I saw my Lyme Dr. and he is aware of what I'm about to write. He is the one that recommended the Paleo diet:
I've been suffering from Lyme disease x 5 years. Antibiotics and other treatments have not helped and I've only gotten worse. I'm 11 days into the Paleo diet and I'm having what feels like severe die off and flaring of symptoms. Is this to be expected ? i.e. not just flu like stuff, but off the wall anxiety that Xanax doesn't help, shaking, trembling, cold to the bone, body aches, crying jags, off balance, head stabbing pains in the back of the head, spine pain, the list goes on.. Thanks in advance..
Instead of cutting out like sugar one week, then dairy the next, etc., I cut out all the bad stuff at once. I now know this was wrong, but 11 days in, I don't want to re-introduce anything and just ride it out.
I have blood flow issues to the brain from the infections, and even they are flaring, or so it feels. Doing everything I can do, including enemas to detox.
First off, go get yourself a nice teaspoonful of salt and eat it.
Unless you plan on being in ketosis for the rest of your life, you might as well stop the enemas and whatever 'detox' is and eat aprox 100 grams worth of carbs/day in the form of whatever veggies/fruits you are eating plus sweet/white potatoes, white rice, or some other agreeable carbohydrate.
IF you do plan on being in ketosis forever, stop the enemas and whatever 'detox' is anyway, as they are not helping. About the only thing that helps one feel better while switching over to ketones (other than eating carbs) is salt, about 1 teaspoon. (And your flushing your sodium away with enemas).
P.S. If your Dr' recommended Enemas or 'detox', you need to fire that quackanuts and get someone else.
I have Lyme as well and have similar symptoms of die off toxicity in ketosis. My understanding is that toxicity is stored in fat cells. If you have induced a continuous fat burning state, you are jarring all of the other wise stored toxic crap from the die off out and into your system to get flushed out. Herxhiemer reaction in this case seems like a logical thing to expect if you choose this way of eating. I purposely put myself in to ketosis for this very reason. In short, my non professional opinion is that if you might have a herx reaction under normal circumstances with fat stores in place to hide your toxic waste, then to be burning that hiding place would naturally lead to more toxins (herx-ing) to be released in to your body. Try some epsom salt baths, drink tons of water with a little sea salt added, get massage to drain your lymphatics... maybe stop the enemas as it seems that might be a little harsh on your already taxed system. Good luck!!
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