Recently a woman named Marty came in to Slim and Detox Body Wraps for a detox body wrap. While talking about natural remedies, Marty shared her discovery of The Liver and Gallbladder Miracle Cleanse by Andreas Moritz. She suffered from pain on her right side; the doctor diagnosed her with gallstones. He told Marty she’d need to have her gallbladder removed. Not wanting to undergo major surgery, she started researching natural remedies for gallstone removal and came across Andreas Moritz’ book. Marty did the cleanse and released hundreds of gallstones and ultimately cured herself. The problems she experienced from gallstones disappeared. Since I am interested in natural remedies and cleansing modalities, I put it on my list of remedies to try.
I bought the book The Liver and Gallbladder Miracle Cleanse in order to understand the how and whys of gallstones and their impact on the liver and my health. I also watched several YouTube videos on the cleanse. I also read dozens of the reviews of The Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush, which is the newer version of the book I’d purchased.
This cleanse is so simple and painless, yet so powerful. I have not been diagnosed with gallstones or gallbladder disease, though in the book there is an entire chapter devoted to the more common signs of gallstones in the liver and gallbladder. Among them are:
- Oily skin in the area of the forehead
- Pimples or hair growth between the eyebrows
- Yellowish skin under the eyes
- Constant redness in the whites of the eyes
- Water-containing bags under the eyes
- Bad breath and frequent burping
- Cracks on the tongue
- Crust formations at the corners of the mouth
- White dots or vertical ridges in the fingernails
- Hardness or callus in the area under the fourth toe
- Clay- or pale-colored feces
- Dry and hard stools
(Please note that the presence of one or some of the symptoms listed above, does not mean you have gallstones or gallbladder disease.)
Preparing for the Cleanse
The actual cleanse takes place over a 24-hour period, not including the six days of preparation described here. I chose a 24-hour period where I would not have demands on me and where I could relax and focus on following the protocol – a Saturday afternoon.
One of the important steps to prepare was to do some colon cleansing in the few days before the actual cleanse. There are several methods for accomplishing this, however, Moritz recommends a colonic. Although I regularly take coffee enemas, I chose to have a colonic on the Tuesday before the cleanse.
Another requirement in preparing for the gallbladder and liver flush is to eat a healthy diet (that excludes meat, dairy and fried foods) for the six days prior to starting the cleanse. In addition, all foods consumed should be warm or room temperature. Consuming cold food and/or beverages “chills” the liver, which can reduce the effectiveness of the cleanse. Overeating should also be avoided since this behavior taxes the liver and gallbladder.
Malic Acid and Apple Juice
The third pre-cleanse preparation is to drink one quart of organic apple juice each day, beginning six days before starting the cleanse. As I started the cleanse on a Saturday, I started drinking apple juice on the prior Monday. The malic acid in the apple juice softens the stones, so there is no discomfort when they pass through the bile ducts. I did find that I was somewhat bloated from drinking all that juice. There is also 104 grams of sugar in a quart of apple juice, which I prefer to avoid. An alternative to apple juice is cranberry juice. Another alternative is to make a solution of water and powdered, food-grade malic acid. Next time I will purchase powdered malic acid and see if it reduces the bloating.
The Liver and Gallbladder Cleanse
On Saturday, I had a plum in the morning, along with a quart of organic apple juice. Alternatively, I could have had oatmeal, but I am not a big breakfast eater, so a piece of fruit worked for me. At mid-day I had brown rice and steamed veggies, as recommended in the book. No protein is allowed the day of the cleanse, including tofu and other vegetarian sources of protein. At 1:30 PM, I began the fast. I did experience a slight headache late on Saturday afternoon, I believe as a result of not eating much on Saturday. Next time I will have oatmeal for breakfast on the day of the cleanse, in order to stave off a headache.
Epsom Salts aka Magnesium Sulfate
I had some Epsom salts on hand, however, there were no instructions for internal use on the bag, so I bought another brand at Sprouts. This bag had instructions for internal use on it, so I presumed they are food-grade Epsom salts. In a clean jar, I mixed 4 tablespoons of Epsom salts with 24 ounces of filtered water and left it on the counter, keeping in mind that cold beverages “chill” the liver.
Part 1 of the Liver and Gallbladder Cleanse
At 6 PM on Saturday, I drank 6 ounces of the Epsom salt water. It’s pretty gnarly tasting, but I drank it like tequila, not wine and it took less than 15 seconds to consume. I drink bentonite clay and wheatgrass juice and am willing to consume less-than-yummy food and drink in the name of optimum health. For me, this mixture falls in that category, but it wasn’t that bad. At 8 PM, I drank another 6 ounces of the Epsom salt water. The book recommends taking a water enema at 9:30 PM if there’s not been a bowel movement by then.
At 10:00 PM, I mixed ½ cup of cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil with 6 ounces of the room temperature lemon and orange juice blend in a jar. As instructed in the book, I went to my bedroom and drank the mixture down in a couple of minutes. Andreas Moritz says that only the elderly and the weak should need more than 5 minutes to drink this. It wasn’t bad at all.
Per the instructions, I lied down in the dark immediately, which is essential for helping to release the gallstones. The idea is to go to bed and sleep. The head should be just a bit higher than the abdomen, which can be achieved with one or two pillows. Moritz writes “Lie perfectly still for at least 20 minutes and try not to speak!” and goes on to say that some people may feel the stones traveling along the bile ducts like marbles. I was seriously hoping to experience this, but I felt nothing. I typically go to bed after 10 PM and could not fall asleep, so after 20 minutes or so I finished watching a movie on my Kindle and went to sleep at 11:45 PM. I did get up and go to the bathroom about 45 minutes after I drank the olive oil and juice. However, there was nothing interesting in the toilet, so I figured my liver and gallbladder were devoid of gallstones. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?
Part 2 of the Liver and Gallbladder Cleanse
I slept extremely soundly, which is not typical for me. In the book, Moritz instructs the reader to arise between 6 AM and 7 AM and drink another six ounces of the Epsom salt solution. I strongly dislike waking to an alarm and prefer to sleep until my body says it’s time to get up. In this case, it was 10:15 AM when I arose. I drank six ounces of the Epsom salt solution and went to the bathroom. Since my colon was fairly empty, all that I voided was clear liquid and gallstones. You can see the pictures of what I eliminated in the morning. The dark looking stones are calcified or pigmented gallstones. The smaller tan pieces that look like grapenuts are cholesterol gallstones. There was absolutely no pain passing these stones. There was an atypical odor in the toilet, which Moritz explains is from all the bile being produced and released.
I felt really well, I’m sure in part because of the solid night’s sleep I had. I made plans to go out to lunch with my husband, though the recommended way to break the fast is first with fruit juice, followed by a couple of pieces of fruit. Just before we left for lunch – around noon – I had my last 6 ounces of Epsom salt solution. I did not feel at all nervous about not being down the hall from the toilet. I was pleased at the results from the cleanse and looked forward to solid food. I voided three more times on Sunday afternoon before 3 PM. All three times there was only liquid and gallstones in the toilet, though not as many as the first time.
After the Cleanse
I am feeling very well after the cleanse. At lunch, I did not eat everything on my plate and brought half my meal home, which is not typical for me. I did not feel lethargic or weak or wanting to rest. However, everyone is different. It’s most important to listen to my body, especially when I ask it to do something it’s not used to doing. I do have elevated cholesterol, which I am addressing with my diet instead of medication. Now that I have begun to cleanse my liver, I am hopeful that my LDL cholesterol will normalize, as many other have reported happening.
On Monday, I went for a colonic with Brigitte at Zen-Qi Holistic Health. This is to ensure that all gallstones have exited the colon.We didn’t see many more gallstones but I released a lot of bile. There was some discomfort from releasing the bile and gas, but Brigitte has been doing colonics for 20 years and knows her stuff. As with the colon cleansing recommended ahead of time, Moritz covers alternative ways to cleanse the colon. Since I have colon hydrotherapy readily available in my area, I am taking advantage of it.
Moritz recommends the liver and gallbladder cleanse approximately once per month until two consecutive cleanses yields no gallstones. I will do another cleanse at the beginning of November and hopefully have pink grapefruit available for juicing. I will also substitute powdered malic acid for the apple juice. Once the liver and gallbladder are cleared of gallstones, Moritz recommends a liver cleanse every six to eight months for maintenance.
Many of the people that come in to Slim and Detox Body Wraps are looking to do some detoxification after falling off a healthy diet and exercise routine. I will be recommending The Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush to people that want to do more to detoxify their body. The liver is the conductor of all of the body’s detoxification systems and organs and as such, it is imperative to keep it clean and running well. Based on the Amazon reviews of Andreas Moritz’ books and my own results, this will be my “go to” liver cleanse.
Causes of Gallstones
As a result of my experience with this liver and gallbladder cleanse, I am inspired to adjust my diet and lifestyle to avoid some of my habits that may contribute to formation of gallstones. Among the most common causes of gallstones are:
- Eating between meals
- Overeating protein
- Eating heavy meals in the evening
- Fluoride poisoning
- Lack of sleep
- Emotional stress
- Watching hours of television
- Pharmacological drugs including hormone replacement therapy, birth control pills, certain antibiotics and cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins)
First, I am very grateful to Marty for sharing her experience with and knowledge of this liver and gallbladder cleanse. Second, I am amazed at my body’s ability to heal itself and my courage to try alternative therapies to improve my health and well being. I am curious to see how many gallstones remain in my body and will be expelled with my next cleanse. Finally – and not least of all – I am grateful to Andreas Moritz for discovering this protocol and writing the books on his liver and gallbladder miracle cleanse. Read some of the nearly 400 reviews on Amazon and decide for yourself if you may benefit from it. Some readers may be happy to know that I flushed my gallstones down the toilet after photographing them. Some people save theirs, however, Moritz explains that since they are organic, they do disintegrate over time.
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The Liver and Gallbladder Miracle Cleanse, An All-Natural At-Home Flush to Purify & Rejuvenate Your Body, Andreas Moritz, 2007, Ulysses Press, Berkeley, CA