What You Must Know About Liver Disease: A Practical Guide to Using Conventional and Complementary Treatments

By | April 29, 2018
What You Must Know About Liver Disease: A Practical Guide to Using Conventional and Complementary Treatments

One of the leading causes of death in the United States, liver disease ranks fourth as a killer of people between the ages of 45 and 64. Unfortunately, without an annual blood test, it can progress silently until the organ’s ability to function has been greatly compromised. When a diagnosis of liver disease is given, the road that lies ahead is unfamiliar to most patients and may seem frightening. To easy their journey, bestselling author and physician Dr. Rich Snyder has written What You Must Know About Liver Disease, a guide to understanding the disease and its treatment options. The book is divided into two parts. Part One addresses the conventional approach to the treatment of liver disease. Using nontechnical language, Dr. Snyder begins by explaining the function of the liver and examines the many ways in which the liver can be damaged―from alcohol abuse to overdosing on over-the-counter pain relievers. He also provides an overview of the type of care to expect from your healthcare team― including tests, medications, and more―and looks at the signs and symptoms of possible complications. Once you know the basics of liver function and conventional treatments, Part Two provides a comprehensive examination of the complementary therapies that can be used in coordination with your ongoing care. The doctor offers information on nutrition and natural supplements―those to take and those to avoid. Finally, he presents an exercise program designed specifically for liver patients and a Liver-Detoxification Plan that can rid the organ of burdensome substances. Written in a clear and inviting manner, Dr. Snyder allows patients and their families to better understand what liver disease is and how it can be successfully treated. Most important, What You Must Know About Liver Disease gives patients the information they need to be active participants in their own healthcare.

2 thoughts on “What You Must Know About Liver Disease: A Practical Guide to Using Conventional and Complementary Treatments

  1. doug korty
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Five Stars, November 14, 2017
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    This review is from: What You Must Know About Liver Disease: A Practical Guide to Using Conventional and Complementary Treatments (Paperback)
    Good solid information for the newly diagnosed.
  2. Anonymous
    2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Intelligent and useful book, may be wrong about ketosis, June 22, 2017
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    doug korty (Midwest United States) –

    This review is from: What You Must Know About Liver Disease: A Practical Guide to Using Conventional and Complementary Treatments (Paperback)
    I am not a physician but I have worked in health care and have read many books similar to this one. It seems to me to be intelligent and useful, it is not an academic book or comprehensive but it is practical as it claims. I do take issue with one thing the author states on p. 139. “When there are not enough carbohydrates in the body to produce energy, the liver metabolizes protein for energy instead. This puts a larger strain on the liver because protein is more complicated to metabolize. Additionally, a lack of carbohydrates can cause the body to go into a state of ketosis. Ketosis is when the body relies on ketone bodies (a breakdown product from fats in the liver) for energy. If you have liver disease, ketosis can be a taxing and dangerous process on your liver.”

    While this may be true with regard for people with liver disease, the implication is that no one should eat a low carb diet. There is now a large literature promoting the ketogenic diet which advises people to follow a low carb, high fat, moderate protein diet for weight loss and to prevent other health problems. Ketosis is considered a good thing.

    Midwest Independent Research, educational websites. Nutrition, mwir-nutrition.blogspot. There is information and a book list on the ketogenic diet here.

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