Garlic is a very strong antifungal, antimicrobial and some believe it's a good anti-parasite. And I'm pretty sure eating the fresh garlic was the catalyst. That's pretty straightforward. You always gotta go fresh.
I chewed up garlic cloves for awhile before I started Lyme & Co tx a few yrs ago. I loved it - love garlic. The fresher the garlic, the more it would sting my tongue and lips and gums.
The sx you mention are classic yeast/fungal die off sx: "lightheaded, then dizzy, then naseous, then terrible stomach pain" But could also be from bacterial die off - I would get the same sx when I took HCL w/ pepsin that mimics digestive acids. I was also experiencing deblitating headaches. I'd just bought an expensive jar of HCL so I called the mfr asking if it could have been tainted.
The very nice woman I talked with helped me understand that I was likely killing bacterial/yeast/fungus and likely other pathogens like normal stomach acid is supposed to do with every meal. But since I was not producing acids, which is why I was on the HCL, the HCL was doing it but the die off was significant from buildup over a couple years of suffering low acid.
The garlic can act in the same way to create die off.
I would continue with the garlic but also incorporate a lot of water afterwards to help your GI flush and if the herxing continues, I'd also incorporate a GI binder to help flush out the toxins and debris from what you're killing off to get them out of your system faster.
Yeah, when the garlic started making me feel bad was when I noticed the garlic was more "stingy" in my mouth and throat. So I think freshness was a part of it.
When I first considered doing this, I read a few places on the web the warning that large amounts of raw garlic could be tough on the digestive tract. So that's why I always took the garlic after eating - thinking the food could be a buffer of sorts. But maybe the meal was diluting my stomach acid, and the garlic spiked it back up?
I usually took a couple drinks of water after the garlic, just to help it all get swallowed and wash out my mouth. But by GI binder are you meaning a green like chlorella, or something like DE? I recently started taking a greens tablet 2x a day. Maybe that would help me deal with taking the garlic again.
So, if I may ask, did you just come to accept that you would have 10 minutes of suffering after you took the HCl? I mean, sure, we suffer all the time, don't we. But I try to avoid the curled into a ball on the couch suffering. But if it means all the regular suffering might go away eventually....at least then it could seem worth it.
And I'm also curious about
the anti-parasite activity of garlic. I started taking Cat's Claw recently, and have begun noticing some odd....things
...when I have a BM. Did some reading on the web and noticed that Cat's Claw often pops up on the lists of herbal anti-parasiticals. Oh. So gross.
Now I'm wondering if doing the garlic thing again will help the Cat's Claw in getting rid of the....things