The USDA has failed to safeguard the meat supply from drug residues and toxic metals, which may result in jaundice and other liver issues. The discovery of infectious hepatitis E virus in retail pork products may help explain the purported association between liver failure and pork consumption. The transfer of blood on cutting machines may explain hepatitis C transmission between deli workers. Potentially toxic to the liver: noni juice, Herbalife® supplements (see here, here), spirulina (see here, here), cod liver oil, BPA in plastics, JuicePlus+® supplements, and shark cartilage.
The good news is that a vegetable protein diet appears to treat liver failure. Indian gooseberries may also protect the liver. And Ceylon cinnamon is the safest because it does not contain coumarin, which may damage the liver at toxic doses. Lastly, chamomile tea may not be safe to consume if you have a liver disease.
Dr. Greger covers liver disease in his full-length presentation, Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death, where he explores the role diet may play in preventing, treating, and even reversing our top 15 killers.
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