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Maria (Sydney, Australia) on 02/15/2013

Hi Ted, and anyone else out there, thanks again for sharing all your wonderful experiences and knowledge!

I wanted to know if borax at the 1/8 teaspoon in 1 lt of water taken 3 to 4 days a week over three weeks is too much for an elderly person?

My mum is 87 yrs suffering from chronic arthritis and pneumonia, last year we thought we would lose her at the hands of the hospital due to the excessive amounts of drugs. I would like to try it with her before winter returns.

The reason I ask is I know it's highly alkaline and Dr Sircus mentions in his book for Bicarb therapies not to take more than 3 x 1/2 teaspoon bicarb per day if over 60. ( I assumed it was due to the alkalinity) and wondered if it's the same with Borax.

Many thanks.


Replied By Claudine (New York, Ny) on 02/15/2013

Hi Maria, I personally would be careful with that amount of borax for someone your mother's age. If she starts to detox from heavy metals too rapidly, it might cause her to weaken considerably. How about considering the homeopathic dosage of borax instead of the powder?
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Replied By Sandra (Sydney, Australia ) on 02/18/2013

Maria, I don't think I would be giving my 87 year old mother borax. I would keep to foods.

Apple Cider vinegar (1-2 tablespoons in a big glass of water) and lemon juice every morning in warm water are both good for arthritis. They both dissolve the calcium deposits around the arthritic joints. If you have ever had a kettle that calcified and cleaned it with vinegar you can see how it dissolves calcified things.

I don't know whether borax is organic or inorganic. If it is inorganic the body cannot utilise it. Apple cider vinegar and lemon juice are organic and have many health benefits apart from being good for arthritis.

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Replied By Dude (Reston, Va) on 03/23/2013 The article details the arthritis dosages, it's only 30 miligrams per day. Way less than 1/4 or 1/8 teaspoon.
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Replied By Badabing! (Cape Town, South Africa) on 05/11/2013

Sandra said "If it is inorganic the body cannot utilise it."

I'm sorry Sandra but that is incorrect. The word "organic" is oft misunderstood and misused. In this context it basically refers to mollecules containing carbon. So table salt (NaCl), for example, is inorganic. You wouldn't wish to have me believe that the body cannot utilise salt, would you? Our bodies would die without a whole host of micronutirents which are all inorganic.

The other definition of "organic" is a descriptor of farming practices (not using artificial pesticides and fertilizers). Though this too is a vastly misuderstood topic it does not apply here.

In brief then: borax is an inorganic compound of sodium, boron and oxygen. When it is ingested the body uses particularly the boron as a vital micronutient as we get enough sodium from other sources.

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Replied By Badabing! (Cape Town, South Africa) on 05/11/2013

Maria said "I wanted to know if borax at the 1/8 teaspoon in 1 lt of water taken 3 to 4 days a week over three weeks is too much for an elderly person?"

Maria, I think that sounds fine. You'll be starting your mum on a very low dose so you can see how she goes. At such a low dosage you are extremely unlikely to get adverse symptoms (as might happen from a too fast heavy-metal chelation or a too fast die-off of candida or other pathogens). Then, as her body acclimatizes you can slowly up the dose. You can comfortably take it up to as much as 1 teaspoon per litre - just don't give her more than a teaspoon of the mixture per day. See how this goes. You can keep her at that level for years with no problems but you can also drop it back down to a lower maintenance dose later.


Dude said "only 30 miligrams per day. Way less than 1/4 or 1/8 teaspoon."

Dude, the recommended dosage is perhaps a 1 teaspoon of borax in a litre of water of which only 1 teaspoon is taken per day. This will deliver about 7mg effective dosage per day which is good for healing most boron-deficiency diseases. Once health is regained then one can go down to about 1/4 teaspoon for a maintenance dose.

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Replied By Debbie (Ca) on 12/15/2016

Thanks for that comment - I was about to respond with the same but you did so very well. There is quite a bit of misunderstanding out there in regards to nutrition - not everyone takes chemistry in college. As a microbiologist I try to offer some information in regards to yeast infection and normalizing gut flora. Much is lost to people of the order generation that did not have the advantage of education our kids have today - basic biology and chemistry principles are now taught at junior high levels. Hopefully they'll have a solid grasp of these kind of things an will be capable of choosing alternative healing practices with understanding and confidence.