Liver Function/ Pathology Understanding liver function is important to see the potential links between garlic and supported liver health. The liver is the largest internal organ in your body, and it boasts an impressive list of vital functions. It's responsible for filtering toxins out of your blood, production of blood proteins and the digestion and production of fats. The liver regulates your body's supply of glucose and stores extra as glycogen. When the liver becomes diseased, its functions diminish, impacting nearly every other system in the body.
Spots on Liver
Imaging studies of the liver, including ultrasound, CT and MRI scans, allow doctors to visualize the structure and texture of the organ. Liver tissue normally has a uniform appearance on imaging scans. A spot on the liver -- also known as a hepatic mass -- describes a solid area that appears different from the majority of the liver tissue. Infections, inflammatory reactions and various types of noncancerous and cancerous tumors can appear as spots on the liver.
A hemangioma is a noncancerous tumor composed of abnormal blood vessels that form during development in the womb. Hepatic hemangiomas are the most common type of noncancerous liver tumor. These tumors occur more commonly in females than males and may present at any age, although most come to light during adulthood. Most hemangiomas are small, do not cause symptoms or interfere with liver function, and are discovered incidentally.
Focal Nodular Hyperplasia
Focal nodular hyperplasia (FNH) is the second most common type of noncancerous liver tumor. It occurs due to localized overgrowth of liver cells, or hepatocytes, and associated blood vessels in an otherwise healthy liver. As with liver hemangiomas, these tumors affect women more commonly than men, generally cause no symptoms, and usually come to medical attention coincidentally. FNH does not impair liver function and typically requires no treatment. Removal is sometimes recommended for large tumors, although this is rare. http://www.livestrong.com/article/190859-causes-of-spots-on-the-liver/
What Is Inflammation?
Inflammation has a positive and negative effect in your body. The positive side it helps your body respond to stress. But chronic low-grade inflammation is thought to be one of the leading causes of disease, premature aging, and illness.
When you get a cold, your body responds with inflammation in the form of a fever that helps you heal. The inflammation does its job, gets rid of the virus, and disappears. But if your immunity is compromised and your body is constantly stressed, you might experience chronic low-grade inflammation that leaves you more susceptible to illness and disease.
Garlic has long been a folk remedy for colds and illness, and its anti-inflammatory properties are amazing! Garlic contains sulfur compounds that stimulate your immune system to fight disease.
Sulfur Sulfur plays an essential role in collagen production garlic is a food rich in sulfur. Collagen is needed to form cartilage tissue, which cushions joints. The sulfur in garlic helps to repair cartilage and reduce muscle and joint pain by producing an anti-inflammatory analgesic effect on the affected joints. http://www.livestrong.com/article/108811-arthritis-garlic/
Inflammation & Infection
Garlic is a very powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and anti pathogen substance. It is the heavy artillery when it comes to destroying any type of infection. This makes it one of the most useful remedies for inflammation.
When any dangerous infection is present, garlic is the first herb on the list. For any infection, anywhere in the body garlic can and should be taken internally. When serious infection is present anywhere, start with a minimum of 3-5 cloves of raw garlic per day. http://www.all4naturalhealth.com/anti-inflammatory-herbs.html
Help [Liver] Purge Toxins
Detoxification or removing the “bad stuff” from the body is a key component to health and longevity. There are many foods, herbs and drugs that are in the arsenal of a holistic patient and their doctor’s tool kit to help the body detoxify in a natural manner. Garlic is one of the most important! Garlic a super-food has two major functions:
· A super detox food supporting many liver enzymes, the body’s manufacturing of glutathione and other factors critical for detoxification including multiple sulfur compounds and bio-active selenium.
· Garlic is the most effective broad spectrum anti-microbial agent possessing 39 different anti-fungal, bacterial, parasitic and viral agents.
To be most effective in reducing the “bad bugs” garlic 2-3 times a day is recommended (keeping the blood levels up). Non-organic garlic will absorb toxins. http://info.nihadc.com/integrative-health-blog/bid/34791/The-Power-of-Garlic-a-Detoxification-Super-Food
Eat garlic until you reek then back off so that you are not socially unacceptable.
Severe Spinal Stenosis
What is Stenosis
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the open spaces within your spine, which can put pressure on your spinal cord and the nerves that travel through the spine to your arms and legs. Spinal stenosis occurs most often in the lower back and the neck. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/spinal-stenosis/basics/definition/con-20036105
L5-L6 Severe Stenosis
Lumbar spinal stenosis often affects the last three levels of the low back: L3-L4, L4-L5, and L5-S1. Sometimes more than one level is affected. https://www.spineuniverse.com/conditions/spinal-stenosis/lumbar-spinal-stenosis-2
Red areas illustrate spinal cord/nerve root compression caused by Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Your nerve roots may become irritated and swollen at the spots where they are being pinched. Injecting a corticosteroid into the space around that constriction can help reduce the inflammation and relieve some of the pressure. Repeated steroid injections can weaken nearby bones and connective tissue, so only a few injections a year is suggested. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/spinal-stenosis/basics/treatment/con-20036105
Injections for spinal stenosis have typically been used if and when these measures fail; however, there is recent data which questions the usefulness of injections. The primary fix for symptomatic spinal stenosis which has not responded to other measures is called surgical decompression.
Injections of corticosteroids may help to alleviate the inflammation around a compressed nerve, but because these injections can weaken nearby bone and connective tissue, only a few injections a year are usually recommended, according to the Mayo Clinic.