Why You Should Cleanse Your Blood

Blood Detox: Why Do it?

To learn about blood cleansing, how it works and why it is important, first watch this short video by Jon Barron:

Blood Cleansing

By: Jon Barron

Although widely misunderstood, cleansing the blood is probably one of the most important weapons in the alternative health arsenal for achieving optimum wellness and defeating cancer. To be sure, by some measures, we seem to be doing better when it comes to cancer. The medical community touts the fact that both the incidence of--and deaths from--cancer have finally started trending down. But this actually represents a bit of illusory back slapping. The biggest declines are in lung cancer and breast cancer.1 But the decline in lung cancer has virtually nothing to do with advances in diagnosis and treatment but, rather, is the result of decreased cigarette smoking in the U.S. Unfortunately, tobacco use is growing worldwide and has even started trending back up among young people in the United States, as we now add about one million new young American smokers every year. As for breast cancer, once again, that has less to do with medical advancements than with a decline in the use of hormone replacement therapy drugs—a primary factor in the onset of breast cancer. In effect, doctors are patting themselves on the back for no longer killing people.

Have there been improvements in diagnosis and treatment? Absolutely…for some cancers. Colon cancer, for example. But overall, the simple truth is that in 2014, there will be an estimated 1,665,540 new cancer cases diagnosed and 585,720 deaths from cancer in the US alone. Cancer remains the second most common cause of death in the U.S., accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths. Someday, advances in genetic therapy and scientific research will make a real difference, but until that day, you’re largely on your own, and you would be wise to take advantages of the defenses that nature offers such as blood cleansing. There are actually several ways to cleanse your blood. One of the most effective is to use systemic proteolytic enzymes between meals or before bed. When taken without food, the enzymes enter the bloodstream within a matter of minutes and begin cleaning protein-based detritus, such as antigens and circulating immune complexes out of the blood, which would otherwise compromise the immune system. This can make a significant improvement in your overall health rather quickly.

What we're talking about now, though, is something quite different -- using herbal blood cleansers to eliminate systemic pathogens, remove toxic residues from the blood, stimulate the lymph system (which is essential for keeping your blood clean), and break down rogue cells to assist your immune system in minimizing the chances of malignant growths taking root in your body. The great blood cleansing herbs--in no particular order--are: red clover, burdock root, chaparral, poke root, and sheep sorrel. These are the herbs you will find in the famous blood cleansing formulas such as the Hoxsey formula, Essiac Tea, the Dr. Christopher and Dr. Schulze formulas, and in my own version of the formula. These formulas can literally "drive" bad things out of your body -- or prevent them from entering in the first place. With that in mind, let's look at the "perfect" blood cleansing formula.

What exactly is a blood cleanser?

First of all, the very name "blood cleanser" is really a euphemism. In fact, this formula and almost every herb in it is considered by herbalists to be anticancer (though not acknowledged as such by governmental agencies). Variations of this formula have been used for hundreds of years by Native American tribes. More recently, commercial versions have been available, as I mentioned earlier, such as the Hoxsey formula, Essiac Tea, and Jason Winters Tea, etc. The very fact that we can't talk openly about the anticancer property of herbs and herbal formulas except as a theoretical construct is probably the most political topic in alternative health today.

Not surprisingly, as we go through the individual herbs in my recommended blood cleansing formula--

Chaparral, Red clover, Burdock root, Poke root, Yellow dock root, Goldenseal root, Oregon grape root, Bloodroot, Mistletoe, Sheep sorrel, Cat's claw, and Cayenne.

--you will find that many of them are on the FDA cautionary list, and virtually all of them are on the Canadian list. You will also find numbers of these herbs on the warning lists of European countries such as Switzerland and Germany, and even Australia for that matter. On the other hand, you will also find that a number of studies--most of them fairly recent--actually support what herbalists have been saying for decades about these herbs' anticancer properties.

What's going on here? Why is it that the very same herbs that the great herbalists single out as being most beneficial for combating cancer are banned by government authorities as useless -- even toxic? How does this happen -- again and again?

Of course, these same authorities might have more credibility if the alternatives they pushed -- surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation -- had a better track record. But as we all know, they don't. Perhaps even more interesting is that many of the studies that support the anticancer properties of the herbs in question are being conducted with synthetic variations of the isolated key biochemicals in those herbs, not the herbs themselves.


The stated reason is that the synthetic variants are "safer" and "more effective." But we've been down this road countless times before. They are not safer. They are not more effective. In fact, they usually have much more dangerous side effects and are frequently less effective than the complete plant extract itself. What they are, though, is patentable. But that's a topic for another time.

In any case, since we can't talk about the cancer preventive properties of specific formulas, let's just talk theoretically about the herbs found in my "ideal" formula and why they are effective. Note, most of these herbs are extremely bitter and taste really horrible, but they work!


Native Americans have used chaparral for centuries as an anticancer remedy. In fact, it is the cornerstone of most anticancer herbal formulas. Exactly how it works is open to debate, but some of its main actions are:

  • Chaparral is one of the most powerful anti-oxidants in nature. The primary biochemical responsible for this is NDGA (nordihydroguaiaretic acid). NDGA is so effective that it is often used as a food preservative. 
  • It is anti-pathogenic. In other words, it kills viruses, bacteria, and parasites. 
  • Chaparral has even shown much promise with herpes. 
  • Chaparral cleanses the lymph system. 
  • It cleanses the blood. 
  • It cleanses the liver. 
  • It cleanses the urinary tract. 
  • It's a natural chelator that clears heavy metals from the blood. 
  • Studies show that chaparral may also inhibit uncontrolled cell proliferation as well as damage to DNA. 
  • And a number of university studies have indicated that chaparral can destroy and dissolve many types of tumors. 

So how could such a beneficial herb be on every government's blacklist? According to the FDA, citing a 1997 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, "Chaparral: sold as teas and pills to fight cancer and "purify blood," has been linked to serious liver damage. FDA has recorded two deaths and 10 cases of hepatitis or other liver abnormalities in users."2

The reality, though, is that the evidence for chaparral liver toxicity is anecdotal. It's not the result of any double blind studies or clinical trials. For example, one of the cases the FDA likes to cite can be found in a 1995 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.3 The details of the case concern a 60-year-old woman who developed jaundice and liver failure while taking one to two capsules of chaparral each day with a pinch of garlic in a tea made from nettle and chickweed. The authors of the JAMA article concluded it must have been the chaparral that caused the liver problems. What is fascinating is that the patient in question was also consuming atenolol, aspirin, using a nitro patch, and occasional acetaminophen, as well as diltiazem hydrochloride - all drugs with profound hepatotoxic potential. Amazingly, none of these other substances were even considered as a possible cause of the liver problems by the authors...or the FDA. What a surprise!

Nevertheless (and despite the fact that Dr. Norman Farnsworth's extensive studies on chaparral in the 1970s and 1980s found no hepatotoxic effects for chaparral whatsoever), in December 1992, FDA Commissioner David Kessler announced, "The public should not purchase or consume chaparral."

After these allegations of liver toxicity by the FDA, manufacturers voluntarily restricted sales of chaparral for several years until the reports were investigated. Following a lengthy review, a panel of medical experts concluded "no clinical data was found... to indicate chaparral is inherently a hepatic toxin." In late 1994, this report was submitted to the FDA and chaparral was subsequently given a clean bill of health by the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA). After comparing the quantity of chaparral consumed each year (it is estimated that over 200 tons, 500 million capsules, were sold in the U.S. in the 1970's and 80's alone) to the number of product complaints, industry regulators concluded that chaparral did not pose a significant threat to consumer safety. Dr. Clark Watt and a group of scientists and doctors concluded that hepatotoxicity was most likely due to an allergic reaction rather than "inherent liver toxicity."4 And in 2001, a retrospective clinical study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found no evidence of liver toxicity from the use of low dose chaparral.5

So is this remarkable herb (the cornerstone of many great formulas) now sold freely in the marketplace and used to benefit ailing people all over the world? Hardly!

Search for "chaparral toxicity" on the web and you will see numerous articles still announcing the dangers of the herb (all citing the same cases from the early 90's.) Or try to buy chaparral in Canada or much of Europe. Right! The problem is that once an herb is labeled dangerous (even if disproved at a later date), the stigma remains and is brought up over and over and over again, acquiring truth through repetition, if not through fact.

Fortunately, despite the bad press, chaparral is at least available (for the time being) in the United States.

Chaparral studies

According to a report in the May 2010 issue of the Medical Science Monitor, numerous studies have shown that the main metabolite of chaparral, NDGA, is likely effective in the treatment of multiple diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, neurological disorders, cancers, and in the field of tissue engineering.6 The report went on to explain that several medicinal properties such as NDGA's antineoplastic, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory characteristics have been supported by in vitro and in vivo experimental studies, as well as historical reports. Studies have also confirmed that NDGA has extensive pharmacological effects and specific mechanisms of actions. It is a strong antioxidant; it can scavenge ROS (reactive oxygen species, AKA free radicals) or inhibit ROS production, stimulate nitrous oxide production, increase immune function, enhance central nervous system function, and prevent cardiovascular or other diseases. And tissue engineering studies demonstrate that NDGA-crosslinking is an effective way to improve the mechanical properties and biocompatibility of artificial tissues and organs.

Quite simply, when it comes to cancer, there are a number of studies that show the benefits of chaparral and NDGA--and many of them recent. For example, a 2010 study published in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters found that several synthetic variations of NDGA act as inhibitors against human liver cancer.7 The results of this study were reinforced by a 2014 study published in ChemMedChem that found that eight methylated versions of NDGA were protective against liver cancer.8 Incidentally, I started with two studies on chaparral's ability to inhibit liver cancer specifically to counter any lingering concerns over its falsely rumored liver toxicity, but its anticancer benefits are by no means limited to liver cancer. As a 2012 study published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment shows, it's equally protective against breast cancer.9 And a 2008 study published in the journal Prostate shows that it might be just as effective in dealing with prostate cancer.10 And then, of course, there are the numerous studies that show that NDGA is more effective than acyclovir when it comes to treating the viruses HIV, HSV,11 and HPV12--HPV being notable as a primary factor in the onset of cervical cancer. And for that matter, studies have shown that NDGA and its derivatives are directly effective against cervical cancer itself.13

Red Clover

Red Clover is another staple of herbal blood cleansing formulas and has a long history of use as a medicinal herb. It's an excellent blood purifier that over time gradually cleanses the bloodstream and corrects deficiencies in the circulatory system. But among classic herbalists, it is probably best known as one of the main herbs for treating all varieties of cancer -- anywhere in the body -- and is found as a central ingredient in many anticancer formulas, again including the Hoxsey formula, Jason Winters tea, my ideal formula, and Essiac tea.

Not surprisingly, most doctors, the FDA and many "new-school" herbalists have dismissed red clover as useless in dealing with cancer. However, researchers at the National Cancer Institute have indeed found anti-tumor properties in red clover. Genistein, a biochemical in red clover has the ability to prevent tumors from developing the blood supplies they need to survive -- thus starving them and killing them.

As it turns out, genistein is the same biochemical considered to be the main beneficial biochemical in soy. But red clover has a significant advantage over soy. It contains not just genistein, but significant levels (about ten times that found in soy) of all four beneficial estrogenic isoflavones (a special class of antioxidants) including daidzein. In addition to isoflavones, red clover contains another class of anticancer phytoestrogen compounds called coumestans -- primarily in the form of biochanin.

Soy consumption, unlike red clover consumption, does not result in any increase in biochanin in the blood.14 Is that important? Studies have shown that biochanin may significantly inhibit breast cancer proliferation.15, 16, 17  Not unsurprisingly, for similar reasons, it may be equally protective against prostate cancer.18 And then there was the Australian study where researchers gave red clover isoflavonoids to 20 men with prostate cancer before they had surgery to remove their prostates. The men who had received flavonoids appeared to have more cancer cells that were dying in their surgically removed prostate tissue.19 Yes, it was a very small study, without a placebo group, and it did not compare survival, quality of life, or symptoms, but the researchers described the apoptosis in the specimens from treated patients as "significantly higher" than in control subjects. And it's not the first time this kind of result has been noted with red clover and prostate cancer.20

Burdock root

Burdock root (Arctium lappa) is probably the most famous detoxifying agent in the herbal arsenal. It cleanses the blood by increasing the effectiveness of all the body's elimination systems. Its diuretic effect helps the kidneys filter impurities from the blood. It helps push toxins out through the skin, and it also boosts the ability of the liver to remove toxins. The bottom line is that by pushing toxins out through a variety of pathways, burdock can purify the blood with minimal side effects and with minimal stress to the body. Note: although burdock root has traditionally been used to treat diabetes, in excessive amounts, it may interfere with blood sugar medications.

Studies indicate that burdock has both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.21, 22 The lignans arctiin and arctigenin, which are found in burdock root, are most likely responsible for its anti-inflammatory abilities, whereas the polyacetylenes and chlorogenic acid components are most likely responsible for its antibacterial properties. In addition, burdock root appears to be hepatoprotective,23 antidiabetic,24 and protective against mammary, colon, and pancreatic cancer.25 In fact, studies have shown that it has anticancer activity against a variety of cancers such as: ovarian cancer,26 lung cancer,27 and breast cancer,28 to name just a few.

Pokeroot and Yellow dock root

These are both powerful blood cleansers and lymph cleansers, inciting and increasing the action of lymph glands throughout the entire body. Not surprisingly, both herbs are staples of many traditional herbal anticancer formulas.

If used improperly, pokeroot (AKA, pokeweed) can be toxic, but if used properly, animal studies have shown that it can enhance the immune system and has anticancer properties. For example, according to one animal study, pokeweed antiviral protein (PAP), a protein contained in the plant, demonstrated anticancer effects in rodents.29 Another study found that PAP, when combined with an immunotherapy drug called TP-3, holds promise as a potential treatment for advanced osteosarcomas and some soft tissue sarcomas.30 In addition, laboratory studies have suggested that certain formulations of PAP may turn out to be useful against cancer cells that depend on hormones for their growth, such as cells from prostate, breast, and ovarian cancer.31 PAP also acts against some viruses such as herpes, HIV,32 and lymphocytic choriomeningitis.33

Like pokeroot, yellow dock (Rumex crispus) can compromise red blood cells if improperly overused. Or in other words, unless used properly, it can have toxic properties. But also like pokeroot, if used properly, studies have shown that it has strong anticancer properties. In fact, a 2012 study instigated by the use of yellow dock in the Essiac formula found that yellow dock displayed "remarkable cytotoxic activities" on several tested leukemia cell lines.34


Mistletoe's use for treating cancer is so widespread in central Europe that it actually is estimated that as many as 60 to 70 percent of cancer patients incorporate it into their therapy. Back in 2003, I referred to the National Institutes of Health ongoing study of mistletoe's anticancer properties. According to the details of the study, "mistletoe lectin may slow the growth of cancer cells and be an effective treatment for solid tumors." In particular, the study was designed to look at how effective mistletoe extract (ME) was when injected directly into pancreatic tumors. Well, the results of that study are now in, and they are astonishing. "The results of our preclinical investigation demonstrate that intratumoral injections of a lectin-rich ME [mistletoe extract] can effect complete remissions in a pancreatic cancer xenograft."35 And since then, further studies have proven the value of mistletoe in combating cancer.  There have been numerous studies in Europe, especially in Germany, that have reported the benefits of mistletoe extract in fighting several types of cancer, including pancreatic and breast cancer.  A National Cancer Institute review of more than 70 studies of mistletoe's effect on cancer in humans--although they noted design flaws in a number of the studies--nevertheless found consistent results across the board: including tumor shrinkage, higher survival rates, improved blood counts, and better quality of life for the patients.36 And if nothing else, study after study found that when used in conjunction with chemotherapy, mistletoe significantly improves quality of life, as demonstrated yet again in this 2014 study published in the journal Evidenced-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.37

And as a side note, a compelling case can be made for careful investigation of mistletoe's anti-diabetic properties. African mistletoe has long been used to treat diabetes in Nigeria. In rats with diabetes, mistletoe has been shown to reduce blood glucose levels.38 And another study demonstrated that mistletoe extract stimulated insulin secretion from clonal pancreatic cells.39

Sheep sorrel

Sheep sorrel, which actually comes from the same family as yellow dock-- Rumex acetosella vs Rumex crispus--shares many of its cancer fighting properties. And at least when used in combination with other herbs, it possesses potent antioxidant and DNA-protective activity, properties that are common to natural anti-cancer agents.40 It contains an antibacterial agent called rumicin that has made it a treatment for infections including staphylococcus, E. coli and salmonella. American and Canadian Indian tribes used sheep sorrel as a treatment for cancer, which is how it came to be used in the more modern versions of anticancer formulas.  René Caisse, who popularized Essiac tea as a cancer cure, felt sheep sorrel was the most active cancer fighter among all the herbs present in her formula and made it the primary ingredient in her formula. That viewpoint was seconded by Dr. Chester Stock at Sloan-Kettering in New York. Dr. Stock studied sheep sorrel for over three years in the mid-seventies. His conclusion was that sheep sorrel was found to be responsible for the destruction of cancer cells in the body, and inhibited metastasis by actually causing cancer cells to return to the original tumor site. Not surprisingly, this information was not made available to the public. But even more disturbing, when the Canadian Ministry of Health & Welfare saw the study, they immediately banned sheep sorrel from sale and distribution!

Sheep sorrel contains high levels of phytoestrogens with significant estrogen receptor binding activity, similar to the isoflavone phytoestrogens common to red clover and soy.

Published studies on sheep sorrel are few and far between, but those that do exist support Dr. Stock's work. For example, a 2009 study published in Toxicology in Vitro found that sheep sorrel, along with several other herbs, induced toxicity on cancerous cell lines.41

Cat's Claw

The Ashaninka tribe of Peru uses cat's claw (Uncaria tomentosa) for a variety of purposes, including to support cellular health. Other indigenous tribes use cat's claw as well. The Cashibo tribe of eastern Peru believes that cat's claw normalizes the body and have used it since ancient times to cleanse the system. Other documented indigenous peoples in Peru use cat's claw for blood cleansing and for irregularity of the menstrual cycle.

Nowadays, the plant is recognized by herbalists mainly due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and diuretic properties.  Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, cat's claw is frequently found in formulations designed to treat rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. The plant also has a very beneficial influence on our immune system, and is used in the treatments of various types of tumors--specifically, brain tumors, leukemia, cervical carcinoma, melanoma, medulloblastoma. And it is also used as an herbal supplement for HIV patients.42

The antitumor activity of Uncaria tomentosa has been verified in a number of studies, but the exact mechanism of that activity is open to debate, with the pentacyclic oxindole alkaloids found in its bark given most of the credit. For example, one 2013 study found that the pentacyclic oxindole alkaloids found in the bark seemed to be responsible for tomentosa's effectiveness against bladder cancer cells.43 Whereas a second study published the same year found that cat's claw exerts its extensive anti-neoplastic effects against the Walker-256 tumor by modulating oxidative stress and not by alkaloid activity.44 Then again, a 2009 study concluded that the alkaloids pteropodine and isopterpodine found in tomentosa exhibited a significant pro-apoptotic (caused cancer cells to die) effect on medullary thyroid carcinoma cells, whereas the alkaloid-poor fraction inhibited cell proliferation but did not show any pro-apoptotic effects.45 The ball bounces back in the other direction, however, in a 2007 study that concluded that it was pteropodine and isomitraphylline that were responsible for tomentosa's antiproliferative activity against leukemia cells.46  Go figure.

The bottom line is that study after study confirms the ability of cat's claw to fight cancer, even though researchers can reach no agreement as to which components in the bark are most responsible. Fortunately, not knowing which part to isolate and patent may be a problem for researchers and pharmaceutical companies but not for us as long as we use an herbal extract that contains all components rather than isolates.


Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) has been researched and found to be a potent cellular support agent, in addition to being a potent anticancer agent. Outside of the laboratory, it has been used to treat tens of thousands of people over the last century and a half. Many of these (according to some estimates as many as 80%, which is probably greatly exaggerated) experienced remission of malignancy and longer life expectancies than people with similar conditions who chose different treatments. Nevertheless, research supports the general direction of the anecdotal evidence. Peer reviewed studies indicate that, like cat's claw, it is the alkaloids in bloodroot--particularly, sanguinarine--that are most likely responsible for its cancer protective benefits. In fact, laboratory studies have shown that it can help with prostate,47 breast,48 and pancreatic cancer,49 as well as many other types of cancer, by causing cancer cell apoptosis.50 In other words, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy cells.

Oregon grape root and Goldenseal

Oregon grape root is frequently used by herbalists as a blood cleanser and, as it's extremely bitter taste would suggest, to stimulate the liver and gallbladder. It purifies the blood and cleanses the liver by helping to stimulate bile flow and releasing toxins and helping purge the spleen.  It also helps the liver metabolize wastes and toxins and, because of its anti-pathogenic properties used by natural healers in the treatment of chronic hepatitis-B.

The primary active biochemical in Oregon grape root is berberine. And when it comes to cancer, there have been a large number of studies that have highlighted berberine's ability to suppress the growth of a wide variety of tumor cells, including breast cancer, 51 leukemia,52 melanoma,53 pancreatic cancer,54 oral and tongue cancers,55 and prostate cancer.56, 57, 58

Goldenseal root is a multipurpose type of herb that provides immune system support and cleanses vital organs. It works both in the intestinal tract and systemically. It promotes the functioning capacity of the heart, the lymphatic and respiratory system, the liver, the spleen, the pancreas, and the colon. The primary biochemical in goldenseal is berberine, which appears to have antimicrobial actions that can kill different types of yeast, parasites, bacteria, and even MRSA. 59 It is useful as part of a blood cleansing formula because of its ability to remove pathogens from the bloodstream. And since one of its primary components is berberine, all of the studies we saw for Oregon grape root apply to goldenseal as well.


The hot fruit of the cayenne plant has been used as medicine for centuries. It is extremely beneficial for the circulatory system, helping to improve the elasticity of the walls of both the arterial and venous systems, maintain normal blood platelet function, and to help maintain normal blood pressure if already within a normal range throughout the body. Cayenne is also used in many herbal formulas, such as this one, as a "driver" -- to "push" the other herbs in the formula into the bloodstream more quickly. As a side note, there are some studies that indicate that capsaicin, the "hot," active component in cayenne, may have the ability to induce apoptosis in some cancer cells all on its own.60


These are the herbs found in my "ideal" blood cleansing formula. The roots (no pun intended) of this formula go back decades, long before there was any research to support it. As we have seen, though, in the last decade, research has begun to catch up with it, and most of the herbs used in the formula have now been identified in multiple studies (test tube, animal, and human) as having strong anticancer properties.

Although most people use this formula as part of their biannual liver and gallbladder flush, it should be considered in its own right as an important formula to be used in maintaining optimal health. When used regularly, it will work to purify and optimize your blood, cleanse your liver, kill viruses, destroy cancer, and much more. Note: this is a very powerful formula that is strongly therapeutic in nature, which means that it should only be used for detoxing or on an as needed basis. One bottle every six months is adequate for detoxing and basic maintenance. Taking one or two bottles to clean out the blood when sick is also reasonable. And one bottle a week for up to three weeks is acceptable in special circumstances. (Then take a couple of weeks off before repeating.) But this is not a nutritional support formula. You do not want to take this formula on a daily basis for weeks on end like a multivitamin. In this case, more is not necessarily better. Remember, some of these herbs are extremely potent and can actually break down red blood cells if used in excess. If overused, it could be counterproductive and could have a negative health impact. In other words, follow directions; don't adlib.  But when used properly, this is one of the most powerful formulas in the alternative health arsenal.

So, will this formula prevent or reverse cancer? Sorry, it doesn't work like that. Quite simply, there is no magic bullet cure for cancer--traditional or medical--that works on all types of cancer and for every individual…at least not yet. But that said, this formula is a primary anticancer tool. It is not insignificant that the foundations of this formula were established years before there was any scientific data to back it up--just thousands of anecdotal stories. And now, as we see, in the last decade alone, study after study now supports the anticancer bona fides of 12 of the 12 herbs in this formula--even cayenne, which was actually used as a driver for the formula, not as an anticancer herb.  This is an important formula!

Note: To get past the taste (very bitter, very hot),  I recommend adding it to 2 oz of thin, sweet undiluted juice such as apple or pear, downing it in one gulp like a shot of liquor, and then swishing some plain juice in your mouth to clear the taste. (By the way, although normally not a fan of bottled juices, this is one place where they actually work because they are so convenient and because you drink so little at a time.) Thick juices such as peach or orange, on the other hand, tend to coat the mouth, which makes the taste linger -- not good. And diluting it simply means you have to drink more, rather than getting it all down in one quick gulp,

Bottom line: a minimum of two bottles a year--one every six months--should be considered a core part of your personal health program.

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    Submitted by AM on
    August 22, 2011 - 4:44pm

    I'm looking for something to help with high colesterol

    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    August 22, 2011 - 5:28pm

    Wow, this is a big topic!  I would got to our heart health section and review all the articles on this website about the topic.  Click here:  http://www.jonbarron.org/heart-health/topic-special-report-cardiovascular


    Submitted by raheela on
    September 10, 2014 - 1:33pm


    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    September 15, 2014 - 6:24pm

    Looks like you came to the right place. Did you read this article?

    Submitted by Walter Goetz on
    August 17, 2015 - 1:20pm
    retired in Chiang Rai, Thailand,California

    I'm now over 78 years old. It seems to me that our life-stile has a lot to do with the condition of our body as we get older. During my very young years I had continuously chances to exercise, which included running, swimming, and walking. For a long time our family didn't have a car and I was quite active in sports clubs. After I was over 50 years old, I started to notice that the blood circulation in the lower parts of my legs was restricted. I had an office job and much of my day included standing up without much movement. Naturally, some of the impurities in the blood started to settle out in the lower parts of the legs. When I read in Jon Barron's reports how his pHi-Zymes (a proteolytic enzyme) functioned to clean out the blood, I knew right away: this will be the best way to clean out my blood vessels for the entire body. For several years I'm using now 2 pHi-Zymes every day between meals, plus one just before bedtime, and I developed into a very happy customer. Thank you very much, Jon Barron, all your Baseline Nutritionals products work so well for me - I couldn't do without them.

    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    August 18, 2015 - 2:52pm

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    January 21, 2016 - 2:12am

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    January 22, 2016 - 12:07pm

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    March 26, 2012 - 3:38am

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    Submitted by Guest on
    April 18, 2012 - 8:22pm

    My husbund has hep c and liver cirrhios what is a good detox for his body and blood stream

    Submitted by Guest on
    May 25, 2012 - 5:00pm

    Did you read the article lady?!? Geeezz!!

    Submitted by Guest on
    June 18, 2012 - 9:43am

    He does not need detox. Simply keep him out of the pub.

    Submitted by Guest on
    May 11, 2012 - 2:35pm

    People have to stop behaving like sheep, I have just ordered Chaparral based on this info, I gave my own mind and take responsibility for my own health. I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, a month before this I watched a program called 'forbidden cures for cancer' and i transcribed it for my blog as the cures were fascinated and of course banned by the medical profession and the cancer research groups!! then a month later BAM a check up of some lumps that I had turned out to be just hormonal but they found another lump elsewhere and it was cancerous. I had surgery and I refused radiotherapy and hormone treatment because the effects of both and they tried to talk me into removing all lymph nodes which I refused the surgeon permission. All of this to the Surgeons and the consultants utter amazement. I took all natural products after surgery including essiac tea. After 3 months they were amazed that I was doing fine and they told me to come back in 6 months for a check up, had a blood test everything was fine, had a little scare on the mammogram in that they thought I had a lump on my other breast but was a false alarm, and told me to come back in a year. I still take essiac. But I have psoriasis and there are good people who have linked psoriasis with cancer - a fungus type disease. I aslo found that candida was found in all patients who had passed from cancer this was a study which was carried out and still ignored by the medical profession.
    No one ever asked me about my life style or diet in any consultation that I attended and I think this would reveal some amazing results. I try to stay away from fungus foods and commercial bread as it is high in yeast and I stay away from things that have yeast in it. Knowledge is most definitely power and we as a human race should stop being brainwashed into believing mainstream hype and do our own research. lets prove Einstein wrong and use all of our brain.
    Light and Love

    Submitted by Vanessa Brewer on
    May 27, 2014 - 4:47pm

    Thank you for your beautiful post. It was very uplifting.

    Submitted by Debra on
    June 9, 2014 - 3:47am

    Excellent comment, thanks! Also glad you are so much better! xxx

    Submitted by Guest on
    May 29, 2012 - 3:49am

    Good article, now I'm confused. How does 'redbush tea' rate as a detoxer and blood cleanser?

    Submitted by S. Williams on
    July 8, 2012 - 3:50pm

    Mr. Barron, I am an allopathic med student in the States. I'd like to take this article more seriously, however (regarding the section on chaparral, which is the only one I read).... 1) Where is this article by Dr. Clark Watt et al? Can't find it anywhere. Why do you not cite it directly? 2) You cite ONE JAMA article, that is inaccessible to the public in its entirety, so I cannot verify that the 60yo patient in question was also taking the other potentially hepatotoxic medications (until I go to school and look it up). Why don't you quote the relevant parts in your article? 3) Where are the publications from the 70's and 80's studies that found no association between chaparral use and hepatotoxicity? I did find these articles from the 2000's; I can't access them in their entirety either, but the abstracts alone make a pretty strong case: http://archsurg.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=395286 http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00365520410007926 Of course they cite the articles from the 90's; all publications cite relevant past articles as references. The second article seems quite specific about how it was chaparral in particular that seemed to cause the problem (in that it apparently resolved after ceasing to ingest specifically chaparral...). I'm not a big fan of the FDA or Big Pharma, but I'm also not a fan of shoddy science and manipulating facts to sell products to people with no scientific background (who are thus less able to objectively analyze various claims). The ability to adeptly interpret scientific data is a learned skill that requires a sufficient base of knowledge. It sucks, but that's the way it is. Too much of anything is bad; even oxygen. At the right dose, it can be beneficial. Thus I don't totally write off your claims; but it seems to me you may be doing a bit of twisting facts to suit your own agenda. I hope you will prove me incorrect. I challenge you to step up your game, sir.

    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    July 17, 2012 - 6:05pm

    We forwarded your question to Jon Barron, and were able to catch him while participating in a series of meetings on the other side of the country. He responded as follows:

    Dear S. Williams:

    I understand the intent of your question, but the specifics are confusing. You claim that the cited studies are inaccessible to the public, but as a medical student, you would have free access to all such studies in your school library. But that said, any of these studies are available to anyone from the public willing to pay on average about $30 per article – which is what I do to read them. And of course, as you would be well aware, I cannot then publish articles in their entirety to support my quotations from them, as that would be a violation of copyright. Like everyone else, I am obligated to restrict my references to citations, pointing in most cases to abstracts. And if nothing else, you are holding my article to a far higher standard than any article published in any medical journal, as they all rely on citations that point to abstracts…if they point to anything at all.

    Incidentally, the Gordon study that you want to see and that refers to the hepatoxic drugs used by the patient is actually available in its entirety from JAMA (I have provided a link below.) It’s easily found on the JAMA website.

    As to the JAMA article you cite below as pretty convincing, you stopped reading too soon. The link you provided opens the entire article, not just an abstract.  If you check the citations at the bottom used to support the claims against chaparral, you will find they are all the old studies I mentioned in my original article, including the Gordon article—ah yes, always the Gordon study. Nothing new here. Just a repetition of the same previously discredited studies.

    Incidentally, instead of citing the studies from the 70’s and 80’s, I referenced below a more recent study, one subsequent to cited studies in the JAMA article you referenced and that points out their flaws.

    With that said, let me elaborate on the history behind chaparral.

    Dietary supplements containing Larrea tridentata, as a raw herbal ingredient, were the subject of scrutiny for a brief period in the mid-1990s. The cause of this concern was thoroughly investigated, and no official regulatory action was initiated. This scrutiny was initiated by the published anecdotal case mentioned above (Gordon 1995), whereby severe liver toxicity in an elderly patient was supposedly related to the consumption of raw chaparral herb. Although this case was published, it has been widely scrutinized as an attack against the herbal industry since major facts of the case, especially the fact that the patient had been taking many prescription drugs, including several prescription drugs that were well known to cause severe liver damage, were buried without note within the report, and the findings as a whole did not support the cause and effect conclusion that chaparral was responsible. When the report was subsequently published by Gordon, the hepatoxic drugs diltiazem hydrochloride, atenolol, and acetaminophen were in fact listed in the first paragraph – although they were subsequently dismissed as a possible cause of the liver damage because they didn’t fit the “clinical and histological features” to support such a diagnosis. But neither did chaparral, and yet it was afforded the singular honor of being blamed in the report.

    During this period of investigation by the FDA, the major herbal products associations, the National Nutritional Foods Association and the American Herbal Products Association asked their members to institute a voluntary moratorium on the sale of chaparral-containing products. The American Herbal Products Association also cooperated with the FDA in their investigation and commissioned a panel to perform a medical review of the four initial cases of hepatotoxicity reported by FDA, allegedly associated with chaparral ingestion – including the case mentioned above. This investigative panel was headed by Dr. Clark Watts M.D., J.D., of the law firm, Ford and Ferraro (Austin, TX), and included, Stephen Schenker, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology and Chief, Department of Gastroenterology and Nutrition, The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio; Atilla Ertan, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Associate Chief, Gastroenterology Division, Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston; and Boris Yoffe, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine and Molecular Virology, Hepatitis Research Laboratory, Baylor College of Medicine.

    After reviewing the case reports, three physicians concluded that the reported toxicity was due to idiosyncratic reactions in persons with pre-existing liver conditions. To quote from the report published in September of 1994, "In summary, this review did not reveal evidence that Chaparral is inherently hepatotoxic.”  Shortly afterwards, AHPA, which had voluntarily withdrawn chaparral from the U.S. market pending the results of the medical review, released chaparral for sale, with the provision that chaparral products intended for internal use carry an informational label statement.

    Note: There is still a prevalent misconception that the FDA banned chaparral. In fact, the FDA has never banned any products containing this herb. Let me repeat: the FDA has never banned any products containing this herb.



    The citation for the Watts Report is: <Watts, C. “Final Report to the American Herbal Products Association.” Special Counsel, Ford and Ferraro, LLP, Austin, TX. 6 Sept 1994.>. Unfortunately, there do not appear to be any internet accessible copies available at this time.

    The Gordon study can be found in its entirety in the Journal of the American Medical Association. <Dafna W. Gordon, MD; Gayle Rosenthal, MD; John Hart, MD; et al. "Chaparral Ingestion The Broadening Spectrum of Liver Injury Caused by Herbal Medications." JAMA. 1995;273:489-490. http://jama.jamanetwork.com/data/Journals/JAMA/9346/jama_273_6_038.pdf>

    And In 2001, a retrospective clinical study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found no evidence of liver toxicity from the use of low dose chaparral. It is available in its entirety at: <SILENA HERON, N.D., and ERIC YARNELL, N.D. "The Safety of Low-Dose Larrea tridentata (DC) Coville (Creosote Bush or Chaparral): A Retrospective Clinical Study. THE JOURNAL OF ALTERNATIVE AND COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE. Volume 7, Number 2, 2001, pp. 175–185 http://larrearx.com/images/JournalofAlternativeMedSafetyofLarrea.pdf>

    Submitted by Paul Gerst on
    June 8, 2014 - 4:44pm

    Although it is wise to be skeptical, to a point, it is even wiser to recognize when your beliefs fall in-line with a programmed way of thinking. I was raised in a western medical family and was heading down that path myself, until I figured out what I truly wanted to do in regards to healing and chose a path that would really allow me the freedom to do just that.

    I still believe in "right tool for the right job," but after reading your attack on Jon, not to say he's infallible and unbiased, I found your inability to recognize that the biggest pile of junk science comes from your very own allopathic medicine! Wake up and stop drinking the kool-aid, you will be a far bigger service to your Patients if you stop believing you have all the answers.

    Submitted by Marcus on
    August 2, 2012 - 3:16am

    And the student who thinks he knows everything has been served. I can only blame the university system that instills selfish pride in students by abusing them mentally and overwhelming them with an impossible amount of work. Thanks for the info doc.

    Submitted by nechelle woods on
    February 4, 2013 - 12:04pm

    how do I get these stuff

    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    February 4, 2013 - 12:42pm

    If you check out our "Products" page above, you can see all of Jon Barron's recommendations and where to buy.  Note that most formulas can be found at http://www.baselinenutritionals.com

    Submitted by esther ryan on
    April 6, 2013 - 9:43am

    I have kidney disease and I am on dialysis. I am on the home treatment. what I am looking for is a cleanser that will work along with the treatment that I am already taking. I am going to try the Burdock root. I hope that it works

    Submitted by regina on
    May 8, 2013 - 9:03am

    Is there anything that I can take along with this blood cleanse that will help with the increase in acne that I usually get when I'm on some kind of detox. I already have hormonal acne to begin with which subsides throughout my cycle. Which product would you recommend?

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    Submitted by Dana Ritchie on
    May 15, 2013 - 3:37pm

    Hi, Thank you for your article. I treat people with Lyme disease & Morgellons. I am also looking for a herbal remedy to heal the skin from outside together with blood cleansing. If you had any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thank you, Dana Ritchie

    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    May 15, 2013 - 4:58pm

    Hi Dana,

    Just do a seach on Lyme on our site and you can see all the articles that come up.  I would suggest reading this one:  http://www.jonbarron.org/article/lyme-disease-bacteria-borrelia-burgdorferi

    Submitted by Dena on
    September 25, 2013 - 9:18pm

    I have Hep C and stage 2 cirrhosis and have been taking a lot of herbal supplements. The past 3 years have been really sick, all the usual symptom's, bloating in the tummy, along with pain in the tummy, swelling in the feet, legs and hands, horrible brain fog, and depression. To the point that it took everything I had to get up and go to work. Naturally the Doctor told me I shouldn't be sick. I have been taking all the natural herbs that is recommended for this diagnosis and this year have been feeling much better, to the point that I am actually cooking, sewing and doing things I enjoy again. I have refused their interferon medication that is not that much of a chance of a cure. It will be my last resort. But went to have my blood drawn thinking that all my numbers would be better, to my shock they were worse. My viral load has doubled in 2 years. I want to know if I need a blood cleanse. Just this year I have started taking yellow dock along with burdock, dandelion root, cumin, there are a few more in there. I am now wondering if I should look into a blood cleanse if that would help a great deal?


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