Hepatitis A, B, C

Posted by on Aug 12, 2017 in Diet

I am going to cover Hepatitis A, B, and C   HEPATITIS A  is one of the world’s most prevalent viral infections,.  In 2005 approximately 119 million individuals were infected with the Hepatitis A virus.  Hepatitis A virus (HAV) survives in moderate temperatures and is the cause of about 50% of all reported cases of viral hepatitis in the United States.  Since the introduction of an effective  vaccine in 1995, HAV cases in the U.S. have decreased by about 92%.   HAV is shed in the feces and the primary mode of transmission is by food contaminated with fecal matter.  Other common modes of infection are via contaminated water, personal contact (e.g. living in the same household with a person who has the virus), kids at day care centers, sexual contact, and illicit drug use.   Approximately 55% of cases do NOT have an identifiable risk factor. Although HAV is most often a self-limiting disease of the liver, its clinical course can be severe leading to an estimated 34,000 deaths world-wide in 2005.  Severity of the disease is strongly age-dependent.  In kids younger than 6 years of age, approximately 70-95% of infections are asymptomatic.  In adults, 70-95% of infections result in clinical illness.  Depending on age, signs and symptoms of infection can include vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, jaundice, dark urine, fever, headache, weight loss, and abdominal pain.  Peak infectivity can be present two weeks before and a least one week after a person develops symptoms.  Typically, acute illness does not last > 2 months, with clinical symptoms and laboratory abnormalities “gone” after this period of time.  Continued In summary, Hepatitis A is self-limiting in most cases.  Infection with HAV can induce lifelong immunity, which is identified by seroprevalence of antibodies against the Hepatitis A virus.  In areas such as sub-Saharan Africa and other low income regions of the world, almost 100% of older children and adults have acquired immunity.  Complications are more common in adults older that 50 years.  If you have been exposed to this virus, or develop symptoms listed in yesterday’s blog, call your healthcare professional ASAP.  For advice as to “Should you be vaccinated with one of the Hepatitis A vaccines”? -DISCUSSS WITH YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL. Matheny SC et al. Am Fam Physician 2012;86(11):1027-1034.  Hepatitis A: Clinical Manifestations and Management. Jeong S-H et al. Intervirology 2010;53:15-19.  Hepatitis A virus: Host interactions, molecular epidemiology and evolution. Vaughan G et al. Genetics and Evolution21 (2014) 227-243.  Long-term protective effects of hepatitis A vaccines, A systematic review. Ott JJ et al. Vaccine 31 (2012) 3-11.   HEPATITIS B.  Hepatitis B is an infectious disease caused by the Hepatitis B virus (HBV).  It is endemic in Asia, Africa, the Pacific islands, parts of southern Europe, and Latin America.  In areas where this infection is endemic, the majority of patients acquire the virus in the perinatal period or early childhood.  This occurs through so...

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Breast Feeding

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BREASTFEEDING: AN INCREDIBLE “VALUE” TO MOM AND NEWBORN   One reason to be as healthy as possible before you give birth is that your newborn will continue to be largely dependent on mom’s immune system while his or hers is still developing.  The more normal your weight, blood sugar, and inflammatory markers are during pregnancy, the better the chances that your breast milk will contain the optimum nutrient levels for your baby’s health at birth and throughout life.  Not only will particular compounds in your breast milk (which are not found in formula) help your baby to avoid infection, allergies, and asthma-like symptoms, they will also reduce his or her chances of developing serious autoimmune diseases, including type I diabetes.  In fact, breast-feeding has been shown to protect babies from a wide range of potential diseases and developmental issues, including obesity. To make sure that you pass along optimum immunity and a chance to achieve a lifetime of great health for your infant, it is important that “mom” consume as many health-promoting nutrients (including vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and phytonutrients) as possible. Breastfeeding is also good for mom.  Not only does it speed up the loss of post-pregnancy weight, is has also been shown to reduce mom’s stress level, and risk for developing future heart disease and breast cancer. Babies were exclusively breast-fed for thousands of years.  It is only as formula has become more readily available and societies have become industrialized and affluent that women have even had the ability to choose whether to breastfeed.  In fact, in some instances choosing NOT to breastfeed has become a socioeconomic status symbol.  Unfortunately, this is one instance in which modernization and “freedom” is not an improvement.  There are, of course, some instances when a mom cannot breastfeed, and we are all blessed that companies have developed formula.  For more on breastfeeding, you can purchase on Amazon my book: SuperFoods Rx For Pregnancy-The Right Choices for A Healthy, Smart, Superbaby, John Wiley & Sons,...

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Your Skin and the Sun

Posted by on Aug 12, 2017 in Diet

Time to protect your skin and prevent skin cancer through the foods you eat. Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers in the United States. If your younger than age sixty and diagnosed with skin cancer, your risk for multiple systemic cancers is significantly increased. Therefore, healthy skin equals healthy immune system which equals decreased risk for not only skin cancer, but also for systemic cancers like breast cancer, prostate cancer, non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, and Leukemia. Not only do you want to use a good sunscreen but you want to eat foods that significantly lower your risk for cancer. (These can be found in my Superhealth Book) Be sure to reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours. Pay careful attention to your nose, lips, ears, chest and face. These are the places where the most dangerous skin cancers are likely to form. You should avoid the sun between 10am and 3pm. What my wife and I do everyday is we have about 4ozs of carrot juice in the morning and 4ozs of RW Knudsen Very Veggie Vegetable Cocktail in the evening before dinner. This will offer some protection from the sun. Within 4-6 weeks you will also notice your skin will have a natural tan. Have a happy, healthy summer!...

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