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- How disruptive chemicals could be keeping you tired and fat
- Erase agonizing nerve pain, no matter what caused it, and keep it from coming back
by Michele Cagan
Your fingertips feel like they’re burning.
The “pins and needles” in your arms and legs never quite disappear.
And, sometimes, the pain sensations in your feet makes crossing the kitchen feel like walking over hot coals.
Your doctor may have unknowingly caused this nerve pain (neuropathy, in doctor lingo)… but he won’t be able to offer you anything that can fix it.
But if you’re in pain, like more than 20 million Americans, relief is just moments away.
Because there is a solution, something that can stop never-ending searing nerve pain at the source, no matter what caused it.
Your medication could have caused this…
One of the common causes of agonizing neuropathy catches most doctors by surprise: prescription drugs.
Aside from many chemotherapy drugs—which are well-known causes of neuropathy—there are a surprising number of medications that can cause this disabling condition.1 If you’re lucky, the pain will stop when you stop taking the drugs, or soon after.
But for many people, that pain never fades even after the medication is long gone from their systems. That’s because the drugs have caused significant damage to your peripheral nerves (all of the nerves outside your brain and spinal cord). And there is no prescription medication that can repair or even lessen the damage.
Unfortunately, some very commonly prescribed drugs can cause nerve damage, some after years of problem-free use, some after a single dose.
• Antibiotics like Cipro, Levaquin, Floxin, Factive, and Avelox2,3
• Statins like Zocor and Lipitor4,5,6,7
• Drugs like Humira, Remicade, and Enbrel, used to treat autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis8
• Gout medications like Colcrys and Zyloprim
• Many chemotherapy drugs, including Cisplatin, Vincrisitine, Interferon, methotrexate, and Suramin
Unfortunately, there’s no way to predict if or when these medications will cause nerve damage in you. And if they already have, discontinuing the drug may not stop the pain. Worse, there are no drugs—none at all—that can fix this.
Luckily, there is a wholly natural formula specifically designed to help repair your nerves… no matter what’s caused the damage.
Warning: “Possibly permanent nerve damage”
Despite a decade of warnings, doctors continue to prescribe fluoroquinolone antibiotics—which include Cipro, Avelox, and Levaquin—to tens of million of patients (nearly 27 million in 2011 alone) every year. According to the FDA warning, these drugs can cause permanent neuropathy that can start “at any time during treatment, and can last for months to years after the drug is stopped or be permanent.”
Whatever the cause, the pain is the same
Though more doctors and scientists than ever (and even the FDA) are finally acknowledging the nerve-damaging effects of medications, there are other ways neuropathy can develop.
Uncontrolled diabetes, for example, frequently causes nerve damage and nerve pain—it’s one of the leading culprits. Other causes include:
• infections (including Lyme disease and shingles)
• poor blood flow (especially to the legs)
• toxins (like heavy metals or chemicals)
• autoimmune disorders
• vitamin deficiencies (especially B vitamins)
• pressure on a nerve (from a condition like carpal tunnel syndrome or an ill-fitting brace, for example)
Regardless of the cause, though, the excruciating symptoms are the same: burning, tingling, pain, and numbness, all making it very hard to do the things you love to do.
And there’s no medication that can fix it
Big Pharma hasn’t been able to cook up a drug that cures neuropathy. In fact, they can barely figure out how to deal with the symptoms, mainly recycling other drugs which do more to bump up their profits then actually help patients dealing with these agonizing symptoms.
And, of course, along with the lack of real effectiveness comes a frightening range of side effects… and sometimes even drug addiction.
Still, desperate patients turn to their doctors for help, hoping for something that can at least reduce the pain, burning, numbness, and weakness. What those patients come away with usually include…
• Pain pills, everything from over-the-counter ibuprofen to highly addictive prescription opioid drugs like oxycodone
• Pain patches, keeping the painful area numbed with a topical anesthetic (lidocaine) while you’re awake, which can cause serious problems if you use too many or wear it too long
• Anti-seizure epilepsy drugs like gabapentin which can cause blurred vision, joint pain, and uncontrollable shaking
• Antidepressants, which help by interrupting chemical messages in your brain and spinal cord, and come with side effects ranging from dry mouth to disorientation to irregular heartbeat
And there’s only one drug actually FDA-approved for use with diabetic neuropathy (specifically, though doctors prescribe for other nerve pain also)… Cymbalta. But with its massive, dangerous side effect profile (see sidebar), it’s a mystery why this drug (originally created as an antidepressant) ever got approved at all.
And while Cymbalta might possibly help you deal with neuropathy symptoms—and you might possibly escape the more frightening side effects—this drug absolutely cannot fix the problem.
Addressing the real problem leads to a real fix
If you’re struggling to live with neuropathy, you probably know that the pain signals sent by your nerves have gone haywire.
That’s because your nerves themselves are damaged, and they can’t function properly. A lot of that damage hits the protective coating around your nerve cells, a critical insulating shield called the myelin sheath (it acts sort of like the plastic coating around wires). And this causes two very big problems:
1. Your nerve cells are undefended against continuing damage
2. Your nerve cells can’t communicate correctly or quickly, leading to all kinds of mixed up messages
Different nerves send different signals, so those jumbled messages can cause a wide variety of symptoms. Sensory nerves, for example, sort out sensations like heat, cold, and pain. Motor nerves play a very different role, controlling just how your muscles move, so a broken signal could cause twitching or poor coordination. Autonomic nerves control organ functions, like your heart rate and bladder function.
But these nerves all do have something in common—myelin sheath protects them all. And repairing damage to that vital shield can help fix the signal mix-ups that are causing your neuropathy symptoms.
Targeted treatment for damaged nerves
Pain pills, antidepressants, and anti-epilepsy drugs won’t fix your problem. They may even make you feel worse.
But there is a fix, a targeted comprehensive natural blend of herbs and nutrients that can restore your damaged nerves, and regenerate healthy nerve cells. This formula focuses specifically on your peripheral nervous system—right where the problem lies—to deliver directed relief as quickly as possible, providing exactly what your body needs to repair those beat-up myelin sheaths.
What’s more, this formula makes sure those nerve nutrients can get where they’re needed, which they can’t do when inflammation (very common with neuropathy) blocks the path.
And because Nerve Shield works directly on repairing damaged nerves, it can help anyone with neuropathy, no matter what caused it.
Repairing nerve damage frees you from constant pain
The myelin sheath surrounding and protecting your nerve cells needs some protection itself. This insulation layer, made up primarily of special lipids (fatty substances called phospholipids), is very vulnerable to toxin damage, free radicals, and oxidative stress. When that happens, the stage is set for very painful miscommunication.
And if those lipids aren’t formed perfectly from the start, the myelin shield will be defective. Tiny defects can turn into major deterioration, and that leads to very big problems in nerve communication… and your burning pain.
So directly addressing myelin sheath damage can help stop debilitating neuropathy symptoms.
Luckily, these critical nerve components can be fixed with the right nutrients, and kept intact with the right nutrient-herb blend… everything you’ll find in Nerve Shield.
Which is worse?
Before you agree to try Cymbalta, consider these horrifying side effects, common enough to be included on the warning label: sometimes fatal liver failure, blood pressure so low it causes fainting, severe skin reactions, and abnormal bleeding. And then there are the adverse reactions not bad enough to make it on to the warning label, like heart palpitations, muscle and bone pain, tremors, insomnia, erectile dysfunction, and abdominal pain.
Shore up the sheath to stop the pain
The first thing you need to restore the myelin sheath is a pristine lipid (special fats) source, and that comes in the form of a phosphatidyl complex. Your body needs these special compounds to make all the different phospholipids that form the myelin sheath.
But those lipids can’t go it alone. They need specific B vitamins to maintain their structural integrity… because if the phospholipids aren’t perfect, the myelin sheath will be defective, setting off the pain cascade. Get the right B vitamins, though, and your damaged myelin can be fully repaired.
• Vitamin B6 can improve myelin sheath development, and boost the ability to conduct nerve impulses for better communication.9
• Vitamin B12 helps keep the right balance of fatty acids in myelin sheaths,10 and is considered to have “great potential for treating nervous system disorders.”11
• Folic acid has been shown to improve neuropathy symptoms, especially if the person is folate-deficient12 (much more common than you’d think).
• Thiamine (B1) supports the structural integrity of myelin sheath lipids.
Along with those essential nutrients, acetyl L-carnitine (ALC), an amino acid, can slow down—even reverse—myelin sheath deterioration (which is commonly brought on by aging).13 On top of that, several studies show that this nutrient stimulates nerve health in patients with diabetes, helping neutralize pain sensations.In fact, a new analysis of ALC studies (involving a total of 1773 patients) confirmed its effectiveness in treating pain and nerve function in neuropathy cases. The researchers called ALC “a consistent therapeutic option for peripheral neuropathies.”14
These nutrients will repair damage and ease pain, and when they’re combined with this proven European “drug,” you will feel the difference.
Why isn’t your doctor prescribing this proven European “drug”?
For years, alpha lipoic acid has been used in Europe to treat neuropathy. In fact, in Germany it is an officially approved treatment.15 And despite overwhelming evidence of its effectiveness, this natural fix is not used in the U.S. It should be.
• A 1999 review of 15 clinical trials using alpha lipoic acid to treat diabetic neuropathy concluded that the nutrient is an effective therapy for both short and long term use16
• More recently, researchers found alpha lipoic acid to be “an effective drug” to treat a variety of diabetic neuropathies17
• A double-blind placebo-controlled study including 236 patients with multiple neuropathies found that 73% of the alpha lipoic acid group saw a substantial decrease in symptoms, many within just two weeks of treatment18
• A 2004 meta-analysis that looked at four trials including 1258 neuropathy patients found that symptom improvement started within eight days of alpha lipoic acid treatment, and that 53% of patients saw improvement after three weeks19
Scientists report that alpha lipoic acid works in multiple ways to defeat neuropathy: soothing inflammation, improving blood flow to the nerves, and helping nerves use energy more efficiently.
But its most important role in Nerve Shield could be its potent antioxidant impact, which helps prevent new nerve damage. And among antioxidants, alpha lipoic acid is unique, in two distinct ways. First, it’s one of very few compounds that are both water soluble and fat soluble, so it can work anywhere in your body. Second, alpha lipoic acid has a very special ability, helping other antioxidants regenerate and reactivate after they’ve been used to attack free radicals. And that’s a lot of protection against future nerve problems.
And since nerve cells are so very vulnerable to oxidative damage, Nerve Shield adds in even more antioxidant support, in the form of two ancient traditional herbs.
Prevent new damage with potent nerve-protecting anti-inflammatory antioxidants
Protecting your nerve cells from oxidative damage is more than a full-time job, so Nerve Shield brings in two more antioxidants to help alpha lipoic acid get the job done. And these two traditional antioxidant superstars both come with a very good “side effect.”
They are both proven effective at taming inflammation, a crucial step in relieving nerve pain and numbness.
Baikal skullcap, a TCM staple, works as a natural COX-2 inhibitor (the COX-2 enzyme is notorious for causing painful inflammation)… but without the dangerous side effects of pharmaceuticals. Along with that, Baikal skullcap goes after free radicals with a vengeance, providing superior antioxidant protection.
Turmeric (traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine) also provides anti-inflammatory action, thanks to its high concentration of a potent compound called curcumin. Some recent research suggests curcumin might help curb pain sensations. And thanks to its antioxidant activity, curcumin helps prevent additional oxidative damage to your nerve cells.
All that antioxidant power will do a lot to protect your nerve cells, especially the delicate myelin sheath. And the anti-inflammatory agents will help quiet the screaming nerve pain.
But that’s only if they can get to where they’re needed.
Sending relief everywhere it’s needed
You can have the best formula in the world… but it won’t do much for you if it can’t get to the scene of the problem. And with peripheral neuropathy, the treatment has far to go, all the way out to the tips of your fingers, down to your feet and toes.
So circulation is the secret key to healthy nerve function, and it’s absolutely necessary for a neuropathy formula to address it.
Poor blood flow and waste removal—the hallmarks of bad circulation—starves your nerves. When nutrients don’t get delivered to your extremities, the tissue slowly dies off.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) calls this stagnation, and offers up a cure. With a powerful combination of two ancient herbs, circulation—of both blood and qi (life force energy)—gets restored, delivering fresh nutrients everywhere in your body.
Two Marvels powder, called Er Miao San in TCM, promotes complete circulation, even to your extremities—where neuropathy often strikes hardest.
In fact, Two Marvels powder works so well to restore full circulation that you may experience strange sensations (like pins and needles) as your body ‘wakes up.’ These are very positive signs (though they may not feel so positive at first), letting you know that the herbs and nutrients in Nerve Shield are exactly where they needed to go.
“This test proved how effective it was”
A few years ago, Millie Boden fell, fracturing her hip. That fall required surgery and a titanium post implant. And it also left Millie with lingering neuropathy.
“I was losing feeling in my toes and had much pain in the feet. Even two of my toes appeared to be ‘dying’ as the skin on the end of them grew tough, like a callous.”
Soon after that pain and numbness started, Millie read about Redd Remedies in her Members Alert. That led her to Nerve Shield. “Its focus on the myelin sheath really sparked my interest.”
She began taking Nerve Shield, and slowly her neuropathy symptoms subsided. After a few months passed, though, Millie thought she’d try another product—so she stopped taking Nerve Shield (“to make the test pure”), and tried the new formula.
Very soon, her situation reversed, and “my feet began to get worse, going back to the loss of feeling and the dying flesh reappearing. This was a shock! But this test proved how effective Nerve Shield had been.”
So Millie went back to taking Nerve Shield, and “I know I will soon be regaining the feeling in my feet, never to be without this wonderful product again.”
“I’m convinced it will continue to improve”
Carol Spenser had been living with pain and numbness, bad enough to try “scary” prescription drugs like gabapentin and Cymbalta… but the drugs had “horrible side effects, and getting off them was even worse.”
She was at her wit’s end. And then things got worse: Her daughter started suffering the same symptoms. As this family’s problems got worse, they went to a neurologist, who diagnosed them with an uncommon genetic disorder (known as HNPP) that causes permanent neuropathy, worse at pressure points where the nerves actually fall asleep. And while their disorder is rare, its impact is the same as any neuropathy… with no medication to cure it, and a lifetime of pain.
But Carol got lucky. On her way to a consult at the Mayo Clinic, she stopped at an Expo, and landed at the Redd Remedies booth. “I was at such a loss,” Carol told me. “The people at the booth talked to me for a long time. I cried during the talk. And then they gave me a bottle of Nerve Shield to try.”
The Mayo Clinic offered no help for Carol or her children (her son was diagnosed with HNPP also, but hadn’t suffered symptoms yet). But when she showed him the bottle of Nerve Shield, one of the doctors told her “it couldn’t hurt to try it.”
“After taking the Nerve Shield consistently for a month, my daughter felt she was feeling better. My son has had a significant reduction in his pain and numbness. And my tingling feelings are less bad, and happen less often, and there have been no side effects.”
“I’m convinced it will continue to improve our condition, and alleviate pain and further injury. And we plan to keep ordering.”
Nerve Shield™ relieves nerve pain and numbness, no matter what caused it
If you’ve been suffering from agonizing neuropathy from any cause, Nerve Shield can help repair those damaged nerves and stop the never-ending pain and numbness.
The manufacturer recommends taking one tablet, twice a day, with meals. You can expect to see results within 90 days.
Redd Remedies, PH (888) 453-5058; www.reddremedies.com.
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