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The most overworked organ in the body
The liver's multiple functions:
"In our culture, the job of neutralizing environmental pollution inside the body is no small task one which the liver never evolved to handle." (Lipski, p. 50.)
Porphryinopathy / Porphyrinuria
In the past several years attention has focused in the MCS community on the P450 enzymes which the liver uses to detoxify substances. Inherited defects in this system are called Porphyria; but there is precedent for defects from toxic exposure: lead being the classic one. Mercury (for example from dental amalgams) may prove to be another major one (see Mercury Mercury Links, as well as my working notes on Mecury Poisoning.)
Tests for such defects are incomplete and not necessarily conclusive but many suffering from MCS have tested positive.
So far the best sources of information on the subject are
The liver can lose as much as 70% of its functioning before tests for liver disease will show positive indications. (Lipski, p. 50.) For more about the liver in general, here are some suggestions.
Liver dysfunction in general
When I started asking doctors to consider porphyrin disorder in treating me, I could find none who were familiar enough with it to be comfortable treating it. So I started asking them simply to consider how well my liver was functioning, generally. This yielded more interesting avenues of investigation.
© Copyright Catherine Holmes Clark, 1999, 2000. Last updated 17 November 2000