If I had a friend "sent home to die" that is willing to go holistic, there are 2 books I'd buy and read with highlighter in hand REAL FAST:
Health via Food by Dr William H Hay, he CURED 63,000 people at his clinic of every known disease before the FDA/AMA could close him. The man had been a surgeon before his MD buddies sent him home to die of what ailed him!! Juiced oranges, 8 a day, and cool water enemas with lemon juice is all that is needed to begin. ( http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_b/002-0962038-5923206?url=search-alias%3Dst... )
Curing the Incurables by Dr John R Christopher, the grandfather of American herbology. This is another man that had to cure himself, not of deadly disease, but a very dibilitating condition. He, too, CURED many many people. (Barnes and Noble show this one available, call your local store)
Clean blood heals the body. I've read NOWHERE that it cures everything but a bad liver, PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!! I'm here because my liver was SO BAD that my digestion had already stopped.
I didn't know of these 2 books, so yes, I began with liver flushing. I didn't know any different and it worked for me. I did change my diet drastically from the beginning because I knew food was an enemy to my body ... I ate fresh fruit and drank an ocean of fruit juice ... still do 2 yrs later!!
I've never heard of non-working bile ducts. What would be the cause of this other than they are congested?
I'm not a dr, I have no ideas and don't think it's a choice for US to be making. Have you talked to him about this? His instint might tell him if it's right for him or not.
My ideas on the whole subject are in the previous post.