Similar to what WalkingbyFaith mentioned above, some days ago I thought of 3 reasons why you could be experiencing symptoms.
•Impaired detox (endotoxins overload, herx)
•Pathogen manifestation (exotoxins, flare)
•Immune system reaction (foreign bodies: food particles, heavy metals, pathogen debris)
We know that all of those things happen, what we don't know for sure is which one is actually happening when we're experiencing symptoms. We might have better idea from time to time, depending on the occasion and aggravating factors. But we mostly just have theories.
There is an objective and solid definition of what a herxheimer reaction is and I don't think that's what the discussion is about
. What is subjective here is what each of us actually define as a herx according to our symptomatic experience and I don't think that can be defined with absolute certainty and precision, specially when all of our bodies are different.
This, that sebreg said, is also true.
The thing is, my guess is that herxing is not a monolithic entity, I think it is likely a multitude of things with high variation based on particular pathogens and immune system make-ups. Some people have major issues with the detox pathways as well, so this exacerbates the situation or backs up the clog creating amplified herx responses even if not much pathogen is being derailed.
Mutations of the genes that control the detox pathways can impair normal detoxification, causing someone to easily get overloaded with toxins, in other words experience a herxheimer reaction. So technically if someone is genetically impaired and not able to detox well, they could in theory be experiencing a series of herxes back to back.
First symptoms in 2014.
Diagnosed in May 2017:
Started treatment in May 2017:
•Dr. Zhang's herbal protocol