How To Prevent And Reverse Fatty Liver Disease with Functional Medicine

Episode 67 31m


Having a healthy liver is a vital component to combating the toxic junk and chemicals in our environment. A healthy liver means your body stays healthy, you don’t get sick, and you maintain plenty of energy. Unfortunately however, 90 million Americans—and a growing number of individuals worldwide—have what is called fatty liver disease, which literally means your liver fills with fat. This then paves the path for chronic disease and inflammation. But the good news is that fatty liver can be easily treated and reversed with some basic dietary and lifestyle changes.

In this episode, Dr. Hyman speaks with Dr. Elizabeth Boham to discuss how our high-starch and high-sugar diets are largely responsible for driving fatty liver disease, how to know if you have a fatty liver, and how they work with patients to prevent and reverse it. Elizabeth Boham is a physician and nutritionist who practices Functional Medicine at The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA.

Through her practice and lecturing she has helped thousands of people achieve their goals of optimum health and wellness. She witnesses the power of nutrition every day in her practice and is committed to training other physicians to utilize nutrition in healing. Dr. Boham has contributed to many articles and wrote the latest chapter on Obesity for the Rankel Textbook of Family Medicine. She is part of the faculty of the Institute for Functional Medicine and has been featured on the Dr. Oz show and in a variety of publications and media including Huffington Post, The Chalkboard Magazine, and Experience Life. Her DVD Breast Wellness: Tools to Prevent and Heal from Breast Cancer explores the Functional Medicine approach to keeping your breasts and whole body well.

In this conversation, Dr. Hyman and Dr. Boham discuss:

  • What is fatty liver and why are we seeing so much of it, even in children?
  • The difference between fatty liver disease and cirrhosis of the liver
  • How food, medication, alcohol consumption, and environmental toxins drive fatty liver disease
  • How fatty liver is connected to high blood sugar, insulin resistance, heart disease, metabolic dysfunction, cancer, Alzheimer’s and more
  • The types of foods, herbs, and nutritional supplements that can help heal fatty liver disease
  • How much alcohol consumption is too much?
  • Testing for and diagnosing fatty liver disease
  • Patients who they have worked with to treat fatty liver disease


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Dr. Elizabeth Boham: We're seeing this huge rise in fatty liver, not only because of alcohol, but because of high blood sugar, high levels of insulin, toxins like glyphosate and all the other toxins you've mentioned, medications that people are taking, all are putting stress on our liver. Dr. Mark Hyman: Welcome to The Doctor's Farmacy. I'm Dr. Mark Hyman. That's Farmacy with an F, a place for conversations that matter. And if you've ever heard about this weird thing called fatty liver, you better listen up. This is not something you should ignore, and it's something that affects almost one out of every two Americans. So we are going to go deep in fatty liver today, otherwise known as foie gras in French, and we're going to..

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Ep. 67 - How To Prevent And Reverse Fatty Liver Disease with Functional Medicine