– How to Reduce Inflammation, Reverse Nerve Damage and Reclaim Good Health
Reviewed by: Linda Petiot, Calgary Neuropathy Association
To date this has been one of our favorite books about how food, specifically sugar, impact the nerves. We learned some new things reading this book and were very impressed with that. The book starts of by providing the sordid history of who sugar became so imbedded in our, North American, food chain. But, it is Chapter 2 I found the most interesting. In it Jacoby describes, in language a non-medical person can understand, how he believes sugar impacts both the blood vessels and nerves. And, its not just in one way but in at least 3 different ways, with the impacts compounding each other. Later he describes the conditions that result from all this sugar damage including a dive into diabetes and cancer, and many entire sections on Peripheral Neuropathy. He also dedicates a lot of the book to available treatments or symptom relief.
Dr. Jacoby is a leading peripheral nerve surgeon specializing in the treatment of peripheral neuropathy.
My favorite excerpt from this book…
“… If your nerves don’t get a fresh blood flow, they’re starved for oxygen and other nutrients and their waste products don’t get efficiently carried away. Think of it this way. Your nerves conduct electrical messages just as an electrical cord conducts electricity. Turn off the power or dial back the dimmer switch and the lights go out or begin to fade. That’s what’s happening with your nerves. As your body struggles to deal with inflammatory impact of sugar, your nerves become damaged, swollen and compressed as they pass through fibro-osseous tunnels in your body. As they are compressed, they essentially begin to flicker-like when insulation around an electrical wire becomes wet. The current no longer flows steadily and nerves become less and less effective in carrying out their essential function of relaying important messages from your brain to muscles and organs throughout your body.”by Dr. Richard P. Jacoby and Raquel Baldelomar
Even if the root cause of your peripheral neuropathy is not sugar based, there are valuable lessons in this book to prevent sugar from compounding the condition.
Linda is an information technology business analyst and the current President of the CNA.