Liver Cleanse (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of my Apple Juice Fast & Liver Cleanse.  Please see Part 1 here:

theherbalninja.com/2012/08/02/my-3-day-apple-juice-fast-part-1/

Let’s continue to Day 4, The Liver Cleanse

Day 4

  • 2 glasses of Trader Joe’s unfiltered, organic apple juice
  • 3 cups of warm water mixed with lemon juice from 1 lemon plus a dash of cayenne
  • 2 glasses of fresh pink grapefruit & fresh lemon juice
  • Vitamin B12 and vitamin B6 + Folic acid combo (1 MicroLingual tablet)
  • Dr. Hulda Clark’s liver cleanse protocol (Epsom salts, extra light tasting olive oil, Black walnut tincture, L-Ornithine powder, and fresh organic pink grapefruit)

Woke up really irritated, impatient, and angry.  I’m not hungry – just pissed.  My husband’s business trip got postponed to next week instead of this week, so he’s been with me this entire time.  My sensitivities are heightened – tastes are stronger; smells are more pungent; my hearing is more acute; I’m feeling very emotionally vulnerable.  My body and mind can put up with a lot.  Equally, they can do without.  I am both a lover and a fighter and right now I feel like being stubborn.  Today I will do an intense liver cleanse.  This is my 4th day fasting.  Honestly, I can’t believe how doable this fast has been.  I almost feel like I need to do a longer fast next time, because the negative feelings are only starting to come out now.  Today will be a day for emotional cleansing, deep breathing, and contemplation.  This fast has proven to be highly beneficial for me.

I will be following Dr. Hulda Clark’s liver cleanse protocol today.  You can find it on the web here:  http://www.drclark.net

Epsom salts are nasty.  I drank my Epsom salt water mixture at 6 PM & 8 PM.  I added 1/4 of a Super Orange Emergen-C packet to each Epsom salt drink to help with the taste.  It didn’t do much but it did help a teeny bit with the aftertaste.  At 9:45 PM I prepared the grapefruit juice/Black walnut/olive oil mixture.  At 10 PM I drank the olive oil mixture with 8 L-Ornithine capsules.  I was so thankful that it didn’t taste bad.  In fact, compared to Epsom salts, it tasted good.  I chased the olive oil concoction down with a few sips of Annie’s Naturals Organic Oil & Vinegar salad dressing.  Dr. Clark’s protocol offered this as an option and although I didn’t need it I did it anyway.  The salad dressing tasted so good!  It made the experience a little more enjoyable.  Because I’ve been having trouble falling asleep this past week I took a few drops of melatonin just to help me fall asleep.  After that I went straight to bed.  I laid down flat on my back and placed my hands over my liver and abdomen.  I kid you not but I actually felt a train of stones traveling through me.  It has got to be the trippiest thing!  I felt them moving for about 20 minutes.

Day 5

Melatonin (even the smallest amount) gives me some intensely emotional dreams and last night was no exception.  I woke up several times throughout the night to check what time it was.  I felt like a kid getting excited for Christmas morning.  At 6 AM I woke up without an alarm (I slept lightly that night).  I felt a little nauseous and the thought of having to drink more Epsom salt water was making it worse.  So I stayed in bed for another 45 minutes.  I got up to use the bathroom and found 2 clumps of tan colored gallstones floating on the water.  They were the size of peas and they were made up of about 15-20 small gallstones all stuck together.  Gross!  And cool!

I forced myself to drink my 3rd Epsom salt water at 7 AM and then again at 9 AM.  I went to the bathroom.  Lo and behold I pooped out the supposed gallstones!  Funny though, because they were bright green in color and looked rather soft and shiny.  They certainly didn’t look like something that had been accumulating in my body over a long period of time.  These things were Ninja Turtle green!  I drove over to my colon hydrotherapist’s office to make it to my 9:30 AM appointment.  Hundreds of ‘gallstones’ flowed out of me during my session after which I felt really fatigued.  I went home to lie down and do some more research about my liver cleanse.

And of course I had to take a picture.

liver cleanse

Something wasn’t right.  As my husband had said, “If it were true then wouldn’t everybody be doing it?”  I dug deeper to find credible articles and testimonials from medical doctors stating that the liver flush/gallbladder flush/liver cleanse was a hoax.  I hadn’t pooped out gallstones – my body had made soap balls!  I was duped and it was my own damn fault.  I took the advice of one colon hydrotherapist and 1 naturopathic doctor.  The extent of my research was researching Dr. Hulda Clark’s website.  Her kidney cleanse, liver cleanse, and parasite cleanse protocols made sense to me so I didn’t question them.  That was my mistake.  I should have done so much more research.  I usually do, but for some reason I hadn’t this time.  This was a very good reminder for me.

Even if I had done a lot more research prior to the liver cleanse I would have still tried it anyway.  There are still some people out there claiming that it helped them.  I have that kind of personality where I like to try a lot of things so that I can speak from personal experience.  Dr. Clark’s liver cleanse isn’t considered extremely risky.  I’m also in good health so my body can handle a lot.  Although, her protocol doesn’t typically produce positive results in young, healthy individuals it has been noted by those same articles that denounced the liver cleanse that there was a possibility, albeit small, that some gallbladder stones could be released and excreted.

At first I was upset because I had believed in something that I thought was true.  Then I got angry at the individuals who are promoting this liver cleanse to anybody and everybody.  That is so irresponsible and gives alternative medicine a bad name.  It’s hard enough working in an industry that is laden with mystics, angels, and fairies.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a lot of the mysticism that can be wrapped around alternative healing, but I am also scientific-minded.  Overall, I am glad I had this experience because there was a lesson that I learned:  Research, research, research!  And look for research from credible sources.  As for the liver cleanse, I would not recommend it to most people based on the fact that one does not release gallstones – your body actually takes the olive oil, grapefruit/lemon juice, and mixes it with some of your digestive juices to make soap.  Squirt some bile on there and you’ve got little green soap balls.

This liver cleanse is still very popular hence the protocols that still exist and are easily available in books and on the web.  I read some stories of people having far less gallstones following a liver cleanse, but that is not enough evidence for me to continue doing this particular cleanse.  The lesson of the day is, “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”