Sunday, June 24, 2007

Natural nail polish & toe nail fungus...hoy!

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Freedom from toluene,petrochemicals, lake dyes and more! June 25, 2007
Dear friends,
I love pedicures, do you? How about toxic formaldehyde filled pretty polish and hard to eradicate fungus from your body?

Today's note, is a wee bit strong, but very important. Sadly I write from personal experience.

Love ya!
Your personal makeup coach
p.s. Got questions? Email through the website
Natural nail polish is possible...I"m going to order some and find out what the finish is really like... here's why:
They contain NO formaldehyde; NO toluene; NO colophony (rosin); NO phthalate; NO synthetic preservatives; NO synthetic fragrances; NO color lakes; highly-refined colorants.

The body shop nail color is recommended also.
Funky toe nails? Dark spots? Wavy bumps?A wee bit of stink?
It could be dermatophytes...toe nail bugs and fungus amongus!
Here's the wikipedia on it:
A dermatophyte is a parasitic fungus that infects the skin. The term embraces the imperfect fungi of the genera Epidermophyton, Microsporum and Trichophyton.

Dermatophytes (name based on the Greek for 'skin plants') are a common label for a group of three types of fungus that commonly causes skin disease in animals and humans. These anamorphic (asexual or imperfect) genera are: Microsporum, Epidermophyton and Trichophyton. There are about 40 species in these three genera. Species capable of reproducing sexually belong in the teleomorphic genus, Arthroderma, of the Ascomycota. (See Teleomorph, anamorph and holomorph for more information on this type of fungal life cycle).

Dermatophytes cause infections of the skin, hair and nails due to their ability to obtain nutrients from keratinized material. The organisms colonize the keratin tissues and inflammation is caused by host response to metabolic by-products. They are usually restricted to the nonliving cornified layer of the epidermis because of their inability to penetrate viable tissue of an immunocompetent host. Invasion does elicit a host response ranging from mild to severe. Acid proteinases, elastase, keratinases, and other proteinases reportedly act as virulence factors. The development of cell-mediated immunity correlated with delayed hypersensitivity and an inflammatory response is associated with clinical cure, whereas the lack of or a defective cell-mediated immunity predisposes the host to chronic or recurrent dermatophyte infection.

Some of these infections are known as ringworm or tinea. Toe- and fingernail infection are referred to as onychomycosis. Dermatophytes usually do not invade living tissues, but colonize the outer layer of the skin. Occasionally the organisms do invade subcutaneous tissues, resulting in kerion development.

For more information and to view more photos, visit this site:

Thanks for taking the time to inform yourself. You may have funky toenails and not know why. I got the fungus from a myriad of sources, though my podiatrist says it most likely was wearing nail polish for long periods of time, wearing tight fitting shoes, and synthetic a stocking or socks that weren't 100% cotton.

I was going to put photos in this newsletter, but they are pretty gross. To see them visit the website. Ewww!

I have no plans of taking a strong antibiotic that could cause liver damage for 12 weeks and "hope" it cures the fungus. Instead, I am opting for the natural cure of soaking my toes every night in a vinegar solution and topically applying tea tree oil.

Here's to your health and your toes!
Your personal makeup coach

Cherelynn Baker
Makeup University Inc

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