What Happened After?-Part 2

I knew that if the Interferon Alpha 2-a and Ribavirin was going to work, I was going to have to maintain a certain state of mind. As we all know, whether we have Hep C or not, It is hard to maintain a positive state of mind no matter what you try to think about or do.  So I figured the only way for me to accomplish this was to be able to control my stimuli input…controlling what music I listened to, what TV I watched, where I went, and who I talked to about it.

First of all, I only listened to the Beatles music for the simple reason that about the time Abbey Road was made, they started putting solfeggio frequencies in the background of some of their songs.  The solfeggio frequency for love is 528Hz.  Also since I needed to maintain the belief that ANYTHING is possible, I decided to watch ONLY fantasy on TV.  As far as where I went, I went to work, came home, ate, went to bed because I was dying, as I stated in a previous blog, so I didn’t have to worry much about going places.  At work I didn’t talk to anyone about it but my boss, and that was just to request 2 work-at-home days, so I could give myself the Chemo shot every week.

I gave myself a Chemo shot once a week in the stomach, with a syringe that was prefilled and had a needle that was only ½ inch long.  I would put a piece of ice on a part of my stomach that had a little fat for about 5 minutes.  Then I gave myself the shot.  It was not painful and the ice made the area numb.  I used different areas of my abdomen for each shot.  Each day I had to take a Ribavirin also.  I did this for 48 weeks.

I bet you’ve heard horror stories about how this Interferon Alpha 2-a makes a person feel bad.  It was supposed to make a person feel anywhere from slightly sick as if with a slight flu all the way to unable to get out of bed sick.  My body “sucked” up that Chemo and I didn’t feel sick at all.  I did however develop neuropathy from my toes to my knees.  It took the meds about 4 months to kill the nerves in my feet and lower legs.  This was a real drag because what that means is that I couldn’t walk very far without falling down.  If you cannot tell where your feet are landing because you cannot feel them, you fall.

It also has a reputation of making you depressed and keeping anti-depressants from working.  I was taking 2 different anti-depressants for chronic depression, so I was really watching my thoughts closely.  Now they always ask you if you’ve ever thought about suicide and won’t give you this treatment if you have.  So I lied and told them that I had not thought about suicide.  Approximately 2 months into the treatment my anti-depressants quit working and it was then I realized that the reason I needed them was because I had to work in a “cube” type environment!  But, that’s another story!

My story continues!   (More to come)

To your greatest success!~

Shari

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What Happened After?

Well, as you can imagine, after having Hep C for close to 30 years I was slowly dying.  In 2004 I was at the point where it was all I could do to go to work, come home, eat dinner and go to bed.  On the weekends I tried to keep going, but spent a lot of time on the lounge chair watching TV.  My spinal column had slowly started to get brittle and I could no longer lay on my stomach and turn my head to the left because my spine was too brittle.  I had very little energy and knew it was only a matter to time before I would die, and I was ready for it.  I’m not afraid of death because I KNOW it is not the end, but only the beginning.

Then my daughter came to visit me in 2004 and convinced me to go see a specialist.  She could see that I was dying.  So at the end of 2004 I went and saw one of the Gastroenterologists who had been involved with all the research into using the experimental drugs Interferon Alpha 2-a and Ribavirin to kill Hepatitis C.  AND to top it off he was in my city, so of course I had to go see him!  He wanted to do a liver biopsy, which I allowed this time and he took some blood to test.

When I came back to see him for results he told me that he couldn’t believe I was walking around and still alive and asked me what I was doing?  I told him about some of my natural remedies and he basically didn’t believe it and didn’t want to hear about it, of course.  It is hard for doctors to accept things that are not within their training experience.

He told me the biopsy and blood test showed I had grade 4 Hep C inflammation and grade 4 Cirrhosis of the Liver!  My brother-in-law died of grade 2 Cirrhosis of the Liver due to Hepatitis C and he was swollen, jaundiced, and had ammonia in his brain with grade 2 Cirrhosis!  So needless to say, my natural remedies had done a HELL OF A JOB in keeping me looking well and walking around looking normal, no matter what the medical profession believed!

At that time he also wanted to look down my esophagus because he said that with grade 4 cirrhosis like I had, there was likely, what he called “bleeding out” from all other parts of my body, including my esophagus and my organs other than my liver.  Then when he put me under and inspected my esophagus he could NOT believe that I was NOT bleeding out!  He had never seen anything like this and I have ALL my medical records to prove my condition!

In 1993 when I found out I had Hepatitis C the Gastroenterologist told me the experimental drugs they were using were Interferon Alpha 2-a plus an anti-viral called Ribavirin that had a success rate of 3% which is why I decided to go with natural remedies and my own research – I knew I could do better than 3%!  Ribavirin is SO POISONOUS that if a pregnant woman touches it her unborn child can be deformed physically or have mental retardation!  That alone was a reason for caution to me!

After the biopsy, the doctor told my daughter that I had about 5 years to live with the state of my liver – 10 years on the far outside.  In 2004 when I asked the Gastroenterologist what the success rate was for Interferon Alpha 2-a and Ribavirin experimental drugs, he told me it was up to 38%…now THOSE are odds I could work with!

Of course, I still had to maintain a specific state of mind and perspective to make these experimental drugs work. My story continues!   (More to come)

To your greatest success!~

Shari

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Herbs and Spices

The natural remedies on this website are never intended as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

There are over 180 million people infected with the Hepatitis C virus worldwide.  With this amount of people, Hep C has become an epidemic along with HIV.  Even with all the research into finding a cure for hepatitis C, the result is only partially successful, at best.  That’s right, for those that have access to conventional treatment, approximately 20 – 50% of them do not respond to the available treatment.  I had genotype 1, which is supposed to be the most difficult to cure.

Although, a number of antiviral drugs have been developed, each one only addresses a specific type of virus.  This means that a virus can adapt and become immune to the drug.  As the virus adapts, you have to use stronger drugs and higher doses, which can be detrimental to the body.   It makes sense therefore that we should turn to our Mother Earth for a natural remedy.   There are several herbs that have antiviral properties. Natural antiviral herbs are full spectrum, which means that they address all types of virus.  Since the remedy is a full spectrum the viruses do not develop resistance to them. Natural herbs work with the body to fight the virus and therefore have fewer side effects than antiviral drugs.

Natural antiviral herbs include:  garlic, oregano, Astragalus Root, Cat’s Claw, Cranberry, Elderberry, Ginger, Lemon Balm, Licorice Root, Turmeric, to name just a few.  Antiviral properties can also be found in the essential oil of various herbs, such as orange oil, basil oil, lemon oil, sandalwood oil, eucalyptus oil and their constituents.  Several of the listed herbs/spices we use in cooking can help your body survive the Hep C infection.

In laboratory studies Garlic (Allium sativum) has been proven to have antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, especially when eaten raw.  Add it to baked potatoes, sandwiches, salads and fermented vegetables.  Pesto is also a common and delicious way to eat more garlic.

Oregano (Origanum Vulgare) is high in antioxidant activity, due to a high content of phenolic acids and flavonoids and is one of the best antiviral herbs available.  Additionally, it has demonstrated antimicrobial activity against food-borne pathogens.  It is strongly sedative and should not be taken in large doses.  Only high quality oregano essential oil should ever be taken internally. Always consult a naturopathic physician prior to taking any essential oil internally.  Although a mild oregano tea has a soothing effect and aid restful sleep.  If using oregano essential oil topically, use a carrier oil to prevent skin irritation.

Turmeric has been proven to be an antiviral, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, antibacterial, and immune system stimulant.  It promotes the production and flow of bile, reduces cholesterol, relieves arthritis, and protects against liver damage.  One teaspoon is a good serving size, which can be blended into smoothies or even just stirred into a glass of water.  Curry is a delicious way to add more turmeric to your diet.

According to scientific studies, Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is a modulator of the immune system.  This means, if the immune system is overactive, licorice calms it down; if it is under-active, licorice pumps it up.  It increases the number and aggressiveness of white blood cells, stimulates interferon production, and enhances antibody formation.  An antiviral and antibacterial, licorice is commonly used for gastric ulcers as it kills H. pylori that causes ulcers without upsetting the stomach. Steep these antiviral herbs as a tea and drink by itself or blended with other herbal teas. Licorice also has anti-tumor and anti-ulcer benefits and has a long history of use for colds, coughs, and ulcers.  AVOID during pregnancy.

Astragalus Root (Astragalus membranaceus) is one of the antiviral herbs that works by boosting the immune system. This root is known to increase your body’s defense against viruses and can be taken internally as either a capsule, tincture or by adding it to soup.  Astragalus root is best used as prevention so take it before you get sick.  AVOID it if you already have a fever.

Cat’s Claw (Uncaria tomentosa) is a known antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral, and is also known for boosting the immune system to protect your body against illness. Take Cat’s Claw as a tea, tincture, or capsule.  AVOID during pregnancy.

Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) is a potent defense against urinary tract infections due to its ability to make the bladder lining too “slippery” to adhere to. It is full of antioxidants, has antiviral properties and prevents plaque formation on teeth.  It can be taken in a capsule or as juice (get unsweetened).

Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is used as a remedy for viral infections like the flu and common cold.  Elder stimulates the circulation, causing sweating and cleansing the body.  Take 1-3 tablespoons of Elderberry syrup per day during infection.  Leaves, roots, seeds, and berries of the raw plant contain cyanide-producing compounds and should not be consumed without cooking properly.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties and is used to prevent and decrease the duration of the common cold.  Ginger can be taken as a tea, in capsule form or added to meals.

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) contains an important volatile oil with antiviral properties.  Lemon balm leaf makes a tasty tea that can also relieve upset stomach and promote calm.  It may be unsafe to consume during pregnancy.

At one point I used an antiviral regimen from a Naturopathic Physician’s office that lasted between 80 – 90 days.  It took a lot of discipline and persistence to keep it up consistently.  Consistency is a must if you go into a 3 month regimen.  The Antiviral regimen I used came from An Apple A Day with Dr. Jack Tipps.  Although I did not consult the doctor, the regimen was a standard antiviral regimen promoted at his website in the late 1990’s, which is when I did it.

To your greatest success! ~

Shari

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Bragg’s and Iodine

The natural remedies on this website are never intended as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

Everything we take into our body goes through the kidneys and liver.  These organs are part of our energy centers.  The nutrients are extracted by the liver and waste products are expelled through the Kidneys.  The thing is that we put so many toxins into our bodies that the liver and kidney sometimes cannot keep up, especially if your body is compromised by having Hepatitis C.  When this happens the liver and kidneys start having toxin build-up and their efficiency drops.  Or if the toxins get too overwhelming for the liver and kidneys, it could stop them from functioning all together!

I was born with an atrophied kidney, so I have to be really careful with my one working kidney and having Hepatitis C on top of that.  Magnesium is needed by the body, but too much Magnesium can cause the kidneys to stop, malfunction and can even put a person into a coma.  A couple of years ago I took too much Magnesium and as a result my kidneys began hurting.  I couldn’t even bend over without pain.  It was hard to get up from a chair because my kidneys hurt each time I moved.

I was at a loss of what to do and having Hepatitis C didn’t help the situation.  Then I remembered an old remedy that helps clear the kidneys of toxins.  I pulled out my Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, took one tablespoon with a fruit juice chaser, because the taste of ACV is Horrible!  Within ONE hour, my kidneys had stopped hurting.  It truly seems like a miracle, that little tablespoon of Bragg’s.

Our liver and kidneys can become overwhelmed even when we think we are eating healthily. The fact that this happens at all is due to the way our food has been modified and stripped of nutrients.  How much fast food we eat also plays a part in how unhealthy our liver and kidneys become.  Genetically Modified food is also contributing to making us sick.  Our salt has very little usable Iodine these days and most of our Thyroids are Iodine deficient.   Don’t trust the usual Thyroid panel your doctor gives you as it doesn’t tell the whole story.  If you have the “less used” Thyroid test done, you may find different results.

A long time ago Iodine was sold over-the-counter but it was so potent and caused unintentional poisonings, so was removed from the shelves.  Then a couple of years ago I went to a Sprouts Farmer’s Market and found there a diluted tincture of Iodine with Kelp.  The suggested dosage was 1 drop in a shot glass of water each day and there were over 14,000 drops in the bottle.   This tincture, taken daily, will cleanse the toxins out of the liver and kidneys, while giving the Thyroid the Iodine needed to give your body energy.  Energy is at a premium for someone who has Hepatitis C, which drains you of energy the further along it progresses.

To your greatest success!~

Shari

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Lymphatic Drainage Treatment

The natural remedies on this website are never intended as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

There are some physical indicators when your liver is cirrhotic or not functioning well. In this blog I’ll also include what you can do to help your liver function better.  One is sort of gross, but basically shows that the liver is failing to process the nutrients you are putting into your body.  The color of your feces will be light tan when this happens.

Another indicator could apply to anyone who is having trouble with their liver, but doesn’t necessarily have Hep C.  This indicator is the releasing of gas (farting) that really has a rotten smell.  I experienced this after my liver had regenerated after the Hep C was killed.  I started farting, at first just a little bit, and these farts really smelled rotten.  Then as the days went by I noticed that I was farting more and more often.

Around this time I went to Lymphatic Drainage Therapy III training as my continuing education for my Massage Therapy license.  LDT III is a class where you learn to drain the lymph of the internal organs.  During one of the demonstrations given by the instructor, she pointed out that my liver lymphatic flow was stagnant and I needed several Lymphatic Drainage Treatments to my liver to get it to flowing correctly again.

During class I noticed that my smelly farts became fewer.  Then about a week after I finished the course I started having more farts, more often.  So I scheduled my first appointment with a Massage Therapist who has been trained in LDT.  She spent 30 minutes on my liver, kidneys and adrenal glands.  My smelly farts stopped for about a month.

Then the smelly farts started again and happened often.  I went back to her and this time scheduled my appointment for 45 minutes.  For 3 months there were very, very few farts and they usually are not smelly.   Now a few are starting to return, so I’ll schedule another appointment for Lymphatic Drainage Treatment.  LDT is taught using the Bruno Chikly method.  The lymph system of the body is a fluid system. In this method, as the therapist you follow the lymph flow and it redirects itself.  It’s very gentle work.

Doctors and other medical personal know relatively little about the lymphatic system of the body.  The lymphatic system was discovered and described by Thomas Bartholin in the mid 1600’s.  Since then the lymph system has been mostly ignored because of its subtlety and complexity.  The lymphatic system is now being studied more and more as we learn more about disease.

To your greatest success!

Shari

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