Focusing on the Illness: Hepatitis


The illness known as Hepatitis is reported to be spreading through the U.S.A in leaps and bounds.   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now calling hepatitis the silent killer or silent epidemic.  This is because many people are carriers of it and are unaware.  It is said to be killing more people than H.I.V.  About 3.2 million Americans are estimated to have chronic hepatitis C and only half of them may know.  This virus affects 170 million people world-wide.  

Hepatitis is a liver infection caused by a virus.  It is categorized according to disease type.  Each type is different and they are identified by their alphabetical names such as hepatitis A, B, C, D, E, F, and G.  The virus can be broken down further into four types; anemic hepatitis, chronic hepatitis, acute hepatitis, and contagious hepatitis.

A common symptom of hepatitis is jaundice.  Other symptoms are enlargement of the liver, vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, white paste like stool and darkened coca cola colored urine.  All are treatable if the patient works quickly using natural means. It is usually passed through infected blood, from transfusions and vaccinations.  It can also be contracted through direct contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids, stool, food, utensils, and poor hygiene.  Improper medical treatment with exposure to strong chemicals, astringent drugs (used to stop diarrhea), and antibiotic can also weaken the liver.  Overuse of heat generating foods and behaviors such as (working in the hot sun, physical labor, and frequent emotional upsets), can enhance a patient’s conditions.  

Hepatitis B and C have a low rate of cure using allopathic medicine in most cases, because drugs just over load the already toxic liver, and add to the problem.  Another common cause of hepatitis often is the accumulation of stones in the liver.  This can also lead to hepatitis.  In 2007 there were 15,000 deaths related to Hepatitis C.  In the media now they are relating that one of every 33 people born between the years 1945-1965 (baby boomers), may be living with undetected hepatitis C.  Allah is the Best of Knower’s and heals whom HE chooses.  

When medical information is given to the masses via television, radio or internet it often causes the general public to be alarmed.  Some react in fright and even paranoia.  Our trust must always be in Allah Subhanna Wa Ta’Ala.  Every test of the Believers is preordained.  There should be no fear nor should we grieve.  There are a remarkable variety of herbs and remedies at hand, Shukran Allah!

Natural organic foods are the best remedy.  Remove fats and meat from your diet.  Fish, canned foods, white bread, denatured cereals, white rice, sugars and sweets, and chemical products should all be removed.  Cream of wheat, wheateena, and suji with a moderate amount of raw honey can be added.  Bulgar wheat, couscous, and lentils can be added to the diet in moderation.  Fresh carrot juice works wonders.  Cold pressed olive oil is very beneficial to the liver.  Upon rising on an empty stomach, take equal portions of lemon juice and olive oil.  This works as a liver flush and helps to detoxify the liver, whether you have hepatitis or not.  Fruits are favorable (always remember if they are in season), lemons, oranges, berries, and bananas.  I cannot stress the necessity for organic fruits and vegetables enough.

Vegetables that are helpful are radishes, dandelions, leeks, garlic, asparagus, artichoke, celery and onions.

Dairy products are acidic and should be consumed in moderation if at all.  Herbs that are helpful are turmeric, amla, dandelion root, Oregon grape, milk thistle, fenugreek, liverwort, blue flag, agrimony, qussia, boldo leaves, capsicum, and licorice (in moderation}.   

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