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My Liver and Gallbladder Miracle Cleanse Experience

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For many years I experienced digestive difficulties and various health problems. When I was pregnant with my son in 2000, I experienced a ruptured appendix during my 7th month of pregnancy and he was born 9 weeks premature.

The night I came home from my near three-week stay in the hospital, I began to have the first of various gallbladder “episodes”. These attacks were some of the most unpleasant and painful I’ve ever experienced in my life.

Seven months later at the order of my surgeon, I had my gallbladder removed. I had tried some natural products from the health food store before having my gallbladder removed, but having no experience treating this sort of thing nor anyone to consult for advice, my efforts failed to yield positive results. Had I known then what I know now, I would have performed the liver and gallbladder miracle cleanse to remove stones that were harming my health and causing the attacks.

Gallbladder and digestive disease have completely and utterly altered my outlook on health forever. I was very sick for over five years to the point where I wasn’t feeling well enough to do my normal activities such as taking care of my son nor maintain a healthy relationship with my husband and family. I was weak and in bed a lot. Sometimes I’d have muscle weakness, heart palpitations, nausea, or shaking for days at a time. I thought my body was falling apart and I didn’t know why.

Discovering the root cause of health ailments

Before I changed my eating habits, I was consuming alcohol and eating a  lot of processed foods regularly (what can I say, I used to party a lot and enjoyed having a good time a little too much!). Because I was a music promoter and event coordinator for my local underground music community, I’d often keep hectic social schedules and stay out late. Although I was eating some healthy foods, I was still consuming a lot of refined carbohydrates and my fair share of processed foods. My stress levels were also sky-high.

Doctors had failed to help me overcome my health challenges, and simply offered pharmaceutical drugs as a solution. The prescriptions would sometimes sit in my purse for months; I was scared to become a drug-dependent patient like so many other people I knew.

Eventually I began to read about how food can affect health and it all started to make sense. After research, conversations with qualified practitioners who knew about nutrition and listened to me and knew what kinds of problems I was having, I started to eliminate various foods from my diet like refined sugars, wheat, soy, pasteurized dairy, and other processed foods and noticed startling results – I began to feel better.

How I’ve begun to overcome health challenges

Since 2005, I have completely changed the way I eat and no longer buy processed foods. In that span of time, I’ve discovered better health than I’ve had much of my life. I attribute the change to my discarding of junk and processed foods, and switching to meals made at home, from scratch, and wholesome, real ingredients. I can’t always afford organic or sustainable, but I do the very best I can.

I make most everything from scratch including salad dressings, sauces, and condiments (when I can). If I can’t make it from scratch, I do the next best thing which is to buy a product from the store which has the least amount of ingredients in it, doesn’t contain artificial additives, preservatives, or chemicals. One example of something I might buy instead of make is that I buy organic ketchup because the conventional equivalent is incredibly nasty. We don’t use a lot of ketchup in our house, but when we do I want it to be healthy. I could make my own, but this is something I haven’t started doing yet – it’s on my list.

I make compromises in some areas, while compensating in the more important places – such as with fats and proteins. I buy organic grass-fed meat and raw milk for my family to make sure we are not getting genetically-modified material, pesticides, antibiotics, nor hormones in our bodies.

I’m a big believer that real food can eliminate health problems. I also firmly believe that synthetic vitamins and minerals are not going to do the job – which is why I know all those fortified foods sold in the store in packages are no better than cheap supplements claiming to offer nutritional benefit are a waste of money.

Health issues from years of a poor diet

Despite all my efforts, I’ve still been experiencing some health challenges. For the last six years, I’ve had fibrocystic breast condition. This condition occurs when the lymphatic system becomes congested or clogged with toxins. The breast and armpits contain thousands of lymph nodes and pathways for the elimination of waste and toxins to exit the body. When those lines become blocked, lumps can form. Many conventional doctors tell patients that these lumps are harmless and normal.

Fibrocystic breast condition and other benign lumps are often a symptom of estrogen-dominance. This occurs when there is a deficit or excess of estrogen due and little no no progesterone in the body. These hormones are in a delicate balance, and when they are offset by the food we eat or environmental toxins, health issues can occur. Estrogen dominance is a very common problem for men, women, and children in modern life due to the excessive amounts of estrogen in our environments. False or xenoestrogens are found in our food and water, soil, and many of the items we use in our daily tasks – plastics, clothing, personal care products, materials used for buildings,  carpets and furniture, cleaning products, containers, and so on.

These substances have had a profound effect on our bodies and our health. Some research suggests that excess estrogen can effect sexual function to the extent that fertility, menstruation, puberty, menopause, and other sexual functions and development are noticeably altered.

Thyroid problems, iodine deficiency, and hormonal imbalance

Another contributor to these types of breast cysts and others in the body is iodine deficiency. Besides thyroid problems, iodine deficiency can cause hormonal and endocrine imbalances which lead to cancer and many other degenerative diseases. When the body lacks sufficient amounts of iodine, it becomes increasingly unable to eliminate toxins.

Dr. Brownstein, M.D. believes that this deficiency is responsible for many cases of thyroid disorder, breast, and other cancers people are being diagnosed with, and that these conditions are often connected to one another. He also believes that thyroid medications prescribed by doctors for these problems do not work because they fail to address the underlying problem, which is nutritional deficiency in the body.

It just so happens that I had a blood test last year to determine whether I was having thyroid issues, and the results revealed that I was hypothyroid – a condition where the thyroid is underactive in the body. The function of the thyroid gland is to convert iodine into two thyroid hormones, thyroxine T4 and triiodothyronine T3. Thyroid cells are the only cells in the body which can absorb iodine. I had a lot of the symptoms of this syndrome – fatigue, dry skin, irritability, fatigue, depression, weakness, abnormal menstrual cycles, cold and intolerance. My physical appearance didn’t necessarily match the stereotypical image of a hypothyroid case – I had never had weight problems, and had actually experienced the opposite issue of having trouble gaining enough weight most of my life.

Dr. Robert J. Rowan, M.D. believes digestion is also a key to absorbing iodine and other nutrients: “Poor digestion – many organs need iodine, but can’t absorb it until the blood measurements reach very high levels. The stomach and salivary glands are two such organs, but they can’t uptake iodine in any significant amounts until the blood level reaches 100 times what the thyroid needs. Most people do not produce enough stomach acid as they grow older. I firmly believe low gastric acidity can be caused by iodine deficiency, as iodine promotes stomach acidity!”

As intrinsically connected as iodine and digestion are to one another, it’s easy to understand why digestion would be impaired if it could not adequately absorb the nutrients it needs to maintain good health. If stomach acid levels are low, digestion won’t function they way it should. Dr. Rowan stated that as people get older, stomach acid production goes down. It is also true that a processed diet filled with toxic, nutrient-depleted foods would cause that problem to become worse over time.

Insomnia

Another issue I’ve had for some years is the inability to sleep soundly if I consume too many carbohydrates. It was worse when I was eating processed foods. But even when I stopped eating those and started consuming real, whole foods, I’d still have problems. I’m sensitive to breads and grains – wheat, spelt, kamut, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, corn, rice (even organic, and soaked or sprouted), and most anything with sugar in it – so alcohol and desserts too – as infrequently as I consume them, and even though I normally consume the healthiest forms of these as possible.

Years ago when I was eating poorly, I used to have terrible episodes in the middle of the night with a string of symptoms – shaking, racing heart, sweating, a jittery, butterfly feeling in my stomach, and nausea. This sounds a lot like anxiety, doesn’t it? That’s what I thought it was for a long time, and so did all the doctors. So if I eat too many carbohydrates I can look forward to a jittery butterfly feeling in my stomach that can keep me awake for at least an hour or wake me up in the middle of the night.

My sleeping patterns have become much more regular and I have much less trouble sleeping than I used to, but my goal is to completely eliminate all my symptoms and be able to sleep soundly and to be able to fall asleep without any trouble.

The United States history of iodine deficiency

In this country, evidence of iodine deficiency appeared in the 1920s as a result of processing foods and the depletion of trace elements from the food supply due to modern farming methods. Companies saw a need for iodine and began to add it to table salt. The campaign spread and incidences of goiter began to drop significantly.

Several decades ago, doctors began to believe that their patients were consuming too much salt because of the increase in high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. The American Medical Association began issuing recommendations to the majority of the population to lower their salt intake. Medical professionals completely disregarded the fact that trace minerals found in soil and in naturally-mined salt is essential to human health. Today we are once again experiencing a massive deficit in iodine and other trace minerals in our bodies – which contributes to high disease rates.

Real food is only part of the equation

With the type of eating habits people in developed and now in many other countries have, it’s no surprise so much damage is done. From my own experience and research, I believe that once you have gone beyond a certain point of abuse, more drastic measures have to be taken to regain health. Real food is extremely important, but by itself sometimes it’s not enough.  Detoxification and cleansing is really important because they seek to remove those foreign and harmful substances left behind from a poor diet and repeated abuse which cause health problems that the body and nourishment are simply incapable of eliminating on their own.

There are also a lot of  juice drinks, food bars, supplements and other products on the market which people invest a lot of money in because they believe these products will restore their health. From my own experience, I’ve observed that you can take all the supplements and products on the market you can possibly afford and your health won’t improve unless you restore the balance of your inner body and gut. It’s critical to first heal the environment in your digestive tract. The liver gallbladder miracle cleanse is an excellent way to accomplish this.

The importance of preparation

If you are a person who has not lived a healthy lifestyle most of your years, it is really important to take some small steps in the beginning to make certain you don’t overload your body with too much detoxification at once. Before doing a liver gallbladder cleanse, it is a good idea to get your dietary habits under control and begin with one or two activities at a time to prepare your body for release of toxins. Once you get going, you will notice results, but you must go slowly and deliberately, and have patience. Remember, it took many years for your body to get in the state it is currently in, and healing is no different.

Colon cleansing and detoxification

A good way to begin is to consider having colonics to get the foundations started in repairing your digestive tract – which the waste removal system in your body that absorbs everything you eat. Although your colon is responsible for managing the removal of waste, it is also an environment where many important nutrients are absorbed as well.

The colon’s job, then, is two-fold: remove waste and also redistribute important nutrients back into the body for support and health.

Donna Gates of Body Ecology explains the three major reasons why colon cleansing is so important:

  1. The average person has 7 – 10 pounds of fecal matter remaining in the colon – even with regular bowel movements daily.
  2. What accumulates on the colon wall from waste is a breeding ground for parasites, yeast, bad bacteria, and viruses.
  3. For many people, these elimination pathways are essentially blocked, and over time this promotes the build up of toxins. Estimates have shown that the average person is exposed to over 123 toxic chemicals from food, water, personal care products, air, and stress.

Colonics performed by a qualified practitioner are an effective method to aid the body in the removal of impacted fees and built up residual plaque formed in the lining of your colon due largely to the consumption of processed foods and beverages, stress, and poor lifestyle.

A colonic is done while you are reclined and a plastic tube inserted into the rectum to allow warm, filtered water to soak and wash out debris and toxins adhered to the colon. The procedure is not painful or unpleasant, but it does take anywhere from about 45 minutes to an hour. Afterward you eliminate one last time in the restroom. You can expect a sense of lightness, clearness, and well-being after a colonic that is difficult to describe – your body has just dumped harmful toxins and begun the healing process.

Intestines also become coated in toxins as well, and with repeated cleansing, detoxing, and colon and liver/gallbladder cleanses, these substances are removed and washed away. The result is improved health and sense of well-being – which is literally priceless.

I have spent the last five years of my life with a much improved diet and devoting time to various types of cleansing and detoxification. It may be the case that until now, I wasn’t ready for the liver gallbladder cleanse, and that my body needed that preparation time. That preparation time is different for everyone. Just realize that it does take time.  If you aren’t willing to invest some time and money in your health to eliminate toxins and prevent diseases from developing in the future, you must also realize that the expense, misery, and duration of illness and disease to come could be tenfold of what you are experiencing now.

The digestive tract – the beginning and end of health

Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of death in the United States as reported by The American Cancer Society. They further report that rates have been dropping in the last 20 years, and attribute this occurrence to better screening and earlier detection. The most widely accepted and used treatment for cancer is chemotherapy and/or radiation, drugs, and surgery.

An investigation by the Department of Radiation Oncology, Northern Sydney Cancer Centre, Australia, into the contribution of chemotherapy to 5-year survival in 22 major adult malignancies, showed startling results: The overall contribution of curative and adjuvant cytotoxic chemotherapy to 5-year survival in adults was estimated to be 2.3% in Australia and 2.1% in the USA.” [Royal North Shore Hospital Clin Oncol (R Coll Radiol) 2005 Jun;17(4):294.]

When you abuse your digestive tract, you are upsetting the entire balance of your health. If you digestive tract has been polluted with toxic and foreign substances, this activity gradually and continually breaks down its ability to absorb and impart nourishment to the entire body. On the extreme end, this is why cancer and many other chronically ill patients have a very diminished ability to digest and absorb food.

Many people experience digestive distress and other symptoms that might seem completely unrelated to digestive difficulty every day of their lives. They might have absolutely no idea that cancer or some other serious illness may be in their future if they don’t stop consuming artificial, toxic food-like substances or avoid real foods like meats and fats because they have been told by their friends, family, or health care provider that these foods are bad for their health.

If you have gallstones and liver stones in your body, here are just some of the symptoms and/or health issues you can expect to experience:

  • low appetite
  • food cravings
  • digestive disorders
  • sleep issues
  • hernia
  • difficulty breathing
  • infections
  • high cholesterol
  • heart disease
  • nausea or vomiting
  • depression and emotional disorders
  • impotence
  • menstrual and menopausal disorders (PMS)
  • skin problems
  • puffy eyes
  • vision problems
  • loss of muscle tone
  • weight gain
  • flatulence
  • abdominal cramping and bloating
  • prostate and urinary issues
  • hormonal imbalances
  • infertility
  • cancer
  • osteoporosis
  • chronic fatigue
  • kidney disease
  • cuts or wounds that don’t heal
  • nightmares
  • liver spots
  • numbness and sciatica
  • stiffness
  • yellowness of eyes and skin
  • tooth and gum problems
  • headaches and migraines
  • asthma
  • multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia
  • hot and cold flashes
  • muscle and joint pain

It’s quite a list, but when you understand the absolutely critical job your digestive system has of allowing your body to properly digest the food you eat to nourish your body for all the functions it maintains, it really shouldn’t be all that big of a surprise that this system’s condition can so profoundly affect your health.

Liver gallbladder miracle cleanse

For a few years my next-door neighbor, a nutritional therapist, has talked about the liver gallbladder miracle cleanse. I’ve also had discussions with various other health care practitioners about it – naturopaths, nutritional consultants, and colon hydrotherapists. It always seemed sort of mythical to me, and I couldn’t imagine going through this experience nor what sort of results might be achieved from doing it. It seemed like a lot of trouble – there is a preparation period and a lot of different schedules of activities that must be adhered to in order to achieve optimal results of the protocol.

The part that bothered me the most about it was the fact that the cleanse requires going without food for about a 20-hour period. This just seemed completely unnatural to me and frankly, I do very poorly when I go without food for long periods of time. For years I’ve had blood sugar trouble and have required high amounts of protein in order to function. Carbohydrates are for the most part, not agreeable to me and actually cause me sleep issues if I eat too many of them (which for me, isn’t a lot).  I thought that as more time went by and the fact that I was eating well, my sleep issues and the cyst in my breast would improve. After all, I had performed many detoxifications, cleanses, and abstinence from unhealthy substances. Surely this should have done the trick; but this was not the case.

This spring, my neighbor mentioned that she thought the key to my remaining health issues was the liver gallbladder cleanse. I knew she was right, but I was also apprehensive.  I worried endlessly about many different things: that it would be too hard to to do, too much trouble, that people would think I was insane, and that I couldn’t get through the no-food part of the cleanse. But I was also desperate to bring my health back up to the level at which I know it needed to be. I didn’t want to end up with breast cancer and become unable to take care of my family.

So I decided it was time to do it.

The cleanse, as described by Andreas Moritz in his book The Liver and Gallbladder Miracle Cleanse, effectively rids your body of substances that “clog up the body’s cleansing organs, creating a toxic environment incapable of maintaining good health”.  And I absolutely agree that these substances cause health issues and unless they are removed, they will continue to cause damage.

Here are the pros and cons of this cleanse: Andreas Moritz is a believer in vegetarian and vegan diets for health, and I don’t agree with this philosophy. I believe fats, and in particular – animal fats – are essential for health, provided they are from a healthy source such as grass-fed, no chemicals, antibiotics, hormones, etc. Since Moritz is a vegetarian, he recommends avoiding animal products in general and on the cleanse for best results.

However, he goes into very detailed explanations about the digestive system and the liver and gallbladder in general and how abuse of these important organs can lead to a variety of degenerative diseases – circulatory, lymphatic, nervous system, complexion, digestive, excretory, reproductive, bone, emotional, and many others. Great detail about how the different organ systems function is given, as well as how all the different disruptors in our health can cause disease – processed foods like refined carbohydrates, sugars, trans fats, poor sleeping schedule, stress, watching television (yes, really), dehydration, use of pharmaceutical drugs, and fluoride poisoning from municipal water systems and even food and beverage products.

The effect that gallstones and liver stones have on health is insidious and far-reaching, and the root causes of these substances developing in the body stem from poor diet and lifestyle choices – and these are all things people have complete and utter control over – even though, admittedly, it does take some effort to avoid many of the things that are blamed for gallbladder, liver, and digestive disease.

The players in the cleanse

Moritz’s book says to avoid animal fats and dairy products six days prior to the cleanse as well as sugar, refined foods, and alcohol. I attempted to avoid as much animal fats and dairy products as I could for the sake of the cleanse process, but still ended up eating a number of meals with those ingredients because I was just plain hungry.

The only reason I would recommend avoiding animal products during this preparation is because it helps to prepare your liver, gallbladder, and digestive system to be in purging mode – which is the ultimate purpose of this protocol – not because animal products are unhealthy to consume. The harder your digestive tract has to work on digesting foods, the less capable it will be of flushing out the unwanted substances; and it does take more effort to digest meat and meat products.

If you undertake this cleanse, I would recommend simply cutting back on some meat and dairy consumption as you are able. But don’t do it if it makes you feel ill or weak. Something that got me through my meals without meat and dairy is a supplement I bought from my employer who works with cancer patients who are on very serious cleansing and detoxification protocols – MAP – Master Amino Profile from International Nutrition Research Center, Inc. This is an outstanding product, and I took 5 of these on the actual day of the cleanse. I took MAP away from meals and either alone or with a piece of fruit for maximum effectiveness. I absolutely do not recommend using MAP as a replacement for food, and especially when you are not cleansing. I would only ever use it when you must do without protein and fats during detoxification.

Apple juice or malic acid You are also required to drink 32 ounces of apple juice daily (in addition to your normal 64 ounces or so of water) because apple juice contains malic acid which helps to soften the stones in the gallbladder and liver. If you cannot tolerate apple juice, you can purchase a container of powdered malic acid (used by wineries) and add it to your water daily (sources for this substance are noted in the back of the book).

Colonics It is also a good idea to have a colonic the day before you begin the actual cleanse from a qualified colon hydrotherapist. The colonic helps to clear out any debris from your colon so that stones are able to pass without incident. Having another colonic on the third day after the first day of your cleanse is also important to clear out any remaining loose stones that can get trapped and cause problems.

Eliminating fats on the day of the cleanse On the beginning day of the cleanse (day 6), you must omit all fats and animal proteins from your diet. It seems drastic, but it’s only for one day. This is to assist the liver and gallbladder in being able to put all its activity on purging of stones from the body. For breakfast you can eat oatmeal and some fruit.

Lunch should consist of vegetables, rice, and some salt for flavor. It is especially important not to cheat on this part as it can cause you to feel ill and negate the maximum benefit of the cleanse. You should not use any other spices, seasonings, or substances in your food. From 1:30 to 2 p.m. you should have no other food for the entire day.

Epsom salts At 6:00 p.m. you intake one of four servings of epsom salts in water (six ounces of water). You can mix the epsom salts – 4 tablespoons – ahead of time in 24 ounces of water for the four servings. The epsom salts act as both a laxative and to widen the bile ducts for ease of passage of stones through the body.  At 8:00 p.m. you intake your second serving of epsom salts. Epsom salts do not taste salty, rather they possess more of a bitter flavor with a curious sweet aftertaste. It’s not intolerable, but not delicious. Fortunately, it’s only 6 ounces (3/4 of a cup of 8 ounces of liquid). I drank mine through a straw to get it down quickly.

Enemas At about 9:30 p.m. if you have not yet had a bowel movement or have not had a colonic in the last 24 hours, you should do a water enema. Enemas are easy to do and are very beneficial to the colon and digestive tract. I actually used a coffee enema for my first round (I did two of these during my cleanse).

For optimal results, the best quality coffee to use is Wilson’s. The caffeine in organic coffee helps to trigger the liver to dump toxins and stones. This method is used widely by practitioners and health care professionals on cancer patients to assist the body in removal of toxic and harmful material that contributes to disease. If it’s good for cancer patients, you can bet it’s great for those of us trying to avoid cancer and other disease.

Organic, extra virgin olive oil This oil is one of the main components of the cleanse and is mixed together with citrus fruits, freshly squeezed, just before bed for the night. I used a sweet and mild variety of olive oil for taste purposes, and the mixture I made was absolutely delicious. Some olive oils are more pungent in flavor, especially when eaten or tasted alone. But it may not matter when it’s all mixed together with the juice. You will take this oil with a juice mixture (see grapefruits, lemons, and orange juice below) at around 10:00 p.m. directly before going to bed.

Grapefruits or lemons and oranges for juicing I juiced lemons and oranges (with a hand juicer) as I thought the taste would be better with these as opposed to grapefruits. I used about 4 oranges and 2 lemons. The book describes the concoction as being difficult for some people to get down all at once. I found the lemon/orange combination with the olive oil really tasty. It depends on what type of fruits you like and use, and the olive oil as well.  Your total liquid volume for intake with the oil and juice is about 10 ounces. I drank mine through a straw to make it easier to drink quickly.

Time to rest It’s absolutely imperative that you give yourself time to rest and relax during this process. Our natural inclination in a first-world society is to load up on activities and task ourselves with obligations. But one of the things that contributes to disease along with environmental exposure to toxins, poor lifestyle, and eating habits is constant and unending stress. During the cleanse, you should plan to be home and free yourself of obligations to conserve energy and provide your body with all the necessary faculties to focus on the purpose of the cleanse.

Infrared light sauna This is an optional detoxification activity, but I highly recommend it. My colon hydrotherapist offers an infrared sauna service at her office, and it is far superior to steam saunas because it encourages purging of internal toxins without the danger of breathing in dangerous chlorine and other chemical fumes of steam saunas.

Dr. Lawrence Wilson, well-known medical doctor who treats patients with cancer and other degenerative disease, believes that infrared light saunas are “the finest single modality for toxic metal removal”:

“In essence, sauna therapy helps rejuvenate the skin, the largest eliminative organ in the body.  It helps decongest the internal organs by shunting blood to the body surface.  It helps to spare and protect the kidneys, as most all toxins eliminated by the kidneys can be eliminated in the sweat.

Heating the body assists it to kill pathogenic microorganisms, and helps destroy weaker, toxic metal-laden cells.  Saunas also drastically increase circulation, assisting to dislodge stored toxins and assisting nutrients to reach all the cells to improve energy output.

The sauna is also a powerful inhibitor of the sympathetic nervous system.  According to Guyton’s Textbook of Medical Physiology, when heat is supplied from outside, normal heat production, a sympathetic activity, shuts down.  Also, shunting blood to the body surface to remove heat requires and causes inhibition of the sympathetic system.

Infrared energy supplied by far infrared and infrared light saunas adds other benefits such as deep tissue heating, decoupling of toxins from water molecules, production of heat shock proteins that help regenerate cellular structures, and more.  Saunas also have a long history of safety that extends over literally thousands of years.”

As added benefits, they are also the best methods I have found to remove toxic chemicals, another serious health hazard.  They are also powerful infection-fighters, and able to dig out old chronic infections that deplete one’s energy and secrete biological toxins that are hidden causes of systemic disease.”

Our skin is the largest organ on our bodies, and it is the means by which many of our toxins are excreted. I believe that sweating, which we do when we are exercising, is the actual thing that causes weight loss, not the exercise itself. When we store toxins in our bodies, they cause weight gain and myriad health problems. It’s only through shedding of these toxins that we can realize health improvement.

A side benefit of elimination of toxins is weight loss, lymphatic drainage, and general cleansing. No one should ever undertake a detoxification protocol with a primary goal to lose weight. The goal should always be focused on regaining health and as a result of losing those toxins, the weight comes off naturally. During a major cleanse such as this, a sauna is simply one of the most effective and safe methods of providing your body with more support and boost for total detoxification. Talk with your health practitioner about whether an infrared sauna would be useful for your individual needs.

My results

Many times along the way during the preparation of 6 days before the cleanse, I told myself if I couldn’t do it, it wasn’t the end of the world. If things got too difficult, I would just bail. But I kept going anyway, despite my doubt because I had various people pushing me along and telling me my results would be great and to keep focus on that ideal. And they were right. During the cleanse, the only discomfort I experienced was that I was hungry, but I never felt sick, nauseated, light-headed, or otherwise ill. I felt some abdominal movement and gurgling when the stones and fluid was moving though my body. But otherwise I had a good night of sleep directly after I started the cleanse.

It has been several days since I started eating again and I feel fantastic. I was tired and fatigued the first day or so, but it was nothing nothing that sleep and good food didn’t cure, and it’s definitely not the worst or most unpleasant tired I’ve ever felt in my life.

The most exciting part about this process though, is that so far I have passed probably over 100 stones, and I have felt no pain whatsoever. The natural substances you intake during the preparation and during period cause the stones to soften which enables them to pass painlessly.

Although I felt fatigued, I cannot describe the wonderful feeling of well-being I have. I am glad to report that my two problems – the cyst and my sleep issues have improved noticeably over the last two weeks since I started my cleansing.  I’m also taking a food supplement as recommended by my employer – a nutritional consultant – for breast health called Breast Protect Option. This product is highly concentrated in red wine extract, medium chain triglycerides, and calcium.

The book says you will have varying degrees of results depending on your individual body and how closely you follow the recommendations. Some people go back to feeling tired or sick (if they were in the first place) some days or weeks after the cleanse.  This is usually an indication that you have more stones which have moved forward and need to come out. As long as those stones remain, you’ll continue to have one or more types of chronic health problems. It may be mild or noticeable, but nevertheless you will benefit greatly from continuing to perform cleanses until you see no more stones.

I have personally felt great since completing the cleanse, have continued to see stones come out and other material that my colon hydrotherapist tells me is definitely mucoid plaque from the intestines (a by-product of toxins and residue from processed foods that were not passed through the excretory system and remain in the digestive tract). All of these things are unwanted substances that were in my body for years and are finally gone. I’m looking forward to great improvements with each successive cleanse I will perform in the future. Although I am unsure just how many that number will be, I am willing to commit to a schedule of cleansing over the next year and more to achieve the results I’m seeking.

What’s in it for you?

Cleansing can only improve your health. Digestion is essential to health, and beneficial gut flora which is also crucial to immune system function and overall health, can also be compromised when we eat processed foods and live an unhealthy lifestyle. When we eat foods that don’t contain nutrients and lack the qualities which cause our bodies to allow the production of good bacteria, our immune systems suffer as well as our digestion. Eating a healthy diet to include real, whole foods is important – and that includes foods rich in probiotics (friendly bacteria) to populate your digestive tract with the necessary, diverse colonies to support health.

The liver and gallbladder cleanse is important because if your gallbladder and liver are full of stones – and statistics show that upon autopsy, most people (over 80 percent) do have them in their organs – your digestive system is not functioning properly and you cannot properly absorb nutrients from the food you are eating. So even if you are eating healthy but previously had an unhealthy diet, your digestive tract can be damaged from poor diet to the extent that you are not gaining the maximum nutritional benefit from the foods you eat now. If you are not gaining maximum nutritional benefit, other facets of your health can suffer as well.

Individual results will vary, but some people pass thousands of stones during one cleanse. Initially I wasn’t sure whether what I was seeing was stones or not, but the book says stones vary in size between rice-sized to pea-sized, to as large as grapes or some small rocks. They can be whitish to tan or yellow to pea green in color. The lighter the color, the shorter span of time they have remained in your body. I’ve definitely seen some larger, pea green stones as well as the smaller variety.

Once you have started cleansing, it is important to keep performing more cleanses every few weeks to a couple of months until you have two consecutive sessions that bring no more stones. If you perform a cleansing session and then don’t continue, you can risk more health issues due to stones that become lodged or displaced from movement of the stones during the cleanse.

Stones that are in the back and middle of the liver will move forward once those in the front move out, and will remain there until additional cleanses are performed. As with many natural treatments, this procedure is not a quick fix or cure-all, it should be followed carefully and faithfully until you see no more stones.

In addition, if you perform these cleanses but continue to maintain a poor lifestyle and diet, you will not reap the benefits of this protocol. Adherence to a healthy diet is critical to the success of these cleanses and your improved health in the future. Once you have done all necessary cleanses to completely eliminate stones, it is a good idea to repeat this cleanse again once or twice a year.

Maintaining a healthy diet that includes plenty of healthy fats, proteins, and carbohydrates is critical to the success of your health and to keep from generating stones and mucoid plaque in your digestive tract.

Organic and sustainable foods are important, but if you are on a budget it’s best to try to get all your animal products and fats as from the most clean source as possible (such as sustainable-raised or grass-fed) and perhaps compromise by purchasing conventional fruits and vegetables. Fats are stored in our cells and are the most nutrient-dense foods that provide our bodies with the maximum amount of energy any food can deliver. That’s why eating those foods from the right sources is so important.

If  you have eaten poorly a majority of your life, you may need a boost for a period of time to get your body back to where you need to be with high-quality, whole food-sourced supplements. I can attest to this, because for several years I have used whole, traditional foods and high quality supplements sourced from real food. It has made a tremendous difference in the health of my family and myself.

Remember that as long as stones remain in your digestive and eliminatory organs, the food you eat will only go so far towards nourishing your body. Toxins, stones, and poor gut flora are all inhibitors to absorbing the nutrition from healthy foods you consume.

Here are some general ways to rebuild your digestion function and health, whether you are cleansing or not:

  1. Avoid processed foods and sugar, white flour products, and refined carbohydrates.
  2. Find a good probiotic and eat naturally fermented foods like yogurt or kefir from whole, raw milk, sauerkraut, kimchee, and other cultured vegetables.
  3. Eat whole foods, organic foods, and unprocessed foods.
  4. Make rest, stress relief, and moderate, enjoyable exercise a priority. Rest helps your body replenish itself and exercise enables muscles and joints to become strong. Exercise should be viewed not as a mechanism for weight loss but as a tool to get your lymphatic and circulatory systems moving as another method of removing toxins from your body, which will naturally encourage weight to stay at normal levels.
  5. Eliminate plastics, pesticides, chemicals, harsh cleaners and detergents, and other toxins from your environment. Discard dangerous cleaners and personal care products from your home and opt for home-made cleaners or natural brands that are good to you and the environment.

Want more information on gallbladder, digestive, and appendix issues?

Gallbladder disease and the standard American Diet – my personal account

Testimonies of people who have achieved healing and health through real food:

Guest Post: Kathryne Pirtle

Real People, Real Food: Two interviews

This post is part of Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesdays Carnival. Please visit her site and read the other great real food posts there.

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How Cleansing Positively Affects Your Health

Although our modern world offers a wealth of various technologies and conveniences which promise to make our lives easier, we are paying a heavy price due to the toxins and chemicals we are now exposed to that previous generations were not. We are the first generation of humans (since the 1940′s) to have exposure to such an overwhelming amount of synthetic chemicals in our environment. Pesticides, herbicides, colorants, preservatives, dyes, pharmaceuticals, heavy metals, pollution, fillers, processed foods, and disinfectants are just a handful of substances our bodies are exposed to each day.

Filtering systems such as the liver, kidneys, skin, and lymphatic systems become overworked after years of exposure and cannot keep up with the load being placed on our bodies. These toxins are re-circulated back into the bloodstream, causing them to be stored as fat in our bodies.

The water we drink, the air we breathe, the food we eat, products we use, and the soil we grow our food in all contain deadly, poisonous toxins that adversely affect our health. Many things you do and use each day include using, eating, or being exposed to some unnatural substance. It occurs in practically everything we do – the homes we live in, the cars we drive, the clothes we wear, the way we prepare food, chemicals we use for our lawns and how we clean our homes and places of business, and even just walking down the street in our own neighborhoods.

Although elimination of all contamination is impossible, the minimization to exposure of certain toxins really can mean the difference between developing specific diseases and conditions (such as cancer, Diabetes, or heart disease) and health. This article will deal with the importance of cleansing and describes ways to accomplish the various cleanses.

Before you get started

You may have heard the term “cleanse” and wondered what exactly that means. There are a variety of cleanses a person can and should do to remove toxins, impurities, and chemicals that directly affect your health in adverse ways. Some cleanses you can make at home with ingredients out of your own cupboard, while others can be purchased as a supplementation to your diet at a health food store.

A discussion of cleansing should always include a focus on eating a healthy diet replete with traditional, whole, organic foods. Just like elements in your environment, the foods you eat greatly contribute to your toxic load. If you continually eat industrial, processed foods that are produced with chemicals and in unnatural ways, your body will have more and more trouble filtering out undesirable components from your diet.

Over time your body will become polluted to the point that it can no longer do its job of removing those toxins from your body. Toxins will get stored (such as in your fat cells) because they are unrecognizable by your digestive tract – the main filtering system you have for foods and beverages you consume.

So whether you are cleansing or not, you should be eating healthy foods which include grass-fed meats and poultry from animals on pasture, real dairy products from animals on pasture, organic fruits, vegetables, whole, sprouted grains/brown rice, raw nuts, legumes, and real oils like extra virgin coconut and olive oil, and palm oil.

An overview of cleansing and detoxification

Although many cleansing products are available on the market, it is advisable to seek counsel of a licensed naturopathic or comparable healthcare practitioner. Some allopathic (traditional medical doctors) will conduct cleansing with patients, although the tendency is to use pharmaceutical drugs to treat those issues. And still, many other medical doctors deny the usefulness of cleansing activities. A good naturopathic practitioner will devise a course of treatment that involves using the body’s natural abilities to heal itself via natural treatments and lifestyle changes. This process can be expensive, but when you consider how much you might spend on trips to the doctor, prescription medications, and hospital expenses due to disease and illnesses, it is well worth the investment in your health.

The purpose of using supplements for detoxification is due to the amount of toxin load in the body – which for the average person is a great amount. The right supplementation and guidance from an experienced health care practitioner will not only save you money but will maximize your efforts in performing any cleanse.

Toxins and what they do to your body

When the body becomes overloaded with toxins, many negative effects occur. Sicknesses, diseases, and allergies have a much stronger ability to invade the body and take over. Recovery time from any of these problems is greatly increased and the body’s immune system becomes compromised. Have you ever wondered why people who contract colds, influenza, and other illnesses are unable to recover within in a few days? The common cold is not what it used to be, and it is now customary to hear reports of people exhibiting symptoms for weeks and months during cold and flu season.

Levels of toxicity in our world are higher than ever in history, which is one reason our world is becoming more and more riddled with illnesses from which people are slow to recuperate. Another reason people have trouble getting over influenza and colds is because of the over-use of antibiotics, which has caused a resistance by bacteria to the medications doctors prescribe. Antibiotics kill all bacteria – including the necessary, friendly flora in your immune system – the bulk of which resides in your digestive tract. As a result, bacteria and viruses are mutating at alarming rates.

Even if you take antibiotics to combat one of these strains, you may become ill again if your body has not had a chance to adequately recover and/or you become re-exposed to the bacteria or virus that has mutated against the drug which you took that is now ineffective. The use of drugs actually causes new toxins to appear and destroys beneficial bacteria, giving toxin overload a leg-up in biological environments like the human body.

Why cleansing?

Cleansing is useful because it aids in ridding the body of toxins that impair optimal health. It is an important key to overall health and wellness and is solid prevention against many diseases and illnesses. It is critical to note that completing cleanses on their own and without significant lifestyle changes and maintenance will negate the power of cleansing in the first place. Making lifestyle changes can be difficult, but they are a necessary component to total health change.

Many things we do on a daily basis and because of habits or rituals of society may make it seemingly impossible to affect these changes in your own life. By viewing it as being in the best interest of health and ultimately your body, the decision might be easier than you think. If you have suffered from chronic or life-long health problems as a result of poor diet, use of prescription medications and/or antibiotics and over-the-counter medications, lack of exercise, overloads of stress and toxins on your body (as many have experienced), cleansing is an excellent way to restore your health to optimal levels and keep it there.

Cleanses can assist with improvement and/or elimination of the following health conditions:

  • Headaches
  • Bad Breath or body odor
  • Skin disorders
  • Candida overgrowth
  • Depression
  • Mental dullness or poor memory
  • Stomach bloat or gas
  • Poor digestion
  • Weight gain or unnecessary weight loss
  • Constipation
  • Premature aging
  • Illnesses & degenerative disease

After cleansing is complete, continuance of lifestyle changes is crucial to support the important work done in your body. If you are already participating in some healthy lifestyle choices, integrating others into daily activities will be that much easier.

Lifestyle changes for better health

  • Adopt a way of life and mindset that allows for less stress in your overall life. Support this frame of mind through a variety of activities such as any type of moderate exercise you enjoy accompanied by some other method such as yoga, martial arts, pilates, chiropractic care, acupuncture or acupressure, reflexology, meditation, or massage.
  • Drink 8 to 10 glasses of purified water daily (purified mineral water is a plus).
  • If you are a smoker, consider quitting or cutting back. If you are not a smoker, but spend a good deal of time around those who do smoke, consider changing your activity to include less time around environments where you will be exposed to cigarette or pipe smoke.
  • If you are taking them, educate yourself on the effects of pharmaceutical drugs and pharmaceutical grade (synthetic) vitamins on your body. An internet search or a trip to your local library or book store are good places to start. Also, talk to a natural health care practitioner about how you might be able to replace these substances with a natural alternative or stop taking them altogether. For information on the problems of pharmaceutical drugs, visit the Organic Consumers Association web site. Here is their article on the use of synthetically produced vitamins.
  • Stop using recreational and illegal drugs. Cut back on alcohol consumption or stop completely.
  • Obtain plenty of rest (at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night). A schedule that includes staying past 10 p.m. on a regular basis can spell trouble for your body. If you have trouble sleeping, consider the following:

Do not drink any caffeinated drinks after 4 p.m. Reduce your overall intake of caffeine drinks in general as over-consumption can contribute to many health conditions. Drink calming, caffeine-free herbal teas late in the day and before bedtime to promote sleep such as teas containing valerian root, spearmint, passionflower, raspberry leaf, and chamomile.

Avoid engaging in activities before bedtime that might cause your body or mind stress such as playing video games, listening to loud music, watching tense, violent, or disturbing movies or television shows.

Do not consume large amounts of carbohydrates (especially refined) without some protein before retiring at night. Too many carbohydrates can aggravate the adrenal system and can overload them and cause sleeplessness.

  • Dietary suggestions: fresh organic fruits and vegetables, fresh or frozen wild-caught fish, pasture-raised/organic chicken, turkey, lamb, and beef, game meats, pasture-raised organic eggs, organ meats, whole sprouted grains such as millet, buckwheat, amaranth, quinoa, spelt, teff, and brown rice, pasta in limited quantities made from those grains, essential fatty acids: flax oil, fish oil, borage oil, blackcurrant seed oil, organic butter and cream, almond butter, and raw seeds. Store all oils in the refrigerator and use them up within two weeks to avoid rancidity.
  • Minimize exposure to toxins. Some examples include eliminating pesticides and herbicides, processed foods, cleaning, personal care, and other products containing contaminants, additives, preservatives, and chemicals that are harmful to your body and the environment. In your own home, you would be surprised to discover just how many items belong to that list – laundry detergent, soap, bathroom and kitchen cleaners, shampoos, bug sprays, lotion, shaving cream, dishwashing liquid or detergent, food in your cupboard, freezer, or refrigerator, furniture polish, facial cremes, mosquito repellent, baby wipes, and toilet paper. Clean up your stock of products that are harmful by throwing out those items and purchasing healthier alternatives online or from your local natural foods or health store. Read labels carefully to make certain you not replacing one problem item with another. If you pronounce the name of an ingredient or if it sounds like a chemical, you probably don’t want to use that product. Visit Healthy Communications to see a list of hazardous ingredients in personal care and cleaning products.
  • Recycle and find alternatives to plastic or petroleum-based items with glass, corning ware, ceramic, metal, or wood (such as anything used for storing/eating food, such as storage containers and utensils). Use caution with paper as some of these products contain chemicals as well. The use of plastic has actually been linked to cancer and other illnesses. Many plastics are petroleum-based substances. Their contents actually leach into food and beverages when containing them, particularly if plastic is subjected to extreme temperatures like heat – or even freezing. Avoid the use of styrofoam for food storage for the same reason. In wider communities, much controversy exists over whether plastics are actually dangerous to use. The plastic industry currently takes the position that this claim is untrue, but using caution when considering substances to use when storing food is more than wise. Plastics contain an endocrine-disrupting chemicals that can cause a variety of health problems. Most notably, xenoestrogens, which are abundant in plastics, contribute greatly to cancer and other diseases. Containers such as glass and corning ware are inert and do not transfer particles into food. For more information on plastics, visit Mindfully.org.
  • Don’t use a microwave to heat food. Microwaving changes the molecular structure of food and will render its nutritional state unhealthy. Plan for a few extra minutes for heating up food and use your oven, stove, crock pot, or toaster oven instead.
  • Use vinegar mixed with water for cleaning nearly anything in your home or office. Hydrogen peroxide with water is also very effective for glass and plastic water containers. You can keep mixtures of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide each mixed with water on hand for easy cleaning. An appropriate proportion of cleanser to water is 50/50 solution of hydrogen peroxide to water and about a 1/4 cup of vinegar to every twelve ounces.
  • Find a good healthcare practitioner to support your decisions and changes – someone who will help determine what direction to take in achieving your health goals.

Before undertaking a cleansing program, obtaining guidance from a knowledgeable practitioner is important. Optimal results will occur from seeking professional advise because ultimately it will save time, money, and unnecessary mistakes. Self-misdiagnosing can easily occur and an experienced practitioner can tailor the cleansing process to your body with appropriate products that will best fill your particular needs. Practitioners can conduct various evaluations such as muscle testing to determine which elements and combinations are right for you.

Prior to starting the cleansing process, you should be having daily bowel movements. If you are not having daily bowel movements, toxins will continue to re-circulate in your body during and after a cleanse. Another condition which predicates putting off cleansing is pregnancy. A visit to a knowledgeable practitioner will provide necessary advise regarding contraindications and adjustments to be made that are particular to your condition – for example: the state of your digestive health, which is one of the most essential functions of the human body and upon which most health conditions are contingent.

When completing a cleanses for the first time, a “first” or gentle complete body cleanse is normally appropriate. This process will effectively accustom your body to the cleansing process. If done too precipitously, cleansing can cause some side-effects that can be uncomfortable or unpleasant. A good first cleanse will effectively begin the cleaning out of all your body’s elimination systems: liver, lungs, lymphatic system, kidneys, skin, blood, and bowel.

One reputable product, called First Cleanse by Renew Life is a good first cleanse. Ask your practitioner about this product. It is gentle enough to minimize noticeable effects and prepares your body for deeper cleansing once the first is completed. This cleanse does not require fasting or any other unusual activity. There is also another general cleanse you can make in your own home called the “Master Cleanse” – recommended by many healthcare practitioners. This cleanse contains only purified water, lemon juice, pure maple syrup, and cayenne pepper. For more information about making and using this cleanse, visit Falcon Blanco or The Raw Food site.

Candida cleanse

Candida albicans is a normal yeast residing within the body (found in the intestinal tract and vagina), kept in check by a healthily functioning immune system and beneficial bacteria. When this balance is disturbed (from eating an unhealthy diet full of refined carbohydrates and/or taking antibiotics, birth control or other medications), yeast is allowed to multiply out of control and can be responsible for contributing to an array of health disorders such as gastrointestinal issues such as IBS and Leaky Gut Syndrome, heart disease, Diabetes, and many others.

Excess yeast and other unwanted particles penetrate the intestinal wall and are absorbed instead of passing through – infiltrating the body. This process leads to the immune system overworking itself and causes allergic reactions to the Candida as well as other substances. Reactions range in severity and frequency, depending on the condition and include but are not limited to: fatigue, headache, mood swings, digestive issues, depression, sinus congestion and infections, infertility, poor memory and concentration, and carbohydrate cravings.

Different philosophies and schedules exist for treating candida overgrowth, and it will depend largely on the supplementation you are taking, your individual symptoms and health condition, and methods used by your health care practitioner. Some individuals respond favorably to a two-week regimen of candida supplementation while others have a more serious, systemic problem and must perform the schedule up to or beyond several months. Diligence with diet and administration of regular supplementation is critical to achieve maximum results. One way to determine whether you have a candida overgrowth problem is to perform a simple saliva test at home.

An outstanding product I recommend for candida cleansing is Candidase by Enzymedica. Since most people in Western countries have a candida problem, a candida cleanse can never adversely affect your health. Whenever completing a candida cleanse, you should always be concurrently taking a good digestive enzyme. Digest Gold, also by Enzymedica, comes highly recommended by many people (including practitioners) I’ve talked to. A typical diet to follow with a candida cleanse would be to eliminate all dairy, wheat, fruit, and any foods containing fungus or bacteria such as mushrooms, peanuts, peanut butter, soy, alcohol, and sugar and refined sugar and processed foods. Yeast grows on sugar, so anything you eat that contains sugar will keep the yeast from being removed from your body.

Foods to enjoy include organic vegetables, organic meats, fish, eggs, and non-gluten whole sprouted grains eaten sparingly such as buckwheat, oats, millet, quinoa, and rice bran.  Eating butter, cream, olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, and cod liver oil from clean sources on this diet is also beneficial because it provides the body with needed fats during this time period. Continue the diet for at least two weeks. Most people find that they must stay on the program for up to several months due to a systemic spread of candida. Your health care practitioner can monitor your progress and advise as to how long this cleanse should take to complete.

For some ideas about meal preparation during a candida cleanse, visit the following sites:

Goodness Direct and Whole Approach.

For more information on candida albicans, visit these sites: Ann Boroch, Naturopath and Clinical Hypnotherapist, Nutritional Medicine, and Every Diet.

Colon cleanse

An unhealthy colon can cause a bevy of problems that may seem completely unrelated to the issue at hand. Many traditional health practitioners dismiss the usefulness of colonic cleansing. It is in fact, one of the single most important cleanses to be done because the colon is one primary organ in the body whose job is to remove and eliminate toxins. When the colon fails to function at optimal levels, the whole body is compromised and this can lead to disease and illness. Colon cancer is the number one cause of death among men and women in first-world, industrialized countries. One reason for high colon cancer rates is due to all of the processed and artificial foods we consume as a result of what’s available on the mainstream market today (including some organically-labeled foods such as anything processed).

Contrary to mainstream belief, colon hydrotherapy is not used to relieve constipation. It is used to remove impurities and toxins that have permeated the colon which contribute to the overall unhealthful state of the body. It is an ancient therapy that has been used throughout history for relief of health problems.

Another method is colon hydrotherapy. Colon hydrotherapy is a process by which a certified colon hydrotherapist instills water gently into the colon through a tube to remove accumulated fecal matter and toxins that remain in the colon and large intestine after digestion. These toxins adversely affect health in a variety of ways, many of which you may unaware. Elimination of these substances is a great step toward better health and a useful preventative tool to keep disease and illness away. Almost anyone can benefit from a colon cleanse. Contrary to mainstream belief, colon hydrotherapy is not used to relieve constipation. It is used to remove impurities and toxins in the colon. It is an ancient therapy that has been used throughout history for relief of health problems.

Selecting a knowledgeable colon hydrotherapist for your session is important. You can find local practitioners in your area by doing an Internet search or by calling some local chiropractic, naturopathic, or holistic practitioners from the Yellow Pages of your telephone directory who should be able to give you referrals. In some cases, these practitioners have hydrotherapists who have businesses in their same offices or nearby buildings.

Many people will have different opinions about when in the cleansing process to perform a colon cleanse. From research and the advice of a knowledgeable certified nutritional therapist, I have learned that performing a candida cleanse prior to colon cleansing is a good idea because after a candida cleanse, cleaning out residual matter from the intestinal tract left over from the candida cleansing process will help your body return to a state of health.

For more information on the benefits of colon hydrotherapy, please visit the following sites: World Wide Health, Colon Hydrotherapy, and The Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients.

Lymphatic system cleanse

The lymphatic system is a network of tubes that runs throughout the body. The lymph nodes carry a liquid called lymph, whose job is to remove excess liquids from tissues, absorption of fatty acids and subsequent transport of fat, and production of immune cells. The lymphatic system is like a secondary circulatory system. It works in conjunction with white blood cells in lymph nodes to protect the body from being infected by cancer cells, fungi, viruses or bacteria. As a result of performing other cleanses, you will often greatly benefit your lymphatic system – one of the body’s major detoxifying machines. Activities that benefit your lymphatic system include exercise, deep breathing, acupuncture, drinking plenty of unfiltered water, taking a sauna to encourage elimination of toxins, having lymphatic massage, and cleaning up your diet.

Lymphatic cleansing can occur in conjunction with total body cleansing and liver/gallbladder/pancreatic cleansing. Consult with your healthcare practitioner about this process.
For more information on the lymphatic system cleanses, visit these sites:

Lymph Notes, Alive, Healthy Christian Living, and Women to Women, Koyfman Health Center.

Heavy metal cleanse

Toxic chemicals such as cadmium, aluminum, nickel, mercury, and lead are abundant in all of our living environments. When heavy metal poisoning is present, the elimination of secondary suppressors such as yeast and parasites cannot occur. Even the most minute amounts of mercury damages the human and animal bodies on the cellular level.

Mercury is a persistent, bio-accumulative toxin that poses a risk to human health, wildlife and the environment. One indication of mercury toxicity is the lack of response to care in which an individual has symptoms not necessarily indicating a specific disease, but are troubling and have been resistant to healing attempts including medicinal and surgical. Many scenarios occur in the dentist’s office, for example, during a teeth cleaning or filling replacement which play a critical role in the origination or continuance of disease. Confusion frequently arises in the diagnosis of a problem due to the long list of symptoms and conditions that are attributed to heavy metal toxicity. In such cases, metal toxicity should definitely be on the list of culprits.

Heavy metal poisoning has been heavily linked to autism in children. A great deal of controversy exists about the use of vaccinations and their affects on the human body. For additional information about the links of heavy metal poisioning to autism, visit Down to Earth.

It is significant to address heavy metal toxicity with a good cleanse that will not compromise the body’s ability to use vital nutrients. Chlorella is a superior, natural metal-detoxifying supplement and super-food high in nutritional content. It is comprised of whole algae and it is a single-cell plant that comes from fresh water. Its nutrients are bio-chelated which means they are naturally wrapped in essential amino acids allowing your body to absorb them. Many vitamin supplements do not have this advantage because they are synthetically created and are not naturally balanced, and are therefore unrecognizable by your body during the digestion and absorption process.

Another essential heavy metal detox to perform includes clay baths. There are many bath products on the market for heavy metal cleansing. Before doing a heavy metal cleanse, see a knowledgeable practitioner to guide you through this process. To read about metal poisoning and clay baths, visit the Eyton’s Earth site. Here are some other useful heavy metal information sites: Cleanse.net, Nova Detox.

Liver and gallbladder cleanse

Liver and gallbladder cleansing, like many other cleansing processes, have been used since the time of ancient peoples throughout the world. As with many of the other body organs, the liver can become loaded down with toxins and will have a difficult job keeping the body healthy.

As one of the primary detoxifying organs, the liver filters out from the foods and liquids we consume what is not good for our bodies. If the liver becomes overloaded with toxins, the job it performs becomes less and less efficient. What results is poor health that will show up in different ways such as fatigue, weight gain, bloating, digestive issues, fluctuating blood sugar, and many others. Many who have conducted liver cleansing in conjunction with lifestyle changes and other body cleanses report the disappearance of food intolerances/allergies, increased energy/vitality, and overall improved health. Read testimonials here.

Because liver, gallbladder, and pancreatic functions are so closely connected with overall health, seeking professional advise for this type of activity is advised. You can purchase various products on the market, but for your specific health condition and needs, a knowledgeable practitioner can suggest the appropriate course and protocol to take.

For more information on liver cleansing, visit the following sites:

Cure Zone, Healing Daily, and Liver Cleanse.

Parasitic cleanse

Although many people associate parasites with eating or drinking something that is considered “unsanitary”, most people would be surprised to learn that just about everyone has parasites in their bodies which directly contribute to the overall state of their health – including many serious health problems that are improperly handled and misdiagnosed. If a diagnosis of parasites is confirmed by many traditional doctors, the route of cure is normally a dangerous pharmaceutical drug for treatment. Cancer is one of the most commonly connected diseases with parasites. Natural and effective means for treating parasites exist.

Literature regarding parasitic infections reveals some startling discoveries. Kitchen Doctor is a great resource on parasitic infection. The World Health Organization has reported that 3.5 billion people are afflicted with some type of parasitic infection. Not all infected individuals reside in third world countries – many who live in developed parts of the world have any variety of parasitic infections. Some infections are highly contagious and can be transmitted through extremely casual contact with something that has been handled by an infected person.

There are many symptoms experienced by individuals that could be parasitic in nature – IBS, diarrhea, abdominal pain, gas, bloating, malabsorption of nutrients in food, blood sugar fluctuations, sudden food cravings, emaciation or weight gain. Another possible symptom is itching, especially in children – although the absence of itching does not mean there are no parasites. Any of these symptoms can also have other causes, but it is best not to dismiss the parasitic one until research and efforts have been made to eradicate this possibility.

Contracting a parasitic infection is much easier than most people believe. Contaminated water can cause infection. Improperly washed or undercooked food is a common source of infection. Transmission from pets is a very likely way of contracting parasites. Contact with another infected person is also a common route of infection. Travel can create higher risks of infection. If you have ever used antibiotics, this can cause issue since these medications interfere with normal intestinal flora – which tend to control certain types of infection.

Performing a parasitic cleanse before a liver cleanse is most beneficial. Some of the most widely recognized remedies for parasites include fresh cloves (non-irradiated variety), wormwood, and black walnut hulls. For a complete explanation and recipe of this method, visit the Shanti Village website. You should also be taking digestive enzymes to help assist in the removal of parasitic problems. As mentioned above in the candida section, I recommend Digest Gold by Enzymedica. Consult with your practitioner for advise about the best way to complete parasitic cleansing.

For more information on parasitic cleansing, visit the following resource sites: The Life Tree, Cure Zone, and Dr. Hulda Clark Support Site

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