STEPS TO LIVER DETOXIFICATION
by Lawrence Wilson, MD
© February 2013, The Center For Development, Inc.
If you can detoxify your liver, in most cases you will improve your health drastically, and you can save your life if you are very ill. This is a wonderful principle to recall at all times. Nutritional balancing is one of the finest ways to do this, bar none. This article focuses on how this is done using nutritional balancing science.
1. BALANCE THE MAJOR MINERAL LEVELS AND RATIOS ON A PROPERLY PERFORMED HAIR TISSUE MINERAL ANALYSIS. This critical step is needed to drastically improve the cellular energy production throughout the body. This, in turn, assists with liver detoxification along with most other body functions.
2. INGEST MORE SULFUR. The mineral sulfur is needed for the cytochrome P450 detoxification pathways in the liver, and to bind toxic metals, and for other purposes in the liver as well. Most people do not get enough organically bound sulfur in their diets. Therefore, method number one is to increase you intake of sulfur of the correct type.
Two types of sulfur are needed. Non protein-bound sulfur is found in most cooked vegetables. The cabbage family (cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower) is particularly good. The radish family is also excellent (red radishes, black radishes, white radishes or daikon root, turnip, rutabaga and perhaps a few others). Also, some greens are high in sulfur including watercress, bok choy, Chinese cabbage, kale, mustard greens, collard greens and perhaps a few others, though not spinach. Onions and garlic are also excellent.
Protein-bound sulfur is found in meats and egg yolks, providing one does not cook the egg yolk very much. This is why we recommend soft cooked eggs only so the yolks are runny. Raw eggs may be consumed, but they contain avidin, a minor toxin, and sometimes the eggs contain bacteria that are harmful. Therefore, we suggest soft-boiled eggs cooked for up to about 3 minutes in most areas of the world, or poached eggs or even very lightly fried eggs or very soft scrambled eggs only. Avoid hard-boiled eggs and hard scrambled eggs, as these are much more difficult to digest and the cooking damages the fat and sulfur compounds in the delicate yolk.
3. INGEST MORE OF THE RIGHT TYPE OF SELENIUM. This is also critical for glutathione synthesis in the liver and breakdown of certain toxic compounds in the liver. The correct form of selenium is important. It is found in blue corn, organic yellow corn, but not other corn products. It is also found in sardines and in some meats and other fish. Most fish, however, are too high in mercury to be recommended, so sardines and other very small fish like smelt, anchovies and herring only are best. Of these, the sardine seems to be best.
Other good sources of selenium include chicken meat, breast especially but all of it, turkey meat, mustard of all types, and a few herbs such as curry powder, milk thistle and turmeric. This contains curcumin, a powerful anti-oxidant for the liver. Do not waste money or fill up on selenium supplements or Brazil nuts, as the type of selenium is not as good as the foods above. Save your stomach capacity for the cooked vegetables described above and the foods that contain the proper selenium. Read more about this in the article Selenium on this website.
4. OBTAIN MORE METHYL DONORS. Some people, but not all, need more methyl groups or more methyl attachment agents. Without them, they could die. This is a particularly important topic for all cancer patients, almost all of whom need more methyl groups. This is such an important topic that it is discussed in a separate article entitled Methylation on this website.
5. IMPROVE CIRCULATION, HYDRATION AND OXYGENATION OF THE BODY. These functions are related, and all absolutely needed for liver detoxification. Be sure you breathe deeply at all times, drink 3 quarts and no less daily of spring water or carbon-only filtered water, and to improve circulation some exercise is excellent, and even better is the use of a near infrared sauna on a daily basis. Any sauna will help circulation, however. An ozonator/ionizer air purifier placed in the bedroom will increase the oxygen in your home as well. For more on this topic, read Ozonator/Ionizer Air Purifiers.
A secondary method is the use of castor oil packs. These are not as powerful as some of the other procedures in this article, but they might help. This use of castor oil is an old folk remedy that was promoted by the American psychic, Edgar Cayce. They are simple to do and they will improve circulation and lymph drainage through the liver. Read Detoxification Protocols for instructions how to do them.
6. DO MORE COFFEE ENEMAS. Coffee is a somewhat toxic beverage. However, when introduced through the rectum, the colon seems to filter out many of the toxins, and just allows the nutrients in the coffee to be absorbed. This we know because coffee drinkers become toxic, but those who do coffee enemas, even daily for years, do not become toxic to any appreciable extent.
The colon is actually a remarkable organ that can prevent horrendous toxins that are produced in the intestines from entering the bloodstream, while absorbing water and nutrients from food. So we can use the colon for this purpose. When done this way, the coffee retention enema is one of the most powerful liver detoxification methods of them all. One or even up to three of them daily will move out even the most stubborn of toxins from the liver in a rather painless and inexpensive way. See the article entitled Coffee Enemas for instructions.
7. SIT OR LIE UNDER A RED HEAT LAMP DAILY FOR AT LEAST ONE HOUR. I am not sure why this works, but the frequencies emitted by a standard 250-watt reddish heat lamp are excellent for the liver. They tend to improve circulation, decongest the liver, assist with lymph drainage, and more.
Near infrared lamp sauna therapy. The best way to do this is by using a near infrared lamp sauna daily. This way you will also get the benefits of the heat, sweating, etc. However, if you cannot afford to build a near infrared lamp sauna, then use a single heat lamp aimed at your belly and your back for an hour daily. The heat lamp bulb is sold at most hardware outlets for about $10-15.00 dollars. It must be reddish, not clear.
Combining a coffee retention enema with a red heat lamp on the abdomen is particularly powerful.
8. RUB THE FEET MORE. Foot reflexology is quite amazing, and can be quite beneficial for liver activity. There are three main reflex areas on the feet and hands for the liver. One is on the bottom of the feet, behind the third and fourth toes in the soft part of the bottom of the feet, near the ball of the foot. Another is on the top of the foot, in the web between the big toe and the second toe. This area is often extremely painful to rub. A third area is behind the little toe alone the side of the foot. It is related more to the shoulder, but this is often an area where liver meridian energy is stuck.
9. EXERCISE CARE WITH ALL OF YOUR RELATIONSHIPS AND EMOTIONS. The liver is associated with the emotions, especially anger and fear. If you are spending time in anger or fear, you will damage your liver. If you let these emotions go, through forgiveness, in particular, your liver will heal much faster. This is a secret for detoxifying the liver that most doctor forget. Never hold anger or grudges or resentments against anyone for any reason. Do not let people or situations “get to your liver”. The word livid, and the phrases: I gave him a piece of my liver and He has a lot of gall are common linguistic references to the close connection between the liver and the emotions, particularly anger and rage.
10. DRINK CARROT JUICE DAILY. Carrot juice has an affinity for the liver, for some reason that I do not know. Dr. Max Gerson, MD. used it extensively to rebuild the liver. He wrote about it in his book, A Cancer Therapy – Results of 50 Cases. It may be the calcium in it, or perhaps something else.
Caution: Do not to overdo on carrot juice, and do not do a lot of juices of any kind. I know that juices are highly recommended by some health authorities. The problem is they are too yin in Chinese medical terminology. Ten-twelve ounces daily of carrot juice with a few greens added if you wish, is plenty for most people. Cancer patients may need a little more, up to 16 or even 20 ounces daily, but no more. Dr. Gerson used much more, but his therapy is not working as well today. Perhaps it is too yin due to all the carrot juice and other juices. See below to understand yin.
11. MAKE YOUR BODY MORE YANG. This is very critical. The liver is what is called a solid or yang organ in Chinese medicine. When it becomes yin or hollow or expanded or weak, it absorbs many more toxins and it degenerates quickly.
Making the body more yang, along with coffee enemas, supplements, red heat lamp therapy and sauna therapy, all help rid the liver of infections, which often plague it. Most people, for example, have some liver flukes and other parasites that make their home in the liver. However, do not take herbs or drugs to get rid of them, as most of these are toxic and harm the liver. Instead, making the body more yang and a complete nutritional balancing program will slowly rid the liver of all of its infections and this includes parasitic infections. For much more on this topic read Yin Disease and Yin And Yang Healing.
12. OTHER FOODS, HERBS AND SUPPLEMENTS FOR THE LIVER. Food include eating some liver, but not too much as it is toxic today. In fact, some raw liver is not bad for the liver, but try to buy organic chicken or beef liver, and make sure the animals were healthy. Do this about once a week, perhaps, but not more. A few bites is all you need.
Burdock root, dandelion root, and milk thistle are old-fashioned herbs that can help the liver. However, do not use them continuously, as they are all somewhat toxic. Rotate them and take time off from them.
Supplements the liver needs include a little vitamins A, B, C, D and E, in particular, though all are good in small quantity. Large quantities are toxic, however. See below for more this. Minerals have been discussed above, but also include some zinc, chromium, manganese and others.
13. IMPROVE THE DIGESTION. The reason for this is that if you do not, then you will generate extremely toxic compounds in the intestines during fermentation and putrefaction of your food. These pass easily into the liver where they poison the liver. This is the case with everyone today, to some degree.
Ways to improve digestion include eating a far better quality diet-without wheat, fruit, fruit juices or any sugars or chemicalized foods. Also, always take a powerful digestive enzyme with each meal, develop good eating habits such as chewing thoroughly and eating quiet, sit-down meals, not in your car while driving, or sitting at your desk on the telephone. Also, simple food combinations are best, and the very best is to eat only one or two types of food at a single meal. Eat five or six smaller meals if you need to, in order to get all that you need to eat.
14. AVOID THAT WHICH HARMS THE LIVER. This may be one of the most important of all the steps you can take. It means avoiding:
- All medical drugs, all over-the-counter drugs and remedies, all recreational drugs, and especially alcohol in all forms and all types.
- All toxin exposure from the food, water, air and skin contact. This includes all food additives and preservatives, dental amalgams, handling solvents, breathing fumes of all kinds, pesticides, and dozens of other chemicals. It also means reducing your exposure to toxic metals of all kinds in food, water and through contact such as amalgam dental fillings, jewelry and occupational exposure. See the article Toxic Metals for more on how to avoid these powerful poisons.
- Overdosing on herbs, vitamins and minerals. The worst are niacin and iron, both of which are added to all white flour products today. Many so-called health products also contain toxic metals, such as zeolite, azomite, montmorrilinite, fulvic acid, humic acid and most colloidal mineral products from the earth.
- Avoid other toxins. These are found in all large fish, all seaweeds except some kelp, pork and all pig products, all nightshade vegetables (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant and all peppers), and certain other foods. Unclean food, unwashed raw food and other often contains eggs and larva of parasites, which go to the liver in most cases. Avoid fermented foods that produce aldehydes. These include kombucha tea and most other fermented foods except for yogurt and kefir.
- Copper builds up in the liver and is found in copper intra-uterine devices, foods too high in copper (chocolate, avocado, shellfish, nuts and seeds, and even some organ meats).
- Iron builds up in the liver and is found in most refined white flour products, eating too much red meat (twice a week is fine for most people unless you have cancer, and then do less), iron pills and potions, eating a lot of black or red cherries, molasses and even eating more than about one dozen eggs weekly.
- Avoid all yin foods, supplements, herbs, and other products. This is quite difficult because all fruit is very yin, all sugars are yin, drugs and alcohol are very yin, raw foods are more yin, and most supplements and herbs are quite yin. This is one of the main reasons I limit or eliminate all of these in nutritional balancing science programs.
By doing these things, all of which are part of every nutritional balancing program, you can often quite rapidly, improve the quality of your liver and your health. More about the liver and its problems is found in the article entitled Liver Dysfunctions.