Rita Gehman has over thirty years of personal experience with self-healing using both allopathic Western medicine and alternative medicine.
My Own Experience
I grew up with dermatomyositis (don't worry, you don't have to pronounce it out loud!). This disease gave me enormous golf-ball-sized calcium deposits all over my body. Most of the calcium deposits in my body were hard, but some of them were liquid, and many of them were both hard and liquid calcium together.
If you think this was gross....and painful....you would be correct.
Methods That Worked (at First)
Growing up in a naturopathic family, and having an extremely rare disease, the help I received from the medical community was good... but not quite good enough.
So, we quickly branched out on our own to find even the most remote forms of healing available. We left no stone unturned.
Methods which wiped out a certain percentage of my calcium deposits, without doing a complete job on them, included:
- NAET Therapy (Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Technique)
- EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) - This was especially helpful in that it made me realize how deep of an emotional attachment to my disease I had, as well as showcasing all of the ways in which I used my disease as a crutch and as a tool.
- Heavy Vibration Therapy - This involved running a heavy-duty vibrating massager over my body, followed by scratching for the inevitable, deep tissue itching. This method also really relieved pain.
- Heavy Sleeping and Fasting Patterns - Because so much of my body's energy was being spent on keeping the active disease at bay when I was a child, I wasn't always very hungry. There were times when I was ravenous, and there were times when my mom almost force fed me to keep me eating. However, I don't recommend eating when you don't feel like it. Digestion requires heavy energy usage in the body and your system may be in the middle of something during a mealtime or two.
The Permanent Solution
So, I needed a permanent solution. Obviously, the calcium I had got rid of did not come back, or anything like that. But, I was getting desperate. By this time, I was in my late twenties, and I wanted the rest of this stuff gone!
I saw a YouTube video where an eggshell was reduced to a soft, mushy mess by spending 12 hours in apple cider vinegar.
So, I started taking vinegar internally. My stomach could not handle this, and I had bouts of headaches and painful stomachaches every time I drank the stuff.
My next idea was to put my feet into a tub of vinegar. This had an immediate effect upon my calcium. The only drawback was that it softened my tissues to the point of the skin not completely covering my precious little feet anymore!
A client of my dad (my father is a masseuse) told him that she used DMSO (dimethylsulfoxide) internally to help with the bone spurs in her ankles.
I took it internally myself, and felt cold and irritable afterward.
Then, resolving to always do right by the scientific method, I decided to take vinegar and DMSO together before I stopped taking the DMSO altogether.
The effect was amazing. I drank one-eighth of a DMSO bottle in the morning, followed immediately by a two hour foot soak in vinegar. The DMSO seemed to firm up my skin more, so that I could handle having my feet in vinegar for two hours every day.
Then, I decided to use it on my left elbow. I have not been able to straighten out my left elbow for 22 years, because there is a major, hard calcium deposit sitting directly in the joint. I could only straighten it out to a ninety-degree angle (that's at a right angle).
I took a plastic bowl, poured vinegar and DMSO into it, put the lid on and shook it up, then put my left elbow in it for two hours at a time.
After that, I no longer had to worry about the skin on my feet being too soft to walk on. The vinegar and DMSO were in my bloodstream, so my body was affected the same, and it was pointedly melting down the calcium in my elbow!
Experiment Done—Melting Calcium Carbonate Egg Shell With Vinegar
DMSO is the Second Half of the Calcium Melting Solution
Things to Watch Out For
I have always used the scientific method, thoroughly, when performing experiments on my precious body! I recommend that you do the same. Do the following when following your own routine:
- First, look at what you are currently doing in your meal times, exercise, family time, work and down time. Knowing where you are when you begin will give you more self awareness and will make your awareness of changes brought bought by health treatments that much more clear.
- Second, only do one thing at a time! When you are using various supplements or health benefits, quit doing all others, and only try one thing at a time! This way, you will have a very clear picture of the results that method brings you.
- Third, document everything. Write down how you felt every single day during a health treatment. Knowing that you felt a whole lot better three or four days into the treatment will offset any skewed memory of initial discomfort.
When using DMSO and vinegar, I recommend starting out with vinegar, and see if you are okay with taking it internally. If that does not bring you any problems, then mix about 4 tablespoons of DMSO in with your morning vinegar, and your treatment is finished. Other things to watch out for:
- DMSO has a very strong odor! When it is in your body, it gives off a very strong sulfur (or rotting corpse) odor, and you tend to have a lot of bad smelling gas, as well. This is particularly true if you take it orally. In soaking baths, this is enormously reduced, and you could probably still go to work! :)
- While clear in water (it chemically creates a bit of a shimmer effect in water), DMSO tastes a little like rotten eggs or sulfur. The taste can be quickly covered up with food, though.
- If you are taking vinegar orally, you should only take about 4 to 8 tablespoons per day.
- If you take vinegar orally, you should always brush your teeth (thoroughly) after every dosage. Vinegar is extremely damaging to teeth. Don't worry, it won't affect your bones, because bones are mostly made of cellulite, whereas teeth are mostly made of calcium.
- If you decide to do soaking baths, I recommend not using foot baths, unless you are staying home all day, every day, and have soft carpet. The vinegar softens skin to the point of peeling it off very easily, and you won't be able to wear socks and shoes or have anything scrape your skin for about 2 days after a treatment.
- If you are doing a soaking bath, unless it is for you feet, I recommend soaking the affected body part in the bath for two hours every day.
- After a bath soak, do not rub or touch the body part soaked until the skin is completely dry and hard again. Be very gentle with your skin. Although the DMSO does firm up the skin structure, far more than if you were just doing vinegar alone, it still is a pretty heavy factor.
Uses of DMSO
DMSO and Vinegar for Immune System
When using DMSO and Vinegar together, especially if you take them orally together (4 tablespoons of DMSO, and 4 to 8 tablespoons of vinegar, orally), you will probably feel warm and good inside for a long time afterward!
This is because the two together are cleaning out your system and really strengthening your immune system!
When doing soaking baths, don't dilute the vinegar. Just pour straight vinegar into a tub, pour in 4 tablespoons of DMSO, and then soak your body part for two hours.
WebMD reviews DMSO!!!
- DMSO: Uses and Risks
WebMD explains the uses and risks of the supplement DMSO.
Using DMSO and Vinegar for Yourself: A Warning
I am not a medical professional, and I always recommend telling your physicians and other healers about your desire to try DMSO before you use it. Doctors know how the chemicals in DMSO might affect and interact with other drugs you are taking. Be safe first!
If you have any questions, please comment below, or message me directly here on HubPages, and I will help you with any questions you may have.
Get on it!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Questions & Answers
Question: I have calcium flakes in my plantar facia, I bought DMSO Gel medical grade, how can I use it with ACV for foot soak?
Answer: You need to be very careful. The tissues of the foot are delicate. You must soak your foot in DMSO (a few Tablespoons) and half-and-half of Apple Cider Vinegar and Water. But, afterward, you must allow your foot to completely dry and become solid before you walk on anything but very soft carpet. Always choose the integrity of your tissues over melting the calcium.
Question: I experience gut issues and can NOT ingest ACV. I'm curious, do you think coconut vinegar would give similar results?
Answer: I would not suggest that you have anything to do with vinegar. Instead, I would recommend drinking Acidophilus (keep it in the door of your fridge and shake heavily before each swig) every day. Several times a year, I get six large bottles of liquid Acidophilus and shake it hard before each use and drink half a bottle a day for twelve days. I feel amazing, like the entire world is full of hope and possibility. As for your calcium deposits, physically rub them and pick at them all the time. They can be physically broken down. It does not have to be chemical.
saxyremedy on February 16, 2020:
I will try vinegar externally- I assume you use white vinegar -
for my testicle cyst.........i had one removed now have three smaller grown back 10 years later.
Also my friend has esophageal cancer and
i read that vinegar can kill cancer. For him i think external and limited internal is a good idea since the
cancer is in his esaphagus it will possibly touch the cancer..........
I just hope it does not make his body too acid.....
But you had no problem of that sort...
Rita Gehman (author) from Amarillo, Texas on February 06, 2020:
Kelcey, thank you for your comment. You don't have to use anything at all if it doesn't feel right to you. What you can do is rub the bone spur daily. Rub, massage it, and help break it down physically.
Kelcey on February 05, 2020:
This seems like a huge amount of DMSO- I have read that 1 tsp 2x/day treats many diseases; I would be afraid to take 4 TBS at once (this is 1/4 cup US). I do not have experience with DMSO and am looking for ways to dissolve my bone spur.
Rita Gehman (author) from Amarillo, Texas on September 06, 2018:
Hi! Thank you for your comment! I no longer think that taking vinegar and DMSO orally is a good idea. Whatever you ingest must be neutral before it hits your small intestine, so I only recommend soaking now. For me, it took a few months of treatments 3 or 4 times a week. Only do this if you skin can handle it and dry out in between each time. Otherwise, stick to once a week if you are soaking your feet.
when you take vinegar and dmso together internally do you take it straight or with water ? how many time can i expect to have to soke my elbow to see my calcium deposit gone ? Lance , 620-791-0792 on September 06, 2018:
Katherine on August 05, 2018:
this is fascinating. I've never even heard of this condition!
one thing I'd like to note is that brushing your teeth immediately after having vinegar on them can be damaging to the enamel, because the enamel is softened at that point, and brushing your teeth is an abrasive process. instead, it might be a better option to rinse your mouth out with an alkaline solution, such as baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) in water. :)
Lina on July 28, 2018:
Hi Rita, thank you for great advice. I was diagnosed with JDM as a child, at the age of 4, I am now in my late 30s. I have several calcium deposits in several places on my body mostly on my arms and legs. I am going to try this method with the ACV and see what results I get. I have had some removed my surgery but the ones left seem to be in soft muscle tissue. I was surprised to read that you did not have full motion in your elbows and now have extension, both my arms are constricted, but I have been told that the joints are clear, and that it is tightness in the tendons that is not allowing them to straighten so i will try soaking in ACV. I am thinking of soaking a cloth in ACV and applying it that way to the skin in hopes that it will soak into the deposit and break it up.
I also will seek out vibration therapy here in my city in Canada.
Rita Gehman on June 20, 2018:
Yes, you could, Jonathan. However, always be extra careful when saran-wrapping any part of your body. It is remarkably easy to cut off circulation and to do more damage than you intended when cutting off air-supply, sweat, and other back-and-forth agents using plastic wrap.
I strongly recommend that you make sure your circulation is kept up during your wrap and that you do not hold any part of your body under plastic wrap for more than two hours in a single 24-hour day.
Jonathan on June 19, 2018:
Could I soak a piece of cloth with vinegar and dmso and then saran wrap the body part with it?
Rita Gehman on June 16, 2018:
Wonderful! Just keep it up, Marc. Good job.
Marc on June 16, 2018:
I've been doing this for 2 weeks with acv and the calcification on my tendon has went down by a third and broken into 4 peace's will this continue to keep breaking it up is tingling a sensation you get as that's what I'm experiencing
Ydnomahs on June 09, 2018:
Hi. I'd like to use this method to treat an amputated leg mid-thigh. What is the DMSO/Vinegar to water ratio for soaks?
Jimi Adesuyi on May 27, 2018:
I appreciate your detailed explanation. I hope this therapy will work for calcium deposited inside urethra too.
Rita Gehman on May 21, 2018:
I'm not sure, Mr. Han. If that is caused by calcification, then it certainly might assist that! :) Good luck with your healing, dear.
Mr.Han on May 21, 2018:
Does this help with the spine fusing together in case of ankyloaing spondylitis?
Rita Gehman (author) from Amarillo, Texas on January 02, 2018:
I'm so glad I could help you, Cynthia! I'm Rita Gehman on Facebook if you ever need to talk further!
Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on December 31, 2017:
Thank you for this very helpful article. I will be trying the soaks and the drinking of the ACV (I already take some) to hopefully quicken the dissolving of a calcium deposit in the heal/bottom of my right foot. I will do EFT as well. This all works for me except that taking the DMSO internally does not appeal to me at all at this point and it is extremely expensive if bought and used the way you describe. Thanks so much!
Oliver on July 11, 2017:
Thanks for your immediate reply but for now I will try the ACV with honey.
Thank you so much and I'll get back to you as soon as changes comes.
God bless you Sister
How much ACV should I give him and the honey.?
Rita Gehman (author) from Amarillo, Texas on July 10, 2017:
Oliver, thank you for your questions, and I will always answer you.
Calcification is certainly a trying disease, but it can be managed and reduced down to nothing. Today, I have no calcium deposits, but there was a time when they made up a good percentage of my body mass.
I advise you to NOT take your son off of his medications. I am not his doctor, and I am telling you now that only his doctor would know the potential complications of doing that. Always follow your doctor's advice. He wants to help you and your son, very much.
Part of the reason why your son may feel as good as he does may be due to most or all of his current medications. Don't underestimate the power of a good pharmaceutical, Oliver.
I know that you want to put him on something more "natural" but I advise you that doing this will make his improvement much harder and much slower. Be sure and tell all of his doctors that he regularly ingests Apple Cider Vinegar, in case they want to adjust his dosages in various medications, INCLUDING the Vinegar.
Oliver, I love that you care about your son so much. Only you and your son will truly be able to determine the cause of his calcifications and why he sometimes goes back to creating more of them. I suggest many and frequent conversations with your son, and always obey your doctor's advice.
Oliver Chipongian on July 10, 2017:
Thanks for your advise
You have mentioned that before you have the same disease that my son have, how are you now.
Sorry to asks are you taking any medications, how is your life.
It is not my son who is afraid but it seems more on me.
You have mentioned that now, you are already cleanse with all this calcinosis.
Please do reply and is it okay to asks a lot of question, your experienec can help a lot of people having the same illness.
Rita Gehman (author) from Amarillo, Texas on July 10, 2017:
God bless you, too, Oliver. :)
Yes, the vinegar will melt the calcium. But, you must realize that his body will continue making more calcium if you don't help him graduate to the next stage of his life.
Life stages are here to help navigate through the world. If we stop and hold ourselves from transitioning to the next life stage, it is because we are afraid, paranoid, inhibited, limited, worried, concerned, or outright terrified of the next life stage.
Oliver, prepare him for the Life Stage of Puberty/Teenage years. Here are the various Life Stages:
3. Puberty/Adolescence/Teenage Years
6. Higher Education
11. Golden Years
Oliver, prepare your son for the teenage years which are coming fast. Explain to him how he tries to stop time by mummifying himself with calcium, about how he is doing this to prevent himself from advancing to the next Life Stage, and how important the various Life Stages are.
Oliver Chipongian on July 10, 2017:
Thanks for your reply
I will do as you advise,
please advise us more on how we can reverse his calcinosis. I'm giving him this ACV and he loves it every morning.
Will it remove his calcification?.
Apprecaite your reply and thanks for the help
Rita Gehman (author) from Amarillo, Texas on July 10, 2017:
Oliver, thank you for answering all of my questions.
You must understand that calcification in the body is a form of "self mummification" and your son may be trying to "stop time" with his disease.
Is there someone (a bully, aggressive personality) or something (a place, event, or time of life) which is stressing him out? He may be trying to slow down time to give himself more time/space before puberty sets in.
Very gently sit down with him and have a nice long talk with him about his life and what he thinks about his world and the people in it.
Oliver Chipongian on July 09, 2017:
My son will be 11 this july 17, he was diagnosed with JDM when he was 3 years old, been in steroid, Mtx, Plaquenil and IVIG then.
He was on remission at the age of 5 but recently last dec 2016 he had a relapse and was put back to steroids, plaquenil, CELLcept and IVIG. he is doing fine now but half of the school he was out.
We are in Abu Dhabi UAE, he was born here.
Our concern now is his calcinosis which are increasing, can you help my son, please.
Do you have any advise for his disease, I want him off of this medication. I know there is something there that needs to be done naturally,
Thank you for your time and may God Bless you
Rita Gehman (author) from Amarillo, Texas on July 09, 2017:
Hello Oliver. How old is your son? What is your family situation like? And at what age did he start developing symptoms?
Oliver Chipongian on July 09, 2017:
I found this site really looking for cure or te get rid of cacinosis, my son same with you had a JDM and he is having calcinosis. There were small and others are big like flat sheet.
Please help us, If he is taking only ACV would it be enough, may the Lord Jesus Christ bless you.
Thank you for your answer and you are heaven sent, God bless you always and waiting for your answer.
Rita Gehman (author) from Amarillo, Texas on January 13, 2017:
I'm excited to hear about it! :)
Holly on January 13, 2017:
Hi Rita -
So it's day 20 of drinking DMSO / ACV & day 11 of daily 2 hr foot soaks
No change yet but I'm continuing on
Will report back in a few more weeks
Rita Gehman (author) from Amarillo, Texas on January 05, 2017:
I'm so glad it's helping you sleep. I think your expectations from 2 treatments are vastly overextended. You're asking if it works on some calcium deposits and not on others. It takes a lot of repetitive treatments and rests in between. Do it for as long as it feels good to do it, and don't do it when it doesn't. Simple as that.
Holly on January 05, 2017:
Thanks re the ACV & reuse info - super helpful
I do not have a disease - just calcium deposits from being an athlete ie trauma to body parts (in this case feet) over time & said trauma not healing properly when I was younger due to not being aware of alkaline / acid balance which is now my religion of course & all subsequent injuries have healed perfectly.
So these are merely old injuries that are 'in the way' & only a problem as the more I wear shoes (of any kind) the more friction occurs & yes the size increases from said friction. I do not have a disease - it's just a cycle which I wish to break sans surgery.
btw - I've done 2 nights of 2 hr soaks each on top of drinking DMSO / ACV w/ not one bad side effect thanks to your tips . No calcium deposit / feet changes but I have to say, I've definitely been sleeping like a boss :)
Perhaps this works on certain deposit conditions & not others? Hope not - hope it works for this as it did for what you had, as I'd love nothing more than to report back on great success!
Rita Gehman (author) from Amarillo, Texas on January 04, 2017:
I used Apple Cider Vinegar. It's a little healthier for your body.
I reused the Vinegar soak until it evaporated down to a thicker paste, and then I just added some more.
Holly on January 04, 2017:
Oh & White or ACV or does it not matter ? (I used 1/2 & 1/2 for cost of white & enzymes in ACV)
Different/new batch of vinegar each day/soak?
Rita Gehman (author) from Amarillo, Texas on January 03, 2017:
Holly, are you saying that your disease is active, not in remission, and that the calcium deposit is actively increasing in size?
Holly on January 03, 2017:
Yes, I'm the same size as you (minus 2 inches) :)
I have actually detoxed all the time for years & the bone just kept increasing in size thus the soak & ingestion
I'll keep at it though. On soak # 1 hr #1 Vinegar & DMSO
Thanks for the creativity & positive vibes
Rita Gehman (author) from Amarillo, Texas on January 03, 2017:
Size - I'm 4'8" tall, and so it's bound to have a greater effect on me over a shorter period of time.
Holly, something you must remember is that your body will spend a much greater time healing the matter and working on it in the background than it will spend in the actual detox itself. The detox is merely to jumpstart the process and give massive amounts of resources to your body's work on the situation.
The deposits will dissolve over time, little by little, by themselves even if you don't do the detox at all. The detox merely speeds up the natural process.
As for your toe, I recommend putting a small plastic box (filled with marbles, so that it stays weighted in the water) in the tub, so that you can rest your foot and only dip your toe into the soak. Good luck! :)
Holly on January 02, 2017:
Update - I've done the DMSO / ACV internally & topically (& even a small subcutaneous injection into mass) for a bit now w/ no noticeable results so I'm about to gear up for 'the soaks' . I know you said about 9 days in a row for the internal dosing w/ month breaks here & there. How many rounds did it take you / your body (knowing all of us are different) to accomplish results via the soaks? I'm trying to figure out how to do just one toe vs the entire foot as that's the only thing really bothering me. Thanks
Holly on December 30, 2016:
Yes, you're right Rita - breaks are necessary when ingesting. It's an intense experience. Even headaches. NO change yet but will update when miracles happen :)
Rita Gehman (author) from Amarillo, Texas on December 25, 2016:
Hey Holly! If you can comfortably ingest both the ACV and the DMSO, whether together or separately, then that is enough. It will also save your skin in the short term.
Unless you have personal experience with needle injections AND you have the equipment AND you have the proper disinfection, I would not recommend injections. Things you'll want to avoid: infection and/or hitting arteries.
Holly on December 25, 2016:
Did you find it necessary to do both the foot baths and the ingesting to have complete resolution or is ingestion sufficient? And have you ever heard of anyone injecting a diluted solution of DMSO over a growth / calcification?
Rita Gehman (author) from Amarillo, Texas on December 24, 2016:
I'm so glad you feel good, Holly!
Holly on December 24, 2016:
Rita - you're right - the ACV w/ DMSO eliminates the jitters & stress sensations produced by just DMSO alone. Good call!
Rita Gehman (author) from Amarillo, Texas on December 22, 2016:
Great questions, Holly! It works as fast as your body can get the calcium deposits out of your system. Fascia release will also accompany this, and with each new release of fascia, your muscles and tendons will be behind the times and will need to develop to give you current strength (if you have Dermatomyositis/some variation in your past).
For small deposits I needed about 10 doses to wipe them out. The larger deposits took more doses PLUS rest periods in between, about a month or two each rest period.
As long as you brush your teeth right afterwards, this is not likely to harm the enamel of your teeth at all, because your saliva is very consistent kept at a certain PH level. As for bones, if you are concerned about that, bones are mostly made of collagen with some calcium compounds. Not pure calcium.
Also, keep in mind that your body is intelligent. It will send the needed materials to the proper location, and will not harm itself in the process. You don't have to worry about disintegration of proper materials.
Holly on December 22, 2016:
How fast does the it work and how many doses did you need to use for full and permanent dissolving of deposits?
Also - why would this not melt from inside - out teeth as well as deposits even with rinsing?