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Liver and Biliary Health

The liver has over 500 known functions. It is involved
with digestion, the endocrine system, controlling blood
sugar, protein and fat metabolism.

Chemical exposure in this part of the 20th century is
unprecedented in history. The average American consumes 10
pounds of chemical food additives each year. Add to that
the chemical burden caused by food sprayed with pesticides
and from air and water pollution, you can see that our
chemical burden is considerable.

The body has systems designed to eliminate waste and to
detoxify poisons. The liver chemically converts toxins to
be easily eliminated by the kidneys. Detoxification is an
ongoing process. The sheer volume of chemicals in the
environment and in the diet has caused many people to reach
their threshold of tolerance, which has adversely affected
their health.

When the body is burdened with more chemicals than it can
efficiently detoxify, chronic health problems can occur.
Problems like allergies, skin problems, digestive problems,
headaches, fatigue, joint pain and a variety of ailments
can be caused by chemical exposure. Theron Randolph, MD,
an early researcher of chronic allergies, was convinced
that the increased incidence of allergies and other chronic
health problems in the latter half of the 20th century is
due to the amount of chemicals we are exposed to on a
day-to-day basis.

That's why it is so important to make yearly detoxification
part of your life. There are many programs that can fit
any lifestyle.

Springtime is the best time to do detoxification and it
doesn't need to be radical. Gentle cleansing once a year
can make a world of difference for your body.

Dr. Terri Evans, DOM, AP
Doctor of Oriental Medicine