Common Cures Part III
Updated October 5, 2009
ARTERIES & CHOLESTEROL
Fish oils plus Red Yeast Rice match Statins for cholesterol cuts. Lycopene, the carotenoid that give tomatoes their red colour, may be as effective as statins to reduce the formation of plaques in the arteries that cause atherosclerosis. UK research has found artichoke leaf extract (ALE) can reduce cholesterol levels.
The key components of ALE are caffeoylquinic acids (including cynarin and cholorogenic acid), flavonoids, including luteolin and derivatives, such as glucosides) and bitters (sesquiterpene lactones, including cynaropicrin). Extracts of the type used in the trial are commercially available in Germany and Switzerland as a remedy for indigestion, and are available in the UK as OTC food supplements.
Personal Experience— “After 6 years of battling Lyme Disease and taking matters into my own hands, I discovered the grey salt and vitamin C protocol on the internet and diligently applied myself to following it. I use only gray sea salt and Gary Null’s Powdered vitamin C, as well as Chlorella from Canada as an adjunct for detoxing. This method has greatly improved my condition. I can’t say it has been a total cure, but it has made it possible for me to function much, much better.” NOTE: I am personally taking Chlorella by Nature’s Way. This is a good company and much less expensive!
In Common Cures II: On the SHARING WELLNESS website, an article was written that Cat’s Claw tincture and a mixture of 5 different Mushroom varieties greatly improved this condition. It is essential that you take the antibiotics as quicky as possible as this bacteria will ingrain itself into the tissues of the body and, at this point, you cannot get it out— it is yours for life! These supplements improve the immune system so they can act as a preventative as well.
CANDIDA & MOLDS
Personal Experience from a reader— I have experienced a lot of vague health issues for a long time. Recently, I have experienced unexplained itchy rashes on my forearms. I picked up and re-read an old book called “The Missing Diagnosis” by Dr. C. Orian Truss. It first came out in 1983 and only a few copies are available on Amazon.com. Cloudy and fuzzy thinking is a hallmark of Candida!
This book explains how many chronic and recurring diseases as we age are caused by yeasts growing on our mucous membranes in the dark, warm, and moist “cave-like” areas of our bodies. These are the sinuses, the lungs, the lower intestines, and the vagina in women. If we take antibiotics or corticosteroid products or birth control pills, the yeast problem gets worse. If we eat sugars and foods that harbor molds or yeasts, then the problem also gets worse. The yeast colonization can cause sinusitis, bronchitis, asthma, rashes, fatigue, depression, diarrhea, and a whole host of other problems. I am now experimenting with anti-fungals, probiotics, and changing the diet. He used nystatin with his patients as the safest antifungal. Everytime I get bronchitis, I know there’s a mold problem somewhere. I had bronchitis attacks in May and June, and we looked inside the CAC unit in my attic, and we found mold growing. I had it tested and it was cladosporium (a leaf mold) and fusarium, a white mold that grows in stagnant water in air conditioning or dehumidifying units. There is a good website on Candida.
CANDIDA-RELATED BRONCHITIS: Personal Experience— The only thing that helps my bronchitis are nebulized antifungals or the antifungal pill fluconazole. Some women working in a moldy workplace were helped by taking probiotics and garlic pills. The pure essential oils of Eucalyptus and Canadian Tsuga also are antifungals—you can sniff open bottles. Some people are helped with corticosteroid inhalers, but in my case, they made me worse—they stimulate yeast overgrowth in the mucous membranes. Basically, bronchitis is a mucous membrane disease. Oregano extract is considered more potent and less harmful than nystatin to eradicate yeast. It is also considered to be more powerful and less toxic in killing staph infection. Oregano oil is hard on the liver so it is not recommended for anything with liver problems. One pearly daily is best.
CANDIDA/FUNGUS: These are very difficult to rid from the body. Two products have been recommended: Oregacillin and Candisol. Candida is sometimes hard to get rid of so you may need to consult your health care practitioner to help determine which supplement approach is best. Naturally you should cut down on your sugar consumption (starve the fungus) when doing an elimination protocol.
PARASITES: This is especially a problem for people who travel around the world, eating foods from other countries. Sushi and meat are often sources of parasites. A great anti-parasite cleanse comes from Beachwood Canyon— PC 1-2-3. I am told that it takes 2 bottles to completely rid the body of the parasites.
ATHRITIS: Osteoarthritis Pain Relief Remedies: 1) Avocado/Soybean Unsaponifiables and 2) Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate. Link NOTE: In Common Cures II, I mention bromelain taken on an empty stomach for this type of inflammation.
MULBERRY LEAF, the food source of silkworms, can help markedly stabilize blood sugar levels and inhibit carbohydrate absorption in Type 2 diabetics. 1) Reduces body’s absorption of sugars and other carbohydrates 2) Lower post-meal blood sugar spikes and stabilize blood sugar levels
I have no cure here. There is personal information found on www.sharingwellnessinfo.com. This is an additional resource that was recently sent to be about Vitamin D Deficiency being possibly one of the components in autism— Link
There is an entire protocol written on other causes for autism and some of these concur with the information on www.sharingwellnessinfo.com. Some are:
- Zinc deficiency exists in 90% of autistic children
- Copper excess exists in 85%
- Calcium and magnesium deficiencies are common
- Omega 3 fatty acid deficiency exists in nearly 100%
- Fiber deficiency exists in nearly 100%
- Antioxidant deficiency exists in nearly 100%
Researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston have embarked on one of the first double-blind, clinical studies to determine whether gluten and dairy products play a role in autistic behavior as parents have anecdotally claimed. “A lot of children with autism have gastrointestinal problems such as constipation and diarrhea. Whether these problems are related to brain development is open to question,” said Katherine Loveland, Ph.D., co-investigator and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, pediatrics and biomedical sciences at the health science center. “There are neurotransmitters and neuroreceptors in the gut that correspond with those in the brain. There are some scientific reasons to think that some kids may benefit from this diet.”
For the double-blind study, funded in its initial phase by supplemental funds granted by the Department of Pediatrics, researchers will enroll 38 autistic children ages 3 to 9. They will look at the influence of gluten and milk proteins in the intestinal function. Gluten is a protein in wheat; casein and whey are proteins in milk. Casomorphin, a peptide in milk; and gliadomorphin, a peptide in gluten, are thought to be related to changes in behavior in these children. Children will be taken off gluten and dairy products before the four-week study and then half will be given gluten/milk powder and half will be given a placebo powder. Researchers will study intestinal permeability (leaky gut) through urine collection and behavior through psychometric testing.
Dr. John Pagano in, ONE CAUSE, MANY AILMENTS, pages 49-52 discusses dietary causes of Autism. Information on this can be obtained at www.candidafree.net He makes many suggestions but one is an elimination of gluten and casein from the diet. His excellent book discusses the impact of Intestinal Permeability (leaky gut), a topic first discussed by Edgar Cayce in the early 20th Century.
A friend who has long suffered with respiratory and lung aliments advised the OSHA ROOT COMPLEX SYRUP by Herbs Etc. And N-Acetyl Cysteine have helped her greatly. NAC is a traditional supplement for lung health. I know that it contains sulphur, used as an anti-biotic. Many people have an allergic reaction to sulphur-containing drugs. I am one of them; however, I do not have any problems with NAC.
SALMONELLA & E. COLI
new study in SCI’s Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture shows that konjac gum and sesame seed extract may offer protection against different strains of E. coli and Salmonella bacteria. The study by Dr Petra Becker et al from Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands, shows that these foodstuffs act as binders for E. coli and Salmonella bacteria. The bacteria attach themselves to the fibrous foods instead of the gut cells of the host. Dr Becker says that eating a diet full of these foodstuffs may offer protection from gastro-intestinal infections or reduce the severity of symptoms caused by E. coli or Salmonella.
LOW VITAMIN D LEVELS
Low vitamin D levels may contribute to chronic pain among women, suggests research published ahead of print in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
On a medical forum, a woman replied: “I use vinegar to kill bacteria and fungus and stop itching. I put it on the area with a cotton pad and the itch stops within five minutes or so.” In CC I, I mentioned a friend who was experiencing excessive mucosity, often associated with an internal bacterial infection. I recommended that she use a vinegar douche daily and, within 4 days, it had cleared up. The easiest solutions are often the best and the safest.
A new study has found that rice bran contains high levels of arsenic. Arsenic is also found in high levels in the soil in the Southwest US. Arsenic build-up if often a cause for erectile dysfunction in men.
MUSHROOMS & IMMUNITY
Japanese researchers in conjunction with the Yale School of Medicine have found the mushroom extract, AHCC, can strengthen the immune system and fight the onset of cancer among over-50s. Another research organization discovered that using 5 different mushrooms in a supplement had the greatest impact upon the immune system. Although most healthcare professionals skilled in the art of botanical medicine are aware of the immune enhancing properties of certain mushrooms and other fungi, few may realize that mushrooms are rich sources of natural antibiotics. Host Defense®— a proprietary combination of 17 immune-supporting mushroom species. This excellent link discusses the Coriolus Versicolor mushroom for the immune system and as an anti-cancer agent.
SinoFresh HealthCare, Inc. announced preliminary results today from a successful in vivo pilot study indicating that its patented SinoFresh® nasal spray was shown to be useful in controlling the MRSA “super-bug” in the nasal passages. This study utilized a recognized scientific model intended to demonstrate SinoFresh® nasal spray’s ability to kill MRSA hiding in the nasal passages. These favorable efficacy results follow an earlier, successful in vitro study that was conducted at the Public Health Research Institute under the direction of Dr. Barry Kreiswirth, director of the Tuberculosis Center and Hospital Infections Program. The study showed that “SinoFresh® nasal spray used three times daily appeared to effectively eliminate MRSA in the noses of the test animals while leaving enough normal microbes to keep a normal population in the nasal passages,” according to Dr. John Todhunter, consultant to SinoFresh, who oversaw the study conducted at Virion Systems in Rockville, MD. NOTE: This is available is all drug stores.
Years ago, Edgar Cayce stated in several readings that eating almonds every day could prevent cancer. I know a lot of almond eaters who developed cancer so I never recommended this. This informative post appeared on the Cayce Forum:Unfortunately Almonds are not what they use to be, at least not in the U.S. anymore. It’s very hard to get truly “raw” almonds now. The conventional ones are often now treated with a chemical which has been linked to cancer. The organic ones are usually steam pasteurized, which is certainly better than the former. Pure Acai Berries may be more protective.
B-12 DEFICIENCY: Years ago, chronic fatigue was treated with a B-12 shot. This is a deficiency that is very common in older people. To be effective, it must be obtained in the foods or taken subliminally (under the tongue). Check out this link for more information.
Increased intakes of vitamin K2 (not K1 from vegetables) from dietary sources may reduce the build up of calcium in arteries that leads to hardening of the blood vessels, says a 2008 study. K2 came predominantly from cheese (54 per cent), milk products (22 per cent), and meat (15 per cent).
Vitamin B12 may protect against brain volume loss in older people, and ultimately reduce the risk of developing dementia, suggests a new study from the University of Oxford. People with higher blood levels of the vitamin were six times less likely to experience brain shrinkage.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY SUPPLEMENTS (Life Extension)
Scientists have identified dietary supplements and prescription drugs that can reduce levels of the pro-inflammatory cytokines. The docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) fraction of fish oil is the best documented supplement to suppress TNF-a, IL-6, IL-1(b), and IL-8 (Jeyarajah et al. 1999; James et al. 2000; Watanabe et al. 2000; Yano et al. 2000). A study on healthy humans and those with rheumatoid disease shows that fish oil suppresses these dangerous cytokines by up to 90% (James et al. 2000). Other cytokine-lowering supplements are DHEA (Casson et al. 1993), vitamin K (Reddi et al. 1995; Weber 1997), GLA (gamma linolenic acid) (Purasiri et al. 1994), and nettle leaf extract (Teucher et al. 1996). Antioxidants, such as vitamin E (Devaraj et al. 2000) and N-acetyl-cysteine (Gosset et al. 1999), may also lower proinflammatory cytokines and protect against their toxic effects.
CURCUMIN/TURMERIC (Life Extension):
- Reduces adipose fat
- Protects against Diabetes and the inflammatory damage done by Diabetes
- Aids the Immune System in ridding the Brain of Plaque (Alzheimers)
- Protects against Cancer, Cataracts and Uveitis (eyes) and, with GINGER, it is a powerful anti-inflmmatory supplement.
HOW CURCUMIN WORKS: The health boosting activity of curcumin may be due to the molecule’s ability to stabilise cell membranes and increase the cell’s resistance to infection, suggests a new study. The research, published in the prestigious Journal of the American Chemical Society, may help scientists understand how curcumin works inside the body. Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy and colleagues at the University of Michigan used solid-state NMR spectroscopy to show that curcumin physically alters the cell membrane at an atomic level.
ALZHEIMERS RESEARCH 2009: A combination of vitamin D3 and curcumin, from tumeric, may boost the immune system, and help it clear the protein plaques linked to Alzheimer’s, says a new study. The new data, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, may lead to new approaches in preventing Alzheimer’s by using vitamin D3 alone or in combination with natural or synthetic curcumin to boost the immune system in protecting the brain against beta-amyloid. The build-up of plaque from beta-amyloid deposits is associated with an increase in brain cell damage and death from oxidative stress. This is related to a loss of cognitive function and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia and currently affects over 13 million people worldwide.
IN VOVO ANTI-INFLAMMATORY EFFECTS: Researchers at the University of Illinois found that Vitamin E and other Anti-Inflammatory supplements affected the fetus, by reducing inflammation. This may be the source of some congenital health issues and allergic reactions after a child is born. ALWAYS discuss supplements with your doctor and your pharmacist, who may actually know more about this than the pediatrician, before taking any supplement while pregnant.
Greater vitamin E intake by the mothers during pregnancy was associated with a lower incidence of wheeze, asthma, asthma and wheeze, and persistent wheezing observed in the children during the previous year. Children of mothers whose vitamin E intake was in the lowest 20 percent of participants had over five times the risk of early persistent asthma than those whose mothers were in the highest fifth. Increased zinc intake during pregnancy was also associated with a lower risk of asthma in children. The children’s own nutritional intake did not appear to be associated with asthma or wheezing.
This is not a purely medical comment but rather an astrology one, provided by Astrologer, Pat Geisler: Clingy kids may have one of several problems in my experience:
- Fatigue, hunger or ill health
- Insecurity from overwhelming and new experiences and the lack of sufficient encouragement and support from Mom
- Fears that the child cannot or has not articulated
- The child is seeking protection, perhaps from bullying siblings or playmates, or something deeper is wrong.
“My recommendation is to first eliminate No. 1— feed the child more, put him or her to bed earlier and get a good doctor’s going over to see if something physical is wrong. Look to the moon in the chart and the 6th house. The other 3 items are connected with Saturn. See what is going on that makes the child fearful or insecure by looking at what affects Saturn and from which house. That may give you some clues to talk to the mother about. Explore other symptoms of fear—bad dreams, sleep walking or bed wetting. Also eliminate ALL scary TV.”
Edgar Cayce proven correct— Increasing the alkali content of the diet by eating food such as fruit and vegetables may reduce calcium excretion and boost bone health, as published in the January 2009 Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. As adults age they become less able to excrete the acid produced via dietary metabolism, explained Dawson-Hughes. Reacting to the increasing acid levels, the body counters this by bone re-absorption, a process by which bones are broken down, releasing minerals such as calcium, phosphates, and alkaline (basic) salts into the blood.
Headaches, migraines, pain behind our eyes, sinus, and even neck and shoulder pain are all ailments that would warrant a trip to the doctors but it could well be your dentist who holds the key to your pain relief. If your jaw is found to be in the wrong position, your jaw muscles have to work harder to compensate, often causing muscle spasm. It is these spasms that can lead to continual headaches, sinus pain and aches in your neck and shoulders.
OTHER CAUSES: Food intolerances, candida, spinal misalignment (exercises recommended to strengthen muscles around the spine) and, according to Edgar Cayce, gastro-intestinal disturbances.
OSTEOARTHRITIS & PYCNOGENOL
Pycnogenol, an extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree may reduce markers of inflammation in people with osteoarthritis, suggests a new study.
GRAPE SEED EXTRACT & LEUKEMIA
An extract from grape seeds forces laboratory leukemia cells to commit cell suicide, according to researchers from the University of Kentucky, presented in American Association for Cancer Research Journal. Grape seed extract activates natural mechanism to kill laboratory leukemia cells— while leaving normal cells alone. Given that epidemiological evidence shows that eating vegetables and fruits helps prevent cancer development, Shi and his colleagues have been studying chemicals known as proanthocyanidins in fruits that contribute to this effect.
RHODEOLA ROSEA (Golden Seal) supports stress, fatigue reduction and helps with concentration. Swedish study demonstrates the time-honored R. Rosea (golden root) extract supports significant improvement in stress-related chronic fatigue and mental performance without harmful side effects.
PEPPERMINT OIL & IBS: Research on options for relieving IBS symptoms reports peppermint oil is much more often effective— supporting avoidance of persistent symptoms (diarrhea and/or constipation) in 1 of 2.5 patients.
DIABETES-HEART-L-CARNITHINE: Supplements of L-carnitine may reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol in diabetics, indicating significant potential to boost heart health, says a new study. Researchers from the University of Catania report that supplementation reduced “Bad cholesterol“oxidation by 15 units per litre of blood, compared to a 3 U/L reduction in the placebo group.
- Compounds from black raspberries called anthocyanins may inhibit the growth of cancer cells of the oesophagus, according to a new study with rats.
- The potential of pomegranate extracts and juices to protect against prostate cancer may be due to direct interaction with genes, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles report that extracts of the fruit were associated with a two-fold suppression in the expression of genes linked to prostate cancer. “This study showed that pomegranate products and their polyphenols reduced tumour cell growth and induced apoptosis in both androgen-dependent and androgen-independent prostate cancer cells,” wrote the authors in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
BREAST CANCER/LYMPH/BRAS: Edgar Cayce asserted that many cancers started in the lymph. This current research on Breast Cancer makes the same allegation. “Studies show that this is a very real possibility. The reason is that regularly wearing a bra prevents lymph drainage and circulation, which can greatly increase the possibility of developing breast cancer…Researchers Singer and Grismaijer observed 4,500 women and their bra wearing practices. An amazing 3 out of 4 women who wore their bras 24 hours per day developed breast cancer. Women who wore their bras more than 12 hours per day had a 1 in 7 chance of getting breast cancer. 1 out 152 women who wore their bra less than 12 hours a day got breast cancer and an incredibly low 1 out of 168 women who rarely or never wear a bra developed breast cancer.”
There are also been an association with cow’s milk and breast cancer. In those cultures where cow’s milk is not used, there is a very low incidence of breast cancer.
BREAST CANCER & EV OLIVE OIL: UGR News Researchers of the Catalonian Institute of Oncology (Spain) and the University of Granada (Spain) have discovered that extra virgin olive oil may help to combat breast cancer, according to a paper published in the last issue of the renowned scientific journal BMC Cancer. The scientists have confirmed the bioactivity of polyphenols (natural antioxidants) present in olive oil in breast cancer cell lines
CANTRON: I have no personal experience with this product but a friend was advised to use this by her alternative practitioner. It is a powerful anti-oxidant and she feels there has much success with the recovery. This can be accessed at www.cantron.com
SELENIUM REDUCES SKIN CANCER: Higher blood levels of selenium may reduce the incidence of skin cancer by about 60 per cent, according to a new study from Dutch and Australian researchers. Writing in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, the researchers report that the mineral was associated with reduced risks of both basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Vitamin A & E had no affect upon the incidence of skin cancer
SELENIUM DEFICIENCY: Low levels of the mineral selenium may increase the risk of anaemia in older people, according to a new study from the United States. Writing in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers from the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and the National Institute on Aging report that people with the lowest levels of Selenium were 11.4 per cent more likely to have anaemia, compared to people with the highest levels. Being the first such study of its kind, the researchers were cautious about the recommendation of selenium supplements, or selenium-rich foods, noting that it is not known whether improvements in selenium intake would have a direct impact on anaemia in older people— related to haemoglobin levels. NOTE: Dr. Jonothan Wright has observed that Selenium Deficiency can be related to malabsorption due to poor digestion. Often, these people take anti-acids…and they ultimately developed Macular Degeneration, a disease that leads to blindness.
On NBC-TV, the author of MASTER YOUR METABOLISM said that SELENIUM converts inactive thyroid to active thyroid so this is essential to thyroid health.
Supplements containing selenium, beta-carotene and alpha-tocopherol may alleviate pain in people suffering from pancreatitis, suggests a study from India. One hundred and twenty-seven people took part in the randomized, placebo-controlled study, published in the January issue of Gastroenterology, which found that at the end of the intervention period 32 per cent of the patients became pain-free, compared to only 13 per cent in the placebo group.
A friend has been receiving treatments for AMD with remarkable results. It is a type of acupuncture that stimulates a specific part of the brain, connected with vision. Here’s more information on the macular degeneration treatment. After Dr. Lundgren reviewed her medical records and determined something could be done, she and her husband went to Santa Fe to receive the 5-day treatment in one week. She was told not to pay anything until the treatment was over and noticeable improvement had occurred. She swears by it and I’m considering making the trip sometime in the spring. My own acupuncturist is not familiar with Dr. Lundgren’s work (he will be) but he also assured me acupuncture has the greatest success before physiological changes have taken place. Given that my AMD is in the early stages, now or sometime in the not too distant future would be a good time for me to have the treatment. Source
MAY 2009— American Medical Association Journal, Archives of Ophthalmology, reveal a protective effect for Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Fish, Nuts and Olive Oil on reducing the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss in the elderly.
Olive oil emerged as protective against late disease. When those who reported consuming at least 100 milliliters per week olive oil were compared with those who consumed less than 1 milliliter per week, they were found to have a 52 percent lower risk of late AMD. For early AMD, those whose omega-3 fatty acid intake was among the top 25 percent had a 15 percent lower risk compared with those whose intake was among the lowest quarter.
Bad Fats -Trans fatty acids increase cholesterol levels and inflammation, both of which affect the eyes’ blood vessels, while omega-3 fatty acids may help protect the retina. Although the main fats contained in olive oil were not associated with macular degeneration risk, the oil contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that could be protective. “A diet low in trans-unsaturated fat and rich in omega-3 fatty acids and olive oil may reduce the risk of AMD,” the authors conclude.
from Alternative_Medicine_Forum: …I have read many books written by doctors who specialize in thyroid treatment, and all of them have stated that Fibro is simply under-treated or untreated hypothyroidism. I do not know if FMS can be cured but it can be prevented if your thyroid is functioning at optimum levels. Have you ever had your RT3 checked? You may need to take Cytomel ONLY for a few months to clear out your RT3 and then switch back to Armour when your RT3 issues clear up, I have heard great things from folks who have done that. And it sure is worth a try for sure, but only if you get your RT3 tested first.
FMS can also be triggered by Leaky Gut Syndrome. Mainly, avoid foods of the Nightshade family— tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and peppers. See books by Dr. John Pagano
COMMON COLD CURE
Extracts from sea cucumber may one day be making waves in dietary supplement circles, if science from Scandinavia continues to yield positive results. Recent results from an in vitro study reportedly showed that a compound extracted from sea cucumbers known as NGNA (N-glycolylneuraminic acid) has antiviral activity against the rhinovirus, the cause of the majority colds that affect Americans annually, and the compound is non-toxic to human cells.
NOTE: Currently, I take Alka-Seltzer at the first sign of a cold or flu to alkalize my system. This seems to be the easiest. Alka-Seltzer has many formulas. Use the one with baking soda (listed as sodium) and calcium. Cayce actually recommended Soda Mint tablets but Squibb stopped making these in the late 1980s.
This is a major problem and one that is very difficult to cure…and it takes months, if not at least a year or more to cure. The medications given by the doctors do not often work and they are very hard on the body. One friend found something easy to do that has helped her a lot. After a couple of months, she was able to wear sandals again— What I do is soak my feet in very hot water (it really does need to be hot). I add about 1 cup of white vinegar to about 1 gallon of water (I’m guessing here). Then after I’m done soaking them I squirt my affected toes with 100% pure white vinegar (from a dropper). I save the water in a pan and just reheat it the next day. After about 4 days I throw this out and start fresh. The vinegar doesn’t dry out your feet or your nails which surprised me. It doesn’t hurt your healthy nails either. I also have added Jason’s Tea Tree oil for nails to this regimen. I apply this to my nails after my feet are dry. This seems to help with brittleness a lot and it does superficially improve the look of the nails. I won’t know until probably next year how successful this really is. I can say that my feet are much better than they were. The hard part is doing it on a daily basis 360 days a year! Once in a while I skip a day but in my case I’m in danger of getting ingrown toenails if I let it go longer.
These are Goji berries, Chia seeds and pure chocolate, best eaten has high quality cocoa. This link tells why they are super foods.