If the liver has its function compromised, the intestinal toxemia will increase and subsequently the infection of the other organs may be present.
The liver and the lymphatic system have been designated as the second line of defense against bacterial and their toxins. The first line of defense is naturally the mucosal lining of the alimentary tract. If bacteria or their toxins penetrate the mucosal layer, they can enter either 1. The lymphatic system where they may be attacked by various types of bacteriophages or 2. The portal system where they travel directly to the liver.
Temporary increases in the toxic load of the portal vein occur during conditions of stasis, dietary insufficiencies and the flu. Any prolongation of this state will damage the detoxifying and bacteriolytic function of the liver. All of the toxic blood enters the liver for cleansing before it is sent to the rest of the body. Dr. Wiltsie suggests that colon therapy would be advisable for liver and biliary malfunctions. 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.
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 intestines to start the cycle again. Almost all gallbladder diseases are associated with intestinal disturbances (usually a form of stasis) and liver disorders of one type or another. In other words, if a disorder is found in one of the three, there is likely to be problems with the other two.
As the second line of defense, the lymphatic system is concerned with the removal of solid materials from the intestine and abdominal cavity. 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 gallbladder.
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. The lymphatic system is comprised of lymphatic vessels, lymph fluid, lymph ducts, lymph valves, and lymph nodes.
The organs of the lymph system consist of the tonsils, thymus, the production of T-lymphocytes, and the spleen which is the largest lymphoid organ. The lymph nodes act as filters and are located throughout the body with the main areas of large amounts in the groin, abdomen, auxiliary and neck.