Thanks for checking out my video today. I’ve got an email here from a lady called Donna in Connecticut. I think that’s in America. If I’m correct, it’s on the east coast. Donna is saying here, I just had an ultrasound done on my gall bladder and liver and found out there’s something wrong with my gall bladder. Eric, I have fatty liver. Can you help me? Can Candida cause any of this? Is there something natural that I can do instead of having surgery to the gall bladder?
That’s an interesting question. Let’s have a look at this. There’s quite a few topics here. We could do literally 10 videos just on this one email here. What Donna is saying basically is there’s some issues with gall bladder and liver. Fatty liver is very common. Lots of people have fatty liver. In fact, in America, Australia and New Zealand and most western countries, I would say over half the population have some degree of fatty liver. This doesn’t necessarily come from drinking lots of alcohol all the time. You can get fatty liver from carbos, from eating bread, would you believe it, and sugar. There are lots of foods that can cause fatty liver. Eating too many Omega 6 in comparison to Omega 3, rancid fats, too many saturated fats in the diet, having a poor functioning stomach and pancreas are very common ways to develop a fatty liver even faster. Because if you can’t break fat down, it’s going to be much harder on your liver to deal with fat.
Your gall bladder stores about a pint, about 600 mils of bile, during the day. The liver makes bile and stores it in the gall bladder. The purpose of bile is basically to get rid of rubbish, spent blood cells and all sorts of rubbish, hormonal residues. All sorts of crap the body doesn’t want it will actually help to shunt into the bile canaliculi. It will get rid of a lot of waste products. The bile serves a very useful purpose to breakdown and emulsify fats in the body. It’s a very important organ to have.
I don’t recommend people get their gall bladder removed at all, and it’s not necessary in most cases. Cholecystectomies are performed by the tens of thousands in America every year, removing the gall bladder, and gall bladder operations are far too common. And in many cases, they’re performed needlessly without any real need for the gall bladder to come out.
Often when patients complain of digestive pain, the doctors are going to think about appendix problems or gall bladder problems. They’re very convenient little areas for the surgeons to get in and to pull these organs out on the laparoscopy. But in most cases, the problem is not resolved. That’s my opinion.
I’ve seen thousands of women over the years that have had gall bladders removed and have come back and told me that they’ve still got the same problems. It didn’t help. In fact, they got fatter. They put on more weight. They ended up having lots of different problems. You need to have good bile production and bile storage, in my opinion, also to be able to utilize the fat-soluble vitamins more effectively.
What can I do for fatty liver? To start with, you can really look at eating foods that are friendly to the liver, and these are the bitter foods. The liver loves bitter foods. You may have heard of Swedish bitters. Bitters are very important because they help to generate the production of more acids and enzymes in the body. They help to stimulate bile flow. The gall bladder doesn’t like sweet foods. It likes bitter foods. Sweet foods can lead and contribute to elevated triglycerides and also to gall bladder dysfunction and fatty liver.
Get a liver function test done by your doctor, an LFT, and look for alkaline phosphatase, ALT, AST, and GGT. These are various liver enzymes which will give you an idea if your liver is fatty or not. The ranges generally vary on these, but you can look at around 0 to 40 depending on the country you live in and the reference range. I think the alkaline phosphatase is up to 200. If you’ve got a higher end of the reference range or over, this could mean fatty liver. Fatty liver is very common. You’d be surprised how many people have it. And a good way also for you to assess your liver, Donna, to see if it’s painful or engorged is I’ll just stand up and give you a demonstration.
Your liver is obviously on the right side, so I’ve got my rib cage here. Just get four fingers like the blade, breathe in, breathe out, and then push hard up underneath this whole edge here. The top of the liver is here and it goes right through to here. By pushing underneath here, if you’ve got any pain in there or it’s very tender to touch, that could mean you’ve got a bit of an enlargement of the liver. It’s something again, I commonly see when I palpate patients is there will be pain there. Look at the stool. Lots of problems there with constipation or diarrhea can also be a prelude to fatty liver. The blood test is quite important to do. But if in doubt, get the doctor to check out the liver region.
There is certainly a connection with Candida and liver. Patients who’ve got major Candida problems often end up with a lot of bowel disorders and also congestive liver. The liver contains many different cells in it that help to filter the blood and clean it. There are these cells called kupffer cells which are liver cells. And the liver will often become burdened to a very high degree when the person gets quite toxic in terms of their diet and their lifestyle. The Candida metabolites or the by-products of Candida as it dies and bacteria and dead cells and pollens and viruses and all these things clog up the bloodstream, so the liver has to filter these things out. People with toxic bowels, lots of bloating and gas, are much more prone to having fatty liver than people with clean living. We don’t drink alcohol or eat a lot of sweet foods.
Coming back to the foods. Bitter foods are what the liver likes to have. When I think of bitter foods, I think about lemon, olive, olive leaf, olive oil, quite good.
Artichokes are good. Carrots are good to have. Anything that tastes bitter in the mouth. Chinese vegetables. Endive. Rocket. Salad. These are the sort of things that you really want to focus on with liver cleansing. And you want to avoid the junk foods in your diet, alcohols, soda drinks and these sorts of things. They’re going to contribute to liver congestion and ultimately fatty liver.
Low-grade nausea, sickness, bad taste in the mouth, headaches in the morning, feeling very tired, very emotional, very angry, these are all signs that you could have a fatty liver. You don’t need to get the gall bladder out. I’ll do some other videos on the liver and particularly the gall bladder flush on how to clean the gall bladder out because it’s one organ that can be cleansed in the body effectively. You need to take care when you’re going to do a gall bladder flush, but I can show you specific ways to achieve this and to get a very, very nice outcome to prevent you getting your gall bladder out.
Focus on the bitter foods. Kick the sugar. Kick the sweet and processed foods. I just actually shared a post on Facebook where they found out the processed foods now are absolutely linked to autoimmune diseases. Foods that are packaged and processed in boxes and this sort of rubbish from the supermarket. Fresh foods are always going to keep the gut and the liver clean. This is what you want to focus on.
I’ve written extensively about this in Candida Crusher in the section called the MEVY Diet. I’ve written hundreds of pages on diet and nutrition. You can read that on yeastinfection.org or you can purchase my book and you can read up to 700 pages of information on how to keep your health in top shape and how to get rid of Candida and avoid getting it in the future.
I hope that gives you a bit of insight into fatty liver and gall bladder, Donna. Thanks for your email.