Chronic liver toxicity, resulting from overloaded liver-detoxification pathways, is associated with multiple sensitivities, with even minor toxic exposure generating symptoms in some individuals. Those with extreme gastrointestinal sensitivities and symptoms may suffer from leaky gut syndrome, an allergic reaction to protein molecules that leak across the intestinal wall. Antibodies produced in reaction to these substances activate the immune system inappropriately. Enterohepatic resuscitation is achieved with a nutritional detoxification plan of diet and supplementation. Avoidance of offending foods, bland diet, and diet rotation are helpful in treatment. Liver function is helped by milk thistle (silymarin).
(Source: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Other Invisible Illnesses – The Comprehensive Guide, by Katrina Berne, Ph.D. Published by Hunter House books and available at www.hunterhouse.com.)