Illnesses

Hepatitis C

"Hepatitis viruses have been shown to induce liver inflammation, cirrhosis, and primary liver cancer via free-radical attacks on liver cells. The ensuing liver dysfunction causes havoc throughout the body. Antioxidant supplements, in addition to antiviral therapies, are used by innovative physicians to protect against the liver-destroying free radicals generated by the hepatitis C virus."
Life Extension Foundation


BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Hepatitis C
from MayoClinic.com
Detailed

What Is ...?
from Hepatitis Central
Definitions. Detailed. Useful.

Is It Hepatitis C or Iron Toxicity?
by Joseph Mercola, D.O.
"I am certain that high iron levels are what contributed to this person coming down with Hepatitis C. Was the solution for him interferon? Absolutely not. The interferon itself may have killed him. It in no way, shape or form addressed the problem of excess iron, which was causing severe damage in his liver and creating massive amounts of free radicals. "

CAUSES/RISK FACTORS/PREVENTION

Natural History of Chronic Hepatitis C
by Leonard B. Seeff
"An accurate portrait of the natural history of chronic Hepatitis C remains elusive, and studies, both retrospective and prospective, have thus far yielded sometimes widely divergent results. The uncertainties and controversies surrounding a clear definition of the course of the disease may be due to the difficulty for natural history studies to follow its exceptionally long course. Following are excerpts from an excellent overview article, published recently in Hepatology, on the natural history of chronic hepatitis C by Dr. Leonard Seef. The article provides a wealth of information that could benefit both physicians and patients seeking a clearer understanding of the course of hepatitis C."

Evaluating Hepatitis - Western Medicine
by Misha Ruth Cohen, O.M.D., L.Ac.

Evaluating Hepatitis - Chinese Medicine
by Misha Ruth Cohen, O.M.D., L.Ac.

Hepatitis C Reconsidered
by Nicholas Regush (ABCNEWS.com)
"There are disturbing issues about HCV that must be raised, particularly when it is said to have infected some 4 million Americans, the vast majority of whom have no symptoms and have been frightened out of their wits that they'll eventually develop fatal liver disease."
A maverick approach with startling conclusions.

PATIENTS' STORIES
My Journey, My Choices
by Randy Dietrich
Quite detailed. Very Interesting.

TREATMENTS/THERAPIES

Treatment for Hepatitis C
from American Liver Foundation
Mainstream Approach.

Surprisingly Small Effect of Antiviral Treatment in Patients with Hepatitis C
from Annals of Internal Medicine
"Most patients with HCV infection are not candidates for interferon-based therapies; alternative interventions should be sought for these patients."

Drug Offers Better Treatment for Hepatitis C
Reuters Sept. 19, 2002

Alternative Medicines and the Liver
from Hepatitis C Primer
Articles, Options, Advice.

Articles from Life Extension Foundation

Hepatitis C
Detailed and Recommended

The “Hidden” Liver Disease
by Penelope Hamil

Articles from Healthwell.com

Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C
by Howard J. Worman, M.D.
Mainstream approach.

Hepatitis C: New Treatment Helps Some, But Cure Remains Elusive
by John Henkel

Alternative Treatments for Hepatitis C

Articles from AlternativeMedicine.com

Alternative Treatments
Diet and nutritional therapies.

Overcoming Hepatitis C
by Joseph Odom, O.M.D., L.Ac. and Steven Finkbine, L.Ac.
Combining Eastern diagnostic techniques with herbs, supplements, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Articles by Qingcai Zhang, M.D.

Philosophical Differences Between Western and Chinese Medicine
Part 1 - Western Medicine


Philosophical Differences Between Western and Chinese Medicine
Part 2 - Traditional Chinese Medicine


Philosophical Differences Between Chinese and Western Medicine
Part 3 - Integration of Chinese and Western Medicine


OTHER RESOURCES
American Liver Foundation

Hepatitis C Primer

Hepatitis Central

Hepatitis Choices

Hepatitis Doctor
Web Site Developed by Bennet Downs Cecil III, M.D.

Hepatitis Foundation

Hepatitis Help Center
by Misha Ruth Cohen, O.M.D., L.Ac.
An East-West Comprehensive Approach

Hepatitis Magazine

National Hepatitis C Advocacy Council

ObjectiveMedicine.com
"A Wealth of Information on Hepatitis C Alternatives"

Zhang Clinic from Qingcai Zhang, M.D.
New York, New York
Provides information on modern Chinese medicine specifically related to Hepatitis C.

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

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Cara Bruce and Lisa Montanarelli, The First Year--Hepatitis C: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

Sandra Cabot, M.D., The Liver-Cleansing Diet
Misha Ruth Cohen and Robert G. Gish, M.D., The Hepatitis C Help Book: A Groundbreaking Treatment Program Combining Western and Eastern Medicine for Maximum Wellness and Healing Matthew Dolan and Iain M. Murray-Lyon, M.D., The Hepatitis C Handbook

Harriet A. Washington, Living Healthy With Hepatitis C: Natural and Conventional Approaches to Recover Your Quality of Life

Howard J. Worman, M.D., The Liver Disorders Sourcebook

Lloyd Wright, Triumph Over Hepatitis C: An Alternative Medicine Solution

Qingcai Zhang, M.D., Healing Hepatitis C with Modern Chinese Medicine

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