From the March 2007 Idaho Observer:
Your Liver – The body’s chemical factory and detoxifier
Your Liver – The body’s chemical factory and detoxifier
Although it has been nearly five years since we have devoted a column to the importance of maintaining a healthy liver, it is imperative now more than ever for us to make sure our liver is in good functioning order. If people truly understood the vital bodily functions their liver performs, they would also understand that a constipated liver that continues on unchecked for several years will lead to immune system disorders, neurological diseases, chronic fatigue, cancers, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, sexual dysfunction, eyesight problems, diabetes, and every digestive disorder from constipation to indigestion.
by Ingri Cassel
We are currently living in a toxic world of poisoned air, food and water. In order for your spirit’s vehicle, your body, to not be overwhelmed by the daily toxins our body is continually processing, we must 1) minimize the amount of toxins our body must process, 2) do periodic gallbladder/liver flushes and 3) incorporate carrot juice and herbs into our daily routine that optimize liver function.
The adult human liver normally weighs between 3.7 - 6 pounds, and is a soft, reddish-brown "boomerang shaped" organ. It is the second largest organ (the skin being the largest organ) and the largest gland within the human body. The liver is considered the most important organ in our body carrying out the most active and extensive operations of our entire anatomy. It is located on the right side at the top of the abdomen behind the diaphragm. The liver lies on the right of the stomach and makes a kind of bed for the gallbladder, where bile is stored (see diagram).
The liver performs a variety of functions. Some of these functions are: To produce substances that break down fats; convert glucose to glycogen, produce urea (the main substance of urine); make certain amino acids (the building blocks of proteins), filter harmful substances from the blood (such as synthetic drugs, pesticides, household chemicals, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, etc.); storage of vitamins A, D, E and K, folate, vitamin B-12 and minerals such as copper and iron; and maintain a proper level of glucose in the blood.
Chemical processing factory
Hepatic cells or hepatocytes make up about 60 percent of our liver tissue. These specialized liver cells carry out more chemical processes than any other group of cells in our bodies. They change most of the nutrients we consume into forms our body’s cells can use. They convert sugars to glucose and store it as glycogen before converting it back into glucose for releasing into the blood as needed, thereby regulating our blood sugar level.
Other functions of the hepatic cells are to: Produce bile that breaks down fats and produces cholesterol; remove ammonia from your body (converting it into urea for excretion by the kidneys); produce blood proteins, including blood clotting factors; and detoxify our bodies from ingested toxins such as synthetic drugs and alcohol.
A second important group of liver cells are the Kupffer cells. They remove damaged red blood cells, neutralize pathogens and clean up debris from dead cells.
Because our liver fulfills so many vital functions, we would die within 24 hours if it stopped working. The most well-known sign of a damaged liver is jaundice, a yellowness of the eyes and skin. This happens when bilirubin, a yellow breakdown product of our red blood cells, builds up in our blood.
However, most people in today’s world suffer from a damaged liver. We have found that by simply doing a seven-day colon cleanse followed by a gallbladder/liver flush and changing one’s diet to one of primarily raw foods consisting of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds that are organically grown (what Dr. John R. Christopher referred to as the mucusless diet), people’s illnesses are reversed.
By understanding how our bodies actually work, we can then understand how our drug-oriented system of medicine suppresses the symptoms of a denatured diet and the resultant accumulation of toxins, overwhelming the liver (and all organs and body systems in the process.)
The late Norman W. Walker wrote a number of books on the value of raw vegetables and fruits, juicing, and colon cleansing. In his book, Colon Health: The Key to A Vibrant Life, he describes the miraculous ability of the liver to convert our food into nutrients and molecules that are utilized for the proper functioning of our bodies:
Consider the many atoms that vitamins are composed of. Below are a few chosen at random:
C = Carbon H = Hydrogen O = Oxygen
Cl = Chlorine N = Nitrogen S = Sulfur
Vitamin A = C20, H29, HO
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) = C12, H17, Cl N4, OS
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) = C17, H20, N4, O6
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) = C8, H11, NO3
Vitamin C = C6, H8, O6
Vitamin E (a/tocopherol) = C29, H50
Vitamin K = C31, H46, O2
The vitamin department of the liver cannot utilize any vitamins as whole, composite substances. The nutritional activities of the body do not function this way. The volume of vitamins in grams is so microscopic that only a miraculously intelligent system, working perfectly within the anatomy, could deliver the correct proportions of nutrients to a 150 pound adult or a small child. For example, one pound of peeled bananas contains on an average less than ¼ of a milligram (mg.) of thiamine and only about 0.29 mg. of riboflavin. When we realize that there are 28,350 mg. in one ounce and 453,370 mg. in one pound, we can understand more clearly the amazing chemical factory the liver actually is.
Another example is vitamin K which is known to prevent hemorrhage among other vital functions. The liver manages to gather 31 carbon atoms, 46 hydrogen atoms and 2 oxygen atoms to form the Vitamin K molecules -- thousands of which are needed to prevent one from hemorrhaging. These complex chemical processes stagger the imagination. This is why it is so important to nourish our bodies properly, keep our colons clean and our minds elevated—so our God-given livers will take care of us.
Master Herbalist and Naturopath Dr. Richard Schulze has this to say:
"Although your medical doctor would like you to believe that they have figured it out and got it all down, the reality is that your liver is the most metabolically complex organ in the entire human body, more than even your brain. It has numerous different microscopic functional units and is as complex and infinite as outer space. One of the main reasons I know God was a natural healer and NOT a medical doctor is the liver itself. It is so incredibly complex you know it’s best to just leave it alone and create a healing lifestyle for it."
Norman W. Walker believed that the concept of consuming a "complete protein" was based on ignorance of how the liver functions. He describes it this way: "The so-called complete protein must first be emulsified into a heterogenous mass called chyme and mixed with everything else in the small intestine. In such a state, all molecules in the chyme, whatever they happen to be, are gathered by the villi and passed by the bloodstream to the liver. So what was originally sugar and starch is likewise broken down into their respective molecules and these, in turn, are disintegrated into separate atoms composing them and reassembled to form glucose."
Norman Walker understood how the body works. He knew that by eating mostly raw vegetables and fruits, nuts, sprouted seeds and raw vegetable juices, we can get all the vitamins the body needs. Norman Walker never took any vitamins since he found that by keeping his colon clean and eating properly, the atoms needed by the liver to make up whatever vitamins his body required were obtained from the raw foods and juices he consumed.
Liver function in our modern world
We live an incredibly toxic world being exposed to more deadly chemicals than at anytime in history. Dr. Richard Schulze sees the harm from Americans’ over-consumption of animal sources of protein. This is because when animal food is digested it forms ammonia which is absorbed in your intestines and transferred to your blood to be, hopefully, converted into urea by your liver.
Americans, being the highest consumers of animal food on the planet, have a constant over production of ammonia gas in their intestines. This in turn weakens the liver, being the cause of hepatic coma or paralysis of the liver. High protein fad diets put an incredible amount of stress on our liver. And if you think it is okay to take a couple aspirin now and then for headaches or pain, try this experiment: Take two aspirin and place them on a spoon. Hold the spoon over a candle or the stove until the aspirins melt. The resultant smell will be ammonia gas and will tell you how easy it is to over-stress your liver.
Next month we will discuss specific herbs and foods that assist in detoxifying the liver as well as gallbladder flushes that have helped countless people regain their health when many other "remedies" failed.
Milk Thistle Seed – Friend to the Liver
Milk Thistle (silybum marianum) originated in Europe. It has been widely cultivated for its food value and now grows wild throughout the warmer areas of the world. Like other thistles, it will spread rapidly and cover vast fields, preferring sunny well-drained soil. Milk thistle gets its species name of "marianum" from an eastern European myth about the white streaks in its dark green leaves. The story goes that Mary was collecting herbs while nursing the baby Jesus, and spilled milk on its leaves.
Milk thistle seed has been used for centuries by herbalists to restore proper liver function, but has only recently been revived by modern-day herbalists and naturopaths. Milk thistle seed has unique properties that not only protect liver cells, but can actually regenerate damaged liver tissue. In one European test in the 1970s, 60 patients suffering from severe amanita muscaria mushroom poisoning were treated with a special extract of milk thistle. They all survived when the normal death rate would have been 30 to 40 percent. In other studies, and in clinical practice in the U.S., patients with usually irreversible cirrhosis of the liver have been returned to relative health with milk thistle. Milk thistle is likewise helpful in cases of hepatitis, for which there is presently no other effective treatment. Silymarin, the chief constituent of milk thistle, is currently listed in the Merck Index, the bible of conventional medicines in the U.S., as a protectant for the liver.
Milk thistle seed is also one of the only known substances that can protect the liver against damage by some environmental pollutants (think chemtrails). Since spring has sprung, it is important to realize that common allergies are the result of impaired liver function since the liver is the source of natural antihistamines in the body and hayfever and pollen allergies are a sure sign of an impaired liver.
Dr. Richard Schulze considers milk thistle seed the most important ingredient in his liver/gallbladder and anti-parasite formula. In the May, 2002 edition of his newsletter, "Get Well!" Dr. Schulze stated the following: "The silymarin from milk thistle actually binds to and coats the liver cells and protects them from damage, like a protective plastic shield. It protects the liver cells and the liver from any further damage due to toxic poisons and inflammation. This was discovered by many medical doctors quite by accident when researching why people who ingested lethal doses of deadly poisons weren’t affected and didn’t get sick. The doctors discovered that these same people ingested milk thistle seeds prior to ingesting the poisons, and it protected them."
For recovering alcoholics, former drug users, workers exposed to occupational chemicals, people taking prescription medicines, or people living in heavily polluted cities, milk thistle may be a valuable food and medicine. Milk thistle seeds have no known toxicity – Mice love these seeds as a food and even thrive on them.
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