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Celebrating My Results and the Process!

Greetings,

I decided to re-cap the program I followed that was so successful, getting my Hep C viral load down to ZERO in 8 weeks. This is a long blog, I know because it recaps my entire progress including what I’m doing today to wean off the medications. It lists the products I used that supported my process, the stages I used them in and the amounts.

I had geno type 1, and this was my chemical protocol:

  • PEG-IFN is injected, once weekly.
  • RBV pills or capsules are taken twice daily, dose is according to your weight.
  • INCIVEK comes in boxes of seven daily-dose blister packs. The daily dose is six pills—two 375 mg capsules every 7 to 9 hours—with a snack or meal that contains at least 20 grams of fat (3 tablespoons of peanut butter, 2 ounces of cheese, or a bagel and cream cheese). It is important not to miss doses of Incivek.

My personal holistic therapy was a little erratic and I believe it is because my body was trying to confuse the virus, which is contrary to the belief that the best way to help the immune system destroy the HCV is to take the medications at the right time and in the right amount.

Please understand that I am a Holistic Health Practitioner, an Applied Kinesiologist and Dowser. I work with herbs, vibrational medicines and energy tools and techniques. I have the capabilities to test what I am doing. For those of you reading this blog please understand that the energy tools I used played a huge role in my healing time.

Through this bog/site and linkages to other sites, I, Rev. Carol Lefevre will provide general information for educational purposes only. The information provided is not a substitute for medical or professional care, or for the advice of your physician or other healthcare provider. Rev. Carol Lefevre  is not liable or responsible for any course of action or inaction you choose to follow, or for any service or product you choose to purchase or use based on information you obtain through this site. Reliance on any information provided on this site or any linked sites is at your own risk.

Hepatitis C Statistics

Statistics reveal that about 300 million people are infected with the hepatitis C virus worldwide. However, the number of new hepatitis C cases diagnosed each year in the US has been steadily increasing. Based on current statistics for hepatitis C, it’s estimated that 8,000 to 10,000 people die each year from chronic liver disease caused by this condition.

About 15 percent of cases end up being acute hepatitis C, in which the immune system is able to completely destroy the virus. For about 85 percent of infected people, however, the immune system is not able to completely get rid of the hepatitis C virus, and they end up having a long-term liver infection. This is called chronic hepatitis C.

How Genotype 1 Affects Hepatitis C Treatment

Genotype 1 is the most common form of HCV in the United States. It affects over 70 to 90 percent of the people in this country who have hepatitis C. It is estimated that up to 50 percent of the people with genotype 1 will have a sustained response (successful treatment).

Hepatitis C Viral Load and Treatment

The hepatitis C viral load is one measure that the healthcare provider can use to determine how successful treatment with hepatitis C medication will be. The higher the viral load, the lower the chances of a successful treatment. For example, in people with a high hepatitis C viral load, medications are successful about 40 percent of the time. For people with a low hepatitis C viral load, the success rate is around 56 percent. In addition to viral load, other factors can also influence the success of treatment. The factors include:

  • The genotype of the hepatitis C virus
  • The amount of liver damage present
  • How long the person has had the hepatitis C virus
  • Age
  • Weight
  • Ethnicity

Within several months of beginning combination therapy (peginterferon injections , incivek, ribavirin pills), the healthcare provider will be able to tell whether or not the treatment is working. This is done using the same viral RNA blood test to determine the hepatitis C viral load. If the treatment is working, the amount of virus RNA in your blood (viral load) will have gone down. But if it’s not working, the viral load will stay the same or even increase.

My Personal Protocol

Before

I began several months before I started the prescription medications by cleansing my system first. Depending on your lifestyle, food habits and personal health habits, you may need some or all of the cleanses I did. I cleanse regularly and still decided to go for it, thinking it would give me an advantage while on the medication. You can find this information on my blog Cleansing and Detoxing Before Hep C.

During

One of the most difficult things for people on hepatitis C therapy to deal with is the side effects caused by the interferon injections and pills. Side effects vary a lot from person to person. Some people will hardly notice that they are taking medications. Others will feel like they have a cold for much of the time on therapy, and sometimes they will feel even worse.

If you are on hepatitis C therapy:

  • Mental health, Anxiety, irritability, and depression.
  • Poor sleeping
  • Feeling anxious
  • Being short-tempered
  • Feeling down–depression or sadness, It’s not unusual to feel “down” while you are on interferon. This is purely a side effect of the medication. Stopping the interferon will make these feelings go away within 1-2 weeks.
  • Feeling tired
  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Muscle and body aches
  • Mouth, stomach, and digestion
  • Poor appetite
  • Bad taste in mouth
  • Dry mouth and thick saliva
  • Sore mouth and sore throat
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Hair loss
  • Skin rash
  • Injection site reactions
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Vision changes
  • Thyroid problems
  • Low red blood cells
  • Low white blood cells
  • Low platelets

So what symptoms did I have? All of them I’m sorry to say!

 Low white blood cells

My white blood count dropped on the low side, however, my liver enzymes took a sharp turn down…this is a good thing in my case.

Vision changes

One of my biggest challenges way my sight. Both near and farsightedness have been affected by the drugs. I have just started taking the A.Vogel Sharp Vision and found that it really worked. I also added 1 tsp. of spirulina powder to my shakes, apparently it has high levels of Vitamin A in it, I have been doing this for years and to be honest it hasn’t really helped my eyesight.

Sore mouth and sore throat

This is a huge issue for me, The mucus membranes in my mouth were very sensitive. My throat was sore often but for the most part I usually only get symptomatic from 4:00-8:00pm but it is very uncomfortable.

I started using a straw if I drink lemon water and that helps a little and I cut back on the amount of spicy foods I eat. The item that has worked the best to date and that is natural and sugar free is a tea called Throat Coat…it is fabulous.

Bad taste in mouth

Yuck, this is horrible, I mean really horrible…YUK! I used an awesome product called A.Vogel Dentaforce Herbal Mouth Spray. This little bottle packs a huge punch and keeps that nasty taste in my mouth away for hours. Surprisingly it is gentle on my mouth, so no pain for my tender mucous membranes.

Feeling fatigued, Headaches and Fever

I got an energy dip every day around the same time. I get up at 5:15 every morning so it’s no wonder that my energy is low at 4:00pm, 10 hours is already a full work day for most people.

Unfortunately with the fatigue came the nausea, fever and headache and I’m totally off my game. That meant no evening yoga or socializing with friends, some days it was impossible to even make dinner! I have been taking supplements and trying different times of day to see what works and what doesn’t. So far I have come up with this formula that reduces the number of side effects and improves my dip times.

My life line at this point has been Biostrath and Vital Energy. I LOVE Biostrath…it is an awesome product and I have witnessed it helping so many of my clients over the past 20 years. When I took Biostrath with Vital Energy 8 hours after I got up, all the symptoms seem to be reduced by at least 60%. Later in my process (around week 5) I started taking them 40-50 drops of Biostrath twice daily. I must say that I also believe it is because of the Biostrath and other vitamins I am taking that I have not experienced any hair loss.

Skin rash (two thumbs up)

I had weird skin breakouts, hives and rashes. They would heal so I tried A.Vogel 7 Herbs Cream it Relieves cracked, chapped and flaky skin, diaper rash and crusts in the nostrils. This stuff is absolutely amazing. I told the Specialist about it, as a possible choice instead of creams with steroids.

Nausea and vomiting

Nausea is a common side effect of hepatitis C therapy. It can be caused by both interferon and ribavirin. This one is a challenge and I don’t want to add another chemical medicine to my regimen. I have been using fresh grated ginger in hot water and a new ginger tea called “Feeling Soothed.” A better choice for me than Gravol.

Shortness of breath

When taking interferon and ribavirin, many patients will feel a little more short of breath than they usually do. This is a common side effect of therapy. It usually happens because of the low red blood cell counts (anemia) caused by ribavirin.

Shortness of breath can be scary, so if there are times when you find it difficult to catch your breath, I had to stop going up the stairs from the beach 4 times when we went, yikes! I am back to doing my deep breathing exercises and my kundalini breathing.

I have included and/or increased the following: Vitamins A, C, D, and E

I have added 20,000 IU of Vitamin A every second day, 800 IU of Vit E every day, 2000 mg Vit D and started at 2000 mg of Vit C and increased my Vit C to 4000 mg daily. I also gave myself B12 and B6 shots weekly.

Blood tests

My blood work was monitored every week while you are on treatment and really dropped. This increased my fatigue levels.

Low red blood cells

Ribavirin is harmful (toxic) to red blood cells and can damage them. Interferon leads to fewer red blood cells being produced. This results in low red blood cells, or “anemia.” Unfortunately I had all these symptoms.

  • Anemia can make you feel tired: I have increased my two life lines Biostrath and Vital Energy and have added Folic Acid 1mg daily. I took Inno-Vite liquid iron, 2 tablespoons daily.
  • Insomnia I added: A.Vogel Deep Sleep Valerian and Hop Tincture and Tryptophan.
  • A Pins and Needles, Tingling Sensation in Hands and/or Feet. I had and continue to get these weird sensations of being bitten by no see ems…you know that feeling of a mosquito bite. I have also developed hives, which are very itchy…I made a combination of Baking soda (battles itches), apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil. Soak for 30 minutes and air dry. Localized itches can be treated with a baking soda paste. Mix 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Apply to the itch, but do not use if the skin is broken.
  • Aloe Vera is a must to reduce itching. Snap off a leaf, slice it down the middle, and rub the gel only on the itch. I also began taking it internally, 2 tablespoons in a glass of water daily.

Low white blood cells

Interferon slows your body’s production of white blood cells. This leads to lower amounts of an important group of white blood cells called “neutrophils”, which fight many different infections. Low neutrophil counts are at risk for infections, such as pneumonia or skin infections.

Symptoms of low white blood cell count include; redness, swelling, pus formation at injury sites, cough, sputum, nasal discharge, high temperature, chills, unexplained discomfort, sore throat, sores in the mouth, bladder infection, and a white coating in the mouth, your body will be susceptible to a range of infections, skin problems, viruses, fever, gastrointestinal problems etc. Sounds yummy…for the gastrointestinal problems I use Molkosan, what a difference!

Low platelets

Platelets are clusters of proteins that act like bricks to form blood clots. They are produced by cells in the bone marrow. Platelet counts often drop if you are on interferon and ribavirin therapy. This can put you at a higher risk for bleeding.

Increase in the count of platelet may a little tricky than it first looked because no food is specified to increase the platelets production. It is believed that taking healthy foods and mainly organic and fresh foods will stimulate the mechanism internally and thus the platelet counts will also be increased. Flax seed is known for strengthening the immune system and also for reducing the inflammation. With this, the circulation is also improved in the body. I used and still use flax seed oil in my shakes and on my salads.

Tomatoes and cherries are for its good property of antioxidant. They are very good in vitamin and mineral contents and the production of platelet is boosted. Some of the other food items that improves the production of platelets are citrus fruits, green gram, fenugreek leaves and gooseberry.

Food Choices

When taking these medications you have to take them with 20 grams of fat. As a low fat eater it was a challenge, and when I was sick I couldn’t be bothered to cook much. I ate an avocado a day with one dosage and created some other good healthy fat options for my other dosage. Please see: New Foods for Surviving Hep C for some great ideas.

Where I am at Today

Week one I am off all supplements to give myself and my body a little break. I am decreasing my pharmaceutical medications and am still having withdrawal symptoms. I am drinking 3 liters of water daily, green tea and I have coconut water every other day.

Week two I will be only on interferon and a reduced dosage, 1/2 the protocol amount. I will begin my antioxidants again: 10,000 IU of Vitamin A daily, 400 IU of Vit E daily, 2000 mg Vit D daily, 2000 mg of Vit C daily and 400 mcg of Selenium daily. I have started rebuilding my intestinal flora with Bio-K and  Molkosan.

I am still feeling the itches and rash so I am using the A.Vogel 7 Herbs Cream and soda bathes.

In week three I intend to go back on my Sam-e and stay on it for 3-4 months and to purchase more A.Vogel Sharp Vision and take it for 6 months as well

I have begun to reduce my fat intake slowly and am feeling more and more like eating fresh fruits and veggies, thank God.

I have not tested for herbs to detox liver as of yet, my suspicion is that I will need to purchase more Boldocynara  and get back on that next month.

Exercises

Kundalini

Kundalini is a cosmic energy that lies coiled in the Base or Root Chakra which corresponds to the base of spine, in your body. This cosmic energy is your life force, which keeps your body alive. When awakened, Kundalini begins to move upward within the pranic tube or the central channel, piercing the chakras and initiating various cleansing and clearing processes, which bring about total purification and rejuvenation of the entire being. Activate your Kundalini and Rejuvenate your Body, Mind and Soul

Rebounding

There are many proponents of rebounding who recommend that patients undertake about two minutes of gentle bouncing. I could only manage 10 minutes a day.

Restorative Yoga

I go to an awesome place called Healing Movements.

Next week I will be posting some of the spiritual tools and exercises I did to help move the virus from my body quickly and tell you the horror story of all the mistakes that were made while under supervised treatment…I am so glad to have the tools I needed to test things for myself! Be well my friends.

In Loving Gratitude,

Rev. Carol Lefevre

 

New Foods for Surviving Hep C

Hi All,

I thought I’d better get back at it, people are beginning to wonder if I’m OK. I am in my 8th week of therapy and I have to say it certainly hasn’t been the wonderful walk in the park I was expecting. While trying to come up with a perspective or way to explain the many feelings, emotions and symptoms to a friend, I came up was is an analogy that is little odd, but most people at some point and time in their lives can relate and  understand this…

I looked at her, cocked my head and said, “Have you ever had a really, really bad hangover, the kind that takes you 3 days to recuperate from? You feel so sick, barely getting out of bed, wanting to eat junk food, ’cause it’s easier than making a meal, somehow a salad and the work that goes into one just doesn’t cut it? The kind where you lounge around or sleep, watching mindless TV, then the guilting yourself out for the poor use of your life-force, time, expression and flogging yourself for the beautiful weekend you just wasted begins.” She looked at me and shook her head in acknowledgment and added “oh, yes, I know that one and…whenever I have done it, the good times hardly justified the days after pain that followed!”

So I feel like I’ve had a major hangover for 8 weeks. Yes I can function, my mornings being the most productive. The other issues can be a little more wearing, the constant headaches, feverishness and sudden energy drops. My body also appears to need food, when it needs food…like NOW or…you’re gonna crash! I’ve discovered that the weird thing I feel in my stomach that is a mixture of nausea and some funky sugar/adrenaline rush means “eat NOW, or suffer.” I’m not talking about suffering down the road, if I do not consume food within 10 minutes of that signal…I’m down, laying on the ground, rolling around suffering, headache, fever, nausea and I can’t even begin to describe some of the other symptoms…so I got to learn to listen to my body pretty well if I want to have life while treating this virus.

I have been a very conscious eater for at least 20 years. So when someone (nurse) says, “you need to eat 20 grams of fat before you take your medication.” I have to admit it’s been a challenge. The first week realized, wow we are low fat eaters, how am I gonna do this? John would say, “Have almond butter and toast.” I check it out, 1 gram of fat in the bread we buy, 8.5 grams in a tablespoon of almond oil, 2 grams in the yogurt, God, it was hard.

It’s easy finding unhealthy fat…bacon, eggs, toast…hmmm, hash browns! The real challenge finding healthy fats without consuming sooo much food.  Remember the weird hangover systems…not wanting to cook, having prepared food, too sick to get off the couch? This is the issue with this medication I’m on. The thought of eating is bad enough, but having to get up and cook it, yikes…I likely wouldn’t be eating much if I didn’t have to have the 20 grams of fat with my medication twice daily.

I decided to come up with a few dishes that can be made with healthy fats, taste good and keep well either in the refrigerator for a couple days or I can freeze. I do my interferon injection on Thursdays now, that way I function somewhat normally during the week and my two worst days are Sat. and Sun. On those days it’s takes every ounce of consciousness just to keep myself hydrated and food is the last thing I care about…some days I say, “Grill cheese with onions on sprouted bread, cooked in olive oil…ketchup, please, oh and I need it 5 minutes ago.” Yes on those days, just making myself a sandwich can be tough…ugh! John has the patience of a Saint, maybe I’ll start calling him St. John!

So here’s a few things I have come up with that might help the rest of you with healthy, tasty, nutritional food that had fat…but the good kind.

I created this base that I could use in other things. o be honest I didn’t really measure anything but I don’t think you can go too wrong with it. You begin by caramelizing onions in coconut oil in one frying pan, do the same with tomatoes in another pan. I added some salt, pepper, thyme, and xylitol as a sweetening agent. While they were frying I slice some zucchini and fried that as well. I added all three together and tossed with olive oil to finish. It is tasty and a good way to add something with fat to another dish to add flavour.

zuc, onion, tomatoThe same day I made a vegetable bean salad and used 1/2 the beans to make a bean dip. I love the magic bullet for stuff like that!

For the salad, just put in whatever veggies you prefer and add beans. I added lupins, chick peas and white kidney beans. I use a simple dressing of balsamic vinegar, linseed oil, olive oil and Italian spices. It lasts 4 days and is fast and easy to grab when you are in a hurry.

veg and bean saladThe bean dip is simply the same beans with sun dried tomatoes that come in olive oil, lemon juice, brags seasoning and then blended in the bullet…sometimes you have to add water to get the right consistency.

bean dip bullet bean dip with salad

Lets see, oh the pizza is a great way to get fat, and some healthy veggies too. We use sprouted grain tortillas as the crust. The trick is to use cornmeal on the pan so it gets crunchy, coconut oil between the tortillas and cook at 425 for 15 minutes. I used some of the zucchini, onion, tomato mixture on mine. Check it out:

I tried my hand at chicken lettuce wraps as well. They were awesome. I froze some in containers for later. I guess you could add dry noodles or a tortilla instead of the lettuce if you wanted to. This is the recipe I used: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Chicken-Lettuce-Wraps/Detail.aspx?evt19=1

I added more veggies than it called for and more healthy oils.

food art 010I don’t eat much pasta but decided it would be another way to make something different that I could add health fat too. I just made a spelt pasta and added olive oil, asiago cheese, roasted garlic, kale and some of the zucchini, onion, tomato mix I made previously…added some prawns for protein.

pasta with prawnsSmoothies are a good way of getting all your nutrient in at once and I simply add my fat to it as well. They become boring and take some time to do right but, they are far better than that weird “On the Go” stuff the drug company tried to pawn off on me. You’ll get the idea when you see the pictures. I usually include my bio-K, flax oil, protein and supplements all at the same time with some frozen fruit.

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And last but not least I did the homemade chia and organic spelt flour muffins. I usually bake 24 and freeze them so we have them on hand as needed. I have attached both recipes from my candida blog in case you want to try them…they are good.

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Well that’s about all I can get out for today, getting that signal from my body to go eat…NOW, so off to have some bean dip on celery while my soup warms up. OMG, have I got a story for you on the next blog…will try to get going on it in the next few day…stay posted!

Enjoy some of these new food ideas, till later in the week, over and out…

Caroll

Hep C, OMG it’s only been 5 weeks!

Greetings All,

It’s been 10 days since my last blog and here are my findings. Thank you all for your words of wisdom, meals, love, healing and phone calls.

My last appointment with the Hep C specialist was great. For those of you who have been reading you know that I have been made to jump through hoops, deal with incompetency and knowledgeable people. I was frustrated beyond and vented on my last blog.

I am trying to run 2 businesses, get a job and be as well informed as possible. Receiving a much more informative package from my Specialist or Hep C nurse would have saved me precious hours  of research.

However that being said when I arrived for my appointment on Friday the receptionist Ashley could see that the waiting room was full and offered to call me on my cell when I was next in line I thought that was awesome since I felt so crappy and there were no seats in the reception area. It was like some miracle, I was ecstatic! Upon meeting with Dr. Karen it was obvious that he had done some research on the virus, medications and my blood work. He was very friendly, courteous and explained several situations to me in a way I understand. What two miracles in 30 minutes…brilliant.

During my research in investigation phase I have collected what I believe to be some of the best information on Hep C, the side effects and some tips that would help people. I put these together in a professional Handout and offered it to Dr. Karim as a possible viable option for future clients. I explained to him that I had only received several loose, re-photocopied pages that were not formatted or easy to follow. I had to pick through to try and figure out what was what and how they fit together. I then offered him a tracking sheet for his clients which was much more practical and client friendly than the booklet offered by the pharmaceutical company. He seemed grateful for the information and I’m hopeful that he will use it for future client’s.

After researching my case Dr. Karim has decided to reduce my interferon injections  from 180 mg to 135 mg and I’m hopeful that this will bring down several of the new side effects I have developed.

My white blood count, platelets and low red blood cells are currently being hit hard. I have dropped into some real lows and I am very concerned. My have double low neutrophil counts!

I see now why I feel soooo much worst! I can still make it through a day OK, my will-power for getting my commitments met is stronger than the virus! I suppose the commitment to paying my bills comes into that driving force as well. Good Lord, couldn’t the universe just throw a measly $10.000 my way to help!!!! After all I am doing God’s work…ooops, off track…this is a side effect moment, sadness and depression!

That being said when I crash and burn, it is spontaneous and I am hit hard. I am currently trying a few new things to help.

Skin rash (two thumbs up)

I have been getting these weird skin breakouts, hives and rashes. They would heal so I tried A.Vogel 7 Herbs Cream it Relieves cracked, chapped and flaky skin, diaper rash and crusts in the nostrils. Ideal after shaving. This stuff is absolutely amazing. I told the Specialist about it, as a possible choice instead of creams with steroids.

Nausea and vomiting

Nausea is a common side effect of hepatitis C therapy. It can be caused by both interferon and ribavirin. This one is a challenge and I don’t want to add another chemical medicine to my regimen. I have been using fresh grated ginger in hot water and a new ginger tea called “Feeling Soothed.” A better choice for me than Gravol.

Shortness of breath

When taking interferon and ribavirin, many patients will feel a little more short of breath than they usually do. This is a common side effect of therapy. It usually happens because of the low red blood cell counts (anemia) caused by ribavirin.

Shortness of breath can be scary, so if there are times when you find it difficult to catch your breath, you should seek prompt medical attention. Your doctor will want to be sure you don’t have asthma, a lung infection, or other problems that require specific medical treatment.

I had to stop going up the stairs from the beach 4 times yesterday, yikes! I am currently researching ways to oxygenate the blood which might help.

There are many proponents of rebounding who recommend that patients undertake about two minutes of gentle bouncing every hour—I have a rebounder and realize now I have to get back on the program. I was up to 20 min a day for  the longest time and noticed a difference in my overall health before I got sick.

I am back to doing my deep breathing exercises and my kundalini breathing.

Activate your Kundalini and Rejuvenate your Body, Mind and Soul

Kundalini is a cosmic energy that lies coiled in the Base or Root Chakra which corresponds to the base of spine, in your body. This cosmic energy is your life force, which keeps your body alive. When awakened, Kundalini begins to move upward within the pranic tube or the central channel, piercing the chakras and initiating various cleansing and clearing processes, which bring about total purification and rejuvenation of the entire being.

I have included and/or increased the following: Vitamins A, C, D, and E

I have added 20,000 IU of Vitamin A, 800 IU of Vit E every second day, Vit D to 2000mg and increased my Vit C to 4000 mg daily.

Vision changes (two thumbs up)

Changes in your vision that cause you to not be able to see clearly are uncommon. This was a very serious issue for me, especially since I am blind in one eye and can’t afford to have poor eye health. I started the A.Vogel Sharp Vision  and have already noticed a visible improvement in my sight!

Blood tests

My blood work is being monitored every week while you are on treatment with interferon and ribavirin. They want to be sure that the medicines are not lowering my blood counts to unsafe levels. Following are some things that can be found by blood tests.

Low red blood cells

Ribavirin is harmful (toxic) to red blood cells and can damage them. Interferon leads to fewer red blood cells being produced. This results in low red blood cells, or “anemia.” Unfortunately I have had all these symptoms and they suck!

  • Anemia can make you feel tired: I have increased my two life lines Biostrath and Vital Energy and have added Folic Acid 1mg daily. I might have to find a reliable source of liquid iron.
  • Headache and Shortness of Breath, Specifically with Exercising
  • Dizziness (Common)
  • Insomnia I am thinking of adding: A.Vogel Deep Sleep Valerian and Hop Tincture
  • Cracks at the Corners of Your Mouth, Soreness of the Mouth: A.Vogel 7 Herbs Cream
  • A Pins and Needles, Tingling Sensation in Hands and/or Feet. For me I am getting these weird sensations of being bitten by no see ems…you know that feeling of a mosquito bite, but there are NO mosquitoes here! I have also developed hives, which are very itchy…still on a search for the best nature remedy for this one.

My options so far are:

  • Baking soda battles itches of all kinds. For widespread or hard-to-reach itches, soak in a baking soda bath. Add 1 cup baking soda to a tub of warm water. Soak for 30 to 60 minutes and air dry. Localized itches can be treated with a baking soda paste. Mix 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Apply to the itch, but do not use if the skin is broken.
  • Aloe vera is a must for burns, but how about itches? The same constituents that reduce blistering and inflammation in burns also work to reduce itching. Snap off a leaf, slice it down the middle, and rub the gel only on the itch.
  • I found some other solutions that involve using teas as a compress, but honestly when I feel sick the least amount of energy I have to put into something the better.

Low white blood cells

Interferon slows your body’s production of white blood cells. This leads to lower amounts of an important group of white blood cells called “neutrophils”, which fight many different infections. Low neutrophil counts are at risk for infections, such as pneumonia or skin infections.

Symptoms of low white blood cell count include; redness, swelling, pus formation at injury sites, cough, sputum, nasal discharge, high temperature, chills, unexplained discomfort, sore throat, sores in the mouth, bladder infection, and a white coating in the mouth, your body will be susceptible to a range of infections, skin problems, viruses, fever, gastrointestinal problems etc. Sounds yummy…for the gastrointestinal problems I use Molkosan, what a difference!

I am currently taking 4000 mg of Vitamin C daily. It is more popular as a cell protector, immunity booster and powerful antioxidant. Ligaments, tendons and collagen rely on Vitamin C to stay strong and healthy. Another benefit is that it helps iron absorption. Iron is essential to maintaining clear and healthy skin, a fresh complexion and healthy teeth. It is also necessary for the function of all glands and organs. Iron also aids in relieving both psychological and physical stress.

Low platelets

Platelets are clusters of proteins that act like bricks to form blood clots. They are produced by cells in the bone marrow. Platelet counts often drop if you are on interferon and ribavirin therapy. This can put you at a higher risk for bleeding.

Increase in the count of platelet may a little tricky than it first looked because no food is specified to increase the platelets production. It is believed that taking healthy foods and mainly organic and fresh foods will stimulate the mechanism internally and thus the platelet counts will also be increased. Flax seed is known for strengthening the immune system and also for reducing the inflammation. With this, the circulation is also improved in the body.

Tomatoes and cherries are for its good property of antioxidant. They are very good in vitamin and mineral contents and the production of platelet is boosted. Some of the other food items that improves the production of platelets are citrus fruits, green gram, fenugreek leaves and gooseberry.

Here’s a short video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OB94KdW-O4

So, I continue, on days to be hopeful and on others I can’t imagine having to go through another day let alone 6 months of this torture. My partner is awesome, and I give gratitude for his support every day. He’s getting pretty good at reflecting the angry emotional responses and doesn’t take them personal then he comforts the tears. He really is a wonderful spirit. In closing I’d like to leave you with this Irish Blessing.

May you live a long life
Full of gladness and health,
With a pocket full of gold
As the least of you wealth.
May the dreams you hold dearest,
Be those which come true,
The kindness you spread,
Keep returning to you.

Irish Quotations, Irish Blessings, Irish Proverbs and Irish Toasts

 

Sincerely,

Carol

Hep C…two weeks later

Hello…

Well I have been on the Hep C medication for two weeks now. Time to give you all an overview of what’s happening for me, things I’ve tried, what’s working, what isn’t and any other updates that might help others out there going through the same process.

I am on a weekly injection of interferon and 6 incivek with 5 copegus daily. This drug regime costs $13,700.00 for a 28 day supply! I will be on the program anywhere from 12-48 weeks depending on how fast the virus is eradicated. So this is how people go bankrupt and lose their homes!

One of the most difficult things for people on hepatitis C therapy to deal with is the side effects caused by the interferon injections and pills. Side effects vary a lot from person to person. Some people will hardly notice that they are taking medications. Others will feel like they have a cold for much of the time on therapy, and sometimes they will feel even worse.

If you are on hepatitis C therapy:

  • Mental health, Anxiety, irritability, and depression.
  • Poor sleeping
  • Feeling anxious
  • Being short-tempered
  • Feeling down–depression or sadness, It’s not unusual to feel “down” while you are on interferon. This is purely a side effect of the medication. Stopping the interferon will make these feelings go away within 1-2 weeks.
  • Feeling tired
  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Muscle and body aches
  • Mouth, stomach, and digestion
  • Poor appetite
  • Bad taste in mouth
  • Dry mouth and thick saliva
  • Sore mouth and sore throat
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Hair loss
  • Skin rash
  • Injection site reactions
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Vision changes
  • Thyroid problems
  • Low red blood cells
  • Low white blood cells
  • Low platelets

So what symptoms am I having, how often and what am I doing to control/assist with them?

Low white blood cells

My white blood count is on the low side, however, everything else looks pretty good, my liver enzymes have taken a sharp turn down…this is a good thing in my case.

Vision changes

This seems to be one of my biggest challenges so far. My sight has really shifted. Both near and farsightedness have been affected by the drugs. I have just started taking the A.Vogel Sharp Vision so we will see how that works. I plan on doubling the dosage for the first 3 days until the herbs are in my system. I have also been adding 1 tsp. of spirulina powder to my shakes, apparently it has high levels of Vitamin A in it, I have been doing this for years and to be honest it hasn’t really helped my eyesight.

Sore mouth and sore throat

This is a huge issue for me, The mucus membranes in my mouth are very sensitive. My throat is sore often but for the most part I usually only get symptomatic from 4:00-8:00pm but it is very uncomfortable.

I started using a straw if I drink lemon water and that helps a little and I cut back on the amount of spicy foods I eat.

I have been using an occasional Ricola, so I’m not sucking on sugar all day, unfortunately some of their product has aspartame which I personally consider poison! I really need to find a healthier alternative. I also found a zinc throat spray that seems to help if it gets really bad. The item that has worked the best to date and that is natural and sugar free is a tea called Throat Coat…it is fabulous.

Bad taste in mouth

Yuck, this is horrible, I mean really horrible…YUK! I am currently using an awesome product called A.Vogel Dentaforce Herbal Mouth Spray. This little bottle packs a huge punch and keeps that nasty taste in my mouth away for hours. Surprisingly it is gentle on my mouth, so no pain for my tender mucous membranes.

Feeling fatigued, Headaches and Fever

I get an energy dip every day around the same time. For those of you that don’t know me, I normally can do the work of 5-6 people…now I’m down to 3! I get up at 5:15 every morning so it’s no wonder that my energy is low at 4:00pm, 10 hours is already a full work day for most people.

Unfortunately with the fatigue comes the nausea, fever and headache and I’m totally off my game. That means no evening yoga or socializing with friends, I’m lucky if I can make dinner! I have been monitoring my dips in relation to my injection times and I think this could be a key influence. I am going to try to do my injection this week before bed and see if my fatigue time changes.

I have been taking supplements and trying different times of day to see what works and what doesn’t. So far I have come up with this formula that reduces the number of side effects and improves my dip times.

My life line at this point has been Biostrath and Vital Energy. I LOVE Biostrath…it is an awesome product and I have witnessed it helping so many of my clients over the past 20 years. If I take them around 8 hours after I get up, all the symptoms seem to be reduced by at least 60%. If I take them earlier, for some reason my dip still shows up. On the days I make a shake, I take them twice a day, on the other days only once but more than the recommended amount…like double! I must say that I also believe it is because of the Biostrath and other vitamins I am taking that I have not experienced any hair loss.

I am also taking a handful of vitamins and minerals daily which I know my body needs, this is confirmed by the fact that my urine is still clear even after taking 1000’s of mg of various supplements.

I feel very strongly that the reason I am doing soooo well is due to the Boldocynara liver support that I take daily and the cleansing and detoxing I did before starting the meds.

Being short-tempered and Feeling down–depression or sadness

These usually go hand in hand for me. I will get frustrated and angry, snap and then cry like a baby because of my outburst. This one sucks, I am triggered by the weirdest things. The first day I went to the Lab to have my blood work done, the lab had not been faxed the info. Please understand that I was fasting for 10 hours, sitting in a full lab for 40 min and when I got to the desk they didn’t have my paper work. This was the 4th time my “Specialist” had wasted my time, energy and I was furious at the level of incompetence from my health care provider.

I calmly thanked the staff at the lab, walked to my car, and sat there totally pissed off. I texted the nurse, who said she would be available if I had any questions, and waited and waited and waited…never heard back. I left a message at the Doctors office, they were closed, it was still very early. Let’s just say the message was not very diplomatic, then I got upset about the message I left and I cried and cried and cried. I sat in the car doing this sort of thing for 30 minutes.

When I got home my hubby gave me a hug, consoled me and unsuspectingly of said, “it’s only a blood test, you can go back”. Well that got my anger at the incompetence up all over again, now I’d have to fast again and go wait in line again!!!

I called the drug company to tell them I wanted a new doctor and I was upset with the treatment I had been given. The poor man on the other end of the line, just listened calmly through my tears and sniffling, then said, “I’m sorry, I am in the financial support office, would you like to speak to our nurse?” I couldn’t apologize enough, and when I got off the phone the water works hit again. By the end of the day I was crying because I was crying so much, lol.

I started taking Sam-e and it has made a tremendous difference in my agitation levels and general mental health…thank God.

I have found a weird advantage to my sensitivity that comes in hand though. Yesterday while doing my prayer work and meditations I found myself so overwhelmed by gratitude that the tears were once again uncontrollable. This is one of the most helpful things for manifesting our desires, to feel those levels of gratitude…it’s all good.

Exercise, Water and Healthy Food Choices

  • I have been getting 30-40 minutes of daily exercise which I feel is important for me to produce those happy brain chemicals I so desperately need, lol.
  • I drink at least 3-4 liters of water daily, 1 liter of herbal tea, 2 cups of green tea and 1 coffee in the morning. I started making wild berry iced teas that turn out to be quite refreshing. I don’t add sugar, they are great just plain.
  • I have to take 20 grams of fat with meds…yuk. I have been trying to do this in a way that will fit our healthy lifestyle. The recommendations from the Doctors office were hilarious…nless you eat potato chips, ice cream, fries and cookies, lol.
  • I have started adding olive oil and flax oil to my protein shakes. I am sensitive to eggs so they are hard for me, I started adding peanut butter to my diet, I used to stay clear of it but sometimes it’s fast and easy. I use almond butter and avocados often on my sprouted bread, but I still need to add more fat…it has been a little challenging but I am working on some new recipes…breakfast is the hardest for me. Keep you posted on them next blog!

So with all that being said, I managed to see 5 clients, do three coaching sessions, write 4 blogs, go on 5 cycles, paint two pictures, set up some funky new crystal grid meditation unit and best of all…get a call back for a second interview for the Health Management Consultant on Sept. 9th.

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Well I guess that’s my update for now. I will include more supplements, recipes and things I have experimented with in my next blog…wishing you all much joy and great health,

Carol