Gallstones are often exclusively associated with the gallbladder. This is an incorrect assumption, as most gallstones, like bile, are formed in the liver and by contrast few are formed in the gallbladder itself. When the gallbladder is removed, it doesn’t mean that that’s the end of the gallstones – far from it – as they will continue to occur in the bile ducts of the liver and impede the function of this critical organ. Not only is the liver affected by this blockage, but also blood flow to the heart – as much as 70%! And with the knowledge that heart disease is the number one killer in America, we need to make sure that we take a look at our health holistically and not just pop pills after the damage is done.
In Chinese medicine the liver is responsible for anger, and is it also responsible for mental and emotional clarity. So how do we get rid of these gallstones without losing the gallbladder to surgery? There is an old method that I use, which I find to be quite effective. It won’t cure all ills on the first attempt, but requires repeat efforts over time to have a more cumulative effect.
Just in order to state the importance of this flush, let’s take a look at some of the problems that can ensue from blocked bile ducts in the liver.
- Low appetite
- Food Cravings
- Referred pain in the back and shoulders
- Loss of muscletone
- Dizziness and fainting
- Puffy eyes
- Skin disorders
- Stiff neck
- Yellowness of the eyes
- Menstrual Disorders
And this is not even half the list of maladies!
Before we understand that we ALL have parasites of some description. Doing the flush alone will be beneficial, but not as beneficial as if a parasite cleanse is completed beforehand. The best supplement for a parasite cleanse that I have come across is “Parasydal” from Mikio Sankey’s Support the Mountain product line. It is also possible to find parasites in the liver. A colon cleanse is also a good idea before taking on the liver and gallbladder flush, and there is a great product by a company called Dr. Natura and the product is called “Colonix,” that we have used successfully.
This liver and gallbladder flush protocol is based on a naturopathic method that consisted of fasting on freshly squeezed organic green apples with lemon (pippin or granny smith) for a week to ten days and then ingesting Epsom salts and olive oil at the end. This new method is much simpler. Apples contain malic acid that will soften gallstones. The simplified version involves using malic acid in tablet or capsule form, rather than having to juice apples several times every day. If you are interested in reading more about the liver/gallbladder flush, you might be interested in purchasing a copy of “The Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush” by Andreas Moritz.
It is recommended that the diet be modified for the seven days of this cleanse. Try not to eat dairy or fried foods or heavy meats during this time.
If you feel the need to ingest animal proteins, light fish or organic chicken would be the best recommendation. Try to eat salads, fresh vegetables and drink plenty of good water during this period.
Remember that the gallbladder is activated to release bile when we ingest oils, whether of vegetable or animal origin. The bile emulsifies or “breaks down” the oil for digestion. What we are doing for the first part of this flush is reducing gallbladder activity.
An example of gallstones or intrahepatic calculi. These are commonly found in the liver and gallbladder.
For the first six days take 1500 mg of malic acid daily with magnesium. The malic acid softens any stones you may have and the magnesium relaxes tense energy and assists in releasing the bowels. Take one pill three times a day before meals.
On the late afternoon of the sixth day, after you have finished your last dosage of malic acid and magnesium, you must ingest a tablespoon of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) dissolved in water. Use Epsom salts, not sea salt. I will describe this with a time line, otherwise it can be a little confusing. Remember that it is best to leave the seventh day free, as there may need to be some bathroom activity (I didn’t take care to factor this in the first time I did the flush, and I had several close calls during a physics class!) For some it can be over in an hour or so, for others it can take longer, so budget time accordingly.
Add 4 tablespoons of Epsom salts to a jug of 24 ounces of water. That will take care of the four requisite servings of 6 oz. Drink your first glass at 5:00 p.m. It isn’t very tasty, but you can add lemon juice. Personally I do not mind the taste at all, and the benefits far outweigh any taste issues. The Epsom salts help to widen the bile ducts to allow the gallstones to pass through.
Drink the second glass of Epsom salts.
If there has been no bowel movement, and the colon has not been cleansed in the past 24 hours, take a water enema (you can buy these at the drugstore.) Remember how we wanted to prime the organs of elimination before detoxifying the liver? Well this is so that there is no back up when the time comes to expel the gallstones. The enema may precipitate a few bowel movements.
Wash your citrus fruit (I recommend organic grapefruits or organic juice). Squeeze or juice them and filter the pulp. You’ll need just over a half glass of juice. This is going to be mixed with a half glass of olive oil (cold-pressed virgin and ORGANIC!) Mix the juice and olive oil and put them in a jar or a shaker. Shake them until they mix – the solution should be come watery. Prepare to drink the mixture at 9:00 p.m. , but if you have to visit the bathroom again, this can be postponed for AT THE MOST 15 minutes.
Stand by your bed and drink the mixture, all in one if possible. It doesn’t taste quite as bad as you might imagine, but I have only tried it with the grapefruit juice that covers up the taste of the olive oil.
Now lie down on your bed!
Lie still for at least 20 minutes and do not move. You can lie on your right side or on your back with your head raised on pillows. There will be some rumbling on the right side of your body just under the front part of the rib cage. This is the bile passing through the bile ducts.
It takes at least eight to twelve hours for the concoction to take effect, however if you need to have a bowel movement during the night, it is a good idea to check for gallstones floating in the toilet. During my first flush I awoke at 2 a.m. with the urgent need for the bathroom. I had a bowel movement and passed at least 20 stones that looked like peas.
5 – 6:00 a.m.
On the morning of the seventh day, drink the third glass of Epsom salts. Rest or read, but keep the body in an upright position. If you meditate, now would be a good time to do so.
7 – 8:00 a.m.
Drink the fourth and last dosage of Epsom salts.
9 – 10:00 a.m.
Now would be a good time to drink some fruit juice or eat some fruit. After about an hour or two it is fine to eat some light food. Drink plenty of water as the day progresses.
Many of the particles expelled will be bright green, greenish black to dark brown and black. You may expel oil, cholesterol balls and other particles between the stones. It’s not very nice to look at, but better that it’s outside rather than in!
Over the next couple of days take care to be restful and do not put too many demands on the body.
It is best to start the liver/gallbladder flush on or slightly before a new moon.
Be sure to check with your holistic MD before you undertake any kind of cleanse or fasting. This is an advanced cleanse, suggested for those with experience in cleansing and a nutritional health-based lifestyle.