Alternative Hepatitis C Treatments

Alternative Hepatitis C Treatments

The therapeutic goals of Natural treatment for Hepatitis C are as follows: Decrease iral load Normalize liver enzyme levels. Enhance/regulate immune system function. Strengthen and promote healthy liver function. Protect the liver, prevent further damage. Virological response; i.e. viral clearance, viral reduction or elimination of the virus. Starve the virus by limiting levels of iron. Optimizing cellular levels of glutathione in the body, making detoxification of the liver possible and enhancing the immune system. Stimulate regeneration of the damaged liver cells. Use of antioxidants to combat the effects of free-radicals generated by the virus. Reduce inflammation. Slow viral replication. Replace all of the inflammation-damaged liver cells. Regulate immune function/prevent auto-immune problems. Cancer preventative measures. Reverse fibrosis to prevent and improve cirrhosis

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Strength of evidence

Approximately 75 of cases of liver cancer occur in developing countries, and liver cancer rates vary over 20-fold between countries, being much higher in sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia than in North America and Europe (11). The major risk factor for hepatocellular carcinoma, the main type of liver cancer, is chronic infection with hepatitis B, and to a lesser extent, hepatitis C virus (36). Ingestion of foods contaminated with the mycotoxin, aflatoxin is an important risk factor among people in developing countries, together with active hepatitis virus infection (13, 37). Excessive alcohol consumption is the main diet-related risk factor for liver cancer in industrialized countries, probably via the development of cirrhosis and alcoholic hepatitis (5).

Effects of selenium on viral infections

The long terminal repeat of HIV controls replication and is activated by binding of NFkB, which is regulated by the cell redox state and oxidative stress. TNF-a stimulates NFkB activation in T-cells. As we have described, Se compounds can inhibit TNF-a release. An inverse correlation between plasma Se concentration, red-cell GPX activity and the progression of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) has been shown (reviewed in Chen et al., 1997 McKenzie et al., 2002). In culture, Se supplementation of HIV-infected monocytes and CD4+ T-cells inhibits TNF-a-induced viral replication (Hori et al., 1997). Thus, it seems that Se may be useful in the treatment of AIDS (Chen et al., 1997). Dietary Se supplements have been used for the treatment of hepati-tis-B-induced liver cancer in China. The incidence of hepatitis-B-virus-induced liver cancer in humans decreased in a previously Se-deficient, hepatitis-B+ population given Se supplements of 200 g day-1. Viruses illustrate the importance...

A global approach to the problem

It was on this basis that Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) was established in 2003 as an independently incorporated non-profit foundation governed by an international board of directors with the stated mission to improve the care and outcomes of kidney disease patients worldwide through promoting coordination, collaboration and integration of initiatives to develop and implement clinical practice guidelines (28). Since its establishment, KDIGO has launched several initiatives including (i) the development of a uniform grading system of the strength of the evidence and recommendation of guidelines in nephrology (ii) the establishment of an interactive Internet database of available nephrology guidelines that allows for the comparison of recommended therapeutic targets in the posted guidelines, together with the rationale for their differences (iii) the development of three new CPGs on Hepatitis C and CKD, bone and mineral metabolism and care of the kidney transplant...

Fight Disease Wash Your Hands

Amid the technological marvels of the twenty-first century, health care specialists agree that the single most effective way to prevent the transmission of disease is by washing your hands. Unwashed hands are thought to be responsible for one-quarter of food-borne illnesses, including E. coli and salmonella, and are a major means of transmission for SARS, meningitis, hepatitis, and the common cold. Studies have shown that infection rates in schools and day-care centers plummet after the launch of hand-washing campaigns. The most important times to wash your hands are after using the toilet or handling a diaper, handling raw food such as chicken, sneezing or coughing into your hand, or being out in public. While anitbacterial soaps are considered no more effective than regular soaps, alcohol gels in hand sanitizers have received high praise for their ability to eliminate germs.

Evaluation of diarrheal diseases

The patient's history, signs and symptoms should direct the diagnostic evaluation of the patient with acute infectious diarrhea. With a history of travel to developing nations, E. coli, Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, cholera, Entamoeba histolytica, and Giardia lamblia should be high on the differential. Vomiting after the ingestion of fast foods, canned products, or raw seafood and meats should prompt the clinician to look for toxin-producing enteropathogens associated with food poisoning, such as Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus cereus, as well as hepatitis A, parasites (tapeworms, flukes, trichinae), Salmonella and E. coli. The hospitalized patient may experience diarrhea not only from C. difficile, but also from procedures and medications (such as antibiotics, antacids, and

Potential contraindications to breastfeeding

Cytomegalovirus and rubella have been found in milk of infected mothers. The presence of these viruses in human milk is not considered a contraindication to breastfeeding since in the term infant they cause asymptomatic infections (Goldfarb, 1993). If present in the mother, hepatitis B is most likely to be transmitted during delivery, although it has been isolated from breast milk. For the nursing mother who acquires hepatitis while nursing, an important preventative measure for the infant is prompt immunization with the hepatitis B vaccine. Breastfeeding can then be encouraged. Although herpes simplex virus is unlikely to be shed into breast milk, breastfeeding would be contra-indicated in women who have active herpetic lesions on or near the nipple (Sullivan-Bolyai

Evidence Linking Diet To Cancer

Chapter 1 describes the worldwide epidemiology of cancer. The estimated incidence rates for various cancers worldwide in 2002 found lung, colon rectum, and stomach to be the most common cancers in both men and women, as well as prostate and liver cancer in men, and breast and cervical cancer in women.3 The pattern of cancer distribution based on incidence and mortality rates varies geographically. In general, the predominant cancers in economically developing countries contrast to those in the industrially developed world. For Asia, Africa, and Latin America, there is a relatively high rate of cancer of the upper aerodigestive tract, stomach, liver, and cervix, whereas in Europe and North America there is a relatively high rate of cancer of the colon rectum, breast, and prostate. These Western cancers have a strong environmental component, with diet and lifestyle factors particularly important, while in developing countries, infections with such agents as viral hepatitis and...

How to Protect Yourself

Milk thistle plant extract significantly improves liver cell function and is a powerful antioxidant, protecting liver cells from free-radical and lipid-peroxidation damage. The flavonoid, curcumin, also protects the liver, and improves the flow of bile as well. A combination of alpha-lipoic acid, selenium, and milk thistle has demonstrated remarkable success in regenerating liver function in cases of viral and alcoholic hepatitis.

Reducing Elevated Cholesterol or Triglycerides

While it is much safer than niacin, there is still some risk of liver toxicity. It should be used with caution, especially in those with a history of hepatitis, alcohol abuse and other liver disorders. It is a good idea to obtain a baseline liver function test and to repeat these after three weeks of therapy. The risk of liver toxicity is extremely low.

Mercury in Vaccines a Brainless Idea From the Very Beginning

In 1999 studies began to surface showing that multi-dose vial vaccines, such as the MMR and hepatitis B vaccines, contained enough thimerosal to expose vaccinated children to 62.5 ug of mercury per visit to the pediatrician. This is one hundred times the dose considered safe by the Federal Environmental Protection Guidelines for infants Worse yet, some infants will receive doses even higher because thimerosal tends to settle in the vial. If it is not shaken up before being drawn, the first dose will contain low concentrations of mercury and the last dose will contain enormously high concentrations. If your baby is the unlucky one that gets the last dose, serious brain injury can result. The immune system at birth is still incompetent. This is why the baby depends on colostrum loaded with immune components specifically designed to protect the baby during this critical gap in immunity from the mother's milk for immune protection. Now here come the brilliant vaccination police insisting...

Pathophysiology transmission and progression of HIV disease

Infant feeding practices may significantly influence the way in which these non-intestinal factors interact exclusive breast feeding results in a greater volume of milk being ingested and hence increases the HIV load presented to the infant gut. However, it also increases the protective breast-milk factors reaching the infant and that promote the development and maintain the integrity of the mucosa and which may have direct anti-HIV effects.13 Exclusive breast feeding is associated with fewer breast health problems, e.g. clinical and subclinical mastitis that are associated with increased breast-milk viral load.14 Infant feeding practices also contribute to the establishment of different enteric microflora that might significantly affect the priming or responses of intestinal lymphoid cells or dendritic cell.15-17 This could, theoretically, modify adherence or facilitate infection of HIV, although this interesting concept has not been explored to date. Innate responses such as...

Cadmium Toxicity in Adults

Like most metals, cadmium tends to accumulate in the body over time. Once absorbed from the gut, it travels to the liver, where it combines with metallothionein molecules, which act to neutralize the metal. From there, the bound cadmium is excreted from the kidney, but if liver functions are impaired (due to disease, hepatitis, alcohol abuse, metabolic disorders, or drug toxicity), the neutralizing protein may be unable to do its job properly, in which case the cadmium is not excreted, but distributed to other organs, including the brain. By middle age, our body cadmium levels may be as high as 20-30 mg.

Other viral pathogens

Varicella zoster virus (VZV) is a relatively uncommon agent of infectious esophagitis in immunologically normal subjects, but it causes a severe esophagitis in immunocompromised patients, usually accompanied by other signs of systemic dissemination (e.g. pneumonitis, hepatitis, encephalitis).37 The endoscopic appearance ranges from vesicles to necrotic ulcerations. Definite diagnosis requires biopsies both for routine histology (ballooning degeneration, multinucleated giant cells, intranuclear eosinophilic inclusion bodies) and for culture and immunohistochemical staining. The infection is treated with acyclovir or famciclovir foscarnet is used for resistant viruses.

Other parasites Hymenolepiasis

Eggs cause granuloma formation resulting in localized colitis and hepatitis. The acute phase of S. mansoni infection may cause allergic symptoms (Katayama syndrome) which are rarely recognized in children. Most chronic infections are light and asymptomatic, but with heavy infections up to half of the eggs become trapped in the mucosa and submucosa of the colon, resulting in granuloma-tous reactions with significant blood loss. The host's inflammatory reaction to eggs carried to the liver in the portal veins leads to portal hypertension. Severe disease with hepatosplenomegaly affects about 10 of S. mansoni cases in endemic areas, taking 5-15 years to develop.

Vitamin E and immune function

One application of the effects of vitamin E on immune function is in the elderly. This has been investigated in both murine models and human trials. Adding vitamin E to the diet of aged mice increased lymphocyte proliferation, IL-2 production and the DTH response (Meydani et al., 1986). A high level of vitamin E in the diet (500 mg kg-1 food) also increased NK-cell activity of spleen cells from old (but not young) mice (Meydani et al., 1988). In another study, young and old mice were fed diets containing adequate (30 mg kg-1 diet) or high (500 mg kg-1 diet) levels of vitamin E for 6 weeks and infected with influenza A virus young mice and old mice fed the high level of vitamin E had lower lung titres of virus than old mice fed the adequate vitamin E diet (Hayek et al., 1997). The high level of vitamin E caused increased production of IL-2 and IFN-7 by spleen lymphocytes from influenza-infected old mice (Han et al., 1998 Han and Meydani, 2000). Supplementation of the diet of elderly...

Antioxidant Properties Of Wine

Before consumption of polyphenols as a supplement or in wine can be recommended as part of a dietary regimen to reduce risk factors associated with CVD, it is important to review any evidence related to adverse effects. Generally, consumption of polyphenols through a variety of foods is not likely to produce adverse effects, because of the diversity and varying quantities of polyphenols in plant sources. However, evidence suggests that flavonoids may cross the placenta and become concentrated in the developing fetus and perhaps increase the risk of developing infantile leukemia. Therefore, consumption of large doses of polyphenols probably should be avoided during pregnancy, but this area has received little attention. In addition, chronic pharmacologic doses have been reported to produce adverse effects. For example, doses of 1-1.5 g d of cianidanol, a flavonoid drug, produced renal failure, hepatitis, fever, hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, and skin disorders (Jaeger et al.,...

Historical Outbreaks

Food-borne illness outbreaks can take on massive proportions. In 1988, for example, an outbreak of hepatitis A resulting from the consumption of contaminated clams affected some 300,000 individuals in China. In 1994 an outbreak of salmonellosis due to contaminated ice cream occurred in the United States, affecting an estimated 224,000 persons. In 1996 an outbreak of Escherichia coli O157 H7 in Japan affected over 6,300 school children and resulted in two deaths. Outbreaks of listeriosis have been reported in many countries, including Australia, Switzerland, France, and the United States (outbreaks in France in 2000 and in the United States in 1999 were caused by contaminated pork tongue and hot dogs, respectively). As of

Wet Your Appetite

Water may be disinfected chemically, or by a physical process such as ultraviolet light. Chlorination is a tried-and-true method for effectively treating water and keeping you safe from most immediate microbial reactions such as diarrhea and vomiting, and from outbreaks of cholera, hepatitis, and other microbial diseases.

Causes of Cancer

Several infectious agents have also been implicated in cancer. Evidence suggests that chronic viral infections are associated with up to one-fifth of all cancers. These include hepatitis B virus (HBV), which can lead to cancer of the liver the Epstein-Barr virus, a type of herpes virus that causes infectious mononucleosis and has been associated with Hodgkin's disease, non-Hodgkin's lymphomas, and nasopharyngeal cancer the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which is associated with an increased risk of developing several cancers, especially Kaposi's sarcoma and non-Hodgkin's


Approximately two million Americans suffer from liver damage caused by alcohol abuse. About 10 to 20 percent of heavy drinkers will develop cirrhosis of the liver, which is characterized by scarring of the liver and causes irreversible damage. If heavy drinkers do not stop drinking, cirrhosis can cause poor health and, ultimately, death. In addition to cirrhosis, heavy drinkers may suffer from chronic liver disease or alcoholic hepatitis.