Natural Healing Tips
Foods to Consider
Foods to Avoid
Body Movement and Excercise Guidelines
Spirituality and Healing
Herbs and Supplements
Here we will make available pertinent news and information on Hepatitis B and C. At Hepatitis Junction, we hope to complement, not replace, your current approach. Below we suggest general dietary, supplemental, and lifestyle approaches that could help you keep your hepatitis under control. If you have any questions, news or information you would like to share with us please send it to us via email.
Note: The recommendations listed here are not a substitute for conventional care. To determine which herbs, vitamins, and supplements are optimal for your specific condition, you should speak with one of our licensed practitioners. Please call 800-449-0770 for a free, confidential phone consultation.
Diet is one of the most important aspects of staying healthy. The idea that what we eat is not important to our well being is one of the greatest failings of western medicine. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine said, "Food is medicine, medicine is food." My favorite is: "You are what you don't poop out."
The Liver metabolizes the final products of digestion in the blood from the intestines. From this the Liver removes Glucose, excretes bile, creates heparin, manufactures cholesterol and carries on dozens of biochemical processes. It truly is the most complex organ of the body, except the brain. The liver is well known for the detoxification process. From the most deadly poison to a glass of pure water, the liver is in charge of filtering out impurities.
We must eat to live. Many of us act like we live to eat. If you have not paid attention to your diet then the time has come. We would like to share some basic eating principles. These are basic guidelines and should be followed up with a consultation with a physician or nutritionist knowledgeable with an optimal Hepatitis diet.
" Diet should be concentrated with fruits and vegetables because of their flavonoid compounds, which will benefit the liver. Especially useful are soups with various green leafy vegetables.
" Avoiding alcohol, caffeine, coffee, black tea, cola and chocolate, and sugar are important to decrease the stress load on the liver.
" High protein, lacto-ovo vegetarian diet
" High fiber diet
Foods to consider:
" Dandelion greens, burdock root, mustard greens, black radish, apples and saffron, watercress, beets, parsley, artichokes, cherries, grapefruit, parsnips, endive, garlic, onion, chicory, carob, horseradish, kumquats, limes, quinces, grapes. Include artichokes in the diet, they protect the liver.
Lemon juice mixed with water, upon rising in the morning 30 minutes before eating and a teaspoon of olive oil (virgin cold pressed) has been shown to stimulate the production of bile.
Foods to avoid:
" Saturated fats, meat, alcohol, hot sauces, spicy foods, fried foods, fatty foods, rich foods, salty foods, cow's milk and other dairy products, white bread, refined foods, processed foods, sugar and sweets, phlegm-forming foods, meat, ice cream, shellfish, coffee, caffeine, unpurified water and other foods that don't agree with you.
" Trans-fatty acids, hydrogenated oils (margarine, vegetable shortenings, imitation butter spreads, most commercial peanut butters) oxidized fats (deep fried foods, fast food, ghee, barbecued meats)
" Refined, simple carbohydrates: sucrose, white flour, processed foods
Consider these strategies:
Get a food allergy (blood) test to see what foods you may be intolerant to. This can also be done by doing an "elimination diet" where you will avoid foods that you feel you may be allergic to, you crave constantly or eat repeatedly (start with some common reactive ones like dairy, wheat, eggs, gluten, tomatoes, peanuts, corn, citrus, refined sugars, coffee, tea food additives, alcohol and any foods you eat more than three times a week). Eliminate them completely for two weeks, don't cheat. This could be difficult, withdrawal symptoms have been known to affect people. Take buffered Vitamin C (2000-3000mgs a day), B-6, drink lots of water and possibly a mild laxative to ease the symptoms. Reintroduce them one food at a time after two weeks or so at breakfast with a big helping. If you are reintroducing a food like cheese don't to it with pizza, it also has wheat and corn oil. If you eat them and find that you get gassy, bloated, tired, headaches, depressed, sweats, joint pains or itching then you are probably allergic to that food. If nothing happens try another large helping at lunch. If you have no immediate reactions that day stop eating that food for four days and then go on with the second food. Now you may actually feel better from a food as you are going through withdrawals and find that it makes you feel "high" so be aware if are merely reacting to the reintroduction of that food while going through withdrawals. Getting the help of a nutritionist or a practitioner knowledgeable with allergy-free diets is essential.
Take periodic short fasts that allow the liver to rest. The idea of cleansing the liver by not eating for short periods is a very old and effective treatment. Many people fast for 1-3 days with each change of the seasons. You could try a one day liquid fast (water, herbal teas or vegetable broths and see how you like it. You could also fast one day a week. Try not to eat before you go to sleep. Giving the liver 10-12 hours to clear itself is very beneficial (breakfast means, literally, the break of a fast).
Remember that these are only dietary suggestions. They are not intended to offer any kind of cures, merely ideas on how to detoxify your liver and have a healthy diet. Once again, getting the help of a professional or reading one of the books on nutrition on our recommended reading page can be quite helpful.
Body Movement and Exercise Guidelines:
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Life is Movement. Think about it, anything in nature that does not move is usually inanimate. If we are to keep our life force vital we must keep active. This does not mean that we have to work out 4 hours a day, it means we have to have a regimen of exercise that will keep us flexible with good stamina. For most of us that means 20-30 minutes of some kind of aerobic exercise a day. Depending on your current health status that can vary greatly. You are the best judge of what you are capable of doing. If you are unable to get out of the house or even out of bed, finding ways to stretch, low impact exercises, tai-chi, yoga or a weekly massage can help.
Consider these general guidelines to help support your liver:
Have adequate and balanced nutrition.
Take the appropriate vitamins and minerals.
Check your Thyroid function.
Avoid toxic chemicals such as paint, pesticides, herbicides, fuels or solvents.
Avoid excessive fat, high proteins, low fiber and fried foods.
NO ALCOHOL, DRUGS OR TOBACCO
Avoid pharmaceutical drugs with potential toxicity (example: acetaminophen), check them with your doctor or pharmacist.
Check for Candida overgrowth and Bowel Toxicity.
Check your home and job for exposure to potentially toxic substances. Check for gas leaks, chemicals that might be harmful Drink only steam distilled or non-chlorinated water. There are things you may not think are toxic, check.
Get plenty of rest.
If stress is part of your life (ha!), find simple ways to defuse it. Take a walk in nature, meditate, help someone with his or her problems, work in a garden or just take some deep breaths. You must explore and find what works for you. The idea is to turn down the inner dialogue that we all have going on, take a step back and enjoy this life.
If you are in a situation that seems unsolvable, then you might want to get counseling. Very often we stay in relationships, jobs, homes or any number of scenarios that are toxic to us. It's easier said than done to change things, start with small steps.
The famous Chinese physician, Huang Ti (2500 BC) wrote in the Nei Ching: (The Yellow Emeperor's Classic of Internal Medicine, what some consider the oldest text of medicine), "If you truly want to heal the body you must heal the spirit first." This means that we must look in our hearts if we want to make our transformation complete.
If you have Hepatitis and you have no severe symptoms, you are lucky and you are also in the majority. This can be a blessing or it could be an obstacle. Because you don't necessarily feel bad, there might not be much motivation to treat this disease seriously. That would be a mistake.
No matter if you are in end stage liver cancer or have no symptoms at all, you have an opportunity to change the course of this disease. There is no "magic bullet," no herb, or drug that can completely "cure" it. Many of us have been taught that our bodies are machines that can be fixed with the incision of a knife or the ingestion of a pill. Western medicine has come up with miraculous interventions that have helped many. But this disease will take more than these procedures if we are to keep it at bay.
Much depends on you.
Spirituality and healing:
We all know that having a positive mental attitude can only help the healing process. For many people that has different meanings. It might mean going to church and praying. It might mean taking a walk in the woods or helping someone else. The point is, what is it for you and how can you develop it? We all chase different goals and try and accomplish what we feel is important in our lives. Unfortunately, many of us have been taught that those things are material in nature. If only we had ______, (fill in the blank). We all struggle to obtain things even if it is as basic as the rent or putting food on the table.
Developing a spiritual life is as important as exercise or diet. If we go through life angry, fearful, jealous or bitter it will effect us physically. If we already have a condition that is life threatening we are doing even more damage. Creating harmony is essential in healing. So how do we develop spirituality? It's not easy. It takes commitment to work on the negative patterns that have been part of our lives. We must try to embrace love and reject fear.
Most of our lives are built around fear. The fear of losing what we have, our homes, our jobs, our lives. Our fear end up controlling us, blocking out the love we have for others and ourselves. If we find methods that help us lose that fear, we have a chance. Since this fear is borne of our mind, practices such as prayer, Yoga, meditation or Tai-Chi can help us tame the habitual patterns that control us. Most of us have an" inner dialogue" that we carry on with ourselves, often worrying about things that never happen. What we are trying to do with these practices is turn that dialogue down and in time control it. For you, it might be gardening or cooking, whatever it is, the idea is to truly relax and curtail the negative patterns that stress us out and actually make us sick.
Explore. Look for the things that you know relax you and give you peace. This doesn't mean doing drugs, alcohol or watching TV all day. Get out of relationships/situations that are toxic to you. Help others who are suffering. Go out in nature. Remember, life is short.
Herbs and supplements
1. Hepatitis Formula
This formula is a combination of Chinese, Ayuervedic and Western herbs. We have brought the best herbs these traditions bring and created a formula that has been successful for us. The herbs in this formula are: 4:1 concentrated powder extracts:Adhatoda Vasika, Eclipta alba,Triphala, Capillaris,Schizandra,Isatis Root,Isatis leaves,Silajatu,Tinospora, Cordifolia, Bupleurum,Scute,Yellow turmeric,White Peony,Salvia, Licorice, Oyster shell,Pippili
Dose: 3 grams twice a day
2. Milk Thistle
Acute and chronic hepatitis, fatty liver, cirrhosis, hepatoprotection (incl.amanita poisoning, ethanol, carbon tetrachloride, other hepatotoxic solvents and exotoxins such as pesticides), liver complaints associated with cholangitis, pruritis of pregnancy, psoriasis.
" Specific indications: liver conditions involving inflammation and toxic insult or overload.
3.Flax Seed Oil:
Flax seed oil has some of the highest content of essential fatty acids. These oils envelop every cell of the body in a compound known as phospholipids. The oil best known in flax seed is Omega -3: They have so many important functions, many books have been written about them.
There are no known side effects or contraindications.
4. St. John's Wort:
Known for it's anti-viral and anti- depressant qualities, St. John's Wort is a good general herb for keeping an emotional balance and suppressing the hepatitis virus.
" Clinical Trials:
Numerous clinical studies have shown that St. Johns Wort is better than placebo in treating mild to moderate depressive disorders, and that it I as at least as effective as standard anti-depressants, and has less side effects.
" Side Effects and Contraindications:
" No serious adverse effects have been reported with use of St. John's Wort at typical doses. Photosensitivity, although commonly publicized, is a rarely reported side effect. Recent studies have shown side effects with certain medications for HIV. Check with your doctor before taking this with any medication.
Selenium is one of the main anti-oxidants in our diets along with Vitamins A, C and E. Keshan's disease in China has been associated with a lack of Selenium in the soil.
: o Selenium is involved in the synthesis of the enzyme glutathione peroxides
" Natural antioxidant
" Vitamin E helps promote normal growth and development
Take no more than the recommended dosage of between 200-300mcgs. a day. Toxicity due to ingesting large amounts is the only known side effect.
Bromelain is an enzyme derived from the pineapple. It has been used extensively for it's digestive and anti -inflammatory properties.
There are no known side effects.
5.Beta Gluon 123
Considered to be a very powerful anti-oxidant.
There are no known side effects.
" Choline is required for the proper metabolism of fats; it facilitates the movement of fats in and out of cells. Choline is essential for proper liver function due to its key role in the lipotropic effect, i.e., the export of fat from the liver. In the absence of adequate choline, fats become trapped in the liver, where they block metabolism. Stagnation of fat and bile eventually leads to the development of more serious liver disorders such as cirrhosis.
" No toxicity beyond the side effects mentioned above were found in any of the sources cited.
v Part of the vitamin B complex and associated with choline and biotin
" Aids in the metabolism of fats and reduces blood cholesterol.
Required nutrient for cells of brain, bone marrow, eye membranes, and the intestine
" No known toxicity, interactions
8. Vitamin C
Can use for any type of infection such as Candida, colds, hepatitis, influenza, mononucleosis, viral pneumonia, herpes simplex and zoster to name a few.
" Oxalate stone-formers
" Vitamin C has been found to potentate certain chemotherapeutic drugs in animals
9. Vitamin E:
" Anti-Oxidant: Vitamin E protects cell membranes, especially in the lungs and red blood cells. It particularly protects fatty acids against oxidative damage caused by various pollutants, peroxides, and free radicals formed during metabolic processes. It aids in the prevention of lipofuscin, oxidized fat that has been implicated in the aging process. If insufficient vitamin E is present, PUFAs may become oxidized in the body. This causes various toxins to be formed. These toxins may lead to chromosomal damage and the formation of cancers. Vitamin E may protect the liver and the rest of the body against environmental pollutants such as ozone and other constituents of smog.
Maintenance dose: 100-400 I.U.
" Sudden supplementation in unaccustomed individuals may raise blood pressure. Hypertension can develop in certain people with sensitivities to Vitamin E. Start out with low doses of vitamin E (100 I.U.) and gradually work up.
" Chronic rheumatic heart disease (do not start with high doses, gradually work up)
" Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan): requires hepatic oxidation for activation; antioxidants interfere with this process
L-Carnitine is a vitamin like substance that is responsible for the transport of fatty acids to the cells where they are converted into energy.
L-Carnitine may help the utilization of fat as an energy source. Since L-Carnitine is essential in the metabolizing of fatty acids in the liver it should help in the overall performance of the liver.
Daily dosage is usually between 1500 and 4000 mgs. Best, as always to start on the low range.
There are no reported side effects or known adverse interactions.
" S-adenosyl methionine synthesis is one of the most potent methyl donors and is involved in many methylation reactions. It is intimately involved in the synthesis of brain chemicals and also in detoxification reactions.
" It may be effective in the treatment of various liver disorders such as elevated liver enzymes due to alcohol, cirrhosis, hepatitis, and other liver toxins.
" Although it rarely occurs, nausea and GI irritation are signs of methionine toxicity. Use
" Osteoporosis: large doses increases urinary excretion of calcium
" None known
Lipoic acid is a vitamin-like substance that is involved in the conversion of carbohydrates to energy. It is an anti -oxidant and is both water and fat soluble. This makes it effective against a broader spectrum of free radicals.
Possible uses are for detoxification purposes, specifically for hepatitis and cirrhosis.
There are no reports of any adverse effects in the use of Lipoic Acid.
13. Coenzyme Q10
CO-Q10 is a vitamin like substance whose actions resemble that of Vitamin E. There are many substances that are conenzymes but only CO-Q10 is the one found in human tissue. It plays a crucial role in the production of energy in the body. It aids in circulation, stimulates the immune system and increases oxygenation.
The benefits to the immune system, the cardiovascular system and its ability to counter histamine reactions should give an overall benefit to the liver and its functions.
" It is an antioxidant necessary for the protection of proteins. It is used by the liver to detoxify formaldehyde, acetaminophen and many other compounds.
" Protects the integrity of red blood cells.
" Important role in immune function via white blood cell production Applications:
" Detoxification and heavy metal toxicity: Common toxins that Glutathione may help protect against are car exhaust, cigarette smoke, aspirin and alcohol.
" Liver disease including cirrhosis and fatty liver disease caused by alcohol: Studies show mild effects at large doses
15. Ultra Anti-Oxidant:
This formula contains a number if anti-oxidants which are believed to help support the liver and immune system.
The ingredients are: Vitamins C, E, B-1, B-2, B-3, B-5,B-6,Bioflavinoids, Hesperidin, Rutin, Pycnogonol, Beta- Carotene, INositol, Choline, Zinc, Selenium, Glutiathione, N- Acetyl- L- Cysteine, Methionine, Dimethlygycine HCI