Is Your Liver Talking to You?


Liver disease is on the warpath–from sea to shining sea and around the world.

If you have endocrine problems, the liver tsunami probably hit you. Perhaps your endo problems whacked the liver. Or maybe vice versa. It’s kind of like a tag team of misery.

And since liver problems put a world of hurt on your immune system, I thought I should let you know some of the symptoms of a liver in trouble before things go way too far.

Liver disease can kill you, slowly, but doctors don’t often check, so we have to know how to figure things out. Especially since blood tests rarely pick up the news in a timely manner. The good news is we can usually heal liver disease on our own–once we know.

First, let’s look at skin language.
•    A rash–anywhere on the body–that won’t go away. It usually starts in the palms and on the soles of the feet.
•    Adult acne, especially with no acne history.
•    Liver disease slows down fluid circulation, and we end up with dry, really itchy skin that may tear if you scratch it.
•    Bruising–for no particular reason, it seems.
•    If your skin and/or eyes get a yellow tinge, it’s jaundice, a sure sign of a liver in dismay.
•    A web of small, broken blood vessels across the chest, shoulders and neck pretty much guarantees liver disease.
•    Blotchy skin discoloration, i.e. liver spots.

Other signs of a liver in trouble
•    Loss of appetite.
•    Passing moments of nausea.
•    Cellulite
•    Excessive thirst, with frequent urination.
•    Dark urine.
•    Pain in the right, upper abdomen, near the bottom of the rib cage–either in the front or back of the body. It may be a dull ache or a stabbing pain.
•    Frequent headaches and dizziness.
•    Bad breath and body odor.
•    An endocrine system that seems to be in a death spiral.
•    Gall bladder problems.
•    Abdominal bloating that makes your stomach hard. Lots of things cause a poochy belly, but when it feels as hard as a cannonball, think liver.
•    Depression.
•    Mood swings with irritability and anger.
•    Frequent infections, including such things as colds and candida.
•    Type 2 diabetes.
•    Autoimmune diseases.
•    Digestive problems of all sorts.
•    Allergies.
•    Overall feeling of just not feeling good.
•    Weight that’s unresponsive to dieting.
•    Brain fog, memory problems.
•    Kidney problems.
•    Heat intolerance, heavy duty sweating.
•    Age-related vision loss.
•    Restless sleep.
•    Menopausal symptoms that aren’t menopause.
•    Stiff hands and feet.
•    Headaches.
•    Puffy eyelids in the morning.
•    Heart palpitations.
•    Fainting.
•    Can’t motivate yourself to exercise.
•    Can’t lose weight.

Many of these symptoms can come from other health issues, too, but when you see yourself in more than a few, think liver.

The path to healing liver problems is described in my <em>Moving to Health</em> program. It’s not hard, but it has a lot of moving parts.

And here’s a bit of good news: Coffee does a liver good.

God is good,
Bette Dowdell

About the author: Bette Dowdell defines determination. In a really deep health ditch, with doctors who didn’t help, she got her Oh-Yeah! attitude in gear and researched her way out. She never intended to be a health expert, but sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. You can subscribe to Bette’s free e-mails on how to solve health problems at

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Bette Dowdell
A drunk driver pretty much destroyed my health a month before my first birthday. Doctors said I was fine--for years. Finally realizing my health was up to me, I started researching. I got out the health ditch I was in, and found my future: Giving people the information they need to understand how to take control of their own health. It's been an amazing journey, and I look forward to all that is yet to come.