3 Things You Should Do NOW if You Have Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is a liver disease which can have many possible outcomes, ranging from “no symptoms” to death. I believe fervently that what you do and the choices you make can have a profound influence on the course the disease takes.
If you have Hepatitis C there are three things I recommend you do immediately.
1) Stop Drinking. Immediately. No kidding. It’s one of the most important things you can do. And never—repeat, never—take Tylenol again.
2) Eat liver friendly foods. Turmeric, the spice that makes so much of Indian food yellow, is one of the best liver-friendly spices. Wheatgrass juice and all the other “green drinks” that are high in chlorophyll are also excellent. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, a well-known antimicrobial and antiviral fatty acid. Dandelion root tea is excellent for the liver, as are beets and beet juice. Buy a juicer and make fresh vegetable juice on a daily basis (with some fruits thrown in if you like).
3) Follow the supplement protocol outlined below. It’s the best combination of nutrients I’ve ever found for protecting the liver, and, in my opinion, should be used by every person with Hep C.
A Supplement Protocol from a Medical Hero…
I first learned about this protocol from Burt Berkson, MD, PhD, a truly heroic doctor who was not afraid to risk his reputation to buck the medical establishment.
Years ago, Berkson was doing his internship at a Cleveland hospital when two hikers were rushed in by ambulance. They had eaten some highly poisonous mushrooms, and were pretty close to death.
Berkson remembered reading some research on alpha-lipoic acid, and he appealed to the hospital to let him try it on the couple. But he was turned down. The senior doctors at the hospital scoffed at the idea that a mere intern thought he could help these folks with some nutritional supplement no one had ever heard of.
They essentially told him to mind his own business.
But Berkson, who in addition to his medical degree also has a PhD in microbiology with an advanced specialty in mushroom toxology, knew a bit about liver disease. Risking censure and loss of his internship, he called an old colleague, Fred Bartter at the National Institutes of Health, who arranged to fly in some alpha lipoic acid. He administered it to the dying couple.
And they’re alive and well today.
So when Burt Berkson talks about the liver, I listen.
The Natural Way…
Back in 1999, Berkson published a paper suggesting a basic protocol of three supplements that would protect the liver from free-radical damage, increase the levels of other fundamental antioxidants, and interfere with viral proliferation.
That 3-supplement protocol — plus two others I’ve added below — is something that I want to share with you today.
Alpha lipoic acid is a powerful antioxidant that not only scavenges free radicals but also helps regenerate vitamins C and E. It is one of the most powerful liver nutrients available. We recommend Designs for Health’s Lipoic Acid Supreme because the dose is 300 mg per capsule, one of the highest we’ve seen. This makes it relatively easy to take between 600-1200 mg a day.
In January 2007, The Archives of Internal Medicine published an article showing that daily selenium supplements suppress the progression of the viral load in patients with HIV infection. It’s also essential for those with hepatitis C. “Selenium acts as a birth control pill to the virus,” Berkson told me. We recommend Selenium Solution by Allergy Research, which supplies 100 mcg of selenium per ½ teaspoon. It’s flavorless and mixes into any liquid. Take two teaspoons a day (400 mcg).
The herb milk thistle (silymarin) is probably the premier liver nutrient. Milk thistle has been used in Europe to help support a healthy liver since the sixteenth century. We recommend Life Extension’s Certified European Milk Thistle for its quality and dose (each capsule contains 750 mg of milk thistle). This premium quality extract is triple standardized to the main active compound, silymarin, but also standardized to three highly active isomers (silibinins, isosilybin A and B). Take one to two capsules a day.
N-A-C (N-acetyl-cysteine) is a derivative of the amino acid L-cysteine which is a precursor to the formation of the powerful liver-friendly antioxidant glutathione. It’s one of the best ways to increase glutathione in the body. We recommend taking 600 mg daily, just the amount in Integrative Therapeutics’ NAC.
Curcumin comes from the spice turmeric, one of the most liver-friendly substances on earth. The positive research on curcumin is simply voluminous. And the BCM-95 curcumin found in Euromedica’s CuraPro is by far the most absorbable and highest quality curcumin on the market. Take one to two capsules a day.
Wishing You Health and Wellness,
The Rockwell Nutrition Team