Purgation: The act or process of discharging bodily wastes or foreign substances.
Cathartic: A substance that purifies.
A more literal definition: The act of clearing the bowels and small intestines of all solid matter in an explosive fashion.
With this, it is understood to be an exhausting and invigorating process. It is not until today that the right energy is attained to write about the colon/liver/gallbladder cleanse.
The attempt was semi successful. The first two days the overall feeling was of tiredness. And sleep was very deep. The Super Colon Cleanse pills meant the bathroom was the most popular room. A sensation that maybe toxins in the system were being released by the special diet and the bentonite clay in the pills.
On the third and fourth day, the feeling changed. There was energy to burn! Clean energy, not like the energy from coffee. A clean, powerful energy and increased flexibility. Yoga was fun and full of grace. Meditation clearer, calm found more quickly.
On the fifth day, it was noticed that the body was tired of the apple juice. Some was forced down anyway. A very light breakfast of one green apple and a fist-sized bowl of whole grain oatmeal. No pills of any type.
The house was cleaned furiously and this kept the mind off the stomach. The metaphor of the clean house for the body was not overlooked.
At 2pm no more food was taken by mouth. And no more drink.
At 6pm the first in a series of four epsom salts drinks was consumed. This is a mixture of epsom salts and apple juice. It tastes quite unpleasant even with the help of the juice. And again at 8pm this nasty concoction was consumed. At 10pm, standing next to the bed, a mixture of olive oil and fresh squeezed grapefruit juice was shaken vigorously before being swallowed quickly. The grapefruit juice does an amazing job of emulsifying the oil and the whole mixture was actually very palatable. Two melatonin tablets were taken to help attain the state of sleep.
Instructions said to lie down in bed flat on the back immediately. That was done. And then the wait. For sleep. Which did not come for well over an hour. And when it did come, it left very quickly. A rude awakening accompanied by a sensation of nausea…and of a stomach very full. Laying on the back is not the natural way to sleep. Tossing and turning began, making the nausea worse.
Somehow real sleep is attained.
Awake and aware of sensations in the intestines. Still nauseated. Wondering if a significant mistake has been made. Many trips to the loo began. Cathartic purgation ensued.
Results. Large balls of hard bile, many small balls and hard yellow gravelly looking pieces of what was said in the literature to be cholesterol. They are presented here for your entertainment.
The large balls were cut in half and at the center of some resided a strange flat white thing. What are these? They could be a parasite from the liver. A liver fluke perhaps. It is decided that a parasite cleanse is necessary and some Paragon is ordered. Paragon = natural herbal parasitide.
Throughout the day more interesting things are observed. More parasites. And much cholesterol that looks like wheat chaff. A feeling of exhaustion from the purgation begins to take hold. Some time is spent resting in the sun. Vitamin D!
Midday some juice is consumed and very slowly over the course of the afternoon food is reintroduced. Only fruits and vegetables and some coconut oil to keep the bile moving. Very small quantities of food. A strange feeling of fullness in the area of the liver starts.
That night, as sleep was attempted, the fullness in the liver turned to slight pain. The next day the source of the pain is realized. More stones have passed! Large ones! Telling us more cleansing is required. We understand now how well the epsom salts have worked to open up and relax ducts so the first stones could pass without pain.
The end result, two days later, is a feeling of overall increased health. Greater understanding of the body and what it needs. A desire to eat healthier and not to consume alcohol.
Taking responsibility for our individual health instead of waiting for disease to take hold is not the typical approach to health taken. Instead of being irresponsible with this one body and then expecting the medical institution to produce a magic bullet and cure. Realizing that the North American diet is killing friends, family and strangers alike. Reducing the quality of life for even more. Processed foods have no life in them. To the contrary they KILL. We are the product of millennia of eating roots, nuts & berries and, on occasion, animal protein. What makes us think we can get away with eating two pounds of animal protein, three pounds of sugar and processed flour every day?
The next step in the series of bodily spring cleaning will be the removal of mercury-containing tooth fillings. Check back here for details!
A wonderful source of information on the politics of food and healthcare and how you can take responsibility for your health is Dr. Tim O’Shea’s web site The Doctor Within.