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Along with neuropathy it's no surprise many patients suffer from nail fungus. Lack of blood flow to the hands and feet mean a reduced immune response in those areas, so fungus can really just take over. Of course you need to improve the health of the entire system to eliminate the fungus and prevent from returning but there are two things I instruct patients to begin right away, washing the body part with Hibiclens Wash and then painting the diseases nail directly with Campho Phenique. Both these products are available over the counter and are very inexpensive. For persistent fungus problems laser treatment can be the secret weapon, as the class 4 laser will heat the toe nail up until the fungus dies. This is a medical procedure that requires careful application but I have seen miraculous results.
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EXCERT FROM "THE SOLUTION FOR PAIN: ANGIOGENICS"
Neuropathy means a nerve problem, that’s all, but more commonly it is a symptom of spinal nerve damage. In some unusual cases, neuropathy can develop when the body is poisoned with dangerous chemicals, like those used in chemotherapy treatments, bug spray, weed killer, and many environmental pollutants found in our air, water, and soil. So carpal tunnel is neuropathy and so is sciatica, but most people still associate neuropathy with diabetes. The mechanism of neuropathy is due to ischemia, regardless of the condition.
Ischemia is a restriction in blood supply to tissues, causing a shortage of oxygen that is needed for cellular metabolism (to keep tissue alive).
Ischemia is generally caused by problems with blood vessels with resultant damage to or dysfunction of tissue. Ischemia comprises not the only insufficiency of oxygen, but also reduced the availability of nutrients and inadequate removal of metabolic wastes. Ischemia can be partial or total. If you have neuropathy, the solution to your problem is increasing vascularization of the injured nerves and tissues.
This process by where a person grows new blood vessels to injured tissues is called angiogenesis.
So it does not matter why you have neuropathy, treatment involves reversing the ischemia with angiogenesis. All neuropathies treated the same in my clinic include addressing the triad of health, a structural, chemical and mental approach to stimulating cellular regeneration through angiogenesis. I favor machines over hands-on therapy for getting consistent results. Technology is now so advanced few things can be done better by hand. Computers allow reproduction of techniques and instant feedback on treatment success or failure. All neuropathy patients will receive pulsed electromagnetic therapy (PEMF), spinal decompression of the neck or lower back, hako med electrical stimulation, laser radiation and in some cases oxygen therapy. You can read about these treatments in the modality section. I will still perform some limited hands-on medicine to fine tune the healing process, but usually, it will take me less than 5 minutes because the machines work so good. All neuropathy patients started on a 10-day nutritional supplementation program designed to assist in cellular regeneration. We have two plans, one specifically for diabetics and one for everyone else. These programs involve complete lifestyle modification using whole food concentrates, herbal medicine and dietary changes to support the healing process.
Patient’s can expect to see a significant change in symptoms within the first 30 days, a return of function in 60 days and long-term stabilization by the 90th day of treatment. Of course, everyone is at different stages of health and disease, so this is not one size fits all, but rather a guide so you can create realistic goals. In other words, your not reversing your neuropathy in a few weeks. It does happen sometimes, but in those cases, the person likely never really had neuropathy because the nerves and blood vessels take several months to recover fully. Treatment needs to be administered daily until the healing response stabilizes, and in our office, I have found that takes about four weeks, the frequency can be reduced to 2-3 times per week. With this much treatment, the biggest concern is not exceeding the patient’s metabolic capacity, meaning they get exhausted and then stop all healing. The maximum treatment time I find a patient can handle is about an hour, but you can check metabolic capacity easily by testing heart rate variability (HRV). If what I am doing is helping HRV should be improving after treatments, if not I am likely doing too much and need to lower the intensity.
If you have neuropathy, it is crucial to have a healthy cardiovascular system since so much is dependent on growing new blood vessels. Blood pressure, resting pulse rate, chest expansion and oxygen saturation levels are useful markers for treatment success. Again, what we are talking about here is being healthy, a healthy person will recover, and an unhealthy person will need more help. Exercises are assigned to neuropathy patients with a focus on building cardiovascular health, not skeletal muscle and are covered in the exercise section. Patient’s are shocked when I tell them the number one exercise for neuropathy is breathing. Despite making it easy, still some patients refuse to exercise or engage in harmful activities like smoking, these same patients are confused at the re-evaluations when they are not improving as they expected.
Most patients tell me they were told there is no cure for neuropathy and I agree. Of course, there is no cure for anything only healing. The body replaces instead of repairs, and in all cases, it does not replace the damaged tissues with a superior product. Replacements are always lower quality, but still, most people will be happy with the results. If given enough time, which can be up to 12 weeks I consistently see a 90% success rate that lasts. To be clear I am saying that in 12 weeks most patients will get rid of 90% of their complaints, and these won’t return. Results vary for all the obvious reasons, and in some rare cases, there is a total failure of recovery. Treatment is not magic, and a person will only heal if they still have the potential. We cannot create what is not already present, and the patient often ignores this critical fact. Will treatment work for you? Well, how is your current health? When you cut your leg, does it heal quickly or slowly? How is your digestion? Sex drive? Energy level? All these factors can be considered in determining your potential, and maybe your not a 90%-er, maybe your only a 50%-er. Regardless of your current state, there is no such thing as false hope if you are willing to do the work.
There is no mystery to neuropathy; it is a disease of ischemia that needs to be treated by stimulating angiogenesis. It requires commitment from the patient and repeated treatments administered over several months to produce a lasting outcome.
Neuropathy can be healed, and most people do not need to suffer.
Dr. Stokes book, The Pain Solution: Angiogenics can be purchased at the clinic or online for $15.
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