Day 21: The Liver & Gallbladder
Liver/Gallbladder Cleansing; Breakstone Tea; Chanca Piedra: Tech Report; Liver Rescue; Turmeric; Glutathione; Honoring and Releasing Practices
“As I look back at the entire tapestry of my life I can see from the perspective of the present moment that every aspect of my life was necessary and perfect. Each step eventually led to a higher place, even though these steps often felt like obstacles or painful experiences.”
- Wayne Dyer, Real Magic: Creating Miracles in Everyday Life
Welcome to Day 21!
Today is liver appreciation and renewal day!
You are going to gain a new appreciation for the liver, and for the recent updates in the field of live food nutrition in liver/gallbladder cleansing. The health and vitality of ALL organs, glands, and cells, are dependent upon the liver. Our intelligence, attitudes, emotions and overall energy are largely related to the liver. So is the cleanliness of our homes and spaces. This is why cleansing the liver can be a very emotional, as well as a physical process. Our ability to repel dis-ease or recover from dis-ease is also very much associated with this incredible organ.
There are more than 500 known functions that the liver performs, most of which are essential for life.
Along with the heart and brain, the liver is one of the most important organs in the body. No one can be healthy without a strong, clean liver.
The liver is so important that if you cut off a chunk of it, it will grow back every time. Notice: Live-er. The name itself gives us an idea of how important this organ really is. It is the largest gland in the body, weighing about 4 pounds.
Some people believe that at least 90% of the Western World’s population have sluggish livers. 100% of people with cancer, AIDS, diabetes, heart problems, yeast infections, digestive problems, parasites, immune problems, etc. have liver problems. Yet how many doctors help their patients cleanse and strengthen the liver?
Liver/Gallbladder Cleansing on the Juice Feast
We are suggesting only using one of the following at a time During Days 30-60 of the Juice Feast, or after the Juice Feast. All are incredible. The first – Break Stone Tea – is amazing for cleaning stones out of the liver and reducing parasites in your body. The second – Liver Rescue 4 – is great for cleansing smaller elements from the liver, such as pesticides, herbicides, industrial chemicals, pharmaceutical residues, etc. The third – Quantum Turmeric – is best for long-term liver support.
1. Break-Stone Tea (Chanca Piedra). The way we have for many years cleansed the liver and gallbladder is through “flushes” involving apple juice for days, Epsom salt drinks, citrus/olive oil drinks involving 1/2 cup to 1 cup of olive oil consumed at once, etc. For now, you can scratch that thanks to an herb called Chanca Piedra, or Stonebreaker. This herb will break up kidney stones, liver stones, and gallstones gently and effectively. For the last three years I have had clients use the dried chanca piedra, boil water, and make tea with it. Now, HerbPharms, a company whose products are sold through Whole Foods and Wild Oats, has made a tincture called Stonebreaker which even eliminates the need for boiling water to make tea. Simply follow the directions on the container, and use for 3-4 weeks. This can be done during the Juice Feast, or while eating a nourishing diet of live foods. Be good to your liver, and enjoy the benefits of Stonebreaker!
2. Liver Rescue by Jameth Sheridan, ND at HealthForce Superfoods. This is a fantastic formula, with far more details in the video below on the right. You can use this on the Juice Feast, or afterwards.
GUIDANCE: It is my professional opinion that liver cleansing is a practice best done over time. If you are doing Break-Stone Tea (Chanca Piedra), then it is best to not do Liver Rescue simultaneously, unless you are very familiar and practiced in the art of cleansing and rejuvenation. That being said, Liver Rescue is an amazing formulation for liver rejuvenation and health, and you can definitely integrate this into your healing plan at any point when you are not doing another liver cleansing formula.
3. Quantum Turmeric by Premier Research Labs (see file in Today’s Downloads). We used this at the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center with Dr. Gabriel Cousens, M.D. Quantum Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a bright yellow tuber (as used in curry) that has been consumed for over 30 centuries in many countries for liver health.* The active compounds in turmeric known as curcuminoids exert extraordinary liver protection and re juvenation properties. Curcumin is a potent antioxidant showing activity as much as 300 times greater than that of vitamin E. Curcumin helps stimulate the flow of bile and aids in fat digestion.
Coffee Enemas: Hey, What About ‘Em?
It is possible to use coffee enemas to open the bile ducts and help the liver release toxins stored up from years of processed foods, environmental pollutants, pharmaceuticals and metabolic toxins.
HOWEVER, I don’t recommend them for one very good reason: You DO assimilate caffeine and other chemicals from the coffee into your system during a coffee enema. This is borne out from direct experience of many, many clients since 2004. The caffeine in coffee is a stimulant to the adrenal glands, causing a release of stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline, which in higher amounts can imbalance blood sugar levels, sleep regularity, generate inconvenient cravings for sugar… in effect, Coffee Enemas and the caffeine you assimilate from them are counter to the experience and effects you want with Juice Feasting.
LIFE Cleansing, Detoxification, and Renewal
David Wolfe, author of Sunfood Diet Success System, has said that you can tell a lot about the health of someone’s liver by looking in their house. A person with a house full of overflowing closets and drawers is more likely to also have a congested, sluggish liver and bowel.
At this point in the Juice Feast, you can see just how amazing your potential for healing and health is. It is important to understand that your physical healing does not exist on its own, but is supported by health in every aspect of your life. Now is an excellent time to begin the gentle and steady process of cleaning out your old things.
We have placed videos below, such as The Story of Stuff (by Annie Leonard at StoryOfStuff.com), a couple of fascinating Documentaries on consumerism, a hilarious Christmas message from comedian Bill Maher, and the trailer for Tidying Up with Marie Kondo (now on Netflix) so that you can appreciate the history of your stuff, and how shifting your relationship to stuff can have a dramatic healing effect well beyond yourself.
We encourage you to gently begin cleansing externally by going through your old things. Prepare to:
1. Recycle. Put into recycle bins everything that you can.
2. Give Away. One of the greatest healing events in your life can be giving away something you no longer need to someone who does. Consider donating to your local clothes closet, Salvation Army, or Goodwill, and take a tax deduction. This will feel so, so good.
3. Read David Rainoshek’s Honoring and Releasing. In the Downloads today, you will find David Rainoshek’s practice, Honoring and Releasing, which can help immensely in letting go of things to better invite in the new life you are creating!
4. Read Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. This wonderful book is a gift from heaven. Marie Kondo has achieved the most approachable means we have ever encountered to understand and engage a skillful and joyful approach to tidying up your home, and make tidying up a happy way of life. And yes, she has a Netflix special, so check her series out there… :) We have placed the trailer below for you to enjoy.
Two Important New Files!!!
We are very pleased to bring you two new files that are integral to your understanding of Juice Feasting and its relationship to your liver and long-term health: Glutathione, and Liver Detoxification Pathways. Do not miss these new files: they get to the heart of liver health, and why Juice Feasting as a cleansing technology is in some very important ways far superior to juice fasting or water fasting. So check ’em out below!
You are doing beautifully. Please reflect on the accomplishments you have made thus far in the Juice Feast, and continue to gather in support, and the best things possible into your life. You are a beacon of light!
Juicy Tips: Break-Stone Tea
Day 30 is the time to start using Chanca Piedra, or Break-Stone Tea.
Please read about this important element of the Juice Feast in today's downloads, and find/order it today so that it is ready for you on Day 30! You are doing great!
A reader asks, “After having gall bladder surgery three weeks ago, I am having a lot of discomfort, bloating, nausea, and in general, not feeling well. My doctor says it will pass, but it seems to be getting worse. I am a 65-year-old woman. Do you have any advice?”
The first piece of advice I have for people who are considering gall bladder surgery is to get advice before the surgery, not after it, because once you’ve had the gall bladder removed, your options are quite limited. Remember that conventional medicine loves to go in and remove organs that are presenting symptoms rather than addressing the root cause of the problem in the first place. They think that by removing the organ that hurts, they’ve cured the problem. Hogwash! Gall bladder disease and gallstones are almost always the result of poor nutrition. For example: consuming a lot of soft drinks, sugar products, highly acidic foods like red meat and products made with white flour all contribute to the formation of gallstones.
Spring and the Season of Wrath: Heal Anger Naturally by Carolanne Wright
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the wood element predominates during the vitality of spring. This element is closely tied to the energy of growth in living things such as trees, plants, and physical bodies. The liver and gallbladder also fall under the domain of the wood element. Our ability to have clarity, focus, and make sound judgments are governed by this element as well. When the liver is out of balance, one can experience depression or explosive rage along with irritation, frustration, and aggression. The body may be prone to numbness, dry eyes, vertigo, and headaches. When the liver and gallbladder are functioning properly, one is able to manage anger and stress in a positive, healthy way.
Media, Films, & Documentaries
The Story of Stuff
The Story of Stuff, originally released in December 2007, is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the Stuff in your life forever.
Credits: The Story of Stuff was written by Annie Leonard, Louis Fox, and Jonah Sachs, directed by Louis Fox and produced by Free Range Studios. Executive Producers included Tides Foundation and the Funders Workgroup for Sustainable Production and Consumption. It was released in December 2007.
What Would Jesus Buy? | Official Trailer | Documentary
What Would Jesus Buy? follows the exploits of the semi-fictional group Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping. Although founded as a performance collective rather than an actual religious organization, members of the group express spiritual viewpoints against excessive consumerism and materialism, particularly in the context of Christmas. The aforementioned Reverend Billy, played by social activist Bill Talen, is intended by its non-Christian performer not as parody but as a living example of past radical preachers.
Waste Land | Official Trailer [HD] | Documentary
Waste Land is an award winning documentary by director Lucy Walker - An uplifting feature documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit.
Top-selling contemporary artist Vik Muniz takes us on an emotional journey from Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to the heights of international art stardom.
I have placed this documentary on this Day to emphasize:
The power of creative transformation, even in the most apparently destitute of circumstances.
Bill Maher | Christmas Message on Materialism (and Oprah)
Bill Maher has a special Christmas message, but it’s not as jolly as you might be expecting. While he does wish you a merry Christmas, he also takes time to talk about what really drives many of us to celebrate at this time of year, America’s “real religion”: greed.
Maher’s message is really directed at the queen of talk, whose generosity has shown to the world just how happy material goods can make an audience of people. It can almost be described as “scary happy.” According to Maher, this is why everything in America “gets sucked down a hole.” He ended with a request for Oprah:
“What people really value is acquiring crap. Oprah’s show purports to be a lot about spirituality. If it was, then wouldn’t she tell her worshiping flock to sit down and stop losing your sh*t over material stuff? As for me, I don’t really know what spirituality means, but I know if you’re weeping over a sweater then you don’t either.”
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix
Tidy guru Marie Kondo comes to the rescue by helping people tackle the clutter that's holding them back.
When people lead busy lives, their homes sometimes become cluttered with things piling up over time. In this series, renowned tidying expert Marie Kondo tries to help folks declutter their homes -- and their lives. Whether she's helping a harried couple with young children become more organized or showing a retired couple how to reclaim their space, Kondo assists her clients in clearing out the clutter and choosing joy in a series of inspiring home makeovers.
It all comes down to one question: does it spark joy? Tidying Up with Marie Kondo launched globally on Netflix January 1st, 2019.
The Story of Cosmetics | Short
The Story of Cosmetics, released on July 21, 2010, examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo. The seven-minute film reveals the implications for consumer and worker health and the environment, and outlines ways we can move the industry away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives.
Credits: The Story of Cosmetics was co-created and released by The Story of Stuff Project and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition effort launched in 2004 to protect the health of consumers and workers by securing the corporate, regulatory and legislative reforms necessary to eliminate dangerous chemicals from cosmetics and personal care products. The movie was produced by Free Range Studios.
The Story of Solutions | Short
The Story of Solutions, released in October 2013, explores how we can move our economy in a more sustainable and just direction, starting with orienting ourselves toward a new goal. In the current ‘Game of More’, we’re told to cheer a growing economy – more roads, more malls, more Stuff! – even though our health indicators are worsening, income inequality is growing and polar icecaps are melting. But what if we changed the point of the game? What if the goal of our economy wasn’t more, but better – better health, better jobs and a better chance to survive on the planet? Shouldn’t that be what winning means?
The Story of Solutions was written by Annie Leonard and Jonah Sachs, directed by Louis Fox and produced by Free Range Studios.
Crazy Sexy Cancer by Kris Carr | Official Trailer | Documentary
When Kris Carr found out that she had Stage 4 Liver Cancer, she decided to do something about it. Through changing her mind about her health challenge, she has been able to keep it in check and dramatically transform her health through a shift into Live Food Nutrition. On October 24, 2007 she was on Oprah telling her story.
When you have challenges on your Juice Feast, think about Kris Carr and her obvious dedication to her own health. You have opportunities, and accessing Juice Feasting is a very strong step to transforming your every challenge. Maintain your persistence. Find your strength. You are almost into your second week of Feasting. Think of all the transformations that have already taken place!
Crazy Sexy Cancer is an inspiring documentary film by Kris Carr about her cancer adventure. it is a funny, heartfelt, irreverent journey searching for a cure and finding life.
Please visit www.crazysexycancer.com for more info.