Fluoroquinolones and Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy, this is an often devastatingconditionwhich people develop pain and numbnesstheir hands and feet. Basicallythey're told on the evening news that they should be taking this or that mediion sothat they can get through life. That's treating the smoke and ignoring thefire. Those medicines that you're seeing advertised don't treat the neuropathy, they only treatthe symptoms. But what's causing peripheral neuropathy? Well we know thatAmerica,one of the biggest causes of peripheral neuropathy is being diabetic, which is clearly relatedto the foods that you eat by and large. Becoming a type 2 diabetic amatically increases yourrisk for having peripheral neuropathy and

fact being devastated by it. This is adisease that effects 115 Americans. Let's take a look. So again this is 115 Americans—thisis 20 million Americans afflicted by this disease, that aside from diabetes, we're toldthe cause is unknown. Well maybe that's not exactly true. Last month,the journal Neurology,an incredible study was published describing a relationship between what are called fluoroquinolones,and the risk of developing a peripheral neuropathy. You may not know what fluoroquinolones are,but chances are you may have actually been exposed to fluoroquinolone. These are antibioticsused for treating things like upper respiratory

infections and even urinary tract infections.Things like Levaquin and Cipro are commonly usedwalks. If you have a urinarytract infection, you may have received these mediations. Well, here's what the study showedus: So this is a study publishedSeptember2014 that looked at men between age 45 to 80 years of age followed for a 10 year periodandthis group there were over 6,000 cases of peripheral neuropathy. And they comparedthese individuals to about 25,000 aged match controls, and what they found was that riskfor developing this devastating condition called peripheral neuropathy was doubled inthose individuals exposed to this class of

antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. And whatthe researchers also told us is that, and I quote, quot;Fluoroquinolones have been shownto neurotoxic. Oral fluoroquinolones have also been associated with reported cases ofpsychosis and seizures, which similar to peripheral neuropathy have been shown to be acute eventsoccurring within days of fluoroquinolone use. In light of strong evidence of unnecessaryprescribing of oral fluoroquinolonesthe United States, ians must weigh the riskof PN against the benefits of prescribing FQ when prescribing these ugs to their patients.quot; We've got to practice medicine under the dictumof quot;above all do no harm.quot; One of our most

well respected peer journals is nowtelling us that the use of these mediions—these fluoroquinolone antibiotics is associatedwith doubling of the risk of peripheral neuropathy. A disease which often is not treatable. Sokeep thatmind the next time you think you need an antibiotic for this or that problem,discuss this study with your treating physician. I'm David Perlmutter.

Neuropathy Chemotherapy Nerve Damage Larry S Testimonial

Interviewer: Hi, sir. What is your name? Larry: My name is Larry Shine SP. Interviewer: All right, Larry. Today is May29, 2013, and you're at Arkansas Spinal Care and Neuropathy Treatment Center. Why don'twe start off by having you tell me why you came to this ? Larry: One of my classmates, number one, gaveme a phone call one day and said quot;Larry, have you seen this ad? I've been seeing somethingon TV, a inaudible 00:00:26 overConway, Arkansas, that supposedly can dosomething to help you with your neuropathy

problem.quot; So she called me back and gave methe phone number. So I immediately made a phone call, and the people at the 'soffice sent me a packagethe mail inaudible 00:00:44. I received it within two or three days. Iwent over the information, and then I immediately made a phone call back and made an appointmentto come by to see what they could probably do for me. The good news is that my cousinand I came over and I had the opportunity to meet Curry SP. We discussed mysituation, that I've been suffering with neuropathy for a little bit over a year and a half becauseof cancer that I had, which was Stage 4 cancer,

and I'm a diabetic, which caused my sugarlevel to rise, which resultedme having neuropathy. And some of the symptoms of my problem arefeet, my lower leg, and my hands. I can tell you this, today is my second day of treatment.I could tell, believe it or not, last night, the first day back home, I saw some positiveresults of the treatment that I had on Tuesday. It's amazing. Number one, I'm walking better.I forgot to use my cane yesterday and last night by the way. I'm getting too much confidenceI guess. But anyway, I'm very proud of the fact.andsome of the things that I'm feelingmy

feet and my legs last night when I was asleep,I think are positive signs that maybe blood circulation is prevalent, is gonna happen,is imminent rather. And I've got a feeling that after a few more treatments, it's verypossible that you will see, I will see, a tremendous amount of improvementmy condition.But I'm very pleased with the staff here. I'm very pleased with the . You've gotsome very capable, professional people here. I couldn't ask for a better service than whatI'm getting now. I mean, it's like family; it's a family affair. And when you come overhere, and I will highly recommend that if you're thinking about getting some type ofa service and treatment, and you want a ,

you want a staff that's really concerned aboutyou and treats you like family, this is the place to go, right hereConway, Arkansas. Interviewer: Thank you, Larry. That is awesome.I mean, really. Wow! Thank you. The one thing that I wanted to talk about for sure is, somany of the patients who have neuropathy, they comehere and they talk about theirsense of balance and the fact that they fall, or they stumble a lot, or they don't havesure footing, or they trip a lot. All those kinds of things go with neuropathy becausethey don't have the correct sensation downtheir feet. It can make them feel likethey don't have good balance. Would you go

over what you told me a little while ago aboutthat, even after your first treatment? Larry: Right. My equilibrium has improvedas of yesterday. Like I said earlier, I'm walking now really without the cane. I feela very good sense of balance. Normally, when I get out of bedthe morning, I takes melike a minute and a half before I can really get my balance, before I can walk maybe intothe kitchen and get my coffee ready or whatever the case may be. This morning when I got up, I got up thismorning, by the way, around 4:30, and I didn't have to stand up more than 30 seconds beforeI went and ventured on and made my coffee