Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by a bacterial infection contracted during unprotected sex, usually with a partner who is already infected with the disease. It is one of the most serious STDs and, if left untreated, can result in the progressive deterioration of one’s physical and mental health, and even death.
Note: Syphilis should be treated immediately. Because of the many variables and potential problems associated with any type of STD, a trained health professional should be consulted if infection is suspected.
The symptoms of syphilis are chronic and recurring. Each occurrence progresses through three distinct stages. In the first stage, skin lesions occur within two to four weeks following infection. Usually, the lesion will initially present itself as a small reddish bump or ulcer that can eventually harden. Within two weeks of such an outbreak, the lymph nodes can become swollen, as well.
In the second stage, the lesions may disappear, to be followed by a variety of health symptoms that can be mistaken for other diseases. For this reason, syphilis is often referred to as the “great imitator.” Symptoms during the second stage include headache, fever, and fatigue, as well as outbreaks of small reddish brown spots on the skin. Typically, these symptoms lessen within a few weeks, but can recur later on.
The third stage of syphilis symptoms typically do not occur for many years after the initial infection. At this stage, the heart, blood vessels, and central nervous system can be affected, leading to severe physical and mental degeneration, followed by death.
Syphilis is caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum and is primarily transmitted during unprotected sex with an infected partner. However, in some cases, syphilis can also be contracted following contact with freshly contaminated material exposed to the bacterium, as well as through blood transfusions. It can also be spread to fetuses and newborns by pregnant women infected with the disease.
As with all sexually transmitted diseases, the most effective response to syphilis is prevention. To avoid syphilis, do the following:
- Be careful about choosing a sex partner and find out about his or her health and sexual history before engaging in a sexual relationship. Have sex only if the person has no apparent signs of infection and is willing to assure your protection during sexual intimacy. Be prepared to talk and inquire about past experiences. Be direct and persistent. Make conversations about health a natural part of the sexual relationship.
- Limit the number of people you have sex with. The risk of contracting an STD rises exponentially in direct relation to how many sexual partners you have.
- Avoid sex altogether if your partner exhibits open lesions or swelling on his or her body.
- Always practice safe sex. Men should always use a latex condom, especially when engaging in sex with someone new. As an alternative, women can consider the use of a latex female condom. When engaging in oral sex, use a latex dental dam. Long-term, monogamous sexual partners should also use some form of protective contraceptive unless planning a pregnancy.
- Avoid swallowing semen, as it acts as an immune suppressant and thus can increase the risk of STDs caused by infectious micro-organisms.
- Avoid anal sex, especially without protection.
- Urinate after you have sexual intercourse in order to help clean the urethra and prevent infection. This applies to both men and women.
- Have an annual check-up to be screened for STDs that you may not know you have.
- If you know that you have a sexually transmitted disease, be responsible. Inform your partner and insist that he or she be examined and treated as well. Follow the treatment regimen that your physician prescribes as completely as possible, and always use protection whenever you engage in sex.
Quick Action Plan for Syphilis
- Print out and review the above Prevention Guidelines.
- Seek immediate medical attention. Syphilis must be treated with antibiotics to ensure complete recovery.
- Emphasize fresh, organic foods, with plenty of fruits and vegetables, complex carbohydrates, free-range, organic meats and poultry, wild-caught fish, and an abundance of pure filtered water.
- Avoid all commercial, processed, and non-organic food, as well as alcohol, coffee, sugars, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, food dyes, milk and dairy products, and wheat and wheat products.
- Be screened for food allergies.
- Drink plenty of organic, fresh-squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, such as green drinks and apple, carrot, grape, pomegranate and watermelon juices.
- The herb goldenseal is particularly effective for helping to boost recovery.
- Vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc are suggested due to their proven ability to boost and maintain optimal immune function.
- For Syphilis, we suggest daily contrast sitz baths to help relieve symptoms.
- The homeopathic remedy Syphilinum can be helpful both for people with syphilis and their descendants.
- To ensure complete and long-term recovery, work with a qualified holistic health professional.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
- Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
- Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com/ Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.
There are several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. For treating rheumatoid arthritis, we recommended constitutional hydrotherapy (apply two to five times weekly) or a heating compress (apply once daily to affected areas). Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the program drink alkalized water, which you can buy from Real Waterwww.drinkrealwater.com/
Healthy eating is of primary importance. Drink plenty of pure filtered water and increase your intake of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, and complex whole grains, as well as organic, free-range meats, poultry, and wild-caught fish.
Avoid all commercial, processed, fried, and non-organic food, as well as alcohol, coffee, sugars, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, food dyes, milk and dairy products, wheat and wheat products, and refined carbohydrates. Do not eat saturated, trans-, hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated fats and oils. Instead choose from virgin coconut butter/oil, extra virgin olive oil, high lignin flax seed oil, and unrefined hemp seed, walnut, and sunflower oils.
In addition, undergo testing for potential food allergies and sensitivities and avoid those foods to which you test positive. Consider a rotation diet or elimination diet in order to further reduce the likelihood of food allergies.
Nutrition and diet are key players in the healing and elimination of imbalance and disease. For a complete, nutrition packed, whole foods eating plan, read the Whole Foods Diet. In many cases, a raw food eating plan can be extremely beneficial. To learn more, read Raw Food Diet. You can print out these full articles for easy reference.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
Vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc are suggested due to their proven ability to boost and maintain optimal immune function.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details herekevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
- . Find out more by clicking here.
- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Akhroota (walnut), gokhulakanta, kanghi (Indian mallow), khulakudi (Indian pennywort), khus-khus (poppy seeds.)
The ayurvedic diet recommends incorporating honey, rice (especially of the red-streaked variety), wheat and barley, bitter vegetables such as gourd and radish, green gram and sesame oil for cooking. Avoid heavy meals and soured buttermilk.
Yoga is particularly beneficial.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Astragalus, ginseng, bupleurum, Japanese wax privet, cordyceps and angelica. A well-know Chinese formula is Xiang Chuan Jie Du Qi.
Acupuncture is also very beneficial.
The following oils are especially beneficial: lemon, frankincense and tea tree.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy (link to full description of what it is) it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
The homeopathic remedy Syphilinum can be helpful both for people with syphilis and their descendants. According to homeopathic theory, even after the bacterium that causes syphilis is destroyed by antibiotics, a person’s vital energy force or energy field can remain negatively affected. Syphilinum helps to restore balance to the energy field. People descended from ancestors who had syphilis (a significant percentage of the world’s overall population) can carry this energetic imbalance in their fields as well, making Syphilinum an appropriate preventive homeopathic remedy.
Useful herbs to help stimulate recovery include chimaphilla, cranberry extract, Echinacea, and goldenseal.
The following herbal formula can also help:
Add two tablespoons each of sarsaparilla and yellowdock root in one quart of boiling water. Simmer for five minutes and add 3 to 4 teaspoons of dried thyme. Cover and steep for one hour, then drink one to three cups per day. Women can also use this same formula to prepare an herbal douche, which they should administer often.
Another useful herb is sasparilla.
Juice Therapy – The juices of apples, carrots, celery, cranberry, cucumber, grapes, parsley, pomegranate, and watermelon are all recommended. Juices made from green vegetables are also encouraged.
Topical Treatment – Apply copaiba oil to affected areas.
American Spikenard – This essential oil
Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
The following professional care therapies can also help to treat syphilis: Detoxification therapy, Energy Medicine, Environmental Medicine, Magnet Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Orthomolecular Medicine, Oxygen Therapy, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. (See Glossary for descriptions of these Alternative Therapies.)
Cleanse the blood with burdock root: www.naturalnews.com/031390_blood_cleansing.html
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healingwww.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effectivewww.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Nature’s best anti-biotics: www.naturalnews.com/035516_natural_antibiotics_superbugs.html
Further Information (links and books)
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, King K. Holmes; Color Atlas and Synopsis of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, H. Hunter Handsfield; The Complete Guide to Natural Remedies for STD STI (Natural Health & Wellness Series)by Balthazar Moreno, Trixie Joyce Burce, Danica Niña Louwe and Neo LothongKum; Mind Your Body: A Sexual Health and Wellness Guide for Women, Beth Howard.
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Andrea Butje | Aromahead email@example.com – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt firstname.lastname@example.org – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA email@example.com – meditation, stress
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Kath May email@example.com – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges firstname.lastname@example.org – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
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Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.