Holistic Health Solutions for Diabetes
Question for Dr. Leia: The Neuropathy affects my feet. I can barely walk. It was brought on by a particular medicine prescribed by a physician. I was wondering if holistic medicine can heal my feet?
Dr. Leia’s Answer: It is unfortunate that a prescription drug caused your neuropathy pain. Peripheral neuropathy is quite common and it has been estimated that over 20 million people suffer from this type of nerve pain. Symptoms can include numbness, tingling, burning pain, pins and needles sensations, and stiffness, especially in the hands, fingers, feet, and toes. Certain drugs can be toxic to the nerves and damage the coating of the nerve fibers called myelin sheath of the nerves. Drug induced neuropathy may be more difficult to treat due to the damage to the nerves depending upon the toxicity of the drug. It may also be possible that the neuropathy may subside after the drug has worn off and is flushed out of the body. So, working with a natural health care professional to cleanse your liver might be a good idea. Some liver protective and detoxifying herbs include milk thistle, dandelion, and burdock root.
Some simple things you can do to help ease the pain is to avoid tight shoes and binding socks, limit standing and walking for long periods of time, and soak your feet in ice water. Natural therapeutics can include a daily full spectrum B vitamin containing thiamine, biotin, choline, and inositol, all important vitamins for nerve health. Borage oil or evening primrose oil which contain high amounts of gamma linolenic acid, is important for nerve conduction and has proven helpful for many diabetics with neuropathy, and has often reversed the symptoms. Fish oil capsules may prove helpful to eliminate inflammation. Magnet therapy placed strategically on various areas of the body, especially on the affected limbs might also ease the pain. St. John’s wort, an herb which has recently been useful for depression, is also a very valuable nerve tonic.
Please do not try to take all of the natural remedies listed above all at once. Just pick one or two choices, and experiment to see if they can help with the pain. You may also want to learn more about a novel device which may help with your problem. The ReBuilder has been shown to address tingling, numbness & nerve pain. Good luck.
Question for Dr. Leia: I would like to do a body cleanse, but I am diabetic and am only allowed four ounces of a juice. Is there a cleanse you would recommend? I have done hem before I became diabetic and have also fasted but I cannot do that now.
Dr. Leia’s Answer: Thank you for your interest in natural medicine. Since you are under a doctor’s orders for treatment of diabetes, I would talk to your doctor about your desire to do a body cleanse. Definitely, any cleanses or fasts using just water or fruit juices are contraindicated for your case. So it is not a good idea to attempt this type of cleansing. It may possible that certain herbal products and capsules may be helpful for you as long as they do not interfere with your blood sugar balance. Please check with an herbalist or knowledgeable natural health practitioner for this information. I do not recommend skipping meals, and disrupting your eating habits and allocations of food or altering your eating patterns in any way. It is always important to eat healthy foods, which are fresh, free of chemicals, and non-processed foods, low in sugar, fats, and the right amount of carbohydrate exchanges for your individual condition.
Related Article: Type 2 Diabetes and Dioxin
The Connection Between Dioxin Levels and Type 2 Diabetes
Learn what dioxin is and how it is linked to adult-onset diabetes. Learn to manage diabetes-related conditions
What is Dioxin? Best known as one of the ingredients in “Agent Orange,” which is a defoliant that soldiers
used in the Vietnam War that has been in the news for health-related repercussions, dioxin is not just a wartime
hazard. It is a byproduct when pesticides are produced and used, as well as when plastics are burned.
How do we get dioxin in our systems? The scary truth is that almost all dioxin exposure in this country comes from
fish, meat and dairy products. That’s one reason to really try to eat and drink organic whenever you can. Unfortunately,
it maybe that there isn’t any land left that isn’t contaminated through our water supply but at least with organic
meats, dairy and foodstuffs, you don’t get added dioxin through pesticides. Even paper products and cotton items
can give off dioxin. For example, bleached coffee filters – yes, take notice, especially if you drink coffee every
So what’s the connection between dioxin and diabetes, in particular type 2 diabetes? Based on a study from the U.S.
Department of Defense (by the way, this is a 20 year long study), dioxin has proven to be linked to adult-onset,
or Type 2, diabetes. This discover came from the close examination of around 2,000 Vietnam Veterans. The result of
that examination showed that higher dioxin levels matched higher adult-onset diabetes levels. One statistic that
was sobering showed that the vets with the highest levels of dioxin had 166 percent more cases of diabetes which
required control through the use of insulin.
Natural Remedies for Diabetics
Recommended Diabetic Support: Under a physician’s care, Diabin+ is safe and effective for those experiencing Diabetes
Type I and Type II. It should not ever be considered a replacement for medical supervision and treatment. This formula
is a special Advanced Nutraceutical medicine which supplements the body’s natural ability to use Insulin more efficiently
as well as to use other energy sources when sugar-energies are erratic and are at a low.
- Diabin+ – A Diabetic Support Supplement
- Triple Complex
Tissue Salts Diabetes Tonic
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