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by Ellen Landauer

Milk Thistle for
Liver Cleanse?

Milk thistle is lauded as an excellent liver cleanse with a host of other benefits. Is this true?

Available forms of it are liquid alcohol extracts, liquid low-alcohol extracts containing glycerin (enough so the product has a pleasing sweet taste), Silymarin extract capsules, and ground up whole seed capsules. (Silymarin is the active ingredient purported to cleanse the liver). Milk thistle also is sold as a tea.

A question from a reader prompted this article.

Milk Thistle Question:
and a Lot of Answers

QUESTION: Do you think milk thistle is good for a liver cleanse and if so, do you sell it?


No, I don't think milk thistle is a good liver cleanse. That is why it is not on my site.

I only provide products that have proven to actually make a difference, both in my experience and that of others.

It is notoriously hard to find information on milk thistle side effects, but here is a list from a variety of sources including some medically oriented sites: hives, rashes, itchy burning scalp, stomach pain, body pain, muscle cramps, swollen legs, liver and spleen swelling.

Milk Thistle Fail

Milk thistle was one of the items I tried years ago when I was seriously mercury toxic. I had liver damage from DMPS chelation (DMPS known to damage liver), the mercury toxicity itself, and NSAIDS that I stayed on too long.

Without changing anything else in my protocol, I used milk thistle in different forms (liquid extracts, capsule extracts, whole seed and Silymarin capsule products) - for months.

Nada, nothing noticeable AT ALL!

Milk Thistle Products
Contain Toxins

Both capsules and liquid extracts of milk thistle contain added compounds that are problematic (glycerin and lecithin in capsules / alcohol and glycerin in liquid extracts).

Glycerin is an 'excitotoxin' - overstimulates neurons in the brain and makes them so hyperactive that they vibrate at such a high rate that they die. Glycerin - a sweet compound is also addictive because of its effects on the brain.

Lecithin is soy-based. Soy, even if non-GMO is a hormone disruptor, among other negative side effects. Alcohol - though in small amounts - is not healthy.

Alcohol is toxic to the liver. Smaller amounts = small dose of poison. If you take 6 full droppers per day of milk thistle extract in alcohol base, that is like a half-shot of pure alcohol.

Milk Thistle Adverse Reactions

I did a deep search on milk thistle side effects snd dangers. It raised a red flag when, despite my use of a variety of search terms to find this info, scores of sites initially presented to me minimized or did not include such info.

Why would I say this? Especially in recent years, search results have been progressively skewed in favor of conventional medicine vs holistic. The search engines happily promote the least effective holistic ideas/products/treatments.

Hours of deep search on a wide variety of health subjects have shown me this. I noticed that natural health products/practices that have very mild, if any, benefits are promoted. But powerful, effective products and treatments are cast in a bad light.

After hours of work, I finally found a site that posted research showing milk thistle and its extracts to be a THYROID ENDOCRINE DISRUPTOR! How do you like that!

Moving on From Milk Thistle...

FAR MORE EFFECTIVE than milk thistle are the following:

Coffee enemas: an effective liver detoxification method that has stood the test of time.

Nutrient coffee enemas: I may not have been the first person to develop these - but the added ingredients I use are second to none!

Medicardium EDTA chelation suppositories (to heal liver, MUST get heavy metals out of the body).

Last but not least, the very BEST Amino Acids balanced with vitamins/minerals. They work spectacularly well taken orally AND are great in coffee enemas as well.

NOTE: Many Amino Acids are notable heavy metal detoxifiers.

Amino Acids - protein building blocks are needed for all bodily repair, every body process including neurotransmitters - AND many Amino Acids are great to support liver cleanse as well).

Coffee enemas with Glutathione (major antioxidant), and Amino Acids plus Vitamin/Mineral supplements restored my health.

Ellen Landauer is an expert with over 40 years in-depth study and experience of the safe and effective use of nutritional supplements, botanical extracts and detoxification methods.

She is Certified as an Advanced Practitioner of Structural Integration body therapy developed by Dr. Ida P. Rolf - also known as Rolfing. This hands-on therapy is the deepest, most comprehensive body alignment therapy. 

Ellen Landauer is also a  PUBLISHED AUTHOR!

To learn more about Ellen Landauer, see her detailed bio HERE


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