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KIDNEY CLEANSING WITH JUICES & HERBS

Fred Liers PhD kidney cleansing rejuvenation program hpdiKidney cleansing is an important part of maintaining health. It is not difficult to cleanse your kidneys periodically. This supports good kidney health and overall health. It also can prevent bigger problems related to the kidneys from developing into health-threatening issues. Healthy kidneys are essential for vibrant living. Kidneys serve many functions,  including filtering blood. They are organs of elimination and detoxification. As such, taking care of them via kidney cleansing is not unlike changing the oil in your vehicle. Regular maintenance is far easier than the dealing with the consequences of doing nothing to support kidney health.

Kidney cleansing is part of the HPDI Rejuvenation Program. It falls under the category of detoxification, like liver cleansing. I’ve written about liver cleansing in previous articles, e.g., see Liver Cleanse with Juice & Herbs. In fact, kidney cleansing shares much in common with liver cleansing. Yet, the differences are significant.

 KIDNEY CLEANSING BASICS

There are various types of kidney cleanses available. At its simplest, kidney cleansing revolves around consuming lemon or lime juice in water. I’ve written at length on that topic in articles like Rejuvenate! Lemonade  – Delicious & Satisfying and The Summer Lemonade Diet. Drinking lots of freshly made organic lemonade or limeade (with or without superfoods like Rejuvenate! or chlorella) goes far in supporting and maintaining healthy kidneys. But kidney cleansing goes well beyond consuming lemonade.

A complete kidney cleanse usually involves specific herbal kidney teas and tinctures in addition to a citrus drink (i.e., lemonade). Also, there exist more potent protocols for naturally cleansing kidneys when dealing with issues such as kidney stones or other problems specific to kidneys. I’ll address a few of those, too.

How often? I typically perform three to five days of kidney cleansing every four months. That is, about once per season. And that’s almost always in addition to my “normal” consumption of fresh, organic lemonade for health.

Here is a basic lemonade recipe for a kidney-bladder flush:

1. KIDNEY CLEANSING LEMONADE

INGREDIENTS: JUICE OF ONE MEDIUM LEMON AND ONE MEDIUM LIME (OR TWO OF EITHER ONE), 16–32 OUNCES PURE WATER, CAYENNE PEPPER (PINCH), MAPLE SYRUP (OPTIONAL)

Mix these ingredients in a one-quart mason jar or pitcher. Consume the entire drink within a few minutes. Then about fifteen to twenty minutes later, drink two cups of kidney-bladder tea along with one-dropperful of kidney tincture per cup of tea.

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Lemonade is a cornerstone of kidney cleansing programs

You can obtain commercial kidney teas at natural foods stores. One good commercial kidney tea is Yogi Tea’s Peach-Detox Tea. Perhaps my favorite prepared loose tea for kidney cleansing is Dr. Richard Schulze’s K-B Tea (available from American Botanical Pharmacy: www.herbdoc.com). You can also make your own kidney tea with loose herbs you obtain yourself from natural foods stores or herb suppliers like Pacific Botanicals (see resources section below). If you decide to make your own kidney tea, here is a basic recipe:

2. KIDNEY CLEANSING TEA RECIPE

A) UVA URSI AND JUNIPER BERRY (MIX EQUALLY; THIS WILL BE 50% OF YOUR TEA)

B) THE OTHER 50% CONSISTS OF EQUAL PARTS: CORNSILK, PARSLEY ROOT, DANDELION, HORSETAIL, GOLDENROD, HYDRANGEA ROOT, GRAVEL ROOT, MARSHMALLOW

Use one rounded tablespoon (or more) of kidney cleansing tea per sixteen ounces of boiling water for this tea. Pour water over tea and let steep. You can also add fresh carrot tops or watermelon seed and rind at the time you make the tea. Drink two cups of this tea about fifteen minutes after you drink the lemonade drink. Ideally, you will also drink one or two cups of this tea in the early afternoon and early evening. If you require greater stone-dissolving power, you can increase the hydrangea and/or gravel root to as much as 25% of the second part of the tea mixture. Or you can try the four-day stone dissolving program (outlined below).

It’s fine to make one or two servings of kidney cleansing tea at a time. But I typically prefer to make larger amounts and simply re-heat it during the day. For example, I usually place six tablespoons of kidney tea into 60 ounces of water in a steel or glass pot (yielding six cups for the day). I usually do this the night before I plan to make the tea allowing the tea sit in the water overnight.

Then in the morning while I make my lemonade drink, I bring the water to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for a minute before turning off the heat. 15–20 minutes after consuming the lemonade drink, the kidney cleansing tea has cooled a bit (but remains warm). I drink two cups (16 ounces) of tea at a time. I strain the herbs when making the tea and then add them back into the pot.

At the end of the each day, I add more fresh dried kidney tea and fresh water into the pot (usually six more tablespoons of tea and 60 ounces of water (i.e., one tablespoon of kidney tea per 20 ounces of water) and repeat this process the next day. After three days, I discard all the “used” kidney tea herbs, rinse the pot, and re-start the process with fresh dried kidney tea.

While the combination of lemonade drink and kidney tea is powerful by itself, greater effects are obtained when a kidney tincture is used with the tea either placed directly into it, or consumed separately. I consume approximately one dropperful of tincture per cup of kidney cleansing tea. Kidney tinctures can be found commercially, including the one I like best, Dr. Schulze’s organic K-B tincture.

Here is a basic recipe for a kidney tincture if you decide to make one yourself using organic or wildcrafted herbs from a supplier like Pacific Botanicals:

3. KIDNEY TINCTURE/TONIC RECIPE

A) 50% OF AN EQUAL MIXTURE JUNIPER BERRIES AND UVA URSI LEAF.

B) EQUAL MIXTURE OF CORNSILK, HORSETAIL HERB, AND BURDOCK HERB. (GOLDENROD FLOWER TOPS AND PIPSISSEWA LEAF OPTIONAL)

Place all herbs in a blender with vodka. Blend thoroughly. Place blended mixture into a mason jar. Label it clearly and include the date made. Let sit for at least two weeks, but preferably one month or longer. Then pour into a large bowl using a T-shirt (or cheesecloth) as a filter. Pour the filtered liquid back into the mason jar. Discard the solids. Ideally you would create the tonic on the new moon and strain on a full moon. As noted, use one dropper (35 drops) of kidney tincture per cup of kidney tea. Because ideally you will drink 4–6 cups of kidney tea daily, you will use 4–6 droppers total (one per cup) of kidney tincture.

START KIDNEY CLEANSING

A basic kidney cleansing program (i.e., kidney cleanse) can be as little as five days long. As I mentioned, it can be as simple as drinking a few glasses of freshly made lemonade and a two or three cups of kidney tea daily. However, I find that reserving at least five days for a dedicated kidney cleanse works best. That doesn’t mean you can’t do a Master Cleanse type lemonade diet for a few days or weeks. It just means dedicated kidney cleansing provides complete support for optimal kidney function.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING KIDNEY CLEANSING

Periodic kidney cleansing with vegetable juice and kidney herbs not only cleanses and detoxifies the kidneys, but also the entire body. For example, a kidney cleanses benefits the entire urinary (renal) system, including the bladder and ureters. It will dissolve mineral buildup and is known to dissolve kidney stones of various sizes. The kidneys main job is to filter and cleanse blood. What this means is that kidney cleansing will help your kidneys do their job of filtering blood. This ultimately improves the health of your blood cells, and thereby the health of your entire body.

Kidney cleansing provides many of benefits, including providing a significant amount of hydration to the entire body. This high level of hydration will help support proper fluid and electrolyte balance in your body. One of the most important aspects of proper kidney cleansing with lemonade, herbs, and vegetable juices is that it gives the digestive system a break, and allows for simultaneous rejuvenation of the gastrointestinal and urinary tracts. A program for kidney cleansing can include a subprogram for bowel detoxification, which is considered by many to be a foundational aspect of detoxification. I will provide a complete kidney cleansing program (below) that includes bowel cleansing herbal formulas and routines.

There are additional benefits. Kidney cleansing is a great place to start your efforts toward overall body detoxification (i.e., detoxifications programs) because the skills learned and developed in implementing it are also applicable to liver cleansing (the subject of previous blog articles) and other modes of detoxification.

KIDNEY CLEANSING IS FUN

Another fact to consider. Kidney cleansing is fun!! Okay, it’s serious business when it comes to kidney health. It can transform you health and your life. But fundamentally, you will eventually find yourself in a state of bliss during your cleanse. I always do!! This kidney-cleansing–induced state of bliss not only relates to doing something supremely good for yourself, but more practically, it so amazingly improves your nutritional status, your alkalinity (pH), the health and vibrancy of your kidneys, your brain function, and so much more…that you simply bliss out. That’s a fact for the vast majority of people.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED FOR KIDNEY CLEANSING

There isn’t much equipment you will need, but these items are useful:

• Citrus Juicer (manual) (steel, glass, or ceramic) for juicing lemons and/or limes.

• Citrus Press (e.g., Orange-X) (optional) for faster juicing of lemons and limes, especially for larger amounts.

• Juicer (e.g., centrifugal, twin gear, masticator, single augur, etc.) for vegetable juices.

• Blender or Vitamix (optional) for blender drinks.

• Pot (steel or glass) for boiling hot water for herbal kidney tea.

START YOUR DAY WITH LEMONADE

A kidney cleanse involves consuming the kidney cleansing lemonade drink (see recipe above) in the morning. The lemonade is followed 15–20 minutes later by a hot (or warm) herbal tea containing kidney herbs plus an herbal kidney tincture formula (see recipe above). In addition to the kidney tincture, other useful tinctures include echincea tincture or detoxification herb tincture (see resource section below). You will again consume the tea and kidney tincture several times during the day. That is, drink two cups (16 ounces) of kidney tea 15–20 minutes after the kidney drink, and then drink an additional 1–2 cups twice during the day. Make sure to take a dropperful of kidney tincture per cup either in the tea itself or separately, if you prefer.

Fresh vegetable juices and superfoods are consumed after the lemonade kidney drink, kidney tea, and kidney tinctures. Drink at least 64 ounces (two quarts) of fresh vegetable juice daily in divided doses mixed with superfoods. Consume up to 128 ounces (one gallon) of fresh juice daily.

You can do a kidney cleansing program for as little as three days or for as long as three months (or longer) depending on individual needs. At longer durations, one week of kidney cleansing can be alternated with one week of liver cleansing or bowel cleansing.

After a long period of kidney cleansing (e.g., two or three weeks) it may be desirable to take at least a short break from herbs and tinctures. Continue with fresh vegetable juices and superfoods, and any additional protocols you may decide to follow.

You can initially aim for five to seven days of kidney cleansing. This can include one day of raw foods at the start and another day of raw foods at the end. Thus, a five day kidney cleanse might start with a day of raw foods (plus juices, teas, and tinctures) followed by three days of only juices, teas, and tinctures, and then finish with another day of raw foods (plus juices, teas, and tinctures). This schedule can work for individuals on the job, because it can start on a Thursday and end the following Monday.

NOW START JUICING

After consuming the morning lemonade drink, herbal tea, and tinctures, wait at least 15 minutes before consuming juice and superfoods. As noted, you can drink up to four quarts (one gallon) of juice daily (and two quarts minimum), so don’t hesitate to get started consuming fresh juice. Drink juice as often you like and whenever you feel hungry. Spacing your juice intake during the day may work best to keep up your energy. You may experience lulls in your energy levels. This is normal during kidney cleansing. Fortunately, more caloric energy is available in the form of fresh juice, so drink up!

Many people enjoy their superfoods added directly into their juice. Others prefer to drink superfoods separately in water. Because you will be consuming plenty of fresh juice and pure water, experiment to see what you like best. Superfoods can be very energizing, which also means they work well with vegetable juice to provide energy. You may wish to take most of your superfoods earlier in the day (e.g., between 9 am and 1 pm) in order to avoid over-energizing yourself as the day winds down.

WE RECOMMEND REJUVENATE! SUPERFOODS

We recommend taking Rejuvenate! superfoods during kidney cleansing. I primarily use original Rejuvenate! because it provides the most chlorella, which is highly cleansing and detoxifying for the entire body. All Rejuvenate! superfoods taste good (yet everyone has their favorite). I prefer Rejuvenate! (original greens) for purposes of cleansing and detoxification, but all of them provide therapeutic levels of dietary nucleic acids. Few people get adequate levels of nucleic acids in their diet.

Dr. Benjamin S. Frank asserted that nucleic acids are essential nutrients like vitamins and minerals. I personally feel the difference when I consumer sufficient dietary nucleic acids (about 300 mg daily minimum for me). That’s about the amount of nucleic acids provided by one scoop of Rejuvenate! (any version since they all provide about the same amount per serving). 300 mg (the amount of nucleic acids provided in one scoop of Rejuvenate! original) makes a noticeable difference in my energy level, feelings of well being, and improved appearance.

I recommend taking three to six scoops (or more) daily because the benefit continue to accrue at higher levels. 1,500 mg (the amount of nucleic acids in five scoops of original Rejuvenate!) seems to be an optimal amount to take per day. More than that amount doesn’t appear to give me any additional benefits, but I definitely notice a corresponding decrease in benefits when I consume smaller daily servings.

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Rejuvenate!™ original greens provides 42 servings per container

FOUNDATIONAL SUPPLEMENTS & ENHANCEMENT FORMULAS

I always recommend taking four foundational supplements daily. The four supplements are a high-potency multivitamin (like Mighty Multi-Vite!™), essential fats, antioxidant / vitamin C formula (like Ultimate Protector™ or PRO-C™), and a Rejuvenate! superfood. I have discussed the importance of foundational supplements in other articles, including Rejuvenation Program: Part Four.

During kidney cleansing, simply continue taking your supplements with juice. HPDI also recommends seven enhancement supplements important for building and maintaining optimal health. Enhancement supplements include: CoQ10 (ubiquinone) or ubiquinolMyo-Mag (magnesium & malic acid), Hepa Plus (liver support formula), Nascent Iodine, echinacea, and Immune-Assist. HPDI offers all of these formulas. Your use of enhancement supplements will depend upon your individual needs, but most individuals will gain significant benefits from taking them. To learn more, see Rejuvenation Program: Part Five.

ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT PRACTICES

Other important practices you may wish to include during the remainder of the day after a morning kidney lemonade drink and kidney herbal tea include: 1) bowel cleansing herbs (no need to take a break from these herbs); 2) liquids (other than kidney tea), including herbal teas and pure water (try to drink at least a few quarts in addition to vegetable juices during the day), 3) exercise (preferably one hour) (at the intensity of your choice, but walking and yoga are good, especially for moving lymph fluid), 4) meditation, affirmations, prayer/mantras, deep breathing exercises, journaling, etc. to relax and center the mind.

If there is a particularly affected area of the body that you wish to heal, you may include hydrotherapy (e.g., hot and cold showers), sauna therapy, castor oil packs, or poultices (e.g., a drawing poultice). I have detailed some of these important practices in my articles on the Rejuvenation Program, including supporting protocols for rejuvenation. I won’t go into much detail here, but you can refer back to my series of ten blog articles on the Rejuvenation Program, and to the Rejuvenation Program page itself, which is on our main website.

If there are any practices or protocols that are important to you, then definitely consider adding them into your kidney cleansing routine. I make many suggestions, but you may know (or learn) what works best for you in terms of practices that will make your kidney cleansing experience better. Please include them!!

I won’t go into much detail at this point regarding many important practices that can support successful kidney cleansing. But I will address the beneficial role of parsley, garlic, and watermelon, as well as the topic of bowel cleansing. I have discussed bowel cleansing in previous posts (see Rejuvenation Program: Part Two), but I feel it is particularly valuable during kidney cleansing.

SPECIAL ROUTINES FOR KIDNEY CLEANSING

Beyond the basic kidney cleansing regimen I discuss above, there are several other routines that can boost kidney health. You can find ways to incorporate these routines or practices into the lemonade-based kidney cleanse, but they also work very well on their own. And for individuals who require kidney cleansing beyond the basic lemonade- and kidney herb-based routine, these special routines may be the very ones that make the difference in terms of kidney health.

PARSLEY JUICE

Consuming fresh parsley and drinking parsley tea are great for kidney cleansing. The most therapeutic form of parsley for kidney health is fresh parsley juice. Run it through your juicer. The best juicers for leafy green vegetables are twin gear (like Green Star), masticator (Champion), and single augur (Hurom). Common centrifugal juicers won’t juice parsley quite as well, but if that’s all you have then by all means use it.

Tip: If you’re using a centrifugal juicer for greens, then consider running the fresh pulp through the juicer a second time. This will help maximize the amount of green juice you obtain.

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Parsley is an excellent kidney tonic.

Garlic is another great herb not just for kidneys, but for the entire urinary tract and indeed the whole body. One neat thing I discovered is that if you juice fresh garlic with fresh parsley, then the parsley removes nearly all the garlic smell and taste. I have juiced a huge, spreading parsley plant from the garden along with an entire bulb of garlic. And you’d never know there was any garlic in the juice. Just use good judgement. If you’re just juicing a handful of parsley, then maybe just juice a a clove or two of garlic. Another tip. Put the garlic through the juicer first, and then add the parsley. That way the parsley deodorizes the garlic.

WATERMELON

Consuming watermelon is healthy for kidneys and urinary tract. If you eat one or two medium- to large-sized watermelons in a day, then you will definitely benefit from it. But like all the other foods I’ve talked about, juicing watermelon is really the most therapeutic. This is largely because it is the watermelon rind that provides significant benefits. It is much easier to juice the rind (since most people won’t eat it) right along with the red, meaty parts and the juice still tastes good. The rind also contains bioavailable minerals (like natural sodium) that are beneficial to kidneys.

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Watermelon is a tasty kidney cleansing food.

Also note that watermelon seeds are beneficial for kidneys, so try to eat and juice varieties that are not seedless. Seedless varieties undoubtedly offer benefits, but watermelon seeds–like the rinds–provide uniquely therapeutic substances.

ADDENDUM

FOUR-DAY PROGRAM FOR ELIMINATING KIDNEY STONES

Okay, I’m including a special program for individuals who are already dealing with kidney stones. There are times when the basic lemonade-based regimen is not the most effective place to start kidney cleansing. As I mentioned, kidney cleansing should be simple and easily done routinely (i.e., once every three or four months). But kidney cleansing can’t be routine if you have large numbers of stones. That is, a lemonade-based kidney cleanse has adequate power to dissolve small stones while cleansing kidneys and the entire urinary tract. When there are a significant number of stones already present in the kidneys, it is best to first use an herbal formula specifically for removing stones. Here is a formula for dissolving kidney stones and a four-day program for eliminating them.

4. HERBAL FORMULA FOR DISSOLVING KIDNEY STONES

2 Ounces Hydrangea Root

2 Ounces Gravel Root

1 Ounce Marshmallow Root

DIRECTIONS

Preferably use all organic ingredients. Take a total of five ounces of these combined roots, either cut or powdered. Take two quarts of freshly squeezed apple juice. Place half the herbs (2.5 ounces) into each quart of fresh apple juice. Allow to sit overnight. In the morning bring the mixture to a boil and let simmer for 15 minutes. Let the mixture cool, strain the herbs from one quart of it. Drink the entire quart during the first day consuming about 2.5 ounces each hour. Also make sure to drink an additional two quarts (32 ounces) of water the first day. Let the other quart sit in a cool, dark place and shake it a few times daily. The next morning, strain it. Then drink this (second) quart at one ounce per hour (during the hours that you’re awake) for two days. On the days you should also consume two quarts of water and two quarts of fresh vegetable juice. On the fourth day, you should aim for a juice fast totaling 64 ounces of purified water and 64 ounces of fresh vegetable juices.

During the entire four-day period, you should consume only pure water and freshly made juices (including the strained apple juice with herbs). The idea is to gradually increase fluid intake daily. Thus, note that the first day you drink up to one additional quart of fluids, then two additional quarts on days two and three, and finally up to four quarts on the fourth day. Fasting the entire four days consuming only the fresh juices and purified water produces best results.

If you opt not to fast, then the diet should be totally raw and vegan (100% plant based) consuming only fruits, fruit juices, vegetables, and vegetable juices. Good juices include orange, cranberry, watermelon, and vegetable juice combinations such as carrot, parsley, garlic, and ginger. Also good are purified water with lemon and/or lime juice and and kidney and bladder tea (see above) at the rate of two to six cups daily.

Most people won’t need this four-day program for dissolving stones. That is, the basic kidney-cleansing lemonade program is quite effective on its own. But I feel obligated to include it for individuals who will benefit from it. For these persons (and maybe you’re one of them) dissolving stones is an important first step in the process of kidney cleansing. Once the stones are dissolved, then you can use the lemonade-based kidney cleansing regimen at any time.

I promised (above) to include a complete discussion about bowel cleansing, which is important for detoxification under any circumstances. Bowel cleansing can be performed during kidney cleansing, liver cleansing, or separately all by itself.

BOWEL CLEANSING

A BOWEL CLEANSE IS IDEAL WHILE KIDNEY CLEANSING

Many natural care practitioners say that all cleansing begins with bowel cleansing. I believe they say this partly because their experience shows that just doing a complete bowel cleanse can significantly improve their patients’ health and “cure” many maladies. Certainly, cleansing the bowel before kidney cleansing is a good idea, and will help prepare the body for it. Bowel cleansing itself no doubt is powerful. But when combined with kidney cleansing, bowel cleansing can facilitate the cleansing process, and support processes of detoxification, rejuvenation, and creation of optimal health. So, it is always a good idea to spend at least some time during kidney cleansing to perform a bowel cleanse. It can easily be done simultaneously or separately.

A basic juice flush usually acts to cleanse the bowel. However, the ultimate goal is to facilitate the body’s creation of health by engaging in practices that act synergistically to support the most complete cleanse possible. With respect to bowel cleansing, we recommend several excellent formulas that can be used while kidney cleansing. These formulas include HPDI’s own Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula, which acts to sweep the entire gastrointestinal tract.

INTESTINAL REJUVENATION FORMULA

We recommend you take Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula up to three times daily (away from food or juice) mixed with at least 12–16 ounces of water). Initially, you might just take it once daily at the level of one teaspoon. Eventually, you can work your way up to one teaspoon three times daily. It is important to make sure your bowel works well at the initial levels (1/2 teaspoon to 2 teaspoons) before increasing the dose. The reason for starting at lower levels is that some people can experience constipation (or reduced bowel transit time) initially due to increased fiber. The body eventually adjusts to it, and then the formula will help facilitate bowel action.

HOW IT CLEANSES THE BOWEL

Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula attaches onto materials in the digestive tract, helping to move them through the digestive system for elimination. The formula sweeps away blockages, debris, hard to remove materials, and even helps clear bowel pockets. The formula includes ingredients (like slippery elm and marshmallow root) known to coat and soothe gastrointestinal membranes. It not only sweeps away hardened debris, but also softens such deposits before removal, as well as protects the lining of the entire GI tract. As a consequence of its capacity to latch onto materials in the digestive tract, Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula is highly effective for detoxification.

As noted, the gastrointestinal tract is often the most toxic region of the body. When blockages occur and elimination functions are compromised, the intestines can become a source of toxicity. Any blockage or reduction in proper bowel activity can create buildup of materials requiring elimination. Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula helps remove blockages, so that the bowel can function normally.

Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula absorbs and sequesters toxins, including toxic metals (lead and mercury), industrial chemicals (PCBs), and other poisons. It thereby performs multiple detoxification functions (both physically sweeping away encrusted deposits, cleansing bowel pockets, and removing poisons that can damage the body.

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Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula is one of the most effective formulas for cleansing the bowel

AN EFFECTIVE BOWEL REGULATOR

Notably, Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula is useful both for sluggish bowel action and for too frequent bowel activity. For sluggish bowels, it adds bulk and clears the digestive tract with a sweep-like action. For overly frequent bowel action (or diarrhea), it regulates flow by controlling the rate of elimination. In this latter capacity, it has been known to prevent dehydration and fluid loss from chronic diarrhea.

As you might guess, a formula like Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula can be taken regularly or periodically, and it will always act to help regulate bowels, remove toxins, and cleanse the bowel. I take it year-round with just a few breaks.

According the the Merck Manual, the majority of Americans (and increasingly everyone around the world) will suffer from bowel pockets, if they live long enough. Most of want to live a long life with a high quality of life. Taking Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula can help prevent bowel pockets and/or help cleanse bowel pockets if they already exist. I can think of no other single reason for taking Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula than to keep the bowel free of pockets. But the other reasons for taking it, like detoxification, sequestering of poisons, and effective bowel regulation are equally compelling.

We need to continue to cleanse our GI-tract throughout our lives, and especially as we age (and our metabolism slows). Taking a formula like Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula can help extend our quality of life as we age, and perhaps extend our lives by keeping us  healthy, regular, detoxified, and free of blockages and bowel pockets.

TAKING INTESTINAL REJUVENATION FORMULA

The easiest way to take Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula is to mix it into water. I usually put it into a 16-ounce mason jar with about 12 ounces of water. Shake it vigorously until well mixed, then drink. Then you can add another four ounces of water to the jar and re-shake, then drink again. This clears the jar of any loose formula, and ensures you get the entire dose.

EFFECTIVE FOR BOWEL SLUGGISHNESS

Individuals with extremely sluggish bowels may require a stronger herbal formula to support movement in the bowel. In cases of extreme bowel sluggishness, we recommend Intestinal Formula #1 (available from Dr. Richard Schulze’s American Botanical Pharmacy). If this your case, then take Intestinal Formula #1 as directed (usually one capsule daily with dinner) until the bowel function is normalized. After function normalizes, then shift onto Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula to obtain all the benefits of a fiber and herb formula designed for sweeping the gastrointestinal tract.

Okay, I realize I’ve spoken at length about bowel cleansing in an article on kidney cleansing. It’s just that important!! So please consider starting a bowel cleanse before (or during) kidney cleansing because it can make a huge difference in the effectiveness of your kidney program (and detoxification programs in general).

PERIODIC KIDNEY CLEANSING SUPPORTS OPTIMAL HEALTH

Kidney cleansing is among the best ways to improve overall health, boost energy, detoxify the body, and increase quality of life. In fact, I believe it is now essential. Given the state of the average person’s diet, the lack of proper overall nutrition, and especially the amount of toxicity in our environment (including toxicity in food, water, air, soil, and our homes and offices), there is no reason not to perform kidney cleansing regularly. That is, at least once or twice per year, and preferably once every season (spring, winter, fall, and summer).

Kidney cleansing can be an ongoing part of your lifestyle even after a you’ve completed a periodic cleanse. For example, routinely consuming fresh organic lemonade, watermelon, parsley, garlic, vegetable juices, raw foods, and kidney support herbs (e.g., kidney teas containing herbs like juniper berry, uva ursi leaf, and corn silk).

As I’ve suggested, maintaining healthy kidneys can be aided by avoiding toxins. Read Part Two of the Rejuvenation Program series (see resources below). Avoid or reduce your exposure to kidney toxic foods, liquids, and substances. This includes conventional produce (containing pesticides and GMOs) and artificial ingredients (food colorings, flavorings, preservatives, and sweeteners). Avoidance of these substances reduces your toxic load and supports kidney health.

The lemonade-based kidney cleansing program is as tasty and enjoyable as it is effective. I hope you get started on your kidney cleansing program today. And I hope you enjoy the kind of bliss that comes not only from giving your kidneys a break, but also from the improved state of health that cleaner kidneys will immediately begin providing to your entire body. Bottoms up!!

SOURCES & RESOURCES

 HPDI BLOG ARTICLES

The Summer Lemonade Diet: Refreshes, Hydrates, and Cleanses Kidneys

REJUVENATE! LEMONADE – DELICIOUS & SATISFYING

Fred’s Favorite Vegetable Juice Recipe: ‘The Doctor’

Liver Cleanse with Juices & Herbs

HPDI PRODUCTS

REJUVENATE! SUPERFOODS

INTESTINAL REJUVENATION FORMULA

FOUNDATIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

HEPA-PLUS

SUPPLIERS

INTEGRATEDHEALTH.COM (HPDI Products)

PACIFIC BOTANICALS (organic herbs)

BLESSED HERBS (herbs)

AMERICAN BOTANICAL PHARMACY (teas, tinctures, kits)

ADDITIONAL READING

DR. SCHULZE’S FIVE DAY KIDNEY DETOX (pdf)

THERE ARE NO INCURABLE DISEASES (pdf)

HPDI REJUVENATION PROGRAM

Rejuvenation Program: Part One 

Rejuvenation Program: Part Two

Rejuvenation Program: Part Three

Rejuvenation Program: Part Four

Rejuvenation Program: Part Five

Rejuvenation Program: Part Six

Magnesium Oil and Magnesium Chloride as a Supporting Protocol for Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation Program: Part Eight

Rejuvenation Program: Part Nine

  (Note: The practices discussed in this article are for educational purposes only. They are not intended as medical advice. Please consult your doctor before engaging in a program of kidney cleansing.)

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Liver Cleanse with Juices & Herbs

Fred Liers PhD liver cleanse with liver herbs, vegetable juice, bowel cleanse, intestinal rejuvenation formulaThere are many ways to cleanse the liver. And there are many ways to juice for health. However, the combination of juicing with liver cleansing provides what is probably the most effective means for liver detoxification for health and healing, as well as improved liver function.

Detoxifying the liver is important these days by any measure. Our environment presents our bodies with the job of detoxifying numerous toxins. These toxins accumulate inside the body and damage our health. The liver is our primary organ of detoxification, responsible for more functions than science can describe.

We therefore look to the liver when considering how best to detoxify ourselves. Any actions you take to detoxify your liver will pay you back handsomely in better health. Or at least in a cleaner liver, which equates to more effective liver function, a greater capacity to detoxify, and (ostensibly) a less toxic you.

Performing a liver cleanse regularly (ideally 3–4 times per year, i.e., once per season) not only allows your body to eliminate many of these toxins, but also keeps your liver and other organs of detoxification in good condition, prepared to continue doing their jobs well…and keep you well.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT DURING A LIVER CLEANSE

Periodic liver cleansing with vegetable juice and liver herbs not only cleanses and detoxifies the liver, but also the entire body. For example, a liver cleanse reduces cholesterol, thins blood, removes and reduces plaques in vessels throughout the body (including the brain). In sum, liver cleansing rejuvenates your body entirely from the inside to the outside.

One of the most important aspects of a proper liver cleanse with vegetable juices is that it gives the digestive system a break, and allows for cleansing and rejuvenation of the entire gastrointestinal tract.

A program for liver cleansing can (and should) include a subprogram for bowel detoxification, which is considered by many to be a foundational aspect of detoxification. I will provide a complete liver cleanse program (below) that includes bowel cleansing herbal formulas and routines.

There are additional benefits. A liver cleanse is a good place to start a detoxification program because it the skills learned and developed in implementing it are also applicable to kidney cleansing (the subject of my next blog article) and other forms of cleansing.

A LIVER CLEANSE CAN BE FUN

Another fact to consider. Juice cleansing is FUN! Okay, it’s serious business when it comes to health. It can transform you health and your life. But fundamentally, you will eventually find yourself in a state of bliss during your cleanse. It never fails for me.

This cleanse-induced state of bliss not only relates to doing something incredibly good for yourself, but more practically, it so amazingly boosts and positively affects your nutritional status, your state of alkalinity (pH), the health and vibrancy of your liver, your brain function, and so much more…that you simply bliss out. That’s a fact for the vast majority of people who do it.

HOW TO LIVER CLEANSE WITH JUICE

EQUIPMENT YOU WILL NEED

There isn’t too much equipment you will need, but it is helpful to have a few items:

Blender or hand blender (see Resource section below for recommended brands)
Juicer (e.g., centrifugal, twin gear, masticator, single augur, etc.)
Citrus Press (optional)
Vitamix (optional)
Pot (steel or glass) to boil hot water with herbal tea
Strainer

HOW TO START THE DAY

A liver cleanse involves consuming a liver flush drink (usually in the morning) followed 15–20 minutes later by a hot herbal tea containing liver healthy herbs plus several herbal tincture formulas. The tea and added liver tincture are then consumed again several times thereafter during the day. That is, drink two cups (16 oz) of liver tea 15–20 minutes after the liver flush drink, and then drink an additional 1–2 cups twice during the day. Make sure to include a dropperful of liver tincture per cup.

Fresh vegetable juices and superfoods are consumed after the liver drink, tea, and tinctures. At least 64 ounces (two quarts) of fresh juice should be consumed daily in divided doses mixed with superfoods. Preferably up to 128 ounces (one gallon) or more of fresh juice can be consumed per day.

The program can be done for as little as three days or for as long as three months (or even longer) depending on the needs of the individual. At longer durations, one week of liver cleanse can be alternated with one week of kidney cleanse, or other types of cleanse, including bowel cleansing.

Also, at longer durations, and especially after a week or two each of liver and kidney cleansing, for example, a break from herbs may be desirable. Just continue with juice and superfoods, and any additional protocols you may decide to follow.

A good, initial liver cleanse (or flush) should aim for five to seven days. This can include one day of raw foods at the start and another day of raw foods at the end. Thus, a five day liver cleanse could start with one day of raw foods (plus juices, teas, and tinctures), followed by three days of only juices, teas, and tinctures, and then finish with another day of raw foods (plus juices, teas, and tinctures). This is quite doable, even for individuals who work, because you can begin on a Thursday and end the following Monday.

MORNING LIVER / GALLBLADDER DRINK RECIPE

(Use organic or wildcrafted ingredients whenever possible)

8 ounces citrus juice (orange, grapefruit, and/or lemon/lime)
8 ounces purified water
1 clove garlic (and then add 1 clove per day up to 4–5 cloves)
1 inch ginger
1 tablespoon olive oil (and then add 1 tablespoon per day up to 4–5 tablespoons)

Juice the citrus separately and then place all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth. Drink.

Note: citrus juice is best to use in spring and summer. In winter, you can substitute fresh apple and/or grape juice.

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Liver drink ingredients

Each day beyond the first, add to the drink one more tablespoon of olive oil and one more clove of garlic. Thus, on day two of preparing the liver drink, you use two tablespoons of olive oil and two cloves of garlic. As you can tolerate it, increase the olive oil to 4–5 tablespoons and the garlic to 4–5 cloves (i.e., you will be on day four or five by this point).

I generally do not go beyond five tablespoons of olive oil and five cloves of garlic, even when I prepare the liver drink for seven days. Also, feel free to increase the amount of ginger, especially if you feel nauseated by the garlic and/or oil mixture. Sometimes I like to “chase” the liver drink down by drinking a couple ounces of fresh-squeezed orange or grapefruit juice (or apple juice in winter), which helps to cleanse the palate of garlic taste.

LIVER / GALLBLADDER TEA RECIPE

15–20 minutes after consuming the morning liver / gallbladder cleanse drink, consume two cups of hot liver / gallbladder tea. Add liver tinctures (2 droppers per cup) directly into the tea or else take directly into mouth or separately in a little water. Then drink two more cups of hot or warm tea twice during the day along with liver tincture.

Liver tinctures are available from health food stores or natural products companies. Liver  formulas typically have names like “Liver Detox” or “Wormwood and black walnut.” Look for ingredients like milk thistle, wormwood, oregon grape, black walnut, dandelion, gentian, and garlic.  You can also make your own (see instructions below).

If you don’t wish to use a tincture in your tea, HPDI offers Hepa Plus, an excellent capsule formula (with milk thistle), which you can take separately.

RECIPE FOR LIVER / GALLBLADDER TEA: Use two parts dandelion root and one part of each of all the other ingredients. You can obtain these herbs at your local natural foods store or from Pacific Botanicals (www.PacificBotanicals.com) and/or Blessed Herbs (www.BlessedHerbs).

Dandelion root, burdock root, Pau D’arco inner bark, cinnamon bark, cardamom seed, licorice root, fennel seed, Juniper berries, ginger root, clove buds, black peppercorns, uva ursi leaves, horsetail herb, orange peel, and parsley root and/or leaf.

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Then place into glass jars (or other suitable containers) for storage.

Another option is to purchase liver tea premixed. Liver teas can be purchased at your local natural food store. One good brand is Yogi Tea, which makes a “Detox” tea and “Peach Detox” tea that include many of the ingredients listed above. You can use 2 or 3 teabags to brew a stronger tea in lieu of making your own tea.

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Loose, dried, liver tea blend

Perhaps the best commercially available liver tea is Dr. Richard Schulze’s Detox Tea, which 100% organic and/or wildcrafted. It is sold in six ounce bags by the American Botanical Pharmacy (1.800.herb.doc) (www.herbdoc.com). This is my favorite commercial liver tea and the one I recommend most highly (if you don’t make it yourself).

LIVER TINCTURE

As noted above, it is best to include a liver tincture right into your liver tea. You will do this at least three times daily by adding two droppers of liver tincture into your liver tea. You can also take the tincture in a little water or directly into your mouth, if you prefer.

There are several good brands of liver tincture. I prefer to make my own liver tincture, but my favorite commercially available formula is Dr. Schulze’s L-GB Formula.

If you wish to make your own liver tincture, here is a good recipe. Milk thistle seed (eight parts or 40%), Oregon grape root (two parts or 10%), dandelion root (two parts or 10%), Wormwood (one part or 5%), gentian root (one part or 5%), Chaparral (one part or 5%), Black Walnut (one part or 5%), Ginger Root (one part or 5%), Garlic (one part or 5%), Fennel Seed (one part or 5%). Note: parts apply to weight, not volume.

Assemble the fresh herbs. Put them into a blender in the proper proportions. (You can mix them in a bowl first if it fills more than the blender can accommodate at once.) Then add enough 80 to 100-proof vodka to cover the herbs. Then pour the resulting herbal vodka mixture into a mason jar and let it steep for at least 14 days, and possibly many months. Shake it at least once or twice per day.

Sometime after a minimum steeping time of 14 days, strain the mixture through cheesecloth or a t-shirt into a large bowl, and then pour the tincture back into jar(s) and store in the dark. Ideally, start this process on a new moon, and strain the finished tincture during the full moon. That’s a 14-day cycle. If you wait longer, the tincture will be stronger, but sometimes you can’t wait. If you do wait longer, still strain it on (or near) a full moon because the tincture will contain more of the active ingredients.

WHAT TO DO AFTER THE MORNING DRINK

After morning liver or kidney drink and herb tea, then wait at least 15 minutes before consuming juice and superfoods. As noted above, you can drink up to four quarts (one gallon) of juice daily, so don’t skimp on fresh juice. Indeed, drink juice as often you can, and certainly whenever you feel hungry.

You may find that spacing your juice intake throughout the day works best to keep up your energy. You may experience lulls in your energy at times. This is normal during a liver cleanse, but it’s also a great time to drink more juice. So, drink up!

Many individuals prefer to concentrate their intake of superfoods in the morning or early afternoon (e.g., one dose with juice at 9 am and another between 11 am and 1 pm). Superfoods can be very energizing, which may not be desirable late in the day. However, you should experiment to see what works best for you.

IMPORTANCE OF OWNING A JUICER

Juicing is powerful and an integral part of the liver cleanse experience. What juice does is provide extremely potent nourishment that requires little or no digesting. People ask me whether they can use a blender. Not for making juice on a liver cleanse. A blender is a great tool for making the citrus-based liver drink, but not juice.

For example, juice made in a blender contains all the fiber, which is not necessarily a bad thing if you’ve completed a juice flush, and are just making drinks or smoothies. You can even use a blender to mix juice (that you’ve made in a juicer) with superfoods like Rejuvenate!™ while on a liver cleanse.

But the point of juicing on a liver cleanse is allowing your body to apply all its energy for detoxification, purification, rejuvenation, and regeneration. Forcing your body to digest fiber just isn’t compatible with a juice-based liver cleanse. I tell everyone who doesn’t already own a juice and a blender to get both. They are tools indispensable to anyone serious about their health. So whichever one(s) you don’t already own…get them today!

I personally own six juicers, including a Champion, Green Star, Breville, Hurom, and Omega. I use them all depending on my daily needs. Green Star (twin gear juicer) produces the best juice with the driest pulp (i.e., better extraction), but it takes more time. It also does the best job with juicing leafy greens.

The Champion (masticator) is fast and offers the easiest cleanup, but results in wetter pulp (which both my dogs and chickens love). Breville (centrifugal juicer) offers speed and relatively easy cleanup, and works well for root vegetables. Single augur juicers (like Hurom) offer high-quality juice with reasonably dry pulp and still do a good job with leafy greens.

For individuals who worry about the cost of a juicer, I can assure you the health benefits far outweigh the costs. Juicing regularly is like health insurance, only better since it actually makes you healthy instead of just helping fix you when you’re sick (which juice also does). Yet, I know people who regularly spend a lot of money to keep their cars in shape with regular oil changes, tune-ups on schedule, and periodic preventive maintenance. But they won’t buy a juicer.

Everyone knows that taking care of your car via routine maintenance helps prevent unexpected breakdowns and keeps the vehicle in shape so that serious problems don’t occur. But not so many people extend this principle to themselves. However, a little “routine maintenance” on your body/mind/soul three or four times per year (even for just 3–5 days) makes a world of difference when it comes to building and maintaining good health.

Tip: If you or someone you know can’t afford a juicer, try your local Goodwill, Salvation Army, or thrift store. I’ve seen high-quality, commercial-grade juicers in such stores for $15.00. When I find one at low cost, I usually buy it, and then give it away to someone who really needs it.

WHAT ELSE JUICE WILL DO FOR YOU

Juice nourishes, hydrates, alkalizes, and supports the entire cleansing process. It also boosts mood and can modulate pain (depending on the type juice you make). In addition, juice is sometimes to referred to as a “blood transfusion.” Think about it, juice is a fluid that doesn’t require digestion. It is full of minerals like magnesium, sodium (e.g., from celery) (which is very different than processed table salt), silica (e.g., from cucumbers), and iron (from many red vegetables). Thus, juice is well known to build low blood counts, especially when red vegetables (like beets) are juiced.

In this way, juice demonstrates its healing powers to build blood counts, whereas modern medicine will employ a blood transfusion. Juice does it naturally, inexpensively, and without complex procedures, or admission to a hospital.

Juice also provides high levels of plant phytochemicals that protect cells, act an antioxidants and Nrf2 activators, combat aging, and keep us youthful from the inside-out.

WE RECOMMEND REJUVENATE!™ SUPERFOODS

We recommend taking Rejuvenate! superfoods during your liver cleanse. I especially enjoy using original Rejuvenate! because it provides the most chlorella and spirulina, which are highly cleansing. And it tastes great in juice.

But all the Rejuvenate! formulas taste good (although everyone seems to have a preference). And while I like greens for detoxifying, all the formulas provide therapeutic levels of dietary nucleic acids, which support detoxification and are highly nourishing to the body.

Few people these days get adequate levels of nucleic acids in their diet. Dr. Benjamin Frank went so far as to argue that nucleic acids are essential nutrients like vitamins and minerals. I am inclined to agree with him because I have personally feel the difference when I am getting enough nucleic acids (about 300 mg daily minimum for me) compared to times when I don’t (which isn’t often these days). That’s about the amount of nucleic acids provided by one scoop of Rejuvenate! (any version since they all provide about the same amount per scoop).

So, 300 mg (the amount of nucleic acids provided in one scoop of Rejuvenate!) makes a noticeable difference in my energy level, feelings of well being, and improved appearance. However, I try to take three to six scoops (or more) daily because the benefit continue to accrue at higher levels.

1,500 mg (the amount of nucleic acids in five scoops of most Rejuvenate! formulas) seems to be an optimal amount to take per day. More than that amount doesn’t appear to give me any additional benefits, but I definitely notice a corresponding decrease in benefits when I consume smaller daily servings.

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Rejuvenate!™ original greens provides 42 servings per container

FOUNDATIONAL SUPPLEMENTS & ENHANCEMENT FORMULAS

We always recommend taking four foundational supplements daily. The four we recommend are a high-potency multivitamin (like Mighty Multi-Vite!™), essential fats, antioxidant / vitamin C formula (like Ultimate Protector™ or PRO-C™), and a Rejuvenate! superfood. I have discussed the importance of foundational supplements in other articles, including Rejuvenation Program: Part Four. During a liver cleanse, continue taking your supplements with juice. These supplements will support your body while you cleanse, just as they support health before and after it.

Beyond foundational supplements, we recommend seven enhancement supplements that are important for building and maintaining good health. These include: CoQ10 (ubiquinone) or ubiquinol, Myo-Mag (magnesium & malic acid), Hepa Plus (the liver formula I mentioned above), Nascent Iodine, echinacea, and Immune-Assist. HPDI offers all of these formulas. Your use of enhancement supplements will depend upon your individual needs, but most individuals will gain significant benefits from taking them. To learn more, see Rejuvenation Program: Part Five.

OTHER IMPORTANT PRACTICES

Other important practices to include during the remainder of the day after a morning liver or kidney drink and herb tea include: 1) bowel cleansing herbs (no need to take a break from these herbs); 2) liquids (other than liver/kidney tea), including herbal teas and pure water (try to drink at least a few quarts in addition to vegetable juices during the day), 3) exercise (preferably one hour) (at the intensity of your choice, but walking and yoga are good, especially for moving lymph fluid), 4) meditation, affirmations, prayer/mantras, deep breathing exercises, journaling, etc. to relax and center the mind.

If there is a particularly affected area of the body that you wish to heal, you may include hydrotherapy (e.g., hot and cold showers), sauna therapy, castor oil packs, or poultices (e.g., a drawing poultice).

I have detailed some of these important practices in my articles on the Rejuvenation Program, including supporting protocols for rejuvenation. I won’t go into much detail here because of space considerations, but please refer back to my series of ten articles on the Rejuvenation Program, and to the Rejuvenation Program page itself, which is on our main website.

If there are any practices or protocols that are important to you, then definitely consider adding them into your liver cleanse. I make many suggestions, but you may know (or learn) what works best for you in terms of practices that can take your liver cleanse over the top (so to speak). Listen to yourself.

While I won’t go into much detail at this point regarding many important practices that can support a successful liver cleanse, I will address the topic of bowel cleansing. Although I have addressed this topic before (see Rejuvenation Program: Part Two), I feel it is especially relevant to liver (and kidney) cleansing. (You can read what I’ve written before, but I want to present a slightly different perspective on bowel cleansing here.)

BOWEL CLEANSING IS IDEAL DURING A LIVER CLEANSE

Many natural care practitioners say that all cleansing begins with bowel cleansing. I believe they say this partly because their experience shows that just doing a complete bowel cleanse can significantly improve their patients’ health and “cure” many maladies. Certainly, cleansing the bowel before a liver cleanse is a good idea, and will help prepare the body for it.

Bowel cleansing itself no doubt is powerful. But when combined with liver or kidney cleansing, bowel cleansing can turbocharge the cleansing process, as well as accelerate the processes of detoxification, rejuvenation, and the creation of optimal health.

So, it’s true! It is always a good idea to spend at least some of the during your liver cleanse (or kidney cleanse) performing a bowel cleanse. It can easily be done concurrently with liver or kidney cleansing, or separately.

While a basic juice flush usually acts to cleanse the bowel, the ultimate goal is to facilitate the body’s creation of health by engaging in practices that act synergistically to support the most complete cleanse possible. With respect to bowel cleansing, we recommend several excellent formulas that can be used while cleansing the liver or kidneys. These formulas include HPDI’s own Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula, which acts to sweep the entire gastrointestinal tract.

INTESTINAL REJUVENATION FORMULA

We recommend you take Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula up to three times daily (away from food or juice) mixed with at least 12–16 ounces of water). Initially, you might just take it once daily at the level of one teaspoon. Eventually, you can work your way up to one teaspoon three times daily.

The key is making sure your bowel is working well at the initial levels (1/2 teaspoon to 2 teaspoons) before increasing the dose. The reason for starting slowly is that some people may experience constipation (or reduced bowel transit time) initially do the increased fiber. The body eventually adjusts. At that point, the formula can help facilitate bowel action.

HOW IT CLEANSES THE BOWEL

Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula grabs onto materials in the digestive tract, moving them through the digestive system where they can be eliminated. The formula will sweep away various blockages, debris, hard to remove materials, and even clear bowel pockets.

The formula includes ingredients (like slippery elm and marshmallow root) known to coat and soothe gatrointestinal mucosa. In this way, it both sweeps away hardened debris, but also softens such deposits before removal, and protects the entire lining of the GI tract.

As a consequence of its capacity to latch onto materials in the digestive tract, Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula is especially effective for detoxification. The GI tract, and especially the bowel, is often the most toxic region of the body.

When blockages occur and elimination functions are compromised, the intestines are a source of toxicity. Any blockage or reduction in proper bowel activity, can create buildup of materials requiring elimination. Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula specializes in removing blockages, so that the bowel can function normally.

Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula also directly absorbs and sequesters toxins, including toxic metals (lead, mercury, cadmium), industrial chemicals (PCBs), and other poisons. In this way, it performs multiple detoxification functions (both physically sweeping away encrusted deposits (including old fecal matter), cleansing bowel pockets, and sequestering poisons that can damage the body.

Because the GI tract is responsible for assimilating and absorbing nutrients from foods, cleansing the bowel improves the uptake of nutrients by removing obstructions and blockages that disrupt proper digestion. An unhealthy GI-tract simply can’t do its job properly.

Regular use of Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula not only sweeps away what is often termed “putrefactive” materials that have not been fully digested, but also the older so-called “post-putrefactive” matter hardened on the intestinal lining. Both types of matter can reduce uptake of nutrients, obstruct proper bowel movement, and contribute to stasis, stagnation, and GI-tract dysfunction.

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Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula is one of the most effective formulas for cleansing the bowel

AN EFFECTIVE BOWEL REGULATOR

Notably, Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula is useful both for sluggish bowel action and for too frequent bowel activity. For sluggish bowels, it adds bulk and clears the digestive tract with a sweep-like action. For overly frequent bowel action (or diarrhea), it regulates flow by controlling the rate of elimination. In this latter capacity, it has been known to prevent dehydration and fluid loss from chronic diarrhea.

As you might guess, a formula like Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula can be taken regularly or periodically, and it will always act to help regulate bowels, remove toxins, and cleanse the bowel. I take it year-round with just a few breaks.

According the the Merck Manual, the majority of Americans (and increasingly everyone around the world) will suffer from bowel pockets, if they live long enough. Most of want to live a long life with a high quality of life. Taking Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula can help prevent bowel pockets and/or help cleanse bowel pockets if they already exist.

I can think of no other single reason for taking Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula than to keep the bowel free of pockets. But the other reasons for taking it, like detoxification, sequestering of poisons, and effective bowel regulation are equally compelling.

We need to continue to cleanse our GI-tract throughout our lives, and especially as we age (and our metabolism slows). Taking a formula like Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula can help extend our quality of life as we age, and perhaps extend our lives by keeping us  healthy, regular, detoxified, and free of blockages and bowel pockets.

HOW TO TAKE INTESTINAL REJUVENATION FORMULA

The easiest way to take Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula is to mix it into water. I usually put it into a 16-ounce mason jar with about 12 ounces of water. Shake it vigorously until well mixed, then drink. Then you can add another four ounces of water to the jar and re-shake, then drink again. This clears the jar of any loose formula, and ensures you get the entire dose.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE AN EXTREMELY SLUGGISH BOWEL

Certain individuals with extremely sluggish bowels may require a stronger herbal formula to provide the body with greater support for creating movement in the bowel. In such cases of extreme bowel sluggishness, we recommend Intestinal Formula #1 (available from Dr. Richard Schulze’s American Botanical Pharmacy). If this is the case for you, then take Intestinal Formula #1 as directed (usually one capsule daily with dinner) until the bowel function is normalized. Then you can shift on to Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula in order to obtain all the benefits of a fiber and herb formula designed for sweep the entire gastrointestinal tract.

CONCLUSION: PERIODIC LIVER CLEANSING SUPPORTS OPTIMAL HEALTH

Liver cleansing is one of the best ways of improving health, boosting energy, detoxifying the body, and increasing quality of life. In fact, I believe it has become essential to cleanse your liver. Given the levels of toxins in our environment, including in foods, water, air, soils, and throughout our homes, there is every reason to cleanse you liver often. That is, to do a liver cleanse at least once or twice per year, and preferably more often, such as once per season.

Yet, liver cleansing can also be done more frequently by incorporating cleansing techniques into your lifestyle. For example, consuming more fresh vegetable juices, raw foods, liver support herbs (like milk thistle).

Remember, too, that keeping you liver clean can be aided by avoiding toxins. Read Part Two of the Rejuvenation Program series (see resources section below). Avoid or reduce your exposure to liver toxic foods, drinks, and substances. The list includes alcohol, conventional produce (containing pesticides), and artificial ingredients (food colorings, flavorings, preservatives, and sweeteners (like aspartame and sucralose). Prudent avoidance goes a long way toward reducing the toxic load that must be dealt with by your liver.

RELATED ARTICLES FROM THE HPDI BLOG

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Choosing Self Responsibility: The Key to a Successful Healing Program

REJUVENATION PROGRAM

Rejuvenation Program: Part One 

Rejuvenation Program: Part Two

Rejuvenation Program: Part Three

Rejuvenation Program: Part Four

Rejuvenation Program: Part Five

Rejuvenation Program: Part Six

Magnesium Oil and Magnesium Chloride as a Supporting Protocol for Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation Program: Part Eight

Rejuvenation Program: Part Nine

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS & MEDIA

THERE ARE NO INCURABLE DISEASES – by Dr. Richard Schulze

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

REJUVENATE!™ SUPERFOODS

Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula

Why You Need Foundational Supplements

JUICERS

Green Star

Champion

Breville

Hurom

BLENDERS

Vitamix

Blendtec

OTHER USEFUL KITCHEN TOOLS

CITRUS PRESS

OrangeX

HAND BLENDER

Kitchen Aid

MANDOLIN SLICER

Benriner

FOOD PROCESSORS

HERB & NUT GRINDER

Kitchen Aid

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Rejuvenation Program: Part Two

FOUNDATIONAL ELEMENTS IN HPDI’S MASTER REJUVENATION PROGRAM

Fred Liers PhD rejuvenation lifestyleThe HPDI Master Rejuvenation Program provides proven practices, protocols, and recommendations for establishing and implementing a rejuvenation lifestyle. These elements have been proven over 26 years of development. It is a complete program to rejuvenate, regenerate, and boost vitality to body, mind, and spirit. It is especially helpful for those who want to restore health.

FOUNDATIONAL ELEMENTS OF A REJUVENATION LIFESTYLE

The Rejuvenation Program emphasizes establishing basic nutrition and using foundational nutritional formulas, including high-RNA Rejuvenate!™ superfoods and other sources of dietary nucleic acids. This rejuvenation lifestyle program rests on six foundational  elements: 1) Attitude/Commitment, 2) Detoxification, 3) Preventing Toxicity, 4) Health Building Nutrition, 5) Building Powerful Immunity, and 6) Supporting Protocols.

The six foundational elements of a rejuvenation lifestyle (as recommended in the HPDI Rejuvenation Program) are powerful individually, but act synergistically when combined to support optimal health. The results are greatly improved capabilities for your body to heal, regenerate, rejuvenate, and restore its vitality.

As discussed in Part One of Rejuvenation Program series, the first element in the program is proper Attitude/Commitment, which is one of the foundations of an effective rejuvenation lifestyle. Best results follow commitment. Because when your attitude and level of commitment are aligned with a desire for wellness, you’re ready to create health naturally. I’ll tell you more about that later, but now I want to talk about detoxification.

DETOXIFICATION

Detoxification is removal of existing toxins from the body. It is critical because everyone in  today’s world is exposed to harmful  toxins. Overabundance of toxins creates poor health and presents  obstacles to healing and building health. Practices for detoxification include taking Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula, Edible Earth (calcium montmorillonite clay), intestinal corrective formulas, and consuming superfoods that support the detoxification process.

INTESTINAL REJUVENATION FORMULA

Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula is a one-of-a-kind product designed to support the health of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. It is a highly effective drawing, detoxifying, and healing formula for the bowel. It cleanses the entire digestive tract by drawing toxins, clearing blockages, and supporting natural movement. It works by coating and adhering to the lining of the intestines. This unique action allows it to absorb fecal plaques and other debris, soften unhealthy deposits, and sweep them away for elimination in the stool. Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula neutralizes and removes hundreds of toxins, including heavy metals (e.g., mercury and lead). It draws out many times its weight in material encrusted or trapped in the intestinal lining. It also provides nutrients not only known to nourish the GI tract, but also that promote normal elimination functions.

Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula relieves symptoms of constipation, including gas, bloating, cramps, indigestion, and nausea caused by excessive waste in the bowel. It also soothes the intestinal lining and colon wall, and promotes a well-functioning colon. This means it can contribute to greater health not only through removal of toxins and intestinal blockages, but also by allowing greater absorption of nutrients from food (i.e., after the intestines are cleansed). It also can contribute to achieving normal weight by promoting elimination of old fecal matter (e.g., post-putrefactive deposits), and by helping to establish and maintain normal bowel function.

Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula acts as a wonderful soothing agent for the mucous membrane linings of the entire intestinal tract, especially the colon. This makes it an important formula for individuals experiencing irritable bowel syndrome, spastic colon, colitis, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, or any digestive tract condition causing hot, burning, irritated, or bleeding bowels and/or diarrhea. This unique healing formula is also an excellent remedy for food poisoning, because it can absorb harmful bacteria and toxins.

INTESTINAL CORRECTIVE FORMULA #1

A smoothly functioning bowel is important for detoxification because it is one of the body’s primary means for removing toxins. Intestinal corrective formulas support proper elimination and digestion, and clean the digestive tract (allowing improved assimilation of nutrients from foods). Intestinal corrective formula #1 (cathartic) improves elimination and promotes proper bowel function.

Intestinal corrective formula #1 restores proper bowel function and stimulates a sluggish bowel. After bowel function is normalized, then intestinal corrective formula #1 may be stopped. Intestinal corrective formula #1 is available from The American Botanical Pharmacy at 800-437-2362 (800-HERB-DOC) (www.herbdoc.com). Consuming Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula and/or Edible Earth on an ongoing basis (and/or during periodic cleansing) binds toxins to prevent toxic accumulation.

REJUVENATE SUPERFOODS

High-RNA Rejuvenate! superfoods are major sources of dietary nucleic acids. Nucleic acids (like RNA) facilitate  intercellular communication to help the body fulfill its genetic blueprint. Improved intercellular communication allows cells and organs to perform their natural detoxification functions. In addition, most Rejuvenate!™ formulas provide chlorella, whose cell wall  removes heavy metals and industrial pollutants from the body. The Rejuvenation Program is supported by four high-RNA  superfoods: Rejuvenate! PLUS (sweet greens), Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs, Rejuvenate! Strawberry-Peach Protein Plus, and Rejuvenate! (original greens).

NASCENT IODINE

We recommend Nascent Iodine (non-toxic iodine). Most diets lack iodine. In fact, more than 90% of American are iodine deficient. Nascent Iodine provides rapidly-assimilated iodine for the thyroid gland. Metabolism is normalized when sufficient iodine is available to support thyroid function. When thyroid function is normalized, the body produces more energy (as ATP) needed for detoxification. For example, iodine competes for uptake with toxic halides (chlorine, bromine, and fluorine) in foods and the environment. Nascent Iodine blocks uptake of toxic halides and supports the body’s detoxification of them (via its role in producing cellular energy required for their removal).

JUICING AND PERIODIC CLEANSING

Juicing and/or periodic juice flushing supports detoxification. Fresh vegetable juices help alkalinize, detoxify, and heal your body. We suggest regularly consuming fresh vegetable juices. You will want a juicer to make fresh juice. When you desire more direct support for detoxification, a juice flush (from three to thirty days) can be highly effective. Juicing gives digestive organs a rest and makes metabolic energy available to other organs (e.g., liver, kidneys) to support detoxification. A juice flush involves drinking up to a gallon of fresh juice per day.  It also may include liver-specific or kidney-specific herbs, as well as practices that support detoxification (see Rejuvenation Program).

ADDITIONAL PRACTICES

Other essential practices include exercise and massage/bodywork. Exercise supports detoxification by increasing lymph flow, circulation, and oxygenation of tissues. Massage and bodywork also increase lymph and blood circulation to help detoxify tissues.

When toxic burdens decline in the body, the function of the detoxification organs (liver, kidneys, etc.) improves. They become more effective in dealing with toxins because they are healthier.

PREVENTING TOXICITY

The program emphasizes living a rejuvenation lifestyle that prevents toxicity, especially during or after detoxifying. Preventing toxicity relates closely (and involves similar methods) to detoxification. This makes sense because detoxification is best supported by a diet and lifestyle that reduces exposure to toxins. The combination of removing existing toxins and preventing  toxicity greatly reduces the body’s toxic burden. Both  elements are critical to enable the body to function at its peak and clear your path toward optimal health.

Practices for preventing toxicity include consuming organic foods and reducing exposure to environmental toxins (e.g., in personal and household products). To reduce exposure to environmental toxins, use only natural soaps, shampoos, toothpaste, and personal products. Avoid commercial deodorants, perfumes, and colognes. Instead use pure essential oils, if necessary. For household cleaning, use baking soda and/or vinegar (or natural cleaning products). Avoid using pesticides and yard/garden chemicals. We also recommend wearing natural fiber clothing (cotton, silk, wool, etc.). Avoid tight-fitting clothing, especially near or around lymph nodes.

Some practices for preventing toxicity overlap with detoxification (above). These include taking Edible Earth and consuming high-RNA Rejuvenate!™ superfoods (including those containing chlorella). These formulas contain ingredients that sequester or bind toxins before they  accumulate. This prevents toxic buildup and means less burden on cells and organs. In addition, high-RNA superfoods (and other sources of dietary nucleic acids) help the body produce greater amounts of energy (as ATP) needed to keep detoxification organs functioning at their peak.

In short, practices that prevent toxicity are essential for the success of your rejuvenation lifestyle. Taking the time to establish solid behaviors and habits that favor an essentially non-toxic life (natural personal care, detoxification, clean diet, and cleansing superfoods, etc.) is critical for the long-term effectiveness of your rejuvenation lifestyle.

A ‘HEALTHY ATTITUDE’: CORNERSTONE OF A REJUVENATION LIFESTYLE

I discussed Attitude/Commitment in last month’s article (and above), which is the first element in the Rejuvenation Program.  It’s the most critical element because absolute commitment best supports and sustains your path to health. Here’s what I mean.

We live in a society where too often we yield control (or allow others control) over our personal freedoms and responsibilities. But those to whom we give control often fail to serve our best interests. This is especially evident in our “disease-care” system (but also is true for systems like energy, transportation, and education). A passive approach to health is not sustainable. If you want to gain (or regain) your best health, it is best to exercise your freedoms and take personal responsibility for creating it.

A new approach exists for those who want to rejuvenate (via a complete rejuvenation lifestyle program) and create high levels of health for themselves. This approach requires a full commitment to being your healthiest. It also takes the commitment to educate yourself about how to create health for yourself and to discover what makes you healthy. This is not always easy, especially if those around you (or the system you’re in) prefers you remain the person you were before you made a commitment to health. Yet, systemic forces perpetuated by fear, ignorance, or greed cannot thwart a strong desire for health or your capacity to achieve it. You absolutely can establish and sustain a rejuvenation lifestyle.

Fortunately, many individuals have traveled paths to rejuvenation and health before you. Resources are available for recommendations, guidance, and insight into best ways to rejuvenate and implement your own rejuvenation lifestyle. The key here is not always yielding to (conventional) opinions of others, but listening to yourself, and above all remaining determined to forge your new path toward health. Your new rejuvenation lifestyle awaits you.

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SUPER REMEDIES FOR STINGS AND BITES

Fred Liers PhD stings bitesSummer is a season of sun, outdoor fun, friends, family, and food! It can also be a time of bites or stings from bees and other insects, as well as spiders, scorpions, and sometimes snakes.

Bites and stings quickly put a damper on one’s enjoyment of the day. I don’t like being stung myself. But as a parent, it can be quite traumatic dealing with a child’s pain, discomfort, and suffering.

As my wife Stefanie says about our son Olin, he has been stung by bees more often in his four years than she has in her entire life. And he’s had his share of ant bites, too. Our garden usually has some ant and bee activity, and he is often in the garden among the flowers and insects. So, naturally we try to use the most effective, natural solutions to bites and stings.

The good news is that we know what do when stings or bites occur. In fact, how we handle them may surprise you. Gone are the days when we worry too much about the pain, swelling, and other harmful effects of stings from bees and other insects, spiders, scorpions, and even snakes. This information can benefit you, too.

We know what works. The key is being prepared to act quickly after a bite or sting occurs.

MAKE AN EMERGENCY KIT FOR BITES AND STINGS

Assemble the few items you will need to treat stings and bites. I suggest keeping all essential items (see list below) in an easily accessible place, so they are available when stings or bites happen. Better yet, make a kit and you can take it with you when you’re traveling or in the outdoors. You can also keep it in your car, or in a handy place where you can access it quickly when needed.

KIT ITEMS

1) POULTICE POWDER (use Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula) (or to make your own, see below), gauze or cloth strips, plastic wrap, tape, and distilled water to prepare poultice.
2) ECHINACEA TINCTURE. Use a high-quality product like Super Echinacea, or make your own).
3) VITAMIN C (preferably buffered form in capsules like PRO-C™ or tablets like Buffered C 1,000 Tabs. Ideally, the kit will contain an entire bottle of Vitamin C.
4) HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES. Keep two or three 30C homeopathic pellet formulas (in tubes), especially Ledum palustre, Apis mellifica, Arnica montana, Arnicare® Trauma Pellets, and others. I prefer the Boiron® brand.
5) ADDITIONAL ITEMS (not necessarily in your kit): Warrior Mist™, foundational supplements, magnesium (oral and/or transdermal form), Immune-Assist™ Daily Formula, etc.

WHAT TO DO

1) APPLY ECHINACEA TINCTURE

Echinacea purpurea

The first thing to do is put some liquid echinacea tincture directly onto the sting or bite. Rub at least three or four dropperfuls into the affected area as quickly as possible.

Be sure to give at least two or three dropperfuls of echinacea directly into the mouth of the person. If an alcohol tincture is too strong for a child, then put it in a few ounces of water. For snake bites, give correspondingly more tincture.

The immediate effect of echinacea tincture is to neutralize the effects of the proteins and enzymes within venom. Another effect is to boost the immune system.

I typically make my own echinacea tincture, but also recommend a few brands known for their effectiveness. These include include Herb Pharm’s Super Echinacea and American Botanical Pharmacy’s Echinacea Plus. These tinctures are readily available at health food stores, cost effective, and easy to store or keep in your kit.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN ECHINACEA TINCTURE

You can use homegrown echinacea, or get the dried herb from Pacific Botanicals. Use fresh or dried echinacea root (root powder or whole root). You can also use other parts of plant (e.g., seeds). Cut the herb into pieces (if not already powdered). Put the herb into a blender, add 80 proof alcohol (vodka, brandy, etc.) and mix.

Pour the mixture from the blender into a mason jar and add more alcohol so that the herb is covered (one to two inches above the plant material). Shake daily for at least two weeks (preferably a month or longer for greater strength) and then filter into a large bowl using cotton cloth or cheesecloth.

Pour the filtered tincture into mason jar and then transfer into dropper bottles, as needed. You may find it helpful to use a small ladel and a funnel to transfer from the mason jar to dropper bottles. Clearly label your mason jar and dropper bottles, so you know what it is, and so you don’t accidentally drink it thinking it’s apple cider vinegar (it happens!). Then put a dropper bottle or two of your labeled echinacea into your kit(s).

As I previously noted, regardless of whether you make your own tincture or buy it online or in a store, it’s a good idea not just to have it at home, but also to have it ready to go on trips. So, either bring your kit when you go out (e.g., hiking, camping, etc.) or make another kit to keep in your car for trips.

Echinacea is a perennial flowering herb endemic to north America, and is often referred to as ‘purple coneflower’ although its various species exhibit other colors. The primary medicinal species are E. purpurea, E. angustifolia, and E. pallida, so look for these in tinctures or seeds (if you plan to grow your own). It is a known immunomodulator and immunostimulator, stimulating the body’s non-specific immune system to help fight infections.

It was historically used medicinally by Native Americans (and especially tribes (i.e., Kiowa, Lakotah, Pawnee, Cheyenne) living on the Great Plains) who introduced it to European settlers. It was used in the 19th and early 20th centuries as an antimicrobial, but also documented for use for snakebite and pain relief.

Echinacea is reported to have been the original 19th-century “snake oil”  used by traveling entertainers as a remedy for intentional snake bites where it was used to miraculously ‘cure’ the bite recipient in front of an audience. I can’t verify the accuracy of these reports. However, if there is a single, natural remedy that could rapidly deactivate snake venom, then echinacea probably would be it.

Echinacea certainly offers special properties when it comes to neutralizing various types of venom. Yet, I wouldn’t be without a drawing poultice in the event of snake bite, for example, in order to draw out the venom, even as it is being neutralized by echinacea. So read on.

2) APPLY A DRAWING POULTICE

The next thing to do is to make a wet drawing poultice from pre-prepared poultice mix. The purpose is to draw out the venom (or poisons) from the bite or sting. A drawing poultice is highly effective topical, herbal treatment for pulling out toxins of all sorts.

A very good prepared poultice powder mix is HPDI’s Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula, which contains all the ingredients needed to make a poutice directly from the container. An added advantage of our unique formula is that you can also use it internally to gently cleanse your digestive tract (e.g., ideal for use on a summer juice fast). In fact, it was primarily designed as an intestinal cleansing formula. But it performs superbly as a poultice, too.

You can also make your own poultice powder mix. Prepare a basic poultice powder using a combination that is two parts slippery elm bark powder (e.g., 2 tablespoons) and one part (e.g., 1 tablespoon) each of activated charcoal, bentonite clay, and apple pectin. Mix the herbs in a large bowl and then store in a mason jar for future use. (You can get these herbs from your local herb shop, or order them from Pacific Botanicals (541-479-7777) or Blessed Herbs (774-298-0966).

Make the actual drawing poultice you will use on a bite or sting by mixing a few teaspoons (or more) of the pre-prepared poultice mix (i.e., Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula or your own formula) with some water in a pyrex cup or small bowl. Add water slowly (i.e., don’t add too much) and then stir with a spoon or chopstick until it has a somewhat thick consistency, basically a paste.

Spread a thin layer of the wet poultice “paste” directly onto skin (i.e., sting or bite) and surrounding area (including swollen areas). The layer shouldn’t be too thin. In fact, more is generally better, as long as it isn’t clumping, drying, or falling off. Try to spread the paste evenly.

Cover the poultice with a thin layer of gauze and wrap it with plastic wrap, which you can tape in place. If you don’t have gauze or think cotton cloth (think T-shirt material), then you can just wrap it with plastic wrap and tape it down.

The purpose of the gauze and plastic wrap not only is to hold the poultice in place, but also to keep the poultice moist. By keeping it moist, you allow the poultice  to continue drawing venom from the bite. If it dries out completely, you will have to remove it entirely and start again (as sometimes happens overnight). if the poultice is just beginning to dry out (and is still flexible or slightly ‘rubbery’), you can often just add water directly to it without having to remove it). You can leave a poultice on the skin for six (or more) hours before you remove it and apply a fresh one, which you can do as often as necessary. It may be helpful to apply a cold pack over the poultice to prevent venom or toxins from spreading.

If you act rapidly enough, you will find that just by using echinacea and applying the drawing poultice on the bite or sting will in most cases cause the pain and swelling to stop within 15–30 minutes (or less) depending on its severity.

However, the longer the time between the sting/bite and the start of these measures means a longer time before the pain and swelling disappear (e.g., possibly up to 24 hours or more). Also, even if the pain and swelling disappear quickly, it can still be important to apply fresh poultices and continue taking echinacea (e.g., by mouth every 20–30 minutes) because the venom may not be completely drawn from the site.

3) GIVE / TAKE VITAMIN C

Immediately give at least 1–3 grams of vitamin C. I suggest a buffered form, such as PRO-C™ or Buffered C 1,000 Tabs. Vitamin C will immediately protect the body from free-radical damage, reduce inflammation and limit histamine release, and boost the immune system. Children can take 0.5 to 1 gram immediately. Give more vitamin C depending on the severity of the sting or bite. For a bee sting, you can give another gram every 20–30 minutes. For a snake bite, much larger doses (5–10 grams or more) may be needed and given repeatedly over a longer period of time.

4) GIVE / TAKE HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES

It is also important to take or give homeopathic remedies after a sting or bite. Some of the most useful homeopathic remedies include Ledum palustre, Apis mellifica, Hypericum, Urtica urens. The 30C strength is ideal for this purpose, but other potencies work well, too. Start with 4–5 pellets and repeat every 15 minutes for up to four doses, or as directed on the label.

You can purchase individual tubes of about 80 pellets (I prefer the Boiron® brand) at your local health food store, Whole Foods Market, or even Amazon.com. Shop around. Sometimes you can find deals on multi-tube packages.

These (below) are the three remedies I use most. In fact, for a bee sting I will usually give all three remedies within about 5–10 minutes of each other, and follow with repeat doses, as needed.

Ledum palustre 30C – works well for stings, pain, as well as itching related to insect bites.

Apis mellifica 30C – works for pain, swelling, and inflammation specifically due to stings from bees, wasps, hornets, etc.

Arnica montana 30C – works for pain, swelling, bruising, and inflammation related to trauma.

I also like the Boiron Arnicare® Trauma Pellets, a blended formula which includes Arnica montana 9C, Ledum palustre 5C, and Bellis perennis 5C. It works effectively for major bumps, bruises, and swelling. Use it as an all-purpose bite, sting, and trauma formula.

ADDITIONAL MEASURES

I include these additional measure because they can be helpful, even critically important at times, depending on the individual or situation. However, I would not necessarily rate them as immediately necessary as the four measures above. In fact, except for possibly Warrior Mist™, these items won’t likely be included in your emergency kit. Instead, you will likely keep them in your kitchen or wherever you store your supplements.

5) APPLY WARRIOR MIST™ TOPICAL PAIN FORMULA

Warrior Mist™ is a topical, transdermal pain relief formula that Dr. Hank Liers designed to stop pain in sixty seconds (or less!). This is a very serious natural pain killing formula that works well on all major sources of pain like the pain of bee and wasp stings. Of course, it also works nicely on lesser pains like mosquito and fly bites. In fact, whether or not you have your emergency kit available, if you have Warrior Mist™, then by all means use it, if only to stop pain fast.

Although Warrior Mist™ is exceedingly effective for stopping pain, it is not a substitute for echinacea (to neutralize venom) and a poultice (to draw out venom) when a bite or sting is severe. For example, if you are dealing with a rattlesnake bite, you will obviously want to use echinacea and apply a poultice first, and then consider applying Warrior Mist™.

Other benefits of keeping Warrior Mist™ in your kit include the fact that you can use it for all types of pain. And so you will find uses for it whether or not you need it for bites and stings. It works well for everything from bumps and bruises to the pain of fibromyalgia, joint pains, neck and shoulder pain, and all types of chronic pain. It also effectively reduces the size of scars by dissolving keloids.

6) TAKE FOUNDATIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

Supplements I regard as foundational (or what I sometimes refer to as essential or ‘core’) include a multivitamin, essential fats, vitamin C, and a Rejuvenate!™ superfood. These are daily supplements recommended for everyone for basic health.

Taking a multivitamin, essential fats, vitamin C, and superfoods on a daily basis is important for health. We at HPDI always recommend that everyone take these supplement daily. This is because these are essential nutrients for supporting basic health and life itself. Later, you can add specific supplement formulas for their unique needs (e.g., Joint Health Formula, Allergy Support Plus, Eye & Vision Formula, etc.). Indeed, the best health is created when you appropriately combine foundational formulas with the specific-condition formulas that fit your individual needs.

So, if you first establish a condition of basic health for yourself, in part by taking foundational supplements daily, then your body will always be better prepared for a sting or a bite because your nutritional status will be good. The corollary is that your body’s response to a sting may be vastly worse if your nutritional status is compromised.

7) TAKE MAGNESIUM

When your body has optimal (or at least adequate) levels of magnesium, then it can perform a myriad of functions better. In fact, most Americans (and many other peoples around the world) are magnesium deficient. Magnesium supports the health of all organ systems, and is especially important for muscle function (including cardiac muscle), healing rapidly, fighting inflammation, and energy production (as ATP) in the body. We recommend a good oral magnesium supplement like MYO-MAG, which is a very complete and balanced formula. (Also see this month’s featured product article on MYO-MAG.)

Oral magnesium supplementation has limits for how rapidly it can raise magnesium levels in the body. For this reason, transdermal magnesium therapy with pure magnesium chloride in the form of Ancient Minerals magnesium oil or magnesium flakes is quickly becoming a preferred method of delivery. This is because the body can absorb large quantities through the skin (i.e., applied directly or in baths or footbaths). In contrast, the body can only absorb limited amounts orally within a given time frame, and this can be problematic during times of severe deficiency. In other words, transdermal delivery can safely and effectively raise magnesium levels and basically saturate the body with magnesium.

A major advantage of transdermal magnesium products like Ancient Minerals magnesium oil is that you can spray it directly on a bite. Magnesium oil is anti-inflammatory, speeds healing, supports healthy skin, and naturally repels bugs like mosquitoes. In fact, I rub it on during the summer and it prevents bites from mosquitoes, gnats, and biting flies. It must taste terrible to bugs! Plus, unlike commercial insect repellents, it contains no toxic ingredients (and is actually a detoxifier!), produces no side effects, and has no chemical odors! You won’t see us advertise magnesium oil as an insect repellent, but it’s really the one I like best!

For these reasons, we recommend both oral and transdermal modes of delivery. Oral magnesium delivery (e.g., Myo-Mag) primarily works as a maintenance dose after body magnesium levels are high. Transdermal magnesium is best used when the body needs maximal amounts of magnesium quickly, or for external uses (trauma, bruises, muscle injuries, aches and pains, etc.). It is also an ideal form for athletes or anyone who sweats frequently or profusely because perspiration carries magnesium out of the body.

8) TAKE IMMUNE-ASSIST™ DAILY FORMULA

Immune-Assist™ Daily Formula is an potent immune-enhancing medicinal mushroom supplement. It provides immunity enhancing polysaccharides (more than 200 different polysaccharides) derived from the enzymatic breakdown of complex organic plant material from six different species of medicinal mushrooms.

The six types of medicinal mushrooms are Agaricus blazeiCordyceps sinensis hybrid, Lentinula edodes (shiitake), Grifola frondosa (maitake), Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi), and Coriolus versicolor. Immune-Assist™ provides 500 mg of mushroom complex per vegetarian capsule and uses only USDA-certified organic materials.

We recommend Immune-Assist™ because it effectively boosts the immune system and therefore the body’s ability to defend itself. We like this formula, but there are other  good mushroom complex formulas available.

WHAT TO EXPECT

You can expect the items in your kit to do a great job remedying the problem of stings and bites. Again, the effectiveness of the kit depends on how quickly you act, the severity of the sting/bite, the nutritional status of the person affected (as well as their individual degree of sensitivity to stings/bites), and other factors. But overall, it will work remarkably well, and you will be very glad you took the time to assemble your kit.

BEES

I have treated numerous bee stings on myself and others over the years with the protocol described above. It always works in my experience. Again, the key is speed. Get echinacea tincture onto the sting site as rapidly as possible, then make your poultice and apply it. Then you can take Vitamin C and homeopathic remedies.

For individuals who are hypersensitive to bee venom (or any other type of venom) and are concerned about anaphylaxis, I suggest doing what you need to do to make sure that doesn’t happen. However, you can still apply the protocol to good effect and heal faster than if you didn’t use it. That is, there is no reason I am aware of that you can’t use this protocol, whether or not you feel you must take medication to counter a severe allergic reaction.

Also, if the protocol I present here appears too complex or difficult to use, trust me, it’s not! Even if all you do is take echinacea and apply a poultice to the affected area, you will have accomplished 90% of what needs to be done! And if you’re not into making your own herbal formulas, then just purchase echinacea tincture (like Super Echinacea) and Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula. Those are the most essential elements of the kit.

ANTS

Not-so-random fact: I was attacked and bitten this week by small fire ants (ironically during the course of writing this article!). I had personally never been attacked by a large number of ants. At the time, I was at a local park where I kneeled down in the grass to take a picture of my son Olin. I suddenly felt many sharp pains. Looking down, I saw that I had placed one knee on top of an ant nest covered by grass. My knee and the surrounding area were dotted with about fifty painful bites that were now swelling. Ouch! I ran to the car where I applied Super Echinacea (kept in the glove compartment). Within minutes the bites were already less painful and the swelling was dissipating. By the time we got home, the bites were no longer visible, and I felt no more pain. What a relief!

As noted, the key with ant (and other insect) bites and stings is speedy application of echinacea and a poultice when necessary. Back when Olin was two years old, he was stung by a single large, black harvester ant. The sting swelled hugely, but I wasn’t convinced it was terribly serious (after all, how much harm could one ant do?). I applied echinacea and gave him homeopathic remedies and Vitamin C, but I did not immediately apply a poultice (thinking it might not be needed). No doubt the echinacea gave him some relief. But the sting site continued swelling and his pain (and his crying) were unremitting until I finally applied a poultice. Lesson learned!!

SCORPIONS

I’ve had three scorpion stings since living in southern Arizona. The first time, I was new to using echinacea and poultices for this purpose. So I took a little echinacea and waited until the next day to apply a poultice. The sting occurred on the joint of my left middle finger, so the venom became sequestered in a place with little blood flow. It took an entire month before the pain and numbness were completely gone!

My second scorpion sting occurred on my ring finger the night before my wedding. How auspicious! This time, I flew into action, applying echinacea immediately and taking it orally, and getting a poultice onto the area within ten minutes. By wedding time the next day, I felt almost no pain, and there was no numbness or swelling. If I had not taken rapid action, my wedding ring might not have fit on my finger! Echinacea and drawing poultice saved the day!

The third sting occurred last year when I stepped on a scorpion with my left foot. Dang! Well, at least I was fortunate to be indoors at the time, close to all kit ingredients. I applied echinacea (and took it by mouth) immediately and placed a poultice on the sting site all within just few minutes.This time, the pain was gone within 15 minutes! There was no numbness or swelling at all.

Another cool fact is that these same practices work for snake bites. I’m not saying you shouldn’t seek ‘proper medical attention’ in the event you (or someone you know) receives a bite from a snake, particularly if the bite is deep or if the person is especially sensitive. However, if you’re hiking deep in a canyon where medical attention is not likely to be timely, using your kit just might save your life.

SNAKES

I personally know of a case in which a 14-year-old boy was bitten in the leg by a rattlesnake. Neither he nor his parents previously knew about echinacea or poultices for bites. He was taken to the hospital, treated with anti-venom, and days later released. However, his swelling persisted, and his leg remained very swollen. It was not until his family followed a recommendation to apply a poultice and he took Vitamin C that the swelling in his leg abated. At the least, this shows that an emergency kit can be an effective adjunct to standard medical treatment for snakebite. If the poultice were applied earlier, his suffering could have been significantly lessened, and possibly his time in the hospital would have been reduced.

I also know hikers who won’t go deep into the Grand Canyon (or any remote area) without their bite and sting kit. If there ever were an appropriate time to bring the kit, even just for peace of mind, then a trip away from civilization would be it! As I recall from my days as a Boy Scout, their motto was “Be Prepared.” For what? For anything. Since snake bites are something for which we can prepare, it just makes sense to bring your kit.

CONCLUSION: MAKE A KIT!

Make an emergency kit for bites and stings. You may never need it. However, if or when a bite or sting occurs, you will be glad you have it ready and so will the people you help.

In fact, make an extra kit or two for family members or friends who are hypersensitive to stings or bites, or who spend a lot of time outdoors (e.g., hiking in remote areas). This would make a great holiday gift for someone you love, and they will thank you for it.

The time and costs involved are relatively small given the benefits you stand to gain. I personally find it very empowering to make tinctures and poultice powders that can sit ready in my kit, awaiting the day they will provide welcome relief from a sting or a bite.

For more information, see our Insect / Bee / Snake Stings and Bites Suggested Activity & Supplement Schedule in the Health Recommendations Index on the HPDI website.