Side Effects from Common Home Remedies

| Modified on Jul 08, 2024
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Posted by GetEmTiger (Spokane) on 04/08/2023 1 posts

Hello, I have been trying to learn all about natural remedies and break away from modern medicine (im tired of being tired and getting no help). I was scrolling tiktok, of course lol, and I had seen someone talk about not mixing herbs unless you know it is safe.. is this true? if it is, is there a recommended site or book that I can look into that will have lists of what not to mix while taking certain ones? I had bought Milk Thistle to help with my fatty liver, but wasn't sure if I can mix it with Beet root, Cinnamon, Turmeric, and papaya enzyme.

Vanadium Sulfate
Posted by Ron (USA) on 12/13/2022 27 posts

Edited 7/19/24 at 5:01 am
I know this is old; but for anyone reading this: Ted did NOT recommend taking 200 grams of sodium vanadate. nor did he recommend taking it DAILY.

see here:

He simply outlines taking 200mg (MILLIGRAMS, NOT GRAMS) of vanadium compound ONCE in a liter of drinking water, drank throughout the day, but it's dissolved with a capful of 3% peroxide added to the water first & shaken- and it has a lingering effect, keeping blood sugar balanced.

If I had poisoned myself with vanadium, I would immediately take some liposomal EDTA I got from my MD/ND according to the label (1/2 tsp under tongue for 30 sec on empty stomach, swallowed, no food for 10 minutes, replenish zinc with supplements later.

OR I would take a tablespoon of activated charcoal stirred in a whole cup of water with magnesium added (10-20mg actual magnesium).

OR I would take 2 crystals of sodium thiosulfate dissolved in a cup of water.

These are my emergency acute heavy metal poison remedies.

(7/18/24 EDIT: I had previously used bentonite clay for carrying toxins out of the digestive tract / self treating mild heavy metal poisoning and said so in this post; however it has caused myself and another party to have kidney trouble and constipation after just 1 tsp . I will never use clay internally again. I've read similar stories online.)

Long term poisonings are treated more gently with cilantro and spirulina / chlorella taken daily at 1/4 tsp each 3 times a day

Be more responsible with how you treat your body, and READ posts very CAREFULLY.

Sorry for your issues, but I will not see anyone spreading misinformation about Ted on my watch.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Anne Andrews (Kent Oh) on 04/05/2018

I believe, (from reading a brochure at a hospital lab years ago) that you should consume varied foods so that your urine alternates between alkaline and acid for best health and prevention of stones. I also think (from reading a Reader's Digest or Prevention book) that vinegar and acidic foods help slow the metabolismn of starches and sugars to prevent high glucose blood levels and therefore prevent glucose lows due to insulin release and therefore aid in reducing hunger and avoiding weight gain. So I have my pickle if I have a bun with my hamburger to avoid being hungry later.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Orion (Columbia, Mo) on 07/29/2017

I just began taking baking soda and lemon juice (I also take ACV separately), before finding this site.

However I took way too much apparently (about 2 TB of each with a lot of water), and experienced the same severe diarrhea as you described. Which is odd since supposedly it's supposed to prevent that.

I'm guessing the reaction is that strong because it's destroying so much bad bacteria/fungi that the body reacts by flushing it out.

Lemon Bicarbonate
Posted by Laura (Geneva, Oh) on 07/24/2017

I also had a "caffeinated" reaction to the lemon juice and baking soda. I can't handle any amount of caffeine at all, my heart acts up and I feel a horrible sense of dread. My heart was "heavy" feeling and I felt panicky and apprehensive. My husband asked if I had ingested caffeine. I said no, but then realized that last night after taking the lemon juice and baking soda, I couldn't sleep for hours. This makes me sad because it made the pain in my leg, from what Im thinking is another DVT forming, go away in two hours.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Terri (Moses Lake, Wa.) on 06/12/2017

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda for balancing PH levels and help with metabolic rate for weight:

Hello...I was so excited to try this tincture of Apple Cider Vinegar ( pure/unfiltered with mother) and Baking soda. I took 2X - daily for 3 days and then felt I should stop until I had a consultation with my Doctor. I found that during the 3 days...I was extremely lethargic, and had a lot of trouble getting a deep breath, especially during any activity or sleeping hours.

I couldn't put my finger on what was causing such an extreme difference in my physical and emotional activity until I remembered that the only difference in my daily routine was the tincture. So I asked Google to search for possible side effects of taking the tincture of Vinegar and baking soda. I found several of which is Metabolic Alkalosis. I am not sure if this is what I experienced... but have arranged for a consultation with my Doctor in a few days. I also take a low dose blood pressure pill and a diuretic.

Just thought ... you may want to consult your Doctor .. before trying this tincture. I am Female age 66. Thank You for letting me post this message.

Raw Greens
Posted by Niveen (Canada) on 07/13/2016

I had the same experience exactly. It went away after a couple of years avoiding letus n leafy greens. Avoid letus for a year then try to intreduce greens very slowly and don't worry, ot will go away. Im sorry for the pain. I know how bad it is.

Lemon Bicarbonate
Posted by Babs (Tarpon Springs, Florida) on 10/20/2015

Hello all. Yesterday I juiced a half lemon and added a small spoonful of Baking Soda to my filtered water. Started sipping it while doing other things. Noticed I started to feel agitated and hyper. Almost a jumpy feeling. Felt like I had Caffeine in me.

My daughter commented that I needed to calm down and I realized it was the drink. I had only consumed a small amount from the glass.

I was diagnosed with Mild Mitral and Tricuspid Regurgitation last year. I cannot consume any caffeine due to this. Has anyone had this happen to them or any advice regarding this? I am ok with ACV as I add it to my water sometimes or my smoothies with no problem. I will never again drink Baking Soda.

Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Mama to Many (Tennessee) on 03/30/2015

Dear Salut,

I don't think the wine and the iron would have caused the issue. Both wine and Blackstrap molasses can help the bowel to get moving; maybe it was too much of a good thing?

I suppose I would just avoid having both when you know you will be out. Perhaps have both when you will be home for sure and see if the combination causes the same response.

And you could cut back a bit on the Blackstap; one Tablespoon is plenty for most people. (And I suppose, if you aren't measuring you maybe getting more than 2 Tablespoons?) I

I hope you figure it out!

~Mama to Many~

Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Salut (Los Angeles, California) on 03/28/2015

I have been taking Unsulphured BSM in the last 2 weeks. Not keeping track of how much. May be more than 2 tbspoons per day. Something truly awful happened to me: I have a fecal incontinence while at a restaurant having a glass of wine (or 2). I did not really feel the urge to go to the bathroom. It happened and it shocked me and embarrassed me to death. Thank God no one noticed. My question is: would BSM and the iron in it have triggered something when combined with wine? I would also appreciate any advice. I am 61 and in a (very) good physical health. Please share your experience if this happened to anyone. Thank you very much and thank God for this site where I can ask such a question.

Posted by Timh (KY) on 03/08/2015 2063 posts

J: Just a few tips.

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

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

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

Posted by Jon (Australia) on 03/08/2015

Take MOLYBDENUM with MSM to stop adverse reactions to the MSM...

Molybdenum helps to metabolize sulfur (MSM).

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

Molybdenum with sulphur food (like MSM)

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

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

MSM helps the body to utalize minerals.

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

Posted by Sara (Sacramento, Ca) on 12/14/2012

A warm Hello to Everyone! I am a full time student and heard so many good things about the benefit of Schizandra berry such as mental clarity, mental focus, sharpness and alertness. I bought it from a local Chinese store in my town and started taking it. Here is the funny parts: When I make a tea out of Schizendra berry and drink, I feel tired and need to go to sleep right away. If I take this berry at night, I can 13 or 14 hours of sleep. I wonder how people can take this instead of coffee in the morning. Thank, Sara

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Linda (Lauzerte, France) on 11/30/2012

I've been taking FGHP for a little while now and have not had the results I would have like yet - but I have had an odd side effect.

I'm retired and normally go to bed about 11. 30, and wake about 8. 30. But now I wake at some ridiculous time, 5 or 6 am and today it was 4 am. I won't get out of bed then - particularly when it's cold and dark out - and so find I doze a little and am then up at 7. 30 or so. I have always needed my 8-9 hours a night but bizarrely, I am not feeling overly tired whereas before if I lost some sleep, I was washed out and fit for nothing.

Has anyone else had this? I've not noticed too much extra energy and my lungs are not clearing yet but I just find this odd.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Blackstrap Mollases, Arginine
Posted by Puppounder (Massillon, Ohio, Usa) on 11/27/2012


I recently started using blackstrap mollases-acv and arginine for erectile dysfunction. Its been effective but have not been sleeping at all after taking these for about three weeks. Does anybody have any idea what may be the culprit. I hate to stop them all. Any input will be appreciated. God bless.

Posted by Wayfinder (Modesto, Ca/ Usa) on 10/23/2012

Here is an old Earth Clinic post, apparently, from an article written elsewhere!! To read it in full, check the Boron link that I posted yesterday.

"One forum contributor suffered with Fibromyalgia/Rosacea, chronic fatigue and TMJ for over 10 years which she believed were caused by fluoride. She used 1/8 tsp of borax and 1/8 tsp of sea salt in a litre of de-chlorinated water, and drank this for 5 days each week. Within two weeks her face cleared, the redness faded, body temperature normalized, energy level increased, and she steadily lost excess weight. The only side-effect was an initial aggravation of her Rosacea symptoms." --T.

Posted by Tina (Houston, Usa) on 10/22/2012

Also for insomnia, rubbing few drops of good quality 'blue chamomile' essential oil on your front and back solar plexus chakras, front and back navel chakras and at the bottom of your feet (middle area) helps fall asleep effortlessly and stay asleep through the night.

It is advisable for overall health to use therapeutic grade essential oils (NOT food grade).

Additionally, a product called Min-Tran (All natural food ingredients) made by Standard Process in the US (and found on amazon. Com) is a great way to balance the sympathetic and para-sympathetic nervous system which aids in falling asleep. Unlike prescription sleep meds which badly affect the brain and in some cases damage the brain, Min-Tran does not effect the brain but works to calm down the nervous system.

Good luck, Tina

Posted by Juliette (Reston, Va) on 10/22/2012

Hello! Ive struggled with insomnia and tmj in the past. I had to just experiment with different things to find what really worked. and sometimes something would stop working and id have to find something else.

1. have you tried magnesium? it comes in a powder version called natural calm that really works but any powder one that you put with hot water could knock out the tmj AND the insomnia.

2. if your up at night worrying try 5htp at night and GABA. Really helped me out.. this might help your jaw as well since in my experience mental stress really worsens my tmj and insomnia.

3. guided meditations centered on healing and the loving presence of the universe. this could help get to the root of the problem:)

4. Try taking B complex for stress management as well I felt an almost immediate difference.

5. Acupressure could be cool to look into as well. Ive had some interesting results with it!! Works immediately!

Ive found that the more I would stress about my insomnia or my tmj the worse it would get. A little acceptance can go a long way! Good luck! Email me if you have any questions!!

Posted by Jennifer (Edmundston, New Brunswick) on 10/19/2012

Hi, I'm 27 years old and suffer from chronic insomnia and severe TMJ. I recently stumbled upon this site in my desperate search for relief. I haven't had any success with medication and devices/appliances for either condition. I have had chronic insomnia for the 9 or more years. I've tried about 7 or so different medications, but nothing seems to work. Concerning the TMJ, it has roughly the same timeframe. It started out with tension in my jaw and popping in my ears, but in the last 14 months my jaw has started locking closed by the time I woke up in the morning. The first time this happened it unlocked on its own about 6 hours after waking. The second time it locked and stayed locked for 4 months without unlocking at all. My dentist and various other appliances, TENS treatments and anti-inflammatories were unable to help. Out of everything it was the TENS sessions that gave the most relief, but only temporarily. It has since unlocked, but I continue to wake every morning with my jaw locked for the first hour after waking. I wear a custom splint, made to mimic my jaw in its most relaxed position after TENSing (a 1,200$ piece of acrylic) and I take 20 mg of flexeril every night before bed. I believe that both the insomnia and the tmj are related and both heavily affected by stress. I recently stopped all of my sleeping medications and started taking baking soda in water 3 times a day along with niacinamide at bed time and transdermal magnesium therapy in the form of "oil". The problem is that I feel worse than ever. I am sleeping better(ish) but my jaw, face, neck, shoulders and temples are throbbing. My head is pounding and I feel dizzy and flu like. It's been for the last 4 days about the day after I started these alternative treatments. Is this a normal response? Perhaps Herxheimer Reaction or something. Should I push forward or is this something that I should bring to the attention of my doctor. Any insight would be appreciated. Ted please if you have any input it would be appreciated. Thanks and sorry for the long unorganized rant.

Raw Greens
Posted by Smiler7700 (Southcentral Nh, Nh, United States) on 10/17/2012

Hello, I did not see your replies until now, a year later! Thank you so much. I will diligently wash any raw greens, and will only order cooked vegetables from restaurants. I will also look into those supplements & enzymes mentioned in your replies. I recently found out that I have lymphocytic colitis - it came about after a biopsy from a colonoscopy. The good news was... No polyps! So colitis might explain some of it. But thank you.

Sea Salt
Posted by Meredith (Dubbo, Nsw Australia) on 10/05/2012

Can anyone explain why using sea salt as a mouth rinse has totally stripped my gums away. Where there was no issue before now I have some major gum recession going on, its not painful, just unsightly and a great concern. I'm stocking up on Vitamin C and eating well, but I'm nervous my only choice will be surgery. Any ideas?

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Amanda (Dublin) on 09/07/2012

Hello all, I have just begun Teds recipe for ACV and BS for rosacea. I feel nauseated for a while after drinking. Is this normal? Thank you, Amanda

Hyaluronic Acid
Posted by Goji (London, Uk) on 08/29/2012

Hi, Just recently I've been taking Hyaluronic Acid powder according to Ted's recipe to help with arthritis in my right knee, and have suffered some adverse reaction. I was wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience. Goji

Posted by Huey (Raleigh, Nc) on 08/28/2012

Just curious, are you taking a pharmaceutical grade of magnesium or something you bought from a "big box" department store? I've noticed some inferior grades of supplements use fillers (like sawdust). You might inquire about a quality offering at your local health store (local not big box like VValgr&&ns or WrongAide). I started out using a brand at one time available only to healthcare practitioners.

Posted by Charlotte (Simpsonville, Sc) on 08/27/2012


It has taken forever to come to learn that taking magnesium, regardless of what form, be it glycinate, gluconate, oxide, taurinate, etc. etc. will cause my mouth to burn and my tongue to swell. When I discontinue it, it takes a few days but it stops. It took me years to make this connection. Ted, could you possibly explain this? I would love to learn more about why this happens. For the record, I test high aldosterone/renin ratio and my bicarb is always significantly higher than chloride, though within normal range on tests. My understanding is aldo increases uptake of salt and calcium, my guess which stems from the aldo. Thought I would share the magnesium information as it pertains to me. I wish I would have read a review that would have got me to stop taking magnesium 5 years ago. Taking minerals without the whole group, ie a multi vitamin increases it potential for me also. Hope this helps someone clue in on the magnesium if they are regular uses for constipation, etc. Because that was why I started using it. I must say that I had debilitating menstral migraines and the magnesium stopped those, so double edge sword for me.

Hyaluronic Acid
Posted by Beryl (London, Uk) on 08/23/2012

Hi, I've suffered with a faulty digestive system for several years, and have had pockets of trapped flatulence which have been so bad that they have caused me to feel very dizzy and upset my balance. However, about five weeks ago I embarked on an alkaline diet, and virtually all my digestive problems disappeared. I do, however, suffer with osteoarthritis in my right knee and pain in my spine, so sent off to Purebulk for the hyaluronic acid powder to try Ted's recipe. This was a week ago. Even after the first dose it seemed to upset my stomach slightly. The rumblings were back, but I carried on with it. Yesterday morning, the flatulence and trapped wind were back with a vengeance, and if I hadn't been standing close to a worktop I would have fallen over. Is hyaluronic acid acidic? Could this be the reason why the digestive problems have returned?

Love to hear your views. Beryl

Vanadium Sulfate
Posted by Jdparkusa (Santa Clara, California) on 08/16/2012

Gymnema has tendency to raise blood pressure, So those with HBP should take caution. JdparkUSA

Cream of Tartar
Posted by Ana (Anon) on 08/15/2012

I was able to find some info on cream of tartar side effects. I was reading an old Ted post that said autistic and people high in candida already have high levels of tartaric acid and this can cause side effects. He recommended other forms of potassium. He said something about malic acid (apple cider vinegar) can be a kind of antidote to the side effects. Those high in tartaric may be low in malates.

I also read him in an old post of his that some people who are high in nitrates might have trouble taking higher doses of potassium. Ted said to stop eating processed meats, like processed meats (delimeats, hotdogs, etc) and that magnesium chloride or hydrochloric acid supplements may help.

I saw high nitrates in animals they treated them with intravenous injections of methylene blue

Cream of Tartar
Posted by Ana (Anonymous) on 08/15/2012

I had a non-healing boil and started taking 1/4 tsp of powdered turmeric in a glass of water a couple of times a day for a couple of days. I have taken turmeric in the past without a problem. Today I tried cream of tartar instead (same dosing). After the second dose, eight hours apart, my stomach grumbled and I had bad racing heart, anxiety, and had runny stools. I think it was the cream of tartar and I was surprised because I didn't think it had much side effects (but I know things can affect people differently). I heard it is an "acid salt" and wonder if it is because I am a little sodium sensitive. The racing heart happens if I take baking soda alone too but is fine if I take it with apple cider vinegar or lemon/lime juice, maybe because the natural potassium balances the salt out? Anyways high anxiety is an uncomfortable feeling.

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Timh (Louisville, Ky) on 08/04/2012 2063 posts

Rosemary, the H2O2 could be killing pathogens in big numbers causing what's called "dieoff". Or the H2O2 could be reacting w/ an heavy metal or aldehyde of which it cannot properly detox causing a cascade of harmful free radicals. Stop the H2O2 and take 4 caps Activated Charcoal or Bentonite Clay before retiring for 7 days, then try the H2O2 again. Vit-C w/ Bioflavonoids during the day would also help. It is also important that your body is properly alkalized for the H2O2 to function properly. Much info on alkalizing and "dieoff" or "herx" here on E.C.

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 08/03/2012

Rosemary, lower your dosage or do the inhalation method instead.

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Rosemary (Katy, Tx) on 08/02/2012

Just started using H202 and have been having headaches. Any suggestions on how to relieve them?

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Sheila (San Diego, Ca) on 07/16/2012

Could your wife's body have an acidic pH level? H2O2 measures as an acid and I wondered if maybe the H2O2 sent her 'over the edge' with acidity. Imbalancing her, thus a reaction. It's a consideration that might be worth looking into: acidosis. The body's blood pH is important, and sometimes overlooked.

Co Q10
Posted by Timh (Louisville, Ky, USA) on 07/01/2012 2063 posts

"up all night urinating" sounds like a prayer come true for heart & hypertension issues, because the kidneys take the brunt of sodium & water retention. This looks like the detox power of CoQ10 or what is commonly referred to as "healing crisis". If one is over the age of 50, it is advised to switch from CoQ10 to Ubiquinol (that active form of CoQ10). Also, Ubiquinol should be combined w/ Selenium and Vit-E (mixed tocopherols). The amino acid Taurine is recommended for heart disease and hypertension so is definately worth consideration. L-Carnitine will help lower cholesterol and strengthen the heart muscle. Trace minerals will help the dehydration issue, among other benefits.