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Lyme Flares and Detoxing Part Two: How to Stop a Herxheimer Reaction

Hello Again Dear Readers,

I’ve learned a few things since my last post about detoxing. I think I’ve stopped my detox reaction (aka Herx) in its tracks.

I learned over a year ago that my chronic headaches, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, insomnia, dizziness, digestive problems, and general misery are my body’s reaction to toxicity. When I got the Lyme diagnosis 10 months ago, I finally understood why. But figuring out what to do about it eluded me. Until now.

For this last flare up, my BioSET practitioner did muscle testing and said that mold played a role, as did Bartonella. She did a treatment on me and I felt somewhat better. I was still having headaches after every meal, however.

I researched solutions to Herxes on message boards and from known Lyme doctors. Then I talked to my doctor about my plan to be sure it wouldn’t cause a problem. Here is what I did:

Take a break from anti-microbials

I temporarily stopped all anti-microbial medications, pharmaceutical or natural. This gave my body time to process out the dead microbes and their toxic by-products.

Glutathione

Two days in a row I took Liposomal Glutathione in the following method, as suggested by noted LLMD, Dr. Joseph Burrascano.

  • Alka-Seltzer Gold in water with lemon.
  • Liposomal Glutathione, 1500 MG (may put in juice to make more palatable)

Liquid Diet

One of my worst problems is that I often get intense headaches after eating. I now realize it isn’t WHAT I eat, but the FACT that I eat. Ingesting solid food of any kind overwhelms my body that is already overburdened by chronic infection. So here is my solution.

I consume only liquid meals when I need to seriously detox. They don’t overwhelm the organs of elimination that are already struggling with processing toxins. I add in solid food one meal per day and then more as tolerated. I have vegan protein shakes with fruit for breakfast and vegetable smoothies with garlic and onion for lunch and dinner. I sneak a few rice crackers and olives if I need something salty. This may sound harsh, but it helps me feel better.

Chlorella

I ingest 1 – 2 g of chlorella, 30 minutes before eating. Chorella is a detoxer. Ingesting it 30 minutes before food puts it in your small intestine at exactly the right place for your body’s bile release when you begin eating. In addition to helping digest food, bile contains toxins filtered out by the liver. You want a substance to absorb these before they cause a reaction and are reabsorbed by the intestines.

Buffered Vitamin C (very helpful!!!)

If I feel a reaction after eating, I take 1 tsp (5 grams) buffered Vitamin C powder in water. (I use Nutribiotic Calcium Ascorbate). This is my lifesaver! It stops a reaction in its tracks for me. I repeat this after every meal if I’m feeling sensitive. I can tolerate 15g or more per day in divided doses without adverse reactions.

 Quercetin

I take 500mg quercetin, 3x per day. This is supposed to support healthy histamine levels.

Other helpful things:

  • Warm Epsom salt baths
  • Coffee retention enemas (help purge the liver)
  • Pekana homeopathic detox remedies to support liver, kidneys, and lymphatic system
  • Plenty of fiber and water

Voila! The detox reaction is now mostly gone. I am gradually adding more solid food into my diet. No problems. No headaches, no indigestion. All my symptoms are abating.

I hope this helps someone else out there. Please let me know if it does.

–        Laura

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Lyme Flares and Detox

Lyme Flares and Detoxing

Hello again dear readers. It’s been a while since my last post. Luckily, this is because I’ve been enjoying summer. I visited family in the Midwest, went up to gorgeous Lake Pend d’Oreilles, and started working again! I’ve been doing part-time freelance technical editing from home – a perfect job for me right now.

So I was going along just fine, and then starting on July 31, the misery returned. Chronic daily headaches, fatigue, heat sensitivity, dizziness, insomnia, some nausea, and general malaise. I have learned enough about my body in the last year to understand that this is a toxicity reaction. So now I’m left wondering what happened?

My doctor started me on the Byron White anti-microbial formula, A-BART, for bartonella. I took one drop in water. Then two days later I took a second drop. And I haven’t felt right since. This, coupled with the hot weather, could be the culprit. Luckily, the work I’m doing is not stressful, but perhaps the EMF output from my laptop is also irritating.

I have known for several years now that I react poorly to heat and direct sunlight. From what I’ve read, Lyme pathogens and their ilk don’t like heat. Intense heat causes die-off, and then you’re supposed to sweat out the toxins. Except that I hardly sweat. Even in a sauna, it takes 20+ minutes for me to start a good sweat. I don’t excrete well in general, either emotionally or physically. Knowing this, I need to help my body as much as I can to expel toxins. Especially now that I know I have a chronic infection.

After doing much research, I’ve devised the following detox plan:

  • 500 mg quercetin, 3x per day (antihistamine)
  • 100 mg milk thistle 1 – 3x per day (aids the liver)
  • Easy to digest foods and daily green smoothies

Daily intense treatment as needed:

  • 5 – 10 g buffered vitamin C
  • Coffee enema shortly after
  • Warm/hot epsom salt bath immediately after

This, coupled with 1 – 2 g of acetaminophen, made me feel much better today. The headache is gone for now, and I feel clear headed and focused. I will also start more frequent sauna sessions to see if this helps. I’ve also read about people drinking bentonite clay to pull toxins out of the digestive tract. Sounds like it’s worth a try.

I’m also trying to remain positive and fight the depression that settled over me. I was feeling so good in the spring that I thought, “I’m on the mend! Things will only improve from here!” But from everything I’ve read, this is a long journey that will require constant vigilance over my health for years to come. That, in and of itself, is a bit depressing. If you read a lot of Lyme blogs, you know that people takes years to recover, and continue to relapse. I keep hoping that if I give my body what it needs, that I will make a full recovery. As a matter of fact, I insist on it being that way and will accept nothing less. So the fight continues.

–        Laura