I have a friend who has been diagnosed with a toxic liver and hypothyroidism (where t3 is converted to t4). She has been trying to heal herself naturally and was recently put onto the following regime:
To eat 1oz of red meat every 45 minutes for 3 week and then go down to 1oz every hour.
What she said about this was: "It just seems totally unsustainable to me to eat this much meat & I'm also wondering about how this plays a role in the liver - I imagine its to nourish & give me tyrosine for adrenals & thyroid, but to detox liver, I always thought less meat was better?"
She has asked me for some advice, as she sees me eat lots of meat, though she is basically a non-meat eater. I say it is the saturated fat she should deal with first - does anyone have any thoughts on this?
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on March 29, 2010
at 02:15 PM
Hi Louisa. The meat therapy sounds like voodoo to me, although meat should not actually be harmful to the liver, unless it contains too much omega-6 PUFA. A high O6/O3 PUFA intake can contribute to fatty liver ( http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0168827807004667 ). Does she know what caused the toxicity? The first step in treating toxic liver is to remove the toxins, eg. fructose, omega-6 PUFAs, alcohol, medications (such as acetaminophen), environmental exposures, cholestasis (bile backup from the gall bladder). Next, address any nutritional deficiencies, such as iodine, folic acid and vitamin K. If she's overweight, it may help to lose weight (a low-fructose, paleo diet will also help weight control). Ref: http://www.nutritionmd.org/health_care_providers/gastrointestinal/hepatoxicity_diagnosis.html
I agree with your instinct about saturated fat. Saturated fat should not be harmful to the liver like omega-6 fat. Also, if she consumes a high medium chain triglyceride (MCT) content fat, like coconut oil, it will be directly absorbed from the small intestine, bypassing the initial hepatobiliary circulation ( http://www.nutritionmd.org/health_care_providers/gastrointestinal/hepatoxicity_diagnosis.html ). This would theoretically put less stress on the liver and gall bladder.
on March 29, 2010
at 03:28 PM
I think the only thing that can happen eating meat every 45 minutes is a mild elevation of insulin that will stay high--induced by the protein being converted to sugar in the absence of carbs or sugar. I don't think this is a good condition. Grazing causes one to become insulin insensitive which can lead to diabetes...but over the very long run. Short term it probably can't do any harm because it doesn't radically spike insulin. But it is meat and if it can convert your friend to being a meat eater...all the better.
A liver flush I have tried...and I now don't remember why I tried it...is a grated fresh beet, 1/2 cup olive oil, and 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice. Susposedly also good for the gallbladder. Two weeks. I don't know if it worked but I am still alive. Does turn bms and urine red.
I have been reading a lot about hypothyroid condition lately and a lot of women seem to be afflicted with lethargy/fatigue. It seems to me that all the frankenoils...omega 6 oils... we have been consuming over the years are one of the causes of the condition. I defer to Stephan at Whole Health Source when he says to alleviate thyroid problems:
Dump the vegetable oil, wheat, soy, sugar and processed food in favor of the things the human body is equipped to handle: animal fats, root vegetables, vegetables, fruit, meats, organs, seafood, eggs, nuts and soaked or fermented non-gluten grains and legumes. Throw in some bugs if you're feeling adventurous.
Here is a site with pretty good basic info on thyroid function and malfunction I have slogged through. The author is selling thyroid boost. Buyer be aware. http://www.ryandrum.com/thyroid1.html
on April 01, 2010
at 01:10 AM
i remember the guy over at the entropy production blog saying that fasting for 24 hours could help heal the liver. i tried looking for the post where he says that, but it eluded me.
on April 25, 2011
at 02:21 PM
I would suggest that your friend seek a real medical doctor, and go with mainstream treatment. There is not any particular reason that eating 1oz of red meat incrementally will "cure" anything. Pure Woo.
The main reason to treat insufficient thyroid with with thyroid hormone, adjusted upward until it matches what the person should have. My dog actually had this issue as she got older, and the treatment works within a day noticeably.
As an aside to the thyroid thing, I'm guessing "toxic liver" is one of those made up illnesses from the alt-med community.
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