Disclaimer: I am not a healthcare specialist; any of these tips should be discussed with your physician / pharmacist / homeopath before you use them.

Tandy recently helped me to wean myself off medication that was making me feel ill, by introducing me to tissue salts Nos 6 and 11. To hasten the eradication of the residual toxins left in my body by these medicines, my friend Sally introduced me to charcoal capsules, which absorb toxins in the body and flush them out. A word of warning: charcoal capsules will reduce the efficacy of any drugs ingested, so use with caution if you are on any chronic meds or are taking birth control pills.

A while ago, I popped into a local photographer’s studio and found the man – uncharacteristically – lying on his sofa, instead of being at work at his editing suite. I made a snide remark about the joys of a life of leisure and he responded by removing his sock and showing me his gangrene-blackened foot. He explained that his condition arose out of ignoring bad circulation. His foot was actually rotting, but the timely intervention of a specialist had made the prognosis for saving the foot a good one.

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I was deeply unsettled; my own feet were often badly affected by bad circulation, especially when I stood at my stove for long periods. I also have the worst habit ever: I cross my legs while sitting at my desk and this makes my tingling feet a ghoulish shade of purple. I resolved to stick to an exercise regime and to seek out a natural aid to increasing circulation. This, I found, was to be found in Tissue Salt No 1 / Calc Fluor. Hey presto, a rapid improvement and a spring in my step, I no longer feel like a snail when I walk.

On the subject of snails; From Scientific American, July 1911:
“Snails are now being sold in Paris, the only genuine part of which are the shells. It is said that the imitation of the real article is so close that many epicures have a high opinion of the sham product. Snail-shells, it seems, are brought from the dustmen and rag-pickers, and after being cleaned are filled with ‘lights’ or cats’ meat, the soft flesh being cut into corkscrew form, so as to fit the shell, by a skillfully designed machine. The receptacle is then sealed with liquid fat, and the escargot is ready for the consumer. The secret came out during a lawsuit brought by a man employed at the snail-factory to recover damages for a finger mutilated by one of the machines.”

Eeeeeeu! Escargot, anyone?

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69 Comments Add yours

  1. Tammy says:

    Well, yuck. And best of luck with the charcoal.

    1. theonlycin says:

      The charcoal is proving very effective 🙂

  2. deepercolors says:

    You mean Es-cat-got? :-] Is that a photoshop overlay?

    1. theonlycin says:

      It must be, Caro, my friend browniegirl found it on the net 🙂

  3. dinahmow says:

    Sacre bleu! IN FRANCE?!!!!! I’d have thought the French far too wedded to their escargots to sanction a machine-made version! (And I do wonder if “le doigt” was corkscrewed into a shell?)

    1. theonlycin says:

      It is just too much to imagine. I think the eaters were all “Se fourrer le doigt dans l’œil” 😉

  4. That photo has quite off my off my brekkie! I also sit with my legs crossed, we should sit upright with our feet firmly on the floor *adjusts sitting position*

    1. theonlycin says:

      Have just uncrossed my legs, a really hard habit to break 😦

  5. bb(adair) says:

    One wouldn’t think there was a shortage of snails?They can have the ones in my garden.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It must have been a big scandal at the time. I am told that there are snail farms these days.

  6. Tissue salts are brilliant! I thought I had a book on tissue salts but alas. Glad you feeling all better.
    Have a fan-tab-u-lous braai day.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Mandy, it was a day for French champage, post coming up soon 🙂

  7. leigh says:

    Very interesting topics 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, it was hard to segue them into one post 🙂

  8. Madmom says:

    I have terrible circulation which has got worse with age, so thanks to you and Tandy for the Tissue Salt heads up.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hope they help you, Madmom 🙂

  9. Well that’s the last time I eat snails in France.
    (Actually, it would be the first time I ate snails in France)

    LMAO at that kitten!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hehe Kate, it would be my first time too 😀

  10. Leeswammes says:

    Oh no, I’m only half awake yet and then I get to see a picture of that awful foot! Luckily you made up for it (a little) by that cute cat picture.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Just don’t have snails for breakfast, Judith 😉

  11. nursemyra says:

    I’m astonished by the snail story

    1. theonlycin says:

      I was rather gobsmacked too, myra 🙂

  12. Tilly Bud says:

    I immediately uncrossed my legs. Thanks for the warning.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’re welcome, Tilly 🙂

  13. Blistering Barnacles!!!!!

  14. adeeyoyo says:

    I think I must also look into tissue salts. A friend recommended them years ago. Problem was no one was able to give proper advice – it seemed more like trial and error – which is not good enough! The break in my femur does not seem to be knitting as fast as it should and I am taking extra calcium and a special preparation on prescription, but these don’t seem to be doing the trick.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Adee, comfrey is known as ‘knitbone’. You should try to get hold of some and make a poultice for your femur.

  15. sonsothunder says:

    Wow, I could start my own Escatgo business with all the rescued varmints around here… send me your shells…Just Kidding…I think?
    God bless You

    1. theonlycin says:

      Bwahahaha Paul, ways to get rich quick 😉

  16. mairedubhtx says:

    I’d much rather eat escargot.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I think I will stick to shellfish, at least you can see what you are actually eating 😉

  17. suzicate says:

    I’ve never heard of tissue salts, but as a person with poor leg circulation, I shall look into it.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Do it, SuziCate 🙂

  18. ceciliag says:

    My dad swears by charcoal tablets.. and am uncrossing my legs as we .. um.. speak!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Keep ’em uncrossed, Cecilia 🙂

  19. SidevieW says:

    i meant to think about uncrossing my legs, but i forgot

    the tissue salts are very useful in the right combinations

    1. theonlycin says:

      Very useful, Sidey 🙂

  20. slpmartin says:

    Okay…this one I should have read after breakfast. 😉

  21. Tandy says:

    I have heard about the benefits of charcoal, but never tried them. So glad the tissue salts are working for you xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you so much for the introduction to the salts, I am preaching about them to all and sundry 🙂

  22. Eeeuw! on the feet. I have to agree that exercise helps me a lot; that and my foot spa. I did try some of those salts a while ago – maybe I was simply too run down at the time (it was during a time when I had burnt out at work), but the one I tried for circulation seem to thin my blood and it made me feel lightheaded/dizzy a lot. I don’t know why but I thought maybe a bit too much for what my body could handle then. At that time I didn’t even know that I had burnt out – I was just overwhelmed with all the consequences of it (physically and emotionally). I would have considered trying it again now that things have settled down back to normal. The detox one sounds like a good thing to do every now and then. I imagine it making a huge difference to your body’s efficiency and energy – perhaps a little like pruning dead leaves from a plant and watching it flourish again.

    That is just the cutest pic of the little kitten in the shell… the food description bit… yuck! 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      When all is said and done, Lee, exercise is the best medicine for bad circulation. You keep riding your bike and things should be fine 🙂

  23. nrhatch says:

    Glad that you are getting the spring in your step back . . . just in time for spring! 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      And what a glorious spring it is turning out to be, Nancy 🙂

  24. gospelwriter says:

    Eeeeeeu! Poor snail-kitty… 😦 And oh, that gangrened-foot photo – how awful (poor man, too)! I rapidly uncrossed my legs as I read on… and I’m off now to read up on tissue salts – thanks for the link!

    1. theonlycin says:

      You are welcome, Ruth 🙂

  25. dearrosie says:

    I’m so glad to hear you’ve gone off the medications. I believe that the side effects of most meds are worse than the original problem.
    I’ve never heard of tissue salts. I’m also going to check it out.
    I’m still grossed out by the story of the snails.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I agree with you about the side effects, Rosie!

  26. souldipper says:

    ewwww….too much for this cat lover, non-leg crosser, hater of snails and dunce about tissue salts. I will check into the last – do you know if the tissue salts help tingling hands?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hi Amy, you should take #5 Kali Phos, and #7 Mag Phos for numbness/tingling in the extremeties.

  27. The Hook says:

    You really hit both ends of the spectrum with your pics! Great job.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Hookster 🙂

  28. Pseu says:

    Hmm! A little sceptical about your remedies….

    Your circulation could be assessed by doppler scanning which could then lead to good compression hosiery- (which is very good these days and looks much like ordinary stockings / tights) – if needed which could help your standing problem, which is usually congestion caused by poor venous return….

  29. Oh heavens! I am trying not to throw up! Oh you might hear me screaming all the way over the ocean!

    Now does that really mean cat meat? Did I mis-read that?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Nope, cat meat it was 😦

  30. libraryscene says:

    Bravo to your success with homeopathy! I’ve not heard of tissue salts, but have been laid up for a few days with a painful swollen lymph gland and face with only remedy offered via script. I abhor meds, ergo, cannot wait to detox… shall investigate these ~

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sounds like you could use some iodene salt!

  31. MissChris says:

    I am a big believer in tissue salts – I had been battling this hayfever and sinus and enough glue to start my own glue factory and no amount of sinustop or any of those other meds helped – remembered my tissue salts and hey presto!! All gone – glad it has helped for you too Cin!

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s fab stuff Chrissie!

  32. pinkpolkadotfood says:

    The foot is simply scary!!

  33. pinkpolkadotfood says:

    …and the “escargot”… even more!!

  34. Gross…. You got me with that image, best of luck with the charcoal sista. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Cheffie, seems to be working a treat 🙂

  35. Good grief. On so many levels. Wait while I go re-read this entire post….okay, so made some notes on tissue salts and charcoal, am freaked out by the gangrene (also cross my legs)and as for the cat/snails thing – eeeuuwww indeed.

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