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In Chinese medicine the liver is often compared to the strategic general at the head of an army, utilising the power of body and mind to keep us in a state of equilibrium.
The liver is an amazing organ, dealing with hundreds of tasks and working overtime in dealing with carcinogenic materials and other toxins that bombard the body. One of its primary functions is the storage of blood and regulating the flow of blood to the circulatory system in accordance with our physical activities. When the body is resting the blood is kept in “storage” for the next phase of activity.
In addition the liver controls the activity of muscles, tendons and bands, ensuring a smooth interaction of joint and muscle movement. When we speak of a low level of “liver blood” in the body this is reflected on tendons becoming stiff and inflexible, causing stiff body movement and joint pains. We literally can’t move to do the things we want to do.
But there is much more that comes to play on an emotional and psychological level. In my book Yield and Overcome I go into more detail on how the body organs are related to elements and cyclical seasonal influences. On a subtle level the liver is home to the ethereal soul, that continues to exist after death. It is about transmuting the challenges we are faced with in this world and following our true calling or soul path. As we grow spiritually we bring a little of “heaven to earth”.
When the ethereal soul becomes separated from its “physical home” it loses connection to its true destiny and meaning in life. We lose sense of direction and being in the here and now. When plans and visions start failing or when we are forced to do things we find to be meaningless, we either start feeling depressed, listless and low on energy or have bouts of anger and resentment. We blow our lid at the smallest irritation.
When we see a person following his or her calling watch the glow and enthusiasm in their eyes. The liver expresses itself in the eyes. In the same way a diseased liver or one that is out of balance will show in the “grey” of the “living dead”.
The good news is that the liver has an enormous capacity to regenerate itself. Dr. Max Gerson, MD ( 1881-1959) assumed it would take 12 to 15 generations of new cells to form a totally new and healthy liver. He specified a period of about 18 months to fully heal and restore the liver of advanced cancer patients. However experts believe that the amount of toxins the human body has to cope with today will require a longer period of two years or more.
So in our modern world the liver energy is confronted with on the one hand the many distractions on a mental plane while at the same time having to deal with major challenges on a physical level.
Some questions that arise in connection with the liver energy are:
- How do I feel when I get up in the morning? Am I joyful or depressed?
- Have I found my place in the bigger picture of things?
- Do I really enjoy my work?
- Where do I really feel at home?
- Where is my energy or enthusiasm blocked?
- Am I feeling constantly tired and listless?
- Do I have a problem with anger management?
Apart from liver-cleansing nutrition there are various good methods of bringing your liver energy back into flow, but more on that in my next blog
Any person who has been diagnosed with cancer will tell you that it strikes you like a thunderbolt, causing a paradigm shift in more ways than one. I have lost close family members and many dear friends to cancer, most of them in the prime of their lives. The disease is a scourge of our time and it is hitting more younger people and children than ever before.
Cancer is described as the uncontrolled growth of cells from normal tissue. The body has a defence system that maintains a state of dynamic equilibrium in the body. A disturbance of this equilibrium can be caused by chemicals, radiation, tobacco, a diet of mainly processed foods but also drugs, a high stress level and chemicals used to treat cancer. There are over 200 different cancers known to occur in humans.
There is no easy answer as to why some people are affected and others not. Statistically your risk factor is increased if you live mainly on processed foods, smoked most of your life or had a family member somewhere down the line, who had cancer.
But why do some people contract lung cancer, who have never smoked in their lives or are diagnosed with cancer while seemingly doing everything right to minimise the risk – from exercising regularly to eating healthy foods. There is no plausible answer. Every individual and every body reacts differently to the exterior and internal risk factors. There are many imponderables and cancer is perhaps one of the least understood diseases of our time.
The fact is that we live in an age where all of us and the planet itself is experiencing an unprecedented exposure to toxins that poison our air, water, earth and especially our food.
In addition, during the past two decades we have been inundated with gadgets causing electrosmog such as cell phones, microwave ovens and compact fluorescent light bulbs that interfere with the natural electromagnetic field of the human body.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified in 2011 mobile phone radiation as Group 2B – possibly carcinogenic. That means that there “could be some risk” of carcinogenicity. A lot of additional research into the long-term, heavy use of mobile phones needs to be conducted.
Clearly one part of cancer therapy is that we need to change or lifestyle and understand the way nature works. Modern medicine seems to take a one-track approach by “fighting” cancer with a cocktail of chemicals, dating back to 19th century Louis Pasteur’s theory that a cure of disease could only be achieved by destroying alien germs. His opponent Antoine Bechamp, in bitter rivalry with Pasteur at the time, believed that living entities called “microzymes” created bacteria in response to host and environmental factors. He claimed that bacteria could not invade a healthy host. Sadly Pasteur’s theory gained widespread acceptance in the scientific community with Bechamp’s thesis only recently returning from obscurity.
One clue in fighting cancer, is to keep the body’s natural immune system strong. Cells need a plentiful supply of fresh produce, harvested from good soils that can provide the essential nutrients to keep the body’s 70 billion cells in a natural equilibrium.
I am currently reading a fascinating book: “Healing – the GersonWay” which goes into much more detail on the topics discussed in this blog. The book outlines that an increasingly denatured, nutritionally empty, toxic modern diet is the main cause of today’s worsening health crisis. The Gerson Therapy puts particular emphasis on restoring proper functioning of the liver, which plays a crucial role in the detoxification of the body and restoring natural physiological activities.