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Neuropathy Nugget #417 - Creating Your Neuropathy Foundation

Thursday, January 18, 2024


Nugget Day #417

Trivia Question❓

What famous world leader, renowned for his pivotal role in the 20th century, is believed to have suffered from peripheral neuropathy due to chronic arsenic exposure?

Answer at the bottom of the newsletter

In this picture you see the feet of my 7 oldest children.  I am the father of 11 children, 16 when you add my bonus children that have married in.  I am also currently the grandfather of 3 (with more coming 😉).  These are 19 of my greatest blessings in this life!

Why is that important?  Because one of the biggest reasons I started treating peripheral neuropathy (besides trying to help each of you) is because I have neuropathy and I am unwilling to let peripheral neuropathy influence my life or keep me from spending time with these individuals.

My Big Goal: To be able to play with my grandchildren and great grandchildren the same way I played with my children...This is still a work in progress!

Peripheral neuropathy is a complex disease, but there are six steps that can reduce symptoms and improve quality of life.

The first step is to improve nerve health through appropriate nutrition, such as decreasing sugars and processed foods while increasing fruits and vegetables.

Proper hydration is also important for nutrient delivery and cellular function.

Exercise improves blood flow, cell function, weight management, and the mind's ability to cope with symptoms.

Eliminating toxic substances, like excessive sugars and alcohol, can prevent nerve damage and improve health.

The power of the mind can decrease pain perception and assist in pain management.

Lastly, sufficient sleep allows the body to repair and recoup energy.

These lifestyle changes form a foundation for nerve health.

Peripheral neuropathy, a tingling or numbness in the hands and feet, affects millions worldwide. While there are over 150 causes of peripheral neuropathy, dehydration may also play a surprising role.

Water Woes: Our bodies are about 60% water, crucial for nerve function. Dehydration disrupts this delicate balance, hindering nutrient delivery and nerve signal transmission. This can lead to:

  • Tingling or numbness: Early signs of nerve damage.
  • Pain or burning sensations: More severe nerve dysfunction.
  • Muscle weakness and fatigue: Dehydration impacts overall energy levels.

The Hydration Connection: Research suggests even mild dehydration can exacerbate existing neuropathy symptoms. For people with other causes such as diabetes, dehydration can worsen the already existent nerve damage and increase pain.

Quenching the Fire: Adequate hydration is key. Aim for 10-12 glasses of water daily, adjusting for factors like activity level and climate. Electrolyte-rich fluids like sports drinks can be helpful during intense exercise or hot weather.

Listen to Your Body: Watch for signs of dehydration like thirst, fatigue, and dark urine. If you experience neuropathy symptoms, consult a doctor to rule out underlying conditions and discuss proper hydration strategies.

Remember, staying hydrated is essential for overall health and can play a crucial role in managing peripheral neuropathy. So, grab that glass of water and keep your nerves happy!

Title: "New Advances in Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment"

  • Synopsis: This article explores the latest breakthroughs in treating peripheral neuropathy, focusing on innovative therapies and drugs. It discusses the potential of these new treatments to alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life for sufferers. The piece highlights patient success stories and insights from leading neurologists.


Title: "Understanding the Impact of Diet on Peripheral Neuropathy"

  • Synopsis: This comprehensive article delves into how dietary choices can affect peripheral neuropathy. It covers the importance of balanced nutrition, the role of specific vitamins and minerals, and dietary recommendations for managing symptoms. The piece also touches on recent studies linking diet to nerve health.


Title: "Peripheral Neuropathy and Mental Health: Unexplored Connections"

  • Synopsis: This article addresses the often-overlooked psychological impacts of living with peripheral neuropathy. It discusses the challenges patients face, including anxiety and depression, and emphasizes the need for comprehensive care that includes mental health support. Insights from patients and mental health professionals are featured.


💡 Answer to Trivia Question:

Vladimir Lenin.


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