Another Diabetes Success Story

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Filed Under: Diabetes, Blood Sugar, Clinical Therapies, Infrared Light Therapy
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Though William had been managing diabetes well for several years, he began experiencing symptoms of diabetic neuropathy at age 61. Severe pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in his ankles and feet made walking difficult and golf impossible. When he lost the ability to sense pressure on the soles of his feet, his balance suffered and he was forced to use a cane.

William and his wife traveled to southern California to visit family for the holidays. His niece Juliet, who works at the Whitaker Wellness Institute, was at one of the family get-togethers. When Juliet realized the extent of her uncle’s suffering, she urged him to schedule an appointment at the clinic. William took her advice.

The first treatment we offered him was infrared light therapy (brand names Anodyne and HealthLight). Infrared light therapy delivers pulses of special wavelengths of light through the skin directly to injured tissues. Though the light itself is invisible, its effects are readily apparent: enhanced blood flow, improved sensation, and regeneration of tissues. It also relieves pain.

Treatment is simple. Flexible pads containing small lights are affixed over the feet, ankles, or other affected areas. The energy that pulses from the lights penetrates beneath the skin and is absorbed by deep tissues. After just 30 minutes of treatment, blood flow is enhanced by 400 percent, and this boost in local circulation persists for several hours after the pads are removed.

Within two weeks of his first treatment, William noticed less pain in his feet and ankles. A week later, he was able to get around the house and go up and down the stairs without relying on his cane. And at the end of his five-week stay in California, he was virtually pain-free.

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