Can I Reverse Liver Damage

There are many natural ways to help reverse the effects of liver cirrhosis. Supplementation is one very important factor for the liver to regenerate itself. There are several supplements that are inexpensive but very effective, including green tea and vitamins E, D and C.

There are also some powerful herbs that have recuperative properties. Three of the most powerful include:

1. Milk Thistle - Milk Thistle seeds have been used for over 2000 years to treat liver disease and liver disorders. Milk Thistle has even been featured on Oprah.com, and will continue to be a "must have" for liver therapy.
2. Globe Artichoke - Globe Artichoke specifically reconditions and improves the flow of toxic fighting bile within the liver.

3. Gotu-Kola - Daily consumption of Gotu-Kola will gently detoxify your body and stimulate regeneration of your liver.

Diet also plays an important part in naturally reversing the effects of cirrhosis of the liver. A good, nutritional diet will ease your discomfort and increase your energy. It will also give your liver a break from toxins and allow it to start healing itself.

Finally, you also need to make sure and reduce your stress level. Stress is toxic to the body and the liver. You can reduce your stress by meditating, or do some deep breathing exercises several times a day.

In conclusion, liver cirrhosis is not a death sentence. You can get back to a healthy, happy life with a few techniques. The proper combination of supplements, diet and stress-reducing techniques can change your life around. And it can start today.

However, this information is just the starting point. In order to really reverse the effects of liver cirrhosis, you need to have a comprehensive plan. And that plan will be so worth it when you have your appetite, energy and zest for life back.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What can I do to reverse severe liver damage?
    I have severe liver damage from years of drinking. I am near chirossis but not quite there yet. I quit drinking but am only 33 years old and do not want to die, as my bloodtest is still very much not optimistic. I have no health insurance and no money but my mind is healthy. Any ideas on how to reverse this damage other than the obvious, no alcohol?

    • ANSWER:
      It's really good that you have caught this before it progressed to cirrhosis. It's fibrosis right now if it's near cirrhosis. The most important treatment for your liver problem is to stop drinking immediately. That will probably save your life. If what you say is true, you should be OK and your liver should heal itself over time. You can discuss this with your doctor and ask him/her since the doctor is the one looking at all your test results and knows your history. Cirrhosis is permanent scarring of the liver that does not go away. That's why it's important the it has not reached cirrhosis yet.

      It might take some time for your body to show a change. I have talked to alcoholics that say it can take up to 6 months before their numbers changed for the better so please be patient. You are doing the right thing. You might want to take Milk Thistle since research has shown it does help the liver. You can buy it over the counter. It might help some since your liver is still in the fibrosis stage.

      This is your wake up call and it seems like you are taking it quite seriously. I give you a great deal of credit for that. I had cirrhosis from an autoimmune disease and had to get a transplant, so that's why I know a bit about this. Give those blood tests time to improve and keep focused on not going back to those old habits that got you here in the first place. Hope this makes you a bit more optimistic.

  2. QUESTION:
    can there be a way to reverse liver damage?
    abc7chicago had a story on 12-27-07 about reversing liver damage,I would like more details.

    • ANSWER:
      Well the liver is the only organ in the human body that can regenerate itself. I think it can depend on the type of damage it was subjected to.

  3. QUESTION:
    does milk thistle really help reverse liver damage????
    does milk thistle really help reverse liver damage? and if it does were can i get some?? and also what are some food that will help the liver become more healthier..... thank you.
    the liver damage is really not bad bad but im afraid it might get there is thre any hope?

    • ANSWER:
      milk thistle will not repair damage to the liver it will however relieve some of the symptoms of liver disease such as hepatitis C you can find it at your local health food store

  4. QUESTION:
    How to Reverse Damage by Tylenol?
    Question Details: In the past, I took a lot of Tylenol for my extreme migraines and menstrual cramps. I recently learned that Tylenol (or any acetaminophen) can really damage your liver. I want to know if I can reverse the damage that might occur, or prevent it from occurring. Also, are there any natural alternatives to ease migraine/cramp pain? I know some OTC painkillers are plant based, but I don't know if acetaminophen is. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      if you have a healthy liver it usually isnt a problem as long as you stay under 4000mg per day (which is 8 500mg tablets). if you dont have a healthy liver or you drink heavily on a regular basis talk to your doctor about dosing. and even if you exceeded it a little, your liver can repair mild to moderate damage. doesnt matter if something is plant based or synthetic, warfarin is plant based and its probably the most dangerous commonly used drug

  5. QUESTION:
    Liver damage, how can I help to repair it?
    A friend has been diagnosed with alcoholic liver damage. They no longer drink, (truly) and I want to know of any supplements/medicines that can help to reverse the damage.

    • ANSWER:
      The best thing he can do to save his life is what he is doing right now which is no more drinking alcohol. Everything depends on how much damage has already been done as to how good or bad his liver functions in the future.

      As far as what supplements he can take that could help him, I would recommend Milk Thistle. It's the only supplement my hepatologist told me to go ahead and take since research has shown it does actually help the liver some. They did not allow me to take any other over the counter meds other than the Milk Thistle. I wouldn't expect too much from it, but it might help some. Of course, eating good and healthy and regular exercise plus no drinking will help quite a lot.

      Hopefully your friend will get well again in time. As long as your friend did not damage his liver too much, he/she should be OK. If he/she has any scarring (cirrhosis) on the liver, then the scarring is permanent and irreversible. The liver can still function quite well even with some scarring of the liver. Too much though, and they will need a transplant.

  6. QUESTION:
    Can liver damage be reversed?
    Can liver damage as a result of drinking every night for 4 years be reversed?

    (A bottle of wine a night for 4 years)

    I ask this, not because my liver is damged but because some say that once the liver HAS been damaged, it is the only organ that cannot repair itself.

    True/false? information?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, most liver damage can be reversed, especially when it is related to Tylenol over-dosage.

      However, Alcohol-Induced Liver Disease can create 3 different types of liver problems. Not all of them being reversible.

      1. Fatty Liver- liver would improve once you stop drinking alcohol.

      2. Alcoholic hepatitis- only reversible in it's early stages.

      3. Alcoholic cirrhosis- this is not reversible and is deadly.

      Most heavy drinkers go through all of these stages.
      Alcoholic cirrhosis eventually requires a liver transplant.
      The liver is an amazing organ because it can repair itself once you stop creating damage but only with certain things.

      Consider getting your liver checked just to be safe!
      You don't always have symptoms til' end stages occur.

      Best of luck!

  7. QUESTION:
    If you damage your liver from drug and alcohol abuse, is it possible to "repair" it when you get clean?
    Repair is probably not the right word to use. I just wonder if there are things you can do to reverse the damage?

    • ANSWER:
      Eat healthy, exercise, standard "good living" practices. The liver is a very durable organ and it bounces back unless you've really beaten it to hell.

  8. QUESTION:
    Can liver damage be reversed without seeing a doctor?
    Okay, I've been hammering it a bit too hard with the drinks lately. Yesterday and today I have noticed my middle-abdominem area hurting, I guess where the liver is, and I'm a bit worried. It's a dull and slow-throbbing pain that sharpens once every while but then gos back to dull throbs.
    If it doesn't get any worse, will an improved diet help me? Or do I have to go to the doctor right now. I'd rather wait till tomorrow to see how I feel. One thing's for sure I'll be staying off the booze.
    Anyone else with similar experience or good suggestions please let me know.

    • ANSWER:
      A constant dull ache under the right bottom rib is problems with the liver. The middle abdomen really doesn't sound like the liver. It could be from a stomach ulcer to gallstones. A diet high in raw foods full of digestive enzymes is always beneficial to the digestive system.

      The liver is like a lizards tail lol...it is the only internal organ able to regenerate large portions of itself. Milk thistle is very beneficial in helping regenerate injured liver cells. BUT there is a point when the liver is too damaged..ie tail don't grow back. :P

      Upper middle abdominal stomach pain
      http://www.healthhype.com/causes-of-the-upper-middle-abdominal-stomach-pain.html

      Looking after your liver:
      http://www.hepfi.org/living/liv_caring.html

      Milk thistle:
      http://www.naturalwellbeing.com/Milk-Thistle-p238.cfm

      Digestive enzymes:

  9. QUESTION:
    How much Tylenol will harm your liver? Can it be reversed?
    Can taking 4000 mg of tylenol a day (sometimes more) over the course of a year cause liver damage?

    What if the tylenol was taken for a few months at a time with a few months breaks in between?

    If it causes damage, can the damage be reversed?

    I've heard that over the course of time your liver can become use to it and adapt, is this true?

    I've also heard that the damage usually only can occur in acute high does and would take about 10 years of use to cause damage. True?

    I'm looking for answers from people educated in this area only with knowledgeable answers, not guesses please.

    • ANSWER:
      Well everything depends on the person....
      I on one hand a rather large person have to drink around 1000mg of a painkiller for it to take effect. I remember, in fact, on one occasion, a 650 mg tylenol did not do any effect, so i ended up taking 2 of them, and when ever i have a sever pain that will not go away, i just take 2 650mg tylenol's
      Lol i even took up to 8 of those a day when i had severe ear pain, the doctor prescribed Vicodin but i was advised against it by my family... so it basically depends on the person.

  10. QUESTION:
    My Dog's liver enzymes are off the charts, Help!?
    My 10 year old english bulldog started showing signs of jauntis so I took her to the hospital tonight and was told her liver enzyme levels were off the charts. I believe this stems from a medication. named Metacam started 2 months ago. I have read all night on the Internet Metacam can cause serious liver damage. Anyone else with this experience? Can liver damage be reversed? All suggestions welcome.

    • ANSWER:
      i used metacam before:my dog was OK.
      is it possible,your dog had any liver problems before?
      some dogs and cats too,as they get old,they develop "fatty liver disease".the liver can repair itself,it depends whats wrong?
      is your dog at the vet?
      any meds given by the vet?(you stopped the metacam,right?)

  11. QUESTION:
    I took pills for migraines for 15yrs. Im worried about my liver; is there anything i can take to heal it?
    I'm cured of my migraines thanks to botox but i worry about the beating my liver took. it's hard to know what supplements to trust if any. is there anything that can be done to reverse any damage i've done to my liver? thanks so much

    • ANSWER:

  12. QUESTION:
    Alcohol Damage?
    I have read that early use of alcohol will damage the liver and the brain. When I was 17, I started to drink. But then kind of became dependent having about a drink of whiskey (it was about 4-5 shots a night) before bed to ease my mind and help me sleep (Junior year and college pressure). I did this for about 2 months. I've always had a mature body and a high tolerance for alcohol so I thought I was going to be invisible (teenager). All through out high school there was at least two parties a month where I had probably 5 beers each time. Up to college, now, I have had an average of 2 glasses of wine per week with dinner (100% Italian and my mother has a glass every night.)

    Now I'm looking back and can't help but worry if I have done damage, which I probably have, that will later haunt me. If I have done real damage, I haven't been to the doctors to be x-ray'd or anything like that and really don't wish to, what can I do to maybe reverse some damage, if that's even possible.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with JF. keep in mind that drinking at a young age increases your chances of alcoholism. Sounds like you are on the right path tho!!

  13. QUESTION:
    My Cockatiel has liver damage/disease. What is the best thing to do?
    My cockatiel's feces is green which indicates liver damage/disease. It has been going on for more then a week. I gave her bird medicine at first because i thought it was just degestive problems, or an infection. He has not been getting better, and his poop is green. I AM SURE it is liver problems, PLEASE tell me what i could do. I do not have money for a vet, and its not like he could do anything other than tell me that my bird does have liver problems. MOst vets recomend to give your bird ALOE DETOX which im on my way to buy it. Also their diet should changed from seeds to pellets,(im trying to do that, as my bird is 20 years old, and it very hard, but i can achieve it.) Also egg yolk foods should be fed, and a lot of exercise. WHAT other things can i do to make my bird feel better or heal? I know most cases of liver problems can be reversed or at least stopped if treated Correctly but i just want to do the best. PLease help me?

    • ANSWER:
      If you can't afford the vet, and it doesn't seem to get better over time, then I would probably say your goodbyes and put it down. I know this seems to sound mean, but when you think about it, your bird has had a nice long lived life, as cockatiels only live 15 through 25 years, maybe its just it's time to go, and it's not your fault, as it sounds like you truly love your bird, and I know it will take time to heal from all of the pain of a lost friend, but you have to think about the bird, and what's best for it. Because if it were in pain, wouldn't you rather see it on one of it's better days before it gets even worse. Just think about it for another week. Then when you know, make the decision.

  14. QUESTION:
    Have I damaged my liver with alcohol? Is this Reverse tolerance?
    Okay the story is, I'm usuallypretty lightweight. I can have about 2 drinks before I feel "drunk" and 3 will really put me over the top (sometimes throw up at 3 depending on the speed). Anyway, on Christmas night I did wayyy too much and had maybe 6 drinks in a short period of time. I was pretty messed up, retching for hours (but nothing really came out), the world was spinning though and was finally sober after maybe 5-6 hours.

    Well ever since I that night, I've noticed I have a pee much more frequently (especially if I'm drinking, it's like every 15 minutes) and the pee is very dark. What scares me is that I'll have my standard two drinks, and the alcoholic/drunk feeling will last MUCH longer. It feels like it lingers into the early morning, like my body isn't processing the alcohol. My hangovers are a lot more nauseating, like I'm still a bit drunk, but only after two drinks. It has never been like this before.

    Does it sound like I've damaged my liver? Is this Reverse Tolerance (when a person drinks so much their tolerance starts to get lower than higher), or would I need to drink a lot more for that to happen?

    Before the Christmas incident I would drink maybe 2 nights a week, and have 2-3 drinks per night.

    • ANSWER:
      You should have the doctor order blood testing to be sure your liver is okay. This will tell him if your liver cells are damaged and how well they are functioning to keep the body well.

      If the liver cells become damaged, the immune system of your body will respond to this and cause inflammation inside your liver, that will cause your liver to enlarge in size. You may not even feel this...but he can see it on an ultrasound or Ct scan.

      Check to see if the whites of your eyes and skin have taken on a yellowish appearance...it is best seen in outdoor lighting, as indoor lighting can mask it. Dark urine usually comes from your body filtering bilirubin out of the body, if you have liver problems.... however, it has to reach certain levels in the blood before it will show up on the skin and eyes.
      To check your urine...do not look at the first void of the day... this urine is concentrated from not drinking all night. Look at the next urine sample. Your urine can become a darker yellow if you are dehydrated. Alcohol can cause dehydration. However, if it appears darker for days...anything from a darker yellow to brown color...then you should be checked by the doctor.

      Some people are more sensitive to alcohol than other are. Some can go years of drinking with no problems...others, it just take a few drinks to develop problems from it. Just like some people have no adverse reactions to drugs and others may have severe reactions, that could be life threatening, when taking the same drug...this is how the body acts with alcohol, also.

      It is important for you to be checked. If you do have cell damage, catching it right away, stopping the alcohol, and getting treated for any inflammation can help your liver cells heal. However, once the cells start to die off...it becomes irreversible and a progressive disease known as Cirrhosis of the liver.

      I hope this information is of some help to you. Best wishes

  15. QUESTION:
    Improve liver function after years of abuse?
    I'm 26 and have been an alcoholic for the past 6 years. I fear that even if i was to quit at this point it would be futile, as i have already caused irreversible damage to my liver (past the point of return, so to speak).

    Although I might be considerd a highly functioning alcoholic, in that I've managed to excercise daily, maintain a strict diet, and hold on to a job for a long period of time. I still believe that the damage I've caused to my liver (as well as my brain) is beyond repair at this point and will cause my life to end inconsiderably short.

    If I were to quit drinking, what are some regimens/treatment/changes etc. I can take to possibly reverse some of the liver damage (if any), so as to increase my life expectancy?

    • ANSWER:
      Remember that the liver is a very resilient organ if you give it the chance to be

      You haven't left it too late, but the longer you leave it the more irreversible damage you will cause

      Eat healthy, exercise, and don't drink

      :)

  16. QUESTION:
    is ther a way to rehabilitate your liver after years of abuse?
    I'm 26 and have been an alcoholic for the past 6 years. I fear that even if i was to quit at this point it would be futile, as i have already caused irreversible damage to my liver (past the point of return, so to speak).

    Although I might be considerd a highly functioning alcoholic, in that I've managed to excercise daily, maintain a strict diet, and hold on to a job for a long period of time. I still believe that the damage I've caused to my liver (as well as my brain) is beyond repair at this point and will cause my life to end considerably short.

    If I were to quit drinking, what are some regimens/treatment/changes etc. I can take to possibly reverse some of the liver damage (if any), so as to increase my life expectancy?

    • ANSWER:
      I drank myself into a blackout daily for 25 years, quit drinking in 1998 and still have a perfectly healthy liver and heart. Do not use the "it's too late" excuse to keep you from quitting. It's not too late.

      Even if you have caused some liver damage, the single best thing you can do for yourself is to quit drinking. The liver will regenerate itself if you do this. Continue your exercise regimen and eat a healthy diet. Do not smoke or overeat to compensate when you quit drinking.

      If you feel like you might need some tools to help you quit, look at this website:

      http://www.smartrecovery.org/

  17. QUESTION:
    liver/kidney damage from NSAID's?
    hello. since i have beens taking NSAID's for a long time, it may have caused soem liver/kidney damage. what can i do? is there anything, such as a detox diet, that can reverse this? tahnks

    • ANSWER:
      Dude, I was taking 50-60 200mg ibuprofren for about 2 years before I found a pain managment DR. There's not a lot you can do to reverse the damage. Quit taking so many though, it can kill you. Peace.

  18. QUESTION:
    Will she need a feeding tube for fatty liver with her situation?
    My cat had surgery for a blockage in her intestine. She didn't eat for 3 days before this. Her recovery has been long because she was running a fever that stumped the vet, and they couldn't understand where it was coming from.

    They didn't want to force feed her because of her situation and because she is a difficult cat.

    Finally today her fever has been normal for well over 12 hours. She still will not eat though. She is currently on day 6 without food. The vet was reluctant to force feed her still because she vomited up a dropper full of vitamins they gave her yesterday.

    Anyway, today like we tried a barium x-ray to check how her stomach and intestines are working. She didn't vomit the barium and although the barium is moving EXTREMELY slow through her stomach and slowly making it's way into the intestine, we are confident we can force her to eat.

    So tonight they were going to force some food into her. My question is, the vet says now that shes showing signs of jaundice...possibly fatty liver so they did bloodwork which I'll find out the results to tomorrow.

    Say she gets her appetite back tomorrow, will she be able to reverse the fatty liver on her own? Or does it always need aggressive feeding through a tube or syringe?

    Do you think now that the barium is moving through and her fever is gone that she might start eating again? I hope she doesn't have liver damage but I realize 6 days is long. She weighed 8.9 lbs prior to getting sick.

    What do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't understand why the vet waited so long. The problem you face here is that IF your cat does NOT eat tomorrow, you risk death. At this point she needs calories to reverse the hepatic lipidosis before irreparable damage is done..
      have you tried bringing food like chicken to her?
      Feeding tubes sound worse then they are and can always be removed. I would get it done if there is any questions moving forward.

      Please
      for now on, NO DRY FOOD. The System needs water t pass through and cats cannot drink enough to make up for the dehydrating factors of dry foods
      I wish you the very best of luck

  19. QUESTION:
    What does it mean if my liver enzymes are above 500?
    If my ALT is 545 and my AST is 307 does that mean I have severe liver damage? Can those numbers be reversed if I start exercising and eating right. I am not a drinker but I have suffered bulimia for 11 1/2 years and just recently stopped. I do have Type 2 diabetes, a thryoid problem and high blood pressure. I'm also 45 lbs overweight. Do you think I will die from liver failure or cancer? I have some pain on my right side by my rib cage but that's about it. My bowel movements seem fine.

    • ANSWER:
      You already asked this question. You can find your other thread here: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AnGNYTjAGQ_CooiTZjyKXdjsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20100127204905AA20Rtp

  20. QUESTION:
    More Advice on Feline Hepatic Lipidosis?
    My 5yr male cat was diagnosed about 3 weeks ago with hepatic lipidosis. He used to weigh 12 pounds now he is down to 10 lbs. I am currently syringe feeding him about 1/4 can of feline a/d daily. (He still vomits a little after feeding). I am trying to increase more food in him because he is only eating and drinking very little on his own. The vet has prescribed an antibiotic called Zithromax daily for 10 days. I am concerned that this particular antibiotic will further damage the liver because it states that it is not recommended for this disease and needs to be used with caution. Should I give this med to him? Or question the vet's treatment plan? Also how much should I feed him daily to reverse the damage? I know it takes time but I would like to know how much he needs to maintain his caloric intake for his size. Thank you for any help

    • ANSWER:
      Syringe feeding a cat with Hepatic Lipidosis is accepted treatment for this illness.
      The main reason cats develop the condition is from too rapid weight loss due to anorexia (loss of appetite) or some other cause. If the cat won't eat on its own, you have to force feed it, because any further weight loss will just exacerbate the problem.
      If you are not comfortable with your vet's advice and the medication he has prescribed for your cat, I would DEFINITELY seek another opinion. And this cat should be hospitalized with IV fluids and maintenance feedings, (which would be syringe feedings).
      As to his caloric intake, he should probably be getting the whole can every day in multiple feedings. Are you warming the food? If not, warming it helps release the aroma of the food. Cats are scent driven, and if they can't smell their food, they usually won't eat.
      I have a cat that I have to work to feed. I have to make a puree' out of her canned food, water and a laxative. I heat every meal up for a few seconds in the microwave. See if that helps, but make sure it is not so hot he will burn himself. I always stir the food with my finger to make sure there are no hot spots.
      Good luck, you have a long road ahead, but with good care, he should pull through.

  21. QUESTION:
    Is it too late for my cat to recover?
    He is in a hospital diagnosed with hepatic lipidosis and pancreatitis. The dr wants to do a biopsy of his liver and put in a feeding tube, but Baxter's blood is not clotting, so they can't. He got a transfusion of plasma yesterday and medications to help, but as of 2 this pm, they haven't been able to continue with anything except the fluids and medications they started originally. I know that to reverse the damage to the liver, he needs a feeding tube. I saw him today and his eyes, ears, and nose are yellowish. The dr wants to continue with treament, but I'm wondering if it may be too late...if they can't get his blood to clot sufficiently to do the feeding tube. Any advice/knowledge on this subject would be greatly appreciated. I don't want to put my baby through so much misery if it's too late to save him. The dr says his chances are 60-70% today, but if they can't put food in his system, what will his chances be tomorrow after another night in a strange, frightening place?
    The dr said his pancreas looked enlarged on the ultrasound. There is also fluid in his abdomen that they want to send to TX to be evaluated, but they don't want to stick him with anymore needles until his blood can clot sufficiently. Thanks for your comments and advice.
    Also, their estimate for the cost of his care over the weekend quadrupled from their original guess, so I'm thinking my kitty's situation is much more grave than they thought.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm very sorry to hear about your kitty. My advice is to think of the cat's standard of living and how well he/she will recover. If there hope, and the treatment will not cause undue suffering, then do it. If the treatment is painful and the results will not be a 100% recovery, then maybe you should think about not letting him/her suffer anymore. Your cat can't talk, so you have to make the decisions for him/her. So, what would be the best decision?

  22. QUESTION:
    Dextromethorphan - What are the long term effects on the brain? Can anything reverse these effects?
    Okay, I experimented a bit when I was in my 20's with "Dex". I ate quite a bit, and each time enough to make me "trip", which was an approximate box, to a box and a half. I'm not proud of this, although I have really changed my life around since. Anyway, I'm wondering if there is significant damage (of the brain mostly) that can likely occur as a result of this abuse. i.e. brain damage, liver, kidney, any other vital organs, etc.. I want to know if there IS in fact brain dysfunction (i.e. emotionally, or otherwise) can it be treated or even reversed? Please ONLY serious and potentially helpful responses please! ..Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Very large doses of DXM are thought to cause brain damage, but the dose range is far in excess of casual/recreational use. Some people report cognitive problems from lower (but usually frequent) doses, but these are temporary and usually not severe.

      Treatment for brain injuries and cognitive deficiencies usually consists of relearning skills and working on coping strategies. It doesn't sound like you need anything like that.

  23. QUESTION:
    Ridding yellowish skin?
    i know that consuming foods high in beta-carotene, liver damage, decreased bilirubin, excretion are a few of the many reasons that causes skin to turn yellow..

    However, i've not been eating many foods high in that organic compound, nor have i a drinking/smoking habit, or anything else.. but my skin has gotten more yellowish as compared to 2 months ago..

    Any ideas what is causing this? And does anyone know what would cause an opposite effect of beta-carotene, like what can i consume more of that would reverse skin yellowing?

    Thank You all so much in advance!!!
    I'm 18 and female by the way

    • ANSWER:
      My oldest son has a very olive skin tone naturally. His pediatrician at one point said I was feeding him too much carrot/squash type foods...but I wasn't. It is just his natural skin tone.
      He inherited my families native American genes!
      In the summer, he develops a dark tan...which is a hoot, because I am a redhead, who does nothing but burn and peel. My husband is a blonde who does the same. Yet, our oldest looks just like my Dad...and my husband's Dad (so we know, there was no hospital mix up).
      He just got those nice tanning genes. NO FAIR!
      :-)
      Perhaps you have some Native American Ancestry, that is just becoming more evident?

  24. QUESTION:
    Hepatitis B questions!?
    Hepatitis B:

    Cause:
    •What is the infectious agent? What type of organism is it? What is known about its structure?
    •How does the infectious agent interact with the body to produce symptoms?
    •What cells or tissues does it infect and how does it damage those cells or tissues?
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    THIS PARAGRAPH MAY HELP YOU, OTHERWISE, PLEASE HELP ME FIND THE ANSWERS! THANK YOUUU!

    Infectious agent: Hepatitis B infection is caused by the hepatitis B virus. Hepatitis B virus is present in the blood and body fluids of infected persons.
    Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a member of the Hepadnavirus family. The virus particle, (virion) consists of an outer lipid envelope and an icosahedral nucleocapsid core composed of protein. The nucleocapsid encloses the viral DNA and a DNA polymerase that has reverse transcriptase activity. The outer envelope contains embedded proteins which are involved in viral binding of, and entry into, susceptible cells. The virus is one of the smallest enveloped animal viruses with a virion diameter of 42nm, but pleomorphic forms exist, including filamentous and spherical bodies lacking a core. These particles are not infectious and are composed of the lipid and protein that forms part of the surface of the virion, which is called the surface antigen (HBsAg), and is produced in excess during the life cycle of the virus.
    A group of viruses known as the hepatitis viruses cause most cases of liver damage worldwide. Hepatitis can also be due to toxins (notably alcohol), other infections or from autoimmune process. It may run a subclinical course when the affected person may not feel ill. The patient becomes unwell and symptomatic when the disease impairs liver functions that include, among other things, removal of harmful substances, regulation of blood composition, and production of bile to help digestion.
    The genome of HBV is made of circular DNA, but it is unusual because the DNA is not fully double-stranded.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't you think perhaps it would be better if you read the paragraph yourself and answered the questions yourself? I hope this isn't for nursing school, or something to prepare you for a career in the medical field. I'd hate to think you planned to play with people's lives and are too lazy to read a short paragraph and answer three questions that can be found so easily by doing so.

  25. QUESTION:
    Please Help! Can anyone tell me if my off white eyes can be naturally white again!?
    Im 28 years old and i already know that off white eyes may be a sign of jaundice, liver problems, smoking, bad diet, anemia, and alchol abuse. Which i have done them all, but i quit all of those things, i've been drinking more water, fruits and veggies sometimes milk. I just need to know which would benefit more and how much should i eat daily. This thing is really bothering me and my confidence level is very low becuz of this. I've been to doctors and have had blood checked so its not jaundice or anemia or liver damage, but then again doctors don't know everything they don't even care .I have been to a number of doctors and they all tell my what it could and then they just schedule me for blood work and im out of there within 5 mins. and its the same thing with eye doctors. Please someone tell me that this can be reversed. Please only mature answers from people who know what i can do. I have researched this for a while and still nothing has worked for me. CAN THIS BE REVERSED! and there anyone out there that has gone through the same thing and got this fixed or knows someone who has. Thank you and God Bless!

    • ANSWER:
      "Im 28 years old and i already know that off white eyes may be a sign of jaundice, liver problems, smoking, bad diet, anemia, and alchol abuse"

      well yes technically all of those are possible. but statistically unlikely. people who have enough liver damage to cause JAUNDICE have all kinds of OTHER health problems. their main complaint is not "off white eyes", its complaints that are much more serious.

      its probably pinguecula, not jaundice:

      http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-wSz1Uw8haa.._wmbA0eEWaW4?p=55

      sometimes Rx topical steroids will make them look better. but it doesnt solve the problem, really, it just makes them "whiter". vasoconstrictors like visine usually make this WORSE, not better.

      surgical excision sometimes works, but that just removes the "bump", it doesnt usually improve the COLOR.

      there's not a great answer for this

  26. QUESTION:
    What should be the treatment for a patient like this?
    My mom had caught with "Cirrhosis of the Liver" back in 2000. It got diagnosed in 2002 when she started feeling tired, no appetite, swollen feet, blue marks on skin and abdominal pain. Doctors also told us that she has "Hepatitis C". We started her treatment with "Roferon 3mu". After six months she got better. We found last year that her "Cirrhosis of the Liver" problem is again disturbing her health. We took her for blood test but there were no detections of "Hepatitis" anymore. Doctor told us that her liver is damaged and it is in the "De-compensated Stage". It can not be reversed but it can be stopped to go further. Now she has swollen feet again, watter in abdomen, blue marks on lower legs, itching skin, minor fever, a little high blood pressure but she is not a Diabetic. Her last test results were these. (i called her home to get these readings. if you find any trouble you can e-mail for this.)

    XXX (should be) actually is

    Albumin (3.5-5.5) 2.3
    Platelets (150-400) 111
    WBCS (4-11) 5.63
    RBCS (4-6) 3.82
    HGB (11.5-17.5) 12.1
    HCT (36-54) 36.2
    MCV (76-96) 94.8
    MCH (27-33)31.7
    MCHC (33-35) 33.4
    RDW-CV (11.5-14.5) 15.5
    Neut (40-75) 59.7
    Lymp (20-45) 30.7
    Mono (2-10) 7.5
    EOS (upto0.6) 1.6
    Baso (0.0-1.5) 0.5
    Portion in urine (5.5-8) 8
    GGT (5-36) 71
    Alkaline Phosphates (35-104) 130
    AST (10-35) 38
    ALT (10-35) 34
    Total bilirubin (upto 1) 2.17
    Creatinine (0.50-0.90) 0.62
    Urea nitrogen (6-20) 10.4

    Now she is taking
    1- Spiromide 40mg (Hydrochlorothiazide)
    2- Siliver (For Liver)
    3- K-Vit (Vitamin K)
    4- Moderatic (ANTIHYPERTENSIVES)
    5- Seven Seas (cod liver oil)

    Her dite is
    A lot of egg whites
    vegetables
    fruits
    bread
    olive oil for light cooking
    No meat, No fish, No chicken, No fried eatables, No salt, No spices
    --------------------------------------...
    AFTER READING ALL THIS IF ANY DOCTOR (HEPATOLOGIST) THINKS THAT THERE IS SOMETHING MORE WE SHOULD DO FOR OUR MOTHER (WE ARE TWO BROTHERS) PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE TELL ME. TELL ME REALLY SOON PLEASE. I WISH ANSWERS COME REALLY QUICK. PLEASE DOCTORS! I AM WAITING. INFACT WE BOTH THE BROTHERS ARE ANXIOUSLY WAITING FOR YOUR KIND ANSWERES

    • ANSWER:
      She should be evaluated for a liver transplant as soon as possible. She has decompensated end stage liver disease. Without a liver transplant , her life expectancy will likely be short, a median survival of less than two years is usually agreed upon by the world over. There is a good liver cirrhosis support group at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/livercirrhosissupport/

  27. QUESTION:
    Heartworms in older dog?
    My dog-chihuahua, was diagnosed with heartworms a few months ago and he was on preventative but the vet said that he should have been retested 6 months later than the original test date since they don't always show up when you test them the 1st time. Well, we started the treatment and he already had kidney, liver and a lot of heart damage so she let us know right off it was risky but we'd do a split treatment. He barely pulled through after the 1st so I decided not to take him back for the 2nd which I was told the 1st kills the adult worms and the 2nd helps get any that survived and break them up more so the dog can pass them and kill the eggs, which do not really cause harm but are contageous through mosquitos. Since he was so sick after the 1st treatment, I told my vet my decision and she said she understood but we should do bloodwork but I didn't because I really didn't think he was going to survive another treatment after seeing him with the 1st one and I really felt selfish for putting him through it to begin with.
    Well it's been 3 months and little improvement with him as far as moving around and playing... but do you think I should take him back to resume treatments? Is it possible to reverse all the heart damage or should I let it go?
    The eggs do not hatch in dogs, they hatch in mosquitos and get passed to dogs but he still could have adult worms.

    • ANSWER:
      We went through this years ago, before there were heartworm preventives, and the treatments were doses of arsenic, with our Weimeraner. He almost died both times. He lived to a ripe old age of 13.
      I'm going through treating heartworms in my 9 year old Lab with Heartgard Plus right now. It will take my vet and me several years to treat her, but I can't afford the treatments you are using.
      Go ahead and have the bloodwork done so you know what you are dealing with. Talk with your vet about your options.
      I've watched dogs die of heartworm disease. It's not pretty.
      Whatever you decide, I will understand and support you. It's never easy.

  28. QUESTION:
    How to heal body after drug abuse?
    I have abused some prescription painkillers for the past 2.5 years. Luckily I realized this is not the life I want anymore and I want to heal my body.Im off percocet and using a new form of subutex thats more effective at the moment(for next 3 months) Ive never admitted to my doctor I abused the pills he gave me as to not get black listed from prescription painkillers (which is a real thing many people do not know) incase I truly need them in the future for a serious reason. I know my liver and digestive track have suffered greatly during the time I abused them. What vitamins or supplements can I take without telling my doctor that may help reverse and heal some of the damage ive caused to my liver/ digestive track. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      You can do some "liver detox"-- go to vitacost or somewhere and buy their herbs, or you can pay through the nose for highly-advertised liver detox programs. Swanson's is good too. http://www.amazon.com/Liver-Tone-Detox-Formula-Tabs/dp/B001TEKOIY. Get a herbal blend for the first month or so.

      Take a good multivitamin, eat right-- be sure and do all that healthy stuff. Your brain and nervous system probably suffered also. Make sure your multi has good B-vitamins.

      Your digestive tract needs fiber (more than you think) and probiotics like acidophilus (healthy intestinal flora). The fiber helps move stuff through, and as you detox, a lot of the toxins are excreted to the digestive tract. So you need to keep it moving.

      You should be able to do this for maybe -30 including the detox formula, the acidophilus, fiber and a multivitamin, if you shop well.

      Your body will heal itself if you give it the tools it needs (nutrition, mostly.) Keep up the vitamins and fiber even after you feel like you don't need more liver detox products.

      Your doctor doesn't need to know you are taking detox products. He/she probably doesn't believe it matters, anyway.

  29. QUESTION:
    Help Me Please, With My Permit ?
    1. The best safety feature for preventing whiplash is the:

    A. Seatbelt

    B. Headrest

    C. Airbag

    2. Narcotics are pain killing drugs

    A. True

    B. False

    3. A Hospital sign is an example of a _____ sign.

    A. Regulatory

    B. Warning

    C. Guide

    4. You could face mandatory revocation of your license as a result of:

    A. Lying about ownership of your vehicle.

    B. Driving 5 to 10 mph over the speed limit.

    C. A child restraint violation.

    5. There are over _____ licensed drivers in Florida

    A. 3 Million

    B. 9 Million

    C. 14 Million

    6. When driving in fog or snow

    A. Use your high beams

    B. Use your low beams

    C. Drive at the posted speed limit

    7. Passing a stopped school bus will result in ______ points on your license.

    A. Three

    B. Four

    C. Six

    8. Alcohol gives you energy

    A. True

    B. False

    9. A limit line marks the beginning of a intersection

    A. True

    B. False

    10. The economic cost to society each year from crashes and injuries on US highways is about 230 Billion dollars.

    A. True

    B. False

    11. What is the economic cost to society each year from crashes and injuries on U.S. highways.

    A. 17 Billion Dollars

    B. 60 Billion Dollars

    C. 230 Billion Dollars

    12. Which of the following is NOT very helpful if you find a car or motorcycle approaching you in your lane.

    A. Sound your horn and flash your lights.

    B. Brake sharply.

    C. Put your car into reverse.

    13. Getting cited for speeding more than 16 m.p.h. over the speed limit will result in ____ points on your license.

    A. Two

    B. Three

    C. Four

    14. If you find your brakes failing, which of the following should you NOT do?

    A. Pump your brake pedal hard and fast.

    B. Apply your parking brake sharply.

    C. Rub your tires up against the curb to slow down.

    15. You may face stiffer penalties from the court if your blood alcohol concentration is found to be higher than:

    A. 0.10

    B. 0.20

    C. 0.50

    16. If you are involved in a collision and you do not stop at the scene, you may lawfully keep driving as long as there is no injury.

    A. True

    B. False

    17. You may still make a U-Turn where a "No Left Turn" sign is posted

    A. True

    B. False

    18. Your ability to drive is affected:

    A. When you reach a 0.08 B.A.C.

    B. After you have three drinks within one hour.

    C. After your first drink.

    19. Alcohol can damage your liver, esophagus, stomach pancreas and heart

    A. True

    B. False

    20. All passenger vehicles must be equipped with.

    A. A rear-view mirror.

    B. Two windshield wipers

    C. Both of the above.

    21. A diamond shaped sign is:

    A. Regulatory

    B. Warning

    C. Guide

    22. A speed limit sign is an example of a warning sign:

    A. True

    B. False

    23. The best tool to extinguish a small gasoline or diesel fire is a portable fire extinguisher.

    A. True

    B. False

    24. Every time you are convicted of a moving violation it will appear on your driving record.

    A. True

    B. False

    25. ____ of assaults are due to alcohol

    A. 26%

    B. 62%

    C. 30%

    26. Each year over 42,000 people die in car crashes.

    A. True

    B. False

    27. On a city street you should be looking ahead of you as far ahead as the car in front of you.

    A. True

    B. False

    28. A pool of standing water could be hiding

    A. flash flood currents that could sweep your car away.

    B. deep sinkholes.

    C. all of the above.

    29. You must place a child in an approved child seat if the child is:

    A. Three years of age and under.

    B. Under nine years of age

    C. Under 60 pounds

    30. What do the initials B.A.C. represent?

    A. Basic Alcohol Consumption.

    B. Basic Alcohol Concentration

    C. Blood Alcohol Content

    31. A diamond lane on the freeway

    A. Can be used if you are transporting pets or cages

    B. Indicates a High Occupancy Vehicle Lane

    C. Is used only for emergency vehicles

    32. ___ of murders are due to alcohol

    A. 54%

    B. 56%

    C. 75%

    33. The court may suspend, restrict or delay the driving privilege of a minor.

    A. For below average grades

    B. For running a stop sign

    C. If convicted of vandalism or being habitually truant.

    34. Amphetamine is a

    A. Narcotic

    B. Stimulant

    C. depressant

    35. An example of a dangerous passing situation is:

    A. When the oncoming car is close and you have a long line of traffic ahead of you

    B. When you can't see clearly ahead and the maneuver may not be completed in time

    C. All options

    36. Alcohol contains

    A. Ethanol

    B. Gasoline

    C. Carbon

    37. Railroad crossing signs are _____-shaped.

    A. Circle

    B. Octagon

    C. Rectangle

    38. Pedestrians

    A. Always legally have the right-of-way.

    B. Never have the right-of-way
    C. Are hard to see

    39. Traffic collisions are the number one killer of children in America.

    A. True

    B. False

    40. A collision occurs every:

    A. 20 Seconds

    B. 30 Minutes

    C. 5 Seconds

    pleaseeeee and thank you very much:)

    • ANSWER:
      If you can't pass this test yourself you do not need a permit to drive. Most of it is common senses. Study your drivers book and then take the test when you are ready. But right now you are not ready to get your permit. I would not want to drive on the same road as someone who wants help from yahoo.

      They do not give you the same test every time, so answering this test will not help you.

      Just study and you will be fine.

  30. QUESTION:
    Can anybody share a similar experience or give any advice on what to do?
    I have family right now that is in critial care. She is on dyalisis, severe sepsis, liver & spline shock, mersa, phnemonia ect, ect. She has already been in sesis shock and has coded five times and had to have an immediate surgery to have some skin removed due to a skin disorder she got from the renal failure.
    Yesterday the family agreed to dnr because for the past week she has not shown any physical response. The doctors said that she may have been brain damaged from all the codes. Right after we deciced on dnr. She started to respond to us. I know it is not spontaneous because when I talked to her she would respond by moving her leg or turning to me when I spoke. I even saw a tears. The family reversed the dnr, but I still feel like she is suffering. I just don't think she can pull through all this. When she was responsive I was happy, but scared at the same time because she looks so near the end. I am making sure she has stuff for pain. Can she improve? I am confused...

    • ANSWER:
      My mother is currently in the icu, and has been for 10 days. She is on dialysis, ventilator, has phnemonia. We are waiting for the blood results to see if she has sepsis. She also has terrible diabetes. 2 nights ago she took a turn for the worst and the doctors said she was suffering from multiple organ failure. Yesterday they said she was doing much better, but they still werent optimistic. She has been off the sedation for 3 days now. Last night she finally began moving her eyes and mouth in response to my questions. I was extremely relieved. To hear that your family member is moving her legs and head is great news. Sounds like improvement already, she may be turning the corner. That is also a sign that her brain is working. I am not sure of her age, but my mom is 49. I wish she would move her legs and arms to rule out brain issues. She isnt stable enough for a CT scan. I see tears too and it makes me cry everytime. Her tears could be from the dialysis. I know this is so hard to see her like this, but hang in there. Just keep praying, and dont give up hope. God will make the decision easier for you. Wait just another week, miracles happen. I will pray for you and your family as well.

  31. QUESTION:
    Can liver damage be reversed?
    I've heard from many different people that i can be reversed, is this true and if so how????
    are there things you can eat are drink to help your liver please im desperate.........

    • ANSWER:
      Yes! Liver damage can be reversed, depending on the severity of the damage. How? The liver is the only organ than can regenerate new and healthy cells, so basically it can grow new and healthy parts of itself. I am not sure what condition you are talking about so can't advise on what you can do about it yourself - you should talk to your doctor about it if you can. I know that liver cirrhosis caused primarily by the misuse of alcohol is not something the liver copes with too well and the chances of regeneration depend on the actual amount of damage.

  32. QUESTION:
    How to Reverse Damage by Tylenol?
    In the past, I took a lot of Tylenol for my extreme migraines and menstrual cramps. I recently learned that Tylenol (or any acetaminophen) can really damage your liver. I want to know if I can reverse the damage that might occur, or prevent it from occurring. Also, are there any natural alternatives to ease migraine/cramp pain? I know some OTC painkillers are plant based, but I don't know if acetaminophen is. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      The first thing you need to do is have your liver enzymes checked (ALT & AST). The AST is most affected by Tylenol, as well as Steroids and Alcohol. Provided that all your enzymes are in "normal" range, then you have little to worry about. However, these enzymes can be raised because of other problems as well (e.g. Hepatitis, and Fatty Liver).

      Provided that you weren't taking more than 4 grams of Tylenol for days on end, and you don't binge drink or are overweight, then your risks are relatively low.

      It's best to just discuss this with your medical provider and have the blood test done.

      Best of luck.

  33. QUESTION:
    What should be the treatment for a patient like this?
    My mom had caught with "Cirrhosis of the Liver" back in 2000. It got diagnosed in 2002 when she started feeling tired, no appetite, swollen feet, blue marks on skin and abdominal pain. Doctors also told us that she has "Hepatitis C". We started her treatment with "Roferon 3mu". After six months she got better. We found last year that her "Cirrhosis of the Liver" problem is again disturbing her health. We took her for blood test but there were no detections of "Hepatitis" anymore. Doctor told us that her liver is damaged and it is in the "De-compensated Stage". It can not be reversed but it can be stopped to go further. Now she has swollen feet again, watter in abdomen, blue marks on lower legs, itching skin, minor fever, a little high blood pressure but she is not a Diabetic. Her last test results were these. (i called her home to get these readings. if you find any trouble you can e-mail for this.)

    XXX (should be) actually is

    Albumin (3.5-5.5) 2.3
    Platelets (150-400) 111
    WBCS (4-11) 5.63
    RBCS (4-6) 3.82
    HGB (11.5-17.5) 12.1
    HCT (36-54) 36.2
    MCV (76-96) 94.8
    MCH (27-33)31.7
    MCHC (33-35) 33.4
    RDW-CV (11.5-14.5) 15.5
    Neut (40-75) 59.7
    Lymp (20-45) 30.7
    Mono (2-10) 7.5
    EOS (upto0.6) 1.6
    Baso (0.0-1.5) 0.5
    Portion in urine (5.5-8) 8
    GGT (5-36) 71
    Alkaline Phosphates (35-104) 130
    AST (10-35) 38
    ALT (10-35) 34
    Total bilirubin (upto 1) 2.17
    Creatinine (0.50-0.90) 0.62
    Urea nitrogen (6-20) 10.4

    Now she is taking
    1- Spiromide 40mg (Hydrochlorothiazide)
    2- Siliver (For Liver)
    3- K-Vit (Vitamin K)
    4- Moderatic (ANTIHYPERTENSIVES)
    5- Seven Seas (cod liver oil)

    Her dite is
    A lot of egg whites
    vegetables
    fruits
    bread
    olive oil for light cooking
    No meat, No fish, No chicken, No fried eatables, No salt, No spices
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    AFTER READING ALL THIS IF ANY DOCTOR (HEPATOLOGIST) THINKS THAT THERE IS SOMETHING MORE WE SHOULD DO FOR OUR MOTHER (WE ARE TWO BROTHERS) PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE TELL ME. TELL ME REALLY SOON PLEASE. I WISH ANSWERS COME REALLY QUICK. PLEASE DOCTORS! I AM WAITING. INFACT WE BOTH THE BROTHERS ARE ANXIOUSLY WAITING FOR YOUR KIND ANSWERES

    • ANSWER:
      Good luck with that, Doctors are far too busy to frequent Yahoo! Answers. And if they did, they wouldn't give you medical advice anyway, it's too risky for them. Your mom would actually have to be a patient of theirs before they'd tell you to do anything. I suggest checking out Yahoo! Groups, I am in one for the disease that effects me.

      Here is a yahoo group for liver cirrhosis, ask these people the same question you asked us, they'll know more then we do.

      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/livercirrhosissupport/?v=1&t=search&ch=web&pub=groups&sec=group&slk=2