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 states:
"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 immediately.
"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 allergy.
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, etc.
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 flare-up cycles.
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 awhile.
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 manifesting).
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 short while.
You recover and go higher for a while. Then another reaction occurs, milder than the last. You recover and go even higher.
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."