Hi, this is Silvester and I'm goingto talk to you about justgeneral why we use supplementspatients with neuropathy.We really have worked hard at trying to establish a neuropathy relief center at our .What we're after is to try to give the patient, besides just the normal pharmaceutical treatmentthat you can get at most of the s around that just give you a pill to take and it makesyou feel a little better, but really doesn't solve the problem we try to give you solutionsto get your neuropathy better, to improve them. We've invested a lottrying tolearn about supplements and the role that they play, using pharmaceuticals appropriatelyto give you relief, using electrical nerve
signal therapy with local anesthetic blockto try and regenerate nerves, laser therapy has been very effective at helping nervesget better not just feel better, but also get better. Also, there's surgery,theright person. Sometimes nerves are pinchedassociationwith having neuropathy the nerves can be entrapped, just like carpal tunnel synome can causepain under you hand, the same thing can happenyour foot and lower extremity, so by decompressingthose nerves, you can have significant relief and amatically improve nerve function, andin the case of patients with diabetes, much lower risk of future diabetic foot ulcers,and that's been demonstrated by a lot of
studies that have been done.How supplements work basically is, a lot of them are geared towards helping the cell,the nerve cell, have enough energy. The nerve cellsgeneral are very high energy consumers,and they're very small, very long, skinny nerves and if they don't have enough energy,they can't heal themselves and repair themselves or maintain this electrogradient that'sacross the nerve. For example, how a nerve carries an impulseis there's an electrical current and there's a little gate that opens and lets calciumin and out of the cell, and it creates an electrical current across this nerve. To establishthat, the cell has to pump that calcium out
to keep that gradient there. It has to workall of the time, and what happens when you get not enough energy, those gates just stayopen, the nerve doesn't function and you start getting feelings like burning, tingling,electrical sensation, and eventually numbness because the nerve doesn't work. I've actuallyhad patients who I've operated on without local anesthetic and they haven't felt ita bit because they're so profoundly neuropathic their nerves are so far damaged that theydon't feel anything. That's a major cause of falls, it's amajor cause of ulcers, it's a major cause of calluses I've had patients break theirfeet and not feel it they comeand they
have a swollen, red foot and they don'tknow why, and you take xrays and they have all of these fractures inside of their foot.There are ways, if you ch it early enough, and use the right supplements and keep yourblood sugar down, that you can preserve your nerve function until latelife and havea healthy life. Thanks for listening.