Die-off symptoms when doing any cleanse may include one having a fever and/or chills and other flu-like symptoms including headache, dizziness, etc.
Jarisch–Herxheimer reaction (often simply called a Herxheimer reaction) often refers to endotoxin-like products released by the death of harmful microorganisms within the body during antibiotic treatment.
Jarisch–Herxheimer reaction is traditionally associated with antimicrobial treatment of syphilis, when both Jarisch & Herxheimer independently observed this reaction when treating their patients with mercury.... yes, mercury. Mercury is toxic to not only us, but pathogens as well. Some of you may remember the topical antiseptic called Mercurochrome (Merbromin) that contains mercury. It is no longer available in the United States, but is still on the market in other countries per the Wikipedia entry (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merbromin). Unfortunately, I was injured often as a child and my mom swore by Mercurochrome (and still does).
In short, effective antimicrobial, antifungal, and anti-parasitic therapy results in destruction (lysis) of bacterial, fungal, and parasitic helminth and protozoan cell membranes, resulting in the release into the bloodstream of toxins, producing a systemic inflammatory response and/or an immune system reaction.
die-off [noun]: a sudden, natural perishing of large numbers of a species, population, or community.
Die-off reactions that I experienced:
die-off. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved September 21, 2017 from Dictionary.com website http://www.dictionary.com/browse/die-off
Belum GR, Belum VR, Chaitanya Arudra SK, Reddy BS (2013). "The Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction: revisited". Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease. 11 (4): 231–7. PMID 23632012. doi:10.1016/j.tmaid.2013.04.001.
Other symptoms observed as a result of a Herheimer reaction include rapid heartbeat (tachycardia), hyperventilation, hypotension, possibly vasodilation with flushing, muscle pain (myalgia), exacerbation of skin lesions and anxiety.
NOTE: Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction is also seen in the other diseases caused by spirochetes (group of spiral-shaped or corkscrew-shaped bacteria): Lyme disease (from bacteria called Borrelia) and leptospirosis (from bacteria called Leptospira). There have been case reports of the Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction accompanying treatment of other infections as well.
It is claimed that most parasitic infections are asymptomatic, but that is not true. From the first day of being infected, it is placing stress on the body and activating the immune system. The parasite is also depleting the nutrients in various ways: by consuming your food, by physically interfering – as is the case for helminths (i.e., worms and flukes) – with proper digestion, which disrupts nutrient assimilation, and by the metabolic waste being released by the parasites which further increases the body's need for more nutrients to address the extra toxic burden.
The health issues increase over time due various factors including the aforementioned nutrient depletion and excess burden on the body by the release of the parasites’ metabolic waste combined with the increase in size and/or the number of parasites and any obstructions that may occur in the intestines or the organs, such as the gallbladder.
Not all symptoms may be experienced, as the symptoms depend on many factors: type(s) of parasite(s) one is infected, overall parasite load, health of individual prior to infection, length of time of infection, diet and lifestyle of individual, age of individual, etc. Also some symptoms come and go (i.e., occur intermittently). Some days can be better than others, but damage to the body continues to get worse over time.
Digestive Issues (Complaints):
Intestinal flukes cause iron deficiency.
NOTE: There are parasites that live in the blood, various organs, the brain, the spinal column, etc. and will cause additional symptoms not listed here.
Future posts will discuss:
- Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency
- How parasitic infections are linked to various diseases, especially auto-immune diseases.
Thanks for reading! With love to all!
¹Del Grande, C., Galli, L., Schiavi, E., Dell’Osso, L., & Bruschi, F. (2017). Is Toxoplasma gondii a Trigger of Bipolar Disorder? Pathogens, 6(1), 3. http://doi.org/10.3390/pathogens6010003
²University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). Roundworms:
CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
NHS (National Health Service)
Medical News Today
WHO (World Health Organization)
Learned about intestinal parasites from personal experience.
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