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Treating Peripheral Neuropathy

Monday, 12 December 2011 09:01 AM

Question: My husband has peripheral neuropathy. He took your advice and started taking L-theanine, 200 mg three times a day for two weeks. He then increased the dosage to 400 mg three times a day for two weeks, but there has been no improvement. Will anything help?

Dr. Blaylock's Answer:
Before deciding on a nutritional program, you have to figure out the cause of your husband’s peripheral neuropathy, which is a term for damage to the nerves of the peripheral nervous system. Symptoms can include numbness, tremor, tingling, pain, or itching in the extremities.
One of the reasons for the drastic increase in this condition is the widespread use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. One study found a 14-fold increase in peripheral neuropathy in people who used statin drugs, even at a low dose. In addition to statin use, diabetes, uremia, some pesticides/herbicides, and a number of neurotoxic metals can cause peripheral neuropathy.
A number of supplements have been shown to help many patients. These include R-lipoic acid, carnosine, acetyl-L-carnitine, CoQ10, high-dose B vitamins, higher-dose vitamin D-3, magnesium, DHA, ascorbate, and natural vitamin E. Avoid inflammatory omega-6 oils, fluoride, excitotoxic food additives, and red meats, and increase the number of vegetables in the diet.
The best chance of correcting the condition is to catch it early. Advanced cases are much harder to treat.

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