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The 19 Day Cleanse for Health

Two Week Bowel Cleanse - 5-day Modified Fast

As always, before you undertake any kind of detoxification or cleanse, please consult with your doctor for approval and guidance. It is your responsibility to discuss these natural programs with your doctor before you try them.

Product ordering information and recipes are at the end of this article.

(If you are getting this information off of my website-drbea.com -you might want to print this out, because you will be referring to it quite a bit during your cleanse.)

At the start of your two week bowel cleanse which I will explain next, please eliminate the following from your diet: Sugar, dairy products, fried foods, caffeine and any fake foods like Nutrasweet, including all diet drinks, and alcohol. Of course, cigarettes if you are still smoking.

During the two week bowel cleanse, you will be eating liberally from the following foods: Fruits, non-starchy vegetables, non-gluten grains, nuts and seeds and organic animal protein.

The Two Week Bowel Cleanse

First of all, you must clean out your bowel for a minimum of two weeks before your modified fast. I believe that good health starts in the bowel. Starting about two weeks before the 5-day modified fast (more about this later) take a mixture of psyllium and bentonite every night before bed and , after you get the hang of it, once more before breakfast ( Examples: Thorne's Herbal Bulk or Schulze's Formula #2) and a laxative to move things along ( Examples: Thorne's Herbal lax or Schulze's Formula #1 or Young Living's Comfortone).

The laxative will cause the smooth muscle in the colon to move and will exercise the walls of the bowel whereas the psyllium products are strong intestinal vacuums and will draw old fecal matter, poisons, toxins and heavy metals off the walls of your colon and out of any bowel pockets. Do this bowel cleanse for a couple of weeks before and continue it during your 5-day modified fast. If you are uncomfortable using a natural laxative containing senna or cascara sagrada, then you could use magnesium citrate which works well for most people.

Regarding laxatives: I am of the school that thinks that it's better to be able to move your bowels ( and the toxins therein) than to worry about laxative addiction. More people die of toxic conditions than moderate and timely laxative use. For the purpose of this cleanse and for the time being, do not worry about your use of laxatives to create more movement.

Do you know what a normal bowel movement looks like? Most people don't. Ideally, it should be light in color, break apart in the toilet bowl, and should fall effortlessly from your body. A normal variant of stool has the consistency of a cow pie (unformed) yet the movement should not be accompanied by spasms or pain. Liquid movements are not O.K. and indicate too much activity. Bowels ideally should be moved within an hour after every meal, but twice a day is just fine.

The fiber/laxative dance explained: The first night, take one laxative (or 4 magnesium citrate) before bed. Do not do any fiber the first night. If the next morning, you notice that your bowel has increased in activity and the consistency is softer without having diarrhea, then one laxative (or 4 magnesium citrate) is probably enough for you for the cleanse. If you don't notice a change, on the second night take two lax or 5 magnesium citrate. Keep increasing your dose of lax/magnesium until you notice a dramatic difference in the way your bowel moves.

Once you are having regular bowel movements with the laxative alone (1-3 days?) you can then start adding 1T of your psyllium/bentonite product of choice to whatever number of laxatives your body has decided upon. Your heaping tablespoon of psyllium product should be taken with 4-6 ounces of juice (orange, apple etc) diluted by half with filtered water (Never drink tap water under any circumstances!).

Here's the rule of thumb: If you have diarrhea add more psyllium product and if you become constipated, add more laxative product. Adjust accordingly as you go along. Some of you may need only the psyllium product for a good bowel movement and others may need 5 laxatives (or 1200 mgs of magnesium citrate) before you notice any difference. (Dr. Schulze tells the story of the very obese man who needed 45 laxatives to go then spent several hours on the toilet and lost 57 pounds. His wife's comment was 'I always knew he was full of @#$%.")'.

Drink lots of water during this two week period. Two liters over and above what you are taking for the dissolution of the powdered psyllium product and don't worry about the laxatives! As soon as the smooth muscle of your bowel gets exercised enough, (it may be out of practice now) you will notice that you will automatically need less and less of the laxative to keep the healthy level of movement going. and eventually you will probably be taking only psyllium at night.

Drink at least two-twelve ounce glasses of Master Cleanse per day during this two week period.

The 5-day modified fast

I would definitely set aside some time for this. For example, a Thursday through a Monday usually works for me, since I don't work on Thursdays or Mondays. Some of my patients take 5 days off from work and treat it like a spa experience with massages, saunas etc.

You will need a juicer and a blender. Take no supplements, except your bowel cleansing nutrition, during this 5 day period. Exercise moderately and gets lots of fresh air. Breath deeply. Stretch. Meditate. Saunas and massages are great. Epsom salt baths are good, too. See Optionals at the end of this article for more ideas. If you don't have a juicer and don't want to buy one, you can always take a clean glass quart container to Wild Oats and have them juice you a quart of combination juices for every day of the 5-day modified fast. Keep the lid on very tightly and you can preserve - for that day only - most of the enzymes.

A note on juicing: You might want to use more green vegetables in your juices because they are not so high in sugar. For example, your juices could be mostly swiss chard, celery, green cabbage, cucumber and parsley with one carrot or one apple, 1/2 organic lemon with rind and a piece of ginger - the latter three just for flavoring and bite. You could also use 1/2 Knudsen's organic tomato juice and 1/2 juiced green vegetables. As you decrease your solid food intake, you will increase the juices. If you have very sugary juices made from mostly carrot and/ or fruit then you may feel shaky from hypoglycemia. especially on the third day which allows no solid food.

What can you expect during cleansing? During any detoxification, the organs of elimination work overtime. As they excrete material that the body doesn't need, they may produce symptoms known as cleansing reactions. When the reactions are sufficiently dramatic, they are called a healing crisis, a term derived from the health improvements that typically follow detoxification.

Cleansing reactions can take place at any time, even during the two week bowel cleanse. Symptoms vary widely, but here's an idea of what you may expect: The skin, kidneys and intestines eliminate unpleasant smelling substances, like truly malodorous sweat, urine and fecal matter. The tongue grows a gray or white coat of thick unpleasant-looking and tasting fuzz; the breath smells bad; the skin may break out in acne, rashes or other eruptions; the pulse may race periodically and symptoms like headaches, weakness, dizziness, fatigue, insomnia, nausea and sinus congestion are common. Some people breeze through with no symptoms, others suffer, but usually some mid-point is the norm.

Day One:

Breakfast: Drink 12 ounces of Master Cleanse upon arising. Within one hour, prepare a Basic Flush Drink. This is 1 T olive oil, 1/2 lemon juiced, a 1/2 thumb sized piece of peeled ginger, 6 ounces of apple juice and 6 ounces of water. Brave souls may add one clove of raw garlic. Add two droppers full of Schulze's L/GB/AP formula. Blend this all and drink it down. Within 30 minutes drink two big mugs of Schulze's Detox Tea.

(The basic flush drink and the Schulze's L/GB/AP formula plus his special Detox tea are designed specifically to cleanse the liver and gall bladder. You may pass some stones which are small and greenish. This would be excellent.)

Lunch: Start with a large glass of fresh raw organic vegetable juice. Then make a large raw salad made with organic vegetables and sprouts and dressed with an olive oil/lemon dressing. You could add avocado if you like, plus any herbs and spices and of course, garlic. Take 2 droppersful of the L/GB/AP formula in some water and then 2 mugs of the Detox Tea.

Snacks: (Use these at any time between breakfast, lunch, dinner and bedtime. There is no need for you to be hungry. Drink lots of vegetable juices, broths etc.) Bieler broth, pureed or plain. Potassium broth. More freshly made vegetable juices, or raw vegetables. Drink your second 12 oz. of Master Cleanse if you like.

Midafternoon: Two droppersful of the L/GB/AP formula in water and 2 mugs of the Detox Tea. Any allowed snack if you need to nosh.

Dinner: Diluted fruit juices, fruits, fruit salad, herb teas. Two more dropperful of the tincture and a big mug of the Detox Tea. Take your colon flush stuff before bed

Day Two: Half-Day Fast

Breakfast: Repeat day one procedure. Increase the olive oil to 2 T. and the lemon to 1 lemon juiced. If you are doing the garlic with your basic flush, increase it to two cloves. Do the Tincture and the Detox tea.

Lunch etc: Repeat day one procedure until 1 PM. Have your salad then, then no solid food after 1PM. Continue the Tincture and Detox Tea.

Continue with the vegetable juices, potassium broth, Bieler broth and herb teas including the Detox tea through the afternoon. Drink diluted fruit juices and herb teas in the evening. Keep doing the Tincture and the Detox Tea throughout the day. Take your colon flush stuff before bed.

Day Three: All Day Liquid Fast

Breakfast: Repeat day one procedure starting with the Master Cleanse. Use 3 T oil and more lemon in the Basic Flush drink. If you are doing garlic, increase to 3 cloves. Follow as usual with the Tincture and Detox tea. Drink diluted fruit juices and herb teas until noon.

Lunch: Vegetable juices, herb teas, potassium broth, Bieler broth/ puree. Continue the Tincture/Detox Tea.

Dinner: Diluted fruit juices, herb teas, potassium broth, Bieler broth or puree. You must consume at least 1 gallon of liquids today! Skip your colon flush stuff tonight unless you think you are especially toxic and feel you need the flush. (remember an enema. ..) Continue the Tincture and Detox Tea. Fit your second 12 oz. of Master Cleanse in sometime today.

Day Four: Half- Day Fast

Breakfast: Master Cleanse drink plus repeat Basic Flush increasing the olive oil and the lemon. If you are using garlic, you may increase this as well. Drink the Tincture and the Detox Tea. Chew on raw ginger if you are nauseated.

Lunch: Diluted fruit juices allowed until 1 PM. Between 1 - 3 PM eat fresh fruit. Tincture/Detox Tea

Dinner: At 5 or 6PM eat a small raw salad. Chew it slowly. Do the Tincture and the Detox Tea. Your second 12 oz. of Master Cleanse again.

Before bed. Eat an apple. Do your colon flush if you want.

Day Five:

Repeat Day One procedure for Master Cleanse, Basic Flush, tincture, Detox tea, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Remember: This program restricts only the types of food you will eat, not the amounts. If you are hungry at any point, drink and eat more of the allowable foods. The more you eat and drink of the allowable foods, broths and teas, the more you will flush the toxins out.

Day Six:

Be nice to yourself. You did a great job. Do not gorge on pizza or heavy foods. Why don't you use this cleanse as your starting point for a healthier lifestyle.

I strongly suggest the following "optionals" during the two week bowel cleanse and the 5-day fast.

  • Enemas: This would be an excellent thing for you to do. A couple of coffee or plain enemas per day during the 5-day fast and one every morning during the 2 week cleanse would speed up the dumping of toxins quite a bit and will make you feel terrific.
  • Dry Brushing: Skin brushing with a loofah or a brush is as effective as lymph massage in cleansing the lymph system and removing accumulations of old waste matter.
  • Skin Cleansing; Removes even more waste.
  • Castor Oil Packs: Draws toxins out.

19 Day Cleanse Optionals Explained

1) Coffee Enemas

What you will need: An enema bag, organic caffeinated coffee, filtered water.

PProcedurefor making the enema: Make a pot of coffee with 8-10 C water to 3T coffee. Let it cool. This is enough for two enemas. Put half in your enema bag and fill the rest of the bag with filtered water. Save the other half for later.

PProcedurefor giving yourself an enema: Go to the bathroom. Have it nice and cozy and warm. Hang your filled enema bag up on a towel rack or some sort of hook which you have cleverly devised. It must be higher than you are. Lay some old towels on the floor (coffee tends to stain). Lie down on the towels near the enema bag. Lubricate both your anus and the tube end with something like KY or olive oil. Gently insert the tube into your rectum a few inches and release the clamp. Let the first 1/4 to 1/2 of the bag flow in. Clamp the tubing off as soon as there is the slightest amount of discomfort or fullness.

Try to retain the enema for 10 minutes. Often, there is an immediate urgency to get rid of the contents, and that is just fine. The first quick flush just helps to clean the ready stool out of the colon so that the next time, you can hold more of the enema, longer. Never force yourself to retain it. If you can't retain the enema contents for 10 minutes, that's OK. Try the other half of the enema and see if this time it's more comfortable to hold it longer

Your goal is to have two enemas (ie. one bag) per session not exceeding 2 C each that you are able to hold for 10 minutes each. It may take some practice. Using up what is in the enema bag is not your goal - holding whatever you can for 10 minutes is.

During the 10 minutes of holding, you may hear a gurgling or squirting out of liquid up under the right rib cage. This is your gall bladder discharging its load into the bowel. This is good. If, even after you have become a pro with the enema and can hold it for 10 minutes, you have never felt or heard the gall bladder release, you should consider making your coffee stronger, going up in 1/2 T increments per qt. not exceeding 2T per cup. Or you could experiment with a slightly larger volume, such as 3 cups at a time. Sometimes, 3 enemas, rather than 2 at a session are more beneficial for some. Play with it and find what is best for you.

Always discontinue the enemas if there is an adverse reaction whatsoever. A very rare reaction is heart palpitations. Enemas are never meant to make you feel worse. They should just make you feel better.

When should I do an enema? During a cleanse of course. Also, when you are coming down with a cold or flu, when you have a cold or flu, when you have a headache or feel toxic. You can do enemas after you abuse your body - like 8 hours of gardening, skiing or a marathon. Do them after any injury or if you have a hangover. Also good for brain fog or chemical overload.

How often should I do an enema? You could just restrict them to cleansing times. Or do them on an "as needed" basis.

2) Dry Brushing: Use a dry vegetable brush or a loofah from a bath supply shop or health food store. Gently but vigorously brush from the toes up your feet and legs, then from your fingers up your arms and shoulders, always moving toward the heart. Five minutes of dry brushing should be enough. Then get in the shower and scrub yourself with a wet washcloth in the same way.

3) Skin Cleansing: Rub your skin from head to foot with a mixture of equal parts olive oil and castor oil. Then with the oil still intact on the skin, take a hot bath for 15 minutes. Careful - you will be slippery! The bath allows the oil to penetrate to the deepest levels of the skin. After your bath, go to bed under heavy covers for at least 1/2 hour to sweat out the poisons. Finally, take a hot shower. Do the oil soak at least once during the 5-day modified fast and once during the 2 week intestinal cleanse.

4) Castor Oil Packs: Health food stores are now selling castor oil pack kits with everything you need in the package. What to do: Gently heat about 12 oz castor oil. Soak a washcloth or a natural cotton cloth in the heated castor oil. Lie down and apply the soaked cloth to your liver area. Put plastic over the cloth, then a heating pad over the plastic to keep the castor compress warm. It's messy. Use old towels and maybe a big trash bag under you. When you are finished (about 45 minutes) you can store the used castor oil pack in a baggie. Use the same one for your whole cleanse and do it every day during the 5-day modified fast. ( FYI: Edgar Cayce used castor oil packs in almost every cure he recommended.)

To order Products

Order the Schulze products from the American Botanical Pharmacy: 1-888- HERBDOC ( 437-2362). They will take your credit card. You will want one Dr. Schulze's Liver/Gall Bladder & Anti-Parasite Program for $44.00. If you choose to use his psyllium/laxative products, then also order Dr. Schulze's Intestinal Detoxification Program for $36.00. (For future reference, it would be a good idea to do another 19 day or at least the 5-day modified fast in Sept/Oct concentrating on your kidneys and bladder. In this case you would order Schulze's Kidney/Bladder Program for $44.)

If you are a patient, you can get any of the Thorne products from me and also the magnesium citrate.

You will be ready to start after you purchase an enema bag (drugstore) a loofah or a brush and your castor oil pack (health food store) plus all of the food you will need for salads, juices etc. It is very important to be PREPARED!

Recipes for the 19-Day Cleanse

Master Cleanse Drink: 12 oz warm filtered water, 1 tsp. Maple syrup, 1 squeezed lemon and a dash of cayenne pepper.

Potassium Broth: Use your biggest stainless steel stock pot. Buy only organic vegetables. Fill 1/4 pot with scrubbed unpeeled and chopped potatos. The next 1/4 of the pot with scrubbed, unpeeled and chopped carrots and beets. You're up to 1/2-way now. The next 1/4 with chopped onions and garlic - as much as two whole BULBS, smashed a bit to release the garlic juice. The last 1/4 is an assortment of greens like celery, chard, kale etc. Then a couple of hot chile peppers for flavor. Pour in enough DISTILLED water to cover all. Bring to a boil and let it simmer for 2-4 hours. Strain the broth. All you will be eating is the BROTH, so throw away the vegetables. You will probably need a couple of these pots to get you through your 5-day modified fast. Always drink as much as you want.

Bieler Broth: This could be an addition to or a welcome alternative to potassium broth. Both are highly alkalinizing. Place 1/2 pound each of zucchini, string beans and celery plus a bunch of parsley in 8 quarts of distilled water. Simmer for 2 hours. Strain and drink the broth. You can season this with Braggs Aminos.

Bieler Broth Puree: Use a lot of water to steam until very soft, 4 zucchini, 1/2 lb of string beans and 4 stalks of celery. Blend the very soft vegetables with some of the steaming water and with a handful of parsley until very smooth. You could add spinach to this and spices of your choice, like Braggs Aminos, Spike, Vegesal or cumin.

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