Understanding NEUROPATHY

 

(2016 Update: Fibromyalgia, Peripheral & Diabetic Neuropathy, Restless Legs, Chronic Numbness, Myoclonal Jerking, etc.

Max Stanley Chartrand. Ph.D.
DigiCare® Behavioral Research

 

Introduction: The mission of the human nervous system is to maintain homeostasis, meaning that it facilitates distribution of hormones, nutrients, oxygen, hydration, bicarbonate, and other vital resources for glandular and muscular control. The main actors in this drama are DNA, mitochon-dria, ATP, cytokines, neurons, axons, dendrites, synapses, myelin, astroglia, and adult stem cells. Finely tuned with in-credible intelligence and self-healing properties, our nervous system is pre-vented from doing its needed work when interrupted by crippling surgeries and long-term use of addictive opioid, psy-chotropic, steroid, anti-inflammatory and neuroleptic medications. Each of these only make matters worse over time, not better. To tell you how far off we are today on neuropathies in the larger scheme of things, the US consumes up to 82-84% of the world’s medical grade opium with only 4% of the world popula-tion! What’s worse, underlying causes are routinely ignored in favor of masking the more readily apparent symptomatic behaviors, causing those treated for neuropathic conditions in the US to rarely improve over time. Here, it is our purpose to create a greater understanding of the more than 100 recognized forms of neuropa-thy, and how they can be overcome. For a healthy body has a fully functioning nerv-ous system that maintains homeostasis and wellness for an entire lifetime. (Note: This publication is not exhaustive or comprehensive. For guidance in individual cases, one should seek the advice of a qualified health professional).

Manifestations of Neuropathy

Neuropathies are like a lot of things in life, difficult to describe but you know it when you experience it. Sensations and discomfort and loss of function that are not visible, but they are real just the same. Some common descriptions:

  • Numbness, pain, burning, tingling
  • Difficulty walking, unsteady gait, los of balance
  • Muscle weakness, muscle cramps, paralysis
  • Blurred vision, loss of vision
  • Hearing loss, tinnitus, loudness growth abnormalities
  • Loss of sense of taste/smell
  • Loss of dexterity, tactile sensation
  • Idiopathic digestive disorders
  • Sleeplessness, loss of autonomic control, myoclonal jerking
  • Loss (or elevation) of blood pressure, tachycardia, dizziness
  • Loss of memory, chronic depression, cognitive dysfunction

Afferent Nerves carry auditory, visual, tactile, olfactory, and gustatory information toward the brain, while Efferent Nerves transmit motor com-mands away from the brain in elabo-rate and dynamic pathways for re-sponses to sensory stimuli (i.e., speech, reflexes, changes of blood pressure, heart rate, blood volume, breathing, digestion, etc.). Within vari-ous regions of the nervous system are found alternate and integrative path-ways, and involuntary Reflex Arcs that facilitate immune response, protection from injury, “fight or flight” reactions, vascular variations, and systemic and digestive processes. Myoclonic jerks of the legs, for instance, are often distor-tions of the reflex arcs as the brain switches gears from wake-to-sleep states. Myoclonic and Occupational Overuse Syndrome (OOS) behaviors are often interactions between learned re-sponses to stress and peripheral motor activity suggesting the need for neuromuscu-lar retraining.

Classification

Classification of neuropathies come from several viewpoints. The first clinical descriptor delineates time-line & severity: Acute (immediate, debilitating), Sub-acute (recurring, less debilitating), and Chronic (duration of at least 3-6 months, varying levels of pain & de-bilitation).

Next, neuropathy is classified by Site of Lesion: Cranial (from the 12 cranial nerves of the brain), Peripheral (involving shoulders, hands, arms, legs, feet, hips), Autonomic (heart, lungs, liver, pancre-as, and other involuntary organs, and spinal nerves), and Focal (involving one part of the body).

To learn how neuropathies develop, we will review the known pri-mary Causes and Contributors as follows:

  • Diabetes mellitus type 2 tops the list of causal conditions be-cause it is so pervasive. Most sufferers of long-term diabetes type 2 can count on experiencing neuropathy over time, particularly blind-ness, hearing loss, and (diabetic) peripheral neuropathy if their dia-betic condition is not overcome. Amputations due to diabetes are in-creasing at this time.
  • Stenosis or other types of nerve compression, as well as accu-mulated trauma/degeneration, arise from a lifetime of injuries and illnesses, some going back to before birth. Most are corrected without surgery, but when surgery is necessary, post-surgical compli-cations may include heterotopic ossicification of soft tissues, which can further damage or restrict the flexibility needed for connective tis-sues of the nervous system to function. This can cause vasculitis, blocking circulatory and immunological processes, and may also con-tribute to neuropathy .
  • Organic nutrition deficiencies cause and contribute to neuropa-thies, especially deficiencies in the B-complex and essential minerals. A diet of microwaved, synthetically fortified, degerminated, genetically modified, refined food is a sure path to eventual neuropathies.
  • Medication & recreational drug induced neuropathies are dramatically on the rise in the US because of over-promotion of and a seemingly bottomless pit public funding for to overpriced prescription drugs. The list of medications that can induce neuropathies is far too long to cover here. Ironically, acid reflux (GERD) medications are prominent in causing neuropathies as a result of blocking vitamin B12 and folic acid, which can cause loss of myelin insulation on the nerves (i.e., demyelination) and astroglia (the floating myelin that protects brain neurons). Long-term use of SSRI/SNRI anti-depressants, nerve deadening medications, most cardiovascular medications, and those for Alzheimer’s can also contribute to development of neuropathy. As legal and illegal drug addictions rapidly rise in epidemic proportions in the US so do neuropathies and neurodegenerative conditions.
  • Heavy metal accumulations, food additives, and environmental toxins. Lead (and a lesser degree certain other neurotoxic heavy metals) store in the bones and tissues over a lifetime and is a major contributor to neuropathies of all kinds. Even brief exposure to mercury found in commercially grown fish, fish oil supplements, and broken fluorescent bulbs and loosening dental amalgams cause varying degrees of neurological damage. Pesticides, herbicides, fluoride, chlorine, and perchlorates are all neurodegenerative, while artificial food coloring, preservatives, hormones, and artificial sweeteners that dominate the US food supply are neurotoxins especially problematic for children.
  • Acidosis is a general biological condition inspired by microwaving food (“DNA effect”), not drinking enough water, high caffeine intake, GMO high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), stress, inflammatory disease, and unhealed injuries all contribute mightily to the development of acidosis, and in turn, can lead to neuropathy.
  • Vaccine adjuvants, regardless of what design -biased conflict-of-interest research claim, many vaccines cause or contribute to significant developmental challenges for some infants when given too early. Neurodegenerative challenges for older adults is also a concern. Last year’s flu shots caused more harm that good to the public health, according to objective reports. Caution and common sense needs to be considered in administering vaccines to those with challenged immune systems and those laden with medications and chronic conditions.
  • Infectious Disease, including Guillain -Barre Syndrome, Shingles, Poliovirus, Rubella, Lupus, Hepatitis, HIV, Meningitis, etc. all cause or contribute to neuropathy (sensory and autonomic neuropathies).
  • Genetic Disorders (Friedrich’s Ataxia, Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease), Hereditary Neuropathy with Liability to Pressure Palsies, etc.) also deserve listing, albeit in this researcher’s opinion the vast majority of genetically inspired disease would not even occur without certain stressors, deficiencies, substances, and toxicities driving them.

As one can see from the foregoing, neuropathy appears immensely complex, yet when broken down by causal complex, we begin to understand what is needed to address it. The fact of the matter is that no drug undoes or reverses the neuropathic damage, and there are indeed few surgical procedures that can be used for same. So, the question from consumers who suffer from neuropathy complexes and syndromes is: How do we resolve my particular condition?

The answer is imbedded in first understanding the mechanisms that caused the problems and overcome them. Pain is just the messenger, the Paul Revere riding through the sleepy town of compromised immunology in our body. We should listen to him, not shoot him. He is only a symptom, not a cause.

Solutions, then, lie within reach by first recognizing the problem through mechanisms, to wit:

  • Neural Compression (trauma, stenosis, degeneration, inflammation, tumors).
  • Demyelination (nutrient deficiencies, medication side-effects, heavy metals, toxins, viruses).
  • Astroglia Destruction (free radicals, toxins, food additives, drugs, deficiencies).
  • Neuronal Degeneration (disease, acidosis, and toxicities), Vascular Disease (vasculitis, Factor V, hyper/hypotension, edema, hypoxia, etc.).
  • Cellular Acidosis (dehydration, high caffeine, microwaving, over - processed diet).

These mechanisms constitute some of the challenges to be overcome if neuropathy is to be resolved. Although each case will be different, they will be resolved by first getting healthy and then after gettingoptimally healthy by focusing on each relevant underlying component.

Note: Utilizing available community resources and the research-based SIRCLE® Method, underlying contributors can be addressed to meet individual needs. Information: 520-509-6380.

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