Hepatitis B Or C

What Causes Hepatitis B Or C?

In order to deal properly with hepatitis B or C we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow hepatitis B or C to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind hepatitis B or C consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to hepatitis B or C.  Here are four possibilities:
  • Gluten Sensitivity
  • Selenium Need
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Immune System Imbalance

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
meal-induced pain for over a month
significant red blood in stools
frequent rotten egg burps
having had a small bowel resection
major joint pain/swelling/stiffness
frequent painful urge to defecate
severe flatulence
indoor allergies
gluten intolerance
high ESR
mild abdominal discomfort
difficulty gaining weight
... and more than 40 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of hepatitis B or C:
Cause Probability Status
Gluten Sensitivity 99% Confirm
Immune System Imbalance 23% Unlikely
Selenium Need 4% Ruled out
Ulcerative Colitis 3% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate liver problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you have Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No, tests are negative for both
→ Diagnosed with it, but few if any symptoms
→ Yes, and some liver damage has occurred
→ Yes, and significant liver damage has occurred
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate absence of hepatitis B or C, well controlled hepatitis B or C or hepatitis B or C, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Gluten Sensitivity / Celiac Disease

Celiac disease has long been recognized as a cause of chronic liver pathology.  [Lancet 1977;2(8032): pp.270-2]

Immune System Imbalance (TH2 Dominance)

It has been suggested that an impaired TH1 immune response appears to favor chronicity of hepatitis C infections.  Whether impaired activity of the NK cells in chronic HCV infections is due to a dominance of TH2 lymphocytes remains to be seen.

Selenium Requirement

Selenium is essential for healthy immune functioning.  A large-scale study has shown that selenium supplementation reduces the incidence of viral hepatitis in selenium-deficient populations, presumably by enhancing immune function.  [Yu S-Y, Li W-G, Zhu Y-J, et al.  Chemoprevention trial of human hepatitis with selenium supplementation in China.  Biol Trace Element Res 1989;20: pp.15-20]

Ulcerative Colitis

The immune system may trigger mild inflammation in the liver as a result of ulcerative colitis.  This problem is usually mild and goes away when the colitis is treated.

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