(NaturalNews) Hepatitis C is considered an epidemic and is now killing more people than Aids/HIV - 30,000 a year and it`s going to get much worse. Right now, 5 million Americans are infected with Hepatitis C - and most of them don`t know it. That is 1 out of every 50 people; and some will be people you know. The number of adults seeking liver transplants for Hepatitis C infection will skyrocket in the next 20 years. An estimated 10,000 to 30,000 Americans die from this disease or its complications each year. Deaths are expected to increase because of the increasing risk of infection, and the resulting cirrhosis, portal hypertension, thrombocytopenia, bleeding, and liver cancer. Five years ago, 20% of Hepatitis C patients were candidates for liver transplantation and today the number has increased to about 50%.
The Hepatitis C virus causes diabetes (40% of genotype 1 have diabetes), it affects the brain causing depression, it causes lung problems, neuropathy, fibromyalgia, Sjogren`s, cardiac problems, skin problems, arthritis, stomach problems, anemia, fatigue, and of course, cirrhosis. After cirrhosis comes decompensation. The liver stops working, the skin and sclera become yellow, your belly looks like you`re pregnant, you`re unable to process protein, you get anemic, confused, the kidneys stop working and many bleed to death.
Hepatitis C is called the dragon, because it sleeps for many years and one day, suddenly, it wakes up and ends your life (people who got infected 20-30 years ago may just now find out). The Hepatitis C virus is very old and very smart, it doesn`t kill quickly like the HIV virus or like the Ebola virus. Hepatitis C has chosen to infect the liver - the only organ capable of regeneration. It can remain "hidden" for many years, keeping its host alive and using our own immune system against us.
Nobody knows exactly where it came from. During World War II, an unlicensed yellow fever vaccine was released to immunize our troops who were going to the South Pacific. To stabilize the vaccine, scientists used serum from Australian Aborigines, hoping they were immune to endemic illnesses and that immunity would then be passed to our troops. Years later, it was discovered that 50% of the Aborigines had Hepatitis B and C. A study done by the Veteran`s Administration later proved that over 320,000 of our troops were infected. Thousands of them fell ill with hepatitis and hospitalized or quarantined in their barracks. When they came back home, they were encouraged to donate blood. A monster, with the power to mutate, had just been unleashed.
Hepatitis C is transmitted through blood only. That means blood transfusions with contaminated blood before 1992 (because blood was not screened), tattoos, body piercing, needle sticks, IV drugs with contaminated needles, manicures that made you bleed (instruments are not sterilized), sharing razors, toothbrushes, anything that could pass infected blood to your blood. Even doing IV drugs once could have given you the virus or sharing straws with someone that had nasal sores or bleeding.
A mutating virus for which there is no vaccine, Hepatitis C has many strains and substrains. By the time they figure something about it, it`s already mutated into something stronger. 70-75% of people have genotype 1, the strain most difficult to treat (95% of Veterans who have Hep C have genotype 1). The success rate with traditional modern medicine treatment is only about 50% and treatment is a whole year and side effects from the medications are cruel.
Though the final figures are not yet in, a few years ago the Center for Disease Control (CDC) predicted that by the year 2008, the cases of decompensation will increase 279%, liver-related deaths 223% and the need for liver transplantation 528%. Considering that we don`t have enough organs now and people die on transplant lists, far too many of those precious lives will be lost. For those fortunate enough to find a donor, the process costs roughly $300,000 during the first 3 months, and can be painful and incapacitating. Add to this the thousands of dollars for anti-rejection drugs and the costs of aftercare and more frequent visits to health care facilities. The other option, debilitating and woefully ineffective chemo, runs into the tens of thousands of dollars and more and has success rates in the mere single digits.
Fortunately, there is also good news: there are at least three excellent inexpensive supplements that can be used for hepatitis. First of all, an aqueous extract of the oleander plant commonly called "oleander soup" made according to the directions in my book Cancer`s Natural Enemy (http://www.rose-laurel.com) has had excellent results in treating Hepatitis C. Secondly, a great many Hepatitis C sufferers have used the natural supplement Colloidal Silver and swear by it.
And finally, there is an excellent herbal treatment regimen for Hepatitis C that is all natural, inexpensive and was found to be extraordinarily effective in a limited study known as the Berkson Clinical Study on Hepatitis C. Most people in the United States are not familiar with the Berkson Clinical Study on Hepatitis C, a study that was never published in the United States, despite Dr. Berkson`s impressive credentials that include Rutgers, the Max Planck Institute and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta.
It has been suggested that, besides being a very limited study of only three patients, the real reason the study has never been published in the states is due to the fact that liver transplants are highly profitable for mainstreams medicine, costing over $300,000 in the first three months alone, plus many thousands of dollars afterwards for anti-rejection drugs and aftercare.
In Doctor Berkson`s study, which was 100% effective in a limited study on advanced Hepatitis C patients who were facing either transplants or chemo, he used a combination of three commonly available and inexpensive natural supplements, along with healthy modifications in diet, exercise and lifestyle.
The three supplements are:
* Milk thistle (silymarin)
* Alpha-lipoic acid
All three natural supplements are commonly available and inexpensive.
It is important to note that no one, including Doctor Berkson, suggests that the regimen he used could be 100% effective against all hepatitis; nevertheless, complete success in three out of three patients with little hope is impressive and suggests that this natural alternative might offer hope and alternatives to a great number of people with hepatitis and damaged livers.
When treating any serious disease or illness, it is usually an excellent idea to cleanse the body of toxins (which help promote disease and retard healing). A liver cleanse is an essential procedure to help treat hepatitis as well as for anyone to do as part of a healthy anti-disease lifestyle. And, since good health begins in the gut, the same holds true for cleansing the colon.
Live long, live healthy, live happy!
(With thanks to Silvia from the Herbal Musings forum for providing the background information on Hepatitis-C)
About the author
Tony Isaacs, is a natural health author, advocate and researcher who hosts The Best Years in Life website for those who wish to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. Mr. Isaacs is the author of books and articles about natural health, longevity and beating cancer including "Cancer's Natural Enemy" and is working on a major book project due to be published later this year. He is also a contributing author for the worldwide advocacy group "S.A N.E.Vax. Inc" which endeavors to uncover the truth about HPV vaccine dangers. Mr. Isaacs is currently residing in scenic East Texas and frequently commutes to the even more scenic Texas hill country near Austin and San Antonio to give lectures and health seminars. He also hosts the CureZone "Ask Tony Isaacs - featuring Luella May" forum as well as the Yahoo Health Group "Oleander Soup" and he serves as a consultant to the "Utopia Silver Supplement Company".