Disclaimer

*Results may vary. The information in this site is NOT to be construed as medical advice. Cirrhosis of the liver is a serious condition and if you have it, you should see a doctor. I am not a doctor and am not able to dispense medical advice. My husband saw a doctor (many of them) and they were able to do things for him that I could not. However, they were unable to recommend alternative treatments that were VERY beneficial to my husband, so I am providing some of that information here. My husband and I tried all of these alternative therapies at our own risk, and if you try them you will be doing the same. At your own risk. No promises are made in this blog. I am not saying there is a cure for cirrhosis or any other condition. However, I believe most people can get well, like my husband did. My husband is alive, happy, productive, functional and has his energy back. He no longer has to take medications and he no longer worries about having to go on disability or getting a $577,000 liver transplant. Cirrhosis is a serious condition. He is currently in the fibrosis stage (Stage 2 liver disease), which is still serious. I cannot guarantee you will have the same results. I just want you to know about what worked well for my husband. I hope you will share what you learned with others, and share your story with us as well. This blog was made for YOU! Thanks for visiting!

Friday, August 4, 2017

What Causes Sarcopenia (Muscle Wasting)?


A gal who booked an Info Session last night asked me what causes the "muscle wasting" (aka Sarcopenia) she is experiencing, and I had to tell her I didn't know, but I'd look it up.

Well, I just looked it up...  and it appears to come from a lack of protein, lack of exercise, oxidative stress, and, inflammation... all of which a person with cirrhosis has, do a large degree.  See yellow highlights below.  I got a little freaked out when I first did a search on this, as I saw several articles on the first page of google that seemed to indicate that, when a person starts losing muscle mass, they seem to have a higher death rate. I didn't know this until today.

From THIS PAGE (full article pasted at the bottom of this post)

Sawyer and his team studied 112 patients with cirrhosis who were awaiting liver transplants at the University of Alberta Hospital and discovered 40 per cent of them had muscle wasting or low muscle mass. Cirrhosis is the final phase of chronic liver diseases, characterized by scarring of the liver and poor liver function. Those with low muscle mass lived for about 19 months if they couldn't get a transplant, while those with normal muscle mass lived for about 34 months without a liver transplant.
"Patients with cirrhosis who have low muscle mass are actually more sick than what current scoring systems are telling us and many of them die while waiting on the liver transplant lists," says Sawyer.
"Patients with low muscle mass will get put on the list thinking they can wait for around three years, but really they can only wait for about one-and-a-half years.

The good news is, the Detox Water definitely helps at least one of these factors (in a big way), and also when my husband had cirrhosis back in 2011, he did have the muscle wasting and seemed to be able to turn it around with extreme nutrition, using Visalus products.  You don't have to use Visalus, you can buy supplements on your own, but it's easy to "OD" on supplements when you're taking a whole bunch of different pills, and in a million years I would never know how to get the combination of things right. Somehow they seem to have figured out what is the ideal combination of things to really help the liver (there are over 30 things in Visalus vitamins that are really good for people with cirrhosis).

With any vitamins or supplements, you do have to be careful and monitor yourself when you add anything new to your diet. Something that doesn't make an average person sick can make a person with cirrhosis sick, because your liver has lost it's ability to process just about everything, including nutrients. But I can tell you that my husband had extremely good luck taking Visalus in 2011, he seemed to bounce back really well, and that's just about all he did at that time, in terms of "alternative" methods (in addition to the diuretics and digoxin his doctors gave him).


From THIS PAGE....

Preventing Sarcopenia

January 2007
By Will Brink
One of the greatest long-term threats to our ability to remain healthy and function independently with advancing age is a steady loss of lean muscle mass, a condition known as sarcopenia.
While doctors have long warned about the loss of bone mass (osteoporosis) that accompanies aging, scant attention has been paid to the equally debilitating loss of muscle mass commonly seen in older people.
Today, however, sarcopenia is increasingly recognized as a serious health problem that afflicts millions of aging adults and places an ever-greater strain on our health care system.1 Age-related loss of muscle mass and strength not only robs elderly people of the ability to perform even the most basic tasks of daily living, but also vastly heightens their risk of suffering devastating injuries and even death from sudden falls and other accidents. The good news is, all health-conscious adults can take immediate steps to implement a program that will greatly lessen their risk for sarcopenia.
In this article, we will review the nature of sarcopenia, its causes, and ways to both prevent and manage this condition. Since sarcopenia has no single cause, its prevention and treatment require an integrated approach that incorporates dietary strategies, hormone replacement, nutritional supplementation, and exercise.

Understanding Sarcopenia

Sarcopenia is the age-related loss of muscle mass, strength, and functionality. It generally appears after the age of 40 and accelerates after the age of approximately 75. Although most often seen in physically inactive people, sarcopenia is also common in those who remain physically active throughout their lives. Therefore, while engaging in regular physical activity is essential to avoiding sarcopenia, inactivity is not the only contributing factor to this condition. Like osteoporosis, sarcopenia is a multifactorial disease process that may result from sub-optimal hormone levels, inadequate dietary protein, other nutritional imbalances, lack of exercise, oxidative stress, and inflammation.2,3
Sarcopenia and osteoporosis are related conditions, and one often accompanies or follows the other. Muscles generate the mechanical stress required to keep our bones healthy. When this muscle activity is reduced, it increases our susceptibility to a loss of bone mass, often initiating a vicious circle of declining health and functionality.
Moreover, this loss of muscle mass can have additional far-ranging effects beyond an obvious loss of strength and functionality. Muscle acts as a metabolic reservoir.4 After a traumatic event, for example, muscle produces proteins and metabolites required for survival and recovery. In practical terms, this suggests that frail elderly people with decreased muscle mass may have poorer outcomes after major surgery or traumatic accidents, since they lack the metabolic reservoir of muscle mass to support the immune system and other bodily systems during the recovery process.

Protein and Other Dietary Factors

Major dietary factors that contribute to sarcopenia are inadequate protein intake, insufficient calorie intake, and chronic, low-level metabolic acidosis (or an abnormally increased acidity in the body’s fluids). Although it is generally believed that the average American consumes more protein than needed, inadequate protein in the diets of older adults is common. Further compounding this problem may be a diminished capacity to digest and absorb protein in the elderly. Several studies suggest that protein requirements for older adults are higher than for younger people, and should be higher than is often recommended.5-7 In short, many older adults may not consume enough high-quality protein to support and preserve their lean body mass.
While consuming an adequate amount of protein is important for older adults, consuming too much protein can result in a low-level, diet-induced metabolic acidosis, or abnormally increased acidity in the body. The typical American diet—which is high in animal proteins and cereal grains, and low in fruits and vegetables—can cause a low-grade metabolic acidosis that contributes to the decline in muscle and bone mass found in aging adults.8 One study found that adding a buffering agent (potassium bicarbonate) to the diet of postmenopausal women prevented the muscle-wasting effects of a “normal” diet.9 This led the researchers to conclude that the buffering agent may prevent continuing age-related loss of muscle mass and help restore lost muscle mass.
Therefore, older adults should strive to ensure an adequate intake of high-quality protein from a variety of sources, accompanied by an increase in fruits and vegetables, and a reduced intake of cereal grain foods. Buffering agents such as potassium bicarbonate can be incorporated in a supplement regimen, though they should not take the place of potassium-rich fruits and vegetables in the diet.

Importance of Optimal Hormone Levels

Aging is accompanied by declining levels of many essential hormones in the body, particularly tissue-building (anabolic) hormones such as growth hormone, DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), and testosterone.2
For example, circulating growth hormone levels in older adults are just one third of those in teenagers.3Researchers have recently focused on insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) and mechano growth factor as critical hormones in maintaining muscle and bone mass.10 Without adequate levels of these hormones, it may be impossible for anyone to maintain lean body mass, regardless of how they eat or exercise.
Aging adults have a reduced output of mechano growth factor, a hormone that helps build muscle in response to exercise.11 This could help explain why older adults have a much more difficult time building muscle compared to their younger counterparts. However, when older people were given growth hormone before engaging in resistance exercise, their mechano growth factor response improved markedly, as did their muscle mass.11
Testosterone is also critical to maintaining lean body mass. Especially when given to testosterone-deficient men, this essential hormone can have a broad range of positive effects. One study noted that in healthy older men with low-normal to mildly decreased testosterone levels, testosterone supplementation increased lean body mass and decreased fat mass. Additionally, testosterone improved upper and lower body strength, functional performance, sexual function, and mood in some individuals.12 Although women produce less of this hormone than men do, adequate testosterone is just as essential to their health and well-being.
Because hormonal factors can significantly affect muscle mass, all adults over the age of 40 should undergo annual blood testing to track their hormone levels. If necessary, hormone deficiencies can be addressed using bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Since hormone replacement therapy requires regular monitoring and is contraindicated in some individuals, you should consult a medical professional about your specific hormone replacement needs.

 And, from THIS PAGE...

WHAT IS SARCOPENIA?



Sarcopenia is a disease associated with the ageing process. Loss of muscle mass and strength, which in turn affects balance, gait and overall ability to perform tasks of daily living, are hallmark signs of this disease. 
Scientists have long believed muscle loss and others signs associated with aging are an inevitable process. However, researchers are looking for ways in which we can slow the aging process, specifically in relation to loss of muscle mass and strength.

Loss of muscle mass, strength and function

SarcopeniaNormal muscle mass on left, muscle wasting on right
Sarcopenia is, in its most literal sense, the loss of muscle mass, strength and function related to aging.  We are now discovering this loss is a complex and multifaceted process.  Most commonly seen in inactive people, sarcopenia also affects those who remain physically active throughout their lives1.
This indicates that although a sedentary lifestyle contributes to this disease, it's not the only factor.

In addition, as we age:
  • hormone levels change
  • protein requirements alter
  • motor neurons die
  • and we tend to become more sedentary 

Prevention and treatment

These factors in combination are what are thought to cause sarcopenia. Scientists are searching for ways to treat and prevent progression of this disease process by developing treatments targeting individual factors.
In a review of literature, worsening sarcopenia followed trends in losses of muscle strength as well as impairment of daily functioning2. In one study, the prevalence of sarcopenia increased dramatically with age from 4 % of men and 3 % of women aged 70-75 to 16 % of men and 13 % of women aged 85 or older3.
Fig. 1 Life course changes in muscle mass and strength. Note environmental changes can lower the disability threshold2.

More importantly, when sarcopenia is coupled with other diseases associated with aging, its affects can be even more pronounced. Loss of muscle mass and strength is a significant risk factor for disability in the aging population4. When patients suffer from both sarcopenia and osteoporosis, the risk of falling and subsequent fracture incidence is higher5. Therefore, treating sarcopenia will in turn help to lessen its burden on co-existing diseases.

References

1. Brink W (2007) Preventing Sarcopenia. LifeExtension Magazine
2. Mithal A, Bonjour J-P, Boonen S, Burckhardt P, Degens H, El Hajj Fuleihan G, Josse R, Lips P, Morales Torres J, Rizzoli R, Yoshimura N, Wahl D.A., Cooper C, Dawson-Hughes B(2011) Impact of nutrition on muscle strength and performance in older adults. Osteoporosis International (in press)
3. Castillo EM, Goodman-Gruen D, Kritz-Silverstein D, Morton DJ, Wingard DL, Barrett-Connor E (2003) Sarcopenia in elderly men and women - The Rancho Bernardo Study. Am J Prev Med 25: 226-231
4. Volpi, E, Nazemi R, Fujita S, (2004) Muscle tissue changes with aging. Curr Opin Nutr Metab Care July, 7(4):405-410
5. Sarcopenia: European consensus on definition and diagnosis, Report of the European Working Group on Sarcopenia in Older People," Age and Ageing Advance Access originally published online on April 13, 2010, Age and Ageing 2010 39(4):412-423



From THIS PAGE...


PUBLIC RELEASE: 

Cirrhosis patients losing muscle mass have a higher death rate

These patients should be bumped up on liver transplant lists
UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA FACULTY OF MEDICINE & DENTISTRY

Medical researchers at the University of Alberta reviewed the medical records of more than 100 patients who had a liver scarring condition and discovered those who were losing muscle were more apt to die while waiting for a liver transplant. These cirrhosis patients were placed at a lower spot on the transplant list because they had a higher functioning liver and were seemingly less sick than others with the same condition, based on scoring systems physicians commonly use today.
Michael Sawyer, the principal investigator in the recently published review, says the results demonstrate physicians need to consider muscle mass when assessing where a patient with cirrhosis needs to be placed on the transplant list. Muscle mass, which can be seen through CT images commonly ordered for cirrhosis patients, needs to be considered in conjunction with other factors doctors currently look at, says Sawyer, who is a researcher in the Department of Oncology with the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and a practising oncologist at the Cross Cancer Institute.
The review conducted by Sawyer and his colleagues was just published in the peer-reviewed journal, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, in the United States. An editorial about this research was also published in the February issue of the journal.
Sawyer and his team studied 112 patients with cirrhosis who were awaiting liver transplants at the University of Alberta Hospital and discovered 40 per cent of them had muscle wasting or low muscle mass. Cirrhosis is the final phase of chronic liver diseases, characterized by scarring of the liver and poor liver function. Those with low muscle mass lived for about 19 months if they couldn't get a transplant, while those with normal muscle mass lived for about 34 months without a liver transplant.
"Patients with cirrhosis who have low muscle mass are actually more sick than what current scoring systems are telling us and many of them die while waiting on the liver transplant lists," says Sawyer.
"Patients with low muscle mass will get put on the list thinking they can wait for around three years, but really they can only wait for about one-and-a-half years.
"Those in the medical field have been looking for better methods to assess patients with cirrhosis and this may be that missing piece to the puzzle. If we can combine this measure of muscle mass with the current scoring system, it will provide a better way of predicting survival rates of patients awaiting liver transplants."
The team's research was funded by the Alberta Cancer Foundation, who said the findings will improve care for patients. The study originally looked at the incidence of low muscle mass in both cirrhosis patients and patients with liver cancer. The liver cancer findings are yet to be published.
"Dr. Sawyer's research is an example of how new knowledge and the understanding of disease is vital to advancing clinical care," says Myka Osinchuk, CEO of the Alberta Cancer Foundation. "It is gratifying to know that Dr. Sawyer and his team have taken this research to another, unexpected level and are challenging the medical field to a new way of thinking."
Sawyer and one of his teammates, Aldo J. Montano-Loza, who works in the Division of Gastroenterology in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, have already received further funding from the American College of Gastroenterology to continue their work.
Sawyer is hopeful this additional way of assessing cirrhosis patients awaiting transplants will be incorporated into medical practice within the next three to four years.
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The team recently presented their findings at research conferences in both Canada and Europe.
Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.


 Hope this helps!

Ellie


Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Healthy Dose of Fear is a GOOD THING... And a False Sense of Security Can be Fatal

The other day I found myself talking to a really nice Latino guy from Southern California, who wants to order a water machine. I told him I thought it was great that he was being so pro-active about his health, and turning things around before he started to run into real problems. Sooo many people wait till the last minute, and then it ends up costing them a fortune to turn things around.

I've started to notice a trend among Latino / Hispanic men (in the US), that they tend not to wait, to turn things around, to take care of their health. I've spoken with hundreds of people, and can't even think of a single time I've talked to a Latino / Hispanic man who got really sick, or died, from liver failure (I'm not saying it's never happened, but I honestly just can't think of a time I've seen it).

I started to wonder why that is.

Maybe this is just a theory, and I know some people might think I'm generalizing, or doing some kind of "racial profiling," but I can't help but I can't help thinking there are 2 reasons for this...

1) A lot of Latino / Hispanic men are extremely hard working.  Because they are often raised poor, or because they couldn't speak perfect English, they felt they had to settle for minimum wage jobs (and even if they could speak perfect English, there is a good chance that they were raised by someone who couldn't, who instilled in them the feeling that they still had to work extra hard).  The person who feels that they can't make the same income as someone else, will feel that they have to work twice as hard (I can relate to this because I don't have a college degree). They are so used to working hard, that if you tell them it's going to be a lot of work, to a condition (like Cirrhosis) around, it's like it doesn't even phase them. Because they're  prepared to work hard, and just do what it takes, without complaining.

Whereas, there are a lot of other people who... if you tell them they're going to have to work hard, to turn their condition around, it's like they just can't believe it, or they'd rather whine and complain about it, than actually do something about it. I used to help homeowners facing foreclosure, and when I would go door knocking, my favorite doors to knock on were the people who had Hispanic last names. I knew they'd be the least likely to complain, and they were always very polite and appreciative of any help you might be offering.

2) Latino / Hispanic men have got to be the least likely people to walk around with a false sense of security. They tend not to let their guards down, as much as other people. They fully understand that they need to look out after themselves, because they can't expect the government or anyone else to look out after them. They're watching their own backs more than anyone else. And I think that is the smartest and the healthiest way to go!

So many of us, who grew up in the US, walk around with a false sense of security (I am just as guilty of this as anyone). Like, we really do believe that the government is going to take care of us, and that doctors are looking out for us, and they really do have our best interests at heart.

I had to learn the hard way, that I was living in Lala land, thinking that. There is NOBODY who can look out for you, better than YOU can. So many doctors turned out to be looking out for themselves, more than they were looking out for my husband. 

And I hear this happening all the time. People tell me story after story, about how doctors seem to be making them more and more sick. Many doctors will actually encourage a patient to get MORE sick, in the hospital, so that they can be qualified to receive a liver transplant, even if they don't have a suitable donor yet! 

Over the last 10 years I have done a lot of animal rescue volunteer work, and in the process I ended up adopting some cats. One of my favorite cats of all time is a feral cat whom I'll call Mr. D.  He was about 2 years old when I got him, so he'd lived the first 2 years of his life having to look for his own food and watch out for himself. 

When I first got Mr. D., he was very scared and shy, and mistrustful of people. But eventually he could see that I wasn't going to hurt him, and I really did just want to provide him a good home. It was like he was always questioning, "Are you really going to let me live here, and keep feeding me?"  It was like, he just DID NOT expect anything from the world, or from anyone, period.

By contrast, I had 2 other cats that I'd had since they were kittens. And they had a sense of "entitlement" that Mr. D did not have at all. When I'd feed my other cats, the "entitled" ones would all run to their bowls and start woofing down their food, while Mr. D. would kind of look up at me, like, "Are you sure this is for me?" Like, he just did not expect anyone to be looking out for him, because he wasn't raised to believe anyone ever would.

I'd say that, out of the cats I've ever had, Mr. D. is the smartest, and the healthiest. Yes, he is moderately mistrustful... even of me, when I've had him for over 10 years. But I don't mind... I view it as a good thing.  I recently heard about a guy who was a serial cat killer in my area. He went right up to different cats in the neighborhood, that were just lying around on the sidewalks or in front of their homes, and nabbed them. And I thought, there is no way in hell he would have been able to nab Mr. D like that.   He would have stayed fall the hell away from him! 


Anyway, I wanted to share this, because I've seen two people pass away from cirrhosis in the last week, and it is utterly heartbreaking for me. In both cases, there was an instance where the person (who was doing the caretaking) thought everything was ok, because their loved one was getting better, so they let their guard down a little, and stopped doing the same level of work that they'd done in the beginning, to get them to that level. 

Now, I want to make it clear, it is not these peoples' FAULTS, that their loved ones died. Because they were on the path to die, anyway. In both cases, the doctors said they were going to die, and that there was basically no hope. 

But they had loved ones who stepped in, and they worked very hard to get back on track... and their loved ones started improving!  But then, once they started improving, their loved ones felt that it was probably ok to relax a little. And they let their guards down, just a little, before their loved ones were "out of the woods." And then their loved ones started getting sick again. And things got out of control, and they died. 

Again, I want to emphasize that it's not their loved ones' FAULTS that they died. Because it is HUMAN NATURE, to let your guard down a little. We all have a very strong need to "breathe normally." Living in a slight state of fear means you have extra stress hormones running through your body, and this probably isn't good for your system. We are not designed to provide round the clock care for others, 24 hours a day. It's just not natural to  have to step in and take care of a loved one's every need, all day long, every day, for months on end.  

And this is why I try to warn people... please, if you are able to turn your health around so that you never have to rely on someone else to take care of you... please DO IT.  Because your loved one, who tried to step in and save you, is always going to feel like they should have done more. But it really wasn't their job to save you... it was yours. Don't ever think the Doctors are going to take care of your every need. Don't rely on your insurance. Don't rely on your parents. Don't rely on your wife or sister or brother or kids. Rely on YOURSELF, more than anyone!

So I want to say THANK YOU to all the people out there (especially all you Latino guys), who are pro-active about their health, and do what they can, to make sure they never get sick to the point where someone else has to try to save their life at the very last minute. In the case of cirrrhosis, it really is like, an ounce of prevention is worth 10 pounds of cure.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Seabuckthorn for Liver Issues

I just stumbled on a video today, on YouTube.... you know, one of those videos that pops up after you watch a different video.... one that you had no intention of watching otherwise.....  the video was interesting enough so I decided to check out the reviews on Amazon and sure enough, it seems to be good for the liver... so I'm posting it here.


 This is the brand with the reviews (I searched them for any with the word "liver")

SeabuckWonders Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil Blend, Omega-7 Complete, 120 Count Softgels





Showing 1-5 of 5 reviews(Verified Purchases, containing "liver").
on July 21, 2015
I waited months before posting this review, because I didn't believe this little pill could really do so much. I've had very bad skin problems most of my life. And by bad, I mean 'wreck your life, ruin your spirit' type bad. I've been to John's Hopkins, both Mayo Clinics. They've cut my face so many times and one all types of experiments on me. In addition to going to dozens of doctors over 2 decades, none of which helped me make a dent in my skin problems... I've also taken dozens upon dozens of different supplements. Each time I've tried a supplement, I've not taken anything else- that way I can know if the supplement is working or exacerbating my skin problem. I've tried Olive Leaf extract, Elderberry, collodial silver, omega fish pills, cod liver oil, eating clay, etc. I just kept trying everything and by time I got to Sea buckthorn, I figured it was just another crapshoot that was going to turn up a loser. Within three days of taking sea buckthorn, my skin changed dramatically. I will still get whiteheads from time to time, but the inflammatory factor of them is almost completely eradicated. in other words, I'll get a white bump here or there but my skin doesn't go to war and cause the thing to build and my skin to turn red and for sebum to erupt out like a volcano.

Initially, I was skeptical that some little berries could have this effect. Normally, I make it about seven days before a major outbreak. So, after 1 month on these pills, I took myself off of them. Two days later, skin problems returned with a vengeance.

I don't know who made these little pills, but they are saving my life right now. You will see another review on here some woman posted about how it helped her skin. That helped convince me to try this, and I can say with full honesty that they have done so much for me to improve a pretty wrecked life. Aside from what they have done to my face, I find myself rubbing my hands sometimes because my skin on my palms is like silk now because of these pills. Also, I had problems with my gums where my mouth bled from eating anything slightly abbrasive such as carrots or apples. My gum health has improved.

I didn't believe in these pills until I saw them heal me for a month, then I went off of them and saw my health deteriorate instantly. If you are having any type of dryness problem or if you're struggling with skin issues like sebboreah dermatitis, eczema, rosacea, acne, sjogrens, etc... look, this bottle of pills is about thirty bucks and it may be the best gamble you ever make. I stand firm behind that statement and I'm not a shill writing a review to get you to buy these. I just hope I can help those others out there who are constantly failed by doctors who just give them more and more antibiotics.

Is my health 100% cured? No. But my skin is so manageable now that I'm beginning to look deeper into healing myself by healing my gut (which was probably destroyed by all the antibiotics they gave me in the first place).

Also, I kid you not. After I started taking these pills, a small, flat mole I've had on my lip since birth disappeared. If someone had told me this had happened to them, I'd laugh. But, well, it happened to me believe it or not. And I guess I'm not alone because other people on here mention losing age spots and other stuff after taking these pills
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on June 23, 2015
I will have to wait for the results since I use for different reasons. Hoping it helps my immune system. I have psoriatic arthritis & take a biologic. Hope to protect my liver & kidneys.
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on March 27, 2015
First, I did not actually feel any difference to my health while taking this product. However, I just saw the dr yesterday and reviewed lab work. For the first time in years my liverenzymes were in the lower end of the normal range. This is extraordinary (!) as I take a medication known to be hard on the liver and as such my enzymes are usually mildly elevated. Needless to say the dr and I were stunned and couldn't quite figure out why or what I had done differently. When I went home I remembered that I had made the change to taking the seabuckthorn capsules. I ordered the capsules January 17th, blood work was done approx Feb 17th. It appears to have taken just one month which is amazing. Happy to finally have a great lab report. Just ordered another bottle.
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on July 12, 2013
So far I have been using this product for almost 2 weeks and I have noticed my nails have been growing faster. My stomach ulcers have seemed to have calmed down quite a bit. I will continue to use this product. I am also considering growing the actual tree and fruit itself because of all the wonderful properties this super fruit contains.

05/09/14

I am still using this Sea Buckthorn brand. I switched to a different brand that was cheaper but I dont think I got the same benefits. I did notice my skin was not as healthy on the other brand. I really take this Sea Buckthorn for its liver healing properties because I have liver issues, so the benefits I am getting I cant see. I can say that my nails and hair are thicker but I have been using this product for many months now. I would like to try Sebu but so far this particular brand has been good.
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on January 31, 2013
I use it for the many benefits it offers, not for just skin, but the heart, the liver and all the omega blends.
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OK so I know this is a pretty cheesy video but this is the video that played (I didn't expect to learn about something that'd be good for the liver, though I guess it makes sense since the liver removes toxins and is related to overall health).