Anti-Vaxxers recommend bathing in borax, other ‘detox’ to ‘undo’ Covid-19 vaccines – Community News

Anti-Vaxxers recommend bathing in borax, other ‘detox’ to ‘undo’ Covid-19 vaccines

Bathing with borax is not the same as bathing with Borat. However, there should also be no reason to do this after you get the Covid-19 vaccine. Unless, of course, you’re Borat.

Yet an osteopathic physician, Carrie Madej, DO, recently claimed in a TikTok video that you should take a bath after vaccination to “detoxify the vaxx.” And she didn’t recommend a standard hot tub. Instead, this bath contained baking soda and epsom salts to remove the “radiation,” bentonite clay to get the “poison” out and, yes, a cup of borax to “take nanotechnology out of you.”

radiation? Poison? Nanotechnologies? Holy, ingredients, Batman, who ever said any of those things are in Covid-19 vaccines? Well, certainly not the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or peer-reviewed publications in reputable scientific journals. You can’t just pick random items and substances and claim they’re in the vaccines. Why not throw in grass chains, peanut butter, microwave parts and Ugg boots too?

The following tweet thread from NBC reporter Ben Collins added the TikTok video of Madej’s claims to TikTok, as well as a large box of borax:

Note that the big box of borax on the tweet was just a photo and not real. Nor is the suggestion that bathing would somehow “undo” the effects of the Covid-19 vaccine, as Madej claimed. Getting vaccinated is not the same as soiling yourself. A bath can make you feel good, especially while playing the Enya song Any time. However, it will not take away all the effects of the vaccine.

Once the contents of the Covid-19 vaccines are injected into your body, it is in your body and does not stay on your skin. As I have previously described for Forbes, the vaccines are believed to cause your cells to produce spike proteins. Spike proteins make severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) look like spiky massage balls or those clubs used in BDSM, not that you should know anything about that. The presence of the spike proteins then shows your immune system what to build defenses against. No amount of bathing will pull the lipid-enveloped mRNA from the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, the adenoviruses from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or the resulting spike proteins out of your body any faster. Instead, they will naturally degrade and leave your body shortly after they do their thing.

And why would you even want to “undo” the effects of the Covid-19 vaccine? It can protect against infection with the Covid-19 coronavirus and against more severe Covid-19 outcomes. Well, Madej seems to envision this bath as some sort of alleged “morning after” or a Plan B pill. Her advice may be aimed at people who have already been vaccinated, but for some reason are still concerned about the effects of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Who could this be? Well, with more and more businesses, schools and other locations in need of Covid-19 vaccination, many of the people who are finally getting vaccinated may have been reluctant to do so. And this growing segment could be a new target for false “cleansing” information and treatments.

In general, bathing is not a bad thing. People around you might not say, “Hey, you really need to stop all that badge stuff” unless you’re doing it at work or at the dinner table. And baths in baking soda, epsom salt, or bentonite clay aren’t necessarily a terrible thing to do, especially if you’re a big arm cake or a giant muffin. However, do not swallow or eat such substances. For example, doctors will rarely say, “Hey, eat some clay,” because things like bentonite clay can clog your gut.

Also be wary of the unsubstantiated claims out there about what bathing in these substances can do. They are not miracle cures for many medical conditions. Nevertheless, there is some evidence that bathing in these substances can help soothe certain skin conditions, relax your muscles and loosen stiff joints.

Borax is a different story. This combination of boron, sodium, and oxygen, also known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate, usually serves as a household cleaner or detergent booster. Unless you’re a kitchen sink or dirty gym shorts, bathing in a household cleaner or laundry detergent isn’t a good idea.

Varying amount of borax can be present in children’s mucus putties and certain types of toothpastes, mouthwashes, cosmetics, ceramic glazes and herbicides. However, as you can imagine, these forms of borax are not necessarily interchangeable. Your significant other might be a little upset afterwards if you said, “oh, by the way, instead of cosmetics, I’ve got some herbicide or ceramic glaze for you.” So when using something with borax in it, check the label and make sure you follow the instructions.

It’s also a good idea to limit your exposure to borax. Borax can irritate your skin and be harmful if inhaled, leading to nose, throat, or lung damage, or can be ingested, leading to nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Too much exposure to borax can lead to damage to your reproductive organs, shock or liver failure. This is why the FDA does not allow borax in food products in the US. If the answer to your “what do we eat” question somehow includes the word “borax,” move away from the dinner table. Avoid dishes called “spaghetti with borax sauce” or “borax cream pie”.

Apparently, as Collins reported for: NBC NewsMadej is not alone in suggesting such “detoxx after vaxx” approaches. And bathing isn’t the only method that’s been pushed. Others have suggested things like cupping, making small incisions in your skin, and injecting yourself with other things. Where is the scientific evidence that any of these can do anything to undo your Covid-19 vaccination? Sorry, if you got the Covid-19 vaccine, you’re just going to have to deal with some good Covid-19 protection it can provide you.