The Four Big Myths About Neuropathy

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Can you recall the first time you were told you might suffer from neuropathy?

Chances are unless you already knew someone who suffered from neuropathy – you didn’t know much about the condition. You’ve likely learned quite a bit about the condition since then – but you no doubt came across false or misleading information along the way.

The truth is, there are still a lot of misleading rumors and false information about neuropathy out there. In fact – you may be surprised to learn that some of the information you’ve picked up over the years may not be completely true.

I’ve encountered a number of half-truths and misleading facts over the years. While some are harmless, others can send you down the wrong path or prevent you from getting the best treatment for your nerve damage. To help dispel these myths, I’ve put together a list of four half-truths, misleading rumors, and other misconceptions about neuropathy that a lot of people still believe.


Myth #1 – Nerve Damage is Irreversible

You may have been told at some point that your nerve damage is irreversible. The truth is, it largely depends on the cause and severity of your nerve damage. No one case is the same – but for many people, their nerve damage can, in fact, be slowed and even reversed. This is especially true for those suffering from diabetic neuropathy or nerve damage resulting from a vitamin B12 deficiency.


For those with diabetic neuropathy, managing blood sugar is the single most effective step one can take to both slow and reverse nerve damage. For those whose neuropathy was a result of a vitamin B12 deficiency, replenishing the body’s B12 reserves can both repair and regenerate damaged nerves.


Of course, those with diabetic neuropathy or a B12 deficiency aren’t the only ones who can hold on to the hope of reversing their nerve damage. With the right treatment, I’ve seen individuals with various different causes of their neuropathy experience nerve regeneration and a reduction (and even elimination) of their symptoms.


Myth #2 – Only People With Diabetes Develop Neuropathy

While it’s true that around 70% of people with diabetes will also develop neuropathy, it isn’t the only cause of nerve damage. There are a number of other causes, affecting people from all walks of life. A list of known causes of neuropathy include:

  • Vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Chemotherapy
  • Medications (see list of 65 medications that can cause neuropathy)
  • Surgery
  • Alcohol Consumption
  • Exposure to Toxins
  • Infections
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Trauma
  • Repeated Pressure on Nerves
  • Kidney Disorders
  • Inherited Disorders


MORE: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet to Neuropathy Causes & Treatments



Myth #3 – Prescription Medications Cure Neuropathy

There is no prescription medication on the market that “cures” neuropathy. In fact, many of the neuropathy drugs on the market today were originally intended for other medical conditions, such as epilepsy.


Rather than cure neuropathy, the prescription drugs on the market today are designed to mask the pain. They act as a volume knob, temporarily turning down the pain levels – but eventually wearing off. As such, the user never gets permanent, lasting relief.


Not only that, but some independent studies have shown most of the common neuropathy prescriptions on the market today to be “largely ineffective”. In one study published by the Cochrane Library in 2015, researchers found that only 1 in 10 patients taking anti-seizure medications for nerve pain experienced a reduction in pain. And of the 10% that did have a reduction in pain, the reduction was minimal.


More: Researchers: “Popular drugs for nerve pain are ineffective”


Myth #4 – Tingling, Numbness, and Shooting Pains Are the Only Symptoms of Neuropathy

While these are the most common symptoms associated with neuropathy, there are many other problems that can manifest themselves if you’re suffering from nerve damage. Depending on the type of nerves that have been damaged, your symptoms could range from tingling sensations in the hands or feet to heartburn or indigestion.

Three types of peripheral nerves

Your peripheral nervous system has three types of nerves: sensory, motor, and autonomic. Each has a different function and the symptoms of your nerve damage will vary depending on which of these nerve types was damaged. In some cases, only one type of nerve may be damaged, while in others multiple nerve types may have been compromised.


Common Symptoms of Nerve Damage (based on nerve type)


  • Pins and needle-like pain (sharp, painful sensations)
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch


  • Loss of balance
  • Muscle weakness
  • Loss of muscle control (i.e. difficulty gripping things, difficulty walking)
  • Cramps or twitching


  • Dizziness when standing
  • Abnormal heart rate
  • Shortness of breath
  • Excessive sweating
  • Lack of sweat
  • Digestive problems
  • Bladder problems
  • Vision Problems


While there are many other myths and misleading facts floating around out there – these are four of the ones I’ve encountered most often in my years helping people suffering from neuropathy. Some of them can be more harmful than others – depriving the person that has fallen for them of the real information that could make a difference in their life.


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  • The causes of Neuropathy and the little known tricks to reduce the symptoms. The top natural, but highly effective, ways to reduce the pain, numbness and burning
  • The RIGHT kind of vitamins to take that can help repair nerve endings.
  • Small lifestyle changes that can dramatically improve your well-being...and much more

Don’t Ignore The Warning Signs

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Neuropathy is a complex condition that can have an effect on the body’s entire nervous system.

Neuropathy can be considered a collection of disorders that develop when damaged to the peripheral nervous system occurs.

The peripheral nervous system refers to the part of the nervous system outside of the brain and spinal cord; when damage occurs to the nerve cells or nerve axons, it is called peripheral neuropathy.

Neuropathy is a painful condition that can have an effect on an individual’s life and their ability to maintain a normal active life.

Symptoms are the body’s way of communicating that something is dreadfully wrong and in need of medical attention.

Ignoring the warning signs that something is wrong could lead to bodily destruction and irreversible nerve damage.

There are several symptoms or warning signs that people should look for when there is a chance that neuropathy is in the process of developing. Peripheral polyneuropathy affects the hand, feet, and legs and occurs on both sides of the body.

Painful sensations from peripheral neuropathy are often described as a tingling or burning sensation.

Neuropathy symptoms affect nerves that control muscle movement and sensation, also known as motor nerves and sensory nerves. These nerves help move the body to detect sensations such as hot and cold as well as affects the autonomic nerves that directly influences the health and wellbeing of internal organs such as:

  • heart
  • blood vessels
  • bladder
  • intestines

Why You Should Not Delay Treatment

Neuropathy symptoms make it extremely difficult to walk and operate normally.

The inflicted areas become overly sensitive to touch and pressure, therefore causing nerve pain to become so intense that neuropathic sufferers can make the mistake of becoming inactive in hopes of relieving their neuropathy pain

Nerve pain and symptoms can last for long periods of time unless the underlying cause for neuropathy has been discovered and treated. However, there are several causes of neuropathy that have yet to be discovered and patients are forced to continue to suffer from the following symptoms until a neuropathy cure or treatment is discovered:

  • Tingling
  • Burning
  • Needle-like pinching
  • Numbness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Loss of coordination
  • Itching
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Dull ache
  • Involuntary muscle spasms


Neuropathy symptoms differ from patient to patients based on what neuropathy classification they fall into as well as how far their neuropathy has progressed.

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The Four Herbs You Need to Banish Neuropathy

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Those painful jolts happen because your nerves can’t communicate properly, which often happens after fragile nerve cells take some damage. That can cause signals at the wrong times, on the wrong channels – even signals that shouldn’t be sent at all.

Luckily, you can help your body soothe those screaming nerves… even grow fresh new nerve cells… and put out the fire with a proprietary blend of four soothing restorative herbs.


Communication breakdown sends bad signals

Every sensation you feel comes from a nerve signal, an electric message that flows between your body and your brain. When your nerves are perfectly healthy, you’ll only feel sensations like pain and heat when you stub a toe or touch a hot pan. But a system hiccup can make those sensations go haywire, causing all sorts of uncomfortable feelings for no reason at all.

Your nerve cells are very delicate, and extra vulnerable to damage. When nerve cells get damaged, they can’t communicate properly, and they end up sending the wrong messages. That results in neuropathy: pain, itchiness, and numbness that show up without warning, and never seem to fade away.

But give your fragile nerve cells the kind of support they need and those painful messages will begin to quiet down. It won’t happen overnight… but one day soon you’ll notice that putting on shoes and socks don’t move you to the edge of tears… that the pins and needles that you used to plague you all night and day have simply faded away.


A Team of Healing Herbs

Before there were pharmaceutical companies packed with labs and scientists and virtually unlimited budgets, people used whatever they could to help themselves feel better. That’s why people all over the world have turned to plants for thousands of years. Plants contain powerful natural chemicals that offer a wide variety of benefits, from fighting viruses to shutting down painful inflammation.Healing herbs for neuropathy in mortar and pestle

The trick is to know exactly which plants you need to fix whatever’s bothering you. Over generations, natural healers have thoroughly documented the healing powers of hundreds of plants… and now scientists study those very same plants to learn exactly what they can do.

And when it comes to calming overactive nerve signals – a message that sends pain shooting down your arms and legs or hit your feet with an agonizing burning sensation – four ancient plants give your body the support it needs to soothe those worked up nerves:

• Feverfew
• Oat straw
• Passionflower
• Skullcap

You’ll find a proprietary blend of high-quality extracts of those four soothing herbs in a revolutionary nerve formula called Nerve Renew, along with the healthy-nerve nutrients your body needs to fight back.


Feverfew Targets the Nerve Channel

Your nerves communicate over special channels, including one called TRPA1 that’s involved with pain signals. When that channel gets stimulated, you feel hot…cold… itchiness… and pain. But a unique compound called parthenolide found in feverfew targets the TRPA1 channel, quieting those signals and muting their painful effects.

It’s no wonder feverfew is also called “medieval aspirin.” The flowering herb has been shown to calm inflammation, soothe painful sensations, and stop spasms (like foot cramps). In studies where animals suffered from neuropathic pain, feverfew helped them find relief.


Oat Straw Calms the System

Oat straw comes from wild green oats, and people have been using it to calm the nervous system since ancient times. In fact, this healing plant is used traditionally as a nerve tonic, because it contains special plant chemicals that moderate nerve cell responses. The most potent of those is called gramine, and it brings the mildly sedating effect that overactive nerve cells need.

Along with gramine, oat straw contains many other plant chemicals (including flavonoids) along with a full roster of essential nutrients. Those nutrients include high levels of B vitamins, which are crucial for healthy nerves and nerve cell repair. By delivering those key raw materials, oat straw helps supply your body with what it needs to fight the damage that can cause neuropathy.


Passion Flower Turns on Your Brain’s Pain-Stopper

Your brain produces a special chemical called GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) that helps regulate how your body senses pain: more GABA means you feel less pain. In fact, for some people, restoring healthy GABA levels brings blessed relief from neuropathy.Image compilation of passionflower tea for anxiety by life renew

That’s where passion flower, a beautiful flowering herb, can help. For generations, people have turned to passion flower to calm their nerves and quiet nerve pain, and now we know just how it works. Passionflower helps stimulate GABA receptors, allowing them to ease pain signals even after nerve damage has occurred.


Skullcap Takes on Oxidative Stress

Free radicals are unstable molecules that are created when we move, eat, and breathe – they’re unavoidable. When free radicals bounce around in your body, they cause oxidative stress to your cells. And since your nerve cells are especially fragile, that oxidative stress can cause some damage. To combat free radicals, your body produces antioxidants… but sometimes that’s just not enough, and you need to get extra antioxidants from foods and herbs.

Skullcap (a weird-sounding plant whose flowers look like little hats) supplies superior antioxidant power – exactly what your body needs to fight free radicals before they can damage your precious nerve cells. And when they’re not constantly under attack from oxidative stress, those cells have a chance to complete their normal repair processes. On top of that, skullcap has also been shown to have a mild sedating effect (great for overactive nerves) and anti-spasm properties (to stop those twitchy feelings in your fingers and toes).


4 nerve-calming herbs plus 6 crucial nutrients

Along with a proprietary blend of four healing herbs, Nerve Renew contains six powerful nutrients that support nerve health and regeneration – the exact toolkit your body needs to take on neuropathy and win.

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Experience Real Neuropathy Relief with the Benfotiamine Advantage

Man with pain near a knuckle due to neuropathy pain because he is lacking the Benfotiamine Advantage

If you’ve been suffering from neuropathy, you may feel like the “fire” burning your toes and fingertips will never go out. You know the pain sensations that attack your feet can strike at any time, and turn a simple walk across the kitchen floor into an unbearable ordeal.

All of that pain… burning… itching… twitching comes from nerve signals that have gone haywire. Your nerve cells have been damaged, so every message they send goes wrong – and many of those faulty signals cause you agony.

To help repair that damage, so your nerves can send the right signals, your body needs big enough supplies of a specific nutrient: Essential Vitamin B1, also known as thiamine.

The problem: Regular thiamine won’t work.


Neuropathy Takes a Toll

Your peripheral nervous system – the nerves outside of your brain and spinal cord – acts as a communication superhighway for your body. Those nerves communicate by sending electric signals back to your brain… but when the nerves are damaged, the wrong signals get sent. Instead of transmitting “everything’s fine,” those signals scream “burning… pain… pins and needles,” and you’re left in agony.

The crossed signals can make you feel things like:

• numbness that seems to spread from your hands and feet into your arms and legs
• jabbing, stabbing, throbbing pain
• intense freezing cold or burning sensations
• super-sensitivity to touch

So, what brings on the kind of damage that can make you feel so awful? While high blood sugar can do a lot of damage to your delicate nerve cells, it’s not the only danger they face. Other possible causes include infections (like viruses), some medication reactions, injuries, circulation issues, and insufficient B vitamins.

And one of the most important vitamins for nerve health is thiamine (vitamin B1).


Your Nerves Need More Thiamine

As vitamins go, thiamine doesn’t get a lot of press even though every cell in your body needs it to survive and thrive – and that’s especially true of nerve cells.

Thiamine plays an important role in many cellular processes, including:

• controlling sugar levels inside cells
• restoring metabolic balance
• generating cellular energy (by producing a power-up substance called ATP)
• protect your cells from oxidative damage

But there’s a catch: Even if you’re taking in plenty of thiamine, though, your body may not be able to absorb and use it properly.

That’s because regular thiamine, the kind you’ll find in almost every supplement, is water-soluble. And that means your body breaks it down too fast and it passes through your system to fast to do its job. Avoid B1 vitamins labeled as you see below:

Avoid B1 supplements that use the less bioavailable form of B1 known as Thiamine
Avoid B1 supplements that use the less bioavailable form of B1 known as Thiamine


But thanks to a decades-old Japanese discovery, there’s a better form of thiamine that absorbs up to five times better and boosts crucial enzyme activity by 300%.


Benfotiamine: A Better Thiamine

There’s a special enhanced form of thiamine that solves all the problems that come with a water-soluble vitamin to deliver lasting effects to every nerve cell in your body. It’s called benfotiamine – and you’ve probably never heard of it.

Unlike regular thiamine, benfotiamine is fat-soluble (not water-soluble). That helps your body absorb it faster and hold on to it longer than standard thiamine. In fact, studies show that that benfotiamine increases blood levels of thiamine up to 500% more than standard thiamine supplements.

Plus, being fat-soluble allows it to pass through cell membranes for easy delivery to the heart of every cell, right where this vitamin does its most important work.

You may be surprised – even shocked – to know that benfotiamine has been around since Japanese scientists discovered it back in the 1950s while searching for a solution for painfully damaged nerve cells. What’s more, this supercharged “wonder nutrient” has been used as a neuropathy treatment in Europe for decades.

Benfotiamine does everything thiamine is supposed to do… only more and better. It helps prevent nerve cell damage (especially in cells that are overrun with too much sugar) and may even help spark the repair process. That’s because benfotiamine helps:

• tame several pathways of inflammation
• scavenge damaging free radicals with superior antioxidant powers
• generate healthy nerve cells
• repair cell damage
• protect delicate blood vessels in arms, legs, hands, and feet
• improve circulation in the extremities

A lot of that benefit comes from the vitamin’s ability to substantially increase – by at least 300% – production of an important enzyme called transketolase. This enzyme helps your cells use glucose (sugar) so it doesn’t just hang around and cause trouble. And it doesn’t stop there…


Blocking the Path to Neuropathy

When you’re already dealing with neuropathy, the last thing you need is more nerve damage, which can lead to even more discomfort and numbness. So keeping nerve cells healthy is priority one. And you can count on benfotiamine to shield your cells and help keep them in pristine condition.

The main way it does that is by stopping glucose from activating three different damage pathways, which can affect everyone whether or not they have diabetes. Excess glucose sets off chemical reactions in your body, leading to structural changes in proteins and forming AGEs (advanced glycation endproducts) – compounds that literally age you prematurely.

Those AGEs disrupt the way your nerve cells are supposed to function. But supplying your nerves with benfotiamine gives them natural protection against AGE damage… and that can go a long way toward getting a handle on painful neuropathy.

Thiamine vs benfotiamine comparison chart


Scientifically Proven Effectiveness for Neuropathy

Researchers have been studying the unmatched powers of benfotiamine for decades, and they’re constantly uncovering new healing capabilities. With nearly 200 published studies – including dozens of human trials – benfotiamine has a solid track record of safety and effectiveness. Plus, there have been at least 40 published studies showing just how well it works to neutralize neuropathy.

Here’s a quick look at what we know about benfotiamine and neuropathy:

• An eight-week trial that involved 84 subjects showed that benfotiamine significantly improved neuropathy, especially pain and motor function.

• Another human study showed that supplementing with benfotiamine helped reduce nerve pain and improve the condition overall.

• And one study found that subjects taking benfotiamine saw improvement in pain sensations starting within just three weeks.

Imagine that! Sweet relief in just a few weeks… and that’s when benfotiamine is working alone.

When this super nutrient goes to work along with other essential vitamins and nerve-supporting herbs in a revolutionary formula called Nerve Renew, you could see even more impressive results.


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  • The RIGHT kind of vitamins to take that can help repair nerve endings.
  • Small lifestyle changes that can dramatically improve your well-being...and much more

Top 5 Stories of Neuropathy Recovery From Food Alone

A woman named Cynthia who completely reversed her neuropathy with food in a blue and green swimsuit in front of a lake smiling after neuropathic pain

Regardless of how you contracted neuropathy, we can all agree that it is difficult to manage and live with.

It is one of the most painful conditions a human can acquire. On top of this, neuropathy can affect your personal life, your professional life, and much more.

However, according to modern research, a diet switch is all it could take.

This week, I wanted to share a couple of success stories of people completely recovering from their neuropathy symptoms through diet alone. I get the feeling you would want to read this.

Here are the Top 5 Motivational Stories of Neuropathy Recovery


#5 David’s Story

Meet David.

Forty years ago, David was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

Unfortunately, David spent most of those 40 years neglecting his diabetes maintenance routine.

He would spend some time counting carbohydrates, but for the most part, he ate the Standard American Diet; processed foods, high calories, fried foods, red meats, and a lot more.

Eventually, David saw a doctor. That is when he learned the terrible news:

David had begun to develop neuropathy symptoms.

He ultimately made a choice to take charge of his health and he began a plant-based diet program.

At 66 years of age, David made a dramatic transformation: he can do barefoot jumping jacks, his health is incredibly better, and he has a new outlook on life!

Read David’s full story here.


#4 Ariel’s Story

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Ariel was a successful DJ that traveled the world. Eventually, the exhaustive and destructive lifestyle of a DJ began taking a toll on his body.

He gained weight, felt terrible, and started feeling an odd prickling and tingling sensation in his legs…

It got so bad that he had severe balance problems, pain, and even vertigo.

In 2003, Ariel felt extreme shocking pains in his legs. It was then that he was diagnosed with moderately severe peripheral neuropathy by a specialist.

On top of his fresh diagnosis, he was also determined to have gum disease after 15 years of smoking.

Ariel put his life and his DJ career on hold to learn more about biology, chemistry, human physiology, and the history of medicine.

After adhering to the plant-based diet he set for himself, his neuropathy symptoms began receding and he eventually made a full recovery from the disease.

Read Ariel’s full story here.


#3 Tea’s Story

Tea was a big fan of cooking meals for her family. She is known to prepare amazing meals that most only see in pictures.

However, her past had caught up with her.

After years of consuming fatty foods, she was diagnosed with prediabetes and eventually type 2 diabetes, neuropathy, chronic headaches, brain fog, acid reflux, and excess adipose.

Tea went for a walk one day and the realized that her foot had fallen asleep.

It never “woke up”.

That was the day she decided to take her health into her own hands by switching her normal diet into a plant-based diet.

After following a plant-based diet plan, Tea’s headaches, brain fog, acid reflux, neuropathy, and numbness completely vanished. As she continued, her A1c fell by 1.7%!

Now, Tea cooks delicious plant-based meals for the family while being happier and healthier than ever!

Read Tea’s full story here.


#2 Paul’s Story

This story is very interesting.

Paul is an athlete and coach who has lived with type 1 diabetes for many years.

Even though he trained constantly and steered clear of the Standard American Diet, Paul began to develop neuropathy, high cholesterol, and hypertension.

Paul finally found a plant-based eating program and experienced immediate results.

He began to feel energized, his blood sugar was manageable, and the pins and needle sensations went away.

He felt so good, in fact, that he decided to run 40 half marathons in 365 days to celebrate his 40th year of living with type 1 diabetes.

Read Paul’s full story here.


#1 Cynthia’s Story

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Dr. Khambatta (website) specializes in plant-based diets; one of his patients Cynthia suffered from diabetic ketoacidosis, extreme eye pain, neuropathy, diabetes, and memory loss.

Cynthia described her neuropathy pain as, “…little pieces of glass tearing my body apart. That feeling would often last for 2-3 days and it was excruciatingly painful.

This pain would increase dramatically when she consumed sugar and unhealthy food.

After 11 years of trying everything under the sun to improve her health, Cynthia discovered the doctor’s website and began a plant-based diet regimen.

Cynthia’s body immediately responded to the dietary adjustment.

Her symptoms — and their severity — began to decrease right away.

Over the course of 7 months, Cynthia lost 50 pounds, no longer needs insulin, has no neuropathy symptoms, and now bikes 140 miles per week!

Read Cynthia’s full story here.


Final Thoughts

Plant-based diets seem like a great avenue for many people to take back control of their lives. It should be noted that plant-based diets are not for everyone. Your dietary needs may be different from your friends.

Please consult your doctor prior to making any major lifestyle or dietary changes.

Are you for or against plant-based diets? Why? Let us know in the comment section.


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Inside You'll Discover:

  • The causes of Neuropathy and the little known tricks to reduce the symptoms. The top natural, but highly effective, ways to reduce the pain, numbness and burning
  • The RIGHT kind of vitamins to take that can help repair nerve endings.
  • Small lifestyle changes that can dramatically improve your well-being...and much more