herx vs “bad reaction” vs retracing

<p>Lisa Cipkar</p>

Lisa Cipkar

January 27, 2021


Living with a chronic illness is a never ending confusion roller coaster. Sometimes we can figure out what’s happening but most of the time… we’re clueless. After a particular tough week for my clients and several requests in my private Facebook group, let’s cover how to know what your body is feeling.


-comes on immediately after taking a certain item but dissipates over 24 hours as the product is metabolized in the body. Make sure to try something 3-4 times to know it is the item itself causing the reaction!


-comes on quickly and often feels like you’re coming down with the flu.

-should not last more than 24 hours without beginning to alleviate.

-will definitely pass within 72 hours. Anything lingering longer than that, at the same intensity is a different imbalance and NOT a herx.

-comes on after we have taken something or done a treatment that pushes/provokes a release of toxins from our tissues into our system. (ex. Biocidin dosage increase, sauna treatment, coffee enema)

-can be emotional just as much as physical. We purge emotions just like we do physical microbes. If you’ve recently made a breakthrough in your trauma or personal development work, you can experience a herx. (This was a big one for me. I always release parasites after emotional work!)

-is sometimes tied to the new or full moons, as well as ovulation and beginning of period phases for women.

-is alleviated by taking systemic binders.


-does not alleviate. Often lasts longer than a few days.

-tends to come on around the turn of the seasons. Usually lasts around 2 weeks or so.

-brings several symptoms “back” at the same time, with no rhyme or reason.

-is often the result of the patient going off protocol, adding things in too quickly, or not addressing the true needs of their body at that time.

-signals a need for immediate support to the body and immune system.

RETRACING is when the brain is finally clearing out the “old” synapse pathways that are tied to a certain point in your past healing journey. In order to release that programming and memory, your brain triggers your body to “feel” everything one more time. You can often identify retracing vs a flare when::

-you’ve been fully compliant with your protocol and have been making steady progress

-you can tie your current presentation to a specific point in your past. (ex. I haven’t had vertigo and food aversions like this since spring of 2012.) This is almost always retracing.

Hopefully this post helps clarify any confusion you may have. If you still need help figuring out your protocol, book a laser session and we’ll rework it for you!

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