"Free at last" - and the pain is gone

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By The Staff

I’m writing this article on Jan. 21, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s. birthday. As you remember, he spoke to our spirit when he proclaimed, “We shall overcome,” and, “free at last.” He was addressing the pain of racial discrimination. Here, we are talking about protracted physiological pain.

Just when it seemed the time had come to lay our consideration of ribose to rest, something happened. A cousin, who has endured the excruciating pain of postherpetic neuralgia for more than 20 years, awoke several mornings ago and was free of pain. He is free at last. Well, almost – he is still learning how to time his dosage.

In case you’re unfamiliar with it, postherpetic neuralgia generates an intense, debilitating pain. It afflicts some patients who have had the “shingles.” After an outbreak occurs, and the blisters disappear, pain continues quite some time after the rash is gone.

Sadly, there is reported to be no cure – no relief. And I have searched and found no references to the use of ribose as a treatment for this aliment.

But, after having tried a myriad of treatments, this man tells us nothing compares with the relief he has experienced from taking ribose. Surprisingly, he gained relief after taking only one 5 gram dose before retiring. Ribose has overcome his pain.

Some folks may not accept this result. True, it only involves one person. But, even if no one else on the planet were able to get a similar result, this one is genuine.

I have known this case for its entire duration. And the scenario is very real. It’s a true illustration of the power of God’s natural pharmacy. And it would be highly unlikely that no one else could receive the same benefit.

In this case there is no need for a double blind study to determine the validity of the results. There is no way anyone can influence the onset, duration, or regression of engagements with this excruciating pain.

In any event, this observed relief from pain, after consuming ribose, is at least as valid as the results obtained by use of “post office research” (questionnaires) to support the value of aspirin as a treatment for heart disease. [See New England Journal of Medicine 318(4)(1988), 262-264; ibid 321(3)(1989),129-135.

Use of ribose to ease the pain of postherpetic neuralgia calls to memory a medical journal entitled Medical Hypotheses. This journal publishes information based on the power of reason – but supported by related facts.

So let’s hypothesize.

For starters, ribose sparks our cells to increase the rate at which they generate energy. Such an increase of energy stimulates the heart to circulate more blood per unit of time.

In turn, the circulating blood delivers abundantly increased amounts of oxygen and other nutrients to stimulate optimal cellular function. It even activates hibernating cells.

Strange as it may seem, reports suggest that supplemental ribose produces results which mimic those obtained from conventional oxygen therapy. As a result, patients who consume ribose can find relief from afflictions caused by ischemia (insufficient blood supply).

These include congestive heart failure, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Could it be that ischemia also causes postherpetic neuralgia?

To gain positive input relating to this question, we travel to Charles Town, W. Va., and visit with David B. Phillips, Ph.D. Doctor Phillips is CEO of his privately-held company, ReBuilder Medical, Inc.

He is also an outstanding scientist and a prolific inventor. You can visit him at http://davidbphillips.net. There is no www, and http:// is essential.

There you will find a list citing 36 of his inventions. We are presently interested in The ReBuilder for Neuropathy (2002) – an electronic device that successfully treats neuropathy. Click on that item, and a whole new understanding of neuropathy opens before you.

On Dr. Phillips’ Web site you can read a detailed scientific monograph describing Effective Treatment for Neuropathy and Chronic Pain. In that treatise you will read, “Neuropathy and chronic pain results when nerve signal propagation is reduced between adjacent nerve cells due to insufficient oxygen being available to support nerve cell metabolism.”

Then he tells us that a deficiency of oxygen is responsible for 90 percent of all neuropathy and chronic pain. This includes diabetic neuropathy and sciatica. And, although he doesn’t mention postherpetic neuralgia, there is a high probability that it is included in the 90 percent of all neuralgias caused by oxygen deficiency.

Logically, our hypothesis is: Postherpetic neuralgia’s positive response to ribose supplementation (cited above) is a valid outcome. We shall see what the future holds.

I am not a physician. I am not a licensed health care professional. I never advise people about their medical conditions.

The point of view you read in this article is from a consumer’s perspective for you to use as you see fit. I am a consumer of services from licensed health care professionals, just as you. I write as a reporter.

James B. Pierce, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Massachusetts Lowell.