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ebla
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Pimples could be detox. Welcome them!  
I remember getting some pimples in my 30s when detoxing due to better diet.


Yes, however that is easy to say only in case they were not present before. In my case I had some before so it is really difficult to tell.. the only difference is that they are big and mostly on my back, where they typically are not present..

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Adrenal fatigue and cortisol stress are worth looking into. Unless you're really caffiene sensitive, or that it's contributing to adrenal fatigue, I doubt this is the cause of your sleeplessness.  I would also look into the supplements mentioned to assist with sleep.


The thing is that before going into BTD I managed to get my sleep to last until 5-6am in the morning. Since I started BTD I went back to where I was before, i.e. waking up middle of the night around 2-3am. I tend to fall back asleep but takes time and is not the same thing. So I am not sure it is all about supplements..
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Ebla, what do you think is waking you at 2-3am? You've mentioned the TCM meridians and doing detox flushes. What do you feel might have caused stress to your liver?  Could you describe the salt flushes and liver flushes for us?

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Ebla, what do you think is waking you at 2-3am? You've mentioned the TCM meridians and doing detox flushes. What do you feel might have caused stress to your liver?  Could you describe the salt flushes and liver flushes for us?



My best guess is that stress to the liver was caused by years of eating the wrong type of food. Although I never been on junk food (I think I went to a fast food like 10 times in my life), I might have eaten the wrong food for my blood type. When I was a teenager I used to drink almost 1 liter of milk per day on top of regular meals because I was doing lots of sport. I always had low iron levels, probably due to malabsorption. So I guess that whatever is the cause, this has been around for more than 20 years, since I was a kid. When I was 18 I took a gastroscopy because my iron level was almost 0 (I was eating A LOT though, so heavy malabsorption I guess) and after that I was suggested further tests which found h pylori in my gut. Took antibiotic and removed it, but that did not make things any better, probably because it was an effect and not the cause. I took several stool tests and two more gastroscopy over last 2 years because I wanted to make sure there was nothing else, and they all came back negative. As said before, only think was gluten IgG markers and a predisposition to celiac (genetic tests on dq2 and dq. But a renown expert who took the gastroscopy told me I was not celiac at all, and he could find nothing wrong.

Regarding the flushes, I did 3 salt flushes 1 month and half ago, which is a way to basically empty completely your intestine. You take 1 liter of warm water with good quality salt (1 big spoon) first thing in the morning. Then you go to the toilet 7-8 times in the following 2-3 hours. That was a good feeling because I felt my bowel completely emptying and relaxing.

The liver flush, however, has been an horrible experience. You fast with apples and then take olive oil and lemon juice before going to bed. I had loose stools whole night, but did not see lots of stones. What I can say is that I have done lots of research on this and I do believe that you can flush your liver if you do several sessions. You should also have a complete colon cleanse before going through the process to be most effective, but it is from my experience a complicated process and quite painful. During the night not only you have loose stools, but I also had moments where I felt really sick.

Hope this helps and let me know if you have any feedback.
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I always had low iron levels, probably due to malabsorption


Have you been checked for Thalasemia, which is also known as Mediterranean anemia?

I've always had anemia, although it was always borderline.  It turns out it was Thalasemia.

My last check-up a few years ago, I no longer have anemia.
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Ebla, Those salt flushes sound awful. The GI requires careful balancing. Irritating it with salt is just brutal. Sure it will clean you out, but good with the bad (as deblynn3 and Andrea mentioned), and leave you worse off than before. I doubt your liver is terribly congested, either.

Thanks to modern medicine, we've all come to expect quick results. But this is often a result of merely alleviating the symptoms. Here, we talk a lot about healing the gut and that it's all about balance and being patient with the natural approach. We have experience with correcting imbalances and maintaining good health this way. Re-read the advice given.  As Ruth pointed out you're possibly "under the radar" regarding lab testing for candida.


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Have you been checked for Thalasemia, which is also known as Mediterranean anemia?

I've always had anemia, although it was always borderline.  It turns out it was Thalasemia.

My last check-up a few years ago, I no longer have anemia.


I would exclude that. I might have some predisposition or tendency to lose iron, but rest of my symptoms suggest anemia is probably not the issue. Even when I was taking iron all other symptoms persisted. Currently my iron is at ok level without the need for supplements.

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Ebla, Those salt flushes sound awful. The GI requires careful balancing. Irritating it with salt is just brutal. Sure it will clean you out, but good with the bad (as deblynn3 and Andrea mentioned), and leave you worse off than before. I doubt your liver is terribly congested, either.

Thanks to modern medicine, we've all come to expect quick results. But this is often a result of merely alleviating the symptoms. Here, we talk a lot about healing the gut and that it's all about balance and being patient with the natural approach. We have experience with correcting imbalances and maintaining good health this way. Re-read the advice given.  As Ruth pointed out you're possibly "under the radar" regarding lab testing for candida.


After the flushes I was taking home made kefir. To replenish the flora. And I did not feel sick at all.

On everything else I agree. That is why I am sticking with the diet. I am seeing some improvements. Still not a lot on sleeping pattern where I saw a worsening effect. But I have definitely now much less gas and am more regular. This is the first time ever I see this kind of improvement. So it is good. However, I still do not see I reached a turning point.

Regarding candida, I probably have some candida issues, but not a lot. I would say very very mild. In fact, I see no sign in the toilet of any mucus, the medical tests showed no candida and the spit test showed very little evidence. I would exclude candida as being the issue here. Probably a bit imbalanced, but not a lot.

As of now and based on the reaction on the diet so far, my impression is that I am very sensitive to some avoids, which over the years favored a flora that generated all the issues. Potatoes and red meat is top of the list. Might be that something started when I got appendix or adenoids removed as a kid, maybe due to large use of antibiotics. Don't know.

Sincerely hope that eating the right food over coming weeks will give me enough evidence to confirm that I am on my way to recovery..
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I have bought the SWAMI and result is I am a Teacher, although the description of the typical teacher is not really resembling my traits (I am tall and black hair).

Anyway, the diet is 100% in line with the one I was following just by following the BTD for type A. Actually, there are some foods that I haven't eaten in a long time that now I could eat. Among these wheat.

Now, according to what I read, I thought the SWAMI was going to be more restrictive or at least different from the BTD. But it is basically the same and less restrictive. Of course you could say it is good news, however I have been following this diet for some time now and although I noticed some improvements, many issues remain.

So, all in all, I am kind of disappointed with the SWAMI, which everyone told me was the best thing ever...

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If it's "less restrictive" then it clearly isn't the exact same food list!

We're all biochemically unique. Some people did really, really well on BTD. Others didn't do as well on it. Some did really well on GTD, others did not. Some did well on either diet, some did well on neither.

SWAMI found the diet "just for you" and it just happened to be very similar to the "book diet" for As. You're one of the people who would have done really, really well on BTD "by the book" and probably not as well on the Teacher diet from the GTD  book.

I didn't find my SWAMI to be more restrictive than BTD. It gave me genoharmonic combinations to emphasize, and quite a few BTD neutrals became beneficials. There were really only a couple of foods that I'd been eating regularly that SWAMI "took away", and honestly I haven't closely compared my SWAMI to the BTD for O nonnies (I didn't know my secretor status until I'd been on SWAMI for a while.)


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I have bought the SWAMI and result is I am a Teacher, although the description of the typical teacher is not really resembling my traits (I am tall and black hair).


I am 190 centimeters, but still a teacher. You do not have to match every trait.


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I have bought the SWAMI and result is I am a Teacher, although the description of the typical teacher is not really resembling my traits (I am tall and black hair).

Anyway, the diet is 100% in line with the one I was following just by following the BTD for type A. Actually, there are some foods that I haven't eaten in a long time that now I could eat. Among these wheat.


I am a teacher and my diet has differences from blood type diet.

SWAMI may have determined that the Blood type diet was a good fit for you and therefore the foods rate the same.

Even if the food lists are identical (which I have never send) servings and sizes and frequencies will have changed.





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If she's describing the SWAMI food list as "less restrictive" then there clearly ARE differences between it and BTD.


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Thanks for the feedback. Maybe I have not explained my situation clearly enough, so let me try once again.

Before I started the SWAMI, I was on the BTD. Saw some improvements, but kept on having unresolved symptoms. That is why I decided to go for the SWAMI, to find out if there was something I was eating that still made me sick.

So I was expecting the SWAMI to be kind of different from the BTD. However, the SWAMI is less restrictive, in particular now I could consume wheat (gluten) and eggs. So, I had some wheat a couple of days ago and some eggs, just to try. The result is lots of bloating. And of course all my old symptoms still remain.

So the question is: how can I expect to solve my health issues if the SWAMI, which is supposed to be tailored-made, is less restrictive than the BTD, and the BTD did not solve my issues?

It is just plain logic..
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Before I started the SWAMI, I was on the BTD. Saw some improvements, but kept on having unresolved symptoms. That is why I decided to go for the SWAMI, to find out if there was something I was eating that still made me sick.

So I was expecting the SWAMI to be kind of different from the BTD. However, the SWAMI is less restrictive, in particular now I could consume wheat (gluten) and eggs. So, I had some wheat a couple of days ago and some eggs, just to try. The result is lots of bloating. And of course all my old symptoms still remain.

So the question is: how can I expect to solve my health issues if the SWAMI, which is supposed to be tailored-made, is less restrictive than the BTD, and the BTD did not solve my issues?

Within BTD or SWAMI you can choose different levels of compliance.  When I was really sick, I chose to eat nothing except what was on my Superfood list - no neutral or avoid at all...  This will provide maximum healing.  Also, if you know you have a personal sensitivity to a food, you don't stress the body by eating it until the body strengthens more.  After 6 months or so you might retest those foods (if they are beneficial foods) to see if the has been adequate healing to allow these foods to be eaten without the same symptoms.

The SWAMI diet plan is tailored to you, but it is a starting point.  Nothing says that you may not have to include some additional limits for your body.  Software is great, but can't sense what you feel after each meal to know that you are specifically sensitive to some food.


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Within BTD or SWAMI you can choose different levels of compliance.  When I was really sick, I chose to eat nothing except what was on my Superfood list - no neutral or avoid at all...  This will provide maximum healing.  Also, if you know you have a personal sensitivity to a food, you don't stress the body by eating it until the body strengthens more.  After 6 months or so you might retest those foods (if they are beneficial foods) to see if the has been adequate healing to allow these foods to be eaten without the same symptoms.

The SWAMI diet plan is tailored to you, but it is a starting point.  Nothing says that you may not have to include some additional limits for your body.  Software is great, but can't sense what you feel after each meal to know that you are specifically sensitive to some food.


Problem is I'm not able to pinpoint specific intolerances. I don't have migraines or other things that can help me understand what the hell is going on. I get bloating, but is that a good indication? Bloating comes and goes without a real pattern. What I know is that since I follow the BTD I am much more regular. Which is good. But I still get most of the other symptoms. And I feel like I am improving over time, but how long is enough? And am I truly healing? So difficult to say....

Would a food intolerance test help??
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Problem is I'm not able to pinpoint specific intolerances. I don't have migraines or other things that can help me understand what the hell is going on. I get bloating, but is that a good indication? Bloating comes and goes without a real pattern. What I know is that since I follow the BTD I am much more regular. Which is good. But I still get most of the other symptoms. And I feel like I am improving over time, but how long is enough? And am I truly healing? So difficult to say....

Would a food intolerance test help??

Bloating is most likely showing that the gut flora composition is still not great.  Some long-timers state that the gut flora may never balance completely without some supplementation.  I take Polyflora (Type) to help maintain flora balance because I don't always get adequate vegetables and often eat too much fruit.  I'm finding that too much sugar will cause bloating, even when from good foods...  A food/symptom log - looking even at common nutrients, food makeup, etc., can be very helpful to "troubleshoot" these issues.  

Some healing takes much longer than we think it will, but we're still much better off than if we weren't reducing the avoid foods...


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Bloating is most likely showing that the gut flora composition is still not great.  Some long-timers state that the gut flora may never balance completely without some supplementation.  I take Polyflora (Type) to help maintain flora balance because I don't always get adequate vegetables and often eat too much fruit.  I'm finding that too much sugar will cause bloating, even when from good foods...  A food/symptom log - looking even at common nutrients, food makeup, etc., can be very helpful to "troubleshoot" these issues.  

Some healing takes much longer than we think it will, but we're still much better off than if we weren't reducing the avoid foods...


Isn't it possible that you are still eating something that you shouldn't?

I wonder if there are things I'm eating that I'm intolerant to. For example, right now it seems that eggs make me bloated. But eggs are beneficial in my food list and yolk is even a diamond. I eliminated them in the past but they were not making a difference.

Also I don't understand why if eggs are ok for everyone regardless of blood type (this is what I understand from what I read), my uncle cannot eat eggs or he gets crazy migraines. So why D'Adamo believes eggs are ok for everyone?

Bottom line, I'm confused on why I still get bloated, constipated, etc... after 1 and 1/2 months on the diet. Losing faith on this diet.
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Are you 100% certain you filled in SWAMI correctly? If you filled in something "wrong" then you'd  be  getting " a diet tailored to somebody else."

You might want to try running your SWAMI through as a non-secretor and see if that food list makes more sense to you. Ideal would be to actually get a secretor test, but if you can't afford it after buying the SWAMI (or you're having trouble locating the test where you live), then you can just give the nonnie diet a try and see if that works better for you.


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Are you 100% certain you filled in SWAMI correctly? If you filled in something "wrong" then you'd  be  getting " a diet tailored to somebody else."

You might want to try running your SWAMI through as a non-secretor and see if that food list makes more sense to you. Ideal would be to actually get a secretor test, but if you can't afford it after buying the SWAMI (or you're having trouble locating the test where you live), then you can just give the nonnie diet a try and see if that works better for you.


Yes, I have done some sensitivity analysis, such as running both as sec and non-sec. No significant changes. I'm pretty sure I have done it right.
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Isn't it possible that you are still eating something that you shouldn't?

No.  I am healing, it is just that I have so much stored garbage that needs to come out that it continually stresses the gut and liver...  It is taking time, but the healing is obvious.
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Also I don't understand why if eggs are ok for everyone regardless of blood type (this is what I understand from what I read), my uncle cannot eat eggs or he gets crazy migraines. So why D'Adamo believes eggs are ok for everyone?
We can all have specific sensitivities, especially if our digestive tract is compromised from years of improper eating.
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Bottom line, I'm confused on why I still get bloated, constipated, etc... after 1 and 1/2 months on the diet. Losing faith on this diet.

The gut hasn't completed transitioning to this diet or changing the flora to what it should be or healing previous damage.  All this doesn't happen overnight...  If you lose faith, you are only hurting yourself.


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I would give this plan six months to a year.  Think how long it took for your body to get where it is.

Patience.

Sharing with the best of intentions.


Knowledge is power.  SWAMI gives you the diet that will unlock the key to better health, and it's all based on your unique individuality.
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My first 13 days of blood type diet was worst . I was sick and have bad flu. I knew it was in the process. So I kept having faith  .

Recheck your blood type and secretor status by the way.

Wish you the best


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No.  I am healing, it is just that I have so much stored garbage that needs to come out that it continually stresses the gut and liver...  It is taking time, but the healing is obvious.
We can all have specific sensitivities, especially if our digestive tract is compromised from years of improper eating.

The gut hasn't completed transitioning to this diet or changing the flora to what it should be or healing previous damage.  All this doesn't happen overnight...  If you lose faith, you are only hurting yourself.


Thanks for the feedback ABJoe.

My concern right now is twofold:

1. I'm not sure whether I'm healing or not. I certainly see some prosimising signs, but I feel like I hit a plateau and sometimes that I'm getting worse. One of the tracking measures for me is BM. I am more regular and less bloated. But that was kind of fast to achieve. However instead of achieving a stable BM, I feel that sometimes it gets worse. Then better. Then worse. But in a stable fluctuation without being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Another measure is white coating on my tongue. It hasn't changed, so not positive. Then sleep, improved but sort of hit a plateau. So you see, some improvements nonetheless, but not experiencing that kind of progressive healing that you talk about.

2. Assuming the above is part of a normal healing process, I lack the support to understand how the process should unfold. Like what symptoms should improve first, what next, etc... A healing framework that on top of telling me what to eat and what not to eat, gives me a broader and more complete perspective.

All feedback appreciated.
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Hi Ebla,
Over the years I've been reading this board, it has been repeated many times by all the wise people who contribute here, that the body knows what/when to heal first.

Going with this thought, my approach is to relax about how fast/slow my body is healing/changing.  Maybe what feels like plateau is not. Sometimes healing is so subtle you can't tell it's
happening.  Just know that you are on the right path.  With time, you'll learn more about the messages your body gives you and you learn to adjust the food you take in.
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Just so you all know, I'm speaking from my own experience.  I began the BTD when I was 47 years old....and many
times over the years have developed what is known as a healing crisis.  For those who haven't heard
of this before, I've shared this information many times over the years....Just interesting to learn
about the details so you're not upset when you're doing everything right and yet don't feel really good.
We heal like peeling an onion....a little at a time...sometimes staying status quo for awhile and other
times, when we're in a really good place, our bodies are ready to start healing another layer of dysfunction.  So for everyone who hasn't read this before, I'm once again sharing this information about a healing
crisis.

Since most people base their health on how good they feel, they may think the natural health program they are using is hurting them when a healing crisis takes place. But nothing could be further from the truth.

A healing crisis, or healing reaction, is a temporary worsening of symptoms that occurs when the body is going through the process of healing itself through the elimination of toxins. It occurs when the body “retraces” old injuries, wounds, infections or other imbalances from its past.

A healing crisis has many different names. Some of these include: healing reactions, flare-ups, retracing reactions, detox reactions, Herxheimer reactions, Jarisch-Herxheimer reactions, die-off reactions, the reversal process, Lucio’s Phenomena, purification reactions or a crisis.

A Healing Crisis is a Welcome Part of a Natural Healing Regimen

A healing crisis is an important aspect of an effective natural, deep healing process. Even though the crisis is uncomfortable and sometimes alarming in nature, a healing crisis is a good sign that the body is working to heal itself. If a particular therapy does not produce a healing crisis, an alternate therapy may be required to accomplish the detoxification necessary to overcome illness and disease.

Symptoms of a Healing Crisis

The symptoms that accompany a healing crisis may include: headache, flushing, skin eruptions and/or boils, fever, nausea, joint pains, feelings of being spaced out, unusual fatigue, insomnia, sleepiness, congestion, strong emotions, depression, irritability, muscle cramps, aches and pains, constipation, diarrhea, hot/cold flashes, night sweats and many other symptoms which are often cold and/or flu-like. A healing crisis will often bring up past issues, “retracing”, that have been dormant in your body for a long time … past illnesses and disease may re-manifest as the body eliminates the toxins that have been stored from those disease processes. Symptoms can be quite intense when the healing crisis is dealing with serious past illnesses and disease such as an old case of hepatitis, shingles, viral infections or pneumonia.

The symptoms and pain of the healing crisis are often more intense than the disease or illness that is being treated. Remember, it is only temporary. And it is the path to renewed health.

What Causes a Healing Crisis?
A healing crisis usually lasts two to three days, but can extend for much longer periods of time, even weeks. More than one healing crisis may be necessary for a complete cure to take place. When dealing with a more serious illness or disease, such as cancer, you may have to go through many healing crises before full health can be restored.

The stage is set for a healing crisis when the body is overloaded with toxins that have been trapped within its tissues for a long period of time – sometimes for many decades. As a general rule, the more toxic the body is, the more intense the healing crisis will be. As healing begins, many systems in the body work together to eliminate waste products and toxins and can become overwhelmed by the process. Remember, these symptoms are temporary, and once they pass, the body is healthier and stronger.

A healing crisis is generally initiated by some type of cleanse or detox process, such as a dietary change (cultured foods high in probiotics, coconut products), supplements (B12, probiotics, herbs), a detoxifying treatment or therapy (chiropractic care, ozone treatments/therapy, rife treatments/therapy, acupuncture, homeopathy, psychotherapy) or a period of fasting. It occurs when the cells within the body release toxins and impurities faster than the body’s elimination systems (skin, liver, bladder, kidneys and lungs) are able to process them.

A healing crisis can also be produced by a treatment or therapy that causes yeast, viruses, bacteria, cancer, etc. to have massive die-offs. The dead cells can overwhelm the elimination processes as they are expelled from the body.

If the symptoms become extreme, a wise course of action could entail slowing down the detoxification process allowing the body time to catch up.

There are also ways to assist the body during a healing reaction. These can include: drinking plenty of fluids especially water to help carry off the toxins and getting plenty of rest – mentally, physically and emotionally.

In summary: Healing crises are good even though they make you feel bad. They are an sign that the healing process chosen is working by eliminating the body of toxins, impurities and imbalances in the body. The healing crisis lets you know that you are on the right path to renewed health and vigor. “No pain, no gain” is truly applicable when talking about a healing crisis.


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Just so you all know, I'm speaking from my own experience.  I began the BTD when I was 47 years old....and many
times over the years have developed what is known as a healing crisis.  For those who haven't heard
of this before, I've shared this information many times over the years....Just interesting to learn
about the details so you're not upset when you're doing everything right and yet don't feel really good.
We heal like peeling an onion....a little at a time...sometimes staying status quo for awhile and other
times, when we're in a really good place, our bodies are ready to start healing another layer of dysfunction.  So for everyone who hasn't read this before, I'm once again sharing this information about a healing
crisis.

Since most people base their health on how good they feel, they may think the natural health program they are using is hurting them when a healing crisis takes place. But nothing could be further from the truth.

A healing crisis, or healing reaction, is a temporary worsening of symptoms that occurs when the body is going through the process of healing itself through the elimination of toxins. It occurs when the body “retraces” old injuries, wounds, infections or other imbalances from its past.

A healing crisis has many different names. Some of these include: healing reactions, flare-ups, retracing reactions, detox reactions, Herxheimer reactions, Jarisch-Herxheimer reactions, die-off reactions, the reversal process, Lucio’s Phenomena, purification reactions or a crisis.

A Healing Crisis is a Welcome Part of a Natural Healing Regimen

A healing crisis is an important aspect of an effective natural, deep healing process. Even though the crisis is uncomfortable and sometimes alarming in nature, a healing crisis is a good sign that the body is working to heal itself. If a particular therapy does not produce a healing crisis, an alternate therapy may be required to accomplish the detoxification necessary to overcome illness and disease.

Symptoms of a Healing Crisis

The symptoms that accompany a healing crisis may include: headache, flushing, skin eruptions and/or boils, fever, nausea, joint pains, feelings of being spaced out, unusual fatigue, insomnia, sleepiness, congestion, strong emotions, depression, irritability, muscle cramps, aches and pains, constipation, diarrhea, hot/cold flashes, night sweats and many other symptoms which are often cold and/or flu-like. A healing crisis will often bring up past issues, “retracing”, that have been dormant in your body for a long time … past illnesses and disease may re-manifest as the body eliminates the toxins that have been stored from those disease processes. Symptoms can be quite intense when the healing crisis is dealing with serious past illnesses and disease such as an old case of hepatitis, shingles, viral infections or pneumonia.

The symptoms and pain of the healing crisis are often more intense than the disease or illness that is being treated. Remember, it is only temporary. And it is the path to renewed health.

What Causes a Healing Crisis?
A healing crisis usually lasts two to three days, but can extend for much longer periods of time, even weeks. More than one healing crisis may be necessary for a complete cure to take place. When dealing with a more serious illness or disease, such as cancer, you may have to go through many healing crises before full health can be restored.

The stage is set for a healing crisis when the body is overloaded with toxins that have been trapped within its tissues for a long period of time – sometimes for many decades. As a general rule, the more toxic the body is, the more intense the healing crisis will be. As healing begins, many systems in the body work together to eliminate waste products and toxins and can become overwhelmed by the process. Remember, these symptoms are temporary, and once they pass, the body is healthier and stronger.

A healing crisis is generally initiated by some type of cleanse or detox process, such as a dietary change (cultured foods high in probiotics, coconut products), supplements (B12, probiotics, herbs), a detoxifying treatment or therapy (chiropractic care, ozone treatments/therapy, rife treatments/therapy, acupuncture, homeopathy, psychotherapy) or a period of fasting. It occurs when the cells within the body release toxins and impurities faster than the body’s elimination systems (skin, liver, bladder, kidneys and lungs) are able to process them.

A healing crisis can also be produced by a treatment or therapy that causes yeast, viruses, bacteria, cancer, etc. to have massive die-offs. The dead cells can overwhelm the elimination processes as they are expelled from the body.

If the symptoms become extreme, a wise course of action could entail slowing down the detoxification process allowing the body time to catch up.

There are also ways to assist the body during a healing reaction. These can include: drinking plenty of fluids especially water to help carry off the toxins and getting plenty of rest – mentally, physically and emotionally.

In summary: Healing crises are good even though they make you feel bad. They are an sign that the healing process chosen is working by eliminating the body of toxins, impurities and imbalances in the body. The healing crisis lets you know that you are on the right path to renewed health and vigor. “No pain, no gain” is truly applicable when talking about a healing crisis.


Thanks for sharing. Maybe you misinterpreted my message but I'm not experiencing an healing crisis. I actually feel a bit better than before but sort of plateau and sometimes feel as before so not well. I'm not feeling worse, in which case I would interpret as you said like a healing crisis and probably not complain about it because it would be explainable. What I cannot explain is a condition that seemed encouraging at the beginning but now feels like I'm stuck and sometimes degrading back to the original situation.
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