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Apple Cider Vinegar
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Posted by Connie (Fort Bragg, North Carolina) on 05/11/2007

[YEA]  I was really skeptical about this, but with a deployed husband and two kids (and after enduring a seven hour 103 degree fever that wouldn't break with tylenol or motrin or excedrine sinus headache) i figured it was worth a try. I am so glad I tried it, within an hour my fever broke and already i can breathe through my nose. i will never suffer again like that! This is becoming a routine for me I can't afford to be sick. Thank you so much for giving me a solution that still lets me be alert enough for twin 15 month olds!

Posted by Randy (Westminster, Colorado) on 03/14/2007

[YEA]  Best Thing Since Sliced Bread: Ok, I know, everybody starts reading and thinking. Yeah right, none of these stories are true. Well, rest assured, they are very real. Now, I've been sick for going on 2 freakin weeks here. Have gotten zero sleep do to the headaches and sinus pressure. So, not being able to sleep here, I started surfing the net, and ended up here on your site, because I have been taking antibiotics and whatever else I could get my hands on to try to get the headache to stop and to try to get some form of relief. Well, I kept reading through all the postings and then I decided to give this a shot, nothing else worked, do why not! I poured about 1/4 cup [ACV] in a glass, then added about 7 or 8 ounces of water. Began drinking it... Keep in mind, I can't smell or taste a thing here, so wasn't that hard to do actually. I did this at 0615 and its about 45 minutes later now, and I am starting to feel the nasal airway open slowly, my ears, well, they sound like popcorn going off, and the headache is getting a little better. Now don't go trying to give your loved one a kiss after drinking this tonic, they will have to no part of it or you for a little bit there. Give this a try,you just might be as surprized!

Posted by Claudine (Portland, OR) on 02/27/2007

[YEA]  For eleven years I have been a high school teacher. I have never missed a day because of illness. I have started to get a cold and felt ill, but nothing serious in all those years. And I deal daily with students who say they are sick and should be home. They sneeze and cough around me all day and I don't catch a bug. Every morning, weekends included, I drink a tea of half cup of very hot water with a large spoonful of honey stirred in, a glub, glub of vinegar poured in, and shot of some kind of juice (grape, apple, berry) to enhance the flavor.

Posted by Janet (West Covina, CA) on 02/13/2007

[YEA]  It works! My 10 yr. old daughter came down with the flu and a really bad sore throat. She said it even hurts when she swallows. I followed the Apple Cider Vinegar recipe - I used 3 tbls of Heinz ACV, 3 tbls of fresh squeezed lemon juice, and 2 tbls of Avocado flavored honey, mixed with 16 oz. of warm water. When my daughter drank it at first, she wasn't too thrilled about the taste. She drank about 6 oz. of it and said her stomach hurt. I told her she could stop drinking it. But to my surprise, about 10 minutes later, she started drinking it again. She said her stomach was o.k. now, and that her throat feels better. I figured it must have been a big relief for a 10 yr. old to voluntarily drink something that's not tasty. It's been about 40 minutes now and she said the mixture really helped. I still hear her cough though; about the same as before the mixture, but she didn't really have a bad cough to begin with.

Posted by Robert (San Diego, CA) on 01/25/2007

[YEA]  Right on new years eve i was stricken down with some sort of sickness where it was a combination of a terrible sore throat and throwing up!!! To top it off i have suffered from acid reflux for quite some time. In the past i would juice some cabbage to take away the pain when it became unbearable. This time i was so weak i could not make it to the store to buy any!!! so i took some thera flu and wouldn't you know it things went from bad to worse. the acid reflux was the worst i have ever experienced in my life. I really don't know how i made it here to but it was then that mine eyes have seen the glory or shall i say the hell of otc medications. i have since thrown all of them away. I read some feedback about acv and somehow got the strength to go to the store and get some "mothers" acv and some cayenne pepper powder as i read that it would cure a sore throat. My throat was really raw from retching and the reflux so i was a mess. needless to say these 2 work better then any other otc medication ever made...i have told as many people possible about the cures and this website!! now i can simply laugh when i see the advertisements for otc meds on tv and such.That was last week, now i seem to have a awful running nose. let me just say i have made severe adjustments to my diet. no more red meats and my one weakness CHEESE i am trying to eliminate. I just read tonight on the vapor/steaming powers of acv with water and tried it. Really quite strong, even more so then drinking it i thought. when i drink it i would have it with some organic apple juice so the taste was quite pleasant. The steaming effect seemed to open up my sinuses quickly and i will continue until all symptoms are gone!! WOW!!!like so many others i am so thankful for this website!!! please keep up the good work and let me say the feedback from others is a true testiment to the effectiveness of the remedies offered here. p.s. im almost out of acv!!! its a great energy drink I've found... and i will continue to drink it as long as i live

Posted by Maria (Orlando,FL) on 06/19/2006

[YEA]  I started taking ACV on a regular basis after reading about its health benefits on this web-site. I found it very helpful in relieving my nausea caused by, what I believed, a stomach flu (which my daughter and husband already had gone thru several days ago). When I felt the symptoms myself, I googled some cures and that's how I came across the information about ACV. I've been taking for three weeks now- on and off- 1tsp ACV diluted in cup of water, three times daily. I noticed though that if I don't take it I start feeling nauseated. The nausea doesn't go away until I sip another dose. Yesterday I took a Zantac pill which helped me in 20-30 minutes. My questions are: Does taking ACV on a regular basis cause any adverse effects? Is it possible to get accustomed to taking it and have difficulty stopping later?

Posted by Ed on 04/08/2006

[YEA]  Whenever I feel like I'm about to come down with flu or cold, I drink apple cider vinegar diluted in water and usually in an hour or so I feel much better and I, best of all, do not have flu after that. Before I started doing this, I would always fall sick whenever I felt those flu jives coming around but with this method it always works. THANK GOD for that! and thank you for sharing this valuable information :)

Posted by Ratazayah (Newark, NJ)

[YEA]  When I was an infant the Dr's told my mom I was going to die, due to a particularly high fever. She was told by an elderly friend to soak a wash cloth in acv and place one on my forehead and one on my stomach, while it smells like all get out, my mom was able to check me out of the hospital and from that day onward, it's literally been a life saver to all the children in our family with high fevers. It takes about an hour to break the fever.

Posted by Nancy (Arlington, TX)

[YEA]  I have been real sick with a viral infection and flu my neighbor fixed me some Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey. Equal parts of each. It has worked wonders. It cuts the phlegm in your throat and helps with all that was ailing me. I am so glad to find out about this. I also heard that cinnamon with it works wonders as well. Just a teaspoon or so. Thank you and God Bless.

Posted by Linda (Athens, Greece)

[YEA]  I had read that ACV helped with food poisoning (luckily haven't needed to test that!) and wondered if it would help with stomach flu. In February my daughter came home from school vomiting one day and I started to feel nauseous myself 2 days later. I immediately took 1 tsp ACV in as little water as I could tolerate and better better. Five minutes later the nausea came back and I took more ACV. This sequence went on for an hour or two and then the nausea was gone and I didn't vomit at all!! I'd like to add that when my daughter was 2 years old, she was having a temper tantrum at my mother-in-law's house (in a farming village in northern Greece) and an elderly neighbour tried to give her some vinegar in water to drink to cure her of the "evil eye" which they believe in. My daughter just pushed the cup away so we couldn't test the theory!! Thanks for all your info!

Posted by SF Lee (Penang, Malaysia)

[YEA]  I have had heartburn, indigestion, flatulence & etc., all in all, I have bad stomach. However, I got to know about apple cider vinegar few years ago through my pharmacist friend. Since then, my stomach condition never felt better! Then, I began to be my own doctor. Whenever I have sore throat or infection (tonsillitis), I gulp down ACV. Well, I strongly think that the vitamin C in ACV helps me a lot during fever or flu. I always recommend to my friends although most of them fail to appreciate or admire the goodness of ACV because of the taste & aroma. Can't blame them!

Posted by M Fazlic (Hull)

[YEA]  Normal vinegar can be a useful cure to the common flu. Although it's not a miracle cure and takes about 2 days to clear up the flu, it's very effective since most people with flu are ill for just under a week while taking medication. When I was a child and an adult I soak a cloth with vinegar and wrap it around my feet. Hoping to extract the heat from my feet hence lowering the temperature and curing flu.

Posted by Chad

[YEA]  Apple Cider vinegar works very well just plain. I take about 2/3 to a full shot glass and it will usually take the stomach flu out in 1-3 doses. NO MORE THAN 3 TIMES A DAY or I have had it make me sicker from too much.

Posted by Mark T (Kingston, Tn)

[YEA]  When I was a young kid one day my sister came home and said that she had the best snack at a friend's house on the way home from school. She said that she would find out exactly what it was and that she would make us some one day. Her friend's grandmother had taken garden fresh cold thinly sliced cucumber slices and thin slices of sweet vadalia onion, sprinkling a fair amount of salt and pepper and then covering them with White House Apple Cider Vinegar(5% Acidity) letting them soak for ten or fifteen minutes. The girls used little wooden skewers to stab the sour & tangy vegetable concoction and used a small round soup spoon to sip the sour vinegar juice - they also had it served with an ice cold 6 oz bottle of Coca-Cola over ice (Talking about the acids, lol!!!). I had always has a taste for sour things like pickles, mustard, sauerkraut, and plenty of ACV on my turnip greens. After having this concoction once I soon developed a craving for it. It seemed whenever I was sick and had a fever, sore throat, ear infection or just about anything I would always crave the sour taste of these cucumbers, onions, salt, pepper, and plenty of fresh apple cider vinegar and would start out nibbling on them slowly until after ten or fifteen minutes began feeling better. No sooner that I would finish them it was no time until I was feeling so much better. Even before I heard that ACV was really good for you in my mind and my heart I knew that there was something really special about apple cider vinegar because every time I consumed it I seemed to get over what was ailing me in no time and was heeled and it sure did make a believer out of me. It just works and I began to swear by it to all of my family members and to anyone else that I could testify too because I wanted them to get the same fast relief from ACV that I had received.. My sister that had turned me on to this supposed snack that turned out to be a healing remedy already liked this concoction and it didn't take much to convince her that it ! was a po werful aide in healing just about anything that ailed you. My sister and I still have the cravings for this vinegar concoction and my niece has also taken up liking the concoction also. I know that it's not for everyone because there are some out there (like my fiance) that can't stand the thought of eating or drinking anything with ACV on or in it. Good luck to all of you that are willing to try this powerful anti-oxidant, it will change your life.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
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Posted by Sandy (Orlando, FL) on 02/19/2007

[YEA]  Hi, I have had a recurring Urinary Tract infection so far 3 times in the past 6 months, to which my Dr has prescribed antibiotics. I felt it coming on and as my Dr was out of town was unable to get my prescription refilled for antibiotics. As I was in a great deal of pain (for 3 days and popping AZO tabs like mints) I was searching the internet for a natural remedy and came across this website. I did the vinegar and baking soda remedy and within a few hours the pain was completely gone and has not returned. I didn't have ACV on hand so I did it with just plain white vinegar (2T), baking soda (1t) and water and added a few drops of cayenne pepper. I am so happy!!! Yesterday I was coming home from a trip a feeling myself coming down with Flu Sx (achy, sore throat, and weak). I took some Advil to get thru the long car trip home. When I got home I was exhausted and went right to bed. When I woke up I felt horrible as I could barely swallow, my ears, and face (sinuses) hurt, as well as achy joints all over. I was eager to try the ACV and baking soda (added cayenne and echinacea drops too) cure and took the first drink at about 3 am. It is now 2pm the next day I have taken about 5 glassfuls and I feel 100% better. I still have very mild tired feeling but all other sx are completely gone. Its amazing!