All About the Liver

By Dr. Kneale © July 2018

The liver is a large organ that is located on the right side of the abdominal cavity just beneath the rib-cage. Because It secrets a substance called bile, the liver is classified as a gland. It is the largest gland in the body.  The liver has hundreds of different functions, more than any other gland, and is connected with every part of the body . Its main job is to filter the blood coming from the digestive tract before passing it to the rest of the body. And in its spare time, the  liver detoxifies chemicals and metabolizes drugs. It is a busy gland trying to take care of us!

What does the liver do?

  • Produces bile for the breakdown of fat
  • Converts glucose (sugars) to glycogen (stored sugar)
  • Filters harmful substances from the blood (drugs, alcohol)
  • Storage site for vitamins and minerals (vitamins A, D, E and K)
  • Responsible for producing cholesterol, produces about 80% within the body
  • Regulates the body’s ability to clot
  • Stores extra blood, which can be released when needed
  • Creates serum proteins, which maintain fluid balance and act as carriers for hormones like estrogen and others
  • Helps maintain electrolyte and water balance
  • Creates immune substance
  • Regulates levels of sexual hormones such as estrogen, testosterone and breaks down and eliminates excess sexual hormones.

Main Detoxification Gland

The liver is the body’s main detoxification organ along with manufacturing. It cleans out bacteria, poisons, worn-out red blood cells, alcohol, drugs and other waste products.  It is unique in the body because it is the only organ to receive a double blood supply. One source of blood is from the heart and lungs which supplies the liver with oxygen. The other source comes from the veins in the intestinal area. This blood contains digested nutrients absorbed through the intestinal wall.  This allows the blood coming from the gastrointestinal tract to pass through the liver before entering the general circulation.  This gives the liver first access to nutrients that are needed by the body and toxins that need to be detoxified.

The liver also is involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Carbohydrates supply energy for all of the body’s functions.  Liver cells store several substances including the fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K), minerals and fat. These can be released when the body needs them.   The liver also controls the metabolism of dietary fat.  It produces bile which is stored in the gallbladder, and is necessary for the digestion and breakdown of fat.


Bile Production

One of the primary functions of the liver is to produce bile. Bile helps break down fats by emulsification (converting large fat globules into tiny ones that are more water soluble and easier for the body to deal with). Bile is essential for the digestion of fats and oils.  If the liver is functioning properly, after eating fat and oil it should trigger the liver and gallbladder to release bile into the intestines.  Bile breaks the fat apart so that the fat molecules can mix well with the digestive juices.  The liver controls the growth and functioning of every cell in the body. Any kind of malfunction or abnormal growth is largely due to poor liver performance.

How do we know if our liver is functioning properly?

According to Andrew Moritz in his book “The Liver and Gallbladder Miracle Cleanse” he states that blood tests may be a great disadvantage for assessing liver health. Most people may have physical complaints that are common with liver congestion but the blood tests are perfectly normal.  The liver is an exceptional organ in that it can perform properly even when it has lost up to 60% of its original efficiency. [1]

Liver can be Restored!

The liver is quite remarkable in that it has the power to regenerate and be restored. It can reverse disease and deterioration better than any other organ in the body.  In one study there were 6 patients that underwent 30-70% removal of the liver. Postoperative follow up of 50 days showed that the liver had regenerated maximally to a volume of around 75% of the preoperative liver mass.  120 days postoperative follow up the liver regenerated from 75-85% of the preoperative liver mass. [2]

Global Nutritional Healing programs help the liver in many ways:

  • Eating a clean diet
  • Coffee enemas
  • Improving your metabolism
  • Near infrared sauna helps to decongest the internal organs
  • Specific supplements such as GB-3 and zinc
  • Decreased exposure to toxins
  • Decreased internal stress on the body
  • Detoxification of metals, chemicals, and other toxins
  • And more


“Healing for almost any degenerative condition is not complete until the patient’s liver and essential organ functions are all restored to full normal activity”.  Max Gerson, MD




[1] Moritz, Andrew. The Liver and Gallbladder Miracle Cleanse. Berkeley, CA. Ulysses Press. 2007, introduction

[2] Scand J Gastroenterol. 1990 Feb;25(2):112-8.


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