BattyStar, welcome to the forum! I am so sorry you are having to deal with your's dad liver disease, but you have come to the right place.
You do not say what type of hepatitis he has or what treatment he is on. Is it hepatitis C? Is he receiving treatment for that? I can better answer your questions and address your father's issues if I have more information.
I have a lot of experience with Milk Thistle, dandelion, etc. and recommend them for folks who have liver disease but are holding their own. For ESLD I would strictly follow Drs. advice, follow a good diet and not waste $$ on alternatives, supplements, etc.
Just my $ .02 worth & trying to save you alittle $$.
Thanks for the advice on the natural treatments. He has Hep C and he is only on the medicine I described. I have heard of some people taking an almost insulin-like injection for Hep C but he doesn't take anything like that. Just Lactulose, Aldactone, Atenelol and vitamins. I think i may have misspelled them. He is in the hospital right now, they drained 8 liters from him on Monday and are supposed to be keeping him until they can drain him again. I hope this helps!
Batty, it sounds like he is not receiving treatment for the hep C. That would be the injections you mentioned. Perhaps he just isn't a candidate, as his liver disease is too advanced at this time.
It's good that he is in the hospital and receiving care, but that hospital food isn't the best for liver disease. At least it might put some weight on him, if that is a problem.
Hi, Joyce! I just did some reading online about Berkson's discovery and read his paper. I am definitely going to bring this to the attention of my hepatologist! I am not due to see her until Feb., but think I will ask for a sooner appt. From what I read, he used IV ALA.
My question is why hepatologists are not using this regimen!? And it's definitely been recognized since 2006! Because the doctors/hospitals/transplant centers would lose money if this regimen is widely used and it works!!? It's hard to believe that would be the reason at Mayo.
Cary, I'm with you on most of the "alternative medicine" therapies. However, I'm speaking specifically of alpha-lipoic acid and the 2 other antioxidants:
Treatment Program: The author describes a low cost and efficacious treatment program in 3 patients with cirrhosis, portal hypertension and esophageal varies secondary to chronic hepatitis C infection. This effective and conservative regimen combines 3 potent antioxidants (alpha-lipoic acid [thioctic acid], silymarin, and selenium] that possess antiviral, free radical quenching and immune boosting qualities.
Perhaps there were not enough people in the study (79 of which 75 completely recovered!) It certainly does warrant exploration, and in my reading I found that the NIH is studying this.
Silymarin is milk thistle.
Wow, what a good question! Just gives you an idea of the wealth of knowledge and experience, trading hands freely at HealingWell!
There is nothing I can add, except welcome, and best wishes... in this difficult time.
I definitely don't have "false hope," Cary. Just looking into it as an alternative therapy (that may or may not work), which is not as horrible as the standard "combo" treatment. I decided not to do the combo at this time, as my body has just been through too much these past nearly six years. My hepatologist agrees with my decision.
When I get a chance to see my hepatologist, I'll take a copy of the report on the Berkson study, and will be sure to let everyone know what she had to say.