Hepatitis C – What You Should Know

What is hepatitis C? First, hepatitis as defined in most dictionaries and medical literature is simply “inflammation of the liver.” Inflammation is, again from the dictionary, “localized heat, redness, swelling and pain as the result of irritation, injury or infection.” In other words inflammation is an abnormal or diseased state of the body. In the case of hepatitis the abnormal or diseased state refers to the liver. As to the “C” part of hepatitis C, the “C” refers to a specific virus that is believed by conventional medicine to cause the inflammation and the disease.

As a footnote here just a short note on viruses. Mankind and medicine are still in their infancy when it comes to understanding,defining and categorizing the viruses. There is still some debate as to whether or not a virus demonstrates the characteristics to be truly called a life form, like a bacteria or protozoa, or whether it is more of a chemical substance simply capable of synthesis and change – kind of like adding an Alka Seltzer to water. There is reaction and change, movement, but of course this does not fit the definition of life.

What is life? What is not? It is like green merging into blue or orange into red. There is simply a point where you can not tell one from the other or the point of where the perception of one observer differs from that of another.

Enough on viruses. Their existence as life forms or as chemical substances is simply not pertinent to the scope of this article. The purpose of this article is to help people who have been diagnosed with the medical condition conventional medicine refers to as “hepatitis C.”

Note also that conventional medicine will treat hepatitis C with drugs like interferon and ribavirin. This article is not about medicine and drugs that kill viruses, it is about returning the body (in this case particularly the liver) to a healthy state. The purpose of the article is to inform you of some procedures which have shown in the past to allow the body to either fight viruses via the immune system or alter the chemical pathogenic viral like substances. Let’s provide the body with what it needs so our own immune system can protect us and so the correct chemical constituents are present to produce health and there by disrupt disease.

Step one is a “don’t” instead of a “do.” We have been taught from grade school that liver is a food with a high iron content. It would therefore seem logical that persons infected with hepatitis C, a disease that attacks the liver, should supplement their diet with iron rich foods and/or an iron supplement.

However, this is not the case because the hepatitis C virus does most of its damage by attaching onto iron molecules which then sets the stage for cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Many doctors are unaware of this fact and this is one reason why we are told once we have the virus we will always have it and why conventional medicine finds its eradication very difficult. You must reduce iron levels when fighting hepatitis C. Notice I say reduce – not eliminate – your body must keep iron levels within a certain range to effectively fight the disease. Decide with your doctor where you want your iron levels to be while you are recovering from hepatitis C.

The second most important thing to consider in recovery from hepatitis C is a “do.” Do increase the levels in your body of a substance known as “glutathione.” Officially glutathione is a tripeptide. Yeah, wonderful so what does that mean? I mean unless you are a chemist so what. Let’s just say that glutathione is one of the most important substances in your body. It is multi-functional. Sometimes working like an oil to take out the squeaks, sometimes like a paint to prevent oxidation, sometimes like a tool to knock something apart or to put something together. All in all fantastic stuff.

Now don’t run out to your health food store and by a bottle of glutathione and think it will help, The problem with this approach is that the digestive tract will alter much if not all of the glutathione chemical structure and you won’t receive much benefit.

All cells produce glutathione so what we need to take are foods or supplements that are known as accelerators, i.e. substances that contain the building blocks which help formulate the glutathione molecule structure.

The following is a list of items that can help to inhibit iron uptake, accelerate glutathione development, or simply help in maintenance and repair of your liver. I have purposefully left out the amounts and means (oral, shot, sublingual) in which these substances should be taken – discuss these with your doctor or health care professional. Please consider the following.

1. Milk Thistle with silibinin

2. Selenium a mineral

3.Lecithin which contains PPC (polyenylposphatidylcholine)

4.Ursodeoxycholic acid a bile acid

5.Glycyrrhizin a licorice root extract

6. NAC a building block of glutathione

7. SAMe another building block of glutathione

8. ALA (alpa-lipoic acid) acts as metal chelator (remover) thus reduces stress on the liver

9. Whey protein helps boost glutathione levels

10. Lactoferin reduces iron stores

11.Elemental calcium reduces iron absorption

12. Antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E. And always, always, always vitamin D-3 for whatever problem you are ever experiencing.

If you have or know someone who has hepatitis C hopefully some of the above information will help you in your recovery from this condition.