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diabetic neuropathy
Posted by: Suzanne
Date: October 3, 2001 3:56 AM

I have been doing some reading (research) and I am certain that diabetic neuropathy is my problem. My question is: can diabetic neuropathy be reversed through any kind of alternative medicine treatment? Chelation therapy, for instance.

RE: diabetic neuropathy
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: October 3, 2001 8:09 AM

Interestingly enough the person just before you asked about what is apparently a condition of peripheral neuropathy, so I will paste in my answer to him for you. I will precede it with this comment: in the case of diabetic peripheral neuropathy, IV chelation has been very useful in my experience in treating the diabetes as well as the secondary peripheral neuropathy. Here is the text of my answer to the other person:

A diagnosis compatible with your description of symptoms is peripheral neuropathy. It literally means "nerve sickness outside the central nervous system." The most common cause of peripheral neuropathy is loss, or partial loss, of blood supply to the nerve or nerves involved. Other possible causes are: nutritional deficiency (lack of vital nutrients such as B12 and/or folic acid) and also physical trauma to the nerve(s). Peripheral neuropathy is more common in diabetics and the symptom itself justifies a search for previously undetected diabetes. Whatever the cause, the nerve(s) are incapacitated and cannot transmit their information to the brain. The danger is that damage may be done in an area which has no feeling and the brain is not informed to take action to limit the damage. One would quickly withdraw from a hot stove for example, if one can feel the hot stove. If not, the burn may be severe rather than minor. Treatment involves replacing what is missing, if that is possible. In the case of trauma, that may be nothing more than time required for healing to occur. Severed peripheral nerves regenerate at the rate of one centimeter per month so the time required will depend on how far away from the sensory end of the nerve the injury occurred. In the case of nutritional deficiency, replacement of nutrients is vital. In the case of loss of circulation, restoration of circulation is quite important. If the cause involves the presence of toxic substances such as mercury or lead, chelating these toxic heavy metals out is necessary. If diabetes is present, getting control of that process is important to the overall therapeutic outcome. As you can see, proper diagnosis is critically important to applying proper therapy. There is no one therapy which should be applied until a causative diagnosis is established or at least strongly suspected for good reasons.

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