A Darker Side Of Cod Liver Oil
Adano Ley (Swami Nitty-Gritty) wrote the following words on numerous blackboards and whiteboards from coast to coast across the U.S.A. …
“A LITTLE of ANYTHING is MEDICINE for the system; too much is TOXIC, or abuse,”
It’s The First Law of Solar Nutrition.
The capital letters are his.
Friedrich Theodor Frerichs (A Clinical Treatise on Diseases of the Liver, Vol. 2, 1879) wrote …
“Carious Ulceration of the Hip-Joint and Necrosis of the Femur of many years’ duration. — Enlargement of the Liver and Spleen. — Albuminuria. — General Dropsy. — Protracted Use of Cod-Liver Oil in large doses.
“Autopsy: — Large Waxy Liver, with deposits of fat. — Waxy Spleen (Sago-Spleen, Sagomilz) and Waxy Kidneys.
“M.N., a girl, aged 10, was under treatment in All Saints’ Hospital, at Breslau, for several years, on account of scrofulous ulceration of the right hip joint. The morbid process had extended far along the femur, and, on several occasions, sequestra had been removed. About a year before her death, in the middle of March, 1857, the liver and spleen were observed to be enlarged; there was albuminuria, and subsequently general dropsy supervened. Death took place under symptoms of œdema of the lungs. The child had taken large doses of Cod-Liver Oil almost uninterruptedly for several years; Steel, Iodide of Potassium and diuretics were afterwards called into requisition, to counteract the increasing dropsy.
“The autopsy, in addition to extensive destruction of the right thigh and general dropsy, disclosed an advanced stage of waxy degeneration of the liver, spleen and kidneys.
“The liver was very large; its surface smooth; its margins rounded; its consistence firm. and its cut surface ænemic and glistening. The secreting cells were, for the most part, in a state of waxy degeneration, but here and there, branched deposits of fat, accompanying the ramifications of the portal vein, could be recognized by their grayish-yellow color and greater softness. Here, cells could be detected containing numerous oil-globules, and, in a few instances, pigment molecules. These cells were easily separated from one another, whilst, on the other hand, in the larger waxy patches the cells were everywhere firmly adherent, and at the margins of these patches vessels could be distinguished, with thickened rigid walls, and some of them completely blocked up. These parts assumed an intense red hue, when treated with solution of Iodine; after the addition of Sulphuric Acid, the blue color was only developed in isolated, oval flakes; the remaining portion of the parenchyma presented only a violet appearance. The hepatic tissue contained no sugar, but abundance of leucine.
“The spleen was enlarged to three times its normal size; its consistence was firm, and over its cut surface, which was pale-red and dry, numerous bodies resembling sago-grains (Sago-körner) becoming blue when treated with Iodine and Sulphuric Acid, were interspersed.
“The kidneys were enlarged; their cortical substance was grayish-yellow, and sharply defined from the dark-red pyramids. The degenerated glomeruli could be recognized even with the naked eye; and, after the employment of Iodine, they became everywhere very distinct. The epithelium was at some places normal, but for the most part fatty.”