Is Your Liver Happy?

You may have noticed that nobody writes love songs about the liver. In fact, poets ignore the liver–no poetry, no praise, pretty much nothing about the liver gets a mention.

And I’ll grant you that the liver lacks dashing good looks. Liver looks like, well, liver–gushy, shapeless, certainly nothing much to write raptures about.

Adding to its lack of allure, the liver is mainly known for taking out the body’s garbage.

Well, that’s crucial business, but it won’t earn the liver any fan frenzy.

But the nothing-fancy-here, essential-as-all-get-out liver deserves our love and care.

If you send a lot of booze down your gullet, you may get liver cirrhosis. And if you eat the standard American diet, you’ll experience “fatty liver disease,” which is the non-alcoholic form of cirrhosis. You end up in the same bad place, but doctors don’t want to scare you to death, so they stick with the mild-sounding fatty liver disease.

In either case, though, your liver’s turning, step by step, into non-functional tissue. At the end of the line, it stops working.

And as bad as cirrhosis is, it’s not the whole liver story. There’s hepatitis, and on, and on, and on. The liver seems to always be under attack.

So you ask, “Bette, you say you talk about the endocrine system, so what’s all this about the liver? What does the liver have to do with my thyroid or any other endocrine gland?”

Actually, the liver has everything to do with how well your endocrine glands work. Here’s an excerpt from a research report by P. Burra from Padua University Hospital, Padua, Italy.

“The liver and its pleotropic [widespread] functions play a fundamental role in regulating metabolism, and is also an inevitable target of multiple metabolic disorders. The numerous and constant relationships and feedback mechanisms between the liver and all the endocrine organs is reflected by the fact that an alteration of one oftentimes results in the malfunction of the other. Hypo- and hyperthyroidism are frequently associated with hepatic [liver] alterations, and thyroid diseases must be excluded in transaminase elevation of unknown cause . . .”

The report goes on to mention many of the ways the endocrine system and liver mix it up in each other’s business. None of it ends very well–unless and until somebody steps in to get things back on track.

And that somebody should be you. Maybe others, too, but at least you. Symptoms can whisper quietly, especially at the beginning, and since you’re the only one your body’s talking to, you need to be listening.

Medical schools only teach about major problems, as if they suddenly appear– all grown up and ready to rumble–and can be ignored until then. So you have to be in charge of small symptoms because that’s where you can make the best difference.

That’s why I created the Moving to Health program–to step you through the symptoms that show up when, say, various endocrine glands go on strike, or when disease strikes, etc. And, symptom by symptom, you get ideas of nutritional solutions.

You’ll notice I don’t give a formula for how to heal a fatty liver; I can’t. I can tell you to avoid, for one example, high fructose corn syrup because it whacks everybody’s liver, but healing your body takes a custom-tailored approach. Why? Our unique bodies take different paths to disease.

There may be “fifty ways to leave a lover,” as the old song said, but there are thousands of ways to beat up your health.

However you got to where you are, symptoms provide the map that gets you home again. Yes, learning about symptoms takes effort, but going along with the crowd doesn’t lead you home; which would you prefer?

God is good,
Bette Dowdell

About the author: Bette is all about determination. A month before her first birthday, a drunk driver smashed into her parents’ car, and she ended up with a concussion. The concussion put her endocrine system (the thyroid and the rest of the gang) pretty much out of business. Well, that system controls all of health, life was a mess, but doctors didn’t help. So, she got her Oh-Yeah! attitude in gear and researched her way out. Now she writes about how your body works and what you can do to make it work better. Good, eh? Subscribe to her free health e-mails at

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