Natural health: Fungal infections and senile cataracts

My big toenail seems to have had a fungal infection for more than a year now. What would you recommend?

A. When a fungal infection takes hold like this, it is typically a sign your immune system is struggling to do its job effectively. 

With fungal infections in particular, it is the thymus gland that needs support. 

The thymus gland produces T-cells (T-lymphocytes), which are responsible for dealing with fungal infections.

Topical remedies will also help, but I would suggest that you use these in tandem with internal remedies. 

Nascent Iodine is ideal, since it is considered to be the safest form of supplemental iodine. 

It is a very different product to the iodine commonly used as an antiseptic, so you mustn’t confuse the two. 

Nascent iodine is produced by subjecting a 1% tincture of iodine to a high electromagnetic field for a given time in order to produce the nascent state. 

Once consumed, the charged atom gradually loses its energy over a period of 2-3 hours, and the body recognises this atom as the same nascent iodine it produces naturally. Take 5-10 drops 3-4 times a day. 

Be sure to take the nascent iodine on an empty stomach, and remember frequent small doses are more effective than larger amounts taken less often.

As far as natural topical remedies go, I have found that neat essential oils are the most effective in countering fungal nail infections. 

Manuka, tea tree, and lemon balm (Melissa oil) would be my top three. 

Simply apply directly to the affected nail using a cotton bud after your morning shower, and again before bed.

Q. I was recently referred to an ophthalmologist with early stages of senile cataracts. 

He has told me there is nothing I can do at this stage, but they will likely need surgery further down the track. Is there something that can be done to slow the progression?

A. The British ophthalmologist, Stanley Evans, developed a nutritional approach to treating cataracts (and glaucoma) back in the 1940s. 

Through his research, he noted a link between particular nutrients and their effect on the individual parts of the eye. 

Using this information, he developed a dietary protocol that has helped many individuals with cataracts.

Antioxidants are high on the list of recommended supplementation for cataracts, in particular the vitamins A, C, E, and bilberry extract. 

A high dietary intake of dark berries have been shown to significantly benefit eye health and even prevent the progression of cataract formation. 

The reason why dark berries, bilberries in particular (although blackberries and blueberries are also helpful), are recommended is because they contain a bioflavanoid called anthocyanoside, which works to protect the retina and lens from oxidation.

One study showed that a supplement containing bilberry extract combined with vitamins C and E was able to stop the progression of cataract formation in 97% of patients diagnosed with senile cortical cataracts. 

Vitamin C works by activating vitamin E which then activates glutathione, a tripeptide considered to be the most important antioxidant in the body.

Studies show low levels of this vitamin E increase the risk of developing cataracts by four times. Lutein and zeaxanthin are two other antioxidants which are key nutrients in maintaining healthy vision and significantly reduce the rate of macular degeneration.

Orthomol’s Vision AMD is a supplement which has been put together to help treat both age-related macular degeneration and cataract development.

These capsules not only contain vitamins A, C, E, lutein and zeaxanthin, but also the crucial B-vitamins, vitamin D3, a host of bioflavanoids, betacarotene and lycopene, trace elements, essential fatty acids and amino acids.

Take three capsules daily.

For suppliers contact Whole Foods Brand Management (00-44 -1782 564512).


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