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Posted by: Sapphi, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 1:17am
Is there any info on improving the condition of the fingernails, or better said, what shortage or malfunction in the body causes DEEP ridges in the fingernails... also a thin, brittle condition.  I know this is a common problem or there wouldn't be so many useless things on the market to try and correct it, but few of the products available even address the metabolic aspect of the condition.  And I suspect it is not limited to one blood type or another.
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 1:45am; Reply: 1
like your mommy used to say....eat your veggies!!!!

but first heal your gut, so all you eat really gets utilized by the villii

butyrate, intrinsa, polyflora, deflect.......nourish those cells at a deep level!

more threads to read on same
http://www.google.com/custom?hl=en&domains=dadamo.com&q=ridges+nails&btnG=Search&sitesearch=dadamo.com
Posted by: Azure Agony, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 1:52am; Reply: 2
Hmmm this is one area I need to improve on. Never used to have white marks or much in the way of ridges. (This started before I began eating for my blood type) I wonder if it's leaky gut due to candida possibly. A nutritionist once remarked it might be zinc, iron or calcium. Silica might be of use, too.
Posted by: Joy, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 1:58am; Reply: 3
Sapphi,

I never used to have those ridges are I see some.  I've started using Emu oil.  There are many many oils that are skin friendly but Emu oil when I put it on my hands it just seems to smooth out wrinkles on the skin, ridges.   I use it on my face nightly.  The oil is great.

Online I researched Jurassic Secret Emu Oil and Platinum Skin.Com (a skincare company).
I bought a 4 ounce of the Platinum Skin Emu oil and although I'm not fond of the pump bottle it comes in (and I did relate this to the company) the Emu oil is great.  

Once you do research on a product, which I love to do, you learn quite alot.

I really do recommend this oil for the skin.  


Joy
Posted by: Sapphi, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 2:05am; Reply: 4
Well, I don't have candida, nor does most of the population...  I want to know if there is something going on with A LOT of people that is causing these weak brittle fingernails... I know Mother Nature didn't plan it that way... she gave us fingernails and toenails for a reason, and not the ones we have now.  I haven't eaten wheat, corn, tomatoes, peanuts in months, and for me personally, the fingernails are getting worse... I am eating veggies, fruit, meat, and walnuts,along with dairy products which I am allowed... but there is still something missing in there.  For so many people, the right nutrients aren't making their way to those nails, fingers and toes... and they aren't connected with the hair because I have thick strong hair...

But when I mention myself, I am including A LOT of people... there is a problem out there that isn't being addressed... and it's not just a matter of eating my veggies.

Joy, thanks for the info on the emu oil... but again... emu oil is a temporary topical aid, not a solution.

Think think think all you healers... what does the body use to make nails, and why isn't it getting there...  the impetus will be not only healing, but if you figure it out you'll be VERY rich...
Posted by: Azure Agony, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 2:13am; Reply: 5
Try the minerals I suggested. Oh, and I think you'll find that an imbalance of candida is quite common, what with a poor western diet high in refined sugars. Though, I'm not suggesting that it is part cause or related in your own case. If you find the cure let us know! :)
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 2:19am; Reply: 6
hope you read some of the links I kindly added

you ll find your answers, nutrient and gut disbyosis, ecosystem imbalances.....

glad your ecosystem needs no repairing and enhancing......I know mine did, big time...

you have read about biofilms and genoma security
Posted by: Jesi, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 2:25am; Reply: 7
Sapphi I have two deep ridges (mine are horizontal, not vertical), and I've done some research and found that the nail stops growing due to illness. It coincided directly with when I started having thyroid issues (big time, not just sluggish thyroid). My nails are now growing really well and I have like a mountain type thing in the middle of my nails (especially the thumbs)...I'm guessing eventually it will drop off and my nails will be flat again.
Posted by: TJ, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 2:27am; Reply: 8
I have a couple pronounced ridges in my left thumbnail.  I don't know what caused it.
Posted by: Sapphi, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 2:44am; Reply: 9
Azure, thanks for the tip... I'VE GOT IT... let's see if it works... SILICA = HORSETAIL HERB, DULCE HERB, OR ECHINACEA ROOT for starters... all supply silica.

http://www.dadamo.com/forum/archivec/config.pl?read=122160

There are a million other things that can cause problems with the nails, but silica has to be the place to start unless you suspect a more serious problem... NOW... how much does one take???

Lola, I hope you weren't offended by my post, the tone seemed like you were... we are here for help and most of what you told me was WAY beyond my comprehension and experience... and left me with no idea what you meant, .. although I'm sure you meant to help with your incrdible knowledge...trying to plow my way through Google links takes longer than if you just told us in shorthand what the general idea is, and then give the links for more information... it must be tiring to have the same old questions come at you time after time, but newbies don't know what has already been asked a hundred times... for example, what do you mean by ecobalance enhancing and gut disbyosis and biofilms and genoma security and What am I supposed to do with butyrate, intrinsa, polyflora, and deflect,... what are they and where do I get them.... and... we're not doctors... and I personally don't have hours and hours to search through links for the exact information I'm seeking to answer my questions, even when many links are supplied.  Until a few months ago I had no idea wheat etc were poisoning my body...did I know I should be looking up all this stuff... no, I had a lot of other things to worry about... now Dr. D'Adamo has provided shortcuts in his books to help me so I won't have to do the research all by myself... as if I could accomplish in a lifetime what he has done for us... and I don't know where I'm going with this now... but I think you get my drift...  thanks for all you do.
Posted by: Jesi, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 2:52am; Reply: 10
you think this is a nail problem? Maybe I am an over thinker...I usually think way deeper. My nails used to come apart when I had thyroid issues...like they were made of three layers of paper and the top layer would peel off like it was nothing. Now I feel like Wolverine...my nails are super strong, but I got my thyroid fixed  ;D and I found the gtd. ♥
Posted by: Sapphi, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 3:21am; Reply: 11
When I hear horses, I'm not thinking it's zebras... I think I'll start with something simple like silica and see if it helps... In a month it should make a noticeable improvement or a little bit of change in what grows out... they grow about 1/4 inch a month... or even in two months... If I go to the doctor, which I can't afford because I don't have a job or medical insurance, and ask him to test my thyroid because my fingernails have ridges he'd think I've lost my mind... I may end up paying hundreds or thousands for tests when silica would have done the job.  See where I'm coming from?  And the real question is, WHY are so many people low on silica?????  Do we not get enough in the first place, or is it being held up by something like lectins???????  I know, I know,some people will be having thyroid problems, but not THAT many people have thyroid problems... and if they do, WHY are so many people having thyroid problems?????
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 7:08am; Reply: 12
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I haven't eaten wheat, corn, tomatoes, peanuts in months, and for me personally, the fingernails are getting worse..


months is nothing compared to your age....

this you said above makes me see your problem clearly......
all the terms I used in my post relate to the gut.....if out of balance you will
simply not absorb your nutrients in an optimal way.

by ecosystem I mean the following text, which Dr D explains so well, and easy to follow
http://www.4yourtype.com/herbs_biofilm.asp
I do understand your distress, but stressing will only make it worse.
slow wins the race and repopulates your inner universe......we are complex beings :)
Posted by: Possum, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 11:05am; Reply: 13
Ridges can appear in the nails either vertically or horizontally. Vertical ridges indicate poor general health, poor nutrient absorption, and/or iron deficiency...
They may also indicate a kidney disorder. Horizontal ridges can occur as a result of severe stress, either psychological or physical, such as from infection and/or disease.

Some think vertical ridges usually represent a normal aging pattern, and some consider the presence of such ridges to be an indicator of those at risk for developing arthritis...

Brittle nails signify possible iron deficiency, thyroid problems, impaired kidney function, and circulation problems.

Brittle soft, shiny nails with a moon may indicate an overactive thyroid.
Posted by: Nadizzle, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 12:20pm; Reply: 14
this sounds like a dangerous thread. lol :)
Posted by: Sapphi, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 1:55pm; Reply: 15
Thanks Lola... that article explained a lot of things to me...  what I got out of it is:  our bodies are so full of biofilm/slime covering everything that nutritious things can't reach the place where they can be used, similar to lectins, but not lectins this time... and various reasons why that happens... and various herbs that can be ingested that are thought to break down the biofilm attachments and get the slime out of there and to help specific problems...  did I get it?

Anything else of such momentous import that you'd like to share?... when I get time I will look up butyrate, intrinsa, polyflora, and deflect, although I have no idea what they have to do with the topic... I'm sure I'll find out.
Posted by: Lin, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 2:53pm; Reply: 16
Ghee has butyrate, good for intestines.
I don't have any half moons on my nails.  I read that can by thyroid, anyone know anything more?
I have to say my nails got terrible, especially on the feet after having broad base antibiotics and getting intestinal yeast that blocked everything up.  Since going on the yeast free diet I've seen a huge improvement.  But still my nails have vertical lines and break easily.  At age 56 I was wondering if that is normal, but suspect it is still a case of the gut needing more healing.
Posted by: BuzyBee, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 2:56pm; Reply: 17
My problem is the cuticles around the nails.So dry cracked, bleeding, just raw feeling and look horrible. I have tried every cream..even soaked in olive oil. Nothing works. I think it is an internal problem possible some kind of food sensitivity. Or foods with protein, wheat, or calcium. Haven't been able to narrow it down but feel like it's in this category.

I have had this all my life and use to bite my nails but as I got older stopped biting but now pick because they continuously bother me. I will get a manicure occasionally and they look nice for a day or two but then right back to cracking bleeding raw fingers. Any help would be appreciated.  
Posted by: TJ, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 3:54pm; Reply: 18
Quoted from Possum
Horizontal ridges can occur as a result of severe stress, either psychological or physical, such as from infection and/or disease.
This is what I've got.  Now I wonder if it's just related to the stress of moving, or maybe from the recent ear infection.  Heck, maybe both, since there are two ridges!

Quoted from Possum
Brittle soft, shiny nails with a moon may indicate an overactive thyroid.
My nails aren't brittle (they bend easily), but they are quite soft (i.e. they bend too easily), and they are very shiny, and they have the half-moon thing, especially the thumbnails.  My cuticles don't look so good, either.  I'm always having to trim something from them because they're ragged.

Alright, I'm going to run off on a tangent here, so forgive me for a short thread hijacking...

I don't have the buggy eyes or excessive sweating, but I still think my thyroid is overactive.  Part of the reason the Prozac works for me (I think) is that it seems to slow down my thyroid: when taking it, I feel more cold-natured and I gain a little weight.  I've done some reading that suggested that Prozac has this effect on the thyroid.

So what I want to know is, how do you naturally slow down an over-active thyroid???
Posted by: Niagreen, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 4:12pm; Reply: 19
Quoted from Lin

I don't have any half moons on my nails.  I read that can by thyroid, anyone know anything more?


yes I read about that too - an absence of lunulas on the thumb especially is said to indicate an underactive thyroid. I think it is optimal to have 4 - just the pinky which doesn't usually have one  :) I'm trying to somehow grow extra lunulas. One day I realised they had almost all gone!
Posted by: Niagreen, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 4:14pm; Reply: 20
Quoted from TJ


So what I want to know is, how do you naturally slow down an over-active thyroid???


you could try eating raw goitrogenic foods  - cauliflour, brocolli, brussel sprouts or kale. They have been known to block thyroid hormone production if uncooked or eaten in massive amounts  :)
Posted by: Niagreen, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 4:27pm; Reply: 21
Quoted from Niagreen


an absence of lunulas on the thumb especially is said to indicate an underactive thyroid.


forgot to say that this is usually only if you had big lunulas before and have noticed a change  :) a lot of people have never had prominant lunulas and are healthy noneless  :)
Posted by: Victoria, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 5:05pm; Reply: 22
I used to have very thin nails that peeled and flaked, along with broken cuticles.  Really following the appropriate diet for a type B non-secretor took care of nearly all of those problems.  I mean, I'm absolutely consistent with my diet, and for me, that's what it takes to have the level of good health that I want.

I did need to attend to a few details with supplements from time to time.  In the early years of this program, I took a lot of Deflect, which heals the gut from a lifetime of eating foods that are bad for us.  I started making my own Ghee, which is SO good for the gut.  I buy BioSil, which is a liquid silicon supplement.  That has been very effective for improving the quality of my nails.  And a few months ago, I added liquid trace mineral drops daily, which are from concentrated sea water minus the salt.  I've recently noticed that my nails are getting very shiny and smooth.  I like that!  :)
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, April 7, 2011, 11:57pm; Reply: 23
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Vertical ridges indicate poor general health, poor nutrient absorption, and/or iron deficiency...


hormone related, strong indication
Posted by: TJ, Friday, April 8, 2011, 1:16am; Reply: 24
Quoted from Niagreen
you could try eating raw goitrogenic foods  - cauliflour, brocolli, brussel sprouts or kale. They have been known to block thyroid hormone production if uncooked or eaten in massive amounts  :)

Ugh.  I'll have to find something else then!  I can't afford to eat lots of low-calorie food, as much as I eat and still can't gain weight....  I've decided to actually increase the Prozac to every day instead of every other day, since it does the trick.

Hopefully my nails will show it!
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