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*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!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Liver Health and ANGER.... How controlling your anger can help your Liver

When Jake first started to develop Cirrhosis, a friend of mine told me that, according to Chinese Medicine, the Liver is where Anger is stored. To me, that made a lot of sense. Jake was angry about a lot of things at that time, mostly about being laid off a job he had for a very long time (it was a company he was very loyal to).

And MAN was he difficult to be around. He became SOOO crabby when he was sick, his kids didn't even want to be around him. It was difficult to care for him when he was so crabby and acting like such an ingrateful jerk sometimes that I wanted to take those supplements I was buying for him, and throw them in his face. Thank GOD he is back to his cheerful self these days.

When I was a kid, my mother told me that anger is very dangerous for your health. I believe that. So I wanted to write this post about Anger, and how to deal with it.

This funny picture above is from an article I found on this page, which I would highly recommend reading. I think this also explains why eating meat tends to make people unhealthy!

You can read another good article about Anger and The Liver, here:

Do you have an Angry Liver?  By Irene Ross.  
The original article can be found HERE

Most of us don't even think about our livers until we're in pain, but it's so important we can only live a day or two if it shuts down.
Located in the lower right quadrant of the abdomen, the liver is where health begins. It supports every system. It is the primary detoxifier for whatever we eat, inhale or absorb and it converts food to energy and stores it as glycogen. As doctors at The Cleveland Clinic point out, the liver also stores fat-soluble vitamins such as D and E.
The liver gets easily clogged, especially these days with so much processed and chemicalized food, pollution and so many environmental toxins. You need to feed and nourish it to keep it functioning optimally.
Don't Spew Your Bile at Me!
If you're constantly ill-tempered or anxious, you're said to have an angry liver. The liver is often referred to as the "seat of anger."
Many Chinese and Ayurvedic medical practitioners equate chronic anger to poor liver function. In fact, there are numerous examples, based on Chinese research, says theNational Institutes of Health.
Talk about a vicious cycle. If you're angry, you aren't happy. If you aren't happy, you probably won't feel much like meditating, praying, thinking positively, practicing gratitude or performing little acts of kindness -- all things to help get you out of that low vibration.
If your liver is not working well, you'll also experience:
Weighty Issues
Toxins are stored in the fat cells, adding up to bigger butts and bellies. Dr. Mark Hyman compares a clogged liver to when the trash collectors go on strike -- waste builds up, it becomes a breeding ground for illness, and your body basically becomes a toxic waste dump.
Hormone Havoc
Overweight women are especially estrogen dominant and this is why: The liver stores hormones and converts fat to energy and, says the Harvard Medical School Health Guide, it can't handle excess. The more fat cells you have, the more get created -- until those fat cells get out of control and actually become an organ, producing estrogen for women and converting testosterone into estrodial for men, leading to an imbalance.
Digestive Disruption
The liver shares a common bile duct with the gallbladder. Bile helps us digest and when the liver is congested, you don't absorb properly, you experience stomach pain, discomfort and possibly gall stones.
What Should You Do If Yours is Angry?
• Feed it well. Kale, garlic, red beets, avocado, lemon, grapefruit, apples, olive oil and walnuts support the liver.
• Avoid alcohol, fried, fatty, smoked and salty foods.
• Use medications, paint thinners, pesticides and anything that can harm it carefully.
• Drink water, because it also flushes toxins and transports nutrients.
• Exercise regularly, since toxins come out in sweat.
• Practice stress reduction. Stress causes inflammation, impairs blood flow and contributes to liver cell death by releasing other harmful rogue cells.
• Supplement. Milk thistle and dandelion root, especially, support liver health.


I would recommend the following books / audiobooks on Anger:

I listened to this audiobook on Anger, several years ago, and loved it. It's by Marianne Williamson. You can see it here:



Marianne Williamson is a very enjoyable speaker to listen to, so it didn't feel like work to listen to her tapes at all.




When Jake went through a divorce several years ago, he saw a therapist who highly recommended this book Jake said he really liked it a lot, and has started listening to it again.  

Healing the Shame that Binds You (Recovery Classics)


I know it is not about Anger, but I once heard that Depression is Anger Turned Inward. I believe that!

You can also download a version from Audible.com by clicking HERE. My husband actually listened to this on cassette tapes (and loved it... he just told me again recently).



8/30/16: UPDATE, For anyone who has been affected by physical or sexual abuse. I recommend you check out this book, Landscapes of the Heart, by Gregg Tyler Milligan, whom I just saw on Oprah's website after he did a brave interview about sexual abuse by his own mother. I have spoken with a lot of people who turned to alcohol because they were victims of physical or sexual abuse.  It's not your fault. I was a victim, to a degree, myself, and it is part of what caused me to develop self destructive behavior and an eating disorder in my teens and 20s (and I think this is why I have a certain kinship with a lot of alcoholics)! Thankfully, I no longer have an eating disorder, and I'm not going to let my abuser continue to be a negative influence on my life when he's been dead for almost 30 years. The best we can do is heal from our past and vow to become stronger and help others to not suffer that same kind of abuse.

This is the book by Gregg Tyler Milligan. Please check it out if you can.

Landscapes of the Heart - A Survivor's Guide 




 


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husband a lot. But I believe it is wise to do as much research as you can, and find out why 
they are giving you every one of the medications and treatments they are giving you. 
I believe they do not always know about or understand every treatment option that is available, 
and there are many good options out there that can help.
Your health is ultimately your own responsibility, above anyone else's.

Best of luck to you!!!
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4 comments:

  1. Learn to flow like river, that's how to heal your anger

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  2. I didn't know there was a correlation between liver and anger until I read your article. But that made sense. Thank you for sharing a very informative article!

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