of neuropathy, where nerve function is impaired, patients sometimes will sometimes respond to energy simulation techniques, including appropriate supplements like CoQ10.

This is why we strongly recommend that in addition to everything you can do at home, you put a true neuropathy professional in charge of your care.

It will make a big difference in your outcome.

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Good Neuropathy Treatment is All About Energy

What makes for good neuropathy treatment? It all comes down to efficiency and energy improvements of your nerves.

Last time, we spoke about the theory behind good neuropathy treatments and systems. In fact, our company NeuropathyDR has been a pioneer in this area.

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Neuropathy treatment programs require considerable attention to detail.

But what makes for good neuropathy treatment? It all comes down to efficiency and energy improvements of your nerves. You see, many forms of referral neuropathy develop when our nerve cells no longer function properly. We used to think the nerve cells simply die.

In some cases, like genetic disease, toxic chemicals, or severe injury, this is true. In these cases, neuropathy recovery is minimal or impossible. But the good news is, for many patients, nerve cells are not dead, but simply damaged, and may be nursed back to health.

But how do we do this? After very careful evaluation and oversight, and by treating using three simultaneous neuropathy treatment methods.

The first is improving energy efficiency (metabolism) with special diets, supplements, and correcting any underlying thyroid, diabetic, or other medical issues. These alone, in many cases, can have a tremendous impact on the outcome of your neuropathy treatment. Likewise, if these are left uncorrected, any neuropathy treatment is likely to fail.

The second part is improving biomechanics or skeletal function.

Many times, adults suffer from conditions like arthritis, disc injuries and even old athletic injuries that impair motion, ultimately limiting circulation to vital tissues, including nerves. Improving overall circulation and muscle and joint function is critical to patients that suffer from peripheral neuropathy.

The third part is the direct application of energy-stimulating treatments. In the clinic, these can include laser therapy, LED light therapy, as well as various forms of manipulation, massage, nerve stimulation, and possibly even acupuncture.

But the key to good neuropathy treatment is making sure that everything that needs to be done is taken care of in precisely the right order, and time. It is also critical that home care treatment takes place and supports everything that takes place in the clinic.

As you can see, these treatment programs require considerable attention to detail.

In mild cases of peripheral neuropathy, lifestyle and dietary shifts with appropriate home care alone may facilitate recovery.

But in many cases, good neuropathy treatment is only possible with the assistance of a dedicated healthcare professional.

That is after all, why we are here.

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