Friday, July 14, 2006

Herxheimer Effect

Posted in Natural Health, Herbs

When fighting an illness in the body, whether that be a cold, flu, infection, or even cancer, protocols I use and implement such as herbs, essiac, colloidal silver, and homeopathic remedies will all result in a die off of the culprit. This is true even if one uses a traditional or allopathic course of healing such as chemotherapy, cold and sinus medicines, or certain prescribed medicines. The resulting die off of the pathogen is what you want. If the method that is used is capable of destroying a malignancy, a parasitic infiltration, or a systemic infection, the body has a need to carry off the debris. That debris is toxic!

If one does not get rid of the toxins quickly enough for the body, lymph channels can become thick and blocked, sometimes resulting in metastases. I have found through study and observation, although there are many differing opinions (both allopathic and alternative), that through the right protocols and therapies, many of these will completely disappear.
Another very nasty side effect of not ridding the body of this toxic die off is the Herxheimer's effect or syndrome. The Herxheimer's effect is your body's reaction to the over abundance of dead or dying bacteria, fungus, yeast, and viruses as a result of your treatment/protocol. The reaction carries with it a multitude of unpleasant side effects, including fatigue, diarrhea, headaches or migraines, muscle and joint aches, ringing in the ears, mental dullness and disorientation, and flu-like symptoms. This reaction is NOT COUNTERPRODUCTIVE or a COUNTER ACTION of the process. It is your body telling you to flush it more quickly.

Many times, I will tell those who are experiencing rapid die off (especially when using olive leaf extract or colloidal silver) to increase the amount of water intake until they experience relief. Literally, the more you drink the faster the toxins will be leaving the body.

1 comment:

fanbird said...

Thanks for your blog. We are treating my sweet husband at home with what I call kitchen treatment for cancer. He has been in a spiral with the toxins dumping. We knew and understood what the challenge was, but in the heat of the battle had forgotten the simple application of water. I found your music restful and an renewing.
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