I'm not sure we can totally avoid the herxheimer...but trying to control it is best we can do. I don't know - maybe some people don't herx....but the majority do.
Thing is - Does Dr. J. not realize that even herbs cause herxheimers...not just antibiotics?
I chose to treat herbally after having a 2 month long herx following 7 days of minocycline. One reason I decided on herbs, specifically Buhner's protocol, was that I thought herbs would be much easier on my body and less likely to cause herxing and I could control the dosage and combinations. That has not proven to be true for me. I herx for long periods of time on tiny doses of antimicrobial herbs (like 3-6 drops 3x day).
The herxing (or maybe it's flares) don't always follow right on the heels of dosage increases or new herbs/ supplements being introduced. A lot of mine seems delayed days to weeks later. I seem to react heavily to cumulative changes the herbs must bring about
in my internal dynamics.
If herxing is truly an indication of detox pathways not being
open, I'm pretty sure all of my detox doors are barely cracked
open at all.
I seriously wish some solid research was done to determine why this happens to some of us and for those it does happen to would receive quick, effective medical intervention so that treatment can go on unhindered.With the exception of ‘now and then’ - I think I mostly have flares that are independent of abx or herb dosages. This happened prior to treatment and continues. When I’m on a week or two off abx, my patterns of crappy days is the same as when on them. Basically no pattern
WBF - reactions weeks later could be herxing - as accumulation of toxins does happen independent of dosage increase - they do build up if not flushed out with effective detoxing.
Maybe you’re like me - doesn’t matter what you do - you still have crappy days regardless of treatment.
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Symp started April/2013; Buhner's Lyme May 15-July24/14; Igenex pos. July 3/14
Doxy: July 4-Aug.24/14;Zithro July26-Aug24/14; Amox + Proben. Aug. 29/14;
added biaxin Sept. 26/14
Disc. amox,added Ceftin Nov. 20th.;
Disc. biaxin added Buhner bart herbs Dec/14;Jan/15 pulsing Tinda (w/ Ceftin);
Abx/herb break Apr-July/15; July-mino; Aug. added Rif;
Nov./15 mino - to biaxi
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