Disclaimer: I must emphasize this is MY detoxification plan. Please do not begin a detoxification protocol of your own without the supervision of a trained health practitioner. Thank you!
“When our detoxification system is overwhelmed, is overloaded, that’s when we start getting symptoms and get sick, but it may take years of accumulated stress and toxins to get to that point.” Dr. Mark Hyman MD
Detoxing is an integral part of beating Chronic Lyme Disease and minimizing the reactions caused when injured or dead bacteria release their endotoxins into the blood and tissues faster than the body can comfortably handle it. A sudden and exaggerated inflammatory response will usually ensue and an exacerbation of old symptoms, as well as a flare up of new symptoms, can occur. This is known as a Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction, or “Herx” for short.
“Some of us are good at getting rid of toxins and waste, and others are not.” Dr. Mark Hyman MD
My 23 and Me genetics test revealed that I am not a good detoxifier in certain areas and I must work a bit harder than some people to assist my body with the removal of Lyme toxins as well as other toxins my body my be exposed to or have accumulated over the years. Below is a list of what I am doing to improve my body’s detoxification methods and increase my chance of healing from this debilitating disease. I must make mention to please talk with your doctor about creating your own detoxification plan. Although a few of my methods may seem unconventional to some, I have incorporated them under the advisement of my Lyme Literate Medical Doctor and my Lyme Literate Nurse Practitioner.
1. I Drink plenty of clean, filtered water each day. At least 8-10 glasses
2. I Eat organic produce, animal products and grass fed meats to eliminate toxins from food. I have also eliminated gluten, white sugar and dairy, except for one cup of yogurt kefir a day.
3. I use some sort of binding agent to bind to the toxins in the bowel and prevent reabsorption. I have used Welchol but found it to be very strong for me. I now use Detox Fiber by Garden of Life and it seems to work well for me.
4. I am addressing my MTHFR gene mutation using hydroxy b12, B6 in the form of P-5-P and methyl folate. I believe I have reached optimal doses of these.
5. I drink water with lemon to help alkalize the body.
6. Exercise as tolerated.
7. I try to implement dry skin brushing in the am and pm as well as a lymphatic drainage massage to assist with the elimination of toxins through the lymphatic system. I am trained in lymphatic drainage so please consult with a professional if a lymphatic drainage massage is something you would like to incorporate into your detoxification plan.
8. I use a Far-Infared sauna two times/wk.
9. I do a coffee enema 1 time/week. I was initially very nervous about this but have found it quite easy to do. This can be a controversial method of detox but my Lyme Literate Nurse Practitioner has found coffee enemas to be especially helpful for neurological symptoms. She uses a protocol similar to the protocol at the Gerson Institute.
10. I do detox baths twice a week. My favorites are Epsom salt/hydrogen peroxide and activated charcoal. I have found these to helpful to decrease neuro symptoms.
11. I have found acupuncture and gentle massage therapy to be very helpful at helping my body eliminate toxin, reduce pain and inflammation. I can no longer do this on a regular basis due to financial constraints, but it’s a nice treat once in awhile.
Detoxification is nearly a full-time job. However, it is one that I must undertake in order to heal from Lyme Disease and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I try to keep to as consistent of a schedule as possible and never push myself to do more than I feel I can handle. Ever so slowly, I am seeing improvements in my condition and for that, I am very grateful.