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Crashing into Windows with Hepatitis C

How helpless we are, like netted birds, when we are caught by desire! – Belva Plain

This morning, I happened to stare out my window just as a grosbeak slammed into it. Pursued by a hawk, the grosbeak escaped its predator, dying instead from an encounter with a closed window.

Having hepatitis C may feel like being pursued by a predator; sometimes described as being chased by a dragon. Our job is to stay ahead of hepatitis C and to avoid crashing into windows.

Many of us, myself included, use herbs and other dietary supplements to help us stay ahead of hepatitis C. Supplements offer hopeful alternatives, and quite frankly, when I read about them, I feel incredibly optimistic. However, before taking anything, no matter how great it sounds, I do my research; natural does not mean safe.

A recent report from the Drug Induced Liver Injury Network, states that dietary supplements accounted for 18% of liver injuries in the U.S. from 2003-2011. Before taking supplements, be sure they are safe. The bottom line: do not inflict further damage to the liver.

Don’t fly into other problems when trying to escape the jaws of hepatitis C.

For more information about hepatitis C and supplements, visit Hepatitis C and Complementary and Alternative Medicine www.hcvadvocate.org/hepatitis/factsheets.asp

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