This is Dr. Michele Burklund’s second Q & A session on Fungal Infections!
The questions for this session include…
- I have athlete’s foot and I wear steel toe boots everyday to work. How should I apply this balm and what type of socks should I wear at work?
- I have jock itch and am wondering how many times a day I should apply the wonder balm?
- Can I use the wonder balm on my face without causing breakouts?
- Which essential oils do you use and what types of fungi are they effective against?
- What are the best conditions that Wonder Balm can be used for?
- Why do fungal infections reoccur?
- What herbs fight fungal infections?
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Right below, you will find the transcript of this video.
(00:02) – Hi everyone, my name is Dr. Michele Burklund. Thank you for joining me today. So I am the Chief Science Officer of Puriya, And a lot of what I do is create amazing formulas, write a lot of the educational content, and I am here with you once a week answering your questions. So we’ll wait a little bit, everybody write in the comments, let me know where you’re coming in from if you’re catching this live too, or if you have any questions. So this week we are actually talking about fungal infections. And for those of you new to our question and answer sessions, we focus on specific conditions every week. So in the past, we’ve focused on pain, we’ve focused on eczema, nasal congestion, dandruff, a lot of common conditions. And this is our second time talking about fungal infections. And something interesting too, is, I was reading this clinical study that said that 25% of the world’s population will get at least one skin fungal infection in their lifetime. And that is huge, that is just crazy. Hi, Jessica. Thank you for joining us today too.
(01:21) – So today’s topic is fungal infection, if you’re catching us right now. And I’ll wait a little bit longer for other people to join in, but it’s crazy to me that 25% of the world’s population is going to have this. So as much as we don’t like talking about this, it’s a really big deal and a lot of people are affected by it too. Okay, so I’m gonna grab the questions we have for this week as well. And I wanna remind all of you guys to sign up for our newsletter. It’s in the description and it’s also on top our Facebook page, there’s a blue button, and with that you will get announcements of all our future Facebook Live sessions, and awesome health news, and also information about our products and events and any discounts too. Also, we’re doing another series, and I’m super excited about this. It’s called Living Well, and I’m going to be interviewing different people every week in the health and wellness fields, so a lot of the experts. And starting Monday, we have Dr. Paul Anderson, who is amazing and he’s a Hay House author, and he just published a a best-selling book called Cancer Outside the Box.
(02:37) – S1: So he is going to be on our show, and kind of the goal with both the Q&A sessions and this interview series is to give you as much information as we can about health. Instead of just offering you the products, we wanna give you everything, we wanna give you the most tools we can to address the root cause to change your lifestyle. So I’m really excited about both of these series. Okay, so I will start with our first question. “I have athlete’s foot and I wear steel-toe boots every day to work. How should I apply this balm and what types of sock should I wear to work?” So we’re actually talking about the Wonder Balm. The Wonder Balm is our antimicrobial antifungal cream. And that’s a great question. Of course, I would say wear open-toe shoes. Let your feet breathe if you have athlete’s foot. But if you have to go to work, first off, I would apply the Wonder Balm in the morning and in the evening, but keeping your feet dry throughout the day, I think, is very important. Whether you’ve used some sort of natural powder or, if you can, changing your socks in the middle of the day. I don’t know if that’s convenient. It depends on the type of work you do.
(03:52) – But applying the Wonder Balm, changing your socks, keeping your feet dry, is incredibly important because prevention is a big part of preventing that re-occurrence too. Okay, next question. And I also wanna remind you guys, if you have questions about different conditions, write them in the comments and we can include them in upcoming sessions, or if it’s super immediate, you can always email us here at Puriya and somebody will always get back to you through email as well. But yeah, we focus on different conditions because then if you’re interested in it, you can join in or you can wait for the next one if you’re interested in something else, too. Okay, so next question. “I have jock itch and I’m wondering how many times a day I should apply the Wonder Balm.”
(04:44) – So I think a lot of you guys have heard me say this before; this is very individual. It depends on how severe the fungal infection is. If it’s quite severe, you can apply it two to three times a day. But one thing that I always wanna remind everyone is to continue applying even after you don’t see the rash anymore for a little while, because just ’cause you don’t see any visible rash doesn’t mean it’s not there, and that’s how it can kind of sneak back and come back in too. I also wanna remind you to wear natural fabrics, whether that’s cotton or linen or bamboo or hemp, something that breathes and something that’s natural instead of something synthetic, like polyester or something like that, that can hold the moisture in as well.
(05:30) – So keep that area dry. On average, I would say probably apply it twice a day, but it depends on the severity as well. This is a question we actually get for a lot of our products. And it has to do with your skin breaking out. So she says, “Can I use the Wonder Balm on my face without causing breakouts?” So the Wonder Balm is a great combination, and it should not cause breakouts in your skin. Now, I wanna remind everyone that everybody is unique and the face is a sensitive area. So always apply a small amount and see how you react to that before you do a full application. But we have a lot of great antimicrobial agents in there with the essential oils and the vitamin A and a lot of nourishing components too, so it should not cause breakouts, but everybody is different, everybody is going to react different to that as well.
(06:36) – Okay. I like this question a lot, we had a little bit about this question last time. “Which essential oils do you use and what types of fungi are they effective against?” So, every essential oil has different therapeutic value. A lot of them have the same too, but studies have shown that certain essential oils are more effective against certain fungus and certain essential oils are more effective against different bacteria, too. So the essential oils that we chose in this formula are very specific towards the fungal infections and the bacteria infections that we were focusing on here. Okay, tea tree, a lot of people are familiar with tea tree. We love it, specifically because it’s effective against so many different types of fungus and bacteria. So it’s, for example, studies have shown it to be anti-microbial and effective against Candida species, Trichophytosis species and Malassezia, which is a fungal infection, commonly known as Tanning Rash. So all of those different species, tea tree oil is effective against.
(07:57) – And if you don’t know what that are, so Trichophyton, that’s typically responsible for your common fungal infections, like ringworm, jock itch, athlete’s foot, all of those are the same. Malassezia is actually something called Tanning Rash, it’s a little bit different and that one, specifically, is effective against that. We also have eucalyptus oil in that, and studies have shown that to be effective against Candida species and also a lot of the common fungal skin infections like athlete’s foot and ringworm, and it’s also anti-microbial. So, something that I’m very excited about with the eucalyptus oil is that the Alternative Medicine Review, which is the Journal of Clinical Therapeutic Actions, found eucalyptus essential oil to have broad spectrum antimicrobial properties, meaning that it covers all different types of bacteria, too. We also have olive oil in that and I’m a huge fan of olive oil. It’s very anti-microbial. It has a lot of broad spectrum activities and also very antifungal as well. So, the next question is, “What are the best conditions that Wonder Balm can be used for?” So we specifically formulated the Wonder Balm to be used for athlete’s foot, ringworm, jock itch, toe nail fungus, different cuts and scrapes, minor burns, sun burns, and insect bites. But I also wanna say we don’t recommend putting it directly on a large open wound. We want it to have healed before we put it on, and then it can help the healing process as well.
(09:50) – I also wanna remind all of you too, that in our formula, it doesn’t have a lot of ingredients and I feel like a lot of people when they look at formulations, they think, “Oh, this one has 40 different ingredients, and this one has 20, so the one with 40 must be better.” But it’s not the amount of ingredients, it’s the ingredients that are effective against those specific things and then the dosages, right? So if you have a combination of 40 different ingredients, the dosages, they are going to be less than something that has just maybe 10 or 15. So in our Wonder Balm, we have macadamia nut oil, we have sap flower oil, we have olive oil, tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, lavender oil, vitamin E and vitamin C, and those pretty much are the main therapeutic ingredients, but we specifically formulated those for the conditions. So instead of adding a whole bunch of things, we focused in on what is the most effective for these conditions. So I always wanna remind people that too, just because I think that they like to focus on the amount of ingredients, rather than the effectiveness of the mechanism of action of the ingredients that we have
(11:18) – Okay, and this is a great question. I feel like we always talk about this during each question and answer session, and it’s, “Why do fungal infections reoccur?” And this has to do with the prevention component. Like I said, you can use one of the products, one of our products, a different product, and then not see the rash anymore, not see the fungal infection, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s gone. It can still be there, just not visible. So it’s very important to continue using the Wonder Balm for two weeks after you see the visible signs gone and this will really help make sure that the fungus is gone. And then we have to go with prevention. Fungus loves wet, moist areas, so keeping the area dry, washing clothes regularly, washing towels, washing bedding, replacing bedding, not going barefoot in public places, wearing sandals, all of these little things help on a larger scale with prevention, and then also making sure that the fungus infection is gone as well.
(12:31) – So, I wanna remind everybody of that because I would say the majority of people that use the product say, “Oh, my fungus infection is gone, I can stop using the product”, but keep using it, keep using it for a little bit longer, please. Okay, this is one of my favorite questions because it has to do with botanicals. So, “What herbs fight fungal infections?” And so we just talked about topical herbs, right? Like essential oils, different things that can work directly on the skin, but there’s a lot of great things you can do internally for different fungal infections, whether it’s Candida or intestinal issues, but I wanna remind you too that when you do take botanicals orally, especially for this, they can be toxic, because they’re very, very powerful herbs. But they can work very well too. So always have a naturopathic doctor or another health professional monitor you while you are taking some of these herbs. For example, we have Artemisia which is very powerful as an anti-fungal and it’s one of my favorites too. So living in Greece, Artemisia was everywhere, and it’s such an amazing plant and there’s so many medicinal uses for it.
(13:51) – And one of the main ones for this is fungal infection. So we also have worm seed for that, we have black walnut, which is milder and can be effective against Candida or different intestinal fungal infections, and I also wanna say that soon we are going to be formulating a oral supplement for fungal infections. So it’s a little different. It’s gonna focus more on supporting the gut microbiome, helping get rid of Candida and supporting the immune system, too, ’cause a lot of people with a lower immune system can be prone to fungal infections. Also people taking steroids, people with diabetes. So all these little things we’re gonna put together and focus on the root cause, and create some really amazing supplements, too. So, if any of you guys have any comments or questions or let me know where you are watching this from. We have a lot of great things coming up and whoever is joining us right now, I wanna talk about our Living Well series where we’re going to have our guest next week, Dr. Paul Anderson, Monday at 1:00 PM, Pacific Standard Time.
(15:07) – So, be for sure to join us for that. We’re going to have people every week, not at a specific time, just at some point throughout the week. The following week it’s going to be on a Monday, as well. So please join us for that. Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter. We are just about done with our e-book that we developed, we put a lot of effort into it and it gives you a lot of amazing information and great tips. So sign up for our newsletter, and I will see you guys next week, too. So have an amazing weekend, and if you have any comments, any questions, please feel free to leave them below. Thanks.