Find out why millions of people around the world have for centuries turned to apple cider vinegar as a powerful remedy for treating many of their most common health conditions and learn how you too can use it to resolve many of your own health complaints. For centuries, apple cider vinegar has been used as a folk remedy to treat a host of health issues, from indigestion and low energy to sore throats and toothache. It is also a remarkable beauty aid that can help remove unwanted blemishes and add strength and sheen to hair. And that’s just the tip of what this amazing elixir can do.
Best-selling health author Larry Trivieri, Jr. has written this practical guide to the many well-known benefits of apple cider as well as the elixir’s newly discovered powers as a natural anti-inflammatory. Apple cider vinegar:
--Helps promote weight loss
--Lowers blood cholesterol
--Controls blood glucose levels
--Increases energy levels
--Relieves nasal congestion
--Fights gum disease and toothache
--Freshens breath and whitens teeth
--Soothes bee and wasp stings
--And so much more
This book begins by looking at the long history of apple cider vinegar use and examines the science behind its many benefits. It then explains how you can choose the best apple cider vinegar, and even tells you how to make it at home. The main section of this book is a complete A-Z guide that shows you how to use apple cider vinegar to prevent and reverse over 80 common health conditions, and to improve and maintain the health and appearance of your hair, skin, teeth and gums. Each entry includes a clear discussion of the topic, explains how and why apple cider vinegar works to help each condition, and then guides you on how to most effectively use it.
Apple Cider Vinegaris the most complete and comprehensive book of its kind. By applying what you will learn in it, you will take an important step to better and longer lasting health.
"[A] handy guide to the many practical uses of this substance for health and well-being. Thoroughly accessible to readers of all backgrounds, Apple Cider Vinegar shows how this inexpensive substance can ameliorate everything from blood cholesterol to nasal congestion, indigestion, gum disease and much more. An index for ease of use rounds out this excellent supplement to health and home remedy shelves."
—Midwest Book Review ("Margaret's Bookshelf") - Margaret Lane, reviewer
"Well-organized . . . [author] Larry Trivieri, Jr. trumpets the healing powers of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), providing both a cultural and historical context and a clearly laid-out, step-by-step process for its uses in the fight against 80 ailments . . . Throughout history, starting with ancient civilizations, Trivieri shows that ACV has been used for anything from digestion problems to respiratory conditions to the dressing of wounds. Hippocrates himself advocated its use . . . [Trivieri] genuinely cares about individuals treating their health seriously and leaning toward prevention rather than cure."—IndieReader - Emily Martin for IndieReader
Larry Trivieri, Jr. is a leading writer in the field of holistic and alternative medicine. He is the author or co-author of more than 20 acclaimed books on health, including the bestseller The Acid-Alkaline Food Guide, The American Holistic Medical Association Guide to Holistic Health, Health On The Edge, and Juice Alive. In addition, he served as the editor and principal writer of both editions of the landmark volume Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide, and has also published more than 200 health articles online and in leading publications. He is also a frequent lecturer on health-related topics, and has been a featured guest on television and radio shows nationwide.
Introduction or preface
Imagine a drug that came to market after being shown that it could safely and effectively:
• Boost your immune function and improve your resistance to infectious disease • Help prevent and reverse high cholesterol • Reduce the risk of diabetes • Help regulate blood sugar levels • Reduce inflammation • Relieve allergies • Soothe away arthritis and joint pains • Alleviate muscle cramps • Help prevent bone loss • Help prevent and treat colds and flu • Reduce the risk of cataracts • Improve your digestion and overall gastrointestinal function • Improve bladder, kidney, and liver function • Increase your energy levels and reduce fatigue • Boost your metabolism and aid in weight loss
And that’s just the tip of the apple. It can also help prevent and treat scores of other common health conditions, ranging from back pain, congestion, constipation, and diarrhea to headache, heartburn, urinary tract infections, varicose veins, and yeast infections, plus, in the process, also improve the appearance of your skin and improve the luster and sheen of your hair, all without any side effects whatsoever.
If such a drug existed, surely millions of patients would flock to their doctors demanding that they be given a prescription for it. Most likely, you would be one of them. And because of the multitude of benefits the drugs provided, the drug company that brought it to market could expect to reap annual profits of hundreds of millions, and perhaps even billions, of dollars.
But such a drug does not exist, nor is there ever likely to be one, for the simple reason that pharmaceutical drugs are designed to only target specific and limited mechanisms in the body, thereby significantly narrowing the scope of what such drugs can treat. Moreover, few, if any drugs, have much value as a preventive agent, and all of them, even common aspirin, pose the risk of harmful side effects.
Fortunately, however, you don’t have to wish that someday a scientist might discover a drug that did provide all of the benefits listed above. Instead, you can turn to Mother Nature, for she has already provided us with a substance that can do all of the above and much more. That substance is apple cider vinegar. (Hereinafter, apple cider vinegar will often be listed as its abbreviation of ACV.)
It’s likely, however, that until now you have not been aware of just how powerful and versatile apple cider vinegar is as a healing agent for so many health conditions. The reason for this is simple.
Unlike pharmaceutical drugs, which, in the United States, are heavily marketed to the public via a bombardment of ads on television, radio, newspapers, magazines, and the Internet (only the U.S. and New Zealand allow this type of direct-to-consumer drug advertising by the way), in addition to being the primary recommendation of most conventionally trained physicians to their patients, producers of apple cider vinegar are actually prevented by law from making any health claims about ACV. If they did so, they would soon face heavy fines by federal agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and might even be forced out of business. (In fact, our nation’s laws with regard to health claims are so draconian that the FDA literally controls the definition of the word “drug,” meaning that anytime a health claim is made about a natural healing substance, the FDA can and does assert that said substance is being marketed as a drug, and therefore subject to the same fines and other legal penalties that drug companies face when they make what the FDA terms “unsubstantiated claims.” These same hurdles and restrictions are also imposed on most producers of nutritional supplements and other natural products.)
Moreover, ACV producers, even if they were allowed to do so, have no incentive to finance the types of studies that pharmaceutical companies underwrite to bring their drugs to market (the cost of doing so today is estimated to be as high as $800 million or more for a single drug before it can secure FDA approval) because, unlike such drugs, ACV cannot be patented. (Patented drugs, once approved by the FDA, enable the pharmaceutical companies that develop them to reap billions of dollars in annual profits by exclusively selling the drugs under brand names for a period of up to 20 years. Only after this exclusivity period expires are competing drug companies allowed to bring generic versions of these drugs to market. This is one of the reasons why pharmaceutical drugs are so expensive—because they have the exclusive right to sell their drugs for so many years, drug companies typically are allowed to charge whatever they want for the drugs during that exclusivity period—and also a primary reason why our nation’s annual healthcare costs today total $3 trillion, a figure that continues to increase.)
For these and other reasons, it’s unlikely that you will find much, if any, advertising about apple cider vinegar. Instead, the companies which produce and sell it are content to simply place their bottles of ACV in the condiment aisles of grocery and health food stores across the country, where they continue to sell because, after all, nearly everyone uses ACV from time to time as an ingredient for salad dressing. Savvy, health conscious individuals, however, also regularly stock up on ACV because they know of at least some of the other health-promoting benefits that ACV provides.
In the pages that follow, you will learn about apple cider vinegar’s long history as a healing agent. You will then discover how and why it works, including what modern science has discovered about its healing properties, along with guidelines for knowing what to look for when choosing an apple cider vinegar product. You will also learn how, if you are so inclined, you can make your own supply of apple cider vinegar at home. Most importantly, you will discover how to use apple cider vinegar to treat more than 80 common health conditions, along with its various other uses.
Of course, no single ingredient, even one as powerful and versatile as apple cider vinegar has proven to be, can serve as a “magic bullet” when it comes to your health. For this reason, this book also includes a variety of other important and easy-to-implement self-care approaches you can apply as part of your daily health routine.
Now that you know that apple cider vinegar can act as a multipurpose health aid, let’s take a look at what ACV actually is, how and why it works, and the many ways that it can improve your health.
Table of contents
Preface, xi Introduction, 1
PART ONE Apple Cider Vinegar—The Ancient Healer
1. Apple Cider Vinegar—The Versatile Healer, 7 2. How and Why Apple Cider Vinegar Can Improve Your Health, 23 3. Guidelines for Choosing an Apple Cider Vinegar Product, 29 4. How to Make Your Own Apple Cider Vinegar, 37 5. Taking the Next Steps to Better Health, 43