|Toxins and the Liver -
The Borneo Post - NH/15/4
THE liver is not only the largest organ in the body, it is absolutely necessary in order to maintain life. Tonsils, the appendix, adenoids, gallbladder and teeth we can surrender (and too often do, unnecessarily). But without a liver, we die. The liver probably performs about 30 duties, every day. For one thing, it is the incinerator for wastes; a central heating plant, circulating warmth all through the body by means of "pipes" called blood vessels. Without a draft, no furnace burns fuel or debris completely. The liver's "draft" is furnished by the thyroid gland, which also must be kept in good condition.
The liver is a reservoir for storage of food elements, to be released on demand when needed by the body. Starches are changed to an animal form of sugar, glycogen and released as the body needs energy-building material. When the liver fails to store up sufficient starches and sugars, the blood gets over saturated with sugar, making the pancreas vulnerable, inviting diabetes. A fast of as little as two days will exhaust the liver's storage of starch.
Fats are also stored in the liver, but not to such a great extent as are the starches. Protein, which the body constantly demands for repair and growth, is also stored in the liver, which changes it to amino acids. In addition, the liver also stores vitamins and in some cases, actually increases their strength.
Bile tubules and blood vessels are an important part of the liver. Along the side walls of the blood vessels are tiny cells like starfish, fastened to the membrane linings, with long tentacle-like arms that reach out for dead red blood corpuscles. Millions of these corpuscles are constantly dying, as their life span is from 21 days to two months.
When red corpuscles die, most of them got to the spleen, which changes their structure, similar to embalming, after which the bloodstream carries them back to the liver. The starfish-like cells consume the embalmed corpuscles and recycle their substance to make fresh bile chiefly. They also release a compound, which enters the bloodstream and is carried to the bone marrow, to help make new blood corpuscles. Excessive loss can result in anemia. Destruction from contact with carcinogens or self-poisons (toxins) can also be involved.LIVER FUNCTIONS
The liver also manufactures white blood cells, or corpuscles, to destroy germs and poisons which pass from the intestines through the portal vein. 1n conditions such as colitis (inflammation of the colon); spastic, kinked colon, dropped stomachs, ileal stasis and stagnation of the small intestines in particular, large amounts of intestinal poisons or toxins, along with microbes, can then invade the liver. The liver is able to make its own white blood corpuscles to help destroy the attackers, which is fortunate, but too often depended upon.
But that's not all the liver is required to do, day in, day out: it also makes a substance that causes the blood to clot, preventing hemorrhages. And more yet: the liver makes its own natural laxative, an intestinal antiseptic, which bums acid poisons to an alkaline ash. Such acid toxins usually originate from incomplete digestion, permitting fennentation, particularly when the production of hydrochloric acid is deficient.
So important is liver function that nature has designed it to protect life even if as little as 20 percent of it is functioning. This means that unless early symptoms are recognized and corrected, 80 percent of the liver may malfunction, unnoticed, placing a strain on the remaining 20 percent. After the first signs of liver malfunction are noticed, no time should be lost in a detoxification program, which normally requires about three months. A liver function testis helpful, both before and after the cleansing program is initiated, to monitor progress and to determine if the detoxification program should be extended.
Liver bile has important functions. Primarily, it is responsible for making the duodenum alkaline, which is the first part of the small intestine. This is important in the digestion of fats especially, and when food is permitted to ferment in the stomach, the fermenting foods go to the liver, making the bile too acid to keep the duodenum alkaline. The underlying cause of this fermentation is related to too little hydrochloric acid, and the resulting fermentation is the reason the somatic symptoms of hyperacidity and hypo acidity may be identical. Food will not digest in an alkaline stomach, nor an acid duodenum; the acid alkaline balance, all through the body, is critically important to maintain normal function.
Bile changes fats of all kinds into a "soap-like" substance, so that the pancreas can accept it and release a slow, sustained energy, without the peaks and drops that occur in both hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia. The pancreas cannot digest fat; only "soap". When fats are no properly digested, fatigue, weakness and overweight often result.
A single vein, the azygos vein, is seldom mentioned when considering the liver and its function, yet toxins in the blood are carried directly to the heart by the azygos vein, which is near the heart and is involved inportal hypertensions, or high blood pressure of the portal vein; the proper (if little used) term.TOXINS
Like every cell in the body, liver cells must have their share of oxygen, absorbed by the blood from the lungs. But as a primary burner for body heat, it is the thyroid gland that furnishes the "draft". The same systemic poisons that stress the liver can also impair thyroid function.
Poisons that damage the liver are primarily from drugs, or from self-created intestinal toxins. Laxatives are a common cause of ingredients that stress the liver, while adding bran for bulk and drinking more liquids usually solves the elimination problem.
The other group of poisons, those generated in the small and large intestines, which occur from a combination of poor diet, too many refined foods, especially carbohydrates, insufficient digestive enzymes resulting in malabsorption and malnutrition and the stress of incompletely" burned" foodstuffs, are those the individual can take responsibility to correct. Liver structure also disintegrates when insufficient oxygen occurs; therefore the lungs should be kept free of mucous toxins and germs, to enable air to better penetrate the lung air sacs and enter the bloodstream to find its way to the liver. Sufficient vitamins C and A are important in maintaining this structure, strengthened by the mineral sand trace minerals, including zinc, which is known to be required in some 80 enzyme systems.
When the liver is dogged up with toxins, blood from the portal vein cannot enter, and it becomes swollen and enlarged, resulting in congestion of all glands, muscles, joints and body structures. This is due to the portal hypertension that blocks the return of blood on time, from the veins. Arteries carry blood away from the heart; veins carry blood back to the heart.
The heart may pump blood all over the body through the arteries, but a liver congested with toxins, causing portal hypertension, may not permit the blood to flow back to the heart from any group of organs, or any tissue anywhere in the body. This creates a stifling condition.
The colon (another important channel of detoxification) is intimately related to liver function. When a colon is twisted, kinked, spastic and bloated, food is held back so long that it literally spoils or rots, thereby generating numerous kinds of poisons and supplying a friendly base for unfriendly bacteria.Streams of poisons pour into the portal vein from toxic ascending, descending and transverse colons, going directly up into the liver. From the liver, they flow into the blood vessel, into the heart. Once toxins enter the heart, they are pumped and carried all over the body where they lodge into joints, muscles, nerves, glands, the brain and every vital organs. If permitted to remain, they maybe the unrecognized but direct cause of hundreds of eventually diagnosed "diseases" all because food was permitted to remain too long in the small intestine and the colon.
No two colons are alike; almost without exception, each will reveal when X-raved at least two kinks or pockets, obstructing the movement of wastes. Regular detoxification, starting with a planned liquid diet, preferably of fresh, raw vegetable juices and an organic bulky material, followed by cleansing enemas, should be a part of every health-building program. Start with a good foundation to build a new structure.BLOOD FLOW
Every organ has two veins going from it and two arteries going to it. On the right side, the portal vein goes from the bowel directly to the liver; on the left side, the caval vein and the azygos vein empty directly into the heart. The entrance of the portal vein into the liver is pinched, or narrowed, to a slit, and from the steady flow of toxins into the liver form the small intestines and colon, the liver swells inwardly, in turn pinching the portal vein's entrance into the liver. There is a constant flow of blood from the bowels-to the liver through the portal vein, causing it to dam up when toxin overpower.
The caval vein rises from right and left legs, to join into one channel, spilling into both the liver and the heart, where it meets the azygos vein. A quick review shows that blood goes from the bowels to the liver through the portal veins; blood also leaves the bowel, going through the azygos vein, which empties into the caval vein, which in turn empties its blood into the heart. This "autointoxication" may be diagnosed as vague conditions, such as nervousness, nervous exhaustion, head noises, anemia, "the change of life", or nonspecific heart disease, because the real cause'- portal hypertension was not pinpointed. Yet when toxins tighten and harden the liver, the result is like wrapping a tight rubber band around the outgoing venous blood of every organ, gland and nerve in the body, stifling them. A rubber band wrapped tightly around a finger illustrates this action.
Some effects of portal hypertension on the kidney cause a bulging, if the backward force interferes with the natural exit of blood from the kidneys, which become congested, swollen, _ and diseased. The heart labors to pump the blood into them, but a portal hypertension resists the flow of blood out, resulting in water being passed off, leaving behind poisons.
The bladder is often the focus of treatment when the complaint is frequent urination; yet unless the cause is corrected, the relief is transient. When the portal hypertension has existed for a long time, the bladder becomes hardened and shrunken, sometimes with a holding capacity of no more than two ounces, requiring frequent emptying. Increasing daily intake of vitamin A, if used in time, can aid regeneration while the hypertension is being corrected, permitting the vein blood from the bladder (and prostate gland) to flow to the heart, through the lower caval vein, on time.
The uterus and ovaries are subject to damage from a congested, toxic liver, also, as are the Fallopian tubes. When vein blood loaded with toxins cannot leave the ovaries fast enough to permit artery blood laden with nourishment to enter, how can they manufacture hormones? Too often "change of life" miseries are blamed, instead of a toxic liver.
Almost without exception, rectal problems are related to portal hypertension: hemorrhoids, piles, (insures, fistulas, and rectal inflammation. Yet when tile cause is corrected, even large bulging external piles have been recorded as disappearing, much like a balloon with the air let out. Extreme tiredness, swollen feet and legs, including varicose veins, are usually related to a toxic liver, and the resulting portal hypertension, made worse by the force of gravity, which must be reckoned with.
There are seven organs of the body designed to remove poisons, so that all glands, organs, joints and nerves can function properly: bowels, kidneys, skin, lungs, blood, liver and lymphatics. There are seven common areas from which poisons seep or drain into the blood and damage glands, organs, joints and nerves: teeth, tonsils, sinuses, post nasal ulcers, diseased or malfunctioning gallbladders, diseased appendices and defective or lazy colons. The colon, if defective, is usually chiefly to blame; although it can never do the work of the six other organs of elimination. Each deserves its full share of enlightened attention.A PREVENTION REGIMEN
Prevention of course, is the bottom line. Liver support begins with diet and proper deep breathing and exhaling. Avoid all known poisons, inhaled, ingested, or contacted dermally. Include in the daily diet the lipotropic and methylating agents known to be beneficial: choline, methionine, inositol, vitamin C (the complexed form is more natural), lecithin, B-6 (fat metabolism and synergist for amino acids), some form of liver or organic iron (chlorophyll, folic acid) and especially if over age 40, a protein digestant such as hydrochloric acid supplement containing whole pancreas substance.
Proper breathing habits often must be learned; complete exhaling not only rids the bottom one-third of the lungs of "dead air", but gives the liver a gentle massage. Proper breathing is "belly breathing", not heaving the chest outward with an indrawn breath. Proper exhaling requires drawing the belly in and upward, forcing the air out of the lungs, and stimulating the liver with the muscular action as a plus.
Water, and enough of it, is also important for all body functions, with attention to what is, and is not, in it. Today, when it is almost impossible to secure undoctored, pure water, artesian water is probably the best. Short of that, filtered water which removes chlorine and sediments, leaving most of the minerals and trace minerals intact. Distilled water, if used to insure pure water, should have minerals and trace minerals added back: Nature makes no distilled water, not even rain water, and the minerals in artesian or spring water have been catalyzed by the friction encountered from the flowing, and tumbling action; each one of which has a known, specific, measurable wave length, or vibration. Without minerals, vitamins are poorly utilized and the triangle required for the body's manufacture of enzymes minerals, vitamins, amino acids - is incomplete. Relying on the minerals hopefully in food is playing Russian roulette: Deficient soils, marketing, cooking and poor diet choices combine to stress the need for regular supplementation.
Exercise is an important factor, increasing the pulse rate, stimulating blood flow or circulation, delivering more oxygen to all cells including the brain, causing perspiration, which releases toxins and helps regulate body temperature. Just as the ancients called the portal vein, "Portal Maloram", or Gateway to Disease, the healthy liver is truly a main gateway to health and disease-free longer life.