So… this is awkward. I went on an unexpected one-week hiatus after my professional worlds collided and I got sick on top of everything! Rest assured, all that stuff is over and I can resume my regular blogging schedule. To get back into the flow of things, I want to start off by sharing a little bit about the cleanse I went on.
My story begins with a gallstone. Singular. It was one big stone that was incidentally found via ultrasound inside my body after I decided to get a whole-abdomen scan for ulcer pains. My family has a history of gallstones, so I wanted to make sure that the occasional pain didn’t come from a plugged-up gallbladder. Well, surprise! Looks like the joke’s on me…
My dad insisted I try natural methods before consulting a doctor, because the only other option for a big stone is to undergo surgery to take the offensive gallbladder out. There’s something called “The Liver/Gallstone Flush” that tons of netizens swear by. The recipe/article I followed was written by Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan for The Philippine Star and can be found HERE. (Read the article to gain better understanding of the process.) And that’s what led to almost a week of this:
Now after four days of torture, the “globs” that the cleanse described really did exit my body. The only problem was that it didn’t actually work on my gallstones. I even spent the money on another ultrasound after the cleanse just to re-measure the stone’s possible shrinkage. Same size. Still there. I went on a mini depressive funk that lasted about the week, but maybe it was actually caused by hunger pangs from the empty stomach.
The thing that made me feel a whole lot better was, wait for it, an actual visit to a gastroenterologist. The good doctor assured me that the pains really did come from hyperacidity. As for the stone coming out, well, it’s apparently more advisable just to wait and see when it actually starts to cause discomfort than to come at it too early. No arguments on my part.
Honestly, I debated whether sharing my story would be considered TMI for this blog, but then again, there might be people who are curious about the apple juice cleanse. I’m not saying that it doesn’t have its benefits, but it just didn’t work on me. Suffice it to say, I’m off whack cleanses for the meantime. (-_-)