Cleansing detox fasts such as the Master Cleanse claim that fasting and drinking specialized concotions can cause your body to shed harmful toxins that have accumulated in your colon. Among these detox fasts is a liver cleanse created by alternative medical practitioner Andreas Moritz. This fast, claims Moritz, will flush unhealthy gallstones from your liver without having to have a doctor remove them surgically.
According to the website of his Ener-Chi Wellness Center, Andreas Moritz is a “medical intuitive” who practices Ayurveda, iridology, shiatsu and vibrational medicine. Born in Germany in 1954, Moritz is a regular contributor to the website Curezone, which purportedly has 5 million readers. Moritz has also devised a healing system called Enner-Chi art, in which “light ray-encoded oil paintings” restore Chi — the body’s natural energy flow. In addition, Moritz is the author of several books, including “The Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush.”
In the book, Moritz says that gallstones clogging the liver are a common but largely unrecognized malady that, if untreated, can lead to more serious illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease. Gallstones — which he describes as “clumps of hardened bile” — can block the liver’s bile ducts and cause damage throughout the body. Moritz’s liver cleanse is a home remedy that allows you to “painlessly remove” these gallstones by yourself, without the need for surgery; you'll shed gallstones through your stool simply by drinking a colon-cleansing concoction made up of various food items found in most kitchens.
Moritz’s seven-day liver cleanse is made up of olive oil, apple juice, grapefruit juice, lemon juice and Epsom salts. According to his instructions, you should drink 24 oz. of apple juice each day for the first six days of the program, as the malic acid within the apple juice will soften your gallstones. On the sixth day of the cleanse, drink grapefruit juice mixed with Epsom salts. On day seven, drink a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice several times throughout the day. This week-long process should be repeated every three months. The cleanse is considered successful when your stool contains greenish balls that are purported to be the gallstones you have flushed out of your liver.
Liver Cleanse Debunked
According to the respected British medical journal “The Lancet,” examination of the “gallstones” that resulted from a liver cleanse revealed they were composed mainly of fatty acids. Further experimentation revealed that mixing equal amounts of lemon juice and oleic acid — the primary component found in olive oil — resulted in several semi-solid balls after a small amount of potassium hydroxide was added. Researchers concluded that these stones weren’t gallstones, but were actually a substance created by the liver cleanse itself. If you believe you have gallstones, a doctor or medical technician should be able to see them clearly using ultrasound imaging.