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Apple Cider Vinegar
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Posted by Avis (Indianapolis, In) on 01/18/2010

[SIDE EFFECTS]  does anyone know why acv would cause vaginal bleeding? I mixed it with a drop of honey and a teaspoon of lemon and heated it and after 2 days. It caused vaginal bleeding. That was about 4 years ago. I tried it again about a month ago this time I did not heat it and the same thing happened after about 2 days.

Posted by Laura (Hartford, Ct) on 11/21/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I have had recurrent BV the past 6 months. After multiple rounds of medications from my doctor, I tried the natural methods suggested here. I began taking Folic Acid 2/day, probiotic 2/day, and apple cider vinegar 1-2 tbls in 16oz water 2/day. I have not have an infection (thank you!!), but all of sudden my skin is breaking out like crazy! I have more acne now than as a teen. Any thoughts on this????

Replied by Acne Background
Ottawa, Ontario
A pimple takes 3 weeks to appear through the skin, so what is happening is that ACV is getting rid of all the blemishes that are already under the skin, not causing them. If this was happening 6 weeks after starting ACV I'd question it, but blemishes always appear worse when something is working, because it's ridding your skin of what is already there.

Posted by Janie D (Mattoon, Illinois) on 11/19/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I was just wondering if anyone has had severe itching brought on by the use of Apple Cidar Vineger and/or by eating organic honey? Since using the APV and honey (but not at the same time). I have had severe, severe itching of the skin and the scalp. The itching was so bad, I went and had my head checked for lice - I also thought I was suffering from bed bugs since I had been travelling and staying in hotels throughout the summer and perhaps thinking I got a case of bed bugs! We have a dog too so I thought it was from fleas! I was lice free, bug free and flea free but...the itching was driving me crazy! Could it be that I was alergic and was having a reaction to maybe the "over-usage" of them? I was drinking about an ounce of APV with lemon and water everyday. I would also have a rice cake with yogurt and organic honey as my breakfast pretty much every day. I decided a few weeks ago that I would eliminate those two things from my daily diet to see if the itching would go away. Well.... IT DID!

I am not fond of trying the ACV vinegar ever again nor the honey. I have been reading things on honey that persuade me that it is more "NOT" good for you than it would be good! I would like to hear from others if the ACV has had an "itchy" affect on you and/or the honey, or the combination of both? Right now I am scared to try either for fear that the "Itchiatis" will come back again! It was simply unbearable! I strongly believe that it was one or the other or both the ACV/Honey that has caused the itching. These are the two things that I had added to my diet over the summer that gave me reason to think that they were the culprit. I had not changed my other food habits and pretty much eat the same thing everyday. I am a vegan (organic) too and am very particular about what I eat. Thank you for your time. Please address this issue. Janie D

Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, USA
Hi Janie,

Perhaps, you have parasites and the acv and lemon disturbed them which is what all the sudden itching was about. I know it can be used to rid parasites. As for raw, organic honey, there are so many good benefits to it. It might be worth it to see if that is the case and consider getting rid of them. Detoxing is not always a very pleasant experience!

Replied by Richard
Alpine, Tx.
Dear Janie D.

I never respond or write in forums, chat rooms or to emails for that matter, but yours really got the better of me. You mention that you read that Honey is bad for you or, that at least it's bad affects out weigh it's benefits. That can't be right. Are you sure that it isn't instead, that you don't like honey? You see I have always liked honey even though my family did not use it when I was growing up. We were always a straight white sugar family. My mother and sister have suffered horrible health since their mid to late twenties. I have always been a bit of a health nut and was the one in the family more inclined to read up on healthy alternatives and then gravitate towards them. Such as whole wheat over white bread and flax ground up in my oatmeal instead of box cerial, or juice and tea instead of soda and koolaid, or natural peanut butter over the crappy fake stuff, etc. But still even after I left home I did not really buy much honey because it was expensive and less convienient than sugar, also I was not really sure how to use it in all the same ways as regular sugar. But in my mid twenties I became addicted to it's use in my hot beverages and also as a wonderful combination with peanut butter on bread or bananas. Then in my early mid thirties I moved to the country and decided to try raising honey-bees. As you can imagine, I began to read alot about honey and it's benefits to health, both real and imagined. I read about royal jelly and bee pollin and mead. I read about burn clinics and how honey is being used more today in treating burn victoms than it was fifty years ago because science has not been able to improve on it's hydroscopic and anti-bacterial properties. It apparently is one of the best wound mediums for the regrowth of human tissue. Honey it turns out is not "just" sugar. There are many other constituent nutrients in sugar and it metabolizes differently from sugar. Honey is not processed if your buying natural, raw, organic, or local honey. I know every bee keeper in my politacally conservative area of Texas and none of them use chemicals or heat their honey or pastuerize. There are no additives or colors or flavor enhancers and unlike sugar it is not bleached. Todays folks are lucky to get "real" sugar since everything is sweetened in this country with corn syrup which according to my research is much worse for human long term health than is granulated cane or beet sugar. So my point here is simply this! I have spent hundreds of hours searching the net and books and magazines on the subject of health and honey and can't recall a single authoritative article doubting the numerous benefits of Honey. I find it difficult to believe that you did some reading on the subject, only to find that it is not all that good for you. I would be greatly interested to know your source material. I would like to remind every one that honey is one of the oldest known foods consumed by humans. And that since the 1500s honey has been a food source found in nearly every region of the Earth. I can think of no food that has been subject to as much scrutiny and bonafide medical research as is honey. With the exception of feeding honey to infants under one year of age, I have never read deleterious reports on honey and human health but only the numerous benefits.

One classic book on the subject is the medical Doctor Bodog F. Beck's "Honey and Health". This particular book is 250 pages of factual info on honey and health with some of the writings being borrowed from the ancient Greeks and Romans. But I am a firm believer that proof is in seeing. What I have seen over the last twenty-five years is that those people who consume refined sugar and sodas and high fructose corn sweetened products have poor health at best and disease at worst. Those people I have known for 25 years or more who eat honey, molases, sorghum etc, seem to be in wonderful health with no use of pharmacueticals and no excess weight. Yes I realise that whole health is related more to a total life style change and a lifetime habit of health, but I also know that, that habit is more likely to start with the simple choices one makes such as in choice of sweeteners. Did you know that an article printed in Mens Health magazine a few years ago stated that a recent medical study in the middle east indicated that blood sugar levels in subjects fed honey actually decreased. The article was talking about the possible eventual use of honey for diabetic patients.

I apoligize to everyone for being preachy. And no I do not sell honey or make a living from it in any way, but I do come from a family that struggles with weight issues and poor health and know that I eat a pint of raw honey every week to two weeks and am five feet elevin and weigh 165 pounds and at 44 years of age have never had a prescription filled or spent a day in a hospital and can out run my nephews even though I don't work out, or work at it. I also don't have cavities.

I do want to state that it is possible you were having a reaction to your honey with the itching you described. I'm not denying that possibility. The plants visited in the area by the bees that produced the honey you ate might be something you are very allergic too. Switching to another honey from another area, or harvested at a differnt time of year might do the trick. Otherwise you might have a test done to get to the bottom of what causes such a reaction.

Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, USA
Dear Richard, You shouldn't apologize- you have very good points. I happen to agree and know that honey, bee pollen and royal jelly are gifts to this planet. Honey is a very powerful food and is full of enzymes which help us tremendously. Thanks for your input and perhaps your info will help someone out there. Sincerely, Lisa
Replied by Janie D
Mattoon, Illinois
Hi Richard... You can read the article about "Honey" at http:/ Look on page 11. It comes from a book on "The Master Cleanse". after reading this, I am a little leary about eating any more honey!
Replied by T
Maryland, Usa
Janie: never take one source's word for anything (that includes here - and me!). The PDF you linked to has the line "It [honey] is deficient in calcium and has many detrimental effects on the human being". It should take far more than one vague, unsubstantiated statement to make up your mind on something. Exactly what are these "many detrimental effects"? And where is the evidence of them?

Honey has been used for thousands of years and its uses and benefits have been extensively documented across a number of cultures. Ayurveda uses honey in some remedies. Just for the sake of argument, if I were to take just one bit of information to go on as you did, that would do it for me, because a lot of what is used in Ayurveda is now being proven to do just what that 5,000 years old system of medicine claims.

The PDF goes on to say "According to one authority..." What authority? Why don't they name them? Where are the references that any legitimate, responsible writer would include? Many writers are skilled at sneaking this kind of fudging in to convey the impression that they are authoritative and have some sort of backing for their statements. I have been finding this to be particularly true in the "alternative" health field, which is quite sad since it tarnishes this valuable field which already faces enough battles. Never forget that critical thinking is a NECESSITY, especially when it comes to taking health recommendations from any source. Examine all, research all, question all.

Richard, you said "I never respond or write in forums, chat rooms or to emails for that matter..." I hope you will reconsider as I found your post very interesting. You have contributions to make - don't be afraid to jump in and make them :)
Replied by Dr. Shaheen
New York, Ny
I have never read a more bias and intentionaly manipulative article/book on "Honey" and its effects then the one I say in the book mentioned by Janie D. For starters the book starts by saying " Honey must not be used at any time internally."(page 11) what does he realy mean by "internally" ??!! notice also, he did not say consumed. He is trying to avoid a big law suit for misleading the readers. "Internally" here refers to the use of honey in a syringe or in an operational dressing, since it has not been pasturized, which of course is true of any such natural product. You get the gist of it .... etc.
Replied by Janie D
Mattoon, Illinois, USA
I actually LOVE eating honey and had been eating it throughout the years (in place of sugar) and never, ever had any problems with eating it. It was always regular store bought pure honey that I had been eating (made in the area at local bee farms). About four months ago I switched my brand after reading that "organic" honey would be better for you. I was eating it practically every day (no differant that how/when I ate the "pure" honey).I had it with a rice cake, had it on my oatmeal, had it with peanut butter. I gradually started to develope severe itching everywhere on my body, I try to listen to my body, and tried to think of things that I had recently done differantly that may be causing this problem (it came down to my laundry soap, my body scrub and the organic honey). Well, it got to the (organic) honey and after eliminating it from my food diet, my itching started to disappear. I now have no more itching. I did go back to eating it again to see if I would have a reaction and it did.

With-in two days of eating the (organic) honey, I started itching... again. Do you think I might be allergic to the organic as apposed to the pure honey and maybe the location of the honey has something to do with it, since I had been eating locally grown pure honey all these years and then switched to organic (although both come from the state of Illinois) ? I did try eating the "pure" honey again and so far (it's been three days since I ate the pure honey)and I have no problem with itching. Our bodies are all differant and maybe with mine, I have built up a tollerance to eating the pure honey only. I am not disputing that honey could be bad,as I love honey, but I am wondering why now, my body is reacting to it with the itching. This is why I am on a quest to research honey and read everything I know about it. Is there something in my body that is not able to handle the "organic" type of honey compared to the "pure" honey, and what/why? Thank you for your input. Janie D.

Replied by Ivory Coast
Loco, Ca
Replied by Honey
Midway City, Ca
[YEA]   First and foremost, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this entire thread! Everyone's input and advice and expertise were very informative and non-critical or judgmental. I love how you are all here to help each other. KUDOS to Richard, Lisa, T, Dr. Shaheen, Ivory Coast AND Janie D!

This thread has made me want to throw out any and all products made with artificial sweeteners and or refined sugar and only use Raw Organic Honey for everything! I believe Honey is Liquid Gold, Serum from God, Nature's Miracle Elixir. I also believe that the old adage, "An apple a day, keeps the Doctor away" is true! Thus, the many healthy benefits of ACV! Apples have to be the ultimate fruit in the Garden of Eden!

I want to suggest to Janie D, or reiterate what Richard and one other said about the pollens and antigens from allergens that honey bees are exposed to.

Raw Organic Honey works like a vaccine. It exposes the body to a small amount of the allergen which is too small to cause a reaction to the individual whom has a particular allergy to that pollen. (There are significantly fewer spores in the honey, compared to sniffing a flower or plant directly.)

The cause of your itching could be that the particular honey that you are eating has significantly higher amounts of the particular trigger that you are allergic to. However, this reaction of severe itching is a rather severe reaction to an allergy and I would definitely suggest getting tested by an allergist.

The test is fairly simple. You go in to the office, lie on your stomach and the Practitioner will write approximately 60 numbers on your back. They will then drop a single drop of each different plant based reactor on your back and slightly scratch your skin. (This is more of a tickle than a prick, since they do not have to break the skin for it to react. ) They also put a control drop in a separate area on your back, which will definitely positively react with your skin. They will wait 20 minutes and come back to see which number reacts and that is what you are allergic to! I guarantee it will be the plant that was visited by the honey bees that produced the organic honey that you are reacting to! Problem solved.

Solution, DO NOT GIVE UP HONEY! Find another brand of Organic Honey, or stick to Raw honey. The only difference is Organic honey must be produced, processed and packaged in a way that follows the regulations for organic guidelines. Natural honey is produced using traditional methods. Both are good.

Raw honey is the best, it has not been pasteurized, filtered or heated. Pasteurization is Americas way of making the Honey 'pretty & smooth' by overheating it. Thus, removing the honey's natural capability to crystallize (which is not a bad thing, meaning, crystallized honey is GOOD! ) Pasteurization also removes many of the natural enzymes, antibodies and antigens that honey is known for it's positive benefits. America has a weird thing with ruining natural foods, like milk, oats, wheat, flour, sugar, etc. by over-processing it.

Just try raw, natural, organic, (even crystallized) honey. To make it pour better, heat the 'glass jar' that it should come in, in hot water. (NOT MICROWAVE! )


~Erin, a Honey advocate!

Replied by Cj
Orlando, Fl
Itching may come from yeast infection caused by ACV not Honey (especially in hot areas under arms between legs).

Posted by Jae (Baltimore, Md) on 10/30/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I am so glad I found this website. I had read about the benefits of acv and used it about a yr ago but not consistently. I have been taking it for about 1 a wk and a half and I feel like it is working. My question is what are some of the side effects? I have had some loose stool, wierd stomach sensations, feeling mucous in my throat, headaches. Is this just a result of detoxing. I have been taking it 3x a day and my stomach is flatter. Thanks

Posted by Sharan (Banglaore, Karnataka, India) on 10/27/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Thanks for all the advice and recommendation on ACV. It is really useful.

Tried for the first time yesterday - 250 ml water 2 table spoon of ACV , Purified American Garden Brand.

Liked the taste , but 3 - 4 hrs later for all most 24 hrs ( even now ) feeling slight head ache and feeling little tired . Is that because of less bicarbonates in my body ? and ACV is producing this side effects ?

If neutralised with Baking soda, will there be any reduction in the efficacy of ACV for weight loss .

Pl. let me know


Posted by Annie (Los Angeles, Ca) on 10/22/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I drank apple cider vinegar straight (about a shot's glass worth), chased with water once a day. Pretty soon thereafter, my monthly cycle began getting heavier. I did not make the connection at first. Then eventually I noticed that my hair was shedding more than usual, and I even developed a nickel-sized bald spot near the front of my hairline. Also, my energy level was really getting low. I'm a runner, and I found that I could barely run three miles when in the past I could easily run 8 - 13 miles!!

At this point I was really trying to figure out what the heck was going on. I realized that the only thing I was doing differently was drinking the ACV. Well, I stopped drinking the ACV and my monthly cycle went back to normal flow. I put two and two together and realized that the ACV was causing me to bleed so much that I was becoming anemic with low iron, which in turn caused the fatigue and hair loss.

Anyway, I stopped the ACV and started taking some iron pills, and now I am totally back to my strong, normal self, and my hair has grown back.

ACV may help many people, but it definitely did not help me at all.

Replied by Healthylady
Washington, Dc
I think the reason for this side-effect was not diluting the ACV in water. Drinking ACV straight definitely will cause more harm than good.

However, im glad to hear you're doing better and have regrown your hair. :-)

Replied by Loretta
Columbia, Tennessee
Have you ever cleaned a glass coffee pot with straight ACV? It takes off the deposits in just seconds. It's Acetic acid dilute to 5%, and not recommended to drink straight. Also, I found that the larger, plastic container of a well-known brand did not contain apples, but grains, so make sure you are getting the real thing. Try soaking your feet in a container of warm-hot water with a cup of ACV for 15-20 minutes, using a brush to remove dead skin. Amazing!!!And you may have absorbed some of the vinegar through your skin. In the winter I like to add 1 TBSP of ACV in a cup of hot water and honey. Tastes like a spicy hot apple cider.
Replied by Ricki
Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Loretta from Columbia, Tennessee - please check your sources before commenting on "well-known brand did not contain apples, but grains".

Read this: "A vinegars "grain" is a number used to specify its acetic content. Grain is 10 times the percent of acetic acid present. For example, all ..... bottled vinegars are at least 50 grains, which means they contain at least 5 percent acetic acid and are called 5 percent vinegars. It's important that vinegars are 5 percent, because this amount of acetic acid is necessary for safe and efficient food preservation and household use.

Posted by Sdgaud95 (New Bedford, Ma) on 10/12/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Hello, I am 33 yr old female and have been suffering from Acid reflux for about three years now. Have been on omperazole, nexium and am currently on protonix. Everyone of these have helped for a couple of months then its back to the same tightness in throat constant nausea, upset stomach and regertation. My GI tells me I have a weakened valve in my esophagus.. I tried 2 tsps.of ACV with 8 ounces of water right before my meals three times a day for only four days and i did not feel any difference accept very jittery and sleepy and don't know if its because i'm anemic I weight about 105 lb. and am 5feet tall. I am constantly taking 40mg protonix in the evening but I wake up nauseated. Can I still stay on protonix and do the acv or do I have to quit the protonix and should I also limit the acv I take so I won't feel so jittery. also, how long does it take to see a differnce in the acid reflux if i continue to do the acv....please help desperate....

Replied by Rhonda
Phoenix, Az
A friend of mine had a weakened valve and had surgery for it. She has been symptom free ever since. Sometimes I wish that where my problem so I could just fix it and be done with this constant discomfort in my throat.

Posted by Fgbimom (Arcadia, Florida) on 09/29/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I just started using 1 tsp. of ACV with 1tsp. of honey mixed in with just a little water. I take this three times daily. After taking this for a day and a half, I have a severe ulcer in my mouth, which causes my ear to hurt and my jaw to swell. And my lips have broken out with cold sores. Can you tell me if this is because I am taking this, and what might be happening? Could it be that my body is trying to detox, or is it just too much acid for my system?? Any knowledgeable help would be appreciated.

Replied by Bunny
Santa Ana, Ca
It could be detox, or you might just be allergic to it. I don't know why you are taking it, but I'd back off of it and try something else. A good green powder will do wonders. Go to a healthfood store and ask the staff for a recommendation. They are expensive, but the good ones are worth their weight in gold.

Posted by Marilyn (Oswego, Il) on 09/08/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Please could someone answer me this question? I have been having a terrible time with my skin itching and breaking out since taking ACV. Could I be allergic to it? What is the chance of this? I have a small scratch on my wrist and put diluted ACV on it and it started to itch and burn. I want to take this so bad but wonder if it could be causing all my skin problems. I need help ASAP . Thank you so very much

Replied by Marilyn
Oswego, Il
Please someone help me with this. Today I am breaking out more with the itchy spots. Dr. said its exzema or hives. I dont think it is. My skin is also very dry and flaky. I need answers please or suggestions. ted, comments from you would be so appreciated
Replied by Hope
Sacramento, Ca
Are you blood type A? If so, apple cider vinegar is not for you and should be avoided.
Replied by Crystal
Salyersville, Ky
I have been using ACV for maybe a week now and my blood type is A ..What is the reasoning behind someone with type A should not use ACV? Thanks
Replied by Suzi
Missoula, Montana
Hope, I AM type A blood, and ACV has only produced miracles in my life (see my previous posts and testimonials)..I'm sure you mean well, but I'm living healthy proof that blood type be darned, it works amazingly for myself and my son who is also blood type A. Just wanted the EC community to recognize another opinion. Thanks
Replied by Marilyn
Oswego, Il
Why cant type A blood type take acv??????
Replied by Paulo
Campinas, Brazil
I second that. I'm also type "A" and ACV is AMAZING. Been drinking it for 2 years now with excellent results (great immunity, great skin, less sweating and odor, good digestion, etc).

Give it a try (3 weeks at least) and have your own opinion. We are all different, it may or may not work.

Replied by Hope
Sacramento, Ca
I totally respect what you are saying and indeed, the blood type diet is not perfect. Some things apply to some people. I am an A and took ACV religiously for 4 weeks to lower my blood pressure and it did nothing but upset my stomach and my blood pressure remained the same. I then realized according to Dr D'Adamo, that vinegar is an avoid food for type A's.

I REALLY do wish I could take ACV and keep my body happy, but it is not possible in my case.

Thank you for your thoughts....

Replied by Kathy
Dubois, Pa
I personally think the whole "eating for blood type" thing is nonsense. I am type A, too, and if I ate the way they tell types A's to eat, I'd be a diabetic hypothyroid with heart failure and gas.

I eat some meat, lots of eggs, yogurt, cheese, some fish, but lots of nuts and seeds, and lots of veggies (but few legumes) plus a little fruit (including dried fruit). I use lots of raw homemade (grass-fed, from the farm) butter, plus some olive oil. I avoid sugar, starches (all flour products of any kind), coffee and tea, and I supplement with a complete round of supplements to make up for the nutritional deficiencies of our food supply (even organic food). And I eat alot of fermented foods because fermentation seems to enhance food's nuritional profile. As far as I can tell, my saliva has a pH of around 7.5 - 8.0. My diet seems to keep me slim, energetic and youthful looking. Long story short, I listen to my body and eat what makes me feel healthy and energetic and avoid anything that drains me of energy, no matter how healthy it makes someone else feel, or what any ideologies have to say about it. It really is a matter of biochemical individuality and getting to know yourself.

p.s. I have started to make my own cheese from raw milk.

Replied by Sara
The Beach, Canada
i really dont understand the blood type diet. my neighbor is running around telling everyone what they should and should not eat according to their blood type. but animals have blood types too and i dont see too many vegetarian or raw food animals out there. i think they would be surprised to learn they have been eating wrong all this time...
Replied by Pahlee
Phila., Pa
I read on this site that hydrogen peroxide soaked cottenballs and applied to the affected areas of the facial areas once or twice a day will eliminate the problem that you have, i believe that it said that you would see a difference over night, good luck in your endeavors

Posted by Granny Laura (Waco, Tx) on 08/30/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  My son takes apple cider vinegar for his digestion, my daughter will sometimes drink pickle juice for her GERD. So, I thought I would try some ACV myself. I swallowed about a tablespoon and chased it w/half a glass of water. Surprise!! My stomach immediaterly started burning below the ribs on the right side, a place bigger than a quarter.

I had been sick and passed out in the floor a couple of nights before. I'd had a huge pain that radiated to most of my body from my stomach or heart area. My nitro pill did nothing so it wasn't my heart. I would have called an ambulance but I couldn't get to a phone. When I got better I just went to bed. The doc did tests for h pylori and c difficile the next day, no results yet. But, I think I now have my own diagnosis after the ACV and looking up the kind of pain I had. It was a perforated ulcer.

Now, I said all that to say this: If you feel anything in your stomach when you take the ACV, see a doctor ASAP!!! I had been having that pain only not as bad (dull ache)and just ignored it.

I did a lookup on VCO for ulcers and am now taking that. I had some I had bought for cooking, But, the best use for it I had found was washing myself in the shower w/exfoliating gloves and putting VCO on head to toe after I turn the water off in the shower. Then I dry off w/an old towel. WOW! My skin looks and feels GREAT!

Replied by Loretta
Columbia, Tennessee
I have been taking ACV on and off for 30 years. I find that when I take it I am more alert, my appetite for sugar slows and I can loose weight easier. I have an under active thyroid, and have type "A" blood. Try soaking your feet in it. Amazing how much dead skin comes off. I have a book, The Amazing effects of ACV, and in it suggests that you try detoxing by drinking diluted ACV and water for 48 hours. Catch your urine in a clear container. See how many poisons the ACV washes from your system. I've never been able to do that. You can also make a vinegrette for your salad or soak cucumbers, onions, and tomatoes in ACV, you are still getting the benefits.

Posted by Karunadiva (San Rafael, Cailfornia, United States) on 08/22/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Hi, I tried the apple cider vinegar remedy because I ready so many posts that it helped with acid reflux. First I took 1 tablespoon with 16 ounces of water, I woke up in the night with right side kidney pain, the second time I took 1 tablespoon with 8 ounces of water and had both side kidney pain. So I get it that it was too strong, but I am afraid to try again because I am worried I have harmed my kidneys. So my questions are: Has anyone had kidney pain with ACV? Do you think it could have harmed my kidneys? Do you think by simply dillutting it more, it will help? Why DOES this hurt my kidneys? Basically any infor on ACV and its relationship to kidneys would be helpful. thanks

Replied by Josephine
Cos Cob, CT
What kind of apple cider vinegar were you drinking? Also, what exact points on your body were hurting? Lower back? Mid-thoracic?
Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
To Karunadiva from San Rafael, Cailfornia:

First thing to come to mind when reading your post about kidney pain after taking ACV & wondering if you have damaged your kidneys is "probably not". Knowing that vinegar can dissolve calcifications, I wonder if you possibly had some early renal stone formations and the ACV started them moving. Vitamin C is also known to start kidney stones to moving and causing pain.

If your kidneys are still functioning normally and has the usual color, I wouldn't be concerned about it. A transient change in color can also occur with movement of stones.

Replied by Megan
Warner Robins, Ga
I believe I have experienced something similar to this. For the last two weeks I have taken 2T ACV 1-3x/day for health benefits. The last few months I had suspected a cyst on an ovary. Though I have not been to the dr. I have had enough, I know what it feels like and even for them to rupture. Last Thursday and for 2 days I was in pain. I knew that this one had ruptured. I continued taking the ACV. Was it the ACV? I don't know. But I do know that since I have started taking this stuff: My sinuses have cleared, I have lost a few pounds and overall I feel pretty darn good. Back pain requiring daily meds of IBP, muscle relaxer and pain reliever are pretty much gone and I only take a few pain reliers a week the last week or so. I think my skin is looking better and oh dog no longer has fleas. Depending on what your reaction is, it could just be your bodys way of removing toxins and cleaning up/repairing what is wrong. I too think it could possibly be kidney stones that are causing the pain. Get that one checked and and try the ACV at a later date or less dosage.

Posted by Alicia (Madrid, Spain) on 07/25/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Hello everyone and thanks Earth Clinic for your site.

I have started using ACV and all my joints hurt, knees the most, the ends of finger and toes and like the whole body aches, is anybody experiencing this delight, is it a side effect of detoxing or what can it be? I like the instant tonic of ACV with apple juice or pineapple juice but this feeling is scaring me a little. HELP HELP SOS!! Thank you people.

Posted by Kristin (Lincoln, Nebraska) on 07/24/2009

I see many side effects of ACV that mirror what happens to the body when it detoxes. Do an internet search on symptoms when detoxing. Aches, pains, breakouts, headaches, etc., are all symptoms of the body dumping toxins into the bloodstream to be expelled. Of course if any of these symptoms are life-threatening immediately seek medical attention. ACV sends the body into rapid cleansing/detoxing. I would recommend if the symptoms are too great/unbearable to cut back on the amount of ACV being taken. I've been drinking around 2 TBSP of ACV mixed in with home-brewed kombucha twice a day for around two months, and I'm still breaking out, but every day it's a little better. I just know it's from my body detoxing a lot of built-up garbage. I only get nauseous when taking my ACV/Kombucha blend if I don't have any food in my stomach.

Posted by Daniela (Chestnut Ridge, New York) on 07/21/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Hi everyone :)
I would like ask you for help. Does anyone of you had hard time at the bathroom after drinking acv with soda (by receipt) it is just second day what i am using it but after today's second drink i had to run to the bathroom. I almost put it to my pains. Than i had to go again maybe 3 times.
Oh i think i left there everything what i had in my body.
I drunk it 15 min before my lunch on empty stomach and than after maybe another 15 min had lunch.
I got lucky :) i was home lol
Thank you for answers have a nice day ;)

Posted by Shalini (Walnut Creek, CA, USA) on 07/13/2009

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  I have been taking ACV for sometime after diluting 2 tsp in a glass of water, 2 times a day. I have found it highly beneficial for general health. However ever since I started taking it, all my joints click a lot! I was wondering if anyone has experienced this and/or has recommendations.