that is tough, that you have so many extra hepatic symptoms and can't do anything to get rid of the virus. If the "alternatives" you are reading about, do not have actual medical studies to back their claims, I would say they are a waste of money.
Most of those sites are only dealing with anecdotes and testimonials and not even offering actual tests results to confirm what they claim.
can you inquire about new studies that do not include interferon?
go to clinicaltrials.gov and check to see if anything is been tried without interferon. good luck to you
diet, diet, diet! I had all those symtoms pre-tx and clr'ng, and b/c of a badly damged b/no longer diseased liver, they still crop up.
The absolutely best diet for a bum liver is a vegetarian diet that also excludes dairy. and no caffine. Do I do it? no, b/now I use meats and dairy as an ingrediant or flavoring b/mostly cut out meat-incl poultry and fish-esp salt water seafood and dairy--a little yougurt w/protein drink and butter w/toast, a little cheese on a taco.
The crazy thing, i have a relative that eats that way b/c she wants to, doesn't have too. So I know its doable b/I'm too lazy to cook everyone a seperate meal.
also, juicing and lightly teamed veggies are the best.
The less work the liver has to do to filter out toxins, the less irratants ingested means the liver can 'rest and heal'.
All those memory and concentration problems sound like classic 'hepatic encephalopathy' and is really quite common since its just a chemical thing--too much ammonia caused 'fuzzy thinking.' Dairy converts to ammonia in the small intestines immediately! bummer
You're in a tough spot, bro' , and you have my full sympathy. I just wanted to offer a slightly different perspective on complementary therapy for HCV. Mesosilver is a big no no, as far as I'm concerned--silver accumulating in the body turns the skin gray, and how salubrious could that be? After you research quite a bit more you'll probably agree that you should avoid this stuff at all costs.
However, there are safe and sensible alternatives out there. After my monotherapy failure I relied on Traditional Chinese Medicine and a rigorous herbal protocol for fourteen years to halt fibrosis progression and to dispel pain and fatigue. Worked quite successfully. (Now I want to go for broke and see if I can clear the virus altogether, which TCM will not enable you to do.)
http://www.hepcchallenge.org offers an excellent informational resource called "Choices." You might want to check out their section on complementary therapies. The problem, of course, is that none of these therapies are covered by insurance and are difficult to afford when you're employment challenged. But in my experience, TCM works. So please don't despair -- there are solutions.
I agree. TCM (acupuncture) can handle lots of the symptoms. The Chinese would say the needles move your <i>chi</i> (which gets blocked)--but to me it feels like I've been <i>reprogrammed</i>. My acupuncturist can change my sleeping patterns, my digestion, even my attitude, and the treatments definitely improve my brain fogginess. I'm doing the menopause thing and they've helped a LOT with my hot flashes too.
Colloidal silver is quack medicine. Stuff kills some bacteria in a petri-dish and sucks money from people.
Exercise, esp. aerobic exercise, good nutrition, no caffiene, reduced sugar intake, and staying well hydrated is the best non-drug "therapy" around (yes, read article about caffiene and AST levels).
There is little or no supporting evidence for nearly all "alternatives" for treating someone with the HCV or addressing the symptoms of this disease, which makes the "alternatives" really not much of an alternative. There is some evidence for reducing liver inflammation with the Sho-saiko-to herb, for example, so one cannot say that absolutely every supplement, herbal, etc. is ineffectual, but too many "treatments" are just that and some even harmful - it is very, very difficult to know what can be beneficial and what is a rip-off without some way to measure or gauge improvement over time, which is the missing bit that makes many alts. a farce.
Use common sense and understand that using herbals and the such is medicating to address a problem or problems and vigilence is indicated when taking them as with any medicine from any source.
It is a hard place to be in, having this disease and the prevailing treatment no longer an option. Treat yourself well, don't abuse your body and have periodic monitoring of your liver.
God bless! -Michael
Do you do acupuncture during treatment?