Natural Cures for Bronchitis

Posted by Marra (Newport, Tn) on 01/25/2013
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I found garlic tablets (odor free) to cure pneumonia several years back. I kept getting infections over and over and recurring bronchitis, as well. But, within a few days of taking large doses of garlic (about 1000mg) my lungs cleared completely. I kept taking it for a while, just to be on the safe side. My lungs have been clear ever since, even though I only take it sporadically now. It's some good stuff!

Posted by Jay (Toronto, Ont, Canada) on 09/01/2011

To: Abc Pneumonia from Kansas City, Missouri, Usa.

Let me try to answer your questions in order: "Jay, did you swallow the chopped garlic on an empty stomach, or did you eat before taking it? After swallowing it, and drinking the cup of water, what reaction followed in your body?"

Raw garlic is a broad-based natural antibiotic. The way I and others have used it to clear up chest /lung congestion is to crush and chop 2 medium or 3 small cloves and let sit for 5 minutes to let the enzymes start to work. Then I put these finely chopped pieces in a tablespoon and into my mouth. At this point I swallow as many times as necessary to swallow the complete amount of garlic and follow with 6 to 12 ounces of plain water. For me I do this on an empty stomach and have no after effects other than the obvious garlicy breath.

I followed this procedure daily for a couple of weeks and eliminated a lingering congestion problem that didn't seem to want to clear up on its own(which I thought might be leading to the more serious condition COPD.

Since then, at the first sign of any chest congestion I follow this procedure for a couple of days for a quick resolution of the problem.

To me the key elements of this treatment are 1. - raw garlic, 2. - crushing and chopping allows the enzymes to start working, 3. -continuing the treatment on a daily basis(and ignoring the social implications of garlic odour :) ) until original congestion symptoms are gone.


Your second question : "Were there stomach cramps, hotness of the stomach, stooling or vomitting."

I certainly have never experienced any of these reactions and would strongly suggest that anyone experiencing any of these stop the process and explore other treatment options. There are several other natural products that help eliminate chest congestion; garlic just happens to be very easy and very inexpensive.


Your third question: "Will this be good for a woman, that has lost a lot of weight, and has chest pain?"

Now this question confuses me as chest pain suggests a different problem entirely. The above addresses chest congestion which entails some breathing difficulty along with coughing up mucus/phlem with these symptoms persisting beyond the normal 1 week chest cold variety.

Chest pain needs a more detailed investigation and is not something that can be addressed properly via internet chat.

Posted by Gavin (Manganui, Northland, New Zealand) on 09/01/2011

If you take cayenne with the garlic. You'll find that the mucous starts coming up in about five minutes.

Hot Cooking Spices
Posted by Rick (Boscawen, NH) on 06/22/2009
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Spices and COPD, Chronic Bronchitis:

A year ago, I was diagnosed with chronic Bronchitis - COPD, so severe that my ears turned blue from lack of Oxygen. My blood pressure was very high, too. The DOT immediately yanked my Health card for driving truck. When I went to the Dr. my Oxy saturation level was 81. He put me on an inhalor and I had to use a Nebulizer several times a day. Nothing really changed. I could breathe a little better, but was still able to walk only for short distances. I love to cook, and tried to think of the healthiest people that I know. I started cooking with spices from China, India, and other Asian areas. I use curry powders (in various heat ranges), Tumeric, Cayenne, Garlic, Ginger, Paprika, Mustard, Wasabi, and others. I use one or more of these ingredients in every meal, and most snacks, that I cook. About two months ago I had a physical, blood work, and EKG in preparation for surgery. My lungs no longer "wheeze" (I do have a bad day once in a while...but not DAILY); my blood pressure was normal; my Oxy sat level is 95 to 97 percent; (both) Cholesterols were at healthy levels, and, except for my COPD, I am as healthy as can be! The best result of eating all that good, spicy-hot, healthy food is that I can walk at least a half a mile without "running out of breath." I have NEVER posted to any Website but feel that people should be aware of the benefits of spices and herbs. I have now found a local store that sells 1 pound packages of spices, instead of paying $4 to $7 in grocery stores for those little bottles. The savings are phenomenal. This is the best site that I have found that re-enforces my belief in hot foods. Thank you EARTH CLINIC

Raw Mushrooms
Posted by Mary (Logansport, Louisiana) on 09/16/2008
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Hi, for years I had very bad bronchitis every year, usually during allergy season, seems all year long to me. But I havent been to the doctor for three years now for it. The only thing I can think of is that I added to my diet raw mushrooms which I find I love dearly. I eat them in salads, soups or right out of the package.

Posted by Michelle (Albuquerque, NW) on 01/09/2007
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Fresh Garlic cured my Bronchitis and Sinus Infection. 1 finely diced clove (not the entire bulb) 3x's daily with any complimentary food that has been cooled almost to room temp (eg. diced tomatoes, avocado, chicken noodle soup, spaghetti sauce, pizza, or even apple pie.) Garlic is a natural antibiotic and antifungal. Within an hour or so, easier to breather and think, in 4 days cleared up symptoms. Took for 7 days to eliminate any chance of becoming ill again. Drawbacks: odiferous breath, and the odor also emanates from the pores of the skin. Use strong breath mints/cologne/essential oils to your liking.

N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC)
Posted by Spring (Northern California) on 10/10/2022 4 posts

triple thank you, rob de kentucky!

N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC)
Posted by Naomi (Nc) on 10/11/2022


Not sure where you saw these for $10 but their website states around $100 or more. Still probably a good deal for the relief it could bring.

N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC)
Posted by Doyle (Ireland) on 10/10/2022

Hi Rob, I wonder could it have been a detox symptom? Make sure you drink plenty of warm water to loosen up that phylem. 💪

N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC)
Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 10/11/2022

It only happened that 1st nite. Cayenne does some crazy things in the body.

Posted by Terry (Md) on 01/12/2018
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Bronchitis and Strep

Red pepper sauce will also help. I currently have these terrible coughing jags and it seems a good swig of pepper sauce stops the cough for a good while. I keep the bottle on the kitchen table with a whiskey shot jigger...just pour some in and down the hatch. It doesn't burn and what a relief. It's better than any of the high price stuff that advertises your cough will be gone in so many hours.

Posted by Jan (Southern California ) on 02/18/2016


Well I have continued using the Hot Garlic Water

Every night and using a sheet like a tent over the solution to breath in the fumes. This seems to have gotten rid of my ear pain and throat pain!

I woke up the first day I tried it and felt wonderful. As did my husband. But later in the day the ear and throat pain still came on but not as bad as it was. It is like the ear and throat pain goes dormant and then sneaks up on me again. I have used this Hot Garlic Water for 3 nights before bed. This morning again the feel great and so far the throat and ear pain have not cropped up on me!

My husband is better only his issue seems to be asthma? He has had problem ever since the new neighbors moved in and started having BBQ parties on their patio and starting a bon-fire in a trash can! (their kids were throwing tumbleweed in the fire) The smoke entered out home and my husband seems to have been affected by this! We read that the smoke is like Creosote. I guess toxic!

Luckily they stopped using the bon-fire after my husband politely asked them if they could stop due to his coughing.

I'm going to have him use the Hot Garlic Water to see if it helps him like it did me!

My daughter had a laughing fit over the "witch" that suggested it!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by E.l. (Long Island, NY) on 10/30/2014
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I went to a local health food store and the guy behind the counter gave me something called "fire in the hole, " which I've been Googling ever since. I guess I'll just go back there and get some more because I still have bronchitis but the doctor gave me an inhaler and some antibiotics. But the holistic remedy, the fire in the hole, consisted of cayenne pepper, ginger, ginseng and some other vitamins I'm not too certain of. But the second I took it, at first I felt nauseous and dizzy, and then he told me to drink water with lemon right away, and I instantly felt better. No more coughing and wheezing. I was then told to take Vitamin C tablets every day until it went away, but I went to the doctor and was prescribed with what I was given.

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, Usa) on 01/17/2014
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Dear Dave,

I thought I would second this method of dealing with a bronchial infection. This week some of my children started with a cough. One of my sons, who is generally pretty healthy, gets the most awful sounding cough, and when he does, it lasts for a long time. This week I heard that cough of his start. I thought of your colloidal silver in the nebulizer recommendation. I started him on it right away. (I was only doing this 3-4 times a day; next time I may try more.) I used 10ppm colloidal silver, about 3ml worth. I did the same thing for my smaller children who were starting to cough (I may have only done about 2ml for small ones. Even my two year old can use the nebulizer.). I am thrilled with how well this worked. Usually a cough in a big family means a good bit of missed sleep for mama. My son noticed an immediate improvement in his breathing after using the nebulizer. This week, whenever I realized anyone was coughing, I would use the nebulizer on them. I do think catching it early makes a difference. They could tell it helped. Some were asking to use it!

I did pick back up on giving homemade Elderberry syrup to everyone. (I had gotten lax about dosing over the holidays.)

So, thanks for making this method known to me! It works for us, too.

~Mama to Many~

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Marie (Naperville, Il) on 05/09/2012
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After mixing up the acv, honey and water I tried this and it is very similar to Theraflu-which I thought was both interesting and helpful because I had ok luck with Theraflu but you are only supposed to take it about every 4 hours, I need more relief than that at times.

Oil Pulling
Posted by Chris P. (Seattle) on 09/02/2018

I didn't know what "Oil-pulling" was, found a pretty good resource, but basically it works indirectly by improving oral health - which does make a difference for many systems, especially including infections and inflammatory diseases caused by (you guessed it) lack of oral health. So, if you don't know where that bronchitis came from... :-)

Cinnamon, Clove, and Oregano Oils
Posted by J In (La, US) on 06/16/2014

I LOVE this site! Ever since two yrs ago when I too, stumbled upon its remedy of ACV w honey for an upper respiratory & sinus infection- very sick. The illness was working its way through all my students and faculty. Day one - I made the tea sipped and breathed in the steam from cup as prescribed. Throughout the day, I continued to drink ACV w water to thin the mucus. Day two- my symptoms were GONE!

Unfortunately, this time I waited too long to take ACV w water(also did not do it often enough) so it would not fight it off.

We are in LA for two weeks w our first grand child's birth. So I broke down and went to doctor to be prescribed augmentin - did not phase my bronchitis ( I think I contracted it on my flight to LA bc I am rarely sick anymore). Doctor prescribed augmentin. By day three no improvement. Doctor then prescribes biactin, now day three you would think I would feel better - woke up w a coughing fit.

So back to Earth Clinic - just drank the recipe here - which cleared most of the phlegm and cough has subsided. Now I can go back to bed and get some rest. I will continue to drink this remedy and pray I have eliminated the cough for the remainder of my stay.

Thank you again Earth Clinic and it's many followers for your feedback.

Posted by Patricia CZ (Grass Valley, CA) on 11/10/2022
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I am moved by your post to respond, even though your post is 12 years old and I suspect you will never see my answer. Maybe it will help someone else. I have something similar going on. Over several years, I have used antibiotics quite a number of times to no avail. I recently started taking Chlorine Dioxide. You can buy it on Amazon. It comes in two bottles. You mix two drops of each together in glass and wait about 45 seconds for it to active. The solution turns yellow. Then add 1/2 cup of clean, pure water and drink it. Do that up to 8 times a day. Move up to 3 drops of each solution when you can. So far, that is still too much for me. I am in my first month of treatment and am not completely cured, but I am about 85% better. The difference is remarkable. I believe in another month or so of following just this treatment that I will attain a full or nearly full recovery. My energy is returning and I feel so much better. I just bought some DMSO to add to my treatment regimen. If that helps I will come onto EC and comment.

Hot Cooking Spices
Posted by Citygirl27 (Richardson, Tx, Usa) on 01/05/2013
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About 10 years ago, I had a severe chest 'cold', not sure if it was bronchitis or not but it felt like it. I went to an Indian restaurant (actually it was Pakistani cuisine, of Balti style), and got a chicken fal. It was recommended to me, someone knew what they were talking about. It is hotter than vindaloo, hotter than tindaloo. I was completely cleared out within 24 hours. I had lots of water, rice, naan and mango lassi to go with it, to be able to finish it. If you can't get to an indian restaurant or an asian grocer, make your own with coconut oil, lots of garlic cloves, chopped spicy peppers, and spices like black pepper, cayenne, fennel and lots of turmeric.

Oregano Oil
Posted by Sandy (Marion, IA) on 06/10/2008
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I live in the MidWest. My bronchitis and allergies all began when I was exposed to the chemicals of crop-dusting about 20 years ago. Immediately, I felt my lungs crystalize and started wheezing. I went to the Dr. the next day and was dianosed with "chemically induced bronchitis". It was downhill after that...years of battling the bronchitis every fall and spring using antibiotics. Then it got where I began having allergic reactions to many prescriptions and OTC's. My husband happened on to wild oregano a couple of years later and it was sweet relief from the bronchitis and help with my allergies!! A couple of years ago I found the _____ [Mangosteen] juice and started drinking it. I take them all year around because of my allergies. When I start to get a sinus migraine headache, I increase my dose and it doesn't materialize, as long as I catch it in the beginning stages. Hope this is of some help also!

Posted by Laura (Seattle, WA) on 10/16/2007
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I've been using garlic for years for a variety of things. Usually I use it for colds. At the first sign of a cold, chop up 4 cloves of raw garlic and eat. I prefer to use it as a garnish on an already garlicy type food like soups or spaghettie, it helps make the taste not so obvious. Keep up with 4 cloves a day, then reduce the number as your symptoms decrease. This can stop a cold from manifesting, or it will shorten and weaken your colds. I used to have chronic bronchitis after every cold, now I haven't had it in years. I also only get one cold a year usually. Yeah, I don't smell great but I'm not missing so much work!

I will also use raw garlic juice on rashes and bug bites. It stops the itching immediately, and I pretty much use it for anytime I might need a phytoncide.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Ginger (Wadsworth, us) on 10/11/2007
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My 6 year old daughter was coughing uncontrollably EVERY 2 seconds yesterday. She has allergies and a cough that accompanies it. Her allergies and cough lasts throughout the school year. However, yesterday she sounded like she had bronchitis. The cough was non- stop. I was very desperate for a solution for her cough. I stumbled across the site and went out and bought Apple Cider Vinegar. I tried the remedy and it worked. Today I bought _ Apple Cider Vinegar with "The Mother" and THAT DID IT. It has been 20 mins now AND NO COUGH. I am SO AMAZED I FEEL LIKE SHOUTING IT FROM THE ROOF TOP. I have spent so much money on cough syrups that DON'T WORK... this is all it took. My entire family will be taking this EVERY day as it has MANY MANY other health benefits as well. If you are desperate for a cough remedy THIS IS IT... please go and get ACV NOW, IT WORKS..

Posted by Hillary (Jonesboro, Georga) on 09/27/2007
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After years of suffering with horrible bouts of bronchitis, a lady, claiming to be a "witch" told me to soak my feet in hot garlic water, blanket over myself and the bucket, to inhale steam. She told me to do this for at least 6 hrs. I did not have bronchitis for 5 years. It is time to do it again (and I will), but was wondering, has anyone else heard of this "method" and what is is called?

Homeopathic Remedy
Posted by Diana (San Diego, CA) on 09/27/2007
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I have found that if I eat anything with corn in it I will get a sinus infection I have alway thought it was the high frutose corn syrup because if I eat or drink anything with the corn syrup in it I get sinus infections. Also just corn tortillas will do it. I don't know if it is just all the altering of the corn to to enhance the growing process but something is wrong with corn now. Also, when something tends to be in everything...just the amounts that are consumed can create allergies to it. All I know is that Corn is one of my biggest factors in getting sinus infections and bronchitis. If it does go into my chest... Lymphomyosot by Heel is a good homeopatic remedy for it. I can alway clear up the bronchitis within 24 hours with it. Just take it every 20 minutes until you feel it getting better then do it 2 to 3 time day until well. I don't get bronchitis anymore since using it. I use to get bronchitis 2 to 3 times a year before.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda and Olive Oil
Posted by Sally A (Mid Missouri) on 02/23/2018

I don't know about ACV and pregnancy, but I use olive oil when I have the deep bronchitis cough. It seems to thin the mucous and allow me to cough it up. I started out with 2 TBSP which kept me cough-free for 8-12 hours. Then I realized 1 TBSP did just as well and didn't give me diarrhea with it. I can't tolerate the taste well so I put it in a small cup with about 2 TBSP A&W rootbeer (anything strong flavored would work) and knocked it back in one gulp. Increase fiber if it gives you diarrhea, but this stuff WORKS! Especially helpful for someone like me with high blood pressure and unable to take cough medicine.

Oregano Oil
Posted by Jennifer (Albuquerque, NM) on 12/03/2006
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I tried ACV, the spicy tomato tea, the onion halves with brown sugar, and the garlic soup. Especially the tomato tea and ACV brought some temporary relief from a month-long cough and sinus congestion that I'd had almost as long. As far as I'm concerned, though, the #1 choice and remedy should be Oil of Oregano. I bought a jar last Tues. and began taking three per day with meals. I am so encouraged and feel at least 95% well again. After doing some research on it I now know that this is an amazing product! Perhaps it doesn't work the same for everyone but it has done so much for me in six days. I've also been using a good quality colloidal silver in a nasal spray bottle. This has probably worked alongside the Oil of Oregano for the sinus congestion. It cured a month-long cough/bronchitis and sinus congestion. I'm wondering now if I could have increased the dosage of Oil of Oregano to say four a day. I've stayed at 3/day since I couldn't find any info. to let me know if more would be too much of a good thing. Any thoughts on that?

N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC)
Posted by Deborah Alpert (California) on 10/10/2022

I read to take NAC on an empty stomach...but are you taking it in pm before bed? 1 x d?

N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC)
Posted by Guzin (Vancouver BC Canada) on 11/05/2022

Hi Paul,

Could you please tell me where can you get them for ten dollars? The sites I go to they start at one hundred dollars.
Thank you

N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC)
Posted by Franz (Graz) on 10/11/2022 7 posts

Hi please check the wonderful things about "germanium and silicon". you can read the e-book from the side I have read the whole book and I'm fascinated by the hailing function of germanium. I will try then a kollo germanium. bye

Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation Method
Posted by Gemma (Lancashire, England) on 07/17/2022

I love this website and have used many remedies from here over the years and direct my loved ones to do the same. I must encourage you to proceed with caution over using 3%. I used 1.5% and felt it was too strong. I then read that Mercola suggests 0.1%. Please be careful. God bless you.

Mullein Leaf
Posted by Sheleigh (Nebraska) on 11/15/2019
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Hi everybody. I have chronic bronchitis for 3 years. Decided I had to stop with inhalers (bad side effects) and test natural options. What has helped me the most is mullein leaf herb. I take 3 (500 mg) capsules per day (1 with each meal). The herb shop lady told me to try it and very glad I did. Highly recommend for mucus conditions in lungs.

Posted by Diey (Morocco) on 03/07/2016
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I had a severe bronchitis with severe cough at night for 5 days. I went to my aunt one night and she gave me a solution she tried.

Mix one tablespoon of FRESH ginger and one tablespoon salted fermented butter.

I live in Morocco so it's pretty easy to find it here. The moment I took this mix the cough I was able to sleep again.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by cass70 (USA) on 12/13/2020

what amount of ACV do you use?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Missy (Bradford, Ohio) on 10/28/2014

I am 57 yrs old, have had asthma since I was little, but it never required me to get meds for it. The past 2 yrs I did notice a little that I would wheeze when I went out in the cold, or got upset, so I started using my grand-daughters puffer when I needed it...(I know..I should never do that) Anyway, the end of Aug. I went to my Dr., my chest was tight, and I was wheezing. She gave me a puffer for it, 4 days of presidone, and Abuterol for a Nebulizer. It got better for 10 days, then it got worse, so she gave me another 4 days of Presidone, plus an antibiotic for 4 days, and I quit smoking that day, Sept. 29th..(I had told her when I cough the AIR that came up tasted funny, like metal, which I think is infection..isent it?) and she changed my Nebulizer med. to ipratropium bromide and albuterol sulfate..

Anyway, it got better..alot better, I was wanting to be off the Nebulizer, but Dr. said 4 more wks, . The very next day I took a tour of a factory, I immediately could not breathe, due to glue there, and left the building wheezing. Two days (Oct 13) later I was worse, & had to go to the ER. They wrote Asthma/Acute Bronchitis, gave me steroid shot, another wk of antibiotic, and the 21 tablet presidon..I am much better, BUT I am coughing up alot of clear mucus, and every 4 hrs when its time for my Nebulizer, I try and wait, but become wheezy, and out of breathe. I also have allergies and clear mucus flows from my nose when I have coughing fits, so I am using a nasal wash, which helps...Its been 1 month since I quit smoking, coughing at nite a lot, and at 2am I wake wheezing..can the Apple Cider Vinegar HELP me at all???? I am doing Lung exersizes as well, and I exer. 45 min a day and ride a bike 2-3 miles a day. I have 2 more wks on Nebulizer..then what??? Will this go away???. sincerely Missy

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Karen (Mi) on 02/12/2015

Missy, 1st congrats for quitting smoking. It is a hard thing to do! You may want to get a check up to rule out COPD or Emphysema. Stick to natural cures if you can at all costs. If you decide to do the hydrogen peroxide therapy please be aware that the mixture MUST be 3% food grade. You can find 35% food grade peroxide at some health food stores. You will then need to dilute down to 3%. There should be paperwork at the health food store how to dilute down to 3% or call the manufacture up. Never take 3% hydrogen peroxide from the drug store and inhale that. There are stablizers in there that I personally would not inhale into my lungs. Best of luck. And good old apple cider vinegar is a good cure all for most health issues.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Cindy (Illinois, Usa) on 06/25/2018 351 posts

If you mix the ACV and lemon juice with a shot of hot water, first, it will heat/activate the goodies in the vinegar and THEN you can add the honey as it will be cool enough not to destroy the goodies in it.

I use the "small" function on my Keurig for the hot water. Straight into the lemon and ACV, stir, then add the honey. Sometimes with a pinch of cayenne - just because it's yummy.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by BackinService (NE Florida) on 06/20/2021

It will help restore your gut flora which is necessary if you want to start detoxing. Try drinking distilled water for heavy metal detox. Research Andrew Norton Webber's studies.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Bbeky (Australia) on 06/20/2021

Hi Clyde,

If you look up the Medical Medium protocol for the heavy metal detox smoothie he explains what goes in it, how to make it and which ingredients detox which metals. It's an overall metals detox. You may also want to look into Advanced TRS which is a liquid zeolite (liquid being the key) and thousands of people are seeing results for heavy metal detoxing. Blessings for a successful detox :)

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