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Ask Dr. Scott: The secrets behind apple cider vinegar

Does the wonder ferment live up to all its praise?

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Q: Dr. Scott, my grandmother swears by apple cider vinegar. Is there anything to this remedy?

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has been praised as the wonder ferment around the world. As a folk remedy in America, ACV has been used for countless disorders. I have used it with patients for 18 years and it consistently proves to be one of the best biochemical approaches to “morning stiffness” and “muscular rheumatism” ever. Once you sweeten ACV’s acidic taste with a quality honey, the sky’s the limit.

According to researchers, ACV in its natural form works to cleanse our bodies. It has been used since as far back as 5,000 BC by the Babylonians as a pickling agent. The Egyptians used it since 3,000 BC and the Chinese have been writing about it for over three thousand years.

The sour and bitter flavors in ACV reduce accumulations in the liver and abdomen resulting from our Standard American Diet (SAD), overloaded with fake flavors and false phoods. ACV neutralizes poisons in the body (particularly guanidine), and is even good for food poisoning! Soaking the feet daily in vinegar can help clear up athlete’s foot. ACV fights germs and bacteria naturally, and removes most parasites and even worms in the gut. It should be pointed out here that “X-ray studies disclose that 80% of arthritics, regardless of age or type of arthritis, have dilated atonic colons.” (Pemberton, 2002) Consuming one to three tablespoons a day before your meals helps improve your constipation and block the digestion of starchy foods which prevents weight gain. Apple cider vinegar showed antifungal properties against candida, (Mota et al., 2015) and ACV use has been claimed to help lower cholesterol and spur weight loss as well.

Other research, often on animals, shows that ACV helps regulate calcium metabolism, blood consistency, menstruation for women, normalize the urine, digestion and absorption of food, and definitely relieves sore joints and cleans out toxins in the muscles. Sinus and asthma sufferers breathe easier, the acid mantle of the skin is improved and made healthier, and ACV helps with itching scalp, dry hair, baldness and even dandruff. Basically, ACV helps you fight arthritis, while removing toxins and crystals from your joints and soft tissues.

The pH of the blood is usually improved with the use of ACV. The pH of the blood is supposed to remain “practically constant” according to our best textbooks. However as a physician who checks the pH in patients, I cannot concur. Instead of the normal figure of pH 7.3 to 7.5, we find it varying from 7.2 to 7.8 in patients with health problems. Creatine is a methylguanidine acetic acid, and the regulation of guanidine into creatine requires acetic acid in the ACV. In the toxemia of pregnancy, guanidine is a critical factor, and vinegar is often craved by the pregnant mom, very logically it would seem.

Guanidine is a fatigue and tissue poison, the end product of the breakdown of creatine. Guanidine is the most potent organic alkaline substance known, and creates a liquid environment in the body that makes the nerves hurt. It also specifically precipitates calcium out of the blood (from solution to solid), and deposits calcium in many soft tissues where it should not be. This is how calcium carbonate builds up in the soft tissues, causing arthritis, bursitis, neuritis, and in some cases, a freezing up of every joint in the body.

Almost every day I recommend that certain patients buy 3 bottles of Apple Cider Vinegar Drink ($2.95 each) from Vitamin Cottage or King Soopers. You can expect to be less stiff and painful — especially in the morning — after the first bottle! However keep using it for 2 or 3 bottles (about 4 days straight) until you’re just not stiff anymore. You’ll probably find your stiffness will return in a few months, and your 3rd or 4th bottle will be used then. You can also add 2 tablespoons of ACV to a glass of water and add a spoonful of honey and drink this first thing in the morning, again at lunch, then at dinner or bedtime.

If you’re not going to get Bragg’s ACV, then make sure that you find organic ACV, not the one you buy in the salad dressing aisle at the supermarket. ACV has been used by grandmothers for centuries in aiding the liver to detoxify the body and to help with digesting rich, fatty and greasy foods, and for proper metabolizing of proteins, fats and minerals. If the food cannot be broken down into the absorbable form, the body cannot assimilate the required nutrients needed from the diet.


Dr. Scott Cuthbert is the chief clinician at the Chiropractic Health Center in Pueblo, Colorado, as well as the author of two new textbooks and over 50 peer-reviewed research articles.

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