Question: Can taking Epsom salts have harmful side effects? I find that it causes soreness in my anus during the cleanse.
Answer. Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) can be found in mountain regions and is contained in sea salts. It is also manufactured synthetically by combining natural minerals. So long as the liver is congested, Epsom salts have no harmful side effects. The soreness in your anus stems from the strong toxins that are being released during the liver cleanse, not from the Epsom salts. If your GI (gastric-intestinal)tract were completely clean of toxin waste material, the magnesium in the Epsom salts would simply be absorbed and cause no further bowel movements. (Magnesium is a powerful laxative.) There would be no irritation and, therefore, no side effects, such as cramps, gas, bad breath, and so forth. These forms of discomfort result only from the release of toxins. The Epsom salts undergo biochemical changes as they pass through your small intestine. In other words, Epsom salts that reach the colon no longer exist in the same form as when you ingested them.
If you find that, during a successful liver cleanse, the last eight(8) to ten(10) bowel movements in the morning or afternoon consist merely of water without any stones or while cholesterol components, you may reduce the dosage of the last two(2) helpings of Epsom salts by one-half(1/2) each. If you are totally intolerant of or allergic to Epsom salt, use magnesium citrate( although it is not quite as effective as Epsom salts) or try other natural colonic cleansers that work fast, such as castor oil, colosan, and oxypowder. The latter two products consist of a blend of various magnesium oxides. (check out www.familyhealthnews.com )The disadvantage to most other colon cleansers is that, unlike Epsom salts, they do not open the bile ducts to release the gallstones into the intestinal tract nearly as well - an important aspect of the cleanse.
Follow the exact schedule below.
6:00 p.m. Add 4 tablespoons of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) to a total of 24 ozs (three 8-oz. glasses) of filtered water in a jar. This makes four 6-oz servings. Drink your first portion (3/4 glass) now. You
may take a few sips of water afterward to neutralize the bitter taste in your mouth, or may add a little lemon juice to improve the taste. Some people drink it with a large plastic straw to bypass the taste buds on the tongue. Closing the nostrils while drinking it works well for most people. It is also to brush your teeth afterward or rinse out the mouth with baking soda. One of the main actions of Epsom salt is to dilute (widen) the bile ducts, making it easy for the stones to pass. Moreover, the salts clear out waste that may obstruct the release of the stones. (If you are allergic to Epsom salts or are just not able to get them down, you may instead use the second best choice - magnesium citrate - at the same dosage.) Set out the citrus fruit you will be using later, so that it can warm to room temperature.
8:00 p.m. Drink your second serving (3/4 three quarter glass) of Epsom salts.
9:30 p.m. If you have not had a bowel movement until now and have not done a colon cleanse within the past 24 hours, take a water enema; this will trigger a series of bowel movements.
9:45 p.m. Thoroughly wash the grapefruits (or lemons and oranges). Squeeze them by hand and remove the pulp. You will need 3/4(three quarter) glass of juice. Pour the juice and 1/2(half) glass of olive oil(cold-press Extra Virgin Oil) into the pint jar. Close the jar tightly and shake hard, about 20 times or until the solution is watery. Ideally, you should drink this mixture at 10:00 p.m., but if you feel you still need to visit the bathroom a few more times, you may delay this step for up to 10 minutes.
10:00 p.m. Stand next to your bed (do not sit down) and drink the concoction, if possible, without interruption. Some people prefer
to drink it through a large plastic straw. Drinking it while keeping the nostrils closed seems to work best. If necessary, use a little honey between sips, which helps the mixture go down more smoothly. Most people, though, have no problem drinking in one go. Do not take more than 5 minutes for this (only elderly or weak people may take longer).
PLEASE LIE DOWN IMMEDIATELY!
This is essential for helping to release the gallstones ! Turn off the lights and lie flat on your back with one or two pillows propping your head up. Your head should be higher than your abdomen. If this is uncomfortable, lie on your right side with your knees pulled toward your head. Lie perfectly still for at least 20 minutes, and try not to speak! Put your attention on your liver. It is situated between your nipples. Some people find it beneficial to place a castor oil pack over the liver area.
You may feel the stones traveling along the bile ducts like marbles. There won't be any spasms or pain because the magnesium in the Epsom salts keeps the bile duct valves wide open and relaxed, and the bile that is excreted along with the stones keeps the bile ducts well lubricated. (This is very different than in the case of a gallstone attack where magnesium and bile are not present.) Go to sleep if you can.
If at any time during the night you feel the urge to have a bowel movement, do so. Check if there are already small gallstones (pea-green or tan-colored ones) floating in the toilet. You may feel nauseated during the night and/or in the early morning hours. This is mostly due to a strong, sudden outpouring of gallstones and toxins from the liver and gallbladder, pushing the oil mixture back into the stomach. The nausea will pass as the morning progress.
The Following Morning
Upon awakening, but not before 6:00 a.m., drink your third 3/4 (three quarter) glass of Epsom salts (if you feel very thirsty, drink a glass of warm water before taking the salts). Rest, read, or meditate. If you are sleepy, you may go back to bed, although it is best if the body stays in an upright position. Most people feel fine and prefer to do some light exercises, such as yoga.
8:00-8:30 a.m. Drink your fourth and last 3/4 glass of Epsom salts.
10:00- 10:30 a.m. You may drink freshly pressed fruit juice at this time. One half-hour later, you may eat one or two pieces of fresh fruit. One hour later you may eat regular (but light) food. By the evening or the next morning you should be back to normal and feel the first signs of improvement. Continue to eat light meals during the following 2-3 days. Remember, your liver and gallbladder have undergone major "surgery," albeit without the harmful side effects or the expense.
Note: Drink water whenever you are thirsty, except right after drinking the Epsom salts and for the first two(2) hours after drinking the oil mixture.