Here, in brief, is Dr. O’Neal’s suggested protocol for reversing diabetic peripheral neuropathy:
- Eat a ketogenic diet with the only carbs coming from 2-3 servings or meals of low carb veggies daily.
- Use Ketostix Test Strips to assure you are in mild ketosis & learn what you have to do to stay there.
- Take 2-3 tablespoons of extra virgin coconut oil daily. Coconut oil is an extremely healthy fat.
- Consume ½ cup of nuts and/or seeds daily for healthy fats and protein.
- Take 2-3 tablespoons of organic unrefined red palm oil daily. Palm oil contains vitamin E (tocopherols and tocotrienols), which is important for reversing diabetes and diabetic peripheral neuropathy (Dr. Ken recommends 400 IUs of vitamin E daily. Palm oil also contains carotenoids (alpha-,beta-,and gamma-carotenes), sterols (sitosterol, stigmasterol and campesterol), and water-soluble powerful antioxidants, phenolic acids, and flavonoids.
- NO ethanol consumption, which means no alcoholic beverages.
- Take 100mg daily of vitamin B6 in the form pyridoxal phosphate.
- Take 500mg of niacinamide twice daily. Niacinimide is an important B vitamin and it helps keep blood vessels free of plaque.
- Take two capsules of the Hans Neiper supplement known as Membrane Complex twice daily. Each serving of two capsules contains 400mg of magnesium, 400mg of calcium, and 200mg of potassium.
- Apply 1 teaspoon of magnesium oil topically to the affected area of the feet three times daily, such as Dr. Ken’s own Miracle Magnesium Oil.
- Be sure to get 30mg per day of zinc, which is found in nuts and seeds as well as supplemental forms. Note: Do not overdo daily zinc consumption, but be sure to get the recommended amount of zinc daily.
- Take 1,000mg per day of high quality fresh fish oil. (Author’s note: a rodent study published in 2015 in the Journal of Neurophysiology found that fish oil can reverse diabetic peripheral neuropathy.)
- 120 to 240mg of ginkgo biloba daily. Ginkgo biloba is the best flavonoid for people older than 50 years of age and it is important in increasing and maintaining blood flow to the lower extremities as well as protecting vascular linings.
- To relieve existing pain, apply a topical cream containing cayenne pepper (capsicum). Capsicum blocks small nerve pain fibers and Dr. Ken reports that 80% of people respond positively to 0.075%.
Dr. O’Neal says that the target for the above protocol, along with a healthy diet and exercise program is a Hgb A1c level of 5.4 in 3 months.