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Olive oil lemon juice liver/gallladder flush- worked for mom, didn't work for me.

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Updated November 05, 2013 at 7:48 PM
Created June 29, 2012 at 2:35 PM

I did a liver/gallbladder flush last night. Ate apples all week (supposedly helps soften the stones), only ate apples and oatmeal on the day of the flush, stopped eating by noon. Every 20 minutes from 7:00-9:00, 3 T olive oil followed by 2-3 T of a 50/50 fresh squeezed lemon juice / grapefruit juice. Took 1t. epsom salts at 8:00, 2 magnesium pills before bed last night. All in all 1 c. olive oil, 1 c. juice. Laid on right side after each dose. Fell asleep around 9:30.

I didn't have any nausea or pain during the flush, nothing this morning, and after a cup of black coffee I had a solid, normal (although lighter colored than usual and no odor) bowel movement. 1 hour later and I still don't feel anything going on in my guts.

I eat a clean paleo diet that is fairly high in fat. The reason I did this cleanse is because my mom was having gallbladder issues and tried it, and though she didn't see any stones, she hasn't had an attack since. I figured I would give it a shot on my day off and see what happened.

Still, I'm finding it hard to believe my body just digested a whole cup of olive oil and 10 lemons' worth of juice no problemo. Similar experiences or possible explanations?

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0 · November 05, 2013 at 7:48 PM

This comment is the truth. Great Job Matt H. Those that call this snake oil are INCREDIBLY UNEDUCATED and think they are speaking from a place of intelligence. Of course scams exist, I am not naive, but I have tried this after taking years of tylenol over 4 grams a day every day and getting really sick, did some actual studying into legit practices and turns out this can work. If you don't see results but feel better great. Who cares if you see a stone, i don't. And I am definitely not digging in my waste to find it.

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0 · September 04, 2012 at 8:53 PM

If you were already eating and tolerating a diet well with ample fat in it, you likely are the owner of a healthy gallbladder. Liver cleanses are a different beastie altogether as far as I know, and use things like bitter herbs over a period of time to slowly help the liver function better.

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0 · September 04, 2012 at 6:58 PM

I'll second them all being BS.

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0 · June 29, 2012 at 4:08 PM

No, they aren't all BS. Lots of pain followed by an ultrasound that showed a gallbladder full of stones. Hubby did the cleanse and viola! gallbladder no longer full of stones.

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0 · June 29, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Thanks for sharing! I was always wondering whether those things work or not. I would probably die after drinking 10 lemons' worth of juice. You are so lucky!

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11571 · June 29, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Are Detoxes and Cleanses Safe and Effective? http://www.marksdailyapple.com/are-detoxes-and-cleanses-safe-and-effective/#axzz1z7GU3N37 (just to annoy the folks who don't like references)

In short, those regimes are total BS. At least you didn't do one that requires paying out the nose. Stones occasionally appear after this "flush" but when analyzed they're made of fatty acid salts. In other words, olive oil and lemon juice mixed in your body into a soap like substance.

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0 · September 04, 2012 at 6:58 PM

I'll second them all being BS.

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0 · June 29, 2012 at 4:08 PM

No, they aren't all BS. Lots of pain followed by an ultrasound that showed a gallbladder full of stones. Hubby did the cleanse and viola! gallbladder no longer full of stones.

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855 · June 29, 2012 at 3:46 PM

The cleanse will work. I think that you messed up by taking the oil/lemon a little at the time. The method I have used involves drinking the whole potion at one time at 10pm or so after 2 doses of epsoms. The epsoms alone should have you pooping. It is a saline laxative and the Mg will relax the smooth muscles of your ducts. You should have taken 1T if epsoms at 6 and 8, then another 1T when you woke up. When you do everything right you will feel or even hear your gallbladder contract in response to the large dose of oil you have consumed.

Oh, and the stones are not formed in the gut by the mixture of acid and fat. If that was the case the salad dressings would make soap. Soap is formed from fats and bases, like lye. The stones are waxy or hard.

Anyway, the reason that you did not get results is that you did not use enough epsoms and spreading out the oil out over hours. The oil is really a trigger. When a lot of fat hits your stomach at one time it triggers the gallbladder to contract and expel its contents into the stomach. The epsoms is there to relax the ducts and to scoot the bile/poop out of your body before it can be resorbed via the hepatic portal vein and recycled.

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0 · November 05, 2013 at 7:48 PM

This comment is the truth. Great Job Matt H. Those that call this snake oil are INCREDIBLY UNEDUCATED and think they are speaking from a place of intelligence. Of course scams exist, I am not naive, but I have tried this after taking years of tylenol over 4 grams a day every day and getting really sick, did some actual studying into legit practices and turns out this can work. If you don't see results but feel better great. Who cares if you see a stone, i don't. And I am definitely not digging in my waste to find it.

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20 · November 20, 2012 at 1:14 AM

Everything what is told about flushing the gallbladder with olive oil and lemon juice, plus Epson salt is garbage or Bull Shit.People who put videos on YouTube.com or other sites are either naive or have some money interest. What are coming out from the gut, (not from the gallbladder) is pure olive oil (that's why is green color) mixed with juice lemon in shape of small or bigger balls, nothing else. I tried twice, without using Epson salt and I still got a lots of green stones. First time I put all the green "stones" in a plastic container and leave it for a while close to home heater, called calorific.In short period of time all stones disappeared, melting away. Some people took some sample to laboratory for analyze and the result show just that: oil mixed with lemon juice, nothing else from bile composition. In conclusion: Please spread the world about this - to stop lies and stupidity invading our internet life.

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28 · July 18, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Cleanses and flushes are snake oil.

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2417 · June 29, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Why on earth? I just don't understand the urge to fix what isn't broken. And once again, CORRELATION DOES NOT EQUAL CAUSATION.

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11048 · June 29, 2012 at 2:56 PM

It worked for my husband. What he did was slightly different. He drank unfiltered apple juice only before beginning the olive oil and lemon juice, continuing the apple juice between times. Hubby still has spasms on occasion, but no stones (verified by ultrasound). If you weren't having an attack, perhaps you don't have any gallbladder issues that needed to be resolved.

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0 · November 05, 2013 at 8:23 AM

I'm 40 years old, and two years ago I've had a gallbladder full of small stones (microlithiasis). The doctor recommended surgery ( gallbladder removal). I've completely cleansed it by taking one squeezed lemon juice and a table spoon of olive oil each morning, 15 minutes before breakfast.(three weeks, one week pause then three weeks again) I have never tried this kind of cleanse, but the principle seems the same.

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0 · February 14, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Hahaha, this is amusing.

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10 · September 04, 2012 at 6:26 PM

If the Green 'stones' are merely olive oil and lemon made into "soap," then they would appear EVERY time the cleanse was done. In fact, for people who do the cleanse for several months in a row, we notice that the "green" stones cease to appear, when they are gone from the gall bladder. Further, in my experience I have seen MANY other "objects" cleaned out of the liver, such as black pieces, white pieces, parasites, flukes, etc., in addition to the green. After several cleanses in a 4 month period, I had no more green "balls." If they were olive oil and lemon, they would be there every time. My opinion.

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