Absolutely nothing is more disheartening and frustrating than
to be doing
everything you believe to be right, and spending hours a
day teaching others about real food and nutrition, while
suffering in silence with unexplained joint pain and trying to
hide an ever incapacitating limp!
And then at a Weston A. Price conference on nutrition, Sally
Fallon casually dropped a ‘precious jewel’ that has given me the
promise of a whole new day! A day? (a lifetime?) without the
pain, stiffness and inflammation that have become my albatross.
I would like to share it with you, because I know that too many
people are suffering just like me.
BORON is a mineral that is simply an
activator. It helps to activate or cause many other functions to
happen within the body. Boron is one of the main minerals used
in the bone building process. Boron initiates estrogen by
helping convert vitamin D into an active state. The estrogen
then improves absorption of calcium. Boron also helps metabolism
to take place within the bone. With this metabolism properly
functioning, osteoporosis is not a major factor to a person’s
health. Once osteoporosis sets in, Boron can play a major role
in helping the body to replace lost calcium.
Boron also assists in preventing arthritis and tooth decay.
Boron is one of the minerals necessary for building and
repairing joint cartilage. Boron is essential in maintaining the
of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus in the body. Boron helps to
regulate hormones, especially estrogen and testosterone. Boron
also helps maintain brain function and memory capabilities.
Boron deficiency can cause cell walls to become very weak and
fragile, rendering the cells incapable of properly transferring
nutrients into them. The body depends on Boron for performing
most of its functions. With its interactions with calcium and
…Boron is a very important part of a long chain that
intertwines all the minerals necessary for individual cell
growth and health!
Boron is essential for ALL life in plants as well as animals.
Boron is essential for the integrity and function of cell walls
and the way signals are transmitted across cellular membranes.
When ingested it reacts with hydrochloric acid in the stomach
to form Boric acid, ingested Boron compounds are rapidly and
nearly completely excreted with the urine.
Chemical fertilizers inhibit the uptake of Boron from the
soil. An organic apple grown in rich soil may have 20 mg Boron,
but if grown with fertilizer it may have only 1 mg of Boron. The
average intake of Boron in developed countries is only 1-2 mg of
Boron per day.
This creates health problems due to Boron deficiency
which is now very common, but very few of us know about it.
BORON DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS
Boron is necessary throughout the body with the highest
concentration in the parathyroid glands, the bones, joints and
the dental enamel. It is essential for healthy bone and joint
function, it is responsible for regulating the absorption and
metabolism of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.
Some symptoms of Boron deficiency are arthritis, brittle
bones, carpal tunnel syndrome, degenerative joint disease,
hormonal imbalance, loss of libido, memory loss, muscle pain,
osteoporosis, receding gum, and weak joint cartilage. Boron
deficiency causes greatly increased amounts of calcium and
magnesium to be lost with the urine.
Boron deficiency causes the parathyroid to become overactive
and stressed which causes the glands to release too much
parathyroid hormone. Excess parathyroid hormones raise the blood
level of calcium by releasing calcium from the bones, joints and
teeth into the blood stream. This then leads to osteoarthritis
and other forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis,
juvenile arthritis, spondylitis, gout, lupus, osteoporosis,
pyorrhea and tooth decay.
With advancing age high blood levels of calcium lead to
calcification of soft tissues causing muscle contractions and
stiffness; calcification of the eyes, endocrine glands,
especially the pineal gland and the ovaries. Arteriosclerosis,
kidney stones, and calcification of the kidneys ultimately
leading to kidney failure. When the intracellular calcium levels
get too high the cells will die!
Bone analysis has shown that arthritic joints and nearby
bones have only half the Boron content of healthy joints.
Equally, synovial fluid that lubricates joints and provides
nutrients to the cartilage is Boron deficient in arthritic
Arthritis in its various forms and its close relative
osteoporosis affect a very large percentage of the population in
developed countries. Osteoporosis is responsible for more
long-term hospital care than
individual disease. This is due to the very high incidence of
fractures, and especially the protracted nature of hip
that these ‘casualties’ are a main source of income for the
HEALTH EFFECTS OF BORON
A Boron supplement will reduce the daily loss of calcium by
nearly 50%. As this calcium is withdrawn mainly from your bones
and teeth, Boron deficiency may be the most important
factor in causing arthritis, osteoporosis and tooth decay today.
Boron affects the metabolism of steroid hormones, and
especially the sex hormones. Supplementing with Boron increases
low testosterone levels in men and estrogen levels in menopausal
women. Boron also has an important role in converting vitamin D
to its active form, thus increasing the calcium uptake and
deposition into the bones and teeth rather than causing soft
tissue to calcify. Also other beneficial effects have been
reported such as improvement of heart disease, vision,
psoriasis, balance, memory and cognition.
A German cancer researcher by the name of Dr. Paul-Gerhard
Seeger has shown that cancer commonly starts with the
deterioration of cell membranes. Since Boron is essential for
cell membranes and Boron deficiency is widespread, this may be
an important cause for the initiation of tumor growth. Boron
compounds have anti-tumor properties and are “potent
anti-osteoporotic, anti-inflammatory, hypolipemic,
anti-coagulant and anti-neoplastic agents” (1).
In the 1960’s a soil and plant scientist by the name
of Rex Newnham, Ph.D., D.O., N.D, developed arthritis.
He tried conventional drugs but they not help so he looked
for answers in the chemistry of plants. He realized that plants
in the area in which he lived were mineral deficient. Knowing
that Boron aids calcium metabolism in plants he decided to try
supplementing with BORAX. Yes, you read it right…Borax. You may
find it unimaginable that Borax, the humble insecticide and
laundry detergent seems to be the missing link!
Dr. Newnham took 30 mg of Borax per day and in three
weeks ALL pain, swelling and stiffness had disappeared!
The chemical names for Borax are Sodium Tetraborate, Disodium
Tetraborate Decahydrate, or Sodium Borate. Chemically it is all
the same, it is a naturally occurring mineral commonly mined
from dried salt lakes. There is no “food-grade” Borax
available or necessary as all Borax is the same and “natural”,
it is usually mined in California or Turkey. Borax is commonly
used as household cleaner, it is non-toxic and does not contain
heavy metals. Pharmaceutical grade is not noticeably purer or
better. Borax has antiseptic, antifungal, and antiviral
properties but only mild antibacterial action.
Most of Dr. Rex Newnham’s later research was devoted to the
relationship between soil Boron levels and arthritis. He
published several scientific papers on Borax and arthritis. One
was a double-blind trial in the mid 1980’s at the Royal
Melbourne Hospital which showed that 70% of those who completed
the trial were greatly improved. There were no negative
side-effects reported, some participants reported that their
heart ailments had also improved, and there was better general
health and more energy. (3)
He told public health and medical school authorities about
his discovery but they were more concerned about loss of their
own profits and ended up instigating a government law that Boron
be declared a poison in any concentration. This resulted in Dr.
Newnham being fined and threatened and Borax becoming
unavailable in the country in which he lived. Before the
national ban, many people with arthritis who heard of Dr.
Newnham’s discovery were delighted as they began supplementing
with Borax and saw vast improvement. Others were afraid to take
something that was being sold to kill cockroaches and ants.
SOIL BORON LEVELS
Dr. Rex Newnham’s research found that the traditional
sugarcane islands, due to long-term heavy use of fertilizers,
have very low soil Boron levels. Jamaica has the lowest level of
soil Boron and the arthritis rates of the population are 70%, he
noted that even most of their dogs were limping.
The Mauritius islands off the southeast coast of Africa have
very low Boron levels and 50% of the populations suffers with
arthritis. The daily Boron intake in these countries is less
than 1 mg/day.
An interesting comparison is between India and the native
Fijians. The Indians are estimated to have an arthritis rate of
40% and eat much rice grown with fertilizer while the native
Fijians with an estimated arthritis rate of 10% and eat mainly
starchy root vegetables grown without fertilizer.
The US, England, Australia and New Zealand generally have
average soil-Boron levels with an estimated intake of 1 to 2 mg
of Boron and arthritis rates of approximately 20%.
Israel has some of the best soil in the world and a very high
Boron content, with an estimated daily Boron intake of 5 to 8
mg. An independent survey in 1978-1980 at Kaplan Hospital showed
arthritis for the whole country to be less than 1%.
Carnarvon in Western Australia has high Boron levels both in
the soil and water, and the arthritis rate is only 1%.
It is similar to a place named Ngawha Springs in New Zealand
which has very high Boron levels in the spa water and is
acclaimed as a curative for arthritis. A hotel in Ngawha has a
collection of wheelchairs and crutches that were left behind by
people who no longer needed them when they left to go home after
their stay there. Incidentally ALL SPAS reputedly curing
arthritis have very high Borax levels.
You may have read about green lipped mussel extract from New
Zealand that is claimed to relieve arthritis pain and other
symptoms. These mussels were gathered from a volcanic island
with vents under the sea. The NZ mussels have absorbed Boron
from the sea; that is the secret to their healing properties.
Mussels gathered from other areas do not have the same effect
because they lack Boron.
SUPPLEMENTING WITH BORAX
Dr. Newnham’s research proved that after Borax
supplementation an individual’s bones were much harder and
stronger. With additional Boron, bone fractures healed in half
the normal time in both man and animal. Horses and dogs with
broken legs, and even a broken pelvis, fully recovered. A young
girl, aged 9 months, with juvenile arthritis was supplemented
with Boron and she was essentially ‘cured’ by Dr. Newnham in 2
Rex Newnham’s research indicates that generally people
are healed from their arthritis pain, swelling and stiffness
in approximately 1 to 3 months.
He also stated that many patients with arthritis commonly
experienced a Herxheimer reaction, which is an early
aggravation of symptoms with increased pain for a short period
of time (you may
feel worse before you feel better). It is commonly due to
toxins being released by killed Candida and mycoplasma.
This is very common with antimicrobial therapy, and borax
definitely is an exceptionally good and strong fungicide. Dr.
Newnham regarded Herxheimer as a good prognostic sign indicating
that the body was healing.
It has been estimated that 55% of Americans over the age of
50 have osteoporosis and of these approximately 80% are women.
Worldwide 1 in 3 women and 1 in 12 men over the age of 50 have
osteoporosis, and this is responsible for millions of fractures
each year. In scientific studies Rats with osteoporosis were
given a Boron supplement for 30 days with the result that their
bone quality was then comparable with that of the healthy
control group and of a group supplemented with estradiol (6).
The beneficial effect of Boron on bones seems to be due to
two interrelated effects: a higher Boron content of the bones
which makes them harder, and a normalization of sex hormones
which stimulates the
growth of new bone. Low estrogen levels after menopause are
thought to be the main reason why so many older women develop
osteoporosis. In men testosterone levels decline more gradually
which seems to be reflected in their later onset of osteoporosis
as a group.
Research has now shown that Boron supplementation in
postmenopausal women doubles the blood level of the most active
form of estrogen, 17-beta estradiol, to the level found in much
younger women. Equally, the blood levels of testosterone more
than doubled (7). Boron appears to BALANCE the levels of sex
hormones. With ConventionalSynthetic Hormone Replacement Therapy
there is a higher risk of breast or endometrial cancer which is
NOT known to happen with hormones produced by the body as with
Boron supplementation or with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement
Breast cancer is related to calcifications in the breast.
Tests have shown that it is important to normalize the
calcium-magnesium metabolism and cellular membrane functions
within the body in order to reduce the risks of breast cancer.
A recent study in younger men (29 – 50) showed that the level
of free testosterone (the form that matters most) had risen by
one third after a daily supplementation borax for one week (8).
This may be of special interest for bodybuilders. Research with
Boron has shown that elevated testosterone levels are beneficial
by shrinking prostate tumors and PSA levels, PSA being a marker
for tumors and inflammation in the prostate gland.
Significantly improved memory and cognition in both sexes of
elderly individuals may be partly due to increased levels of sex
hormones and to improved membrane functions of the brain cells
FUNGI AND FLUORIDE
Being such an excellent fungicide it is not surprising that
Borax is being successfully used to treat Candida overgrowth.
There is a great deal of interesting information on an Earth
Clinic forum called Borax Cures (10). Many contributors have
written that it has completely cured or greatly helped them.
In normal healthy conditions Candida exists as harmless oval
yeast cells. When challenged, chains of elongated cells called
pseudohyphae develop, and finally strongly invasive long, narrow
and tube-like filaments called hyphae. These damage the
intestinal wall, and cause inflammation and Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Pseudohyphae and hyphae can be seen in the blood of
individuals with cancer and autoimmune diseases. Candida can
also form tough layers of biofilm. This same study shows that
Borax inhibits the formation of biofilms and also the
transformation of harmless yeast cells into invasive hyphal
form. Other articles have shown that this process, commonly
initiated by antibiotics, is a basic cause of most of our modern
diseases, and this makes Borax and Boron primary health
remedies. Boron is also used to remove accumulated
fluoride and heavy metals from the body(14).
Fluoride not only causes bones and joints to deteriorate, but
also the pineal gland to calcify and the thyroid gland to become
underactive. Borax reacts with fluoride ions to form Boron
fluorides which are then excreted in the urine.
While in good health and especially in younger years a
calcium – magnesium ratio of 2:1 is normal and beneficial. But
with increasing age, Boron deficiency and resulting disease
conditions we REQUIRE progressively
Boron is an important regulator of cell membrane functions,
especially in regard to movements of calcium and magnesium. In
Boron deficiency an excessive amount of calcium moves into the
cell while magnesium is unable to move inside to displace the
the condition of old age; and all of the symptoms of
boron-deficiency diseases leading up to it.
For Boron to be fully effective in reversing tissue
calcification ample magnesium is required. For older individuals
400 to 600 mg of magnesium together with the daily Boron
supplementation spaced out during the day. However, the correct
form of oral Magnesium must be taken to avoid the usual laxative
Sources strongly doubt whether calcium supplements are needed
or even beneficial, even in case of osteoporosis. Tests show
that most individuals have plenty of calcium (stored in their
soft tissues where
it does not belong), and supplementing Boron and Magnesium
redeposit this misplaced calcium directly into bones.
Research has shown that the medical focus on high
CALCIUM supplemental intake is a prescription for ACCELERATED
…we CAN actually turn ourselves into ‘a walking coral reef’!
Long-standing severe calcification buildup cannot be
redistributed in a short period of time while on Boron
supplementation. Increased calcium levels in affected areas such
as the hips and shoulders may cause problems for a considerable
time, such as a tendency to severe cramping and pain, or
problems with the blood circulation, or nerve transmission.
Higher amounts of calcium and fluoride passing through the
kidneys may cause temporary kidney pain. Further, kidney pain
appears to be mainly due to kidney stones being released, after
a few days when the stones are cleared the pain usually stops.
Such healing reactions cannot be avoided when aiming
for a higher level of health, but they can be minimized by
increasing boron levels only gradually. Whenever you
experience an unpleasant effect reduce or temporarily stop boron
intake until the problem subsides. Then gradually start
increasing again. Helpful additional measures are a greatly
increased fluid intake, using more organic acids such as lemon
juice or vinegar, and improving lymph flow as with rebounding,
walking or inverted positions.
HOW MUCH TO USE….here is where it clearly becomes a personal
Like MANY other people, Sally Fallon the President and
Founder of The Weston A. Price Organization, takes pure BORAX
dissolved in water, [as I have detailed below], and has
benefited greatly and reports excellent results. I too began to
supplement with Borax and was experiencing much pain relief of
my arthritis in a short period of time but I also began to
experience gastrointestinal distress. (Perhaps I was taking too
much, I was unable to find an amount of Borax that my body did
not react to. I was forced to stop taking Borax.)
Signs of taking too much Borax are not being hungry,
nausea, vomiting, lethargy, dermatitis and diarrhea. If you stop
taking it for a day or so all of these symptoms will go away.
The antidote for Boron toxicity is to consume extra B2.
Boron TABLETS can
be bought from health shops or the Internet, commonly with 3 mg
of Boron per tablet. While suitable as a general Boron
supplement, it is not known if or how well Boron tablets
work, Chelated Minerals are only 40% absorbable in the body.
Most scientific studies and individual experiences in regard to
arthritis, osteoporosis, or sexual hormones and menopause were
with pure Ionic Borax. It is not yet known if non-ionic
Boron tablets are as effective as Borax.
CURRENTLY I AM SUPPLEMENTING WITH LIQUID IONIC
without experiencing ANY gastrointestinal issues. I am taking
one teaspoon (placed
under the tongue where it is absorbed very quickly)twice
per day; once in the morning and once after dinner at night,
this correlates to 3 mg. of Boron per day.
Minerals are 98% absorbable,
being 7000 times smaller than red blood cells.
Since ionic Boron does not build up in the body, it
never reaches toxic levels. Therefore feel free to find the
amount that works best for you.
In the USA Borax can still be found in the laundry and
cleaning sections of supermarkets, (unlike Europe and Australia
where it is banned). It is safe to use, and is the legal
standard for agricultural grade Borax. Remember that there is no
“food-grade” Borax available or necessary because ALL Borax is
the same and “natural”. Under ‘Ingredients’ it should list ONLY
**Do not buy
the ‘New Borax Substitute’, this product has added perfumes
and anti-caking compounds**
IS HOW ONE SUPPLEMENTS WITH PURE BORAX (which is also an Ionic
form of Boron when taken into the body): Dissolve a
lightly rounded teaspoonful (5-6 grams) of Borax in 1 quart of
filtered water. (Pour a small amount of boiling water in the
quart jar first and stir to dissolve; then fill the jar with
cold, filtered water.) This is your concentrated solution, keep
it out of reach of small children.
For the Standard Dose: 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of
concentrate. This has 25 to 30 mg of Borax and provides
approximately 3 mg of Boron. If you have no specific health
problems or for maintenance you may consume with 1 or 2
If you DO have health problems such as arthritis,
osteoporosis and related conditions such as, joint-pain, cramps,
spasms, or stiffness, menopause, and also to improve low sex
hormone production, increase the intake to 1 – 3 Tablespoons
(depending on your size and how you feel after taking the
doses.) Space-out these doses over the day for several months or
longer until you feel that your problem has sufficiently
improved. Then drop back to 1 or 2 teaspoons per day for
how you feel and adjust accordingly. Stopping the doses for
a couple of days per week can be a good protocol, or take one
week per month off and then start the doses again. Pay attention
to how you feel.
In 3 months I
plan to assess how I feel and I may re-adjust how I am taking
the Ionic Liquid Boron and also the number of times per day. In
any case I plan to take Boron for the rest of my life to prevent
arthritis from coming back, along with any of the other diseases
of aging mentioned above.
By the way if the Boron-Magnesium cure for the above
mentioned diseases should become widely known, the vital income
stream for the pharmaceutical Industry would dry up and the
system would collapse. Since Big Pharma is the biggest and most
profitable industry in the world they will do
their power to prevent this from happening.
For example publicly demonizing Borax for alleged
toxicity that quite simply isn’t true.
Simple TABLE SALT is 100 times more dangerous than Borax!
Table Salt changes ones genetic material and is a mutagenic.
(A mutagen is a
physical or chemical agent that changes the genetic material,
usually DNA, of an organism and thus increases the frequency of
mutations; such as cancer.) However, have you ever seen a
CAUTION statement on a box of Table Salt? Borax is a clean and
natural product and is not harmful when taken in small
I am relieved to find out that my joint issues are simply a
Boron deficiency, and now I know how to correct that deficiency.
I’m so happy I learned
before I went
under the knife!