Ok I really hope that this helps with the understanding of what happens when we digest fat (including olive oil) and how the Liver Flush works. When we ingest fat it is passed through the oesophagus and into the stomach. The digestion of fats takes place mainly in the small intestines. When chyme (digestive juice and partly digested food) is passed from the stomach into the small intestine a hormonal signal causes the gallbladder to contract and eject bile into the small intestine through the common bile duct, one of the functions of bile is to decreases the surface tension of lipid and emulsifies the large fat droplets in to small fat globules (saponification) these tiny droplets of fat are called micelles, with this total exposed surface area of small fat globules increases, then the lipase enzyme produced by the pancreas can break down the miceles into fatty acids and monglcerides which facilitates their simpler and rapid absorption through the villi of the small intestine, into the lymph and then into the blood stream. In short fats are broken down by bile so it can be absorbed into the lymph/ bloodstream then back to the liver. And that's what happens to the olive oil. Most of the stones that you pass are intrahepatic cholesterol stones (not calcified gall stones). When you injest the oil and grapefruit juice the gallbladder contracts, the bile ducts are dilated from the epson salts, stones from the liver are passed into the small intestines. Then evacuated that is why so many people feel so much better. It works and here is some Science to back it up.
Home Remedy May Help Prevent Surgery in Some Patients with Gallstones
(North American Primary Care Research Group) Results of a study examining the efficacy of a traditional home remedy for inducing gallstone expulsion using lemon juice, olive oil, cascara sagrada and garlic/castile enemas suggested that this protocol has the potential to safely eliminate the need for gallstone surgery in a substantial percentage of patients. Six patients with symptomatic cholelithiasis proven by ultrasound were included in the study. The subjects completed a three-day treatment protocol and collected Gallstones recovered from the enema. All of the patients passed stones. No side effects were observed, except for mild nausea in one patient. Intermittent ultrasound monitoring was performed for three hours per day each day of the protocol. A final ultrasound assessed the degree of clearing of cholelithiasis. Five of the patients were asymptomatic for follow-up periods ranging from two to 27 months; mild symptoms returned in one of these patients after three months. The patient who remained symptomatic underwent cholecystectomy about one month after the home-remedy protocol. One of the asymptomatic patients who passed all of her stones underwent cholecystectomy anyway under the advice of her surgeon. The investigators believe that, with modifications, this protocol could safely eliminate the need for surgery in many patients with cholelithiasis.—richard l. garrison, m.d., University of Texas Medical School, Houston.