Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Reverse Osmosis Filter
- Borax, Iodine
- Brain Balancing Exercises for Brain Fog
- Brain Fog Diet
- Brain Fog Triggers
- Carbon Monoxide
- Chronic Fluoride Poisoning
- Coconut Oil
- Cold Showers
- Colloidal Silver
- Dark Chocolate
- Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation
- Lemon Balm
- Multiple Remedies
- Oil Pulling
- Remedies Needed
- Ted's Remedies
Brain fog may sound benign, but this is no fog that "comes on little cat feet." Brain fog can be a crippling confusion or slowness that befuddles our most critical human organ, the brain. Worse yet, the causes of brain fog, though they seem to be multiplying, are little understood.
The rising incidence of adrenal fatigue is commensurably increasing the rate of brain fog; however, fungal infections, the use of antibiotics, heavy metal poisoning, hypothyroidism, and other causes are said to induce brain fog as well. Sufferers report memory and learning issues, short gaps in time, clumsy speech, loss of creativity and problem solving skills, forgetfulness, depression, and general confusion among other brain fog symptoms.
Natural Cures: Addressing dehydration and low energy issues may help to cure brain fog, as may steps to address other existing conditions such as a candida infection or toxin overloads in the liver and other organs. A rich and balanced diet can help rebalance the body's mineral supply and keep blood sugar levels on an even keel.
Our readers offer information and opinions on Earth Clinic, not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.
Apple Cider Vinegar
08/16/2012: Debbie from Jackson, Ms: "This Brain Fog is getting worse and worse. I've battled this for about 10 yrs or so. The worst part is is almost happens overnight. Very scary. Makes me not want to get out in the public.. Can't think or speak very clearly. My 25 yr old son has just recently had 2-3 episodes, affects his work. He's an electrician and when he's at his worse, he can't think clearly enough to work.. What can be done about this?"Replies
04/29/2013: Ryan from Bloomington, Il replies: "Stop eating wheat and artificial sweeteners. I lived with brain fog for several years and have cut out both and feel like a new person."
11/13/2008: Sara from Washington, DC: "I have been suffering from an unexplained brain fog and fatigue. I noticed 2 remedies on your site, Apple Cider Vinegar and lime juice and baking soda. Which should I try? Can I try both?"Replies
03/19/2013: Indigo from Sf, Usa replies: "I don't have exact answer, just want to ask people who suffer from brain fog, fatigue or pain ( or all of those) to check if they were given antibiotic Cipro in the past. NEVER take this poison, or any other antibiotic from Fluoroquinolone group. Look up Cipro is poison. Good look to you all."
[YEA] 08/18/2007: Anya from Phoenix, Arizona: "I am now a firm believer of the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar. For the past 6 months I have been suffering from extreme fatigue, and do not know why. I've been to many doctors and not one can tell me why. I think I have it narrowed down to either chronic fatigue syndrome, valley fever or an allergy. I started taking ACV on a regular basis (3T per day) for the past 2 week. I can't even explain how much better I feel...it has given me my life back after 6 months of suffering. I still do not know what exactly is causing the fatigue, but I no longer have it! I would recommend this to everyone! I feel great, no more brain fog, fatigue, sore throat and my headaches are GONE. I finally feel normal again!"Replies
07/20/2010: Kelley from London, Ontario/canada replies: "You probably have candida overgrowth. That's exactly what it sounds like according to your symptoms. Apple cider vinegar kills yeast overgrowth and is very effective."
12/21/2011: Patrick from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "I know it's been years since this post, but I'm in the same situation. I got sick with what I think was the flu, and not long after developed brain fog. It's been over a month and the flu has gone, but the brain fog has not subsided. Can this be from candida overgrowth, and does this have anything to do with the flu? I've just started drinking ACV with water yesterday after recommendations from a few sources on the internet, and I really hope this can finally alleviate this terrible condition, as I am a college student and I'm finding it extremely difficult to learn. Thank you."
12/21/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Patrick brain fog could also be caused by Aspartame and MSG consumption. They are called "Excitotoxins" and can kill brain cells off (especially if you are magnesium deficient). If you are a student do you drink diet drinks or caffeine drinks? They are loaded with these. Google "Excitotoxins" to learn the dangers. Dr. Russell Blaylock has an excellent video on google video."
05/15/2012: Lennon from Capetown, Western Cape, South Africa replies: "Hey patrick, I just wanted to find out whether the apple cider vinegar helped with your BRAIN-FOG? What other symptoms did you experience with the brain fog? cause I experience similar symptoms."
11/28/2012: Lloyd from Charlotte, Nc replies: "To Debbie from Jackson Miss.... You say that both you and your son have the brain fog condition. That might mean the fog is caused by a viral infection. Many viruses can be spread from one person to another, of course. I don't dispute anything said by any of the writers in this section about possible causes of brain fog, but the viral cause is one that also should not be overlooked. Look up the CDC web site on viral meningitis and see all the viral issues relative to the brain and the viruses that can cause problems. And that doesn't exhause the possibilities with a viral or fungal link.
Note the CDC links previous infections such as mumps, shingles virus to name only a few as culprets in causing viral meningitis. And there are many "similar" brain infections that might cause brain fog but would not have the other symptoms of meningitis.
If nothing else works consider assuming it is a virus.
Colloidal silver can kill virus and fungal infection. For long term infection one would need to stay on the silver solution twice daily drinking about 1 tablespoon per dose for three months at minimum. I suggest six months. And to accelerate the treatment I have recommended the use of the same silver solution and adding a few drops of DMSO, a solvent, and using a white paper towel applying to the back of the neck daily for at least two months. The DMSO will carry the silver solution directly into the brain if the paper towel is allowed to soak into the base of the skull for ten minutes. We are talking about four drops of DMSO to fifty drops of Silver solution.
One case I know of who was nearly bedridden with migraines and nausea for two years, cut the migraines in half within two months and cut the duration and intensity by the same in a month by both drinking the silver solution and applying the silver solution plus DMSO to base of skull. He is back working again. Of the many doctors he visited, none suggested to him that he might have a viral infection in the brain.
If the condition is caused by a virus, the consumption of the silver solution and application to base of skull will start showing immediate results. Within ten days the patient will begin feeling more energy and clarity. That alone will indicate the brain fog problem was viral in nature and a continuation of the protocol should continue."
02/13/2013: Rufaidy from Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental, Philippines replies: "Me too. I think I have brain fog and this been 1 year and 3 months now. I think the cause of mine is my allergic rhinitis (sinus inflammation). I just have a question how you guys got certain that what you feel is brain fog? Just concerned coz maybe mine is not brain fog but I feel so dumb all the time like I have no brain, forgetfulness, not clear consciousness like I'm in a dream, focusing problems, learning problems, fatigue, depression and etc."
Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
[YEA] 06/21/2007: Tina from Dumont, NJ: "Here is an update from when I recently wrote in about my experience of being "overly-energetic" after taking ACV. Upon further reading, I know now that ACV is a natural stimulant and the website for a popular brand of raw, organic, unrefined ACV 'with The Mother' actually recommends taking 1-2 teaspoons 3x/day, diluted with water (honey optional). OK, so now I understand why I've been bouncing off the walls the last week, feeling like I just downed coffee (very racing, manic feeling). Here's my new plan: 1 TEASPOON ACV with 7 oz. water and 1/4 tsp baking soda. I may take less or none with dinner because I'm not sleeping well. My husband is also sensitive to caffeine and he has had a similar experience to mine. I still love my ACV & what it's doing for my health - goodbye brain fog, depression, acid reflux & hopefully back pain!! Don't give up, folks, & God bless!"Replies
11/25/2011: Kharris369 from Seattle, Wa replies: "I notice you indicated that you were taking the apple cider vinegar for brain fog 3 times a day. How many times a day are you taking it now???"
Apple Cider Vinegar, Reverse Osmosis Filter
[YEA] 12/09/2008: Wendy from Small Town, NC: "I tried ACV for UTI's with great success and have already written in about that. I am also loosing weight, and my arthritis symptoms have completely disappeared.
I also installed a reverse osmosis water filter to remove fluoride from my drinking water. I don't know if it is the ACV, or the fluoride free water that is making a difference, but I feel great. I have more energy and no more "brain fog"! My pain is gone! Maybe it is the combination, but it works!"
[YEA] 06/20/2012: Benni from San Diego, Ca, Usa: "I had great success following Ted's borax recommendation for chronic fatigue and brain fog. When I read that it had the potential to decalcify the pineal gland, and that it could help to detox fluoride, I knew I had to give it a try.
(The other thing that I did differently was take Lugol's iodine and stop consuming fluoride in water or toothpaste.)
It was difficult to determine which thing helped the most, so I greatly reduced the borax, using only a pinch in water every 4 or 5 days. However, for about one month, I didn't use any at all and the brain fog returned, so I added the borax back in.
About 6 months after adding these things, my brain fog, energy level and mood are much improved - BUT I noticed a definite improvement within a week!
Definitely recommend for CFS sufferers.
PS, I've only sporadically used ACV, salt and baking soda too but generally remember when I am taking the borax.
PPS, I did a liver cleanse with olive oil and grapefruit juice a few weeks ago, and all the benefits of the borax and iodine were amplified, and I feel I need much less of them now."
Brain Balancing Exercises for Brain Fog
[YEA] 03/17/2008: Juli from Socorro, NM: "I have various minor ailments which I am working on correcting with acv and other cures, but for an immediate remedy for congestion and brain fog, first try breathing in through one nostril and out through the other, then switch and repeat until both nostrils are unclogged. If this method doesn't work, simply walk in a straight line for a few minutes, or try any other type of balancing exercises. These exercises will balance the brain hemispheres, clear up congestion and temporarily rid me of brain fog. I have never found anything to be as effective, not even acv. The downside is that it won't last forever (so take advantage and get some work done that requires a clear head).
Also, a tip about acv: if you buy the expensive mother vinegar, save a couple of tablespoons and pour it into a gallon of the cheap store brand. Soon, the cheap stuff will be growing the mother, and you will have a re-usable, active culture very much like a sponge for making bread."
Brain Fog Diet
[YEA] 03/19/2008: Gaye from Greenwich, CT: "I find that I have extreme brain fog (and brain fatigue for that matter) when I eat wheat and sugary things. I have made a great effort in the past few weeks to radically reduce my sugar intake and limit wheat consumption. I have also been eating tons and tons of cooked vegetable dishes with brown rice (Indian, Morrocan, etc. -- you can't believe how many recipes there are for vegetables!). I have also reduced my chicken and fish intake. And forget about beef after the humane society's video. NO WAY! Well, the most amazing changes I have discovered in the past week are that I have a very clear mind and sharper concentration that lasts consistently all day! My skin is also softer and my eyes are brighter.. dark circles not quite so noticeable. My husband and I just got a juicer and we have been having carrot and celery juice every few days. My current issue with juicing is that it appears to cause an acid pH quite quickly, but I might be doing the wrong concoction of ingredients. I tried cabbage and beets one day but felt nauseous for the next 12 hours!"Replies
03/22/2008: Maureen from Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada replies: "My comment is to Gaye from Greenwich, CT. I have been juicing for more than 20 years. You need to make 7/8's of your juice as carrot juice and 1/8 greens. Or 1/8 combination of greens and beets. Beets are a powerful cleanser and you will have to lay down for half an hour after taking too much because of the cleaning effect, no matter how long you have been juicing! So be careful. Carrot Juice is the closest thing to the make-up of your blood. To give you an idea of how much beets to use we juice 4 lbs of carrots, one whole cucumber and a small beet the size of a golf ball. You can judge from that what amount you will need."
Brain Fog Triggers
[WARNING!] 06/03/2009: Sangeetha from Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands: "I found out the cause of my brain fog. No, it wasn't my hypothyroid, nor my anemia. And ACV seems to have been totally innocent. IT WAS CANOLA OIL.
I have been very sensitive to not-so-good quality of oil from my childhood. As we couldn't find the regular vegetable oil I use at the supermarket around beginning of April, I bought Canola oil. As the container was leaking, I transferred it to the vegetable oil container I had at home which was empty and forgot all about canola oil. Shortly after I had started using it, I had trouble with my memory and concentration, but I had forgotten all about my sensitivity to oils and about canola oil as it was coming out from the vegetable oil container. Just 5 days ago I remembered my sensitivity and researched about canola oil on the internet and found others who have had similar problems. It was also mentioned that it effects the central nervous system and could cause blindness in the long run. I stopped using it right away and started feeling better the next day itself.
I am glad I am sensitive to not-so-good oils as I feel the effects immediately. My family members who are not sensitive, would have seen worse effects after a few years if we continued to use it.
While I was reading about oils, I also found that the vegetable oil (the container of which has pictures of vegetables on the front) is actually a soy bean oil. I never read the ingredients as the name says vegetable oil and it has has pictures of vegetables. I found that soy bean oil is not at all good for thyroid and generally.
I have been using olive oil for normal cooking and vegetable oil for deep frying (sometimes) since. But since the vegetable oil isn't good and olive oil is not suitable for deep frying - it leaves the question...which is the best oil to use?
I would appreciate input from others as to which oil to use - which will not be hard on thyroid and which will also not cause brain fog or any other health issues.
EC: Read the rest of Sangeetha's posts on this subject here.
08/15/2009: Nooree from Miami, Florida replies: "Hi Sangeetha, I have recently researched for my deep frying cooking oil and I got 5 different once. Grape seed is #1, Hazelnut is #2, Peanut oil is #3. and corn oil can be used for frying on 400 degrees. Even though canola being #5 on every article is good for most cooking and frying for most people but some people are allergic to it.I have read good and bad about canola oil and coconut oil so it is hard to believe on these articles, because people are benefiting from them. Specially the coconut oil. I fry my eggs in coconut oil if I can afford , I will fry every thing in the coconut extra virgin cold pressed oil but it is a little too expensive for me.
I think just like olive oil all vegetable oils are not good for frying they are ok for sauteing , stir fry and salads( they become rancid or toxic in high temps ) We can also use saflower and sunflower oil for cooking but not on high temps or frying. Since I read this I started using peanut oil for frying and coconut for all other cooking and medicinal use like for my hyper thyroid ( I probably am in hypo range now. Didn't take any blood test in 11 months) I feel fine so I think I do not need to. I am also taking kelp about 4 to 6 drop in water. I hope this helps."
08/02/2012: Janette from Palos Verdes, Ca: "Hi I am Janette, as I am writing this I am suffering with bad brain fog, so bad its even hard to read/ write this message. I am exhaused even after 9 hours when I usually good on 6-7. I am 50 and I am having blood work done to check my levels of Estrogen etc... However I will be trying this ACV today!!! I cannot stand this feeling it is horrible!! And I feel like doing nothing, feeling of depression, emotional, and TIRED!! My head is so fuzzy!!! It really sucks!! Help if any Ideas. Thanx a million. Pheww"Replies
08/03/2012: Los from Newyork, Usa replies: "Janette, sound like you have candida, change your diet and do a candida cleanse. I had the same issue and brain fog really sucks! Best of health to you!!"
08/03/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Janette, It sounds like you have a serious case of candida. What you are describing is classic of this condition. Doctors don't acknowledge it for the most part! There is much information here on this site regarding it. Look for Bill from Luzon, San Fernando, Philippines as he has given extensive advice regarding this condition which he rid himself of. Also, you can go to bodyecology.com and read an extensive amount of articles regarding this. The book, "The Body Ecology Diet" can help you as well. I have used it a lot. Have given the book to several people as well. It's a very sound protocol to clean up the "inner ecosystem" as Donna Gates, the author, calls it. I also posted an interview with her yesterday that hopefully is still accessible as it contains valuable health information. Also, if you can get to a far infrared sauna, that will help a lot! Hope this helps! Lisa"
08/16/2012: Tina from Houston, Usa: "Make sure there is no leak in your house in terms of carbon monixide, etc, or growth of mold causing brain fog. Get someone to come and inspect your living quarters to make sure environmentally everything is ok and you guys are safe."
Chronic Fluoride Poisoning
[YEA] "If you haven't yet seen this article on Earth Clinic, we suggest you take a moment to read Jason Uttley's brilliant article on Chronic Fluoride Poisoning. One of the more common side effects of CFP is brain fog."
[YEA] 02/15/2013: Cat from Austin, Tx: "This may help because it helped my brain fog. I found that a small teaspoon of Virgin Coconut Oil ingested each morning immediately gets my brain sharper for the day. I was having foggy, muddled, almost lethargic thinking and getting very slow recall of names, events, and rememberances of just "yesterday." Since eating that tsp of VCO, I'm a lot sharper. I can recall a name at the drop of a hat. A small tsp at night, before bed gives me the best rest I've ever had; I wake up feeling wonderfully, well-slepted. However, being allergic to most nuts in various degrees, one symptom has arisen since taking VCO: my nose skin peels and around my chin and nose folds, it is slightly rashy. I'm not sure if this is a fungus/candida detox or allergic symptom. I did read that many people are allergic to the actual coconut protein and not allergic to the oil. I will monitor this for the next month. However, my brain IS sharper since taking this small amount of VCO every morning and before bed. I note that many people have stated the same, but, also advocate starting with small doses of VCO, say 1/2 tsp, particularly if you have candida, allergies to nuts, or get heart palpatations. Starting small, avoids massive detoxing of your organs and skin."
[YEA] 02/13/2009: Cathy from Villa Park, Illinois USA: "I have been using Extra Virgin Coconut Oil since April of 2008. One tablespoon per day. I have Hypothyroidism and was having a lot of problems with brain fog. I was having difficulty doing my job and sometimes would forget where I was going when driving home for a few seconds. I am a creative person but was totally unable to express my ideas in artwork or my writing. I could not organize my thoughts. I could not make decisions or remember what I was supposed to do. This on top of all the other symptoms of hypothyroidism. 2 weeks after I started taking it the brain fog totally went away. I am very dependent on the coconut oil now as I do not want to go back to not knowing what I was doing. As for my other symptoms such as totally lost my sex drive which is destroying my relationship and sleeping too much and low energy etc. it has not changed any of that. My thyroid has gotten worse and I have had to double my thyroid medication (Thyroxine). I am working with a Naturalpathic doctor which was a very wise thing to do. She told me to keep taking 1 Tbsp of coconut oil per day. I just wonder if I should take more than that since I have heard of other people have been able to go off the thyroid meds when taking 2 Tbsp per day. She is also treating me for Adrenal Fatigue and cervical dysplaisia and fibrocystic breasts. I guess I'm a mess right now and just want to be well again. I am a big fan of the coconut oil because it is the one remedy that has made the most difference for me. Also I want to add that the doc specified I should use the solid coconut oil instead of the capsules which I started out on because she said that way you can tell if it has gone rancid. But I still use the capsules for backcountry trips and road trips for convenience.
If anyone knows a way to bring back the sex drive I would be grateful."Replies
12/06/2009: Ruth from Hickville, Nj replies: "Hey Cathy, Just read your post from Feb 2009 and thought I would mention something: I have been working on curing my thyroid as well, and went through much of the same things as you have. Please consider adding Lugol's solution to your current regimen. I bought mine from amazon. Does wonderful things for fibrocystic breasts too."
03/29/2011: John from Lakewood, California replies: "As far as your sex drive, you may want to ask your naturopath to do a Female Hormone Panel as you may need to supplement your hormones."
[YEA] 08/07/2011: Dottywine from Dallas, Texas replies: "Just wanted to add that whenever I cook my breakfast eggs with UNREFINED coconut oil, I have a noticeable increase in mood and alertness. I have no explanation."
02/25/2012: Misty from Bloomington, In replies: "Will refined coconut oil work for brain fog?"