I am very sorry that you had an adverse reaction to the lipoic acid that I
recommended. However it is specifically recommended for *diabetic*
neuropathy, and is one of a very few drugs that actually does work. I will
try to find some references and get back to you in several days.
Talk with your doctor about possible interactions and whether you can take
the lipoic acid. If it messes up your blood sugar control, it may be
possible to take small doses and determine if you require less medication.
If other drugs are also effective against your neuropathy, then maybe you
can forget about the lipoic acid. Incidentally, lipoic acid is a sulfur
compound that is naturally occurring in many foods.
As to the decaf, my own experience is confusing. I am not diabetic, but have
experienced some mood swings and lapses of judgement that I can often but
not always correlate to *decaf* but not regular coffee in reasonable doses.
I self limit regular coffee to no more than three 12 ounce mugs per day. I
drink decaf irregularly, not often. Last year after I went off all coffee
for six weeks, I started drinking a few cups of fresh roasted decaf only.
The mood swings returned with a veangence. So several days later after
returning to normal, I started regular coffee again with zero problems. I am
now starting to drink decaf again, and I suspect some minor problems but
nothing spectacular yet.
BTW, I am no longer posting to the list, but will be lurking for the