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Hepatitis C: To 'Treat' or Not to 'Treat'?
estimated that three to four million Americans are infected with
hepatitis C (HCV), a blood borne virus that attacks the liver of its
host, and many of them are not even aware of it. The U.S. spent nearly
six billion dollars in 1997 for the treatment of HCV, and the costs have
continued to skyrocket. The mainstream treatments that are available
are expensive, only marginally effective and loaded with nasty side
effects. The horizon is littered with bewildered hep C patients, newly
diagnosed often taken from blissful ignorance (asymptomatic) to shock
and horror in a moment's notice who are asking the dreaded question,
should I undergo "The Treatment" ?
According to the many natural practitioners who oppose "treatment" of
HCV with harsh and expensive drugs, it is technically not the chemical
interferons that do the acute damage; it is the body's massive
inflammatory response to the drugs. The long term damage may be related
to the undermining of a patient's baseline immunity, which makes them
more susceptible to opportunistic infections and often to flare ups of
the virus that are worse the second time around.
Often the first test recommended to a hepatitis C patient is a liver
biopsy. Although a liver biopsy is certainly the most definitive way to
confirm the patient's genotype and determine the level of deterioration
of liver tissue, it is a perilous and invasive procedure that further
traumatizes and inflames the liver.
Natural practitioners prefer to monitor blood studies, particularly
liver transaminase enzyme levels, which are generally elevated when
significant liver tissue damage is taking place. Physicians also
typically monitor the level of viral replication that is taking place in
the blood, commonly referred to as the viral load and measured by a
test called a PCR RNA. These and other markers can help reveal how
well a patient is dealing with the virus without inflicting further harm
or adding stress to an already challenged organ.
The natural approach to treating HCV or any other chronic illness
for that matter involves strengthening and balancing the immune
system, internal cleansing of the body, reducing systemic inflammation
and the promotion of healthy metabolic pathways. A foundational, comprehensive
nutritional support protocol is needed to support the body's
ability to absorb and assimilate nutrients and eliminate toxins and
wastes. Read More
Does Grandpa's Male Menopause Post a Threat to Your Child's Health?
In 2007, nearly two million prescriptions were written for testosterone
gel products. A small percentage of those were given to women with
hormonal imbalances, but the vast majority were prescribed to men going
through Andropause, the male version of menopause which results in low
energy and sex drive, memory loss, and not surprisingly. moodiness!
Testosterone gel products such as Androgel or Testim (both of which
contain 1% testosterone) are typically applied to the upper arms, chest
and shoulders daily to restore general vitality. Therein lies the
potential danger; when grandpa picks up his beloved grandchild to cradle
them in his arms and on his shoulder, the child can be exposed to the
drug. sometimes with alarming results. Read More
More Junk Science: Vitamin K Curbs Bone Loss No Better Than Placebo... Not!
In the latest spewing forth of
disinformation designed to undermine the truth about the efficacy of
vitamins and natural medicines, the Health Science Institute's
points out that prominent bone health researchers are refuting a new
placebo-controlled trial from Norway that suggests vitamin K curbs bone
loss no better than placebo in post-menopausal women.
But the design of this trial has two big problems.
1. More than 340 post-menopausal women received either placebo or
vitamin K2, 360 micrograms daily a dose that can only be described as
2. The trial lasted just one year. As one doctor told
NutraIngredients-USA, "All vitamin K intervention trials lasting less
than 2 years have unfortunately contributed to confusion regarding the
effect of vitamin K supplement."
Despite these problems, the trial produced one promising result. Read More
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