What is hepatitis C? by Connie b. Dellobuono
Answer by Connie b. Dellobuono:
Out of some 2,750 drugs covered by Medicare’s Part D benefit, two pills for hepatitis C infection – Harvoni and Sovaldi – accounted for nearly $7.5 billion in catastrophic drug costs in 2015.
The most common problem due to hepatitis C but not involving the liver is mixed cryoglobulinemia (usually the type II form) — an inflammation of small and medium-sized blood vessels. Hepatitis C is also associated with the autoimmune disorder Sjögren’s syndrome, a low platelet count, lichen planus, porphyria cutanea tarda, necrolytic acral erythema, insulin resistance, diabetes mellitus, diabetic nephropathy, autoimmune thyroiditis, and B-cell lymphoproliferative disorders. 20–30% of people infected have rheumatoid factor — a type of antibody. Possible associations include Hyde’s prurigo nodularisand membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis.Cardiomyopathy with associated abnormal heart rhythms has also been reported. A variety of central nervous system disorders has been reported.Chronic infection seems to be associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer.
Drug-induced hepatitis is inflammation of the liver that may occur when you take certain medicines.
Other types of hepatitis include:
The liver helps the body break down certain medicines. These include some drugs that you buy over-the-counter or your health care provider prescribes for you. However, the process is slower in some people. This can make you more likely to get liver damage.
Some drugs can cause hepatitis with small doses, even if the liver breakdown system is normal. Large doses of many medicines can damage a normal liver.
Many different drugs can cause drug-induced hepatitis.
Painkillers and fever reducers that contain acetaminophen are a common cause of liver inflammation. These medicines can damage the liver when taken in doses that are not much greater than the recommended dose. People who already have liver disease are most likely to have this problem.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, diclofenac, and naproxen, may also cause drug-induced hepatitis.
Other drugs that can lead to liver inflammation include:
•Birth control pills
•Halothane (a type of anesthesia)
•Some anti-seizure medicines
Symptoms may include
•Loss of appetite
•Nausea and vomiting
•White or clay-colored stools
Hepatitis C by Dr Mercola
2. Need to minimize other toxic influences to the immune system. Amalgam fillings are typically present and need to be removed along with a comprehensive mercury detoxification program by a competent clinician. Elimination of toxic deposits in the body, especially pesticides through sauna detoxification is another helpful approach.
3. However, I believe the critical element involves normalizing the autonomic nervous system by uncoupling the emotional traumas and conflict that typically seem to impair its optimal functioning. Applied Psycho Neurobiology is the current strategy I am using.
The following article also supports the hepatitis theory described above: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) specific sequences are demonstrable in the DNA fraction of peripheral blood mononuclear cells from healthy, anti-HCV antibody-negative individuals and cell lines of human origin. By Dennin RH, Chen Z. No convincing support has been provided so far for the existence of extrahepatic hepatitis C virus particles that should correspond to the sometimes extremely high concentration of ‘HCV-RNA’ in serum or plasma. If a naturally occurring HCV-specific DNA were to be found, a concept for at least some phenomena in terms of the pathophysiology of HCV should become conceivable.
If you are one of the 3.2 million people with hepatitis C, your liver may not always be up to this important task. This is why it’s so important to steer clear of toxic chemicals that can harm your already stressed liver. Such toxins can be found at home or at work and can enter your body through the skin, mouth or nose.
Here are the four types of offenders, where they are found, and why you need to take measures to avoid them whenever possible.
You know it is linked to lung cancer and heart disease, but cigarette smoke and the toxins it contains can also increase the chances that your hepatitis C will progress toward liver cancer. Talk to your doctor about quitting today if you smoke, and be serious about taking measures to avoid exposure to second-hand smoke.
Drinking too much alcohol has been shown to increase risk of liver cirrhosis (scarring) among people with hepatitis C. Some research has also suggested that even light or moderate alcohol consumption can be harmful to the liver if you have hepatitis C. Start a candid conversation with your doctor about how much alcohol you consume on a regular basis.
Certain jobs involve exposure to industrial toxins or solvents that can be harmful to your liver. For example, dry cleaners may work with tetrachloroethylene, a colorless liquid that can damage the liver if inhaled. Toulene, a solvent found in paints, printing materials and even nail polish, can also be toxic to your liver if breathed in or absorbed via your skin on a regular basis in the presence of hepatitis C. You have a right to know about all workplace hazards, so don’t hesitate to ask questions. Other at-risk occupations may include chemists, farm workers, healthcare workers, nurses, and beauticians. If you can’t quit your job, wear gloves and/or masks, and always work in a well-ventilated room with the windows wide open and exhaust fans on.
Hair sprays, cleaning products, bug sprays, disinfectants, stain removers, bathroom cleaners, furniture polish, and air fresheners among other commonly used products can contain a laundry list of potentially toxic chemicals. Always use gentle, green cleaning products when you can and wear masks, gloves and keep windows open when you can’t.
If you are at all concerned about how exposure to any chemical is affecting your liver, ask your doctor what he or she knows to make sure you are doing all that you can to protect this all-important organ.
Jason Bell wrote that Hepatitis C is:
It’s a fictitious term intended to sell pharmaceutical drugs that happen to be devastatingly harmful to the liver and, in far too numerous cases, fatal. Most people false diagnosed with HCV that die, die from organ failure or pneumonia due to the interferon and Ribavirin combo or spiral into lengthy physical and mental turmoil. Hepatitis means liver disease. Disease means dis-ease or ill at ease. The liver is jostled, for some reason(s), out of homeostasis. The crucial vital organ, integral to digestion, immunity, blood glucose levels, nutrients, metabolism, takes a beating from alcohol and hard drugs, among other contaminants, and responds by inflaming to counteract against the toxic or poisonous assault, which is a positive sign of recuperation. The liver, while ill at ease, is actively progressing towards stasis, returning back to the job it’s there to do. The drugs prescribed by MDs on the basis of ATL and AST lab tests, inflict even more potent toxins and poisons at the liver than alcohol and hard drugs. Most people falsely diagnosed with HCV are healthy with no symptoms of liver disease like jaundice, nausea, fatigue. Once on these prescription drugs, the jaundice, fatigue, breathing difficulties, the a to z of alleged HCV infection, begin to appear, unaware that the liver is more than fully capable of repairing itself back to normality on condition of abrupt changes in one’s lifestyle, such as quitting the booze and drugs.