How I Cured My Fungal Toes, or Onychomycosis
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'.
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
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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© 2013 Janey Hood