Side Effects of Borax

Posted by Maxine (London, England) on 02/12/2007

Dear Ted, i have read that Borax can produce ill side effects in humans. This concerns me greatly, as i would like to try the h202/borax treatment on my skin (scalp & face)as i suspect demodex mite infestation.This is a bit of the article, could you please advise?

"Drawbacks: The chemical borax is abrasive, and 20 Mule Team Borax may abrade your carpets. In addition, there are documented cases of long-term low-level exposure to sodium polyborate resulting in conjunctivitis, weight loss, vomiting, mild diarrhea, skin rash, convulsions and anemia and other similar allergic reactions in humans. If you're using borax as flea control, and your pets (or family) are showing loss of appetite, eye or skin problems, anemia or kidney problems, you may want to switch to another flea control method and see if their health improves. Do not apply it to damp carpets as it can take the color out.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
383 posts

Dear Maxine:

"The chemical borax is abrasive, and 20 Mule Team Borax may abrade your carpets. "

A solution of borax totally dissolved in water is not. Putting too much borax on carpet is about the same as putting too much powdered detergent on the carpet. A small amount will not abrade. If it works so well, why do they still use sandpaper? I prefer to remove the carpets if there is mites infestation. If you don't want to remove it, then just put it on anyway. It is either abrade the carpet or you getting the mites' infestation.

"..resulting in conjunctivitis, weight loss, vomiting, mild diarrhea, skin rash, convulsions and anemia and other similar allergic reactions in humans."

What happens if you put a pinch of borax in a pacific ocean? The issue is using just the right amount. Boron is a necessary human nutrition. Israelis have one of the highest borax content in their drinking water, and yet have one of lowest arthritis rates, at less than 1% of the population.

Recently a woman died of just drinking no more than 5 liters of water. The warning applies to taking too much or accidental overdose. Most poisoning is due to a mistaken identity. Using borax instead of sugar when making candies, for example.

Borax is an antidote for fluoride poisoning. In fact fluoride is a lot more toxic than borax but yet we use this everyday as a toothpaste.

The toxic dose for Sodium fluoride, oral rat is 80 mg/kg, while borax is about 2000 mg/kg. On the other hand, a simple salt toxicity is about 2000 mg/kg. The toxicity for both borax and salt is about the same.


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