A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Neuropathy
I had a question the other day about neuropathy.
Neuropathy refers to the conditions that result when nerves carrying messages to your brain and spinal cord from the rest of your body are damaged or diseased.
Damage to these nerves interrupts communication between the brain and other parts of your body and can impair muscle movement, prevent normal sensation in your arms and legs, and cause pain.
There are several different kinds of peripheral neuropathies.
They range from carpal tunnel syndrome to nerve damage linked to diabetes.
Neuropathies are classified according to the problems they cause or what’s at the root of the damage.
Damage to a single peripheral nerve is called mononeuropathy.
Physical injury or trauma like from an accident is the most common cause.
Prolonged pressure on a nerve, caused by extended periods of being sedentary or continuous, repetitive motions, can trigger a mononeuropathy.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common type of mononeuropathy.
Polyneuropathy accounts for the greatest number of peripheral neuropathy problems.
It occurs when multiple peripheral nerves throughout your body malfunction at the same time.
Polyneuropathy can have a wide variety of causes, including exposure to certain toxins like with alcohol abuse, poor nutrition, and complications from diseases like cancer or kidney failure.
One of the most common forms of chronic polyneuropathy is diabetic neuropathy, a condition occurring in people with diabetes.
The most common symptoms of polyneuropathy are:
>Loss of sensation in the arms and legs
Because people with chronic polyneuropathy often lose their ability to sense temperature and pain, they can burn themselves and develop open sores as a result of injury or prolonged pressure.
One of the most serious polyneuropathies is Guillain-Barre syndrome.
There are many factors that can cause peripheral neuropathies, so it’s often difficult to pinpoint the origin.
Neuropathies occur by one of three methods:
1. Acquired neuropathies are caused by environmental factors like toxins, trauma, illness, or infection.
Known causes of acquired neuropathies include:
>Several rare inherited diseases
>Poor nutrition or vitamin deficiency
>Certain kinds of cancer and chemotherapy used to treat them
>Conditions where nerves are mistakenly attacked by your body’s own immune system or damaged by an overaggressive response to injury
>Kidney or thyroid disease
>Infections like Lyme disease, shingles, or AIDS
2. Hereditary neuropathies aren’t as common.
The most common of these is Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1.
3. Idiopathic neuropathies are from an unknown cause.
As many as one-third of all neuropathies are classified in this way.
To deal with neuropathy it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily hydrates body and brain cells and flushes toxins (whether thirsty or not!).
*Review my post on candida.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Increase life-giving, enzyme and nutrient rich, fresh, RAW fruits and veggies (preferably organic); consider fresh juicing.
*Consider hair analysis to determine heavy metal toxicity.
*Support digestion, liver and colon; consider liver and/or colon cleanse; ensure daily (2x) bowel movements.
*Maintain exercise regimen and relaxation techniques.
*Keep brain active; engage in mental activities.
*Increase oxygen; deep breathing exercises, yoga, etc.
*Consider orthomolecular (high dose vitamin) treatment under guidance of qualified practitioner.
*Consider energy medicine, mind/body/spirit techniques.
*Review blood sugar levels and hypoglycemic tendencies.
*Decrease any and all toxic exposures as they can harm brain cells and function.
*Discover “hidden” allergies/sensitivities (food and/or environmental) that may trigger or aggravate the condition.
*Decrease toxic cleaning, laundry and personal care products.
*Decrease indoor and outdoor environmental pollutants/sensitivities.
*Decrease toxins/heavy metals exposure (workplace, hobbies, etc.); avoid aluminum-containing items.
*Decrease hydrogenated and/or trans fat containing products.
*Decrease “lifeless” processed, instant, fast, junk, packaged foods.
*Decrease sugar, white flour products, sweets, etc.
*Decrease dairy and wheat products (check for gluten sensitivity).
*Decrease chemical additives, preservatives, pesticides in foods.
*Avoid MSG and all artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
*Avoid alcohol, caffeine, nicotine.
*Consider effects of metal dental amalgams and other dental work; consult a holistic dentist.
*Research effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF); cell phones, computers, wireless devices, etc.
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