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In this review I will share some of my symptoms, my experiences with the flush, what my doctor's said, a review of the book, and some potential alternative approaches to cleansing the liver if this scares you (it scared me at first). Additionally, I share what I did to get exceptional results after having some unsuccessful flushes.
I have done a total of four flushes now. When I started, I was VERY sick. And I still am, but I am improving slowly. The first few flushes gave little to no results, but I didn't give up. Again, I can vouch that this is not soap. I do regular colonics. For one flush I had a colonic the day before the flush and again the day OF the flush, to clear my colon. That night I drank the epsom salts to open the bile ducts, and PRIOR to drinking the 'flush drink', I passed stones. There is absolutely no way this could have been soap from the olive oil because I had not consumed it yet.
MY SYMPTOMS (some)
Blood sugar problems, peripheral neuropathy, neurological issues, altered states of consciousness (feeling 'drunk' after I eat), metabolic imbalances, impaired digestion/hypochlorhydria (low/no stomach acid), malabsorption, fatigue, pain on right side of abdomen under ribcage (daily, all day long -- increased after eating or taking medication), swelling on right side of abdomen, pain between shoulder blades, pain in pancreas after eating or taking medication, pain in liver after eating or taking medication, pain in spleen after eating, chronic fatigue, brain fog, metabolic syndrome, candida overgrowth, growth on my thyroid, mass on my liver (suspected hemangioma but they don't know), among others.
I was not able to digest food. I had to take HCL before I ate and then take enzymes after I ate, just to get food to break down. If I didn't do this, then the food would come out undigested (and tear up my GI tract along the way), it was very miserable and painful.
MY FLUSH EXPERIENCES
The first three times I did the flush, I did feel better after each flush, but I barely got any stones out (<50). I couldn't understand why. During these flushes the stones didn't come until the morning of the next day. I followed Moritz's procedure meticulously. None of the flushes were painful. I could feel activity in the liver, almost like marbles rolling or something, but absolutely no pain. I did not follow Moritz' procedure meticulously on the first flush, I used the oil and only lemon juice. I now understand why this is not a good practice for some people and I will never do that again. The main results I would see after the flushes, is that my blood sugar would improve. After these three flushes, I was diagnosed with an overgrowth of candida and was put on Nizoral.
I continued down the allopathic path, but still believed in the liver flushes because my blood sugars improved each time. My gastroenterologist advised me to have an EUS done (an Endoscopic ultrasound). I discussed the EUS with my family physician, who told me the gastroenterologist was looking for stones in my pancreas, just like the book describes!! I later read that the EUS ultrasound probe is used to locate gall stones which may have migrated into the common bile duct, and that this occurrence may cause obstruction of the drain shared by the liver and pancreas which may lead to lower back pain, jaundice and pancreatitis.
It didn't come as a shock that they were checking for this because I knew I was in pretty bad shape and I'd already read about this in Moritz's book. It DID come as a confirmation to me that Moritz knew what he was talking about, and that I needed to continue pursuing the liver flushes. It also came as a horror because Moritz's book describes what you're up against after the stones back up as far as they were backed up in me. I was already having pains in my liver, pancreas AND spleen after I ate food. A couple of times I've had pain in my heart area, but I think it is my spleen. I described my pain to every doctor treating me. That's how I know it was these organs (and Andreas' anatomy lessons). The main one i wasn't sure of was the spleen. I told my doctor I hurt here, and pointed to the left side of my abdomen. And I asked what organ is there? My doctor said my spleen, but it couldn't possibly be hurting unless it had been injured, and then asked me if somebody had kicked me or punched me there recently. Of course the answer was no, so the spleen being in trouble was dismissed by allopathic medicine.
But I knew by reading Mortiz's book that these stones can back up into the pancreas AND the spleen, and I also know by having read his book that what's to come after it gets to that point is not a pretty picture for the person suffering. I'd already had blood sugar problems and my pancreas, spleen and liver hurt every time I eat. My liver hurt every single day, all day long. My abdomen in that area was noticeably larger by viewing it and you could feel it enlarged. I had my daughter feel it. I had so many nuclear medicine tests that I feared I would start to glow if they didn't stop running them. I drank barium, ate radio-active eggs, had MRI's, CT Scans, elimination tests, colonoscopy, endoscopy, and on and on. When I told the gastroenterologist office that my liver hurt, I was told that its because I have acid reflux (??!!). That's when I was told I needed to go have the EUS. That was also my last appointment with them. Unbelievable.
I don't recommend this for others but I refused to do the invasive EUS procedure. I'd already been poked and prodded enough, from both ends, which is traumatic enough to the body and introduces more risk of infection or damage. Instead, I decided to give the liver flush another try, praying I would get results this time. My fourth flush was very successful.
There are two things I did different prior to the fourth flush that I felt like played a huge role in why the fourth flush was SO incredibly successful. The first, is that I had been put on Nizoral between the third flush and the fourth flush. While I was on Nizoral I passed worms. I later read that if you have parasites your liver will not release the stones. I don't know how true that is, but I wish I would have know that so I could have done a parasite cleanse from the health food store and had success sooner.
The other thing I did differently? Prior to the fourth flush; I did the Master Cleanser first (more on this later). I broke the cleanse with orange juice for two days, as The Master Cleanser book says to do. The third day after I broke the Master Cleanser, is the day I did the liver flush. I followed moritz's advice for breakfast and lunch, and I juiced fresh cranberries (I can not tolerate the apple juice). For lunch I had whole brown basmati rice with steamed broccoli, plain. For breakfast I had plain whole oats with nothing else on them. I've read that some people do the flush right after the Master Cleanser, but I felt it was important for me to eat food between the Master Cleanse and the Liver Flush to get my digestive juices flowing again, since they are needed for the flush.
After the broccoli, I did the flush that night, following Moritz's directions. After you drink the flush you are not supposed to move for twenty minutes. So I drank the flush and laid down as directed. I started passing stones pretty much immediately after I laid down this time, where-as in the other flushes they didn't pass until morning. I had to literally sit still for twenty minutes while holding these stones in, to let the twenty minutes pass. After twenty minutes passed I got up and released the stones I'd been holding. I continued to pass stones throughout the night (at first very frequently), all the way up until 11:00AM the next day! I don't even know where all of those stones could have been stored in my body, where on God's green earth was there enough ROOM for all of that?!! No WONDER my liver, pancreas and spleen hurt every time I ate. And No WONDER my right side was swollen and hurt all day, every single day. My poor body!!! I will just say this for the record, too. There was not enough of the flush concoction going IN me, to create 'soap balls' of the multitude that was coming OUT of me. Based on my personal experiences the soap theory holds no water in my books.
I went in for a colonic around noon the next day, exhausted to the core from no sleep, but I'm glad I did because there were still several stones stuck in my colon and I would hate to have carried those around and re-absorbed the toxins in them. I had a horrible headache until after the colonic.
After I did my fourth flush I GOT MY DIGESTION BACK!! I no longer had to take HCL and enzymes in order to eat and digest food!!! My blood sugars were NORMAL for the first time in years!! I had the energy of a teenager and felt ALIVE!! No more brain fog, no more fatigue, it was W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L!!! But then, just like the book says, within a couple weeks all of the symptoms came back. I lost my digestion again and my blood sugar issues started back up (although not near as severe), the brain fog came back, the fatigue came back, and I feel miserable all over again :( I'm not worried because I know what I need to do now, to get my health restored to it's natural state, Furthermore I have had a glimpse of what it will be like when I get to that point, and I HAVE HOPE AGAIN!! I have been chronically ill since 2006, and have felt sort of dead inside since about 2002, and I finally, for the first time in all of these miserable years truly have HOPE!! I believe now, with all that I am, that my health will be restored back to it's natural state and I will finally get my life back!! These illnesses (I have not listed them all) have cost me dearly. In addition to other things, I have lost my job and will be losing my house... but most of what I had lost along the way is ME. Today I know I will get ME back, as I did after the last flush.
And for the record? I FELT ABSOLUTELY NO PAIN.
I'm about to do my fifth flush now. I know I still have stones backed up to my spleen because I still have pain there (albeit not as frequent or severe as before). But I also know, now, that I have a bright future ahead with my health fully restored, thanks to Andreas Moritz, Stanley Burroughs, and Peter Glickman. I can't wait to do my next flush and to continue until finally get my life back after being chronically ill and feeling dead for nearly ten years.
Once my health is restored I will have another sonogram performed on my liver to see if the mass is still there. I whole-heartedly expect it to be gone, and for my other problems to subside as well. Not JUST from the liver flush, but from that and major lifestyle and dietary changes. I will come back and update in the future.
IF YOU ARE SCARED
I feel sorry for folks that are too scared to try it, but I understand. I was scared too. I ultimately did it anyway and I am SO glad I did. However, if you feel it is too risky, maybe it isn't for you. I don't know that I would recommend this procedure for somebody that is very fragile or weak. There are other ways to cleanse the liver, which have far less potential to cause harm. Changing the diet as Andreas outlines in the book is a good start. Even if you're not interested in doing the flush, this is an excellent book that describes the anatomy and the process of disease in layman's terms. This book is worth the price for that alone, and the dietary advice of what foods to avoid to be kind to your liver. Also, there are several good detox diets out there that will aid the body in cleansing and purging out the bad stuff. Just search for detox diet or liver diet, I've listed some below. Most importantly, do what is right for YOU. You know your body better than anybody else.
MORE INFO ON DETOX DIETS:
Written by a Nutritionist: The Raw Food Detox Diet: The Five-Step Plan for Vibrant Health and Maximum Weight Loss
The Fast Track Detox Diet: Boost metabolism, get rid of fattening toxins, jump-start weight loss and keep the pounds off for good
The Beauty Detox Solution: Eat Your Way to Radiant Skin, Renewed Energy and the Body You've Always Wanted
MORE INFO ON THE MASTER CLEANSE:
Originator of The Master Cleanser, Stanley Burroughs - The Master Cleanser: With Special Needs and Problems
Tom Woloshyn's work on it - The Complete Master Cleanse: A Step-by-Step Guide to Maximizing the Benefits of The Lemonade Diet
Peter Glickman's work on it - Lose Weight, Have More Energy and Be Happier in 10 Days: Take Charge of Your Health with the Master Cleanse
Peter Glickman also has a website that's pretty informative. Go to [...], scroll down to the middle of the page and look for a link to "FREE Master Cleanse Discussion Group". This is a great page of his: [...]
NOTE: I've not read any book on the Master Cleanse except Stanley Burroughs', but from what I understand the other books go into more detail if you want it. I have read information on Peter Glickman's site and it is pretty informative. I think Celtic Sea Salt®, Fine Ground - 1 Pound Bag is the best salt to use on The Master Cleanse (available at health food stores). I tried with regular store bought sea salt and it was very difficult to use; the difference between the two are night and day. I also do the Salt Water Flush daily while on the Master Cleanser, so I make sure to replenish my gut flora afterward, with this product: Garden of Life Primal Defense Ultra Ultimate Probiotics Formula, 90 VCaps.
I personally would not use any recipe for the Master Cleanser or Liver Flush from the internet. Some of them are off and others are downright dangerous from what I've seen out there. I'm glad I bought Andreas Moritz and Stanley Burroughs' books. Money well spent! What ever you choose for yourself, best wishes!
UPDATE: FEBRUARY 2015
My health is COMPLETELY restored and I now am in the process of building a thriving Spiritual & Health Coaching business!! Many things played a role in my path back to health and happiness. This book played a role. Diet and lifestyle changes were important. This all got me so far, but what took me over the edge back too 100% was emotional and spiritual healing. Emotional and spiritual healing were paramount to my recovery to 100%. I just had another ultrasound on my liver a couple of weeks ago. There was no trace of a growth or mass at all. Likewise, the growth on my thyroid is gone and the mammogram showed nothing in my breasts where two growths used to be (that I had to have monitored every 3 months in case they turned cancerous). Haleleujah! Blessings for your health and happiness <3