A few days ago I completed the eight day liver / gallbladder flush described below. I’ve done a number of similar liver cleanses over the years. It is always satisfying to see the green pea-like ‘stones’ released by the body at the end of a cleanse and to experience the increased energy that follows. In the past I’ve often taken a herbal intestinal, kidney and parasite cleanse prior to a liver flush. The procedure below is great because for six of the eight days life continues normally apart from some minor adjustments as described and you still get the desired result. The following is a somewhat edited copy of the cleanse given by Marianne Callaghan (Clinical Nutritionist and raw food chef specializing in body detox) on her website at:


imagesIt is the job of the liver to make 2-3 pints of bile a day. The liver is full of tubes that deliver the bile to one large tube, the bile duct. The gallbladder is attached to this as a storage space. Eating fat or protein trigger the gallbladder to squeeze itself empty in order to help digestion. The stored bile starts to travel through the bile duct down to the intestines.

For many people, the biliary tubing is choked with gallstones. There are many varieties of gallstones; most have cholesterol crystals in them. They can be black, red, green or tan colored. There are hundreds, if not thousands of these stones of various sizes that most people have inside.

As the stones grow, the back-pressure on the liver causes it to make less bile that can cause indigestion, nausea, headaches, joint pains and high cholesterol levels, to name a few.

The FLUSH takes a total of 8 days to complete, but only the last 2 days are such that you need to be home (close to the toilet). The first 6 days you live your life normally and eat normally, with the addition of some lemon, grapefruit and/or apple juice.

DAY 1-6.

Start the day by drinking the juice of one lemon together with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and hot/warm water. You could also liquidize the lemon (pith and all) as it contains pectin that will start to soften the stones and will make their passage easier. Also, drink 1 liter of fresh-pressed apple juice per day, for further pectin. If you have Candida or you are allergic to apples, drink one pint of liquidized lemon per day instead of the apples, or take malic acid from health food shops. Eat and drink normally.

DAY 7.

Choose a weekend or do this on your day off, and make sure that you have time to relax the next day too. Take no vitamins or pills that you can do without as they could prevent success.

Eat a no-fat breakfast and lunch such as cooked cereal, fruit, fruit juice, bread and preserves or honey (no butter or milk). This allows the bile to build up. Higher pressure pushes out more stones.

After 2 pm, do not eat or drink at all. Not even water, as it would release some of the bile and your flush will be less successful and you may also feel ill. You can moisten your mouth or suck on an ice-cube.

6 pm

Mix 1 tablespoon of Epsom Salts in 3/4 cup of water or juice. You may like to bite into a slice of lemon afterwards (like with Tequila) in order to overcome the taste. Get the olive oil and the fresh pink grapefruits out to store at room temperature.

8 pm

Drink another cup of Epsom salts. You haven’t eaten since 2 pm, but you won’t feel hungry. Get your bedtime chores done, as timing is critical for success.

9.45 pm

Pour 1/2 a cup of olive oil in a pint jar with a lid. Squeeze the same amount of pink grapefruit (I used our New Zealand Grapefruit) juice into it. (If you have some Black Walnut Tincture at home add a few drops as well, otherwise do not worry about it.) Close the jar tightly and shake hard until watery (only fresh grapefruit juice does this). Prepare two more cups of Epsom salts for the morning and take all drink to the side of the bed.

Now visit the bathroom one more time, but please be ready around 10 pm, otherwise you will get fewer stones out.

10 pm

Drink straight down the olive oil and grapefruit mixture. A little honey is permitted afterwards for the taste if you need it. Drink it all standing up and get it down within 5 minutes.

Lie down immediately! You might fail to get stones out if you don’t. The sooner you lie down the more stones you will get out. Be ready for bed ahead of time. Do not clean up the kitchen.  As soon as the drink is down, walk to your bed and lie down either flat on your back with your head up high on the pillow, or can be on your right side with your knee drawn up. You may also like the comfort of a hot water bottle on your tummy. Visualize what is happening in the liver (stones like marbles are rolling out through the pipes) and keep perfectly still for at least 20 minutes. You may feel a train of stones traveling along the bile ducts like marbles. There is no pain because the bile duct valves are open (thank you Epsom salts!). Go to sleep, you may fail to get stones out if you don’t.

Next morning

Upon awakening take your third cup of Epsom salts. If you have indigestion or nausea wait until it is gone before drinking the Epsom salts. You may go back to bed. Don’t take this potion before 6 am.

2 hours later.

Take your fourth (the last!) cup of Epsom salts, and if you feel like it, go back to bed again.

After 2 more hours you may eat. Start with fruit juice. Half an hour later eat fruit and one more hour later you may eat regular food but keep it light. By supper you should feel recovered.

liver-transplant-needed-or-liver-cleanse-3-1024x768So, how well did you do? Have a look with an (old) colander and a torch to observe the gallstones in the toilet with each bowel movement. Expect diarrhea in the morning. Look for the green stones since this is proof they are genuine gallstones and not food residues. Only bile from the liver is pea green. The bowel movement sinks but the gallstones float because of the cholesterol inside. You will need to total 2000 stones before the liver is clean enough to rid you of allergies or bursitis or upper back pains permanently. The first cleanse may clear these symptoms for a few days, but as the stones from the rear travel forward, they give you the same problems again. You may repeat this flush at four-week intervals. Please never cleanse when you are ill.

Sometimes the bile ducts are full of cholesterol crystals that did not form into round stones. They appear as chaff floating on top of the toilet bowl water. It may be tan colored, harboring millions of tiny white crystals. Cleansing this chaff is just as important as purging stones. It is like clearing sand out of your  garden hose.

Most people feel rejuvenated on all levels. However a few may feel unwell for one or two days afterwards, which means there may be parasites blocking the ducts. In these cases completing a parasite and kidney cleanse program is vital.

CONGRATULATIONS! You have removed your gallstones without surgery!

This procedure contradicts many modern medical viewpoints. Gallstones are thought to be formed in the gallbladder, not the liver. They are thought to be few, not thousands. It is easy to understand why this is thought: by the time you have acute pain attacks some stones are in the gallbladder and are big enough and calcified enough to see on X-ray, and have caused inflammation there. When the gallbladder is removed the acute attacks are gone, but bursitis and other pains and digestive problems remain.

The truth is self-evident. People who have had their gallbladder surgically removed still get plenty of green, bile coated stones when doing a cleanse, and anyone who cares to dissect their stones can see that the concentric circles and crystals of cholesterol match textbook pictures of gallstones exactly.

A few additional notes from my last cleanse completed on August 28th, 2014:

  1. I’ve always found the taste of Epsom salt in water repulsive. This time I put the Epsom salt in fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice with a little water only. The flavour was acceptable, almost tasty.
  2. On the eighth morning after the last Epsom salt drink I carried on with fresh pressed juices (lemon, grapefruit and apple with celery).
  3. Just before eating for the first time in mid-afternoon of the eighth day I had one tablespoon of bentonite clay to help clean out the bowel.
  4. I find it helpful to continue to use dandelion root in my smoothies to support the liver.
  5. Keep in mind that according to Eastern traditions such as Chinese medicine the liver is the organ associated with anger. A liver cleanse will help you to release anger and allow the positive attributes of the liver—kindness and self-expansion, to name but two—to manifest.
  6. I always feel a profound sense of expansion and inspiration after completing a successful liver detox. The challenge then is to find the time to do something with all the ideas which arise. It is a matter of prioritizing and maintaining balance. You don’t have to do it all at once.

For those unable to use grapefruit due to its incompatibility with prescribed medication, lemon can be substituted. You are advised to consult your physician before attempting a detox such as this.

If in doubt about doing the detox, don’t do it. It may not be the right time for you to do so.

You may also wish to investigate my post on dissolving arterial plaque using lemon and garlic:

And my latest post on the liver detox can be found here.

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