Healing My Liver the Natural Way

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By Miri Eynan

Once I heard “You’ve got cancer” a few years back, I thought no other news could shake my world. I was wrong. When the doctor went over the routine scan results and casually mentioned, “Your liver is fatty and doesn’t look good at all,” I was surprised.

“What do you mean?” I asked. “It’s just a fatty liver,” he said, brushing it off. “The type of liver alcoholics sometimes have.” He suggested seeing a liver specialist and added, “In the meantime, it won’t hurt to cut down on alcohol consumption and fatty food.”

I’ve never been an alcoholic. I can’t even stand the smell of beer. I’m not overweight. I’m a high raw vegan, green organic juices queen who has lived the “Crazy Sexy Diet” lifestyle for the past four years.

I was devastated and disappointed that my body was acting out. The thought that I might have brought it upon myself was hard to swallow. My liver enzymes were elevated; the cholesterol and triglycerides in my blood sky rocketed.

All I wanted was to curl into bed in a fetal position and hide under the covers with a bag of chips in one hand and a box of Oreo cookies in the other. I wasn’t sure what to do and felt lost. It took a few days before I could get up to make myself a glass of green juice and search for information. I found out that fatty liver is as simple as it sounds. It means that the liver is being invaded by fat! As a result, the liver can’t filter and cleanse the bloodstream as much as it should and, therefore, the blood is overloaded with toxins. It’s highly linked to traditional Western diet and, if ignored, it can get worse and lead to severe inflamed liver or scarring of the liver tissue.

I tried to figure out what in my daily food intake damaged my liver so much. Being a vegan who eats 80 percent raw veggies, I wasn’t sure where to start. Is it the one avocado a week that I add to my green leafy smoothies? Is it the mixed nuts I snack on? Is it the cup of almond milk I treat myself to before bed time? The olive oil in my salads?

After many days of an agonizing search, I realized the only thing I had been putting in my body that wasn’t clean and green was the medication Tamoxifen. I had been taking it for three years to prevent breast cancer recurrence. It has many possible side effects, including liver damage.

Tamoxifen helps many people like me. But after three years, it took its toll on my body. I felt that I had to make a choice: a sick liver or increasing the risk of recurrence. Like deciding between a tall latte and a venti green tea. It took me a few lingering days to digest the information, look at the Tamoxifen container and said my goodbyes.

I will never know if Tamoxifen actually made my liver so sick. I followed my intuition like I have since I started my healing journey.

Luckily, I wasn’t alone.

Kris Carr is my hero and was my guiding light through some of my most challenging times. I go to the Crazy Sexy Life community for inspiration and information. I sought help for first time and didn’t have to wait long.

Whole Body Healer came to my rescue. She is one of several incredible My Crazy Sexy Life Ambassadors. She reached to me when I needed it most and virtually wiped my tears. Once the tears stopped, I saw things clearly. She directed me to previous posts, articles and studies about the liver. She held my hand until I had a plan. She made it look doable and easy, like a piece of sugarless, vegan cake.

“Detoxification” became my new mantra. Toxins out, vitality in. Thankfully, the liver is one of the most resilient organs in the body and can heal itself if given a chance. I was ready to show my body that we can rebuild the mutual trust we once had. I was determined to get rid of all the toxins so the yellow, greasy, enlarged liver would shine like a sparkling star.

I became a green machine. I increased my daily green intake to 6 to 8 cups of kale, lettuce, celery, sweet pea sprouts and cucumbers. I drank plenty of water to help flush out the junk. I continued to eat my vegan meals, but added more purple veggies (beets, red cabbage and burdock root), cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts) and artichokes. No sugars, refined carbohydrates, processed food or other junk. Only fresh, plant-based food. I added a few Chinese herbs and supplements. I saw my acupuncturist weekly. To get to the “bottom” of the problem, I opened my own coffee shop with a daily coffee enema followed by a wheatgrass implant and a castor oil pack. I had a colonic session every four weeks to clear my pipes. I dry brushed religiously. I used an infrared sauna few times a week; Reiki and healing energies as needed; meditation, yoga and positive thoughts. It felt like a full-time job, but with a well worthy compensation.

Fast forward five months. My liver has completely healed!

I was asked to repeat the tests to make sure they are accurate. No one believed my liver has healed in such a short time. My cholesterol and triglycerides went down many points. It looked like I was a different person. I am a different person – healthier than ever and empowered!

If I could do it, so can you. We all have Crazy Sexy bodies craving to be healthy. Educate yourself and make changes in your lifestyle. The results will soon knock on your door. “Crazy Sexy Diet” changed my life forever, and it will change yours.

Find like-minded friends who will help and support you.

You can heal yourself!

Miri Eynan is a breast canser survivor, a family therapist and full-time juicer. Lives in Richmond, VA with her wonderful husband and two awesome kids.

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56 responses to Healing My Liver the Natural Way
  1. Mari said on May 11, 2011

    I hate taking tamoifen. The side effects are terrible. I confessed to my oncologist that I only take 1/2 of the Rx dose as the side effects were decreasing my quality of life. He said there is no research to support my decision, but he would rather I take 1/2 than none at all.

  2. Gail said on May 11, 2011

    My Step daughter , Megan Neil, turned me on to your fabulous book Crazy Sexy Diet. Although I am not a cancer survivor I advocate the Hipprocrates Institute ” Food is thy Medicine” and the plant food lifestyle is the way to nourish and feed to body the nutrients it was meant to have. You are a geat leader in helping people take control of their bodies and health. I look forward to following you and your blog and spreading the word

  3. Ron said on May 12, 2011


    Thank YOU for posting this great blog story!

    YOU are a total inspiration to so many people. :)

  4. My mother was recently diagnosed w/ breast cancer and had her mastectomy in Jan 2011. I believe they have her on Tamoxifen for 5yrs. It is a really expensive drug as well. Nice for the pharmaceutical industry, but not too nice for my mom. Obviously, she is concerned to not take it for fear of cancer coming back. I will get this book and try to help her any way I can. Weren’t you concerned the cancer would come back? You’ve done a great job healing your liver, but is what you are doing also helping prevent cancer? Not trying to doubt or question you, I know my mother will want to ask these questions. Thank you for the post, it really touches me right now. I worry about these drugs down the road, the future. I almost had to have chemo in April 2011 due to my molar pregnancy and healed myself. The doctors couldn’t believe it, they’ve never seen it happen before. My HcG levels came down on their own w/o chemo after rising for 6 weeks. No one said it could be done.
    Anyways, great post, well written, really means a lot.

  5. Congrats Miri! What an awesome story! Xo

  6. Thank you everyone!
    @ Mari, it’s wonderful that you and your doc are working together and 1/2 the amount is working better for you. Listen to our body because you know what works best for YOU!
    @ Gail – totally agree… Kris’s book and mission save lives. It changed mine forever! Thank you Gail for spreading the word about plant based diet.
    @ Ron, thank you my friend! You are an inspiration for me!
    @ Suzanne – your mom is lucky to have you in her life! I can relate to the mixed feelings about Tam. Yes, it saves lives and yet has so many side effects. What happened to me not necessarily will happen to your mom or anyone else. Everyone is different. She might not have any side effects. I had to follow my gut and do what I believed in. It’s hard to tell if it was the right thing to do but it was right for me. As far as prevention goes.. I live by the CSD lifestyle and never felt so good in my life. Good for you Suzanne for healing yourself in 2011!
    @ Lauren – thank you my friend for your words of encouragement!

  7. Nicely done! It is like the rest of the story and answers many of the questions I had meant to ask you.

  8. I had been on Tamoxifen for 3 1/2 years when a routine ultra-sound of my liver showed that I have 4 liver cysts! I had never been particularly happy with being on Tamoxifen and always had a fear that it would affect my liver. Since being diagnosed 4 years ago, my life-style was in harmony with the Crazy Sexy Diet, so like you the only thing I could think of that was changing my liver was the tamoxifen! So I weened myself off of the Tamoxifen. Having done so, I am much happier mentally and I don’t stress about what the prescription drug is doing to my body and through the help of my naturopath, I am controlling my estrogen and hormones through natural means. Thanks so much for your story!!!!!!

  9. @ Jonathan – thank you for being my juice fast buddy!
    @ Jeffron- thank YOU for sharing your inspiring experience! It must have been so overwhelming to figure the whole thing out. I’m glad you did and you are working with your ND. Keep listening to your body!

  10. CONGRATs Miri on your AWESOME healing & sharing your inspiring story. Sometimes taking charge of your health & going an alternative path to mainstream medical advice can take courage. Wonderful that you listened to your inner guidance and found a path that works for you & your healing. I hope others are inspired by your story. YOU ROCK! Thanks for the sugarless vegan cake you SUPERSTAR!
    xoxo Michalene

  11. You are just such an incredible inspiration! Thanks for this amazing story – :)
    Love ya – Jeanné :)

  12. Michalene- I LOVE you my friend and could have never done it without your help!
    You are an angel on earth to so many of us! xoxo

  13. deb said on May 12, 2011

    Miri You are a Rainbow of healing love!!!!!!!!!
    What an amazing story, I tweeted it and shared on FB.

  14. Hello Miri!

    I also live in Richmond, VA. Where did you go to get your Reiki and colonics and everything? Was it in town? I am always on the prowl for good holistic resources.

    Inspiring story, I’m so happy your liver is healed!


  15. Tara said on May 12, 2011

    I live in Richmond too. Where did you go for the infrared sauna? I would love to hear about any good resources here in town. Thanks!

  16. “Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe”
    go on in your way Miri, tou are amazing.
    love u

  17. “What I do you cannot do; but what you do, I cannot do. The needs are great, and none of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.”
    Mother Teresa of Calcutta
    My sweet Miri, u are my light….

  18. Great inspiring post…just like you my friend!!!…LYL

  19. HIgh five Miri! I was getting lazy with my juicing, but your story inspired to pull my socks up and get juicing again. I know how good it is for us, and your story is such a great example of this. Toxins out .. vitality in! Love, love that! So glad you are all healthy.
    Love ya xox

  20. My Mom was on Tamoxifen for many years to prevent a recurrence of the breast cancer she initially had. Well, it didn’t prevent her from getting a different type of breast cancer that spread to her liver. She ultimately passed away. If she were still here and read this post I think she would’ve had a lot to share in regards to the topic. As with everything in life, you have to weigh your options along with the pros and cons.

  21. Indeed a very inspiring insight and fresh perspective how we should balance our actions and that we are the ultimate caretakers of ourselves. It is great that you found what worked for you. Thank you so much for sharing and encourage us to consider additional options to improve our health.

  22. Miri how wonderful. I am so thrilled for you. Michelene. Whole Body Healer is amazing and so insightful She changes lives daily. We have done the liver cleanse to and it helped get my hubs off fat fighting drugs.. he was all green vegan and the triglycerides and cholesteral kept going up we did add some diffferent things but we are so happy for you. Way to go. CSL community is fab. Love them all. Miss you all too. Many Blessings.

  23. Dear Miri,
    It is so great that you follow your intuition to get the best health success solution. As you know the majority of my potions doing the liver cleansing according my instruction and I can learn a lot from your way. I am very happy for you.
    Let me thank you again for your help in renewing my clinic.
    Tace care,

  24. Dear Miri,
    It is so great that you follow your intuition to get the best health success solution. As you know the majority of my potions doing the liver cleansing according my instruction and I can learn a lot from your way. I am very happy for you.
    Let me thank you again for your help in renewing my clinic.
    Take care,

  25. Does anybody partake of the Kangen water? and what do you think? I have pancreatic cancer and have decided to juice full time and eat as organic as possible. I spend a lot of time in prayer! I am believing that in 6 months my tumor will not be growing due to my eating. The first go around was in Feb 2009. Had a Whipple procedure. Everything was good for awhile. But now it’s back and since it seems to have invaded the interior of that organ. Looks like I dont got much choices yall? I will not give cancer power over me. I can’t seem to get enough info. its all I do, all day and all night! Who’s right? Whats a scam? What about this water?

  26. You have taken your journey and turned it into a powerful gift to others. I am so grateful for having been a small part of your process. It continually inspires me to take the next step!

  27. Miri, if there is anyone who can heal themselves, it’s you! You’ve motivated me to take better control of my diet and health. What a great article!

  28. Jen said on May 13, 2011

    Miri, your story is an inspiration! I was happy to read about your healing journey!

  29. Thank you for sharing darling girl, i am two years into my canser journey with non hodgekins lymphoma, i spent most of it on high doses of green tea extract and chinese herbs, until liver pain got my attention…i am still trying to keep healing from chemo in 09, embracing a vegan diet, and learning all the time….i am in remission, and praying for many more years on this beautiful planet earth! xxoo Grace

  30. Ron said on May 14, 2011

    Rock On!!! :)

  31. Shan said on May 15, 2011

    Thanks Miri for such an interesting article! Am also a breast canser survivor and an avid green juicer!! Love you Kris Carr and your Crazy Sexy Guidance!! I was prescribed Lupron/Femara (after double mastectomy, chemo and radiation) for the first 4 years after diagnosis and now have switched to Tamoxifen for a year. The plan is to complete the standard 5 year regime of hormonal therapy. Was wondering if you or anyone out there knows anything about similar side-effects to the liver that Lupron/Femara may have? I am now 36 (diagnosed at 31) and would love more than most things to have children one day soon. Obviously the hormonal drugs are eliminating that possibility. I am beginning to entertain the idea of weaning myself off of tam, followed by a similar detox routine to yours and then get on with my life … no more drugs … no more side-effects … who knows … maybe even a baby … or two!!!
    I so admire your strength and bravery Miri … it’s not easy to let go of the “insurance” of the drugs … but am questioning the value of them more and more now!

  32. My mom was on Tamoxifen for 2 1/2 years for stage 4 breast cancer. She developed severe liver failure and passed away from that side effect.We never really understood the connection, but now understand the terrible side effects associated with drug therapy. She never smoked, drank, ate all the right foods, exercised, etc. Wish I knew about the detox option 15 years ago.

  33. Your story is such a confirmation of how our bodies can heal themselves as they were designed to do if we would just give them a chance. We are what we eat and what we put into our bodies chemicals and all. How can we expect our bodies not to revolt? Your journey is such an inspiration to those who have been convinced that drugs are the only answer. There is sometimes a place for medications but I am very doubtful of long term prescriptions. Thanks for sharing and teaching with such a well written story.

  34. Love Flirting
    Making Love

    Fells so good


  35. Hi, I just did my blood tests about a month ago and they told me I had an inflamed liver and that it is probably inflamed because of an allergy. I have been transitioning to 100% raw vegan for about a year now and I was dumbfounded when I heard. What do you think? At first I was afraid I might be allergic to bananas or something, since I eat them everyday.What do you think I should eat to heal it?I really don’t want to make it even worse but I also don’t want to get back to eating crap.I’m a bit scared, please help(I should mention I’m 19 years old and I am not on any kind of medication, nor was I ever, besides the antibiotics taken throughout my childhood and teens for colds and such-but I haven’t had any antibiotics for over 6 months now.

  36. I have a hapetit B and I need. Help also I am on dialysis for 12years

  37. I was diagnosed with stage IV Colon Canccer in Decemberof last year. Tumors have been not ony found in the Colon, but in the Liver. So far I am responding well to treatment. In face (despite a few weeks of being really sick) I feel great! I have completely changed my diet and am taking in as much fresh healthy foods as possible. My big concern is not having enough fresh foods to fill my fridge and kitchen during the week and even the month. We just moved into an apartment and having put enough money aside to cover rent, which leaves very little to buy food. I’m only getting 40 dollars a month in food stamps. We have become very good at price and bargain shopping, but most of the heathy foods cost more. Do you have any advice for stalking up on enough food so that I don’t have to worry about not having anythng to eat? Maybe you know of a service or non-profit that provides fresh foods those that are going through cancer? Otherwise the information that you have posted has been helpful and one of these days I shall order a few of your books!

  38. Jana said on May 8, 2013

    It’s great that your liver was healed by this! But not everyone has the money to do the protocol you did. I can imagine this would cost thousands of dollars, especially where I live, NYC.

  39. I was told by my doctor this morning that the blood test i had showed an elevated level result.

    So, I googled “how to heal my liver” without taking anymore medication and came across your article. I am grateful that you posted your journey on healing your liver.

  40. I have had high cholesterol, fatty liver, n high itryglicerides, now inflamed or swollen liver. i WANT HEAL myself without/or with medicine. Iam retired from the City of Los Angeles, worked 32 years. Iam 60yrs. a young grandma, n great grandma. I enjoy reading about healing, medicines, healthy living.

    I have had my gallbladder removed. n Hysterecoty, tubal ligation, n 2 hernias repaired. I do not take medicines, do not have diabetis, cancer, nor high blodd pressure. I want 2 live another 20 healthy years. I have been drinking brandy, wine n smoking. I am quitting all that. I am going 2 start a new way of behaviour, healthy living for me. Thank you for any information u can send me.

  41. I was diagnosed in September 2010 with breast cancer, stage 3. They found it the third time I went in, four years later. It was invasive ductal carcinoma, slow growing. I had chemo and a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. Doctors wanted me to take tamoxifen 5-10 years. I lasted 2 years 3 months. I stopped taking it a week ago, I am a new woman. I feel younger, my eyes have stopped hurting, I exercise every chance I get because I have the energy to do so. I’m continuing on the green smoothie route. My doctor pleaded with me to stay on the drug so it is nice to have support for lifestyle changes.

  42. Power of natural healing is amazing

  43. I just wanted to thank you for this post. My 17 year old son was just diagnosed with fatty liver and they said it is extensive so I am very worried. He is going to a liver doctor in a few weeks. Unlike you, he does have a weight problem, probably from being on three medications the last three years, but the doctor said he had never seen it this bad in someone his age. We bought a Nutribullet blender today and I bought tons of super foods today and I hope he has the luck you did. It is very promising to hear your story!

  44. Hello!

    Thank you SO much for this re-assuring article – you made my day! I have been on my path to nutrition and health for about 10 years now after an acquaintance cured herself of terminal ovarian cancer by going completely organic. She said “our food is making us sick, but our bodies have the ability to heal itself”. I was fascinated! I too started researching, and as I learned – making changes. Fast forward 10 years – my cleaning products are chemical free (The Honest Company – http://www.honest.com/accept_invitation/333931), all of my bath products are ingredients that only nature provides & certified organic (Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic – http://us.nyrorganic.com/shop/jaylynn444), and about 85% of the food I eat is organic. I also incorporate the awesome gourmet raw food I learned how to make into my diet as often as possible. But, like you, grudgingly I have been taking medication (which I despise!) that I think is finally catching up with me. I was in an accident 4 years ago that left me w/6 blown disks in my neck, and in chronic pain 24/7 :( That God I do NOT have an addictive personality, because – after trying any and every herb, cream, therapy for pain, the only thing that works for the nerve pain is Vicodin. I have been taking it for 4 years, knowing I would not have much of a life without it. I do acupuncture, heat therapy, chiropractic, meditation, yoga, and more, but still have to use the drugs. I started off drinking a protein shake every morning b4 taking the meds, taking aloe juice every day to protect and heal my stomach, and limited alcohol. I got lazy as the years progressed, the sleep deprivation caught up with me, and I found that 1 or 2 glasses of organic red wine helped me sleep better. I also forgot to take the aloe every day, and rarely ate or drank b4 taking meds. Clearly, depression had taken over and I wasn’t thinking clearly. Last week for the first time in my life I started feeling what the majority of the population feels – stomach issues. I intuitively know it’s heartburn/acid reflux because my stomach is damaged. I suspect that my liver isn’t happy either, and am avoiding blood tests. I’m now drinking aloe every day, and eating b4 taking meds. I’m going to start drinking more tea than coffee, and only organic red wine on occasion. I’m going to give it a month and then get blood tests. Will what I’m doing heal my stomach as well?

    Thanks again!

  45. Hello, nice to read about your story. I have to high bilirubin and are yellow in the skin and eyes. Is it possible to strengten the liver the way you do with too you think. Love Anna

  46. I can not thank you enough for this article. I never post or reach out to anyone. I also am a Breast cancer warrior. Also on tamoxifen for 6 years. After the sixth year of taking it and feeling rage and anger and no patience – which is happening but getting a little less- my liver is a disaster. And along with it my nerves. I am one year off tamoxifen and my life coach when she saved me and showed me articles of other women who have experienced these side effects. my life coach has advised me to do a serious cleanse at a special place in Florida to help the liver rid itself of the tamoxifen build up which is causing rage. i want more than anything to get this poison out of my body so I can be a full person to myself and my family. I feel this hard core cleanse may be too shocking for my body. I am reaching out to you to see if you can help me start a routine on detoxing the liver. I did the whole raw diet and it worked for a while. I then had someone tell me I didn’t have enough fat in my diet which is why my nerves were so exposed. So I eat avacados and high quality olive oil and raw oils. Should I have a huge intake of greens daily? I eat very healthy except for the occasional cheese and butter. I don’t eat alot of meat. Fish yes and eggs yes. I have to get the tamoxifen out of my body. If you can help me I would be so so grateful. It’s not great to live this way. And of course my doctors claimed there were no side effects. It was all in my head. Which I know from others it is not the case. I appreciate any help you can give. With much gratiditde. Dana

  47. My husband has liver cancer, he is taking treatment got it, and whent for a scan , and his tumor in his liver got bigger,that don,t make any sence to me, the cemo is not working,what could he do naturley,to get ride of it? can you help me?

  48. My father-in-law received bad news from the doctors. His liver is in bad condition and he may have cancer in the amygdala.

    I need help. I believe that natural is the best remedy. He is 67. We want to nurse him back to health. Please help.

  49. Thank you for sharing your story Miri. I was just diagnosed with fatty liver as well and going for more test soon to rule out other things.

    I eat horribly, but I have started doing the morning green juice/smoothies and I plan to cut down on fatty foods, meats, and dairy (gulp) and hopefully I’ll have a great story like you to share.

    All the best, Claudia

  50. Please my grandpa is also suffering from liver enlargement and he has jaundice, loss weight and urinating often and he has never taken alcohol in his life.

  51. Excellent help me for my liver cyst

  52. Can you email me a list of what I can do to heal my fatty liver I am at the hospital with high enzymes now.

  53. Help!! Me too, fatty liver. What is a daily coffee enema and castor oil pack exactly?

  54. Hi! Just read your article. I have a swollen liver and am waiting for my test results to come back. Thanks for your info on the liver. Hope you are doing well. Opal

  55. I find your story truly amazing. I on the other hand have 3 kids. Never ate healthy even after my gall bladder was removed a few years back. I am an occasional drinker. Now I suffer from horrible abdominal pains. Went to the emergency was diagnosed with mild fatty liver. Which scared me to death. I honestly don’t know where to start. I bought broccoli cauliflower carrots wheat breat turkey chicken and talapia. Are these all ok. A friend of mine suggested to drink black coffee or green tea with turmeric powder. Do you think this will be ok. Is it ok to maybe add almond milk to smoothies as well. I need a little input if you don’t mind. I thank you so much for your time. May your health continue to be problem free!!

  56. So I was just told by my Dr the same thing, idk I’m so scared to death I’m only 26 I do eat very unhealthy but since I was told this I’m so depressed and sad all I do is cry, all I could think of was some “organic pills” I was drinking for my hair nails and skin, I still have to undergo more blood test the word “hepatitis” scares me so much :( any advice ??