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Is Food More Powerful Than Neuropathy Medicine?

Friday, July 29, 2016
Is Food More Powerful Than Neuropathy Medicine?

Nutrition is Neuropathy Medicine. Although you may not think of food as neuropathy medication, it is. The right kind of food is the most powerful drug you can give your body.

Give it the right fuel and it will allow you to have more control over what happens to you and where you live out your end days. 

Think about it.

If you are what you eat, then you become what you consume, but what if you’re consuming the right neuropathy relief nutrients, but it’s not reaching its destination?

One of the neuropathy causes is a result of nutrient deficiency. So, it makes sense to take action to improve the flow of proper nourishment to damaged nerves.

How does neuropathy medication stop the causes of neuropathy?

It doesn’t.

Here’s why.

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But if you seek help in our current health system, you will be given MANY medications and medication changes for neuropathy.

Why is that?

Well for one, drug companies control what “neuropathy treatment” doctors can use and it focuses almost solely on prescription medication.

Not only that, but drug companies have Drug Representatives in every medical office in America.

Unfortunately for food, it doesn’t have a Food Rep like the drug industry, where they can go to doctor’s offices and promote shiny medicines in pretty bottles.

According to a recent article in The New England Journal of Medicine, pharmaceutical advertising and promotion grew from $11.4 billion in 1996 to $29.9 billion in 2005 — and direct- to-consumer ads grew by 330 percent!

As Dr. Mark Hyman says: “NO ONE is spending $30 billion promoting the benefits of food and nutrients to support health and cure disease, even if they are more effective.”

Can The Right Foods Turn on Healthy Neuropathy Genes?

Dr. Mark Hyman, who is also the Director of the Cleveland Clinic, tells this account of the power of food to turn on our healthy genes:

“The most important study in that journal was on nutrigenomics — the foundational concept of my book UltraMetabolism. The basic idea is that food is information, not just calories. In this study, researchers from Finland took two groups of people with metabolic syndrome (pre-diabetes) and gave each group a different diet.

Well, sort of. It was different ONLY in the type of carbohydrates they consumed for 12 weeks. The rest of their diet was identical — the same calories and the same amount of fat, protein, carbohydrate, and fiber.

The first group had wheat, oats, and potatoes as the source of their carbs. The second group ate rye as their source of carbohydrate. (As I mentioned in my book, UltraMetabolism, rye has some very special properties because it is slowly absorbed by the body and has phytonutrients that help you lose weight and improve metabolism).

After the 12 weeks, the researchers took a fat sample, or biopsy, and analyzed it to find out which genes were turned on or off.

So what happened?

In the wheat, oat, and potato group, 62 genes were activated that increased inflammation, oxidative stress, and the stress response, worsened blood sugar balance, and generally amplified all of the forces in the body that lead to obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease!

It was a 100 percent effect — NO good genes were turned on.

In the rye group, 71 genes were turned on that prevent diabetes, lower cholesterol, reduce inflammation, and improve blood sugar control.

This was a 100 percent GOOD gene effect. (2) Now that should have been headline news — but the rye lobby is just not that powerful!”

This study was focused on metabolic syndrome or pre-diabetes, but the research now demonstrates that neuropathy or nerve damage starts at this stage of the diabetic process.

The connection between diabetes and neuropathy is unmistakable, but you don’t have to have diabetes to develop neuropathy. 

Food & nutrients ARE more powerful than neuropathy medicine, because it addresses why neuropathy develops in the first place.

In my own journey back to health after my battle with neuropathy, I’ve discovered 6 neuropathy causes we can do something about.

Finding the right balance of nutrition and getting it deep into remote nerve synapses was an interesting process.

We are seeing more and more mounting research in Functional and Integrative Medicine that shows nutrients have a major role in how our brains and body’s operate.

I’m living proof that the right nutrients delivered in the most effective way can reduce pain and stop unnecessary nerve damage. 

9 years and counting, I’m neuropathy pain free.

Find out how you can be free too.

If you haven’t taken the Nerve Pain Self-Assessment, take it now.


NEXT TIME: Discover why vitamins are the least effective way to get nutrients to peripheral nerves and the kinds of foods that your nerves are hungry for. 

To Your Good Health,

Dr. Randall Labrum

Researcher, Author & Former Neuropathy Sufferer



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