Liver Flush, Round II


Starting my first day of liver flush today, drinking lots of yummy apple juice.

After my first attempt at the flush last month, I’m now the wiser and feel more confident, especially as I’ve been cleaning my colon out, properly, with the help of my colon hydrotherapist. Burnt a hole in my pocket, but so worth it. Got a lot of worms and other unidentified things out (yep, I’ve been going through my poo with a stick. Fun!). Oh, I also passed a few stones here and there, from the first flush, so they did get stuck on their way out.  Suffice to say, I’d be wary of doing any flushes without cleaning out my colon now.

Aaaaand for those of you who are wondering why there’s an image of a moon on the top of the post, instead of something like a liver or pictures of my stones from the first flush (I doubt you’d want to see it but I do have em. Just sayin.), the full moon has been traditionally associated with cleansing and letting go (pun unintended) of things that no longer serves us. So I thought it’s quite apt, since it’ll be the full moon tomorrow. Plus, it’s pretty.

Stay safe guys, there be werewolves out there.

Credits: Photo by Thinkstock

Liver Flush – Final Day & the Aftermath

So I finally did the liver flush and it went well. Well, sort of.

The good news is, I got a lot of stones out, about 300 – 500 I think. The bad news is, I had a “complication” after the flush – constipation.

I actually felt great right after the flush (a little tired, but I felt a sense of wellbeing and… peace). The nightmare came later, which I think was triggered by the food I ate on the day after the flush – I had a peanut butter sandwich and I guess this triggered my gallbladder to produce more bile, thereby pushing more stones out and these guys got stuck in the colon. And so I became constipated for a few days, my stomach became so big I looked 6 months pregnant. I drank some Epsom salt solution and it helped a little (it’s a laxative so I did manage to have bowel movement), but I was still bloated…

…and so I decided to get a colon hydrotherapy* done. Thankfully, that solved the problem.

Regardless, I’m really happy with the results and I’m planning on doing another flush in a few weeks time. After the flush, I noticed that my tummy became flatter, I had more energy and most remarkably, I thought my mind became clearer.

I still have a long way to go, since the recommendation is to flush until you don’t see anymore stones coming out (about 6 – 8 times, depending on individual). But the benefits really make the whole thing worthwhile**.

I did have another, err… notable, experience doing the flush. I remember having another “emotional release” during the pre-flush day (if you remember, I talked about this in my previous post), this time involving a very old friend and high school sweetheart. It was really weird because we only dated for a while in high school and have remained good friends ever since (though not particularly close), and I have not seen him in a long time.

So, that makes two cases of emotional healing involving exes. Anymore and I might just name this, The Flush of Boyfriend Past.

Til the next flush, I’ve signed up for a series of colon hydrotherapy session (it’s awesome y’all!), but that’s for another post. I’m gonna make my exit now #pun (right, I’ll show myself to the door).

*Strictly speaking, you are supposed to clean out your colon thoroughly (via colon hydrotherapy, colema or enema) before and after the flush, but having read that some people have had successful flushes without one, I decided to forego that. Oh and my mom, who did the flush with me, didn’t have any issues at all post-flush, despite getting a lot of stones out too. So it really depends on the individual I’d say.

**Not that it was difficult to begin with, the only thing I found hard to deal with was the nausea that comes after drinking the olive oil and lemon juice mixture (which by itself was really delicious). IIRC this is because when you ingest the olive oil, your gallbladder gets prompted to produce a lot of bile so you can flush out the stones, but if your colon is congested, the bile gets pushed back up (so again, clean your colon before doing the flush).

Liver & Gallbladder Flush – DAY 4 (“House” cleaning Part II)


So a quick update a few days into the flush.

Things are going well, taking the apple juice is the highlight of my day now cause it tastes great. I’m not following the dietary requirements very strictly though (no ice cold drinks, no fried food, no sugar) but I have managed to time the juice intake so that they’re not too close to mealtime, or after.

That aside, I’ve been getting these symptoms, which doesn’t sound like I’m in very good shape:
– Feeling really tired, perhaps more than usual
– Yellow coating on the tongue, apparently is an indication of poor digestion, according to my mom (i.e. traditional Chinese medicine). Also found out today it is one of the signs that I do have gallstones in my liver (more specifically, a sign of an imbalanced secretion of bile)
– Bloating and gas (though bowel movement is regular), which could be a sign of candida overgrowth in the intestine, which means I might have leaky gut without knowing it – Yikes! That explains why I’ve been feeling fatigued so often. Now this is a big revelation.

(Apparently, when these nasty little guys breach the intestinal barrier and enter the bloodstream, they release toxic byproducts that can cause fatigue, nausea,  headache and liver damage.)

Aside from the physical reactions, I’ve also released a deep emotional pain, which I thought I’ve cleared, after my breakup. This happened during a bout of meditation so maybe it had nothing to do with the cleanse, just thought I’d make a note of it.

On the whole though, I’ve been taking it easy, cutting back on the internetz and sleeping early. I think this helps.

Credits & links:
How Can I Tell I Have Gallstones In My Liver?
10 Signs You Have Candida Overgrowth & What To Do About It

“House” cleaning

So I’m starting a liver and gallbladder flush today. I’ve always had problems with my digestion and have experienced fatigue* every now and then, so when I stumbled upon this liver cleanse I thought I’d give it a try.

The premise of the flush is…

“The liver is responsible for processing, converting, distributing and maintaining the body’s fuel supply which consists of nutrients and energy. Impeding these vital functions not only affects the body’s performance as a whole, but also the health of every single cell. The liver cannot perform any of these functions properly if its bile ducts are clogged with deposits of hardened bile or ‘gallstones’ (made of gall or bile).”

“Gallstones are caused by a number of factors, including the modern fast pace of living, stress, imbalanced diets, disruptive lifestyle, use of medical drugs, stimulants and alcohol, and ingestion of chemical poisons, such as food additives and artificial sweeteners. Bile duct congestion results in major impairment of digestive functions, thereby reducing the nutrient supply to the trillions of cells in the body. This makes gallstones in the liver a major cause of physical and emotional illness.”

So this is how it works, briefly:
1) Day 1 – 5
Drink a litre of apple juice a day, preferably on an empty stomach in between meals (and not immediately before or after a meal).

You can drink it throughout the day, doesn’t have to be finished in one sitting. And no fasting required.

2) Day 6 – Actual cleanse
Continue with the apple juice, but no food should be consumed after 2pm. You may have a light breakfast and lunch (For breakfast, oatmeal is advised. For lunch, something like steamed veggies with rice).

At 6pm and 8pm, drink a solution of Epsom salts (see pdf link for details).

At 10pm, the actual cleanse begins – Mix half a cup of olive oil and half a cup of lemon juice (or oranges or grapefruit if you prefer), shake well and drink it all in. Then you lie down and wait.

Apparently this is when you start to get bowel movements and if all goes  well, you should see happy little gallstones in the toilet bowl, released at last from the prison that is your liver :]

*If you are experiencing any of the following, you might wanna try it out:

“Skin irritation, weak eyesight, unhealthy bowel movements, recurring headaches, unexplainable weight gain, loss of energy, sudden aging, elevated cholesterol levels, most allergies, constricted blood vessels, bloated abdomen, water retention, gastrointestinal trouble, breathing difficulties, poor memory and concentration, pain in the joints or elsewhere in the body, brittle bones, and any major illness such as heart disease, cancer, MS, diabetes or Alzheimer’s.”

**The cleanse sounds easy enough but there might be one tiny problem – colon cleanse is strongly advised before and after the liver flush, so please take this into account if you’re going to try this.

Credit and links:
Does Your Liver Need an Overhaul? The Importance of Liver Flushing or Liver Cleansing

How To Do The Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush — Andreas Moritz

A how-to article on the liver cleanse

Emotional Healing and the Physical Side of Emotions


Article by Andreas Moritz

When I first came across the ancient wisdom of Ayurvedic medicine in 1981, I had no idea how profoundly it would change my life.

It gave me a new perspective that made everything in life more meaningful and important. The Ayurvedic sages, from their unbiased perspective of unity consciousness, clearly saw that all problems begin with a ‘mistake of the intellect’. They claimed that by not knowing who we are, we could not see where we are going or what we are doing.

Instead of referring to our unbounded Self or bliss consciousness to know the world and ourselves, we refer to the various roles we play in life, which can create an identity for our small self or ego. At one moment, I may play a doctor in my office. When I am at home, I play a husband. At other times, I may play the roles of a father, a friend, a cook, a traveler, a teacher, a student, etc.

Most of our life centers on the various roles we play, but we no longer know the person who is playing them. This creates fear because we lose contact with our own source of love, power and stability. The following are the most likely physical responses that will result from the experience of fear and other types of emotional upset. Your journey towards emotional healing begins with awareness.

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Credit: Painting by Andreas Moritz, available for purchase on his site

Tiny lights, endless nights

Sometimes the road is just not clear. You’re stuck in one place, unsure of where to go, or what to do.

This has been pretty much how I’ve lived my life, and I hated it. The uncertainty of it all. The ambiguity of it all. I never liked it.

But of late, it seems like I’m starting to get signals, or little serendipitous events, if you will. Little things happen to gently steer me to take a step to the left, or to the right. Sometimes forwards, sometimes backwards (and that’s when you know it’s time to rest and not rush things, simply letting things take its course).

One thing in common though, throughout it all, is that the steps follow the course of my heart. Simply put, they have led me to the things that I want. It was like my intentions, materialised.

I guess I’m now better at dealing with uncertainties. And because of that, I know that no matter what happens, I’ll be ok.

Wishing you the same sense of love and peace that I feel at this moment, for them to also light the path to your heart 💜

Back at the drawing board

So I’ve been jobless for a while and am living off my savings. I want to take my time to figure out what it is I want to do but the thought of running out of money and not having a plan eats at me every day. It’s always at the back of my head, “Get a job, apply for that five figure job at the bank.” Sometimes though, it’s more like, “Life is short, do what you want to do.”

And I’m thinking, yeah I don’t want to get a 9-5 (though it’s more like 9-6 nowadays) and spend my time getting stuck in traffic on the way back (and on the way to work). I tried it and it sucks – Money in the bank but more money than I know what to do with (well before y’all think I’m making that much, I should say that I don’t make a truckload of cash, I just spend very little I suppose).

Anyways, the battle is still ongoing, “get a job!”, “don’t get a job!”, “get a job!”, “no, don’t get a job!”… you get the drift. But I have to say that the latter is getting the upper hand. It makes more sense, doesn’t it? Time is more precious that money. Time is un-loanable, un-returnable, un-extendable (sorry for butchering the English language). Time is all we have. I don’t see the sense in giving up two thirds of my time in return for cash because, what good is money when I’m old and grey? I’d still be old and waiting for death anyways. Might as well start early.

I guess now I just have to figure out a way to make a living, another way, my way. I’ll have to work something out, but I don’t know what yet, and the road is not clear. Will it ever be clear? I don’t know. But I hope that the universe, or life, or whatever it is, will help me along. I’d like a big neon sign that says, “THIS WAY”, with a big arrow pointing at the right direction, but I guess I’ll just have to make do with smaller signs for now. Like some serendipitous event or something. I can live with that.

The WWW: Weal Wide Web

Today I watched a spider spin a web. When the web was completed, the spider crawled back to the middle, ate up the initial thread to form a small hole and sat there snugly.

Then something interesting happened. It tugged its web slightly with all of its feet, repeating this a few times as the whole web gets pulled in towards the middle and bounced back out gently.

“Yep, the web is secure. And we wait.”

The Treasure

by Penelope Dinsmore

“Then the One, that was hidden in the shell,
Was born through the force of fiery torment.
From it there arose in the beginning love,
Which is the germ and the seed of knowledge.
The wise found the root of being in not-being
By investigating the impulses of the human heart”

Sharing this beautiful piece of art by Penelope Dinsmore, taken from her book, The Treasure That Came Into The World to Find Its Self, which tells of her journey of self discovery and transformation.

A trained painter with an interest in analytical psychology, Penelope has spent years exploring her innerworld with the help of Dr. Joseph Henderson, a Jungian analyst. Her story really resonated with me and I hope someone out there would benefit from it as well.

In the beginning there was no love of the kind I now know is possible. It just was not there. There is no blame for that. My parents accepted what they got and did the best they could, living in the wild twenties followed by the depression and World War 2. My father was a well known Maine artist who was married five times. My mother turned to alcohol for help.

Mother’s mother was an accomplished painter. I grew up in an aesthetic atmosphere. There was not a great deal of feeling. Dr. Henderson explains this kind of surrounding in his book Cultural Attitudes in Psychological Perspective.

“Marriage is a brutal reality,” I remember Jung saying. By the time I was 40, I had had three marriages, three divorces and three children. I had traveled from the East to the West coast, living five years in between in Aspen, Colorado, where I flew a plane, drove fast cars, had my own ski hill, and no love. I have been married now for thirty-eight years. Love, real love has come slowly, slowly with great difficulty. Art and dreams and Jungian psychology have made this possible. That is my experience. That is what I know.”

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