by Fontaine - Maureen
Hepatitis is an inflammatory process of the liver, caused by a bacterial or viral infection, drugs, alcohol, toxins, or parasites. Each virus differs in how it is acquired and the symptoms it develops. It is not uncommon for the liver to become enlarged and jaundice to set in. Hepatitis may be acute or chronic.
Acute Hepatitis can occur from ingesting carbon tetrachloride, arsenic, and certain drugs, including sulfonamides. Other less threatening forms of hepatitis can be caused by the herpes virus, cytomegalovirus and Epstein-Barr.
Chronic Hepatitis does not always produce symptoms. On the flip side, it is capable of causing liver damage and cirrhosis. A chronic situation implies that hepatitis has caused ongoing damage to the liver and created significant inflammation in the meantime. Being unable to excrete excess copper makes an individual more vulnerable to acquiring this virus.
Medically, the only way of confirming the presence of liver damage is to perform a biopsy. Steroids are sometimes used to treat certain cases of chronic hepatitis when it is suspected that they are of non-viral origin but their prolonged use in itself creates liver damage. The use of any drug whether an over-the-counter or prescription drug for relief of symptoms carries with it the risk of plugging up the body. What needs to be done is exactly the opposite.
Fats & The Immune System
Ingesting bad fats suppresses the immune system therefore subduing the ability of the white blood cells. Oils such as soy and canola contain alcohols and glycosides that alter the inner terrain therefore shutting the immune system down. The alcohol component is a reactive chemical that is as toxic as alcoholic beverages. The difference is that the damage from bad fats takes years to show up. The terrain is everything! Add this to the cacophony of immunizations, fluoride, chlorine, antibiotics, junk food, poor water, toxic air and stress.
Remember that viruses are opportunists. They will take advantage of a suitable environment, replicating themselves with great speed. Their one and only mandate is to take over. Good oils in your diet promote a healthy liver.
Some Interesting Statistics
- 2.7 million Americans are chronically HCV infected.
- An estimated 240,000 children have been exposed or are infected in the U.S.
- 68% of new cases occur because of drug use by injection
- A blood test can identify HCV in the blood within 7 to 14 days of being exposed
- Up to 45% of healthy individuals that become infected will recover spontaneously.
- Up to 85% become chronically infected.
- 37% of liver transplants are due to Hepatitis C
How Do You Get Hepatitis? What Causes It?
Hepatitis A and E - If the inner terrain is deficient, then your chances of being susceptible to hepatitis increase significantly. Poor gut health means that the virus enters the gut, immediately begins reproducing, and in no time spreads to the liver where it continues to multiply. Both Hepatitis A and E are acute rather than chronic meaning that they typically rectify without aggressive intervention.
Hepatitis B,C,D, and G enter the bloodstream and then pass through the liver. The presence of the virus and the antibodies that fight it cause inflammation of the liver. The incubation period for Hep B and C is up to six months before any real symptoms begin to surface. Viruses such as Epstein-Barr and Cytomegalovirus can cause Hepatitis as a secondary effect.
Cofactors and Causative Agents
We acquire such diseases as Hepatitis because the pieces of the puzzle fit together. Life style, stresses, depleted immune and digestive systems, along with numerous other cofactors comprise the recipe for disease. It is not singular in nature, but rather, multidimensional. Body, mind and spirit.
There are basic reasons why we get sick:
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Toxins from water, air, food, vaccines
- Toxic inner terrain
- Poor diet
- Poor attitude
Hepatitis A, B, D, E, F and G
Hepatitis A was formerly called infectious hepatitis, and is spread by food or drinking water that has been contaminated by hepatitis infected human feces. It can survive raw or undercooked foods, especially shellfish. It is an acute infection that lasts for less than six months and is not fatal.
You can acquire this virus from household or sexual contact, places of employment, daycares, international travel, or infected food handlers.
Hepatitis B can be acquired through unsafe sexual practices, Hemodialysis, exposure to blood or blood products, needle stick injury, IV drug use, tattooing, body piercing or through birth from an infected mother.
Hepatitis D only occurs with a Hepatitis B infection. Having both creates a more serious condition.
Hepatitis E is acute and much like Hepatitis A. It occurs mostly in South America and Asia.
Hepatitis F and G are related to Hepatitis C although scientists are not sure of their impact.
Just remember that a sick and unhealthy liver is at the bottom of any disease from a simple cold to Hepatitis. Hepatitis is a liver condition as is Epstein-Barr and Chronic Fatigue. All of them represent excess waste overload in the system and hormonal imbalance.
It is not difficult to remedy the situation by focusing on cleansing and rebuilding. Clean up the liver, bowel, lymphatic system, and kidneys and eradicate any parasitical presence.
Let's face it. We are all at risk some of the time. If you eat out, travel, go to movies, or interact with people, you are potentially at risk. If your immune system is low and your inner terrain toxic, then the odds increase significantly.
Cleansing is preventative work! Hepatitis, Chronic Fatigue, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, bloating, gas, bad breath and insomnia all spell toxicity and are not normal! Attend to your body's filtration systems. It's the only answer. One step at a time puts you in the driver's seat.
Hepatitis C is perhaps the most feared of all the types and affects about 4 million Americans annually. It becomes a chronic condition in 85% of all infected patients.
Fortunately, most people with Hep C have no outward signs or symptoms. Some people recognize that it all started innocently with flu-like symptoms, including chills, fever, joint pains and fatigue.
Some of the other symptoms are:
- irritable bowel syndrome
- Night sweats
- Depression, mood swings
- Seasonal Affected Disorder
- Attacks of exhaustion
- Abdominal bloating
- Itchy skin
- Mental fatigue, recurrent headache, brain fog
- Chest and muscle pains
- Blood sugar disorders
- Unrestorative sleep
- Irregular periods
- Decreased libido
These symptoms may seem universal to many other conditions but it is the enduring nature of such manifestations that begins to incite attention. Less frequently experienced symptoms include dark urine and yellowing of the skin and eyes. If left untreated, the chronic form of HCV has more of an opportunity to result in cirrhosis, liver cancer or liver failure. Hepatitis C is the leading cause of liver transplants in the USA.
If you are an intravenous drug user, or have received blood transfusions or blood products prior to 1992, your chances of having Hepatitis increase significantly.
Even though you may test positive for Hepatitis C, you may not suffer the symptoms of liver damage.
Vaccine Insanity - Avoid the Hepatitis B Shot!
Politics. In May of 1999 Jane Orient, MD. submitted a document from the AMA for the purpose of giving testimony at a hearing on the Hepatitis B vaccine. It is clear that the physicians' hands are tied. If a physician advises against a required vaccine, he risks legal liability should that person contract the disease. In other words, he is not going to necessarily give you the goods on the Hepatitis B shot or any other vaccine for that matter.
Dr. Classen testified that the Hep B vaccine is suspected in diabetes mellitus, autism and ADD/ADHD. The life long implications of such vaccines are mind-boggling. The prevalence of these diseases are exaggerated and it can be argued that the solutions to controlling such diseases are highly unsuitable. In fact, "Vaccinating proves only to sensitize us to the very disease it claims to eradicate", says Dr. Viera Scheibner in her response at the Hearing on the Safety of Hepatitis B Vaccine in 1999.
The question remains: what are we doing to ourselves and to our children? Being that the most common method of transmission of Hepatitis B is from unprotected sex, it seems absurd that we would feel the need to vaccinate children.
Make informed decisions. Educate yourself as to the risks of the disease versus the risk of the vaccine. Many who have received the Hepatitis B shot have not enjoyed health since. This is alarming! Exercise your right to choose!
Ask us how to build the immune system so that the threat of disease never becomes a reality.
To date, medical therapies to treat Hepatitis have proved ineffective. Vaccinations are not the solution. Current drug therapies are proving impotent in light of the virus and are fraught with serious side effects. The most recent treatment combines Ribavirin with alpha-interferon and has been effective in less that half the cases. It also comes with a hefty price tag and is dangerous to the unborn fetus.
Damage to the liver occurs as a result of the system attacking liver cells in order to destroy the virus. Alternative therapies must include support for the liver itself, coupled with support for the immune system. Viruses are relentless in their attempt to proliferate. Health must be restored in order to win the battle against all viral and bacterial conditions.