Dr. Tucker: Will you explain what neuropathy is?
Dr. Fedoryk: Neuropathy is a term for a collection of disorders that occurs when nerves of the peripheral nervous system are damaged. The condition is generally referred to as peripheral neuropathy, and it is most commonly due to damage to nerve axons. It is characterized by a numbness or painful tingling in the feet, legs, hands and arms. Neuropathy can affect nerves that control muscle movement and those that detect sensations such as coldness or pain. It can also contribute to dementia. And while neuropathy is a common side effect of diabetes, it’s sometimes caused by other factors, such as thyroid problems, chemotherapy, traumatic injuries, infections and exposure to toxins.
Dr. Tucker: Do most Chiropractors treat neuropathy?
Dr. Fedoryk: Most Chiropractors treat the symptoms of neuropathy. Some of the common treatments include manipulation, mobilization, physical therapy modalities like ultrasound, gentle traction and laser. As a specialist in exercise therapy I like to teach my patients things that they can do at home that include specific exercises to improve muscle and joint function(flexibility and mobility). We can also recommend nutritional supplements and discuss diet. It is especially important for these patients to strictly manage blood sugar levels. Once the blood sugar is under control, supplementation with alpha-lipoic acid may offer considerable support. Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) can rapidly and significantly reduce sensory symptoms and pain of diabetic neuropathy. It is a potent antioxidant that prevents or improves nerve conduction attributes, endoneurial blood flow and nerve Na+ K+ ATPase activity.
Dr. Tucker: How much alpha-lipoic acid do you recommend?
Dr. Fedoryk: Oral supplements of 600 mg per day is a good dose to start with.
Dr. Tucker: Any other comments for readers?
Dr. Fedoryk: Neuropathy is a serious condition that can lead to grave health problems. Don’t try to go it alone. Look for a health care professional or chiropractor who understands the causes of neuropathy along with the possible treatment options for your condition and uses a holistic approach to your condition.
This antioxidant keeps you healthy by boosting your immune system. Your own body produces but as you age, your body produces less of it. This super antioxidant is called glutathione. It is formed from proteins and amino acids. And it contains sulfur chemical groups. Glutathione attracts and traps toxins and free radicals in your body… and then flushes them out.
How Glutathione Works
It helps boost all the other antioxidants. Glutathione repairs free radical damage. It protects our cells and maintains healthy energy metabolism. Plus, it’s always working to detox our bodies. All the toxins in our bodies stick to glutathione, and it transports them into bile and waste… which we excrete from our bodies.
But again as we age… or get bombarded with toxins and oxidative stress, our glutathione levels weaken, we can’t flush out toxins… or fight free radicals or infection. A leading medical journal reports that the lowest levels of glutathione levels are found in hospitalized seniors. The highest levels are recorded in healthy young people who exercise regularly and live a healthy lifestyle.
There are three options for increasing your levels. These include diet, exercise, and supplements.
Plenty of healthy foods help your body to produce more glutathione.
The best foods are those rich in sulfur. Your best bets are garlic, onions, and cruciferous vegetables. These include:
Daily exercise helps your body to produce more glutathione. Modest cardio exercise combined with light resistance training can help you kick-start production.
Start with 20 minutes of cardio, every day. You can try 20 minutes of any activity that appeals to you, including:
On alternate days, he recommends 15 – 20 minutes of light strength-training exercises.
Five Supplements to Boost Your Levels
The five best supplements that boost glutathione production include:
1. Methylation nutrients. These nutrients are your best option for boosting glutathione production. They include folate, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12. When taking these supplements, you should make sure that you take folate in the active form of 5 methyltetrahydrofolate; B6 in the active form of P5P; and B12 in the active form of methylcobalamin.
2. Alpha lipoic acid. This is an essential supplement for cell health. It boosts energy production and detoxes your body. It also controls blood sugar and protects your brain. While our bodies make this nutrient naturally, our levels decrease under stress.
3. Selenium. This mineral helps to produce new glutathione.
4. Vitamins C and E. Both of these antioxidants, when working together, help to boost glutathione’s ability to recycle other antioxidants.
5. Milk thistle. This simple herb not only boosts glutathione levels… it also fights liver disease.
When taken together, these supplements help to rebuild your glutathione levels. And high glutathione levels are your best defense against disease and aging.
Go to www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-health.com to order supplements that contain the right anti-oxidants.
Antioxidants protect cells and DNA from the damage done by rogue molecules called “free radicals.” When damage occurs to the cells, it can cause diseases ranging from cancer to Alzheimer’s.
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is a natural antioxidant that protects against disease and promotes good health. It can protect your liver, boost your brain power, and help you balance your blood sugars.
Antioxidants work on a cellular level to reverse the damage. Some antioxidants are water soluble (such as vitamin C)… others are fat soluble (such as vitamin E). ALA is soluble in both water and fat and can go anywhere, including intracellular and extracellular environments alike. ALA helps vitamin C, vitamin E and coenzyme Q10 do there job even better.
ALA is essential for regions of the body that are highly susceptible to oxidative damage, including our brains. Studies show that when rats were fed an ALA supplemented diet they demonstrated anti-aging responses. The benefits were seen in just two weeks.
ALA is being used as a main ingredient in skin care formulas, because it can repair the oxidative damage of the sun. ALA protects collagen in the skin from cross-linking. This prevents wrinkling and the effects of aging on the body.
I recommend 300 to 1200 mg daily.
XYMOGEN makes a controlled-release ALA called ALAmax CR. Order by calling 1-800-647-6100
A new study, published in the Journal of Lipid Research, describes an increase in fat mass of mice over several generations when fed an “unbalanced western diet.” The authors suggest a deficiency in alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3) coupled with a chronic excess of linoleic acid (omega-6) could lead to “inherited obesity.”
In addition to weight gain, insulin resistance and the expression of the inflammatory genes may be involved.
“Collectively, our data show that continuous exposure to a high-fat diet combined with a high LA:LNA (omega-6:omega-3) ratio over generations triggers a discrete and steady increase in inflammatory stimuli, accompanied by enhancement of fat mass,” the researchers wrote.
How many times have you heard me say take your fish oils? Low amounts of omega 3’s may have serious long-term effects on health.
During the last 40 years we had seen an increase of over 250% in levels of omega-6 intake and a fall in levels of omega-3 of 40%. This change in diet has coincided with a steady rise in obesity levels through the generations.
We may be out of balance between the good omega 3’s to the not as good omega 6’s by as much as 40-to-1 in the United States.
Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) omega-3 is an essential fatty acid that the body cannot make and therefore must be consumed in the diet. Good sources of ALA include: flaxseed, soybeans, walnuts and olive oil.
I recommend ALAMax CR by XYMOGEN (order by calling 1-800-647-6100 use PIN # TUC500.) I also recommend OmegaPure 780 fish oils by XYMOGEN.
An unbalanced diet can lead to changes in the expression of genes that control growth and immune factions.
Journal of Lipid Research 51(8):2352-2361, 2010