Most Popular Arthritis Remedy: Apple Cider Vinegar!
26 Readers have found success using apple cider vinegar to cure arthritis.
Earth Clinic Note: you must take apple cider vinegar daily. It may take two to four weeks to feel the full effects. However, Apple Cider Vinegar ("ACV") relieves pain and gives freedom of movement in most people. This is not a cure - if you stop taking the apple cider vinegar for a few days, you will feel your arthritis symptoms again!
Dosage: 2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar in 8 oz of water, 3x a day. Read our apple cider vinegar main page for more recipes and adding baking soda to get proper pH balance.
Besides drinking ACV, you can also find relief by soaking arthritic joints in hot Apple Cider Vinegar. Use 1/4 cup of ACV to 1.5 cups of hot (but not scalding) water. For areas too large to soak, try soaking a cloth in the above ratio and putting it on the affected area. Wrap a towel over the wet cloth to keep in the heat. Keep the wrap on for ten minutes. You can repeat this after the joint cools for ten minutes.
Sharon, from British Columbia writes, "In the mid to late 1980's I was working in an Extended Care Unit in a hospital, working as a Care Aide. All through out this time I had been seeing my doctor because of constant pain due to arthritis. My back and knees hurt so bad sometimes it was near unbearable. My knees were so bad I could not touch a knee cap with a finger it hurt so bad. X-rays were taken of my knees, showing spurs under the knee cap itself. X-Rays also take of the small of my back, the doctor said he'd never seen arthritis so bad in someone so young, that everything was becoming one, even my fingers were beginning to twist. He tried me on different arthritis pills to see which would work the best, one finally JUST eased the pain slightly. Now working in the hospital that your doctor works is not to good at times. I was attempting to kneel down and had a extremely hard time of it trying to stay more on my side and very hard time trying to stand; my doctor happened to be on the floor at that time and saw this, told me to make an appointment to see him, he then told me I would have to find other work because I couldn't live like this. The pills the doctor had me on cost $60 a month. He said I would have to take them the rest of my life. At home I thought of this, then remembered something my chiropractor told me, take 2 teaspoons acv, 2 teaspoons of honey in water, adjust to taste. One day (no longer working at the hospital) I ran out of pills, out of money, then remembered what my chiropractor said. I thought there would be a transition period for the acv to work, I was preparing myself for a whole lot of unbearable pain. I started the drink that night and every night for 1 week. Besides flushing my kidneys out, there was NO transition at all. There was no pain, absolutely nothing...and still there is no pain. So I followed my chiropractors instructions because obviously he knew what he was talking about. I then stopped taking it. I found I would get cravings for it, so I took this as my body telling me it needed it. To this day I had not taken any pills from the doctor for arthritis. It has now been 16 years. If you read the instructions how to clean a drip coffee machine, it says to use vinegar. Vinegar dissolved calcium build in the machine and I've found it dissolved the build up in my body. I am back taking acv, this time daily...do not plan on stopping this time. This really is a miracle for me and do advise people to try it, it really does work, besides what have you got to lose other than pain, and you can't beat the cost. It won't hurt and anything as far as I'm concerned is better than taking pills from doctors who treat symptoms...not cure."
1/3/2007: Susan from Tampa, FL writes, "2 tsp honey, 2 tsp braggs apple cider vinegar in 8 to 16 ounces of water 3 times a day cured my arthritis, back pain and allergies. I was in so much pain for many many years with severe back problems, and then 2 years ago was diagnosed with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. The dr. prescribed steroids, and 2 different immuno suppresant drugs and the side effects were horrible. I could hardly get out of bed in the morning, my joints and muscles hurt so bad, i also have fibromyalgia. I started this regimen about a month ago and saw immediate results. My hay fever has cleared up also. My sinuses are dry, usually I always have a bad post nasal drip problem. I feel more energized, and my body just feels good, like it is getting what it needs."
12/26/2006: Edie from Mission Viejo, CA writes, "1 Tablespoon ACV with 2 Tablespoons water a day cured my arthritis and hot flashes. My friend told my husband and I to take ACV for our sore wrists and hands and we started 2 mos. ago. After one mo. I noticed I had absolutly NO hot flashes. This amazed me. I really had them bad night and day. I also noticed no acid reflux (quit taking my prilosec a month ago) and no restless legs to speak of. I also feel I have lost a couple of lbs. Of Course the hand and wrist pain is gone. This is probably crazy but my eyelashes are longer. Pretty funny huh?"
9/16/2006: Christina from Tulsa, OK writes, "I mixed 1 tablespoon of acv with 1 teaspoon of raw honey in 6 oz of water and drank it three times a day. It instantly cured my arthritis, I was suprised. And my appetite is suppressed. I recommend this to anyone , oh and i do not have to take an allergy pill' I highly recommend this to anyone who has any kind of problem. my grandpa used to use this and he is 76 years old healthy."
6/14/2006: Sheri from Auburn Hills, Mi writes, "I originally tried ACV for weight loss; I have a stubborn 20 pounds to lose. I was pleasantly surprised as to how pain-free I became in a matter of a few days. My knees no longer 'click' when I go up stairs. I can bend and squat to play with my children and no longer suffer ankle pain from the effort. My acid reflux is gone as well. When I run out of ACV, in a matter of days, the pain returns and I'm like an old lady once more. It works for me!"
Lynda, of Grants Pass writes us, "I have arthritis of the spine and a friend of mine gave me a recipe with apple juice, grape juice and Apple Cider Vinegar. I have been taking a 1/2 cup daily for about a month and I know that it is helping me tremendously. I can get out of bed in the mornings without having to stand still for a few seconds. It has also helped me curb my appetite."
Marcia, from Fairforest, SC writes, "I am a huge proponent of RAW apple cider vinegar. My husband and I have been using it three times daily for about five weeks. He no longer has the joint stiffness and pain associated with arthritis. We did quit using all sugar and white processed flour as well."
Tina, from Jacksonville, FL writes, "I suffer from chronic arthritis of the ankle due to a serious injury several years ago. There is no cartilage left between my joint according to my X-rays. After being prescribed Celebrex I was concerned about finding out later that it caused adverse side affects like Vioxx. After hearing from a friend about the healing affects of ACV, I went cold turkey off Celebrex and began using ACV. I had been taking Celebrex for about two months and I thought that once I stopped the drug I would be in extreme pain. After two weeks of using ACV only, there is very little pain or swelling any more. I will continue to use ACV for other ailments as well."
Anonymous writes, "For a stiff neck, take a half vinegar half warm water solution and soak a rag in it, then wring the rag out and wrap it around your neck. Put a layer of plastic wrap (to keep your sheets dry) and finish up with a towel (be careful not to strangle yourself). Leave this on over night and in the morning you will not believe the difference."
8/12/2005: Mae from San Diego writes, "I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and I do know that ACV helps, but I was not drinking it every day when my pain came back and it hurt to walk I started back on the ACV I how drink it every day and it helps fight the inflammation and I don't hurt as much. I make a tea two or three times a day I put three tablespoons of ACV in a cup of hot water and one tablespoon of honey."
7/23/2005: JO ANN from CLEARWATER, FLORIDA writes, "I HAVE BEEN VERY SICK FOR 14 YEARS, WITH ARTHRITIS AND SEVERE BONE SPURS. LAST MONTH A LADY HEARD ABOUT MY SICKNESS AND GAVE ME THIS RECIPE. 1-64 OZ.PURE APPLE JUICE, 1-64 OZ.PURE GRAPE JUICE. 1 CUP APPLE CIDER VINEGAR. MIX WELL,PLACE IN YOUR REFRIGERATOR, DRINK 1/3 CUP OF MIXTURE 3 TIMES A DAY.I WAS ALSO TOLD TO TAKE 250 MG. MAGNESIUM OXIDE,(this promotes bone and muscle health, AND 250 MG.SUPER B-COMPLEX.TAKE AS INSTRUCTED ON BOTTLE. GOOD LUCK!"
4/3/2006: Mara from Adelaide South Australia writes, "In 1991 I had a cortisone injection in my I would need another every 6 months and would eventually need an operation. Having read Dr Jarvis's cider vinegar book, I drank daily about 500ml of mixture (1 tsp honey, 2 tspns cider vinegar to a glass or cup of water). Although it had no immediate effect, I continued to take it for general health reasons, but after 2-3 months, suddenly realised that I had no pain in hand/wrist. Despite having lazily ceased this practice, I still have no trouble in the hand. Perhaps my recent right hip replacement would not have been necessary had I continued treatment. I have now resumed the habit, making up a litre jug of mixture and drinking it frequently, in hopes of preventing the need for a left hip replacement as some signs of wear are apparent. I am convinced of the benefits, but warn people that it is not a short term fix. On the other hand, 15 years of no pain suggests that it is has a long-term effect. Go for it! Mara"
4/15/2006: Lu from San Marcos, TX writes, "leg, hip, low back pain gone."
Earth Clinic note: Please make sure you read our section on the amazing apple cider vinegar!
#2 Remedy: Glucosamine & Chondroitin Capsules
Dr. Kandarjian, Chiropractor writes, "Glucosamine and Chondroitin capsules have done me and my patients lots of good."
#3 Remedy: Black Strap Molasses
Jan writes, "Two weeks of two tablespoons each morning have reduced the arthritic pain in my knees. Does anyone else have knowledge of black strap molasses working on arthritis?"
10/12/2005: Gwynne from Johannesburg, South Africa responds, "Jan asked if anyone else knew about black strap molosses - the best molosses to use is the Crude Black Strap Molasses - Book to get on Molasses is Cyril Scott ISBN 0 7225 0241 9.
Read more about molasses cures here.
#4 Remedy: Supplements and apple juice/apple cider vinegar/grape juice
Jo Ann, from Clearwater Florida writes, "I have bone spurs and arthritis. A friend learned of my condition and advised these supplements: 250mg. Magnesium Oxide, (promotes bone and muscle health) and Super B complex, 250 mg. (promotes energy and metabolism). USE AS DIRECTED ON BOTTLE. Along with these supplements, I mix 1-64oz. bottle of pure 100% apple juice, and 1-64 oz. bottle of 100% grape juice, and 1-cup apple cider vinegar. Mix all liquids together and store in refrigerator. Drink 1/3 cup of mixture 3x a day. It has worked for me! Thanks and may you all be blessed with wonderful health! And remember, WE ARE WHAT WE EAT!"
Reem, from Karachi, Pakistan writes, "I have used turmeric as a joint pain remedy and it has always worked for me. I usually take 1 tsp in hot milk and it relieves all forms of body pains, joint pains."
Bill from Califon, NJ comments, "I have had severe knee and lower leg pain for over one year. All the doctors say my knees have normal wear and tear but they always hurt and especially at night. I took 1600 mg of tumeric (800 x2 day) and after about six weeks the pain almost all gone and flexibility is returning."
Click here for more info about Turmeric.
Grapes & Pineapple
Michelle, from Sun prairie, WI writes: "Eat no raw tomatoes or peppers to get rid of arthritis. Eat grapes and pineapple to counter act arthritis. Stop taking advil or other pain relievers. It will take time."
Golden Grapes soaked in gin!
4/18/2006: Kitty from Bransonm MO writes, "golden grapes soaked in cheap gin for nine days, then nine grapes per day, everyrday. Considerable help for my arthritis. Go figure???? Heard from two others who swear by this."
9/1/2006: Nadine from NY writes, "i have rheumatoid arthritis and i had it really bad and could barely walk. was on arthristis medication and pain killers and i was still hurting etc . called the doctor's office and they told me there was nothing more they could do for me. well, i got angry and decided i would help myself. the first thing i did was get rid of all salt sugar preservatives and bleached flour. within 3 months, i was no longer taking pain killers and my medicine was less. i continue the diet although i do eat some sugar lol but i don't eat preservatives. i eat whole grains, beans, lentils, split peas, etc, and fruit and vegetable and a little meat. i stay away from bacon and cold cuts because of the preservatives. i do not have much joint pain now if ever i'm off most arthritis medicine and i no longer take pain killers at all. ya see, arthritis swells the joints and salt and preservatives swell the joints, so if you take them with the rheumatoid arthristis your kicking yourself in the butt and giving yourself added pain. the extra swelling causes irritation and sets the inflamation into motion, so it is very important not to eat any preservatives and little salt. don't eliminate all salt completely. i don't use salt when i cook or eat, but if i have a craving for salt, i indulge it because i need the salt. if you want to use salt use kelp or sea salt. when you look at labels you will be amazed at the amount of salt in products. i do not eat store bread."
12/29/2005: Bibi, from Fairhope, AL writes, " Eliminate ALL dairy products if you have arthritis. Eliminate other mucous causing foods like flour as well. Arthritis is a disease of toxicity so it is about getting the bad stuff out more than anything else. Consider colonic irrigation if you are unable to do a juice fasting. If you eat meat, do so with proper food combining (do not eat protein with starch, eat fruit alone, etc..)"
Pineapple or Bromelain
John, from TN writes, "Have heard that pineapple/juice cures 26% arthritis. It works and have even saw this in animals such as bears that were arthritic being helped. Make sure pure & no sugar added."
1/7/2006: Jim, from Fort Worth Texas writes, "Try bromelain for joint pain it helps. Has anyone ever tried noni juice it helps also."
Bromelain, derived from the pineapple plant, is one of a group of proteolytic enzymes (enzymes capable of digesting protein).
8/29/2005: Joan from Ohio writes, "Jello! Just plain old Jello is the best thing for Arthritis! I promise! Someone told me about it yrs ago because i have Arthritis in my lower back. and when it gets to bad, i cant walk at all. and i tried it and it worked great!! Just mix it as if your going to chill it and instead of putting it in frig, pour a coffee cup full and drink. do 1 cup a week to start and then drink as often as needed.. Great for stiffness and all!!"
9/16/2006: Yvonne from Wentzville, MO writes, "I'm 74 have arthritis in my shoulder-can't afford the creams, when I found out the main ingreatent was the same as cayenne pepper, I stared buying hot sauce that is made from aged cayennes, rub it on my shoulder couple times a day, it stains your clothing, but sure helps, and it is a lot cheaper."
Read more cayenne pepper cures.
Apple Pectin Capsules
9/30/2006: William from Lexley, Alabama writes, "Apple Pectin: Two 500 mg caps per day taken with either grape or orange juice (Vitaimn C) cures Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Gout, TMJ and Arthritis. I have given it to over 50 people in my job as EH & S engineer for a manufacturing company as well as having used it myself for the past ten (10) years with complete success for pain in both of my thumbs. Lasting results have occurred within 48 hours. Will correspond. WEH"
Root Ginger Capsules
11/15/2006: Suzanne from London writes, "I have suffered from very bad arthritis for some years and also osteoporosis of the spine. I used to dread winters even though I was prescribed anti-inflamatory pills and painkilers by my doctor. I recently discovered ginger root (I found a newspaper article about ginger that I had put away some years ago) and have been taking it for about 3 weeks now in capsule form from the health food shop. The stiffness has gone from my joints and spine and most of the pain which is gradually disappearing. In fact, the other day I realised that I didn't have any pain or stiffness at all. It is such a great remedy that I am recommending it to everybody I know who has arthritis."
1/18/2007: Suzanne writes again: "I recently sent you feedback about ginger. I have been taking it in capsule form daily now for approximately 2 months. It seems to act as a pain-killer. The relief I get is tremendous and most of the time i am completely pain-free from Arthritis and Osteoporosis of the spine. I recommended it to a friend in the US. Here are his replies in two e-mails.
E-mail from Richard December 15, 2006:
Dear Suzanne: Thanks for tip. I'm going to the shopping centre where the health food store is this afternoon....and I'll get some ginger root. My ankle is in bad shape. If it were a knee or a hip....I'd have a replacement.....but they can't do that very well at this point with ankles. When we return from Viet Nam I'm looking at ankle-fusion surgery. It's not quite as bad as it sounds. One still has some movement where the leg meets the foot......and the pain stops!
E-mail from Richard 21 December 2006:
Dear Suzanne: Can't thank you enough for the ginger recommendation!! I've only been taking the stuff for a few days....but the results are remarkable. I'm moving around just about pain-free. We leave tomorrow for Viet Nam and I hope to enjoy the walking.......which I was afraid I wasn't going to be able to do."
#13: Cat's Purr
11/20/2006: Ted writes, "The cat's purr recording has helped my mother's arthritic leg pain too, in case you are wondering. She told me it works better than the drugs. Just today, I played the cat's purr for her again and she was able to walk relatively pain free. "
Please refer to Ted's recording on the stiff neck cures page.
#14: Linseed Oil, Tyrosine & Echinacea
Anonmyous from Australia writes, "Linseed oil (refrigerated), Tyrosine and Echinacea cures wrinkles, arthritis, varicose vein pain, Parkinsons Disease, fibromyalgia. 5 tablespoons Linseed oil and 2 echinacea tablets 3 times a day. Don't take calcium, evening primrose and glucosamine if you have any of the above conditions. Just try to eat less meat and plenty of fruit and vegetables. Fresh vege juice is very good also try 1 clove of fresh garlic a day. Tyrosine stops the shakes of Parkinson's very quickly. You will feel so much better."
3/8/2006: Henry writes, "'Dear Sir /Ms; My family is looking for another opinion about my mother's condition. What do you suggest? My mother is in her late 70s. Six months ago she was perfectly fine. Now she can barely move. Her current Primary care Physician and Osteopathic Physician both feel she has Osteoarthritis. We also have family friends in the medical profession. One family friend just graduated from medical school this year, the other has one year to go before graduation. Our family friends who live out of State were visiting recently and kind enough to do a physical examine of my mom and check her X-ray which we had on CD. They said no Arthritis (Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis) in their opinion. They felt it was some kind of tendonitis. Both sides are saying different things and can't both be right. With all do respect to the doctors and their good intentions we (our family) feel that it is neither Arthritis or Tendonitis. The reason is my moms rapid movement deterioration. In October 2005 she had full and complete movement with no pain. Then all of a sudden in November 2005 both shoulders at the same time became extremely painful to the point that she could no longer even put on her coat by herself without difficulty. It was in November and December that we saw the doctors, had the blood test done and got the shot of cortisone in both shoulders. We were then told to make an appointment in March. The appointment was made. The examination is next week. Before we go however we would like to do a little research on our own to help our doctors. These days patients are encouraged to give a helping hand and be active participants in their health care. We don't want to go empty handed to the upcoming examination asking, what now? We prefer to go in and say this is what we have learned, what do you think?; Its all too easy for doctors to think outside of the box feeling: Patient in late 70s, no previous Arthritis, now Arthritis, is the to be expected box. Why the family feels this is neither Arthritis or Tendonitis is the rapid movement deterioration. In the couple months since her last examination my mother now can barely walk. Both legs are so painful now she can barely move them. Six months ago she moved faster than I move and I am a healthy 51 years old. Also within the last couple months she can barely move her neck or her fingers. She additionally seems to have lost a lot of strength and stays tired all the time. All of this has happened since her last examination (when only her shoulders bothered her), (the cortisone shots worked for two days) in December. If I'm not mistaken there are over 100 different types of Arthritis, and none of them progresses in this manner. What do you think my mother might have if its not Arthritis? How best do you think it should be treated? My mothers primary care doctor is in his 70s and has retired two or three previous times. We don't know how interested he is in maintaining his practice much longer. Her Osteopathic Physician specializes in sports medicine. Our family friends are young (in their 20s) and live out of State (additionally, one has another year to go before graduation). We therefore are open to switching doctors if we get a good recommendation of a doctor in our area who is accepting new patients. At my mothers rapid rate of movement deterioration we (the family) feel an urgent need to correctly diagnose and hopefully reverse this process before it goes further. Bottom line, we need any information and or leads that you think might help. Thank you very much. Henry"
3/21/2006: Laurel from Utica, NY responds, "Hi Henry...Just wanted to say that your mother's condition has the earmarks of POLYMYALGIA RHEUMATICA which I was treated for a number of years ago. I had varying degrees of pain which began in my shoulders (a common site for this illness) and it wasnt until I was in a situation akin to your mother's that I was finally diagnosed with P.R. Unfortunately the diagnosis is only made by symptoms and a high sedimentation rate is one of them. I do believe the treatment is Prednisone to which (in the higher doses) I had a dramatic positive response. My illness was on and off again for a few years and seems gone now. There is also, perhaps, the possibility of FIBROMYALGIA which can result in sudden bouts of crippling pain as well. I am sure you will find much information on the web re. either of these problems and I do hope your Mother gets properly diagnosed soon even if the treatments out there are not always that effective or safe. Good Luck. Laurel"
3/18/2006: Ted, from Bangkok Thailand responds: "Your mother might be high on uric acid. It doesn't show in X-rays. My mom also in her 70s had this sudden pains resembling what you are mentioning as a result of my mother binging on drinking coffee and tea, which is very high on uric acid. As a result my mother cannot walk or move for a day or so. Since I know the cause I gave my mother only 2-3 mg./day of lithium carbonate mixed with water to help dissolve the uric acid and stopped with uric acid rich foods (e.g. coffee, oysters, cucumbers, etc.) and had her drink plenty of water. The other thing is to eat on an empty stomach 2-3 cups of oatmeal. Your mother should see some recovery with this within 3 days. You might check with a doctor about giving her approx 250 mg of magnesium chloride on an empty stomach to aid in the recovery process."
5/30/2006: Jeannine writes to Ted in Bangkok, "Do you have any ideas or suggestions about my hand and how to reverse the ravages of arthritis? As I mentioned before, my hand has started to twist to the side and it's very weak in comparison to my right hand. Jeannine"
Ted cc's Earth Clinic his response: "There are several supplements which will help arthritis, while it is not perfect, it is due to long term deficiency and to reverse it will take some time. However, a quick cure that I have seen, well at least from the pain and ability to move hands is the use of vitamin B complex plus aspirin. Both my parents used this whenever hands become immobile. However, over the past couple of decades research has come up with other that is also helpful that will complement the conditions. This includes the use of MSM (Methyl sulfonyl methane).
MSM has an interesting history, in the field of arthritis and the most well known is James Coburn the actor who tried to treat arthritis for year and was actually cured using it. And of course, as media and big business would have it, they silenced him about what supplements he used to cure arthritis. What MSM really does is quite interesting, (as well as chelation using EDTA), in that the cause of "cross linked" collagen - a more complicated language of wrinkled skin! Is in fact due to two conditions, excess blood sugar and heavy metals causes the skin and joints to be inflexible. Therefore, taking MSM and possibly DMSO (they stink) will restore and rid the body of aluminum and heavy metals which causes it.
If there is possibility of high blood sugar, simply go on a diet of low glycemic indexed food. That means sugar free diet, especially away from sugar, softdrinks, pastries, and high fat. In fact eating high fats especially fried food can really shoot up the insulin and sugar that causes arthritis. The other findings is that boron supplements will help arthritis is well known in normalizing calcium and magnesium ratios. Vitamin D3 is very helpful for arthritis too. Taking chicken collagen (the cartilage from young chickens breastbone) you can get from Knox chicken gelatin, I think and also helpful. Collagen is what keeps your body from falling apart.
Last but not least, try to get some aloe vera oil and evening primrose oil. You need only to apply on your hands once every 3-4 days and your skin should be improved. The other simple way is plain old vinegar. Applying it to the hands should help the skin at least restore some suppleness. I don't know why it does this, but I suspect it removes some calcium buildup and heavy metals from the skin. You should see the results somewhat the next day for comparison purposes. Vitamin C is also important for collagen synthesis also and taking this with vitamin E and fish oils, can also help the joints movement and reduce some pain too. A newer way is to try DHEA, this will restore your skin entirely, but if you just want it for your hands, then perhaps try to get a tablet of DHEA and mix that with vitamin E for example and apply to your hands. THis might help and in fact there actually a DHEA hand cream somewhere, but you don't need to go get it, just make a simple one as mentioned here. I must mentioned a little bit about vitamin D3 or vitamin D4 (higher quality) in that certain conditions of arthritis is in fact a vitamin D deficiency. What kinds of vitamin you use can make a difference, a preferred one, if you can get one is D4, however it appears that in U.S. you require a prescription. At a place where I live I cannot obtain this, so I just went with the lower quality vitamin D2, and the usual dose at least for my friends and relative is 20,000 I.U. per day for only 30 days, then stop. There is growing evidence that colloidal silver is helpful to arthritis. But once you are "cured", you need to stop using it. Now why does colloidal silver cure arthritis? Will a little unknown reason that most people do not know is that in presence of silver the cells de-differentiated, in simple language, it is an equivalent of creating stem cells. Now once they become de-differentiated, the cells can regenerate the arthritis conditions. If you fear of agyria from silver use, then after you gotten better, just take plenty of vitamin C, E, and selenium. They will generally remove the agyria problem for some people who do have it. I couldn't cover everything about arthritis, but this is just the major ways to deal with it."
ARTHRITIS OF THE HANDS
6/3/2006: Jeannine writes Ted again: "I noticed a small calcium lump (I'm assuming that's what it is) on the knuckle of my pinky (left, my twisting hand). Any ideas to melt away this lump? The small rash on my back is also getting better. This rash, in the past, remained persistently aggravated. Question. I'm taking the high dose Atomodine referenced in the E Cayce readings. Do you know anything about these high dose iodine treatments? Is it ok to combine the supplements and the Atomodine? I don't want to overdo it."
Ted responds: "Melting the calcium on the twisting hand is quite a challenge, it took many years for this lump to come up, assuming of course this is from your bones, not from the skin.
This is due to a long term vitamin D, magnesium and in my opinion, L-Carnosine deficiency. Taking these three over a somewhat longer period will reduce it, but not instantly melt away. However, getting your energy back is relatively simple, the bones just takes more time. The fastest way I know is perhaps buy a book and practice Quantum Touch, or get a Quantum Touch practitioner to melt this calcium issue. Quantum touch is a strange healing, in that it corrects your bones deformities rather quickly, especially in the spine area, but can be helpful with your hands. Of course it will take a couple of months (if you can) to get that down to a point that you are happy with too. Quantum touch has its origin (the author avoids this reference) from Eastern Medicine called Qigong, but since this is rather involved, just in case you are wondering.
As to Edgar Cayce's recommendation on Atomidine, the chemical compound is known as Iodine Trichloride, which is an extremely water soluble compound in water making the likelihood of an overdose quite difficult. In the field of chemistry, most "salts" or chloride compound are water soluble and usually such excess are rid of by the body in due time, reducing the possibility of overdose somewhat.
I tend to be quite conservative with my recommendation and a minimum use of Atomidine would be not to exceed one week if done everyday. If you go beyond one week you can try it once a week or once a month should be sufficient. For me I prefer once a week is a good estimate that should prevent such overdose.
Practically all of Edgar Cayce's remedy are side-effect free if you follow his instructions and the strict specification of the product he recommends. By the way, most of energy coming back, at least for me is usually DHEA and magnesium, in case you are wondering what specific supplements are responsible. Some can just see energy coming back with a simple baking soda+ citric acid (plus tiny pinch of potassium & magnesium helps) before bedtime also. Ted"
6/13/2006: Jeannine writes, "I went off my alkaline food diet and suffered greatly. I'm still taking the supplements every other day. My knees hurt so much that I'm back on the diet. I also purchased the Quantum Touch Book on the Internet. I have a question about the make-at-home body alkalizer (baking soda, citric acid potassium...) you recommended. How do I take this? As a powder or a liquid? In water? I'm not sure. Please let me know."
Ted responds: "An alkaline food diet is very important. Many foods we eat are quite acid. Our body needs alkaline foods. It is difficult to be on an alkaline foods as they are not as tempting as the acid foods. I get into this problem all the time! They are one of the causes arthritis. Just remember that high glycemic diets (carbohydrates, grain, flour, and sweets) are quite acid. I have a question about the make-at-home body alkalizer (baking soda, citric acid potassium...) you recommended. How do I take this? As a powder or a liquid? In water? Mix everything in water in a full glass or half glass of water. There are two ways to mix it. one way is to add citric acid first then baking soda until a precipitates start forming then I stop. Then I add a pinch of potassium and magnesium to the mix. Another way is to add the baking soda first, then keep adding the citric acid,stir until the baking soda precipitates disappear. Then add a pinch of potassium and magnesium. The water will fizz. Wait for a couple of minutes until the fizz is down. Then drink it down on an empty stomach. Wait until all the liquids are in the intestines. Do not eat for at least an hour or two. If you eat immediately this will usually cause loose stools. The alkaline and the salts in your foods don't mix well. Of course if you want to cure constipation, that is another matter."
6/14/2006: Jeannine writes, "I marvel at your knowledge. I will stay on the alkaline diet even though it's so restrictive. Do you know if humus is allowed? It's one of my favorites and I can't find anything that indicates it's a food I should say away from. Also do you know if popcorn is a restricted food or not?"
Ted replies, "Jeannine: Popcorn is quite toxic due to the packaging which contains fluoridated compounds (flurotelemer) that seeps in, it is high in carbohydrate (acid),and the butter they use is trans-fatty acid (which destroys your liver function). And often some packages of popcorn have aluminum, which is toxic to the brain. The protein from popcorn are incomplete. Taking whey protein would be more ideal. Pellagra disease is often associated with lack of bioavailability of corn on amino acid tryptophan, therefore the body cannot convert this to vitamin B3, or niacin. Well, popcorn has a long and sordid history of health problems. For me I would stay away due to higher than average carbohydrate.
Do you know if humus is allowed? It's one of my favorites and I can't find anything that indicates it's a food I should say away from.
I am taken to mean it Humus is an arabic food using chick peas, olive oil, sesame paste, hard boiled eggs, and pita bread. Pita bread is relatively high in glycemic index. But other things appear o.k. with exception of hard boiled eggs be modified to partially boiled eggs where the yolk is still liquid. You MIGHT get around the problems of restrictive alkaline diets by taking in more protein whose source will be only from fish and whey protein. They are a bit less acid forming and less likely to interfere with your arthritis and they have Omega 3 fatty acid, which is helpful with arthritis. The absolute key is reducing the sugars and fats, in particular vegetable oils. Alkaline diets usually helps, but you can make modifications and see if that works. Avoid microwave cooking, you eat neurotoxic proteins and trans-fatty acid and alien protein when you do that. Microwave cooking alters the molecular structure of proteins, DNA, and RNA. It is like having your own genetically modified foods using microwave technology. And with the miracles of horizontal gene transfer (nature exchanges DNA all the time with the food we eat), your DNA makeup can change just eating these. Arthitis will get worse with that kind of cooking. Ted"
|7/25/2006: Bryan from Lansing, MI asks: "Hello. I came on your site doing a search for removing calcium deposits from blood vessels. I've had chest pains and did a CT angiogram which showed extensive and dangerous calcium deposits in coronary arteries, aortic valve and aorta. However, I'm losing calcium from my bones and now have osteoporosis. (Male, 73, run 2 to 13 miles, only meds are eyedrops for glaucoma). I've tried magnesium but it gives me irregular pulse. Noted your EDTA. Have appt with nutritionist Thursday. Any ideas on why my calcium is leaving my bones (IF that is the cause of osteo) and going to my soft tissue? Thyroid is iffy but endo says basically normal. Any thoughts would be appreciated."
Ted from Bangkok replies, "Dear Bryan: Calcium leaves the bones only when your pH of your body is slightly acid cause the calcium to leave the body and gets everywhere but the bones. It is the same story as you put bones in vinegar, the calcium will be completely removed from the bones.
Therefore, to solve this problem take a fair amount of citric acid + baking soda, at 1/4 teaspoon each mixed with water at least twice a day. With sufficient buffer the calcium won't leave the body and what is in the body the citrates will remove it. To return the body to normal quicker, taking B complex will help, especiall B6. Vitamin Bs work together with magnesium and this is why you have trouble with the use of it. You must take both.
Chickens don't get heart disease because for one thing their drinking water is dechlorinated, but our water is chlorinated. Get a dechlorinator from Pet shops that sells aquarium fishes and put a couple of drops it in your water. Removal of chlorine will prevent calcium carbonate from sticking on to the coronary walls as sodium thiosulfate causes greater solubility of calcium also. Chlorine have a tendency to cause the settling of calcium carbonate, this has been my observations as thiosulfates have a weak chelation capabilities too. Taking EDTA alone will not work as well as you take baking soda together. They work synergistically. Ted"
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