Reactions and Remedies

Reactions

When you start a Combined Antibiotic Protocol (CAPi) you may get a number of different reactions. Here is a chart of possible issues and followed by some remedies that might help alleviate the discomfort.

Symptoms

Porphyriai<

Inflammationi (Cytokinei response)

LPSi endotoxini<

Mental/Emotional




Insomnia

X



Depression

X

X


Anxiety

X



Psychosis (hallucinations, delusions, paranoia)

X



Brain fog

X

X


Mental confusion and poor judgment

X



Gastrointestinal problems




Nausea

X



Stomach cramps

X



Constipation

X



Diarrhoea (also from antibioticsi upsetting bowel flora)

X



Episodes of tachycardia (rapid heartbeat)

X



Pain




Painful menses

X

X


Generalized pain and hypersensitivity

X



Chronic headaches and migraines

X

X


Abdominal pain

X



IBSi type flare up

X

X


Other Physical Symptoms




Severe Fatigue

X

X

X

Muscular weakness

X



Exercise intolerance

X



Sunburn-susceptibility & photosensitivity (which also can be caused by some antibiotics)

X



Skin




Blisters

X



Itching

X

X


Swelling

X

X


Dark coloured urine

X



Chills- can’t get warm



X

Fever


X

X

Achy “Fluish” feeling


X

X

Cytokine Remedies: pain killers, anti-inflammatories such as paracetamol and ibuprofen.

Endotoxin Remedies: vitamin C, EmergenC, paracetamol, ibuprofen, chlorella. (A vitamin C Flush< is a stronger alternative to just adding Vitamin C)

Porphyria Remedies: Most of the above should respond to anti porphyria agents such as:

Glucose 3-6 grams at a time until symptoms are relieved,

Agents that absorb fat soluble porphyrins and keep them from being reabsorbed like:

1. Activated charcoal, 12 capsules taken at least 1.5-2 hours before and after eating or other medications.

2. Prescription cholesteroli medication like Questran (cholestyramin) or Welchol. Cimetidine 400-800mg daily, which reduces certain porphyrins in the bloodstream. Propanalol to limit symptoms like anxiety, rapid heart rate, and autonomic arousal.

Also worth investigating is a vitamin C flush<.

Porphyria:<

A rather complex explanation of the production of porphyrins can be found by clicking on the above link, but suffice it to say that killing Cpni can result in the hemei production being out of step, which results in a backlog of porphyrins that are difficult for the body to deal with and can result in some of the above symptoms.

Other reactions

MS Pseudo-relapses: Although a relapse may occur in the early months of treatment, many 'relapse-like' events can take place during the treatment, often triggered by adding another antibiotic or by doing a pulse. The only explanation we can venture at is that the action of an antibiotic provokes an inflammation and immunei response at the site of a Cpn plaque in the brain. 

Remedies: Time, and in severe cases, steroids.

Fatigue during treatment: Dr. David Wheldoni suggests that fatigue could be the body’s reaction to inflammation. It is also common with porphyria.

Remedies: Dosage management of antibiotics and time (just waiting it out). Anti porphyria measures.

Constipation and diarrhoea: due to antibiotics, porphyria, diet or supplementsi.

Remedies: for diarrhoea, charcoal and over the counter remedies. For constipation chlorella, probiotics, fibre rich diet etc.

NACi flu: anything from sneezing to feverishness, with painful joints, headaches, runny nose, sore throat and coughs in between.

Remedies: Time and backing down on the dosage.

Heartburn: Certain substances such as Doxycycline, NAC, Flagyli, Rifampin can cause heartburn in some people. This may have something to do with stomach acid production, either too much acid or not enough. Telling which is which is a matter of trial and error.

Remedies: Some people have found a Bromelain supplement helpful. Always drink plenty of water when taking the medication. Be careful not to take antacid tablets containing magnesium when taking doxycycline. Here is a useful link< to understanding heartburn provided by Wikipedia.