Health & Family

Recipe works on stubborn nail fungus

Q. I'm 21. I haven't had a “normal” big toenail on my left foot since I was 14. It came off when I was removing nail polish. Since then, the toenail has grown back (with fungus) over and over and then repeatedly fallen off. I finally went online and found your Web site with home remedies. I bought Listerine, Vicks VapoRub and white vinegar at the beginning of June. Since then, I have soaked my toenails for 30 minutes a day in a mixture of equal amounts of Listerine and vinegar. At night, I put Vicks on my toenails and then socks (the Vicks does stain). I don't know which one is working, because I have been using both Vicks and Listerine. My big toenail has grown out almost completely and it is completely healthy.

Treating toenail fungus takes a lot of patience, because the nails grow slowly. Thanks for letting us know about your success!

Coconut for diarrhea

Q. My husband had been in the hospital for several weeks with a virulent form of pneumonia. After multiple courses of IV antibiotics, he developed serious diarrhea. He was very weak and actually fell twice trying to get to the bathroom. When my daughter brought him homemade coconut pie, the diarrhea disappeared, only to reappear when he did not eat any coconut. I wish I'd known about this when I was raising my children!

We've received enough stories about coconut calming diarrhea to be convinced that this remedy often works. On the other hand, too much coconut can be constipating.

Natural blood pressure fix?

Q. A doctor told my husband that Kyolic garlic capsules might bring his blood pressure down. I started taking them myself, one in the morning and one at night. Now my blood pressure is lower than normal most of the time. My doctor has taken me off the atenolol and lisinopril I used to take.

You did this experiment properly, with your doctor's supervision. People should not stop blood pressure medication on their own.

There have been many studies on garlic and blood pressure, but the results have been mixed. A recent review and meta-analysis from Australia concludes that garlic works better than placebo in lowering blood pressure.