Tea tree essential oil is pitted against the antifungal cream lotrimin for the treatment of fungal nail infection, but what about treating the underlying cause?
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I’ve never tried tea tree oil but I noticed after being LFPB for 1.5 years that it was completely gone.
I started eating higher fat and protein (still plant based) and it came back. I try to stick to low fat but other than my nail I feel a lot healthier eating higher amount of fat and protein.
I may go back to eating low fat for a few months and see the effects.
Eradicating the fungus on a vegan diet is going to be extremely difficult without the use of oral anti fungal meds. Carbohydrates are what the fungus feed on. The best natural cure is to significantly restrict your carb intake, similar to a ketogenic diet.
how do you deal with the smell? putting on the toes at night might be alright since it's before i go to bed, but what about during the day? it's just a really intense smell and people around you will notice it if you smell like it daily
Another reason that you get it when you grow older is just because when you're older your nails and hair grow slower, and so it's harder to get rid of the fungus. I've tried Oregano oil for a very long time. And I was persistent. Didn't help enough. Gave up and went for the meds, which I'm takin for 2 months now. Am vegan by the way.
Been vegan for 4 years now. and I've had one toenail fucked up for maybe..7 years? I thought there was nothing i could do so I covered it up with nailpolish... It cleared up like magic after 7 years, not because of my diet but because i was consistent with putting treatments on it. I used antifungal cream, nail laquer and tea tree oil. Prior to this i used oregano oil but it did nothing. But it may be because I wasn't as consistent. This shit takes months to clear up so consistency with treatment is key in my opinion, not diet. Just my experience
I can definitely confirm the last part about if you have a blood circulation problem, then TTO treatment may not get rid of it completely and forever. I've been using TTO in jojoba base oil for a long time now. When I first started this treatment some years back, I would say over the course of first 3-6 months, yes my fungus nails looked a fair bit better. It was only half the way to the finish line though. Since that initial improvement, I have not seen any further progress in a very long time, so it's probably a circulation issue. I have that tingly feeling in my feet at times so that would confirm the poor circulation if I'm not mistaken.
My mother has that on one toe, but I think it's because a marble chair fell on her foot and there was huge swelling and bleeding, after which the nail came off completely. It grew back normally for a while, but then something else fell on her foot at work and that was when the problem with the fungus started.
She eats a healthy vegan diet and does a very decent amount of excercise for a woman of 65 (She walks for about 2 hours each day and uses her bicycle to get around, and she even runs a little to get her heart rate up), so I don't think it's a problem with her circulation, or is it? What do you think?
Dr. Gregor, I really wish this topic was studied more. I think it might make some people rich to find a more natural preventative and cure. So many people have this condition and our only serious remedy is a toxic RX or possibly, long-term tea tree applications? I likely contacted nail fungus as a young adult, while mindlessly walking barefoot in a gym. It has slowly invaded all my toenails. This was several years before going vegan. I've been active and a plant based vegan for over 6 years and it hasn't changed a thing for my feet. Fixing and potential poor circulation I may have (don't notice any symptoms) doesn't seem likely to improve my severe condition. After looking into every treatment available, I'm seriously considering the toxic RX, I've tried long to avoid. Please post more!
everything in your body is a matter of balance. toenail fungus means the good bacteria and fungi are being out competed by the bad. Walk around in barefeet for a summer and get the good bacteria and dirt in your toes and the toenail fungus stops and your nail grows out in 3-4 months.
Patrick knowling ..I think you might have missed the point of my comment. I've already found the best way ! Since I live in the sub tropics it happened once, and if by chance it happens again.. I'll use 'tea tree oil ' !!
There are many treatments, natural or otherwise, but if the fungus has spread under the nail, most solutions are temporary. To get rid of it forever takes time and a bit of devotion. Soak your toes/feet in Vinegar & Listerine daily for at least 20 minutes - more is better. This kills germs, fungi, bacteria, etc., and soaks in. If your skin gets irritated, reduce the time until your feet become more accustomed to it. Do it while you watch TV or surf the Internet each day - develop the habit. You can reuse the same basin a couple times, but this is an investment in you. You'll need to buy the BIG Listerine's and the Gallon Vinegar's. Another price is that your feet will smell interesting, unless you wash them after soaking - but I wouldn't wash it off too soon. Moving forward in life, develop the lifestyle change to always let your feet breathe, spread out, and be dry whenever possible. When a NEW nail grows in completely from the root, which may take months, you're 100% GTG for life. The worse your toes were, the more you will love your new feet! This can be life changing for those affected for many years...
Some people can't help their circulation or immune problems due to medical conditions, like autoimmune disorders or disorders affecting circulation. So they can't treat the underlying cause and have to instead treat the symptoms.
That said, despite many prescribed treatments failing, the tea tree oil I got for my mother cleared up her nail fungus, which she has had for over 20 years, and even helping when she had to go through chemo and recovery from that [which means a heavily depressed immune system]. The oil also reversed the "pincer toe" as her physician called it, where the fungus was causing her nail's C curve to exaggerate to the point where it was pinching off a chunk of her toe. She'd had the entire nail surgically removed once and it grew back just to do the same thing... Until the tee tree oil, because it's not just anti-fungal, it also softened the nail which caused it to stop pinching off circulation and made it manageable to touch and properly trim and clean. It also has anti bacterial properties which makes it useful for preventing secondary infections in a way that other treatments weren't helping with. If I'm not mistaken it also does something to increase circulation in the tiny blood vessels of the skin, which might mean in helps in three very convenient ways all at the same time.
I'm not a fan of just going off of any anecdotal "evidence" you might hear on something, but I am sharing this in case it helps someone, especially considering any study I've seen supports that it does help with nail fungus in exactly the ways I have observed. You can often find larger bottles of it for a lot cheaper than some other treatments and it doesn't have the same draw backs as many other treatments for long term use.
If a vitamin C tab can kill recurring bacterial vaginitis
when nothing else worked, then I'm going to crush one up with a carrier and put it on bf's toe everyday! Also use one to exfoliate my face and it takes years off
I was already on a plant based diet when I got toe nail fungus. I found out it’s caused by a low vitamin C level in the body. I started taking Ester C in high amounts and about 5 months later it all went away and never came back. I still take the Ester C.
No, my information comes from Dr Joel Wallach who idolized Dr Linus Pauling but also knows he was wrong to take so much isolated Vit C every day and that's what killed him and his wife. The toxin is determined only by the dose and there isn't an overabundance of any trace minerals in our diet because they aren't added back in to the soil which is severely depleted.
Philip J Fry it is virtual impossible to deplete copper since there is an over abundance of copper in the diet. Most people have too much, especially the industrial kind. Your information is outdated and based on fear mongering against good diet and supplimentation. Paid for likely the pharmaciutical industry. Learn from real people who have healed using real food instead of some industry funded study designed to decieve you. 🐾✌️❤️
Taking high Vit C by itself can deplete your body of copper and cause your arteries to blow out. That's what killed Dr Linus Pauling, you're better off to take a complete vitamin & mineral supplement but finding one is difficult.
I had toenail fungus on both big toes, caught it in a gym shower room. I was eating a plant based diet and exercising two hours a day at the time. My circulation was great. I put tea tree oil on it twice a day and Vicks Vapor Rub and tea tree oil on it at night for more than a year. (I kept the nail cut short but did not grind down the whole nail.) The tea tree oil definitely improved the appearance of the nail, but it did not completely cure the fungus. The only thing that cured it was a prescription Lamisil antifungal for 12 weeks. It's risky for the liver ( I had to take a liver test) but I'm glad I did it. The nail fungus is finally completely gone.
Surprisingly...WD 40 works ...was used in Vietnam where conditions were ideal for growth and spreading...like other applications must be consistent for 4 to 6 months....or just eat right....which is easier said than done
Improving your circulation might only make your feet sweat more, which is my problem. Only thing non-systemic that cures it is laser treatment, but keeping feet dry with baby powder, etc. can keep it from coming back.
" I hope to not eat doritos someday" That wording .... basically means you are planning for failure! If instead of "hope to" you "plan to" or are "determined to" you might convince someone - perhaps even yourself!
Nevertheless good luck with your journey!
@Yowzoe. I take it that you are here means you eat a plant based diet? Has that not helped? I'm new to plant based.. in fact I am still trying to kick my addiction to chocolate milk and also ice cream. I guess Doritos is corn so that is ok? So once I kick the dairy I will be full plant based.
Like with so many things wrong with us, it’s simply a symptom showing something else is wrong. This is why people believe in pharmaceuticals, they do just that - fixes your symptom, by putting a lid on it. The body’s like “Heey, I’m tryin to tell you something here!!” No money in curing anyone, right... 💊🏦💊
Anecdotally, I can't comment on the circulation issues, but I picked up this nail fungus from a public pool area once (gross). For a year, I tried all sorts of OTC treatments that did nothing. Finally, I tried nightly treatments of tea tree oil and witch hazel (alternated between nights). That did the trick, though it's impossible to say which worked / worked better. The key to using it was to make sure to get the nail truly wet, especially at the cuticles and under the nail at front. I'd sleep barefoot. Once I figured all that out, my symptoms improved dramatically and new, healthy nail growth began. Unfortunately, it took months for a fully new nail. Been without issue for seven years now, no need for continued preventive treatments or anything. I'd say it worked, but I sure would like to understand how.
All plants have defensive compounds, many have anti fungal or bacterial properties to protect the plant from bacterial attacks or things like powdery mildew and other molds. That's the same reason some plants have anti cancer properties, the plant compounds are just toxic to any cells & attack mitochondria or disrupt cell membranes.
sorry, but based on my own experiment, the hypothesis of the blood circulation is just crap. 1/ Not only do I eat vegetalian for more than 5 years, but 2/ I focus a part of my diet on blood flow as I'm a (ultra trail) runner. 3/ and last but not least I wear large toebox zero drop shoes (altra, vivo, vibram FF) for 5 years too (and that increase feet bloodflow a lot)., sometimes wearing correct toes. Believe me, that hypothesis is just plain garbage.
I also do not have a depressed immune system. Better look at other factors like imbalance in gut bacteria, some gluten intolerance or whatever.
Poor circulation is not always diet. It’s also lack of exercise, it’s the fact that people with certain diseases just tend to have more circulatory issues, also diet. Don’t forget sun exposure for nails. Also some people just have thicker nailbeds than others. There’s so much missing here from this video.
I said its not ALWAYS diet. And its not ALWAYS exercise too. Its not ALWAYS anything. Could be one thing, combination of things. Plus, if you exercise daily doing cardio and weights than you probably don't have poor circulation unless you are older.
There's different types of obesity but its not uncommon for overweight people to feel cold all the time. Others are overheating constantly & wearing summer clothes in winter time & drinking cold stuff like slurpees. Are you also overweight and what is your diet like?
If it's even remotely cold my hands and feet will be cold also. During winter I do feel colder than most people, but I make sure to layer up good. Also if I stop cardio for few days my lips will get very dry, during winter they are always dry. Everyone who knows me knows I have cold hands most of the time.
But I have IBS so i'm probably not converting enough food into calories, so I think that's why I get cold during winter.
It is known that fat people are warmer probably due to extra energy they posses from the fat.
Nah I exercise almost daily, cardio and weights, my circulation still sucks after many years, while some fat people I know who barely move off their ass have superman circulation. Oh and they eat like shit and i'm WFPB LFHC vegan.
How can you increase the circulation if you already eat plant based??...i have only had leg swelling and poor circulation to my feet since going wfpb vegan 6 years ago...is it possible I'm not getting enough sodium? I have low bp and heart rate, and I'm cold most of the time....i am fed up with the leg swelling though and i work out everyday. I do have iodine deficiency and have been supplementing with nascent iodine for 2 months, upping the dose as i am still deficient.
People believe and do things for all sorts of stupid reasons. McDonalds sells the most burgers because they advertise the most not because they make good burgers. I don't expect to sway the masses with my approach and yes I understand Dr Greger has more money and influence than I do. He also pretends to be a Dr and wears a lab coat & stethoscope even though he never finished his residency and hasn't managed a single patient. I have and the people who listen to me & who still have a functioning immune system usually get better. I don't present any pseudoscience and I help people, the ones who ask for my help, and I don't ask anything in return. I know that the toxic compounds in plants and the GMO foods are responsible for the terrible state of our health and the vegan propaganda & lies need to be countered. Plus its amusing. I had a vegan tell me human teeth are evolved for cracking walnuts open! :)
Mate, surely you can understand why people are more inclined to believe Greger than you. He reads hundreds of scientific studies and presents the information concisely in these videos. He's a licensed doctor and his organisation is a nonprofit.
You provide anecdotal pseudoscientific evidence in between swearing at and attempting to insult people in YouTube comment sections. I'm not sure what your credentials are, where you learned this information, or why you might expect people to unquestioningly believe some random person online named for a borderline retarded cartoon character.
It seems we don't even disagree on many things. People are massively overmedicated. The standard American diet is so bad that getting people to eat any whole foods would improve and lengthen many lives. I'm not vegan - I'm not convinced it's the best choice.
What do you do for a living? lol..... Got a big list of people who listened to your advice and got rid of diseases or painful conditions? Yea too bad I'm not a real Doctor & then I could not wash my hands properly when I go to the bathroom and be part of the 3rd biggest cause of death in North America, HOSPITAL INFECTION! Any idea how many people are killed every year because of decimal point errors on prescription meds? Or how many people die every yr from taking their meds correctly as prescribed? You're hilarious.
There's at least one video on YT, where they do a demo of treating this using a combination of olive oil, slivers of fresh, organic garlic placed under and all around the nail then they wrap it in cotton cloth, like old clean flannel shirt remnants and Saran wrap (cling film, in the UK) and leave it for like 24 hrs.
Is hydrofluorocarbon 152a considered an PAH (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon). It's a chemical commonly used in cosmetic products and body sprays. I remember a Dr. Gregor video where he says PAH can cause cancer.
I can confirm from direct experience that tea tree oil works but you need to apply regularly and file down the nail. You will start to notice results within months but it takes a long time to eradicate completely.
Interesting, did you also start wearing sandals all the time or anything like that? I usually use Absorbine Jr and it typically only takes one time to kill my athlete's foot. I think its just menthol & camphor, its an old timey horse liniment.
Its your fault for picking a shitty video. Tons of people are reversing every auto immune disease you can think of and a bunch you haven't heard of through a plant free diet. Also reversing diabetes, obesity and all kinds of mental illness & sleep issues. A logical person can only conclude that plants must be the cause of all of these conditions for many people. Eat what you want to but there's also a vegan recovery group that has well over 500 members in just over a month & the more plant based everyone is eating the worse their health has become which means there IS something wrong with the plant based diet. Doctors don't have any nutritional training and even the American Diatetic Assoc takes all kinds of money from junk food companies to promote their garbage food as healthy. Hospital infection is the 3rd leading cause of death in North America because Doctors can't figure out how to wash their hands properly so if you want to take advice about diet from this clown be my guest. He's the same age as I am and he could pass for my father, that's what his plant based diet has caused. Rapid aging, hair loss, tooth decay, poor vision and zero muscle mass.
Philip J Fry It is not the oils that cause the hca to form. It is the sugar and protein cooked with high heat that causes hca to form. I cannot find anything on grains causing hca to form. Plants are still far healthier than meats. You still haven't giving me anything to show that Dr Greger has mislead in his videos. Just because it didn't work for you doesn't mean that there is something wrong with a plant based diet. Greger is not the only doctor promoting a plant based lifestyle.
After many years of enduring toe nails that grow oddly while at the same time toe nails that would turn almost black, my mother started using this fungus treatment CureForNailFungus78.blogspot.com
. Right after a just-a couple of weeks she has recognized a great improvement. At this moment, her nails are normal again.?
My wife suffered with nail fungus for years. Once she started putting Teatree oil on it, it was gone in four months. She was overwhelmed with joy because she thought it was something she was going to have to live with for life.
Do you know what works for toe fungus - iodine. My husband has had toe fungus almost the entire 11 years we’ve been together. I’ve tried all the prescribed creams, foot soaks, tea tree, and the only thing that has hardened his nails and killed the fungus is iodine.
Iodine is also the only thing that’s killed my German Shepherds chronic ear infections and she hasn’t had one since. I also tried everything with her ears, all the veterinarian prescribed meds and ointments, antibiotic ointments, colloidal silver, different diets although shes always had quality food.
Iodine - it’s the answer.
I use it on rashes and skin problems and they almost instantly clear up, I put a drop on the back of my throat when it’s sore and by the next day I’m 100% (way better than gargling salt).
Does it need to be pure iodine? I found a generic to Betadine; which is infact 10% povidone-iodine and says 1% available iodine. Also i found the one with glycerin as a base vs. alcohol, whats the disadvantage, after all you said you tried both for toe fungus? walmart had a 8oz for $6 ,and a 2oz tincture for $3 that used alcohol as a base but was ammonium hydroxide iodine (?) potassium iodine (?). is that the same thing? i mean i dont know but i think i like the 8oz deal for $6. help? walmart sells another tincure by swann - Ingredients: Iodine tincture USP 100% (2% Iodine) at $4 for 1oz.
I used both glycerin based and alcohol based iodine on his toes (although I preferred the alcohol based tincture because it would dry out in 10 min and didn’t require coverage). They hardened in about a week and started to become clear like my own toes over the first month and completely lost their smell.
For everything else I use the glycerine based solution. You should be able to find the cheapest iodine at a local western ranch store as it’s used frequently for animal care.
I am struggling with this right now and using my prescription topical medicine once a day to treat it but it worry once it is gone which I know will take a long time that it may come back. I eat a low fat plant based diet already. Do you think using tea tree oil a few times a week on the nails may help it from coming back in the future?
I had a pretty large wart, as well as a few smaller ones, on the plantar side of my foot. A podiatrist told me that it all started because my immune system wasn't able to fight the HPV virus when it first got exposed to it. (It that has been the case, poor circulaition could've been a factor in that.) I think that it wasn't so much about having a weak immune system (since I very, very rarely get sick) as it was about the fact that I had been using a public shower for a week straight (showering multiple times a day) barefoot ~2 months prior to starting to see a wart growing on my foot... I think the vast majority of immune systems would succumb with such exposure...
It's interesting that the risk of the condition increases with age. Both circulatory system and the immune system function decline with age and inflammation due to immune system dysfunction tends to cause circulatory system damage. So immune system dysfunction could be responsible for both the infection and poor circulation.
There are multiple factors over looked in the studies. First, debridement is a treatment. Second, oils "hydrated" the nail plate assisting the cosmesis. Third, topcial creams are not indicated for the nail plate as they have a poor ability to penetrate. Four, topical antifungal prescriptions were superior to tea tree oil for tinea pedis. This is possibly due to the lamina lucida layer within the soles of the feet. Peripheral vascular disease and the speculation that there is a depletion in the patient's immune response are vaild correlations. Unfortunately, in an aging population, peripheral vascular disease is usually the ultimate accumulation of a high-fat animal based diet and the degree of stenosis and occlusions that give little hope to improvement with a plant-based diet when there is no or limited collateral circulation.
Eelke Aptroot well I think it's meant to be a multi~ pronged approach. Maybe some people for whatever reason get a bit lazy with their vegan diets~ we all know it's possible~ so they should probably reassess, and drill down on that score *while* trying the typical stuff as well.
It's kind of like skin care~ you can't just smash on the wrinkle creams, not address the diet, sleep, exercise,etc~ and expect to have great, wrinkle free skin, right?
vaylon1701 I have found that tea tree oil is kind of like patchouli oil. You either love it or want to vomit, lol.
It's like some people can detect the scent of almonds in the presence of arsenic...and others cannot. The olfactory system is pretty interesting, especially the way it varies so much from person to person.
I’ve been plant based for a year and my circulation has gotten better but it sucks compared to the average person. Probably something to do with me being 6ft4 which in turn was probably caused by all of the growth hormones in the milk I was drinking as a kid lol... I’ll try tea tree oil out, thanks Doc!
Ive been vegan for over two years and I deal with this recurring problem as well. Tea Tree essential oil has worked for me along with other essential oils, but those need carriers and can burn. Best to start with the Tea Tree.
@Philip J Fry vegan doesnt mean healthy you need to take b12 and eat whole foods, I mean oreos and beer are considered vegan..
Im not religious either Im an atheist and carnists sound like religious people to me honestly, even the fallacies overlap, appeals to tradition and popularity for example
" As for the 7th day study maybe it was the praying or the not swearing or not taking the lord's name in vain that had all the beneficial effects. How would we ever know?"
Because there is no good reason to think these things have an effect?
"so why is it funny that people are losing hundreds of pounds and reversing all kinds of diseases by going carnivore?"
.. I never said that keto diets dont help people lose fat I dont pretend that isnt true.. Losing weight doesnt equal to health though, especially if you do it via a carnivorous diet. Its like a cocaine habit, if you lose enough weight and you were obese, maybe youre healthier even though youre snorting cocaine.. but only healthier than before.. I guess I should say less unhealthy
"Vegans really are a sick and twisted bunch of anti human freaks when it comes down to it."
How come? Lol truly bizarre for you to say this while thinking a carnivorous diet is sensible
"Constantly taking pleasure in other people's suffering is probably not a mentally healthy thing to engage in, maybe you should see a psychiatrist or at least do some serious self reflection."
Whos suffering am I taking pleasure from? lmao what the fuck are you even talking about dude, you sound like a schizophrenic
Have you heard of the recent Australian study that showed no benefit whatsoever from being vegan or vegetarian? When compared to average couch potatoes who eat garbage all the time? I'm not religious and religious people often have a habit of bullshitting in order to make themselves feel good about their decisions and in order to dupe others in to believing that their religion is a good choice. I don't think I'll be letting anyone who says they talk to God in their dreams tell me what to eat. As for the 7th day study maybe it was the praying or the not swearing or not taking the lord's name in vain that had all the beneficial effects. How would we ever know? Also why is it funny that people are losing hundreds of pounds and reversing all kinds of diseases by going carnivore? Vegans really are a sick and twisted bunch of anti human freaks when it comes down to it. Constantly taking pleasure in other people's suffering is probably not a mentally healthy thing to engage in, maybe you should see a psychiatrist or at least do some serious self reflection.
@Philip J fry they surpased the okinawas because okinawans had a huge decline in health as they adopted the americanized way of eating... Okinawans used to eat 1 percent of calories from meat you keep saying they always ate meat lmao..
What claims am I attempting to pin on you exactly? wtf..
Blue zones are isolated populations in india or tibet? lmao ok
"if you understand what all those other factors do to studies then there's really no good scientific evidence that supports a plant based diet is there?
Weren't you the one citing the 7th day adventists as a healthy vegetarian population?"
I wasnt but that study controled for a lot of factors didnt it? Have you read it? Or have you heard of it from your carnivore blog? lmao
One of the earliest changes I noticed in myself after going plant based was the improvement in my fingernails and toenails. My pinky-toenails use to be rough and rubbery I always had to cover them in nail polish.
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