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?"
Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind hepatitis B or C consists of three steps:
|Immune System Imbalance||23%||Unlikely|
|Selenium Need||4%||Ruled out|
|Ulcerative Colitis||3%||Ruled out|
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
Celiac disease has long been recognized as a cause of chronic liver pathology. [Lancet 1977;2(8032): pp.270-2]
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 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]
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.