Spring Cleansing

This week I have been reading a prodigious amount of information regarding liver and gall bladder cleansing, so with my new ‘tude about my blog and what to share I decided this should be my topic of the week as a spring cleaning seems appropriate. I find all the articles and statements from experts fascinating, and believe me they do not all agree, but each person has their own reasons for leaning one way or another. I have concluded that cleansing should be done, whether my reader chooses to unclog the ducts and let the bile run freely is totally up to them but generally I am going to try and present possible ways to spring clean your temple.

If you have ever experienced a dull ache in the upper right quadrant of your upper abdomen or by simply pressing on the last rib on your right side you experience pain that is a sign that your gall bladder is congested. If your right shoulder often bothers you with a sharp pain under the scapular region or you are irritated by headaches that originate in the right occipital area you have a congested gall bladder. If you have a congested gall bladder this affects your liver and vice versa. (I will not go in to the details of their intimate relationship but if you would like more information I find Jon Barron easy to understand and appreciate.)  A simple but costly ultrasound of your upper right quadrant can confirm stones, their size and number, and most allopathic doctors will recommend this. Many alternative practitioners feel the symptoms are diagnosis enough and that the cleanse if done properly will rid you of any size or number of stones without too much risk (there is always the risk of a stone getting trapped and blockage occurring but it happens infrequently and most practitioners reported it has never happened with their patients).

Okay, so now we have the diagnostics but whether or not you have the symptomatic aches and pains a cleanse is a good idea and there seems to be a myriad of choices and I will mention only a few. First, Jon Barron offers a kit to take you from beginning to end and that seems really appealing, but, well, it isn’t complete because first he suggests you do a colon cleanse and that is extra. Personally, if he would just offer everything that he feels is necessary and sell that as a kit I would probably go for it. His liver cleanse tea is very tasty to drink even if you aren’t cleansing your liver, so I have ordered that many times in the past and it is in the “kit”. The kit also includes a kidney/gall bladder cleanse, blood cleanse and a colon corrective (necessary according to him to keep your colon moving, so none of the toxins get trapped and just end up in your liver again). You get everything you need minus the colon detox for $125 but for pity’s sake Jon add the colon detox if you really think it is necessary!

Then there are the home remedies that people swear by but it seems you really must take your time and do it right. You don’t need to buy expensive tinctures but the liver cleansing herbs (milk thistle,dandelion and burdock) are necessary to support the liver and you could buy the herbs and make a hot tea or buy the tinctures and add them to warm water drinking them several times a day for a week or so before you cleanse. In addition you need fresh organic apple juice, olive oil, lemon juice and Epsom salts. Here is an example of a typical liver/gall bladder cleanse that would be similar to one recommended by Hulda Clark:

4-6 oz organic freshly made apple juice morning and night for 1 week

After one week at 6 pm drink 4-6 ounces of lemon juice with 4-6 ounces of organic olive oil.
Lie on your right side for 30 minutes immediately after consumption and then go to bed.

Upon rising add 3 Tablespoons Epsom Salts to 4-6 ounces juice or water and drink it all as quickly as possible. Apparently things can get ugly about 30-60 minutes later as a  friend of mine reported. She became quite nauseous and could not be far from a toilet for most of the day. Others doing the cleanse with her did not suffer the same complaints and felt measurably better afterwards.

Personally while I love apple juice the sugar content would bother me, so in the past I have dismissed this cleanse but upon further research apparently when people with cancer want to do the cleanse they use Malic Acid instead of apple juice because, of course, cancers feed on sugar, so they don’ t want to feed those voracious cells. The recommended treatment with Malic Acid is 2-600 mg caps, 3 times a day for 5-7 days before the liver cleanse (oil, lemon juice and Epsom salts). Others suggested a mix of organic grapeseed oil and canola oil as apparently olive oil can have the distressing effect of causing regurgitation but I guess if I have my druthers I would drink olive oil over canola oil anyday.

I am not fond of the idea of drinking Epsom salt water but most agreed that the magnesium softens the ducts allowing easy passage of the stones which will now be like saponified soap balls, a combination of the bile and oils. It seems that for years the cleanse was also done without the Epsom salts with a high degree of success. The necessity of the large quantity of olive oil is that in combination with the lemon juice or grapefruit juice it will initiate a large pull on bile from the liver and bring the stones out from the liver and through the bile duct.

Another liver cleanse that kept coming up was the coffee enema, so I will mention it as some practitioners swear by its positive side effects. I find the idea of brewing coffee, placing it in a bag and inserting it, well you know where, very unappealing but it is said that it has a remarkable ability to remove toxins and Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez uses it in combination with other modalities to treat cancers.  Gonzalez states that the coffee enema is not a cleanse in and of itself but a beneficial partner to the cleanse. The  directions for doing a proper Coffee enema follows:

You will need to buy a re-usable enema kit, available at most pharmacies. They are usually disposable (although they can be cleaned and reused for several months) and they are inexpensive, distilled water, organic coffee, any roasting level will do, and a French Press pot.

Preparing the Coffee:

Bring 8 cups of water to a boil. Grind eight heaping spoonfuls of organic coffee. Put it in a french press pot. Pour the water over the coffee grounds and let it steep then cool for one hour. After this amount of time, the liquid should be about body temperature. If you stick your finger in the water it should be lukewarm, but not hot. Press the coffee grounds to the bottom, then pour the coffee liquid into the enema bag.

Follow the directions that accompany the enema kit. Lie on your right side, inject and retain the coffee for 10-20 minutes. It is recommended that you lightly massage your abdomen from left to right (up the left side, and then left to right just below the navel). Additionally, change positions while retaining the coffee. After a few minutes turn over onto your back, a few minutes later switch to your left side before evacuating your bowels.

The effects of a coffee enema are different from other enemas like a saline enema. The most important difference between a saline enema and a coffee enema is the presence of caffeine in the coffee. Caffeine, theophylline and theobromine, combine to stimulate the relaxation of smooth muscles causing dilation of blood vessels and bile ducts. The veins of the anus are very close to the surface of the tissue. The caffeine is therefore absorbed more quickly (and in higher concentration) than it is in when coffee is drunk and people tend not to have the caffeine jitters after injecting it this way. Dr. Gonazalez swears by the coffee enema and I believe it has wonderful capabilities but it would be dishonest not to admit that drinking a freshly pressed cup of Joe sounds much more appealing than taking it up your rectum and not nearly as uncomfortable to talk about after you are done (and I don’t even drink coffee).

So there you have it a compilation of gall bladder/ liver cleansing ideas. I have read and reread this entry and personally none of it is sounding very tempting. If you do it Jon Barron’s way you must set aside at least 3 days to do a fresh juice diet and preferably 5 days and it will cost you in excess of $125. If you choose a home remedy you may find yourself on the bathroom floor enjoying your coffee like you have never enjoyed it before. In the end everyone agrees that the health benefits are extraordinary and at your next get together you can even brag that yes, you have already done your spring cleaning.

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