Side Effects from Common Home Remedies

| Modified on Aug 23, 2023
Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Laurie (Delta, Colorado) on 09/28/2007

I've read lots of people saying they've lost weight using ACV and baking soda. I've been using this formula for 3 weeks now and I've gained 3.5 pounds.Why would this be happening?I thought ACV was supposed to put you in alkaline range which I am. Could I be to alkaline?I test my saliva and urine every other day. I haven't changed my eating habits.I feel very bloated. any one experiencing this.

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Posted by Mama to Many (Tennessee) on 04/10/2023

Dear GetEmTiger,

Herbs can work together (synergistically) so yes, it stands to reason that some don't work well together. For example, some herbs are energizing and are best not taken at bedtime. And chamomile and hops are calming and I tend to take them in the evening if I am using them.

If you mix bleach and ammonia you get a poisonous gas. But those are chemicals, not herbs. I don't know of any common herbs that would have such a dramatic effect.

Single herbs can have their dangers. Some are blood thinners, which can be contraindicated for some people. Others shouldn't be taken in pregnancy as they can cause miscarriage. So it is always wise to get to know the herbs you are using. A favorite starter herb book for me is, "Ten Essential Herbs, " by Lalitha Thomas. I still reference it.

"Medical Herbalism, " by David Hoffman is a great herb resource, but it can be pretty overwhelming.

My own herb knowledge has come from using different herbs over the years and studying them one at a time.

I don't know of any contraindication of the herbs you mention, but if you are concerned, you could take them at different times of the day.

~Mama to Many~

Vanadium Sulfate
Posted by Ron (USA) on 12/13/2022 19 posts

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 bentonite clay stirred in a whole cup of water.

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

These are my emergency acute heavy metal poison remedies.

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 tracey (chiefland, florida) on 04/24/2008

I started the acv w/water by itself after reading from the side effects page that acv and baking soda had caused someone bv. After a few day I decided if I used just a small pinch (just to neutralize the acv a tad) surley wouldn't cause any side effects. So after the fifth or sixth day I didn't get bv but ended up with a uti. Was wondering if this is from the bs or the acv or the combo. I would like to continue the acv for all the other benefits it gives. Lemons have become expensive so I'd prefer a different way to take the acv. Is it necessary to take with the water, I'd almost prefer to take alone off the spoon. I took the generic 100mg for Macobid for the uti but after 4 days of 2 pills a day, that was all I could handle (made me sick all day and night) so I swiched to the sea salt (all we have here is Morton). I did it last night and am continuing today. I think its helping but its hard to say for sure. Any ideas on both the acv and the uti inquiries above?

Co Q10
Posted by Christine (Nottingham, England) on 06/30/2012

My husband has many heart heath issues icluding high blood pressure. Very high cholesterol and an irregular heart beat. He cannot take statins. We also know the dangers of these drugs. I started him on 150 mg of Q10. He was up all night urinating. He also had a bad headache from dehydration. I lowered the dose to 30 mg. I have tried to increase the dose to 60mg but he gets the same problems. Can anyone shed any light as to why this should be. Many thanks Christine

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Tanya (Tasmania, Australia) on 10/18/2011

Was wondering if anyone suffered vomiting from taking the ACV as well as the Bicarb soda? As I took both this morning and vomited I took them at two different times. Was wondering if it is normal as part of cleansing my bloated stomach. Many thanks.

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, Honey
Posted by Misha (Binghamton, New York) on 01/11/2012

Since taking ACV 2x a day 2tsp in 6oz of water and 1tsp of honey, I have been experiencing chest tightness, sneezing and constant runny nose. I do not think this is a healing crisis, but an adverse reaction to the honey. I started this regimen about 2 weeks ago but will stop adding the honey to the mixture and see how that goes.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Elaine (Chicago, IL) on 01/06/2009


I added Baking Soda to my ACV treatment and had many of the side effects others mention on this site. Baking Soda lowers Vitamin C levels and this can lead to symptoms of scurvy. I had to do a lot of research to find this out. I woke up with a purple spot/bruise on my leg and that convinced me, as I had not bumped into anything to bruise myself. The purple bruise looking spot is a sign of scurvy. Luckily, it was recommened to me to take Vitamin C for Constipation. I was sooo sick (my asthma was out of control) last night and the night before. I did not know that Vitamin C actually helps Astmatics.

I took 6 mgs of Vitamin C last night in error. I picked up the wrong size of measuring spoon!!..luckily! I had been up the prior two nights coughing up mucus, but last night I slept through the night. I couldn't figure it out since I needed to take bendryl the other nights just to not choke on the mucus. It appears that the 6 mg of Vitamin C did it's job to replenish my Vitamin C and to help with my asthma.

I woke up with the usual morning junk to cough up and spit out. I took 1000 mg of vitamin C and it stopped this problem dead in it's tracks. People need to read about what vitamin C does, especially for people with Asthma and food allergies. Also, the baking soda should NOT be recommended on this site.

It depletes the Vitamin C. If someone is already low in Vitamin C it can cause Survy Symptoms as it did in me.

I love this site, but I think promoting Baking Soda that depletes Vitamin C is wrong. Also, I love Apple Cider Vinegar and it is promoted here as the top natural relief, but I never hear any talk of vitamin C. It works wonders for Asthma, Hay fever and a load of Respiratory illnesses and other illnesses.

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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.

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.

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~

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

Co Q10
Posted by Timh (Louisville, Ky, USA) on 07/01/2012 2073 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.

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Rhandi (Wichita, Kansas, Usa) on 07/17/2011

UPDATE: Doing much better using the baking soda. Also, started eating more fiber which has helped tremendously! Up to 15 drops food grade 12% HP 1x daily and 27 drops 2x daily. Slowly working my way up. My mental clarity and energy are through the roof--no more Fibro Fog! Fibromyalgia pain almost completely gone!!

Posted by Catherine (Wellington, New Zealand) on 07/12/2011

Check your B Vitamins.. Grey hair can be brought on by stress which depletes B viamins. Poor intestinal health and incomplete nutrient absorption all contribute to hair health. You could try a course of unsulphured Black Strap Molasses as it is a better balanced and natural selection of minerals for hair. Many people have success with this. Have a look at the testimonies here on Earth Clinic for Black Strap Molasses. I wouldn't embark on single mineral supplementation without a good deal of research. Best of luck

Vanadium Sulfate
Posted by Anita1 (Central, Usa) on 11/20/2011

To Joyce from Dallas, Tx - if you want to lower your blood sugar - there are several natural ways you can do this without getting too much and hurting yourself. One way is cinnamon. They sell tablets of 1000 mg. now and you can take one with each meal to lower your blood sugar. I would not take more than that unless you were eating a large amount of carbs.

The second way is to use an herb called gymnemma. It is a great herb in that it helps restore your pancreas. You can also take two to three a day safely.

The Last way you can lower your sugar naturally - besides exercise - is to eat a low carb - moderate protein diet.

BUT - the CAUTION is: Don't Over-do on the supplements. (You'll make yourself sicker) ~ AND - IF you are using Insulin - you Must keep tabs on your blood sugar - because these supplements will really bring your sugar DOWN pretty rapidly.

As for what you have now - you can drink hot lemonade two to three times a day for a couple of days and see if it will re-balance your body. It ususally works to clear you of anything that is upsetting your body. Do Not use Honey to sweeten it as it might cause you diarrhea. Good luck!

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Daniel (Chicago, Il) on 01/29/2011

I tried the ACV/baking soda remedy but had to stop because it was giving me diarrhea. Is there anything I could take in conjunction with this that would counter-balance this side effect?

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Golditoo (Rockport, Mass., Usa) on 08/25/2009

I have posted on this subject before and am eager to hear from others who have encountered this situation: Since I have been taking apple cider vinegar (and 1/4 tsp baking soda), I have been having a great problem with insomnia, of the restless leg variety. Could it be that the increased metabolism is affecting my thyroid meds? I have had hypothyroidism for decades. This is a very troubling problem. I find myself at 4 a.m. taking sleeping pills just to SLEEP! Should I cut my thyroid meds in half?

I would appreciate any comments from those who have experienced this.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 03/01/2009 388 posts

Dear Bibi:

A lupus issue with kidney problems and diabetes on top of that, along with high blood pressure isn't toxin's being removed too much. Kidneys needs a balance of sodium to potassium ratio and the pH must be monitored. The problem therefore appears not to be the kidney's detox effect, I rarely encounter that, but that the kidneys simply isn't functioning efficiently from high blood sugar, low potassium, magnesium and vitamin B complex. The kidneys need nutrients too. The other issue is if the blood pressure did go up after taking apple cider vinegar with baking soda. Some modification may require to reduce this pressure and instead 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1/4 teaspoon of potassium citrate (or potassium bicarbonate) in 1/2 glass of water should quickly aleviate it. The consistency of baking soda or the use of baking soda and apple cider vinegar in the use against lupus, isn't so consistent without the use of borax remedy in addition. In fact diabetes and low potassium goes hand in hand. As a result the need to control blood sugar and the taking of potassium is a required remedy for those with a diabetic lupus condition.

It should be noted that kidney is especially sensitive to low potassium, while it is true that a baking soda won't lower a potassium level, a presently low potassium and high blood sugar wouldn't allow the remedy to work either.

In which case, if there is a problem, the standard remedy for lupus is not being used, which is why there is problem. A standard lupus remedy (without a diabetic condition) (the very basic) requires at least 1/2 teaspoon in 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day, plus 1/4 teaspoon (for most men anyway) of borax dissolved in one liter of drinking water. The addition of diabetes condition requires the addition of both potassium, chromium, magnesium and lecithin. The riding of toxins we tend to think of is kidney. However, kidney is just only part of the mechanism of removal, however the bulk removal is done through a 20 plus foot long intestines. So if intestines isn't functioning, causing constipation, it will cause undue pressure to the kidney to work hard, causing kidney overload. Therefore the addition of 1/8 or 1/4 teaspoon of potassium citrate (technical name tripotassium citrate) or potassium bicarbonate to the baking soda, would reduce both the kidney overload and the constipation of the intestines. The lupus is also supersensitive to accidity as well as steaks and meats, that has to be reduced by a large margin. The lecithin 1 tablespoon before meal is required to clear the liver of congestion, which is common for people with lupus and a liver congestion can create a condition of high blood pressure. As to how an apple cider vinegar would have cause a high blood pressure. That comes from the fact that the body is sensitive to acidic pH, even a slight acidity would create problems for a lupus and diabetes, and hence apple cider vinegar is not the remedy I used for lupus as a result. So simply a basic lupus remedy would do, but if diabetes is present here is the following remedy in addition to the basic remedy:

1. 1 tablespoon of granulated lecithin before meals
2. 1500 mcg of Chromium (most chromium works)
3. 1/8 or 1/4 teaspoon of potassium bicarbonate or tirpotassium citrate twice a day dissolved along with 1/2 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate. Potassium is a required one for diabetes, and high blood pressure.
4. 500 mg of magnesium citrate (or magnesium chloride)
5. Vitamin B complex, in form of B50 at least once or twice a week.

It should be noted that the above is for diabetes and blood pressure issues, which goes hand in hand to the kidney's health. No apple cider vinegar should generally be used at least for the first 3 or 4 weeks is my own observations for many people. This is because some people will have low bicarbonates to begin with and it needs at least 2 weeks to replenish the bicarbonate before starting on with any ACV with baking soda.

I have also further modified the lupus remedy to work better, one of the newer remedy that needs adding is the bloodroot tincture. However, the bloodroot tincture I prefer, I do not like the use of any methanol alcohol, where the common names listed is "grain alcohol". The safest alcohol is an ethyl alcohol or ethanol, which is the same alcohol found in vodka, beer in general. A conservative dose that's needed for a bloodroot to digest the pathogens responsible for the lupus is 3 or 4 drops taken at 3 or 4 times a day in 1/2 glass of water. It can be mixed, in a baking soda and potassium mixture, so that these don't have to be too inconvenient when taken separately.

Whichever the case the bare minimum for a lupus (with a diabetes) remedy are baking soda, borax and potassium WITHOUT the use of apple cider vinegar. Watch what you eat, as this is often the cause to a high blood pressure, such as aspartame, meats, fried food, common table salt (using sea salt is a better substitute). A kidney pain would generally be reduced for this condition if apple cider vinegar are removed, and potassium is added, almost immediately in most cases, assuming the body is already low in potassium electrolytes to begin with.


P.S. A colloidal silver may help certain lupus and the dose is about 1 teaspoon 4 times a day.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Sue (Choctaw, Oklahoma) on 05/31/2008

To all, I have use ACV for several months now and have been able to go off all blood pressure medication. I started to use ACV for Gerd (Acid reflex) blood pressure was 150/90 down to 112/60 in two months. Started to use baking soda in ACV and started to have several joint and leg pain. Stopped baking soda, leg pain is better. Forget baking soda - it will cause joint pain in some people so be very careful of it.

ACV will also cause anxiety in some people if used to often. Changes the PH of the body. I have to be careful not to do over one to two teaspoons at a time. Has anyone taken the tablets and do they work ? I also am a R.N. for 22 years and so sick of medication that D.R. put out like candy always looking for alter cures for problem. Most medication is short time cure to more medication.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Danelle (Rohnert Park, California) on 03/29/2008

I tried ACV in water with baking soda and it completely messed up my stomach. I had bad pains for about a week mixed with a bad case of diarhea for about 12 hours. I was taking it for a bladder infection and it did not cure it. (however, it did go away over time). It is also a horrible taste that is very hard for me to get down. I want to try it again but I am nervous that what happened before will happen again. Any help?

Bath Remedies That Shouldn't Be Mixed Together
Posted by Stella (Cleveland, Ohio) on 03/28/2008

Hi, there is a lot of information on this site of what combinations of ingredients work well together, however I don't see too much about what ingredients should Never be mixed together. A year or so back when my fibromyalgia had hit high gear I was plagued with symptoms of MCS as well as skin irritations, nothing I tried seemed to work. I did some research on the web and read about healing baths so I thought I would give it a try. I followed the recipe that I found but also decided to add my own things to it, by the time I was done I had everything in there but the kitchen sink. ( I was never a savvy chemist) ingredients of H202, ACV, Sea Salt, Epsom Salt, Baking Soda, Tea tree, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Vit. E All mixed together. The entire 30 minutes in the tub I had intense anxiety and when I got out I had a migraine from hell that lasted into the next day, I was also so lightheaded that I thought I might faint I figured my body was detoxifying but I am now wondering if all of these ingredients together caused a negative chemical reaction. I must say though, a few days later my fatigue and other issues improved & I felt better then I had in months. I still do take my Healing Baths and find much improvement though I use less ingredients. I am still not sure if my combinations are correct. I was wondering if you would consider having a page for Ingredients that should never be mixed together in a bath or otherwise. Thank You.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) 388 posts

Dear Betty: The hypertension may have come from the black strap molasses and possibly vinegar. The baking soda should be 1/2 teaspoon in 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day and avoid dinner or eat a very early dinner, e.g. 3 p.m. The major control of the body's blood pressure is actually controlled by sodium nitrite. But sodium nitrite degrades relatively quickly to make it use in lowering blood pressure if the body is acidic. That is because sodium nitrite quickly degrades to nitric oxide which defeats its purpose in toward its intended target in reduction of constricted vessels before it reaches its destination.

'Therefore, I would take sufficient get urinary pH to near 7, and at least for now avoid vinegar, black strap molasses, NO FRUIT JUICES, no french fries, no fried foods, snacks, corn syrup, and no dinner if the blood pressure is too high. Once the critical phases is over, only light dinners free from any vegetable oils or using coconut oil as substitute are actually a lot safer. Time and time again, common table salt caused high blood pressure while a sea salt does the opposite, due to the reason that sea salt pH is about 8 while a common table salt pH is quite acid at 5. Again, avoid sugar and salt added together when preparing any meals, especially common table salt. Avoid all canned foods and packaged food when eating, as it is high in psuedoestrogen contaminants and just prepare foods the old fashioned way.

If fear of too much sodium (I experience don't seem to indicate sodium, it is the chlorine!) then just add potassium. Chlorinated water, fluoriated water, and even sulfites found in dried fruits can lead to high blood pressure within hours, while french fries and potato chips and even popcorn in some cases can raise blood pressure even faster. I don't know why no one bother to mention this, it has problem occurs all the time with friends and family I know.

Lecithin can help, at lest reduce the free fatty acids, such as one tablespoon of granulated lecithin eaten along with foods a day.

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.

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.