Fatty Liver Syndrome- Killing Two Birds with One Grain
John B. Symes, D.V.M. ("Dogtor J")
It takes a well-trained CIA operative to decipher some of these
Internet medical news alerts. This recent article on fatty liver syndrome is a good case in point. If the consumption of fat
is thought to contribute to fatty liver (which it doesn't), then why is it found in the context of starvation? Why is
alcoholism the leading cause of fatty liver disease (FLD) in people? And why does gastric bypass surgery, which involves a
dramatic reduction in calories, trigger FLD? This same surgery is also associated with the precipitous development of iron
deficiency anemia, bone density issues (osteoporosis) and immune failure in many cases. The morbidity rate following this
harmful surgical invention is staggeringly high, and totally explainable. They're making acute surgical celiacs out of these
people. The symptoms they show could be the direct result of malabsorption of vital nutrients that would normally
be picked up by the duodenum (calcium, iron, iodine, B complex, vitamin C, and trace minerals). This kind of physiological
stress could trigger just about anything, including a subclinical viral infection (or viral adaptation) of the liver.
But why do I get so upset over seemingly insignificant news
items claiming that FLD is the result of eating fat? Because the low fat diet is one of man's worst dietary inventions! Fat
is crucial to a healthy diet, serving as a vehicle for certain vitamins to enter our body (the fat solubles A,D,E,K) the source
of essential fatty acids (omegas), and the provider of protection against things trying to affect and invade our body,
including these pesky lectins I keep writing so much about. Yes, dietary fat (animal fat not man-made trans
fats) helps to block the attachment of certain dietary glycoproteins (e.g. the harmful ones from gluten, dairy, soy,
etc.) to the villi of our intestinal tract. Other things that help in this regard are good carbs and glycoproteins from
fruits and veggies such as pectin from apples. Pectins actually bind lectins. Fats more or less coat the GI tract and
prevent the attachment of lectins. That is why whole milk is less harmful than skim milk, as I have discussed before.
About five years ago I started seeing more and more chicken allergies
in dogs. I wondered if it was because dogs were eating more chicken and that it was a secondary food allergen due to the damage
being done by the "big 4" (gluten, casein, soy, and corn) like so many other food allergies, or whether there was something
in the chicken that was inducing the problems.
I decided to check out what they were feeding poultry on the hunch
that they were loading them up with gluten grains and corn. Five minutes into an Internet search yielded my answer. As of
about 10 years ago now, they have been pouring the wheat to chickens and turkeys. If they fed them too much wheat, do you
know what happened? They died of fatty liver syndrome. Until now, fatty liver syndrome has been considered "idiopathic: in
veterinary medicine. Cats die from fatty liver syndrome. FLD is the leading cause of liver disease and failure in the cat.
And what is the leading cause of fatty liver disease (FLD) in people?
Alcohol - grain alcohol. Most alcohols are made from grains, including beer. Could it really be the lectins
in the grains that are inducing the FLD more than the alcohol itself? That makes sense when you think about the number of
people who drink (excessively) versus the number who develop FLD. There has to be something special about those people.
Either they have gluten sensitivity or a resident virus or both.
We are making great strides in expanding our understanding of lectins
(e.g. those in the "big four", legumes, grains, corn and dairy), environmental pollutants, trans fats, and
the damage done by some drugs. Celiac awareness has opened a number of doors and will lead to improved understanding
of dairy, soy and corn intolerance as well. I can't wait for cow milk to finally be publicly convicted for
what it has done to human and veterinary health. That time is coming soon.
We have had this wrong for years and the evidence has pointed us in
a better direction for a number of years as well. Fat is not the enemy. You don't get fat from eating fat. Dr. Atkin's
helped prove this. Similarly, your cholesterol does not go up primarily from eating dietary cholesterol. Further, an unusually low
cholesterol diet is not healthful. Cholesterol, for example, is the building block for all of our hormones, including sex
hormones and cortisones. It is an essential component in immune responses and in the protection of individual cells from invasion
by harmful substances and organisms. The anti-cholesterol and anti-fat campaigns are ill-conceived, misguided, and harmful
to our health, thus my passion on this topic.
John B. Symes, D.V.M. ("Dogtor J")
Read- "Food Intolerance- Man and Animals versus Gluten, Casein, Soy,
and Corn OR How We Won the Battle of Helm's Deep"
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imagined, certainly more than most have ever been told. Think naturally and the answer will come.
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