I recently took a blasting from a person that I admired ... here and in private. It seems that she believes that I've been fake and misleading.
For over 2 yrs now, I've been a moderator at the liver flush support forum. I've invested hundreds of hours of my time trying to help people regain their health. Nothing fake or misleading about it!
I was literally in my 4th month of not digesting ANYTHING that I ate when I fell into holistics. I had brainfog from the constant pain and I was trying desperately to just continue living ... and working ... I support my invalid mama, I'm single. I didn't know one holistic humanbeing in life. I had to find my own answers. I had to do this on my own.
Liver flushing was the first thing that came into my life ... it came in a miraculous manner ... I considered it, and still do, a gift from God!
I'd done 2 liver flushes by the time I landed in MHs Ask Barefoot forum. My reading had lead me to a naturalist approach. I was going to do this with food, NATURAL superfoods and herbs.
I've never jumped on the bandwagons of neutraceuticals. I won't even buy herbs at the healthfood store without reading the labels ... most have additives, I do NOT buy herbs in the store with very few exceptions. My herbal formulas, from day one, have been hand-made, home-made formulas!
I've never asked MH what's in this?? How'd you do this?? I took his formulas on FAITH. I communicated with him long enough to build faith before ever making a purchase!
After choosing the path of naturalist, "barefooter" if you will, did I ever think that liver flushing was in any manner natural? I did NOT. It was working and I didn't feel that I had time (meaning that I'm sure I was dying when I started) to research thoroughly enough to find a sure way to feed my liver correctly enough to live through what I was experiencing. Two full years of flushing. Two full years of a different liver formula. I was stone free, but my liver wasn't fully healing. It seemed time to try something different.
"When the student is ready, the teacher appears"?? *stage left: enters Charlie*
I fought Charlie like a dawg, when he came to the liver flush support forum. I got more than one private message from him with a "hey, lighten up" kinda subject line. I felt that he was bashing what had saved my life and I wasn't taking that lying down!
Charlie, I don't believe I'd be here had I simply started taking your tonic in late Dec of 2005. I think I was too far gone! I totally believe that the drastic messures of the liver flushing saved my life. 3000 gallstones between 1/4-1+" showed me why I felt like I had a basketball stuffed in my ribcage, why I only hurt when I breathed (constantly)!!
What would I suggest to someone in my same shoes today?
~Flush the liver and take the tonic!!!
~Drink only things that nourish the body: distilled water, organic juices, herbal teas.
~Give the body good building blocks of nutrition: organic mucusless foods, most of it raw. Supplement diet with organic, unrefined, cold-pressed plant oils.
~Do the cleanses ... do them in order ... do them THOROUGHLY!
~Get 20 mins of sunshine on as much of the body as possible daily.
~Gentle, gravity enhancing exercise daily ... walking, rebounding.
~Support dis-eased organs or systems with herbs or herbal formulas.
Not one word of that has changed in 2 yrs!
Yes, I'm on hyatus from my cleansings while on the tonic! I see the tonic as a cleansing! My body is showing me that it is.
YES!! I cheat on my diet on occassion. I ALWAYS HAVE! Have y'all heard me talk about going to Waffle House with the guys from work? They don't serve organic or raw! It's been about an every 2 week thing for 2 yr! YES!! I was wildly disappointed 2 weeks ago when I had the crazy cravings! YES! I give into my cravings when I can't figure out what's going on. I wanted meat, cheese, bread, fries and milk shakes and I had 'em! I sat back analyzing these foods. I'd stopped my oil supplemetation. I told Charlie that I was starting back on them. I'm not real sure that he liked the choice, but it's my body. Know what? I haven't wanted meat, cheese or a shake since i added back my omegas, coconut oil and liquid lecithin!!!!!!
Charlie's being treated like a snake-oil saleman around here by some. The first thing I'm going to say: research snake-oil. It was a tonic that was being made and sold that WORKED. Those herbalists were some of the first ATTACKED by the FDA/AMA bunch! So, Chalie, wear that badge proudly!
When Charlie and I began communicating and it lead to several consultation calls, he didn't HIDE anything from me. He talked quite openly about his tonics, what was in them, and what each did for the body ... cold ... astrigent ... etc etc and, yeah, he was NAMING the herbs!! YES, I asked questions! Of course I did! He never hesitated to answer a thing that I asked. He never made me feel that he was evasive in any manner.
I've replace Liver/Gallbladder Balance, after 2 full yrs, w/Charlie's liver tonic. It's the only change in my life! I have every intention of continuing my naturalistic lifestyle. I'll continue resting my other herbs so that I can monitor what the tonic itself is doing to and for my body ... afterall, this is MY body!
I consult with people on a daily basis about holistic lifestyle. I'm very open with them about what I do ... even the "silly me" stuff when I screw up!
Dr Christopher's liver/gallbladder balance is a formula that feeds and supports the liver. With my sick liver, it didn't heal it, but there were times when I was glad I had it.
The lgb has several liver supportive herbs in it.
On nothing but Charlie's tonic (and recently added back, my kidney cleanser) I am seeing changes in body. It's a rollercoaster sort of thing, but the tonics are definitely doing SOMETHING. If you're around at the end of my journey, you'll KNOW. I'm not known for being silent :D
PlzChuckle: <<<*now formally engaged to DA CANDIMAN!*
Thanks for the support, Candi! I was stating my mind, not really expecting that kind of support. I'm glad you see the plzchuckle picture!
Lord have mercy on me!!
Cayenne and lemon about killed you, then cayenne and garlic fixed it?
Maybe Charlie can explain it. He and I were talking about both on the phone today ... he kinda lost me with explaining. I have to read stuff so I can study and muse on it, not just hear it.
Mojo, if liver flushing and liver/gallbladder balance was gonna work for me, I believe 2 1/2 yr, over a year of it stone-free, I would be up and running at the optimal now. I'm not, my liver needs a sumthin extra.
I'm giving it that something!!!