Borax for arthritis? How about mineral rich foods instead?


While reviewing our latest interview with Chris Maple, producer of the up and coming trilogy, “The Great Culling,” about the poisons in our food, water, and air, I decided to do a little more research on fluoride.

I already have a reverse osmosis water filtration device under my kitchen sink, which I use not only for drinking water but cooking as well.

I already switched to using only organic black and green tea for our kombucha as I have become aware of the fluoride based pesticides that have been used.

periodic table

If you haven’t heard already, the fluoridation of our food and water is causing quite a stir among many leading health professionals.  If you look at the periodic table of elements you will see all of the halides on the far right: fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine, and so on.  The -ine or -ide at the end of the word has to do with the charge of the element but does not change the element itself. Chemicals that are similar in nature are soluble so the halides can compete with each other in our bodies.  What that means for our thyroids is that the more chlorine and fluoride in our tap water and bromine in our pastries that we ingest, the more iodine gets displaced.  Taking iodine drops is thought to be one way to kick the other halogens out. But what about the rest of the body?  What about the bones?

Upon searching for ways to detoxify fluoride from the body I came across an old remedy for arthritis: Borax (Sodium Tetraborate Decahydrate), yes the old 20 Mule Team Borax for your laundry.  These believers are diluting 1/8 teaspoon into 2 liters (just over 1/2 gallon) of water for arthritis and fungal infections and drinking it several times a week.  I was intrigued by what I found.  While I wouldn’t recommend taking this acid into your system as it may upset your body’s pH balance, I see how these folks back before the days of identiying nutrients, would notice an improvement with the extra Boron in their diet.  My chemistry knowledge has me leaning much closer toward taking Boron supplements such as the one developed by a Dr. Newnham or simply trying to get more trace minerals out of my diet, like by cooking more bone stock from pasture fed animals.  Please read the following article that I found about Dr. Rex Newnham, who spear-headed much research regarding Boron deficiency correlating with arthritis.

An Important Cause of Much Arthritis

The Art of Getting Well: Boron and Arthritis

Article in the Brittish Medical Journal on Fluoride Toxicity

I will not personally recommend putting Borax into your water due to its acidic nature.  However, the evidence on Boron deficiencies and the benefit of supplementing with it in supplement form is worth thinking about if you are concerned about fluoride toxicity (skeletal fluorosis) leading to osteoporosis or arthritis.  Please offer your comments or testimonies for the benefit of others.

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