Another disease that’s awash in acronyms is Fatty Liver. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is defined as having excessive fat in the liver with more than 5% of liver cells containing triglycerides.
It includes two types of conditions: non-alcoholic fatty liver (NAFL) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), with inflammation and scarring. I think NASH is just NADL getting worse and worse until it begins to damage liver cells and causes scarring. Or perhaps people with NAFL have less body-wide inflammation and don’t develop NASH – we might find the NAFL people have higher levels of magnesium – a major anti-inflammatory – and don’t develop scarring.
For the most part, medicine tries to say NAFLD is not a serious condition, even though it affects a whopping 25% of the adult population. That’s probably because only 3-5% go on to develop NASH and also because no drugs have been approved to treat it and until there are, medicine is not going to pay much attention.
Diet is the only way to counter NAFLD but since doctors don’t know much about nutrition and don’t get paid for giving nutritional advice, it continues to rise to epidemic proportions. I think NAFLD is another notch on the smoking gun of metabolic syndrome. Already, insulin resistance, obesity, overweight, obstructive sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high TGL, prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, PCOS, elevated liver enzymes, and a high sugar (fructose) diet are associated with NAFLD.
If you look you will find articles like the following geared toward the medical continuing education community “NASH: The Epidemic Is Here, Are You Ready?” sponsored by Intercept Pharmaceuticals. Or “The Growing Epidemic of Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) Fatty Liver Disease” found on the Pfizer website.
NAFLD has to come to medicine’s attention because it’s predicted that it will affect 63% of the world’s population by 2030. Pfizer says that “the best hope right now is to take measures to treat the risk factors that can lead to it.” And “While there are currently no approved medicines for the treatment of NASH, there is hope on the horizon with research ongoing across the pharmaceutical industry, academia, and among advocacy organizations.”
Pfizer offers that “If you find out you have a fatty liver in its early stages you can try to prevent it from progressing by changing to a healthier lifestyle, and treating any medical conditions that increase fat to the liver.” However, “The only potentially life-saving option when the disease advances to end-stage liver failure or liver cancer is a liver transplant.”
Sheesh, that’s a very broad sweep – try to change your diet OR get a liver transplant. In the middle of the treatment trajectory are drugs to treat medical risk factors – which means statins for cholesterol, diabetic drugs, and anti-hypertensives – the same drugs used for “preventing” cardiovascular disease. Unfortunately all these drugs deplete magnesium and only worsen cardiovascular disease and likely worsen fatty liver as well.
The lifestyle modifications to prevent NASH recommended on the Pfizer website are mostly valid and they would work if they were only accepted and adopted by patients and doctors alike. Every doctor with every patient must begin asking about diet and recommending improvements.
Most patients know what dietary errors they are making – too much sugar and white flour products, too many sodas, too much alcohol, not enough vegetables. But if a health professional reminds patients to improve their lifestyle; if government agencies that receive public health funding publicize good health behaviors; if schools started serving healthy meals at lunchtime, we might have a chance of reversing this epidemic.
Let me list and embellish what Pfizer recommends.
· Lose 7 to 10% of body weight if overweight or obese. That’s a good start but what about targeting a person’s ideal body weight? I recommend my book, ReSet Your Ideal Weight for the Diet and Intermittent Fasting that along with the Completement Formulas helps heal the liver and help you lose weight. The fat burning created by the Keto Diet is what you want to unpack the fat in fatty liver.
· Increase physical activity and exercise intensity. Definitely important. Using the minerals in the Completement Formulas will prevent mineral losses from sweat when you exercise.
· Reduce saturated fats in diet. This bit of advice can be problematic because a high fat, Keto Diet can be beneficial for fatty liver because it will turn on fat burning to burn off the excess fat in the liver.
· Stop drinking sugary beverages. This is very important – eliminate sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and chemical sweeteners that also damage the liver.
· Limit alcohol to ≤1 drink/day for women and ≤2 drinks/day for men. In spite of studies that say alcohol can be beneficial, I would never recommend alcohol to an individual in case they became addicted because of a genetic inability to metabolize alcohol.
· Drink two or more cups of caffeinated coffee a day. Presumably when your body metabolizes caffeine it makes a chemical called paraxanthine that slows the growth of the scar tissue involved in fibrosis. Instead of suffering the side effects of caffeine, I recommend our ReAline and ReMag to properly deal with inflammation naturally.
Cardiovascular death is the number one cause of death in NAFLD patients and survival rates are lower in patients with multiple aspects of metabolic syndrome. This is a big concern for me because the more these cardiovascular associations are made, the more “preventive” drugs will be given to patients to try and lower mortality. Unfortunately allopathic medicine hasn’t gotten the memo yet that drugs for cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes will all worsen heart disease because they all lower magnesium in the body.
Liver Cirrhosis and Cancer
It’s quite scary reading about NASH as the fastest growing cause of liver cirrhosis, hepatocellular cancer, liver transplant, and liver-related mortality. It is only 3-5% of the NAFLD population but apparently there is no way of knowing who will develop the fibrosis related to NASH. I suppose the scare tactics are meant to get patients taking better care of their health, and more importantly for the commercial aspect of taking lots of “preventive medications.” However, everyone knows that the main drivers of NAFLD are obesity followed by diabetes. What have I said about these two conditions? That they can be overcome by following a Ketogenic Diet and Intermittent Fasting.
For much more information, please follow nephrologist, Dr. Jason Fung, who has written The Diabetes Code, The Obesity Code, and The Complete Guide to Fasting. His approach is the Ketogenic Diet and Intermittent Fasting with lots of science to back up everything he says.
Dr. Fung has proven that by excluding sugars and simple carbs, you stop the insulin response and thus eliminate high blood sugars and diabetes. Insulin will keep coming out in response to sugar intake and when the cells get overloaded with sugar they shut down – this is called insulin resistance. But that doesn’t stop insulin from being produced or from promoting cholesterol and triglyceride synthesis in the liver and transforming glucose into fat. Increased fat in the liver leads to NAFLD. It’s actually very simple; keep eating sugars and you will keep producing fat in the liver and eventually most of the population will have a fatty liver just like most of the population is now overweight or obese.
NOTE: Fructose sugars – from fruit and high fructose corn syrup are shunted into triglyceride pathways more than glucose. That means you should avoid fructose if you want to recover from fatty liver.
Total Body Reset Protocol For NAFLD
What follows is a detailed approach to support the structure and function of the body in the face of NAFLD. I also take this approach with Total Metabolic Breakdown and all the chronic diseases. We all have the same cells, so the key to this protocol is that it feeds the body at the cellular level to allow the creation of perfect cells according to the natural blueprint of the body.
Completement Formulas: ReAline, ReMag, ReMyte, RnA Drops, ReStructure with Pico Silver, and Flora ReVive.
1. Water Intake Guidelines
While waiting for your ReSet Formulas to arrive, begin hydrating your body by increasing your water intake and adding sea salt or Himalayan salt. Water Intake Guidelines: Drink ½ your body weight (in pounds) in ounces of water. If you weigh 150 lbs, you will drink 75 ounces per day. Sea salt or Himalayan salt: Add ¼ tsp to every quart of drinking water – to one of those bottles, you will later add ReMag and ReMyte.
When the products arrive, begin taking these capsules to assist in detoxing/taking out the trash.
Dosage: 1 per day with or without meals for 1 week, then take 1 capsule twice per day.
Note: If you are already taking ReMag, don’t worry, just continue to take it as you begin adding the other formulas.
Product Description: L-methionine and L-taurine are sulfur-based amino acids, which lend their sulfur to the liver’s sulfation detox pathways. The B vitamins in ReAline work synergistically with ReMag, methionine, and taurine. Four of the B vitamins are methylated and transfer a methyl group to the liver’s methyl detox pathways. The rest of the B vitamins are food-based, which makes them easily absorbed and highly effective. They are essential to support the structure and function of the liver.
You can start to take ReStructure as soon as it arrives.
Product Description: ReStructure is a highly digestible protein powder for athletes and Paleo and Keto followers, as well as a meal replacement for losing weight and balancing blood sugar. Protein is the main ingredient, but carbs and fats are also part of the formula for the appropriate macronutrient balance. Add raw eggs for more Paleo protein; blend in nuts or add heavy whipping cream to make it Keto. In my experience, people need to have good sources of protein to heal the liver.
4. RnA ReSet Drops®
You can add RnA ReSet Drops at any time in your beginning protocol.
Dosage: 1 drop under the tongue twice a day. Add 1-2 drops every week until you reach 10 drops twice a day, which is the average dose. Take RnA ReSet Drops 15 minutes away from food or drink. Of course, you can begin with RnA ReSet Drops alone, or add it at any time in your ReSet Formula Protocol. However, some people like to do things in sequence.
Product Description: RnA ReSet Drops are the catalyst for the Completement Formulas, providing the impetus for RNA to make perfect copies of DNA for new cell development using the ionized minerals in ReMag and ReMyte as building blocks. You can view the Radish Experiment on YouTube to find out more.
After 4 days of ReAline and ReStructure, add ReMag, starting with ¼ tsp per day in a quart of water and sipping it through the day. Every 2 days, add another ¼ tsp. Work up to a saturation dose of 2-3 tsps. a day if you are trying to overcome a magnesium deficiency, if you are on medications, or if you are participating in athletic and/or work activities where you need to enhance muscle performance. For more information, read the free eBook Invisible Minerals: Part I – ReMag.
Note: If you are already taking ReMag, don’t worry, just skip to #6 and begin adding ReMyte.
Product Description: Magnesium is required in 1,000 enzyme processes in the body and is responsible for 80% of known metabolic functions including hundreds of liver functions. ReMag is a unique non-laxative, 60,000 ppm-concentrate of stabilized magnesium ions where 1 tsp equals 300mg of elemental magnesium. ReMag works synergistically with ReMyte.
After a week of slowly building up ReMag, add ¼ tsp of ReMyte into the same quart of water and sip it through the day. Every 2 days, add another ¼ tsp. Work up to 1½ tsp a day. If you are taking 4 tsp a day of ReMag, take 2 tsp a day of ReMyte to balance the minerals.
Product Description: Every enzyme reaction in the body requires a vitamin or a mineral as a participating cofactor. ReMyte is a multiple mineral made by the same process as ReMag, which stabilizes the minerals as ions. All the minerals in ReMyte support many hundreds of enzyme processes in the body including the liver. Instead of purchasing a dozen different bottles of minerals, you just need one bottle of ReMyte.
The following products are not in the RnA ReSet Bundle, but they will definitely help in supporting the structure and function of your body as it overcomes Fatty Liver.
7. Pico Silver™
Pico Silver supports the structure and function of the immune system against any type of infectious organism – bacteria, virus, or fungus.
Dosage: Varies from 6 tsp a day for an acute infection to 1 tsp a day for maintenance.
Product Description: I decided to have Pico Silver made with the same stabilized ion technology as ReMag, ReMyte, and ReCalcia so all of our minerals would be compatible. It supports the structure and function of the liver. Since the liver is known to hide viruses, it is important to use Pico Silver to prevent viruses from escaping into the blood stream.
8. Flora ReVive™
This product is our soil-based probiotic/prebiotic formula. Dysbiosis is associated with NAFLD.
Dosage: 1 capsule twice a day taken with or without food. The ingredients of Flora ReVive do not require refrigeration. If you have a sensitive gut, you may begin by taking one per day for one week before adding the second capsule.
Product Description: Each veggie cap of Flora ReVive contains: Saccharomyces Boulardii, Humic-Fulvic Acid, an Inulin. 3) Inulin. This prebiotic stimulates the growth of beneficial bacteria, which helps improve digestion, immunity, and overall health.
If your doctor tells you (or someone you know) that you have elevated liver enzymes and are at risk for NAFLD, please consider what I’ve said and take responsibility for your own health.
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Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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