Gall Bladder Flush
The gall bladder is essentially a reservoir for bile (containing bicarbonate and salts) produced in the liver. The gall bladder also acts as a reservoir for waste released by the liver that is in turn released into the bowel for excretion from the body. The gall bladder bile reservoir sits ready for use should we ingest a highly acidic, fatty meal of dairy, sugar and refined flour (for example cappuccino and donuts).
When this type of meal is eaten, the gall bladder receives hormone signals in the blood (triggered from the intestines) which contracts and injects bile into the duodenum to aid in digestion and neutralise the stomach and food acid and start dissolving fat. The gall bladder holds around 50ml (1 ½ fl oz) of bile.
If we eat too many carbs and/or Omega-6 seed oils, the liver can have an oversupply of unsupportive LDL cholesterol (fat), leading to clumps of cholesterol combining with unprocessed calcium accumulating in the liver, which then can be passed through to the gall bladder. These are called ‘gallstones’ and can be harmless until caught in the bile duct, which could then cause severe pain. A partially or fully blocked bile duct, can lead to inflammation and degeneration (rotting) of the gall bladder, sometimes necessitating removal of the gall bladder through surgery. Gallstones blocking the duct that is shared with the pancreas can lead to pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer (see ‘Pancreas’ later).
Symptoms and Risk Factors
Symptoms of gall bladder problems include pain under the right ribs, fever, jaundice, nausea and vomiting. Overweight people, females, those with fair complexion and over 40 years old are the main risk groups. Gallstones don’t cause cancer, but they are nearly always found in cancer patients, which can be an indication of a poor diet and lifestyle choices.
Cholecystitis is the term used for an inflamed gall bladder. The gall bladder can be successfully removed through surgery with no apparent affects.
However, over the longer term, unless the diet is corrected to be significantly more alkaline with fewer carbs, the body could become more acidic — providing a nest-bed for disease. Also, something caused the initial inflammation, usually diet and lifestyle; so unless changes are made, choices may continue to impact negatively on the liver (see ‘Understanding Acid/Alkaline’ previously).
My stepfather-in-law had a gall bladder that turned gangrene through lack of circulation due to a blocked bile duct. Ultimately, because the decay infected the other organs around the gall bladder, he went through a very uncomfortable eight-week period of slowly dying, which caused a great deal of stress and discomfort to himself, my mother-in-law and our family.
Ever since I first met him in 1996, he always had strong breath (halitosis), which can be indicative of gut organ decline and dysfunction, though we didn’t know this at the time.
Gall Bladder Flushes
The need for gall bladder surgery may be reduced by having regular gall bladder flushes. I have personally conducted many gall bladder flushes and removed thousands of gallstones. My wife and I perform an overnight gall bladder flush once or twice a year.
Gall Bladder Footnote
In January 2011, my wife was conducting one of her regular gall bladder flushes the same day our sister-in-law was having her gall bladder surgically removed. We all have choices.
12-Hour Gall Bladder and Liver Flush
Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate)
Lemons (5–10 should be enough)
Olive oil (cold-pressed extra virgin)
Juicer (for lemons)
Glass or plastic jar with lid (to hold 700 ml (3 cups)) Colander (optional)
Water jug, metal spoon, saucer (optional)
Times are indicative only, but the spacing between actions should be adhered to when possible.
– 2:00 pm Don’t eat after this time
– 6:00 pm Dissolve 4 tablespoons of Epsom salts into 3 cups of warm water. Drink 200 ml (¾ cup) of the solution, leaving the rest aside
– 7:00 pm Drink 200 ml (¾ cup) of Epsom salts solution
– 8:00 pm Drink 200 ml (¾ cup) of Epsom salts solution. Feel free to pass motions as required.
– 9:00 pm Drink 200 ml (¾ cup) of Epsom salts solution
– 9:45 pm Juice 300 ml (1¼ cups) of lemon juice- Pour the 300 ml of lemon juice and 400 ml (1½ cups) of olive oil into a jar with a lid and shake vigorously for a minute or two.
– Prepare your bed with pillows to elevate your body from the hips up (to minimize reflux).- Place a bucket and towels beside the bed (just in case)
– 10:00 pm Stand beside your bed and take five minutes only to drink the lemon juice and olive oil mix.
– Lay on your back in bed with your head elevated for at least 20 mins, then you may lay however is most comfortable.
– In your mind, imagine your liver and gall bladder releasing and cleansing.
– In the morning, take 3 teaspoons of Epsom salts in water. This should move your bowel motion along within an hour — you can then follow with a coffee enema if you wish. Then follow with a probiotic and a good serve of fibre like psyllium husk, AIM Herbal FiberBlend® and/or Fit ‘n Fiber®* along with plenty of quality water.
If you want to measure how successful your gall bladder flush was, you can do the following:
1. To capture your stools, place a colander between the toilet bowl and lid.
2. After passing, use the water jug to pour water over the stools whilst running your spoon through the faeces to rinse the motion. Using the spoon, place your result on a saucer and photograph if you wish. Because gallstones are made of fat, they will not keep for long.
– The gallstones should appear with a green tinge and vary in size from 1–15 mm (1/16”– ½”). There may be some brown gallstones too — these are mature and harder (possibly with more calcium) and may be more dangerous, often being caught in the gall bladder duct, blocking circulation.
– You may want to pass motions during the night, but mostly next morning.
– You may feel lethargic and slightly ill during the morning. This may be the toxins releasing from the liver. By lunch you should be feeling better, then fantastic later. Avoid heavy work, dairy, sugar and fatty foods. Eat only vegetables for a day (at least) if you can – to support your liver which has just had a huge shock.
– The Epsom salts relax and dilate the ducts of the liver and gall bladder so that gallstones can pass easier.
– The lemon emulsifies the olive oil, making it easier to drink, and which causes the liver and gall bladder to constrict, squeezing out the gallstones and fat.
– The olive oil causes the liver to spasm, which helps release bile from the liver.
– It may assist if you can drink an abundance of organic apple juice, which is high in malic acid, mixed with a liver tonic like LiverPlex (50 ml / litre of water) for the week prior.
– Whitish to yellowish floating stools may appear during the afternoon and for a day or two after — this is mostly fat from your liver releasing, bile production catching up or both.
– Because parasites (liver fluke) are often found in the liver, it is a good idea to cleanse for parasites prior to a liver / gall bladder flush, otherwise you may end up flushing flukes instead of gallstones; a waste of a good flush.
– Colonics experts recommended having colonics on the day of the treatment for safety and best results. (That is, colonics during the day, then gallbladder flush that evening, as well as, more importantly, colonics the next day). Personally, I’ve never had colonics before or after; I find an enema sufficient. But I may not be average.
– If a large number of green and some brown gallstones appear, it is best to repeat this again weekly for three weeks, then twice a year. “Bon Voyage Gallies!”
Note: You should always consult your natural health practitioner prior to treatment. The supplier of this information is not responsible for any unexpected outcomes or consequences from this treatment. This is purely indicative of treatments I have given myself and result may vary from person to person.