Post # 1
The doctor called in SO today to discuss his blood test results, which were not good. The most alarming was the liver function, which is 8 times the normal range. SO does drink too much, so we kind of expected that the results wouldn’t be great – but not quite that bad. SO needs to have an ultrasound to assess the damage, more blood tests for tumour markers (?). The doctor seemed hopeful that he can be fixed (in addition to the possible diabetes, too much iron, a lot of issues), but I am freaking out. I am trying not to stress out and get upset in front of him, because I need to be strong for him, but I’m really scared there will be too much damage to fix, and I don’t know what I’ll do if that’s the case 🙁
I guess I’m just looking for support, and have any other Bees known of anyone with bad results that could turn around with major lifestyle changes? I hope, hope, hope he will be okay.
Post # 3
I know tons of people, (not personally, just online) that have changed their lives with changing to a raw food diet and juicing. It doesn’t have to be forever, but long enough to let his body heal. If you are wanting to do some research a facebook page i LOVE is YoungandRaw. They are AMAZING over there!
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead is a good documentary to watch for inspiration too.
Post # 4
@lovelyMsValentine: I agree with this.
Also, I drink lemon water ( whole lemon) every morning for a liver cleanse. I’m not suggesting that would cure him, but it can’t hurt to start a hardcore cleanse of toxins, fresh fruit and veggies, to boost his system, so long as his doctors agree that it won’t harm him in his current state.
Post # 5
I also have liver problems, high enzymes and poor liver function. I don’t drink and am not overweight so it was sort of a surprise. I had the ultrasounds and it showed a fatty liver. I was told to watch my diet and exercise and I have to have blood drawn every 3 months to check the levels. It really isn’t anything serious, it could be a lot worse. I’m sure there’s nothing to worry about!
Post # 6
I read “possible diabetes” and I can tell you one thing:
DO NOT JUICE FRUIT. It’s the worst thing you can do for your blood sugar. Veggies are fine and lovely by themselves, but unsweetened veggie juice doesn’t appeal to most people. (I like it but FH hates it)
When it comes to fruit, eat the plant and get all the fiber and other good stuff. Or if you have to drink it, throw it in a blender, not a juicer. Most juicers don’t help – fruits and veggies have fiber to slow down digestion and decrease the impact on your blood sugar, but when you juice, all that’s left is vitamins, water, and sugar. And the sugar can do some SERIOUS damage unchecked.
If you juice fruit, you should eat some animal fat or protein with it, to lower the glycemic index of the meal.
Not sure about liver diets, though. I think the doctor or a nutritionist or someone like that could probably advise you better on that than a bunch of random amateurs on the internet.
Post # 7
My mom had some pretty bad liver function tests. They were testing her after having cancer (melanoma), as part of her follow up treatment plan. They kept repeating the tests to see if they could figure out what was going on and it turned out that she was having a reaction to a vitamin supplement she was taking for osteoporosis. She was advised to avoid all vitamin pills and certain medications. She still has repeat tests and her liver is fine. So just have him do all the follow up testing and let them figure out what is going on.. it could be something very simple to fix.