Discover The Truth About Apple Cider Vinegar Remedies

I was reviewing an ebook on vinegar remedies and uses recently, and came across some surprising assertions. Despite the ebook author claiming that vinegar was not a cure all, the list of complaints vinegar supposedly fixed was astounding. Almost as astounding as the rationale behind using vinegar to fix said complaints.

Apart from the evils of satisfying one's 'debased' taste buds over nourishing the body – which is apparently the cause of all of modern man's ills. The author suggest we start looking to 'natural resources' that have been used in the days before Christ. Apparently that was a bit of a turning point nutritionally.

Anyway, sunshine, water and air aside, its all herbs, honey, and homebrews. These are the antidote to the 'unnatural chemical compounds' that are plaguing us. Hmmm – that must be why we our ancestors lived about double the life span that we do. Oh, I'm sorry, its we who live on average twice as long as our ancestors…

It would be lovely if we could explain away the plethora of chronic and acute illnesses that affect so many people. There is no doubt that in some cases nutritional choice has played a causative or aggravating factor in a person's ill health. But people who follow very healthy, natural diets also get sick. People who exercise still have heart attacks. The answer is not always simple, nor is it always to be found by glorifying folk remedies or taking complex Oriental classification systems and treatments out of context. Which is not to say there is not some value, for certain things, in either traditional medicine, or folk remedies.

But giving herbal treatments, or folk remedies, the veneer of pseudo science, does not help anyone.

The author of this ebook stated that 'a number of outstanding authorities' have proven the 'therapeutic' value of using apple cider vinegar for complaints ranging from obesity to arthritis – without naming said authorities. And the chief rationale behind apple cider vinegar's supposed wide ranging value is that, like apples, it contains Phosphorous, Chlorine, Potassium, Sodium, Magnesium, Calcium, Sulfur, Iron, Fluorine, Silicon, plus many trace elements. And, Potassium.

Now, apple cider vinegar may in fact contain all of these things. It certainly does contain potassium, but only very small amounts – about 15mg per tablespoon as compared to 159mg per apple, or 288mg for 10 rings of dried apple. Cider vinegar has no sodium, no magnesium, and about 1mg of calcium and phosphorus. Hardly noteworthy. But that doesn't stop the book promoting apple cider vinegar as encouraging the health of veins and capillaries, and therefore heart health and blood pressure. And whilst we're at it, it helps the blood clot better, though there is no explanation as to this mechanism. By this rationale, tomorrow it will help colonize mars. Presumably in the same mysterious way as it stores the fiber this ebook attributes cider vinegar as having.

But just as apple cider vinegar in fact has no fiber – unlike apples – so cider vinegar is not nearly as miraculous or mysterious as the ebook's logic. Vinegar may in fact have promise in cleaning without having to resort to harsh chemicals. And in may also be beneficial for some health purposes. But it does not do nearly as much as is claimed. And by creatively linking it to every ailment imaginable, it serves to turn herbal remedies into a bad joke. Mars anyone?

20 comments

  1. Sandra Reply
    July 20, 2007 at 5:34 am

    "But it does not do nearly as much as is claimed."

    And likewise we are to take this author's assertions? Debunking claims merely with the conclusion of debunking is hardly informative or helpful.

  2. Brian Reply
    April 28, 2008 at 10:40 am

    You are obviously a nucklehead.

    Apple Cider Vinegar has helped thousands of people with chronic conditions. Any research you have done into it has shown this without question. Either everyone is lying, or ACV has some amazing effects on an extremely wide range of illnesses. I myself have just started taking it after much research and after only a few days have more energy, and it has seemingly cured my IBS that I have had since youth. It has also soothed my Roids, which I have been treating with Preperation H for months to no good end. And this is after only a few days. You are a skeptic without good cause, and you probably have not tried it yourself, or have not tried it LONG ENOUGH to see its effects. Just because you don't like their book doesn't mean that they aren't "on to something" fantastic.

    People with Fibro, Acid Reflux, IBS and a plethora of other illnesses have seen drastic effects, and some even use the word "cured", because in their years of suffering, they have never experienced this kind of noticeable healing, even with expensive prescription drugs.

    Get off your high horse.

    Brian

  3. Jszukieiwicz Reply
    November 16, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    Please forgive me, must mention that the author of this article was very sarcastic in her style, I found this to be more annoying than helpful. It would have been more appealing if she would have used a more gentle approach.

    Thank you!

  4. Tom Reply
    November 22, 2007 at 8:27 am

    Hypocritically written, this article is just as "pseudo" as the ebook itself, until author has composed blind tests with proven results to prove thoughts, they should refrain from writing or at least state it is "their opinion" and not write as if factual.

  5. Mary Grether Reply
    December 24, 2007 at 4:18 am

    I have been curious, do we use distilled or organic, is it really helpful or harmful, is it better to eat an apple instead of drinking vinegar. Thanks for a refreshing idea.

  6. Kate Monson Reply
    August 20, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Couldn't understand the reasoning behind your attacking Apple Cider Vinegar… until I came to your website, where, of course, we find you have something to sell. Naturally you would knock the cheap competition. The people postings their cures from Apple Cider Vinegar aren't being sold anything… instead, they're just told to go get it.

    Everyone has their own areas of expertise and unfortunately, your lack of understanding of the Bible tells us all… your focus is on profit, profit, profit… so much so that you are actually unashamed to show your stupidity (which is precisely the word the Book of Proverbs uses).

  7. Qbungus Reply
    August 22, 2008 at 9:19 am

    Rebecca is obviously a young modern nutritionist harboring the idea that there was no such thing as real medicine before she got here. How could mankind possibly have survived this long without modern medicine?

    Before doctoring was a money making profession, I believe they really did research to prevent and cure. But, later, they realized there was no money in preventing and curing, but a lot of money could be made from continued treating. Naturally, drug companies are not going to endorse something they can't patent and sell.

  8. Christine Reply
    May 18, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    I continue to appreciate how those who remain in the "Western medicine is always better" paradigm love to insinuate that anything which falls out of the pharmaceutical industry's purview is "pseudo science." Besides the fact that this attitude is racist and elitist, and besides the fact that Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, and "folk medicine" have been practiced on literally millions of people over thousands of years, and continue to be practiced in a large part of the world, while medical doctors have been practicing just a little over a 100 years and on quite a few less people (with probably more deaths if you took ratios into account), our scientific method continues to disprove what it has "proved" often not months before. How many "safe" pharmaceutical drugs, supposedly rigorously tested by the FDA, end up getting pulled off the market several years later because of the intense side-effects, including death, they have caused?

    I guarantee ACV hasn't caused any deaths.

    Besides that, you missed the main reason that alternative practitioners, such as Naturopathic Doctors (yes, DOCTORS, certified by the state) recommend taking Apple Cider Vinegar. Because of the over-abundance of depleted and refined foods, and the amount of sugar in our foods (and the amount of antibiotics that are prescribed by, you guessed it, MDs), our digestion is in disarray, and contrary to popular belief, many people have low, and not high, stomach acid. This is necessary to break down food properly so that we may assimilate the vitamins and minerals. ACV stimulates HCl (stomach acid) and therefore can help with a wide range of stomach ailments, including gas, indigestion, and the notorious we-don't-know-what-it-is-so-we'll-throw-it-under-the-umbrella-of-IBS syndrome.

    This type of article should try and cover all its bases if it is attempting to tear down at a time-honored tradition.

    Christine Garvin, MA, NE
    Nutrition Educator
    MA Holistic Health Education

  9. Eric Reply
    October 8, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Apple cider does have benefit. Have you tried any or all of the claims that are made? I admit that the claims go way out, but I have yet to find one that does not work if followed exactly. Try doing research on the subject before you say it sounds like the next claims will be colomizing Mars. You watch too much Sci-Fi. No one can follow all the sources or do all the trials that would be needed, but ignoring the facts that are available is poor journalism. Have you been bought off by the manufacturers of these un-natural remedies? Natural does take much longer, but it does work while making your body stronger at the same time. There is a place for the quick fix, but my health is not the place unless I am in immediate danger of death. The side effects simply are not worth it. Have you heard of even 1 person dying from apple cider vinegar? There are thousands who have died from EVERY un-natural cure, even though it may help a few. Are the risks worth the price? Why turn people off to something that may help them. Try turning them off to something that WILL harm them.

  10. Janice Reply
    November 2, 2008 at 5:57 am

    What Rebecca does not understand about apple cider vinegar is that it assists in balancing the ph levels in the body. All diseases occur because our ph level is too acidic. Cancer cannot survive in an alkoline environment but thrives in an acidic one. ACV taken with a balanced diet consuming alkiline foods (fruits and vegetables) brings ph back into balance. It works for your swimming pools and your soil. Don't you think ph balance is even more important for your body which is 70% water?

  11. nadine Reply
    May 10, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Apple cider vinegar (with the mother) is a very alkalizing substance. Much of our disease is caused by over acidity in our blood.

  12. kev king Reply
    July 18, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Although I agree with the sentiments a little more or indeed any evidence to either support or dismiss the idea would be good.

  13. brian Reply
    September 30, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    This article simply states the truth. "touchy-feely' types have always been and remain hostile to logic and science, but would prefer to continue to support the billion dollar "health food" industry, along w/the blatent quackery that is inherent in the industry.

  14. dre Reply
    April 23, 2012 at 2:45 am

    Completely well written, with correct sentence structures, etc. Pretty presumptuous and baseless in argument. Did you try it? Do you know how much exercise prevents heart attacks? Do you know that people who do exercise and have heart attacks recover much quicker? Did you study both sides of the story? Are you aware that our modern day prescription drugs are the number one cause of death in the USA? Do some further research, including personal experimentation should you chose to convince me.

  15. Donna Reply
    June 25, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    ACV has done wonders for my health. Sometimes I trust anecdotal experience more than peer-reviewed studies. Pharmaceuticals, all supposedly studied, cause harm to so many people and no one is writing about that, are they?

  16. Anonymous Reply
    July 14, 2012 at 2:58 am

    ACV is the best solution I've found to stopping asthma attacks – beats the "modern" steroids by a mile.

  17. reuter Reply
    September 30, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    It seems that Rebecca Prescott has been very ineffective in convincing anyone that she has any interest in the general welfare of the public. I too am very disappointed that she would be allowed to display such a useless opinion.

  18. Anonymous Reply
    December 12, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    appears to have an agenda…

  19. Rick Reply
    June 2, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    I have had nothing but great benefits from ACV. I use Bragg's Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. A Bragg's and seltzer at least three times a day. Aids in digestion. Takes away fatigue. Keeps my electrolytes balanced in the summer heat. I love the stuff. Great taste too!

  20. Elsbeth Reply
    January 4, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Good quality, RATIONAL information. And I LOVE the writing style. Can't wait to read more of your articles.

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