July #103 : When Nature Calls

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Lost In Paradise

Kiss & Tell

Our Infectors, Ourselves

Velvet Gloves

A Pathway to Peace

His Diff'rent World


Fear Factor

African Idols

Tribute: Keith Cylar

Burning Rubber

War of the Worlds

Oprah on the DL

C No Evil?

When Nature Calls


Liver It Up

Inner Guinea Pig

Cancer Rising

Quick Study: Dementia

Senior Class

Women('s) Count(s)

Fit to Print

The Acting Bug

Editor's Letter


The Art of Healing

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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July 2004

When Nature Calls

If standard hep C treatment?”ribavirin (Rebetol, Copegus or the generic Ribasphere, approved in Ap

If standard hep C treatment—ribavirin (Rebetol, Copegus or the generic Ribasphere, approved in April) taken in combination with pegylated interferon (Pegasys or Peg-Intron)—doesn’t liver up to your expectations, go natural, but only under professional supervision. These have shown promise in studies (also see “Liver It Up,”):

Chinese herbs—Licensed practitioners can dispense 10-herb Hepatoplex 1 (call 510.639.0280). But high doses of one ingredient, licorice, can raise blood pressure and drop testosterone (already low in some HIVers).

Western herbs—Silymarin (milk thistle) may reduce HCV liver inflammation. (A coinfectee study began in New York City in June; 718.622.0212.) Check with Doc before wetting your whistle with thistle if you’re on HCV meds.

Supplements—Antioxidants (especially vitamins C and E, zinc, selenium and alpha-lipoic acid) can limit liver damage. The amino acid glutamine can help restore your body’s natural glutathione, which the liver taps when breaking down nutrients, drugs and toxins.

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