Liver Detox for Modern Times

According to Dr. Majid Ali, there are three things that destroy our bodies. They are:

  1. Toxic thoughts
  2. Toxic foods
  3. Toxic environments

When it comes to the liver this is especially true, for, like the oil filter in your car, it is the organ whose job it is to emulsify fats and protect us from toxins. Of these three destroyers, toxic thoughts are the greatest determiner of our fate. When our thoughts are toxic, we become self-destructive, doing foolish things that pollute the body. Ignorance is also a huge part of the problem, for when one does not know how to maintain their health; they might unknowingly do foolish things to acerbate the disease state.

Hippocrates, the father of medicine, knew that death begins in the gut. That is because our liver is the organ that detoxifies all the pollutants we put into our bodies. When we drink alcohol or take drugs, our livers always pay the price by having to work harder to get the toxins out. In ancient times, those pollutants were limited in scope compared to what they are today, for humanity is now swimming in a sea of man made pollutants that we can’t even see and, because they are in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat, we can’t avoid them even if we wanted to. Although polluting ourselves was once a choice, it is now a part of our normal life experience.

In addition, if you have taken antibiotics, birth control pills, probiotic-killing pharmaceutical drugs, or chlorine and fluoride in water, you may have committed probiotic genocide, which causes candida overgrowth in the gut. Because probiotics live within an ecological balance with over a thousand other species of bacteria, fungi, and microbes that normally exist in the digestive tract, when the ecology of our gut is altered by probiotic- killing substances, our gut sickens. Once this occurs a phenomena takes place called leaky gut syndrome that allows undigested food proteins to enter the blood stream. This sours the blood, creating a perfect breeding ground for pathogens and other parasites. It also causes proteins to clot. Because antibodies don’t recognize these undigested food proteins, they tag them as invaders and begin to attack them. This is the underlying cause of food sensitivities.

Pollution Harms Oxygen Metabolism

Our cells normally produce waste products, as do all the different fungi and bacteria that normally live inside us. It has been estimated that there are over 100 trillion cells in the human body, and that of those 100 trillion cells, 90 trillion are bacteria. In other words, our bodies are just a big sack that holds bacteria in formation. Billions of years ago when the planet was young, there wasn’t any oxygen on the planet. Then plants learned to split molecules to create oxygen, which was poisonous to the anaerobic bacteria. In time, oxygen-loving bacteria began to win-out over the anaerobic bacteria that hated oxygen. This caused those bacteria to hide out in places where there wasn’t much of the stuff, while the oxygen-loving bacteria took over the planet. Because humans evolved as an oxygen-loving species, we do not do well in oxygen-poor environments. Because of all the unnatural pollutants that we’ve unleashed upon the planet, the oxygen available for people to breathe is now at an all-time low. By killing off our oxygen-loving bacteria with antibiotics and other chemicals like chlorine, fluoride, and pharmaceuticals, those bacteria within us that do not love oxygen have now begun to thrive. Not only do they thrive in our digestive tract, but also in our sour blood.

Unfortunately, pathogens tend to be anaerobic in nature. A pathogen is any substance, including viruses, fungi, or bacteria that causes disease. All of their waste products are toxic to the nerves, which is one of the reasons why so many people are getting MS, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, and Alzheimer’s disease. Since our nerves produce the electrical charge that keeps everything within our bodies functioning, including our liver, to poison the nervous system is to create slow suicide. The upside of this scenario is that these anaerobic pathogens can all be easily killed with oxygen therapy. To learn more about the many forms of oxygen therapy for killing pathogens, see my blog post Oxygen for Health.

Once our gut ecology is disrupted by antibiotics and other pharmaceutical drugs, pathogens begin to grow there. Trans fats in fast food and in many processed and fried foods are greasy substances that are foreign to the body. Therefore, they don’t break down into molecules that can be easily assimilated. Instead, they cause our cell walls to become brittle and less permeable. These fatty substances combine with the toxic waste products coming from both the pathogens that may live in our guts, as well as the man-made chemicals in our medications, polluted food supply, and water. This toxic sludge then lines the digestive tract where it smothers not only the Peyer’s patches, which house 70% of our immune system, but also the receptor sites for hormones, which causes hormonal imbalance, and neurotransmitters, which causes mental illness, that line the digestive tract. All of these toxins make their way to the liver. If you have symptoms of a toxic gut, it will be best to do some colon and digestive tract cleansing several weeks before you start your liver cleanse. To learn how, see my previous blog Health Begins in the Bowel at Seeking Enlightenment.net.

The polluted air we breathe also makes its way to the liver for the liver is enervated by the hepatic artery which comes from the heart. If the blood is polluted with car exhaust or pollutants from chemtrails, the liver must deal with these pollutants as well. The more polluted the blood, the more polluted will be every organ in our bodies, including the liver. Since the liver cleans blood, it is extremely important to keep it clean and in peak condition.

To discover specifically what alcohol does to your liver, watch the following short video:

Sugar is also a major offender to the liver. In fact, fatty liver disease caused by sugar overload is now more common than the problems caused by alcohol. The following video discusses the cause and cure for fatty liver.

Not only is our liver the second largest organ in the body (after the skin) it has an amazing ability to regenerate itself. If part of it is removed it will actually regrow. Because the liver orchestrates over 500 different functions within the body, most of which are related to digestion, metabolism, immunity, hormonal balance, and the storage of nutrients and glucose for later use, a clean, well-functioning liver is essential to good health. In fact, the liver protects our immune system. It also protects the circulating blood and thus all organs.

Besides Detoxification, Some of the Livers Other Functions are:

  • burns fat
  • produces enzymes for digestion
  • breaks down foods into carbohydrates, proteins, and fats to be stored in the form of glucose that, when released, feeds every cell in the body
  • produces bile to aid in digestion and the absorption of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates
  • produces iron and vitamin B12
  • Stores and regulates the circulating blood
  • stores minerals and vitamins to be used when needed
  • stockpiles energy-producing glycogen, that it turns into glucose to feed cells when needed
  •  by inactivating and eliminating hormones through the bile or urine, the liver regulates numerous hormones and maintains appropriate concentration in the circulating blood
  • regulates many body functions which affect emotional and mental activity
  • because the liver produces blood coagulating proteins such as prothrombin, fibrinogen and heparin, it is responsible for preserving the clotting/unclotting mechanism in both the blood and lymph.
  • produces the urea that aids in excreting toxins from the kidneys
  • preserves the acid/alkali balance
  • maintains the oxidant/antioxidant balance
  • maintains oxygen homeostasis
  • removes bacteria
  • neutralizes poisons and environmental toxins
  • neutralizes alcohol and pharmaceutical drugs

The liver does so many things that it is impossible to name them all. Needless to say, when any kind of disease manifests in the body, from acne and heart disease to Parkinson’s disease or cancer, the liver must be cleansed of its toxic load so that it can help the body heal itself. I believe that the concept of healing disease that most people have is erroneous, for disease is never healed by applying an external force to it. Rather, the body is healed when it is returned to its original pristine condition. To do this, one must detoxify it of pollutants to remove the offenders that lead to disease, and then one must make sure that it is fully oxygenated, hydrated, and well-nourished to accomplish the job. According to Dr. Sandra Cabot, author of the Liver Cleansing Diet, the largest offenders to the liver are antibiotics, chemicals, pesticides, sugar, synthetic sweeteners, synthetic hormones, drugs, and alcohol. Therefore, these things must be avoided to the best of our ability if we are to keep our livers, and thus our bodies, functioning well.

A Healed Body

Before one can return the body to its original pristine condition, one must know what that consists of. The most important component is that a healed body has a healed mind that is free of limiting and erroneous beliefs that promote self-destruction.

  1. A healed body is alkaline in nature. Because a poor diet, medications, and pollutants of all kinds are acid forming, the body becomes overly acidic. This situation can only be improved by changing the diet and detoxifying the liver.
  2. A healed body is fully oxygenated. Due to pollution, the destruction of our forests, and chemtrails that spray nano-sized heavy metals, parasites, fungus, bacteria, and methane gas into the atmosphere for the purpose of controlling the weather and destroying our ozone, in many parts of the country the air is neither oxygen-rich or fit to breathe. Without sufficient oxygen no organ in our body functions well.
  3. A healed body is fully hydrated. When we are born infants are 89% water. By the time human’s die elders are less than 50% hydrated, which is one of the reasons why they wrinkle and shrink in stature. Drinking water today is not only highly polluted; the molecular structure of the water is now too large to be absorbed into our cells. Lack of hydration is one of the reasons why the body does not detoxify. To understand why we are all dehydrated check out Dan Nelson website. Dan Nelson is a physicist and water expert.
  4. A healed body is fully nourished. A diet that fully nourishes us is toxin free and filled with antioxidant and sulfur-rich foods that scavenge free radicals. Animal products, if eaten in moderation, must be free from growth hormones and antibiotic residues before they are healthy for human consumption. Many people believe that raw food is best because enzymes and nutrients are lost during the cooking process. However, I believe that some people can’t digest raw food well, so each will have to decide for themselves what works best for them.
  5. A healed body exists within an environment that is free from toxins, including invisible electromagnetic pollutants that subtly alter our DNA and act as an immune system suppressant. See the Pollution Solution post for more information on this topic.
  6. A healed body has both a clean digestive tract that is optimally flourishing with healthy probiotics and a clean liver that is capable of fully detoxifying the body.
  7. A healed body is free of pathogens that cause disease.
  8. A healed body is free from inflammation.

Because we live in a time of overwhelming pollution, humans must now help the liver do its job of detoxification by eating specific foods, beverages, herbs, and nutrients that will keep it in peak condition. We do this in two ways. The first is by eating a diet that is as free of pollution as possible, and that is also highly nourishing. In particular, it must be a diet that will help the liver produce protective enzymes like glutathione that fight free radicals. It must also be a diet that is rich in antioxidants that come from vegetables and fruit.

Symptoms of a toxic, stagnant, diseased, or congested liver are:

  • Emotional instability including mood swings, anxiety, sudden bursts of anger, and depression t is caused by the fact that one does not feel well, sleep well, metabolize food or oxygen well, digest well, eliminate well, and/or regulate hormones well. All of this is related to how well the liver functions.
  • Poor circulation is caused by the inability of the liver to regulate, store, and detoxify blood. Because tiny pollutants create blockages in the capillaries insufficient blood flow than leads to lack of energy and nourishment to our cells.
  • Afternoon fatigue is caused by low thyroid function. A liver that does not thoroughly regulate hormones, oxygenate the body, or nourish it effectively, affects the functioning of every gland in the body
  • Bloating, gas, constipation, and/or irritable bowel syndrome is caused by poor production of bile and other enzymes that produce healthy digestion. This is also caused by candida overgrowth and parasitic infestation that is primarily caused by the overuse of antibiotics that the liver cannot detoxify. See my post Health Begins in the Bowel for further information.
  • According to Chinese medicine, migraine headaches, in which the pain is on one or both sides of the head, are caused by liver and gallbladder problems. The build-up of toxins in the blood can also lead to chronic headaches caused by a sluggish liver  
  • Estrogen dominance is caused by the inability of the liver to remove estrogen. This can lead to PMS, endometriosis, amenorrhea, breast, uterine and ovarian cancers, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and infertility.
  • Brain fog and lack of mental clarity is caused by toxins in the blood that circulate into the brain.
  • Muscle aches, fibromyalgia, and stiffness are caused by toxins in the circulating blood.
  • Bad breath or body odor, gum disease, gingivitis, or sensitive teeth may be caused by the inability of the liver to clear bacterial overgrowth from the body.
  • Easy bruising can be caused by absent or deficient blood-clotting proteins that are all made within the liver.
  • Jaundice, or skin and eyes that take on a yellow color is due to increased bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin is a byproduct of old red blood cells that the liver can’t adequately process. Jaundice can also be caused by liver parasites, as well as liver and gallstones, which reduces the flow of bile, pancreatic cancer, and hepatitis.
  • Cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver, is caused by Hepatitis C (a virus), fatty liver (caused by obesity and a fast food diet), alcohol abuse, blocked bile ducts (caused by liver and gallstones), heart failure (which is rooted in a deranged liver) , and/or other inherited liver diseases. Cirrhosis causes a build-up of fluid in the abdomen as levels of albumin and proteins in the blood are retained. This is called Ascites, which causes the belly to look a few months pregnant.
  • Dark urine is caused by high levels of bilirubin that is excreted through the kidneys.
  • Pale-colored stools are caused by a lack of bile in the stool, which in turn is caused by blocked bile ducts.
  • Constantly itchy skin, psoriasis, eczema, and acne are caused by toxins that exit the body via the skin.
  • Abdominal pain and swelling can be caused by liver cancer, as well as many other conditions, such as gallstones and irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Poor or slow digestion that may include acid reflux, nausea or vomiting may be caused by gallstones and liver stones. The gallbladder stores bile from the liver and releases it during digestion. There are bile ducts in both the liver and gallbladder. When they are blocked, stones form in both the liver and gallbladder that may need to be flushed out.
  • Loss of appetite that results in severe weight loss can be caused by chronic liver disease.
  • Weight gain can be caused by several factors related to the liver. One cause is the inability of the liver to neutralize xenoestrogens, or what are known as fake estrogens which cause weight gain in the belly, buttocks and thighs of women and in the belly and chest of men. To learn more about xenoestrogens, see Ori Hofmekler’s excellent blog.

In addition, since bile digests fats, carbohydrates and protein, when bile ducts are blocked by liver and gallstones, fat metabolism is impaired.

Another factor related to weight gain and the liver has to do with the fact that the liver maintains hormonal balance. When the thyroid gland is out of balance it either becomes underactive or overactive. An underactive thyroid causes the metabolism to slow down. Weight gain is the result. An overactive thyroid produces weight loss because the metabolism is revved up.

The liver also plays a role in getting the thyroid hormones into the cells by  creating the carrier protein that allows absorption to occur. Without this protein, there can be plenty of thyroid hormone but the cells won’t absorb it.

Insulin dysregulation can lead to hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, and diabetes and weight gain.

  • Overheating, excessive sweat and body odor
  • Itchy eyes
  • High blood pressure
  • High levels of fat in blood such as cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Edema, or swelling of the legs, ankles, and feet is caused by low levels of albumin and other proteins in the blood. These things are all regulated by the liver.
  • Varicose veins
  • Bronzing on the cheeks
  • Spider veins
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Cherry emangiomas on breast or abdomen
  • Metal taste in the mouth
  • Queasiness over eyes
  • Right shoulder and knee pain
  • Multiple birth marks, moles, and skin tags on neck
  • Allergies and inflammation can be caused by toxins that build up in the blood stream, which increases the workload of the immune system.
  • Pain over liver
  • Easy bruising
  • Chronic infections
  • Heart disease may be caused by a sluggish liver that cannot remove toxins and waste products before they get recirculated back to the heart. Dr. Ali says that “dirty” blood is heavier, more toxic, and difficult to circulate. This causes the heart pump to wear out faster. The toxins in the blood will then damage the delicate lining of the blood vessels, which can lead to hardening and blockages.
  • Macular degeneration is caused by lack of oxygen to the eye, excessive free radicals, and an acid build-up in the blood.
  • Alzheimer’s disease, according to an article in the January 1988 issue of the Mayo Clinic Health Letter, is at least partially caused by the malfunction of the liver and kidneys. That is because a sluggish liver both poorly oxygenates and poorly nourishes the brain. If the blood going to the brain is also dirty, the toxins inflame the brain. I suspect that this is true for all forms of memory loss, dementia and brain/nerve disorders like Parkinson’s disease, MS, ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, etc.
  • Regressive autism is probably caused by toxic womb syndrome. Because mothers are now toxic, they transfer 70% of their toxic load to the amniotic fluid surrounding the baby. This includes not only the normal toxins that we inhale, ingest, and imbibe but, but also electromagnetic frequencies from house wires, electrical appliances,  computers, microwaves, cell phone towers, wifi, and Smart Meters. Electromagnetic pollution affects multiple systems of the body and permanently disables over 124 different proteins. It also harms our DNA. There is no reason to believe that it wouldn’t also affect the liver and how it functions. Autistic children are notorious for having poor digestion and poor nerve/brain function. Sounds like a toxic liver problem to me.
  • Accelerated ageing, which is caused by free radical damage to the skin and internal organs. Free radical damage is implicated in most diseases as well, and come from many sources that are both natural and unnatural. The natural sources of free radicals are normal cell metabolism, normal oxygen metabolism, radiation from the sun, lack of sleep, and both over and under exercise. Unnatural sources of free radicals are unhealthy “junk” foods, herbicide, pesticide, and fungicide residues, heavy metals, medications,), radiation, cigarette smoke, car exhaust, and pollutants of all kinds including unnatural electromagnetic frequencies that the liver cannot detoxify.

Free Radicals and the Liver

Free radical damage is also called oxidative stress. Oxidation is a normal aspect of oxygen metabolism. Inhaled oxygen breaks down acidic molecules to produce energy in the form of ATP. This releases electrons that are highly reactive, short-term molecules that can damage virtually any other molecule inside our bodies such as proteins, fats, and DNA. Rusting iron is an example of oxidative stress, as is rotting fruit or meat that sits on a counter. When someone dies, their body oxidizes or “rots” until there is nothing left of it. Oxidation creates the environment that the parasites and bacteria whose job it is to decay the body love to live in. When free radical damage occurs more free radicals are produced. As more and more healthy cells are attacked, more and more free radicals are formed which creates an avalanche of free radical damage that eventually leads to rapid aging and death.

Oxidative stress can be minor or major. It depends upon how many free radicals one has in their body. Minor oxidative stress that results from normal sources is actually good for the body for it helps strengthen the immune system by causing it to do the work it was designed to do, which is to fight off toxic invaders. This is called mitohormesis. When oxidative stress is severe it actually causes cell death. This is when it leads to rapid aging and disease.

The liver produces natural enzymes that neutralize free radicals. Some of the most important ones are superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), lactoperoxidase, glutathione peroxidase, and peroxiredoxins. Of these glutathione peroxidase is the king. It is replenished in the body when we eat sulfur-rich vegetables like broccoli, kale, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, and garlic, etc.

Unless one has a genetic defect, everyone has free radical neutralizing enzymes that are abundantly produced in childhood. However, poor diet, medications, pollution, toxins, infections, stress, trauma, radiation, negative thoughts, and aging will deplete our natural stores. Unless we eat a diet rich in the substances that improve our production of protective enzymes, we will slowly degenerate until we die. The more free radicals we have, the quicker will be the process.

Antioxidants are the substances in food that scavenge free radicals. They are vitamins A, C, E, beta carotene, selenium, all carotenoids that give fruits and vegetables their color, lycopene, lutein, and astaxanthin. The liver also produces anti-oxidants in the form of the fat soluble vitamins A, E, K, and D, which are all synthesized in the liver. By eating both sulfur and antioxidant-rich food, and getting lots of fresh air and sunshine, the liver is able to create the substances that reduce free radicals in the body.

The Liver Maintains Oxygen Homeostasis

The balance between oxidation that leads to death and oxygenation that promotes health is called oxygen homeostasis. Oxygen homeostasis is maintained by the liver, for it is the liver that produces the protective enzymes and antioxidants that scavenge the free radicals that oxygen metabolism produces. However, the liver, itself is compromised by polluted, oxygen poor air. Therefore, in addition to consciously doing what it takes to detoxify, we must also consciously do what it takes to oxygenate, especially if you live in an area where the air is impure due to chemtrails, industrial smog, or car exhaust, like I do.

Besides acting as a detergent for every cell in the body, oxygen also determines the acid/alkaline balance within our cells. It is important that the body maintain an optimal cellular ph level of around 7.2. Oxygen is alkaline and cell waste is acidic, and so are pollutants of all kinds. Acid accumulates in the blood in two ways. One way is from toxic waste that comes from a leaky gut. Unless one has a leaky gut,  all waste products from the gut are normally shunted into the liver via the portal vein where the liver attempts to break them down and then send them to the proper locations for disposal. The other way that toxins get into the circulating blood is when the liver has too many toxins to deal with. In this case they are simply released back into the circulating blood via the bile for processing at a later time.

Because our bodies have become both overly acidic and oxygen poor, most of us are in a chronic state of acidosis. This sours the blood, making it into a perfect breeding ground for an anaerobic parasite that Dr. Ali calls a primordial life form, for no one has ever actually classified it. Since Dr. Ali was a pathologist for 29 years, he has seen them under the microscope thousands of times. He discovered that the sicker the patient became, the more of them that there are in the circulating blood. He also discovered that they are highly acidic and toxic to the phagocytes whose job it is to scavenge pathogens that harm the body. When the phagocytes get near these primordial parasites, they disintegrate. This is caused by the extremely toxic acid that the parasite produces.  When this begins to occur, death of the body isn’t far behind. Hulda Clark, author of Cure for All Cancers, claims that parasites are at the root of all disease, including every kind of cancer. By understanding that parasites only take hold in the body when we create the conditions that allow them to thrive, it is possible to address the cause of the problem, rather than the effect.

Liver Detox Diet

In order to reverse acidosis and free-radical damage we must eat an over-abundance of vegetables to help the body detoxify. However, sweet fruit and some sweet vegetables like carrots must be limited, for they contain fructose, which feeds parasites, candida, and cancer. In addition, too much sugar also sours the blood. It can also cause an insulin spike in people who are insulin sensitive or diabetic. Excess insulin has a devastating effect on the liver, for a liver that has become insulin resistant doesn’t have the energy in needs to do any of its 500 different jobs adequately.  All grains, as well as starchy vegetables like potatoes and corn,  can also cause an insulin spike, for they quickly turn into sugar in the body. To take a test to discover how acid your body is, click here.

The best fruits to eat for the liver are blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries, for they are not only high in antioxidants, they are naturally low in sugar. Lemons and limes are also a good choice for the same reason. They are high in vitamin C, which calms the liver and protects it against free radical damage by boosting enzyme production. Lemons also boost the immune system and balance the body’s pH. In addition, the citric acid in lemons and limes dissolve the calcium that can sometimes surround both liver and gall stones, which makes them easier to pass. In addition, lemons help the liver produce bile. Grapefruits, which are also high in vitamin C, are higher in sugar than lemons and limes, but have less sugar than oranges. They also have many detoxifying effects, which include boosting liver function and dissolving gallstones. If you need to make fresh squeezed lemon juice more palatable, juicing them with a grapefruit or two makes an excellent drink that is both detoxifying and good for you.

Not only does sulfur help the liver produce protective enzymes, it helps the body fight against infections. It also increases the body’s resistance to bacteria and guards against radiation and pollution. In addition, parasites find it quite distasteful. Sulfur is a trace mineral that quickly gets spoiled by heat, but not all sulfur containing foods should be eaten raw. Some can be juiced, but others, like most cruciferous vegetables, should be cooked because of their goitrogenic effect on the thyroid.

A goitrogenic food is one that can cause a goiter in susceptible people. Foods that are both goitrogenic and sulfur-rich are bok choy, broccoli, broccoli sprouts, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, horseradish, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, parsnips, rutabaga, radishes, watercress, wasabi, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, rutabaga, and turnips. To eat these foods they should be chopped into small pieces and lightly cooked at low temperatures. This will also increase their glucosinolate or anti-cancer causing effects. Other sulfur-rich foods are egg yolks, flax seeds, walnuts, red meat (only eat organic), sea food (be careful of mercury), all cheeses, with parmesan cheese being the best, organic milk and high quality, preferably organic whey.

I suspect that all sulfur-rich vegetables are increased in potency when they are fermented. In general, fermenting increases the B vitamins riboflavin, thiamin and niacin, which help with cardiovascular and cancer risk; choline, which helps break down fat in the liver; and glutathione, which increases protective enzymes.  For instructions on how to ferment these vegetables, see the many fine YouTube videos that have been made on the topic.

Poor Methylation

Some people can’t metabolize sulfur properly. That is because of the epigenetic changes that have occurred in the methylation pathways of the liver due to toxic pharmaceuticals and other pollutants that have affected one’s genes. Epigenetics determine which of our many thousands of genes get turned on or off. Our genes represent the human potential we are born with. It is our environment, however, that determines which of our genes get turned on or off. Epigenetics, therefore, determine what becomes actualized in us. Our toxic environment is turning off many of the genes that maintain our health. People who have problems with sulfur can’t tolerate sulfur-rich vegetables. Because they do not detoxify pollutants properly, they tend to be pretty sick with chronic problems that don’t heal. In addition, according to Dr. Bob Demaria, also known as the “drugless doctor”, if you have had your tonsils removed, you won’t be able to store sulfur in your body because the tonsils are the organ that God made for this purpose. Consequently, it will be more important than ever to get a continuous supply of sulfur in your diet.

For a great discussion about sulfur intolerance, go here. For possible solutions to the problem go here.

To learn more about methylation and how to optimize it, see Dr. Hyman’s fine blog post on the topic.

Because of their high antioxidant content, Bitter greens are also good for the liver because they detoxify it. In addition, bitter greens improve digestion by increasing salivation, gastric acid, and pancreatic enzymes, which delivers more nutrients to the liver for processing

Liver and Gallstones

Another problem that both the liver and gallbladder have is that they create large stones that block the bile ducts. Bile is a very fatty substance that gives our stools their brown color. Without it we cannot digest fats. The gallbladder, which sits just under the liver, is the storage house for bile, which it releases during digestion. Insufficient bile means insufficient digestion. This can also lead to constipation, diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome. If your stools are light in color you may have blocked bile ducts.

Bile is made up of water, cholesterol, fats, bile salts, proteins, and bilirubin. When the cholesterol hardens it becomes a stone, which can either be the size of a grain of sand or of a golf ball. You can have just one large stone or many hundreds of small ones. No one knows why these stones are created, but there are certain risk factors that improve your chances of having them. A poor diet is only one of them. Some of these stones are surrounded by calcium that becomes hard and jagged.  Without the preparation of a liver flush, it is generally quite painful to pass a liver or gallstone. Because the bile ducts are narrow, they are often injured while a stone is passing through, which is why it is so painful to pass them. A liver flush, however, makes passing the stones painless and easy.

A Liver Flush is Different Than a Liver Cleanse.

Liver cleansing is accomplished by eating or juicing anti-oxidant rich foods that help the liver to produce protective enzymes, and by more fully oxygenating and hydrating the body to rid it of toxins. A liver flush, on the other hand, always includes olive oil and either Epsom salts or uniodized sea salt. The Epsom salt dilates and relaxes the bile ducts better than the sea salt, and the olive oil lubricates them so that the stones pass through painlessly. Because cholesterol is made in the liver, virtually everyone has stones. In fact, an infant can be born with either fully or partially blocked bile ducts. However, the older you are the greater the likelihood that they will become a problem for you. Because elders are notorious for having poor elimination, many might benefit from a series of liver flushes to remove the stones.

It is very common for the liver, gallbladder, and parenchyma of the liver to be full of flatworms called flukes that live off the blood. Parenchyma is all the functional parts of the liver, which means that they actually live in the bile ducts. Adult flukes produce eggs that are passed into the intestines where they live off the debris. Dr. Hulda Clark talks about the importance of cleansing the liver and killing these flukes in her book A Cure for All Diseases. She says that cleaning the liver and pancreatic bile ducts is the most important thing a person can do to improve their health and that doing so can actually reverse liver and pancreatic cancer. Therefore, while doing a liver cleanse, it is good to begin a parasite cleanse a few weeks before the actual flush begins. There are several good herbs that kill parasites, but they all work better after the environment they live in is cleansed and oxygenated, for pathogenic parasites don’t like oxygen. In addition, after you’ve cleansed the colon of candida and cellular grease, they will lose their food supply. If candida is a problem for you, see Health begins in the Bowel at SeekingEnlightenment.net for more details.

Traditional herbs for killing parasites are black walnut, wormwood and cloves. There are many preparations on the web that claim to kill parasites, including a product called Clarkia, which was formulated by Hulda Clark, that I thought was excellent. There are also several good Chinese formulas for killing parasites. In addition, Hulda Clark created an electromagnetic device called a zapper to kill parasites. The Rife machine also claims to do a good job. The Bob Beck Protocol kills parasites in the blood, which is also helpful, but won’t do much if the parasites are in the liver or digestive tract.

Liver Flushing is Not a Hard Science.

In fact, many allopathic physicians might tell you that there is no science behind it at all and that it has no merit. You will have to decide for yourself what you think about this. I have done liver flushing and removed stones as a result and felt better because of it. However, because I’m not a physician, I cannot advise you on medical matters. All I am doing here is reporting to you the results of my research. As usual, my disclaimer is to always follow your doctor’s orders. However, Dr. Ali says that few allopathic physicians study oxygen metabolism, acid/alkaline balance, toxic metal build-up, or the health status of the bowel, liver and blood. He also says that all of the lab tests that test for liver disease are absolutely useless when it comes to assessing liver health.

You may not see much in the toilet after the first flush as it takes time to move stones from the back of the bile ducts to the front of them and then out into the toilet. For this reason, several flushes are recommended at 3 to 6 week intervals. In addition, it is recommended that after the first round of flushes, in which you will probably remove dozens of various sized stones and liver flukes if you have them, that you do a maintenance flush at least once or twice a year.

The Basic Liver Flush

The Master Cleanse, devised by Stanly Burroughs, for improving liver function has been around since the 1940’s.  The recipe is simple: put 4 ounces of fresh squeezed lemon juice into 24 ounces of water, sweeten with 2 tablespoons of grade B maple syrup ( molasses, or grapefruit works too)  and then add  ¼ to ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper. The cayenne increases blood flow and dilates the blood vessels. This should be drunk several times a day while fasting in order to maintain hydration. One should maintain a very clean diet the week before the actual flush begins.

The flush begins after you have dilated your bile ducts with Epsom salts or noniodized sea salt and water. To do this put 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon Epsom salts into a glass of water at both 6 pm and 8 pm. How much Epsom or sea salt depends upon how much you think you need to move your bowels. After you’ve done a couple of flushes, you will know exactly how much salt is needed to do the job. Epsom salts tend to work better for dilating the bile ducts and emptying the bowels, but once again you must decide for yourself what is best for you. Andreas Mortiz, who wrote the Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush, recommends doing a foot massage between the 6 and 8 pm Epsom salt drinks. He also says that the more olive oil you drink the deeper it gets into the liver. At 10 pm drink ¼ cup of olive oil mixed with ¼ cup of fresh squeezed lemon or grapefruit juice. Then go to bed and sleep. In the morning take another glass of Epsom or sea salt at 6 AM and again at 8 AM if needed. This will induce diarrhea throughout the day, which will become clear as the day goes on. Because they float, you will see the stones in the toilet as they come out.

You can still do the flush after you’ve had your gallbladder removed, but be cautious. Start low and build slow. There are a few reasons however, that you should not do a liver or gallbladder cleanse. Because a liver flush will cause diarrhea and can drain your energy for a day or two, one should not do them if you are suffering from an acute illness or infection. In addition, because many pharmaceutical drugs and pain medications suppress liver function, if one is taking them a liver flush is not advised.

Dr. Ali’s Breakfast and Liver Cleanse

Dr. Ali’s breakfast is a great liver cleanser. It consists of 16 ounces of fresh vegetable juice that is diluted with 16 ounces of pure water. Add one scoop of your favorite protein powder (organic whey is the best because it helps the body produce glutathione), two to five tablespoons of granulated non-GMO lecithin, and two tablespoons of freshly ground flax seeds. Blend in blender or simply shake it up in a jar. Drink slowly throughout the day. Lecithin helps the bile emulsify fats and is full of choline which is good for both the liver and brain. It also helps the body with hydration.  The omega 3 fatty acid in ground flax protects the liver against insulin resistance. Dr. Ali says that if you have blood sugar problems and do not want to fast during the day of the liver flush, you can drink Dr. Ali’s Breakfast to even out your insulin highs and lows. Since lecithin emulsifies fat, drinking it on the day of the flush sounds like a great idea to me. In addition, protein powder, lecithin and ground flax can be added to any type of juice to improve its nutrient content and control the sugar absorption rate. By doing this you will avoid insulin highs and lows. 

Dr. Gonzalez Quick Liver Cleanse

Though apples are sweeter than berries and lemons, they are full of pectin, which is a natural detoxifier. When combined with beets, which also contain pectin, they do a very nice job of binding heavy metals and escorting them out of the body. In addition, beet juice is a natural blood cleanser and liver detoxifier. The combination of the two for three days in a row is prescribed by the alternative cancer doctor, Dr. Gonzalez, for a quick liver cleanse.

The Continuous Cleanse

Another juice which is great for the liver is a combination of fresh squeezed lemon and grapefruit juice, mixed in with freshly juiced apple, ginger root, garlic and cherry juice that is emulsified in a blender with olive oil and cayenne. Since cherries are hard to juice and are only available at certain times of the year, I usually use organic bottled cherry juice in this recipe. Because organic apples are so expensive, I also use half fresh and half organic bottled juice in this recipe. The apple and cherry juice both contain malic acid, which softens the stones and after a while will dissolve them. The olive oil then painlessly escorts them out of the body. This juice can be drunk every day to do continuous cleansing. It is also a good juice to drink the week or two before doing the master cleanse. By adding protein powder, lecithin, and ground flox seeds to it, you won’t have to worry about a sugar spike.

Coffee Enema

Although Andreas Moritz, who wrote the Timeless Secrets of Health and Rejuvenation, says that a liver flush is the best medicine ever for the liver, if one cannot do one for whatever reason, a coffee enema is the second best thing. Although coffee enemas will not remove stones from the liver, they will still remove a lot of toxins. I first learned about coffee enemas from the Gerson Therapy.  When coffee is used in an enema the caffeine goes directly into the portal vein. This causes the liver to excrete bile. In the bile are the toxins, which will be expelled when the enema is released from the body rather than being recirculated in the blood.

To do a coffee enema you must simmer 6 heaping tablespoons of ground, organic coffee in one and a half quarts of water for 20 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon each of salt and baking soda to make the coffee more alkaline. The salt makes it more compatible with your tissues. Once the liquid is cooled down to body temperature and strained, put it in an enema bag or bucket. Insert the lubricated nozzle into your rectum and let the liquid flow into your colon. Hold it for 20 minutes for best results or for as long as you can while lying on your right side. Release the enema into the toilet when finished. Coffee enemas can be done on a daily basis for a limited period of time. As they greatly reduce pain, they are great to do when you have cancer or even just a headache. If in severe pain from cancer, you can relieve it by doing several coffee enemas a day. If you double the recipe you can reserve half of it in the refrigerator for use later on. Because you should use only body-temperature coffee, when you reheat it, stir it with your finger until it reaches the correct temperature. This will save you from having to cool it back down if you heat it up too much.

To make a coffee concentrate that will last for several enemas, see the video below.

Dr. Sandra Cabot’s Liver Cleanse

Juice together:

2 large carrots

3 leaves of spinach

2 apples

1 lemon peeled

1 to 2 cloves of garlic or ½ red onion

½ inch ginger root

1 red horse radish

1 red or green capsicum

A few green leafy herbs like basil, parsley, coriander, thyme, or oregano.

Dr. Sandra Cabot also recommends milk thistle, dandelion, globe artichoke, taurine, B vitamins, vitamin C, zinc, vitamin E, and selenium

Castor Oil Pack

Another ancient modality for cleansing the liver, stomach, and intestines is a castor oil liver pack. To do this you soak a cotton wash cloth in castor oil. It does not need to be dripping but should be sufficiently damp to do the job. Rub castor oil on the liver, stomach, and abdomen and then cover it with the castor oil-soaked cloth. Cover this with a plastic bag and then a heating pad for between 15 minutes to overnight. The plastic bag simply keeps the heating pad clean.  According to Dr. Ali, you should do this 1 x a week for immune system problems, 2 x a week for cancer, 3-4 x a week for hepatitis C or alcoholic liver injury. If you experience discomfort after doing the pack, reduce duration.  You can also massage the area of the liver with your hand or a hand held vibrator before putting on the heating pad. Castor oil stimulates circulation, improves elimination, relieves pain, increases lymphatic drainage, reduces inflammation and improves digestion. It also relaxes the liver, which allows it to release toxins and rejuvenate itself. It also degreases the stomach and intestines of cellular grease. If you put the pack on the breasts it will help reduce breast cysts.

Deep Breathing and Oxygenation

Dr. Ali says to do 15 to 30 minutes of deep breathing, meditation and prayer while soaking feet in hydrogen peroxide and doing a castor oil pack. This improves oxygenation while degreasing the liver simultaneously.  Use 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 20 parts water plus half a teaspoon of Epsom or sea salt. You can also soak in a hydrogen peroxide bath. To do this, fill a tub with comfortably warm water. Then add one bottle of hydrogen peroxide to it. Ten minutes later you can add another bottle, and ten minutes after that, another one. Dr. Ali says to start low and build slow, always monitoring your body to see how it is liking the situation. Also add a small amount of Epsom salts to the bath. The hydrogen peroxide oxygenates the whole body, including the liver, which helps it do its job better. According to Dr. Ali, hydrogen peroxide works in many ways to improve circulation, decrease swelling in ankles, heal wounds that won’t heal, improve varicose veins, congestive heart failure, arthritis, environmental sensitivities, brain fog, and dissolves  microscopic clots. In addition, hydrogen peroxide allows the liver enzymes to come alive.

Dr. Ali’s List of Nutrients for the Liver

MSM:  250-500 mg is good for the blood, bowel, liver, brain and arthritis. The sulfur in it plays a central role in liver detoxification.

Taurine: 100-300 mg a day is critical for bile formation

Glutathione: 400 -1200 mg, injections or IV is best, but you can do sublingual or bowel insufflation. Glutathione scavenges free-radicals and toxins that are excreted through the bile. Glutathione is not well absorbed when taken orally.

NAC (N-acetyl Cysteine), contains sulfur and is a component of glutathione. NAC is used to detoxify the liver of acetaminophen, the main ingredient in Tylenol, when there is an overdose.

Alpha Lipoic Acid http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/05/16/this-antioxidant-can-smash-insulin-resistance-and-autoimmune-disease.aspx

Magnesium 1000-2000 mg

Zinc: 10-50 mg

Copper: 2 mg

Chromium, selenium, Molybdenum: 200-400 micrograms. These nutrients are crucial for redox and oxygen homeostasis.

 

Dr. Ali’s Liver Herbal Protocol 1

Milk thistle extract: 200 mg

Golden Seal root: 150 mg.

Tumeric: 150 mg

Jerusalem artichoke: 150 mg

 

Dr. Ali’s Liver Herbal Protocol 2

Tumeric: 100 mg

Dandelion: 100 mg

Red Clover: 100 mg

Ginger Root: 100 mg

Golden Seal: 100 mg

Fennel Seed: 100 mg

Jerusalem artichoke: 100 mg

 

If you want to know whether or not your liver flush has been successful, you will feel it as improved digestions and elimination. If you want to know whether or not your liver cleanse has been successful, Dr. Ali says that you can do a before and after organic acid test. This tests over 60 organic acids in the urine. Through it one can obtain information about not only the health of the liver, but the colon as well. If one has increased secretions of hypuric acid, their liver has been compromised. A liver cleanse and flush should reverse the amount and reduce it to acceptable levels.

Once your liver is in good working order and you are maintaining an excellent sulfur and antioxidant-rich diet to keep it that way, reducing your other symptoms will be easier to achieve. Many may simply disappear, especially if you are also fully hydrating and fully oxygenating yourself at the same time.

My prayers go with you on your quest for good health!

 

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