The following excerpts are reprinted from New Paradigms in Lyme Disease Treatment and Beating Lyme Disease: Living the Good Life in Spite of Lyme, 2nd Edition with the kind permission of David Jernigan, DC and Connie Strasheim. (Note: This information is copyrighted and may not be copied or duplicated without the express permission of the authors).
Following are three baths that Lyme-literate expert David Jernigan, DC, recommends for his clients. Each has a unique purpose and function in cleansing, restoring and/or detoxifying the body. You may find one or more of these baths to help support you in your wellness journey.
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Hydrogen Peroxide/Epsom Salt Detox Baths
This is one of my absolute favorite bath therapies. It is the first thing we do for our own family whenever we feel we are developing a cold or illness. Not only does it detoxify the body and relieve pain, but it also seems to stop many infections quickly and help your body to regain balance. It has been shown in medical studies to relieve pain that does not respond to narcotic medicines.
For the bath, you will need:
• 4–6 cups Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate)
• 32–64 fluid ounces of hydrogen peroxide (3%, as found in grocery stores)
• 2–4 Tbsp. of ginger (preferably fresh-grated and wrapped in a thin piece of cloth or a tea ball. An old piece of nylon hose also works well).
This and all bath therapies work best if you first dry brush the skin on your entire body. This removes any dead skin that may otherwise block the absorption of energy and nutrients. It also stimulates the blood and lymph fluids to rise to the skin to accept the healing effects of the bath.
Instructions for the bath are as follows:
• Fill your tub with warm water. Add the ingredients.
• Soak for at least 20 minutes. The beneficial effects of this bath are cumulative and increase in effectiveness the more that you use them.
• Do for at least seven consecutive days or as recommended by your doctor. Continue to use daily, or as needed.
• Do not use if you are pregnant.
What the bath ingredients do:
First, hydrogen peroxide is a simple, nontoxic molecule of H2O2 that is beneficial in oxidizing (breaking down) toxins as well as killing anaerobic microbes. It also detoxifies pesticides and petroleum-based toxins, and oxidizes metals. It is naturally produced by macrophages in the body to kill harmful bacteria. Most harmful bacteria are anaerobic and cannot survive in the presence of oxygen or hydrogen peroxide. Cancer cells are also often very sensitive to oxygen and cannot survive in oxygen-rich environments.
Secondly, Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) help to stabilize hydrogen peroxide so that its ultimate breakdown into water and free oxygen is more gradual and beneficial to the body. Recent research has shown that when you soak in a bath of magnesium sulfate, both magnesium and sulfate increase measurably in your blood and urine. The Epsom Salt Council reports the following about the benefits of magnesium in Epsom salt baths:
“Magnesium, a major component of Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate), is the second-most abundant element in human cells and the fourth-most important positively charged ion in the body. Magnesium also helps to regulate the activity of more than 325 enzymes and performs a vital role in orchestrating many bodily functions, from muscle control and electrical impulses to energy production and the elimination of harmful toxins.”
In addition, raising magnesium levels may do all of the following:
• Improve heart and circulatory health, which in turn reduces irregular heartbeats and blood clots, prevents hardening of the arteries and lowers blood pressure
• Improve the body’s ability to use insulin, thereby reducing the incidence or severity of diabetes
• Flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances
• Improve nerve function by regulating electrolytes. Also, calcium is the main conductor for electrical current in the body, and magnesium is necessary to maintain proper calcium levels in the blood.
• Relieve stress. Excess adrenaline and stress are believed to drain magnesium, a natural stress reliever, from the body. Magnesium is necessary for the body to bind adequate amounts of serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of wellbeing and relaxation.
The “sulfate” part of Epsom salt confers its own unique benefits to the body. The form of sulfate used in Epsom salts must not be confused with “sulfa” drugs, to which some people are allergic. People who are allergic to sulfa drugs will not react to the sulfate in Epsom salt. The benefits of sulfate are summarized by Dr. Rosemary Waring of the School of Biosciences in Birmingham, England:
• Oral sulfate supplements cannot be easily absorbed across the gut walls; therefore, by soaking in this bath, sulfate can be more efficiently supplemented.
• Sulfate is essential for many biological processes, including the formation of proteins in joints. Decreased sulfate levels are common in the plasma and joint synovial fluids in cases of arthritis. Sulfate is also low in people with irritable bowel syndrome.
• Sulfate is necessary for sulfation, which is a major pathway in the body used for detoxifying drugs and endogenous toxins from within the body or exogenous (environmental) toxins.
• Sulfate is necessary for the repair and formation of brain tissue. Reduced levels of sulfate can lead to faulty neurological connections and subsequent dysfunction.
• Sulfate is needed for the proper digestion and utilization of digestive enzymes.
• Sulfate is essential for the production of mucin, a protein that lines the intestines. Mucin stops food and drugs from sticking to the lining of the intestines. It also blocks the transport of toxins from the gut into the bloodstream.
Finally, ginger opens up the pores of the skin and increases blood flow at the surface of the skin so that the oxygen from the hydrogen peroxide can do its work of detoxifying poisons, and killing bacteria and fungi. The pores open wider so that the magnesium sulfate can be more readily absorbed. Ginger is invigorating and can stimulate perspiration for the elimination of toxins.
Dr. Jernigan’s Mustard Foot Bath™
(Excerpt taken from Beating Lyme Disease: Living the Good Life in Spite of Lyme)
I developed this product after years of raiding the spice cabinet in my own kitchen for footbath ingredients. Not only are kitchen spice bottles expensive, but they are generally small and of questionable therapeutic potency. For all of these reasons and for consistency of action, I decided to have my own recipe bottled. I will also give the recipe to those of you who would rather get started using your own spices. This is not recommended for use in a full-body bath, because the cayenne pepper will get into places where you definitely don’t want it!
Whisk or stir the following into warm (not hot) water to cover just above the ankles:
• 1 Tbsp. dry mustard seed powder
• 1 tsp. cayenne pepper powder (Ideally, use 90,000 heat units)
• 1⁄2 tsp. dry ginger powder
• 1⁄2 tsp. dry rosemary powder
This foot soak is used for relief from general aches and pains, toxic headaches, and overall toxic conditions. It also seems to increase blood and lymph circulation, as well as promote an overall sense of wellbeing. To get further results out of your mustard bath, you may either also soak your hands only, or soak your hands immediately after completing the footbath using the same water.
Sit in a comfortable chair and soak your feet for 20–30 minutes in this mixture. If you are following the bath up with a mustard hand soak, rinse off and dry your feet before placing your hands in the footbath water for another 20–30 minutes. You may do this 2–3 times per day if desired, for weeks to months, and indefinitely during periods of intense toxicity and pain.
I recommend doing this on the one day of the week that you aren’t taking supplements of any kind. This will help your body to regenerate and replenish its energy because detoxifying is a strain on it.
As its name implies, this bath can be very healing, especially for people with low vitality, low body temperature and low reactivity. It is indicated for individuals who have poor, slow or no response to appropriately applied healing eff Often, so much eff is given to detoxification that the body becomes strained and tired from being constantly challenged. You should use this bath at least once a week to assist your body in recuperating from this strain. Once again, this formulation is available as a product that I developed for the sake of convenience, but if you want to assemble it yourself, the recipe is below.
You will need:
• 1 quart to a half-gallon of raw goat milk (If raw milk is not available, pasteurized goat milk from the health food store is acceptable)
• 1 cup of sea salt (preferably sun-evaporated)
• 1 cup of Sucanat or turbinado sugar (raw cane sugar available from health food stores). Optional: Replace with 1 cup of Ningxia RedTM wolfberry juice from Young Living
• 1–2 egg yolks, beaten
• 1 lemon
• 3 Tbsp. Equisetum (horsetail) herb powder
* Optional: Sip an 8-oz. glass of water mixed with 1–2 ounces of Ningxia Red wolfberry juice while soaking in the bath. Wolfberry stimulates the anabolic metabolism (the building up of the tissues) and helps strengthen the body in times of exhaustion, convalescence and weakness. It is very beneficial, either diluted or undiluted, for infants who fail to thrive. Ningxia Red wolfberry juice is the most concentrated form of wolfberry on the market. It has more different types of live enzymes than can be named, as well as many regenerative and strengthening properties. It is likely one of the top three most powerful antioxidants in the world and it slows the effects of cellular and tissue aging. It is consumed daily by the longest-lived people in the world in the Ningxia region of China.
*Note: Bathing by candlelight can add to the soothing, balancing and strengthening effects of this bath.
• This and all bath therapies work best when you first dry skin brush your entire body. This removes any dead skin that may otherwise block the absorption of energy and nutrients from the bath and stimulates the blood and lymph fluids to rise to the surface of the skin to accept the bath.
• In a warm bath, add and whisk in the above ingredients; use extra ingredients if the tub is larger than standard size.
• Score the skin of the lemon while holding it under the bath water, to better release the oils, and then cut the lemon into quarters and squeeze out the juice, leaving the lemon quarters in the water.
• Soak for at least 20 minutes.
• Do not rinse off your body; simply towel dry (use no soap or shampoo).
This bath can be used anytime but is most beneficial before bedtime because sleep is when the body focuses on healing, regenerating, and recuperating.
A good way to preserve the benefits of the bath after drying off is to apply Solum Uliginosum Oil (from the WALA company of Germany) all over your body. The peat and other ingredients in this phenomenal oil create a shield of sorts to protect your body from adverse electromagnetic and geopathic stress, thus enabling you to preserve and retain the healing energy of the bath.
It is a good idea for people with low vitality to do this bath just before going to bed, but it may be equally beneficial to do in the morning, as well. Equisetum herb (Horsetail) contains about 29 percent nanoparticle silica. Silica in its purest form is quartz. The entire body is permeated by silica, but it is found in higher quantities in the sensory organs, skin and connective tissue. Silica helps to guide the healing eff of the nutritive bath across the skin and into the body. It then directs these healing forces to where they are needed in the body. It brings light and warmth to the tissues and, indeed, into the entire being. The nanoparticle silica of Equisetum has a healing eff primarily on the vitality-regulating mechanisms of the kidneys.
David Jernigan, DC, is the founder of Hansa Center for Optimum Health in Wichita, Kansas, a five-doctor practice specializing in chronic illness where over 10,000 people have received treatment for a variety of health conditions over the past 20 years.
Dr. Jernigan is also a published author and nationally recognized leader in biological medicine and the treatment of chronic illness. He graduated with honors with a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and received his doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine at Cleveland Chiropractic College (KC). Post-graduate studies have taken him far and wide, studying natural and anthroposophical medicine in Germany and biological medicine with the world-renowned Thomas Rau, MD, of the Paracelsus Clinic of Switzerland. He holds advanced certification in biological medicine as a result of his training with Dr. Rau.
Dr. Jernigan received his certification in botanical medicine through the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy. He is also the developer of the diagnostic and treatment techniques Bio-Resonance Scanning™, NeuroCardial Synchronization™ and NeuroPhotonic Therapy™.
Dr. Jernigan was the first doctor to write a book on the natural treatment of people diagnosed with Lyme disease and has authored four books on Lyme disease. His latest is Beating Lyme Disease: Living the Good Life in Spite of Lyme.
Dr. Jernigan has personally developed more than 30 novel natural medicines to date. As Founder of the American Medical Academy of Thermodiagnostics, he is one of the most experienced doctors in the United States in the use of one of the latest FDA-approved adjunctive diagnostic tests, Alfa and Computerized Regulation Thermodiagnostics.
To learn more about Dr. Jernigan and the Hansa Center for Optimum Health, see: HansaCenter.com