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CRITICAL liver transplant questions

Posted by
Arlene Robbins on October 01, 1999 at 15:40:39:

Dear Dr. Stoll,

I hope this short e-mail finds you well! You've helped me in the past, for which I am and will always be incredibly grateful. I hope you will be able to help me with a very close friend's problem.

My friend had a liver transplant 9 years ago. Do you know if vitamins and/or herbs adversely affect a person who has a liver transplant?

My friend (who had the liver transplant) just had a severe cold. Could this cold be responsible for elevated liver enzymes?

My friend is taking PROGRAF. Do you know of any vitamins and/or herbs that would interfere with its action in the body (my friend is taking very large amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, as well as milk thistle, artichoke extract, glutamine, and echinacea.) Do you think this vitamin regimen will affect his liver adversely?

Thank you so much for your attention to this matter.

Wishing you the best always!

Arlene Robbins



Re: CRITICAL liver transplant questions Testimonial (Archive under liver.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on October 02, 1999 at 11:27:17:

In Reply to: CRITICAL liver transplant questions posted by Arlene Robbins on October 01, 1999 at 15:40:39:

Hi, Arlene.

Thanks for your kind words.

Many of the answers to your questions depend upon WHY your friend needed the transplant in the first place.

I amn not a good enough herbologist to answer your herb questions. There is a link to an herbologist on our link page.

No matter what the reason for the transplant, if this were me, I would look into the benefits of taking alpha-lipoic acid and doing castor oil packs over the liver (Cayce)-- which any healthfood store would likely have free protocols for doing.

The vitamins you have listed cannot harm his liver.

Walt



Re: CRITICAL liver transplant questions Testimonial (Archive under liver.)

Posted by
Arlene Robbins on October 04, 1999 at 08:42:07:

In Reply to: Re: CRITICAL liver transplant questions Testimonial (Archive under liver.) posted by Walt Stoll on October 02, 1999 at 11:27:17:

Dear Dr. Stoll,

Nice to hear from you. As to the reason my friend needed a liver transplant was because he was born without a bile duct - he had many operations to correct this condition as a child. At age 18, he had a liver transplant (which was done at the Univeristy of Pittsburgh). He was one of the first patients to receive Prograf. Do you know anything about this particular medication. And if not, could you refer me to someone who does.

Thank you in advance for all your help and concern.

Arlene



Re: CRITICAL liver transplant questions Testimonial (Archive under liver.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on October 05, 1999 at 10:09:15:

In Reply to: Re: CRITICAL liver transplant questions Testimonial (Archive under liver.) posted by Arlene Robbins on October 04, 1999 at 08:42:07:

Hi, Arlene.

This is perhaps the best possible reason he could have that translates to a lot more being possible for him to do to help himself.

Have you seen the operative report? Has he? Was a normal bile duct (attached to viable liver) transplanted at the same time and was it implanted into his small intestine?

If he doesn't have a copy of that surgical procedure in his files at home, he needs to get one at once.

Let me know what it says.

In the meantime, this does not change my initial recommendations but is does say that more can be done to help his liver function than almost any other reason for him having the transplant.

Walt



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