Hepatitis C Help Book: A Groundbreaking Treatment Program Combining Western and Eastern Medicine for Maximum Wellness and Healing

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A fully updated and revised edition of an important health guide, including the latest information on optimum interferon protocol.

Hepatitis C has been called "the emergent and preeminent public-health problem of the twenty-first century—surpassing HIV." It has also been dubbed "The Shadow Epidemic," because it is one of the most clandestine of viruses and infects healthy people who have no idea they are being attacked by something they can't even detect. Now, the two experts on...

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Overview

A fully updated and revised edition of an important health guide, including the latest information on optimum interferon protocol.

Hepatitis C has been called "the emergent and preeminent public-health problem of the twenty-first century—surpassing HIV." It has also been dubbed "The Shadow Epidemic," because it is one of the most clandestine of viruses and infects healthy people who have no idea they are being attacked by something they can't even detect. Now, the two experts on Hepatitis C who teamed up to write the first comprehensive guide to orthodox and alternative treatment options have revised and fully updated the book to include recent findings in the field. Along with programs for self-care, nutritional and fitness plans and a comprehensive Western and Chinese medical treatment program, the revised edition also includes important new self-help information for the growing number of people who are considering or undergoing interferon treatment, including updated information on vial load and the optimum interferon protocol.

"...two experts provide a complete guide to orthodox and alternative treatment options...includes programs for self-care, nutritional and fitness plans, & a comprehensive Western and Chinese medical treatment program."

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"The Hepatitis C Help Book is a collaboration between two of the best known and most knowledgeable practitioners working in the hepatitis field today....This is a well-rounded and comprehensive guide that should be in the personal library of anyone dealing with hepatitis C, and can easily be used by both patients and health-care providers. Highly recommended."

-Alan Franciscus, editor of the HCV Advocate

"Hepatitis C is an insidious virus…In the United States, it's believed that only about a quarter of the cases have been diagnosed."

-Jerome Groopman, Harvard Medical School professor, The New Yorker

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312372729
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,437,183
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Misha Ruth Cohen, O.M.D., L.Ac., is clinical director of Chicken Soup Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, cofounder and research and education chair of Quan Yin Healing Arts Center, and Assistant Researcher at the University of California Medical School, all in San Francisco. She is a pioneer in the use of Chinese Medicine for treating Hepatitis C.

Robert G. Gish, M.D., is an internationally recognized liver specialist, Medical Director of the liver transplant program of the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California in San Francisco.

Kalia Doner is a seasoned journalist and author of twenty-five books on wellness and healing. She is also the editor-in-chief of REMEDY and Diabetes Focus magazines.

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Chapter One

Your Best Treatment Options: Combining the Healing Powers of Western and Chinese Medicines

Dear readers,

In the past six years, since we first wrote this book, there have been significant improvements in detection and treatment of hepatitis C. More people are able to stay on their Western medications because we have learned how to reduce the negative side effects, and more and more people are seeing the infection come under control. In addition, there is a growing use of Chinese traditional medicine as complementary therapy for HCV. We are thrilled that to date we have trained more than two hundred Chinese medicine practitioners in the United States, Mexico, and Canada through the Hepatitis C Professional Certification Program.

But as yet there is no universal cure. As the epidemic grows—more than 5 million people are now infected in the United States alone and 40 percent of people with HIV are coinfected with HCV—people with HCV are seeking a deeper understanding of their options using both Western medicine and alternative and adjuvant therapies.

This new, updated edition of The Hepatitis C Help Book is designed to bring you the latest information available from both Western and Chinese medicine. We have added a new chapter, The Optimum Interferon Protocol, in order to help people with HCV maximize treatment success. (See chapter 20.)

How did this epidemic sneak up on us? While the infection is not spread casually—transmission occurs only through the transfer of infected blood—more than 300,000 people were exposed through blood transfusions before the disease was first identified in 1989. Thousands more picked it up by sharing intravenous drug paraphernalia, the straws used to snort cocaine, tattooing, and other sources of potential blood-to-blood contact. What makes hepatitis C so frightening from a public health point of view is that those who have the disease seldom realize they're sick when they first become infected. They may remain symptom-free for decades and pass the virus along through shared straws or needles, and even shared toothbrushes and razors.

According to the office of the Surgeon General, the epidemic already costs around $600 million a year. That price tag will skyrocket in the future. More than 80 to 85 percent of those infected will eventually develop chronic liver disease.

The Hepatitis C Help Book is the first guide that offers comprehensive programs that include both Western and traditional Chinese medicine treatments for hepatitis C. The book is designed to inform people who are infected with the virus, as well as healthcare practitioners, about how these two medical systems can be used together to achieve the most effective treatment possible.

Although the two of us come from very different medical traditions and prescribe different medical treatments for hepatitis, over the years we have developed a collaboration. We often refer our patients to one another for diagnosis, Western treatment options, acupuncture, and herbal therapy, knowing that the best care depends on using all available resources for healing.

The Hepatitis C Help Book is a result of our work together and individually. Step by step, we explain how the liver works, exactly what hepatitis C does to the body and how it is diagnosed using Western and Chinese medicine. We outline the full range of treatment options, both Western and Chinese—from drug therapy to herbal formulas, acupuncture to nutritional support, and more.

In addition, we have created self-help programs that promote physical, spiritual, and mental health. You may use them in addition to or separate from your regular Western therapy to help maintain your health and well-being. The programs include:

The Basic Hepatitis C Help Program

Managing Digestive Dysfunction

Dispelling Fatigue

Immune Strengthening

Easing Aches, Pains, Fibromyalgia, and Arthralgias

Addiction Management: Harm Reduction and Withdrawal

We hope these programs will show you new ways to improve the health of your mind/body/spirit.

Misha Ruth Cohen, O.M.D., L.Ac., and Robert G. Gish, M.D.

Copyright © 2007 by Misha Ruth Cohen, O.M.D., L.Ac., Robert G. Gish, M.D., and Kalia Doner. All rights reserved.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
Your Best Treatment Options: Combining the Healing Powers of Western and Chinese Medicines     1
The Silent Epidemic
The ABCs (and Beyond) of Hepatitis     5
How the Liver Works     16
Getting Hip to Hepatitis C     26
Diagnosis East and West     45
Complications and Coinfections     59
Treatment Choices
Western Medical Treatment Options from Robert G. Gish, M.D.
Western Drug Therapy for Hepatitis C     77
Chinese Medicine Treatment Options from Misha Ruth Cohen, O.M.D., L.Ac.
Chinese Herbal Therapy for Hepatitis C     91
Chinese Nutritional Therapy     120
Recipes for a Healthy Liver     146
Acupuncture, Moxibustion, and Acupressure     161
Qi Gong: Exercise and Meditation     177
Integrated Treatment Programs
The Basic Hepatitis C Help Program     193
Managing Digestive Dysfunction     199
Dispelling Fatigue     207
Immune-Strengthening Program     211
Relieving Depression and Fuzzy Thinking     214
Easing Aches, Pains, Fibromyalgia, and Arthralgias     218
Addiction Management: Harm Reduction and Withdrawal     221
The Optimum Interferon Protocol     229
Epilogue(2006)     244
Epilogue (2000)     246
Resources     249
Herbal Formulas     275
Liver-Toxic Medications and Herbs     282
Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations     287
Notes     293
Background Sources     296
Index     309
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