I received the following email from a cancer patient:

“I have been using the Rife for several months now. It seems the Rife kills faster than my body can detox and eliminate toxins, causing diarrhea.

How can I help my body eliminate toxins faster?”

This is a fairly common question we get asked, though much more common with Lyme than with cancer, and much more . What this patient is sensing is an unwanted detox reaction due to the therapy provided by the Rife machine. In clinical settings this is called a Herxheimer Reaction, or Herx for short.

A Herxheimer Reaction is the immune system’s response when endotoxins and toxins are released into the bloodstream and lymph {typically after large amounts of pathogens are killed-off}, thereby overwhelming the person’s detoxification system.

When a Herx occurs, the person may feel as though he/she is coming down with some sort of illness. Symptoms often resemble those of the flu or a severe cold.

For our patients, Herxheimer Reactions can sometimes create worse symptoms than the dis-ease which originally led them to our clinic. When this happens the patient can become very discouraged, so we do our best to provide as many resources as possible to either help prevent the Herx reaction from happening, or help them mitigate the severity of the reaction and bring their body back into better balance.

There are 3 primary ways to either prevent or support a Herxheimer Reaction:

1. Implement new therapies or protocols in small intervals

There are very few people who can dive-in to a brand new lifestyle without becoming overwhelmed. And even those people likely already began making subconscious changes before physically adopting their new habits.

Not all overwhelming change is bad, but it does present added stressors that can temporarily stall a patient’s progress. In a worst-case scenario, overwhelming change can prevent patients from wanting to move forward with their current care model, which can transition into them not being willing to stay the course and push through some the difficulties.

The most lasting change seems to be integrated with consideration for all aspects of overwhelm: physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual. This is best done by taking small, consistent steps towards the intended outcome and with recognition of how each person’s body/spirit typically handles change.

For example, let’s say a patient was to begin using a Rife machine for 8 hours/night, but he has a history of sensitivity to new therapies. Instead of placing the Rife machine right next to his body for the full 8-hour duration, we may modify the setup so the Rife machine’s bulb is sitting on a chair next to the bed.

If after a week no reaction has occurred, we move the bulb from the chair on to the bed, but keep it outside the covers. After another week we move the bulb under the covers, and so on, until the bulb is, ideally, right next to his body.

But what if he begins to notice discomfort with the Rife bulb under the covers and it prevents him from getting a good sleep? Then we simply move the bulb outside the covers for another week and give it another try after 7 more days have passed. We continue on in this fashion until he can comfortably have the bulb close to him without interference.

This would be the same system used for adding in new supplements, new dietary changes, new therapies in addition to the Rife machine {such as PEMF, hyperthermia treatments, IV vitamin C, etc.}.

If patients go slow and remain aware of their body’s individual responses, then they’re less likely to have to backtrack or experience a severe Herx.

2. Perform targeted, short-term elimination trials

There are times patients will call the clinic, after several months of working with us, to let us know that they think they might be experiencing a Herxheimer Reaction to one or several of the supplements they’re taking.

Stuck in a catch-22, they don’t want to stop taking all of their supplements because that would immediately halt one of their therapy protocols. On the other hand, if they continue taking everything they will likely continue pushing the Herx.

At this point it would be appropriate to perform a targeted elimination trial, focusing on 1 supplement at a time.

For example, let’s say a patient is taking 4 different supplements: Curcu Clear, Black Salve Bloodroot, Medicinal Mushrooms and Liposomal Vitamin C. After 2 weeks of following the protocol she begins to feel a Herx reaction that onsets shortly after taking her supplements and continues throughout the day, making it difficult to function normally.

She can start her targeted elimination trial by removing 1 item – let’s choose Curcu Clear – from her protocol for about 2-3 days. Abstaining for 48-72 hours will ensure that the Liposomal C has passed its half-life and its overall tissue concentration will be reduced.

If the Herx symptoms subside after removing this supplement {while still maintaining full doses of her other three supplements}, she can feel confident that she has found the “culprit” that was pushing her Herx. From here the patient can choose how she wants to add the Liposomal C back into her daily routine, if at all.

If Herx symptoms do not subside after removing Liposomal C from her protocol, she can add this back in {either immediately or in small intervals} and select the next supplement to abstain from

Once the patient has temporarily eliminated each of her supplements, she should be able to determine which supplements are contributing to the Herx Reaction. From there she can work with our clinic to either find the best way to add them back in, or find a less potent alternative to temporarily take its place.

3. Enhance the body’s detoxification pathways [to better handle the die-off].

Whatever the body kills-off, whether an infection, infestation or cancer cell proliferation, our detox pathways must remove that toxic matter to make room for the regeneration of healthier tissue.

If patients are dealing with dis-ease, detoxification pathways are often compromised, increasing the likelihood of issues such as Herxheimer Reactions.

On their own, the liver, kidneys, lymphatic system and bowels can only eliminate so much waste within a 24-hour period. Supporting these organs and pathways can help to maximize their natural function, and release excess toxins to heighten a person’s overall detoxification capabilities.

The methods for supporting detoxification are the same lifestyle changes our patients use to help them heal from their cancer: Rife machine programs, targeted therapies, individualized supplementation and diet.

There are many Rife programs which target detox organs like the liver and kidneys, as well as detox pathways like lymphatic support and constipation. Running these programs can help stimulate their function. If you would like to access a master list of Rife programs that can support different contributors to or symptoms of Herxheimer Reactions, you can find them in my blog post “TrueRife Programs for Common Cancer Symptoms“.

Herxheimer Reactions

Targeted therapies for detoxification support might include sauna sessions, light exercise, lymphatic massage or lymphatic exercise, napping, ion cleanses, coffee enemas or Rife programs.

Individualized supplementation options might include herbal chelation to pull toxins out of the tissues, binders to prevent toxins from being reabsorbed, probiotics & prebiotics to repair gut issues, liver/kidney/GB support to maximize organ function, sleep aids to ensure deep REM sleep {which is when your brain detoxifies itself}, lymph-stimulating herbs to improve lymphatic flow, and anti inflammation supplements to reduce inflammation-caused complications.

Changes to diet might include crossing over to organic options to reduce exposure to more toxins/chemicals, increasing pure water intake, stopping meat or dairy to prevent constipation and mucous formation, stopping gluten to prevent greater inflammation.

For more information on how to specifically support different phases of detoxification, please read Dr. Conners’ blog “The 7 Phases of Detox – Detoxification Simplified“. Understanding each phase of detox may help patients {and non-patients} better understand where they might be having hang-ups in their detox process. Specifically addressing these hang-ups will likely prevent/stop Herxheimer Reactions without needing to implement too wide-spread of protocols which could be equally as overwhelming as the Herx reaction itself.

Keep up the hard work, you’ve got this 🙂