Friday, October 8, 2010

My Liver Cleanse Experience

I reviewed the Liver and Gallbladder Cleanse book here, and started a record of my personal cleanses.  It's been fascinating!  I thought I would switch my 'log' onto this post instead of the book review post.  I will continue to update this page as I do the cleanses.

Someone posted this forum site for the cleanse also.  Great resource for problem solving, etc.

Also, this blog post really encouraged me to look up the book and do the cleanse finally.  

So here is my journal of cleanses:

**  6/25/10**

I sort of did the cleanse.  I had done the epsom salt/oil pulling for a month and then drank a quart of apple juice every day for 4 days and then I had to stop as the timing wasn't working out.  However, Monday I decided to just do the cleanse without the apple juice.  I followed the instructions above and actually passed at least 100 very small lime green, covered with a mustard yellow, stones.  It was pretty wild and exciting. :)

GRAPHIC:  I had terrible diarrhea shortly after taking the first epsom salt drink and all the next day.  And all I can say is 'owww!'.  I know it was intentional, but I have never really had diarrhea, so I had no idea how to deal with the 'clean up process'. Sorry, gross, I know.  But, if someone can learn from my mistakes, then it's worth sharing.  So, for next time, I am going to simply take a quick shower after every episode so as not to cause excessive wear and tear on the more sensitive parts with the rough toilet paper.  Did I mention 'owww!'?

-GRAPHIC: See here for pictures of something similar to what I had, only mine were smaller.  

-I have always struggled with low blood sugar, but it had gone away most since changing my diet.  However, being gone over the weekend and not eating great, it was back with a vengeance. So fasting for part of the day was rough.  I was very tired Monday night, as I consumed only water after 1:30pm.  I think that would have been fine if I had been eating better before the cleanse.

-The oil/OJ mix was actually quite good.  I was expecting to gag on it, and I did plug my nose for half of it, but then I found it was actually kind of enjoyable.  I measured 1/2 cup of EVVO into a glass measuring cup and squeezed 2 juicing oranges into it and mixed and chugged. 

-I did not start off with the broth/GAPS like I intended. My husband had lunch duty and he is a wicked chef and I simply could not pass up his pork fajitas. I drank some kefir at 10 and had pork fajitas at 1. :)  Along with some yogurt, kombucha and fermented beets.  :)

-I intend to do this every month until I have 2 months with nothing, and then once a year hopefully.

-None of my stones were calcified or bigger then a piece of corn, and most were closer to the size of an ant.  But I still have to be better off without them.

-I did not do an enema, but I really think it would be wise.  I just need to find the equipment and work up the nerve. 

-Tuesday and Wednesday I felt great, but Thursday afternoon I had one of my knock-out detox spells and was out for an hour and a half, dead to the world (well, to my kids at least-but thankfully we had put in a video, which I just ended up sleeping through).  And today (Friday)  I've been mostly laying down with extreme exhaustion.  At least I've come to realize what is going on and learned not to fight my body, but to rest until it passes.

I WILL GET HEALTHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

** 7/15/10**

I did another cleanse, basically same as the last.  Only this time no toilet paper after I started on the epsom salt, so no pain from that.  I did, however, throw up in the middle of the night once, which did not happen last time.  I was worried that since it was mostly oil, it wouldn't work.  But apparently the oil had done it's job and it worked fine.  The book said throwing up was not unusual and nothing to worry about.  Once I did, I felt fine and went right back to sleep.

This time, I got at least 400 stones out, and some were the size of my thumb.  So I had more, and larger ones, then last time.  Still no enema.  Mostly a money thing.  The kids are $20 and we just don't have them .And I've not figured out a way to substitute something cheaper or free yet.

I'll do another one in August.  It's pretty crazy!!!

** 8/1/10**

I have had back pain in my lower back for close to 10 years now.  My chiropractor has been my saving grace and I'm so thankful for him!  This week I knew I needed an adjustment in a bad way.  But it was weird, because it didn't hurt.  I could just tell that I was twisted and a mess. I wonder if getting the stones out has taken some of the pressure off of my lower back.  I don't know for sure.

** 8/7/10**

I did my 3rd cleanse.  I find the salt water harder to take and I once again threw up in the middle of the night.  4:00 actually.  I slept fine most of the night, before and after.  And I picked a bad time, as I had Sunday School the next morning and that was rough. Note to self, pick a morning when you can stay home and take care of business.  The throwing up is no fun. I might try half as much EVVO next time.  I read that the throwing up is the gall stones pushing the EVVO back into the stomach.  And throwing up isn't supposed to be a problem. Other then being horribly unpleasant.  I think while drinking the salt water and throwing up, that I'm definitely not doing it again.  But then when I get hundreds of stones out, I can't help but assume it's helping me.  Chemo makes you throw up for months, so this is much better then that option!  I think I got about 400 stones out, most teeny, but about 20 of them were about the size of my thumb nail, which is big!  They seem to be more green and less yellow coasted.  Not sure if that is good or bad or indifferent.

** 9/9/10**
I did my 4th cleanse and got no stones.  I can't decide if that is bad or good.  My kids love the whole process and my daughter was very optimistic.  "Maybe you don't have any more stones mommy'.  Yeah, maybe...   There was what looked like a few broken stones, so maybe I am cleaned out.  I still feel so yucky at times though.  I'll try it again next month and see what I get and if I don't get anything, then I'll give it 6 months and do another one.  My diet is really cleaned up, so it's possible that I am cleaned out.  I still have to get my gut in order, but progress is good!
I had a really hard time taking the epsom salt and oil this time.  The epsom salt seems to get harder every time, but this is the first time the oil has bothered me.  I had to juice more oranges then normal, and still couldn't get down the last 1/4 cup of the mixture.  So that could have to do with the lack of stones also.  But I didn't throw up this time either. 

I'm due for another one tomorrow, but it won't work out, so hopefully early next week I'll be able to do it, along with enemas as I finally bought a kit.  I'll post afterward as usual.


I did my 5th cleanse.  The salt water wasn't so hard to take, and neither was the oil/juice. Strange.  I did the enema this time, around 9:00 pm the night I took the oil.  It did really seem to help.  I did not throw up either.  Altogether, it was the easist one so far.  I did get approx 400 stones out, all various sizes and colors.  Some were definitely older.  I'm not sure if they are from way back in the liver ducts, or if they were in my colon since the last one and the enema helped to clear them out.  I did an enema the evening after the cleanse and the following evening. Three total.  And I was surprised that even after more then 24 hours and with nothing coming out for some time, after the last enema, more stones were released.  Hum...
Since doing the cleanse, my back has been better then it has in a long time, and my hormones are strong and my bones don't feel 80.  It could be because of anything.  But hopefully my body is detoxing and healing in general.  It's very exciting and encourages me to keep on.  I will feel only my age again someday!!!


I was finally able to do my 6th cleanse.  The results were so/so.  I was doing so well until I went away for a weekend and ate foods I hadn't eaten in a few years.  It seems to have totally messed me up.  My hormones had been wacked for years and were finally starting to get evened out it seemed this summer.  Now I feel I'm back to square one.  My body won't seem to let go of anything.  I was really hoping this cleanse would reset me, which is what seemed to happen with the last one.  But, no such luck. :(  Usually I notice the oil when it comes out and I still have yet to see much of it.  I'm retaining water and can't eliminate hardly at all.  It's VERY frustrating!  But, the cleanse went ok otherwise.  I got out about 200 stones of various sizes and colors.  I did not throw up, but I was neauses all night, which is odd.  I also did an enema Friday night and Saturday morning, which helped some, but not a lot.  I am praying that the Lord will show me what I need to get back into order.  Oh, I also only consumed broth Friday and Saturday until supper. I was absolutely exhausted and depressed.  It's insane how much my mind is affected by my body.  Crazy!  When I ate, I felt better mentally, but the retention/hormones are still wacked.  

Finally, I did another one. Took me long enough!  When I did the GAPS intro in November, I drank a lot of really salty broth for a few days, and I found I actually passed a few green stones, and a lot of, what I believe was, broken stones.  So I have felt like my liver had a cleanse since, and in a very healthy way. Plus I feel my overall diet is very healing for the liver, not too toxic and full of liver cleansing and liver building materials.  But I had found myself not wanting to eat much meat for a few weeks, and my poop was very light, so I decided it was time for an actual cleanse.  My husband and kids were away, so it was perfect timing.  I did the usual, minus the apple juice.  I got out approx 300 itty bitty stones and quite a bit of the broken ones.  It was really yucky to drink the epsom water and the citrus evvo as usual.  I was nauseous all night, but only slightly and it went away after I had some diarrhea in the morning.  I did a coffee enema the night before, and some enemas the morning of, and one the 2nd morning.  Just to make sure.  But no more stones came out after the first morning.  I will assume that is a good thing.  I really don't currently feel like I should do another one next month, so i will play it by ear/feel and do another one when I think I need it.

* August 29, 2016 Phew. I haven't posted on here in forever. But I do want to keep track of my cleanses, and this is the best place for that, since I already have it started. Today I did the cleanse again and am amazed at how many stones have come out, and how big some of them are! My stooles have been a really light color for 5 days, and I didn't want to make myself as uncomfortable as this cleanse makes me. But I knew that the long-term health problems far outweight the short term discomfort. I pretty much did everything the same as I had in the past. No major nausea or vomiting or terrible diarrhea. And hundreds upon hundreds of stones. I did do a coffee enema around 9:30 last night. 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for posting your cleanse diary. I've been reading the Liver flush book and am hesitant to begin the first cleanse. He suggests repeating every month as you have discussed and I'm wondering if you've found that frequency is not supportable as a mother and wife? I'm worried that the first one will be debilitating and I'll be scared to do the next one. Or, due to whatever purging I begin, I will be forced to do it monthly regardless of inconvenience (which is what he recommends for some very good medical reasons). I am struck by the idea that we don't hesitate to clean our houses routinely, our closets seasonally, our cars and yards and gardens but we have never been counselled (at least by our medical providers) to clean out our toxic or plugged up pathways in our bodies. I'm still wondering about the cost and time commitment and finding a colonic irrigation specialist vs. doing a colema board enema myself. I have done a few water enemas but doubt I did them in a way that would dependably rinse out gall stones that were stuck there. I really appreciate your posts and glad to see the responses of others as well. Too bad that your other blog got hacked by Anonymous and put an end to the valuable comments I was reading. Glad to find you here! How are things going these days? Did you remain on GAPS or reintroduce grains? I follow most of the full GAPS protocol - I am grain free and sugar free, but have not eliminated raw dairy or ever done the Intro. I have had many improvements but am still seeking more and I am absolutely sure I have stones to eliminate based on clues and symptoms he describes in the book. I would love to hear more of your story.