Self-Healing Concept & Longevity

Today, I would like to share the ancient TCM’s technique of self-healing, which is supplementary to the process of all healing.  It is called the “Lajin & Paida technique”

On my research, western doctrine scientists claim the following: 

  • You could extend your life by two years simply by not sitting down for hours on end.
  • By only seated for a maximum of three hours a day typically live an extra two years.
  • 1-Hour run may extend your life by 7 hours

What do all these claims have in common and how it affects and preventing the modern diseases? A stationary lifestyle or a lifestyle lack typical activities, are all I could sum up with!

Advancement of science and technology in new era has made life more comfortable and convenient, this reduced the amount of  movements & activities and therefore increased more tension in the tendons.

As we aged, our tendons, ligaments and muscles will occur in different degree of contractions. The result of such tractions tend to manifest in various forms and these are  the primary cause of aging and many chronic diseases.

 

tendon_ligament_diagramThe different between a tendon and a ligament.

A tendon is a fibrous connective tissue which attaches muscle to bone. Tendons may also attach muscles to structures such as the eyeball. A tendon serves to move the bone or structure. A ligament is a fibrous connective tissue which attaches bone to bone, and usually serves to hold structures together and keep them stable.

 

 

Here are the various forms of symptoms many individuals may experience due to tendons/ligaments/muscle tractions that evolved into contractions.

  1. Shortening the length of the face, lumbar, back, and legs
  2. Neck, shoulder and back tightness, waist stiffness
  3. Back and leg pain
  4. Ligament tension in the hip
  5. Inflexibility of  thighs, hands, feet, elbow and knee due to tendons
  6. Chronic diseases: High Blood Pressure/Diabetic/Alzheimer/Dementia etc etc

Among all the things one can do to prevent chronic diseases, and reversing above said symptoms and enjoy longevity; is to engage oneself with self-healing technique. That is to exercise regularly by keeping your BLOOD PUMPING and HEART WORKING; most importantly, is the stretching of the tendons to ensure a good flow of blood circulations.

Lets move on and see my findings and the nifty  part of “Ancient Eastern Doctrine”.

The ancient Chinese saying: 筋长一寸,寿延十年 

My translation: The lengthening of the Tendon by an inch, leads to ten more years of longevity.

Such saying is almost non-existence in the western healing approach. Is this argument really scientific?  what does it have to do with modern diseases and longevity?

There is an old saying in China, which is “骨正筋柔,气血自流“When bones are in the right alignment and tendons are soft, blood and Qi (the pushing power for moving the energy and blood in the body) will circulate smoothly by themselves”. Lajin & Paida removes the blockages through softening your tendons, and thus help cure diseases.

According to the ancient Chinese medicine doctrine – the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine:  the myriad of most diseases are caused by blockages in the meridian systems (acupuncture is based on meridians which is the energy channel in your body).  If you remove these blockages, and make the Qi and blood running smoothly within the meridians, these diseases are on its way to recovery. Too good to be true? Read on….

What is Paida & Lajin?

Paida means the slapping on the body meridian points (either with your palm or a slapping pat), and you will see the Sha (which can be manifested in hue of red to purplish). The darkish the colour, denoting the intensity of toxicity within the inner terrain. The poisoning blood that resurfacing and manifested on the skin were blockages in the tendons.

 

Lajin means “stretching the tendons”. In TCM doctrine, it is said that tendons tend to contract when it stay stationary for a long time: the sedentary lifestyle causes traction and injured one’s tendons and produce reflective contractions and spasms. While, over-stressing of the tendons will reflect the same injury.  Whenever there are blockages, you will feel the pain during Lajin & Paida session.

There are many free, cheap and effective ways to de-contract one’s tendons to keep yourself towards healthier lifestyle.

How to achieve a stretch and de-contract these tendons?

One can either lying down or standing up to achieve de-contractions! Easy-Peasy….

By lying down, yoga or palates is one form of stretching, while standing up and walking is one other way to have your tendons stretch. There are many self-help stretching techniques available on-line. My chiropractor has also advocated stretching as part of my daily routine to achieve a healthier spine.

I have found out that, one other quick and effective way is the used of Slant Board. Any health-conscious person will be quick to learn the advantages of this simple yet powerful device.

This is a Slant board 

 

It is a flat-surfaced device with multiple slanted angle which is made from durable wood or lightweight strong composite plastic material and is used to keep our muscles & tendons in perfect shape, as it automatically realign our feet, hips, and back and shoulders. This in turn improve the performance of our muscles, and  cut down on cases of injury during exercises. If you’re an athlete or someone suffering from Achilles tendon injuries, this board will also help to relieve you of the pain.

This little workhorse is useful for not just leg related pains and injuries, but also aid in proper blood circulation and to soften our tendons

On the first month of used along with the Paida Pat, I noticed my calves been realigned and the occasion aches I used to have has diminished rapidly within weeks. I have also experienced some forms of detoxification, manifested on my skin. Yes, I’ve got the dry skin effects and minor itches here and there for almost 2 weeks.

With all benefits been said, I have to stress how effective this device has worked wonderfully on me. I have personally using it for the last 3 months, and seen and felt the good effects and share this here.

Hope you find the important of stretching one’s tendons and commence your regular regime to kickstart a good healthy lifestyle. Good luck to all!!!

 

Reference:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2171264/Stand-want-live-longer-increase-life-years.html

https://www.novanthealth.org/home/about-us/newsroom/healthy-headlines/articleid/467/study–1-hour-run-may-extend-your-life-by-7-hours.aspx?MobileWidthCheck=y

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The Importance Of Understanding Your Inner Terrain To Natural Healings

What is your nutritious diet type and how will it affect your natural healing process?

As an alternative & natural cure activist, I came to realise that, there are tons of natural strategies and diets to cater for the different types of degenerative diseasea and autoimmune disorder. Why some protocols work great with one individual but not to another, while vegan swears, by adopting pure green & juicing diet works beautifully. With that being testified, strangely, why a vegan diet almost killed Angelina Jolie? A Vegan Diet Almost “Killed” Angelina Jolie. I have a zillion of doubts and questions, that is, what’s wrong with green & juicing diet that can turn our internal system immaculately clean, yet Angelina Jolie, responded otherwise.

Dr Lorraine Day

Dr. Lorraine Day, was a surgeon by profession, reversed her severe, advanced cancer by rebuilding her immune system by natural therapies. She adopted at least thirty over strategies (one of the few was juicing as part of her protocol) that nearly killed her.  Dr. Day is totally healthy and cancer-free, takes no medications whatsoever, and has no aches or pains anywhere.  It has been more then twenty years since her cancerous tumour first appeared. She is currently at her late 70s. Here is her official website. What puzzled me is,  she had moved from one protocol to another, a total of 30 (she mentioned it in her video – Cancer don’t scare me any more) to mention the least. Did she aware of her internal terrain when she first started on a natural fight in cancer?

Dr Joseph Mercola

Next in line, I would like to discuss about Dr Joseph Mercola, an alternative medicine proponent, and an osteopathic physician http://www.mercola.com.

Many years ago, I subscribed to Dr Mercola’s newsletter and was directed to take a nutritious typing diet. The diet types are classified into, Vegan, Protein and Combination Vegan/Protein Type. Dr Mercola, explain in his newsletter, in his earlier year of his life, he adopted green and juicing as his primarily diet / protocol, only to realise he became thinner, hagged and unhealthier with the vegan protocol. When he added protein into the regimen, he started to gain more energy.  He came to understand that, we have a unique biochemistry and genetics. Foods process and utilise nutrients differently in our body. Therefore, when we adopt a diet based on a specific nutritional type, said Dr Mercola: “that will resolve most health disorders and achieve optimum health”. Yet again, does it help for one to bring awareness of his/her Inner Terrain, prior embarking into Dr Mercola Diet Types?

Dr Lorraine Day vs Dr Joseph Mercola

Dr Lorraine Day and Dr Joseph Mercola, both have been in that dark journey to find the best diet for themselves after several trial and error. What do both of them have in common when they embarked into a optimal health protocol?

Well, If you have faithfully read most of the articles presented to you from this website,  Diet, Harmonizing Ying & Yang, is one of the most informative links that educate you wisely, the doctrine to Tradtional Chinese Medicine, that is to understand your body constitution, and find out what foods are best for you before embark in any natural strategies or treatments.

I have never had a good digestive system or gut,  TCM has taught me that, a hard core green and juicing will never works perfectly for me. Cold drinks  and foods will never bring harmony to me either. My TCM practitioner repeatedly diagnosed a weak spleen and a lack of Qi in me, i have “deficiency of Yang”. My Yin & Yang  was disrupted. This was my prognosis. (If this is too technical for you, go to Diet, Harmonizing Ying & Yang)

I was to seek a balance diet, my practitioner based on the 4 different situations & energies in me (Inner terrain or body constitution) and determine the right energies of food  & medicine to perfect my state of physical energies and emotional balance to reach harmony. I have also noticed that Paleo Diet is one of the best diet that matches perfectly well with my body constitution. My diet comprises,  high in fat, moderate in animal protein and low to moderate in carbohydrates.

I hope you can try to understand your own “internal terrain” before embarking into any natural treatments. Good Luck in your fight in any diseases!

Diet, Harmonizing Yin & Yang

I am very cautious about consuming supplements and  recommending eczema diet, as I believe, food we eat every day affects our body’s balance. I noticed that many diseases are caused, or made worse by eating the wrong foods,  even with the quality supplements. Therefore it is important to know your own body’s constitution aka internal terrain so you can find out what foods are best for you before embarking in natural treatments.

Ying & Yang is the most fundamental concepts in Tradition Chinese Medicine (TCM), as it is the foundation of diagnosis and treatments.

It is also important to know about the energies of food because different energies act upon the human body in different ways and affect our state of health. If a person suffers from cold rheumatism and the pain is particularly severe on cold days, eating foods with a warm or hot energy shall relieve the pain considerably. Or if a person suffers from skin eruptions that worsen when exposed to heat, it is beneficial to eat food with a cold or cool energy to relieve symptoms.

To seek a balance in diet, we can define food as predominantly yin (cold) or yang (hot). If you eat predominantly yin (cold) foods, your body will be capable of producing only yin (cold) energy – darker, slower-moving and colder. In contrast, eating predominantly yang (warm) foods produces yang(warm) energy – faster, hotter and more energetic.

There are 4 different situations & energies:

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The Movement of Foods

Applying 4 different situations & energies. TCM has classified the movements of foods into four aspects  to fine tune our decision what food to eat.

Food acts on the body through specialised movements. Depending on the properties of food, food moves in different regions within the body and can drive qi (vital energy) in the same direction as well. TCM claims that disease is caused when any of the external or exogenous evils exert too much influence on our body, foods that have specialised movements can be used to counter these evils. For example, when a person suffers from mild flu (which caused by exogenous wind invasion), foods with a floating action such as green onion and fresh ginger can expel the evils out of the body.

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If you have any of the symptoms listed below,  the following effects of foods (Namely 3 types) are suitable to be eaten.

1) Effects of cooling foods 

Cooling food has effects of clearing heat and toxins, cooling and calming the blood and nourishing yin. These types of food are suitable for people who have heat constitution of the body. Usually these people have the following symptoms: The body feeling hot, perspiration, thirst, constipation, pungent odorous wind and stools, burning of the anus area after bowel movement, anxiety, red eyes, red face, emotional, head aches, vivid dreams, ulcers in the mouth or tongue, cold sores around the mouth, red tongue with a thick yellow coating on the tongue, rapid pulse, heart burn and dark or yellow urine.

2) Effects of warming foods

Warming foods have the effects of raising the yang, energy (qi) of organs and warming and improving the circulation and dispelling the cold. These types of food are suitable for people who are yang deficient. Usually with the following symptoms; cold hand, cold feet, cold body, diarrhea, stomach pains or discomfort after eating or drinking cold things, bloating after eating, lack of energy, sore joints,  and fluid retention.

3) Foods which are neither warm nor cold, and are suitable for any type of body. 

This is best bet foods that will not cause significant disruptions to your inner terrain while providing the right nutrients to complement the desire Ying & Yang balancing.

Link to the list of foods based on the 3 different effects of foods.

Hope above informations provide an idea of your inner terrain and how consuming the right foods speed up your recovery in any protocols. It is best to seek help with a TCM practitioners to understand your body constitution prior to any protocols.

 

 

 

Reference:  Chinese System of Food Cures Prevention & Remedies by Henry C. Lu.Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. 1986.

What’s All The Fuss About Gluten-Free Diet?

This is for anyone who has eczema / auto-immune diseases and  may have overlooked the issue of Gluten. It is believed to be the root caused of all problems. When I first removed and stopped taking gluten  (mainly breads, cookies cake and pastries), I could feel the rapid improvement of my condition (eczema).

So here is the gist ….read on!!!

Exactly what is it about gluten that causes the problem?
The main problem with gluten is that it isn’t always digested properly in the gut. The enzymes required to digest gluten properly are not present in our guts in large quantities, so there is a portion of gluten that doesn’t get digested, and this is where the problem starts.

These short undigested proteins, the main one being gliadin, get absorbed into the bloodstream, and the immune system immediately notices that there is something foreign in the bloodstream which shouldn’t be there. The immune system therefore decides to respond with an attack, which after all, is the right thing to do. This reaction is what starts the damage.

If your digestive system is one of the sensitive ones, and the undigested gliadin finds its way into your bloodstream, your immune system will respond. Unfortunately, this reaction can get stronger and stronger, and progress to serious ill-health as time goes on.

A startling figure for gluten sensitivity
According to a top researcher in this field, one in ten people have a sensitivity to gluten. This is different to coeliac disease, which is a life-threatening disease, although half of all coeliacs also experience neurological disorders. A gluten sensitivity interferes with the digestion and absorption of nutrients, which can lead to many health disturbances, some of which are listed below:

• Neurological dysfunction, including headaches and migraine
• Epilepsy
• Dementia
• Anger and irritability
• Learning disorders
• Lethargy and listlessness
• Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
• Depression
• Poor growth
• Reflux
• Constipation and/or diarrhoea
• Abdominal pain

All About Healing Reactions

If you decided to embark on any detoxification programs, it’s at your best intention to go through the following article to get familiar with all healing reactions. Having yourself prepare mentally and phsically will help in managing with any healing reactions. Good Luck!

Here’s a paraphrased summary of Dr. Wilson’s article:

1. What are Healing Reactions?
Healing reactions are temporary symptoms that occur only on deep healing regimens in which the body retraces or goes back and heals old infections, wounds, injuries, or other imbalances from the past.  Many are related to eliminating toxic substances, healing chronic infections, or metabolic shifts that take place as a body heals and its vitality increases.

Other texts may refer to healing reactions as flare-ups, crises, retracing reactions, die-off reactions, purification reactions, or the reversal process.

Healing crises or reactions are an essential feature of all true and deep healing methods. They can be unpleasant and rarely are frightening.  However, they are welcome signs of healing.  If they did not occur, one knows that a healing method may offer symptomatic relief, but usually it is not as deep healing as those therapies that cause healing reactions.
Retracing is poorly understood.  Healing reactions are little understood in allopathic medical practice because they rarely occur with drug medicine approaches.  They also do not occur with most herbal, nutritional and other holistic and naturopathic approaches to health care.

As a result, most people, including doctors, are unfamiliar with them and often frightened of them.

2a.  Symptoms of Retracing:
Most healing reactions are mild and pass quickly.  Symptoms may include almost anything.  One could experience diarrhea, constipation, aches, pains, muscle cramps, discharges, odors, rashes, headaches, irritability or fatigue.  Rarely, symptoms are more vigorous, such as a vigorous cold, flu, or even retracing an old case of pneumonia or hepatitis.  Once again, these usually do not last long.

Emotional and psychological healing reactions are among the most interesting, and often the most important.  Typical symptoms include feelings of anxiety, depression, fear or anger.  However, as with the physical symptoms, almost any symptom is possible, depending upon a person’s past traumas and experiences.

At times, more intense psychological and emotional retracing occurs with nutritional balancing.  This often has to do with retracing old emotional traumas.  However, in almost all cases, the body will not undertake a healing reaction unless it can see it through to completion.  For this reason, reassurance and general supportive measures are usually all that is required during even an intense reaction.

2b.  Retracing Is A Type Of Secondary Chaos:
Retracing reactions may be described as flare-ups of secondary chaos in terms of chaos theory.  Chaos theory is  a very modern and interesting science.   The concept is that when a system is not working right, it causes chaos.  As the system is fixed or corrected, the degree of chaos diminishes.  However, at times, secondary chaos may occur.

This is an apt description of a healing reaction.   In our biological terms, a sick body is one that is in a high state of chaos.  This is a rough description of what occurs in a healing reaction.

2c.  Retracing Versus A Worsening Of Health:
Caution: At times, reactions are not due to healing and indicate a worsening of a health condition. One reads about retracing, and just assumes that any symptom that arises is a healing or retracing reaction.

It can be vitally important to know if a reaction is due to healing or a worsening of a condition.  Answering the five questions below can help one to know which is occurring.

A. Was the person following a nutritional balancing program, including diet, wholefood supplements and rest? Healing reactions occur most often when the body is given all that it needs.  If the complete program is followed fairly strictly, the reaction is likely due to healing.

However, if a person is not following the program, or on a different regimen, then it is more likely that it is not a healing reaction.  Also, if one is terminally ill, it may not be a healing reaction.

B. Was one feeling better before the reaction occurred?  Healing reactions require energy.  One’s energy level often increases until sufficient to initiate a reaction.  Thus, a reaction can occur and often does just when one is feeling stronger.  If one had been feeling worse, the reaction is less likely due to healing, however.

C.  Have the symptom occurred in the past?  Often, old symptoms or conditions recur during healing reactions.  If one experienced the symptom in even the distant past, it is more likely, though not always, due to healing.

D. Are the symptoms unusual?  Healing reactions often produce odd symptom pictures.  One might develop a sore throat or flu without fatigue.  This occurs when one is really not ill, though one may develop some features of an illness.

E. How long have symptoms lasted?  Healing reactions usually do not last long.  They may be vigorous but end in a few hours or at most about a week or two.  If a reaction or flare-up lasts more than several weeks, it may be a worsening of one’s condition.

This one is tricky, however, because a deep-seated physical or emotional problem may take weeks or months to retrace completely in a few cases.  Look to the other questions for more clarity.

3.  Emotional Healing Reactions:
One can change emotionally as well as physically during nutritional therapy.  Anyone undergoing a nutritional healing program needs to be prepared for these emotional shifts as body chemistry improves.

Causes of these changes are elimination of toxins that affect the brain and improvements in clarity of thought.  Other mechanisms involve returning to earlier states of body chemistry that are associated with specific emotional states or traumas, or elimination of what may be called emotional toxins.

Emotional toxins are feelings or beliefs that block healing.  Examples are feeling unworthy, unloved, incompetent, stupid, ugly, unfit or unlovable.  Others are fears, worries, anger, resentment, guilt and others.  These can be every bit as toxic as pesticides or heavy metals.  Following is more detail regarding some of the  mechanisms of emotional healing reactions.

Physically-linked Reactions:  Some emotional toxins are linked to physical toxins and impaired body chemistry.  An unhealthy body sends negative messages to the brain.  These may be experienced as feelings of fear, anxiety or unworthiness.

Toxic metals can directly affect neurotransmitters and parts of the brain associated with anger, fear and other emotions.  Iron, for example, is known to settle in the amygdala, an area of the brain associated with anger.

As physical toxins are eliminated, emotional states will change.  As health improves, the body sends positive messages to the brain.  An emotional crisis may occur as it becomes more difficult to hold on to negative feelings and beliefs.

4.  Handling Physical Healing Reactions
In general, the body will not undertake a healing reaction unless it can see it through.  Most important is to support the body, allowing it to proceed with minimal interference.  At times, one may speed up a reaction so it will end sooner.  Other times, one may slow down a reaction to lessen the severity of symptoms.  Basic support for healing reactions includes:

1. Rest lying down as much as possible.  Also, reduce stress and strain.  Conserve energy for healing.  Reduce mental as well as physical activity.  Breathing deeply and slowly is very calming for the nervous system.

2. Eat lightly.  Digestion is an extra stress during healing reactions.  If one is very uncomfortable, it may be best to skip a meal.  One may notice that symptoms subside after eating a meal.  The meal is not making one better.  Energy must be diverted from healing to digest the meal, so symptoms temporarily diminish while one digests. While drinking adequate water is important during healing reactions, guzzling extra water is usually not helpful.

3. Sauna sessions.  In general, during a healing reaction, 10-15 minute sessions are better than long sessions in saunas.

4. Other detoxification procedures are often helpful.  Besides more short sauna sessions, other procedures include enemas, colonic irrigation, massage, energy balancing and acupressure.  Enemas are excellent and perhaps essential if one feels constipated and toxic.  Energy balancing may also be most helpful.

5. Call someone familiar with healing reactions if one is unsure how to handle them.  Some patients went to emergency rooms instead of calling their health professional when they experienced healing reactions.  They wasted hundreds of dollars and received no benefit.  Those that stayed in touch passed through healing reactions, some very vigorous, without needing medical treatment.

6. Use care in discussing healing reactions with physicians and others unfamiliar with them.  Healing symptoms can easily be misinterpreted as illness.  This is a common problem.  Unless the doctor, friend or family member understands, costly tests and toxic medication may be recommended.  Medication can complicate reactions and is rarely effective.  Reactions will usually proceed in spite of it.

5.  General Supportive Measures:
For toxic reactions in general: As toxins are mobilized and eliminated, one may experience headaches, rashes, pain, dizziness, abdominal discomfort and other symptoms.  Sauna therapy usually helps symptoms pass quickly.

If a symptom persists, whole food antioxidants can enhance liver detoxification.  Coffee enemas or colonic irrigation enhance elimination through the colon.

Support For Infections:
Always watch infections, regardless of the possible causes.  Always make sure that one’s temperature does not rise above about 103-104 F. and that one is well-hydrated when fever is present.  However, if a person is following a nutritional balancing program, most infections, no matter how vigorous they seem, are totally benign and should never be suppressed with drugs, too much vitamin C or other remedies.

Common sites of chronic infections are the sinuses, ears, eyes, throat, bronchials, lungs, skin, intestines, kidneys and bladder.  These and many other infections commonly flare up as they are healed.  They go from chronic to acute, and are then eliminated.  This is the reverse order in which they took hold in the body.  Here are some simple and safe supportive therapies that are excellent for retracing infections.

Heat. Heat activates the immune system and may disable or even kill some microorganisms.  Sauna use is excellent to help heal chronic infections.  A hot bath, perhaps with several pounds of Epsom salts in it, may also be helpful and can be repeated several days in a row.

Diet.  Eat lightly.  Drink plenty of spring water.  Vegetable soup appears to help with some infections. Stay with the recommended anti-inflammatory diet and just eat less, especially if you are not too hungry.  Never eat a lot when sick.

Supplements. Probiotics, digestive enzymes and enzymes therapy, and other whole food supplements to help speed up the process of elimination are helpful.

Lifestyle.  Rest lying down as much as possible.

6.  Discussing Healing Reactions:
Forewarned, most people handle healing reactions well.  One should look forward to reactions as they are evidence of deep healing. Always call someone knowledgeable if :

1) you are not sure what is going on,
2) you are concerned or worried,
3) any reaction becomes severe such as a high fever.

These guidelines are sufficient to handle most healing reactions. Healing reactions can be vigorous, but rarely dangerous.  Always use common sense, however.  Rarely, medical intervention is needed, but certainly not often.  Taking medical drugs such as antibiotics and aspirin or others can prolong the reaction or even turn it into a dangerous situation.

7.  The Dangers Of Retracing:
Almost all retracing reactions are totally benign.  Some last for a few months, or can be very annoying, but most pass quickly and easily without a need for any extra interventions.  However, once in a while they are extreme.

References

One can read about healing reactions in texts on homeopathy, chiropractic and psychotherapy where they may be referred to as the catharsis.  Max Gerson, MD, in A Cancer Therapy – Results of 50 Cases, devoted an entire chapter to them.  William Frederich Koch, MD mentions them often in his excellent book, The Survival Factor in Neoplastic and Viral Diseases.  Bernard Jensen, DC, ND wrote about them in The Doctor-Patient Handbook.

Die-Off Reaction – On A Treatment Plan

I would appreciate, if you may read through 3 of the most important articles before engaging yourself in this site. How I Cured My Eczema NaturallyEczema Natural Approach & Why I Took These Supplement.

If you are one of those who had tried several protocols and not sure where you are heading. Perhaps, this particular article could provide the answers to your dark journey to Eczema Healing.

When we are on an eczema treatment, we embark ourself with a change of a lifestyle, adding supplements and intensified our cleansing regimen one after another. Usually the die-off are significants, when you follow a strict and a dicipline protocol. Die-ff reactions is thought to happen when toxins from dying pathogens such as: viruses, bacteria, parasites, candida, etc, overwhelm the body’s abilities to clear them out. These symptoms are often reported by many to feel very flu-like or cold-like. Your whole body is generally sluggish and it usually feels as if your body is working harder – almost fighting something.

While on a cleansing program, I experienced with almost all above symptoms, at a different interval. The die-off was rather mild and bearable. There were days when I were tired, and there were days I was depressed, and I had occasions headaches, muscle aches, eyes and muscle tweating that comes with  a series of brain fog. The skin rashes were mild, as long as these rashes remain as just rashes and it don’t seem to disfigure one’s beauty. I deem this as bearable.

I have to admit a fact that, I was on occasional fear, when my eyes were in pain and my facial expression tweated infrenquently. That was something really new to those other symptoms I experienced. I began to have doubts and questioning myself, “Am I doing it right, and am I going to have a stroke, soon?”, and “Will my eyes become blind”. All these doubts revolved the temptations to put this protocol all to a halt.

Now, I’m not going to sit here and tell you that I know your body better than you do. But I am going to set the record straight on what is likely going on here. I was going through a “Die-Off Reactions” at a mild and gentle way.

To cause a die-off reaction, you need to actually make a very substantial change to your treatment plan, because remember, die-off is a situation in which the toxins in your body overwhelm the natural ability to clear them.  The changes that might cause die-off are usually: (Please memorise this important scenarios)

  • Switching from processed food to a real food diet (death of pathogens by starving)
  • Starting or increasing probiotic dosage (death of pathogens by good soldiers)
  • Starting or increasing dosage of antiparasitic, anti-yeast/candidas or antibiotic (death of pathogens by bombing)

In each of these scenarios, the change in treatment will cause substantial changes in gut flora and knock out a big portion of the bad guys. When that happens, they release toxins that need to be excreted by the body. So can you see how each of the major changes above actually causes a release of toxins?

Let’s look at another example:
Mary adds Omega3 oil as a supplementary aids, because she knows by consuming good fats could really help her health. Upon introduction, she starts getting an immediate increase in bowel movements from 2 to 5 a day. They are also looser than they’ve been in a long time. After checking around online she observes that this might just be die-off as a result of introducing more fat and a new food, so she continues eating them thinking that everything will get better soon if she could just push through this setback.

Can you see how she might think based on what she’s researched that she is making the correct choice for her health? Especially when she asks for help and hears back from people “oh don’t worry you will be fine, omega 3 oil are healthy it’s just temporary die-off.”  It’s likely all of us would keep pushing, never questioning whether or not it could be something else. However, if we thought this symptom change could mean a reaction, it would be easier to slow down or stop it altogether.

Why spend so much time on what’s really going on?
Because I hear the term die-off being thrown around way too much these days in situations that are unlikely to actually be die-off. And that’s important because making the correct change for your health is dependent upon the interpretation of what your body is actually trying to tell you.

Die-off Myths You Need to Know About

I want to set the record straight with some of the common comments we get that are not die-off.

MYTH 1: “I started [new supplement] and feel worse, I can’t believe I’m getting more die-off”

TRUTH: This is an unfortunate misinterpretation of what your body is trying to communicate. Unless you added an anti-parasitic, anti-yeast, or antibacterial agent, I can almost guarantee that what you are experiencing is a reaction to the supplement. This reaction can be caused by any number of reasons, like the fillers in the supplement, the substance itself, or even the dosage.

MYTH 2: “I added this new food and my symptoms got worse, die-off usually happens when I add new foods”

TRUTH:  Not likely. Die-off may have happened when you initially switched to eating SCD, GAPS, or Paleo but it’s not happening now that you’ve been eating this way for a few weeks. If when adding a new food your symptoms get worse, then this is a sign that your body is saying, “Hey! Hold on, something isn’t right about this.” The truth is you could have introduced too much of the food too fast and need to slow down a bit or maybe your body isn’t ready to handle it yet and you should try again in a few weeks.

MYTH 3: “Out of nowhere my symptoms got worse, this must be another round of die-off”

TRUTH: The situation in which upon observing your journal and life you can’t see any specific changes but all of sudden you feel worse. This is not die-off out of the blue. You could have more underlying health problems to fix but if I had to guess it’s actually stress from your life that is overwhelming your body. In general, what it means is that you need rest and/or you’re having a reaction to your current lifestyle, treatment and thought patterns. Stress can be very harmful to our health if not managed regularly.

MYTH 4: “I have X pathogen (Candida, Parasites, Bacteria etc.) therefore I get die-off often”

TRUTH: This one is tough, because you could get die-off more often if you were constantly varying your antiparasitic, anti-yeast or antibiotic dosages. But, I’m not aware of any protocols that call for this so I’m guessing you’re not doing it. So what does this actually mean? It’s a great signal from your body for three things.

The first is that what you thought you killed or are killing is actually alive and doing fine. Parasites are the best example, as they have different life cycles and can lay dormant before springing back to life and triggering your symptoms all over again.

The second is that you’ve killed or suppressed the bad bugs but you haven’t dialed in your diet and supplements and are now reacting to them.

The third and most frustrating is that you actually have a secondary infection of some kind. It’s not very unusual that once your immune system is compromised that you could have picked up several kinds of bugs. In each of these last 3 cases what you’re experiencing is a reaction and not die-off.

Conclusion: Always put this in mind, when the die-off phase sets in and it’s unbearable, cut down your protocol.