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How the detoxification system works and what happens when it fails

6/27/2014 - When the world we live in becomes infiltrated with toxins from every conceivable angle, it's not time to panic, but to become aware of how the body works and how to support the system that eliminates these unwanted agents. A strong understanding and toning of this system could easily be the most important...

Lower liver cancer risk by drinking coffee daily

6/23/2014 - Coffee, after decades of bad press, is finally coming into its own. There continue to be health reports that note the benefits of having a daily cup of coffee. In addition to research which shows that a daily cup of java could have positive effects on a person's ability to stave off strokes, Parkinson's...

Improve overall health, including liver function and skin problems, with dandelion

5/9/2014 - Time to put the "dandelions are annoying weeds" thoughts to rest. Its roots, sap and leaves are powerful ways to help heal the body, ranging from improving liver function to combating skin conditions such as eczema (1). In fact, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, "Native Americans...

Drinking coffee reduces chances of dying from liver cirrhosis

4/22/2014 - People who drink two or more cups of coffee per day are 66 percent less likely to die from certain forms of liver disease, according to a study conducted by researchers with the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore and the National University of Singapore and published in the journal Hepatology...

Why your detox is making you sick: Must-read article reveals dangers of aggressive detoxing

4/20/2014 - I can't tell you how many people have told me that a "detox" protocol made them feel extremely ill. They take detox supplements, pills or tinctures, and within a few hours they suffer dizziness, diarrhea, chills, outbreaks or even vomiting. These symptoms range from mild to severe, depending on the...

Improve the health of your liver naturally

4/12/2014 - The liver is one of the most important of all our vital organs. The liver is responsible for filtering and detoxifying environmental toxins and pathogenic organisms. Unlike many organs a failing liver is unable to be surgically fixed or replaced. The liver is a vital digestive organ that converts...

The many health benefits of milk thistle even herbalists may not know

4/11/2014 - Milk thistle is most well-known and widely-studied for its benefits on liver health. However, milk thistle also has numerous other proven health benefits not many know about. Milk thistle boosts overall liver function and health, protecting the liver from damaging toxins, detoxifying it, regenerating...

Top three factors for improving your eyesight naturally

4/1/2014 - When looking to improve your eyesight, it seems that eye exercises are the most commonly prescribed method to do so. Although it is an important component, there are may other factors you need to consider if you want to seriously improve your eyesight. Detoxify your liverAccording to Traditional...

A liver transplanted from one animal into another will grow or shrink to fit its new host

3/16/2014 - The liver is one of the few organs in the human body that is capable of true regeneration, completely growing back without scar tissue even if a large portion of it is surgically removed. Unlike most other cells, liver cells never lose the memory of how to grow a new organ. This capacity contributes...

Chicory is especially great for your liver and digestive tract

2/22/2014 - Chicory is one of the many herbs derived from the daisy family. In the past, the Romans believed it was a great plant to cleanse the blood but it's in ancient Egypt where people first discovered its main perks, as they noted it was extremely helpful to maintain healthy livers and gallbladders. Actually...

Avoid common painkillers and cold remedies that destroy your liver and more

1/2/2014 - Do you know what over-the-counter pharmaceuticals Tylenol, Excedrin, NyQuil, Theraflu and prescription painkillers Vicoden and Percocet have in common? They all contain an ingredient that has forced almost 80,000 ER (emergency room) visits, 26,000 hospitalizations and around 500 deaths annually. That...

Schisandra berries and astragalus root work in synergy to heal the liver - Study

12/29/2013 - The liver is an amazing filtration system for the entire body. It not only processes the body's blood but also breaks down nutrients for cellular utilization throughout the body. It produces cholesterol to help transport fats, generates proteins for blood plasma and eliminates bile through the gall...

Shocked scientists discover the skin communicates with the liver

12/12/2013 - Skin: It is your body's largest organ, and groundbreaking new research out of Denmark has found that the proper function of your other vital organs is dependent upon its integrity. A collaborative research project out of the University of Southern Denmark (USD) recently discovered that human skin directly...

Tylenol can kill you; new warning admits popular painkiller causes liver damage, death

12/6/2013 - It has been a common household name in over-the-counter pain relief for more than 50 years. But the popular painkiller drug Tylenol is getting a major labeling makeover following a string of personal injury lawsuits. According to the Associated Press (AP), so many Tylenol users these days are suffering...

Anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin prevent development of liver cirrhosis in lab study

12/4/2013 - Cirrhosis of the liver can develop from several types of liver damage, disease or inflammation. A group of Israeli researchers set out to determine the effect that anti-inflammatory curcumin would have on curbing the development of cirrhosis in damaged livers. The researchers used thioacetamide (TAA),...

Astaxanthin found to reduce oxidation, DNA damage and liver cancer formation

11/12/2013 - Scientific evidence continues to mount showing that astaxanthin is one of the most potent antioxidants yet discovered. A study conducted by researchers from India's National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research found that astaxanthin not only can reduce oxidation of the liver but can actually...

Monosodium glutamate induces kidney, liver damage in study on rats

10/3/2013 - Enough MSG will destroy your vital organs. A study conducted by the Lab for Development-Aging, Neurodegenerative Diseases (Lab de Desarrollo-Envejecimiento, Enfermedades Neurodegenerativas) in Guadalajara, Mexico, found that high concentrations of monosodium glutamate (MSG) in the central nervous...

Detoxifying the liver using natural herbs

9/29/2013 - Natural herbs are said to work well for the purpose of detoxification. This means that people can derive benefits from these herbs when it comes to detoxifying their body and restoring the good health and condition of their liver. Natural herbs are also preferred by many because these are wholly natural,...

Five herbs your liver will love - detox, boost function and more

9/6/2013 - The liver is the largest solid organ in our bodies. It can be adversely affected by poor diet and lifestyle choices, alcohol consumption, acetaminophen, non-prescription pain killers, and the myriad of toxins in our environment. It is responsible for filtering blood from toxins and converts waste...

Amazing research: Fish oil found to completely reverse liver disease in children with intestinal failure

8/21/2013 - Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have made a breakthrough discovery that could mean the end of liver disease in children with intestinal failure. Published in the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, the findings from their new study reveal that intravenous injections...

Milk thistle will protect and detoxify your liver

8/18/2013 - Milk thistle, also known as Silybum marianum within the scientific community, has been used for hundreds of years in order to primarily treat liver, kidney or gall bladder ailments. Although it is native to the Mediterranean region, it is now found in all parts of the world. Milk thistle, which is a...

Natural methods and recipes for cleansing liver and blood

8/14/2013 - The liver is one of the most important organs in the body. A multitasking organ, the liver filters and purifies blood, aids in the production of glutathione which is essential in recycling antioxidants, turns sunlight to vitamin D3, and helps produce bile, among many other tasks. To help this vital...

DHA shown to reduce proteins involved in liver fibrosis; good news for the obese

8/6/2013 - A four year study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, supported by the National Institutes of Health and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and co-authored by graduate students Christopher M. Depner and Kenneth A. Philbrick of the Nutrition Graduate Program at OSU, have shown the...

How to spot signs of liver damage

7/7/2013 - We've become far too reliant on western medicine's invasive practices to provide feedback to us on how our body is feeling. Instead of looking to medical professionals to tell us how our body is faring, we should pay attention to our body and determine ourselves what it is telling us. An important place...

HPV and Hepatitis B vaccines do not prevent cervical cancer and liver disease

6/18/2013 - While pro-vaccinators continue to urge the use of vaccines to prevent disease, research does not support the theory that vaccines protect against illness. In fact, the HPV and Hepatitis B vaccines have proven to be dangerous and fatal to health. Hepatitis B vaccines, routinely given to infants at birth,...

Dandelions aren't just weeds in the yard - Discover how dandelions protect against diabetes, cancer, liver disease, and kidney stones

6/11/2013 - If you haven't already sprayed this year's crop of dandelions with Roundup or other herbicide - and you'd like to rid your lawn from unwanted vegetation - why not dig up your dandelions and make tea or eat them in salads, stews or a green smoothie? The common dandelion proliferating summer lawns...

Dandelion: Your medicinal powerhouse go-to herb for spring cleansing

5/4/2013 - Dandelion is a common weed flower that is usually considered somewhat of a nuisance by fastidious lawn keepers. It can grow wild anywhere. But this weed with it's cute little yellow flowers packs a punch medicinally. It has been used as a healing and preventative herb for centuries. And currently...

Milk thistle is a natural medicine

4/8/2013 - Milk thistle is a flowering plant that is part of the daisy family. It gets its name from its bristly and prickly nature and the "milky" sap that oozes out of the plant. The leaves, fruits and seeds of milk thistle have been used for centuries as a natural medicine. Milk thistle is one of the world's...

Take care of your liver in order to take care of your whole body

3/25/2013 - You liver is a true natural miracle, but many people are unaware of what the liver does and why it is important to your health. The liver is your largest solid organ and has a unique ability to regenerate its entire mass from just 25 percent of its original healthy self. It helps you digest food, absorb...

Five reasons your liver is begging you to detox

3/18/2013 - Years of poor dietary habits and an influx in the use and ingestion of an increasing amount of harmful chemicals have left tens of millions of people with far too many toxins in their body, a phenomenon which can be especially harmful to the liver. The good news is there are ways to essentially "detoxify"...

Antioxidant doubles liver transplant success rate

3/17/2013 - The success of liver transplants and the survival of transplant patients can be dramatically improved by injecting livers with an antioxidant prior to surgery, according to a study conducted by researchers from Padova University in Italy and published in the journal Liver Transplantation. The effect...

Some unconventional ways to detox your liver

2/27/2013 - Many of us face growing weight problems these days, especially as we age and our metabolism slows considerably. And while there are a number of ways to help shed pounds - diet and exercise are among the most effective - the one thing you need in order to keep the weight off is a healthy liver. "Almost...

Ready for a good spring cleaning? Spruce up the liver with these recommendations

2/24/2013 - It may be hard to believe, but we are already racing headlong into our next season -- springtime. According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), each season coordinates with a specific organ and spring just so happens to be the time of the liver. If this organ becomes imbalanced, anger, rage, irritation...

50 ways to love your liver: Home remedies to detox and keep the life in your liver

2/22/2013 - Your liver is your body's primary organ of detoxification; when it's not well, neither are you. The human liver filters drugs, nutrients and toxins from the body, produces bile to help digest fats, and removes toxic bilirubin from the blood. Home remedies, foods and alternative treatments keep your...

Cleanse the liver to improve health

2/12/2013 - Cleansing is important. It is so important that there are several organs that are responsible for keeping the body cleansed. Chief among these organs is the liver. Responsible for the regulation of our metabolism and purifying our blood, the liver plays a key role in our overall health. It is for this...

Simple healing recipes for cleansing your liver and blood

1/17/2013 - After the heart and lungs, the liver is perhaps your most vital organ. When it shuts down, you die. Extreme liver conditions may result in the eventual need for dangerous liver transplants. A sluggish liver can manifest a malaise of symptoms that lead to misdiagnoses for other chronic autoimmune...

In cachexia, use coffee enemas to help control cancer weight loss

1/17/2013 - A new study out of Heidelberg University shows that the liver is the organ that controls severe weight loss and muscle wasting (called cachexia), due to cancer. "Doctors used to believe that cancer re-programs metabolism focusing all energy into tumor growth," says Prof. Dr. Stephan Herzig, of the German...

A good cancer-fighting foundation will ensure victory over cancer

1/9/2013 - Cancer can be beaten the very large majority of the time - though not with mainstream treatments that target just the symptoms of cancer. Beating cancer means not only eliminating existing cancer cells, but also eliminating the root causes which enabled cancer to gain a foothold to begin with. Simply...

Four ways to stop yo-yo cleansing and detox your body regularly and naturally

1/2/2013 - This article is not meant to discourage major detox overhauls from time to time. Those should be done at some level two or four times a year. Then a major juicing or lemon water and cayenne fast with a liver cleansing, coffee enemas or gall bladder flush, is a good idea. There are an estimated 80,000...

Beat holiday bloat and weight gain with bitter elixirs

12/30/2012 - Don't be weighed down by heavy meals and sugary treats this holiday season. Instead, try a bitter aperitif to help reduce indigestion, nausea, extra pounds and much more. Designed to improve digestion and detoxify the body, herbal bitters ease the complaints of poor food choices. But bitters are not...

Unclog the liver and dissolve belly fat with these tips

12/29/2012 - After all the holiday overindulgence and stress, it is a good time to clean up the diet and detox the body. Cleansing the liver should be a top priority. When this organ is working properly, unwanted body fat disappears -- especially around the abdominal region. With a few supplements, dietary additions...

Four ways to know if GMOs are making you fatter

12/6/2012 - Besides what we already know about the dangers of consuming genetically modified foods, these "frankenfoods" now appear to play a key role in the current obesity pandemic. Perhaps not so coincidentally, the number of Americans now classified as overweight has doubled in the last 20 years - the same...

Liver is a shockingly potent superfood

11/3/2012 - Many people have an adverse reaction to eating liver. They get grossed out when they hear of others consuming the organ meat and don't understand why anyone would actually want to eat liver. Similarly, it is commonly believed that fruits and vegetables contain the highest concentrations of vitamins...

One in 10 teenagers now suffers from liver disease due to toxic food supply

10/16/2012 - Today, more young people than ever are suffering from a chronic illness -- the cause of which has everything to do with eating a toxic diet -- that used to occur primarily only among older adults with diabetes. Figures recently compiled as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey...

Turmeric can help regenerate the liver, groundbreaking new research

10/10/2012 - Incredible, groundbreaking new research just published in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand found that the primary polyphenol in turmeric - curcumin - is able to repair and even regenerate the liver tissues in diabetic rats. Researchers at the Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok...

Four bitter herbs heal the liver, gall bladder, and other ailments

10/8/2012 - Certain bitter herbs are considered liver herbs because they stimulate, cleanse, and protect the liver and gall bladder. While Western palates are not fond of bitter tasting foods, they do stimulate and support digestion. German research shows that bitter tonic herbs stimulate bile and hydrochloric...

Fructose consumption shown to damage liver by altering energy balance

9/27/2012 - Mortality from diseases of the liver has increased over the past half-century to secure a place as one of the top, leading causes of death each year in the United States. One hundred years ago, liver disease was virtually unheard of except for the occasional death from alcoholic cirrhosis. Today, non-alcoholic...

GMO alert: Eating GM wheat may destroy your liver, warn scientists

9/13/2012 - Genetically engineered wheat contains an enzyme suppressor that, when consumed by humans, could cause permanent liver failure (and death). That's the warning issued today by molecular biologist Jack Heinemann of the University of Canterbury in Australia. Heinemann has published an eye-opening report...

Solutions for gout

9/8/2012 - Gout is a very painful form of arthritis that usually attacks the big toe and can spread to the insteps, ankles, heels, knees, wrists, fingers or elbows. Gout occurs when an excessive buildup of uric acid in the body forms painful crystals in the joints. These uric acid crystals deposit in the articular...

Use these tips to detox after exposure to aerial or ground sprayed pesticides

8/22/2012 - If you live in an area which is being blanketed with aerial or ground spraying of pesticides for mosquitoes, it is virtually impossible to completely avoid exposure. However, there is plenty you can do to help get the pesticides out of your body and offset their effects. Tips for eliminating pesticides...

Believe it or not, coffee enemas are very beneficial

8/10/2012 - A conversation about enemas can stimulate everything from laughter to horror. There are many old wives tales about enemas and how they can "cure" everything from the common cold to cancer. So let's took a look at the facts and science behind the use of enemas. Ancient civilizations included enemas...

Vitamin E found to significantly lower risk of developing liver cancer

7/20/2012 - Worldwide cases of liver cancer are on the rise, as the third most common form of cancer takes the lives of millions around the globe each year. The liver is charged with performing more than 300 critical functions in the body; from cholesterol and glucose metabolism to clearing dangerous chemical and...

Treat non-alcoholic fatty liver disease naturally

7/14/2012 - Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is surging throughout the Western industrial world to become the most common liver disease. In the USA alone, over 30 million are afflicted with NAFLD. It can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer, and even liver failure. NAFLD is not from boozing too much, nor...

Who knew? Compound in apples fights obesity, diabetes and fatty liver disease

7/8/2012 - Overweight and obesity continue to plague a majority of men, women and children alike, placing them at considerable risk for heart disease, diabetes and fatty liver disease as a result of chronic metabolic dysfunction. Alternative health practitioners understand that the problem is the result of much...

Licorice root extract proven to decrease liver enzymes

6/17/2012 - Analysis of a small sample of blood is used for determining the amount of enzyme production of the liver, thus providing a marker for liver health in general. When the liver is distressed, damaged, or diseased, liver cells leak two specific enzymes into the blood stream. The enzymes counted for liver...

Routine liver function tests no longer required for statin drugs

6/3/2012 - Until recently, patients receiving statin drugs generally had their liver function monitored before starting the drug, 12 weeks after initiation, with any dose increase and periodically (i.e. 1-2 times/year) thereafter. However, the FDA has recently declared that "routine periodic monitoring of liver...

Seven foods that will naturally cleanse your liver

5/23/2012 - The primary way in which your body expels toxins is via the liver, which detoxifies and cleanses your body by continuously filtering the blood of poisons that enter it through the digestive tract, the skin, and the respiratory system. But when your liver becomes overworked as a result of stress or excessive...

Ten tips for a spring detox to rejuvenate your liver

3/21/2012 - Spring is upon us, and the concept of "spring cleaning" our domiciles comes to mind. It can apply to the health conscious as well for cleaning out the body's master cleanser, the liver, while increasing supportive nourishment. Coincidentally, Chinese medicine associates spring with the liver and...

The hidden cause of unexplained weight gain may be poor liver function

3/21/2012 - The issue of weight is a prevalent source of discontent especially in western cultures. It seems that we havewoken upand realized that weight control is about much more than keeping up appearances. Obesity rates have skyrocketed along with the associated adverse health conditions. Each year more and...

Getting the jump on spring allergies

3/8/2012 - With the unseasonably warm winter weather, trees and grasses will be pollenating earlier than usual. This could be a challenging season for allergy suffers. The highest percentage of people who suffer from spring allergies, show a pattern of congested liver, toxic blood and spleen and kidney adrenal...

Fatty liver disease - Choline provides a nutritional solution for a silent epidemic

1/3/2012 - Fatty liver disease used to be associated with alcoholism, but it is no longer restricted to heavy drinkers. Our calorie-rich but nutrient-poor diet has led to an epidemic of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) that tracks our rising obesity and diabetes rates (1). Autopsies and ultrasound studies...

Study review shows vitamin D, cod liver oil very effective at preventing and treating tuberculosis

1/2/2012 - Sometimes the old fashioned ways of treating disease are still the safest and most effective. A recent review of an 1848 study conducted at the former Hospital for Consumption in Chelsea, UK, now known as the Royal Brompton Hospital (RBH), has found that cod liver oil, which is rich in vitamin D, is...

Breast cancer prevention that really works

10/26/2011 3:57:30 PM - Long before the industrial revolution, ancient doctors of oriental medicine studied and treated breast cancer. So even before the earth was overwhelmed with synthetic, manufactured toxins, breast cancer was still considered a tragic and life threatening disease. Clearly the toxic component of breast...

Milk thistle saves your liver and your life

10/7/2011 - Over 1,000 new synthetic food agents have been approved for consumption in the United States in 2011, and the human liver is the body's primary detoxifier, bearing the brunt of filtering these chemical agents out so cancer cells don't develop and multiply. Milk thistle, also known as Silymarin, prevents...

Use natural remedies for intractable hiccup

9/20/2011 - Hiccup is a sudden involuntary muscular contraction (spasm) of the diaphragm that occurs repeatedly when the vocal cords snap shut producing the hiccup sound. Allopathy says most hiccups have no obvious cause, which reveals ignorance, but Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) understand and...

Milk thistle provides a protective shield to the liver, heart and brain

9/8/2011 - The liver is one of the most critical organs essential to human health. It serves more than 300 functions in the body to detoxify against chemical and environmental intrusions, and it promotes metabolic function as well. Silymarin is commonly known as milk thistle, and new science is emerging to validate...

Clear vision: Two principles for eye rejuvenation

7/23/2011 - Oriental Medicine teaches us that the opening of the liver channel is in the corner of the eyes. The liver channel runs vertically from the bottom to the top of the body and opens in the eyes. Whatever effects the liver also directly effects the eyes. The subtler functions of the liver root deeply...

Beets detoxify the liver

7/18/2011 - The liver is an organ that removes toxins and other harmful substances from the body, allowing the body to function without experiencing the many illnesses and other harmful side effects that these toxins can cause. For this reason, it is crucial that individuals periodically detoxify their livers....

Gallstone flushing is essential for maintaining health

7/12/2011 - Our livers, the chief detoxifiers for our bodies, are being overworked. Our stressful lifestyles, drugs we consume, and chemical food additives are just a few of the stressors. Free roaming toxins can burden our hearts, reduce available oxygen, and, consequently, become trapped and stored to produce...

Milk Thistle promotes a healthy liver and fights cancer

4/25/2011 - Milk Thistle is a plant native to the Mediterranean region that has been used for its medicinal properties since the 1st century AD. It is no surprise that today everyone's body is bombarded with chemical toxins regularly from pesticides in food to the air pollution we breathe. The liver and kidneys...

Manage HIV and AIDS naturally - Strengthen the liver with a daily tonic

4/8/2011 - Even though no universal cure has yet been found for HIV/AIDS, People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs) know that the best therapy to manage it is good nutrition, natural therapies and healthy living habits. Any sensible approach to managing HIV/AIDS will include ways to keep the liver functioning at its...

How to clean the main cleaner of your body

4/7/2011 - The liver and the gall bladder don't get enough attention until it's too late. Poor health, bad digestion, and low energy are usually the products of toxic livers and clogged gall bladders. Then surgeons remove gall bladders or put patients in line for liver transplants. But the liver/gall bladder system...

Rejuvenate your liver this spring with dandelions

3/31/2011 - Early spring is the time of year to find dandelion greens emerging from the ground. Though many people try to banish dandelion from their lawns, dandelion is a valuable medicinal plant in both Eastern and Western herbal traditions. In both traditions, dandelions function to rejuvenate the liver, clearing...

Spring and the season of wrath - Heal anger naturally

3/20/2011 - Observing the change of season, spring bursts forth in explosive new growth while the cold, reflective quality of winter begins to fade. Traditional Chinese Medicine has known for centuries how the body relates to the unique qualities for each time of year. Spring is the season of the liver and gall...

Whey protein fights fatty liver disease and heart disease

3/10/2011 - New research just published in the journal Clinical Nutrition concludes supplementing the diet with whey protein could be a powerful natural way to reduce the risk of both fatty liver disease and cardiovascular disease. After just four weeks of adding whey protein to meals, key markers of blood fats...

Black cohosh safe for your liver, review finds

3/7/2011 - A safety review published in the journal Menopause has confirmed that black cohosh, a natural plant alternative to conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT), is safe and will not cause liver damage. Some recent reports have questioned the dietary supplement's safety, but the new study confirms...

Milk thistle will strengthen and protect your liver

3/3/2011 - The liver is our largest internal organ, weighing in at around 3 pounds (1.5 kg). A strong liver is needed for good health and a strong immune system, as it plays a main role in keeping all of our body's systems in balance. The herb milk thistle has been used for many centuries as a powerful way to...

Naturally restore and maintain the health of your vitally important liver

2/8/2011 - When it comes to maintaining good health, as well as fighting and warding off disease and illness, no organ is more important to us than the liver - the body's toxic disposal plant. A healthy diet is essential for good liver health, and there are also several specific natural food and supplement items...

Choline restores liver health

1/26/2011 - Choline is an important nutrient for so many bodily functions, but it is particularly helpful in keeping the liver healthy. Without this B vitamin, fats can become trapped inside the liver. There, those fats can block the metabolism, resulting in a build-up of fat that can rise to dangerous levels....

Liver cleanse for easy weight loss

1/24/2011 - It seems like half the world is trying to lose weight right now, and many are restricting calories and hitting the gym. While these aren't bad options for either health or weight loss, they aren't the fastest or most effective ways to lose weight either. The hands down fastest and most effective way...

Silymarin from milk thistle protects against liver damage and brain aging

1/17/2011 - The liver and brain are two metabolically active organs that are under constant attack from disease promoting free radicals. Elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels combined with blood glucose abnormalities and obesity cause damage to the cellular matrix of the liver and brain that worsen with...

High Fructose Corn Syrup - Two reasons to avoid this Corn Sugar

12/29/2010 - The move is on to further muddy the waters pertaining to High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). The goal is to convince or confuse consumers into thinking that HFCS is like sugar by changing its name to Corn Sugar. While there are issues that surround processed sugar, HFCS or Corn Sugar presents a wider problem....

Olive oil protects the liver from oxidative stress

11/23/2010 - One of hottest areas of current scientific research involves one of the tastiest ingredients of Mediterranean-style dishes -- olive oil. Evidence has been steadily mounting that olive oil protects and builds health in a variety of ways. Not only does it help prevent depression and fight inflammation...

Milk thistle, vitamin E and fish oil fats can prevent and reverse fatty liver disease

11/19/2010 - As many as 1 in 3 Americans are living with a ticking bomb known as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The condition is virtually symptomless until the liver becomes inflamed or scarred from decades of dietary abuse. The vast majority of NAFLD is caused by poor dietary choices that increase dangerous...

RVF vaccine causes liver disease, death

11/17/2010 - Many governments are pushing a new livestock vaccine for Rift Valley Fever (RVF), a serious and deadly virus that infects both humans and animals, and that spread across various regions of Africa earlier this year. But a recent study shows that the vaccine itself causes serious liver problems as well...

Statin drugs cause liver damage, kidney failure and cataracts, says BMJ

11/7/2010 - Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs significantly increase a person's risk of cataracts, muscle weakness, liver dysfunction and kidney failure, according to a study in the British Medical Journal. The study also confirmed that the drugs lower the risk of heart disease and esophageal cancer, but claims...

Protect your liver with curry spice

11/2/2010 - A powerful compound in curry known as curcumin may play an important role in liver health, according to a new study out of Saint Louis University (SLU). Researchers observed that curcumin seems to help fight and prevent damage caused by liver fibrosis, a chronic liver disease that typically leads to...

Olive oil provides amazing liver protection

11/1/2010 - You may want to drizzle a little extra olive oil on your next salad, according to findings from a new study out of the University of Monastir in Tunisia and King Saud University in Saudi Arabia. Researchers there found that extra virgin olive oil provides powerful antioxidant protection against toxins...

Cleansing with Global Healing Center: Oxy-Powder, Paratrex and Livatrex

9/29/2010 - I've been a fan of Ed Group's GHC products for several years and began writing about his company in 2008 on NaturalNews.com. This master formulator is also an expert in cleansing, and he keeps himself in top health even while growing his company. I've visited Ed Group's facilities, used his products...

New hope for liver disease: curcumin in tumeric spice fights liver damage and cirrhosis

9/28/2010 - For countless centuries, turmeric has been used not only as a spice but as a healing aid in traditional Asian medicine. For example, historically it has been consumed to help gastrointestinal problems, arthritic pain, and a lack of energy. And in recent years, scientists have documented that tumeric...

HFCS - the poison that promotes obesity and liver damage

8/7/2010 - Two new studies have added more reason for concern that high-fructose corn syrup causes significantly more harm to the body than its mere sugar content would suggest. High-fructose corn syrup contains 55 percent fructose and 45 percent glucose. In contrast, table sugar (also known as sucrose) contains...

Accused murderer receives liver organ transplant while others wait to die

7/27/2010 - Johnny Concepcion is 42 years old. After divorcing his wife, she was found stabbed to death in their home, suffering at least 15 stab wounds. Concepcion reportedly confessed to his friends that he killed his wife, and he soon found himself the subject of a city-wide manhunt in New York City. On the...

HIV drug causes liver damage, admits FDA

7/19/2010 - The HIV drug Videx (sold generically as didanosine) may cause fatal liver problems, the FDA has warned. Since the drug's initial approval, the agency has received 42 adverse event reports linking Videx and its delayed release version Videx EC to a rare liver disorder known as non-cirrotic portal...

Diet Drug Alli Linked to Severe Liver Damage

6/1/2010 - The FDA has started an investigation into whether the diet drug orlistat, marketed as both Alli and Xenical, has been causing serious liver damage in some patients. Prescription-strength Xenical was approved by the FDA in 1999. Half-strength Alli was approved as the first (and to date, only) over-the-counter...

Vitamin E is effective treatment for "silent" liver disease

5/25/2010 - Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a common, "silent" liver disease. Although it occurs in people who drink little or no alcohol, it causes damage that resembles alcoholic liver disease, including inflammation. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK),...

Milk thistle herb protects liver from damage caused by chemotherapy

4/25/2010 - The herbal supplement milk thistle may prevent liver damage in people undergoing chemotherapy, according to a new study conducted by researchers from Columbia University Medical Center and published in the journal Cancer. Researchers conducted the study on 50 children undergoing a "maintenance" round...

GM crops cause liver and kidney damage

3/17/2010 - A report published in the International Journal of Microbiology has verified once again that Monsanto's genetically modified (GM) crops are causing severe health problems. A legal challenge issued against Monsanto forced the multi-national agriculture giant to release raw data revealing that animals...

Chinese Clock Holds Key to Liver Health

1/12/2010 - Stress of modern living and our standard American diet, which includes alcohol, fried food and fast food, strain our health, especially our Liver. Stopping eating by 7 pm may be the best thing we can do for our health. Looking to ancient Chinese medicine we find a clear explanation of why this is. In...

Detox Your Liver with These Natural Herbs

11/28/2009 - Maybe you have a childhood memory of forgetting to clean your fish tank's filter. After all, it's easy to forget a fish tank even has a filter until it's so clogged up it starts to malfunction. Eventually, the tank is covered in slime and the health of your fish begins to fail. This scenario is much...

Superfood Profile: Discover the Many Health Benefits of Cod Liver Oil

11/9/2009 - Certain superfoods - like cod liver oil - are so powerful they were recognized for their incredible healing abilities throughout many traditional societies around the world. This ancient wisdom was passed down to preserve the health and longevity of each new generation. Yet in recent decades we have...

New research from Japan: Green tea fights blood and liver cancer, as well as pneumonia

11/2/2009 - Three new studies by Japanese scientists add even more evidence to what already is an astounding mountain of data showing green tea protects and heals the human body. All of the research is based on findings from the huge Ohsaki National Health Insurance Cohort Study in Japan which involved 41,761 Japanese...

Ten Alternative Plants that Cleanse the Liver, Part II

9/28/2009 - The key to optimal health is optimal liver function. Responsible for detoxification and digestion among many other tasks, the liver is the largest internal organ in the body (the skin is the largest organ overall). The liver is also one of the fastest growing organs in the body and it can even regenerate...

Ten Alternative Plants that Cleanse the Liver, Part I

9/28/2009 - By now most Natural News readers understand the importance of liver detoxification, and many are familiar with the more common liver cleansing herbs such as burdock, dandelion, licorice and milk thistle. Some who have experienced the strong results provided by these plants may be wondering what similar...

Chemicals in Our Diets Produce Fat People

9/14/2009 - Most people don`t think about how chemicals in their diets affect their weight or weight loss efforts. But the man-made chemicals you consume on a regular basis can play a big role in whether you`re fat or not - even if those chemicals don`t contain a single calorie. To understand this, you'll need...

The Gerson Therapy: Big Pharma and the AMA Suppress Another Holistic Cancer Cure

9/10/2009 - Unlike Essiac Tea or Hoxsey's herbal formula, the Gerson Therapy is a completely dietary based protocol with coffee enemas for liver detoxification. There is no single herbal formula, no magic bullet. But just as with Rene Caisse's Essiac Tea and Hoxey's secret formula, it has proven effective with...

Soda Pop and Natural Juices Increase Incidence of Fatty Liver Disease

8/28/2009 - What do drinks sweetened with aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, and naturally occurring fructose have in common? Recent studies link them all to NAFLD, Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Reported in the Journal of Hepatology, a new study found a link between NAFLD and a higher intake of soft drinks...

He Shou Wu is the Most Amazing Longevity Herb of All

8/6/2009 - Out of about 10,000 Chinese medicinal plants only about 60 belong to the class of Superior Tonic Herbs. Out of these 60 herbs He Shou Wu is the most amazing longevity tonic of all. It is widely used in Chinese herbal medicine as a tonic to prevent premature aging by tonifying the Kidney and Liver functions....

Anger Problems: Try a Liver Cleanse

7/30/2009 - In Chinese medicine, most organs are connected to an emotion, and your liver is the organ connected to anger. As a society, we see the effects of this quite clearly, but often are unaware of what we're seeing. Your liver is your prime detoxification organ, so it's the main organ responsible for handling...

From Headache to Jaundice: Sky-Blue Chicory Cures Liver Ailments

7/17/2009 - This time of year beautiful sky-blue flowers are blooming all along city roadsides, fields and waste areas. Chances are, this gorgeous flower is chicory (Cichorium intybus), and not only is it edible, but it has a long tradition of medicinal use, especially to detoxify the liver. Chicory is known...

FDA Admits Drug in Tylenol and Excedrin is Main Cause of Liver Failure in U.S.

7/7/2009 - The drug in question is acetaminophen. It`s in prescription and all too popular over-the-counter drugs including Tylenol and Excedrin. According to the FDA, taking too much will kill you and the government agency also admits this chemical is the leading cause of liver failure in the U.S. Acetaminophen...

Liver Cleansing Brings Health and Detoxification

7/7/2009 - Steve Jobs' public liver transplant is a testament to what mainstream medicine offers when you've damaged your liver to the extreme. It's also a testament to a consumerism attitude with a "buy a new one" flair and ambiance, instead of an eye for caring for what you already have. But these days most...

U.S. Psychiatric Doctor Arrested on Liver Transplant Fraud Scheme

6/10/2009 - A U.S. psychiatrist has been arrested in the Philippines and charged with defrauding a sick man out of $70,000 by promising him a liver transplant that never materialized, leading to his death. In 2001, Florida psychiatrist Jerome Howard Feldman was indicted on charges related to stolen property,...

Resveratrol Found to Treat Fatty Liver Disease

5/15/2009 - The naturally occurring plant chemical resveratrol -- made famous for its role in the health benefits of red wine -- may not only prevent but even reverse the dangerous buildup of fat in the liver caused by alcohol abuse. "Our study suggests that resveratrol may serve as a promising agent for...

L-Carnitine may Prevent and Treat Liver Cancer

3/26/2009 - According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), liver cancer is often fatal. In fact, about 21,000 Americans were diagnosed with liver cancer last year and over 18,000 deaths were attributed to the disease. The Mayo Clinic web site points out that not only is primary liver cancer rarely discovered...

Drink Red Wine and Keep Breasts, Livers and Brains Healthy

3/26/2009 - Red wine is turning out to be a superfood. Although many health conscious people have opted to get isolated grape compounds in capsule form, recent research is showing that the best way is to drink red wine. That's because red wine contains the entire grape polyphenol group of nutrients, a group that...

Detox for Life: The Three Crucial Steps of the Detox Program

3/21/2009 - Detoxification is a natural healing process needed more than ever in today`s toxic world. With the onslaught of chemicals in our food, air and water, we can all do with undergoing a specific program of periodic cleansing. An approach that is designed to lower the toxic burden accumulated in our tissues,...

Six Sounds to Heal and Cure: The Liver Sound, Number Three

12/24/2008 - All of us love to hear beautiful sounds. Whether it's a majestic song or a pleasant voice, the sounds of nature or a child's laughter, sounds can have a very positive or negative effect not only on our moods, but even on our body's right down to the atomic level. This is because all matter vibrates...

Fatty Liver Disease Totally Reversible with Weight Loss

12/17/2008 - For years, people who are pear-shaped with extra fat deposited in their thighs and backsides have been designated at lower risk for high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes than those who are rounder and apple-shaped with excess fat stored around their middles. But two studies from nutrition...

Four Studies: Increased Cancer Risk in Immunity-Suppressed Organ Transplant Recipients

12/9/2008 - Organ transplants give many people a new shot at life, a second chance which they might not have had if not for this medical procedure. Life, though, is never quite the same again, and organ recipients have to take immunosuppressant drugs to keep their bodies from rejecting their new organs. By having...

Milk Thistle for Liver Repair

12/5/2008 - There may be disagreement from gardeners and landscapers about the positive aspects of milk thistle, but as far as its herbal benefits, milk thistle is a very beneficial plant. When mature, it can be several feet tall and it boasts a pretty purplish full bloom on top. It is best admired carefully, however,...

Prevent Fatty Liver Disease with Exercise

11/11/2008 - A press release by the University of Missouri reports that a new study shows that it doesn't take long for someone who stops exercising and becomes more sedentary to develop symptoms of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (hepatic steatosis). This study, "Cessation of Daily Exercise Dramatically Alters...

Love Your Liver With Alpha Lipoic Acid

10/16/2008 - Even though the liver is not pretty, it is an extremely important organ that has a month-long health observance in October named after it by the American Liver Foundation (www.liverfoundation.org), called Liver Awareness Month. Reasons to appreciate our liver abound since this organ does all of the...

How to Stay Healthy in the Computer Era (Part 2)

10/8/2008 - Part one of this series on how to take care of your health in the computer era described the essentials of taking care of your physical health with specific exercises and by being mindful of how you use your body throughout the day. This article takes a close look at how you can best support all...

Gallstones in the Liver: A Major Health Risk

10/3/2008 - Think of the liver as a large city with thousands of houses and streets. There are underground pipes for delivering water, oil, and gas. Sewage systems and garbage trucks remove the city's waste products. Power lines deliver energy to the homes and businesses. Factories, transport systems, communication...

The Principles and Practices of Transdermal Therapy

9/11/2008 - Transdermal medicine delivers medications to the exact site of injury/pain. Transdermal medicine is ideal for pain management as well as sports and pediatric medicine. In fact it is one of the best ways of administering medicines quickly and effectively. Transdermal methods of delivery are widely used...

Liver-Damaging Effects of Cholesterol Drug Zetia Hidden by Merck, FDA Documents Reveal

9/4/2008 - Documents on the FDA Web site reveal that pharmaceutical companies Merck and Schering-Plough conducted numerous safety studies on the popular cholesterol drug Zetia but did not publish the results, which suggested that the drug may cause liver damage when mixed with statins. Zetia is a trade name...

Milk Thistle: The Herb for Liver Health and More

8/27/2008 - Milk thistle has long been a staple of natural healers who use it to promote liver health. Taken as a spring and fall tonic, milk thistle strengthens the liver, protects liver cells from incoming toxins and allows it to process and release toxins that are already there. It also acts as an anti-depressant,...

Scientists Discover Sea Buckthorn Herb Protects Liver From Toxins

7/9/2008 - We rarely give one of our most hard working organs, the liver, much thought unless something goes wrong. Located in the upper right hand side of the abdomen, mostly behind the rib cage, the liver produces and secretes bile into the intestine to help digest fat and it also helps purify the blood by changing...

A Month of Fast Food Can Wreck Your Liver

6/10/2008 - Just one month of eating fast food and walking less than 5000 steps in a day is all it takes to impair liver function. That's what scientists found in a study published in Gut, a peer review journal for health professionals and researchers in gastroenterology and hepatology. Just for reference, some...

Fast-Food Liver Damage Can Be Reversed

6/6/2008 - Diets high in fast food can be highly toxic to the liver and other internal organs, but that damage can be reversed, says one of the country's leading experts on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, who offers four steps to undo the effects of a 'super-size me' diet. It was probably enough to make...

Sunscreen Causes Cancer!

5/29/2008 - Given the fact that just about everything you put on your skin gets absorbed into your bloodstream, it is interesting that there is a complete lack of regulation of cancer-causing ingredients in skin care products. There are over 150 toxic cancer-causing ingredients currently used in cosmetic products...

Turmeric Found to Be Beneficial for Lung, Liver and Colon Health

5/22/2008 - Turmeric, containing the active ingredient curcumin, is one of nature's most powerful healers. The medicinal properties of this spice have slowly revealed themselves over the centuries. Turmeric is documented as effective in conditions ranging from cancer to Alzheimer's disease. New research is now...

Statin Drugs Found to Cause Liver Damage

5/6/2008 - Evidence is growing that the statins used to treat high cholesterol may cause liver damage in high doses. A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology examined the results of 23 large clinical trials of statins for patterns of liver damage, measured by an increased concentration...

Bile Duct Congestion Can Lead to Intestinal Diseases and Liver Disorders

5/2/2008 - The small intestine is continuous with the stomach at the pyloric sphincter and has a length of 16–19 feet. It leads into the large intestine, which is about 3.5–5 feet long. The small intestine secretes intestinal juice to complete the digestion of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. It also absorbs...

Natural Remedies for the Treatment of Diabetes

4/24/2008 - Diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which blood-sugar (glucose) levels are above normal "either the body doesn`t produce enough of the hormone insulin, which breaks down sugar in the blood, or it cannot utilize its own insulin properly. Diabetes can cause serious health complications including blindness,...

Study Reveals Benefits of Red Clover for Prostate and Liver Health

4/15/2008 - Red clover has long been a staple of natural healers due to its broad spectrum of uses and benefits. In the past, interest and application has centered on women due to the high levels of phytoestrogens in red clover. Now a new study confirms that red clover offers many benefits for men as well. Study...

The Hepatitis Epidemic and Natural Remedies That Can Help

4/3/2008 - Hepatitis C is considered an epidemic and is now killing more people than Aids/HIV - 30,000 a year and it`s going to get much worse. Right now, 5 million Americans are infected with Hepatitis C - and most of them don`t know it. That is 1 out of every 50 people; and some will be people you know. The...

Whole Body Detoxification (Part 4): The Coffee Enema

3/30/2008 - There is no respite or escape anywhere on earth from the toxins that stifle our planet and overwhelm our bodies. Even our best efforts to eliminate or restrict exposure are often not adequate to the task, and as our toxic load increases so does our chance of developing chronic illness and disease. As...

High-fructose corn syrup, high fat diet cause severe liver damage

3/13/2008 - A diet high in fat and in high fructose corn syrup may cause severe liver problems in people with a sedentary lifestyle, according to a study conducted by researchers from Saint Louis University and presented this year at the Digestive Diseases Week meeting in Washington, D.C. Researchers fed mice...

Healing Illness - A Natural Anti-Cancer Protocol

3/10/2008 - Western medicine treats the body as a collection of parts instead of as a synergistic organism. When it comes to treating broken bones and injured body parts, mainstream Western medicine is unequaled. When this same approach is used to treat illness and disease - fixing or repairing the parts where...

The Link Between Obesity, Cancer, and Toxicity: Detoxifying the Body (Part 2)

3/10/2008 - In the last article, we explored the link between obesity, cancer, and toxicity. Several important studies were discussed, notably a study showing that living near a toxic waste site increases the risk of hospitalization due to diabetes. Another epidemiological survey from the UK showed that the counties...

Canada Bans Anti-Inflammatory Drug Prexige after Reports of Severe Liver Damage

3/3/2008 - Canada's government health agency, Health Canada, has announced the withdrawal of market authorization for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory lumiracoxib due to evidence connecting the drug to severe liver damage. Health Canada requested that Novartis stop selling lumiracoxib, marketed as Prexige, and...

If You Are a Wine Drinker, Here Are Facts You Should Know

2/28/2008 - Many health-conscious people wonder whether wine is a medicinal tonic that benefits their health, or something that should be avoided at all costs. Nutritionist Frank Cooper spent two years researching the subject of wine and health, and found many answers. He investigates the medicinal, nutritional,...

Research Shows an Indian Herb May Prevent Liver Cancer

2/27/2008 - Rarely found early, liver cancer has a poor prognosis because there are no highly effective treatments. But a new study has raised hope that an Asian herb could offer a natural, side effect-free way to prevent the deadly malignancy. Research recently published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology...

Scientific Evidence Proves Significant Anti-Cancer Effect of Milk Thistle

2/26/2008 - Milk Thistle has been used in the treatment of liver diseases including liver cancer for years. It heals the liver by lowering enzyme levels and assisting the liver in its process of detoxifying the body. Herbalists and Chinese Physicians have prescribed milk thistle for all types of liver disorders...

Nutrition Secrets “They” Don't Want You to Know About

2/11/2008 - Today we know more about vitamins, minerals and nutrition in general then ever before, but at the same time there are various elements of the media and medical community that want to keep everyone in the dark about the true role and power that vitamins play in our health and life. As many who study...

No Such Thing as Bad Cholesterol: Dispelling the Marketing Myth

1/29/2008 - Cholesterol seems to be one of those things that strikes fear into the hearts of many, so to speak. But is the reputation that this oily substance has acquired truly deserved? What is certain is that the 'little knowledge' that the media often imparts means many folks assume cholesterol is simply a...

Fatty Liver Risk Linked to High Glycemic Index Diet

1/10/2008 - Eating carbohydrates high on the glycemic index (GI) produced not only fatter mice, but mice with fatty livers according to a recently published study (1). For twenty-five weeks two groups of mice were fed a diet high in carbohydrates. One set had carbohydrates high on the GI while the other group received...

Heart Disease and the Aborted Trial of a Drug to Raise HDL

1/8/2008 - Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in North America and other parts of the world with a western diet and lifestyle. High cholesterol levels have taken most of the blame, and statin drugs to lower LDLs ("bad cholesterol") are among the most lucrative pharmaceuticals on the market. Statins...

Does Your Liver Need an Overhaul? The Importance of Liver Flushing

11/20/2007 - If you experience major, persisting health problems, either physical or emotional, your liver may be congested with toxic compounds that are trapped within clumps of hardened bile (intrahepatic stones. Almost all health conditions, beauty problems and premature aging are closely linked with declined...

Children at Risk of Liver Disease Caused by Processed Foods

10/25/2007 - New research is creating more reasons for you to think twice before feeding processed foods to your children, or eating it yourself for that matter. If you are struggling to change your family’s diet to raw foods, there is new evidence for why you may want to make the change sooner rather than...

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