I had to write my comments about this book.
First, I borrowed it from a friend within the last two weeks and have just completed my first cleanse following the instructions by Andreas Moritz. I have done several liver/gallbladder cleanses in the past using similar but not exact techniques, always successfully, but never this successful. So I am not a newcomer to the cleanse, and I do have something to compare to. It has been a few years since I've done a liver/gallbladder cleanse, and have encountered events over that time that brought my level of health to a point where I began to think about the need to do a cleanse again -- it just seemed like the right time -- when a friend 'happened' to show me her new book.
I find it troubling and dismaying to read such pronouncements as in several of the reviews by people who admit they have not even done the clean yet to see if it works! Opinions do not make facts. How can we pass judgment without trying something, as long as it is not dangerous?
To the implication that apple juice, Epsom salts, virgin olive oil and orange juice signify quackery, I have news: apple juice, virgin olive oil, and orange juice are simple foods that man has used for thousands of years, and Epsom salts has a very long history of safe and very effective use as a colon cleanser. Yes, it tastes gross, but I put fresh lemon juice in mine and drank it with a straw inserted somewhat back in the mouth and drank it quickly and without breathing; I was able to get each glass down in one go. It was not pleasant; neither was it the end of the world. I simply rinsed my mouth and brushed my teeth afterwards, as recommended. I didn't feel nauseated or gag, and folks, it was over before I knew it. It could by no stretch of the imagination be classed as torture, just tasted very unpleasant, but nothing impossible to do. It lasted all of maybe one minute.
To suggest that the six days of preparation and the flush itself (the olive oil and grapefruit juice part) is torture and worse even than cancer treatment itself (!!!).......I simply cannot find words for. The six days consists mainly of a certain amount of apple juice daily (unless you are diabetic or otherwise cannot tolerate large quantities of apple juice, in which case there are alternatives), and a simple diet and lifestyle. One can compare this 'extreme' form of 'torture' to cancer treatment??? I don't think so. I've watched a number of friends go through cancer treatment and I can guarantee you they would rather have been drinking apple juice, Epsom salts, and olive oil any day, as well as keep all their body parts, not to mention the physical and emotional agony that goes with such a serious disease. The prep for the cleanse does not involve fasting or other forms of deprivation, either. I felt strong and alert and had not a single pang of hunger. The most unconscionable thing of all is to make such suggestions without having done the flush onesself in order to be able to speak to the issue from a point of personal experience.
Yes, I am a little hot and bothered about such snide remarks from people who have not even tried the flush. You know the old saying 'The proof is in the pudding'. I effortlessly, painlessly, passed 242 stones over about a 24-hour period at the end of the flush; I know because I counted the larger ones (they float and are bright green, very easy to see) over that time period because I wanted to know if this flush was going to be successful, and if so, how successful. My largest stones were the size of a small almond, some were the size of a raisin, some the size of a pea, and some were about the size of a grain of barley (those were the sizes I counted) with many, many more smaller than that but still easily seen, which were impossible to count because there were too many. There were probably some I couldn't see, as well.
And, for the record, I have actually felt the stones travelling down the bile duct (not on this flush, but on my previous one), so he's not making that up. It is very unmistakable.....light but very discernable; it sort of tickles -- I remember giggling softly, and feeling excited that this was actually working. I didn't feel any movement this time, and I did wonder if that meant the flush was not going to be very effective. But now, on the other side of the flush, I know that you don't have to feel the movement in order for the stones to be released.
From the get-go I felt well and in fact, my feeling of well-being only increased as the six days prep went by, and by the time the flush itself occurred, I felt the best I've felt in years. If one flush done by this method can produce not only flushing of stones to this degree of effectiveness, but also give such a profound feeling of lightness and vastly increased energy, of mental alertness, of deep and sound sleep, of physical strength and lessened back pain (major spinal surgery 21 years ago, living in intermittent chronic pain, with diminished lifestyle abilities), I will definitely be doing this again, on a regular basis. One year of painless and very effective investment in getting healthier doesn't seem like an unreasonable commitment. I look forward to seeing what further benefits may accrue.
The book is easy-to-read, easy to understand, written in a non-strident manner, enough simple diagrams so one can picture what is happening in the body anatomically, and the pictures are there for all to see.
I am not saying I agreed with every single word in the book; I didn't. But if we are talking effectiveness of this method for ridding the body of liver/gallbladder stones, this is the only book I'm using from now on. Whatever I might not have agreed with had nothing to do with the issue at hand.
I gave the book 4 stars only because there didn't seem to be good source material/references to the medical literature which I would like to have seen some of the comments tied to. However, I have seen such info elsewhere, so I know it exists. Lacking its inclusion does not make the book any less true; it just would have strengthened its credibility. I have since seen and ordered Mr. Moritz' other book, The Liver and Gallbladder Miracle Cleanse, which I believe is his newer book; it includes all the same information in a more condensed form (yet it is still complete), and the selling feature for me was that it does contain good reference material.
For those who can keep an open, enquiring mind and give something that is safe and painless a try, you will probably be shocked and thrilled at the outcome (no pun intended) and how good you will probably start feeling very soon. Our bodies have such innate healing wisdom; when given the right assistance and support, they can bring us to a place of strength, health and joy.
The ancient psalmist was right: truly, we are 'fearfully and wonderfully' made.