I have written about neuropathy before and in all likelihood, I will write about it many times in the future.
Neuropathy is a condition that causes tingling and pain as the nerves in the body are damaged. Mine started in my feet. As time went it moved to my hands, too, and now it’s moving further up my legs. It makes it very hard to do things with my feet as my toes are numb, yet painful. At times, it feels like my toes are literally made of broken glass.
With neuropathy in my hands now it makes it difficult to hold on to things. It makes it difficult to turn pages. It makes it hard to do a lot of things. When it started moving to my hands I was afraid and I got checked out for carpal tunnel. Indeed, I had carpal tunnel. Two surgeries later and my hands are probably worse now than before the surgeries.
According to the book, How Not to Die by Michael Greger, MD, “up to 50% of diabetics eventually develop neuropathy or damage to their nerves. Neuropathy can be very painful, and that pain is frequently resistant to conventional treatments.”
I can attest to that. There are days that I almost wish for amputation because of the pain. I have tried a variety of pain relievers and none have been effective—at least not long-term.
Dr. Greger does report in the book that a study of 21 patients with neuropathy switched to a vegan (all plant-based) diet and 17 of them reported positive improvements to their neuropathy within days. I find that incredible if not somewhat unbelievable.
The report, titled, “Regression of Diabetic Neuropathy with Total Vegetarian (Vegan) Diet” said that these 21 people had been “suffering painful neuropathy for up to 10 years.” When on the whole-food, plant-based diet, they felt “complete relief from their pain—within days.”
Well, I certainly could use some relief from the pain. I am sure that I am not alone.
Dr. Greger wrote, “We’ve long known that plant-based diets can reverse diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure), but reversing nerve-damage pain with diet was new.”
“Patients walk in with one of the most painful, frustrating, and hard-to-treat conditions in all of medicine, and three-quarters of them were cured in a handful of days using a natural, nontoxic treatment—namely, a diet composed of whole plant foods. This should have been front page news,” wrote Dr. Greger.
Of course, it was not front-page news. It was not “any” page news. This should come as little to no surprise because diabetes is a huge moneymaker for many companies.
I am not pointing fingers, but we all know it.
Things get shut down fast if there is a chance that a “cure” could work that did not involve medicine—practice or medication.
Plus the fact that it really does sound like one of those things that are too good to be true.
I talk a little about my own experiences with neuropathy.
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Karin Nauber is a professional journalist who has worked in the newspaper business for the past 25 years. She is also a grandmother who, along with her spouse, is raising one of their granddaughters. Karin has nine grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending as much time as possible. Karin also was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 13 years ago and has faced many challenges with the disease. If you would like to contact her, please do so at firstname.lastname@example.org.