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Cautions & Safety

The Internal Cleansing Kit™ is a safe process used by tens of thousands of satisfied customers. There are some conditions and drugs that make it inadvisable to use and others that require the guidance of a healthcare practitioner to monitor your condition and/or adjust your drug dosage as needed. Please read the following information carefully.

Do NOT Use if:
  • • you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or nursing
  • • you become pregnant, stop the cleanse immediately
  • • you have an active, acute infection anywhere in the body
  • • you are undergoing/recovering from a medical procedure, surgery or therapy
  • • you have extreme weakness or extreme deficiencies
  • • you have abdominal pain, abnormal narrowing of esophagus or intestines, an acute inflammation of the GI tract, bowel obstruction, diarrhea, or vomiting
  • • you have trouble swallowing
Additional General Guidelines

As a general rule of thumb, we recommend that you not take any other herbs, supplements, vitamins or OTC or recreational drugs, while you are cleansing. Cleansing is an opportunity for the body to clean house; the least added to your diet, the more efficient the cleansing. If, however, you feel intuitively you need to keep taking them, please follow your intuition, your own personal guide for what's best for you.

If you are a taking a prescription drug temporarily, please finish its course before starting your cleanse.

If your prescription drug is needed on an everyday, ongoing basis, please look over the safety information first. You will find cautions for some drugs that may make cleansing prohibitive for you and other drugs that you may continue to take, but will need to do so two hours apart from taking any formula of the cleansing kits.

Taking Toxin Absorber™ without enough liquid may cause choking or constipation. If you experience chest pain, vomiting, allergic skin rash or difficulty in swallowing or breathing after taking Toxin Absorber™, seek immediate medical attention.

The Following Conditions and Drugs May Interact With
the Internal Cleansing Kit™

This information is not limited to only these conditions and drugs listed below, as not all conditions and drugs have been tested or observed with herbs. However, people with these conditions and taking these drugs have safely used our cleansing kits. This may not be true though for every individual. Before deciding if our kits are safe for you, please read carefully any of the following information that may apply to your unique situation. Discontinue if adverse effects occur.

CONDITIONS Affected by the Internal Cleansing Kit


Blocked Gallbladder/Gallstone Conditions

Any of the following herbs should only be used under the close supervision of a healthcare practitioner due to its contracting effect on the gallbladder and stimulation of bile: Artichoke leaf, Barberry root, Celandine aerial parts, Dandelion leaf and root, Fringe Tree root bark, Ginger root, Oregon Grape root, Peppermint leaf, Wild Yam root.
These herbs are found in the following formulas: Blood & Skin Rejuvenator™, Digestive Stimulator™, Kidney & Bladder Rejuvenator™, Large Para Cleanser 1 & 2™, Liver & Gallbladder Rejuvenator™, Lung Rejuvenator™ may increase the blood thinning effect of anticoagulant drugs. This effect may also be dose dependent, as one study with humans showed that it took 10 grams of dried Ginger root to have a blood thinning effect; whereas 4 grams of dried Ginger root taken for 3 months had no such effect. The daily dose of Ginger root from Ginger Toxin Absorber™ is 1 gram (1000 mg). A dose of Ginger as used for spicing food has not been reported to cause problems. The total combined intake of formulas; Large Para Cleanser 1 & 2™ and Lung Rejuvenator™ varies between 36 mg to 85 mg total/day. One cap of Digestive Stimulator™ has less than 14 mg of Ginger root. Even at the maximum dose of upwards of 10 caps of Digestive Stimulator™/day would be less than 140 mg. So the combined total of Ginger root consumed in the Peppermint Internal Cleansing Kit™ varies between 50 mg to 256 mg/day or less than 1/8 teaspoon, which is still considered a "spice dose". However, the Ginger Internal Cleansing Kit™ varies between 1050 mg to 1256 mg/day. As a safe alternative, you may choose the Peppermint Internal Cleansing Kit™ to reduce your intake of dried Ginger root to "spice consumption" levels.
Ginger root is found in: Digestive Stimulator™, Large Para Cleanser 1 & 2™, Lung Rejuvenator™, Ginger Toxin Absorber™

As a safe alternative, you may choose the Peppermint Internal Cleansing Kit™ to reduce your intake of dried Ginger root to "spice consumption" levels.

Pau D'Arco bark may increase the risk of bleeding when combined with any of these drugs due to potential blood thinning effect at high doses. Pau D'Arco bark is present at a total daily dose of 450 mg/day, which is not considered a high dose. Consult your healthcare practitioner to see if this dose is safe for you to take.
Pau D' Arco bark is found in: Small Para Cleanser™


Antihypertensives

Hawthorn berry may enhance the lowering effect of this drug by slightly lowering blood pressure.
Hawthorn berry is found in: Blood & Skin Rejuvenator™

Licorice root, at high doses, may decrease the effect of the drug and cause hypertension or sodium/fluid retention. A high dose is considered to be over 100 mg/day of glycyrrhizin content; especially if taken long term. The glycyrrhizin content of the Licorice root, found in 8 of the 13 formulas of the Internal Cleansing Kit™, varies between 2 to 15 milligrams total per day. Ask your healthcare practitioner if this low level of glycyrrhizin in the Licorice root is safe for you to take.
Licorice root is found in: Digestive Stimulator™, Kidney & Bladder Rejuvenator™, Large Para Cleanser 1 & 2™, Liver & Gallbladder Rejuvenator™, Small Para Cleanser™, Lung Rejuvenator™, Lymph Rejuvenator™


Corticosteroids

Licorice root, at high doses, may increase the effect of the drug. A high dose is considered to be over 100 mg/day of glycyrrhizin content; especially if taken long term. The glycyrrhizin content of the Licorice root, found in 8 of the 13 formulas of the Internal Cleansing Kit™, varies between 2 to 15 milligrams total per day. Ask your healthcare practitioner if this low level of glycyrrhizin in the Licorice root is safe for you to take.
Licorice root is found in: Digestive Stimulator™, Kidney & Bladder Rejuvenator™, Large Para Cleanser 1 & 2™, Liver & Gallbladder Rejuvenator™, Small Para Cleanser™, Lung Rejuvenator™, Lymph Rejuvenator™


Diuretic Drugs

Licorice root, at high doses may increase the effect of the drug and cause excessive potassium loss, hypertension, or a mineral corticoid effect. A high dose is considered to be over 100 mg/day of glycyrrhizin content, especially if taken long term. The glycyrrhizin content of the Licorice root, found in 8 of the 13 formulas of the Internal Cleansing Kit™, varies between 2 to 15 milligrams total per day. Ask your healthcare practitioner if this low level of glycyrrhizin in the Licorice root is safe for you to take.
Licorice root is found in: Digestive Stimulator™, Kidney & Bladder Rejuvenator™, Large Para Cleanser 1 & 2™, Liver & Gallbladder Rejuvenator™, Small Para Cleanser™, Lung Rejuvenator™, Lymph Rejuvenator™

The herbs found in Kidney & Bladder Rejuvenator™ act synergestically as a diuretic formula that may affect the potassium, sodium or fluid retention levels of the body.
The herbs are found in: Kidney & Bladder Rejuvenator™


Drug Absorption/Interactions (Any Oral Drug/Supplement)

Black Peppercorns and Long Pepper fruit may increase the absorption of any oral drug taken with it simultaneously and thus increase the drug's effect. There is no effect however, if you take an oral drug two hours apart from Lung Rejuvenator™.
Black Peppercorns and Long Pepper fruit are found in: Lung Rejuvenator™

Marshmallow root may delay the absorption of any oral drug taken with it simultaneously. There is no effect however, if you take any oral drug two hours apart from Kidney & Bladder Rejuvenator™.
Marshmallow root is found in: Kidney & Bladder Rejuvenator™

Other Oral Drugs/Supplements should be taken at least two hours apart from Toxin Absorber™ because of its highly absorptive power, so as to not diminish the effectiveness of the drugs/supplements and also two hours apart from any formula in the Internal Cleansing Kit™ so as to lessen the possibility of any interactions.


Heart Drugs

Licorice root, at high doses, may increase the effect of the drug and thereby its toxicity. A high dose is considered to be over 100 mg/day of glycyrrhizin content, especially if taken long term. The glycyrrhizin content of the Licorice root, found in 8 of the 13 formulas of the Internal Cleansing Kit™, varies between 2 to 15 milligrams total per day. Ask your healthcare practitioner if this low level of glycyrrhizin in the Licorice root is safe for you to take.
Licorice root is found in: Digestive Stimulator™, Kidney & Bladder Rejuvenator™, Large Para Cleanser 1 & 2™, Liver & Gallbladder Rejuvenator™, Small Para Cleanser™, Lung Rejuvenator™, Lymph Rejuvenator™

Hawthorn berry and Pleurisy root may increase the effect of cardiac glycosides.
Hawthorn berry and Pleurisy root are found in: Blood & Skin Rejuvenator™, Lung Rejuvenator™


Immunosuppressive Drugs

Astragalus root, Cat's Claw bark and Echinacea root have immune stimulating effects that may diminish the effectiveness of these drugs.
These herbs are found in: Large Para Cleanser 2™, Lymph Rejuvenator™, Small Para Cleanser™


Insulin

Psyllium seed husks may necessitate reducing your current dosage level of insulin. Consult your healthcare practitioner for monitoring.
Psyllium seed husks are found in: Toxin Absorber™


Thyroid Hormone Therapy

Lemon Balm leaf may block the uptake of thyroid hormone drugs at high doses. This has not been proven in humans at the dose present in a teabag taken orally. The study reporting this effect has been done on rats. A far more concentrated extract dose of Lemon balm was used and injected into the rats. The amount of Lemon balm in one tea bag is far less than that used in the study and you will be taking it orally, not intravenously. Even in the study, Lemon balm did not always show an effect on thyroid hormones.
Lemon Balm leaf is found in: Refreshing Green Tea Blend™

Since Lemon balm is only used in one optional formula, you may elect to still do the Internal Cleansing Kit™, but omit the Refreshing Green Tea™.



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Safety References

Humans have been taking herbs safely for thousands of years and drugs for the last hundred or so years and only recently have we begun to take both of them together. There is no complete and exhaustive scientific research that describes how these two interact. This is a work in progress. Some of the most popular herbs and commonly taken drugs do now have some record of how they interact and we share that information with you.

Herbal Safety knowledge comes from 4 main sources; empirical use, databases, scientific journals, and books. As in anything in life, both false and true statements can be found in any of these sources. There are two main views that predominate in the literature. One that leans to the living and actual, wholistic experience of herbs and the other to a reductionistic understanding of isolated chemicals. Each view has something to contribute. Holding them up together, in order to learn from both, allows one to have the best of both views. In presenting the safety information for the Cleansing Kits, we have tried to do just that for you.

Most Highly Recommended References:
  • The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety
    Simon Mills & Kerry Bone, 2005

  • AHPA Botanical Safety Handbook
    Michael McGuffin, 2003

  • The ABC Clinical Guide to Herbs
    Mark Blumenthal, 1997

  • CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs, 2nd ed.
    James A. Duke, 2002

  • Herb Contraindications & Drug Interactions
    Francis Brinker & Nancy Stodart, 2001

Complete List of Safety References

Auf'mkolk, M. et al. 1984. Antihormonal effects of plant extracts: Iodothyronine deiodinase of rat liver is inhibited by extracts and secondary metabolites of plants. Horm Metabol Res. 16:188-192

Blumenthal, M. et al, eds. 2003. The ABC Clinical Guide to Herbs. Austin, TX: American Botanical Council

Blumenthal, M. et al, eds. 1998. The Complete German Commission E Monographs. Boston, MA: Integrative Medicine Communications

Bordia, A. et al. 1997. Effect of ginger (Zingiber officinale Rosc) and fenugreek (Trigonella foenumgraecum L) on blood lipids, blood sugar, and platelet aggregation in patients with coronary artery disease. Prostagland Leukotrienes Essential Fatty Acids. 56(5):379-384

Bradley, P.R., ed. 1992. British Herbal Compendium, volume 1. Dorset: British Herbal Medicine Association

Brinker, F. 2001. Herb Contraindications & Drug Interactions. 3rd ed. Sandy, OR: Eclectic Medical Publications

Brinker, FJ. 1990. Inhibition of endocrine function by botanical agents I. Boraginaceae and Labiatae. J. Naturop. Med. 1:10-18

Brinker, F. 2000. The Toxicology of Botanical Medicines. 3rd ed. Sandy, OR: Eclectic Medical Publications

De Smet, P.A.G.M. et al., eds. 1993. Adverse Effects of Herbal Drugs 2. Berlin: Springer-Verlag

Duke, J.A. 2002. CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs. 2nd ed. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press

Felter, H.W. and J. U. Lloyd. 1898. King's American Dispensatory. 18th ed. 3rd rev. 3rd printing 1993. Sandy, OR: Eclectic Medical Publishers

Gaby, A.R. et al, eds. 2006. A-Z Guide to Drug-Herb-Vitamin Interactions. 2nd ed. New York: Three Rivers Press

Janssen, PL. et al. 1996. Consumption of ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) does not affect ex vivo platelet thromboxane production in humans. Eur J Clin Nutr 50(11):772-774

Jellin, JM. et al, eds. 2006. Pharmacist's Letter/Prescriber's Letter Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. 8th ed. Stockton, CA: Therapeutic Research Faculty

Jones, K. 1995. Cat's Claw: Healing Vine of Peru. Seattle: Sylvan Press

Kruth, P. et al. 2004. Ginger-associated overanticoagulation by phenprocoumon. Ann Pharmacother 38:257-60

Kuhn, MA. 2002. Herbal remedies: Drug- herb interactions. Crit Care Nurse 22(2):22-32

Lumb, AB. 1994. Effect of dried ginger on human platelet function. Thromb Haemost 71(1):110-1

Mason, R. 2001. Chlorella and Spirulina Alternative & Complementary Therapies. 7 (3): 161-165

McGuffin, M. et al, eds. 1997. AHPA Botanical Safety Handbook. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press

Mills, S. and K. Bone. 2005. The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier, Inc.

Mills, S. and K. Bone. 2000. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy. reprinted 2001. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone

Mowrey, DB. 1986. The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine. Toranto:Cormorant Books

Newall, C.A. et al. 1996. Herbal Medicines: A Guide for Health-care Professionals. reprinted 1997. London: The Pharmaceutical Press

PDR, eds. 2004. DR for Herbal Medicines. 3rd ed. Montvale, NJ: Thomson PDR

Peirce, A. 1999. The APhA Practical Guide to Natural Medicines. New York: Stonesong Press, Wm. Morrow & Co, Inc.

PTINR.com Staff. December 1, 2006. Vitamin K - A new perspective. http://www.ptinr.com/data/templates/article.aspx?a=543&z=3

Schulick, P. 1996. Ginger: Common Spice & Wonder Drug. 3rd ed. Brattleboro, VT: Herbal Free Press

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Sourgens, H. et al. 1982. Antihormonal effects of plant extracts: TSH- and Prolactin- suppressing properties of Lithospermum officinale and other plants. Planta Med. 45:78-86

Taylor, L. 2005. The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs Garden City Park, NY: Square One Publishers

Tisserand, R. and T. Balacs. 1995. Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone

Wichtl, M. and N.G. Bisset, eds. 1994. Herbal Drugs and Phytopharmaceuticals. Stuttgart: Medpharm GmbH Scientific Publishers


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