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LIVERISH E-NEWSLETTER
Vol. 1, July 2005All things liverish!

By Dr Sandra Cabot & Simone Abaron ND

Welcome to our first ever Liverish e-Newsletter! This publication will be available every two weeks for you to download off our website. It will keep you updated with the most current information about everything liver related. This will include facts and new research associated with different liver disorders as well as tasty recipes to keep your liver healthy. We hope you enjoy it!

What is the liver and why is it so important?
The liver is the largest organ in the body and is found in the upper right portion of the abdominal cavity. The liver has been identified as having over 500 vital functions. Some of the more well-known functions include the following… read more
The Liver and Hormones
The relationship between the liver and hormones is an interesting one. The liver does not make hormones itself, as these are made in the many different glands in the body and not many people associate their liver with their hormones. The truth is that …read more

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What is the liver and why is it so important?
The liver is the largest organ in the body and is found in the upper right portion of the abdominal cavity. The liver has been identified as having over 500 vital functions.
Some of the more well-known functions include the following:
• Responsible for the production of bile which helps carry away waste and breaks down fats in the small intestine during digestion. Bile is stored in the gall bladder.
• Stores glucose in the form of glycogen which is converted back to glucose again when energy is needed.
• Metabolism of protein and carbohydrates.
• Stores vitamins A, D, K, B 12, iron, copper and folate.
• Makes proteins called blood clotting factors.
• Production of cholesterol and special proteins to help carry fats through the body.
• Helps resist infections by producing immune factors.
• The liver is the primary organ responsible for detoxification.

Detoxification is the process the liver uses to break down and eliminate harmful substances from the body. These substances can include:
• Metabolic waste products produced by each cell as a part of normal cellular function (eg ammonia)
• Old red blood cells and unhealthy cells
• Micro-organisms such as bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites
• Toxins such as alcohol and chemicals
• Drugs such as the oral contraceptive pill
Drugs and toxins 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. The liver filter is designed to remove toxic matter such as those in the list above. The liver filter is called the sinusoidal system, and contains specialized cells known as Kupffer cells which ingest and breakdown toxic matter. These toxic, harmful substances can damage the delicate lining of the blood vessels leading to hardening (cirrhosis?) and blockage of the blood vessels. They can also increase the workload of the immune system leading to allergies and inflammation in the cells. Because the liver filter and the spleen filter can remove and destroy cancer cells, these organs must be kept healthy to reduce our risk of cancer spreading. This is vital for good health because we certainly do not want these dangerous products building up in the blood stream and invading the deeper areas of the body.

The liver is the only organ that has a dual blood supply. That is, the liver receives blood from the hepatic artery, bringing freshly oxygenated blood from the heart, and the portal vein, bringing blood from the digestive system which is laden with nutrients from your food.
Many environmental toxins and hormones are fat-soluble, and do not dissolve in watery fluids such as blood, bile and urine. These fat-soluble toxins can only be broken down by the liver cells, which contain enzymes to convert the fatty toxins into water-soluble forms. The liver cells perform this detoxification of fatty toxins via the two step detoxification pathway, illustrated below.

It is only possible for these fatty toxins to be eliminated from the body if they are first converted to water-soluble waste products. Once they are water-soluble, these toxins can be eliminated from the body in watery fluids such as the bile, sweat, saliva and urine. If the liver is not able to perform its detoxification of these fatty toxins efficiently, these toxins will be deposited into the fatty areas of the body. If you have a fatty liver, large amounts of these toxins can be deposited inside the fatty liver cells where they stagnate and further compromise the processes of the liver cells. The fatty toxins will also be drawn to other fatty areas of the body such as the brain, the hormonal glands, and fat deposits in the buttocks, abdomen and thighs. This makes it harder to lose weight even while dieting!

DID YOU KNOW??
The liver can lose three- quarters of its cells before it stops functioning. The liver is the only organ in the body that can regenerate itself
Why is regular detoxification so important?
To explain what liver detoxification is, we can use the analogy of the oil filter in the engine of a car. The oil in the car, over time becomes dirty as a part of the general day-to-day wear and tear. If this filter is not maintained and changed regularly, this filter becomes dirty, blocked and over-worked, causing malfunction and eventual engine breakdown. This is exactly what happens in the body and can cause a range of symptoms so wide-spread they are often not identified as being related to each other, let alone related to the liver. There are no drugs that can cleanse the liver of toxins or repair the damage to the liver cells just as there is no mechanic shop that you can take your liver to for an “oil change”. To cleanse and repair the liver we need to use the principles of nutritional and complementary medicine behind which there is a wealth of scientific evidence and clinical experience.

Recently, it has become very fashionable for people to detoxify their bodies by various means, such as fasting or cleansing the bowels with fibre mixtures. Fasting can, by its extreme nature, only be a temporary method of cleansing the body of waste products, and for many people it causes an excessively fast release of toxins which can cause unpleasant, acute symptoms. The liver filter, like any filter, needs to be cleansed regularly, and it is much easier and safer to do it gently over a long-term period. This is easily and pleasantly achieved by adopting a daily eating pattern that maintains the liver filter in a healthy clean state. By following the guidelines found on our www.liverdoctor.com website, The “Liver Cleansing Diet” and “The Healthy Liver and Bowel” books, you will be able to keep your liver filter healthy and clean. Although it is important to keep the intestines moving regularly and to sweep their walls with high fibre 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- only the liver can.

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The Liver can affect your hormones and your weight
By Sandra Cabot MD
The relationship between the liver and hormones is an interesting one. The liver does not make hormones itself, as these are made in the many different glands in the body and not many people associate their liver with their hormones. The truth is that the liver plays a significant role in hormonal imbalances because the liver breaks down or metabolizes the hormones once they have done their work in the body.

The liver breaks down the group of hormones known as the steroid hormones which include –
• Aldosterone which controls the balance of the minerals sodium and potassium and water in the body
• The sex hormones which control our sex life and body shape
• Cortisone which controls the immune system

If the liver is not efficient at breaking down these hormones they can accumulate in the body and cause hormonal imbalances
If aldosterone is not broken down efficiently this can result in fluid retention and many women find this is a problem. Fluid retention can lead to uncomfortable puffiness, an aggravation of cellulite and weight gain. It can also raise the blood pressure.

With the sex hormones things can become more complicated so let’s take a look at what happens if your liver does not break down the sex hormones efficiently.

If the female hormone estrogen is not broken down efficiently, this can lead to excessive levels of estrogen in the body. Excess estrogen can cause breast pain and lumpiness, heavy painful menstrual bleeding and weight gain around the hips, buttocks and thighs. This is very frustrating for women who are pear shaped as they may develop cellulite around the hips and thighs. Pear shaped women are known as Gynaeoid shaped women and they often have a weight problem in the lower part of their body.
If the male hormone testosterone is not broken down efficiently, this can lead to an excess of testosterone in the body, which can result in weight gain in the upper part of the body on the trunk and abdomen. These women develop an apple shape and are known as the Android body type. To determine your body type, go to www.weightcontroldoctor.com and do the interactive questionnaire which will give you your answer immediately! It’s a free service and you will enjoy this easy exercise. There are four different body types and each one has unique hormonal and metabolic characteristics. Excess male hormones can also lead to excess facial and body hair, greasy skin, acne and loss of hair from the scalp. Many women with polycystic ovarian syndrome have excess male hormone levels associated with a dysfunctional liver; their hormonal imbalance can be reduced by improving liver function. Natural progesterone cream can also help women with polycystic ovarian syndrome whereas the oral contraceptive pill may overload their liver and lead to more weight gain.
The liver also has a relationship with the hormone insulin, which is very important when it comes to your metabolism and tendency to gain weight. Insulin is made in the pancreas gland and regulates the metabolism of fats and carbohydrate. Most people with a weight problem have an imbalance in their insulin levels and this makes it very hard for them to lose weight. In overweight people insulin does not work properly and this results in the body trying to compensate by making high levels of insulin. This condition is known as Syndrome X and also as the metabolic syndrome. Insulin is a fat storing hormone so that the high levels of insulin promote the storage of fat especially in the abdominal area. The high levels of insulin also send a message to the liver to store more fat, so many people with a high insulin level develop a fatty liver. A fatty liver is very sluggish and will not break down hormones efficiently and this causes further weight gain and fluid retention. The combination of fatty liver and Syndrome X often eventually leads to diabetes type 2. Thankfully it is possible to reverse these problems using our principles of nutritional medicine.

The solution to all these problems is to improve the function of the liver and this will result in –

Increased fat burning
The correction of hormonal imbalances
Increased energy
Improved immune function
The Liver Cleansing Diet is an excellent and proven way to improve your liver function and enhance fat burning. It also detoxifies the body increasing the breakdown and removal of toxic chemicals from the liver and fat tissue. The Liver Cleansing diet is an 8 week eating plan designed to provide your liver with the correct balance of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats. It is easy to follow and most enjoyable as the menus and recipes are delicious.
For telephone help – Phone Phoenix on <?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = SKYPE />              623 334 3232         623 334 3232

You may also phone my natural therapist Christine Ki who works in our Phoenix office and is dedicated to helping people improve their liver function through natural therapies. You may also send your questions via email from our web site and they will be answered.

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