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. It utilizes only a small handful of actual ingredients.
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 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:
This will vary greatly between different individuals, based on genetics, enzyme production ability, 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 rich in 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.
FYI: According to the traditions of our ancestors, we each need between six and nine cups of healthy vegetation daily in order to support a robust microbiome... in order to properly feed the good bacteria that lives in the digestive tract! This includes green leafy vegetables, sulfurous vegetables, and other deeply colored vegetables. While not necessary for this cleanse, it is a good thing to keep in mind when making healthy changes to one's eating habits.
3 cups of varying vegetables per meal will help to transform your bio-terrain. It also helps prevent over-eating!
It would be very wise (but not necessary) to employ an elimination and detoxification diet during any such cleanse. An example (used in our complete program) would be The Wahls Paleo Plus diet.
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) and other chemicals. Eliminate over-cooking and minimize the use of the microwave oven, whenever possible.
Here's an important fact: The body has evolved to neutralize plant toxins in plants that we can successfully eat. Specifically, eating bitter plants sends a signal to the liver that we've eaten something with toxins in it. However, the liver does not recognize many man made chemicals as toxic, so it does nothing to try to neutralize them. Therefore, eating at least some bitter food with each meal will greatly assist the body's innate detox ability... even if this means simply buying, or making, a Swedish Bitters tincture, and using it right before each meal!
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.
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: Senna, Psyllium, Fennel, Kelp, Cornsilk, King Solomon's Seal, and Rhubarb Root.
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. This formulation, unlike many others, does not contain harsh, irritating herbs, and is not habit forming.
For this cleanse, we do recommend a swelling clay, either a clay sold as calcium montmorillonite/bentonite or sodium montmorillonite/bentonite. Use the Eytons' Earth buyer's guide to purchase high quality edible clay.
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.
Detoxification always requires plenty of good, clean drinking water. Men should drink a total of 2 liters of water daily, while women should drink a total of 1.75 liters daily.
Evacuating the colon also means that all all mucoid plaque needs to be purged. This process takes about 2 months. This "purging" must be done every single day if the lining of the colon (etc.) is going to heal.
At the same time the colon is being purged, you need to transform the bio-terrain completely by using binders and bulking agents (this includes eating food for good bacteria).
At the same time, you need to be certain that your body can digest every last morsel consumed (hence try to eat a natural diet for best results -- perfection is not required, but it helps). This is the only tricky part, as different people may have unique dietary needs. Undigested food stops the whole transformation process. Over consumption stops the detoxification process. Under-nutrition (malnourishment) also vastly effects the process (which is why this is very, very different from actual water fasting).
At the same time, eliminate toxins coming through bile that kill off good bacteria and thus help support pathogenic overgrowth. Anything that does come through needs to be properly bound to avoid retention toxicity. This is a repeat of number three, but it's actually important to consider bile specifically, as it is recycled many times during its journey through the digestive tract!
Then, and only then (with all of the above in place), can probiotics really make a difference... and they have to be used in the proper quantity. You literally have to flood the system at the same time as you flush it. The idea here is to use probiotics by the bottle (as well as natural fermented food), not the capsule.
Most probiotics that people take are simply killed off by existing colonies when reaching the colon. This is also why purging daily is so important, so that the incoming organisms can actually live to establish colonies. When individuals aren't getting the best results with this cleanse, the next step is to double the amount of probiotics taken (this isn't usually required).
All of this needs to be done every single day while the digestive system heals. People who accomplish this successfully experience a transformation in gut function. If you experience a transformation in gut function, you experience a transformation in immune system function, as well. Most people have reported good to excellent results.
Others may need more help. Good digestion requires proper enzyme production, proper stomach acid production, and proper bile production. A thyroid condition (along with adrenal fatigue) is the #1 barrier to good colon function, with those who are otherwise eating healthy. Even so, most of these individuals can still benefit from doing a simple cleanse!
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.
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. The basic cleanse is pretty easy and gentle, some of the adjuncts can be more "heavy hitting".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 probiotics, 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.
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.
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.
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!
This basic cleanse is actually a part of our nutrition and detox program. Please visit the page: Eytons' Earth's Nutritional and Detoxification Study Program for further information.
This cleanse is a simple "distillation" of the works of V. E. Irons, Dr. Richard Anderson, and Dr. Tim O'Shea. It is also rooted in the natural medicine/herbal philosophy of Dr. Richard Schulze, and his mentor, Dr. Christopher.
It is designed as an entry level cleanse that can be safely and easily performed by anyone.
No functional changes made to the program itself, this edit was simply adding additional information, expanding upon the dietary advice, and adding the brief history of the cleanse.
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