Are liver diseases a prosperity syndrome?
VM: One can definitely say yes. Too much alcohol, too much poison such as environmental toxins, chemical drugs, heavy metals in teeth or cosmetics, and especially too much stress and swallowed up trouble. In addition, an over-nutrition with too much fat and meat and too little liquid during the day with simultaneous lack of exercise. The body detoxifies through the liver, the intestine, the kidneys and especially the sweating. Every week sauna would certainly contribute a lot to the detoxification.
Do liver diseases increase, is there a rise over a period of time?
VM: Alcohol-related illnesses tend not to increase as more and more young people resort to drugs and stimulants instead of getting drunk with alcohol. The fear of losing a driver's license also reduces the overall consumption of alcohol. But the stress-related liver diseases such as fatigue to burnout, migraine, abdominal discomfort of all kinds and liver-induced depression are increasing very strongly. Unfortunately, most doctors do not recognize them as liver-related illnesses, so there is no specific treatment.
How to explain the typical yellowing of the skin and or conjunctiva for liver complaints?
VM: The breakdown of red blood cells produces the so-called hemoglobin hemoglobin. It is released as yellow-green bilirubin from the liver via the bile juice into the intestine. In liver weakness or hepatitis or bile duct obstruction, this yellow dye remains in the blood and accumulates throughout the body, especially in the skin. In the so-called low-flow areas such as in the eye and in its direct environment as well as in the backs of the hands and feet, the intense yellow color is best recognized.
What else can be the causes of liver disease?
VM: Too high-fat diet can make fatty liver hepatitis, a congenital destruction of bilirubin is called Morbus Meulengracht, autoimmune diseases of the liver and tumors, but are rather rare diseases altogether.
The 7 main tasks of the liver
- Detoxification of the blood from toxic metabolic waste
- Synthesis of sugar from fat, so-called sugar or glycogen storage
- Processing and storing fat from food
- Formation of blood proteins = proteins = messengers, coagulation factors
- Build up and breakdown of cholesterol, important component of all hormones, especially stress hormones and sex hormones
- Iron and vitamin storage, esp. Vitamin A and cobalamin = precursor of vitamin B12
- Formation of bile for fat digestion and detoxification via the intestine