This has happened to me before. I have completed and posted a blog, only to discover some further information which I consider to be seriously significant. Now I could always simply amend the earlier blog, but that would mean many people who have already read it would miss out on the additional information. To get around this problem I will post a second article – let’s call it Part Two, and hope it reaches a good proportion of the blog sphere, who may be interested in natural and alternative methods of healing.
The first part is entitled: BORON: a Magical Mineral in case you missed it, now get ready for Part Two.
I still contend that BORON is a magical mineral, one which we (generally speaking) know very little about. That has not always been the case, but today if you ask the ‘average younger person’ if they have borax in their homes – I believe most would say NO and then maybe ask you what it is and what it is used for.
Just so we are all on the same page here – that we all understand what I am writing about I will use the words BORON and BORAX interchangeably. It is my understanding that BORON is the mined mineral (right out of the ground so to speak) and BORAX is the product you can purchase (in some countries) which is 99% boron, and is sold and used for many purposes:
in the home borax is used as a natural laundry booster, multipurpose cleaner, fungicide, preservative, insecticide, herbicide, disinfectant, desiccant, and ingredient in making ‘slime’. Borax crystals are odorless, whitish (can have various color impurities), and alkaline. Borax is not flammable and is not reactive. It can be mixed with most other cleaning agents, including chlorine bleach.
Before you stop reading Part Two, having decided boron/borax must be a danger to all of humanity, read the entire blog here, follow all the links provided and do some sleuthing for yourselves. Boron has been around for a very long time, has documented health benefits which are in conflict with the Big Pharmaceutical interests – who cannot patent it so, cannot make money off it, and it does has a very safe track record – both for home cleansing use and complimentary treatments.
Here is a story – factual – about Boron and Health
Those of us who follow what is happening in the alternative/complimentary world are well aware that if a substance is natural then it cannot be patented by Pharmaceutical Companies, who work to serve their financial backers and shareholders. If it cannot be patented then Big Pharma will not invest time, energy and money in investigating and manufacturing something that any other – Tom, Dick or Mary (other company) can also do – after all, the Pharmaceutical Company wants to hold the patent and make the money!
Even if a natural product really does hold promise of curing an ailment, Big Pharma would rather you spent your money, or the Governments money on their chemical compound on which they hold the patent. You would challenge them if your natural product worked as well as their expensive drugs – or even better than their expensive drugs without the side effects.
Meet Rex Newman:
In the 1960’s Rex Newnham, Ph.D., D.O., N.D, developed arthritis. At that time he was a soil and plant scientist in Perth, Western Australia. Conventional drugs did not help, so he looked for the cause into the chemistry of plants. He realized that plants in that area were rather mineral deficient. Knowing that boron aids calcium metabolism in plants he decided to try it. He started taking 30 mg of borax a day, and in three weeks all pain, swelling and stiffness had disappeared.
He told public health and medical school authorities about his discovery but they were not interested. However, some people with arthritis were delighted as they improved. Others were scared to take something with a poison label on the container and meant to kill cockroaches and ants. Eventually he had tablets made with a safe and effective quantity of borax.
Within five years and only by word of mouth he sold 10,000 bottles a month. He could no longer cope and asked a drug company to market it. That was a major mistake. They indicated that this would replace more expensive drugs and reduce their profits. It so happened that they had representatives on government health committees and arranged that in 1981 Australia instituted a regulation that declared boron and its compounds to be poisons in any concentration. He was fined $1000 for selling a poison, and this successfully stopped his arthritis cure from spreading in Australia. (2)
Subsequently 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. Only 12% improved when on placebo. There were no negative side-effects, but some reported that their heart ailment had also improved, and there was better general health and less tiredness. (3)
Most of his later research was devoted to the relationship between soil boron levels and arthritis. He found, for instance that the traditional sugarcane islands, due to long-term heavy use of fertilizers, have very low soil-boron levels. Jamaica has the lowest level and arthritis rates are about 70%. He noted that even most dogs were limping. Next comes Mauritius with very low boron levels and 50% arthritis. The daily boron intake in these countries is less than 1 mg/day. An interesting comparison is between Indian and native Fijians. The Indians are estimated to have an arthritis rate of about 40% and eat much rice grown with fertilizer while the native Fijians with an estimated arthritis rate of 10% eat mainly starchy root vegetables grown privately 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 about 20%. But Carnarvon in Western Australia has high boron levels in soil and water, and the arthritis rate is only 1%. It is similar in a place called Ngawha Springs in New Zealand with very high boron levels in the spa water which is curative for arthritis. Actually all spas reputedly curing arthritis have very high boron levels. These are also high in Israel with an estimated daily boron intake of 5 to 8 mg and only 0.5 – 1% arthritis.
Bone analysis showed that arthritic joints and nearby bones had 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 joints. After boron supplementation bones were much harder than normal and surgeons found them more difficult to saw through. With additional boron bone fractures heal in about half the normal time in both man and animal. Horses and dogs with broken legs, or even a broken pelvis, have fully recovered.
Borax is also effective with other forms of arthritis, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Juvenile Arthritis, and Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus). For instance Dr Newnham saw a young girl aged 9 months with juvenile arthritis. He was able to cure her in 2 weeks.
He wrote that commonly people can get rid of their pain, swelling and stiffness in about 1 to 3 months. Then they can reduce treatment from 3 to 1 boron tablet (each 3 mg) per day as a maintenance dose so that they can avoid any future arthritis. He also stated that patients with rheumatoid arthritis commonly experienced a Herxheimer reaction and that this is always a good prognostic sign. They must persevere and in another 2 or 3 weeks the pain, swelling and stiffness will be gone. (4,5)
TED has something to say as well and goes into some details about why and how BORAX works for so many different types of fungus, mycoplasma found in lupus, rosacea, dog mange, interstitial cystitis plasmodium parasites, Morgellons disease, or even pneumonia. “I think borax medicine is one of the medicines most ignored, misinformed or even suppressed in our present society. The authorities have done it so well that very few know that the toxicity of borax is about equal to that of simple table salt.”
Chris Gupta from Share The Wealth – (I consider this site a valuable one for information on complimentary methods to staying healthy) also has much to say in the way of positive things about BORAX.
If you are over 50, consider taking boron (30-90 mg Borax). Neuropath Rex Newnam cured himself and hundreds people of arthritis with this much neglected nutrient.
In a double-blind trial comparing 6 mg/d of boron with placebo in the treatment of arthritis, of the 10 patients on boron, five improved while only one of ten in the placebo group improved. The boron had significant benefit in severe osteoarthritis. The 6 mg of boron was in two tablets containing 25 mg of borax (sodium tetraborate decahydrate) . The experiment was carried over an eight week period. There were no side effects noted.
“Boron and Arthritis: The Results of a Double-Blind Pilot Study”, Travers, Richard L. , MD, et al, Journal of Nutritional Medicine, 1990:1:127-132. (Address: Rex E. Newnham, Ph.D., Cracoe House Cottage, Cracoc Near Skipton, North Yorkshire 5023 6LB, United Kingdom)
Osteoarthritis and Boron
Six mgs/d of Boron (2 tablets of 25 mg Borax Sodium Tetraborate Decahydrate) was evaluated in 10 patients with radiographically proven osteoarthritis while 10 patients received placebos. Out of the 10 patients taking boron 5 improved while only 1 improved in the placebo group. There were no apparent side effects and the author suggests this limited trial should encourage further investigation.
“Clinical Trial — Boron on Arthritis”, Travers, Richard L. , Townsend Letter For Doctors, June 1990360-362. (Address: Dr. Richard L. Travers, Department of Medicine, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville 3050, Australia)
Current research points to boron’s being the equivalent of a biochemical helper in bone health, rather than a front-line soldier. But scientists also cite evidence that boron somehow prevents calcium from being excreted, plays a part in the correct balance of other minerals, and helps the body to avoid osteoporosis in the first place. It certainly seems to be central to the biochemical equation.
Boron may also have a role in another debilitating bone condition – arthritis. Arthritis is almost unknown in Israel, where levels of boron in the soil – and therefore in foods – are high. In Jamaica, however, it’s the reverse situation: boron levels are low and arthritis rates are correspondingly high. That boron may have a role in the prevention or modification of arthritis is supported by research done with arthritis-susceptible rats by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. From this research, USDA scientists hypothesize that boron may modulate the immune system and protect against inflammatory disease. However, much work must be done before scientists can say that boron can help reduce the human suffering caused by arthritis.
I guess I have given us all some more thinking to do on this Magic Mineral, and I do hope the information will be beneficial to you in your search for more natural ways to gain, regain good health. I also suggest you read the Magnesium Blog as it all ties in together. Till next time…… Cheer’s from JustMEinT