The information below is provided by Benjamin Lynch. Benjamin Lynch has a BS degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Washington. Currently, he is obtaining his doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University. Visit Ben's natural health product store, http://www.HealthEGoods.com where you can learn from his Natural Health Forum and ask specific health questions. He provides physician-grade non- prescription natural health products. Products described below are available at http://www.HealthEGoods.com. Causes of Toenail Fungus and Fingernail Fungus
Nail fungus is unsightly, difficult to treat and difficult to prevent. This frustrates many people and leads them to taking the toxic drug Lamisil. Learn what causes nail fungus: * Trauma: when a nail is hit against something, the nail lifts from the nail bed allowing fungus to creep under the nail and set in. If the nail is protected immediately after, fungus may be prevented. Ask your doctor how to prevent bacteria and fungus from getting under your nail bed. Salt water soaks, hydrogen peroxide, betadine, gentian violet all may help. However, be careful as these can be contraindicated with certain types of trauma - especially severe trauma. Ask your doctor. * Environment: when a nail is exposed to wet areas, high humidity, warm temperatures, or alkaline environment [high pH], this sets up the opportune spot for fungus to set in. Create a dry, breathable and acidic environment. Vegetarians are more prone to fungus as their diet is highly alkaline. Soap is alklaine forming but it is also anti-bacterial so what to do there? Skin is supposed to be slightly acidic so use moisturizers that promote that. Moor mud moisturizers provide an acidic pH. Use all cotton or all wool socks as these breathe well. Avoid synthetic socks which do not wick water away from your feet. * Weak immune function: if the immune system is not functioning strongly, it cannot fight local infections such as fungus. Support the immune system with proper diet, rest, exercise and supplements. * Poor blood circulation: without proper blood flow to an area, the immune system cannot get there. Then fungus can set it. Also poor blood flow leads to poor nail
nutrition allowing the nail bed to be traumatized more easily - trauma may lead to nail fungus. Exercise, dress appropriately and consider contrast showers. They warm you up and increase circulation. These are some of the major causes of nail fungus. Read our other articles explaining how to treat nail fungus naturally. Toenail Fungus Treatments That Work And Those Which Do Not
I'm sure you've already spent months trying to figure this out. That is alright. I've spent years. And you know what? I'm going to provide the information to you for free. Why? Because Lamisil is deadly and I'm tired of hearing/seeing/reading about all the bunk remedies out there that do not work. Toenail Fungus Treatments That DON'T work
• Vick's vapor rub - this may be effective if on infant toenails and in only the
mildest of cases. I'm not impressed with it though.
• Tea Tree Oil - alone it is garbage. If it is mixed with another ingredient, it
will be more effective in the beginning stages. Look below.
• Topical creams, oils, lotions in pharmacies and drugstores - crap. They
may claim to work but they do not. Save your money. Read the fine print. Even if it is called Toenail Fungus Blaster, the back of the package will read, 'not for toenail fungus.' Go to there and read yourself - I'm serious!
• Copper ionotophoresis - forget it. All you are doing is driving toxic copper
into your bloodstream. Plus, it is costly.
Toenail Fungus Treatments That Work
Now do not get all excited. It takes commitment on your part to get an effective treatment. More often than not, a month of daily effort is needed to rid yourself of the toenail fungus. It is also a matter of severity. If your toenail fungus is so bad that your nails are 1/4" thick and curling, you will need to have them surgically removed. I will provide the effective toenail fungus treatments in order of most severe to least severe:
Surgical removal of nail --> Lamisil --> Acidophilis Beer Soak --> DMSO/Tea Tree --> Vicks
Surgical Removal of Toenail Fungus: This is the worst case scenario obviously. If you toenails are so thickened and curling, it is nearly impossible to effectively treat these nails with anything. You can try the other treatments I suggest but the likelihood of success may not be what you want. Lamisil: This stuff is not just extremely expensive. It is extremely hepatotoxic - liver damaging. I took it as I didn't know about the other treatments. I didn't need surgery as the toenail fungus wasn't so gnarly but Vick's didn't work and Tea Tree oil didn't work. So while in Russia, I bought up enough Lamisil to fix me up and swallowed it for 2 months daily. Ouch. Luckily I only paid about $125 for the Lamisil. Here in the USA you are talking about $1500 dollars plus for enough Lamisil to effectively treat the fungus. That hurts - especially when insurance doesn't cover it. What else hurts is one's liver. The metabolites of Lamisil are truely damaging to the liver so I recommend talking with a trained Naturopathic physician about how to repair your liver during and after the Lamisil treatment. Luckily, the liver is one tough organ. Did you know that you can lop off 1/3rd of your liver and it will grow back!?! Truely. Acidophilis Beer Soak: Sounds hilarious and like a gimmick but believe me, the little fungal critters under your nail start running when they taste bacteria-riddled Guiness Stout. I would never believe in this remedy had it not come from a respected professor/doctor of mine. He has used it effectively all but once. That one time was due to him using capsule acidophilis, lite beer and apple cider vinegar. That won't work. What to do:
1. Buy dark beer, white vinegar, sachets of acidophilis (or powdered 50
2. Get a tub big enough for the treatment area (cat boxes are good - new
3. Add 1 liter of room temperature dark beer, 1 liter of white vinegar, 60
4. Soak feet in this solution for 20 to 30 minutes minutes morning and night -
ideally. Once per day is also fine as many of us are very busy.
5. After 5 days of use, dump all solution and remake using new ingredients.
This ensures effective bacteria and beer.
6. After soaking, use a pumice stone or a file and file down the tip of the nail
and the top of it. This helps speed the process. After soaking in the solution, you will be able to file quite a bit away.
7. Store the solution in the same container away from too much heat. It can
stay room temperature but too hot will make the beer sour and kill the bacteria. If it does get too hot and goes sour, simply dump it and make a new batch
8. Do this daily for 30 days or until you see normal healthy toenail growth
9. If you add Saprox Natural Antifungal Mud to the nail during the non-
soaking times, the tinea unguinum will likely go away faster. You may also repeat the soaking in solution two times a day.
This will work. If you follow the directions as I've written them, your toenail fungus, tinea unguuim, onchomycosis - whatever you want to call it - will be dead and you again will have pretty nails. I promise. Contact me to obtain the acidophilis sachets. I am abiding by the manufacturer's request to not make them freely available to all without contacting me first. It is a physician grade product and they want to keep it that way. My contact information is below. DMSO and Tea tree oil treatment for toenail fungus: This may work but only in situations when the fungus is not severe. If the nail just shows sign of being infected, then give this a shot. What to do:
1. Go to your local store and buy some DMSO and tea tree oil.
2. Clean and scrape your nails really well with water and soap.
3. Apply in equal parts [with a cotton ball or swab] a light layer of DMSO
(99%) and tea tree or thuja essential oil to the toenail fungus.
5. Repeat three times a day. Yep. 3x a day. Want the fungus gone? Good. 3
6. Remember - this only is effective if the tonail fungus is not severe. If you
want it to really work, do the beer soaks.
Vicks Vapor Rub treatment for toenail fungus: I haven't seen it work but pediatricians claim that it does. Little kids' toenails are not so thick and
supposedly the menthol penetrates and kills the fungus. My 2 year old had toenail fungus and this didn't kill it. It helped slow it down that's all. So that is it. Those are the effective treatments. You can send a hug in the mail when you see your fungus gone. And you can also tell people about this awesome blog entry - I truely want to help the public gain health without drugs and this entry should definitely help. All the ingredients written about are easy to obtain except the urea paste. This has to be prescription from a physician. Key Pharmacy in Renton, Washington sells it and ships it all over the world. They also add tea tree and DMSO in it. Advise your physician about this awesome pharmacy. If you have a fungal infection of any other type on your body such as: tinea versicolor, tinea crura, tinea pedis, jock itch, atheletes foot, cradle crap, then I recommend Saprox Natural Antifungal Treatment (http://www.healthegoods.com/naturalantifungaltinea.htm ). Saprox is a natural antifungal mud from the Czech Republic. It works quickly and effectively. Simply apply it, let it dry and wash off once or twice a day until the fungus is gone. It also helps speed the process of killing toenail fungus. Apply after the beer soak. Instructions are on our website. If you have any questions about what I have written about, do email me. I'll help you. If you'd like to obtain the Acidophilus Sachets, email me at [email protected] In health, Ben Disclaimer: This is only information. I am not a substitute for a physician nor am I suggesting you follow this information above. Always seek the advice of a physician. (c) 2006 Benjamin Lynch of HealthE Goods Natural Health Store More About the Toenail Fungus Treatment with the Acidophilis Beer Soak
This natural toenail fungus treatment information came to me via a professor of mine during our medical procedures course. I am passing it on to you in hopes that people try this first before resorting to the toxic effects of Lamisil.
Acidophilis Beer Soak:
The basic premise behind this odd sounding natural toenail fungus treatment is to soften the nail with the beer, create an acidic environment with vinegar which is beneficial to good bacteria and deadly to fungus and then penetrate the nails with beneficial bacteria to help kill and prevent further recurrences. Essential Ingredients:
• Basin big enough for your feet or hands
Natural Toenail Fungus Treatment Procedure:
• In tub, pour 1 liter of room temperature beer into a basin
• Soak clean feet in the solution for 20 minutes before bed
• Store solution in fridge and this way it is good for 4 soaks
• Warm up solution by adding a bit of hot water right before next use
• On each third soak, add another 50 billion organisms of acidophilis
What to look for: As the fungus gets killed by this natural toenail fungus treatment, you will notice that the new nail growth from the nail base is coming in clear. This is a good sign. It will take about 3 months for the infected nails to completely grow out. As long as you keep seeing the nail base come in clean and grow out cleanly, you are on the right track. Make sure you do this toenail fungus treatment daily. Make it a routine. Watch some TV, read a book or wash the dishes for 20 minutes. Do not skip a day. If you do, it may take a bit longer than a month but keep at it. This anti-fungus protocol is an excellent way to help prevent liver damage via Lamisil.
This toenail fungus treatment works best with nails that are not so yellow and thick. If the nails are white looking, this will work well. If the nails are super thick and yellow, it may not work but it is always worth a shot. If the formula is not strong enough, play with it. Perhaps add some more acidophilis to the mix or more vinegar - or more beer. Play with the concentrations. If you've any questions, I'm happy to answer them for you. Contact me to obtain the acidophilis sachets. I am abiding by the manufacturer's request to not make them freely available to all without contacting me first. It is a physician grade product and they want to keep it that way. I estimated the total cost of this procedure to be about $150.00 That is very inexpensive compared to Lamisil - and much healthier to your liver. Even if you drink a couple Guiness Stouts while you do the soak - it may still be safer than Lamisil on your liver. :) (c) 2006 HealthE Goods, Inc and Benjamin Lynch Benjamin Lynch has a BS degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Washington. Currently, he is obtaining his doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University. Visit Ben's natural health product store, HealthE Goods where one can use our Natural Health Forum to ask health questions. We provide physician-grade non-prescription natural health products. Wholesale spa products are available to all that qualify. Do visit our Natural Health Information Center. We are here to help serve the public with proper health information and effective products. Products described in the article are available at HealthE Goods.
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