More than ever before in the history of
mankind, humanbeings need to have healthy livers to break down the
chemicals that have crept into our environment. If you talk to
radiologists and gastroenterologists who are looking at people's livers
today they will tell you that the condition "Fatty Liver" affects more
than 50% of people over the age of 50!
Common causes are incorrect diet, excessive
alcohol intake, adverse
reactions to drugs and toxic chemicals, and viral hepatitis. It is
because modern-day medicine has become sidetracked into treating the
symptoms of diseases and not the causes. Excess weight is a symptom of
liver dysfunction and not solely due to the number of calories you
We have been attacking the symptoms of weight excess with fad diets,
obsessional high impact aerobics, stomach stapling and toxic drugs, such
as appetite suppressants, laxatives and diuretics. We have failed to
consider the underlying cause of liver dysfunction and indeed we have
virtually ignored the hardest working organ in the body, with dire
Research on the liver show us these consequences not just weight
problems, but a higher incidence of cardiovascular and degenerative
diseases that are the leading causes of death in modern affluent
It is alarming the large number of hormone implants being inserted into
beef animals. Steers are implanted with Hormonal Growth Promotants (HGP)
which is justified by corporate statements, that tests have shown that a
non-pregnant woman produces 54,000 times the amount of estrogen found in
a 500 gram steak and that only a fraction of the amount used in human
hormone replacement therapy is used in the implants that are put into
animals. This is all very well, however, it is still increasing the
workload of the liver, which over a long period of time may cause
hormonal imbalances in those who eat beef regularly. We must ask
ourselves why is the incidence of breast cancer so high, particularly in
relatively young women? Surely it is better to eat meat from animals
that roam free and happy in fresh green pastures that are not injected
with potent hormones or fed concentrated stock feed to rush their
The use of drugs to control and treat animal disease and to promote
faster, more efficient growth of livestock is a common practice. An
estimated 80 percent of U.S. livestock and poultry receive some animal
drugs during their lifetime. Improper use of animal drugs may cause
residues in the edible tissues of slaughtered animals that could be
hazardous to consumers.
Most countries will have set MRL or Maximum Residue Limits. This is the
amount of pesticide residue, heavy metals, hormone residues and natural
toxins that the food (eggs, meat or milk) are allowed to have and still
be sold to the public for consumption. The MRL in Australia are set by
the National Registration Authority for Agricultural and Veterinary
Chemicals. In the USA they are set by authorities under the Food and
Drug Administration. The key point is, just because a food substance
complies in relation to the MRL , does not mean that the food is free
from All contamination just that it is at, or under, the level set by
the particular authority deemed to be safe. MRLs are often set on a
national basis to meet the requirements of a particular country.
However, pests and pest pressure can vary between countries, as can
chemicals used and agronomic practices. The lists of MRL values applying
in different countries can therefore be quite different.
There is also the point that despite the existence of these laws, it
does not guarantee that all farmers and growers comply 100% . Principle
causes of excessive drug residues are failure to observe drug label
withdrawal periods before slaughter or processing, or failure to
withhold milk after dosing of herds with drugs such as the treatment of
bovine mastitis with large doses of penicillin which requires a
withholding period before the residues in milk are reduced to acceptable
levels. Other causes may include failure to follow other drug label
directions, poor feed manufacturing practices, and human negligence.
There are many chemicals (e.g., trace metals, industrial chemicals, and
mycotoxins) that may be inadvertently present in animal tissues yet have
no established safe concentrations. This of course does not mean that
these substances are not harmful.
It is a fact of life that pesticides, herbicides and hormones are used
in food production. Although the regulatory levels set by authorities
provide some control over residues - it is not the 'be all and end all'.
The liver is again highlighted as vital, as it is the organ that
metabolizes these substances and excretes them from the body.
The liver is the gateway to the body and in this chemical age its
detoxification systems are easily overloaded. Thousands of chemicals are
added to food and over 700 have been identified in drinking water.
Plants are sprayed with toxic chemicals, animals are injected with
potent hormones and antibiotics and a significant amount of our food is
genetically engineered, processed, refined, frozen and cooked. All this
can lead to destruction of delicate vitamins and minerals, which are
needed for the detoxification pathways in the liver. The liver must try
to cope with every toxic chemical in our environment, as well as damaged
fats that are present in processed and fried foods.
What are the functions of the liver?
- It is responsible for the
production of bile which is stored in the gallbladder and released
when required for the digestion of fats
- The liver stores glucose in the
form of glycogen which is converted back to glucose again when
needed for energy
- It also plays an important role in
the metabolism of protein and fats. It stores the vitamins A, D, K,
B12 and folate and synthesizes blood clotting factors
- Another important role is as a
detoxifier, breaking down or transforming substances like ammonia,
metabolic waste, drugs,
alcohol and chemicals, so that they can be
excreted. These may also be referred to as "xenobiotic" chemicals.
If we examine the liver under a microscope, we will see rows of
liver cells separated by spaces which act like a filter or sieve,
through which the blood stream flows.
Recently, it has become very fashionable for people to detoxify their
bodies by various means, such as fasting or cleansing the bowels with
fiber mixtures. Fasting can by its extreme nature, only be a temporary
method of cleansing the body of waste products, and for many people
causes an excessively rapid release of toxins which can cause
unpleasant, acute symptoms.
Although it is important to keep the intestines moving regularly and to
sweep their walls with high fiber and living foods, it is important to
remember that the bowels are really a channel of elimination and not a
cleansing organ per se. In other words the bowels cannot cleanse, filter
or remove toxic wastes from the blood stream.
There is an astounding weight of empirical evidence and research data
pointing towards Milk Thistle's use as a liver protector and
For over two decades now, study after study has confirmed Milk Thistle's
unique abilities with regards to aiding the correction of liver
disorders. Conditions including
cirrhosis, viral and
hepatitis, and fatty infiltration of the liver have all shown
significant improvements when treated with Milk Thistle. Even the
poisons most dangerous to the liver, those contained in the Deathcap
mushroom, can be effectively detoxified with Milk Thistle extract.
Thistle yields three main active compounds known collectively as
Silymarin, which work in a number of ways to restore liver health.
Silymarin inhibits the factors responsible for causing liver damage. As
well, it increases the liver's content of a substance called glutathione
which is responsible for detoxifying many chemicals, drugs and hormones.
Silymarin also stimulates the growth of new liver cells so that damaged
areas of the liver may be regenerated.
Beyond the treatment of liver disorders, everyday care of the liver lays
a cornerstone for total body health. Naturopaths and others who look
beneath the symptoms of an illness to its underlying cause, often
discover that the liver has had a role to play. This is true across a
vast range of different ailments from
headaches to PMS.
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