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Dear Candy Q & A: Herx reactions & tinnitus

Q: Would you be able to comment on the so-called Herxing reactions? Is there a way to train on this issue?

A: The more calm and regulated we can be, the better our system can deal with the die off and toxins that are being released and eliminated from our systems. Things that boost your immune system (including elevated emotions) are very helpful during this time. Watch the automatic negative thoughts that may crop up during these experiences and even though it may be challenging, try to redirect your focus away from what you are physically experiencing. Remind yourself that this is temporary, your body is clearing these things out, and you are going to feel a lot better on the other side. The more elevated and regulated you are, the easier it will be for your system to overcome this. Think of it like riding a wave, be gentle with yourself and use whatever you can to help distract, redirect, and elevate your emotions. Consider visualizing your body releasing the old and restoring optimal functioning. If the symptoms are very intense, also consider using it as a trigger before practice rounds.

Q: I am wondering about tinnitus and any possible tips or training ideas.

A: In my experience, tinnitus is directly tied into limbic and nervous system function. I personally had tinnitus disappear through using the DNRS steps. I didn't focus on it for retraining, it just went away as I retrained on other things. I've had other clients experience alleviation and improvement through the Safe & Sound Protocol, which again tells us that as we calm the brain and regulate the nervous system, those symptoms dissipate.

You can certainly use it as a trigger before practice rounds, by briefly focusing on it and then going into a round. You can also retraining around any emotions/thoughts it may bring up for you. Other tools that help to soothe the nervous system (like mindfulness practices, meditation, or vagus nerve exercises) can also be beneficial.

Next week: Addressing SIBO

Until next time!

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Candy Widdifield is Registered Clinical Counsellor, Wellness Coach, and Registered Reiki Master Teacher in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. She works with people all over the world, helping them to optimize their wellbeing and thrive in their lives. Her modalities include coaching, therapy, Reiki and the Safe & Sound Protocol. More information about Candy can be found at

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