What is the Herxeimer or "die-off" Reaction

Many of my clients who have final stage Systemic Candidiasis and Leaky Gut have the potential of experiencing more intense symptoms once they begin treating fungal dysbiosis (yeast overgrowth). Anytime you destroy a large number of pathogenic micro-organisms in the body in a short time, the dying organisms naturally release endotoxins, which overwhelm the liver and kidneys, as they must filter out and remove not only the endotoxins, but other waste products from the environment and those that are created just by being alive. This produces intense symptoms of die-off or Herxing which often times cause a client to give up before they really get started. So, I am proactive to help my clients do the things that will cause them to avoid this as much as possible and set them up for success in the beginning. When we make changes slowly and methodically, the chances are very good that you will not experience die-off symptoms.

Die-off reactions are not always a sign that the yeast treatment is working. It is most often an indication of the body’s toxic overload, because more poisons are being introduced and/or released than the body can adequately cope with. It may be an indication that the elimination pathways (kidneys, liver and bowels) are blocked by stones, congestion and/or constipation). Clients with elevated heavy metal toxicity and/or methylation issues are more prone to experience “die-off” symptoms.

The Herxheimer or "die-off" reaction is also caused when the body is overwhelmed with toxins from the following sources:
■ Poorly digested food creates toxic chemicals by putrefaction (rotting) that build-up in the body and encourages the growth of microorganisms, which also produce waste.
■ Yeast make waste when they digest the processed sugars and refined carbohydrates you eat.
■ When you kill parasites, viruses, bacteria and yeast, they produce toxic chemicals in the dying process and then also their decaying bodies add more toxins to the body.
■ Stress causes you to self-produce some of the most toxic substances known to man.
■ Mercury fillings, tattoos, personal hygiene products, chemicals in city or bottled drinking water and beverages and heavy metal toxicity add to the burden.
■ Aflatoxins and mycotoxins from molds on food and inhaled in the environment contribute to the toxic load.
■ Environmental toxins constantly bombard the body. The skin absorbs chlorine when you take a shower or bath in city water, or swim in pools. Chemicals in building materials, carpet, flooring, paint, furniture and appliances in your home. Air fresheners, cleaning chemicals, auto and industry emissions and tobacco smoke are airborne sources that we take in with every breath.
■ The solvents used to make ingredients in flavored and preserved processed foods, in addition to the artificial flavors, colors and preservatives themselves. Solvent residues from cleaning the equipment used to make processed food-like products. Pesticide and herbicide residues in and on the foods we eat. Microwaved and grilled foods create toxic chemicals that burden, instead of nourish the body.
■ When parasites, food particles and toxins are absorbed through a leaky gut and enter the body, they contribute to the toxic load.

The liver is designed to filter out toxins, but obviously it is overwhelmed, so poisons recycle in the body repeatedly. The lymph system is a dumping station for the excess, but because the liver can’t get caught up, even that back-up plan doesn’t help much or for very long.

My intention is to help clients minimize die-off reactions by identifying and eliminating those things that clog the exits of the body and detoxify the systems to reduce the burden on the liver and kidneys, so they can efficiently do their job when the wee-beasts are killed.

Taking pancreatic digestive enzymes (not fungal or plant based enzymes) with meals improves digestion and reduces putrefaction.

Proper hydration with restructured water that is able to enter cells helps the body remove cellular waste efficiently.

Starting the Candida Exit Strategy slowly and increasing it over time helps the body adjust gradually. Any sudden change, even if it’s positive, will shock the body into a healing crisis. Slow and steady wins the race.

Taking molybdenum, biotin, pantethine (a biologically active form of B5 that is more absorbable), activated charcoal, ionic minerals, food grade diatomaceous earth and herbs that support the liver will help to neutralize and remove toxins.

Antioxidants relieve the oxidative reactions created by toxins. Alpha lipoid acid, pycnogenol and vitamin C from citrus.

Constipation will cause toxins to be reabsorbed, so it is important to keep your bowels moving. I help clients learn to manage their unique bowel habits and causes of constipation or diarrhea.

I help my clients be aware of self chosen stressors in their thoughts and show them how to reduce the sources of stress in their life, so their bodies stop self-producing toxins.

I help my clients by giving them the knowledge and tools to achieve and maintain optimal health.


If you have questions, email johnna@wholefamilyhealthandnutrition.com to schedule your free introductory consultation. I look forward to serving you. JVW