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Athlete's Foot  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Dianna (Austin, Tx) on 02/04/2010

[YEA]  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 ;)


Autoimmune Disease  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Kristina (Arizona) on 03/15/2016

[YEA]  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.


Bald Spots  
11 User Reviews | 1 BETTER BUT NOT CURED

Posted by Cassidyok (Fresno, Ca) on 02/02/2011

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  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.

Replied by John1230
Delhi, India
08/16/2011
How should I make Hair Wash Solution with Borax. I have lots of Fungus and Dandruff. My hair are now very thin and have lost hair. Also, In India, what grade specification of Borax should I buy.

Thanks.

Replied by Lily
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
08/17/2011
John1230, borax doesn't have a grade, it is 99-100% borax. I can't find the recipe in the ailments or remedies, but put about 1 part borax to 2-3 parts water and pour onto hair and leave in for 10 mins. Lily.
Replied by Phyllis
Selmer, Tennessee
08/17/2011
for thinnig hair try Teds recipe of teatree oil, laverder oil, and aloe vera. I did it once a week for 3 weeks and it worked great.
Replied by John1230
Delhi, India
08/23/2011
Thanks Lily and Phyllis.

This is for Ted, I could not find his email address.

My father is 76 Years old and I am from India. Since last 15-17 years he is suffering from Psoraisis all over his body. He tried everything from Allopathy, Homeopathy to Ayurveda. And whatever was suggested by the near and dear ones.

Nothing worked. I find some hope with Borax. However, I would want to know how should the process go about. Also suggest some other remedy if known.

My friends are visiting Thialand very soon. Where can they find Borax which can be injested. Please suggest.

Thanks and God bless all of you.

Art
Singapore
02/16/2016
You can buy 20 Mule Team Borax at Ace Hardware in Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. But not in Singapore
Replied by Stan
Huntingdon, Pa. Usa
08/23/2011
I have been reading some very positive results using coconut oil to treat psoriasis. I am also using coconut oil on some serious fungus with great results. Hoping you find a solution.
Replied by John1230
Delhi, India
09/22/2011
He has tried Coconut Oil and VCO as well. None of them worked.
Replied by Ping Yap
Legazpi, Philippines
01/03/2012
On psoriasis:

Try taking cold processed virgin coconut oil 3 1/2 tablespoon daily continuously for at least a month.

Sip a lemon & a pinch of sea salt after to refresh your mouth.

Replied by Rg
Vancouver, Canada
10/27/2014
I was diagnosed with UC and had Psoraisis for almost 30 years. I started treating for my UC and found with it my Psoraisis also almost disappeared. You can try parasite killer. In India you can buy any brand from Dabus/ Baidhnath etc. Hindi Name for Sodium Borate (Borax) is Suhaga.

I hope this helps.

Replied by Stonefieldsian
Auckland, New Zealand
10/28/2014
What is "UC" that you refer to and what exactly is your treatment? Thanks.

EC: UC - Ulcerative Colitis


Bloating  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Randy (Jersey City, Nj, Usa) on 01/12/2011

[YEA]  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!!


Borax and Gut Flora  

Posted by June (Florida) on 06/15/2014

Bill, what are the effects of borax water on the good bacteria in the gut?

Replied by Bill Donate

San Fenando, Philippines
06/16/2014

1223 Posts
Hi June...I'm afraid that I cannot give you any real research evidence on whether borax kills good microbiota in the gut or not -- I have looked at the research and their isn't very much on borax. But that's probably because the drugs companies don't really want you to know about how effective borax is against both mycoplasma and fungus.

What's more, I've been using borax water regularly for the last 8 years or so and it has never made me feel ill (even when I used it against my candida). So if you want my own opinion -- because that's all it is from my own experience with borax -- I would say that it doesn't kill good gut bacteria.

Replied by June
Florida, US
06/25/2014
Replied by J.
Kuwait
01/08/2015
Allow me to thank you with all my heart for such an exhaustive article on Borax.

When my new born son as an infant had thrush in his entire mouth the allopath paediatrician prescribed some dark violet coloured liquid to be painted with a brush inside his entire mouth.

In India , those days there was no Internet.

Among Indians the tendency is to accept whatever the allopath says as gospel. Sparing you all the complications that followed soon. His thrush was not cured however.

Eventually a Homeopath prescribed Borax in potentized form. Which got rid of this thrush miraculously. Many women suffer from candida infection. I believe it is this candida that manifests as thrush in our babies.

Thank you once again & all the others who have responded with pertinent queries & feedback.

Replied by Cheuimay
Ca., US
02/09/2015
This is my first contribution, but because borax was so instrumental in helping me control my systemic fungal infection that I wanted to put in my 2 cents to lend clarity to some of the posts. The borax that I bought was from 20 mule team and had no scent. If you look at the ingredients, there is only one ingredient and that is Sodium Tetraborate. Sodium Tetraborate is listed as a natural mineral. If there are any added scents to it, it would have to be listed also. Just make sure you only get the 20 mule team product.

I had Pneumonia when I was a baby and have had a systemic yeast infection my whole life. A friend made me a Hulda Clarke basic zapper and I was surprised at how effective it was. As time went on, I got a stronger one... I think it was a Bob Beck device. At that time you could purchase a kit at Electronic City in Burbank and put it together yourself. It seemed to work also. Then I loaned it to a person who had cancer and never got the device back. Meanwhile, my yeast problem got worse. I then got a don Croft Terminator. I was so determined to get rid of this yeast infection that I zapped every day for months.

Then one day, I woke up with my entire buttocks covered with watery hives. When I would scratch them, all the blisters would break. I didn't know what happened then later, I realized that the zapper was acting just like antibiotics. It would aggressively killed the yeast, fungus or bacteria, but not completely, leaving resistant ones to proliferate. I didn't know what to do, go back to a doctor? I was in this condition because of doctors to begin with. Then a thought came to me to drink my own urine. I had done urine therapy before with great results and started again. Within two weeks, all the watery blisters cleared up, but for some reason I stopped the urine therapy. I'm not sure exactly why, I think I read something negative about it and stopped, but after a while, the infection returned. This time, with a vengeance. This time my entire body was covered with the weepy, itchy blisters. That was when I found out about Borax. Within two days of taking the Borax solution, all the blisters had cleared up. I've been on it for about a year now and though I'm much better, I still do have eruptions of pimples here and there in different parts of my body.

It seems to be happening more often now and I'm wondering if anyone has noticed a recurrence of their infection and if anyone knows of any information on these microbes developing a resistance to Borax?

Replied by Marcin
Toronto, Canada
02/10/2015
I also have a problem with painful blisters on my buttocks, but I never really linked this with my yeast issue. I will try borax on this.
Replied by Jessica P.
Norfolk, Va Usa
06/01/2015
I have been taking 20 mule team borax for two years now for arthritis and migraines. I also have crohn's disease and diverticulitis which it greatly helps. This is a wonder product and from what I have read..the original person who discovered the medical uses of this product tried to have it pass the FDA as a cheap and effective fix for many ailments...But big pharma did not like that so the doctor was fined and a warning was put on the box. Figures...it is completely safe. no side efects so far when used in moderation..

I make a mix with one quart of filtered water and one tablespoon of borax. Put in fridge and take one table spoon on that mixture every other day for two weeks. then move to a one week on and one week off schedule..because it does remove metals..even the ones u need like magnesium. I would recommend this to anyone at any age or condition. it has been a life saver for me with my fibromyalgia also :)


Borax and Hormones  

Posted by Bridget (Detroit, Mi) on 05/02/2014

Hi,I read on the posts here that borax can increase testosterone.......I don't want my hormones out of whack, is this something I should be taking? Thanks, this site is very interesting, glad I found it!

Replied by So & So
Washington
06/27/2014
Hi Bridget~ I was wondering the same thing. I did a bit of internet snooping & found these articles helpful. My husband was diagnosed with Low-T, with blood levels @ 180. The doctor put him on one of the gel treatments. He felt much better @ week 2 of treatment, but has gradually been feeling worse again. We are now @ about week 4. I suspect his estrogen levels are playing a part in this. Anyway, after reading the abstract I'm sending him to Wal-mart tomorrow bright & early to get some 20 mule-team borax!

http://www.health-science-spirit.com/borax.htm

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21129941

I hope this is helpful!

Replied by Bev
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
08/08/2014
Borax causes men to produce more testosterone and women more estriol. For those of us older than 40 or 50, that would seem a very good thing.

Taking 2 or 3 days a week off the borax is to (supposedly) allow your body to adjust and your hormones to balance.

Several people take borax continuously and don't seem to suffer any ill effects. As usual, do your homework and make responsible choices. However, if taking borax 4 or 5 days a week gives you the results you want, why take it for 7?

Many health professionals advise taking even your regular supplements only 5 days a week (or 3 weeks on and 1 week off). The reason for this is because anything we take continuously may attenuate -- become less effective or even ineffective. This happens all the time with prescription drugs. People who were taking MSM every single day and getting great results suddenly were not: The MSM just stopped working for them after 6 months, a year, or in some cases many years.

Replied by Nels
Gold Country, Ca.
09/01/2015
I've just added boron as a 'must have mineral', having been ignorant of the wide ranging benefits toward wellness.

So much 'good stuff' seems to hide in the shadows of plain sight all around us, and one day, a light is shined on the subject, and it it immediately becomes a 'no brainer' to act upon the info, reaping unexpected rewards for one's effort to stretch further.

Boron's exactly that for me, changing my life in a wink...

...because, now I DRINK my footbath water.

(I mix up a fresh batch, no double-dipping for me)

Gee whiz! Whoo-da-thunk it? What's next?! ?

(urine therapy?! ?) Who knows...?

Thanks to all who contributed comments here.

Has anyone noticed themselves feeling as strong as a mule?

Just wondering...


Borax Bans  
6 User Reviews | 1 YEA

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.

God bless.

Replied by Timh Donate

Ky
07/01/2015
Thanks for posting this Andrew. If there are no reported deaths or environmental damage, someone w/ plenty of money from E should file a lawsuit against this. There is no legal precedent for this ban seems to me.

In this event, MMS, Colloidal Silver, and Zappers are good alternative to Borax. Speaking of MMS, Jim Humble only recently got raided by armed E.U. enforcers in England during one of the worship services of the Genesis 2 Church of Health & Healing.

Replied by Heather
Wales, Uk
07/13/2015
If you're going to put borax in the bath, you may also need to consider the content of the water! If there's chlorine and/or fluoride in the public tap water, it's a factor to think about it because you're soaking in it! At least in Wales, there's even sheep dip not many people know about! Now, this is scandalous but a fact!

If used orally, here is the subscribed solution: 1 teaspoon borax into 1 liter PURE filtered water. From this concentration, take 3 teaspoon (maintenance only) or 3 tablespoons (for arthritis or other maladies) and put into a glass of PURE filtered water, and sip throughout the day; hold under the tongue a bit so as more chance to be absorbed!

I've just started, but a friend of mine has said that her arthritic pain is entirely gone!

Replied by Hisjewel
America, New York
07/29/2015
You do mean 1/4 of a teaspoon of Borax in one liter of water, taken throughout the day, don't you? We're trying to get rid of pain.
Replied by Mark
Exeter, United Kingdom
11/08/2015

16 Posts
[YEA]   Hi, I think there are many ratios but I think go with your one and if it makes you feel unwell reduce the dose. The way me and my friend do it is in a concentrate, 6 grams borax dissolved in 1 liter of water & stored in a bottle (glass) & in the fridge.

This is like the 'mother tincture', each day take 1x teaspoon (5ml) of your concentrated water up to 3x in that day (morning - noon - night?). When the pain has gone eventually, you can reduce down to 2x a day.

Hope this helps.

Mark

Replied by Jacqui
Devon Uk
03/02/2016
It's a good job they can't ban urine. At least we'll have that, at a pinch.

Borax Baths  
16 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Vital Salts (San Diego Ca) on 09/11/2013

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Yasha
Imnaha, Or
10/11/2013
Simple question: How much borax to put in bath? Don't want all that other info. Just HOW MUCH BORAX IN A BATH????? Cannot find a simple answer to a simple question in all of this website! Not really very helpful.
Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
10/11/2013
Hello Yasha from Imnaha,

You ask how much borax for the bath:

One tablespoon.

If drinking, use 1/20th of a teaspoon in a gallon of water and drink throughout two days.

Yasha there is not an exact science on this. But if you read the material about oral consumption you'll see that VERY little is required. By extension I use proportionally the same for a bath. The absorption will be less than orally consumed but spread throughout the body allows for a diverse transfer to different regions. Less but better applied. Same idea for Epsom Salts baths. I can orally take a magnesium supplement (and I do) but also there is a broader or wider absorption with Salts baths. A very ancient remedy to many maladies.

Best to you,

Dave

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee, Usa
10/11/2013
One cup per bath. Hope that helps!

~Mama to Many~
Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee, Usa
10/11/2013
Uh oh. I just saw the I suggested way more than Dave. Go with Dave. He is basing his recommendation on science. I am basing my on limited experience. My husband did some borax baths and that is what he used. I will say he had no ill effects. He didn't do this long term.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Baldev
Maharashtra, India
10/12/2013

156 Posts
Hi Yasha,

On this site Ted has recommended 1/4 tea spoon for men and 1/8 tea spoon of borax for women with 1/4 tea spoon of sea salt in one liter of water to be consumed through the day for internal use. Therefore, for bath one cup of borax should be ideal to get some benifit of borax for any health problem you are looking forward, may be don't soak for too long but I feel the concentration should be adequate to get the benefit.

Good Luck

Baldev

Replied by Timh Donate

Ky, Usa
10/12/2013
I have been using 1/4 cup Borax in hot baths for many months now, in addition to many other major & trace minerals w/ only temporary results. Last time I took 750mg Lufenuron prior to bath and did seem to have better results for my fungal issue. Also, as for combination therapy, I have taken Berberine following the bath which seemed to improve the situation.
Replied by Diana
Papillion Ne
01/02/2014
How much borax etc did you use in combination for your bath to make 4 cups?
Replied by Yochana
Andalusa Spain
03/08/2014
Hi,

What kind of seasalt do I use and what kind of dead sea salt and how much and how much hydrogene peroxide and is the cheap kind ok? any side effects from these and any problems with borax in tub. Is it safe? Thanks yochana

Replied by Ally
Uk
10/29/2015
Hi there,

I would love to follow the instructions provided by Vital Salts:

'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.'

But I can not buy Borax from the UK unless its for business purposes. I can however buy ' Borax Substitute ' - is this as good as Borax to use? Thanks

Replied by Mike
Uk
02/11/2016
Hi there, you can get borax in the UK, just go onto ebay.co.uk and search on there! It will go by various names, the one I get is sodium tetraborate decahydrate, , , , It's cheap too!!

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

Replied by Kelly
Catawissa, Mo, Usa
09/27/2011
I would very much like to know how much Borax to add to the bath tub for fluoride removal. My fibromyalgia and pain has me bed-ridden, and I just found out that tea is high in fluoride. I drink 1-2 pots a day. I also have fluoride in my well water. They do not manufacture fluoride filters for showers or bath faucets, so this seems to be my only choice. I have a big 6' tub. So I suppose I need a ratio. Please advise, as this is EXTREMELY important for my health! Thanks
Replied by Captain Boron
Planet Boron
04/30/2014
They do make shower head filters which are very effective. My skin went from dry and itchey after shower to smooth and soft. I also can't smell any chlorine/chemicals in the shower like I used to.

They price from about 20-200 depending how hardcore of a model you get. I found mine at Home depot.

Replied by Carolyn
Dallas, Tx
08/18/2014
You must have specialty filters to filter out fluoride. I don't think any shower filters have them. Don't know about whole house filters, but we have a Berkey that we purchased a separate filter to take care of the fluoride.

Borax Contraindications  
3 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Richard (Nevada) on 09/12/2014

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Mark
Exeter, United Kingdom
08/23/2015

16 Posts
http://www.health-science-spirit.com/borax.htm

The above site has very detailed information concerning borax and has dosages and instructions for various ailments. as well as resource links

Hope you find what your looking for...also mind is a powerful tool, Tell yr heart everyday how well its looking after you, praise its good work and visulise pink or green light energy bathing yr heart area, see yr heart soak in the positive light and praises you give it. Others can do it for you as well by visualising your heart delighted in the attention giving it motivation to keep up the good work.

interesting you tube video where within 3 mins, 3 chinese medics trained in feeling from their heart centers remove a womans bladder cancer which was a few inchs long, they held a feeling of already done and used mantra chants to remove the tumour. A specific camera was inserted into the womans bladder while the procedure was done. You see the tumour dissappear bit by bit just from the medics power of feeling from the heart that she was already cured. link to see for yourself:

https://youtu.be/VLPahLakP_Q

All the best,

Mark

Replied by Louisa
Texas
02/08/2016
Black strap molasses is suppose to help insomnia.

Borax Dosages  
64 User Reviews | 3 YEA | 2 WARNINGS!

Posted by Art (California, Usa) on 03/28/2016 | 103 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!

Art

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26770156

Integr Med (Encinitas). 2015 Aug;14(4):35-48.

Nothing Boring About Boron.

Abstract

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.

PMID:

26770156

[PubMed]

PMCID:

PMC4712861

[Available on 2016-08-01]

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10050929

Biol Trace Elem Res. 1998 Winter;66(1-3):343-57.

Comparative toxicology of borates.

Hubbard SA1.

Author information

Abstract

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.

PMID:

10050929

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


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

[YEA]  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
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Amco-Measuring-Spoons-for-Small-Amounts-/141301745022?pt=Measuring_Cups&hash=item20e63d857e&_uhb=1

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).

Kind Regards,
A Friend From Australia

THANKYOU MOST KINDLY FOR YOUR HELP :-) Peace

Replied by Mary
Big Stone Gap, Virginia
12/11/2015
I would not take more and more borax. A post I read said to take less as time goes on. Unless I missed something. More isn't always better. Sometimes less is.

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

Replied by Ted Donate

Bangkok, Thailand
05/29/2014

388 Posts
I don't know how much boron is in the concentrate. What I do know is it most boron concentrate isn't too much. I expect to have effect one month on the average.

Ted


Posted by David (Birdsboro, Pa.) on 01/16/2014

I am confused about the dosage equivalents of Borax. How much boron is in an eighth teaspoon of Borax? Some say 13.75mg of boron and others say 55 mg, and others say different numbers. I do not want to ingest a daily amount of more than 20mg of boron, but now I am not sure what the true measures are, and I can't seem to find a consensus of measurement value from the people who recommend using borax.

People who use the eighth teaspoon in a liter of water/day: are they consuming extrememly high amounts of boron?

Please clear this up for me. Regards, Dave

Replied by Mike62
Denver
01/16/2014
David: Rat studies for 3 generations found no effects at 30mg/kg/day of boron. Human studies on boron miners found no effects. A review of accidental poisoning of 10-88g boric acid, 88% were no effect. One reason for the fluctuations in mg of boron could be the various locations where borax is mined.
Replied by Zolor
Dallas, Tx
02/10/2014
[YEA]   1/8 tsp =.5 ml, 1/4 tsp 1 ml, 1 tsp = 5 ml


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