Doc Shillington’s Total Body Cleanse

Dr. Ian Shillington firmly believes each individual has the right and the responsibility to take charge of his or her health. With this goal in mind, he sets out to inform, to educate, and to empower everyone who seeks his medical advice. Although he has officially retired from practice, he maintains an Internet presence with a Yahoo group where he answers health questions. He runs an online store, maintains a website where he shares information including recipes for his nutritional and detox powders and tinctures, and he owns and operates a restaurant and a health food store.

Although Doc Shillington has shared a remarkably thorough list of natural treatments, he is always hesitant to discuss quick fixes for acute symptoms. His years of practice taught him that patients in search of the quick fix usually disregard the road to true health—the holistic mind, body, spirit approach to life which includes proper nutrition, exercise, and a regular schedule of total body detox.

Doc Shillington’s Total Body Detox includes a protocol for an intestinal cleanse, a gallbladder/liver cleanse, and a bladder/kidney cleanse. Together these three cleanses comprise his total body cleanse. For patients who are considered “incurable” (due to a chronic condition or a life threatening condition or disease) Dr. Shillington has designed a variation of his Total Body Cleanse, which can be found on his website.

The full Total Body Cleanse is intensive and expensive, but it is the best detox we have found to date. (Also note that many of the teas and tonics you will purchase will last for more than one detox.) Though the diet throughout the cleanse is vegan and as raw as possible, Dr. Shillington recommends eating as much as you want as often as you want. You won’t be hungry.

For most of the cleanse, we followed the incurables program and relied more on juicing than eating whole foods. Our energy was high and the results were exceptional.

One tester said, “My sleep was better. In the mornings, I woke in an instant, fully awake and aware. Aches and pains from old injuries disappeared. My eyesight improved. My attention and focus improved. My health was restored.”

One of the downsides to this cleanse is a lack of clear instruction. Doc Shillington’s website is confusing at best, very poorly designed, and at times difficult to navigate. Finding the regimen for the total body cleanse, and then making sense of it is difficult and time consuming. So we at OLM worked with Doc Shillington and put the regimen together for you (since we pulled much of Doc Shillington’s text word for word, we’ve given him the copyright from this point on).

OLM endorses this body cleanse program that requires you to adhere to a vegan diet during the duration of the cleanse. This means no meat, fish, fowl, or dairy. Eat nothing that had a face on it or came from anything that had a face on it, except for raw eggs, which are included in your Total Nutrition drink.

This is a three-part cleanse, beginning with the colon cleanse, followed by a liver and gallbladder cleanse, and ending with a kidney cleanse. If you have a particular problem with the kidneys, you can cleanse the kidneys before the liver and gallbladder.

The basic diet follows:

Upon Arising:

Drink 8 ounces of distilled water. This is a great way to start your day. The water rinses and flushes your digestive tract of any leftover food and digestive juices.


Live, fresh fruit or vegetable juice is the best way to get your vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients. They are also very important for cleansing and detoxification. If you are hungry before lunchtime, you may have fruit, diluted fruit juices, and fruit smoothies. Stop all fruit or fruit juices at least 1 hour before lunch. It is best while on this program not to mix fruit and vegetables together.


For lunch you can have diluted fresh raw vegetable juices, raw vegetables alone or in salads, sprouts, potassium broth, and herb teas. You may make dressings for the salad if you like using olive oil, avocado, raw apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, onions, and any herbs and spices.

Afternoon Snacks:

Raw vegetables, raw vegetable salads, diluted vegetable juices, sprouts, potassium broth, Total Nutrition, and herb teas. All vegetable food must be stopped by 6 p.m.


Diluted fruit juices, fruits, fruit smoothies, fruit salads and herb teas.

This program requires you to exercise daily. Start with what you can physically tolerate and increase daily. Walking for 20-40 minutes twice a day is an excellent way to get your exercise. Make sure you sweat.

Hydrotherapy is the last requirement in this program. Hot and cold showers do wonders for your circulation and can speed your recovery incredibly fast. Start off taking a hot shower, as hot as you can stand it. Keep it hot for 3 minutes and then turn the hot all the way off. Stay in the cold water for 1 minute. Repeat this cycle at least twice for a minimum of 3 complete cycles. End with a nice hot shower.

Do not underestimate this procedure; it is powerful and miraculous. There are spas in Europe that specialize in curing “terminally ill” cancer patients using hydrotherapy alone. If you have a particular area of your body that is ill, buy a shower wand and concentrate more “hot & cold” on that area in addition to the above. Hot and cold packs will also work well to increase circulation to an affected area.

Special note: Never take Echinacea for more than three weeks at a time. This is one herb from which you need to rest.

Remember, this program restricts the types of food you will be eating, not the amount. If you are hungry at any point during this detoxification program, drink and/or eat more. The more you eat and drink, the more you will flush the toxins out of your body. Also remember to have a fun time. A positive, healing attitude is important. To achieve maximum benefits from this program, be loving to yourself.

Colon Cleanse, Week One:

8 oz of water in a.m.
Total Nutrition —morning.
Echinacea—2 droppers 3X a day
Total Tonic—2 droppers 3X a day
Intestinal Cleanse —Most people need from one to six capsules, but some have needed as many as 30 capsules.

To the diet listed above, add 8-16 ounces of carrot/beet juice per day with 4 garlic cloves.

Colon Cleanse, Week Two

Repeat week one and add Intestinal Detox. Take 5 to 6 times each day (every 3 hours on the average) for 5 to 6 days. Finish the jar of powder and/or bag of capsules within the week.

One hour after your morning nutritional drink mix 1 heaping teaspoon of Intestinal Detox powder with 8 ounces of diluted juice. Mixes best if you shake it in a small jar. (Or if you are taking capsules, take 8 capsules with your juice).

Do the same ½ hour before lunch, between lunch and dinner, ½ hour before dinner and 1 hour before bed, so that you are consuming a minimum total of 5 heaping teaspoons (or 40 capsules) each day.

During or after dinner, take your Intestinal Cleanse capsules as usual. When you start Intestinal Detox increase your regular dosage of intestinal cleanse by 1 additional cap, or more if necessary to have sufficient bowel movements. It is helpful to drink additional liquid after each dose of Intestinal Detox, at least 8 ounces.

Liver Cleanse, Week Three

The evening before you start, make the Liver Detox tea per instructions.

Liver Detox Tea
Total nutrition
Echinacea—2 droppers 3X a day
Total Tonic—2 droppers 3X a day
Intestinal Cleanse  &  Detox
–Liver Cleanse Day #1:

Continue with the same diet you have been eating for the past two weeks. First drink 8 ounces of distilled water. Within 1 hour prepare for the following morning drink: In Spring or Summer mix 8-ounces of fresh orange juice or a citrus juice combination (1 lemon or 1 lime and enough orange, grapefruit or tangerine to make 8 ounces). In Fall or Winter mix 8 ounces of fresh apple and/or grape juice with:

8 ounces of Distilled Water
1-5 clove(s) of garlic (start with one and increase daily)
1-5 tablespoon(s) of organic virgin cold-pressed olive oil (start with one and increase daily)
1-5 small pieces of fresh Ginger root (1 inch long – start with one and increase daily)

15 minutes after this drink, consume 2 cups of the Liver Detox Tea & 2 dropperfuls of Liver/Gallbladder Anti-Parasite tincture. The tincture can be taken straight or in a few ounces of purified water or mixed in with the tea. Repeat the tea and tincture 2 more times during the day.

Liver Cleanse, Days #2, #3, and #4:

Begin the 3 day juice fast. Start with your water, morning flush drink and herbal tea. Drink diluted fruit juices and herb tea until noon. Drink diluted vegetable juices, Potassium Broth, Total Nutrition and herb tea mid-day and afternoon. Take diluted fruit juices and herb tea again in the evening. Consume at least 1 gallon of liquid (8 ounces every hour)! If you get hungry, DRINK MORE!

Liver Cleanse, Day 5 – Liver Gallbladder Bomb:

This is the day you break your fast. After your morning drink, you can have some fresh fruit. Chew it very slowly and mix each mouthful with plenty of saliva. Remember, breaking your fast is a very important part of this program. Chew your food well and eat until satisfied, not full. You can always eat more later if you are still hungry. After 1:00 PM you should have a small vegetable salad and fruit again in the evening, chewing everything to a liquid pulp.

Tincture–The “Bomb”:

At bedtime, drink ½ cup of warm, unrefined olive oil blended with ½ cup of fresh lemon juice. Immediately go to bed and lie on your right side with your right knee pulled up close to your chest for 30 minutes.

Thereafter do the bomb each evening before you go to bed until there are no more gallstones (little dark green globules from the size of BBs up to the size of a mothball) coming out the following day. Do not start on the Week 4 program until the bomb is over and done with.

Kidney and Bladder Cleanse, Week Four

The night before you begin, make the Kidney/Bladder Tea per the instructions on the package.

Stop taking echinacea, Intestinal Cleanse #1 & #2, and discontinue the Liver Detox Tea and tincture. Continue taking Total Nutrition, Total Tonic, and cayenne drops (in tea or water).

Day 1 Upon Arising:

Drink your water. Within 1 hour prepare the following Morning Drink:

Kidney & Bladder Flush Morning Drink
Juice of one lemon and one lime
16 to 32 ounces of distilled water
A pinch of cayenne pepper or 1 to 10 drops of Cayenne Tincture
Optional – maple syrup (a little) to taste:
End of Cleanse, Week Five

Begin all over again at Week #3 if you wish to do a more concentrated detox and cleanse program.

Take it easy when returning to a new healthy food program. Choose lighter foods for a few days and be careful not to overeat. Chew your food well. Eating smaller meals more often is better than one or two large meals. Enjoy your new set of values on food choices and amounts. For the best health, eat lots of raw, organic foods that are grown locally and in season. Repeat this program until you are well, but do it at least twice more after you have recovered. OLM
Doc Shillington’s Total Body Cleanse Program copyright (c) 2001 by Ian Shillington N.D.

Shillington’s detox products can be found  here at Green Lifestyle Market.

All of Shillington’s Products can be found here at Green Lifestyle Market.

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Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards is the founder, owner, editor-in-chief, and janitor for Organic Lifestyle Magazine. At age 17, Michael weighed more than 360 pounds. He suffered from allergies, frequent bouts of illness, and chronic, debilitating insomnia.

Conventional medicine wasn’t working. While he restored his health through alternative medicine he studied natural health and became immersed in it.

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