Bill Thompson's Healthy Liver Protocol: 5 Top Supplements

| Modified on Jul 29, 2023
Healthy Liver Protocol

For those interested, I've been taking a set liver protocol over the last 14 years or so that seems to be very effective. I take it every day without fail.

I thought it might be helpful to pass this information on. The protocol that I supplement with mainly consists of taking Milk Thistle, Selenium, and Alpha Lipoic Acid + all the B vitamins every day. This is my core protocol.

(Note: all dosages and links listed towards the bottom of this article.)

I decided long ago that it was all but impossible, unrealistic, and too expensive to eat organic food every day, and anyway, there's no real chance of me regularly buying organic food when living in the primitive provinces of the Philippines.

Here, people look at me funny and smile whenever I ask for organic this or that. So my approach turned into supplementing a preventative daily detox regimen where I don't panic or get paranoid if I'm forced to eat food from bad sources. The reason I don't panic is that I'm continually detoxing my body every single day.

I also try and eat food and veg bought at the local wet market in my provincial town, which also helps limit all those fungicides, pesticides, agri-chemicals, and poisons in the food because I'm not buying my food at a supermarket.

In my opinion, buying produce grown locally like this is by far the best and most realistic and affordable all-round option.

Healthy Liver Protocol

Here are the supplements that I take every day, with the addition of brewer's yeast for my B Vitamins.

1. Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle, in my own experience, is a genuinely mighty detoxer for the liver. In my opinion, no other herb comes close.

Other herbs like Burdock, Dandelion, and Hogweed (Boerhavia diffusa) are also very good for the liver. But Milk Thistle has one huge plus.

Milk Thistle is the only one that is a xenobiotic. There are poisons that you can eat that the liver or body knows nothing about, and so it cannot neutralize them or get rid of those poisons from the body, and they end up staying in your body permanently doing harm. But Milk Thistle will get rid of these poisons because it is an efficient xenobiotic that can safely remove toxins from the body.

See the research on Milk Thistle:

2. Selenium

Selenium is a remarkable mineral that is hugely important in the human body.

Selenium removes mercury, it's good for the heart, promotes a healthy thyroid, reduces inflammation, protects the brain, helps to prevent cancer, boosts the immune system, and most importantly, it is the central metallic atom in glutathione, which is probably the most essential master antioxidant of the body that is essential for the protection of the liver, thyroid and the lungs.

The reason the auto-immune system does not attack or destroy host cells is that all host cells contain a code (hapten code).

And when an immune system cell interrogates that host cell -- "Are you friend or foe??" -- the hapten code response from the host cell is "Hey, I'm a friend." But if mercury is absorbed by the host cell, it will scramble the hapten code, so when the immune cell interrogates that host cell, it gets the wrong response so the host cell is attacked and destroyed by antibodies as the enemy.

This is what causes auto-immune disease. So if you regularly supplement selenium to remove mercury from your body, this must also help reduce the possibility of getting an auto-immune disease.

See this link about selenium:

3. Alpha Lipoid Acid (ALA)

I learned all about Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) from Dr. Burt Berkson's research, who was also using the Milk Thistle, Selenium, and ALA + ALA IVs + Low dose naltrexone to successfully cure hepatitis C, liver cirrhosis, liver cancer, and pancreatic cancer.

From the Introduction to his book "The Alpha Lipoic Acid Breakthrough," which is all based on his own experience and research, in 2017, I added resveratrol to my daily detox protocol, which now consists of taking Milk Thistle, Selenium, ALA + B vitamins.

4. Resveratrol

I had been taking this protocol + resveratrol specifically to see if I could lose some weight because I was a wee bit too heavy for my height.

After seven months of taking this protocol, my wife said, "Hey, you've lost a lot of weight."

So I weighed myself and got a very pleasant surprise. I used to weigh 92 kilos, and when I weighed myself after taking detox + resveratrol for seven months, my weight had fallen to 75 kilos. I had lost about 20 kilos safely without doing any exercise. I thought that perhaps 75 kilos was a bit too light, so I stopped taking the resveratrol and went up to about 80 kilos, which, I reckon, is my fighting weight, so to speak.

On further researching resveratrol, I also discovered two things:

1. If resveratrol is taken with Genistein (another flavonoid) daily, then you will lose weight more rapidly than taking resveratrol alone. Milk Thistle contains significant amounts of Genistein, so there's the reason I lost so much weight so quickly. Milk thistle also contains substantial amounts of quercetin.

2. Research has also confirmed that when quercitin is taken with resveratrol daily, then the immune strength is twice as strong as it would be just taking resveratrol on its own.


Here are the dosages of each supplement that I take every day:

  • Milk Thistle....500 mg once a day with a meal.
  • Selenium.......200 to 400 micrograms a day with a meal.
  • ALA.................600 to 1200 mg a day with a meal.
  • B Vitamins....half a tablespoon of Brewer's Yeast once a day with a meal.
  • Resveratrol (only derived from Japanese Knotweed).....300 mg taken first thing in the morning. Should contain at least 150mgs of trans-resveratrol.

Where to Buy

Here are links to highly reviewed products on Amazon with Bill's recommended amounts in each capsule.

Milk Thistle

Nature's Bounty Milk Thistle Pills and Herbal Health Supplement, Supports Liver Health, 250mg, 200 Capsules


Solgar Yeast-Free Selenium 200 mcg, 250 Tablets - Supports Antioxidant & Immune System Health - Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Kosher - 250 Servings


Pure Encapsulations Alpha Lipoic Acid 600 mg | ALA Supplement for Liver Support, Antioxidants, Nerve and Cardiovascular Health, Free Radicals, and Glucose Support* | 120 Capsules

Brewer's Yeast

Bluebonnet Nutrition Super Earth Brewers Yeast Powder, Super Food, Whole Food, Source for Vitamins, Great Tasting, Vegan, Vegetarian, Non GMO, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Milk Free, Kosher, 2 lb

Resveratrol from Japanese Knotweed

Juvita Resveratrol Supplement 1200mg, Pure Organic Polyphenol from Japanese Knotweed, Trans Resveratrol, Anti-Aging Antioxidants and Longevity Booster, Heart and Immune Support 30 Day Supply- $14.95

* Optional Supplements to Take With Resveratrol - for Weight Loss and Immune Support


Vital Nutrients - Genistein - Easily Absorbed Isoflavones for Bone Health Support - 60 Capsules per Bottle - 125 mg


Jarrow Formulas Quercetin, Cardiovascular Support, 500 mg, 100 Veggie Caps

ALA and Metal Fillings

Posted by Bill (the Philippines) on 01/28/2019

Hi Janet...

I forgot to mention that if you regularly eat sulfur-containing foods then this will also help to remove glyphosates efficiently from your body. Here are some useful sulfur-containing foods: Apple Cider vinegar, Korean kimchi, sauerkraut, garlic, onions, eggs, organic cheese etc

ALA and Metal Fillings
Posted by Janet (In) on 01/27/2019

Bill, I would appreciate some insight.

ALA, the warnings about mercury, or metal fillings. I have never decided one way or another regarding its use. There seems two sides to this and I am hesitant. Now that I have been sprayed by glyphosates. It is difficult to know exactly what to do. I can unwind some or most of the symptoms. I know I am not making enough headway. The sense it is lurking is concrete. There are protocols and advice. Not enough to eradicate it. It does not take much to knock me off my pins. So looking at your regime, it has some promise. It is crazy making to resolve. I look at this mess as something akin to arsenic or heavy metal poisoning. I am thinking it is not reversable, but manageable. Chlordane poisoning in the 90s was an unknown factor, when I first became seriously ill. I have always concluded that was another issue that remains.

I would appreciate any insight into this mess. Janet

Replied by Bill
(the Philippines)

Hi Janet…

The way that I think about your ALA/mercury problem is mostly based on the research of Dr Burt Berkson, who is the ultimate expert or research guru on ALA and who has used the milk thistle, selenium, ALA oral protocol as part of his very successful natural Triple Antioxidant Therapy treatment for thousands of people with hepatitis C, cirrhosis, liver cancer and pancreatic cancer. And you can bet that those people he treated were just ordinary Americans who, without any doubt, would also have many mercury fillings in their teeth. The point is that Dr Berkson, in all his research and in his books, has never reported that people died or were injured with his detox treatment (i.e because ALA was redistributing mercury from their teeth into their bodies).

If you still have any fears about mercury when using ALA then I would also urge that you read Dr Berkson's book “The ALA Breakthrough” on In this book, he also describes, in one simple sentence, how ALA removes mercury safely from the body:

“Alpha lipoic acid has been demonstrated to chelate high levels of mercury and allow the patient to excrete it from the body by way of the gall bladder.”

It also sounds, from the description of your problem, that you may have other heavy metals in your body. If that is the case, I would immediately supplement Chlorella daily to help remove all heavy metals efficiently from just your intestines. I would also recommend that you supplement Cilantro extract every day which should help to also remove all the heavy metals from your tissues, organs and blood fairly quickly (probably within a month).

Chloredane is an awful industrial poison that contains a remarkable 6 chlorine atoms per molecule of chloredane which makes it highly poisonous and dangerous. Supplementing Milk thistle, Cilantro extract, MSM or Sodium thiosulfate (which is a well-known and efficient dechlorinator. The dose is 6 to 10 drops of ST in a glass of water per day – also see Ted from Bangkok's dose recommendations for ST on EC) should help to remove chloredane from the body.

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Posted by M (Usa) on 04/05/2019

Hi Bill, thanks so much for your info, I'm going to try this. Sincerely, M

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Posted by Tessa (Okanagan) on 02/17/2021

Thank you Bill from the Philippines - it's always good to hear from you!

Other than milk thistle (one of the most important vitamins you mentioned), I have the rest of the vitamins that are on your list so I'm going to pick some up this afternoon.

The idea of a preventative daily detox regimen seems more logical to me than those rather ghastly detox cleanses I've subjected myself to in the past (and usually didn't complete).

Thanks again!



Liver Supplements With Scleroderma

Posted by Becky (CA) on 01/30/2019

To Bill from Philippines:

I have been diagnosed with Scleroderma and doing a FCT Homeopathy protocol. Can Wheatgrass be used instead of Chlorella? I've heard make Chlorella brands are bad. Thank you.

Replied by Bill
(the Philippines)

Hi Becky…Scleroderma is an auto-immune disease. Here's what Ted from Bangkok recommends:

“The cause of scleroderma in certain cases may be due to a tiny mycoplasma which bought about the condition. In which case zinc acetate 50 mg every other day, may normalize the immune functions as well as some iodine foot painting, maybe twice a week. A sodium ascorbate vitamin C (or ascorbic acid with baking soda), 1000 mg/day would normalize the body's inflammation somewhat as it raises the body's nitric oxide to some extent.

A drop of lavender oil in a glass of water may help that too for the scleroderma. If you think scleroderma is due to invading mycoplasma, then a pinch of borax in a drinking water would stop the scleroderma then and there.”


Scleroderma can also affect other areas of the body such as skin, blood vessels, muscles and organs. Taking Milk Thistle, Chanca piedra, Cilantro extract and Selenium should also help with these internal issues.

Milk Thistle and Cilantro extract will help to support your liver/blood and will remove heavy metals and poisons from the body. Chanca piedra is highly beneficial for the body and will help to remove any excess calcium in the blood, which should also help to safely reduce excess calcium in the skin(which causes it to thicken). See this link:

Milk thistle and Cilantro extract will remove any heavy metals. Recent research has confirmed that excess mercury in the body can also be a cause for auto-immune disease and that's why it's important for you to take Selenium. Selenium helps to prevent auto-immune disease by removing mercury from the body. See my detailed description of the benefits of selenium here:

Protocol Dosages

* Borax(Sodium Tetraborate)….A pinch of Borax(like a pinch of salt) in a glass of water once per day. You can use unscented 20 Mule Team Borax from the supermarket(washing isle) without problems.

* Lavender Oil…One drop in a glass of water once per day.

* Milk Thistle…500mgs twice a day taken with meals

* Chanca piedra…Take the tea form three times a day outside mealtimes. Or you can take the capsules – 500mgs twice a day.

* Selenium…200 micrograms twice a day with meals.

* Cilantro extract…10 drops(or as recommended) in a glass of water taken twice a day outside mealtimes

(Thousand Islands)

Bill Thompson, I am going to try your liver protocol this week, my question is you said take resveratrol first thing in the morning, does that mean on an empty stomach? I've read elsewhere to take it with meals. Thanks for your great article!

(Chicago, Il)

I just did a search to make a purchase of Zinc Acetate 50mg, and I can't seem to find it. Is it a prescription? Any advice on where to buy it?

(Chicago, Il)

another 2 questions about this post.

1. Will you clarify for me the amount of ascorbic acid with baking soda...Is it 1,000 mg of each ingredient? Do I just add to a glass of water and gulp it down?

2. What percent of iodine should I use?

Thank you.


Try the company Life Extension. I've purchased zinc acetate lozenges from them.