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Where should I start for blood tests?

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Created May 02, 2011 at 12:09 AM

I have a fatty liver (diagnosed by my naturopath) and from what I've read I think I may have leaky gut syndrome as well (liver dysfunction is related). What kind of doctor would be best to see? Just a general practitioner? What kind of tests should I ask for/ make sure are done? I don't want to be pumped up with pharmaceuticals which is one reason I haven't sought out just any old (CW) doctor.

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Thanks for your answer!

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oops, just noticed Kat had mentioned this in a comment already, and I agree about her ref. Oh well, I suppose it's worth highlighting at answer level.

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on May 03, 2011
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A blood test would be the most likely possibility - liver enzymes specifically. Chris Masterjohn has a great article on fatty liver and choline that is worth reading.

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Thanks for your answer. I can't remember how he diagnosed me, some sort of test? It was over a year ago. I've been eating paleo for ~3 years now. I take a lot of various supplements specifically for liver (amino acids, milk thistle, etc).

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on May 02, 2011
at 12:42 AM

Fatty liver is best treated by a nutrient dense diet free of...(drum roll please)...the neolithic agents of disease: grains, sugar, excessive fructose, alcohol.

How did the naturopath diagnose you?

Don't rely too heavily on muscle meat but rather some organ meat (not just liver but a variety), bone marrow, bone/connective tissue broths, 65-80% fat overall, digestive enzymes as needed while switching over, sufficient A, K, zinc, copper, selenium, magnesium - ideally all from diet though supplements will be required if not using a variety of organ meats. And chances are, supplements for mg will be required regardless. D supplements are likely needed as well, but always assess 25(OH)D first.

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on May 03, 2011
at 10:25 PM

A blood test would be the most likely possibility - liver enzymes specifically. Chris Masterjohn has a great article on fatty liver and choline that is worth reading.

65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

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on May 02, 2011
at 12:45 AM

Thanks for your answer. I can't remember how he diagnosed me, some sort of test? It was over a year ago. I've been eating paleo for ~3 years now. I take a lot of various supplements specifically for liver (amino acids, milk thistle, etc).

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on June 14, 2011
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You want to make sure you get plenty of choline, too. Egg yolks are your friends.

http://blog.cholesterol-and-health.com/2010/12/meeting-choline-requirement-eggs-organs.html

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on June 14, 2011
at 12:36 AM

Thanks for your answer!

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on June 14, 2011
at 12:34 AM

oops, just noticed Kat had mentioned this in a comment already, and I agree about her ref. Oh well, I suppose it's worth highlighting at answer level.

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