Today my hubby and I are going through a gallbladder/liver flush. It is the first time for him, but I have been through this several times. About 12 years ago I was advised by my doctor that removing my gallbladder would be the course of action to remedy the symptoms that I was going through and my liver was enlarged. The idea of removing organs to remedy a situation wasn’t that appealing to me, so I went looking for alternatives. I had already done kidney and colon cleanses and gone through the process of food elimination diets (successfully) to find out what was causing my weekly migraines. The gallbladder cleanse came to me via my grandfather in a book written by Dr. Hilda Clark.
In the book Dr. Clark talks about the process of clearing the body of non-beneficial parasites, virus, and bacteria, while opening up the elimination channels so the body can process and remove toxins from the system more efficiently. I was having gallbladder attacks with significant enough pain to create high levels of motivation. Fasting from 2pm, drinking epsom salts at 6, 8, and 10pm, and downing a grapefruit & olive oil concoction was down right miserable, not to mention the elimination of the bowels (all night long.) Epsom salts are a highly effective laxative. If you are intrigued by the body and what it does you will be fascinated and rewarded by the process. If you are only after results then hang on for a ride and don’t look down, although I would wager you will.
The liver is part of the immune system. Blood and lymph both get filtered through it to clean out chemicals, metabolic byproduct, heavy metals, viruses, bacteria, microbes, fungi, yeasts, and what it doesn’t clean out the kidneys, skin, lungs, mucosa, or uterus clean out. If the liver and gallbladder are compromised or overworked then either the other channels of elimination take on the excess or the material gets stored- most likely in the fat cells. The liver also: regulates the amounts of glucose, protein, and fat that enter the bloodstream, processes most of the nutrients absorbed by the intestines, stores nutrients such as vitamin A, iron, and other minerals, produces clotting factors, and it produces certain important proteins, such as albumin and cholesterol.
While medium-chain triglycerides are absorbed straight into the blood stream, all other types of fats have to be covered with bile and chopped up by pancreatic enzymes to allow them through the intestinal wall and into the lymph. The lymph system then takes it to the Left Subclavian Vein, dropping them in, to then be distributed throughout the body. One group of fats known as cholesterol play important roles in the body. LDL’s (Low Density Lipoproteins aren’t bad in normal levels) deliver cholesterol to cells, while HDL’s (High Density Lipoproteins) take cholesterol back to the liver. Cholesterol is a waxy fat substance that doesn’t get broken down in the body. Our bodies make cholesterol and we get it through the foods that we eat. It is used to make vitamin D and has other cellular functions. I am going on about cholesterol because it is also used in the liver to wrap up neat packages of toxins, chemicals, and substances the liver needs to remove from the body. The waxy cholesterol doesn’t get broken down, making a safe transport from the liver, through the gallbladder, into the intestines, and out of your bum.
With the high exposure to environmental chemicals, globalized microbes, and excess consumption of food and alcohol- our bodies, especially our livers, are working overtime. The increased processing can create backlogs in the liver and gallbladder. Cellulite, lipomas, gallstones, and cirrhosis are some of the byproducts of compromised function. There are thousands of ducts in the liver that wrap and shuffle these packages to the gallbladder. These flush out with the bile in response to eating food (especially foods with fat content.)
The cleanse capitalizes on this process. The epsom salts have two functions: 1.) they clear the bowel system and create a quick evacuation of the toxins, and 2.) they dilate the liver ducts allowing for more matter to flow through them. The olive oil acts as a trigger, causing the gallbladder to jettison bile and other contents. The grapefruit emulsifies fats/oils. While the L-Ornathine helps to break down uric acid in the blood stream and helps you to sleep. The basic analogy is that you’re causing your liver to sneeze with a high volume of pressure.
Benjamin (B) and Meda (M) Experience Updates:
B: 5:00pm in car: Thinking how much I was happy it was Meda, not me, doing it.
M: 5:00pm in car: Excitedly anticipating the benefits after the cleanse.
B: 6:00pm after realizing participation: How much I would rather eat cheesy gf pizza. Wondering how I would feel during and after the process.
M: 6:00pm after talking B into it: Super excited he is going to go through this process with me. Kind of concerned about his reaction to the explanation of the process.
B: 7:00pm first drink: Meda lied that it doesn’t taste like salt.
M: 7:00pm first drink: It doesn’t taste like salt. It tastes like Magnesium sulfate, and it is awful.
B: 9:00pm second drink: Was even worse, couldn’t understand the physiological experience of getting cold after the fist drink.
M: 9:00pm second drink: Remembering how awful the colonoscopy prep was and telling myself this is better then that.
B: 11:00pm drinking concoction: Just trying to choke it down. Very little thought beyond how horrible it is.
M: 11:00pm drinking concoction: My memory of how awful it tasted was clouded by how happy I was afterwards. It actually tastes better then epsom salts by themselves, it is just the larger volume that tests your metal.
B & M: 11:45pm conversation: B “I’m never f***ing drinking that nasty s**t (Epsom salts) again” M “we’ll see.” B “no, no ‘we’ll see’ I’m not drinking Epsom salts ever again.” M “depends on the results, this isn’t supposed to be fun. It is functional.”
B: 12:00am waiting: I’m shocked there isn’t more movement going on. It’s been an hour since drinking the nasty ass concoction and my stomach only rumbled once.
M: 12:00am waiting: I need to sleep. Feeling pressure in my gallbladder/liver area.
M: 1:00am & 2:00am: Why am I still awake and why isn’t anything happening.
M: 3:00am: Stomach massage and release points. Movement, but no visits to the restroom.
B: 4:30am: Barely conscious, but moved about 100 cholesterol packages and a ton of waxy sludge.
B: 9:00am upon waking: Shocked at how hungover I felt.
M: 9:00am upon waking: Still waiting… a little disappointed. I even drank a liter of organic apple juice to help prep.
B: 11:00am: Annoyed at Meda and at how little had moved in comparison to the large volume of laxatives ingested.
M: 11:00 am: Little spat between Benjamin and Meda (hangry Tlingits.) He points out that the book says a kidney cleanse is recommended first. The book does recommend a kidney cleanse first, my thoughts on that are that the book is designed for newbies to the getting healthy world and we are already on a regimen of better eating and lifestyle. He may be right though, we might need the kidney cleanse then repeat the gallbladder process.
Could the low outcomes be due to our livers being svelte perfection? Well to be honest, No. With the amount of environmental toxins the average person is exposed to in the air, food, hygiene, cleaners, textiles, autos, and other industry uses, it is almost unheard of for a person to come out totally clean. For us the cleanse isn’t in response to excess consumption, it is in response to living in a highly toxic environment for two years. We were exposed to toxic mold, bugs in the well/water system, off grid outhouse, inadequate water/sewer system, inadequate food storage, carcinogens from primary wood heat, dust, beavers neighbored in the river, mouse population around the house that moved in, and chronic HIGH level stress response. We constantly worked to combat or remedy all of the above items, but even that created more intimate exposure to them. We have been in a slow process of detoxing and healing over the fall and winter. The low outcomes just are a clear sign that more needs to be done and we are worse off then first thought. Our goals are to be spry, healthy, and ready to go by spring equinox.
M: 1:30pm Happy update: About 20 Green cholesterol packets. Green means they were sitting in my gallbladder. The largest one was about half a thumbnail.
B: 1:45pm Happy update: Green/black cholesterol packets and a cholesterol sludge.
How can you tell the difference between regular fecal matter and cholesterol sludge? Fat and cholesterol float, while excrement is supposed to sink. If your excrement floats it means you’re not processing fats properly.
Standard Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor. Please see your medical provider before doing anything. There are no guarantees. Your experiences may vary. I am not responsible for your actions and outcomes in any way.
References linked in text:
Dr. Hilda Clark’s Gallbladder/Liver flush: www.drclark.net/cleanses/advanced/liver-cleanse-page/liver-cleanse-recipe
Web MD’s Liver functions: www.webmd.com/hepatitis/tc/what-the-liver-does-topic-overview
Wikipedia’s Left Subclavian Vein: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subclavian_vein
SF Gate’s Are fats directly absorbed into the blood stream?: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/fats-absorbed-directly-bloodstream-12269.html