What is wrong with wheat?

There is something going on with wheat that isn't well known by the general public. It's true that hybridized 'super wheat' has much more gluten, starch (amylopectin A) and sugar than ancient varieties that have been around for thousands of years, making it more inflammatory, more fattening and more addictive. And, it is causing gastrointestinal issues for many people, but there is something far more dangerous than hybridized wheat or the gluten naturally found in wheat. Even though wheat has been consumed for thousands of years, more people are having problems with wheat and gluten for the past 15 years, than ever before. What's changed? The reason wheat has become so toxic in the United States is because of the way it is harvested by commercial farmers.


We are aware of the use of Roundup as a herbicide since the early 1980's, which contains glyphosate. However, during the past it has been used as a drying agent sprayed on the crops 7-10 days before harvest. Wheat ripens unevenly in fields, so pre-harvest application of Roundup kills the wheat so the greener parts of the field can be harvested with the more mature, allowing for an earlier harvest. Also, this practice increases profits for the farmer because wheat exposed to glyphosate releases more seeds as it dies, resulting in slightly higher yields. Less moisture in withered, dead wheat plants makes it less taxing on farm equipment, saving the farmer money on maintenance and harvest time.

Just because you don't experience symptoms immediately, doesn't make it nontoxic. Beneficial gut bacteria, also called probiotics, are essential for human health. These flora (plants) aid digestion, maintain intestinal wall integrity, synthesize vitamins, and are the foundation for immunity. Glyphosate disrupts the shikimic acid pathway, which is a seven step metabolic route used by bacteria for the biosynthesis of critical aromatic amino acids (phenylalanine, tyrosine, and tryptophan). It also inhibits the cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes produced by the gut micro-biome, which catalyze many reactions involved in drug metabolism and synthesis of cholesterol, steroids, and other lipid components. CYP enzymes are critical to human biology because they also detoxify a multitude of synthetic chemical compounds (xenobiotics) that are foreign to the body. This makes us more vulnerable to the damaging effects of other chemicals and toxins we encounter. Herbicides kill gut flora, which predisposes to intestinal wall permeability (Leaky Gut) and autoimmune diseases. Glyphosate exposure through ingestion of its residues in industrialized food products over months and years causes inflammation to gradually build up in the cellular systems of the body.

Your lack of symptoms from eating wheat means nothing. You may not be feeling the effects of consuming conventional wheat as yet, but it would be very wise to avoid it in your diet now, so you don't have to wish you had later. The increases in the incidence of celiac disease is not genetic in nature, but due to the gradual destruction of the gut micro biome and intestinal epithelium. The increased amount of glyphosate applied to wheat crops just before harvest, concentrates in the grains to dry them out and this closely correlates with the rise of celiac disease and gluten intolerance. When symptoms are not completely alleviated by eliminating gluten, it is evidence that the intestinal wall has been severely damaged and more must be done to restore health.

Celiac : Glyphosate

The only safe wheat is organic Spelt, Kamut or Einkorn wheat, which is the original non-hybrodized wheat that has remained pure for over 12,000 years.

Lifestyle and dietary driven diseases cause twice as many deaths as infectious diseases, globally. Today, grocery store shelves are filled with boxes, cans and bags of wheat and corn disguised in literally hundreds of thousands of different food-like products, or FrankenFoods. These are scientifically engineered edible products that have been developed over the past 65 years.

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

General Adaptation Syndrome

Dr. Hans Selye (1907-1982), a Hungarian endocrinologist, developed a stress model he called the General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS). It presents a clear biological explanation of the human physiological response to stress and how the body attempts to adapt to stress.

Stress can be both positive and negative. Eustress is a positive stressor such as getting married, moving, going on vacation, getting a promotion at work, a surprise party and making new friends. Distress is a negative stressor which are frustrating, traumatic, and unpleasant situations that induce the emotions of fear, anger, and shock. Other stressors include anything that threatens survival like malnutrition, sleep deprivation, infection, medication, dehydration, excessive exercise, toxic beliefs, negative self talk, and un-forgiveness. Stressors are physical or emotional responses that trigger a physiological reaction to stress. The body responds to internal and external stressors in predictable biological patterns, so that internal balance, or homeostasis, can be maintained or restored.

Dr. Hans Seyle divides GAS into three stages, but I have identified four stages.
The alarm stage is the body’s initial reaction to stress it labels as a threat or danger to balance. It immediately activates the fight or flight response system, and releases “stress” hormones (adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol). These hormones enable you to have abilities you don’t usually have, like more speed, strength and greater pain tolerance. The body wants things to be resolved quickly and easily, so it releases hormones in its response to stress because they act immediately. However, the body’s ability to control or reduce stress has its limits. The survival mode, fight or flight mechanism is designed to last not longer than four minutes, because something will happen within 2-4 minutes. Either you will get away or the enemy will kill you.

alarm stage is the body’s reaction to sudden exposure to anything it has not qualitatively or quantitatively adapted. In other words, something the body has not evolved with. Then the body responds to an immediate threat or challenge by going into shock phase and then counter shock phase of the alarm stage. Shock occurs when the body experiences a drop in its resistance to the stressor leading to a release of adrenaline, an increase in heart rate, and a decrease in muscle tone, body temperature, and blood sugar. Counter shock occurs when the body reverses most of the physiological signs of the shock phase, leading to an increase in blood volume, blood sugar, and temperature. These phases can last from a few minutes to 24 hours depending on the intensity of the stressor.

As the body goes through the phases of the alarm stage, defensive mechanisms are activated through the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis to fight against the stressors. The HPA axis unites glands, hormones, cytokines, glucose regulation, other metabolic processes and parts of the brain that deviate the GAS into a complex set of feedback interactions among the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland, and the adrenals. This forms a major part of the neuroendocrine system. The endocrine system controls reactions to stress and regulates many body processes, such as digestion, immune function, mood and emotions, sexuality, and energy storage and use. The hypothalamus activates adrenal functions and prepares the body for fight or flight by increasing heart rate and blood flow to the muscles, heart, and brain.

Symptoms associated with the alarm stage include heart palpitations, shallow breathing, muscle tension in lower back and neck, nausea, anxiety, dizziness, sweating, and numbness of the limbs. Continued exposure to stressors cause the body to transition from the alarm stage to the resistance stage of General Adaption Syndrome.

resistance stage is when the body attempts to return to normal after the physiology has responded to the stressor, because the stress level has been reduced or eradicated. The fight or flight response robs the body of its vital force and makes it weaker. It needs to allocate energy to the repair of damaged muscle tissues and lower the production of stress hormones. The body remains on-guard, even though it has shifted to this second stage of the stress response, especially when the cause of stress persists. The body could respond again to the threat, but not as strong as during the initial response.

The body was not designed to live in a state of chronic stress. Living in survival mode every day is causing the symptoms many people suffer and those symptoms are the body’s way of telling them that their lifestyle is not working for them. Medication tells the body to ‘shut-up,’ but that doesn’t solve the underlying problem. Chronic stress exhausts the body’s limited energy supply and reduces its ability to handle future stressors. Chronic stress has the potential to interfere with your enjoyment of life, your ability to perform ordinary daily activities, causes you to age more quickly, and dramatically increases your susceptibility to chronic illness and diseases. Dr. Hans Selye says, “Every stress leaves an indelible scar, and the organism pays for its survival after a stressful situation by becoming a little older.” He observed how stress affects the human body through aging and other natural body processes that occur as we encounter stressors in our daily lives.

Prolonged stress continually activates the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis, affecting hormone balance and cell mediators. Cortisol is the primary glucocorticoid hormone involved in the adaptation process that helps maintain homeostasis and stimulates the release of other hormones to maintain balance. Cortisol is released by the adrenals in response to stress to regulate physiological reactions to stress, but continued release of cortisol affects hypothalamic and pituitary feedback loops in a way that can lead to persistent activation. HPA axis activation and cortisol issues can persist for years, affecting most major body systems; gastrointestinal, neurological, musculoskeletal, endocrine, respiratory, and immune systems. Stress can affect physical, behavioral, and neurophsychiatric function.

adaptation stage is when the body tries to function with the status quo, but with much lower performance in an attempt to ration all available resources in order to survive. This is the gateway to chronic illness, and makes itself known through chronic symptoms, which can lead to chronic health problems and disease if not resolved immediately.

You enter the
exhaustion stage when tissues in the body become susceptible to dysfunction. During this stage, the stress has been persistent for so long that the body begins to lose its ability to combat stressors and reduce their harmful impact because the adaptive energy is exhausted. This is physiological burn-out, which shows up as chronic health problems and disease conditions.


Think of yourself as a plant. When a plant receives the proper amount of light, moisture, nutrients from healthy soil and is protected from damage by external elements, it is able to thrive. It produces phytochemicals that repel insects that would eat it. The healthy plant would enjoy a state of homeostasis.

When a plant is deprived of any one of the things it requires to stay healthy, it stresses the plant and homeostasis is threatened. This is the alarm stage.

The resistance stage is an attempt to survive, the plant begins to slow down its metabolic processes to need less water, nutrients or sun while waiting for conditions to improve.

When conditions do not improve, the plant tries to adapt to the prolonged stress. This is when parasites, viruses, bacteria, molds and fungus invade the plant and the weakened immune system cannot defend it against the pathogens. Think about it! Mold and fungus grow on dying and dead things. Many of these invaders were designed to decompose a dead body. What does that tell you about the state of your health when yeast infections occur?

When the plants resources are exhausted, systems begin to break down and the plant begins to succumb to disease. Restoring the plant to homeostasis at this point is not impossible, but it will take a tremendous amount of time, effort, close attention, a carefully planned strategy, experimentation, re-adjusting, expense and patience to obtain optimum results. There are two approaches to this.

A holistic plant doctor will notice the undesirable changes, identify the problem, develop a plan of action and provide the appropriate remedy; the correct amount of pure water, organic nutrients, the proper exposure to real sunlight. The plant instantly responds and has a better chance for a full recovery and thrive because it receives and recognizes these nutrients in the forms that nature intended and it was designed to utilize.

The other kind of plant doctor will medicate the plant with pesticide to kill the bugs, apply synthetic nutrients and put it under an artificial grow light. The plant may survive longer than if nothing was done, but it will never be truly healthy and present with a false or artificial appearance of 'health'.

Cortisol Levels

The effects of chronically high levels of cortisol due to chronic stress:
Under normal conditions, plasma cortisol peaks just before awaking and decreases throughout the day. When cortisol levels are weak upon waking, this can indicate HPA axis disruption. Cortisol secretion should ideally peak between 6-8 am, with a natural decline throughout the day and the lowest levels achieved between 9pm-12am.
• Cortisol levels increasing between 80-100 indicates accelerating activity.
• Levels decreasing from 100-50 indicates decelerating activity, usually mid-afternoon, when people reach for coffee to get through the day.
• Winding down occurs when levels decrease further, to 30.
• Physical repair occurs when cortisol levels are around 20-10 and below 10 psychological repair occurs.

My personal experience: I progressed into the exhaustive stage, after a three decades of prolonged chronic stress, when cortisol levels are always high, resulting in two more decades of chronic illness and disease conditions. The phases of awake and sleep became blurred, so that I existed somewhere between ‘asleep and awake’ most of the day. I couldn’t get sleep and when I did, I didn’t sleep for very long or well (not restorative or rejuvenating). I was a zombie during the day.

Salivary cortisol monitoring throughout the day can provide valuable clinical information. Patients who are under stress may have surges of cortisol that are superimposed on the innate circadian patterns. HPA activation can affect normal sleep cycles, and the lack of sleep can alter HPA axis function and the glucocorticoid feedback loop. Supporting hypothalamus and pituitary sensitivity to cortisol, maintaining a healthy circadian rhythm, and supporting limbic system activity to reduce inappropriate threat perception is key to achieving clinical goals. The limbic system is a complex system of nerves and networks in the brain, involving several areas near the edge of the cortex concerned with instinct and mood. It controls the basic emotions (fear, pleasure, anger) and drives (hunger, sex, dominance, care of offspring).

Stress can affect the function of metabolic processes regulated by the HPA axis. Changes in metabolic function may be adaptive at first, but on-going stress necessitates additional support from various metabolic parameters. We are familiar with ‘adrenal fatigue’ and focus on supporting adrenal function, however, the effects of stress impact more than just the adrenals. Focusing on cortisol and adrenal function may overly simplify complex interactions among several systems and overlook the contributions of the central nervous system, environmental factors, and other metabolic factors.

The clinical utility of identifying the stages of General Adaptation Syndrome is helpful, however, it never occurs in its pure form, but is always complicated by superimposed specific actions of the eliciting stressors. The impact of stress is a spectrum that has an individualized and varied outcome. Individuals react differently to stress. The impact of stress is unique to each person and it can manifest through a range of symptoms which are affected by blood type, nutritional status, sleep, past exposure to stress (PTSD) and other differences. Approximately 90% of visits to primary care physicians are stress-related. The spectrum of responses to stress resistance as the body progresses through these four stages are a guideline.

Early-stage symptoms in response to high stress levels include, appearing high strung, anxious or agitated, occasional sleeplessness, but little fatigue (tired, but wired) and higher pulse.
Laboratory values - check cortisol, DHEA, blood pressure and blood glucose.

Mid-stage symptoms in response to moderate stress levels include, being tired.
Laboratory values - check serotonin.

Late-stage symptoms in response to low level stress include, fatigue/exhaustion, very tired in the evening, occasional sleeplessness (difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep), low pulse, low body temperature, chronic pain.
Laboratory values - check cortisol, DHEA, serotonin and blood pressure.

Understanding the impact of stress on the HPA axis will help to accurately assess common and complex symptoms within various stress response stages. Being able to recognize and respond appropriately to eliminate stressful stimuli is the first step to recovering your energy, restorative sleep and creating a healthy stress response. Health professionals should assess a patient’s stressors and identify symptoms associated with each stage of the General Adaptation Syndrome, but of all 23 doctors I have been to, conventional and alternative alike, not one has ever mentioned it.

Supporting proper functioning of the HPA axis should be a critical goal for patients. Appropriately-designed nutritional, behavioral and lifestyle support are critical to help support healthy HPA axis function and restore homeostasis. Specific recommendations differ based on the stage of stress resistance. Generally speaking, movement on a regular basis that is appropriate for your biochemistry, establish regular bed times and obtain optimum sleep, practice relaxation on a daily basis, stop smoking, avoid alcohol and sugar, increase food quality and remove foods that are not biocompatible with your blood type. I provide a comprehensive, yet flexible, and individualized approach to client coaching.

Note: Cortisol is a steroid hormone, in the glucocorticoid class, that your body makes naturally. When used as a medication, it is known as hydrocortisone. When the body is continually bombarded with steroid, it can develop something called 'Topical Steroid Withdraw' or 'Red Skin Syndrome.' See article.

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


It’s always best to do some examination and research before blindly believing what you are told by an industry that insists vaccines are completely safe and absolutely necessary. Don’t put your trust into the corporation, commercials, or billionaires who profit heavily from forcing their products on you. Don't be manipulated by fear, take back your personal power and look at the research, which clearly shows that there are two sides to this debate. Ultimately, you have to examine the information yourself and decide what is best for you and your child.

Suzanne Humphries, MD, is a conventionally educated medical doctor who was a Nephrologist, a specialty of medicine and pediatrics that concerns itself with the study of the kidney. She participated in the conventional medicinal system from 1989 until 2011. During those years she observed how often that approach failed patients and created new diseases. She left conventional medicine to research the many problems she saw with the mainstream medical theory, to write, and open a holistic medical practice.

The Walking Wounded

walking wounded

Many people are infected with invasive Candida and don't know that the symptoms they suffer with greater frequency, intensity and duration are caused by yeast overgrowth and leaky gut. Those who figure out that they have Candida yeast overgrowth promptly arm themselves with doctor prescribed anti-fungal medications. When that approach doesn't produce the desired results, they arm themselves with internet articles, suggestions from lots of people and a bit of willpower, trying every kind of self-prescribed supplement they can find and the Candida Diet. They experience repeated trial and error, relief and then relapse at great expense to their finances, quality of life, relationships and ultimately their health. Very rarely, if ever, does anyone fully recover. They stay infected with Candida, but are unaware because each of their symptoms is given a different diagnosis (label) and treatment that does not address the underlying cause — Systemic Candidiasis and Leaky Gut.

If this sounds like you, you are not alone. 80% of Americans suffer with this, but it hides behind other names, like arthritis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, lupus, cancer, diabetes, hypothyroidism, multiple chemical sensitivity, asthma, psoriasis, eczema, athletes feet, food allergies, emphysema, PMS, IBS, IBD, Colitis, Crohn's, and the list goes on and on.

You try the Candida Diet, not knowing that you can’t starve Candida. Your ultra-strict, anti-Candida Diet isn't working because, if you stop eating carbohydrates (a Ketogenic Diet), Candida will move into your tissues and turn the glycogen in your muscles back into glucose to feed itself. Candida will literally eat you. It was designed to decompose your body in the grave, so you can't starve this wee-beast, but it will starve you.

You second guess yourself, thinking maybe you didn’t try hard enough, use the right combinations of supplements, or give these things enough time to be fully effective? No, because if these things were going to work, they would have done so by now. I speak from 30 years of personal experience. I tried everything they’ve tried for years, and like you, I got progressively worse with each passing year.

You are not getting well because the prescriptions and products you use cause more damage to the walls of your intestines, while causing the yeast to mutate into an invasive fungal form, invade your body through a leaky gut wall, spread throughout your organs wreaking havoc with the respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, nervous and other systems, feast on your tissues, produce toxic waste and travel to your brain, where it causes every kind of emotional, physiological and psychological symptom; migraine headaches, chronic depression, Bipolar disorder …

Many people are looking for an “easy,” inexpensive and relatively quick way to beat their chronic yeast infection. If that’s you, I’m not the person you are looking for. However, if you are 100% serious and committed to regaining your health, I am here for you. I am ready to match your seriousness and commitment, and help you reach your goals.

Reversing this process involves more than just taking a few products and changing your diet to beat Candida. My total body approach includes all of who you are as a person — mind, body and soul, because it's all connected. Together, we will address all the things that predisposed you to becoming sick in the first place. You will become educated, aware and want to make the necessary lifestyle changes that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

You can't rush healing, so it will take 4-12 months or more, depending upon how advanced your Systemic Candidiasis is and how determined you are, but I expect you to start feeling better sooner than you think. The body has the miraculous ability to heal in a very short amount of time as compared to how long you've been ill. I was, and still am amazed, after being sick for more than 30 years and spending over $200,000 on pills, physicians and treatments that didn't work, that my gut healed in 3 months and my brain healed in 24 months. I didn't think I would live to be 50, but now I feel better in my 50's than I did at 20. I need to live another 50 years, because I just started living! I am me for the first time in my life and I feel FABULOUS! Feeling this good is addictive and I never want to lose my health again.

If this information resonates with you, I want you to reach out to me. Send me an email to schedule your free introductory consultation. I look forward to serving you. 

Johnna Wheeler - Certified Eating Psychology Coach
Whole Family Health and Nutrition, LLC
47 E. All Saints Street Frederick, MD. 21701
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Note: I wish I could help everyone on the planet, but I only work within the United States.

Are you a spoonie?


"What does it feel like to be chronically ill?" How do you answer that question for someone who is healthy?

Most healthy people begin their day with an unlimited amount of energy and possibilities for their day. When you are healthy, you expect to have sustained energy throughout the day to do the things you need to accomplish and the things you desire to do.

A spoon represents each task you have to do. You begin each day with a list of tasks (spoons), including the most simple ones, self care, chores, errands, and fun things to do. It's important to know how many spoons you have, because some of them may need to be set aside during your day based on importance.

You don't just jump out of bed, take a shower and get dressed because you have to transfer to a wheelchair using your arms. You have to push your manual wheelchair to the bathroom and transfer again to the toilet, using your arms. Then you have to transfer back to the wheelchair, and hope the wheel locks stay secure so it doesn't move while you are in the middle of transferring. It's no longer under warranty and your insurance won't pay to fix it again. You are not eligible to get a new one for two more years. You feel drained from transferring three times and used up three spoons just to go to the bathroom. Your too tired to transfer to and from a shower chair and dry off, so you skip the shower and save three spoons for something else.

You have to take medication with food, so you must eat. Your arms just moved your body instead of your legs, and now they need to wheel you to the kitchen and put together a meal. You've used two more spoons to do one task, breakfast, because reaching high and low, cost you more than one spoon. You set the clean up after breakfast spoon aside. If you don't take your medication, you may as well set the rest of your spoons aside.

Getting dressed uses up three more spoons. You wear clothes that are easy to put on with with hands that hurt too much to work buttons and chronic pain everywhere else. My body temperature is low, so I need to put on more clothes. You feel drained because it took you three hours to do what a healthy person can easily accomplish in an hour or less, with energy to spare. If you are going to the doctors office or to meet a friend for lunch, more effort goes into what you present to the world outside your door. You use another spoon. The accessible van is late picking you up and you sit waiting for it to come and take you home. People will waste your spoons. Preparing for the worst is part of a real day, so you take your laptop to pass the time. Typing uses another spoon. The time is spent and you are too tired to make dinner, so you conserve your energy for two more transfers for the toilet and then one more for bed. If you don't get to bed on time, it will take spoons from tomorrow before you ever wake up. The only reason you didn't have to get on the potty more is because you have a bladder catheter, which saves you energy. If your bladder spasms during the day, causing excruciating pain, which drains your energy. When it's over, you change out of soaked pants and get a shower, clean your wheelchair and the floor, so that uses 4 spoons.

You didn't go to the grocery store or the bank. You didn't do laundry or clean your home. Some days are better or worse than others. If you push it slightly beyond your energy level one day, your body crashes for days, forcing you to recharge your batteries.

Every detail of your day needs to be thought out because there are things you MUST do and things that you should do, but don't have the energy and time for. Fun gets traded for rest, in hopes that you can keep from using tomorrows energy, today. You may not be need a wheelchair, but the principle is exactly the same because parts of your body don't function like they should, which takes more time and energy. There are things you need to do to function "normally" that other people don't have to think about and take for granted, like being able to go to the bathroom, bathe, get dressed, eat, climb steps, get in and out of an automobile, write a letter or type an email. Chronic illness forces you to slow down, prioritize and not try to do everything.

You remember what it was like to just go and do. You feel left out because you need to stay home and rest, so you don't get weak and crash or catch a cold or the flu. You don't get things done that you need to, much less want to do.

Now, instead of each spoon representing what you have to do in one hour, it represents what you have the energy to do a twelve hour period, depending upon how you feel. Instead of just thinking and doing, you have to plan every detail of your day and make choices others don't have to. You miss freedom and not having to count your spoons.

You don't have time or spoons to waste, so you choose carefully what to use them for. If your friend with chronic illness or disability takes the time and effort to spend time with you, now you understand how much you mean to them and what a gift that is. Hopefully, you will not take your health for granted and choose a slower paced life before something happens to make you slow down.

People ask when are you going to get better? The truth is you might not, or you may get worse. Restoring your health after years or a lifetime of chronic illness is like turning a huge ship. It takes skill with the right information, time, patience, work and focus.

What does "health" feel like? Ample energy for the tasks of the day. Others focused. No pain anywhere. A smile without effort. joy - just because. Living in the present and looking forward to the future, without stress, fear or frustration. When someone asks how you are, you can honestly say, "Fantastic!" When you lose your health, it's a slow process over many years and then something breaks. When health is restored, after many years of chronic illness, it doesn't take long to lose what you've gained. Be vigilant to hold onto your health and value it like your most prized possession, because it truly is.

The "Spoon Theory" was first expressed by Christine Miserandino, but I suffered with chronic illness for 30 years, cared for people with disabilities and had a best friend with MS during the last 17 years, while I was sick. It's the story for every person with chronic illness or disability.

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

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