The meatheads know a lot about liver damage:
Just Google ("UDCA" AND "milk thistle") and you'll bring up tons of info and forums on anabolic steroids dudes protecting their livers. A fair number of them even mention Accutane. This is the community of practice that is constantly engaged in breaking, fixing and protecting their livers.
It's a gold mine, and I can post newbie questions as well.
Here are the forums:
Also, I spoke with Chico Esposito at the Acne.org forums. He had identical symptoms, which forced him to eat a diet similar to mine for a year. He then cured himself by doing the following:
He recommended against UDCA, saying natural was better. The rest is quoted:
"okay it sounds to me like you have low to zero bile flow as well, thats the reason why rice, shrimp, lean fish work, because there is hardly any fat in any of those things, hence them not needing bile to digest. Bile's major role in digestion is to emulsify fat, the only fats that don't need to be emulsifyed are coconut oil and palm kernel oil, because they are high in mcts and dont need bile to be absorbed due to the fact that there carbon chain is much shorter than other fats.
Nuts, seeds, olive oil, flax seed, animal fats, avocado's - all NEED bile to digest, otherwise they ferment in the gut leading to growth of harmful bacteria.
you can clean the liver by liver flushing, although you'll need to take something like soy lecithin granules loading up to the day of the flush to help the olive oil in the flush recipe absorb. Otherwise it won't be successful.
Eating fermented foods like coconut water kefir, cultured vegetables, raw sauerkraut can start to replenish bad bacteria in the gut. Body ecology sells starter kits....
Can you eat salads? an organic salad with lettuce, some alfalfa sprouts, mungbean sprouts and some apple cider vinegar and limes could be good, for increasing stomach acid naturally.
but the main points are cleaning up digestion, increasing stomach acid, replenishing bile flow- so important, cleaning up bad bacteria and parasites in the gut and liver, and flushing the kidneys. But the gut and liver are 90% of the problem.
look up the metabolic typing diet, and look into slow oxidizer / sympathetic......also look into the body ecology diet......take certain elements of each, fermented foods are great for cleaning up digestion. Keep it low fat but lecithin granules are essential if you eat any fat in your food from long chain sources.
Also you may want to try humaworm to make sure there are no parasites on the liver / gut but thats not as important as the other stuff ive mentioned.
Don't be alarmed if your stools are light for a while, the liver flushing is the main way of getting bile flow back so that could take quite a few months.
Soy lecithin emulsifys fat, it acts exactly like bile would in the gi tract. Basically what happens is food goes into the small intestine were it's met with bile, bile emulsifys the fat...making the fat more water soluble. Imagine putting a tablespoon of oil into a glass of water, the oil stays at the top, it never mixes with the water. Adding lecithin liquid to the mixture and stirring it will make the fat and water emulsify together.
Bile does this in the small intestine, all enzymes are water soluble, so lipase (the fat digesting enzyme) cannot break up food unless fat is emulsified, it's impossible without the emulsification that bile carries out. Lecithin granules do the exact same thing as bile, they emulsify fat allowing the enzymes to go to work on breaking them down further.
I was like you for a long time, i only ate chicken and white rice everyday, for about 1 year. I had clay coloured stools, I couldn't digest fat. You have to understand the colon itself is acidic, bacteria are acidic.....acidic food is not the problem i can promise you that.
Cultured foods heal the gi tract, they break down foods and allow them to digest fully. A lack of bile causes poor digestion, certain things can mitigate it, cultured foods are one.
I cant drink alcohol at all, people with accutane side effects react very badly to it that may be the reason why. Yes but just start eating small amounts of fat with lecithin granules and see how you feel. I'd start liver flushing as well. Just experiment with it, you'll find what works for you. Make sure the fats you eat are healthy fats. Only you know what works and what doesn't, just experiment and you'll find your way."