Ok guys - I was on my ipad so couldn't type much, but I'm back to my PC.
Thank you for the info GottaSki. I appreciate your sharing your experience. I'll definitely use the walmart epson salts for bathing, and I'll call walmart to see if it's gluten free for ingesting.
Also, notme!, I've got a super sensitive stomach and have never had problems with epsom salts. It's basically magnesium, and meant to be used internally as long as there are no additives like fragrance for the bath. If you look at the package you'll see it's got directions for use with constipation.
Now I've only had good experiences posting here in the past, and I've learned so much from this site. I have to say that I'm really surprised and disappointed at the hostility some of you are exibiting. I would think you have all experienced enough criticism in your lives so that you'd want to be sensitive and respectful to others on this forum, even if you disagree.
In response to the comments about liver flushing - I have several debilitating chronic illnesses and I've found that some "unproven" alternative treatments have literally kept me alive and functioning. I believe that if I followed all of the mainstream medical recommendations for these problems I might not be here. I also believe if I didn't research and apply some of these unproven practices, I literally might not be here.
There are good alternative treatments and bad ones out there, but some tactics with incredible results remain unproven because they're not patentable, so no one will put the massive amounts of money needed to do a study into it. For example, liver flushes - who's going to profit by putting millions into a study? No one, because there's nothing there they can get a patent on. So it's never done. Does that mean it doesn't work? No.
Many alternative docs out there are using things like liver flushes with fantastic results. Just like there's risk in taking a pharmeceutical, there are sometimes risks for these alternative treatments. Each person must weigh the risks for themselves, just as with allopathic medicine.
I weighed the risks and I'm so glad I did the liver flushes, as well as several other types of alternative treatments. I've had great results, as I mentioned. I know others who would say the same thing.
By the way, I don't believe that epsom salts will cause kidney damage, but those with kidney disease may not be able to process the extra magnesium in epsom salts, so should avoid it.
Lastly, this board is for those with celiac and gluten intolerance. I find it really surprising and disappointing that I'm being criticized for trying to determine if something I want to ingest is gluten free or not. If you think I'm unneccesarily concerned or going further than I need to with my precautions, feel free to tell me. I'd like to know. But I'd think it could be said with kindness and respect rather than sarcasm and criticism.
Regardless, thanks to those who are contributing and trying to help.