Posts tagged ‘alternative’

May 6, 2011

tinea pedis… natural ways to beat foot fungus!

With summer fast approaching and the dreamy thought of walking barefoot in the grass on all our minds (well, at least, I know I’m dreaming of it!), perhaps its a good time to take a closer look at your faithful feet and see how they are faring! Whether its from the locker-room at the gym or the foot baths at your favorite pedicure-spa, toenail and foot fungus (often referred to as athlete’s foot) is quite an unpleasant problem that is extremely common and can be fairly challenging to treat. Over 70% of the world’s population will suffer from tinea pedis at some point in their lives and, unfortunately, the current medical treatment for this disorder can be highly toxic to the body. For stubborn tinea pedis the most common treatment regimen includes a round of oral anti-fungals; such as Terbinafine (Lamisil), which can be extremely harmful to the liver causing long-term damage. In fact, individuals with a history of liver disease cannot even take this medication.

So what alternatives are out there for such a stubborn problem? Well, it might sound odd, but the following protocol for the anti-fungal beer foot soak has been used by naturopathic doctors for decades with great success!

Here I will provide one of my colleagues’ favorite anti-fungal foot soaks that has been just as effective as pharmaceutical oral and topical anti-fungals. It is very, very important that management of any medical problem is closely monitored by your doctor. If you notice any change in sensation or an increase in your symptoms, stop treatment immediately and see your local naturopath for a further work-up. Also, fungal infections can sometimes point to other underlying health disorders so if you are treating your tinea pedis at home, be sure to mention it to your doctor so she know this is a part of your health picture.

The Beer Soak

Essential Ingredients:
Acidophilus Sachets containing a specific strain of 125 billion organisms.
Guiness Stout beer or any other dark beer (Guiness is the one proven to work).
White Vinegar
Basin big enough for your feet or hands
Time
Persistence and Consistency

Treatment Procedure:
In tub, pour 1 liter of room temperature beer into a basin
Add 1/2 a sachet which is 60 billion acidophilus and other probiotics.
Add 1 liter of White Vingear
Soak clean feet in the solution for 30 minutes before bed or when best for you.
On removing your feet or fingernails from the basin, file the nails down with a pumice stone or file
After each 3rd day, toss out the entire solution mixture and remake using the formula: 1 liter of white vinegar, 1 liter of dark beer and the remaining half of one sachet. This keeps the solution’s ingredients in active live form. If too old, it will not work.
Repeat for 30 days every day. Do not skip a day for best results.
Do twice a day for faster results

What to look for:
As fungus gets killed by this natural toenail fungus treatment, you will notice new nail growth from the nail base coming in clear. This is a good sign. Some people see clearing at the base within one week and some people see clearing at the base in one month. It all depends on how fast your nails grow and how often you soak them.

It will take about 3 to 6 months for 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. If it is not growing in cleanly, keep soaking the nails.

Make sure you do this toenail fungus treatment daily. Make it a routine. Do not skip a day. If you do, it may take a bit longer than a month but keep at it.

If you know your nails grow slowly, then consider MSM or Silicea 6x cell salts as they have shown to increase nail growth.

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Variations:
For a simpler soak consider these variations, following the same procedural directions as the beer soak:

1) 50/50 soak of water and white vinegar
2) 50/50 soak of white vinegar and Listerine (preferably not the green or blue as it will stain!)

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I look forward to hearing about your results!

Be well!
Dr. R

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March 11, 2011

Alternative approaches to pediatric fevers

In January, the New York Times posted a review on OTC pediatric medicines entitled Lifting a Veil of Fear to See the Benefits of Child Fever – specifically discussing medications directed toward pediatric fever.  The conclusion of the study – most liquid OTC pediatric medicines are not closely regulated to have accurate dosage… meaning, the recommended doses and the markings on the medicine droppers are often not properly calibrated.  In addition, there is further discussion regarding the benefits and risks of childhood fever.

Fevers are an indication that the immune system is healthily at work and there are some fevers that are productive and beneficial.  It is important – especially in the pediatric population – to contact your primary healthcare provider for supervision of a fever.  But often, it will behoove the body to support a fever and utilize it rather than to suppress.

One popular naturopathic approach to supporting the body’s natural defenses when fighting a cold or the flu (often characterized by fever) is to employ a “warming sock treatment” outlined below:

Supplies

1 pair white cotton socks

1 pair thick wool socks

Towel

Warm bath or warm foot bath

Directions

1.     Take a pair of cotton socks and soak them completely with cold water.  Be sure to wring the socks out thoroughly so they do not drip.

2.     Warm your feet first.  This is very important as the treatment will not be as effective and could be harmful if your feet are not warmed first.  Soaking your feet in warm water for at least 5-10 minutes or taking a warm bath for 5-10 minutes can accomplish warming.

3.     Dry off feet and body with a dry towel.

4.     Place cold wet socks on feet.  Cover with thick wool socks.  Go directly to bed.  Avoid getting chilled.

5.     Keep the socks on overnight. You will find that the wet cotton socks will be dry in the morning.

Effects of the warming sock treatment:

This treatment acts to reflexively increase the circulation and decrease congestion in the upper respiratory passages, head, and throat.  It has a sedating action and many patients report that they sleep much better during the treatment.  This treatment is also effective for pain relief and increases the healing response during acute infections.

This is never a replacement for consultation from a professional healthcare provider, but next time you are inclined to reach for an OTC med when your child has a fever, contact your local naturopath and see if the warming sock treatment might be a beneficial option or perhaps the use of herbal medicine or homeopathic medicine to address your child’s health from a holistic approach.

Best,

Dr. R

December 27, 2010

trying to fight sinus infections this winter? …a musical solution!

who knew prevention could be so elegantly simple – and fun?!!

click here for details!