Herxheimers and Natural Medicine

Written by Webster Kehr, Independent Cancer Research Foundation, Inc. | Last updated on | Filed under: Key Articles, Other Health Conditions

Note:This is a very important article for anyone beginning a treatment that kills microbes, such as an electromedicine treatment.

What is Herxheimers?

Herxheimers is essentially another name for “brain fog.” Herxheimers is caused by killing massive numbers of microbes in the body in a short period of time. Killing massive numbers of microbes creates acids that block the brain from fully functioning thereby causing “brain fog.”

Herxheimers is not dangerous at all, but it can scare people to the point that they stop their natural medicine treatment. In fact, I know of two cases where cancer patients stopped their electromedicine treatment for cancer because of Herxheimers, even though they were not harmed in any way.

Many natural medicine products can cause Herxheimers. This includes colloidal silver, chlorine dioxide, LIPH, MSM, DMSO, just about any type of electromedicine, and so on.

Because there are so many diseases caused by microbes, such as cancer (see the “What Causes Cancer” article), AIDS, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and so on; and because there are so many products that kill microbes, the subject of Herxheimers needs its own article.

To understand Herxheimers we first must talk a little about the brain. Many people do not know this, but one of the key ways that the brain communicates internally is with what could be called “radio signals.” People may not think these radio signals are important, but the mere fact that Herxheimers exists is an absolute proof as to the importance of the radio signals in the brain!!!

These radio signals can be blocked by acids in the bloodstream. Most of these acids come from mycotoxins, which every microbe has inside of them. In fact, when a microbe is killed, it releases mycotoxins.

When many, many microbes in the bloodstream are killed in a short period of time they release a lot of mycotoxins into the bloodstream.

Because these mycotoxins are highly acidic, they can block the radio signals in the brain causing what is commonly called: brain fog.

It is easy to avoid Herxheimers, which is what this article is about.

But the important thing to understand is that every cancer patient needs to study this article because many of the products they use, which kill microbes, do not come with instructions of how to safely use them to avoid Herxheimers.

The simple solution is to use a “build-up” every time you start using a product that kills microbes. This will be discussed below.

A True Story

As a natural medicine cancer researcher I deal with a lot of vendors who have good products. And as a researcher of many diseases which are caused by microbes, including cancer, I am always looking for better ways to kill microbes in the bloodstream and inside the cancer cells.

Some years ago I was introduced to a man who made chemicals that killed microbes in water treatment plants. At the time it was the only anti-microbial treatment that killed microbes as measured in “parts per billion.” It was incredibly powerful at killing microbes!!

As someone with sinusitis I took some of this product home and thought I would give it a try on myself. Doing some quick mathematics, I put a few drops (yes, drops) in a quart of purified water and then put some of it in a nasal spray bottle. I then sprayed some of it up my nose.

In the middle of the night I thought my brain was dead!! I could barely think and I knew I had the most severe case of Herxheimers (i.e. brain fog) I had ever had. But I wasn’t sure if it was Herxheimers or my brain was literally dead. And that is why Herxheimers is so scary, you literally don’t know if your brain is alive.

But fortunately, my brain was still alive. What was going on is that massive amounts of microbes were killed in my head and massive amounts of acidic mycotoxins were blocking my brain from internally communicating with their radio signals.

I went back to sleep (I don’t remember if I drank any water, but I should have if I didn’t) and when I woke up in the morning I was basically fine.

My point is that even though I thought I was using a low enough dose, I was wrong!! My “build-up” wasn’t calculated properly.

How To Prevent Herxheimers

Let us suppose that the printed or published daily dose of a product that kills microbes is one ounce. In other words, at one ounce this product is very powerful at killing microbes according to the vendor.

What dose should you take your first day of using this product?? Certain NOT one ounce!!!

On day one you should use 1/5th of an ounce.

On day two you should use 2/5th of an ounce.

On day three you should use 3/5th of an ounce.

On day four you should use 4/5th of an ounce.

On day five, and thereafter, you can use one ounce a day.

What I just describe is called a “five-day buildup” or “five-day build-up” because the dose is gradually increased over a 5 day period before you got to the full dose of the product.

For some products you may want to use more than 5 days to build-up, but usually a five-day buildup is enough.

With electromedicine you generally control the power of the device with a dial. You can measure where 1/5th of the power of the device is on the dial. And then build-up by moving the dial a little bit every day.


For experimental products, which you know nothing about, I would use a 10-day buildup based on the calculated daily dose.

Remember, I have seen cancer patients who stopped their cancer treatment because of Herxheimers.

A Special Warning About Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease can create unbelievable amounts of Herxheimers!! It is best when treating Lyme Disease to use a TWENTY day buildup, especially if you are using electromedicine. It is hard to predict how many spirochetes will be killed with a new electromedicine protocol.