The information below comes from patients and family members who are
using it successfully to control their hepatitis C in spite of the
fact that it may or may not agree with established medical protocol.
What's listed here has allowed Kev and others to help control their
hepatitis C without the use of potentially harmful and/or fatal
drugs. Kev continues to credit this regimen with saving his life,
and he believes in it with his entire being (along with his
relationship with the Lord above). This information is for
information only and in NO WAY reflects a
recommendation by the author for anyone else's condition!
It works for me!
(Along with SCORES of
patients all over the world!)
written by Kev
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The most important part of
my regimen is a good healthy dose of prayer; prayers offered by others, and prayers of my
Along with this, each day I take a good multi-vitamin (WITHOUT IRON). In addition,
I'll periodically drink a cup of green
tea which is believed to have anti-cancer properties (drinking
multiple cups and doing so regularly is even better, but not always
easy to do).
I don't drink
tap water..........I used to buy the purified stuff from the local
store and now drink water we run through a purification filter.
The more I drink the better I feel - remember that detoxification is
vital and water works wonders!
Those with liver disease
eat a lot of red meat might want to consider cutting back on it
because it makes the liver work harder to process it and
can often be high in iron. Those with cirrhosis or folks with high iron levels
might also want to consider avoiding as much additional iron as
possible because it's believed that the hep C virus thrives in an iron-rich
environment (even cooking in an iron skillet can add iron
to food because of the leeching that occurs).
Here's a good
link that discusses diet and hep C, it's not mine but I believe this
page is a good start. Remember: NO alcohol, and moderation is the key
with most things. Here's the link:
In addition to all of the above, I also take the
Milk Thistle (Siliphos) - In my opinion this herb is one of the
very best plant medicines available, although no herbs carry the FDA stamp of approval (because it's
not considered economically feasible for a company to spend the required massive amounts
of money to gain FDA approval for a non-patentable product) Milk Thistle is used
extensively in Europe as a liver protectant and asset to
liver healing, and gaining reputation here in the United States as one
of the better "liver herbs". There are a few different types of
Thistle available on the market, and the main differences seem to
be in the bioavailability of the product (ability to be absorbed and
used by the body). Herbs vary in potency from one plant to the next
and because of this, proper dosing of some herbs used to be a problem.
In recent years the herbal companies have developed methods to
standardize the active ingredients of the plant and market them as
"standardized extracts". Not all herbs are so critical on dosages so
they may not require the standardization process in order to be effective,
however, this one does. Milk Thistle that had undergone the
standardized is was the best type of Milk Thistle available on
the market when I was first diagnosed in 1994, and helped me when I
was at my worst. I was taking the dosage as listed on the bottle of
300 mg. 3 times per day. ( 80% standardized silymarin active
Now, we have
and Improved" types of Milk Thistle
available to us that have been
developed in recent years that are far superior and which studies
indicate are much more
beneficial to the liver.
This is largely because of the fact that they're designed to be more bioavailable
to the body than the more familiar "standardized extracts"
(in other words, the very best of the active ingredients from Milk
Thistle is used by the body
rather than eliminated as waste). Scientists have been able to isolate
the most effective parts of the Milk Thistle seed called "silybin" and
have created a patented compound called
"Silybin Phytosome", also known as "Siliphos"
(depending on the manufacturer).
extracted from the Milk Thistle seeds, the silybin then goes through
which basically binds it with a carrier substance (phosphatidylcholine)
that helps more of this natural substance to be absorbed into the
system and used by the body.
a really good article on hep C and alternatives that originally
appeared in GNC's "Let's Live" magazine a few years back which discusses
the phytosome process and more. We've received permission to reprint the article and
you can read it at the following address:
believe that Milk Thistle is one of the very best "liver herbs" on the
planet and I know that this newer process greatly improves its
effectiveness (after seeing concrete improvement in my own health
because of using this far superior type of Milk Thistle, I certainly won't be going back to the regular standardized
extracts any time soon!) The newer stuff can be
purchased in two different potencies:
per cap, and
360mg. per cap (the stronger dose is recommended for those
with considerable liver damage like I have).
DOSAGE: As recommended on the
bottle, I take 1 360mg. capsule 3X daily.
The need to boost immunity seems
to be an area that a lot of folks with Hep C forget about. Let me
assure you from personal experience that with this disease especially,
it is VERY IMPORTANT to do everything you can to strengthen and boost
your immunity. There are lots of herbs on the market that can help
with this, but I prefer an extract of the herb "Cat's Claw", because
of the positive impact it's had on my liver function numbers since I
started using it in 1996.
This rain forest herb has not only helped keep the hep C manageable,
but I've had very few cases of the cold or flu since I started taking
DOSAGE: I prefer one 500
mg standardized extract softgel capsule daily (as recommended
Cat's Claw is NOT recommended for anyone taking immunosuppressant
drugs (as with transplant patients). It is also NOT
recommended if pregnant or nursing.
A really good liver detoxification product that
helps tremendously with the "brain fog" and overall
feeling of well-being.
When I first started taking this product in 1999 I noticed it helping me
more like my old self again. I now spend much less time in bed, and it's
a positive effect on my motivation to want to get out and do things.
I believe the amino acids etc. in this product really do help to heal my liver
while the vitamin B12 helps with my energy. I really can't say enough good things about this stuff
and most people I know who try it, love it. Here's a link to a
report that was written about this product by a physician (MD):
I take 2 tabs, 3X per day.
(made into a "tea")
who've progressed to cirrhosis often find fluid retention in the lower abdomen
and ankles to be a problem. This is basically liquid waste that's prone to
infection and usually controlled by the use of prescription diuretics such as
"Lasix" and "Aldactone". In my own case, my fluid retention was in the area of
the abdomen (called "ascites") and my doctor prescribed both of the above
mentioned diuretics to control it. These drugs can damage the kidneys and have
other undesirable side effects on the body when used for extended periods of
time and it wasn't long before I started experiencing them myself.
This is when
I decided to search for an alternative to these medications and learned about
dandelion root. This herb has been reported to be a natural alternative to the
diuretic prescriptions I was taking, and after being on the meds for close to a year, my
doctor agreed to go along with my desire to wean myself from both and switch to
dandelion root. I did this by gradually decreasing my dosage of the pills while
increasing my intake of the herb (which I make into a tea). Over a period of a
few months I was successful at completely stopping the prescriptions and by
drinking the tea I was able to keep my ascites under control. For a number of
years I'd make up a pot in the morning, and drink between one to two quarts per
I'm happy to say that since late in the year 2000, my
condition has improved to where I've been able to reduce my daily intake of
dandelion root to about 16 oz. and as long as I remain on my low-sodium diet I
no longer have a problem with ascites. Dandelion root can be purchased in pill
form or as raw herb which can be made into a "tea". I prefer the latter and
here's how to make it:
Using one teaspoon of raw dandelion root per cup of water
(or 3 tablespoons per 2 quart pot), bring your water to a boil, turn down to a
slow roll, and add the dandelion root. Leave covered at this temperature for
about 20 minutes, then let it cool and enjoy.
It tastes a little different, but herbs usually do, and I
think it's really enjoyable once you get accustomed to it (now, you can't tell
me that some of you haven't consumed some "different" tasting things before).
You can even buy it roasted which changes the flavor a bit, and it's fine to
sweeten or flavor it with lemon, or whatever. I order my dandelion in bulk which
is the cheapest, and I believe the most potent (Teabags are much more
expensive). Dandelion root is healthy for the entire digestive system and is a
really good herb even for those who don't have cirrhosis. Many health food
stores don't carry bulk dandelion root though and if you have a problem finding
it, ask them to order it for you.
God didn't leave us without ways to treat hepatitis C,
most folks who practice traditional medicine just left Him out of the equation!!!
. . .Kev Krueger 2002
It is important
to remember that the effectiveness of herbs is directly related to personal
sleep habits, nutrition, and exercise. Many herbs take a while to get into
the system before they start to work. The way I see it, it took a long time
for my body to get into the shape it was in when I was diagnosed, and it's certainly worth a bit of
patience on my part, knowing that this time I am being healed, and in the way my body
was designed - with God's own medicine.
A final word of
caution: As with any other suggestion offered to you by anyone (yes even a
I cannot stress enough
the importance of knowing what goes on with and into our bodies.
Don't just take someone else's word for anything, (including
mine). Do your OWN research!!! Do NOT
assume that because a person claims to be an herbal specialist that they know
about liver disease or hepatitis C.
MANY DO NOT!!!!
Herbs were put here by God for us to use as food and medicine, but when used
incorrectly they can be just as harmful as anything else on the planet.
This is the
regimen of which I credit for helping me avoid
the liver transplant that my doctor at Vanderbilt Medical Center believed I'd need within a year- back in
1994. Since then, by the grace of God and a whole lot of determination, my
condition has improved to where I am
no longer considered in need of liver transplantation and I live each day
thankful to be alive, living with my own liver intact. In spite of the fact that
I remain disabled from the damage caused by hepatitis C prior to my diagnosis,
by being dedicated to
the daily regimen discussed above, my liver function numbers have consistently remained in the
normal ranges or very close since 1996. Although my continuing survival
(and the multitude of others who use this or similar alternative therapies)
verifies that the virus CAN be controlled without the toxicity and potential
harm of chemical treatments like interferon, we know that anyone who chooses
this approach to controlling hep C will probably need to continue with some sort
of herbal therapy for the rest of their lives (unless a cure is found, along with an
accurate test to measure it). Just because you start to feel better, don't make
the mistake of thinking that you no longer need to take whatever was helping
you. As long as the virus exists, we have to continue fighting back. Period.
One last word for
anyone who might get the wrong impression here: since 1995 when I first started
using my regimen it's helped to improve my condition, helped me keep my
hepatitis C under control, and helped me to avoid the liver transplant that my
doctors believed I'd need back then. However,
I AM STILL NOT CURED OF HEPATITIS C
and this potentially deadly virus continues to reside within me.
Co-founder - National Hepatitis C Coalition, Inc.
Although the majority of plant medicines used today
are probably those taken in some sort of oral
pill form, many are still used in other forms from
liquid concentrates to those that are
smoked. The main problem with the latter though is the risk to
our lungs because smoking anything isn't really a good idea.
Fortunately, in recent years modern science has learned how to
heat plant material at a low enough temperature to
vaporize it instead of causing it to
be burned. This allows a
person to then inhale the vapors and reap the same
benefits of the plant without the dangers of smoking!
Vaporizers are now on the market
and readily available. If you're like me and benefit
from a few inhalations of Eucalyptus
to help with breathing at bedtime,
check out one of these babies
. . . .
If you'll check
out the links above, you'll see that the company makes
two types of what I call "table top" models of
vaporizers. One is digital with a very LARGE and
easy-to-see readout which is especially wonderful for
those of us that aren't getting any younger and notice
that we don't see as well as we used to, while the
other unit employs an easy-to-adjust knob that's used
to regulate the heater's temperature according to
I've used both
units and by vaporizing instead of smoking my herbal
medicine, I can enjoy the natural flavor of the herb
without it tasting like I licked an ashtray because
there's no smoke involved or anything being actually
None of the
benefit is lost when using the vaporization process
either. It simply turns the herbal material into
vapors, retaining all the benefits without releasing
tars and nicotines that get inhaled into our lungs
made in Germany, which has always had a reputation for
producing the finest in engineering. The vaporizers
last a long time, and I have no doubt that they can
definitely help save our health if we use one.
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Kev in the media......
NHCC Speaks With
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- Mar. 1998 - (2) Part Video Interview (see "Kevin")
Brief Profile of Kev in "Let's Live" magazine -
Kev's Bio - May
2001 - MSN / WebMD
Kev's story (on this site)
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