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:
regular episodes of diarrhea
frequent colds/flus
allergy to chemicals
frequent meal-related bloating
severe hypogastric pain
severe abdominal pain
highly elevated basophil count
being very easily irritated
colitis in family members
past and future vaccination
excessive flatulence
indoor allergies
... and more than 50 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
Immune System Imbalance 90% Confirm
Selenium Need 30% Unlikely
Ulcerative Colitis 3% Ruled out
Gluten Sensitivity 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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