I started seeing an naturopath for some advice on improving my immune system and energy levels. I have Type 1 and hypothyroidism and he suggested I do a liver cleanse to ensure that my thyroid hormones are being converted properly (something about T4 to T3). He wants me to start an even stricter diet than I'm on as Type 1 -- no butter, eggs or dairy, geez! -- and to take laxative-like "liver cleansing pills."
I wrote him back and said I had concerns about taking a laxative when I'm on insulin because I'm very sensitive to insulin -- 1 unit drops my bgs 5 mmols or 90 md/gL, not exaggareting -- so if I eat carbs that are passed too quickly, I risk a super low bg.
Here's his response. What do you guys think?
As you know, nothing in the body operates in isolation. Everything you take into your body, including food, will impact all of your metabolic pathways to some extent. There is the potential that by supporting your liver, there will be a change in your liver's metabolism of the injected insulin as well as glycolysis...I think that the impact will will low, however the prudent thing to do will be to watch your sugars should you choose to do this.
You've added a hormone (insulin) out of necessity into the system, which causes compensation by the body. You've come to an equilibrium with the new addition by now. You are going to have to come to a new equilibrium with any medication addition...this would theoretically include herbals as well. The chances that there will be a significant re-adjustment in equilibrium is low based upon what we are doing, however not out of the realm of possibility.
What we know for sure is that unless we deal with the digestive and liver issues present, we are not going to get anywhere with the immune system or the thyroid issues. This prescription is very gentle, however if you do not feel comfortable with what we are doing, you need to listen to that. I am here to support you when you are ready to move forward."