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Jul 03, 2017

It seems we all want to lose weight these days, doesn't it? Well, at least we're not alone but even that doesn't make it much easier to lose weight easily. We know how much healthier we would be if we took off a few pounds. We know we should eat better. We want to find a healthy weight loss diet we can stick to. Wanting and wishing just don't quite get it done, do they?

Diet and exercise are the given in our shared quest for weight loss, but there are so many options out there for both. How do we choose the diet plan that's right for us? And there are all sorts of claims on TV and in advertisements about dietary supplements for weight loss and fat burning pills that can kickstart our weight loss goals. Do they work? What claims can we trust? Are these crash diets and easy weight loss schemes even safe? Will we keep the weight off when the diet is over?

Find Your Own Best Way to Lose Weight!

At Earth Clinic, we think the best way to lose weight naturally and to keep it off for the long term is to trust not in advertisers but in our own community of like-minded people. If it worked for us, we'll tell you. If a diet pill gave us terrible jitters or resulted in dependency, we'll tell it like it is. And when we find a natural diet that really works, you can bet you'll hear from us then! We know that something like apple cider vinegar can change the way your body metabolizes sugars.1 Healthy fats like fish oils and coconut oil can actually boost your metabolism and help you reach your weight loss goals. Holistic treatment to cleanse and reset the body's metabolism can also help boost your energy, break cycles of food addiction that lead to extra pounds, and improve your overall health. Green Tea may be your solution or maybe the Mediterranean Diet. Either way, user reviews on these pages can help you decide on which is the best way for you to lose weight naturally for better health!

Also check out our Apple Cider Vinegar Weight Loss Diet page!


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Posted by Shellz (Gauteng, Johannesburg) on 11/25/2010

I cant believe what I am reading on this site!! How can people just give out their CC numbers without doing proper research first!! We live in a world where there are scams and these things DO happen! The Acai berry products are still very new. How many people have you heard of that can actually confirm that it works??

Rather stick to the old remidies that we know work and that have been proven to show results. Here is a good mixture that really works, it is natural and can help with weight loss, even if no exersise is done:
3)Apple Cider (tablets or liquid)
4)Green tea (up to 4 cups a day)
5)CLA (with or without Hoodia)
6)Whey Protein (to replace with 2 meals daily)
7)Very Important!! WATER!! Up to 2 ltrs a day!! Note: Please consult a doctor first! I hope this info helps for those who want to loose weight! I know it helped me!

Replied by Upinder
Chandigarh Ut. India

Hello Shellz,

You have spelt out a few things for weight loss. But have not mentioned the quantity and time/ manner in which to have the same. Please could you kindly convey the same, would be grateful.

thanks, upinder gill

Replied by Natalie
Sydney, Australia Nsw

Ummm sorry Lyn from Coffs Harbour but did you actually think that consuming acai would make you lose weight with no conjunction of healthy eating and exercise? Acai is a superfood, it's good for your health and wellbeing, it's not a weightloss supplement!! Yes, it's fantastic with assisting in weight loss (if you do it right) dont expect to sit around and do nothing and complain that you have injuries preventing you, EVERYONE can exercise regardless of your injuries, it's just figuring out what can work for you with your injuries. Don't just rely on a supplement to do all the work for you, believe me it won't..

Replied by Tracy
Altoona, Pa

Ummm, not EVERYONE can exercise as you so boldly stated. There are many of us with numerous autoimmune diseases that prevent us from even being able to walk some days! I do agree that using a physical INJURY as an excuse is just that, an excuse. BUT, do not assume that everyone can exercise for weight loss purposes on a consistent basis.

Posted by Lynne (Coffs Harbour, Nsw Australia) on 10/13/2010
1 out of 5 stars

I tried Acai Berry approx 1 year ago, I took it as prescribed to lose weight for over 2 months and didnt lose any weight. I know that exercise and diet have a lot to do with taking off weight, I eat well but have heart conditions and chronic neck and back pain that hinders me from doing too much exercise. I feel that the acai berry was a scam... Beware anyone who thinks this VERY EXPENSIVE product will help them to lose weight, if anything is helping you its change in exercise and diet... Good luck everyone

Replied by Ladyliza
Los Angeles, Ca
28 posts

Lynne, you mentioned you suffered from chronic neck and back pain. Are you by chance on any statin drugs for high cholesterol? I have suffered for the last few years with lower back pain, so after doing some research I read that statins often cause aches and pains. I asked my Dr.To take me off for a month and I am 75% better. I am also taking 3X500mg of niacinamide tablets, 1000mg krill oil and 2000 mg tumeric and now most of my pain is gone, gone, gone! . Try it!

Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia

Ladyliza and Lynne, statins are very dangerous because they deplete the body of coQ10 (which is very dangerous for the heart). If you are taking them you need to also take coQ1.

Personally I would never take statins. Cholesterol is needed for the brain to function. Google Dr. Natasha McBride Cholesterol on youtube. Our brain is made up of saturated fat- cholesterol is a good thing.

Replied by Carly
Seattle, Wa Usa

I agree with you Debbie - Statins (in my opinion, with reason) are the DEVILS work.

I would NEVER touch one.

If anyone out there is even considering taking a statin - please research them on the internet first. If you do, you will see horror story after horror story. I have one of my own (husband who took them) but I will spare you the details.

They are *seriously* bad business.


Replied by Nickky_shygirl
Sydney, Nsw, Australia

I was taking a shot of acai berry puree every morning and while I didn't lose any weight from it my skin has never looked so good. After just 2 weeks my skin was glowing. It's an amazing product full of antioxidants but doesn't' work for weight loss :(

Replied by Jacques
Lbb, Texas

I just wanted to say that I tried the [vitamin C] with Acai Berry a few years ago and I had a horrible reaction. My stomach burned something awful. It was not like heartburn. The burning was not in my chest but very low in my bowels. After I quit using it, I did not have any more problems. I avoid acai berry like the plague. I still use [vitamin C] the orange and tangerine during the winter. I don't get sick as much. Has anyone else had similar problems with acai berry?

However, I was ill about a week ago. Just felt wiped out with flu like symptoms and a headache. After, 24 hours of no relief and taking Theraflu, I decided to take some vitamins along with it. Imagine my surprise when 3 hours later I felt wonderful. Flu symptoms and headache were gone. I had so much energy. Vitamins I took were Omega 3's, Women's Essential Complete with Iron, B12, Calcium D3, Vitamin C Rose Hip. I decided it was time to lose weight and make some lifestyle changes before I turn 50.

Posted by Taylor (Laguna Hills, CA) on 06/15/2009
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I had a sketchy feeling about the acai products. I ordered mine online with a prepaid visa because I did not want to give my real credit card information. I found out my sister has been getting charged every month for the exact same thing, until she canceled her credit card. It's a huge scam!

EC: Such a scam!! Oprah recently even added a disclaimer to her website about acai berry products. Apparently she was getting flack for promoting an acai berry product on her show once.

Replied by Wendy
So Plainfield, NJ

When you have a problem with a company, just contact your Attorney General's office and tell them what happened. They will direct you to an agency that handles consumer complaints. I have done this in the past and they take these problems seriously. You may never get your money back, but it may just help to put an end to these scams and have these people investigated. I received a very nice letter telling me that their office urges people to file consumer complaints so they put these companies on notice that they are braking the law. Good luck.......it has worked for me. Wendy

Replied by Bumble_b_tx
Austin, Tx

I really found Acai to be effective, but online buying especially with products that have recently been brought to media attention is dangerous...Go to your local health food store. I bought a bottle of acai powder that lasted me forever and was very effective. Way better than have your credit card numbers usurped. :)

Replied by Coregon
Medford, Or

I don't order from infomericials on tv or from unknown websites. If I see a nutritional product I want to try, I write down the name and go look on Amazon or Ebay. I can almost always find it and I know those are reputable sites with built in protection for buyers... and usually MUCH cheaper than the product you saw advertised on tv or internet.

Replied by Gordy Three Horses
Jacksonville, Fl/united States

You can order 100% acai berry in a powder form, but it will cost you about $60.00 for 1 pound. The juices in the stores contain very little acai berry in them, they are always cut with other juices.

Replied by Tearly

Where can you order this 100% acai berry powder?

Posted by Linda (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) on 04/29/2009
1 out of 5 stars


EC, I am posting this in response to your request for information ref the Acai Berry scams..

This has also been posted at:

I placed an order for the free trial of Acai from these people also. AFTER entering my CC info, they sprung the "terms agreement" of:

1. ongoing monthly automatic Acai shipment at $85.91 per month, PLUS
2. some OTHER membership thing called Fit Factory for ANOTHER $29.95 per month, PLUS
3. some OTHER thing called Cost Smashers for $2.95 per month.

There are 3 separate numbers to cancel these 3 separate little piggybacks.

Thank God I emailed the "terms agreement" to myself to read it, since it didn't show until AFTER they had my card #.

When I call to cancel this it either:
1. Hangs up without ringing

2. Comes on with a voice recording which says please hold, then proceeds to fritz the connection and disconnect

3. Never rings at all.

It's very clear that these people don't WANT to be contacted. So I have called my bank and cancelled the CC; Thank God no further charges seem to have been made so far.

This company is named 'Natures Acai Berry',

Their address is
20100 S. Vermont Ave.
Torrance, CA 90502

I notice that their Company name apparently USED to be 'Natures Best Acai Berry', they're apparently trying to dodge.

This stuff is distributed by Amir and Sanchez Neutraceuticals, whose address is:
Amir and Sanchez Neutraceuticals
5425 E. Broadway Rd #282
Tucson, AZ 85711

By the way, this stuff has VERY LITTLE Acai berry in it; It actually consists of:
Chromium (Metabolic booster)
Green Tea Extract (High in Caffeine) 225 mg
EGCG (A component of Green Tea which suppresses allergic reactions!!!) 135 mg
Caffeine 200 mg
Acai berry extract 50 mg!!!!!!! (Must have squeezed a single berry over the vat)
L-Theanine (Another Green Tea component) 8 mg

So- What it REALLY is, is Chromium, Green Tea, caffeine and a tad of Acai.

What rot.

I am posting this here hoping it will help somebody else NOT get taken...

Good Luck, everyone- Fight the good fight. This is bad business.

Replied by Mitch6114
Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, Canada
1 out of 5 stars


I too was scammed with the ad on Facebook regarding a 14 day free trial offer for Acai Berry. IT IS A SCAM! Once you give them your credit card number on the internet, they bill you even if you return the small trial. They are unreachable by phone or by internet. DO NOT GET CAUGHT AND DO NOT GIVE THEM YOUR CREDIT CARD NUMBER because you will be liable to pay your credit card charges as YOU gave it to them. I hope you will learn from my experience.

Replied by VERONICA
new york, NY

Hi i too ordered acai berry online about a year or so ago and i guess i consider myself lucky cus when i saw the charges i called two of the companies and was able to cancel right away. Things like that make you wonder how honest these people are about their products. I'll keep on trying loosing weight but not with these corrupt companies.

Replied by Catherine
Orlando, Florida

Sorry to hear about your scam. You should purchase Acai at a retail price and ask for their return policy. I don't buy anything on the NET without a telephone number listed on their sites or contact information for me to call. What if you have a problem and you can't contact them. I stay away from sites that do not have a number or no knowledge about the products. I bought it straight from the company and still $20.00 less than my neighbor who falls for the same scam that you did. Call your credit card company to dispute the charges. Good luck!

Replied by Diamond Gurl
Defuniak Springs, Fl

I agree. i owe my bank $600.00 cause i was charged and never received the products. another company was charging me i had no clue .I called the bank it went under investigation they called and got no where but i'm stuck paying back charges i never authorized. Never ever will i order with my bank card again i will get a prepaid $50.00 visa card for now on.

Replied by Tiffany
Dallas, Arlington Tx

Tiffany; well I was actually about to get some but after seing this, my thoughts have changed but, what happend was my friend suggested the acai berries and now thinking about it I should have asked for a price and by the way my friend is very wealthy and of course she wouldnt have saw it as a big price .. next time I will remember to ask.

Posted by DEE (HYATTSVILLE, MARYLAND) on 02/25/2009
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Replied by Janice
Coloma, Mi

Dee, this is what you should try. I was charged twice and they tried a third time. I called my credit card company and they said they would dispute the charge. They told me exactly what I had to do. Hang onto the product because you will probably have to mail it back. I had hardly mailed the first bag back when a second one arrived. It was a pain but a learning experience. I also put fraud alert on my credit card because I was worried that if they had my credit card number they could give it out to someone else because they were obviously not trust worthy. Call your credit card company. Really, they were so helpful to me. I just got a statement from them a couple of days ago and they credited me the first $89.00 and the second charge of $93.00! Good Luck.

Replied by T
Maryland, USA

Contact your credit card company and dispute the charge. You should have some protection through them. I've seen several of these posts now - I don't see where anyone can expect EC to be responsible for or help with problems stemming from other sites, linked from here or not. Use common sense in clicking through ad links no matter where you see them. I don't ever give out my CC info to any company I am not familiar with or haven't researched.

Replied by Denise
Athens, Ohio
1 out of 5 stars


I was also one of the unlucky ones that fell for this scam. Calling the company is nothing but a HUGE joke. They don't listen, just keep trying to sell you more. But I did contact my cc company right away and they was great in refunding it (yes it happened twice) But I also notified the Better Business Bureau and emailed them copies of the emails I had sent the company trying to cancel. Actually tried cancelling and stopping it within a minute of ordering because my "gut" told me something was not right about it.

So my suggestion is for anyone still dealing with them, contact the BBB and hopefully they will be able to do something if enough people contact them.

Replied by Duaty
Tampa, FL

To get your money back call your credit card company and lodge a complaint. I did with the same thing and within a week they credited my card. I had three charges for almost $100 and I got it all back

Replied by Linda
York County, Maine

....anytime you're credit card is mistreated by a seller, dispute the charges and let the credit card company take care of it....you need a pretty good reason for feeling the charges aren't justified, can't just do it willy-nilly and it sounds to me, Dee, that you have a very good reason to begin the dispute. Good Luck!

Replied by Nicole
Toledo, Ohio
1 out of 5 stars

I actually lucked out with this one. I had $1 left on a gift credit card and decided to try the stuff. I found out later about them ripping people off that did the trial. Since then, any time I need a credit card for a site/company I don't know well I go to the store and get another prepaid gift credit card. It's very little hassle compared to dealing with con artists, fraudulent charges, and identity theft.

I hope this can help someone.

PS The Acai stuff did nothing but give me gas. :)

Replied by Vicki
Beloit, Wisconsin
1 out of 5 stars


I can't believe I'm reading these posts. I got sucked in too! I got a phone call from a fast talker 5 days after my order was placed. I was being given all these little disclosures by a speed talker. I was yelling 89 dollors? What are you talking about. I signed up for a free trial offer! sorry mam I'm just the messinger. You can cancil by calling this number within 15 days of recieving your product.I'm yelling WAIT what's the number again. The sweet soul told me the number like five times in her fastest speed talk phone voice. My debit/visa told me there was not much they could do so I completely canciled out my card and ordered a new one. They were already trying to get 49 dollors from my account. I learned a valuable lesson. I never took my pills eather I was so mad. Vicki

EC: Does anyone have the website address of this terrible company? Would like to make sure their ads are all banned from appearing on EC.

Replied by Sis
Springfield, MO

I work for a major credit card company and from what I have experienced from customers calling in about a infomercial charge like the acai berry pill, anytime you want to try a product from an infomercial, look up their ordering info online or call the number on the t.v and ask if they have a way to order it and you can mail a money order, do not use a check from your bank account or your credit card or debit card otherwise they will charge you before your trial period is up. this goes for ALL informercial or advertisments in magazines or newspapers or online. A lot of the time it might be a great product but they do try to scam you for your money...Just a tid bit of information that everyone can use. Hope this is helpful!!

Replied by Mitch
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
1 out of 5 stars


I too was scammed by these infomercials on Facebook for the Acai Berry free trial offer. I thought I could try their products as specified on their website but they kept billing my credit card although I had returned their products and cancelled my membership. It took months and a lot of phone calls and letters. I finally cancelled my credit card and paid my credit card. I was held responsible for the debt, as I had willingly my credit card number to this company. THIS IS A SCAM ON FACEBOOK AND ON MANY WEBSITES. I have learned my lesson AND sharing my experience so others don't get caught like I did.

EC: Will someone please send us the website url of one of these acai berry scam companies? Want to make sure they are banned from appearing in any google-sponsored ads on Earth Clinic. Thanks!

Replied by Jane
Blackfoot, ID
1 out of 5 stars


Just want to comment on the acai berry scam.It was supposed to be free-just pay 4.95 shipping.I got charged 39.95 two times in 1 month. I had to change my credit card no. I am grateful to hear complaints from others as I thought I missed something.Actually I went back to the sight.I think they've changed companies. I never want to use my credit card again mail things. Thank you to the girl from Toledo who used a prepaid credit card.That is the only way i'll order from now on.

Replied by W

To Dee from Hyattsville regarding Acai Berry Pills Scam...Call your credit card company and file a dispute. I did this in a similar situation and they disputed the charge with the company, I got my money back.

Replied by Tamara
Albany, Ny United States

There's no such thing as a free lunch. I don't understand why people fall for that "free trial" or "try it for $1" crap. EVERY SINGLE ONE is a "scam" to get you locked into a contract or to get your credit card info. Some are worse than others and some are impossible to get out of without canceling your credit card. There is no "miracle drug" or extract or pill that's going to make you lose weight or look younger or whatever the case may be. Get up off the couch, MOVE, and start eating right. Quit looking for the easy way out because there isn't one. Crash diets and pills are bogus. Yeah you might lose some weight, but look at what you're doing to your body. (put that weight on awful fast again after you stop the diet or the pills don't you?) Stop being sheep and doing whatever the tv, internet, or magazines tell you to do. And for the love of god stop giving people (not established businesses- LOOK FOR THE SECURITY LOGOS or go through paypal!!!) money over the phone and internet!!!! It's like a lamb walking right into the wolf's mouth! Seriously!

Replied by Catalina
London, Ontario

Sorry to hear everyone that got scammed. If you charged it to your credit card you can call your credit card company and explain the situation and they can do a fraud investigation and get your money back. They will deal with the company so you dont have to. Try it. I have had to do it and the credit card company put a credit on my card. Good Luck everyone!! Catalina

Replied by Susan
Anaheim, California

BEWARE: Another thing to remember when ordering online is to look at the URL address. If it begins with http it is OK to browse but, do not enter any financial info. Make sure it begins with https. The s stands for secure. This means no one else can get your info.

Replied by Todd

I also hope all of you contacted the Consumer Protection Agency in the state where the company is located and the Federal Consumer Protection Agency. You may not get your money back but we need to shut these people down ASAP!!!

Posted by Terry (Vancouver, WA) on 02/17/2009
1 out of 5 stars


ACAI Scam: Please tell your subscribers to read the fine print befor ordering the Acaia Berry weight loss pills. I ordered the pay postage only for a trial weeks supply. I gave them my credit card to pay for the postage cost. I received the sample pills that didn't do anything. I didn't contact the company because the pills were worthless in my estimation. About a week later I received a months supply, and they charged my card a whopping $89.00. I was furious. Then I went looking for a phone for the company and lo and behold they didn't have one, the company wasn't registered in FLORIDA, but they had a service in Utah that handled there orders. I called them and they said they could not refund any cash period. I then told them I was going to the States Atty. Gen. office and filing a complaint against them. Well, to make a story short I settled for 1/2 my money back (which I shouldn't have) the pills were probably only worth (retail) $19.95 or a $1.00. I then went to the internet and found out that most of the companies selling Acai were all from Florida, with no phone number or address. Tell all your subscribers to PLEASE READ THE FINE PRINT WHEN ORDERING THE FREE SAMPLE. Terry

Replied by Janice
Coloma, Mi/USA
1 out of 5 stars


I too had a bad experience ordering Acai Berry off of the Internet. Shortly after ordering it, I read that it was a scam so I immediately tried to cancel. The phone number listed was a non-working number. I called my credit card company and they gave me a number which was also a scam. I called the credit card company back after an 89.00 charge appeared on my card and told them about it. They put it in dispute and the next month there was another charge for 94.00. The credit card company was really good about it and they disputed both amounts and have since credited my money back to me. Watch out people. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is!

Posted by Robyn (Perth, Western Australia) on 11/08/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I have been reading a lot of late about the fantastic anti-oxidant power of this acai berry. Have also read that it is very good for weight loss. Has anyone tried this for this purpose, did it work and did you use it alone or with a colon cleanse? Some articles I have read suggest that is has colon cleansing properties and others seem to suggest that the two need to be used in conjunction with each other. I would be very interested in anyone's personal experiences. Looking forward to feedback. Thanks.

Replied by Lori Keat
Blacksburg, Virginia

I have been drinking Acai Berry juice w/blueberry,pomegranite,raspberry juice added from a major vitamin shop chain store. I have also been doing the colon cleanse. I chose to do so, because I'd read where the "1-2 punch" was the way to go. I did not buy what was recommended on the internet as a packaged deal, but purchased my own from our local health food store. Having been doing both for about a month now, I have seen NO weightloss. I have, however, discovered that I love the Acai Berry juice. It seems to make me a better me. No side effects, I just 'feel better' I sleep like a dream, whether I take the juice in the a.m. or p.m. I have also tried the company's Acai Berry juice which comes in a bottle that resembles a wine bottle, and you can only purchase from someone who has become a distributor for that company. I believe this was on Oprah (like I care). Anyway, it had a nasty bitter taste to it, but I finished the bottle because it was given to me, and I did not have to spend the normal fee of approx. $45.00 per bottle. I like the one I get from the vitamin shop w/the three other juices added. Now for the colon cleanse. I bought mine from our local health food store. I started w/ the 2 week, just to besure my body could handle it. I was concerned because I thought I'd 'go' all day every day. In my case this was not so, I was going every other day, but 'better'. I know that doesn't make much sense unless you experience it. Also it was very gentle. I did notice my indigestion lessoned quite a bit, and so did my occassional acid reflux feeling. I did not diet, but was more aware of my food choices.

I will continue both, because I see a difference in 'me', but not my body weight. I hope this helps you.
Lori K.

Replied by Joelle
Watertown, Ma
1 out of 5 stars

i tried the acai berry supplement along with a colon cleanse. i lost no weight at all. i did have regular bowel movements in the morning for the first 2 weeks then i resumed my normal bowel routine (about every 2 days) i was very disappointed in both products. i took them both as directed and in combination with healthy eating and exercise. the colon cleanse product was bromalite and called for one capsule twice a day. the acai berry was 3 capsules at night.

Replied by Arlene
Blanchardville, Wisconsin

To those of you who were defrauded when companies used your credit card, delayed shipment, wouldn't refund, etc.: This happened to me in a different situation, and the company was feeling very "uppity" until I filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau in their area. All of a sudden, my refund came through. Use the BBB!

Replied by Katie
Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario CANADA
1 out of 5 stars


Definitely agree with all the warnings about the acaiberry product - EC, check out acaiburn.com to see the ads. I was sucked into this too and it was a terrible experience - they signed me up for all sorts of 'web-advisor sites' that cast 15 bucks every two weeks, that they didn't tell me about beforehand - I got on the phone and got all the charges cancelled after a long drawn-out battle, but the total on the credit card over about 2 months was nearing $500! And, they 'accidentally' created two accounts for me in their database, so when they 'deleted' my account, I continued getting charged and had to call them again to track those charges down! it adds up, believe me - all those little 'internet access fees' of $5, or the shipping costs of $15 etc. It is not much of a 'free trial' and returnng and cancelling it is such a hassle, don't even start!

EC: Thank you for the website url!

Replied by Gabrielle
Brighton, Ontario

To loose wheight just take apple cider vinegar first thing in the morning and 20 min. later take 2 table spoons of phyllium husk the secret is you have to drink liquids to move your waste through your bowels its easy. Don't buy Apple cider vinegar in plastic bottles. Regarding credit card scams its easy just report your card stolen no more charges.

Replied by Thisbitterfruit
Reno, Nv

Acai itself is not a scam. Unfortunately, most if not all of the companies who try to pass it off as a weight loss pill are. Acai works, you just have to make sure you get the real deal. No pills, no juice. The pills usually don't contain properly prepared acai and the juice has to be very fresh and unpasteurized to be at all effective. As acai doesn't keep well, most juices you find will not be raw. Powder is the best and always make sure it's organic.

This is where I get it from. ___________

Don't be so quick to write off acai berry, sometimes you just have to do a bit of research to get the good stuff!

Replied by Rodrigo
Rio, Brazil

This is true. Here in Brazil Acai is very popular. Most people buy it in frozen in semi-liquid form, and eat it at home with cereal or granola. It's also sold everywhere and it makes the perfect healthy snack. Its full of vit C and other anti oxidants. I still don't understand why it gets such a bad rep in the US. It's just fruit, like banana.

EC: Acai Berry got a bad reputation in US because of multiple online companies scamming people!

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Posted by Stett81 (Franklin, Pa) on 04/04/2015

I have been trying for quite a while to lose weight and just become healthier. I eat well and stay active (moderate exercise). I have some health issues that make it difficult to be as active as I would like. I read up on your lymphatic system and the benefits of detoxing it. One thing stated that if you are unable to lose weight. I purchased two herbs (Astragalus and Echinechea/Goldenseal) to help cleanse my lymphatic system. It's been just over a week and I now have noticed 2 swollen lymph nodes. I am interested in hearing the benefits of activated charcoal and if it might be helpful to lose weight.

Posted by Jennie (Copenhagen, Denmark) on 06/15/2008
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I had been losing weight really quickly after starting an exercise program. I wanted to make sure that any old toxins that had been stored in my fat didn't start circulating in my body, so I took 1 tablet of activated charcoal, 3 times a day (remembering to wait 2 hours before/after eating), for a week. I didn't exactly feel a difference, but I SAW one. I looked five years younger (am only 30, so that's a lot for me)! I also highly recommend adding 1 teaspoon of activated charcoal powder to 1 tablespoon of facial mask. It is a mini-facelift!

Replied by Stephanie
Montgomery, Texas, USA

Where did you find the activated charcoal?

EC: Click here to read up on charcoal.

Replied by Michael
Peiraias, Atikh, Greece

Its not healthy to consume activated charcoal close to meals because you may not be able to absorb the nutrients.
I saw that you take it 2 hours prior or after. So its just a word of precaution. :)

Replied by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx, Usa

I found charcoal capsules (they don't say "activated", and have magnesium stearate in them [why??]), will these work OK? I've only ever used a charcoal mask or soap, never ingested it so not sure how much or often to take. 5 foot 8, I'm stuck at 200 lbs :(

Hope something can help bc ACV really isn't helping my appetite - if anything, dropping my glucose with it before a meal makes my body say it needs more to eat, but drinking it did improve my skin a bit. The honey and cinnamon helps me eat less breakfast, but that's it.

Posted by Sharon (Santa Fe, NM) on 03/04/2008
5 out of 5 stars

After menopause, I seemed to be bloated in my midsection most of the time. My lower stomach was puffy most of the time. I'm a thin person, and thought this was weight gain due to menopause & quitting smoking. Ond day I took 2 activated charcoal capsules for gas, and I ended up spending a lot of time in the bathroom that day. By that evening, I realized that my stomach was flat again! I figured that the charcoal had detoxified my system!! I will continue to take the charcoal once or twice weekly now. I am extremely happy with the results!!

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Posted by The Real Will (Pittsburgh) on 09/04/2015
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I have been on a weight loss plan (diet and exercise) for the past 8 months, losing weight slowly and steadily. I had been taking a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) with dinner for months as a general tonic. After reading all of the great things that ACV can do here on EC, I upped the dose to 2 tablespoons in a glass of water, several times a day (3 to 4 time a day). I started to feel it in my teeth at that dose, so I recalled reading on Earth Clinic that adding baking soda to the ACV will help prevent the wearing down of the enamel on the teeth, but won't diminish the effectiveness of the ACV. So I started adding a little baking soda (I mean a little...I used the handle of the measuring spoon to scoop a little out...I'm guessing about 1/8 teaspoon or less).

Since I had been dieting already, weighing and measuring my food, and nothing had changed, and I know what kind of weight loss to expect, I was surprised at a sudden loss of fat around my midsection. I was trying to figure out what caused the sudden drop and the only thing different was the addition of the baking soda (I had been taking the ACV for months already, and the increased dose for weeks). So I kept taking the baking soda and I continue to have faster weight loss results with the baking soda, although it has only been a few weeks. For people already dieting, I think that taking a little baking soda, or baking soda with ACV is a worthwhile addition to your plan. I would take more, but I actually like the taste of ACV and I don't want to eliminate the flavor entirely. :)

In the last 8 months, I lost about 35 pounds, but an additional 3 pounds in the past week and a half. I lost 7 inches off my waist during that time, and an additional 1/2 inch in the past week and a half. Results are supposed to slow down, not accelerate, the longer you are on a diet plan. Not too bad for a 49 y.o. guy. I may try adding more baking soda by itself (as to not ruin the flavor of my ACV.).



Posted by Ds (Melbourne, Australia) on 10/26/2012

Hello Ted and everybody out there. I have been using apple cider vinegar with mother for the last two weeks. Didn't see any dramatic results but I do feel much much better if that make sense and I do want to continue taking it. I started taking with honey then with black strap molasses but after reading all the comments that it make u gain weight so I stopped it and start taking on its own with straw but I could feel its going to wreck my tooth enamel. So now for the the last three days I have been start taking it with 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda two times a day before lunch and dinner and I found it is easy to drink with it and I didnt feel any sensitivity in my teeth.

So my question is should keep taking ACV with baking soda to protect my teeth from erosion or does it anyway and how many times in a day you have to take it for weight loss

So does Apple Cider Vinegar baking soda help you to loose to weight or only apple cider vinegar taken on its own help more to lose weight.

Please please please clear my doubts I want to continue taking it without worrying about my teeth.


Replied by G.t.

Hi. I started taking appel cider vinegar in hope of weight loss about 1 year ago, after reading about it here, and have not lost any weight, BUT I feel so much better in my stomach, and I realy like to take it. I just rinse my teath in a mouth full of water with baking soda, from a jar, always there in my cooler.

Posted by Derek (Cambridge, Ontario, Canada) on 05/25/2012

Hello, I just found this site and Im blown away with everything ACV can do in any concoction. I'm trying to lose some weight, I have a wedding coming up! I have started drinking 2 table spoons of ACV with 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water. I try to drink it three times a day, (1/2 hour before a meal), but mostly just before breakfast and dinner. I work outside all day and sweat alot. I drink alot of water. Im worried that im just flushing everything out of my body with the amount of water I drink in a day. Does anyone have a suggestions?

Replied by Blue
La, Calif

Just some friendly advice but I think the max is 1 tablespoon 3x's per day, someone please help me if I'm wrong! I have used this to slim down in the past so I can at least say that it is a helpful dose and it is possible that too much can be hard on the stomach. If you aren't already, take 30 minutes before each meal for best results with slimming.

Seasalt in water is great for retaining some water and providing minerals if you are having to drink so much. There is much info online about this.

Flaxseed and psyllium husks are also good for flushing things out of the system, but without needing to overconsume water to do it. Milk Thistle and Dandelion are helpful too.

Matcha Green Tea is excellent for metabolism and stress, plus filled with antioxidants (it's the ideal form of green tea for such). These are all things I've used and loved at different times... And thought they might help as well.

Another way to slim down is to avoid grains, rice, wheat, etc and eat these more sparingly when needed. Don't go overboard or do anything unhealthy of course! Either that or check your blood and metabolic type (lots of 'free' tests for this online) and see what it advises. (This is more to be taken for the long term as only time will tell, and the advice offered isn't usually weight, but health oriented... Tho they can go hand in hand). In other words, don't avoid grains if this is just what your type needs... And above all, always listen to your body.

Replied by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa

Lately I have been getting good results w/ DMG (Dimethyglycine) as it boost energy as well as immune system. Also Magnesium Malate and/or Calcium Pyruvate are good natural energy boosters which would encourage weight loss. Any source of caffeine if not taken in large amounts illicits a thermogenic effect. Some Ginger/Cayenne caps would also be a winner.

Posted by Gg (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia) on 11/16/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I thought it was time to share my positive feedback on weight loss through drinking Apple Cider Vinegar and Bicarb Soda (sodium bicarbonate).

I'm 28 and have been taking the pill for about 5 years and recently decided I should have a break. I had gained a couple of extra kilos over the years that became increasingly hard to shift. Every year it was only a little bit but it all adds up, and like my dad says, half a kilo a year = very overweight by the time you're in your 50's! I'd always been very slim and didn't tend to put on weight, despite the fact I used to "eat for Australia" -- much to most people's jealousy. I could basically eat whatever I liked at whatever time of day. I eventually just attributed the cellulite and extra "puppy fat" to getting older and gave up trying to get back to my late teenage size. We're only talking about a size and a half bigger here but it was the fact that I just COULDN'T get rid of the fat that got me down. I was also having major migraines around the time of menstruation and the pill I was taking was really expensive, so I decided to have a break, I figured it would do me good.

Immediately the fat started dropping off! This was bitter-sweet for me, as it confirmed my suspicions but it also meant I was always going to have to deal with the extra kilos if I wanted to avoid "oops" children (other contraception didn't work well for me).

Eventually I had such bad skin problems (I guess it was like a "withdrawal"?) that I started back on it. But I'd effortlessly dropped almost 2 sizes and was able to get back into old jeans I'd given up on, all whilst eating like I used to - it was so liberating! I was chuffed!

Before I started taking the BC pill again I started with a regimen of ACV twice a day. I've been using it on and off for about a year and found it kept colds and flu at bay, helped me get better quicker and relieved a lot of muscle cramps I get from sitting at a computer all day. NOT to mention the candida probs it helps fix! I am a chronic thrush sufferer and the best "help" I've been able to get from the medical community is "Oh well, some women are just prone to it". YAY! Coming from a male doctor. Ie. "Just deal with it". If you suffer this problem you will know what I mean when I say it can make you beside yourself, on an emotional level, when you can't stop it, get rid of it or even enjoy eating any of the foods you like. And the discomfort of being incredibly itchy ALL the time! Anyway that's a post for the "candida" part of this website. :-) Suffice it to say ACV keeps things in my digestive tract fairly under control, even when I eat known "aggravators".

So I started having 2 Tbsp with about a level tsp of bicarb each morning and evening (for thrush at that stage). I have been back on the pill for a month and a half AND I've been eating all the wrong foods (ie. Pasta, bread, some snacks, pastries and sugary treats at the movies) and my weight remains the same. I'm very surprised. I've found I have a lot more freedom in what I can eat without suffering weight-gain or side effects of digestive complaints. I've also started using it on my face as a toner at night after I cleanse - it was the only thing that helped clear up the massive acne outbreak I had when I went off the pill. I use it straight and apply with a cotton pad, then rinse off after about 20 seconds. Stings a bit but you know it's working!

I can't say enough good things about ACV!

Replied by Bobbyg
Boonville, Missouri

Always make sure the baking soda is aluminum free, otherwise you might end up with complications from high doses of aluminum. Very toxic. We have Bob's Red Mill Aluminum free baking soda here.

Replied by Pup2pup

Misconception - baking soda never contains aluminum, but some baking powders do, so always buy the aluminum-free baking powder for your cooking. And don't worry about the baking soda.

Posted by Juliette (Durban, Kwazulu-natal, South Africa) on 08/18/2009

Hi Earth Clinic,

I stumbled across your site afew weeks ago and thank you for an absolute treasure trove of info and remedies. I've been taking acv for about a week now, but am confused about combining it with baking soda. Do you mean bicarbonate of soda or baking powder? And what amount can be safely used?

Thanks again for a fantastic site.
KZN, South Africa

EC: It's commonly called Sodium Bicarbonate outside the USA. Please see the Baking Soda cures page for more info.. Also, the Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda cures page.