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Nail biting, Thumb sucking

This article was taken from “Healthy Options” magazine.

Nail biting is considered an antisocial problem. Yet when you understand why a child or an adult bite their nails, then you may feel more compassionate.

The main reason for people biting their nail is because the silica level has dropped in their body. Nature then demands an immediate reimbursement. The easiest way of course is to absorb it back through our two silica constituents –your nails and your hair. So that the human instinct to replacing the much needed silica is to nibble on the nails or, in some cases, suck their hair. Even fiddling with their hair is an indicator, so is the child sucking his thumb.

Instead of growling at a nail bitter of a thumb sucker, may be you can suggest that they replace the lost mineral silica. This can be done through eating fruits and vegetables with skin on, or through the Biochenmic Cell Salt. Silica, which is available at your local health food store.

Other deficiencies your nail may show


  • Thin split nails: indicates a lack of Vitamin A, Silica and Sulphur in your body
  • Flattened nails: indicates a lack in iron
  • White spots on nails: indicates a lack of Zinc
  • Moons showing: Indicates a poor constitution and you need a tonic to build up your blood.
  • White band across the nails: indicates poor iron and B12 level
  • Ridges across the nails: Indicates family history of lung problems and a poor immune system
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  • Cuticles inflamed: Indicates a Candida problem, that is, a yeast allergy exists. Remove all yeast product from your diet
  • Hard nails: indicates that you have a good hormone level
    • The skin stays soft and elastic,
    • The eyes sparkle,
    • The hair is shiny
    • The bones, nails and teeth remain strong.


Ward off osteoporosis

Do you need Horsetail Herb?

As we age, we notice indicators such as wrinkles; thinning, dry and brittle hair; loss of skin elasticity; fading memory and weak bones. The body needs considerable amounts of silica and if it is lacking the ageing process could be accelerated. The mineral silica is sometimes referred to as “the youth and beauty mineral” as it helps keep the cells glued together.

SILICA is a major component of collagen and when it is in ample supply in the body,

Silica works in harmony with calcium and assists in the mineralisation of bones. This is a positive role silica plays in helping the body ward off osteoporosis.

There is also some indication that silica helps dissipate abnormal tissue and bone growths such as calcium nodules and spurs.

Dentists have indicated that people with excessive dental caries and who have weak or poorly formed teeth, may be deficient in silica.

A shortage of silica in the brain and nerves can affect both memory and neurological responses.

Can you get enough silica from your food? Most nutritionists say it is doubtful. This is mainly because the silica in fresh vegetables is diminished or destroyed through over-cooking and over processing of food. The stress of everyday living seems to adversely affect the body’s ability to retain silica.

Nature has an answer and has provided a natural source of silica in the Horsetail herb.
The stem of this plant contains large amounts of natural silica in a largely water soluble colloidal form that is easily and quickly assimilated by the body.

The German Commission E has approved Horsetail use for infections of the urinary tract, kidney and bladder stones, wounds and burn healing. It is also used for static and post-traumatic oedema.

Silica may not be the best-known mineral but it certainly is a very important one.

ht3Article reproduced from the February/ March 2003 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.