Articles & Lectures
August 2006 Hepatitis In
the Heartland, Omaha, Nebraska.
Nutrition in Americaís farm country conjures up images of breadbaskets and
broiled beef. An infected liver can be further damaged by excess iron in foods,
however, so put beef on the menu for special occasions now. Use pork as the
other white meat instead. Elevated serum iron predicted poorer response to
Interferon treatment in the days before pegIFN and Ribavirin. (Digestive
Diseases and Sciences 1995; 40(11):2431-33.) Fruits, vegetables, roots and
legumes offer more immune cell support than even whole grains do. Diet for
optimal immune function is reviewed. Note, a higher protein diet helps liver
cell repair. Protein restriction is not warranted. Even in late-stage liver
disease, protein restriction to diminish hepatic encephalopathy is not supported
by clinical data. See the editorial in Journal of Hepatology July 2004; 41:
38-43 about this important clinical concept.
January 2006 NAHOF National Association of HIV Over
Case presentation: a patient with HIV-HCV co-infection Ö. LFTís in the 500ís,
who had previously stopped pegIFN/RBV therapy after 16 weeks due to exhaustion
and depression, now accomplishes 9 months therapy, thanks to intense nutrition
The intervention: 1 month prior to therapy, patient starts glutathione support
with cysteine and glutamine, to lower ALT levels. Patient also starts B-complex
vitamins, L-Carnitine and Co-enzyme Q10 supplements, to improve liver cell
energy production, to prevent fatigue provoked by Ribavirin. Pt also takes
antioxidant multivitamin that includes vit E and vit C, selenium and magnesium:
Perfect Blend from the Supernutrition company. Pt also makes more of an effort
to be on a high protein diet. Pt does not get complete viral clearance, but
LFTís remain 80% lower now, compared to pre-treatment values.
October 30, 2005 Hepatitis C Leadership Summit, Boston.
Nutrition is vital to immune function. CD8 cells, also known as cytotoxic T
lymphocytes, combat Hepatatis C infection is those who are chronically infected.
These cells are sensitive to nutritional status, especially with respect to
selenium, zinc and glutathione. Antioxidant vitamins are glutathione-sparing.
Vitamin E can also protect liver cells from free radical damage, lowering ALT
levels by as much as 40% in some studies.
Nutrition Solves The Lipodystrophy Mystery
Ö Itís the nukes, not itís the PIís, no, itís the virus Ö. No one has to take
blame for side effects for HAART, so patients are left with dramatically high
levels of blood fats, and disfiguring body fat changes in face, arms, legs,
bellies, necks and sometimes shoulders. Lipodystrophy is mostly about untamed
inflammation. There is some dysmetabolism caused by HIV, but mitochondrial
toxicity and protease inhibitor irritations are real; nutrition to the rescue
however. Use foods and supplements to repair distressed cells, and see faces
fill back out, have neuropathy stop waking people up in the night, and see blood
triglycerides drop 500 points. Full details the Eat Up book. Example: when
testosterone levels run low, TNFa levels rise, and so do cholesterol numbers.
Replete testosterone and cytokine levels drop.
|October 3, 2004; American Dietetic
Association Food and Nutrition Expo, Anaheim.
A vigorous CD8 cell response clears HCV in 15% of people, for the rest of people
who encounter Hepatitis C, the TH1 immune response needs nutrient support. Liver
damage and risk of hepatocellular cancer is reduced when antioxidant systems are
better nourished, especially glutathione, selenium and vitamin E.
Beyond Liver and Onion, Nutrition Support in Chronic
Hepatitis C Infection.
|September 5, 2003; NAHOF National HIV
Over Fifty Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ As people age, their repair systems
need extra nutrition. Many needs overlap with nutrients needed to support
chronic infection. Good diet and some nutritional supplements improve energy and
Nutrition to Slow Ageing and to Support Immune Activity
July 18, 2003; NPACE Nurse Practitioner Associates
in Continuing Education Complimentary Therapies Meeting, Hyannis Mass.
Many people cannot tolerate
prescription drugs, yet need help with cholesterol, arthritis, and
hypertension. Diet and nutrition supplements offer help without side effects.
and Nutritional Supplements for the Ageing Patient.
July 14, 2003; Florida Dietetic Assoc. Annual
HAART can distress intestines and
muscles. Nutrition supplements can
significantly reduce side effects.
Nutrition Strategies for Coping With HIV and HAAR
|December 1, 2000; from AIDS Care Project, Worcester Massachusetts.
A diet that does not stress insulin action in the body is helpful for reducing lipodystrophy.
The diet has less starches and the right amount of correct fats.
Sample menus are available here:
Diet For Managing Fat Accumulation
|November 15, 2000; from NIAC Nutritionists in AIDS Care, New York City.
Medicines to treat Hepatitis C infection are few, and have limited effectiveness.
Right now, your best offense is good diet to repair liver cells, and antioxidant
supplements to limit cell damage.
Nutrition for co-infection of Hepatitis C and HIV