A Clean, Efficient Liver - for a better immune system
Your life depends on your liver. It is the largest organ in your body, and a very complex one at that. It is the organ of detoxification, filtering almost two pints of blood per minute. Without a clean efficient liver, you lay yourself open to all manner of illness including cancer. Your liver is the cornerstone of your health. Importantly, people with cancer almost always have an impaired and inefficient liver - but the good news is that you can do something about it!
A healthy liver also aids digestion and absorption. It helps direct the stores of carbohydrate and release of glucose in the body. It metabolises fats and cholesterol aiding their excretion. It filters out dead cells, toxins, drugs, chemicals and all sorts of debris. It processes bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. And most importantly a healthy liver is the cornerstone of a healthy immune system.
The Liver and Parasites
Until 200 years ago the enemies of the liver were largely confined to viruses, bacteria and parasites. Specific viral hepatitis is now on the increase and is linked to liver cancer (seventeen cancers are currently linked with viruses).
But you could have any manner of parasite in your body. Microscopic parasites are increasingly found in our water and on tropical fruits, and larger parasites like flukes are making a comeback. 42 out of 1000 cancer patients in Dukes, Carolina had a liver fluke. In the UK, liver fluke in livestock is up fourfold since 1997. You can pick up a parasite on holiday abroad (ever have an upset tummy?), through poorly washed imported fruit, sushi and even kissing! Do you still think you definitely don´t have a parasite?
Just as a precaution, every cancer sufferer should consider being tested for a parasite (Bioenergetic testing - for example a Vega test can quickly identify if you have a problem). You can then take a course of a herbal parasite killer (like Neway´s Parafree, along with the Chinese herb, Wormwood).
Parasites reduce your nutrients and particularly your B vitamins but also may produce toxins and particularly the carcinogenic Aflatoxin B, which is linked to an increase risk of cancer.
Viruses are obviously much harder to shift, but the most common parasite in the Western world today is candida albicans, a yeast. Bloated after meals? Yellow toe nails in men, thrush in women, excess wind? 70 per cent of Westerners are estimated to have excesses of yeasts - but again it is easy to do something about it - click on this link to read our article ´Can Candida cause cancer?´ for a diet.The Liver and Toxins
The modern world also subjects the liver to alcohol, pesticides, chemicals, antibiotics, drugs and external hormones like animal hormones, HRT and the contraceptive pill. All these negatively affect Kupffer cells which break down toxic matter and mess up biochemical pathways reducing liver performance significantly.
In a cancer patient, the liver also works overtime dealing with the lactic acid produced by cancer cells, and the dead cells from radiotherapy and chemotherapy and even the chemo drugs! It will also be slightly acidic and poorly oxygenated.
The Liver and Fat
One of the jobs of the liver is to produce bile, about 3 pints per day. The bile and its metabolic agents, the bile salts, metabolise fats and cholesterol. There are many small bile ducts running through the liver collecting into one common bile duct. This passes to the intestine. Along this duct sits the gall bladder whose contractions force the bile and the waste products into the intestine. The bile is pigmented, often coloured between yellow and green.
The bile works alongside enzymes, acids and beneficial bacteria in the intestines to break down fats, and 95% of bile acids are reabsorbed and carried back to the liver.
A fatty liver affects more than 50% of adult Americans
A fatty liver affects more than 50% of adult Americans. If damaged by toxins or blocked in some way, the liver loses its full ability to clear fats and toxins from the body, and so becomes clogged up. If it can´t help de-fat the body, fatty deposits build up around the body. Fat is an excellent solvent, so toxins, free radicals and hormones all build up around your cells. Under normal conditions the liver manufactures substances like antihistamines essential to the immune system. But a fatty liver depletes the whole immune system as it tries to cope with excess toxins left in the blood and all over the body.
The Western diet of high fat, empty calories, alcohol and more means that everybody has liver impairment to some degree, but especially cancer patients. 99.95% of cancer patients in a survey of American hospitals had gallstones which block the bile ducts of the liver. The gallstones can be small like grains of sand often numbering between 300 and 3000. Gallstones are formed by cholesterol collecting around clumps of bacteria or pieces of dead parasite (rather like a pearl forms around sand particles!).
Ways to Clean your Liver
Turmeric (or curcuma longa), an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, and choline and inositol (both in soya lecithin) added to the diet can aid fat metabolism. Beetroot is an excellent liver cleanser. Boldo tea strengthens the gallbladder, the herb silymarin (Milk Thistle) strengthens the liver along with other herbs like dandelion. Research indicates that milk thistle doesn´t just strengthen the liver generally, but in cases of cancer (for example leukaemia) it actually reduces the levels of toxins (which cause side-effects) in the body during treatment. Another ´herb´ increasingly used in conjunction with cancer treatment which appears to help the liver detoxify and reduce side effects is mistletoe - however injections can only be provided by doctors.
However, the most important mineral is magnesium - and 40 per cent of Americans were found, in research, to be deficient in magnesium. Magnesium is found in a variety of whole foods from nuts to grains. You can find out much, much more about your liver and the foods on which to focus in Chris Woollams´ book ´The Rainbow Diet´. The second edition has just been launched after the first sold out!!
Magnesium is also the mineral in good old-fashioned Epsom Salts. People used to take a tablespoon of Epsom Salts in warm water once a month before retiring at night. And it worked, clearing out the liver and making it cleaner and more efficient.
You may well have a parasite and especially an excess of yeasts. Cancer patients are almost certain to have a ´clogged up´ fatty liver complete with gallstones. So, why not try the following:
a) Kill possible parasites by taking wormwood and a herbal purge - Neway´s Parafree is the one I use;
b) Take a home-made liver flush - it´s made with olive oil and Epsom Salts, plus a fruit juice of your choosing.
If you click on any of those highlighted words, it will take you to another article or to the Natural Selection shop, where you can buy Curcuma Longa, wormwood and parafree or the best selling book, ´The Rainbow Diet´.
This flush was originally an important first step in William KelIeys cancer treatment. You can read more about this man, and the way he went about treating cancer patients (including his own wife - successfully) by going to an article (click here) on Dr Gonzalez a Doctor in New York who has developed Kelley´s methods with great success.
Interestingly, if you go to the doctor in France or Italy with a variety of symptoms they are likely to tell you that you have a ´crise du foie´, a liver problem. "Feeling a bit livery" would have been heard in Britain 50 years ago when products like Andrews Liver Salts were commonly taken. Now, if you have eczema, tiredness, sickness or acid stomachs you are very likely to be given drugs which will overwork the liver even more. Yet the all-to-often neglected liver is the start point for good health in all of us.
People who read this article, also read:
EPSOM SALTS - CLICK HERE to read article
MAGNESIUM - CLICK HERE to read article
THE LIVER FLUSH -CLICK HERE to read about William Kelley´s Liver Detox
THE RAINBOW DIET - and how it can help you beat cancer - CLICK HERE to read about this best selling book.
SALT, NATURAL SALT and SALTS - CLICK HERE to read article