a friend got this from her doctor. i'm passing it along. -- rivka ________ First Aid for Die-Off Reactions When clearing organisms, the clean up process must stay ahead of the killing of organisms otherwise people feel horrible fatigue and flu-like symptoms. The elimination organs are the skin, bowel and kidneys and we need to optimize the function of all of them. Endotoxin works against us by tricking the body into believing that it should decrease bile production, reduce blood flow to the kidney and skin, and dump large amounts of iodine from our tissues into the urine. We must stay ahead of all of these problems. There will be times when you have a bad day because you over did exercise, sauna, vitamins, minerals, antibiotics, or antivirals and you will need to do something fast to save the day. Here are some ways to normalize energy production and minimize die-off reactions: A.) The basics: (we especially need the ocean and the sun during an endotoxin challenge. Move to Hawaii if you can! If not, then do the next best thing-- make your own.) 1.) Water: many people don't know they are dehydrated, but feel achy instead of thirsty. Drink 2 quarts a day of filtered water daily (no chlorine...consider Brita filters). 2.) Salt: All salt is not created equal. Read the book "Salt Your Way to Health" and start using unrefined Celtic Sea Salt. Must say "unrefined". It will not be white salt. Helps adrenal function. 3.) Iodoral: Endotoxin forces the kidneys to dump iodine and we feel worse without it. Use body temp and saliva pH as a guide. If you are cold (below 98F) and acidic (pH below 7.2), try a bit more Iodoral and unrefined salt and water. 4.) Heat: Hot baths with epsom salt and sea salt work for spasms, and near infrared sauna is powerful. Create fever (temp above 99F), it increases immune function and blood flow . With enough salt and water inside, the sauna will allow us to make full use of our largest elimination organ--- the skin. Replenish water and salt after sauna. 5.) Sunlight: Stimulates the pineal gland, improves sleep. Get outside without sun glasses. B.) Vitamin C Mutants: (all but 4 of God's creatures make Vit C from glucose. Big problem for us.) 1.) Vitamin C Flush: Use powdered, buffered vitamin C during die-off. Increase to bowel tolerance (loosens GI) then back off by 25%. Some people can take more than 30 grams a day without any bowel issues and feel much better for doing it. It is in your blood for only 3 hours. 2.) Go to <http://www.orthomed.com/unprimed.htm>http://www.orthomed.com/unprimed.htm for more info on the need for more Vit. C during die-off reactions. We must stay ahead of the enemy's molecules! Running out of something basic that we need to function makes us sick and tired. Fortunately Vit. C powder is inexensive. C.) Mitochondrial Support: (helping the energy production part of the cell reduces spasms and fatigue) 1.) D-Ribose: 1-2 scoops empty stomach, can combine with any med, take as much as needed. 2.) Pyruvate: 500 mg take 4 at a time until better. Increase energy and exercise endurance. 3.) Alpha-lipoic Acid + Carnitine: 2 tabs, may repeat as many times as needed. 4.) CoQ10: 200 mg daily is usually good enough. 5.) Vit B12: 3 cc twice a week or extra sublingual 3x a day 6.) Magnesium: extra oral or 2 cc shot can really help. Epsom salt bath increases Mg too. 7.) Plaquenil: normalizes mitochondrial membranes, decreases die-off, increases energy. D.) Endotoxin clearance: (bind it, digest it, sweat it out!) 1.) Charcoal: 10-20 caps between meals if nauseated. Binds endotoxin in the gut. 2.) Digestive enzymes: 1-2 with meals or before meals breaks down endotoxin's lipid A with lipase. 3.) Ursodiol (UrsoForte): 300 mg 1-2 twice daily increases bile volume, prevents endotoxin from backing up in the liver. 4.) Sarsaparilla: binds endotoxin nicely. Take as much as you like. Used to make root beer! 5.) Milk Thistle: Similar to Ursodiol. Supports liver. 6.) N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC): supports liver by making glutathione. Kills spore form of Cpn. 7.) Vitamin C laxitive effect: Constipation will increase toxicity. If Vit C doesn't keep the gut working, consider an enema if very constipated.