Neuropathy

Millions of people are living with some form of neuropathy. The term neuropathy means a condition in a nerve or group of nerves that causes pain and dysfunction. There are many different causes of neuropathy and a broad range of symptoms.

Unfortunately, there is no single good treatment for most of the neuropathies, and many neuropathies have no known cause. A number of prescription drugs are used, but all have side effects, and none can actually correct the underlying nerve defect that causes the pain. Nutrient therapy offers a promising alternative for people who want to avoid the side effects of prescription drugs.

Neuropathies can originate either within the central nervous system (these are called central neuropathies, such as Guillain-Barre syndrome), or in the peripheral nerves, which lie outside the central nervous system. These are called peripheral neuropathies and account for the majority of cases. They can have many causes, such as toxins, including alcohol, and metabolic diseases. Diabetes is the cause of the most common peripheral neuropathies.

Why Neuropathy Hurts

In all forms of neuropathy, there is abnormal stimulation of nerves or damage that results in pain. Peripheral nerves are sensitive conduits that carry impulses from the extremities back to the central nervous system (i.e., the spinal cord and brain). Impulses are transmitted along nerves by changes in the electrical charge of the cell membrane caused by movement of ions such as sodium, potassium, and calcium. Impulses are transmitted between nerves by neurotransmitters such as acetylcholine and substance P, which is responsible for transmitting pain impulses. For protection, most nerves are covered with a thin sheath called myelin, which is made from choline and lipids. The myelin functions like the rubber wrapping around an electrical cord: it insulates the nerve fibers and prevents abnormal transmissions.

Depending on the nature of the specific neuropathy, some part of this system breaks down. In diabetic neuropathy, for example, there is a change in the microvascular network that supplies the nerve with nutrients. This lack of blood supply and nutrients causes the nerve to function abnormally. Diabetic neuropathy tends to occur in more than one nerve area (this condition is called polyneuropathy) and may cause loss of sensation and pain that typically worsens at night. In severe cases, diabetics can suffer from a kind of neuropathy called autonomic neuropathy. In this case, the autonomic nervous system, which controls automatic body functions, is affected with possibly serious consequences, including gastrointestinal problems, bladder-emptying problems, abnormal heart rhythms, and even sudden death (El-Atat FA et al 2004).

Neuropathies can also be caused by specific nutritional deficiencies, such as vitamin B12 deficiency, and infectious diseases such as syphilis.

Pain associated with neuropathy can be very intense and may be described as cutting, stabbing, crushing, burning, shooting, gnawing, or grinding. In some cases, a minimal stimulus such as a light touch can trigger severe pain, or pain may be felt even in the absence of any stimulus. If a problem with the motor nerve has continued over a length of time, muscle shrinkage (atrophy), or lack of muscle tone, may be noticeable.

Options for Treating Neuropathies

Unfortunately, treatment options for most neuropathies are less than ideal. The following are some of the common strategies:

For diabetic neuropathy, blood glucose control is essential because glucose causes high levels of oxidative stress throughout the body. In animals, antioxidant therapy, with glutathione and other antioxidants, has been shown to help prevent neuropathy (Osawa T et al 2005).
Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause peripheral neuropathies, optic neuropathies, and pernicious anemia. This condition is typically treated with vitamin B12 shots. Additionally, folic acid deficiency has been linked to various neuropathies and is usually treated with supplementation (Sadun AA 2002).
For neuropathies that are caused by an autoimmune disorder, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or Guillain-Barre, treatment is generally aimed at the underlying inflammatory condition.
For neuropathies caused by nerve pressure, treatment focuses on relieving the source of the pressure. This strategy may include ergonomic changes to alter any repetitive motions or positions (such as at a keyboard) that caused the neuropathy, or even surgery to relieve internal pressure. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common cause of neuropathies in the wrist and hand.
For neuropathy caused by exposure to toxic metals such as lead or mercury, or to medications, treatment focuses on reducing exposure to the offending substance and reducing blood levels of any toxins. Antioxidants are also frequently used to reduce oxidative stress.
A number of medications may also be prescribed or recommended to help deal with the pain. The most common ones are pain relievers, including over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Because of the risk of serious liver and kidney toxicity, Life Extension does not recommend the long-term use of acetaminophen for treatment of neuropathies. Aspirin is also frequently suggested for mild neuropathy.

For more serious neuropathies, drugs such as gabapentin (Neurontin®), carbamazepine (Tegretol®), and phenytoin (Dilantin®) may be prescribed. These drugs were originally developed to treat epilepsy, but they also work to reduce the pain associated with neuropathy. Their main side effect is dizziness. In one study, the combination of gabapentin and B vitamins was shown to effectively and significantly reduce pain and improve quality of life (Medina-Santillan R et al 2004).

Pentoxifylline (PTX) is a prescription drug approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to treat peripheral vascular disease. PTX is prescribed to improve the flow properties of blood by decreasing its viscosity. Aging causes a progressive decline of blood delivery to the tissues. Those who have diabetes experience accelerated circulatory deficit. In a study on diabetic rats, just two weeks of PTX administration resulted in a correction of nerve conduction deficit, amounting to 56.5 percent in the sciatic motor nerve and 69.8 percent in saphenous sensory nerve. PTX restored the microvascular deficit by 50.4 percent (Flint H et al 2000). This study indicates that PTX may be of particular benefit to diabetics, especially those suffering from neuropathy, kidney disease, and other vascular disorders.

Research also suggests that Cytomel®, a drug used to treat hypothyroidism, is also effective at regenerating damaged peripheral nerves. In animal studies, administration of triiodothyronine, or Cytomel®, can regenerate nerve axons after surgical transection of the sciatic nerve, although the mechanism of action remains unclear (Voria I et al 2006). Researchers believe that triiodothyronine administration may have therapeutic potential in cases of peripheral neuropathy by enhancing nerve regeneration (Schenker M et al 2003).

Finally, antidepressants are sometimes used. These drugs may have side effects that discourage people from continuing their medication, although the side effects tend to be less severe than those of anticonvulsants. Side effects of antidepressants include dry mouth, nausea, tiredness, constipation, and weight gain.

In the most severe cases, opiates such as oxycodone (OxyContin®) may be prescribed. Because of opiates’ reputation for dependency, many physicians hesitate to prescribe opiates for pain, even when they are an appropriate therapy. If your physician prescribes opiates, please carefully follow the dosing instructions.

Unfortunately, none of these medications can actually fix the underlying nerve damage. They can only reduce the pain associated with neuropathies.

Nutritional Options for Neuropathy

If the cause of the neuropathy is known and treatable, then managing the underlying condition is the best option. In many neuropathies, however, no specific cause will ever be identified. In addition, many of the causes of neuropathies are themselves not readily treatable. A number of supplements have been shown to interfere with the underlying mechanisms of a variety of forms of neuropathy.

Acetyl-L-carnitine. Acetyl-L-carnitine is known to have neuroprotective properties. Two recent studies have found that acetyl-L-carnitine can limit the neuropathy associated with some chemotherapy drugs (Ghirardi O et al 2005; Maestri A et al 2005).

It has also been shown to limit the neuropathy associated with diabetes. In two randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials, acetyl-L-carnitine, in daily doses of 500 mg and 1000 mg, was shown to yield significant reductions in pain (Sima AA et al 2005).

In two related studies of diabetic nerve degeneration and neuropathy, acetyl-L-carnitine accelerated nerve regeneration after experimental injury. In the first study, diabetic animals treated with acetyl-L-carnitine maintained near normal nerve conduction velocity without any adverse effects on glucose, insulin, or free fatty acid levels, suggesting that acetyl-L-carnitine can hasten nerve regeneration in the context of diabetes (Soneru IL et al 1997). In another study, carnitine deficiency was shown to correct a number of nerve dysfunctions in animals with chemically induced diabetes (Nakamura J et al 1998).

In a human trial, acetyl-L-carnitine appeared to help prevent or slow cardiac autonomic neuropathy in people with diabetes (Turpeinen AK et al 2000). In a large, multicenter human trial, L-carnitine improved nerve conduction velocity and reduced pain associated with diabetic neuropathy over a one-year period (De Grandis D et al 2002).

Lipoic acid. As a powerful antioxidant, lipoic acid positively affects important aspects of diabetes, including prevention, blood sugar control, and the development of long-term complications such as disease of the heart, kidneys, and small blood vessels (Dincer Y et al 2002; Jacob S et al 1995, 1999; Kawabata T et al 1994; Melhem MF et al 2002; Nagamatsu M et al 1995; Song KH et al 2005a; Suzuki YJ et al 1992). It has also been shown to reduce the pain associated with diabetic neuropathy (Halat KM et al 2003). Studies include:

Clinical trials of people with diabetes who had symptoms caused by nerve damage affecting the heart showed significant improvement taking 800 mg oral alpha-lipoic acid daily without significant side effects (Ziegler D et al 1997a,b).
In another study, 23 diabetic patients were treated with 600 mg alpha-lipoic acid, delivered intravenously daily for 10 days, followed by 600 mg oral alpha-lipoic acid for 60 days. At the end of the study, all participants showed significant improvements in cranial neuropathy, as well as improvements in both peripheral and autonomic neuropathy, which affects internal organs (Tankova T et al 2005).
In another study, 26 patients with type 2 diabetes were given 600 mg alpha-lipoic acid daily for 3 months. At the end of the study, 20 patients experienced a significant regression of neuropathic symptoms, while 5 patients experienced a complete cessation of all symptoms. Alpha-lipoic acid was especially beneficial in women and in thinner and younger patients (Negrisanu G et al 1999).
N-acetylcysteine. N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is a powerful antioxidant and a precursor to glutathione, an intrinsic antioxidant. Animal studies have shown that NAC can inhibit diabetic neuropathy and protect against neuropathies caused by chemotherapy drugs (Love A et al 1996; Park SA et al 2000).

Curcumin. Researchers are continually discovering more benefits from curcumin, which is the yellow pigment that gives turmeric its distinctive golden hue. In a study of inherited peripheral neuropathies, curcumin was shown to relieve neuropathy by causing the release of disease-associated proteins that are produced by a mutated gene (Khajavi M et al 2005). Curcumin has also shown promise in animal studies of diabetic neuropathy and as a neuroprotective agent in central nervous system diseases (Osawa T et al 2005).

Omega-6 fatty acids. The body ordinarily makes the gamma linolenic acid (GLA) it needs from linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid found in foods. Among diabetics, however, the body is not able to make sufficient GLA, and it must be supplemented (Cunnane SC et al 1984a,b,c; Horrobin DF 1992a,b; Huang YS et al 1992a,b).

GLA improves diabetic neuropathy if given long enough to work. In one double-blind, placebo-controlled study, 111 people with mild diabetic neuropathy received either 480 mg GLA daily or placebo (Keen H et al 1993). After 12 months, the group taking GLA was doing significantly better than the placebo group. Good results were seen in two smaller studies as well (Cameron NE et al 1998; Jamal GA et al 1990).

Omega-3 fatty acids. The omega-3s are found in high quantities in coldwater fish such as salmon and are widely consumed for their anti-inflammatory powers. Omega-3s are essential fatty acids and are important components of cell membranes, including the delicate myelin sheath that protects nerves. Studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids, including eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are able to reduce demyelination in the nerves of diabetic animals, which reduces neuropathic pain (Gerbi A et al 1999).

Vitamin B1 (thiamin) and benfotiamine. Some animal studies have shown a decrease in pain with a combination of vitamin B1, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12 (Franca DS et al 2001; Jurna I 1998; Wang ZB et al 2005). The fat-soluble form of vitamin B1, called benfotiamine, has been used effectively to treat alcoholic and diabetic neuropathies. The most marked pain relief from benfotiamine occurred in patients with diabetic neuropathy after only a three-week trial period (Anisimova EI et al 2001; Haupt E et al 2005; Winkler G et al 1999).

Vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 inhibits glycosylation of proteins (Solomon LR et al 1989), one the major risk factors for developing diabetic neuropathy. Diabetes patients with neuropathy have been shown to be deficient in vitamin B6 and to benefit from supplementation (Jones CL et al 1978). Interestingly, the neuropathy caused by vitamin B6 deficiency is indistinguishable from diabetic neuropathy.

Vitamin B12. A neuropathy caused by vitamin B12 deficiency is characterized by numbness of the feet, pins-and-needles sensations, or a burning feeling (Davidson S 1954; Sancetta SM et al 1951). Supplementation that restores normal B12 levels is a part of successful treatment of diabetic neuropathy (Bhatt HR et al 1983). In a review of clinical trials conducted between 1954 and 2004, vitamin B12, as well as combination therapy of vitamin B12 and methylcobalamin, was shown to reduce pain (Sun Y et al 2005).

The most common forms of supplemental B12 are cyanocobalamin or hydroxycobalamin. The natural form of B12 found in food is methylcobalamin (or a similar form, adenosylcobalamin). The structure of B12 is very complex, with numerous methyl groups attached. Methyl groups (CH3) are used in beneficial methylation reactions, such as those that reduce homocysteine. Methylcobalamin appears to be the most effective form of vitamin B12 to protect the nerves.

Vitamin C. Insulin facilitates the transport of vitamin C into cells, decreasing capillary permeability and improving wound healing. Diabetes depletes intracellular vitamin C, which deprives a diabetic of vitamin C’s cellular protection (Sinclair AJ et al 1994). Vitamin C levels have been shown to be reduced in diabetic patients (Ziegler D et al 2004).

Capsaicin. Derived from hot peppers, capsaicin has been shown to reduce chronic pain by reducing the stimulation of pain receptors. It is often applied as a cream. Initially, capsaicin may cause a prickly, hot sensation that causes many people to discontinue using it. However, once this first phase passes, capsaicin is effective. It has been documented to reduce the pain associated with diabetic neuropathy without adversely affecting glucose control (Halat KM et al 2003).

Vitamin E. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that reduces levels of free radicals and oxidative stress. In a placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomized study of 21 patients with type 2 diabetes, large doses of vitamin E were studied for their ability to reduce neuropathy. During the six-month study, patients were either given placebo or 900 mg vitamin E, then measured for nerve conduction and function. The researchers found that mild to moderate defective nerve conduction was improved with high-dose vitamin E, which suggested that patients with neuropathy might experience a reduction in symptoms (Tutuncu NB et al 1998).

These results appear not to be limited to diabetic neuropathy. In a case study of a 24-year-old man with a progressive disease and peripheral neuropathy, daily supplementation with high-dose vitamin E for two years slowed disease progression and produced significant improvement in his neuropathy (Martinello F et al 1998).

100 Facts About Jesus

1) Jesus claimed to be God – John 8:24; 8:56-59 (see Exodus 3:14); John 10:30-33

2) Jesus created all things – John 1:3; Col. 1:15-17

3) Jesus is before all things – Col. 1:17

4) Jesus is eternal – John 1:1,14 ; 8:58

5) Jesus is honored the same as the Father – John 5:23

6) Jesus is prayed to – Acts 7:55-60

7) Jesus is worshipped – Matt. 2:2,11; 14:33; John 9:35-38; Heb. 1:6

8) Jesus is called God – John 1:1,14; 20:28; Col. 2:9; Titus 2:13

9) Jesus is omnipresent – Matt. 28:20

10) Jesus is with us always – Matt. 28:20

11) Jesus is our only mediator between God and ourselves – 1 Tim. 2:5

12) Jesus is the guarantee of a better covenant – Heb. 7:22; 8:6

13) Jesus said, “I AM the Bread of Life” – John 6:35,41,48,51

14) Jesus said, “I AM the Door” – John 10:7,9

15) Jesus said, “I AM the Good Shepherd” – John 10:11,14

16) Jesus said, “I AM the Way the Truth and The Life” – John 14:6

17) Jesus said, “I AM the Light of the world” – John 8:12; 9:5; 12:46; Luke 2:32

18) Jesus said, “I AM the True Vine” – John 15:1,5

19) Jesus said, “I AM the Resurrection and the Life” – John 11:25

20) Jesus said, “I AM the First and the Last” – Rev. 1:17; 2:8; 22:13

21) Jesus always lives to make intercession for us – Heb. 7:25

22) Jesus cleanses from sin – 1 John 1:9

23) Jesus discloses Himself to us – John 14:21

24) Jesus draws all men to Himself – John 12:32

25) Jesus forgives sins – Matt. 9:1-7; Luke 5:20; 7:48

26) Jesus gives eternal life – John 10:28; 5:40

27) Jesus gives joy – John 15:11

28) Jesus gives peace – John 14:27

29) Jesus has authority – Matt. 28:18; John 5:26-27; 17:2; 3:35

30) Jesus judges – John 5:22,27

31) Jesus knows all men – John 16:30

32) Jesus opens the mind to understand scripture – Luke 24:45

33) Jesus received honor and glory from the Father – 1 Pet. 1:17

34) Jesus resurrects – John 5:39; 6:40,44,54; 11:25-26

35) Jesus reveals grace and truth – John 1:17 see John 6:45

36) Jesus reveals the Father – Matt. 11:27; Luke 10:22

37) Jesus saves forever – Matt. 18:11; John 10:28; Heb. 7:25

38) Jesus bears witness of Himself – John 8:18; 14:6

39) Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself – John 5:36; 10:25

40) The Father bears witness of Jesus – John 5:37; 8:18; 1 John 5:9

41) The Holy Spirit bears witness of Jesus – John 15:26

42) The multitudes bear witness of Jesus – John 12:17

43) The Prophets bear witness of Jesus – Acts 10:43

44) The Scriptures bear witness of Jesus – John 5:39

45) The Father will honor us if we serve Jesus – John 12:26 see Col. 3:24

46) The Father wants us to fellowship with Jesus – 1 Cor. 1:9

47) The Father tells us to listen to Jesus – Luke 9:35; Matt. 17:5

48) The Father tells us to come to Jesus – John 6:45

49) The Father draws us to Jesus – John 6:44

50) Everyone who’s heard & learned from the Father comes to Jesus – John 6:45

51) The Law leads us to Christ – Gal. 3:24

52) Jesus is the Rock – 1 Cor. 10:4

53) Jesus is the Savior – John 4:42; 1 John 4:14

54) Jesus is King – Matt. 2:1-6; Luke 23:3

55) In Jesus are the treasures of wisdom and knowledge – Col. 2:2-3

56) In Jesus we have been made complete Col. 2:10

57) Jesus indwells us – Col. 1:27

58) Jesus sanctifies – Heb. 2:11

59) Jesus loves – Eph. 5:25

60) We come to Jesus – John 5:50; 6:35,37,45,65; 7:37;

61) We sin against Jesus – 1 Cor. 8:12

62) We receive Jesus – John 1:12; Col. 2:6

63) Jesus makes many righteous – Rom. 5:19

64) Jesus is the image of the invisible God – Heb. 1:3

65) Jesus sends the Holy Spirit – John 15:26

66) Jesus abides forever – Heb. 7:24

67) Jesus offered up Himself – Heb. 7:27; 9:14

68) Jesus offered one sacrifice for sins for all time – Heb. 10:12

69) The Son of God has given us understanding – 1 John 5:20

70) Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith – Heb. 12:2

71) Jesus is the Apostle and High Priest of our confession – Heb. 1:3

72) Jesus is preparing a place for us in heaven – John 14:1-4

73) Jesus cleanses us from our sins by His blood – Rev. 1:5; Rom. 5:9

74) Jesus is the Light of the world – Rom. 9:5

75) Jesus has explained the Father – John 1:18

76) Jesus was crucified because of weakness – 2 Cor. 13:4

77) Jesus has overcome the world – John 16:33

78) Truth is in Jesus – Eph. 4:21

79) The fruit of righteousness comes through Jesus Christ – Phil. 1:11

80) Jesus delivers us from the wrath to come – 1 Thess. 1:10

81) Disciples bear witness of Jesus Christ – John 15:27

82) Jesus died and rose again – 1 Thess. 4:14

83) The Christian dead have fallen asleep in Jesus – 1 Thess. 4:15

84) Jesus died for us – 1 Thess. 5:10

85) Jesus tasted death for everyone – Heb. 2:9

86) Jesus rendered the devil powerless – Heb. 2:14

87) Jesus is able to save completely – Heb. 7:25

88) Jesus was a ransom for many and to serve – Matt. 20:28

89) Jesus came to be a high priest – Heb. 2:17

90) Jesus came to save – John 3:17; Luke 19:10

91) Jesus came to preach the kingdom of God – Luke 4:43

92) Jesus came to bring division – Luke 12:51

93) Jesus came to do the will of the Father – John 6:38

94) Jesus came to give the Father’s words – John 17:8

95) Jesus came to testify to the truth – John 18:37

96) Jesus came to die and destroy Satan’s power – Heb. 2:14

97) Jesus came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets – Matt. 5:17

98) Jesus came to give life – John 10:10,28

99) Jesus came to taste death for everyone – Heb. 2:9

100) Jesus came to proclaim freedom for believers – Luke 4:18

Healing Words from God – God’s message to you

Exodus 15:26
He said, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.”

Exodus 23:25
Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, 26) and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.

Deuteronomy 7:15
The LORD will keep you free from every disease. He will not inflict on you the horrible diseases you knew in Egypt, but he will inflict them on all who hate you.

Deuteronomy 30:19-20
This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 20) and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

1 Kings 8:56
“Praise be to the LORD, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses.

Psalm 91:9-10, 14-16
If you make the Most High your dwelling– even the LORD, who is my refuge– 10) then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. 14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name 15) He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. 16) With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Psalm 103 Of David.
1) Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 2) Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits– 3) who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4) who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, 5) who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Psalm 107:19-20
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. 20) He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.

Psalm 118:17
I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done.

Proverbs 4:20-23
My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. 21) Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; 22) for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body. 23) Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 53:4 -5
Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. 5) But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

Jeremiah 1:12
The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching [1] to see that my word is fulfilled.”

Jeremiah 30:17
But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the LORD, `because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares.

Joel 3:10
Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, `I am strong!

Nahum 19
Whatever they plot against the LORD he [1] will bring to an end; trouble will not come a second time.

Matthew 8:2-3
A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” 3) Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.

Matthew 8:16
When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick.

Matthew 18:18-19
“I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19) “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.

Matthew 21:21
Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, `Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.

Matthew 11:22-24
But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. 23) And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the skies? No, you will go down to the depths. If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. 24) But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”

Mark 16:15-18
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. 16) Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17) And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 8) they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

Romans 4:16-21
Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring – not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. 17) As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed – the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were. 18) Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 19) Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead – since he was about a hundred years old – and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 ) Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21) being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.

1 Peter 2:24
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

1 John 3:21-22
Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22) and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.

1 John 5:14-15
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15) And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.

3 John 12
Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

Revelation 12:11
They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.

Healing Checklist

Six things to contemplate and act on.

1. Prayer. It’s just common sense that you’re not likely to get something unless you ask for it. Jesus told his disciples to pray night and day and not to give up. He also told us to have the elders of the church pray for us.

James 5:14-15
Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15) And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.

Luke 18:1-7
1) Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2) He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. 3) And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, `Grant me justice against my adversary.’ 4) “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, `Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, 5) yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!'” 6) And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7) And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?

James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

Matthew 18:19-20
“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20) For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”

2. Faith. While a great amount of faith is not required for God to heal, it certainly can’t hurt. Jesus was unable to do miracles in his hometown because of the lack of faith but he was still able to heal sick people! With faith Jesus tells us that “Nothing will be impossible for you”.

Mark 6: 1-6
1) Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples 2) When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him, that he even does miracles! 3) Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. 4 ) Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor.” 5) He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6) And he was amazed at their lack of faith. Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village.

Matthew 17:19
when he said “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, `Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

3. Love & Forgiveness. There is no question that God wants us to Love and Forgive each other. Love is God’s command. Love is healing.

John 15:12-14
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13) Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 14) You are my friends if you do what I command.

Hebrews 13:1-2
Keep on loving each other as brothers. 2) Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.

Isaiah 58:7-8
Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter– when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? 8) Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard

1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5) It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6) Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7) It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Mark 11:23-25
“I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, `Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. 24) Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25) And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.

Proverbs 15:30
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.

Proverbs 12:18
Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Proverbs 16:24
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

4. God’s Protection. There are forces of evil that you may need protection from. Ask God for protection.

Ephesians 6:11-13
11) Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12) For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13) Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

5. Good Medical Care. God works his miracles in many ways and through many people. Today’s medical community has a lot to offer and with God’s grace can save your life.

Luke 5:31
31) Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.

6. A healthy diet. There are many references in the Bible about what we should and shouldn’t eat. Today’s “Mediterranean Diet” follows biblical references.

Ezekiel 47:12
Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.”

Personal Confessions

Jesus is Lord over my spirit, my soul, and my body. Phil. 2:9-11

Jesus has been made unto me wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 1 Cor. 1:30; Phil. 4:13.

The Lord is my Shepherd.  I do not want. My God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Psa. 23:1; Phil. 4:19

I do not fret or have any anxiety about anything. I do not have a care.  Phil. 4:6; 1 Pet. 5:6, 7

I am the Body of Christ. I am redeemed from the curse, because Jesus bore my sicknesses and carried my diseases in His own body.   By His stripes I am healed. In the Name of Jesus, I forbid any sickness or disease to operate in my body.  Every organ, every tissue of my body functions in the perfection in which God created it to function. I honor God and bring glory to Him in my body.  1 Cor. 12:27; 1 Cor. 6:20; Gal. 3:13; 1 Pet. 2:24; Matt. 8:17

I have the mind of Christ and hold the thoughts, feelings, and purposes of His heart.  1 Cor. 2:16

I am a believer and not a doubter. I hold fast to my confession of faith. I decide to walk by faith and not by sight. My faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Jesus is the author and finisher of my faith. James 1:6; Heb. 4:14; 2 Cor. 5:7; Rom. 10:17; Heb. 12:2

The love of God has been shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Spirit and His love abides in me richly. I keep myself in the Kingdom of light, in love, in the Word, and the wicked one touches me not.  Rom. 5:5; 1 John 4:16; 1 John 5:18

I tread upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy. I take my shield of faith and quench all enemies’ fiery darts. Greater is He Who is in me than he who is in the world. Psa. 91:13; Eph. 6:16; 1 John. 4:14

I am delivered from this present evil world. I am seated with Christ in heavenly places.  I reside in the Kingdom of God’s dear Son.  The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.  Gal. 1:4; Eph. 2:6; Col. 1:13; Rom. 8:2

I do not fear for God has given me a spirit of power, of love, and of a sound mind. God is on my side.  2 Tim. 1:17; Rom. 8:31

I hear the voice of the Good Shepherd.  I hear my Father’s voice, and voice of a stranger I will not follow. I roll my works upon the Lord.  I commit and trust them wholly to Him.  He will cause my thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and so shall my plans be established and succeed.  John 10:27; Prov.16:3

I am a world overcomer because I am born of God.  I represent the Father and Jesus well. I am a useful member in the Body of Christ.  I am His workmanship recreated in Christ Jesus.  My Father God is all the while effectually at work in me both to will and do His good pleasure.  1 John 5:4, 5; Eph. 2:10; Phil. 2:13

I let the Word dwell in me richly. I am confident that He who began a good work in me will continue until the day of Christ. Col 3:16; Phil. 1:6