The liver and the lymphatic system have been designated as the second line of defense against bacteria and their toxins. The first line of defence is naturally the mucosal lining of the alimentary tract. If bacteria or their toxins
penetrate the mucosal layer they can enter either
Temporary increases in the toxic load of the portal vein occur during conditions of stasis, dietary insufficiencies and the flu.
- the lymphatic system where they may be attacked by various types of bacteriophages or
- the portal system where they travel directly to the liver.
Any prolongation of this state will damage the detoxifying and bacteriolytic function of the liver. The importance of this function cannot be overlooked once one realized the strategic position of the liver with respect to the circulatory system. All of the "toxic
" blood enters the liver for cleansing before it is sent to the rest of the body. At this point, Wiltsie states that anything which will cleanse the colon
of bacteria and toxic material should also be beneficial by relieving the liver of some of its duties. He suggests that colon
therapy would be advisable for liver and biliary malfunctions.
Dr. Wiltsie contends that gastrointestinal abnormality almost always preceded liver and spleen infections. Toxins
naturally enter the liver in the form of digestive end-products (ammonia, urea, skatol, indole, phenol, etc.). These can be handled. It is the excess that puts the strain on the liver, i.e., pathogens from vicious circles, initiated by other infections.
A competent liver forms an effective barrier between intestinal toxins and general circulation. Liver function may be overtaxed just by material from other focal infections and material that was not removed by the lymphatic system. This could lead to hepatic malfunction which allows intestinal toxins and bacteria to pass through the liver unscathed.
Biliary function was once thought to be independent of liver disease. It is now being looked upon by several physicians as a secondary infection to that of the liver, which is manifested through the circulatory system. Lymph channels common to the bladder and the liver may be another source of disease transmission. Infected bile produced by a diseased liver will eventually be transmitted to the intestine to start the cycle again. Ruffin emphasizes that almost all gallbladder diseases are associated with intestinal disturbances (usually a form of stasis) and liver disorder of one type or another. In other words, he is stressing that if a disorder is found in one of the three, there is likely to be problems with the other two.
A liver which cannot handle toxins from the intestine, other focal infections, including the products of necrosis of its won cells, transfers the burden of detoxification onto another organ, the kidney. Unfortunately, the kidney did not evolve to reduce the amount and kind of toxins that enter the liver, or to detoxify them as efficiently as the liver. What toxins the kidney does remove from the blood often begin to necrose the renal tubules and eventual renal failure ensues. Thus, it should not be surprising that chronic intestinal disorders lead to liver, kidney, heart, artery, joint, and skin disorders as well.
The remaining front in the second line of defense, the lymphatic system, is concerned with the removal of solid materials (i.e., water insolubles) from the intestine. These substances are picked up by the lymphatic system even if the latter is not capable of detoxifying all of them. This leads to a spread of toxins through the lymphatics, several of which travel to the duodenum, stomach, and gall bladder.
Incomplete detoxification by the lymphatic system will allow pathogenic material to enter the circulatory system. With the breakdown of the second line of defense, it is only a short time before intestinal toxemia ensues.