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Toenail Fungus Can Kill You

Toenail Fungus Can Kill You

Toenail Fungus Can Get Into Your Blood

I picked it up from dirty area

It was a long fight to rid of the toenail fungus

When toenail fungus goes untreated it  can get into your body and cause many unnoticed problems. Toenail fungus can cause many other diseases, like Cancer, Athletes Foot, and Cellulite.

The outside world meets your inside world under each nail

This sensitive area under each nail is similar to that around each tooth where unwanted critters can enter your blood stream. Here too, is where the fungus lurks.

Fight and Win This Battle on Your Own Grounds

  • I read about spending thousands of dollars having doctors fight–and not always win this battle.
  • They might drill holes and prescribe much medicine.
  • I solved my problem–and won–for pennies.

Toenail Fungus Should be Fought Every Day

Just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean you don’t have it. Toenail fungus lurks under the toenails and fingernails and awaits a favorable environment to reproduce and DIG IN to the tender spots under your nails.

Toenail Fungus can be picked up in many public and private places

I contracted a case of stubborn toenail fungus 17 years ago, working in a dirty basement (I was working, not  the fungi).

I fought the little Devils for many years. Used every tool in the box—short of getting the doctors involved. (The virus wasn’t sick, and I didn’t want massive doses of antibiotics that would impact my whole body. Might affect above my ears too.

I Also Got Ear Fungus From the Same Basement

After much prodding and my stubborn attitude, the kindly ear doctor had me syringe out my ears each day with common old Peroxide. The next visit,  he said, “Your ears are as clean as a whistle.” He might have ‘heered” the wind blowing through.

Anyway, to make a short story long, I was left with the toenail invasion. That became a tough job as the darned things found a nice home in my socks, shoes and under my toenails.

Freezing Will Kill the Fungus in Shoes

  • The fungus are a plant. I put my shoes in the freezer; good thing I have a separate freezer that my wife stays away from. I had seven pairs of shoes in there at one time. That killed the nasty little devils.
  • I washed my socks in hot water (My good wife did that.)
  • In cold weather, put my shoes outside–hoping the raccoons and coyotes wouldn’t eat them.
  • I got rid of all my shoes that were old and decrepit—out the window.

A Whole New Arena Here With The Tough Under-the-Toenail-Guys

Common Household Bleach was the Answer

Thankfully, after much research. I found a common-sense weapons that was already available. Clorox Bleach advertises that it will kill most fungus, and even most virus.

I remembered that my Daddy had us put normal household bleach on problems like that. We used “Clorox” for cleaning the ‘bathroom’ ( we didn’t have inside plumbing) as well as the chicken coop and other outside areas.

Stubborn Fungus Under the Nails

Now came the arduous task of getting the stuff out from under my toenails—didn’t want to put them in the freezer.

  • I made a Foot-bath: One cup of Clorox and one quart of water. Dipped my feet in it morning and evening. This reminded me of the foot-bath in the showers in the old High School locker rooms–and the Marine Corps where something was always coming after me.
  • A few months later the problem was greatly diminished. But I still had fungus under my toe nails.
  • Bleach and a cotton swab (Q tip) solved that problem.

A Little Bit of Clorox Twice a day Killed Them

  • A little Clorox on a cotton swab (Q tip) placed on each toenail twice a day solved the problem.
  • This took several years to do the job, but it worked.
  • You Are Attacking the Enemy From the Tail End

  • It is a long fight when you can’t reach the head of the “snake” except to begin from the tail.
  • Eventually, with diligence, you will see the front-end of the Damned Critter. It will be a pink ending right where it gets into your blood stream.
  • Don’t quit yet. Keep on with the Clorox–maybe forever.

 Cleanliness, Fresh Air, and “Clorox,” Made this Happen


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knees of steel

How I Developed Knees of Steel – and YOU can have it too!

Knees Of Steel Can be Yours In a Few Minutes a Day

To make your knees strong you must use them. As we go about our daily lives and our everyday movements–we can build strong knees. Just use the knees as they were intended to be used. I learned to start small and build my knees into Knees Of Steel.

Don’t Bend The Back Instead of Bending the Knees

The Old Folks Bend.

Older people act like they are afraid to bend their knees. They bend at their waist instead of bending their knees. As time marches on their knees act like they forget how to bend. This is a habit that causes the body to pay a terrible price.

Bend Those Knees to Make Them Strong

Lack of Movement Causes Ligaments, Bones and Tendons Muscles to atrophy. Start with gentle, easy and slow movements. Don’t over bend–and don’t try to be a hero. We can have Knees of Steel with some daily routines that take almost no time or effort. Be gentle with yourself and: Within a few months, you too can have Knees of Steel.

OK, Fellow Citizens on Your March to Knees of Steel, Do this drill

Begin by relaxing your whole body. Now, sink down a few inches. Let yourself move up and down four to six inches. Do this a few times–maybe five or six times. If this feels good, give yourself a big applause–you have done the first drill. As time marches on you can go deeper.

This Marvelous Little Drill is Almost Like a Miracle to Your Body

This Drill Strengthens Your Feet, Ankles, Knees Hips, Lower Back and Abdominals. It works to build strong bones, cartilage, ligaments, tendons and muscles.

Lubricate Your Joints With Movement

Every joint has a little sack of lubricant known as a “Bursa” it is there to lubricate that joint. When you move the joint it does its job–no movement–no lubricating–thus you get a stiff joint.

The gyroscope in your head is awakened–it will help prevent bone-breaking falls.

Bend Your Knees Instead of Your Back When Reaching Down

When reaching for something under the sink, on the couch, on the floor–or just for fun–do this little drill. Be gentle and take your time. The various ligaments and such will get stronger and become more flexible as the weeks go by.

March to Your Own Drum, Be Your Own Drummer–March Into Your Future With Knees of Steel.

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me and my wife having a computerized body scan

Computerized body scan shows how Probiotics delays aging

My Wife on her Computerized Body Scan…

Germs vs Probiotics

Probiotics in our digestive tracks can be helpful to boost metabolism and fight off bad bacteria.

Healthy Living  Means a Healthy Body and Mind

My wife had a body health scan at the Boardman, Ohio, Wellness Center (local “Y.” It used to be called the YMCA.)

It showed that she has the metabolism of a 60-year old person. That is strange because we have been married for 57-years. I know better than to give her age, but either I married her when she was quite young or … “Jerry best shut up de mout.” I too, want to keep on aging.

Eat Natural Food and Avoid Medications

The goal here is to point out that a life of prudent living and hard work is its’ own reward. Other than the time when the doctors medicated her, she has been extremely healthy. I would say “Healthy as a horse” but, again I want keep on aging.

Probiotics Digest our Food

I can’t get my wife to eat her Limburger Cheese, nor her *green slime (No trade mark here; it is my own concoction.) But she does eat the raw home-made sauerkraut and plenty of onions and garlic. These things are loaded with probiotics that digest the food, and they Detox the body–they even help remove heavy metals and pesticides.

The medical world is finally accepting the concept of enhancing the digestive track with these friendly bacteria. We have an estimated 16-trillion friendly bacteria in our guts. They digest our food and eat the bad guys. The Mayo Clinic has a nice article on this.

Natural foods have plenty of Probiotics

Raw fruits and vegetables originally have plenty of Probiotics and Prebiotics. Protecting them on the long trip to your table and the keeping them fresh demands that they be fumigated and, in many ways, their natural enemies must be kept at bay. We need to do all we can to remove the stuff that poisons their enemies–and kills our digestive probiotics.

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Rugged Breakfast

Healthy Rugged Breakfast for Rugged People

Healthy Rugged Breakfast for Rugged People

Meet the Day With Power and Stamina

The day is long and destiny is coming like a freight train through the tunnel-of-my-life.

I must prepare my body and mind for a happy landing in this big arena. A few minutes of preparation and some pre-prepared foods from the freezer will stoke the engine of life. My metabolism needs almost 4,000 calories each day. I need to get these from basic foods. No expensive “prepared foods” for this old goat.

Basic Ingredients

Backwoods People Should Eat Like They are Serious


  • Roasted onions
  • Steamed Broccoli
  • Raw tomatoes
  • Steamed green beans
  • Steamed kale
  • A small handful of juniper berries
  • Three chicken broth ice cubes
  • Three vegetable broth ice cubes


Some Good Hard Cheese and Fermented Vegetables.

A generous helping of basic cheeses and some fermented vegetables that are loaded with probiotics and prebiotics will help guard my from many harmful. Prepared foods have preservatives that help get them to me–their long journey to my table demands that they be protected from spoiling and other hazards. Probiotics will help clean-up the hazardous ingredients, things like mercury, lead, pesticides, food preservatives and many other toxins.
They will work hard for me; very much like the “bugs” cleaned up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Healthy Bowel Movements are Important Too

Good bowel movements are the result of a healthy diet. I read one doctor’s report that said we need large, firm stool to clean the Colon and rectum. Colorectal cancer can be the result of a diet that is lacking in solid matter that cleans the lower bowel.

Heat in a sauce pan–eat this before it can escape.

Rugged Breakfast

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Eat Cranberries a Few Times Each Week for Health

I eat cranberries a few times each week for maintaining a healthy lifestyle

These beautiful berries are an amazing health resource that you can have at your fingertips all the time. You can eat cranberries in salads, in cooked side dishes or even to grab a few for a light snack. Want to dress up some baked chicken or turkey? Make a light cranberry sauce to use as a healthy glaze alternative.

The Lowly Cranberry is a Gold Mine of Healthy Nutrition

Add a few of these tart berries to any salad for an interesting and nutritious flavor. They have  a variety of health benefits which include:

Eat Cranberries three of four times a week at about 10 cranberries per serving.

Cranberries for Health

  • They are a strong medicine with no side effects.
  • They are high in many nutrients like vitamin C and trace elements that keep a body healthy.
  • Cranberries are credited with keeping the blood healthy and supporting urinary health.
  • Cranberries are available year-around and they are cheap–about ten-pennies-per-week.

Keep a Healthy and Sound Body and Mind–Well Into Old Age

  • Vim and vigor will be available to us if we eat a healthy diet and do some physical work–that may mean some good exercise.
  • My goal is to not need doctors, medicines or supplements.
  • Good food is not expensive and is available for everyone.
  • We don’t need a lot of nature’s food every day. Our bodies store the necessary elements and will disperse the good stuff as needed.

Eat Cranberries All Year Round!

  • Either in a “Cranberry Salad” or as dried cranberries–which I eat just like raisins.
  • Cranberries can be found in the freezer section of your location grocery store no matter where you live or what season of the year.

March to you own drummer

Sing your own song.

Sing it loud and sing it strong.

Make  your body healthy and strong.


Health and Happiness Await Us

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Healthy foods are cheap

Nutrient-dense Foods can Prevent Diseases

Nutrient-dense Foods can Prevent Diseases

The Medical World and Nutrition

Raisins and nuts are nutrient dense

Healthy snacks are nutrient -dense

The modern medical world is just coming to the understanding that the world of tiny things–trace elements, and the process of nutrient-blending, is important to our mental and physical health. The good news is–we don’t even need to think about this tiny world. We only need to eat a wide variety of nutrient dense foods–they are in the local supermarkets and farms.

The Canadian Brain Health and Food Guide

An interesting piece in the Youngstown Vindicator (4/11/17, P. C.1)  Think Before You Eat. Certain nutrients found in our food can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other Chronic illnesses.

WOW! They should have asked my Daddy! He told me about getting minerals from the soil, and making sure to let the chickens get into the grass. He also told me why the Federal government mandated that table salt be Iodized–to prevent Thyroid Disease.

Do I Feed My Animals Better than Myself?

Keep on working

Healthy eating will help keep you healthy

Long ago, farmers taught me to watch what I feed the horses, cows, pigs and chickens–and watch what comes out the other end. The farmer’s wife told me that people are only animals–they too need good food. We put out mineralized salt-blocks to get trace elements into the cows and horses.

Processed Foods and Lack of Basic Nutrients

The Corporate Food Chemists do a magnificent job of getting delicious, appealing, good smelling food to our tables. But much is lost and much is added–this is bad news.

Synthetic Nutrients are not Recognized by My Body

Milk and bread are processed and then Iron, B. vitamins, folic acid and other nutrients are added back. My older brother Charles, taught me, back in 1948, that the vitamins were made from COAL TAR, and our bodies can’t use them. I only know that my brother Charles wouldn’t lie–he was bigger and meaner.

Eat a Wide Variety of Plants, dairy, fish and Animals

This is only the beginning! I will be publishing many more papers explaining how I have stayed healthy and still work hard at 81-years of age. What works for me might not be right for others. I only want to plant the seeds of thought.

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Keep a healthy outlook on life. Watch the road ahead

Momma Jo’s Old Fashion cough syrup

Momma Jo’s Old Fashion cough syrup

Rugged People Need Rugged Cough Syrup

Momma Jo’s cough syrup works wonders when I do something stupid—like working outside in this nice April day–with no shirt. I came in tonight and now have an unhappy throat. Fortunately, there was some of that stuff in my refrigerator (Yes, I have my own—in the back room.)

Commercial Cough Medicine Is Too Mild for Rugged People

Commercial Cough Medicine is designed for little children and timid people. Make your own, and make it to your specifications, we need something with more zing. Add extra ginger–if you like.

Use Natures Magic Ingredients

My body knows how to work with these natural foods–they come from the fields and trees. This formula doesn’t use concocted chemicals, and has no side-effects. The bees do the hard work and the nature provides the ingredients.

Ingredients: One lemon, a couple ounces of ginger root and two tablespoons full (Bad English, but Spell Check doesn’t want a plural) of ginger powder (optional.) You don’t need two spoons. Roll the lemon until soft, then cut the ginger root and lemon into thin slices and put the whole mess into a pint jar.

Preparation time is One Week

I Keep my friendly concoction under the sink for a week to infuse the ginger and lemon into the honey–unless I need some “right now.” When I need this concoction before it is ready, I must remember to chew some of the ginger and the lemon slices.

 Keep it in the Refrigerator for Months

This will keep for months in the refrigerator. A spoonful or two will always stop my coughs and I like the taste. Sometimes I find myself eyeing up the icebox as I walk by–even if I have no irritated throat.

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Strength Training for Health and Happiness

Strength Training for Health and Happiness

Body Building for Senior Citizens 

Strength Training the Old Way

Strength Training for Old Folks

Last fall I decided to increase my overall body strength—for health and happiness. Four months ago I started cutting down trees­­–I never did like the darned things anyway. For the first few weeks I was tired and had some sore muscles, but now I have no problems. I was having fun, but my purpose was, “Strength Training for Health and Happiness.”

Physical Exercise did Bring Me Health and Happiness

As the days and weeks passed, I found myself singing, and really enjoying the task. I found myself looking in the mirror for muscle enlargement. I have read that older people CAN build muscles—even at 81-years of age. Well, I gained 5-pounds—but I expect it might be from too many extra calories and too many extra siestas. My waist gained half an inch.

Body Enhancement is not Just for Young People

One of my goals is to coax people into looking after their health and happiness; with this on my mind, I went ahead and made a short video. My new camera is still too smart for me, so I used the old one. I was having so much fun with the task that I burst into song. My singing might sound like wind in the trees—or the moan of a death song of the tree spirits.

Happiness is Having Plenty of Firewood for Next Winter

Now I have lots of firewood and my trees are growing faster than I am cutting them. I have firewood to sell—but I don’t need that much health and happiness. I had better go lie down until that thought leaves this old goat.

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