Chronic Hepatitis C: The Hidden Epidemic

Definition of the Problem
On August 17, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released recommendations for testing all persons in the US born between 1945 and 1965 for hepatitis C infection.1 The Baby Boomer generation has been targeted because the CDC has determined that 75% of all chronic hepatitis C cases are between 47 and 67 years of age and the prevalence is five times higher in this age group than in any other.1

According to the Institute of Medicine, only 25% of those who are infected know their status and, given that there are an estimated 3.9 to 4.9 million persons living with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in the US, that means approximately 3 to 3.7 million American Baby Boomers currently have chronic hepatitis C and don’t know it.1,2 The majority of this group is believed to have been infected between 1980 and 1990, with an estimated 230,000 infections per year during that decade.4 By 1992, the year that sensitive assays for the identification of HCV were developed, the number of reported new cases had already declined by 78%, probably a result of a saturation of the drug-injecting population.5 The number of new cases has steadily declined each year since, and in 2010 there were only 17,000 new cases of acute infection.6,7 (more…)

Chronic Hepatitis C: The Hidden Epidemic

Definition of the Problem
On August 17, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released recommendations for testing all persons in the US born between 1945 and 1965 for hepatitis C infection.1 The Baby Boomer generation has been targeted because the CDC has determined that 75% of all chronic hepatitis C cases are between 47 and 67 years of age and the prevalence is five times higher in this age group than in any other.1 (more…)

Genetic Evidence That Antioxidants Kill Cancer

Researchers of Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center have produced genetic evidence suggesting antioxidant drugs could help prevent and treat cancer. With research already showcasing the powers of various cancer fighting foods, this research further shows how dangerous mainstream medical testing and treatments can be outranked by nature’s gifts. (more…)

A Powerful Antioxidant That Treats Autism, Diabetes, Bronchitis and Removes Heavy Metals

A metabolite from an amino acid which is classified as both a nutritional supplement and pharmaceutical drug, has been used to treat bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, high cholesterol, diabetes, HIV, autism and even cancer. It assists in the production of glutathione, which plays a key role in regulating many cellular functions and helps keep the immune system in check. Moreover, it helps detox the body chelating dangerous heavy metals.

N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is converted by the body into an amino acid called cysteine. Proponents claim that taking N-acetylcysteine supplements can protect against a wide range of health problems and the science backs up the claim. (more…)

Win the War Against Carb Cravings

Can’t keep your hands out of the bread basket or control yourself around chocolate cake? If you feel like you’re always on the losing end of your sugar cravings, you may count yourself among the growing ranks of so-called “carb addicts”… a popular title for self-professed carbohydrate junkies. And research shows this title is a lot more fitting than you ever may have thought. (more…)

N-acetylcysteine (NAC) Improves Immunity Against the Flu

N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is an important nutrient for respiratory health and immunity, including defense against the flu. The nutrient has been used longer than four decades to help break up and clear mucous from the airways. The latest research continues to show that it is a potent anti-viral compound warranting widespread use in the winter months to help ward off the common cold as well as the flu. (more…)

Cysteine and Glycine Supplementation Can Boost Antioxidant Defenses in Aging & Diabetes

The key antioxidant enzyme in cells is called glutathione. Antioxidant reserves decline with age and are typically depleted in individuals with metabolic problems such as type 2 diabetes. The core cellular antioxidant system for every cell centers on the status of cellular glutathione. Many antioxidants work synergistically with glutathione to try to keep it at optimal levels. Additionally, glutathione as a dietary supplement does not cross cell membranes, so it is an antioxidant that must be synthesized from within the cell. Two new studies show that this key antioxidant can be dramatically boosted in aging and diabetes by supplementing with N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) and glycine, building block nutrients for glutathione formation within cells. (more…)

Hepatitis viral load correlates to glutathione levels

Abstract

Several recent scientific articles have found a direct correlation between Glutathione levels and viral activity for hepatitis B and C. When viral load increases, Glutathione decreases. Researchers from Germany report that adding NAC (N-acetyl cysteine) to HBV producing cells lines can reduce hepatitis viral load 50 fold. Glutathione is used by the liver to help break down toxins. Patients who have chronic infection for more than 90 days should ask their physicians to check their Glutathione levels. A test kit is available from ImmunoSciences Labs; contact information is included. An amino acid, L-Glutamine, can be used with Alpha Lipoic Acid and NAC to increase Glutathione levels. Chlorophyll also offers benefits to people with hepatitis and other infections. Instructions on how to use a special retention enema containing chlorophyll, water, and apple cider vinegar are provided.

 

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Gasping For Breath

The other day, my office got a frantic call from Jane. The night before she had suffered a frightening bout of breathlessness. You see, Jane had been a pack-a-day smoker for much of her life. And, although she quit more than 10 years ago, she was left with a devastating case of COPD.

Long-time tobacco smokers like Jane have the highest risk of developing COPD, also called Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. It’s a major cause of disability, affecting at least 12 million people, and the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. (more…)

Nutrients To Boost Your Liver Function

If your liver is unhealthy, then so is your entire body because this organ affects virtually every part of your body.

The liver is like a computer’s hard drive—it does all the hard work of running every system in your body to keep you alive and healthy. This includes filtering toxins, absorbing necessary vitamins and minerals, manufacturing bile, regulating blood sugar levels, producing numerous hormones and chemicals and managing a multitude of body enzymes.

But your liver is under constant attack from the foods you eat, the water you drink, the medicine you take and even the air you breathe. (more…)