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The Herxheimer Effect


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Named after German physician Karl Herxheimer, M.D., Herxheimer's Effect(or Herx, for short) basically can be a side effect of any antibiotic treatment, be it Grapefruit Seed Extract(GSE), pharmaceutical, herbal, or colloidal silver. When it kills the bugs faster than your eliminatory system is able to remove them from the system, it manifests itself generally with flu-like symptoms. These can include headaches, soreness/swelling in joints, swollen glands, bloating, constipation, and numerous other discomforts.

Many people are in good enough physical/systemic condition to not have any noticeable indication of Herx. Those who are generally well(but not totally healthy, and many do not realize this), are surprised by and anxious to get rid of the discomfort. Relief will generally come within a few hours of stopping the medication/therapy and drinking large amounts of distilled water to help the system flush the toxins out. Hopefully the patient will resume the treatment at a lesser dosage, again slowly increasing.

However, many who have experienced long term chronic illnesses look forward to these side effects, as an indicator that what they are doing/taking is working, and try to maintain a tolerable level of discomfort until they effect submission/remission of their condition.

Long-term candida sufferers are most likely to experience this effect of the 'die-off' of large numbers of organisms. This is because candida is so often overlooked and therefore has ample time to wreak havoc on the immune system and digestive tract, reducing the ability of one's body to handle the 'die-off'. Many candida victims have reported no undue symptoms, but it is well to be prepared mentally for the possibility.

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