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Type II Diabetes; Back Pain and Neuropathy

A reader writes:  I have type 2 and some compressed nerves in my back which I believe are contributing to neuropathy in my hands and feet. What can I do? Or, what can I take to improve my condition? I’ve been taking a vitamin B-6 supplement.

Dr. Gardner’s comments: Compressed nerves in the back usually are part of disc degeneration, and always have an inflammatory component that adds to the compression. The following have been found helpful:

  • temporarily using natural anti-inflammatories (MSM, DMSO, curcumen, Boswelia, stinging nettle)
  • therapeutic massage to relax the tight muscles that may be pulling on the back (like the gluteus meds and piriformis)
  • carefully choosing a chiropractor to help with alignment,
  • energy work of Jin Shin Jyutsu or
  • acupuncture,
  • frequency generator machines (FSM) that may be able to neutralize the pain or strengthen bone or connective tissue. Depending on the cause and length of time it has been present, determines how successful the treatment will be and how long healing may take.
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Can you comment on shingles (causes and cures) and do you recommend the vaccine, especially if one has previously had shingles?

Shingles is the reemergence or the chicken pox virus, that has lain dormant on nerve cells for decades.  When the immune system gets stressed, it doesn’t keep the virus under control, and shingles emerges.    The stresses can be emotional, sleep deprivation, poor nutrition, trauma.

For treatment I use a frequency generator which neutralizes the pain and gets rid of the viral exacerbation.  I also have a few other “tricks up my sleeve” that are extremely effective.  I do not recommend the vaccine for anyone.

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Macular Degeneration

I have macular degeneration (dry) and was interested in treatment. How may I receive help with this problem?

Macular degeneration does respond to the appropriate frequencies of the FSM (Frequency Specific Microcurrent) machine, especially if it is early and there is still tissue that is alive but not functioning. Once the tissue around the macula is dead, it can no longer be revived.  You need to find someone who feels comfortable using the machine on the eye, as it is the most sensitive tissue in the body, and the practitioner needs to be familiar with the proper strengths and time frame for its use in the eye.

Additionally, there are herbal remedies and nutritional options that can enhance treatment.  You need to be aware that macular degeneration does not respond to a “one herb or one treatment fits all” philosophy.  You will need a practitioner who is aware of all of the options that are available to be aggressive with treatment.

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Frequency Specific Microcurrent and Pain, Autoimmune Diseases

My wife has advanced Rheumatoid/Systemic Lupus Crossover. She is in pain most of time – causing chronic depression, sleep deprivation – resulting in kidney damage and abnormal globulin levels. Interested in FSM as possible treatment – I am an RN and am not satisfied with some of the results a long history of current treatments have produced. Could you let me know if you treat disorders such as this, if not who treats these disorders with FSM?

Autoimmune disorders are a challenge to treat, and yes, I do treat them.  They require extensive laboratory evaluation to try to identify possible causes.  If the causes can be identified, then they can be treated and it will make the treatment of the individual disorders much easier.

It does take time to see a reversal of the autoimmune status of patients.  The FSM machine may be able to support the immune system and to reduce inflammation, thereby reducing pain.  Because of the way that autoimmune diseases inaccurately identify normal tissue in the body as the enemy, a new product called ASEA has signalling capabilities that seem to improve the immune system’s ability to properly identify the enemy and leave the normal tissue alone. I am so impressed with ASEA’s effects that I have it available in my office.  If you would like to learn more about it, call my office at 801-302-5397

Conventional medicine is not successful with these disorders, and the medications have many side effects.  Conventional medicine has even used chemotherapy to try to suppress the immune system.

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Lyrica and Painful Neuropathy

I am currently taking two 200 Mg tablets per day of Lyrica for painful neuropathy in the feet,legs and groin. Is there an effective allopathic alternative?

Lyrica modulates the interpretation of pain in the nerves.  In order to try safer alternatives, it will be important to know if there is a cause, and if it can be treated.  Let’s talk about some theoretical possibilities:

1. If it is related to diabetic neuropathy, the problem is usually in the blood vessels, which are blocked.  Getting the diabetes in  better control and reducing all inflammatory triggers (like sugar, aspartame, caffeine, trans fatty acids) will be critical.  A trial of vasodilators like Ginkgo biloba or Hawthorne may help to open up those semi-blocked arteries.

2. General nerve support includes strong levels of B vitamins and omega 3 and omega 6 oils in your body.

3.  Additional nerve support may include phosphatidylcholine, Huperzine, Vinpocetine; anti-oxidants like glutathione, vitamin C and E.

4. Energy work is another possibility–acupuncture, Jin Shin Jyutsu.

5. Frequency generators, machines that release specific healing frequencies for the nerves, could also be tried.  I use the FSM machine in my office, but there are many practitioners that use them, hopefully someone near your home.

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Reflexology and Other Energy Modalities

I’m wondering what you’re thoughts are about reflexology. Do you think this method is useful? Do you offer it in your clinic?

There are many energy connections manifested in various tissues in the body associated with the organs of the body.  This is the true of

  • the eye (iridology),
  • the outer ear (acupuncture points),
  • vertebrae in the spine (Jin Shin Jyutsu),
  • and bottoms of the feet (reflexology).

Stimulating points on the feet, spine or outer ear sends healing frequencies to the corresponding organ.  As the organ improves, the points on the feet (or elsewhere) also improve.

All of these techniques are useful, and are all part of energy medicine.

A number of energy medicine modalities are used at Keys to Healing Medical Center (my practice), including Jin Shin Jyutsu, Frequency Specific Microcurrent, NAET.  We currently do not offer reflexology, but are certainly not opposed to it.

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Chronic Migraines

I have been to some of the most celebrated headache institutes in NYC and am still spending a great deal of time in bed. Any suggestions beyond what you have indicated here? FYI, I watch the food triggers and take all of the recommended supplements you mentioned except for the HTP which I will start immediately. Is DMSO an option for me? Thank you. GD

The potential triggers for migraine headaches are many. The key is to find the trigger or triggers for yours and get rid of it. Always easier said than done. DMSO is one of the best and safest anti-inflammatories known to man, so it is worth a try. But if you are on a number of other effective anti-inflammatories, is it unlikely that this one will solve the problem either.

The three areas that tend to be ignored in conventional medicine that contribute to migraines are: structural impingement in the neck that can’t be seen on MRI or X-ray, but may be able to be fixed with a chiropractor; muscle tightness which can be relieved with a therapeutic massage therapist–even if this is not part of the initial problem, it is highly likely to be part of the problem now; energy work, including acupuncture, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Craniosacral, or even frequency generators like the FSM (Frequency Specific Microcurrent) machine.  You will need to find people in your local area that are familiar with these procedures.  Or, if you happen to come to Utah for skiing or any other reason, you’re welcome to visit me at my office.  Best of luck to you.

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I read your article about Alternative Therapies in Neurologic Disease on your site and wonder if Vital Primivia supplements you have on your site would be applicable to me.  I’ve had a discectomy, and I’m asking specifically about phosphatidylserine, and its dosage.

Here are some thoughts: A discectomy is a partial removal of the disc separating 2 vertebrae. Usually this disc is bulging and causing compression on the nerve in order for them to need to do surgery.

In my presentation entitled Alternative Therapies in Neurologic Disease, spinal cord or disc injuries are not covered. Although the supplements recommended for brain health (which is the focus of that presentation) would be beneficial, they will not help sciatica or nerve compression to a great extent. For low back pain, sciatica, disc injuries or surgeries, consider the following:

1. decompression, which means they put a slight pulling tension on the spine

2. energy work, acupuncture or Jin Shin Jyutsu or craniosacral, to open up energy pathways in the spine that will facilitate remodeling and healing. This may take months and years, which is why I teach someone to treat my patients at home on a regular basis.

3. Massage therapy, to relax the tight muscles that may be holding the spine out of position

4. chiropractic, especially if they do more than just ‘crack the back’

5. frequency generators, like the FSM machine, which has specific frequencies to help heal the disc, facets, spine, nerves

6. natural anti-inflammatories–MSM, DMSO, Boswelia, curcumin

7. if the nerve has been severed or severely injured, consider stem cell stimulation. There are substances that stimulate your own body to release more of its own stem cells for repair.

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The Ill Effects of Pollution

My issues are asthma and bronchitis. I lived in Xian, China, from July 2001 to August 2002 and breathed coal dust the entire time, contracted pneumonia in December 2001, took Zythromax, and wiped out the good intestinal flora. Two years later I was diagnosed with chronic yeast asthma and yeast bronchitis, was treated by an allergist and a pulmonologist, went on a strict, mainly vegetarian diet with restricted carbs (no more than 18 daily), and in three months was announced asthma and bronchitis free. A year and a half ago my cough returned. We had a leak below our kitchen sink, had it repaired and replaced wood, but we discovered mold in our heating/cooling vents. We had the vents cleaned and an attic bacteria-destroying light installed that is! activated everytime the fan comes on. However, I still have the cough and have lost my singing voice. I don’t want to take steroids, so my inhaler sits in the cabinet. What can I safely do to get rid of this cough and have my energy back? I’m 77 years old, use the treadmill two or three times weekly, weigh 133 pounds, eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruit and small amounts of meat, and am generally healthy otherwise. Yesterday I took my blood pressure at WalMart and it was 81/50 and my pulse was 97. My husband took his blood pressure immediately after, and his was normal. I shopped for ten minutes, took my blood pressure again, and it read 87/50 with a pulse rate of 94. I felt weak, went home, and slept soundly for two hours! What can I do to get rid of this asthma and bronchitis? Thank you!

It sounds like you are doing all the right things-good diet, regular exercise, cleaning vents from mold, bacteria destroying light.  Let me mention a few other things, some of which you may be already doing.

  • 1. If you had yeast asthma, bronchitis, it probably is also in your intestinal tract, so long-term (probably indefinitely) probiotics are important-10 to 30 billion each day.
  • 2. Depending on where you are living in Florida, it is impossible to remove mold from your house.  You may want to try NAET to desensitize you to either the mold itself, or the toxins it produces that you may be sensitive to.
  • 3. You may want to try Caprylic acid as a safe long-term anti-yeast/Candida agent.  You may even need anti-fungals for several months.  Allopathic medicine tends to treat yeast with short term, sometimes even just a few days, anti-fungals.
  • 4. There are frequency generators that have frequencies specific for trachea, bronchi, lung, pharynx tissue that can assist with healing.  Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) is the machine I use.  There may be a practitioner that uses it in your area.  Dr. Carolyn McMakin has a website that may have a list of practitioners.  Her site is: