They are exactly as the name suggests – pathogens which linger in the body for long periods of time. They lay dormant until you go through a period of stress or poor health. Your body is unable to ‘hide’ the pathogen anymore and you can experience a variety of symptoms.
Shingles is a great example. The obvious symptoms of chicken pox disappear as a child but the virus usually moves deeper into the body. As an adult when you go through a stressful event or medical treatment like chemotherapy, you can then see shingles appear. This is the lingering pathogen that has lay dormant for years before being expressed.
You may have a lingering pathogen if you have previously suffered from chicken pox, Epstein Barr virus, glandular fever, chronic fatigue, chronic bacterial or fungal infections, allergies, food intolerances, autoimmune diseases or if you have been exposed to malaria. If the pathogen is not removed initially, you will notice recurring symptoms as in ‘echos’ of the original symptoms. These may include; shingles, recurrent tonsilitis, swollen glands, frequent cold and flu symptoms without it progressing further, chronic fever, constantly feeling hot and cold but not having a fever, frequent loss of appetite, headaches, skin rashes, abnormal swelling, abnormal sweating, fatigue.
Something I often hear from someone with a lingering pathogen is that “I haven’t felt well since…” You usually remember a time where your health changed. Often, nothing will come up in blood tests, except maybe a positive immune response to certain viruses.
What can you do about it? Firstly, you need to keep your body as healthy as possible to avoid the symptoms being expressed, however, this alone doesn’t remove the pathogen. You will need some specific herbs which work to push the pathogen out of the body. These herbs work on the liver and the stomach to move the pathogen out through your skin or your digestive system. It can take months to achieve this, but absolutely worth it! You will feel back to your normal self.