By Walter Sorochan
Posted May 9, 2013. Updated May 11, 2013. Disclaimer The information presented here is for informative and educational purposes only and is not intended as curative or prescriptive advice.
Ever feel slightly sick, have itchy skin, a running nose and just generally not feeling good? Perhaps also feel like vomiting and even a slight touch of diarrhea. But not sick enough to go to a doctor or ly down? A day or two later these symptoms disappear and you feel good again!
So why is it important for you to understand this event; sometimes referred to as a healing crisis? Answer: Because if you misinterpret these signals from your body, you may really get sick. Most persons assume that it is a reaction as side-effects to medication. This may be an incorrect perception.
Most doctors may not recognize feeling sick symptoms, much less explain it to their patients! But curiosity seekers may have an explanation for all this "not feeling good but not sick" mystery. Its probably not the flu' or some disease.
So is there a plausible explanation for feeling slightly sick from time to time but not sick enough to be bedridden? Video: Body Pollution, Chemical Toxicity
Scientists explain these off/on feelings as your body reacting to an excess of toxic substances in your body. You can have illness symptoms when you are getting sick, or when you are changing the body environment as when you are taking antibiotics, or when you are exposed to toxic chemicals in the air, water, soil or food and drink. It is your body's instant defense system protecting you from dangerous substances.
You are exposed each day to chemical substances in the air, ground, water, plants and food. Video: Body Pollution, Chemical Toxicity Many toxic waste substances accumulate in your body over time and would eventually kill you were it not for your body being programmed to continuously get rid of wastes and poisonous toxins by removing them from your blood stream.
Your body gets rid of wastes by exhaling carbon dioxide, by the liver converting fat soluble wastes into water soluble by-products that the kidney can filter out of the blood stream, by the skin excreting toxic chemicals and metals, and by defecation. Most times your body defense system gets rid of wastes and you feel good thereafter.
However, there are times when the toxic wastes accumulate faster in the blood stream than the body can get rid of them. This is when these toxic wastes can make you feel uncomfortable and slightly sick. This is referred to as the Herxheimer’s reaction [ Herxing ].
Herxing, or feeling sick, occurs when there are too many toxins in the blood stream or when dead or dying bacteria release large amounts of toxins into blood and tissues at an alarming rate. Phillips: bacteria scavenger Bacteria is parasite 2009
"This provokes a sudden and exaggerated inflammatory response," referred to as "Herxheimer reaction." Essentially, the body is attempting to eliminate the released toxins much faster than it is able to get rid of them. The immune system releases a massive inflammatory response, and this will "cause a rise in symptoms [ swelling, warmth, redness, pain ] in the area in which the bacteria are being killed." What this means is that if the bacteria in your knee are being killed off, your herx is likely to include swelling in your knee, or an itchy skin rash on your forearm if reacting to poison ivy, or sneezing when you inhale toxic chemical fumes from your computer or kitchen area. L&L: Herx reaction
The body creates symptoms and reactions [inflammation] in response to all toxins/poisons, i.e. drugs, over-the-counter medicines, antibiotics, vaccines, mercury fillings in teeth, heavy metals Hanshew: heavy metals - Inflammation , environmental pollutants, pesticides, herbicides, radiation, chemicals in foods, personal care and cleaning products, etc.. In other words, the body works hard at minimizing the damage caused by toxins/poisons by creating inflammation and other immune responses in order to get rid of the poisons and protect you from further harm.
The Herxheimer Reaction is a short-term [ from days to a few weeks ] detoxification reaction in the body. [ It is also often referred to as a healing crisis, a detox reaction, Herx feeling, or die-off syndrome. ]
The most common Herxheimer immune reactions are [ incomplete list ]: L&L: Herx reaction
You may experience only one or a few of these symptoms. Usually, the symptom reaction lasts a few days. In more severe cases, reactions can last a week or more. During this time, you won't feel very well, but in reality, you are healing. After this initial detoxification period, you should sense significant improvement in well-being.
Here are some examples of Herx detox in action:
Herx reactions vary widely, depending on many factors, including the general health of the individual, the condition being treated, the degree of toxicity that exists in the body, and the support the body is provided in eliminating the toxins as rapidly as possible.
The severity of the Herx reaction is often an indicator of just how much toxicity there was in the body to begin. It is also an indicator of the effectiveness of the treatment. Over duration of time, it is actually a sign that the body is restoring itself to good health. Herxheimer’s reaction
The Herx reaction is a normal — and even healthy; a reaction that indicates that chlorine, fluoride, bromide, mercury, lead, radiation, parasites, fungus, viruses, bacteria or other pathogens and their toxins are being effectively killed off and removed. Typically the death of bacteria and/or the associated release of endotoxins often occurs faster than the body can remove them [ as in flu' symptoms ]. Bacteria is parasite The biggest problem with the Herxheimer reaction is that people may stop taking the supplement or medication that is causing the reaction, and thus discontinue the very treatment that is helping to make them better. Although the experience may not make one feel particularly good, the Herxheimer Reaction is actually a sign that healing is taking place. Herxheimer’s reaction
Conclusion: Herx effect is a sure sign that therapy is doing its job and working to help restore the body to natural health!
Toxin removal: Detoxification is a full-time job for your body! Toxin removal is a natural, ongoing process that happens 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And with all the toxins and stress in the modern world, it is a lot of work. Galland: detox daily 2013
The detoxification time needed varies from person to person and how much toxin is in the body of a person. Obese persons accumulate more toxins as compared to normal weight persons. These toxins need to be gradually released during a healthy weight loss program in order to minimize the Herxing effect. This is also true for those persons who have an unhealthier lifestyle [ smokers, alcoholics, drug addicts ] and have an overload of toxins to detoxify. The more toxins, the longer to detoxify. Thus, the body's own detox system may be continuously overwhelmed by the surplus of toxins and be unable to get rid of the toxins fast enough. HSU-Leblanc: Toxins fattening Hyman: Toxins & obesity Karl: Toxins prevent weight loss Obesogen Hypothesis
Indeed, detoxification may never be complete while living in today's toxic environmental soup. You can help your body to continuously and slowly get rid of toxic poisons [ minimize Herx effect ] over a long time by ingesting chlorophyll in green vegetables, in chlorella and/or spirulina.
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