There can be pain. The liver is the biggest organ in the body and responsible for many functions that are life important. The liver purifies 3 pints of blood per minute, is responsible for making the HMG-CoA reductase, a key enzyme in cholesterol synthesis, and bile production that is sent to the gallbladder for storage until needed to emulsify fat, some bile is sent to the colon to sanitize it, and cholesterol is the basis for ALL Steroid hormones that make up your testosterone, estrogen, cortisol and many precursors, all important for making endocrine hormones that keep your body in a state of homeostasis. The liver makes CO-Q-quinol that is very important. This co-enzyme is vital to good heart function, making collagen for structural integrity, and most importantly every cell in the body needs this coenzyme to produce ATP for cellular energy.
Statin drugs that are being used by medical people are very dangerous and damaging to the liver. In many cases these drugs activate the Atrogin-1 gene that plays a key role in muscle atrophy. Three separate tests showed that even at low concentrations, statin drugs led to Atrogin-1 induced muscle damage. As the concentrations increased, the damage increased as well. This is why many people have muscle cramps and aches when taking these drugs. Since the heart is a muscle, does it make sense to activate the Atrogin-1 gene that causes muscle atrophy?
Eating bad fats and oils cause the liver to become clogged with "Intrahepatic gallstones" that are not recognized by doctors on typical liver diagnostic tools because these stones are made from hardened bile that looks like normal bile on scans, etc. These hardened stones can clog up to 60% of the liver before the liver function can be life threatening. In many cases this is the direct cause of "Fatty livers." The cause can be drinking lots of alcohol in excess and from eating bad oils like: Vegetable oils such as soybean, canola, cottonseed, and corn oils. These oils are oxidized (go rancid) when being made and manufacturers put deodorizers in them to mask the stench of the rancid oils. These oils contribute heavily to heart disease and damaging the gallbladder & livers. Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, trans fats (such as magnesium stearate in pills), fried foods, and ALL margarines damage the liver. Just look at most processed foods and you will see these oils and bad things in them. Look at Skippy and other peanut butters, they contain lots of this garbage.
The good news is that the liver can regenerate. If you take part of the liver from a person, it can regenerate if it is healthy. So if you have liver damage, it really depends upon the health of the liver and the extent of the damage to whether a person can survive. There are many herbs that help regenerate and cleanse the liver to make it healthy. A very good herb is the Reishi mushroom from the high mountains of Japan and pure lemon juice from fresh squeezed lemons added to some distilled water is an excellent tonic for the liver to cleanse it and make it stronger.
One symptom in particular that indicates a damaged liver is the color of your skin turns yellow. This condition is called yellow jaundice. Another symptom is aching muscles. This symptom is very typical of taking statin drugs that have turned on the Atrogin-1 gene that causes muscle atrophy (deterioration of the muscle) as a result of taking statin drugs.
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Certified Nutritional Therapist
B.A. biology & chemistry
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Advanced nutritional research