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Cirrhosis of the Liver

Cirrhosis of the Liver
 

     A degenerative inflammatory disease that results in the hardening and scarring of liver cells. The liver becomes unable to function properly due to the scarred tissue which prevents the normal passage of blood through the liver. Most common cause is excessive alcohol consumption. Malnutrition and chronic inflammation can also lead to liver malfunction. Those in the later stages may develop anemia, bruising due to bleeding under the skin, and edema.
 
    The liver is the body's principal organ of detoxification... As long as the liver function is intact, the blood stream remains pure. When it becomes impaired, the toxins enter the circulation and cause irritation, destruction, and eventually death. -Dr. Henry G. Bieler, M.D.
 
     The liver detoxifies metabolic wastes, ammonia ( a by-product from too much protein intake), insecticide/pesticide residues, drugs, alcohol, and thousands of other toxins, poisons, and heavy metals.
 

Symptoms:

Constipation or diarrhea, upset stomach, fatigue, weakness, poor appetite, weight loss, enlarged liver, vomiting, red palms, and jaundice.
 

Recommendations:

  • B vitamins, especially Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)- Vitamin B1 has been shown to significantly reduce blood glucose levels in patients with liver cirrhosis and restore levels of thiamine pyrophosphate, an essential co-factor in intermediary metabolism, to normal levels in chronic liver disease patients. -Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, 13(2), 1978, p. 133-138 AND Journal of Gastroenterology Hepatology, 6(1), January-February 1991, p.59-60. We suggest a high quality whole food supplement, like VITAFORCE™ that is complete and made from whole foods.  Make sure you know what you are getting from the nutritional label.  Also, eat brown rice, legumes, peas, kelp, dulse, plums, spirulina, raisins, broccoli, asparagus, and most nuts.
  • Vitamin A deficiency has also been linked to liver disease. In one study, it was found that 9 out of 11 patients with cirrhosis of the liver were Vitamin A deficient. When they began supplementation, 7 of those 9 patients experienced significant improvements. Hepatology, (4), July-August 1981, p. 348-351.  We suggest a high quality whole food supplement, like VITAFORCE™ that is complete and made from whole foods.  Make sure you know what you are getting from the nutritional label. 
  • Eat a well balanced diet of 75% or more raw foods and fresh "live" (just squeezed) juices. This will give the body highly nutritious and easily absorbable whole foods which gives much more energy and builds immunity.
  • Take organic, unfiltered flax seed oil and primrose oil. There is typically an imbalance of essential fatty acids found in those of with Cirrhosis of the Liver.
  • Consume at least 8 glasses of distilled water throughout the day (not at meals) to help flush out toxins.
  • Get plenty of rest and do not over-exert yourself.
  • Herbal detoxification products may be helpful in cleansing the liver of poisons and heavy metals.  We suggest using formulas that use organic, whole herbs.   If interested, take a look at Liver Rescue III+ and the Liver Gallbladder formula.
  • Get at least 15-30 minutes of fresh air and sunshine (if possible) a day. This will help to re-invigorate you.

Things to Avoid:

  • Do NOT eat any animal foods (meat, fish/dairy, eggs).
  • Do not take any drugs except those prescribed by your doctor. Drugs cause severe damage to the liver, because it has to keep these poisons from entering the blood stream.
  • Do not consume alcohol in any form.

References:

1) James F. Balch, M.D, Phyllis A. Balch, C.N.C, "Prescription for Nutritional Healing," (1997)

2) R. Hassan, et al. "Effect of Thiamine on Glucose Utilization in Hepatic Cirrhosis," Journal of GAstroenterology Hepatology, 6(1), January-February 1991, p.59-60

3) J.E. Rossouw, et a;., "Red Blood Cell Transketolase Activity and the Effect of Thiamine Supplementation in Patients with Chronic Liver Disease," Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, 13(2), 1978, p. 133-138

4) H.F. Herlong, et al., "Vitamin A and Zinc Therapy in Primary Biliary Cirrhosis," Hepatology, (4), July-August 1981, p. 348-351