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No, Your Colon Doesn't Need Mop 'n Glo
Or any other kind of "cleansing." And neither does your liver. Great post on the idiotic practice of liver cleansing (with link to the previous week's piece on the idiotic practice of colon cleansing) by Respectful Insolence.

In other words, the "stones" that liver cleansers are so proud of and go to such effort to strain their poo for after doing their flushes are not gallstones and were almost certainly the result of the actual flush itself! It makes perfect sense, if you think about it. These protocols usually involve fasting and then up to a half liter or more of olive oil at one time. That could easily provide the conditions for this sort of reaction to take place. Neat, isn't it? The very sign of "success" of the liver flush is something that has nothing to do with gallstones and everything to do with the results of the flush itself. Indeed, it's quite clear that, even if you don't have gallstones, if you do a liver flush and then look, you'll find things in your stool that very much look like gallstones due to saponified oil. (Now I know why pretty much every liver flush protocol includes large amounts of olive oil or similar oils plus epsom salts or orthophophoric acid and fruit juices).

It's a beautiful scam. People do these flushes, they see things that look to them like gallstones being "flushed" out, and they believe it works. Consequently, they keep doing it. Because these flushes involve materials that don't have to be purchased from a "healer" (although certainly many "healers" sell various "supplements" to "aid" liver flushes), they can be viewed more as a means of healers to demonstrate their skill and keep the patient coming (and going). It also serves as a way of "demonstrating" the efficacy of "detoxification." After all, if this "flush" appears to cause "gallstones" to be "flushed out," then perhaps the other detoxification altie woo will similarly "flush out toxins," as claimed and might be worth a try. (Liver cleanses might indeed be a gateway altie therapy.) To me the ironic thing about liver flushes is that they are so strongly advocated by alties, and alties frequently castigate "conventional" medicine for "iatrogenic diseases or complications" (iatrogenic=caused by doctors). What, then, can we call these "stones" coming out of people using liver flushes, but a case of i-altie-ogenic disease?

Clearly, what they're really doing is flushing money out of gullible people's wallets and into the hands of "healers." Speaking of which, you don't believe in what Kevin Trudeau says, now do you?

Posted by aalkon at July 30, 2006 6:44 AM

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I think people do these therapies because they're actually kinky in a scatological way and don't want to admit it. They're into turds. Plain and simple.

Posted by: Lena at July 30, 2006 9:06 AM

Too base, Lena. On the right track, but we shouldn't be snotty.

Nowadays all the backhanded energy we have about alimentary action gets turned into jokes about buttfucking. Yes, people probably have issues from having these personal daily functions so ritually constrained in public life. But that doesn't mean it's a straight line to pornographic enthusiasm.

Yes, silly and lonely people want to think their mundane innards require scholarly medical attention. There are precedents for this required veneer of scientific approval:

Amy shouldn't complain. People naturally inclined to Voodoo are trying to get with the Science program.

Posted by: Crid at July 30, 2006 10:44 AM

While I'm not convinced that these things work, I really think Amy should try one. In the name of inquiry of course. We've read blogs on just about everything but I really think the contents of Amy's bowel movements is the next frontier. With pictures of course.

Posted by: christina at July 30, 2006 11:14 AM

Are the next frontier.

Posted by: christina at July 30, 2006 11:19 AM

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