Cirrhosis Of The Liver

Cirrhosis is a word derived from the Greek meaning yellow. It was originally intended to convey the idea of overgrowth or enlargement of this much-abused organ, but inasmuch as atrophic conditions often show yellow or tawny, there are now two kinds of cirrhosis, namely, atrophic cirrhosis, meaning a shrinkage, and hypertrophic cirrhosis, meaning enlargement of the liver.

Atrophic cirrhosis is caused by alcoholism, often augmented by milder stimulants such as tea and coffee.

Hypertrophic cirrhosis is caused by overeating, especially of meat, sweets, and starchy foods.

The causes of the former should be removed by ceasing the use of tea, coffee, and all alcoholic stimulants, and of the latter by omitting sweets, and limiting the diet in quantity to, or in severe cases below, the actual needs of the body.

The following menus are laid out for the treatment of severe cases. They are designed both as a counteractive and as a remedial measure.

In mild cases, or as the patient recovers, the diet may be increased in quantity, but it should be confined very rigidly to the articles named in the list below, and in the menus which follow.

Foods to be used in the treatment of cirrhosis of the liver:

Proteids

Egg whites

Fish

Fowl - white meat

Nuts

Sour milk

Carbohydrates

Bananas Corn bread ' Flaked rye Wheat bran Whole wheat

Fats

Butter Nut butter Nuts

Vegetables

Asparagus

Beets

Beans

Brussels sprouts

Cauliflower

Cabbage

Carrots

Celery

Onions

Potatoes

Spinach

Squash

Turnip-greens

Turnips

Fruits

Apples

Apricots

Cantaloup

Cherries

Grapes

Melons

Oranges

Peaches

Pears

Plums

Prunes

Raisins

Tomatoes.

Spring Menu. Cirrhosis Of The Liver

Breakfast

Soaked apricots; neither sugar nor cream

Very ripe bananas

Nuts

Note: If bananas are not "dead ripe" they should be baked.

Luncheon

1

Peas in the pod Bran meal gems Buttermilk

Dinner

Peas or asparagus

Lettuce, spinach, or turnip-greens

Carrots or turnips

A potato.

Summer Menu. Cirrhosis Of The Liver

Breakfast

Peaches, cherries, apricots, or cantaloup Three or four egg whites whipped with a spoonful of cream

Flaked rye, well cooked

Luncheon

Beans, Brussels sprouts, or cauliflower

Lettuce and tomato

A potato

A glass of buttermilk

Dinner

Vegetable soup - very little fat Any fresh vegetable in above list Fish or chicken - very little A potato or tender corn

Fall Menu. Cirrhosis Of The Liver

Breakfast

Grapes, peaches, or plums Two baked bananas Whole wheat

Luncheon

Boiled onions

Squash

Lima beans or bran gems

Dinner

Celery or spinach

Any fresh vegetable in above list

A potato or corn bread

Two tablespoonfuls of wheat bran

Winter Menu. Cirrhosis Of The Liver

Breakfast

A baked banana or a baked apple A baked potato - eat skins and all

Luncheon

Celery soup Corn bread Winter squash

Dinner

Parsnips or turnips A potato or baked beans Celery, with nuts Fish or buttermilk

If the breakfast is late, and the labor is light, the noon meal should be omitted.

Spring Menu. Cirrhosis Of The Liver

Breakfast

Baked apples or very ripe berries without sugar

A very ripe banana with cream

Flaked wheat, thoroughly cooked with one-half bran

Luncheon

Peas in the pod - en casserole A baked potato

Dinner

Peas, asparagus, or onions A baked potato Nuts with cream Cheese with water-cracker

From one to three glasses of water should be drunk at each of these meals. Mastication should be very thorough.

For cooking "en casserole," see p. 671.

Summer Menu. Cirrhosis Of The Liver

Breakfast

Cantaloup, peaches, plums, or berries Two tablespoonfuls of plain boiled wheat A pint of rich milk; buttermilk preferred

Luncheon

Young onions, lettuce, romaine, or any fresh salad with either nuts or oil Carrots, squash, or tender corn A baked potato - sweet or white

Dinner

Vegetable soup A Spanish onion, en casserole Squash, carrots, parsnips, okra, cauliflower - any two of these A baked potato Tender corn or lima beans Cheese, with nuts and raisins

Fall Menu. Cirrhosis Of The Liver

Breakfast

Cantaloup, peaches, or grapes One egg, prepared choice Bran meal gems or a potato A glass of milk

Luncheon

Squash

Okra, or an onion, en casserole A corn muffin or a baked potato Celery, or lettuce, with nuts

Dinner

Vegetable or cream soup Celery, or slaw, with nuts - no vinegar Winter squash, stewed pumpkin, or a baked sweet potato Bran meal gems A morsel of cheese, with either raisins or nuts

Winter Menu. Cirrhosis Of The Liver Breakfast

A baked apple or soaked prunes

A pint of milk

Plain boiled wheat or corn hominy. (If hominy is chosen, a heaping tablespoonful of wheat bran should be taken)

Luncheon

Two or three glasses o buttermilk Two tablespoonfuls of wheat bran

Dinner

Cream of tomato soup

Turnips, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower - any two of these

A potato or a bran meal gem

(A small portion of tender fish may be added if much desired)

If there is a tendency toward constipation, two or three tablespoonfuls of wheat bran should be taken, and an abundance of water drunk both at meals and between meals.