FAT LIVER FALLACIES                                                                           Edited May 2010, updated September 2010

Fat, Not Just Alcohol Can Ravage Liver, was the title of a well documented and very informative article published August 12, 2005, at the top of the front page of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Today the New England Journal of Medicine published a study that examines the effects of vitamine E, placebo and (of course) a drug om the condition entitled "Non Alcoholic Steatohepatitis" (steatohepatitis means accumulation of fat in the liver)

The article in the Union-Tribune said that fat accumulation in liver cells causes Non Alcoholic Steato-Hepatitis (NASH), a condition of progressive destruction of the liver cells. The article also said that the condition is emerging rapidly on physicians’ radar screens, that one out of ten adults has the condition, that it is found increasingly in children and that obesity and diabetes are predisposing factors.

The article further reads: "The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, a funding arm of the government, plans to spend $23 million during seven years to learn more about the condition"

and: "Fat buildup in liver cells may occur in 10 to 25 percent of the U.S. population. But when it progresses to NASH, it is believed to affect one in 50 U.S. adults – Usually older than 40 – who drink very little or no alcohol. That’s about 6 million people"

Today, the study in the NEJM dramatically adds to this 5 year old predicament that:

"there is no established treatment for the condition... "



The San Diego Union-Tribune and the NEJM do not mention that the fat amassing in the liver of 10 to 25 percent of the U.S. population, this is about 30 to 75 million people, and producing NASH in 6 million of them is the fat they make from the excess of starch and sugars in the American diet.

The silence of the researchers about the role of the excess of starch and sugars in the diet in liver fat accumulation and the intention of The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to spend 23 millions of taxpayers’ dollars in seven years to learn more about the condition is shocking because:

It has been proven for centuries that fat accumulation comes from excessive starch intake.

The force-feeding of geese with starch rich corn produces the famous French Foie Gras, which is nothing else than a liver ravaged by fat deposit. The excessive starch and sugar load of the American diet is responsible for much more health deterioration than only fat deposit in the liver and NASH.

The excess of starch and sugar has changed our American diet into a recipe for disaster. Read more about it.

Copyright © 2010 Edmond Devroey MD                                                                                                              

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