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Benjamin Franklin, The Father of Diabetic Neuropathy

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Like most of us, Benjamin Franklin was health conscious in his early adult life. Writing under the pen name of Poor Richard, he offered such health-conscious phrases as, no pain, no gain. But, healthy living just cannot be listed as one of his accomplishments worthy of following.

His alter ego Poor Richard, had repeatedly preached moderation in his Almanack, and for the most part Franklin seemed to follow Poor Richard’s advice—at least into middle age. But sometime during his years as the foreign liaison to France, his diet became grossly indulgent and so began his parry with diabetic neuropathy.

“For most of his adult life, Ben Franklin suffered from Gout (a symptom of Type 2 Diabetes, and a co-creator of Diabetic Neuropathy)  This painful nerve disease is often caused by indulgent eating and moderate to heavy alcohol consumption coupled with dehydration.

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The Standard American Diet (S.A.D.)

“Franklin enjoyed red meats and rich foods, and often indulged in them. A good meal for him might have included hors d’oeuvres, beef, mutton, veal, fish, cheeses, butter, pastries, bonbons, and other sweets.”(1)

Doesn’t this diet sound remarkably similar to our own, filled with processed meats, pizza, dining out at restaurants, chips,  fried food… etc?  And let’s not forget the beer and wine.

“Particularly telling are the notes of the Duc de Croÿ, who visited him in France in 1779, while he was recovering from a severe gout attack. He wrote that Franklin ate only one meal each day, but that it included “large slices of cold meat,” and that he washed down his foods with “two or three bumpers of good wine.”  (1)

He was an overweight male, leading an indulgent life of rich food and alcohol consumption without much exercise, similar to people today who are suffering from the symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes.

What is Gout (Diabetic Neuropathy)?

Image result for gout and diabetic neuropathy“Gout is caused when there is too much uric acid in the blood. Uric acid is a waste product in the body and is normally excreted through urine. Buildup of uric acid results in needlelike crystals forming in the joints, soft tissues, and organs.

“The most common sign of gout is a nighttime attack of swelling, tenderness, redness, and sharp pain in your big toe . You can also get gout attacks in your foot, ankle, or knees, or other joints. The attacks can last a few days or many weeks before the pain goes away. Another attack may not happen for months or years.

“8.3 million people in the U.S. have gout. This number is growing because of an aging population, the rise in obesity, increasing numbers of people who also have other conditions such as heart disease, kidney disease, and/or diabetes.” (3)

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A new study, reported in the journal Rheumatology, revealed there were 32,741 hospital admissions of gout sufferers in England – a 7.2 per cent annual increase – between 1999 and 2009. “We have shown that hospital admissions for gout are increasing significantly over time,” said Dr Philip Robinson of the University of Queensland, who led the study – one of the world’s largest. “We are seeing this trend in all countries that have reported figures. Why is gout increasing? The prevalence of obesity is increasing worldwide due to people taking in too many calories and not exercising.” (4)

Causes of Gout and Diabetic Neuropathy

  • Vitamin deficiencies in the diet
  • Exposure to toxins and heavy metals, such as lead, mercury, or pesticides
  • Type 1 or type 2 diabetes
  • Moderate alcohol consumption coupled with dehydration

Treatment and ManagementImage result for drinking water

  • Hydration is the best form of medicine.  Being fully hydrated will move the uric crystals out of the body and keep them from building up in the nerve centers.
  • Drinking dandelion root tea will bring down blood sugar levels which will help the body process food into cell energy instead of creating uric acid crystals as a byproduct of poor energy metabolism in the cell membrane.
  • Lifestyle changes are important in preventing attacks and managing the condition. Measures include adding raw vegitables to each meal, limiting or eliminating processed foods, and removing alcohol.

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Sources

  1. http://www.amphilsoc.org/sites/default/files/proceedings/1520203.pdf
  2. http://www.webmd.com/arthritis/tc/gout-topic-overview
  3. http://umm.edu/health/medical/reports/articles/gout
  4. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/gout-disease-of-kings-is-on-the-way-back-8191044.html
  5. https://lahey.org/Departments_and_Locations/Departments/Rheumatology/Ebsco_Content/Health_Info_-_Gout.aspx?chunkiid=11627

Additional Research

W.S.C. Copeman, A Short History of the Gout and the Rheumatic Diseases (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1964).

G. Cheyne, An Essay of the True Nature and Due Method of Treating the Gout, 6th ed. (London: Strahan, 1824), 72.

W. E. Kittredge and R. Downs, “The Role of Gout in the Formation of Urinary Calculi,” Journal of Urology 67 (1952).

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2 comments on “Benjamin Franklin, The Father of Diabetic Neuropathy

  1. jncthedc
    July 23, 2015

    Great content. Explained in an easy to understand format. Diabetic sufferers will gain great insight by reading this article.

    I look forward to my email showing you’ve written a new post! Thank you for taking the time to provide this information.

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    • C Katt Krespach, NTP
      July 23, 2015

      Thank you! 😀 You are always so kind in your replies. I just reblogged one of yours … about stress. I hope you enjoy my added comments and content!

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C Katt Krespach, NTP

C Katt Krespach, NTP

C Katt Krespach, NTP is a nutritional therapist and long time activist with a passion for healing arts and social entrepreneurship, …working in both areas for over a quarter of a century. Her site TheFoodReality.com has a worldwide following. SpritualEntrepreneur.global is her newest project and coaches brick-and-morter business owners into global social entrepreneurship. She is an author, public speaker, and entrepreneur. You can get Katt’s free edible flowers e-book here and also watch a short documentary on how she overcame neuropathy, significant weight gain, and more with easy, natural and healing mindsets. Follow Katt on Facebook, Wordpress, Twitter, and Instagram.

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