Detox and Die-Off: The Herxheimer Reaction

Did you try a detox program and have a bad reaction? Here’s what you need to know, and what you can try.

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0:05 What is detox and die-off (Herxheimer reaction)
0:24 Symptoms of die-off
0:50 My experience with detox
1:48 What to do 
3:06 What herbal remedies are good for detoxification? 

Today we’re going to talk about detox and die-off. Another name for this is the Herxheimer reaction.

What is detox and die-off (Herxheimer reaction)?

With this, you’re likely using a medical antibiotic, a natural herbal antibiotic, a probiotic, or some type remedy that’s killing microbes. There are certain things that are being broken down and released, and your immune system is reacting to this. 

Symptoms of die-off:

• Flu-like symptoms
• Achy—inflammation
• Fatigue
• Sore throat
• Rash 
• Lung mucus 
• Coughing 
• Swollen glands
• Headaches 
• Fever 

Your own immune system is creating these symptoms, not the microbe. It’s creating an inflammatory state. When it comes to detox programs, it’s best to start small and see how your body reacts. 

If you started a detox program (this doesn’t apply to antibiotics) and you have a reaction, this is what you may want to do:

1. Cut back or stop
2. Go really slow
3. Take activated charcoal
4. Take molybdenum
5. Take NAC

What herbal remedies are good for detoxification? 
• Herbal remedies that kill off microbes (for example oregano oil, garlic, thyme, black walnut hull, clove)

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, 53 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.


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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The Health & Wellness, Dr. Berg Nutritionals and Dr. Eric Berg, D.C. are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this video or site.

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