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Molasses   0  0   

Posted by Dianna (Austin, Tx) on 03/18/2009

i wanted to take blackstrap molasses and after trying a teaspoon of it in my morning coffee had very bad side effects that included high blood sugar, diaherrea, cramps and dizziness. so i stopped after 2 days. however that month when my period came i noticed that i had no cramping or clots at all. so i realized that the molasses (even taken that 2 times with the bad side effects) had a good effect on my period. so i tried taking it again with similar side effects and had to stop.

however, i realized that i could eat it in cookies. it doesn't have side effects when i make whole wheat gingerbread cookies sweetened with molasses. so i figured maybe just taking it directly in coffee was what was the problem. so i tried putting 1/2 a teaspoon in my daily smoothie! success! now i am taking a teaspoon a day in my daily smoothie!

i thought i would post this for other people who for whatever reason found they couldn't take blackstrap molasses straight. seems that when it is mixed with food that it doesn't have any of the side effects - which from what i've learned seem to be from the natural occuring sulfites.

Posted by Hupee (Austin, TX, USA) on 02/15/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  ok, read this!! i'm one of these. Crazy about GOOD food!...I mean ALL NATURAL DIET most possible. So, I workout a lot (almost every day) since years. Eat extra lean proteins and #1 carbs and u know fruits, vegs ...etc. I'm the same size and weight sinse years but fit. Here's the things, I increased BLACK STRAP MOLLASSES in my daily diet lately....OUFF!!....AT LEAST 2 big spoons a day, the few first days was stable, but after like a week, I increased my weight almost at 70% more then use to be!!....I had way more endurance and all that!!....BUT!!!!....right after that week I felt very tired all the time and at the gym was very hard to be right on!!???....I was taking naps oftenly all the time??...not too much motivation...Then, I did search on that BLACK STRAP molasses and here I am doing....Wondering after all this reading then I did, if I did OVERDOSE the iron level or I don't know?????....Now I stopped since 2 days, and still don't know??...what do you all think??...let me know, thank. ?molasses is good or not???small dose or not at all???

Posted by Helen (Long Island, NY) on 02/05/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  After taking molasses I have developed hives. I took molasses for two mornings and have more and more hives.

Replied by Helen
Long Island, NY
I wrote yesterday about having hives which I attribute to taking molasses. Well, after trying many remedies for the hives, I finally have relief from rubbing the hives with garlic! I was so desperate that I remembered garlic was so good for so many things, what did I have to lose. I tried it on a little spot and since it didn't burn, I tried it on another spot and it seemed to take the itch out. I am hoping it is the magic remedy. I have used many of the remedies on Earth Clinic and most of them have worked, so I hope this one does too. I love Earth Clinic; it is the first place I go for first aid.

EC: Thank you for the update! Cross-posted to the Hives Remedies page.

Posted by Fee (Melbourne , Victoria) on 10/01/2008

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I've been taking blackstrap molass in my coffee every day for the last 3 weeks and haven't noticed any changes in reversing gray hair. I'll keep at it until the jar finishes and see how that goes.

It provides me with a lot of energy. After a run, i normally get tired but takign 2 teaspoons with a drink, i don't feel the need for a nap. However, the calories in it makes you very fat if you don't work it off and I noticed that it gives me a lot of phlegm when I take it.

Posted by Annie (Melbourne, Australia) on 03/05/2008

[SIDE EFFECTS]  hi all, i have been takin 2tbls of bsm and have just stopped as my skin on my face looked like it was aging and dry i no it has a lot of sugar in it and i was just wonderin if anyone sle had same problem, im a bit dissapointed as i really liked it, would love to hear if anyone else had similar problems, cheers

Posted by Sania (Delhi, India) on 03/01/2008

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I had used molasses for uterine fibroids. But unstead of lessening my bleeding I bled much more. Infact I had to take medication to stop this heavy flow . I would like to iquire if molasses thins the blood. Please let me know --or may be it was due to some yoga exercises.

MSM   1  0   

Posted by Mary (New York, Ny) on 03/21/2011

I started with 1500mg once a day. Empty stomach in the morning.

1-Nausea (not too bad) 15 minutes after

2-Sleeplessness and feeling some "electricity" or my "blood running" inside my body .

3- My stomach making a lot of noise. but I think now it happen after I ate bread.

Now I am taking 3 pills a day 4500mg and sleep like a baby and no more nauseas

Replied by Wendy
Ontario, Canada
that is awesome that you started slow and work your way up. My dad is almost 70 and can take up to 9 a day... My husband 46 is also at 9 a day after he broke his arm 2 yrs ago and then again last year after a chainsaw injury to his leg. No side effects... But he was also taking lots of d (his blood test was really low) and lots of vitamin c and I made him drink tons of water every day. I have heard it is really really important to drink lots of water. I have the book the miracle of msm and it is an awesome read- actually I have 2 copies and I loan one out ;-) I also have a large MSM article I printed out from an online website but I don't think I'm allowed to post the link to that... It is said to be the official website for msm. I printed it out almost 3 years ago and it is dogeared beyond belief. I reread it all the time at breakfast, in the bathroom etc. Because you forget how many amazing uses it has!!! Wish there was more studies on breastfeeding and pregnancy and taking it. I know most people just say it's a supplement but I always err on the side of caution so I will have to wait until I am done nursing.
Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
Mary, I think that you are supposed to start with a smaller dose of MSM and not take it in an empty stomach. It didn't do much for me (I went up to maybe 5g a day) but I will try an MSM drink soon which also contains glucosamin and chondroitin.
Replied by Jon
[YEA]   Take MOLYBDENUM with MSM to stop adverse reactions to the MSM...

Molybdenum helps to metabolize sulfur (MSM).

If taking MSM, garlic, onions or other Sulfur rich foods makes you feel sick? take some molybdenum. Molybdenum is a mineral.

Molybdenum with sulphur food (like MSM)

"I had a bad reactions to high sulfur foods (a garlic and onion soup I made) which I had not experienced in the past, and indicated to me I was getting sicker.

I first started out with 300 mcg Molybdenum and worked up to 1000 mcg. WOW! Not only did it take care of the 'sulfur sickness' I was experiencing, but the brain and thinking problems cleared up and I had a lot more energy after only 3 weeks. I Googled studies on it and read how it clears toxins, particularly from fungal infections which I also suffer from systemically."

MSM helps the body to utalize minerals.

I like to take MSM with Molybdenum and rosehip powder for Vitamin C

Replied by Timh
J: Just a few tips.

The fungal infection produces aldehyde as a byproduct of it's metabolism and is quite toxic. Aldehyde is like a very potent alcohol so to best detoxify take the MolyB away from other supplements and also take Zinc & Niacin/Niacinamide together. You will wish to reduce the MolyB because it inhibits Copper. I always take 50mg Zinc w/ 1.5 mg Copper, and 500mcg MolyB at another time.

Take the Vit-C & MSM together as these are synergistic.

Lots of info on Candida and Fungal infections in the "Ailments" section at top E.C. page.

Multiple Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Melba (Tallahassee, Fl Usa) on 02/28/2011

For the past two weeks I have been drinking the borax, shilajit (fulvic acid), L-gutamine, and apple cidar vinegar in a 32 oz glass of water throughout the day. Hoping to draw out heavy metals and fluoride, and the l-glutamine for yeast. 4 days on, 3 days off as was suggested on here.

The third day of the second week I had tremendous anxiety. Crying, tremendous worry, racing thoughts. I had to stay home from work because my heart was racing so much. Anyone who has had anxiety knows the feeling of all the muscles being tight, yet feeling like electricity shooting through them.

Could this be a symptom of detox????

Replied by Coco
Teaneck, Nj
For Melba, any even the slowest detox will agrevate you anxiety. I am in the same shoes for 10 years. Your body is over sensitive and you have to handle it very sensible too. Slow down and take your time with any detox......

Posted by Shary (Centennial, Co) on 08/30/2010

[WARNING!]  After reading a number of posts concerning side effects experienced from taking ACV, baking soda, BSM, honey, borax, etc. I am amazed that so many people would ask, "Is this normal?" NO it isn't! If it makes you sick or gives you a rash, headaches, heart palpitations, or whatever, it is NOT normal and you shouldn't be using it, no matter how healthy it's supposed to be or how good it makes other people feel. Please listen to what your body is trying to tell you instead of relying on all the hype.

Posted by Tammy (Lincoln, Iowa) on 07/29/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Recently I have gotten a couple of small cuts or nicks. Very small. They should have bled a bit but stopped after a minute of pressure, but they didn't. It took a few minutes with a tightly wrapped bandage. -Which got soaked. It wasn't frightening, as I said they were small nicks. But I wonder what if I really got hurt.

What I want to know is, is something ,or a combination of things, that I am taking making my blood thinner? Here is a list of what I take daily.

2 tsp dietary supplement oil
2 caps mineral dietary supplement
2 Tbs tea dietary supplement
1 Tbs raw local honey
2 Tbs ACV
1 Tbs coconut oil
1 Tbs black strap molasses
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Replied by T
Maryland, USA
I'l leave it to wiser folk to advise on which of those may be contributing to your blood thinning, but I wanted to let you know that vitamin K will help blood coagulation, so you might want to increase your intake of it. This page from the Linus Pauling Institute has lots of good info on Vitamin K (which is also important for bone health), and lists some food sources of it:

Posted by Renate (Parrish, FL, USA) on 01/13/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I have been OP for about a month in am for 20 minutes. My gums and pockets are better! Many 3s are now 2s and gums are not bleeding during the cleaning. I also have been doing ACV for Acid Reflux and Molasses for anti-aging (I am 56) and general well being. The ACV gave me burning tongue and very burning throat. I did the BS remedy and now do the EC receipe of 2 TBL ACV, 1 TBL Molasses in hot water w/1/8 tsp of BS. I add the turmeric and cayenne pepper as well.

My liver enzymes are elevated for the 1st time ever and the doctor seemed concerned and I have to retest in 3 weeks. I read in one of Ted's comments that some of the oil in OP settles in the liver. Has any one experienced elevated liver levels or heard of this? Not sure if Ted's comment is a bad thing or not. Thank you EC for this site and to all that contribute.

EC: OP = Oil Pulling
ACV = Apple Cider Vinegar
BS = Baking Soda

Posted by Loretta M (Delta, Colorado) on 02/12/2008

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I have been using _____'s acv with 1/4 tsp for the past 4 months daily along with 1/4 tsp of sea salt in a liter of water daily, the borax treatment 1/8 tsp 4-5 days out of the week, 1 tblsp of bsm daily, was doing vco daily and I have gained over 7 pounds. I really felt energized when I first started the remedies now I feel blah again. I noticed my sugar cravings are almost gone. I went through lots of stress the Nov. Dec. months but still did the remedies.

I tried the cayenne pepper tea. I recently started using lecithin due to high liver enzymes, and my blood sugar has been high in the past. what am i doing wrong? I am post menopausal and taking 1mg of estrodial with osteopenia (almost osteoporosis) my blood work showed hdl cholesterol low-37 LDL-187, low vit D, low B12. Any one else experiencing weight gain and just feeling blah? Am I doing too many remedies at the same time? the wrong remedies?

EC: BSM = Blackstrap Molasses
VCO = Virgin Coconut Oil

Oil Pulling   0  0   

Posted by Sunny (Mettur, Tamilnadu) on 12/02/2012

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I had started doing oil pulling just before two months before that I doesn't have hair loss but after doing oil pulling, I had a lot of hair loss. Is that good? i had a lot fear over that..... Plz reply me

Replied by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
Sunny: take 1 grm Vit-C before and 2 grm MSM after Oil Pulling.

Posted by Maria (Syracuse, Ny) on 07/16/2012

Hi Ted, I started OP last week with organic sunflower oil. The first time I did it, I felt great. But since then, I have felt very sick. My allergies/sinuses seem worse and my head is in a bad fog. I have a lot of allergies, but they have been fine prior to the OP. Also, my throat has been sore since I began. Are these side effects normal? Should I try using different oil? I has been almost a week that I have felt continually sick. Thanks!

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Maria, I'm not Ted, but yes, try changing oil AND space out your oil pulling more. If you are doing once a day, do it once in two or three days.
Replied by Ed
Oakville, Canada
It can be side effect, it is just a detoxing effect. Don't stop continue to do it.
Replied by Ed
Oakville, Canada
sorry correction, it should be it can't not it can

It can't be side effect, it is just a detoxing effect. Don't stop continue to do it.

Posted by Jenny (Atlanta, Georgia, Usa) on 12/03/2011

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Hi. I have been oil pulling for a week with sunflower oil. I am type A blood. Is fever a usual side effect? I've had a low grade (99-100) fever off and on for a few days. I've noticed in general after oil pulling in the AM I get dizzy and really hungry and then a burst of energy in the afternoon and then unbelievable sleepiness sets in. Anxiety levels are heightened as well. Anyone else? Let's commiserate.

Replied by Policychecker
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Perhaps it would be wise to choose an oil that is compatible with your blood type. Have a look at Dr Peter D'Adamo's Work Sunflower oil I believe is an avoid for Blood type A.

I have heard that sesame seed oil is popular, but can't say for sure as I don't use it.

Replied by Peter
Chicago, Il
Side effects are from toxins living in your body. Keep doing what you're doing- it will pass. Sunflower is the best for oil pulling and blood type doesn't matter at this point because you don't eat this.
Replied by Policychecker
Belfast, Northern Ireland
I appreciate you don't swallow the oil, however you absorb the oil in our mouth, just like you do in your stomach or on your skin, so I would use something other than Sunflower oil. It's not recommended for many if any blood type.

Also the reaction mention earlier is a typical intolerance reaction to something, the obvious thing would be the sunflower oil or something in it. - try another oil and see if you get the same reaction, fairly sure you won't. Kind regards

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