Sometimes called a
"healing crisis" or a "cleansing reaction").
The severity and/or number of
healing reactions you will experience depends on how often your body has been
exposed to toxins and/or been traumatized during your lifetime and how much
detoxifying and healing the body accomplished at the time.
To help you "hang in
there" during a healing reaction and continue with your program, keep in
mind that a reaction means you are succeeding in ridding your body of toxic
minerals, chemicals, bacteria, viruses, and parasites and a much desired
"healing" is taking place. Every drugless healing practitioner is
well aware of the healing reaction phenomenon.
The Cancer Clinics in Mexico explain to their patients that without a healing
reaction within the first two weeks of the program they must be re-evaluated
for what could be causing the delay.
(This could be from ingesting things that
counteract the program or from using personal care items such as lotions,
cosmetics, hair care items, etc. that interfere with the program, or not taking
the prescribed amount of coffee enemas.) When a patient experiences a healing
reaction the whole staff rejoices with the patient.
"Hering's Law of Cure" or "Retracing"
Since every disease takes
time to develop, eliminating disease takes time, too. Hering's Law of Cure
"When we use the
drugless healing arts, all illness is reversed and we go through a period in
which we pick up again our old troubles. Thus, gradually, we reverse from the
chronic stage of disease toward good health by entering a healing crisis when
an acute stage has been reached, often the discharge stage."
The following was given to
patients at the Gerson Cancer Clinic in 1982:
"As a person continues on an improved diet and supplement program and
gradually raises his or her food quality, interesting symptoms begin to appear.
The body begins a process called retracing.
The cellular intelligence reasons something like this: `Oh, look at all
these fine materials coming in. How wonderful — now we have a chance to get rid
of this old garbage and build a beautiful new house. Let's get started
"First the body begins
to clean house — everywhere (this is when you are likely to have a healing
reaction, sometimes called a healing crisis or a cleansing reaction). During
this period, the body "removes the ashes from the furnace preparatory to
getting a better fire."
This first stage persists for
a while and then the body begins to form and replace what was discarded; this
is the second stage.
The third stage is a build-up
period (lean muscle mass and internal organ regeneration).
"At this point, much or
more of the interfering wastes have already been discarded — the tissues that
have been formed since the diet was raised in quality are more durable and do
not break down easily.
Also, new tissues are now
being formed faster. This is due to the improved assimilation of nutrients that
occurs when wastes have been removed and the necessary nutrients are available.
"Let's return to the
symptoms, which occur when a person begins a superior nutritional program.
People who have had tendencies in the past to recurring skin rashes or
eruptions will frequently tend to eliminate poisons and harmful drugs through
the skin with new rashes or eruptions. If they go to a doctor now, who is not
familiar with the aspect of nutrition, he or she will diagnose it as an
The patient asks, "Why
do I have a rash? I'm eating better now and than I ever did before and taking
the best supplements in the world, and instead of getting better, I'm getting
worse! They don't understand that the body is "retracing." The body
is getting more alive and active. It is throwing out poisons more rapidly now
that the body has more power.
"With some, colds, which
haven't appeared for a long time, may occur or even fevers. This is nature's
way of house cleaning. Understand that these actions are constructive, even
though unpleasant at the moment. Don't — but don't try to stop these symptoms
by the use of drugs. These are not deficiency conditions or allergic
manifestations — not if you are eating properly and taking your supplements.
"Headaches may occur at
the beginning, there may be a short interval of bowel sluggishness, occasional
diarrhea, feelings of tiredness and weakness, disinclination to exercise,
nervousness, irritability, negativity or mental depression, frequent urination,
However, the great majority of people find their reactions tolerable and
are encouraged to bear with them because of the many improvements which have
already occurred and are becoming more evident with each day. This acts as an inspirational force to them.
The body is cyclical in nature
"Don't expect to go on
an ascending scale of quality of life — expecting that improving your diet will
make you feel better and better each day until you reach perfection. The body
is cyclical in nature, and health comes in a series of gradually diminishing
For example, you start a better diet and for a while you feel
much better. After some time a symptom occurs, you may feel nauseous for a day
and have diarrhea with a foul-smelling stool.
After a day, you feel even better than before and all goes well for
Then you suddenly develop a cold; feel chills and lose your appetite.
After about 2 or 3 days (assuming you don't take drugs nor do anything else
about it), you suddenly recover and feel better than you did for years.
Let us say this well being
continues for two months, when you suddenly develop a rash. You still don't
take anything special for it. This rash flares up, gets worse and continues for
ten days, then suddenly subsides.
Immediately after this, you find that your
hepatitis (or whatever you were manifesting while undernourished) is gone and
your energy has increased more than ever before. The rash became an outlet for
the poisons in the liver, which produced the hepatitis (or whatever was
This is how recovery occurs,
like the cycles in the Dow-Jones Average at the beginning of a bull market
recovery. You feel better, a reaction occurs, and you don't feel as well for a
You recover and go higher for
a while. Then another reaction occurs, milder than the last. You recover and go
And so it goes, each reaction milder than the last, as the body
becomes purer, each becoming shorter in duration and being followed by a longer
and longer period of feeling better than ever before, until you reach a level
plateau of vibrant health."