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Baking Soda   0  0   

Posted by Shelley (Montreal, Quebec) on 10/30/2007

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I tried Ted's baking soda remedy for Gerd and ended up with high blood pressure. Could there be a connection? I would like to try to ACV & baking soda to alkalize my system but am nervous...

Posted by PollyAnn (Mexico City, USA) on 09/22/2007

[SIDE EFFECTS]  re: Baking Soda and Vertigo -- Ted, I was just reading about dizziness [9/7/2007:PL from Naples, Florida, USA], and have a question for you: why would baking soda cause dizziness?

I quit taking it some time ago for my acid reflux because after a few days of taking it I would have these wild dizzy spells. It was so bad when I layed down or turned my head too fast. Suddenly the whole room would start turning like crazy. Anyway, when I quit taking the baking soda everything would return to normal within 1-2 days. I have stopped using regular salt, in its place I am using sea salt (which is actually a food). Perhaps PL from Naples Florida can benefit from staying away from the table salt (which I understand is very much the cause of High Blood Pressure!).

Replied by Ted Donate

Bangkok, Thailand 388 Posts
Whenever dizziness is experience, it is often due to a couple of causes:

'1. Low blood pressure 2. Weak form of septicemia (cavities can lead to that!) 3. Low Blood sugar

The ACV + baking soda remedy has an effect of lowering blood pressure generally speaking, but of course we are assuming the person has too much potassium, which can also lead to lower blood pressure the same. One example is eating too much fruits or eating too much sour food.

In any event a simple way of resolving the first one is to measure the blood pressure. If blood pressure is low, then ACV should be eliminated and just use the baking soda.

For the second condition, a high body temperature, with headaches, and perhaps cavities, or leaky gut can result in a weak septicemia (weak form of blood poisoning) can also lead to dizziness as the septicemia LEADS TO LOW BLOOD PRESSURE. Hence, a simple remedy to stop septicemia (doctor's are making things hard on themselves and antibiotics are useless here usually) by taking aspirin three times a day WELL DISSOLVED in 1/2 glass of water. Then, blood pressure should be normal within 30-45 minutes.

For the third condition, if taking some candies did help than a low blood sugar is indicated, yet, low blood pressure and low blood sugar can also indicate that. Certain dietary changes can lead to low blood pressure, such as not eating enough food during key time of the day where the body needs it the most. Hence a simple way to stabilize blood sugar, is supporting liver, such as one tablespoon of granulated lecithin a day. Once the liver has less fat buildup, it can supply or at least stabilize the blood sugar.

Posted by Sandhi ( on 09/21/2007

[SIDE EFFECTS]  ... I want to point something about the Baking Soda remedy for increasing the alkalinity of body. Unfortunately, this remedy worked for me in the beginning, as I noticed improved digestion, but then I noticed I came down with a chronic case of Bacterial Vaginosis. A fishy odor coming from the vagina. I have heard, women who are on Birth Control Pill get BV. But I have never used BCPs. Further reading, I found out that Baking Soda, and for that matter most anta-acids can lead to the depletion of B-vitamins in the body. ( including Folic Acid & B12). And no wonder Folic Acid is recommended as a cure for BV.

I am taking Folic Acid ( 1 mg) and B-complex now, but the fishy odor is not gone completely! I am really stuck with this odor which I NEVER had before. So could it be, my folic acid levels are depleted and I am unable to get them to a healthy level. As of now, I am suspecting Baking Soda has done this to me. And I am abstaining from using it anymore. I would be interested to hear what other female users have to say about this.

Baking Soda or Carbicarb Alkalization   0  0   

Posted by Dion (New York, New York) on 08/14/2008

[WARNING!]  Danger Baking Soda/ Carbicarb alkalization:

I have tried using baking soda 1/4 to 1/2 a teaspoon twice a day for about two months for alkalization. Needless to say, my urine ph moved to a comfortable range of 6.5 - 7.5, although my saliva ph reamined a stubborn 6. At times, the saliva ph seems to dip below 6. I am vegetarian with a diet leaning more towards acid forming foods.

I felt increasing insomnia and restless brain on the baking soda remedy, so I switched to carbicarb about three weeks ago. First few days on the carbicarb, I did feel calmness, but afterwards, it was the same as before - more insomnia and brain restlessness.

These effects really made me wonder if it is safe to take baking soda or carbicarb over any meaningful period of time. After all, both sodium bicarbonate and sodium carbonate are inorganic minerals, and aside from their occasional use, I wonder if prolonged use causes more harm to be body. I did read on the net that excessive ingestion of baking soda can lead to chloride ion deficiency (which is important for stomach acid).

This is just my experience. I would love to hear from other readers who may have experience with baking soda/carbicard over some period of time. Please note that I think it's ok to do baking soda/acv or baking soda/lime because then the baking soda gets complexed with the acv and lime, however, on the issue of ingesting baking soda or carbicarb alone, my experience has been unfavorable.

Many thx,

EC: Yes, we seem to be getting quite a few reports of side effects from baking soda used in alkalization. Some people have used baking soda on and off for years, no problem. Others report gradual side effects like bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, heart palpitations and sudden dizziness.

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
To Dion & EC, I also had some insomnia from ACV & baking soda, but I believe that "yeast infection" is in the fungus family. If this is so, then the Italian's theory (Dr. Mercola website) that cancer is caused by fungi and killing the fungi with local injection of baking soda to get rid of the cancer,would make it highly unlikely that the complaint of yeast infection resulted from ingestion of ACV & BS. Maybe Ted could clarify this for us.

Bath Remedies That Shouldn't Be Mixed Together   0  0   

Posted by Stella (Cleveland, Ohio) on 03/28/2008

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Hi, there is a lot of information on this site of what combinations of ingredients work well together, however I don't see too much about what ingredients should Never be mixed together. A year or so back when my fibromyalgia had hit high gear I was plagued with symptoms of MCS as well as skin irritations, nothing I tried seemed to work. I did some research on the web and read about healing baths so I thought I would give it a try. I followed the recipe that I found but also decided to add my own things to it, by the time I was done I had everything in there but the kitchen sink. ( I was never a savvy chemist) ingredients of H202, ACV, Sea Salt, Epsom Salt, Baking Soda, Tea tree, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Vit. E All mixed together. The entire 30 minutes in the tub I had intense anxiety and when I got out I had a migraine from hell that lasted into the next day, I was also so lightheaded that I thought I might faint I figured my body was detoxifying but I am now wondering if all of these ingredients together caused a negative chemical reaction. I must say though, a few days later my fatigue and other issues improved & I felt better then I had in months. I still do take my Healing Baths and find much improvement though I use less ingredients. I am still not sure if my combinations are correct. I was wondering if you would consider having a page for Ingredients that should never be mixed together in a bath or otherwise. Thank You.

Beet Root   0  0   

Posted by Oldriska (Prague, Czech Republic) on 05/29/2012

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  Hi, I was wondering if anyone else experienced severe stomach pain (followed by diarrhea and vomiting), sore throat and fatigue after drinking fresh beetroot juice? I've always loved beetroot, but only had it cooked or pickled before. Now I used some fresh organic beetroot twice in my juice of celery and carrots, and in both cases I got this bad reaction (nevertheless, I got immediate relief from my neuralgia pain). I've never heard of allergic reaction to beetroot, so am wondering what went wrong. I should say I take "B" vitamins, magnesium and Omega3 supplements 2-3 times a day plus collagen in the evening... maybe the beetroot doesn't go well with all the vitamins? Maybe I used too much of it for my body to take (I used one middle-sized beetroot)? Thank you for your replies.

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Oldriska, use MUCH less, I use just a slice in my smoothie.
Replied by Jenny
Sydney, Australia
Hi Oldriska. I agree - start with less and build up. Also google mini beet protocol and that suggests eating an apple after to stop nausea, vomiting etc. I have been juicing beets for 6 weeks and initially felt quite sick if I didn't eat an apple afterwards but now can go without and juice a cup of beetroot and some carrots. I haven't followed exactly the Mbp as asparagus and fennel are too expensive. Interesting as the taste of the beets have changed over the time and are now quite sweet and nice tasting. Build up slowly. All the best.
Replied by Timh Donate

Louisville, Ky, Usa
... The liver being the body's cleaning camp can get overwhelmed w/ waste so the beet purges the waste out and causes sickness as it reenters the bloodstream by way of the gut (theoretically). Prior to cleanse take a spoonful of bentonite clay or a couple caps charcoal. I would follow w/ either some garlic or oregano in case of infections.

Betaine Hcl   0  0   

Posted by Euysup (Normal, Illinois, United States) on 12/14/2012

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  I have had GERD around 3 years and I have taken several of PPIs. While the PPIs worked a while, but after stopping PPIs GERD came back again. Therefore, I tried to take Betaine HCL to cure my GERD. I am on Betaine HCL around 2 weeks and I take 2-3 pills of it on every meal. It seems it works on my stomach and digestion. However, I have headache, dried lips and insomnia. I guess these come with Betaine HCL. I have read many articles that there is no significant side effects of Betaine HCL. Anybody has the same problem as mine? Any suggestions?

Replied by Louwrence
Rustenburg, North West, South Africa
Hi Eusyp, Just reduce the dosage, I only use one witout any problems.
Replied by Mike
Montreal, Quebec
Based on my experience, taking large amount of HCL Betaine with Yoghourt actually makes me fall asleep!!!

The activity of the pathogens in your body are mostly active at night when your immune system is at its lowest peak. This would explain why some people with digestive disorder have insomnia as was my case in the past.

Taking HCL Betaine will kill most of the pathogens in your system and thus leaving your stomach in a state of calmness.

Replied by Ironbutterfly
Buffalo, Ny, Usa
[SIDE EFFECTS]   Following GB attack, I started a Betaine based Food Enzyme, among other things.... A week in and all was well until every day after 1 PM, I would get the feeling of acid dumping in my stomach... The good news is that before taking this, this would be the feeling I had after consuming ANYTHING. I just stopped the Betaine, today and the only reaction I had was following some gluten free, lentil crackers.... I have found my common denominator to be anything labeled, "vegetable oil, " and I also know I cannot tolerate crisco. Can anyone speak to this? Still experiencing gas and bloating on occasion...

regimen as of today,

Resetting Hypothalimus with a homeopathic
gluten, sugar and dairy free
Raw Vitamin
Probiotic at night.
Pau D'Arco tea.

Replied by Sp
Wb, Nj, Usa
Hi Ironbutterfly, regarding your reaction to anything containg vegetable oil - you may be having a reaction to soy. When a product label says vegetable oil, chances are it is, or has a high concetration of, soybean oil. Something to look into.

Posted by Nicole (Sewell, Nj) on 08/08/2011

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I have hypothyroidism and have had low iron for the past year despite being on iron pills for 8 months now. I tried a gluten free diet for a while to see if that was the reason I wasn't absorbing the iron but without success. After reading that people with thyroid problems have low stomach acid, I decided to try HCL supplements to see if this would help. I took my first one last night with a meal and had (still having) bad gas. I didn't see this listed as a side effect anywhere. I am also having a pain in my back on top of my rib cage but it doesn't feel like gas at all. I've had no burning or heartburn though. I don't want to stop taking these unless I really have to because this is the only other thing that might help my iron levels go up. Would I be able to take ACV with my pills instead? I'm not sure if that is as effective. Thanks in advance!

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Nicole, by me iron pills never raised my iron levels either. Only when I started blackstrap molasses, did my iron levels go up to normal.

Black Pepper   0  0   

Posted by Katie (Indianapolis, Indiana, Usa) on 11/30/2011

I know of someone who has an 11 yr old girl who lives with them and she requires this child to ingest 3 to 4 heaping teaspoons of ground black pepper each day, I am thinking that this cannot be healthy, but the individual says it is a home remedy for a constant cough ( child sounds like they have croup ) Any posts or ideas of what actions if any I should take toward the child in questions health. I have thought of calling Child Protective Services, but am unable to find ANY internet info on that amount of black pepper ingestation.

Replied by Elsaeasterly
Elsewhere, Ca, Usa
Replied by Laura
Queens, Ny
Hi Katie: What kind of a person would do this to a child? I can barely tolerate a pinch of blackpepper without choking much less four teaspoons. Someone needs to help this child. Just my take.
Replied by Karen
Southport, Ct
3-4 teaspoons is absolutely excessive and sounds like torture to me. Only 1/16th teaspoon would be the maximum amount I'd use on a child. There are plenty of other inexpensive home remedies for children with coughs! Doesn't sound good.
Replied by Maria
Gippsland, Australia
Hi Katie, There is a remedy using black pepper for dry coughs, I don't know anyone who has used it though. BUT it is not in that amount, it is "chew 2-3 black peppercorns" and I would think that it was for an adult. I did a search and found it as one of many things for dry cough on the following site:

Plus even if you did the above you would think that it would be for a few days only. I would also think that it would surely cause more coughing for the child to be getting that amount. I believe no child should be made to take 3-4 teaspoons of pepper it also gives home remedies a bad name and yes it does make you wonder if there is more abuse going on. Have you asked where they got their info from, for this so called remedy, because they may be misinformed, but surely common sense should prevail. If they are doing it out of genuine ignorance then they would be open to other suggestions and to hearing that that is an excessive amout of pepper. All the best.

Blackstrap Molasses   0  0   

Posted by Salut (Los Angeles, California) on 03/28/2015

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I have been taking Unsulphured BSM in the last 2 weeks. Not keeping track of how much. May be more than 2 tbspoons per day. Something truly awful happened to me: I have a fecal incontinence while at a restaurant having a glass of wine (or 2). I did not really feel the urge to go to the bathroom. It happened and it shocked me and embarrassed me to death. Thank God no one noticed. My question is: would BSM and the iron in it have triggered something when combined with wine? I would also appreciate any advice. I am 61 and in a (very) good physical health. Please share your experience if this happened to anyone. Thank you very much and thank God for this site where I can ask such a question.

Replied by Mama to Many Donate

Dear Salut,

I don't think the wine and the iron would have caused the issue. Both wine and Blackstrap molasses can help the bowel to get moving; maybe it was too much of a good thing?

I suppose I would just avoid having both when you know you will be out. Perhaps have both when you will be home for sure and see if the combination causes the same response.

And you could cut back a bit on the Blackstap; one Tablespoon is plenty for most people. (And I suppose, if you aren't measuring you maybe getting more than 2 Tablespoons?) I

I hope you figure it out!

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Billie (Melbourne, Australia) on 12/10/2011

Hi everyone,

I'm hoping someone can help me figure out why I have started reacting to the blackstrap molasses. I read about it last year and started to take it in a glass of warm water with ACV and manuka honey, it was great for about 3-4 months, I felt fantastic I pulled out about 20 grey hairs that had colour at the root... Life was wonderful ;-)

Then I started to react to it, my knuckles on the left index finger first get inflamed then the right, then the next finger and so on till all the joints on my fingers are inflamed and burning then they become so bad they crack open and weep... I stopped taking it and they got better... I tried it again last week and within 2 days I has the allergy started on the left finger.

I don't eat vegemite either anymore as I have the same above reaction.. I tried it again 1 month ago just a tiny it on my bread... The next day I woke up itching my finger which had become inflamed..

I'm allergic to GLUTEN and LACTOSE and I haven't ingested anything containing these for 12 yrs now ( I got diagnosed at 22)... My symptoms for these started when I was 18, 3 years after I had my tonsils removed, previously I had lived on penicilon and antibiotics ( I feel like the poison in my body from the food I ate came out through my tonsils and then after they were removed they came out in other ways). the symptoms were the same on the fingers, but I also suffered from hives and boils on the face and neck, asthma, eczema on my eyelids..

Has anyone got any thoughts why I'm reacting to BSM now?

I would really love to be able to take it again..

Replied by Dud
From The Woods Of, Wv, Usa
Billie from Melbourne, Australia;

Maybe you bought some new blackstrap molasses, and the new B.S.M. was grown with pesticides, which are now poisoning you.... try switching brands.... try to go organic, if you can find it.

Replied by Jen
Bozeman, Mt, Us
Hi Billie, It is possible that you are having symptoms of copper toxicity or less likely copper deficiency. If you are taking copper supplements or eating a lot of foods that contain copper (meats, nuts, seeds, eggs, poultry, and grains) then when you take the blackstrap molasses which contains about 26% of your daily intake of copper per two tablespoons then you may be getting too much. Some plumbing also may contain copper pipes which makes your water contain copper as well. If you cook with copper pans that will affect your copper intake too. If you go to this website it explains things a little clearer.

Taken from the website:

1. Bones and connective tissue. Copper is required to fix calcium in the bones and to build and repair all connective tissue. This includes the tendons, ligaments, skin, hair, nails, arteries, veins and a few other tissues.

Imbalances can contribute to osteoporosis, bone spurs, and almost all conditions of the skin, hair and nails. Others symptoms related to connective tissue include most cardiovascular problems, tendon and ligament conditions, scoliosis, and other skeletal and structural imbalances as well.

-Imbalances can refer to copper deficiency or toxicity. You can look at the nutrients in Black Strap molassas and if you are taking additional supplements that contain the same nutrients then that is probably where your problem stems from. More is not always better especially when talking about vitamins and minerals.

Replied by Billie
Melbourne, Australia
Thanks for your replies guys..
The one I've got is the melrose blue label organic one.. How do I find out about my copper levels? ask for a blood test?

I'm taking a few supplements now and I just checked the only one with copper is a calcium/vit D one which has 1mg.. but I started this one a few months after I had the first signs..

Um...we have since moved house from the first signs.. But it also did it at this new house.. No copper pots.. No red meat... Mostly chicken and seafood..

I'm thinking im more likely to be copper deficient? I seem to be getting lots of new grey hairs recently..My iron levels are really low too..

It's so bizarre... I want to take it again for the high iron and copper... My hair is falling out and going grey.. Mind you I have just had a baby so it's shedding normally from that... I wasn't pregnant at the time of taking it.. it was a few months before and after.

Replied by Jen
Bozeman, Mt, Us
Hi Billie, You can get your copper and other minerals tested best with a hair analysis. There are many websites you can go to that have great labs who will send you a kit, test it, and send you the results. It would be really good to get for you.

I don't think copper deficiency would be causing the problems though you may very well be deficient but as the problem arose when you took the BSM then I think it has to be an overload of some kind. It could be iron too as iron affects the skin and joints at toxic levels. Some people have a rare metabolic disease that causes iron toxicity with minimal amounts of iron. A hair analysis will give you your iron levels too. Good luck. Black strap molassas is so good for you that I can understand why you are concerned about not being able to take it. I hope you find your answers.

Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
It sounds like you may need magnesium supplemented. The molasses has twice as much calcium as magnesium (you need it to be the other way around). If you are calcium deficient, the body will pull calcium from your bones (which is what causes arthritis). Maybe that is the pain you are experiencing. If you supplement with extra magnesium I am sure you will find the pain goes away.

Gray hair is caused by a copper deficiency.

Replied by G
Anon, Ny
Jen from Bozeman, Mt (or anyone else)... "blackstrap molasses which contains about 26% of your daily intake of copper per two tablespoons"... What brand(s) of blackstrap molasses has copper in it? I only found one with copper listed as an ingredient on the earthclinic list (8%)... Not available locally for me. Thanks in advance.
Replied by Jen
Bozeman, Mt, Us
Unfortunately most minerals are not listed as ingredients on any labels. Copper is in all organic black strap molasses. You will find that the only minerals that usually appear on food labels of any kind are iron, potassium(sometimes), sodium, and calcium. Copper isn't required to be listed. Sometimes you can google the brand you have and find copper listed as a nutrient, not an ingredient.
Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
I do not agree this is copper toxicity. Gray hair is a sign of copper deficiency. It sounds like a Google Joel Wallach who wrote the book "Rare Earths". He is also on youtube. He started out as a Vet and got into medicine because he realised animals got treated with minerals when sick and not humans. All we get offered is tablets. His book is very informative. Many people these days are copper deficient and that is why we are going gray earlier and earlier.

An imbalance of calcium/magnesium will cause osteoporosis and arthritis/bone spurs. As a new mum the baby has probably taken a lot of calcium out of your body and that could be why you are having pain in your fingers. You need to take twice as much magnesium as calcium. Most foods have fortified calcium but no magnesium.

I had luck by drinking wheatgrass juice and my hair did start to return to go back to its natural colour. Also chlorella and spirulina are great to take. They are super foods and have the right nutrients in the proper ratios.

Replied by Faith
Forest Park, Ohio
Copper and ZINC have to be supplemented together... One pushes the other OUT of the body. Zinc is needed for stomach health, etc. , so if you were using a lot of copper, you could have developed a ZINC deficiency. COPPER is also HARD on the adrenals, and the adrenals are responsible for your immune system. This happened to me because I was already ZINC deficient when I started the BSM. In addition, BSM is high in potassium, and that can push more sodium out of the body, causing a sodium imbalance. The ADRENALS need lots of NATURAL sodium, you can get this from KELP.
Replied by Henry
Mississauga, On, Canada
I am severely copper toxic, and I have grey hair. In fact, I started getting gray hair around the time that my copper symptoms became a problem. At that time, my hair test from DDI showed high copper (red), 200 , which is extremely high.

A few years later, I did another hair test and it was normal but I was even worse off. The copper had accumulated in the organs and zinc had cleared free copper. This reduced the uptake by hair follicles.

I am still struggling with getting copper out after 10 years but am finally getting better.

There are over 300 known mutations of the ATP7B gene that cause people to accumulate copper in their organs. Most of these were found recently because genomic sequencing is becoming cheaper and there's obviously more to be found. It's not as "rare" as doctors think.

Posted by Rotem (Hadera, Israel) on 12/15/2009


After using blackstrap molasses for a while, 2 tablespoons, one in the morning and one in the evening, i have noticed some small red circles appear on my back. after i stopped the usage the circles faded away. when i started taking it again, the circles returned.

Borax   0  0   

Posted by Jenny (Perth, Western Australia) on 02/07/2012

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Hi there, well I'm on my 5th day of taking borax (one wet fingertip's worth in warm ACV and honey) as I'm desperately trying to get rid of the rheumatoid arthritis in my feet (I'm 43). Yesterday I noticed one eye was bloodshot, and today the other one is red and my face feels hot, like it's got sunburn. Any ideas? I'll give it one more day and if it gets any worse I'll stop taking it. It's made no difference to the arthritis or anything else btw.

Replied by Jennywren
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
An update: all has calmed down now and I am taking a 3 day hiatus from the Borax. Will continue it in a 4 days on/3 days off routine and see if it makes any difference to the RA.
Replied by Jennywren
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Update 2 - I thought I should add this because it seems it may not be the Borax producing these side effects after all but my ______ ACV. After having loss of appetite, nausea, burping, fatigue and diarrhoea a few days ago (an 80ml dose of colloidal silver in water fixed it), I went off the Borax and ACV drink for a day and all was well. BUT last night I had an ACV/honey hot toddy before bed (without the Borax). And this morning woke up with the same symptoms! Another dose of CS cured it. So I think the ACV may be too acidic for me. Yes, yes, I know despite it being made from acetic acid and having a ph of only 3. 075 ACV it is meant to have an alkalising effect. But as somebody who has a very acidic body, I think I'll stick with drinking my alkalising colloidal silver for now. ACV has never worked for me when drinking for asthma, hayfever, bronchitis, colds or rheumatoid arthritis - perhaps this is why? Mind you, it worked great topically for skin tags and herpes! :)

Anyway, thought I should update this is it doesn't look like the Borax is the culprit after all. If I have the courage to return to the Borax I'll update...!

Replied by Maria
Gippsland, Australia
Hi Jennywren, Just a thought if your ACV is not organic and doesn't have the mother then maybe sometime later try one that is and start with only a teaspoon. The other thing to try is to add the bi-carb soda as recommended by Ted. We tried the ACV that is double strength, because my father-in-law thinks its the bees knees, (plus it's readily available so we didn't have to drive through 2 towns to get to the one that has the organic ACV) but I found it was no good for me.
Replied by Jennywren
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Hi Maria, thanks for your reply! Yes, I use _____s, so fully organic with Mother. I was just reading about the bicarb so might try that in a week or so after all has settled down. PS say hi to me Mum for me. She lives in Fish Creek! ;)
Replied by Maria
Gippsland, Australia
Hi Jennywren, Drove through Fishy in late January on the way to the beach could have then. My email is pharlapyes-ec [at] Au

Posted by Aim75 (Kane, Pa) on 11/21/2011


I have a weird side effect of trying Borax for my arthritis. First, I seem to have kidney pain when taking doses of 1/8 tsp and higher. This is nothing new, certain things do give my kidneys problems since I had a E-coli infection in my blood 12 years ago. So I've been taking a little spoon, and just dipping the wet tip of it in and swishing it in my water. Kidney problem solved. Here is the weird side effect... I get this strange headache that is located at the tip of my head... Not really a headache, just a strange pressure or ache at the very center tip of my head. I've had this pain before, years ago, when I was really stressed and it used to be pretty bad that it would affect my thinking. But that went away years ago, and now it seems the borax brings it on again ever so slightly. Anybody have any ideas what this means?

Replied by Lily
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Hi Aim75, all of these symptoms happened to me also and a few other Earth clinic folks. It goes away. Cheers Lily.

Posted by Jason (Melb, Vic/aus) on 10/17/2011

I've been using the borax face solution and the 1/8 teaspoon and have noticed some positive results! However tonight I though I would get into a bath of borax (about 1 1/2 cups) tea tree oil / small amount of hydrogen peroxide all was good when I got out however a hours or two later sitting at my computer got a few rashes on my body, went to bed and it was all over my chest and back! Not sure if its the mites saying goodbye or a rash from the borax itself?

Note: My original problem was itchy bumps on my face (possibly acne rosacea) which has died down quite a bit, during the rash episode my face was completely clear? (i did dunk my face into bath water).

Any help appreciated.

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