Herxheimer Reaction, Co-infections, and Toxins
When considering a protocol the focus should be killing off all pathogenic microbes in their symbiotic relationships rather than just focusing on worm parasites or whatever. This is a subject that has come up recently with a few bloggers who contacted me; I know that some of them will write about their experiences. I thought that I’d write on co-infections that have symbiotic parasitic relationships, die-off, and toxins. This can be confusing for people as their body is reacting to what is going on.
To my knowledge, a Herxheimer reaction is when pathogens throw off toxins that have been disturbed or in the dying process. (Other role players of toxins lodged in the body would be environmental or metal substances.) A reaction occurs when the liver and pancreas may not assimilate body toxins fast enough through the elimination system, and a build-up occurs whereby those toxins return throughout the body via the blood system. The Herx process is very different from flare-ups of a chronic condition. The greatest mistake that people make when a Herx occurs is to stop a protocol completely, because they think that their protocol isn’t working - but, it is!
Let’s use a chronic sinus infection as an example. Typically, a sinus infection is fungus related but it may have a symbiotic relationship with bacteria. In many cases, an anti-fungal is used which doesn’t address bacteria; or, an infection is treated with antibiotics by ignoring fungus altogether. If these organisms are in symbiosis, it makes sense to me that a problem could arise if one organism was treated. This would be true, especially, if one organism is more dominant than the other. I suspect when lab tests are returned a diagnosis is based upon the dominant organism that is present, rarely indicating other pathogens that might be present. This is where it becomes tricky with treatment because a hidden organism may surface or grow at a rapid rate creating havoc because it was never considered - scenarios like this happen frequently. For obvious reasons, addressing symbiotic relationships can help.
A Herx reaction is sometimes part of the healing process and should be factored in for consideration. Let’s continue with the sinus infection example. When you take your protocol, you feel better, right? However, Herx begins after being on the protocol for X amount of days. Later you begin to feel lousy again with symptoms of a runny nose and congestion - doubts arise. What you may not know is that a Herx reaction always has the same symptoms as the problem; it can even trigger an old health issue if the protocol is strong enough because hidden pathogens are being affected. The good news is this - a reaction is always short lived with a few days involved followed by feeling better. In comparison to a chronic condition or flare-up symptoms usually involve long days or weeks. When microbial death occurs the body is finding a new balance level. I believe that when a new balance is achieved your body is appropriately adjusted and you feel good again, along with less symptoms achieved at a new level. After each reaction a new level is achieved with less chronic conditions; eventually, there are no Herx reactions but as you get better new levels are being achieved.
When herbal medicine is used and people go through a healing crisis they are trying to relate herbs to how common medicines have worked with them. In my opinion, for the most part, medications cover-up symptoms which is why they are taken for life; whereby, medications won’t have a Herx reaction when they are taken over a lifetime. (Unfortunately, medications may not address the health concern but will cause degenerative problems or side-effects which are the biggest complaints.) There are incidents where medications can trigger a Herx reaction - this depends upon the prescription targeting a specific pathogen. Medicines might be a quick fix, but natural medicines take longer. Herbs or medicinal foods work differently by using the body naturally to help root out a problem. Believe it or not, a person can have a Herx reaction even when a juice fast is done for several days - symptoms of a ‘flu’ are felt by the cleaning process.
Whether or not your concern is eradicating parasites, mold/fungus, bacteria, or a virus, co-infections may need to be considered as part of the protocol because symbiotic relationships can exists. If a Herx occurs while on your protocol you can be assured that you’re on track with your healing. Despite the fact that Herx is a good sign, the reaction should be closely monitored and reduced so that symptoms wouldn’t be severe where the body will throw itself into a serious crisis - the wrong reaction could be fatal. Reducing the Herx reaction can be helped by using specific anti-inflammatory herbs; such as, Burbur, Cat’s Claw, Turmeric, and Licorice which have cortisone-like properties. On a daily basis fluid intake and healthy elimination is a must; periodically enemas and purges are helpful too.
Natural remedies and medicines will always act differently in the body. Patience and perseverance is key to healing.
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