Hepatitis C is a viral illness arising from contact with the virus, through contact with the blood of an infected person. This infection is responsible for a chronic illness that affects the liver. Infection with the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a leading cause of chronic liver diseases worldwide. The most remarkable and alarming aspect of HCV infection is its high rate of viral persistence and its ability to induce chronic liver disease.
Chronic Hepatitis C is diagnosed clinically due to generalized nonspecific symptoms such as fatigue, low grade fever, flu-like malaise, abdominal fullness, digestive problems, indigestion, and a chronic dull pain in the liver area. Clinical diagnosis is often difficult at the beginning because symptoms can mislead the physician to consider other infectious problems or digestive disturbances. Confirmation of the diagnosis in the laboratory occurs when there is a persistent elevation in serum transaminases in the presence of HCV antibodies.
This is perhaps one of our most powerful treatment methods. Hyperthermia represents a natural approach to combating disease, since it involves inducing an exaggerated version of the body's own fever state which produces a strong antiviral activity, regardless of the "nesting site" of the virus.
This form of therapy affects virus particles within the liver. Whole body hyperthermia is a technologically advanced method that involves the heating of the blood through closed-circuit extra-corporeal circulation reaching a temperature of 108 degrees during a constant period of time. This extra-corporeal circulation system works very much the same way a kidney dialysis machine works. This method allows the body to gradually increase its temperature to the same level as the heat-exchange machine. The procedure takes place under constant medical and laboratory surveillance, and careful monitoring of the temperature of the body is accurate to a 10th of a degree.
From ancient times it was discovered that after severe fever episodes many "mainly infections" illnesses improved. The major therapeutic value of induced hyperthermia is that many infectious agents will not survive under temperatures that human cells can handle very well. Syphilis, gonorrhea, HIV and hepatitis C virus are good examples of this fact. Viral particles cannot survive heat shock, but normal cells will survive through the same manner the body handles fever. This technique has become a major tool in controlling viral infections such as HIV and HCV.
These are are treatment protocols that enhance the concentration of free oxygen in the blood. We use the intravenous route to deliver oxygen releasing substances directly into the blood stream. Chlorine dioxide (ClO2) is one of the most effective and reliable oxidative agents. Ozone (O3) diluted in saline solution or the patient's own blood is also an effective alternative. Hyperbaric oxygen increases partial pressure of oxygen, enhancing its absorption through the respiratory system.
The synergistic effects of different oxidative protocols produce improved results. The destruction of opportunistic microbes, like fungi, bacteria, viruses, and even parasites that frequently prosper in a debilitated individual, will allow the restoration and better performance of the immune system, which in turn will become the foundation of long lasting results.
Immune System Management is a major long-term objective for the Hepatitis C patient. The availability of specific cell extracts has also proven very helpful in the long-term treatment of this chronic disease. Various tissue extracts are available to the physician. Important in the management of HCV infection are those of the liver, thymus, spleen and other lymphoid tissues.
The availability of autologous stem cell transplantation plays a major role, since the balance and reconditioning of the immune system and it is a key factor for stabilization and recovery. It will also provide the possibility of reconstruction of damaged liver areas.
There is a spectrum of UV light that has also strong activity against viral particles. It involves the circulation of a small volume of the patient's blood through a device that allows the blood to be exposed to ultraviolet rays. Ultraviolet light not only kills viral particles as a direct effect, but also increases oxygen uptake by the blood, thus increasing its antiviral effect, as well as setting off an immune chain reaction. Since ozone uptake is also elevated by the blood's exposure to UV radiation, the combination of both therapies can have mutually potentiating effects.
All these treatments must be integrated into a comprehensive program that includes detoxification and dietary management as the foundation for the treatment of the viral infection, and restoration of liver function and performance. Bio Care Hospital has integrated Hepatitis C protocols constantly bringing state-of-the-art technology to widen the scope and to improve the outcome of our therapy program.
—Melba Romero, MD.