CISRA’s Synergy Health Newsletter

Issue 10. Cautions — Updated, 2007

Carbohydrate, Chlorogenic Acid and Benicar Sensitivity
in Relationship to the Marshall Protocol:
Cautions – Updated (Marshall Protocol, Food Testing, Withdrawal Reactions, Other Dietary Considerations – Individual Differences)

By J. C. Waterhouse, Ph.D.

Caution on the Use of the Marshall Protocol: The power of the antibiotics used on the Marshall Protocol is so greatly enhanced by the immune modulation of the MP that patients may have serious or even life threatening reactions if they do not start at low enough antibiotic dosages and do not proceed according to the guidelines (see Autoimmunity Research Foundation – Phase One Guidelines and “A Short Introduction to the Marshall Protocol”). Health Care providers are responsible for the use of this information. Neither the Autoimmunity Research Foundation nor the author assumes responsibility for the use or misuse of this protocol.

Caution on Testing for Food Reactions: Anyone who has a tendency to anaphylactic reactions (severe reactions in which tissues swell and wheezing may occur–it can be fatal without timely emergency treatment) should avoid any at-home testing or only test foods that one is already eating and it’s known won’t cause a serious reaction. Remember that reactions often increase when one has eliminated the food for a few days and then is exposed to it (“unmasking,” see Issue 8 Food Allergy Article).

So, be even more cautious if you have not stopped or started the food before or have a history of asthma or wheezing. If you have ever have had an anaphylactic reaction, you should consult your doctor about having injectable epinephrine and other needed medications on hand and know the instructions for their use while on the way to the emergency room, in case of accidental exposures. Peanuts and shellfish are two of the worst offenders when it comes to anaphylactic reactions to foods and it may only take a very small quantity in those who are susceptible to anaphylaxis. Once again, do not try any at-home testing that puts you at any risk of an anaphylactic reaction. If you have any doubts or further questions, discuss the issue with a knowledgeable doctor who is familiar with your health situation.

Additional Caution on Reactions to Diet Change and Withdrawal Reactions: Some people may become very symptomatic due to withdrawal reactions (usually lasting 3-7 days) when reducing reactive substances. Common withdrawal symptoms include diarrhea and/or constipation, sleep disturbances, nausea, cravings, loss of appetite, depression, anxiety, headaches and other pains. If one has a strong sensitivity to Benicar, for instance, one might experience a withdrawal reaction like this if one stops it (however, one might also experience an increase in symptoms through loss of the palliative effect, see: Section E).

For the sickest people and those who have been consuming a very reactive food or beverage consistently for a long time, it may help to make the withdrawal reaction more tolerable if one reduces it gradually. Perhaps the most cautious way to do this is to first stop any source of spikes in the level of a reactive substance. For example, say one has a sensitivity to chlorogenic acid. In this case, one could leave in the constant sources (e.g., daily cups of coffee or tea, or other daily fruit from the moderate CGA category). The items one might eliminate first would be the apple one has once a week, or the pomegranate juice or peanuts one consumes now and then. Once the “spikes” have been removed, then one can gradually replace higher CGA foods with lower level ones, doing this a little at a time or gradually reducing an item like coffee, over a period of several weeks.

Some people may have enhanced immunopathology (Jarisch-Herxheimer or “Herx”) reaction if they reduce carbohydrates and CGA foods, so this should be borne in mind (see Section C, D, E. Practical Implications). One might be wise to make dietary changes only when one is not already “Herxing” too strongly in order to avoid symptoms that are too intense. For some options for reducing reactions to bacterial killing for those on the Marshall Protocol, see “My immune system response / symptoms are too strong. What should I do?”

Cautions Regarding Other Dietary Considerations: There may be many considerations with regard to the optimal diet that are particular to the individual. For example, diabetics and those with yeast overgrowth problems may have to cut back on fruit and honey, while others may not be able to tolerate much potassium or protein due to kidney disease. A few people may experience symptoms of hypoglycemia or pseudohypoglycemia (including anxiety/panic attack, headaches, sleep disturbances and other symptoms) if they consume too many carbohydrates, even including non VBS sources, like fruit and honey (see Hypoglycemia. Some foods may also cause allergy/sensitivity/intolerance independently of VBSs (see Issue 10. Detecting Food Allergies/Sensitivities/Intolerances: Beyond the Pulse Test). In addition, a large consumption of nuts may cause an imbalance in the arginine to lysine ratio, which may be a problem for those with Herpes family virus infections (cold sores, shingles, EBV, CMV, see Issue 10. Article 5. “Lysine, Arginine and Viral Infections”). To be sure to take into account one’s individual needs one should consult one’s physician or health professional regarding any changes in treatment and any significant changes in medication, supplements or diet.

Health Care providers are responsible for the use of this information. Neither the Autoimmunity Research Foundation nor the author assumes responsibility for the use or misuse of this protocol.

Written by synergyhn

October 27, 2008 at 4:21 pm

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