A family member contacted me for advice. She was experiencing nausea and pain under her right ribcage, so she scheduled a check-up with her MD.
After testing, her doctor confirmed that she had a cyst on her liver and extremely elevated liver enzymes.
Usually, when family members contact me for advice they never actually apply it because they are not paying for it.
Unfortunately, free advice is often considered “worthless.”
But, this was different.
She was worried about her health and had to return to the doctor in two weeks for additional testing to see what else could be potentially brewing and causing the trouble.
Elevated liver enzymes can be caused by:
- Over-the-counter pain medications, particularly acetaminophen (Tylenol, others)
- Prescription medications, including statin drugs used to control cholesterol
- Drinking alcohol
- Heart failure
- Hepatitis A, B, C
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
- Autoimmune hepatitis
- Celiac disease
- Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection
- Epstein-Barr virus
- Hemochromatosis(too much iron stored in the body)
- Liver cancer
- Thyroid disorders
First and foremost, it was smart of my sister-in-law to get checked out when she was feeling pain. By sending pain signals, her liver was literally letting her know that it needed help, and she listened.
Secondly, it was wise to ask what she could do naturally to support and heal her body. She innately knew that her diet and lifestyle needed some adjusting.
Thirdly, and most importantly, because she was nervous about her health, she actually applied my recommendations to her condition.
Below are a few simple things I encouraged her to incorporate into her life for 14 days:
- Stop drinking alcohol, and if that was not possible, at least stop drinking it daily. I often hear this phrase from clients, “It’s only one or two glasses of (insert favorite alcoholic drink here).” Well, for some folks that can be too much!
- Eat beet/apple salad every morning for breakfast for 14 days until she meets with the doctor again for additional testing.
- Take milk thistle herb 3x per day for 14 days to regenerate healthy new liver cells.
A few weeks later, after she had returned to the doctor for more testing, she got her new results.
Both she and her doctor were shocked!
The extremely elevated liver enzymes had dropped 110 points!
The doctor asked what she had done differently over the past couple of weeks.
She told her doctor that she reduced alcohol, was eating a beet/apple salad for breakfast, and was taking an herb called milk thistle 3x daily.
Below is what she relayed to me was instructed by her doctor:
“You can continue eating the salad, but I want you to STOP taking milk thistle immediately! It is NOT regulated by the FDA and we do NOT know what it does to the body. Instead, I am going to give you a prescription for cholesterol-lowering medication and I want you to start taking it ASAP.”
Now, I could certainly understand a reaction like that if the elevated liver enzymes had continued to increase, but that was not the case. Instead, her tests showed that her condition was indeed improving, and somewhat dramatically.
My sister-in-law then asked if she should take the cholesterol-lowering medication prescribed by her physician.
I told her that by law, I cannot tell her to take, or not take, a prescription medication. I’m not a doctor. I’m an herbalist and a natural health practitioner and I do NOT have the authority – even if I do have the wisdom.
BUT, one major thing for her to consider is that cholesterol-lowering medications and statin drugs can actually elevate liver enzymes and contribute to the same imbalance her body was currently experiencing.
I believe many folks, especially in the medical industry, need to be retrained in the art of healing. The body is designed as a self-healing organism. We need to give the body what it needs, get out of the way, and let it do what it is designed to do… heal.
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Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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