Hepatitis Treatment Options
by Johnny Delirious
Nothing is more painful than to see a family member or loved one dying from a degenerative disease like hepatitis and particularly hepatitis C. In most cases when it becomes chronic it’s usually too late. It is now becoming a major problem with not only young millennials but with baby boomers as well. According the Press Release May 11, 2017 from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) “over just the last 5 years the number of new hepatitis C virus infections that were reported has nearly tripled reaching a 15-year high.” They now say that hepatitis C kills more Americans than any other infectious disease.
So how do we get hepatitis?
Hepatitis is accessible to everyone, the CDC has no idea how many people are carriers. Just hepatitis C alone by current estimates has infected over 7 million people in America. According to the CDC more than half of that number don’t know they have it and furthermore they state that 1 out of 12 in any church or corporate organization is a carrier and that is just hepatitis C. When you consider all types of hepatitis, we are looking at a huge number that makes it an unavoidable disease for many people.
Health care employees are in particular danger for getting hepatitis B or C since they’re in close contact with blood and blood carriers. Patients who received numerous blood transfusions or dialysis are also susceptible. IV drug users, homosexual men, morticians, people who go through tattooing are prone to be infected. Since hepatitis C can also be transmitted from mother to infant during birth, the risks are comparable to those of hepatitis B.
More and more people don’t have insurance and can not pay for treatment and want to recover the natural way, but they don’t know how they got it. Some are “Plain Jane” or “Deacon Dennis,” and have never drank liquor or done drugs. They only drank the wine in the church communion service and just don’t know how they got hepatitis. Hepatitis A is the most infectious and you can get that by kissing someone or eating a bad salad. The initial infection from any hepatitis starts in the beginning with yellow in the whites of the eyes. But what is the difference in hepatitis A, B or C?
Hepatitis A (HAV) is caused by a virus that inflames the liver and usually has a short incubation period. At first exposure many people do not even notice it, however older individuals or people with compromised immune systems will start having problems right away. Even people who do not have symptoms can still spread the virus. Symptoms of hepatitis A usually develop between 2 to 7 weeks after infection. The most common symptoms are nausea, vomiting, dark urine, fatigue, jaundice, and the whites of the eyes turn yellow.
HAV is very contagious and can be easily contracted when coming into close contact with an individual who is infected, eating or drinking any food or beverages after them. It also can occur from contaminated water. Some very public cases were in the news in North Carolina and Germany recently with an outbreak of hepatitis A that was traced back to sprouts, lettuce and other items in salads. Some of the food handlers were infected with hepatitis A and they spread it while preparing those salads sold in the restaurant.
In order to reduce your risk of contracting hepatitis A, you should always ensure that you wash your hands properly after using the restroom or avoid coming into contact with the bodily fluids of anyone who is or may be potentially infected. It is strongly advised not to drink or eat after someone who has hepatitis A, and if you go traveling you should be aware of what areas in the world have more hepatitis A than others.
The main treatment recommended is rest. This was especially important during the worse phase of the disease when the eyes are yellow and the symptoms were most severe. My father was a medical doctor and advised eating large quantities of watermelon anytime while having only very small amounts of the three main meals. Many doctors say go light on the meat, avoid fried foods, drink plenty of water and eat things easy to digest like fruit. So my dad was right, watermelon is a perfect solution.
People with any kind of hepatitis should avoid alcohol and other substances that are toxic to the liver. Check with your doctor or your pharmacist about over the counter medicines that are dangerous for the liver and avoid taking them. Fatty foods may cause vomiting because secretions from the liver are needed to digest fats. Most fatty foods are best avoided during the acute phase.
A vaccine is available that can possibly prevent the development of hepatitis A when it is given within two weeks of coming into contact with the virus, therefore if you suspect that you have contracted the hepatitis A virus, you should immediately contact your physician or local health department and inquire about receiving this vaccine. Be informed and read up on the actions of the vaccine. Since I recovered naturally, I never used the vaccine.
To reduce the transmission of the virus, avoid unclean food and water. It is recommended that one employ hand washing after using the restroom, and thorough cleansing if there is any contact with a person’s blood, feces, or any other bodily fluid. Daycare facilities involving close contact may be more susceptible to transmission of hepatitis A. It is recommended to have thorough hand washing and good hygienic practices before and after each diaper change, before serving food, and after using the restroom. Common sense and hygiene are always good practices.
Some startling facts about hepatitis B (HBV) are: approximately 1.25 million people in the United States have chronic HBV, and there are about 3000-5000 people who die from liver cancer or cirrhosis caused by HBV each year in the United States. During the 2005 outbreak, hepatitis B caused 51,000 people to be infected.
Because it was originally thought that HBV was only contracted through sharing needles it was called serum hepatitis. Common symptoms include abdominal pain, fatigue, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever, jaundice, and elevated liver enzymes. Some people may not have severe symptoms, nor do they fully recover, and carry the virus the rest of their lives.
The same treatment for hepatitis A would apply for hepatitis B. To go light on meats and fats, ate very small meals and got lots of rest. A good diet should be dominated with a lot of fruit especially watermelon and oranges. I have also since learned that grapefruit helps combat hepatitis virus by helping the liver process. However if you have very severe symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea you may require treatment to restore fluids and electrolytes. This is when the watermelon really helps, because it will settle your stomach. There are no medications that can prevent acute hepatitis B from becoming chronic. The most important protocol is a diet, rest and lifestyle improvement regime.
Medicine and hospitals have been challenged to reduce the incidents of contamination of blood samples in storage. A screening process of blood donors must take place to reduce the spread of hepatitis B in blood transfusions. Blood donors are required to fill out a questionnaire about their sexual and drug use activities. For many years, high-risk groups, such as prostitutes and gay men, are not allowed to donate blood.
Sharing of needles and intravenous drug use should be avoided. Since hepatitis B is a virus that is spread through contact with the blood of the infected person, a person can be infected by shaving with a used contaminated razor or from finger nail clippers. It also can be spread through contact with mother’s blood or body fluids at the time of birth. Avoid all breaks in the skin such as cuts, bites, or sores on an infected person. Do not come in contact with objects that could have blood or body fluids such as razors or toothbrushes. When traveling be especially careful in those countries that have high incidence of HBV. Also, you may want to talk to your doctor about the hepatitis B vaccine, it has shown promise to lower the chances of contracting hepatitis B upon exposure.
Hepatitis C (HCV) is a particularly dangerous form of viral hepatitis, caused by an RNA virus. HCV can lead to serious, permanent liver damage, liver failure, and in some cases liver cancer and early death. Estimates in 2009 from the CDC show more than 7 million people in the United States may be infected with HCV, and more than 300 million around the world. New statistics from the CDC estimate about 34,000 new hepatitis C infections actually occurred in the U.S. in 2015. More than 82 percent of those who are infected will progress to chronic liver disease. Hepatitis C kills more Americans than any other infectious disease reported the CDC in 2017. It is the silent epidemic, the world’s biggest viral problem; see the map for the dominant concentrations of HCV infection.
Very much like HBV, hepatitis C is spread predominantly when infected blood from one person enters the body of another person. Risk factors for having hepatitis C include sharing needles, being tattooed by amateurs, or having a blood transfusion prior to 1991. Millions of people were infected with HCV before it was discovered.
Many of the symptoms of HCV are the same as HAV and HBV: mild fever, headaches, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Later symptoms may include dark yellow urine, clay-colored stools, abdominal pain and jaundice. There are also extra hepatic manifestations such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, itching, diabetes, nerve pain, kidney problems, lupus, low platelets, lowered immune response and thyroid disorders as the disease becomes chronic and the liver is damaged and unable to do its job properly.
Initial treatment of HCV will depend on whether the infection is in an early stage or whether it has progressed. If it’s early stage and symptoms are mild the doctor may say there are no immediate worries, many people never have a problem with it; the doctor will tell you to quit drinking, get more rest and avoid exposure to toxic chemicals. Unfortunately by the time hepatitis C is detected in most people, it has already progressed to long-term infection and the doctor may recommend interferon treatment or another more effective drug like Harvoni.
One alarming fact about HCV carriers, according to the CDC, is that 80 percent of individuals with it don’t even know they are infected. This is due to the fact that the liver, according to Thelma King Thiel, the CEO and Chair of the Hepatitis Foundation International, is “a non-complaining organ.” It normally shows no symptoms and when it does they generally appear 20 to 30 years after being infected. Even then, the symptoms might be erratic, vague, and mild. Consequently, by this time, the liver is already damaged.
The standard medical model is if the chronic condition and viral load increases, inflammation will continue and the patient becomes a victim of the virus and the disease where 75 percent of infections could lead to liver failure or death. Some in this group will develop liver cancer before the fatal onset of higher viral numbers. Many millennials are picking it up from the huge opioid epidemic taking place and will not see the worst of this disease until later in life.
There is hope. Some of the more promising treatments like Harvoni can decrease hepatitis C viral load down to “none detected” in as little as two to three months, however the high cost prohibits most people from getting it. Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan 2017 -2020. This road map is approved and promoted by the National Academies of Science (NAS). It will be addressing cost, qualification and entry into a practical treatment plan to be available to a wider range of the population. In a recent report they concluded that eliminating hepatitis C as a public health crisis can be feasible when these steps are being taken. Check with the NAS and HHS for updates.
Is there a natural way to recover from hepatitis C?
The answer to that question can vary widely depending on who you talk to. Speaking for myself, during my hepatitis C crisis back in 1992, I could not afford either the drug treatment or the liver transplant, because I did not have medical insurance. In short order, I focused on my action plan. My first priority was getting my liver in better health and balance. People always ask; how did I recover? My simple answer is: it all starts with the liver.
Most people do not realize how important the liver is. My own recovery from hepatitis A, B and C has pointed that out clearly to me but I also realize that the rise in obesity in our country will develop into diabetes and fatty liver. This easily leads to cirrhosis, which can kill you just the same as a hepatitis virus. When you start to see this obese condition happening in our children and teens it’s a wake up call. Teens as well as adults are facing unhealthy livers due to poor choices in lifestyle and diet. When you add HCV to that mix it becomes a deadly combination. So get proper exercise, keep your weight down and drink lots of spring water are all good practices to maintain a healthy liver.
When I got home and into recovery, I continued my organic vegan diet. I realized that with my lifestyle changes, I had to make other dietary changes as well. Early in the first year of hepatitis recovery, I realized how important getting a hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) was. The report gave me the foods to avoid and the foods and supplements to consume. It was a road map to keep my body and immunity response in top condition. On top of that I found there were certain dos and don’ts about diet. Here is a general list of “dos” and “don’ts” to go by to maintain good liver health:
Don’ts – Avoid these Time Bombs
No processed foods, I don’t buy it if it comes in a box. I do all my own cooking from scratch.
Bread and Grains
I eat as little as I can unless it is whole grain and sprouted.
Caffeine, Sweeteners and Stimulants
I always avoid coffee, sugar, sodas of all kinds, energy drinks, HGH etc.
Raw Seafood & Shellfish and Pork
I rarely go to the sushi bar. Stay away from raw oysters.
Prescription & Over the Counter Drugs
I do not take any prescription or over the counter drugs; stay away from Tylenol
All Alcoholic Beverages
This is not as bad as you think. Be a designated driver: it is really fun!
Chemical, Petroleum Products & Low Oxygen Locations. Don’t breathe fumes!
Limit Fried Foods
Avoid canola oil, Crisco, lard, most vegetable oils, margarine and any oil that is over heated.
Unless it is cultured, I avoid ALL soy products.
Dos – Good Practices
Juice raw vegetables or cook them briefly with steam. Follow your personal HTMA report.
I use garlic, cayenne pepper, and exercise.
Follow the HTMA and add Primal Defense & Milk Thistle.
Drink Plenty of Water
I drink spring water.
Get Plenty of Fresh Air
Get fresh air in your house each day. You can also keep houseplants they put more oxygen in your house.
Fats and Oils to Use
Extra virgin olive and coconut oils, flax seed oil.
Johnny Delirious, Master Survivor ™ & best selling author has moved audiences on radio, TV and physician’s conferences to see new ways to heal. He is unquestionably the only TRUE Addiction & Hepatitis A, B and C Recovery Pioneer free of mood altering substances (cocaine) since 1991, no viral load or antibodies of hepatitis since 1994 and no cirrhosis since 1995. Nobody in his life including doctors, friends and family thought he would live passed 1992, they all said he was going to die. But, Johnny chose life; not death and learned how to heal his body, mind and spirit by developing new protocols with natural therapies. For over 20 years he has helped many others recover including professionals – doctors, dentists, lawyers who don’t want chemical drugs or surgery recover from the same conditions that everyone said were hopeless. Contact Johnny for a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA), get the right diet, supplements plus expert advice with 30 years of experience from Laboratory Naturopathic Doctor Johnny Delirious, Master Survivor ™ firstname.lastname@example.org cell – 972 825 7912 http://johnnydelirious.com/