I pretty much followed the book with only a few exceptions. I did not buy any bentonite, but had some psyllium in the pantry, so I did have a few glasses of lemonade with psyllium the first week. I did one "shake" a day for maybe four or five days, and that was it. I put two heaping tablespoons of psyllium and about three cups worth of lemonade in a blender, blended it quickly and then chugged it before it could congeal. I then chased it with a big glass of water to get all the grit out of my mouth. (Psyllium is not the most pleasant thing for those of us who are very sensitive to the "mouth feel" of foods.)
Another exception was that I added some turmeric to my lemonade two or three times yesterday and today in order to speed up the cleansing. (But I passed the ropes long before this.)
I did use a laxative tea that had other detox ingredients. I didn't know they were in there, since it was just labeled as a laxative, but after I read the ingredients, there were a lot of detox herbs like dandelion root and licorice root. I'm not sure why they were in a laxative tea, but they worked. And speaking of the laxative tea, I only did it twice in the beginning because it gave me the worst cramps I have ever had in my life. (And I'm not being dramatic. They really were horrible.) Well, I started using the tea again just a few days ago, and since I had passed the ropes and all sorts of other gunk, I had almost no cramping at all with the tea. Before this, however, I saltwater flushed morning and night. I must say that I found the tea to work better than the saltwater, once I started using it a few days ago.
Also, last night and this morning I did the coke classic liver flush. I have done it two other times before, with tremendous success and absolutely no pain or nausea, but this time I felt nauseous all night and all morning. I passed a bunch of little stones, but nothing like before. This time it was as if all the stones were pre-melted and came out liquefied. Once I passed all that bile and waxy sludge, I felt a hundred times better, and I guess my lack of large stones is a really good sign. (I got hundreds of large grape-sized stones out with the first two flushes, and this time the largest were probably less than an eighth of an inch.)
Hope this helps. I was low on cash from all the lemons and maple syrup, so I tried to use only what I already had at home. The Bentonite obviously wasn't necessary for me. And also, I passed the first rope only a few days in, and the second sometime around day eleven probably. I do think the psyllium helped, but I also think drinking large glasses of lemonade rather than a bunch of little ones helped, because that way the lemon juice stayed in contact with the intestines for longer periods.
Also, just in case anyone was wondering, I took the ropes out and they were just like rubber. They would not break at all. I also had lots and lots of little pieces of impacted "stuff" that was rubbery too. Some was black, and some was long, clear, and thin, like a strip of clear silicone. I have absolutely no idea what those were, but they all came out on the same day. (And they didn't look like any kind of parasite.)
One more thing: I shed a lot of weight (as of this afternoon a total of 29 pounds)in a very short amount of time, and I have almost no stretch marks, and those I do have are nearly invisible! I lost 86 pounds over two years when I was a teenager (I was obese as a child) and the stretch marks took years and years to fade, but this time my skin just shrank right along with my body! I look like I've always been this weight! I'm still about ten pounds from my ideal, but this is the best I've looked and felt in a long time.