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Apple Cider Vinegar Doubts

Posted by Sarah (San Diego, CA) on 10/05/2008

Hi,

I am considering adding a few teaspoons of ACV to the 1L bottles of water I drink daily. But before I buy ACV, I checked around some sites regarding the remedy. I stumbled upon WebMD and here is what they said:

"Apple cider vinegar is highly acidic. The main ingredient of apple cider vinegar is acetic acid. As the name suggests, it's quite harsh. Apple cider vinegar should always be diluted with water or juice before swallowed. Pure apple cider vinegar could damage the tooth enamel and the tissues in your throat and mouth. One study found a woman who got an apple cider vinegar supplement stuck in her throat. She seemed to have suffered lasting damage to her esophagus. Vinegar has been known to cause contact burns to the skin." (http://www.webmd.com/diet/apple-cider-vinegar?page=2)

Will long term use of ACV cause problems later instead of now? WebMD also claims that ACV will lower potassium and make tooth enamel as well as bones less dense. I really want to try this out, but I also don't want to cause myself any long term effects. I would appreciate any feedback.

Thanks.

Replied by Kathleen
Houston
01/24/2014

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I broke down and made an appointment with an ear, nose and throat specialist. I cannot afford insurance. He looked at me asked a few question and told me he saw nothing, I had not had any sinus infection or any blunt force accident to the nose. He said had I had insurance he would do a ct scan. Finished off by telling me I could have a brain tumor. I told him I could be pregnant, paid him his $100.00 and went home. It took 5 - 6 years before most of it self repaired, I still can taste that smell. And once in a while a strong perfume well smell like it.

I have been taking Kyolic Garlic for nearly 40 years and do my best to get everyone to do that as well. My husband has healed his stomach with cayenne pepper I have been on ACV, BSM. Now have begun VCO. Love you never want to lose Earth Clinic. We are almost never sick. In great shape and happy.

Replied by Earth Clinic
10/06/2008

The information posted on WebMD is quite inaccurate. Go figure! There are thousands of posts on Earth Clinic about the effectiveness of apple cider vinegar and very few side effects reported.

Your questions have already been answered on the site, so please read the apple cider vinegar main page (see tooth enamel feedback) and the apple cider vinegar Q&A page.

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
10/06/2008

Hi Sarah from San Diego,

I think you will find that orthodox medicine tries to badmouth a lot of effective home remedies because as more people are using them, I think they are feeling the effects in their bank deposits. If you can find a copy of Dr. Jarvis book on effective home remedies, you will find nothing but good said of ACV. You will also find that I have nothing but good to say about ACV myself because I found that Dr. Jarvis was right when he said apple cider vinegar would cure strep before you could get the culture report back (of course you should remember that Dr. Jarvis was practicing medicine and wrote his book long before the 30 minute test for streptococcus was developed.

About the only thing I have found little to no benefit form ACV and honey, was when I caught whooping cough (pertussis) from a patient a few years back. I must have drank a pint or two of half ACV and half honey during that time, and if it helped , I hate to think how bad it would have been without it. The coughing with this is terrible and sounds like a bad chest cough, but as I told a doctor one night when he was sitting next to me when I got a spasm of coughing and remarked that I needed to see a good chest man: "I know it sounds like my chest but it's really all in my head. The only thing my chest has to do with it is trying to keep the mess out of my chest. It feels like someone is spraying thick Elmer's glue over my trachea and when I can clear my nose out, the coughing stops for awhile".

Ok, now you know that it kills strep, but not pertussis. Another thing ACV (or other vinegars) will kill is pseudomonas A. which I know from a respiratory therapist telling us that when they learned that they were spreading pseudomonas among the patients on oxygen therapy, they stopped pseudomonas A from being a scourge of the hospitals by soaking their equpment that was reused in l part vinegar to 7 parts water. It probably kills many others but I don't have that information to share with you.

You can expect orthodox medicine to badmouth anything that they are not prescribing for you, especially when it so available and cheap to use as ACV is. Truth of the matter is that most of the medicines that have hit the market in the last 30 or more years came about because doctors and pharmaceuticals traveled all over planet earth collecting home remedies, tribal medicine remedies, and what plants they used for what ailments. If they didn't know that many of them were so effective, why would they have bothered?

Problems arose from these drugs because the pharmaceutical houses took that information and isolated the one particular chemical in the plant that gave the wanted action and proceeded to make a synthetic version that could be patented and make a fortune off of it, while the patent was in effect. In doing this, they removed all the failsafe chemicals in the plant that made them safe to use.The people making a living (if not a fortune) off of these drugs are not about to tell you what these plants are, what they are used for and probably hope that the general public never learns that some of the most expensive drugs (chemotherapy Etopocide and podophyllin for genital warts-from mayapple) (chemotherapy vincristine from the pink periwinkle) (digitalis from the foxglove) (atropine from the Jimson weed) a lot of others come from those lowly things generally called weeds and are free for the gathering of them.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
10/23/2008
383 posts

Points to consider from WebMd:

"The main ingredient of apple cider vinegar is acetic acid. As the name suggests, it's quite harsh. "

Yes some people do not like the taste or smell. Me too. So what I did was add enough baking soda to neutralize the acidic taste. Adding a little honey would make it taste great. The children sometimes like the fizz from the baking soda too. It can also be diluted with plenty of water, diluting the harshness. Eating with any strong foods will completely covered it up.

"Apple cider vinegar should always be diluted with water or juice before swallowed. Pure apple cider vinegar could damage the tooth enamel and the tissues in your throat and mouth. "

The remedy I have always posted is always add enough baking soda so that it becomes pH neutral the ratio is 2 tablespoon of Apple cider vinegar to 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. The pH is almost equal to your blood, so this is the ideal pH.

"One study found a woman who got an apple cider vinegar supplement stuck in her throat. She seemed to have suffered lasting damage to her esophagus. Vinegar has been known to cause contact burns to the skin." (http://www.webmd.com/diet/apple-cider-vinegar?page=2)

No study is required, it's acidity. You get the same problem eating lemons, pineapple, and even worse diet coke. Aspartame in diet products breaks down into the body forming formaldehyde and methanol alcohol. This issue is resolved by adding water, but it can also be resolved by just adding baking soda, which is pH neutral and the biochemical effect of adding baking soda causes the ORP readings to become -200 mV, which means more or less a very powerful antioxidant.

"Will long term use of ACV cause problems later instead of now? WebMD also claims that ACV will lower potassium and make tooth enamel as well as bones less dense. I really want to try this out, but I also don't want to cause myself any long term effects. I would appreciate any feedback."

Most fruits and vegetables contain potassium including apple cider vinegar. So it can't lower potassium. Perhaps they are thinking from a point of view of taking them direct without neutralizing the acid. So does this mean I can't eat my fruits to raise my potassium level? It won't effect the tooth enamel if baking soda is added. Besides, eating lemon, apples and oranges all effect tooth enamel. They are all acid. I had one case of person whose tooth enamel was badly destroyed, but it wasn't from eating sour food. The saliva pH was below 6. Taking baking soda resolved the problem, but more so if a little potassium bicarbonate was added.

The arguments from WebMD are too simplistic. However popularity is not measured by the usefulness of content alone to be a successful website. All you need is interesting interface such as symptom checker (then you have to go back to earthclinic to find the answers), election 2008 coverage (in WebMD one of their biggest traffic puller hit is the Obama vs. McCain), and video (for people who don't have time to read). Contents regardless of the media are still simplistic, but at least it attracts attention.

Perhaps I should get Britney Spears to this website to do the singing video for earthclinic or earthclinic remedies for celebrities or debates by Obama on Earthclinic. lol.

Ted


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