chaparral and livers

From: Karen Kaplan (
Sun Feb 27 05:58:34 2000

Karla B.: If you have permanent liver damage, you should (probably- heck, i am self-taught) NOT drink Chaparral, although you could still use it externally to heal scratches, which is helpful when you have 4 cats, or other external boo-boos like scrapes, boils.... A holistic doctor might know about safe internal dosages. Dandelion is an excellent liver cleanser, so eat the greens if you can digest them otherwise (I'm still having some difficulty with green veggies - the orange ones are ok). Have you ever tried dandelion root tea? - similar to decaf coffee. But, you should discuss with liver specialist. Chaparral is a powerful anti-cancer herb - it is " a 5-lipoxygenase inhibitor, an inhibitor of anaerobic glycolysis, which the cancer cell relies on for energy," is an anti-inflammatory, and one of the best natural anti-oxidants. And helps with bowel function though not a laxative. It can be toxic to the liver, so i am careful to only drink a few ounces per day, and sometimes skip a few days. One definition of a 5-lipoxygenase inhibitor is: "the enzyme required for leukotrine formation. Leukotrines modulate several biological events including neutrophil and eosinophil migration, neutrophil and monocyte aggregation, leukocyte adhesion, increased capillary permeability and smooth muscle cell contraction. "

Helen, Tina: any idea what that means? It's good, and sounds like it reduces inflammation and scarring, but I am only guessing.


>----- Original Message -----
From: To: Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS <> Sent: Saturday, February 26, 2000 11:17 PM Subject: Re: Ginni: doctor's orders

> Karen: How toxic for the liver is the Chapparal tea? I have permanent
liver > damage so I really need to know, but it sounds like it might work for all
the > other "problems". I, too, have been going herbal. The drs wanted me on
> Premarin after my hyst, & I did for a while, but it didn't do a thing for
the > hot flashes. I got a new gyn who told me I had had endo inside my
adhesions > & that premarin & other estrogen therapies would make the endo grow &
worsen. > He told me about soy as an estrogen replacement. It works 10 times
better > than the premarin ever did. The have tablets that also have black cohosh
> (well being) & calcium in them (by Ricola). Then there's Eden Soy Extra
> Vanilla flavored. It's not bad at all. I drink it daily. Karla B.
> P.S.: Screw Nabisco. I'll boycot them from now on & pass that info on to
> others Ii know.

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