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Get Back to Your Life: Putting Out the Fire of Biotoxin Inflammation


Get Back to Your Life: Putting Out the Fire of Biotoxin Inflammation


At the beginning of treatment many patients ask me, “When will I be able to go

places again?” To answer them I often use this metaphor:

The Campfire

Inflammation from any biotoxin illness (whether it's Lyme, mold, or another

biotoxin) is like a campfire. When the campfire is blazing, your symptoms (due to

inflammation) are severe. Imagine biotoxins as kindling. When you throw

kindling on the fire, it blazes even higher. Kindling in the form of biotoxins can

enter your body through:

• breathing in toxins from a water-damaged building (these can also enter

directly through your skin):

• killing tick-born bacteria, parasites, or other microbes (they release biotoxin

as they die);

• eating ciguatoxin-poisoned ocean-caught fish;

• breathing in the air of (or swimming in) red tide (in the case of oceans) or

microcystis (in the case of freshwater ponds and lakes).

There are many other examples of biotoxins, but you get the idea.


Now, one thing you should know is that having one type of biotoxin illness (for

example, Lyme disease) means that you're even more susceptible to other biotoxin

illnesses. You have a campfire going, and ANY type of kindling is going to make

your fire blaze higher. That's why people with Lyme disease shouldn't enter or live

in water-damaged buildings (or get exposed to any other biotoxin), and people

with mold toxin illness should try and avoid tick bites at all costs (as well as any

other biotoxin).


The good news is that if you avoid putting kindling on your campfire, it's easier to

put it out. And once the fire is out you can throw as much kindling on it – in the

form of exposure to biotoxins- as you want, and it won't blaze up again.


Of course, if you throw A LOT of kindling on, you can start another fire

altogether. Our patients at Trillium know that if they have a known exposure after

their fire is out, they have tools (cholestyramine, VIP, DNRS, etc.) to use right

away in order to prevent the fire from blazing out of control.

With “normal” or “average” amounts of biotoxin exposure, though, once your

campfire is out, you will no longer be affected by more kindling. Throw kindling

onto a cold campfire, and nothing happens. This means you can go into waterdamaged

buildings (within reason) and go hiking in New England tick country.


So, how the heck do you put out a campfire?

Putting out the campfire of inflammation is accomplished by not only avoiding

exposures (kindling) at the start of treatment, but also ridding the body of

circulating biotoxins that prolong inflammation (using binders such as

chlolestyramine, welchol, and other methods); using dynamic neural retraining

(otherwise known as limbic retraining) to decrease your reactivity to biotoxins, at

the appropriate time; and repairing the systems in your body that have been broken

and are perpetuating inflammatory pathways (with VIP, and other medicines).

The exact process is different for each person; we tailor treatment to the

individual. Some people are able to get their campfire out quickly and can return

to normal activities fairly soon after beginning treatment, and others take longer.


Stay tuned for the next blog post on limbic retraining- a way to speed up recovery

by decreasing your brain's reactivity to biotoxins.

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