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The alcohol in our cordials, gins and vodkas are made primarily from corn with the exception of Wheatley Vodka which is made with wheat. In the coming months and years, we will be working with TTB to qualify as many of our products as possible to be labeled "Gluten-free.

We randomly test lots on a periodic basis for the presence of GMO markers commonly associated with genetically modified strains of corn and reject any lots we discover that fail to meet our standards. Due to the overall and ongoing shortage of non-GMO corn we are unable, at this time, to obtain non-GMO corn for our other distilleries and plants.

Apart from the foregoing statements, we make no claims concerning the use of non-GMO ingredients to make our products, however, we have also commissioned independent laboratory tests of many of our most popular products to detect the presence of DNA associated with genetically modified strains of corn.

Click here to view samples of these testing results and click here to view additional information regarding the GMO policies of some of our primary suppliers. Finally, the science of distilling may allay many consumer concerns regarding the use of genetically modified grains to make our spirits. During our distillation process, the DNA associated with grain substrates, including genetically modified grain substrates, are destroyed by heat during two main processes: This process separates solid organic material in the mash, including any DNA, from the final distillate we use to make our products.

Allergens We currently use thousands of ingredients in the alcoholic beverages that we produce for you. Some of our products contain ingredients that are allergens, including milk, egg, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts and soybean.

Other products do not contain allergens, but are made in a facility with allergens. Food items sold in our distilleries have allergen labeling; for those products, please consult the label. Organic Our Buffalo Trace Distillery is a certified organic distillery and we have produced an organic whiskey which is currently aging in oak barrels.

We have been making what we believe to be the first and only truly Kosher whiskey due to the extraordinary lengths that we have gone to in making sure that the entire supply chain, including the barrels are Kosher compliant. Further, when the whiskey is fully aged and ready for sale we will be taking specific steps to ensure that the whiskey passes down through the distributor and retailer channel in full compliance with Kosher law.

Vegan With the exception of certain cream based and honey-flavored products, the majority of our products are made without the use of animal products. Liver disease is any disturbance of liver function that causes illness. The liver is responsible for many critical functions within the body and should it become diseased or injured, the loss of those functions can cause significant damage to the body. Liver disease is also referred to as hepatic disease. Liver disease is a broad term that covers all the potential problems that cause the liver to fail to perform its designated functions.

The liver is the largest solid organ in the body; and is also considered a gland because among its many functions, it makes and secretes bile. The liver is located in the upper right portion of the abdomen protected by the rib cage.

It has two main lobes that are made up of tiny lobules. The liver cells have two different sources of blood supply. The hepatic artery supplies oxygen rich blood that is pumped from the heart, while the portal vein supplies nutrients from the intestine and the spleen.

Normally, veins return blood from the body to the heart, but the portal vein allows nutrients and chemicals from the digestive tract to enter the liver for processing and filtering prior to entering the general circulation.

The portal vein also efficiently delivers the chemicals and proteins that liver cells need to produce the proteins, cholesterol, and glycogen required for normal body activities. As part of its function, the liver makes bile, a fluid that contains among other substances, water, chemicals, and bile acids made from stored cholesterol in the liver.

Bile is stored in the gallbladder and when food enters the duodenum the first part of the small intestine , bile is secreted into the duodenum, to aid in the digestion of food. The liver is the only organ in the body that can easily replace damaged cells, but if enough cells are lost, the liver may not be able to meet the needs of the body.

Cirrhosis is a term that describes permanent scarring of the liver. In cirrhosis, the normal liver cells are replaced by scar tissue that cannot perform any liver function. Acute liver failure may or may not be reversible, meaning that on occasion, there is a treatable cause and the liver may be able to recover and resume its normal functions.

Alcohol abuse is the most common cause of liver disease in North America. Alcohol is directly toxic to liver cells and can cause liver inflammation, referred to as alcoholic hepatitis.

In chronic alcohol abuse, fat accumulation occurs in liver cells affecting their ability to function. Cirrhosis is a late-stage of liver disease. Scarring of the liver and loss of functioning liver cells cause the liver to fail. Significant amounts of liver cells need to be damaged before the hole organ fails to function. Liver cells may become temporarily inflamed or permanently damaged by exposure to medications or drugs. Some medications or drugs require an overdose to cause liver injury while others may cause the damage even when taken in the appropriately prescribed dosage.

Taking excess amounts of acetaminophen Tylenol , Panadol can cause liver failure. This is the reason that warning labels exist on many over-the-counter medications that contain acetaminophen and why prescription narcotic -acetaminophen combination medications for example, Vicodin, Lortab , Norco, Tylenol 3 limit the numbers of tablets to be taken in a day.

For patients with underlying liver disease or those who abuse alcohol, that daily limit is lower and acetaminophen may be contra-indicated in those individuals. Statins are drugs commonly prescribed to control elevated blood levels of cholesterol. Even when taken in the appropriately prescribed dose, liver inflammation may occur.

This inflammation can be detected by blood tests that measure liver enzymes. Stopping the medication usually results in return of the liver function to normal. Niacin is another medication used to control elevated blood levels of cholesterol, but liver inflammation with this medication is related to the dose taken.

Similarly, patients with underlying liver disease may be at higher risk of developing liver disease due to medications such as niacin. Recent studies have found that niacin may not be as effective as previously thought in controlling high cholesterol. Patients who take niacin may want to see their health care professional to determine if other treatment options may be appropriate.

There are numerous other medications that may cause liver inflammation, most of which will resolve when the medication is stopped.

Methotrexate Rheumatrex , Trexall , a drug used to treat autoimmune disorders and cancers, has a variety of side effects including liver inflammation that can lead to cirrhosis. Disulfiram Antabuse is used to treat alcoholics and can cause liver inflammation.

Some herbal remedies and excessive amounts of vitamins can cause hepatitis, cirrhosis and liver failure. Examples include vitamin A , kava kava, ma-huang , and comfrey. Many mushrooms are poisonous to the liver and eating unidentified mushrooms gathered in the wild can be lethal.

The term "hepatitis" means inflammation, and liver cells can become inflamed because of infection. Hepatitis A is a viral infection that is spread primarily through the fecal-oral route when small amounts of infected fecal matter are inadvertently ingested. Hepatitis A causes an acute inflammation of the liver which generally resolves spontaneously. The hepatitis A vaccine can prevent this infection.

Thorough hand washing, especially when preparing food is the best way to prevent the spread of hepatitis A. This is especially important for workers who work in the food and restaurant industries. Hepatitis B is spread by exposure to body fluids needles from drug abusers, contaminated blood, and sexual contact and can cause an acute infection, but can also progress to cause chronic inflammation chronic hepatitis that can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. The hepatitis B vaccine can prevent this infection.

Hepatitis C causes chronic hepatitis. An infected individual may not recall any acute illness. Hepatitis C is spread by exposure to body fluids needles from drug abusers, contaminated blood, and some forms of sexual contact. Chronic hepatitis C may lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. At present, there is no vaccine against this virus. There is a recommendation to test all people born between and for Hepatitis C antibody to identify people who do not know that they have contracted the disease.

Newer medications are now available to treat and potentially cure Hepatitis C. Hepatitis D is a virus that requires concomitant infection with hepatitis B to survive, and is spread via body fluid exposure needles from drug abusers, contaminated blood, and sexual contact. Other viruses can also cause liver inflammation or hepatitis as part of the cluster of symptoms.

Viral infections with infectious mononucleosis Epstein Barr virus , adenovirus , and cytomegalovirus can inflame the liver. Non-viral infections such as toxoplasmosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever are less common causes. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

NASH or non-alcoholic steatohepatitis also referred to as "fatty liver" describes the accumulation of fat within the liver that can cause inflammation of the liver and a gradual decrease in liver function. Hemachromatosis iron overload is a metabolic disorder that leads to abnormally elevated iron stores in the body.

The excess iron may accumulate in the tissues of the liver, pancreas, and heart and can lead to inflammation, cirrhosis, liver cancer , and liver failure. Hemachromatosis is an inherited disease. Wilson's disease is another inherited disease that affects the body's ability to metabolize copper.

Wilson's disease may lead to cirrhosis and liver failure. In Gilbert's disease, there is an abnormality in bilirubin metabolism in the liver.

There are no symptoms and it is usually diagnosed incidentally when an elevated bilirubin level is found on routine blood tests. Gilbert's disease is a benign condition and requires no treatment. Primary cancers of the liver arise from liver structures and cells. Two examples include hepatocellular carcinoma and cholangiocarcinoma. Metastatic cancer secondary cancer of the liver begins in another organ and spreads to the liver, usually through the blood stream.

Common cancers that spread to the liver begin in the lung, breast, large intestine , stomach, and pancreas. Leukemia and Hodgkin's lymphoma may also involve the liver. Budd Chiari syndrome is a disease in which blood clots form in the hepatic vein and prevent blood from leaving the liver.

This can increase pressure within the blood vessels of the liver, especially the portal vein. This pressure can cause liver cells to die and lead to cirrhosis and liver failure. Causes of Budd Chiari syndrome include polycythemia abnormally elevated red blood cell count , inflammatory bowel disease, sickle cell disease , and pregnancy. Congestive heart failure , where poor heart function causes fluid and blood to back up in the large veins of the body can cause liver swelling and inflammation.

Normally, bile flows from the liver into the gallbladder and ultimately into the intestine to help with the digestion of food. If bile flow is obstructed, it can cause inflammation within the liver.

Most commonly, gallstones can cause an obstruction of the ducts that drains bile from the liver. Abnormalities of the opening of the bile duct into the small intestine sphincter of Oddi can lead to abnormalities of bile flow. The sphincter of Oddi acts as a "valve" that allows bile to flow from the common bile duct into the intestine. Primary biliary c holangitis and primary sclerosing cholangitis can lead to progressive scarring of the bile ducts, causing them to become narrow, which results in reduced bile flow through the liver.

Eventually, damage and scarring of the liver architecture occurs resulting in liver failure. Since the liver is responsible for the functions that affect so many other organs in the body, liver disease and failure may cause complications. Fatigue , weakness and weight loss may also occur.

Additionally, there is increased pressure within the cirrhotic liver affecting blood flow through the liver. Increased pressure in the portal vein causes blood flow to the liver to slow down and blood vessels to swell.

Swollen veins varices form around the stomach and esophagus and are at risk for bleeding. Often, the onset of a liver disease is gradual and there is no specific symptom that brings the affected individual to seek medical care. Fatigue , weakness and weight loss that cannot be explained should prompt a visit for medical evaluation. Jaundice or yellow skin is never normal and should prompt an evaluation by a health-care professional. Acetaminophen or Tylenol overdose, whether accidental or intentional, can cause acute liver failure.

Emergent evaluation and treatment is required. Antidotes to protect the liver can be provided, but are effective only when used within a few hours. Without this intervention, acetaminophen overdose can lead to liver failure. Symptoms only occur after potential liver damage has occurred. The precise diagnosis of liver disease involves a history and physical examination performed by a health care professional. Understanding the symptoms and the patient's risk factors for liver disease will help guide any diagnostic tests that may be considered.

Sometimes history is difficult, especially in patients who abuse alcohol. These patients tend to minimize their consumption, and it is often family members who are able to provide the correct information.

Liver disease can have physical findings that affect almost all body systems including the heart, lungs , abdomen, skin, brain and cognitive function, and other parts of the nervous system. The physical examination often requires evaluation of the entire body. Imaging studies may be used to visualize, not only the liver, but other nearby organs that may be diseased.

Examples of imaging studies include:. Liver biopsy may be considered to confirm a specific diagnosis of liver disease. Under local anesthetic, a long thin needle is inserted through the chest wall into the liver, where a small sample of liver tissue is obtained for examination under a microscope.

Each liver disease will have its own specific treatment regimen. For example, hepatitis A requires supportive care to maintain hydration while the body's immune system fights and resolves the infection. Patients with gallstones may require surgery to remove the gallbladder.

Other diseases may need long-term medical care to control and minimize the consequences of their disease. In patients with cirrhosis and end-stage liver disease, medications may be required to control the amount of protein absorbed in the diet.

The liver affected by cirrhosis may not be able to metabolize the waste products, resulting in elevated blood ammonia levels and hepatic encephalopathy lethargy, confusion, coma. Low sodium diet and water pills diuretics may be required to minimize water retention. In those patients with large amounts of ascites fluid fluid accumulated in the abdominal cavity , the excess fluid may have to be occasionally removed with a needle and syringe paracentesis.

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