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.
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.
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/recommends/
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
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
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Carrie Vitt [email protected] – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA [email protected] – meditation, stress
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Kath May [email protected] – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges [email protected] – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika [email protected] – aromatherapy.
Rakesh [email protected] – Ayurvedic Practitioner.