May not be out of the woods, but this poster boy came close to having my big right toe amputated. DMSO seems to have saved my toe.
During the incarceration I developed a diabetic foot sore. Afterwords, it completely healed from wearing special shoes that balance the weight of the foot, and from the use of hydrocortisone cream. How quickly it healed seemed to validate the theory that cortisol is key to healing and reversing all kinds of inflammation. In my case, poor circulation and poor adrenal function combined to be a double whammy.
Anyway, I got cocky. (I'm still on the wound-vac for the hernia mesh surgical removal wound, i.e., they were right about "4 to 5 months"...) Another callous developed into a typical diabetic foot sore on the bottom of my right toe.
This time I got the special shoe, with plugs that can be pulled out, so that walking puts no pressure on the sore. So far so good, but the shoe was too tight over the top of the toe, restricting circulation, and black/gangrene set in before I noticed that my toe was in big trouble - on the top. Wound center has a four month waiting list for new patients..
So after some research, started adding topically the following, at different times during the course of the day:
Raw Honey (this has had a significant impact shrinking the original sore on the bottom of the toe)
Vitamin E (I am opening Unique-E capsules and putting the contents)
Liposomal Vitamin C (I happen to have bottles of Panacea)
Epsom Salts (I add sodium ascorbate to the magnesium and soak both feet for 20 minutes. WebMD advised against this because it tends to "dry out the feet/wound." But I am keeping the would/feet moist).
Infrared Lamp. (I am using an infrared bulb on my legs and feet to help bring blood to the area). 20 minutes, 2 or 3 times daily.
Cortisone 10 cream (my original miracle cure)
As things weren't changing much, and I feared losing the toe, got the idea to try DMSO. (Thanks eDOC!) Been putting about 1/2 dropper of 99% DMSO on the black area, and it is my impression that by the second or third day, DMSO started a turn-around.
The toe still hurts, stinks (attracts flies) and has black areas, but I can see pink areas underneath. I've been off my feet now for almost a week... Don't want to jinx anything, but I think the DMSO saved a gangrened toe.
Hopefully I'll have good news in a week or two.
Owen R. Fonorow, Orthomolecular Naturopath