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What Your Overworked Liver Is Dying To Tell You

June 17, 2010 by  

What Your Overworked Liver Is Dying To Tell You

Low energy, chronic fatigue, problems sleeping, high blood pressure, unstable blood sugar, digestive problems, muscle and joint pain, headaches and weight gain are symptoms of an overworked and possibly toxic overload in your liver and kidneys.

These symptoms are your body’s way of talking to you and I encourage you to listen to what it has to say.

Prescription drug and alcohol use, pesticides and chemicals in your air and water and a high-fat, junk food diet all wreak havoc on your liver and kidneys and cause serious health problems. To make matters even worse, most doctors don’t even think of checking your liver and kidney health when they treat you.  So the damage continues until one day you’re facing a fate almost worse than death—non-functioning liver or kidneys.

Your liver is that “often-forgotten” four-pound organ located on the right side of your body that performs more than 500 bodily functions and chemical reactions every single day to keep you alive. In fact, your liver is so important, medical experts agree that if your body was a corporation, your liver would be the president.

Your liver is under constant abuse from over-the-counter and prescription medications, air and water pollution, alcohol use, chemical food additives, stress hormones and a host of other toxic weapons that are out to destroy it.

And the fact is that if your liver breaks down, then your body breaks down and you could die.

Your liver removes toxins and impurities from your body before they can cause you harm. But there’s a very good chance your liver is not performing at its maximum ability. And if you’re over age 40, you may already have the beginnings of a sluggish liver that can lead to an exhausted body.

In fact, by the time you reach age 40, the tubes and ducts leading to and from your liver can start to get clogged with undigested fats, environmental toxins, gallstones, scar tissue and metabolic wastes. And by age 50 you may only be producing a quarter of the bile your body needs to break down the fats from all the foods in your diet.

When your liver can’t make enough bile to remove the toxins, it encapsulates and stores the toxic materials, which will affect and harm your body for years to come. Some of these toxins become hard mineralized stones stored in your gall bladder—commonly known as gallstones.

As time goes by these stones accumulate and can block normal bile flow from your gallbladder to your liver. So if you have gallstones, you have a clear warning of a possibly serious liver problem.

But you can improve the condition of your liver with simple and natural ways that safely help remove dangerous toxins from your liver, unclog your liver cells and boost your liver function.

There are herbs, antioxidants, super-nutrients and amino acids that can help you detoxify and promote proper liver function. Some of these are milk thistle, soy lecithin and artichoke leaf. Other nutrients such as n-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC), alpha lipoic acid (ALA) and trimethylglycine can also help contribute to a well-functioning liver and a healthy body.

For more information about liver and kidney detoxification, visit this website.

—Dr. Michael Cutler

Dr. Michael Cutler

is a graduate of Brigham Young University, Tulane Medical School and Natividad Medical Center Family Practice Residency in Salinas, Calif. Dr. Cutler is a board-certified family physician with more than 20 years of experience. He serves as a medical liaison to alternative and traditional practicing physicians. His practice focuses on an integrative solution to health problems. Dr. Cutler is a sought-after speaker and lecturer on experiencing optimum health through natural medicines and founder and editor of Easy Health Options™ newsletter — a leading health advisory service on natural healing therapies and nutrients.

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  • Al Sieber

    I’ve been taking milk thistle for at least 15- years. it works.

    • s c

      Al, I’m glad you found something that works. Most likely, there are no side-effects when taking milk thistle. One of the secrets to good health is in eating and living right (it’s too bad that at least one-third of all Americans don’t yet grow their own food).
      Few people can afford to buy quality food, and that makes supplements a vital part of staying healthy.
      Stay healthy, Al. Did you buy a pharmaceutical-grade, brand name supplement?

      • Fed Up Gal in NM

        Al / SC / Buddy,

        Any thoughts on doseage for milk thistle?

        SC – Will the label indicate “pharmaceutical grade”….or is there other terminology to look for that indicates this? Your question makes sense; however, it’s been a long and tiring day…so I might not be connecting the dots here.

        Thanks all!

        Fed Up Gal

        • s c

          Fed Up Gal, I wouldn’t dare make suggestions about doses. Stick to (brand name) pharamaceutical grade milk thistle, and avoid discount items at a local pharmacy.
          Find an MD who’s a realist and not a victim of the AMA’s protocols (or a first-rate pharmacist). Check with Life Extension in Florida. They’re out there. Here’s to your continued good health.

    • http://DNA Buddy

      Like Al, I have been taking milk thistle for many years. It evidently works because at 84 years of age, no noticeable problems. Recently, I underwent all kinds of medical/health tests. The physician in charge said that they could find nothing wrong. Just goes to show that exercise and natural foods have been very good for me.

      If I don’t get killed by a jealous husband or by fall-out from the next war, I just might live forever. Hope so, as I’ve got a lot to do.

  • Elle

    Good Article, Thank-you. Diet is so important, I found out the hard way but what a blessing. I grew up and then became a single mother it was a BUSY schedule and JUNK food was fast and easy..I thought. What a price it ended up being. Over 70% of our ill-health and trouble comes from our diet so CHANGE and feel better. Milk Thistle does a fine job. Teach your family early. It saves you big money and life is a lot better. Farmer Markets are fabulous.

    • http://yours magoo

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      • http://yours MR KNOW-IT-ALL

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        • TIME

          Mr Know it all, What the bloody hell are you babbling about.

      • TIME

        Magogoo, What is your problem?

        A single Mom who is working hard for her children is a plus, she has posted her thoughts, and by the way a single parent has twice the responsibility a couple has.
        Elle seems to be one of the good Moms whos doing all she can for her children, so again whats your problem? And why would you make such an absurd post?

  • TIME

    Great blog! Thanks Doc.

  • Elle

    Being a single mother is not something to put ANY OTHER PERSON down for. Being left a widow and seeing that everyone has security, educaton, food, is often a challenge. Knowing there Father would have been proud means a lot. Thinking before showing your IQ is helpful. There are many who had to prove there worth. What goes around comes around.

    • Fed Up Gal in NM


      I did not see the comments posted by Mr Know It All…and….Magoo; however, I noticed the comments were removed for being “offensive”. I have reviewed comments and posted some here, for long enough to know…if TIME responded as he did….I trust his response was appropriate. For some people (and I use the word loosely in this case) like MKIA and Magoo….they are such miserable souls, in their own skin….they only find comfort in their own beligerant behavior. They are a rather pitiful lot.

      Your follow-up response was a superb one. I wish for you and your children, a life of great health and happiness…..and of course a life void of dealing with people like MKIA and Magoo would be a blessing in itself. God bless you and your family, Elle.

      Fed Up Gal in NM

      • libertytrain

        He made offensive comments about single mothers that had no relevance to anything – I remember thinking that someone should remove them – and they did.

        • Fed Up Gal in NM

          Hi LT,

          Yeah….I figured as much. I’m glad Time and others nailed MKIA and Magoo. Elle responded in a very classy way….sweet and to the point.

          Hope you’re doing well. It’s been so busy around here (work and home)….sure has put a cramp in my “blogging” activity…lol.

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Peggy

    Mr. Know it All is an idiot and proved that he doesn’t know it all by his ignorant reply to Elle.

  • Larry

    I had all the symptoms but guess what?! It was discovered I had hypo- thyroidism. Since this has been corrected with medication I have lost 55 pounds, have lots of energy, blood pressure is great, thinking is clearer and I’m a much happier person. When I asked about my liver the answer was that it was in good shape. I recommend to anyone with the above described conditions to also check into the status of their thyroid as well. By the way, I am only taking two medications. Not bad for a man who just turned 70, huh?!

  • Shirley Johnson

    Crucial info! Thank you for directing my attention to my liver. I took milk thistle a few years ago…but had since forgotten why!

  • Rose Martinez

    I think it’s important to clease the liver I try to stay as healthy
    as know how! I will look for this product at my Health Food Store!

  • http://Don'thaveone CHRIS

    Well to allya’ll well folks, I have Hep-c. It’ll take alot more than just Milk Thissle, which I take in copious quanties. My Dr’s approve of this supplant,but however this is insufficient to KEEP your liver healthy, Call it the tip of the iceburg, There’s volumns more if you’ll look. God bless, and spend your time wisely researching a whole ,whole more………

    • G

      Chris, could you tell me what else you’ve taken or found out what in addition to cleaning the liver and kidney’s is good to take..? thx in advanced,,,

  • herbert emerson

    dear sir. with a the yelling and screaming aboout heart high clesterol , dibetis, there is silent killer that no one talks about kidney failure , my kidneys are almost to critical , all the top doctors do is look sympthic , mention dilaes, . nothing more . i ran into a doctor during a postate check . she was upset that for three or four years , no advice , except dont use salt. i am a 73 yr old man whom she say’s im in almost perfect health . recommend , that i go to another hospital, be fore it is to late. every thing is LOADED with SALT . why is this deadley desease not being addressed by the so called medical professions .please reply ;

  • http://PersonalLiberty Global Mamma

    Herbert, it’s easy, just follow the MONEY. There are millions of dollars to be made in TREATMENTS, esp. long, on-going ones. If we all get or stay healthy, there is no money in it for hospitals, clinics, doctors or BIG PHARMA. It’s as simple as that.

  • Monique Puglia

    Cysteine is an amino acid, a building block of proteins that are used throughout the body. When taken as a supplement, it is usually in the form of N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC). The body makes this into cysteine and then into glutathione, a powerful antioxidant.*

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