Hi Thanks for this wonderful website! I was reading Ted's answers regarding arthritis and bone treatments. He suggests using Borax 1/8 teaspoonful to 1 liter of drinking water as part of the cure. Originally I am from Hungary and not very familier with the Borax. First I went to the health food store searching for it and it was told me I can get it in the drug store. After this I went to the supermarket and asked the pharmacist for the Borax. She told me I can find it on the laundry detergent's shelf. I have bought a big box of Borax multi purpose household cleaner. My question is this that Borax that I suppose to put in my drinking water?? It looks like people are using it for many different kind of purposes. I am using the ACV w. baking soda with a good result for two weeks. More energy less soreness in my knee. Thanks&Regards,
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Posted by Dianna (Austin, Tx) on 02/04/2010
borax for athletes foot
after trying everything else you could buy at the store for his pretty much life long athletes foot problem - and not having results my boyfriend finally decided to try the remedy i kept telling him to try... borax - which he thought was poison him instantly but he 'trusted' the OTC stuff at the store!!! LOL
he wet his feet and then took a handful and rubbed it all over his feet.
he said they stopped itching immediately! he was stunned.
a few weeks later i asked him how his athletes foot was and he said: oh wow! it hasn't come back! that stuff totally cured it!!!
now he tells all his friends about borax ;)
Posted by Kristina (Arizona) on 03/15/2016
I was experiencing a horrible auto immune condition called HS (Hidradenitis Supperativa). Very, very painful and debilitating. I decided to try the borax protocol to attack the autoimmune condition. In six weeks all symptoms of my condition had disappeared and it is 10 months later and I continue to be healed. I now drink borax water once or twice a week. I drink 1/4 tsp in the liter of distilled water once or twice a week. I give 1/4 of the above mentioned dilution to both my children once or twice a week. My Mom has been drinking it daily for 9 months (after seeing my amazing results) due to a number of health afflictions, and has skin growing on her legs where she has had open wounds for 30 years from a recluse spider bite. My coworker drinks the above mentioned dilution daily and has had a significant reduction in her rheumatoid arthritis pain. In fact over the winter she was shocked to 'notice' she was barely hurting in her hands at all... I was desperate for answers when I tried this and I'm so glad I did. Decide for yourself, trust your instincts. Good luck.
Posted by Cassidyok (Fresno, Ca) on 02/02/2011
We've been using 1/3 cup of Borax in a large hair conditioner bottle--filled up the rest of the way with water. It's easy to use in the shower because it has a pump. My sweetheart has a bald spot that's been bugging him and 10 days ago he decided he would start using the Borax for shampoo and Apple Cider Vinegar (diluted) for a hair rinse.
Today he trimmed his hair and we noticed ALOT of hair on his bald spot. I haven't been checking it because I didn't want to jinx anything or bring attention to him using an "alternative" remedy.
It is really working!! Thank you ever so much for this site. I refer to it often.
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Posted by Randy (Jersey City, Nj, Usa) on 01/12/2011
Based on recommendations I found on the site, yesterday I tried Borax to help relieve my candida issue. I have had long standing bloating caused by the candida. Just to start off, I took a very small amount (maybe 1/20 teaspoon) of 20-mule team borax in 0.75L water, and drank it throughout the day. By about 4pm, I started having A LOT of flatulence that lasted several hours. Didn't smell bad luckily, but had to go home after work and stay there for a while :)
By the end of the evening, my belly felt empty, with none of the pressure or pain that I have come to live with. Unbelievable! I plan on continuing to use borax for my issues. I will work up gently to about 1/8 or 1/4 teaspoon 4 days a week, for a limit time frame. Anyone interested in trying borax, I recommend it, but please read the borax information on this site, and work up the dosage very gently, it is powerful. Thanks Earth Clinic!!
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Posted by Andrew (England) on 06/30/2015
My usual borax supplier had this message when I went to some a few days ago:
"RESTRICTED FROM SALE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
This product is restricted for Sale to the General Public under Annexe XVII of EU Regulation 552/2009.
It is only available for sale to Companies and any sale will be subejct to a Declaration of Use being completed.
Please contact us before purchasing"
Seems our beloved Ted was right on the money as this restriction is totally irrational to a compound less toxic than table salt.
It can still be bought from that auction site and be imported but my advice is STOCK UP before a total ban if you live in the EU. Medical tyranny is halfway here. Look out for each other and stock up for your "chemical" remedies.
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Posted by Vital Salts (San Diego Ca) on 09/11/2013
For those having issues ingesting Borax I would suggest bathing. I had major healing bathing using various mineral salts in a hot bath for an hour a day for six weeks. I had been diagnosed with lyme and associated co infections including candida and cleared most if not all symptoms using bath salts, citrus (vit. C) and hydrogen peroxide in combination topically. I used Borax, Epsom, sea salts and dead sea salts together. I would also add half a bottle of Hydrogen peroxide and scrub my skin with citrus. I used about 4 cups total salt per bath. Soaking the neck and thyroid seems important and I cleared lumps around my thyroid and all sorts of skin anomalies. Whenever I feel sick again from environmental toxins and parasites I just take a few baths a week and it clears my system. I was sick for 8 years and tried western and non-traditional treatments and nothing worked like this bath formula. I never ate borax but did increase ingesting mineral salts, Vitamin C and MSM. I also like to put Borax in my work boots. I noticed a detox from this.
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Posted by Ginaraye (Waxahachie, Texas, Usa) on 01/04/2011
Hi earth clinic and ted! I used ted's mange cure on my dog, and a couple of neighbor's dogs, too, thanks so much for that! The borax pointed me to fluoride de-tox and I have pretty much eliminated my fluoride intake. I use ted's borax remedy in my drinking water and paint with iodine occasionally. I still have a stiff neck and creakiness sometimes, though. It just occurred to me it is probably from increased coffee drinking now that it is winter.
Also now that it is winter, I would like a hot bath! What i'd like to know is if borax in the bath water will prevent absorption of fluoride, and if so, how much borax should I use? my city is just now becoming aware of fluoride toxicity and I think we could all use the information! Thanks, gina
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Posted by Richard (Nevada) on 09/12/2014
Does anyone know if a person who had a triple by-pass, including 2 stents placed in heart area can use Borax? One of my stents was medicated back then, even had a recall? But with this surgery came severe Insomnia, probably from Plavix. Plavix I found out latter is a treatment for maybe 6 months, I was on it for 8 yrs? No one said a word, so I think this maybe caused the insomnia? Please help.
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Posted by Art (California, Usa) on 03/28/2016 | 126 Posts
Ted and many others here including myself have mentioned Borax as a very effective arthritis remedy that is readily available and is dirt cheap. Borax is just over 11% boron so if you use Borax at the doses that Ted has previously mentioned of 1/8th teaspoon for smaller people and 1/4th teaspoon for larger people, you will be getting about 55mg or 110mg of boron respectively.
For me it takes the larger dose to completely control arthritis, but each person is different and starting lower and working your way up makes good sense......why use more than you need to get the desired health benefit. Dr. Rex Newnham, Ph.D., D.O., N.D, who discovered and popularized the use of Borax and boron in the 1960's said that some people found benefit with as little as 10 mg per day and for people who's condition was more severe and or of longer duration, it could take more Borax or boron and it could take up to 3 or 4 months to get the full benefit.
Studies on boron show that it offers many health benefits to people that goes well beyond just arthritis and osteoporosis, two common uses for it. Below is a short abstract from PubMed that lists some of those health benefits of which there are more than what is listed.
For those who are concerned about the safety of Borax and boron, as you should be, there is an abstract below the first one that explains this in clear language and Ted's dosing does not even come close!
Integr Med (Encinitas). 2015 Aug;14(4):35-48.
Nothing Boring About Boron.
The trace mineral boron is a micronutrient with diverse and vitally important roles in metabolism that render it necessary for plant, animal, and human health, and as recent research suggests, possibly for the evolution of life on Earth. As the current article shows, boron has been proven to be an important trace mineral because it (1) is essential for the growth and maintenance of bone; (2) greatly improves wound healing; (3) beneficially impacts the body's use of estrogen, testosterone, and vitamin D; (4) boosts magnesium absorption; (5) reduces levels of inflammatory biomarkers, such as high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α); (6) raises levels of antioxidant enzymes, such as superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase, and glutathione peroxidase; (7) protects against pesticide-induced oxidative stress and heavy-metal toxicity; (8) improves the brains electrical activity, cognitive performance, and short-term memory for elders; (9) influences the formation and activity of key biomolecules, such as S-adenosyl methionine (SAM-e) and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD(+)); (10) has demonstrated preventive and therapeutic effects in a number of cancers, such as prostate, cervical, and lung cancers, and multiple and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma; and (11) may help ameliorate the adverse effects of traditional chemotherapeutic agents. In none of the numerous studies conducted to date, however, do boron's beneficial effects appear at intakes > 3 mg/d. No estimated average requirements (EARs) or dietary reference intakes (DRIs) have been set for boron-only an upper intake level (UL) of 20 mg/d for individuals aged ≥ 18 y. The absence of studies showing harm in conjunction with the substantial number of articles showing benefits support the consideration of boron supplementation of 3 mg/d for any individual who is consuming a diet lacking in fruits and vegetables or who is at risk for or has osteopenia; osteoporosis; osteoarthritis (OA); or breast, prostate, or lung cancer.
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Biol Trace Elem Res. 1998 Winter;66(1-3):343-57.
Comparative toxicology of borates.
Inorganic borates, including boric acid, Na, ammonium, K, and Zn borates generally display low acute toxicity orally, dermally, and by inhalation. They are either not irritant or mild skin and eye irritants. Exceptions owing to physiochemical properties do occur. Longer-term toxicological studies have been reported mainly on boric acid or borax where the properties are generally similar on an equivalent boron (B) basis. The critical effects in several species are male reproductive toxicity and developmental toxicity. The doses that cause these effects are far higher than any levels to which the human population could be exposed. Humans would need to consume daily some 3.3 g of boric acid (or 5.0 g borax) to ingest the same dose level as the lowest animal NOAEL. No effects on fertility were seen in a population of workers exposed to borates or to a population exposed to high environmental borate levels. There is remarkable similarity in the toxicological effects of boric acid and borax across different species. Other inorganic borates that simply dissociate to boric acid are expected to display similar toxicity, whereas those that do not dissociate simply to boric acid may display a different toxicological profile.
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Posted by Susan (Utica, Ny) on 07/25/2015
I buy boric acid powder at the pharmacy and mix a small portion with boiled water. (You can find amounts online). You can soak gauze in it then apply it.
In the old days, and I mean in the 1920s-1950s - my grandmother always kept a warm pan of boric acid water on the back of the stove. It was that important to have on hand when raising six kids. They didn't have antibiotics for most of those years - so infections were drawn out with compresses and wounds were sterilized this way.
Posted by A Friend (Australia) on 08/26/2014
Dear Earth Clinic,
Boron Consumption Update with Questions:
I have been taking 5 times the maintenance dose daily for some weeks, with a day or two break here and there.
I have seen an improvement in overall energy of the body, and aches and pains of the joints don't seem to last more then a short time.
Starting on a higher dose I notice a severe reaction (host flushes, numbness of face, disorientation) of 1/4 to 1/8 a teaspoon.
I still get the hot face feeling a little bit on the low dose, though I think I have found the amount that works for me.
A friend of mine in his early 70's has started on the same does that I have, though he splits his up into two cups of water a day.
The process for consumption; is using one of the teaspoon sets; like these
the smallest teaspoons on there works out to be about 1/64 of a teaspoon. I weighed and calculated; 2 of these (in two doses) or one the size up from this is (1/32 of teaspoon size on that set, the second smallest teaspoon in the set), that 2 of the first, or one of the second; is equal to 5 times the maintenance dose of 3mg of boron a day.
I calculated the boron as 11% of the the borax molecule.
I think my calculations were such;
Having measured a heaped teaspoon of borax at around 6.5 grams,
then calculating that a liter of water is 202 teaspoons;
we end up with 1 teaspoons equaling about 33mg or 0.033g of borax content.
Thus working out that this has only 11% boron (of the the 33mg) we end up with 3mg content or 0.003g or boron in each teaspoon.
Thus working out that two of the 1/64th of 1 of the 1/32 teaspoons sizes *in the drop, pinch etc. set mentioned above. Calculated these to be 0.14g or 140mg. Thus boron content is 11% = 15.4mg of boron content; which is 5 times the maintenance does of 3mg a day.
Thus when the effects become clear and at completion one can go down to the maintenance dose by drinking the solution over 5 days.
* I found the idea of using a liter with a teaspoon, two difficult for my life style in the bush.
* I would suggest always using borax, as its alkaline, as apposed to boric acid which is mixed with hydrochloric acid and acidic already.
Note; make the solution with boiling water, add the amount then stir. Drink anytime afterwards (i usually drink it an hours or few hours later, or over a few days).
My question to ted; is about boron build up; should one even with small detox as here; have a day or two of a week; or can one stick through on the 5 times does; or its a personal decision? What are the effects of build up in the body.
P.S My friend has noticed a great improvement in his arthritis; though both he and I do take some magnesium as well (small dose)
P.P.S In Australia there is a company called blants; it can be ordered cheaply from there website; it comes from turkey, very good quality.
P.P.P.S The only other side affect that I noticed that if it is taken in the evening sometimes it can cause insomnia for several hours; (only happened to both me and my friend on one occasion each).
A Friend From Australia
THANKYOU MOST KINDLY FOR YOUR HELP :-) Peace
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Posted by Eduardo (Spain) on 05/26/2014
Dear Mr. Ted,
I hope this finds you well. I am writing to ask you a few questions regarding Borax intake. I've read that Borax may help in increasing the free testosterone and at the same time reducing the estrogen levels, so I have decided to give it a try. Recently, I started to take Lugol's iodine along with Vit C, Magnesium (400 mg), a B complex (50 mg) and Selenium (200 mcg). As for the appropriate dosage for Borax, I am quite confused. I have prepared the 1 litre concentrate with water (non fluorated) and a teaspoon of Borax. Yesterday I took 1 teaspoon of the liquid concentrate and I intend to do this daily with 2 days off as you suggest. 1. Is this dosage ok? 2. How would you recommend -if you do- to increase the dosage? 2. How much Boron is there in 1 teaspoon of liquid Borax concentrate? 2. How much would be the maximum safe dosage per day -in teaspoons? 3. How long does Boron take to have a noticeable effect or to build up in the body? Thank you in advance for your kind reply. Best Regards, Eduardo SPAIN