How I Cured My Fungal Toes, or Onychomycosis

Updated on January 22, 2017
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I have two passions in life: one is health and the other is art. In this article, I share my personal experience with fungal toes.


Fungal Toes, Onychomycosis

Onychomycosis is a fungal condition affecting nails. It more commonly affects toe nails, but it can sometimes affect fingernails, as well. It is very common, and it accounts for around 50% of all nail abnormalities. Nail abnormalities affect about 7% of the adult population. It seems there about four different types of onychomycosis affecting different parts of the nail, nail bed and nail fold.

It is thought the cause of onychomycosis is fungus and/or pathogens. Age-related fungal infections are thought to be as a result of the nail being unable to defend itself against infection.

Treatment is challenging because the fungi are difficult to reach and fungal removal is slow due to the slow regrowth of the nail.

My Fungal Toes

I had fungal toes for about 10 years.

I used to wear nail varnish on my toes during my late teens and early twenties. In my thirties I noticed the nails were no longer smooth and shiny. They were softening and seemed spongy. The varnish I wore looked ridged and sometimes didn't dry properly. This was a bit concerning, but I was leading a busy life with a job and a young family, so I simply ignored it.

After a few years, I noticed white patches appearing on the nails. I could scrape this off, but it was deep in the nail and I never removed it all. So I continued to cover it up with my nail varnish. One summer, I thought I might go without shoes, opting to wear sandal and I stopped the nail varnish. I carefully dried my feet after showering, allowed air to get to them as much as possible and threw away old shoes that I thought might be contaminated with the fungus. I used talcs and anti-fungals.

This extra routine was time consuming, but didn't really fix the problem, come the winter I was back in brand new closed toe shoes and my fungal toes became worse. I continued to have an ever increasing problem over the next 10 years. The fungus now affected all of my toe nails.

At age 51, after quite a few other small, minor ailments had begun to accumulate, I had a diagnosis of breast cancer. Mmmm things were now pretty serious. I had to see if there was a way I could find out what was going wrong with my failing body.

The Search for a Cure

The first thing I did was list all my symptoms. then I put them all into a search engine. Amazingly the search was pretty successful and turned up a possible low thyroid connection. I spent a great deal of time, in fact, about a year in total, researching and I also spent a great deal of money visiting various thyroid doctors. The idea that the thyroid was operating suboptimally made sense to me, and, if this was the engine of the body, then to fix it seemed logical. There was however, a tiny flaw in this rationale and that was my TSH, or thyroid stimulating hormone levels were normal.

Irrespective, I tried to boost my T3 production by taking glandulars. Nothing I tried seemed to make a big impact. The more I read about the thyroid the more I became confused. One observation I did manage to make was that everyone on every forum talked about a holy grail, and that was, trying to achieve and maintain a normal body temperature, this seemed to prove to be elusive amongst hypothyroid people. Interestingly I observed that almost no-one had managed to achieve it.

I felt I was looking in the wrong place.

I started to search again. This time to see if anyone had fixed a low body temperature by any other means. Very fortunately for me I found a lone voice on an obscure website. It was an article written by a man who was describing the brain as the master control organ, capable of orchestrating and maintaining an optimal immune system, he talked of what happens when this system goes awry - even providing some reasons why it might go wrong. Further, he claimed he had fixed his idiopathic illnesses by optimising his own immune system.

This man was called Steve Richfield.

I contacted Steve to see if he might be able support me as I wished to fix my low body temperature. He came back to me immediately, with. an offer of support. This enabled me to reset my temperature back to 'normal'.

This is a picture of my toes with my onychomycosis. After fixing my low temperature, all of my toes are clear except one shown here, just visible at the top of the right-hand nail. Here it is beginning to grow out having introduced vitamin C.
This is a picture of my toes with my onychomycosis. After fixing my low temperature, all of my toes are clear except one shown here, just visible at the top of the right-hand nail. Here it is beginning to grow out having introduced vitamin C. | Source

My Onycholysis Cure

Within 24 hours of Steve replying to my email, I began a process to fix my low body temperature—a process called 'resetting.'

The idea was to restore an optimal immune system by retraining the central metabolic control system. My brain had somehow become mis-wired. It had selected incorrect operating set points. As a result my temperature never cycled around a normal temperature of 37C, it chose to cycle at a much lower temperature.

It took me about 2 weeks to reset my low temperature set point and then around 2 years to maintain it. After this time my temperature started to cycle around 37C naturally, and still does. Very quickly in to the early days of resetting I observed that many of my little illnesses began to reverse and I began to feel very much healthier.

It took a number of months to see a difference in my toes, but the fungus began to disappear. After about eighteen months I had one remaining toe that had a stubborn patch of fungus on it. Coincidentally I was trialling vitamin C to see if I noticed a benefit. My fungus on that toe began to grow out.

My toes are now pink and healthy, the skin is smooth and soft, very like my 12 year old daughters toes. Interestingly my finger nails and tips also look pink and healthy with well attached cuticles.

I have not had fungal toes for several months now, and am very comfortable believing I have optimised my immune system which is able now to fix my toes.

My Toes Now

This is a photograph of my toes nearly four years after fixing my low body temperature and increasing my vitamin C intake.
This is a photograph of my toes nearly four years after fixing my low body temperature and increasing my vitamin C intake.

How My Toes are Now

After nearly four years of operating at 37C and several months of increasing my vitamin C I still have no problems with fungal toes.

I now have a very different perspective on the immune system. I believe that the brain is in charge of my health and that unless it goes wrong, the brain can enable the body to operate a very efficient immune system. Influences can cause the brain, or more accurately the central metabolic control system to select incorrect set points, a typical reason for this might be ancestral family history of famine. If an incorrectly operating set point can be identified, a sign of which might be a stuck high or stuck low body temperature, then this can in most cases be fixed. I am delighted I considered this as an option because incorrect operating set points and a compromised immune system may have resulted in idiopathic or chronic disorders like my onychomycosis.

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      Richard 15 months ago

      You did not explain how you reset your body temperature.

      How did you force it?

      Why have you glossed over the most important point of the whole discussion?


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      Janey Hood 3 years ago from UK

      Hello Suzie Q

      Daytime temperatures cycle around a set point of 98.6F or 37C. Sometimes they go above this and sometimes below depending on internal or external influences, but always returning to the set point.

      My reset was achieved by forcing my temperature to 98.6F everyday for two weeks, then I baby sat it for pretty much three years to maintain it. Now it is pretty solid at 37 of 98.6F.

      There is a warning that comes with resetting however. Not everybody can used the same method, indeed the wrong method could even be dangerous. it is advisable to reset supported by a Central Metabolic Control System Therapist who can look at your history and work out which method might work. Resetting is a very difficult process.

      Best wishes to you.

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      Suzie Q 3 years ago

      How do you reset your body temperature? My hovers around 97, where exactly should it be?

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      Janey Hood 4 years ago from UK

      Thank you Sheikh, well said, indeed I agree. Experiments have to be repeatable. I do know of a few other people in the world who have reset their temperatures for a variety of reasons and with varying success.

      It is, however, doing the same thing over and over again whilst expecting a different that is just pure insanity.

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      SHEIKH 4 years ago

      Thank you sharing I agree with your experience, if repeated same experiments gives the same result it is called knowledge

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      Janey Hood 4 years ago from UK


      Thank you for livening the comments up a little. There are always sceptics in this world, sadly sometimes this can prevent further research into alternate or unorthodox and sometimes progressive thinking.

      Around a hundred years ago Dr Ignaz Semmelweis was rejected by the medical community for trying to introduce hand washing when he observed that it reduced puerperal fever mortality from around 35% to less than 1%. It was only after his death that his method was accepted.

      If the Central Metabolic Control System selects incorrectly operating set points then there is a good chance the immune system can be compromised. At my school, in chemistry, we were taught to ensure the constants and variables were known when conducting experiments to in order to have a specific outcome.

      I often use this analogy with body temperature. If an optimally operating immune system is a required outcome, with all the millions of chemical reactions taking place at any one time, in my opinion one of the underpinning constants is body temperature set point selection.

      My body temperature , for around 50 year of my life was cycling around 35.8C or 96.4F, I had an increasing number of little annoying subset illnesses, and contrary to your comment about them fixing themselves anyway over a period of time, they were actually getting progressively worse.

      I wanted to understand and work out what was different about my immune system, compared to my healthier contemporaries, why was I getting these subset idiopathic illnesses and they weren't?

      I began to observe body temperature as a possibility.

      When I did my research I discovered that someone in the world had also fixed their low set point in order to help optimise their immune system, and the rest, as they say, is history. I am still observing subtle improvements in my health since optimising my immune system. I now cycle at 37C from about 10am in the morning to 10pm in the evening.

      Of course resetting my low temperature in order to optimise my immune system clearly isn't going to fix everything, but it enables my immune system at least to have a go.

      I am not a doctor, I am not qualified in any way to offer advice or make recommendations, this is simply my own experience and observations based on something I have achieved. I am not writing here to convince you differently. It is for people, like yourself to make your own minds up.

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      Papa 4 years ago

      I believe in the power of the mind but this is stupid.

      I think you would have got better in the time it took without any of this resetting your body temperature crap

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      Janey Hood 4 years ago from UK

      Hello Marsha

      To answer your last question first, yes, I did fix my low body temperature due to having had cancer. I understand that people with normal body temperatures don't seem to get cancer, however fixing a low temperature may not be a cure for cancer.

      It is easy to check temperatures by using a simple, accurate digital thermometer, just leave it in the mouth around 40 seconds longer than the instructions.

      Thank you for your information about the poll, I might re think the questions.

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      Marsha Musselman 4 years ago from Michigan, USA

      I agree, great hub, Janey. I found it by looking you up from the forum introducing newbies.

      I would have answered your poll, but I don't know about my body temperature. How is this determined? By taking your temperature?

      I would have answered yes to the first part but unknown to the second part. I think you can add however many questions to the poll you can think of. This is the first time I've ever heard about body temperature being related to certain illnesses.

      By the way, did getting your body regulated help you fight off the cancer better?

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      Susan W 4 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Janey,

      Thank you for following my suggestions and now this hub looks fab! You were right to add pictures, that was an excellent idea. Thanks for following me, if you have any further questions just send me an e-mail through my profile page.

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      Janey Hood 4 years ago from UK

      Thank you susi10.

      I have made some changes at your suggestion.

      It was easier than I thought and I am very grateful to you for your ideas!

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      Susan W 4 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Janey,

      Wow, this hub is amazing, I learned a lot from it! You describe the condition very well and is very well explained. To improve your hub, I would suggest adding a poll such as; Have you suffered from Onychomycosis before?

      Try adding a picture or two to engage the readers interest. You need to legally attribute images but try finding some from Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons or

      This hub is fantastic, I will be reading plenty more of your hubs Janey!