Good News: Statin Use Lowers Risk of Foot Amputation in Diabetics

Diabetics have up to a 25% chance of requiring foot amputations over the course of a lifetime. On the bright side, a new study published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery found that diabetics who took statins were less likely to require a lower extremity amputation. This is just one of the many ways a person can decrease the risk of such a traumatic event.

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Toenail Fungus Remedies: Does Zeta Clear Work Or Is It All Just Marketing Hype?

Consumers have to separate functionality from marketing hype in the foods that we choose from the supermarket. Likewise, we need to cut through the toenail fungus remedies that have the most marketing dollars behind their messages to avoid wasting our money or doing more harm than good. One of the names you’ll see popping up a lot is Zeta Clear. In fact, a Google News search pulls up more than 25,000 entries!

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6 Cleaning Strategies To Limit The Spread of Athlete’s Foot Fungus In Your Home

It’s a terrible day when you realize that itchy red rash on your feet is actually athlete’s foot. This fungus is contagious, meaning that it may put the rest of your housemates at risk. According to WebMDathlete’s foot can be spread “through direct contact with the infection and by skin particles left on towels, shoes, or floors.” The good news is that you don’t need to turn into an absolute germophobe to protect your family from contracting your athlete’s foot.

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A Malodorous Connundrum: How To Fight Foot Smell At Root Cause

A 16-year-old basketball player wrote to 88.7 broadcast journalist Dr. Zorba Paster with his foot smell conundrum. “When I take off my socks, you can smell them clear in the kitchen — and  my bedroom is in the basement,” writes “Lonely Jason.” He adds that the smell sickens his mom and makes him afraid he’ll never find the girl of his dreams. Antiperspirant and over-the-counter yeast creams have not been successful for this young man. Luckily, there are several practical remedies for smelly feet that attack the root cause of foot odor and provide meaningful results.

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Will Toenail Fungus Make My Insurance Rate Go Up?

One fifth of Americans under 65 have a chronic condition that makes them uninsurable on the private market. According to the Daily KosCalifornians are having trouble getting health insurance due to something as minor as toenail fungus! People who purchased health insurance on the individual market find that they are suddenly placed in a “high risk” pool when they are diagnosed with toenail fungus. Clearly, the system is broken.

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Diabetes Foot Conditions: Learn the Causes and Cures For Yellow Nails

Nail changes can be important indicators to our overall health. For instance, spoon-shaped nails indicate iron deficiency, chronic liver disease turns the nails opaque-white, and vertical ridges on the nails are merely a harmless consequence of aging. Yellow nails may indicate several different conditions — from benign to serious. Perhaps it’s a lifestyle hazard from painting your nails so often… or it could be one of the common diabetes foot conditions, for example. Here we outline the most probable causes of yellow toenails.

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Uses For Germicidal UV Light: Eliminate Nail Fungus & More!

Germicidal UV light has been in the news headlines a lot recently. A Denver Hospital reported the use of Xenex, a germicidal UV lamp robot that can kill a room full of harmful organisms in five to 10 minutes. Heating, ventilation and cooling contractors report that UV-C lights can provide more than 25% energy savings, boost airflow and extend the life of HVAC equipment. Researchers are using UV-C light to change lard, tallow, olive oil and waste canola oil into olefins used to make plastic. It’s amazing what this type of natural light can do! Find out how we’re using it to eliminate nail fungus…

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Foot Health: Protecting Your Feet On A Cruise Vacation

It’s easy to have a false sense of security on a luxurious cruise ship. The rooms look posh and pristine, albeit a bit cramped. With a pool like this…

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… how could anything go wrong? It’s all too easy to forget that you’re sailing with over 3,000 other passengers… many of which may be suffering from toenail fungus, athlete’s foot and plantar’s warts, to name a few conditions. “Next time you are in a public area, look around at the toenails of those strolling barefoot,” one forum writer quipped. “Do you see some yellowish colored and thick nails out there? UGH! Very contagious,” she added. Even though you are on vacation, remember there is no vacation from foot health!

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Can Botox For Your Feet Be a Cure For Sweaty Shoes?

We live in a culture of perfectionism where “Botox” and “Dermal Fillers” are household words. Traditionally, we think of Botox as a toxin that paralyzes the face muscles slightly to relax wrinkles — crow’s feet, laugh lines, you know — the usual crowd that pushes youthfulness out of the room. Yet, did you know Botox can also be used as a cure for sweaty feet?

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Germs Among Us: Mike Rowe Declares Himself World’s Dirtiest Man

This special episode of “Curiosity: World’s Dirtiest Man” aired back in 2011, but we just caught the re-run on TV. The topics discussed seemed really relevant to our audience, so we thought we’d share. Mike Rowe, host of “World’s Dirtiest Jobs,” agreed to participate in a number of scientific tests to find out just how many germs his body contained. It’s nothing against Mike personally, but rather, a testament to our own illusions of cleanliness.

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