Apple Cider Vinegar as a Natural Cure for Degenerative Disc Disease

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    Claims

    • Apple cider vinegar has been touted as miracle cure for every condition you can name, from diabetes to sinus infections. Practitioners of folk medicine claim that apple cider vinegar balances your pH levels, which somehow cures a wide variety of illnesses. The instructions of one folk medicine provider, EarthClinic.com, are as follows: place 2 tsp. of apple cider vinegar in 16 oz. of water. Stir, then slowly sip the concoction. This should be taken three times per day.

    Reality

    • This compound, without a doubt, has health benefits. Apple cider vinegar aids digestion, and is great for eliminating warts. Other claims, such as curing hypertension or arthritis, are purely anecdotal and have no experimental support. Degenerative disc disease is no different -- no medical evidence supports the claim that apple cider vinegar has any positive effect on this condition. Instead, talk to your doctor about medically-supported remedies: non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), physical therapy, and even surgery.

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