Beating Peripheral Neuropathy
by John P Hayes Jr., DC, DABCO
Through out my career, and now with increasing frequency, I have had the occasion to treat patients with peripheral neuropathy, (PN) often with varied success.
While consulting other doctors, I discovered some were still very frustrated with their results treating PN as well. Because I was seeing so many of these patients, I began researching alternatives to current therapies. I was fortunate to find David Phillips, PhD. Dr. Phillips is the inventor of many medical devices, and Founder of ReBuilder Medical.
Dr. Phillips was kind enough to discuss with me the use of his device, a dual frequency neurostimulator, with nutrition support. He also has excellent knowledge of the mechanics of spinal subluxation and other somatic dysfunctions upon these patients which has greatly enhanced the care of these PN patients.
Together we discussed a combined treatment protocol using his devices, chiropractic spinal manipulation, joint mobilizations, and other mechano-therapies, as well as our combined years of experience with therapeutic nutrition.
A short time later, I put together a treatment protocol using both of our inputs. Within 6 weeks, I was astounded, not only with the results, but how many people responded to our notices that we now had powerful, effective care for a condition that devastates the health and well being of over 20 million Americans.
What follows are synopses of case studies. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time a comprehensive outpatient drug free treatment for peripheral neuropathy has been so effective.
The first patient is an 80-year-old female who presented to me with a long history of diabetes. She'd been diabetic for about 10 years. She was suffering so badly from peripheral neuropathy that she had been unable to sleep for four years. She was complaining primarily of burning, tingling, very significant sleep disturbance, and a complete loss of sensation in the left great toe.
When I did her sensory examination, I found she had a complete loss of sensation to light touch and vibration at her left great toe. She also had decreased sensation to touch along the lateral aspects of both feet, the dorsum of both feet, and also some decrease in vibration, but not the total loss that was shown at the left side.
Using this new protocol, four sessions into her first one-month trial in the office she started to experience sensation in her great toe.
Five weeks later, she was discharged with a home treatment program.
It's important to note that after the second week of treatment, she was sleeping through every night except for one with almost no PN symptoms. She had absolutely phenomenal results. Needless to say, I was blown away.
A short time later, there presented in my office one of the most challenging and sad cases I ever seen in my entire life. This particular lady is a 53-year-old woman who presented with her husband in a wheelchair.
At age 47, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Her cancer was treated. During her cancer care, she was treated with Cisplatin, which is a very potent neurotoxin. When we did her examination, obviously she had a very difficult time ambulating because of the complete loss of sensation from her hips to her toes.
When we did her sensory examination, she had no light touch from the hips down. Her feet were ice cold. Her legs were pale. She had no vibration at all anywhere distal to the iliac crest.
Learning what I could from Dr. Phillips, I decided that this would be a very good test case to take in. I'm certainly glad I did, because five weeks into treatment, I helped her walk down the hall without assistance. It was absolutely unbelievable. This woman has been in a wheelchair for four years.
The last one is another very amazing chemotherapy patient. This lady is a 54-year-old accountant. Unfortunately, she had colon cancer at a very young age. She was treated with mixed chemotherapy. Her treatment included radiation, chemotherapy, colostomy, and ultimate reversal of a colostomy. Following the cancer treatment, she was left with peripheral neuropathy involving both hands and feet.
She presented to the office as a patient with a stocking-and-glove type of neuropathy, complaining of tingling and sleep disturbance. At the time of her initial presentation, she was also taking Lyrica, which did give her some softening of her symptoms but not alleviation.
After beginning the treatment protocol she started to get the sensation back in her feet. At two weeks, not only had her peripheral neuropathy symptoms improved, but also her skin temperatures and textures have improved.
In addition to having restoration of sensation to her feet, she is now having restoration to her hands.
These cases are nothing short of miraculous. Previously, treating peripheral neuropathy patients hasn't been really successful. Often, it's been hit or miss. We've had some pretty good results in the past with nutrition therapy, but I've never seen total resolutions like we're seeing in these cases.
Dear Dr. Phillips: Just wanted to tell you about a few more cases we recently took into our program at the office.
Joan is 77. She has suffered with peripheral neuropathy post colon cancer and L foot weakness and gait changes, secondary to spinal stenosis. She had no vibratory sensation distal to the iliac crests. I discharged her after 5 weeks active care in our intensive program to a home program and monthly follow-up.
At the Discharge re-exam, she stated she had 60% reduction in her peripheral neuropathy in 5 weeks (this is after suffering for 5 years). Upon her neuro exam, she now had vibratory perception back in the lateral ankles, symmetric return of light touch, but most astounding was a dramatic improvement in L foot strength.
Neil is a 54 YO guy, who is diabetic, likely had metabolic syndrome for years before the DM Dx. Terrible neuropathic Sx in his feet, plus cold and trophic skin changes to boot. He told us he heard about our program on the radio. At his five week point he was about 70% better and happy he could feel his feet again, walk more normally plus reduce his meds.
Lastly, Clem is an 85 YO lady. I have been caring for her for almost 20 years. Initially, we got her through Macular Degeneration (dry) with nutrition Rx. She became diabetic about 15 years ago, We managed some initial neuropathic Sx back then with inositol and B Vitamins, Chromium GTF, etc.
She has her monthly chiro care like clockwork. Well, unfortunately, she now has neuropathic changes of the pelvic plexus due to the diabetes which has affected bowel and bladder function. Her meds did not help at all.
I began 15 min Tx sessions over the LS spine 12 weeks ago. And she had almost immediate improvement with bowels after 1 year of embarrassing accidents.
John P Hayes Jr., DC, DABCO