The Natural Way

Thursday, February 21, 2002

Dealing with Hepatitis C is made better if a good relationship exists between you and your medical doctor. Your physician is the only one who can order diagnostic tests to see just how much impact the C virus has had on your liver. Often testing may include blood work, ultrasound of the liver, sometimes a CT scan and, depending upon the doctor, a biopsy (tissue sample) of the liver. The current medical approach for treating C is combination medicine of a special interferon and antiviral medication. The science is quite good on figuring out just how effective these medicines are and you can find out by searching the Web, looking for an organization called The Hep C Connection or others. Remember, there are three types of Hepatitis C namely Type 1, 2 and 3. Type 1 is the hardest to deal with as its hold onto life is powerful. You should talk it over with your doctor and make a decision together for treatment. Some M.D.s are comfortable with trying a natural approach first, especially if there is little existing damage to the liver. You will want to nutritionally support the person and the organ. Next is to cause the immune system to work like a well-oiled machine and I'd want to reduce the amount of the C virus. While the natural approach isn't endorsed by the FDA, common sense tells you if your health improves from good nutrition, a virus like Hepatitis C won't do so well. Supplements such as an iron-free multi with minerals, essential fatty acid blends, vitamins C and E are all known to be generally good for you. Adding to these you may want Milk Thistle and Artichoke. A fat which you may find beneficial is Monolauren along with Olive Leaf. Grapefruit Seed Extract is a good supplement as well. According to literature, Moducare has been beneficial to those with Hep C. Because depression and fatigue are common with this illness, lifestyle changes such as reducing alcohol consumption, eating more veggies and drinking good, fresh water with lemon are good things. Physical activity makes everything work better. Hepatitis C need not be feared, only respected.

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