For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Liver and liver disease
The liver is the body’s second largest organ, weighing in at around 3 pounds, and situated
only the skin is larger and heavier. If you place your right hand over the area under the ribs
on the right side of your body it will just about cover the area of your liver.
The liver performs many essential functions related to digestion, metabolism, immunity, and
the storage of nutrients within the body and so it is wise to ensure you have a lifestyle that
supports optimal liver function. The liver is a vital organ without which the tissues of the
body would quickly die from lack of energy and nutrients. Fortunately, the liver has an
incredible capacity for regeneration of dead or damaged tissues; nonetheless treat it with
care – maintain a healthy weight and stay within the recommended alcohol limits, if you drink.
Find out graphically about the liver here
Types of liver disease
There are many types of liver disease – around 100 ! Among the most common (sourced from the NHS website) are:
Condition Possible causes
Alcohol-related liver disease regularly drinking too much alcohol
Hepatitis catching a viral infection, regularly drinking too much alcohol
Haemochromatosis a gene that runs in families and may be passed from parents to children
Primary biliary cirrhosis may be caused by a problem with the immune system
Symptoms of liver disease
Most types of liver disease do not show any symptoms in the early stages.
Once you begin to notice the symptoms of liver disease, your liver is already damaged and scarred (known as cirrhosis) and working hard at regeneration but unless you cease the activities that are triggering your condition eg excess alcohol, reducing your weight, you are not helping the liver regenerate.
It is important to consult with your doctor if you become aware of the following symptoms:-
Arteries become blocked
Ascites - abnormal build-up of fluid in the abdomen
Breathe smells musty and sweet
Bruise or bleed easily
General failing health
Hypoglycaemia and unstable blood sugar levels
Impaired brain function
Itchy, red, swollen eyes
Loss of appetite
Loss of sex drive
Loss of weight
Passing black stools
Yellow skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice)
Although liver disease is mostly associated with drugs or alcohol, the truth is that the different types of liver disease are caused by a variety of factors and affect anyone, from infants to older adults. The key causes include:-
Alcohol in excess– after years of heavy drinking, cirrhosis can occur. It is the final phase of the alcoholic liver disease. Advice is to never mix alcohol with other drugs and medications.
Drugs and toxins – the liver processes most of the medications and chemicals that enter your body, leaving it vulnerable to acute or chronic liver disease caused by chemicals. Avoid taking unnecessary medications.
Fat – a build-up of fat within liver cells, commonly seen in overweight individuals or those who are obese.
Hemochromatosis – an iron disorder in which the body simply loads too much iron. This problem is genetic and if left untreated, can damage organs, joints, and eventually be fatal.
Hepatitis C – a virus, or infection, that causes liver disease and inflammation of the liver.
Wilson’s disease – an inherited disease that affects the body’s capacity to metabolize copper. This disease may lead to liver failure and cirrhosis.
Metaphysical causes of liver disease
Metaphysically - beyond the physical - the liver is related to anger, particularly frustration or repressed anger. Repression leads to depression, even though one may not be aware of it.
People may not even be aware of your anger and frustration because, being repressed, you will keep it tightly bottled up.
You value self-control and so you will not take kindly to people who do express their anger, fly off the handle.
Notice how you deal with people who offend youand how you deal with the offence; if a liver issue is indicated you are likely to control against being offended.
You store your emotions in your liver, you will experience sadness and bitterness, but instead of express your feelings in time you are likely to have liver failure – you have stored too much in the liver and it can take it no more.
If you think about it, the liver is like a control centre, dealing with so many functions. If you see this as a mirror to your own life, then you are likely to be finding it difficult to control all the elements of your life. And so you will seek to control, you will be demanding of others and expect them to operate to YOUR belief systems – and when they don’t, inwardly you get angry, store it up, and the liver pays the price. You, in the meantime, live in your world of self-righteous indignation.
Visualise the following – you are always pointing the finger at others, blaming them; you find it difficult to see their worldview and when the work against you, you get all over-sensitive and sullen.
Yet all the while the liver is sending out message for you to change your beliefs, change your attitudes, to calm down, to broaden your perspective, to realise there is more to the world than just you and your beliefs.
Stop jumping to conclusions. You don’t have to get angry at the world as you are highly skilled in taking care of yourself. Come back to self-love and self-nurture; let others be.
The liver, such an important organ , plays a vital role in our emotions. Anger is a natural emotion, but our thoughts that cause anger, our thoughts about anger, and our attitudes and beliefs about anger, are usually anything but natural and normal. So it would pay you to take time to consider your beliefs and attitudes around anger. Reprogramming our thoughts will change the way our health expresses itself in that specific area of our life.
When the liver energy is congested, out of balance, an individual can experience depression, defensiveness, irritability, anger, or discouragement. When these emotional states become chronic, it almost a regular way of life, we become “emotionally toxic,” and the liver’s normal capacity to process toxins starts to decline, you have given it too much to do.
Liver problems like hepatitis and cirrhosis are caused by suppressed rage and anger. Metaphysically the liver indicates an attitude of resistance to change. If you are unwilling or unable to let go of your anger or resentment, or find healthy ways to express them, or better still, do some therapeutic healing work to fid the the cause of your perpetual anger, then anger can easily turn into resentment and the desire for revenge, it can lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Also, liver cancer is associated with chronic fault-finding, whether in others or yourself.
And arthritic conditions come from a very pointy blaming attitude and anger toward other people.
Specific beliefs you are likely to hold
I have no choice
I have to give in
It always has to be “their” way
I never get what I want
I can’t make the life I want
I have to criticise others before they criticise me
I have to get in first
I have no ability to change my life
I don’t trust others
The magic of life has gone
I’m not in control of my life
I’m angry at..
I’m resentful of …
I’m bitter at …
I have been feeling these strong emotions for a long time –
hatred, anger, rage, resentment, fury, bitterness, grief, sadness, sorry, revenge
Actions / Exercises
Conventional health approach – if you feel you have a significant number of the conventional symptoms see your doctor
Decide what a healthy weight for you would be and aim to maintain it – through exercise, movement, and eating wisely
Don’t mix drugs and alcohol
Come off of drugs and alcohol
Seek professional help if needed
Metaphysical approach – use your understanding of the metaphysical descriptions and beliefs described on this page.
Wherever something resonates, rings your bell, ask what you could do instead eg if you believe you have no choice, challenge that belief, chances are there will be some choices you can take, remind yourself “in this moment I can choose …” “I can choose to give in” is different to saying “I have to give in” – the former puts you more in control
Have a day where you choose and decide to NOT criticise – not another human being, nothing you see on TV, not even yourself – then review how you feel at the end of the day. Choose instead to - see the good in others (eg they are doing the best they know how), observe nature and marvel at its awesomeness, pay someone a compliment, do someone a good turn.
What could you do or how could you be to bring magic into your life? What makes your heart sing? What passions are you blocking?
Exploring with a therapist why you hold the beliefs you do , how they are negatively impacting your life, and how you can bring about change
Explore natural remedies for healing the liver
Work with a counsellor or therapist on your anger issues