Newbie in need of SERIOUS advice asap!

natural-mama

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I'm a natural minded healthy mom to 2 happy healthy children with a healthy husband to boot. I'm educated on things like vaccines and diet, etc. regarding my family, but I'm in need of TONS of help regarding my mom's health. Her liver enzymes are dangerously high, cholesterol is high and glucose test results as well as lipids, ALT, etc. are all getting worse. She's out of options with western medicine and turning to me for advice, so I plan on asking lots and lots of questions since her issues are much different than what I'm used to dealing with. Hope I've come to the right place!
 

jfh

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Welcome to the forum. Some members may have experience with the elevated liver enzymes. I have had tests, but thankfully no problem. My naturopathic doctor is very good at interpreting these kind of tests. I'm not sure of what 'dangerously high' means though. One thing I've realized is that the liver enzyme test is kind of like blood pressure tests. It requires a couple or few to really determine the true readings. The elevated enzymes readings is only a symptom. Here are my thoughts.

There are a number of things that can cause a temporary rise in liver enzymes such as medications, including common over the counter ones like ibuprofen, or even heavy exercise. Cholesterol medications can be hard on the liver too. Because some of the causes are temporary, the doctor should test again in several months.

ALT and AST enzymes are released when there is damage to the liver cells. Low levels can be normal or signs of malnutrition, urinary tract infections, even diabetes. This test is difficult to tell with just results of those enzymes.

I'm not downplaying the test. GGT is another enzyme that can indicate actual damage. Hard to tell. Do you trust her doctor to interpret the test?

If there is inflammation, milk thistle would be very good.

Here is what the Mayo Clinic has to say.

Elevated liver enzymes may indicate inflammation or damage to cells in the liver. Inflamed or injured liver cells leak higher than normal amounts of certain chemicals, including liver enzymes, into the bloodstream, which can result in elevated liver enzymes on blood tests.
The specific elevated liver enzymes most commonly found are:

  • Alanine transaminase (ALT)
  • Aspartate transaminase (AST)
Elevated liver enzymes may be discovered during routine blood testing. In most cases, liver enzyme levels are only mildly and temporarily elevated. Most of the time, elevated liver enzymes don't signal a chronic, serious liver problem.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/elevated-liver-enzymes/MY00508
 

natural-mama

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Thanks JFH. Her AST and ALT levels have been elevated for awhile and are continuing to rise. Dec. 08 AST was 41 and ALT 66. They've continually risen and are currently 51 (AST) and 83 (ALT). I'll read the link you sent and am interested in as much info as I can get my hands on. I hadn't looked all the way back to 2008 until just now, so am glad to see it hasn't been as dramatic as I suspected from the last couple of test results I was viewing. Still, seems quite serious to me though. ALT is 83 and, according to Kaiser, should be <36.
 

natural-mama

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Also, I posted a more lengthy and descriptive thread in the general discussions forum.
 

natural-mama

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Added Lecithin to my order...also went with your suggestion for the liquid form of milk thistle. :) Hoping to prove my natural methods not only work, but that I know more than doctors, haha ;-) Of course, I'll owe all the credit to this forum!
 

ozzie

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I'm a natural minded healthy mom to 2 happy healthy children with a healthy husband to boot. I'm educated on things like vaccines and diet, etc. regarding my family, but I'm in need of TONS of help regarding my mom's health. Her liver enzymes are dangerously high, cholesterol is high and glucose test results as well as lipids, ALT, etc. are all getting worse. She's out of options with western medicine and turning to me for advice, so I plan on asking lots and lots of questions since her issues are much different than what I'm used to dealing with. Hope I've come to the right place!
natural mama I have just started taking these a week ago, and I do feel they are helping me with my digestion and acid reflux already, I don't know if they are available where you are though. also if you should buy some make sure your mum can take them, with whatever else she is taking.
All the best to your mum

http://www.vitaminking.com.au/product.php?productid=13100&cat=168&page=1
 

knightofalbion

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Hello. Nice to meet you. A very warm welcome to the forum.

I hope you find the information you require to help your dear mother. You've had some wise advice already I see.

God speed.
 


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