Natural Detox: Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Diatomaceous Earth

2 User Reviews
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Posted by Rees (Philpot, Ky) on 06/29/2012

I've been using DE for a week now and in the past few days I've experienced sore muscles especially in my legs, is this normal and should I discontinue the use of it?

Replied by Lisa
(Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa)

Hi Rees, Most likely you are having a reaction to detoxing from the diatomaceous earth. I wouldn't stop since it is doing its work. DE is a powerful detoxer in many ways. You can slow it down though if you need to by either using less or perhaps skipping a day. I only take a small amount and only every few days. On the other hand, I believe detoxing on a regular basis is very important since our world is so toxic at this point. I do so many things on a regular basis that I never really have a reaction any more. Hope this helps you, Lisa

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Dede (London, Ont., Canada) on 09/02/2011
5 out of 5 stars

In response to the Detox with DE, I can personally say that after 2 weeks on DE I feel great, it has detoxed me and is working on my energy level as well as some other ailments I suffer with. I found the first few days I was going to the bathroom more frequently.... But that only lasted a short time.... this product is amazing, I use it everywhere, for insects, in my garden, and around my home....

Replied by Debby
(Monroe, Ct)

Hi, just wondering what is DIATOMACEOUS EARTH? Thanks

Replied by Sheila
(San Diego, Ca)

I would not recommend consuming DE to anyone with Mercury/Amalgam fillings in their teeth. DE will chelate.

When I took DE for the first time to cleanse, I immediately had a metallic taste in my mouth, at first I thought it was the taste of the DE, but I did some reading and found information on DE's chelation properties. I have since had my fillings removed, so I'm interested in trying DE again.

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Ellen (Raleigh, Nc) on 08/22/2011
1 out of 5 stars

I took diatomaceous earth (1 to 2 tbsp per day) for 6 months and got no benefit whatsoever. I had high hopes based on everything I'd read. I'm left wondering if the websites peddling this are a scam. I still give it to my dog daily in hopes it will prevent heartworm.

My husband took DE as well and did not see any help for his problems (skin issues, depression, anxiety, digestion, etc.).

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Bev (Long Beach, Ca Usa) on 08/21/2011

I have just begun taking this in the mornings. According to information I have researched, it's good for just about everything and filled with all the minerals the body needs. Wondering if anyone else has used it and what results you have had.

Replied by Annie Mae
(East Coast, New England)

Hello. I use a tablespoon of DE in simple water, not juice... Just pure liquid to get it down. The next day I felt only mildly different, not negatively. But looking in the mirror I said ok, no makeup today. My eyes were stunningly 'nice', I usually put a touch of liner, and usually darken my brows. Small touches. So I left it at just using moisturizer, and went out. A woman and I were chatting and eventually she said "you're so beautiful'. I tell you this because I had not heard this in decades, and it was day 1, following use of DE. The down side for me is that on the 2nd, 3rd day I am a bit constipated....

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Ebru (Indianapolis, In, Usa) on 06/24/2011

First of all, i'd like to thank everyone who has contributed to this wonderful site. My question is about the human consumption of food grade diatomaceous earth. I've been reading some very impressive feedback on its use, however I am sceptical. Has anyone tried it for detox or any other reasons? Thank you.

Dietary Changes

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Posted by Diamond (Salisbury, Usa) on 06/24/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I buy a huge bottle of green tea with ginseng & honey, I also gargle with salt, tea tree oil and warm water, it had to be a snap choice as my mouth felt and tasted like a cotton ball riding a garbage truck, my food tasted bad or no taste at all.

I also take cell food and colloidal silver, I'm hoping whatever I am doing is slowly working.

I read where most wheat has mycosis which is mold, chickens eat a lot of this and get mycosis then we eat chickens, maybe a lot of other animals as well.

I also plan on trying Ted's remedies. I need all the help I can get. I hope to start a program like Montel's program of juicing my own veggies/fruits etc. I have been doing whatever is easy or quick, I gave up red meat where I cheated last week an got a negative feeling body wise.

so I hope to keep trying. I know there is hope & keep trying.Thanks/Peace"

Eliminate Artificial Sweeteners

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5 star (1) 

Posted by Art (Vancouver Bc, Vancouver.) on 11/14/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Who Knew? I just have to make this post because I just for out about the effects of splenda an artificial sweetener I have been consuming for over 10 years. It can damage the immune system, your liver, cause blood sugar spikes, and here I was trying to get well with the BHT remedy, and trying to cure my neuropathy and all the while injesting this poison.

It's all in the garbage as of today and we will be going aue natural (Stevia). Just google splenda and you will see for yourself.

I hope this helps some one and it might be a good idea for earthclinic to have a new tab on harmful foods.

Thanks. art.

Essiac Tea

Posted by Om (Hope Bc Canada) on 08/05/2014

Dear Mama to Many ---- both you and I are into herbs and perhaps you could give me your opinion for my present state of affairs which comprise detoxing with ESSIAC, obtained from Essiac West online.

This is the first time I have the original Four Herb with all the roots in powder form. Prior to it I thought I was detoxing with other non original essiac products. Of course it did not do anything.

Guess what! After three days now I feel I have gone through the mill with nausea, griping, gagging etc. to such extent I became concerned. I had only used one ounce of the herb once at night. Well, it felt like an assault on the open front. I often have a message of an herb when I use it the first time. True enough, this message was lengthy:

The herb coursed through my entire torso, staying there a while, then moving to the next organ and so on. So it was the liver, the stomach, intestines, breasts, the skull, lungs, throat. And it worked there with powerful means I had never before experienced. Intuitively I knew this was way too powerful for my body to cope with and I did not take the herb the next night. But at five the next morning the works started so that I was trembling bending over and clutching my vitals. Instead the previous day where the effects ceased at about eleven in the morning, this day it lasted all day into the evening. At least it did not affect my sleep. Today, on the third day, I feel clear in the head and well but weak.

I phoned Essiac West and they said they had not heard this before and advised to take ginger tea for the nausea and to drink a lot of water. My plan is to wait a day as today is pretty normal, and to start drop wise till a tsp. and so on with a day's interruption till reaching half an ounce. I can well believe over detoxing can kill. It has nothing to do with Essiac herbs per se but with one's personal constitution. My body perspires well.

My one problem is with mercury amalgams. I think I have three. There is no way I can pay thousands for removal and implants with their attendant problems. Which is another unpleasant reality these days. I thought to use green algae for chelation and not to give up OP. I had a metallic taste in the mouth which made me alert.

Can I have your side of thought on this? I greatly believe in the beneficial effects of Essiac. The US gov't pulled on authentic business into court for having issued testimonies of Essiac users. They are impressive as I have seen them. They were told "you cannot do this" and closed their business. Where is the law prohibiting this? The times we live in and where I agree with Ol Henry.

Hope to hear from you. Namaste, Om

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Om,

Wow! What a reaction! And some say that herbs couldn't possibly heal. I too have experienced some strong or dramatic results from herbs.

When you say that you took 1 Tablespoon of the herb, did you mean one Tablespoon of the dry herb or did you mean you took 1 Tablespoon of the actual tea?

Turkey Rhubarb is a purgative. Here is what Mountain Rose Herbs says about it:

"If you experience cramping, you've taken too much. On the other hand, if you take only a tiny amount of rhubarb, you will become constipated. In very small doses, the tannins in rhubarb are more effective than the purgative chemicals and the herb actually causes constipation."

Sheep Sorrel is also strong, as you know. Here is the caution from Mountain Rose:

"Because sheep sorrel contains oxalic acid, it is recommended that it not be used in large amounts for extended periods of time as it can cause mineral deficiencies and liver damage. People with rheumatism, arthritis, gout or kidney stones should avoid sorrel as it can worsen their conditions."

The Burdock Root and Slippery Elm (the other two ingredients in traditional Essiac, as you know, but just to clarify for others) are both generally more gentle. I have used Burdock and Slippery Elm for years. I have not yet used the other two herbs, though have them on my "list of herbs to buy at some point." I am fascinated by Essiac and the wonderful help it can be.

At the same time, I am reminded of this quote:

"All drugs are (meaning herbals, given the time written) are poisons the benefit depends on the dosage." Philippus Theophrastrus Bombast - That of Aureolus Paracelsus (1493-1541)

So, I think you are wise to cut way, way back, given your intense reaction. And maybe even evaluate if it is indeed the best solution for you. I believe you have used it successfully on pets?

I know there are a couple of herbs that were supposed to be so great that I tried and did not find to be good for me. Poke is very poisonous, but two herbalists I respect will use it very carefully and cautiously in certain circumstances.

I agree with you that the fillings you have are a concern, but also agree that the expense and risk do not necessarily warrant their removal.

I also agree that over detoxing could be fatal. Anything that causes great stress on the body would have that potential, especially on a compromised body.

Is there something specific you are working to heal in your body?

Well, keep in touch. I wish I had the perfect solution. We all keep studying and trying different things and learning along the way. I appreciate you sharing!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Om
(Hope, Bc Canada)

Mama to Many --- thanks for responding. I only took a fluid ounce of the prepared herb, not a tablesp. topped with two oz. of warm water.

Previously I have used Essiac mix of herbs that did not have the sheep sorrel roots . My shepherd passed a large black, jelly like substance which has also happened to a person posting on EC. So it can work but just how far? Today I had just a strange feeling in the intestines and I hope to get over my weakness. The herb mix is very fresh and potent and it is just now to find out the right strength and pausing for two or even three days, making a longer break after say four weeks' usage. If there is constipation, I always take triphala which has been my chief rescue for many years, being very reliable. I would take it sometime later than the evening dosage.

It makes sense considering the chemical composition of each individual which is also the basis for Ayurvedic medicine. One shirt does not fit all.

My animals used to get the cheaper version of Essiac without trouble but with the real thing I will have to be careful and observe.

As for myself, I wish to overcome fatigue of many years which I feel may be toxins. Like a car has to be overhauled. Herbs meditate and pass on the energy of the sun, making it possible to heighten ones' awareness.

Thank you again for your thoughts.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Om
(Hope, Bc Canada)

Mama to Many from Om ---- Today I have still been purging since five o'clock in the morning. I got the Essiac literature out and found somewhere two lines for a much weaker solution where it was mentioned that some people were having the difficulties I am having. I will stop for awhile and try cautiously again. Renee Caisse had made this decision at the beginning of her practice but I only became aware of it now. So there is hope I can utilize the tea after all. Thanks for your input. Namaste, Om

Replied by Mama To Many

Hi Om,

Was glad for the update yesterday and am wondering how you are doing today?

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Om
(Hope, Bc Canada)

Hi, Mama to Many --- this is the fifth day and at five in the morning waves or nausea. I am drinking ginger tea.

Next week I hope to take the much more diluted version, even fractions of it to make sure it is not too strong. But I had more clarity and energy for a while. Considering the thousands of very sick, even dying patients, that have had success, it must be that I need to cut down on it, being too sensitive.

I wish Ole Henry would take it, too. And loads of vit. C definitely.

Enjoy this marvellous summer. It's unusual here. Namaste, Om

Replied by Om
(Hope, Bc, Canada)

Namaste, Mama to Many ----

This is a follow up on my Essiac herx reaction. I persevered with the dosage and came across a version much more diluted and authorized by Reene Caisse. I started with half tsp. and today I am using the regular decoction, using one ounce of the herb to two ounces of hot water without problems.

But before that while trying to find the right dosage for myself, I had twice such a reaction that I was horizontal for about ten days, doing only the most necessary chores. No desire for food and tremendous pain in my bones, especially the rib cage.

When I came out of it, I looked at my body, arms and legs like sticks and clothes hanging on that frame. But I am recovering. I have such faith in this herbal remedy. But my previous years' attempts to get somewhere with Essiac imitations did nothing for me. Hence the surprising Essiac reaction which was, however, unusual. I will use it over the year but with breaks. What a God given remedy. I remember the power of these herbs surging through my body.

I am supplementing with Milk Thistle for liver detox report. All is well now. It takes some persevering on the journey to good health.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Om,

I was so happy to see all of your updates. Thanks for taking time to share what you have learned. I have wondered how you were doing.

It was so good to hear from you! God bless you.

~Mama to Many~


1 User Review
5 star (1) 

Posted by Kathie (Houston, Texas/ Usa) on 05/28/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I first got turned on to Fenugreek at the Optimum Health Institute (outside Austin, Texas), where I try to go a couple of times a year for a week at a time for several days of juice fasting, ''sandwiched" by several days of raw, organic meals and all the wheatgrass one could consume!

Fenugreek (according to OHI's literature) is a blood purifier, it cleanses the liver, kidney, and pancreas, it soothes mucous membranes and reduces inflammation.

1 tablespoon of fenugreek (sprouted) (again according to OHI's literature) contains: 2.55 grams protein, 6.47 grams carbs, minerals: K, P, Mg, Ca, Na, Fe, Zn, Mn, Cu, Se, vitamins: C, B3, B1, B2, B9, A, and it has 2.73 grams of fiber.

I must say that sprouted fenugeek tastes great! I have heard that the tea is not so pleasant...

OHI used a lot of sprouted fenugreek during our days of the food detox portion. I have heard that it is also very good for the lungs. BTW, my boobs never got any bigger since I have brought this into my regular diet. Also remember, sprouted seeds have much more nutrients than the grown plant (per weight).

Replied by Elsaeasterly
(Elsewhere, Ca, Usa)

Do you eat the sprouts raw or do you cook them? Do you use seeds from the supermarket spice section?

Replied by Kathie
(Houston, Texas/ Usa)

I order my seeds online in bulk. I eat them raw. (more nutrient rich that way) I do not sprout them like I do Alfalfa. Alfalfa, I soak for about 10 hours then rinse and drain 2-3 times a day for about a week, keeping covered until the last few days. Fenugreek, I start out the same as Alfalfa, but I only let them sprout for a couple of days, letting the "tail" grow only about an eigth of an inch. They taste very nutty and the texture is like a sprouted grain (it has good "chew").

BTW, I had posted this to go under the Fenugreek catagory for remedies and several people had said that fenugreek makes your boobs get bigger. Now that I see my post under detox remedies, it looks a little funny reading that part... Just wanted to share my experience :-)

Food Supply

Posted by Debbie (Melbourne, Australia ) on 12/11/2011

I read this article from the Mercola site. It is a must that everyone reads it. From the article it seems that what is being sprayed onto our crops and especially the GM crops has the potential to destroy our gut flora.

Seeing as many of our kids have damaged gut flora I wonder if there is a connection.

It also points out how bad soy is (it being a GM crop). I note that Ted mentioned the other day that Soy was getting a bad rap. I hope Ted reads this article and recognises how bad Soy is. Maybe where he is foods and drinks are not being made from the GM soy.

The article also states that cows are now becoming more infertile because of the food supply; something we should all be worried about for our children's future. As they say "knowledge is power".

Replied by Timh
(Louisville, Usa)
2075 posts

Link TV aired the documentary The World According To Monsanto (also offering DVD) which gives an objective view of the overall effects of corporate and gmo farming. All the bonuses go to money investors, brokers, traders, corp. execs. etc. All the damage go to consumers and the locals who have little legal & political defense against profit-type decision making in their governments.

Fruit and Juice Fast

1 User Review
5 star (1) 

Posted by Alfred (Rangsit, Bangkok, Thailand) on 06/09/2011
5 out of 5 stars

First time for me, fruit and fruit juice fast.. Only 2nd day but not hungry, when get hungry a little, take an orange, grape, banana, or fruit juice.. Just a little takes care of the feeling.. But what l like happens.. When the body gets hungry and tired of the juice.. It attacks the dead cells, the trash, and the fat in the body.. Eats that for nourishment.. It never attacks the healthy cells or healthy parts of the inners of the body. I never knew that.. Thats really great.. I will hold out for 13 days maybe more. got lots of fat for the body to have a feast. looking forward to get rid of the bad stuff


Replied by Steve
(South Jersey)

Keep in mind that Steve Jobs' pancreatic cancer is linked to his fruitopian diet, which included a lot of juice fasts.


1 User Review
3 star (1) 

Posted by Mikalmmyers (Claremont, Ca, Usa) on 08/29/2012
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

I'm doing a liver cleanse that calls for me to eat quite a bit of garlic. I am a massage therapist, which means I work in very close quarters with clients. My wife and 3 others have told me I smell like garlic now. Anyone have a remedy to rid the body smell until I finish in 3 more days?

Replied by Mm
(Olympia, Wa)

Try sea salt water.

Replied by Linda
(Lauzerte, France)

Try eating some fresh parsley, it really helps.

General Feedback

2 User Reviews
5 star (1) 

Posted by Brad (Rhode Island, US) on 05/25/2014

Re: Herxheimer Reaction to Detox? Long story, keeping it short. I have been paleo and on the blood group diet. The detox was bad for my psoriasis and arthritis but after 7 weeks started clearing. I had a few good weeks and the skin is getting worse again. Is my liver getting rid of more stuff again/more detoxing? This is so not cool and seems like an endless battle.It is a holiday weekend and I just need answers/ someone to help me make sense of this. I am working with a qualified naturopath and am going to call next week. My diet is super clean and have been following to a T. Any input thanks.

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Brad, some who go on the Paleo diet, find that the amounts of animal protein/fats are too much for their particular constitution.

Replied by Andrea C
(Wales Uk)

Look up 'HEALING CRISES' This will explain why this happens after feeling and looking good. Love Andrea C xxxx

General Feedback
Posted by Cindi (Brick, Nj) on 11/13/2012

Hi Thank you so much for creating this site and helping so many with these remedies!

I am on Day 4 of the Borax, Baking Soda and ACV. At first I had a burst of energy on Day 1 but last 2 days I have been exhausted and have lots of aches and pains. It feels similiar to when I herxed with an antibiotic. Is this normal? Will The Borax cause herxing or a kill off? and if so how long will it last? This germ isn't leaving without a fight!!!

I am dedicated to getting through this but want to be sure I am on the right track. Thanks again!!

Regards, Cindi

General Feedback
Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile, Tn Usa) on 09/02/2012

HI U GOOD PEOPLE DOIN, , , Been researching about what Ozone Generator to buy to address an illness. I now know to buy a cold corrona glass system. I am amazed at the uses this product has in your home. Bought Ed McCabe's book and wanted to cry when I learned that he is another that the FDA put in prison for advocating natural ways to good health. We all may be next.

My question is have any of you bought and used an Ozone Generator? If so, can you shed some light on your experience. Hope to have an interesting tale to tell in about 6 months. One thing I have started is a flushing Niacin Sauna Detox. That is interesting and ole Ron L. Hubbard wrote a book about this in 1979. I ain't in his group, but he was not a dummy. All the Johnny come lately's are jumping on the wagon now.

Ya'll behave for a change. ==ROBERT HENRY===

Replied by Timh
(Louisville, Ky, Usa)
2075 posts

Robert Henry, I got Ed's book also and share your sympathy w/ his plight from the establishment. Ozone is definitely the answer for a polluted planet or organism. How to administer Ozone is the problem.

I bought a Hong Kong special off Ebay couple yrs back w/ the combined technologies of UV Ozone, Pos/Neg Ion Generator, and Corona Discharge. I used the Ion Generator and UV 24/7, for constant air purification and sometimes the Corona for a surge. The first two tech's were not quite enough and adding the Corona was tooo much, so as for any unit the important thing is maintaining the correct level. The Corona can produce Nitrogen Dioxide in the air but is more powerful compared to the cleaner UV. I have since bought a "New Living" brand that is not near as powerful as the HK model (of which the UV bulb is burned up and cannot find a replacement).

To get the best bang-for-the-buck I like the Negative Ion Generators as a primary purifier and then crank up the Ozone to the level that you can barely smell it.

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