The liver can repair itself
I recently saw a patient who had been treated with Interferon and Ribavirin over a decade ago for the hepatitis C virus. His follow up had been poor to say the least, as he did not even know if the treatment had worked! His liver function was only slightly abnormal, as he had been trying to improve his diet; however he remained tired, depressed and unwell, as ever since the drug therapy for the hepatitis C virus his immune system had not functioned well. This had caused him to have recurrent sinus infections and aches and pains known as fibromyalgia. He had multiple food allergies which caused headaches and exhaustion.
He had recently had blood tests, which I checked, as these results had not been explained to him by his treating doctor.
I was shocked by this lack of care, as his blood tests revealed severe abnormalities including:
- Elevated liver enzymes
- A severe deficiency of vitamin D
- Low levels of sodium and chloride in his blood, which explained his dizziness
- Abnormalities in his white blood cells showing elevated neutrophils (a type of white blood cell), which fight bacterial infections such as sinus infections. His lymphocytes (another type of white blood cell) were very low and these white blood cells are needed to fight viral infections such as the hepatitis C virus.
Can you believe that these abnormalities were not pointed out to him and thus he had no clue as to how to restore his immune system?
I recommended the following program to help him –
- Vitamin D 3 in a dose of 5000 IU daily with food for 4 weeks, then 5000 IU every second day; this would help his immune system to become stronger and would reduce inflammation
- Livatone Plus, a powerful liver formula, to support his liver function
- Vitamin C to help his immune system fight the sinus infection
- Selenomune powder, which would support a strong immune system and provide the extra selenium and other minerals, including iodine, to fight infection
- Sea salt to be added to all his meals to increase his low serum salt levels
- Raw juicing with citrus fruits, pineapple, mint, parsley, ginger, carrot and ginger to boost antioxidants and heal his liver
- I also suspected that he may be intolerant to gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats) because his lymphocytes were so low.
As he was struggling financially, I did not charge him for the consultation because his fatigue made it hard for him to work. On occasions he did turn to alcohol to cope with stress but he did not do this very often and was desperate to feel well again so he could work. At the end of our consultation he was much more cheerful and optimistic, as I explained that if he was regular with the supplements and the raw juicing he would recover. The liver is a remarkable organ and even in patients who have chronic infections, such as hepatitis C virus, the liver is able to repair itself. Of all the organs in the body, the liver is most able to repair and regenerate itself.
I explained that he would need to be patient and committed to following this program and that after 3 months he should be feeling much better.
The reason that nutritional medicine often takes 3 to 4 months to work, is because every 3 months the blood cells that are made in the bone marrow, thymus gland and lymphocytes turn over and a new generation of blood cells are created.
The above statements have not been approved by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.