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:
  • Selenium Need
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Immune System Imbalance
  • Gluten Sensitivity

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
very frequent stools
having a CFS diagnosis
moderate meal-induced pain
history of adult allergies
significant left iliac pain
past and future vaccination
severe gluten intolerance
severe fatigue after slight exertion
strong appetite
allergies to certain foods
frequent bowel movement changes
... 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
Ulcerative Colitis 97% Confirm
Gluten Sensitivity 18% Unlikely
Immune System Imbalance 4% Ruled out
Selenium Need 1% 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]

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