Flushing the Gallbladder/Cleansing the Liver

What is the Gallbladder? What is its purpose?

The Gallbladder is a sack that is supposed to hold a liquid called bile.  Bile is actually bile salts.  Bile Salts are made by the liver to aid in the digestion of fats and held in the gallbladder until needed for digestion.  When you eat food that contains fat, the gallbladder contracts, sending the bile salts into the small intestine.  There they help to emulsify the fats.  This means they work like a soap to draw the fats (non-polar molecules) into the aqueous (water/polar) solutions of the small intestine.

You know how water and oil do not mix?  They want to separate as in Italian dressing.  Water is made of polar molecules and fats are non-polar.  Bile salts act like dishwashing liquid or soaps.  These types of substances are called emulsifiers.  They have one polar end and one non-polar end.  One end of the molecule “dissolves” in the water and one end of the molecule “dissolves” in the oil.  So the emulsifier will causes the oil and water mixture to become one solution and not separate.

Once the bile emulsifies the fats, enzymes like lipase (which are polar/water based) are able to break the triglycerides down (digest them).  The digested fats are then either used for energy or go into fat storage.

What are Gallstones?

Gallstones are stones that can be found in the Gallbladder.

Here is what we know for sure:  Gallstones are chiefly composed of cholesterol, calcium salts, and bile pigments.  They also contain some proteins.  They are also called biliary calculi and biliary stones.

If I have lots of Gallstones, where is the pain?

First of all, people may have gallstones and not feel any pain.  They just do not have enough stones to cause them problems.  However, when the number of stones in your gallbladder becomes excessive, you will experience pain.  The main pain is usually a dull ache under the shoulder blade, usually the right shoulder blade.  Sometimes the pain runs through the body from the front to the back of the chest.  Sometimes it radiates around the right side.  By the time you are experiencing pain you probably have thousands of stones.  If you do not have a lot of stones and you are experiencing pain then the gallbladder is becoming diseased.  Either way, you need to flush it.  Cleansing out the stones and toxins will allow it to recover and you will become pain free.

How are Gallstones formed?

Some people feel the stones actually form in the Gallbladder from the liquids stored there.  The belief here is that, just like in chemistry lab, when you add different substances into a “test tube” or in this case the gall bladder, chemical bonding takes place, creating a precipitate.  This is plausible, and could explain why, once people have their gall bladders out they no longer have a problem with stones.  People who believe this way, usually think the pain from the stones is caused by these stones getting stuck in the bile duct.  They can then say there are no stones because there is never any pain again.  When the gallbladder is removed the duct that goes from the liver to the gallbladder is linked up with the bile duct which goes from the gallbladder to the small intestine.  So, they believe, since this “tube” never has any more “stuck” stones and therefore no more pain, there must be no more stones.

Interestingly, plaque that forms in the arteries (causing atherosclerosis), which leads to heart disease/heart attacks, is also made up of cholesterol, calcium salts along with other things normally found in the blood stream.  In the arteries my personal belief is that the cholesterol is our friend.  Upon examination of the artery that contains plaque there is micro fractures (cuts) on the lining of the artery and the plaque that forms I believe is an “arterial scab”.  It contains cholesterol, calcium, cells similar to those that line the wall of the artery, some proteins, etc.  This material is very similar to a scab.  My personal feeling is that there is inflammation and damage being done to the arterial wall and friendly cholesterol along with other components makes a scab to protect the damaged arterial wall.  If this did not happen, you would have more and more damage and the artery would burst under the pressure of the pumped blood.  This scab is actually protecting your life, or at least prolonging it.

This is why you can “dissolve” the plaque and reverse heart disease with natural methods.  And this is why the disease continues when surgical procedures are the only course a person takes.  Both insulin and homocystene contribute to heart disease.  Both of these substances increase inflammation in the body.  They are both a sign of poor nutrition, poor diet, and failing health.

I can’t help but believe that cholesterol is not a “bad guy” when it comes to gallstones either.  Blood cholesterol levels include such substances in the body as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, they include Vitamin D, adrenal hormones such as DHEA, cortical steroids, human growth hormone, T3 and T4 (hormones made by the thyroid gland), hormones that comes from the pineal, thymus, hypothyroid, and other glands.  These biochemicals are vital for life.  The liver makes most of the cholesterol found in our bodies.  If we eat cholesterol only about 50% of it is actually digested and absorbed into our bodies.  This just means that our liver will make less.  There has been a lot of bad press concerning cholesterol.  I refuse to believe that because it is present, it is the bad guy.

The cholesterol lowering drugs actually inhibit the liver from doing its job.  Have you looked at the warnings for the statin drugs?  Most of them concern the liver.  These drugs are very hard on the liver.  Cholesterol is your friend.  Calcium is the most important mineral in your body.  Just because gallstones are made up of cholesterol, calcium, and protein, does not mean they are necessarily bad or that you should eliminate food that contains them from your diet.

Did you know you can dissolve Gallstones too? 

I have seen people do it with apple juice fasting and with herbs (such as Queen of the Meadow RootHydrangea Root and Marshmallow Root) that dissolve stones like kidney stones, gall stones and crystals in the joints that cause arthritis and gout, etc.  This takes time, but it does work.

So what is the cause of Gallstones?

Some people do not ever develop gallstones.  Others develop thousands of stones.  This applies to  husbands and wives who live side by side for 30 years eating the exact same food!!  That has lead some medical professionals to believe there must be a hereditary link.  The problem is that there is a hit and miss and if you go back far enough (and you do not have to go too far) there will be no history of gallstones.  In addition, there are strong links between heart disease, type II diabetes, gingivitis and gallstones.  You are probably asking, “How can these all be linked together?”  Okay, 80% of diabetics die from a heart attack.  Gingivitis is very, very high among people who have heart disease, diabetes and cancer.  People in this category tend to gain their weight in the stomach and are labeled overweight.  This group of people also tends to have their gallbladders out approximately 10 years before the have a heart attack.

Note: You are now reading my ideas only.  I am not a doctor, just a friend who researches and meditates on things.  I am throwing out my ideas for you to think about.  Your health is yours, your body is yours.  You need to research everything and make your own decisions as to what you think the best things are for you to do.  Please check out everything I say.  Make your own decisions.

When I worked in a hospital in Dallas, I use to do the cross matching of blood for open heart surgeries.  They did 6 surgeries each day. Over  the days and weeks I became distressed by the fact that 98% of the people having open heart surgery were people with A+ blood types.  I would check out my antisera (typing serum) and run controls every night, and sometimes recheck my patients because the results baffled me.  On the nights I was not there someone else would cross-match those units of blood for the surgeries.  I looked back at their work.  It correlated with mine.  You see about 38% of the population is O+ and about 34% is A+ (Only 9% is B+).  Therefore,  I should have had about half A+ and half O+ right?  But I didn’t.  I worked there for a year and only had a handful of O blood types who underwent open heart surgery and possibly 2 B blood types.  What does this mean?  Well it means there is something to the Blood Type Diet and the Eat Right for Your Type books.  I don’t agree with everything in there, but I do know there is some truth to it.

My father was classic for the standard person fitting this “mold”.  He came from a family that had problems with diabetes, though he never was diagnosed with it.  I believe in retrospect that he definitely had insulin resistance, and therefore high insulin levels, but he maintained a healthy pancreas.  My father had severe gallbladder problems when he was in his 30’s and had his gallbladder surgically removed.  In those days when they operated on you to remove the gallbladder the incision went from the front all the way around the body to the back.  Recovery took weeks.  Dressings had to be changed daily and the surgical recovery was almost worse than the gallbladder attacks.  In his late 40’s (10 years later) he was surprised at how little energy he had.  He often declared that old age was creeping up on him.  Dad had a “tummy” on him though he was not grossly overweight.  Though incredibly active in his youth, he had a desk job as an mechanical engineer to provide for his family.  Physical activity amounted to playing with his children, mowing the yard and taking walks.  Having been married to my mother (who is an O+ blood type) for 25 years and eating the same food as she did, my mother’s energy never seemed to wane, yet his did.  He would mow the front yard one day and several days later he would mow the back yard.  He would have to take breaks while mowing because it would be so exhausting.  In hind sight I can also tell you he had those creases in his ear lobes.  Every single person I have met who has had a heart attack has had those creases.

At 51 years of age my father was playing with my first born son and experienced pain in his right arm.  He left him on the couch and went to the bathroom.  He came back, still experiencing pain and then collapsed.  I was there and did CPR on him until the ambulance arrived.  Everything was done for him that could possibly be done, but his heart never restarted and he was gone.  My mother, who is an O blood type, still continues to eat the same foods and seems to have none of the same symptoms.  It has been 18 years since dad passed away and she is still going strong.

All the signs were there for my father, but I just did not see them.

Today I am approaching the age my father died at.  A few years ago I did a gall bladder cleanse.  I passed thousands of stones.  I tend to gain my weight in the exact same spot – the tummy.  I, also am A+, just like him.  So I have a keen interest in knowing what to do and how to avoid getting gallstones.

After my first set of cleansings about 1 year later I experienced gall bladder pain again.  So I did another series of cleansings.  I realized then that if I did not change things, I would be headed for a heart attack, and would have to continually purge stones.  The following is what I have done.  It has been several years and the gallstone pain has not come back.  I do not know that I have the complete answer, but I believe I have come up with at least a partial answer.

  1. I decided that one of the reasons I had developed gallstones was because my gallbladder had not be emptying fully.  For several years prior to the pain I had been on a low fat/vegetarian diet.  I now believe that was one of my problems.  Any organ that is not used can become diseased.  If you are not a vegetarian, you may still be forming stones, but you would probably have a worse problem if you eliminated fats from your diet.
  2. I believe there are healthy fats and unhealthy fats.  Healthy fats are Coconut oilPalm oil,Butter and Olive oil.  Unhealthy fats are soybean oil, canola oil, and most of the seed oils.  These seed oils, especially when heated, oxidize.  Oxidized fats have to be one of the major “foundations” to the formation of gall stones.  “Getting an oil change” as Dr. Bruce Fife says, is imperative.  Coconut oil is the most important of all these oils, second would be butter and natural palm oil.  Coconut oil will help to eliminate pathogens and toxins from the body.
  3. Many people, especially type A people, have low digestive enzymes.  They are not digesting their food properly.  Somehow, it seems eating probiotic foods is key for these people.  Make your own cultured vegetables, make cultured milk products, or whatever, but get good flora into your gut.  The healing of your gut, the cleansing of parasites and pathogens, and the establishment of good flora is vitally important.
  4. Eat a predominately alkaline diet. This means lots of fruits and vegetables, in addition to raw milk, eggs, and healthy meats and whole grains.  These latter foods should make up only about 20% of your diet.  People who have medical conditions such as  heart disease, diabetes, gallstones, kidney stones, cancer, strokes, etc., all have lower urine and salivary pH’s.  The body does not run as efficiently, minerals are forced to leach out of the bones and health fails.

These are the things I have done.  Good fats, good flora and alkaline foods; and the gall stones have not come back.

How do I cleanse Gallstones from my body?

Download a printable version of the Gallbladder Cleanse in a “pdf” format, which will open with Adobe Reader.

Doing a liver flush will flush out toxins and stones from your liver and gall bladder.  Prior to doing the Liver Flush you cannot eat any fat for 24 hours.  Sono Coconut Oil no dips or dressing, no meat, nothing with fat in it.

You may eat fruit and vegetables with no dips or sauces, but I would recommend not eating anything after 2:00 PM.

At 6:00 PM: Add 1 Tablespoon of Epsom salt to an 8 oz. glass of water and drink.  The colder the water the easier it is to drink.  Some people say it is easier to drink it through a straw.  To me it tastes very metallic.  Drink it fast and get it over with!

8:00 PM: Repeat the Epsom salt and water drink listed above (see the directions at 6:00 PM).

Now do all your “bedroom chores” such as brushing your teeth, going to the bathroom, showering or anything you want to do prior to retiring.

10:00 PM: Add 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice to 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil.  Shake thoroughly.  Drink and immediately go to bed.  Lay on your right side for a while with your knees tucked if you can (fetal position).  Stay in bed as long as possible.  Sleeping all night is ideal.  Of course you will not always stay on your right side.  That is fine.

In the morning: Repeat the Epsom salt and water drink listed at 6:00 PM.

You can also repeat the entire process for one more day.

You will have diarrhea sometime during the day after your flush.  Do not plan on going anywhere.  If you look in the stool you may notice the stones.  Some people do not notice them until afternoon and for others it is the next day.  Still others notice them in the morning just after they wake up.  If you place a colander in your toilet prior to your bowel movement, you can catch the stones and actually see what has been flushed out of your system.

Gallstones in a colander

There seems to be a correlation between how full your gall bladder is and how long it takes to see the stones.  My first time I did not see any stones until 4:00 PM that second day.  But the next flush I did I see them right away.  If your gallbladder is full you may only pass a few stones the first time you do this.  A second flush may bring out hundreds and a third flush could bring out over a thousand.

The stones can be coated with fecal material so you may not notice them.  They can be like small crescent moons, they can be large, blue green and “fuzzy”, they can be like little pebbles and anywhere from blue-green to tan in color.  I believe how “freshly made” the stones are, and how full your gall bladder is determines what you see.

A man who had a full gallbladder was told by alternative doctors in the U.S. and Greece that it was too dangerous for him to consider a liver flush.  Ultrasounds showed his gallbladder to be packed with stones.  These experts all told him his gallbladder was too full to even consider a flush.  For 20-30 years he lived with this full gallbladder and the pain.  He did not want to lose his gall bladder.  Finally he decided to go against their advice and do a cleanse anyway.

The first time he did the flush, he passed 4 stones.  They were large greenish-blue stones and they did not come out until the second day.  The next week he flushed out about 250 stones.  They came over a two day period following the flush.  These stones were mostly  crescent-shaped and bluish green, though some were tan.  The next week he passed another 450 stones.  Many of these were tan, although there were still some greenish-blue and some large “fuzzy” ones.  As of this writing he is still doing a flush every week.  All his gallbladder pain is gone, his skin looks better, his energy level is up, and he is excited about his results.  This man has the worst case of gallstones I have ever heard about, yet he is doing it!  Flushing stones is painless, relatively easy and a very good thing to do.

What happens during a cleanse?

Eating no oils or fats for 24 hours prior to the cleanse gives the gallbladder a chance to fill up with bile salts and be “bursting at the seems” if that were possible.

The reason you do not eat after 2:00 PM is so there is no food in the digestive tract that still needs to be digested and absorbed.  Having a full stomach when you do the cleanse can cause nausea.  If the food has moved into the large intestine  and has been completely digested and assimilated you will have no problems at all.

When you drink the Epsom Salt and water, it is high in magnesium sulfate.  The effect on the body is to dilate smooth muscle.  This means it will dilate the bile duct, making it impossible for the stones to get stuck.  In all the many years that I have done flushes and in all the many people I have known who do flushes, no one has every had a problem with a stone getting stuck, as long as they use the Epsom Salt.  Epsom Salt will also dilate the smooth muscles lining the digestive tract.  This will cause a purging of all the things in the digestive tract.  This helps to quickly eliminate the contents of the gallbladder when they are dumped.  The Epsom Salt is the cause of the diarrhea.  It will only last for a portion of the day.  I consider the diarrhea to be a good thing as there will be toxins, stones and who knows what emptying into the digestive tract.  The sooner these are out of the body, the better.

When you take the oil and lemon juice mixture, it stimulates the emptying of the full gallbladder.  It will strongly contract as a reaction to all that oil, and because the bile duct is dilated, the stones and most of the contents of the gallbladder will empty into the small intestine.  The lemon juice is alkalinizing and helps to cleanse and neutralize toxins that will be purged from the gallbladder.

Lying on your right side puts a little more pressure on the gallbladder so you get a little stronger emptying of the contents.  Lying down is especially important to get a good emptying.

Here is a testimonial from the man I mentioned earlier:

Dear Annette,

Thank you so much for helping me have the confidence to attempt the “liver-gallbladder” flush.  I have suffered for approximately 25 to 30 years with many gastric problems.  I have suffered with bloating, gas, and various degrees of abdominal pains.

I was advised by several health professionals I was at great risk doing any “flush” to empty my gallbladder of gallstones and I should sign on for laparoscopic surgery as soon as possible.  There was concern a gallstone would get lodged and obstruct causing infection and possible gangrene.  If infection or gangrene became an issue, I would have to have major surgery, laparoscopic surgery would cease to be an option.  The result from hesitating would be  possible negative effect to my pancreas.  This would ultimately create  diabetes.

After much thought, I became determined to find alternative solutions.  I explored many possibilities from acupuncture to Ayurvedic treatments in different parts of the world, with no real success. I did have relief of pain from Ur-Moor treatment in Germany, but the stones remained.

Today, after three “flushes” I am feeling much better, since approximately 1,000 stones have passed of various sizes, shapes, and colors from blue-green, turquoise, to tan.  I have noticed a tightening of my skin where my face appeared to sagging and tired.  My skin seems to have become more moist.  Incidentally I am planning more “flushes” to rid my liver & gallbladder completely of gallstones.

The most important change is the subsiding of the gas and pain completely, plus the rise in my energy level.  It is certainly obvious one needs to hang on to their gallbladder, because there is a correlation between good health and the gallbladder.  Many medical professionals claim the gallbladder is perhaps a leftover appendage from prehistoric times and is no longer necessary.  Perhaps medical science could revisit their gallbladder research, and reevaluate the value of gallbladders?

I am living proof of the value of maintaining ones gallbladder and doing the “liver flush” in lieu of surgery.

Thank you,


Is the Seven Day Intensive Cleasing Program applicable to me even though I have no more gallbladder & appendix?

When a person does not have a gallbladder nor an appendix they usually have unfriendly organisms in the digestive tract.  In fact, this is often the reason they have had to have those organs removed. Cleansing the body and tissues benefits everyone, no matter what their age.  It will help to get rid of unfriendly organisms, cleanse out old fecal material, help to remove toxins from the bowels and from other tissues of the body.