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Knowledge is power. 

We know that. 

It’s why we offer tools to help those affected by neuropathy live fuller, richer lives.
  • It’s why our meetings feature expert speakers.  
  • It’s why we maintain a lending library of helpful, relevant literature. 
  • It’s what drives our website. 
  • It’s why we foster communication and strive for a sense of community among our members.
  • And it’s why we educate the general public, as well as medical practitioners, about the disease.
Each person brings a unique story and a different perspective to a common disease.  Bring yours and join us.


Understanding the Affordable Care Act
Estimate your out-of-pocket health care costs
The National Health Council (NHC) has created a tool to "de-mystify" the Affordable Care Act.  Their website is an evolving work in progress, and the NHC encourages your input to help them improve the site.  Use the link above to explore your options.

 Member Tip
"One thing I am doing for my neuropathy is eating a vegan diet. I started a week before Thanksgiving. No meat, dairy, eggs, and very minimal sugar.  I think it is a great way to eat and loose weight (have lost 5 lbs). The tingles in my legs have lessened and my feet don't seem to bother me as much.  I read about this method in Bottom Line Health and the article said a doctor recommended this to his neuropathy patients and had a good success ratio.  Also am taking high dose Vitamin B and alpha lipoic acid daily.  I'm one of these people who try just about anything."  - Ginny S.

Disclaimer:  When eating a vegan diet, it is important to make sure you are getting all of the nutrients you need and enough protein through vegetables and grain sources such as quinoa, nuts and seeds as well as beans and tofu.  Stay away from processed foods that claim to be vegan cheese and meat substitutes.  Also, vegan diets can be deficient in vitamin B-12--which is critical for someone with neuropathy--iron, zinc, coenzyme Q10 and carnitine found in animal-sourced foods.  It's best to work with a nutritionist to make sure you get the correct amount of these nutrients.
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Austin Celebrates National Neuropathy Week
Members of one of our support groups hold purple neuropathy ribbons in recognition of National Neuropathy Week at a recent meeting. Affecting One in 15 people in the US, neuropathy is probably the most common disease that many people have never heard of.
Next Meetings
Austin - West Austin - Northwest Hills Georgetown/Sun City
October 18
Topic:  "How to Improve Your Balance"
Speaker:  Bridgett Wallace, PT DPT
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

October 27
Topic:  General Neuropathy Facts
Speaker: Nancy Herlin, MHA
1:30-2:30 pm

October 13
Topic:  "Acupuncture, Exercise and Diet"
Speaker:  Kitara Byerly, LAC

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM 

November 8
Topic: One Man's Journey and Lessons Learned
Speaker: Gene Richardson, MDiv, EdM
Neuropathy Support Network
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

November 24
Topic: Living Well with Neuropathy
Speaker: Allison Eckelkamp, LPC
1:30-2:30 PM

November 10
Topic:  "How to Measure Your Progress with Neuropathy"
Speaker:  Sue Holstrom, RN

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM 


 
Austin Clinical Trial Needs Paricipants

Hands Feet & Heart Medical Director Dr. Sara Austin is participating with the University of Kansas in a federally funded trial to test the comparative effectiveness of 4 medications for idiopathic painful sensory neuropathy (not caused by diabetes).  
These medications are Mexilitine, Nortiptyline, Lyrica and Cymbalta.  
The trial lasts for 3 months and will involve at least 2 clinic visits.  Interested participants should not currently be on any of these medications and if taking gabapentin (Neurontin) would need to stop before the trial. If you are interested in participating in this research, please contact info@handsfeetheart.org with your name and contact information.
athenahealth Contributes to HFH
Hands Feet & Heart is proud to announce a gift of $5,000 in 2014 from the local office of athenacare in recognition of our ongoing efforts
to improve the health of and provide 
support to those affected by neuropathy. This generous gift will help our 3-year old organization move to a new level in fulfilling its mission of raising awareness about neuropathy in the healthcare community, educating members about their disease and fostering a nurturing environment where they are able to support each other.

 

Our National Affiliate

 We are affiliated with The Neuropathy Association and work closely with them to broaden awareness about neuropathy - a disorder affecting over 20 million people in the US alone.  Our belief is that the people  dealing with neuropathy know more about it from the "inside" and that we are helped by helping others.
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Website use/disclaimers

CAUTION
This website has been designed for informational and educational purposes only.  It contains basic information about neuropathy and is not intended to answer individual questions or in any way substitute for informed medical advice from a physician.  You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting a qualified health care provider, and Hands Feet & Heart strongly encourages you to consult a neurologist about your symptoms and condition.  Hands Feet & Heart does not endorse any treatments, medications, articles, abstracts or products discussed herein.

USE OF CONTENT
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