Clay and Herbal Digestive System (and Colon) Cleanse
Basic "Bare Bones" Protocol + Advanced Adjuncts
Cleansing the Digestive Tract
Version 0.85 Beta – Updated October 3rd, 2018
What follows is a highly effective basic digestive system cleanse. It is designed to cleanse not just the colon, but the entire digestive system. Although it is extremely simple, it is extremely effective.
This document should not be construed as medical advice, and its authors do not actually advise that anyone do this program/protocol. It is presented as research material for individuals who have already independently decided to do a natural digestive system cleanse. Individuals are always advised to seek out and follow qualified medical guidance if experiencing digestive system complaints.
This basic cleanse is as simple as possible while still getting the job done. Once all of the elements are clearly understood, it may be modified to suit. As with many of the protocols/programs at earthcures.org, this is a "plug and play" program. It does not require fasting or any specific diet.
However, for best results the following digestive system principles should be followed, to the best of one's ability:
1. Eat only food that the body is capable of digesting. This will vary greatly between different individuals, based on genetics, enzyme production, bacterial balance in the digestive tract, etc. Some individuals with weak digestion do better with properly cooked foods, others do better with a balanced diet of raw foods. The secret to digestive system mastery is developing the ability to listen to how the body responds to what is consumed, and make the appropriate adjustments.
2. Eat only clean food. Work to minimize or eliminate processed food, including foods with added chemicals, hormones, and otherwise "fortified" food. Work toward eating food with minimal pesticides (organic). Eliminate over-cooking and minimize the use of the microwave often, whenever possible.
3. Do not over eat. Over-consumption of anything is a barrier to cleansing.
There are many good colon cleansing programs out there. For many years we recommended following the guidance of Dr. Richard Schulze, especially the use of his Intestinal Formula #1 for individuals with severe constipation issues, and his two month colon cleansing program along with his products. His programs are excellent, but can become quite involved.
This program is designed to be as "doable" as possible, without requiring a lot of extra equipment use (blenders, juicers, enema bags, etc.) and without extensive daily preperation. It is also not limited to the colon, but works to help address the entire digestive system.
The protocol utilizes only four completely natural substances:
1. Expel - Expel is a supplement sold by Tim O'Shea, Dc (who runs the website thedoctorwithin.com). It is a blend of seven herbs designed to cleanse and restore function to the colon. It must be used for sixty consecutive days. Expel can be purchased here. A two month supply is needed. This would be two bottles, but it is advisable to purchase three bottles.
2. Edible Therapeutic Clay - For this cleanse, we do recommend a swelling clay, either calcium montmorillonite or sodium montmorillonite. Use the Eytons' Earth buyer's guide to purchase high quality edible clay.
3. Probiotics - High quality probiotics must be used. At this time, we can't recommend one single "best" probiotic. One can use Florabiotics made by Tim O'shea's company, one can use something like Dr. Mercola probiotics. As long as the probiotics are a high quality formulation, they will suffice. Make certain that the probiotics contain the DDS-1 strain.
4. Drinking Water - Cleansing always requires plenty of good drinking water. Men should drink a total of 2 liters of water daily, while women should drink a total of 1.75 liters daily.
In addition, a section of "adjunct protocols" is provided. Please note that the adjuncts are all optional. It is perfectly acceptable to simply do the basic digestive system cleansing protocol.
Also, please note that the method of adjusting to the use of clay in this cleanse is a bit different than what is recommended in the Eytons' Earth Comprehensive Beginner's Guide to Using Edible Clay. This is due to the fact that we are using colon cleansing herbs along with the clay. It is highly recommended that individuals take some time to read the beginner's guide to using edible clay.
In order to successfully transform the terrain of the digestive tract, the following must occur:
1. Completely evacuate the colon - purge all mucoid plaque. This process takes about 2 months.
2. At the same time, you need to transform the bio-terrain by using things like binders and bulking agents.
3. At the same time, you need to be certain that your body can digest every last morsel consumed.
4. At the same time, eliminate toxins coming through bile that kill of good bacteria and thus help support pathogenic overgrowths.
5. Then, and only then, can probiotics really make a difference, and they have to be used in the proper quantity; you literally have to flood the system.
6. This needs to be done every single day while the digestive system heals.
People who accomplish this experience a transformation in gut function.
People who fail at this, if they have done everything right, usually either have some kind of permanent damage, or more likely a pathogenic condition that has found a way to resist all of the changes. Perhaps things like chronic late stage Lyme disease.
Every night, about an hour after dinner, take one to four capsules of Expel with two full glasses of water. Start with one capsule, and increase by one each night until you evacuate your bowels in the morning. The idea is to eliminate more feces in the morning than you regularly eliminate when doing a bowel movement normally. Taking too much Expel (like taking four capsules when you really only need two) will simply result in looser stool with a bit more cramping. This is not necessary. Expel is meant to be very gentle on the digestive tract.
Once you have established your ideal dose (this should be done within the first week), then it is time to introduce edible clay.
The night before, mix one tablespoonful of edible clay into 250 - 500 ml of water. The best way is to use a BPA free plastic shaker bottle with a lid (do not use any metal aggitator that may have come with the bottle).
First thing in the morning, shake the bottle containing the clay water once more. Allow it to settle for three minutes, and then drink all of the clay water. You can leave any sediment behind (or you can drink it). Some clays have more sediment than others.
Ideally, wait one hour before eating breakfast. During this pre-breakfast morning period, try to drink a total of 500 milliters of water, including the water used for the clay.
Men need to drink a total of at least 2 liters of clean drinking water each day. Women need to drink 1.75 liters each day.
Finally, take a "maximum dose" of probiotics with each meal (three times daily). The amount of probiotics to take will depend upon the probiotics that you purchase. A general rule of thumb would be to take 3 to 6 capsules with each meal. The operative idea is to perpetually replenish the gut flora with while on this cleanse.
Most will tolerate starting clay very well with the colon cleansing herbs in use. However, if one experiences any difficulty with clay use, switch from taking clay in the morning to taking clay in between lunch and dinner (away from food).
Continue with the clay, drinking water, and Expel for a total of two months. It's that simple.
Expect the use of Expel to change your appetite. The body will crave far less junk food. While going through this two month process, learn to listen to the body's feedback and trust what it is communicating. The use of Expel certainly helps to support a shift in dietary habits. In order for this effect to be fully realized, one must take the Expel every single day.
While this cleanse is designed to be very gentle, individuals with detoxification issues may experience some fatigue. Work with the body, not against it! If fatigue is experienced, allow the body to rest as it needs to.
Why use clay first thing in the morning? Simple. The body goes through a cleansing process/cycle at night. During this process, the bile collects (among other things) heavy metals. Having clay on board before breakfeast allows the clay to be present during the first "bile dump" of the day, where it will bind these heavy metals and prevent them from being reabsorbed into the body. Using clay first thing in the morning also gets it out of the way and doesn't leave any room for forgetting to do it.
Clay is well known for its ability to help the body detoxify. However, it also has extraordinary healing power as well. It is useful for any type of injury or damage in the digestive tract, from stomach ulcerations to hemorrhoids. Please be sure to read the Comprehensive Beginner's Guide to Using Edible Clay to learn about the amazing health promoting properties of a good edible clay.
A colon cleanse is usually the first recommended cleanse in any comprehensive detoxification protocol. It is imperative that the colon be in good working order before attempting other forms of cleansing, such as a liver cleanse.
It can also be argued that forced heavy metal cleansing (using chelation agents) should be performed after colon cleansing. However, some comprehensive programs use chelation agents at the same time. As long as such a program is designed to prevent retention toxicity (the re-absorption of heavy metals and toxins that would otherwise be eliminated from the body successfully), then there is no real safety concern. Some people react to even tiny amounts of chemicalized oral chelation agents like ALA or EDTA.
Therefore, for extremely toxic individuals, if at all possible it is better to take a few months to work on the digestive system and cleaning up the diet before doing any other detoxification protocol.
The shortest effective colon cleansing program that we have seen is a two month program. Due to the "layers" that need to be uncovered, there is no effective short cut. A good digestive system cleanse is much more than getting the colon fully evacuated. A good cleanse works to restore function to the digestive system by healing actual tissues back to their normal state, purging all of the accumulated waste present, and transforming the bioterrain of the digestive tract.
This program is also extremely effective at purging mucoid plaque. When you begin to eliminate mucoid plaque, going to the bathroom will start to have a different sensation. Sometimes, one might notice strangely formed strips of material being purged. These can be short or long. This is mucoid plaque.
It can take much more than one round of this cleanse to eliminate all mucoid plaque from the colon. As the first cleanse progresses, many people will notice a significant decrease in bloating (especially if one has started to develop healthy eating habits). However, one sixty day round of this protocol is enough to completely transform how the digestive system functions.
Many people are critical of detoxification protocols and programs. One scientific viewpoint is that the body is designed to be able to detoxify itself, and therefore has no need for extra cleansing protocols. To a certain extent, this is true.
If an individual has not grown old, has not had any significant chronic illness (especially infections), has a great genetic profile, has had perfect eating habits, and has avoided all of the man made toxic waste that currently permeates our modern environment, then a detoxification protocol might not be needed.
However, we know very few individuals who can fill those idyllic shoes. For everyone else, there is much to gain (and only a little bit of extra weight to lose) from learning how to effectively support the body's natural detoxification channels.
This can be done very safely, very affordably, and even in an enjoyable manner. Not everything healthy has to be torture! Why not let a great digestive system cleanse be the catalyst and inspiration for a healthier, happier lifestyle!
For a clear perspective on detoxification and cleansing protocols, please read this article @ Eytons' Earth:
Detoxification: A New Perspective on Detox & Cleansing Protocols
Many people are also critical of probiotic supplementation. It is actually rare for an individual to report good benefits or healing as a result of probiotic use. There are many reasons for this, and it is agreed that probiotic use in and of itself has very limited value.
1. In many cases, the existing colonies of bacteria view probiotics used as supplements as an invading force. The new comers are often killed off very quickly. In order for probiotic use to be effective, a new symbiosis must be established.
2. Low quality probiotics won't likely survive the trip into the colon.
3. Very few supplement companies recommend using enough brobiotics to make a difference.
4. Individuals with toxicity issues will not have a bioterrain conducive to healthy gut flora. Heavy metals and other toxic waste simply kill off the new bacteria.
With this program, the central idea is a complete cleansing/transformation of the bio-terrain of the digestive tract, which allows for recolonization of healthy gut flora.
How critical the probiotic supplementation is in the program is largely individual. Some people will need probiotics more than others.
The herbs used in this program may not be strong enough for individuals with a very severe case of an impacted colon (there are various "offical" types of conditions, but they all share the same problem). If, after a month on this program, the herbs are not working exactly the way that they should (evacuation of the bowels first thing in the morning, with the elimination of more feces than usual), and especially if one is experiencing abdominal pain, AND one does not take medications that are known to interfere with colon function, then one may need to take extra steps. One thing to try is two months using Dr. Richard Schulze's Intestinal Formula Number 1. These "heavy hitting" herbs work very differently from Expel.
The central idea here is to get the job done of completely evacuating the "concrete" stool trapped in the colon, and then returning to the use of Expel. At this point (after 2 months), one can even use them both together, if needed.
If said individuals are able to, employing integrative medicine may be a prudent decision: With the presence of abdominal pain, and/or unrelenting constipation with intermittent diarrhea that will not resolve, it is a good idea to get a CT scan to rule in or out any type of impacted colon that hasn't responded to diligent therapy.
How does this occur, even with a good program in place? Many times, these types of conditions are caused by a "perfect storm":
1. The consumption of things like hydrogenated oils, even if it has been years since one has eaten things like potato chips, fast food, and processed food. One must check labels!
2. A chronically dehydrated body/colon.
3. A pH/electrolyte imbalance in the body that results in things like calcium leeching from the bones. The result is that calcium deposits can form nearly anywhere.
4. A "lazy" colon, where peristalsis has been impaired. There are countless ways that this disease condition can occur, including the over use of antibiotics, chronic infections, and chronic fatigue, just to name a few.
Will Expel be habit forming? I have heard that many bowel cleansing herbs result in developing a "lazy colon".
Unlike many other bowel herbal formulations, Expel is not habit forming. After the program ends, it takes just a few short days for the body to adjust back to normal.
Can I keep taking Expel?
After the first two months, take break. If desired, one can break for a month or so, and then do another cleanse. However, doing multiple "rounds" isn't very productive if one hasn't changed one's lifestyle to reflect a healthy digestive system!
Many people will not be able to completely heal the colon and permanently correct eating habits in a few short months. Perhaps the changes that you made to eating habits are starting to revert back. Perhaps you'd like to continue to lose a bit more weight. Perhaps you just sense that you can continue to benefit from another round of Expel. Provided that you are pleased with the results of the cleanse, there is nothing wrong with doing another round after a break.
Expel can be used "as needed" once the cleanse has been completed.
Can I use my home brew probiotics?
You can use substances like fermented cabbage juice or kefir in place of probiotics provided that they are properly made. However, you may wish to purchase a professional full spectrum probiotic, and mix one capsule into your home brew each time you take the probiotics, or even simply emptying one capsule of probiotics into one day's supply of fermented cabbage juice or kefir.
What's the best time to take probiotics? Before a meal, during, or after the meal?
If the formulation is high quality, it doesn't matter that much.
To be technical, though, probiotics will have to survive less hospitable bio-terrain conditions if taken about half way through the meal. A high quality probiotic contains strains that are highly resistant to stomach acid, and have been conditioned to survive the journey through the upper digestive system tract.
Considering quality, it is important to have a multi-strain formulation where all of the strains have been fermented together. Single strain antibiotics, even in mega doses, are often viewed as foreign by the existing flora in the digestive tract, and can be eliminated quickly by the existing bacterial population.
Sometimes, in order to get the desirable strains to colonize, probiotics need to be taken in sufficient quantity to be able to "take over" the existing bio-terrain. This is likely why some probiotic proponents state that in order to really get the benefit, probiotic capsules should be taken by the handful, not by the capsule!
With this program, provided that one is not eating/consuming something that is killing off the probiotics, and provided that a person is consuming enough fiber with each meal, the maximum suggested dose three times a day should do the job.
What about enemas and colonics?
The best way to heal the body is from the inside out, and from top (digestion) to bottom (elimination). Individuals can elect to do colonics once at the beginning of the program, or do enemas if needed. Doing colonics and/or enemas has nothing to do with actually healing the digestive system. Coffee enemas can be useful for liver cleansing, for example, but do nothing to positively impact gut flora or colon function.
These types of therapies are simply not necessary with this program. In the future, we might add an advanced adjunct recommending ozone colonics, or an enema followed by rectal ozone insufflation, especially for individuals dealing with severe chronic infections and associated toxicity. Therapeutic ozone does have amazing healing potential.
It seems like I'm now eliminating more fecal matter then the amount of food I am eating. How is this possible?
This means that the cleanse is working perfectly. Not only does it indicate that the body is in cleansing mode, but it also indicates that you now have an abundance of healthy gut flora working in the digestive tract.
Most people will lose some weight during this cleanse, as the body works to restore homeostasis. The digestive system becomes much more efficient, which results not only in the elimination of accumulated toxins stored in the body, but it also results in improved nutrient uptake.
Can I do a heavy metal cleanse with chelating agents at the same time as this digestive system cleanse?
There is no such thing as gentle chelation, even when using completely natural heavy metal chelators. Having completed this 60 day digestive system cleanse, some individuals may elect to pursue a heavy metal cleanse. We have a bare bones heavy metal cleanse that is as safe as possible.
Please note that It is not possible to completely cleanse the body of its heavy metal burden in 60 days, although it is possible to return the body to a state of homeostasis and reduce the amounts of heavy metals travelling through the blood stream. How do we know this? From the work of Dr. Christopher Shade (among others), who has a phD in environmental mercury. His testing methods are far more advanced and sensitive than an average laboratory. His work, like what is commonly taught in many schools of natural medicine, supports the idea that the body goes through stages of heavy metal cleansing, even when using challenge/chelation agents.
Why do some doctors state with absolute certainty that their chelation program is completely safe and gentle? Are they lying? Not necessarily. What must be happening is that the doctor presents the program to his or her patients with so much enthusiasm and "fan fare", that patients who experience side effects feel guilty and lie to their doctors. Some doctors tend to blame patients for failures, and people can sense this subconsciously.
Researchers who approach heavy metal cleansing from an objective and open point of view quickly realize that some people do great on a heavy metal cleansing program, while others have a tough time.
Therefore, our position is that there is no gentle chelation program, but a properly designed program can have fail safes that make such a program both safe and effective. Part of this process, whenever possible, is to FIRST do a 60 day digestive system cleansing program to open the body's natural channels of elimination. Retention toxicity is the biggest barier to heavy metal cleansing, and an individual will not likely know ahead of time if using chelating agents will cause a problem.
Once an individual has completed a bare bones natural heavy metal cleanse successfully, one can then elect to do a more advanced program, using chemical agents such as EDTA, reduced alpha lipoic acid, micronized zeolite, NAC, etc., along with systemic enzymes to get some great repair work done in the cardiovascular system!
What can I eat? My body now refuses to eat the food I normally consume!
People will respond individually to the herbal formulation. Some people's bodies might reject sugar/carbs, others fat, others might reject meat. Trust your body. Listen to it. Learn to work with it.
If you really get in a bind trying to figure out what to put in the body, pretend that you are on Survivor. Eat rice and beans for nutrition. For energy, consider supplementing twice daily with Dr. Richard Schulze's Super Food Plus. This formulation will provide needed vitamins and minerals. It is rich in naturally occuring B Vitamins and is a great whole food supplement for energy. Please note that it does contain chlorella. Many people will respond very well to this supplement, others will not. The body response will let you know after a few days of use.
During this cleanse, please do not force your body to eat foods it doesn't want to. This is a temporary phase, and this process of cleansing can be an excellent teacher if you learn to listen to the body's responses!
I have a problem drinking that much water. Is there anything I can do to help?
If your body is not hydrating properly, chances are it is not detoxing properly. Individuals can (and do) survive for decades in a state of chronic dehydration. The body is amazing at its ability to adapt to circumstance. However, just because the body can adapt to a chronic state of dehydration doesn't mean that it should... especially if such an individual is attempting to support the body's natural detoxification process. Drinking the water is a non-negotiable key, even if it doesn't seem like it!
Individuals who have trouble drinking that much water, but who don't have any severe side effects from drinking water, can coax their body out of the state of "water hating" into the state of "water loving" by doing steam or infrared saunas. Both are great for health, as well. To tolerance (always listen to the body), do 10-15 minute sauna sessions. At the end of the session, ask yourself if you are thirsty. If not, drink four ounces of water, rest for 10 minutes and cool off, and then do another 10 to 20 minutes.
Be gentle with yourself, don't give yourself heat stroke. The idea of this exercise is not to heat-challenge the body (this is not hyperthermic therapy per se), but simply to get some sweat going on. With repeated sessions, eventually the body's natural thirst instinct will kick into high gear.
If you really want to make your biologics happy, after the sauna session, take a five minute cold shower right before the next sauna! The water should be cold enough to cause a gasp, and then you'll really appreciate the next trip into the hot sauna. Hydrotherapy in all of its forms should not be underestimated!
For individuals who need to adjust the body to drinking water, this process usually takes about ten to fourteen days.
A Comprehensive Beginner's Guide to Edible Clay - Everything a new user needs to know about therapeutic edible clay.
Expel - Tim O'shea's page on the use of his herbal formulation Expel.
Detoxification: A New Perspective on Detox and Cleansing Protocols - Eytons' Earth publication outlining the principles of detoxification.
This program is still in beta development, which means that the core components are subject to change. If you elect to do the cleanse, it would be very helpful if you post your personal experience in the online forum: Digestive System Cleansing Using Edible Clay and Expel.
Advanced Adjunct Cleansing Therapies
Please note that most individuals will do well just doing the basic cleanse. Most people will probably want to stick with the basic cleanse for the first two month round. If one decides to do a second round and has been experiencing specific health issues, then the therapies below can be useful to do while also doing the basic cleanse.
Before attempting any of the following cleanses, always be sure that the body is well adjusted to the basic program for at least two weeks.
It is not wise to stack too many of these protocols. For best results, use common sense and only do one at a time (except for the complex clay colloid which can be used along with any adjunct cleanse).
Please note that most of these therapies have potential side effects, including loose stools. Make sure that one knows the ideal Expel dose first, and stick with that dosage even if an adjunct therapy causes loose stools.
Check back often as we will be adding many more optional cleansing therapies. In the event that one desires to look them up independently, the therapies not yet added here are:
- The vitamin C and sea salt flush (one morning once during the program)
- Apple cider vinegar and honey cleanse (as needed)
- A Homozon Colon Cleanse (as needed)
Complex Clay Colloid
Useful to Improve Clay Cleansing Action
Add one teaspoonful of properly micronized zeolite and one teaspoonful of fresh water diatomaceous earth.
Please note that the micronized zeolite can result in a pretty significant cleansing/detox crisis ofr some individuals. At this time, we believe that when this does occur, it is primarily due to kidney function / kidney retention toxicity, most likely due to heavy metals. The reaction is temporary, but one may have to reduce the amount used and build up slowly.
Again, please make sure that one is well adjusted to the basic protocol before implementing this adjunct.
Small Intestinal Cleanse
Useful for SIBO and to Stimulate Gastric Juice Production
Please remember, this adjunct therapy is optional. This particular cleanse can be slightly uncomfortable.
Use this small intestinal cleanse very sparingly. It is designed to be used about once every two months. However, some people with known severe small intestinal issues have used it as much as once weekly. At most, we recommend using it bi-weekly (once every two weeks) during this 60 day program, provided that an individual responds well to it. Listen to the body, and use wise judgement.
During a small intestinal cleanse day, do not drink the clay water. Take a one day break.
Do this cleanse when you have a day off.
1. Pure gum spirits - terpentine: You can purchase high quality turpentine here at Amazon.com.
2. Organic cold press castor oil: You can purchase high quality castor oil here at Amazon.com.
3. A small amount of orange juice.
Skip breakfast. First thing in the morning, mix 1 teaspoonful of turpentine into 3 tablespoons of the organic castor oil. Mix the castor oil and turpentine into an equal amount of orange juice. Individuals on the heavier side can use more castor oil, up to 6 tablespoons. Most people will do just fine with only three tablespoons of the castor oil.
Next, you're ready to go. Simply drink the orange juice containing the castor oil and turpentine.
After 15 minutes, start sipping on very warm, but not hot, drinking water. Keep sipping hot water until you have two to three bowel movements. Drink as much water as possible without becoming too uncomfortable... about three to four cups in an hour period is a good goal (32 ounces).
Continue this process until you have 2-3 bowel movements. This process can easily take 3-4 hours, however everyone will respond a bit differently.
Once completed, you may eat a light lunch and light dinner (listen to what the body desires).
This may cause some discomfort in the abdomen, loose stools, and possibly fatigue. It will pass
This is useful for cleansing the digestive tract, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), and candida overgrowth.
Don't forget to take the probiotics later in the day.
Advanced Users (those with a great deal of experience with this type of cleanse): Add one to three drops of Lipozonoil, or any Para Rizol formulation, to the drink.
Please read the following article on the oral use of castor oil. While we are using castor oil a bit different than with Gerson Therapy, the .pdf article is an excellent paper about its use.
Pay careful attention to the bile issue as it correlates to retention toxicity. One can thus see how valuable oral clay use is to help pull toxins out of bile and thus helping to prevent retention toxicity.
The Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda) and Lemon Morning Flush
Useful for Brain Fog and Candida Overgrowth
Please remember, this adjunct therapy is optional. This particular cleanse can purge the bowels.
In some cases, brain fog and fatigue are caused by yeast/fungus in the blood stream. In such a situation, doing the baking soda and lemon morning flush will help; sometimes very quickly and dramatically.
Use this cleanse as needed, first thing in the morning only. If one does not experience significant relief from symptoms, then there is no real benefit doing this every day. It can be done "every once in awhile" to knock down candida population counts in the gut, and flush the digestive tract.
Continue using clay with this cleanse. Don't do any other extra oral adjunct therapies when doing this cleanse.
1. Baking Soda - Arm and Hammer is fine.
2. Fresh lemons or pure lemon juice.
Stir one teaspoonful of baking soda and 1/2 ounce of lemon juice into six to eight ounces of water. Drink this first thing in the morning.
Wait for between 15 minutes and one hour to drink the clay water.
Only repeat this cleanse if the body responds favorably. Listen to how the body responds.
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