Dr. Gott: Readers inquire home remedies, drink recipes, shampoo

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DEAR DR. GOTT: In a recent column, you referred to two possible cures for toenail fungus other than menthol salve. one was an over-the-counter product, and the other was a soaking agent. Could you please relate what these two potential cures are?

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DEAR READER: The article to which you are probably referring can be found on my website at www.AskDrGottMD.com/nail-fungus-home-remedies.

There are many home remedies for nail fungus, some more successful (based on reader input) than others. I believe one of the products you are referring to is Miranel, which is available over-the-counter at Walgreens. It is applied directly to the toenail and surrounding skin daily using the applicator brush provided.

Another product that has been successful is decolorized iodine, also known as white iodine. this product may also improve weak, brittle nails.

As for soaking agents, I have received several letters regarding white vinegar. Some people soak a cotton ball and then apply it to the affected nail several times a day, while others simply dilute the vinegar with warm water and soak the whole foot. this may also help with athlete’s foot.

Others have chosen to use diluted bleach in a similar manner.

Many years ago, I recommended a foot soak using Pau d’Arco tea. The feet have to be soaked several times a day. I have since stopped recommending it because the above remedies appear to be readily available, easier, less expensive and provide better results.

DEAR DR. GOTT: Can you please reprint your colon cocktail and grape arthritis drink recipes? I clipped them out but seem to have misplaced them when I moved. Thank you.

DEAR READER: My colon cocktail is simply equal portions of applesauce, bran and prune juice. Take 1 or 2 tablespoons each morning to prevent and/or remedy constipation. Be sure to store any extra in the refrigerator. It is best to prepare it in small batches because it lasts only up to three or four days once mixed.

The arthritis drink is 8 ounces of purple grape juice mixed with 1 tablespoon of liquid pectin. this can be used up to three times a day until symptoms are under control, and then most users continue with a maintenance dose of one glass per day. Some readers have used apple or light grape juice.

Another popular remedy for arthritis is a castor-oil rub. The oil is massaged onto the affected joint once or twice a day. For those who prefer a warming or cooling effect, Castiva may be preferable because it is made with a castor-oil base and warming capsaicin.

DEAR DR. GOTT: Some time ago, you mentioned a specific shampoo that seemed to have hair-restorative properties. I forgot to write down the name of that shampoo and would like to know if you remember it. Thanks.

DEAR READER: You are likely referring to Tresemme Silk Protein Healthy Volume Shampoo and Tresemme Vitamin E Conditioner. other readers have also had success with other types of Tresemme shampoos and conditioners that contain biotin and B vitamins.

Other remedies include supplemental biotin, folic acid and/or B complex (which contains all the B vitamins). Over-the-counter Rogaine may also be beneficial but is relatively expensive, and any results achieved will reverse if the product is stopped.

Readers who are interested in learning more about home remedies can order my Health Reports “Dr. Gott’s Compelling Home Remedies” and “More Compelling Home Remedies” by sending a self-addressed stamped no. 10 envelope and a $2 check or money order per report made payable to Newsletter and mailed to Newsletter, P.O. Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092-0167. Be sure to mention the title(s) or print an order form off www.AskDrGottMD.com.

Dr. Peter H. Gott is a retired physician and the author of several books, including “Live Longer, Live better,” “Dr. Gott’s no Flour, no Sugar Diet” and “Dr. Gott’s no Flour, no Sugar Cookbook,” which are available at most bookstores or online. his website is www.AskDrGottMD.com.

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