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Herx from zinc possible?

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS Discussion' started by drob31, Jul 22, 2017.

  1. drob31

    drob31 Senior Member

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    Here's my logic:

    Being low in zinc may lower the TH1 arm of the immune system while leaving the TH2 relatively unaffected:

    https://immunityageing.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1742-4933-6-9


    So when you start taking zinc, the TH1 comes back online and starts attacking things that are there, things that TH2 can't quite address properly.

    So when you start to correct this deficiency, you have some sort of bad initial reaction (inflammation)?
     
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  2. lnester7

    lnester7 Seven

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    Oh my Zinc makes me so sick, I take inmune modulator medicine. Any booster sends my immune system into overdrive.
     
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  3. Cheesus

    Cheesus Senior Member

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    Zinc also makes me horrifically ill. I don't think it is from a herx.

    Note that the evidence you cite implies that zinc will only boost Th1 if you have a zinc deficiency. If your zinc levels are already sufficient, then adding more wouldn't necessarily boost Th1 any further.
     
  4. IreneF

    IreneF Senior Member

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    No. The death of bacterial cells causes the Herximer reaction.
     
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  5. Valentijn

    Valentijn Senior Member

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    And only specific ones at that, namely syphilis or Lyme.
     
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  6. drob31

    drob31 Senior Member

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    Maybe the word "herx" is thrown around too loosely. Could one substitute "reaction?"
     
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