I have never ever had problem feet – barefoot or covered, sunshine or rain, summer or winter – always the same and I have never needed any special creams or suffered any foot related skin-inflictions.
For this reason, I found my life-partner Aldo’s pre-occupation with his feet and the related dermatological challenges rather strange and often blamed all the creams and shit that he constantly applies for his problems – thinking that if he stopped irritating the feet, they would stop irritating him.
At times the skin on his feet is beautiful and smooth and I of course then wallow in the fact that it is because he is letting nature take its course. But then every now and then he again suffers from painful cracked skin on his feet and usually immediately calls each one of his three sisters for some foot-love, (ignoring my narrow opinion), and their latest advice on the best current magic foot products and cures, which sometimes work rather well, I have to admit! 😉
For some reason over the past year, the problem had become worse and recently painfully blistered and eventually bleeding, cracked feet have made his life a living hell considering that he is in the Hospitality Industry and on his feet most of the time.
It was so bad this morning that he could hardly walk, (also his last off-Sunday until May 2017), so I decided to Google the problem before prescribing a thumb-sucked natural remedy for some serious self-mis-diagnosed kind of viral foot infection….
Thank goodness! As I read, the truth hit me like a hammer… Allergic reaction to environmental factors aggravated by stress – Dyshidrotic Eczema affecting the soles of the feet in metal sensitive individuals. The culprits are Nickel and Cobalt – airborne and found in most soils but really concentrated in areas close to factories and a naturally prevalent element in an array of food groups. (We moved to our current home right next to the Rhodes Food Factory a little more than a year ago; our street name is Cannery Row).
About three months ago Aldo embarked on a low-carb diet and started bulking on dark green leafy veggies like spinach and lettuce, legumes and nuts – according to the available reading material online all the above are naturally very high in Nickel and Cobalt, Cashews contain the highest levels of Nickel out of all the nuts and is also Aldo’s favorite (added by him to dishes at least three times a week). Wholegrains and multigrain were the only ‘carbs’ that he allowed in his diet from time to time and turns out to be the worst choice for a metal sensitive soul due to an extremely high Nickel content.
Refined wheat, pasta, corn products and white rice contain very low levels of the metals.
All canned foods are an obvious no-no but currently consumed by us on a daily basis – tuna, tinned tomatoes for cooking, jams, canned fruit etc.
It is advised that Nickel plated utensils be replaced and that stainless steel pots are safe but could release nickel when cooking acidic food (like adding our daily tinned tomatoes to everything and loads of lemon for things like Aldo’s delicious lemony ginger chicken which is Theo’s favorite?).
What about all the wine we consume that are fermented in stainless steel tanks….Beer contains the highest levels of Cobalt as well as chocolate and are part of Aldo’s ‘rescue’ diet since he stopped smoking in January…(a beer or a piece of dark chocolate now replaces the ‘ciggie’ over weekends when a dire craving hits).
To inspire seasonal commitment Aldo recently received an incentive raise at work and ever since then the pressure from head-office has been on overdrive for each department to be in tip-top shape anticipating the tourist season – MAJOR STRESS.
I see him suffer, but mind-fucking himself that everything will be fine once the benefits of the low-carb diet start showing results…
(So much for Banting).