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By Shane Ellison M. Sc.
The People's Chemist
March 23, 2008

You gotta love your liver. It�s the chief organ responsible for allowing you to "toss a few back" and enjoy your wine buzz without getting sick. It also protects you from many toxins. Unfortunately, it�s not invincible. When the liver is bombarded with too many toxins, it gets hard and stops working.

Cirrhosis of the liver is one of the 10 leading causes of death in the U.S�. and it goes virtually unnoticed. So does its simple cure� which you can find on the shelf at your local drugstore: milk thistle.

Milk thistle - which has many anti-aging properties - is in the daisy family. It is able to bind to the squishy membrane of our cells and form a protective "shield" from such things as alcohol, environmental pollutants, poisonous mushrooms, and prescription drugs. Research published in the scientific journal Hepatology Research indicates that milk thistle can be used successfully to treat not only cirrhosis but also hepatitis (liver inflammation and dysfunction) caused by viral infection and excess alcohol consumption.

In addition to protecting us, milk thistle can also serve as a �biological janitor.� Regular use prevents the depletion of our chief detoxifier, glutathione! Glutathione attaches to and escorts toxins out of the body and into the toilet. Without this clean-up mechanism, we would succumb to the myriad of environmental toxins that exist.

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Big Pharma has been trying to identify and design a molecular copycat that mimics milk thistle�s healing molecules. To date, they have failed. But that doesn�t mean you can�t benefit from the natural source. This powerful liver protector is fairly easy to find. You can buy it at RiteAid, on, and at Wal-Mart. You�ll pay only about $6 for a month�s supply.

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Shane Ellison, M.Sc. is an author and organic chemist. He is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Grant for his research in biochemistry and physiology. An internationally recognized authority on therapeutic nutrition, he is the founder of The AM-PM Fat Loss Discovery package. At one time, he was TOTALLY against diet pills. Now he is 100% for them! Learn why here.

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Big Pharma has been trying to identify and design a molecular copycat that mimics milk thistle�s healing molecules. To date, they have failed.