Greetings in the name of compassion, healing and hope,
When Hep C forced me to retire from my singing career in 1991, even though I was quite ill I wanted to see something positive come from such a crisis (the word crisis in Chinese is made up of 2 characters: danger and opportunity). When I contacted the American Liver Foundation I was surprised to learn they had only $200,000 in their bank account.
I started a research and education fund with $75,000 of my money. Since then I've been able to raise over one million but we need so much more! The primary goal is to finance research to find a cure for this deadly, mysterious, and highly mutant virus. For example: we awarded one research grant for $100,000 to doctors in Colorado to study Pediatric Hepatitis C. I can't bear the thought of kids suffering from this condition. (FYI: I've never received a penny for my work with the American Liver Foundation.)
If you or someone you know has been affected by liver disease, sending donations for special occasions is a wonderful tribute and the most worthwhile gift. It's truly the gift that keeps on giving! Maybe you'd consider leaving something in your will, as your legacy. Donations go not only towards research to find a cure and vaccine, but also for clinical trials, to promote education, even the need for organ donation (everyday 8-10 people die waiting for organs). All are important human needs.
In 1991, I also volunteered to become the ALF spokesperson. I'm still trying to pass along all the information I'm learning myself. Although I do public service announcements, magazine interviews, newspaper articles, TV, radio, lectures and public testimonies most people still don't know that Hep C is the "silent killer." It sneaks up on you. A victim may be without symptoms for years. You'll be shocked that in the next decade four times more people are going to die from Hep C than from Aids! I get quite frustrated that Hep C doesn't get more attention in the media. President Alan Brownstein and the good folks at the ALF work so hard but it comes down to funds.
"Itis" on the end of a word means "inflamation of" and since the medical word for liver is hepatic, basically hepatitis means inflamation of the liver. There are many things that can cause your liver to be inflamed: mechanical, bacterial, or viral. All are a problem since the liver is so important to your overall health. This overworked and misunderstood organ is called "the factory" (like the heart is called the "pump"), because the liver is responsible for so many critical functions. It even detoxifies the blood of harmful wastes like alcohol, drugs, chemicals and stores sugars and vitamins.
At first, the only drug available for treating Hep C was "Interferon" (so called because it "interferes" with the virus' ability to multiply). But the good news update is that today there's also a medication called "Ribavarin" that, given along with pegylated Interferon, is getting a 50%-60% sustained response rate! Hip Hip Hooray!!!
If you've been diagnosed with Hep C, you should probably get a liver biopsy. It's a needle stick into your right side into your liver to draw a teeny amount of tissue for the doctor to inspect under a high powered microscope. (I've had several and was relieved that it's not really painful because they give you a local anesthetic.) It's much clearer than trying to guess what's going on through blood tests. The doctor needs to know what stage of inflammation you're in so he/she can start aggressive treatment. The key word here is "AGGRESSIVE." This virus never goes away on its own, instead it is busy replicating itself every minute even though you may not have symptoms.
HOW YOU CAN GET IT: Hep C virus (HCV) is only transmitted through blood. So, think back to whether you've ever done IV drugs, had blood transfusions, organ transplants, tattoos, body piercing, possibly even unprotected sex with someone who's infected, you should get the Hep C test. It's not air borne and you can only get it through contaminated blood.
IF YOU HAVE IT: Stay calm and be positive. Realize you're embarking on a journey. Remember, you are not alone. One in every 50 Americans are also infected and over 170 million worldwide. Thousands of Americans still are walking around undiagnosed.
Besides taking the drug combination Interferon and Ribavarin (and possibly an anti-depressant), you should reevaluate your diet, start sleeping until your body wakes up on its own, and figure out how to simplify and slow down your lifestyle. I know full well the minute you get diagnosed that not only are you physically ill, but your mind is overwhelmed too. Because of how the disease process affects your thinking, new fear and uncertainty, plus side effects of medication, most patients get depressed. I took an anti-depressant and urge you to ask for help too. You need to get your emotions under control so you can deal with this new challenge.
Choose a doctor who realizes you're a whole being, with emotional/spiritual components as well as physical complications. Find one who answers all your questions (and you better have a lot of them since information is your most valuable tool in dealing with any reality in life). Hope helps you cope. I could go on and on about how critical a positive outlook is. In fact, I'm in the process of writing a book about healing your mind/body/spirit. Look for it in 2003. During this past decade of studying all the ways one can heal, I've discovered eye opening research. Patients most likely to survive a life threatening illness or other major life crisis are found to have these 8 characteristics in common. I encourage you to incorporate them into your daily activities:
- Support systems
- Spending time in nature
- Managing stress
- Eating healthy, taking vitamins/supplements, and exercising regularly
- Having goals and a purpose
- . Keeping an open belief system
Meanwhile, see my reading list for excellent guides to comfort and inform. I've been free from the Hep C virus 7 years now and my prayer is for you to join me. The best way to predict your future is to be part of creating it. Be informed, act aggressively, and stay positive.
Still in one peace, Naomi Judd
For more information on Hepatitis C, visit the Quantum Media Group website.
*I've learned from experts, friends, and folks like you that nothing will change until you change the way you think. You change everything, when you change your mind. When you can’t change the way things are, you still get to choose your reactions to them.
- You can even change the world by changing our own consciousness. When you bring conscious awareness into your everyday life, you begin to heal yourself. As you expand and heal on a personal level, the positive changes will be reflected onto those around you. Like the ripple effect when a pebble is dropped in a still pond, as you grow in consciousness the mass consciousness shifts accordingly.
- Live in the present and in the presence of God. Focus all your attention on the present moment.
- You are first and foremost a spiritual being in a physical body. Your purpose is to grow in love and wisdom, and to reach out to others.
- Religion is just a bridge to help get us to our true spirituality. There are many paths, but only one journey to find God!
- Illness is often a message that something is out of balance in our lives. Symptoms are symbols. If you don’t acknowledge mentally what is going on in your life, your body embodies and then reflects the problem. Emotions are stored in the body.
- Your feelings become chemicals that can help or hurt you. Neuropepetides are chemical messengers released by the brain and received by receptor sites located throughout the body. Your body constantly registers what you believe and say.
- A prognosis is just an opinion, not a prediction. A bad prognosis is as bad as a medical curse or hex because your body acts out your expectations.
- The deepest source of your identity is God, a Supernatural Being.
- Healing begins in your mind. You should never ignore the role emotion plays in your well being.
- You are a human being, not a human doing. Tension is how you think you should be, relaxation is who you really are. Slow down and simplify.
- Change is the true nature of our world. The only security comes from within. The only control you have is over your choices and reactions.
- Become a detective in your life, question everything from within. Observation is the 1st step to having a transformation.
- You’re attracting what you feel worthy of right now in all parts of your life. You will never allow yourself to have more than you feel you deserve. Nobody does it to you – you’re doing it to yourself through others.
- The #1 indicator for how healthy you’ll be and how long you will live is your level of self-worth.
- Stop living in boring black and white, expand to technicolor! Get out of your comfort zone and take risks. Risks are fun and will allow your life to be what you’ve always wanted it to be.
- Peace of mind is the ultimate goal. Peace isn’t the absence of a problem; it’s the ability to deal with it.
NAOMI'S NEWSLETTERS AND READING LIST
- Triumph Over Fear: A Book Of Help and Hope For People With Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Phobias, by Jerilyn Ross and Rosalynn Carter. To order call 800/545-7367.
- Overcoming Panic Anxiety & Phobia: New Strategies to Free Yourself From Worry and Fear by Shirley Babior & Carol Goldman. Whole Person Associates, 1996; to order call 800-247-6789.
- The Miracle of Mindfulness, by Thich Nhat Hahn (Beacon Press, 1996)
- Touching Peace: Practicing the Art Of Mindful Living, by Thich Nhat Hahn(Parallax Press, 1992)
- Newsletter by Institute of Noetic Sciences: Noetic Sciences, P.O. Box 382, Mt. Morris, IL 61054-7666. Website: http://www.noetic.org. Phone: 707-775-3500. Fax: 707-781-7420.
I prefer the terms "integrative" or holistic or spirit, mind, body instead of "alternative" because these techniques can and should be used along with (rather than instead of) traditional medical practices.
- Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing, by Caroline Myss(Random House, 1997)
- Eight Weeks to Optimal Health: A Proven Program For Taking Full Advantage of Your Body’s Healing Power, by Dr. Andrew Weil (Knopf, 1997)
- Heal Your Body: The Mental Causes For Physical Illness and the Metaphysical Way to Overcome Them, by Louise Hay (Hay House, 1994)
- Beyond Illness: Discovering the Experience of Health, by Dr. Larry Dossey (Random House, 1985)
- Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine,by Michael T. Murray and Joseph Pizzorno, Prima Publishing, 1998
- Getting Well Again, by Dr. Carl Simonton (Bantam, 1992)
- Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and The Practice Of Medicine, by Larry Dossey, M.D. (Harper, 1995)
- How To Live Between Office Visits: A Guide to Life, Love and Health, by Bernie Siegel, M.D. (Harper Perennial, 1997)
- Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal, by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. (Riverhead Books, 1997)
- Living Beyond Limits, by David Spiegel, M.D. (Fawcett Books,1994)
- Love Medicine & Miracles: Lessons Learned About Self-Healing From A Surgeon’s Experience With Exceptional Patients,by Bernie Siegel, M.D. HarperCollins, 1990)
- Natural Alternatives to Over-the-Counter and Prescription Drugs, by Michael T. Murray (William Morrow & Co., 1994)
- On Healing by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. (To order call 415-868-2642, or write the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness, Box 316, Bolinas, CA 94924)
- The Physician Within You: Discovering the Power of Inner Healing. by Gladys McGarey, M.D., Jess Stearn and Gladys Taylor (Health Communications, 1997)
- Rituals of Healing: Using Imagery for Health and Wellness, by Jeanne Achterberg, Ph.D.; Barbara Dossey, R.N and Leslie Kolkmeier (Bantam Doubleday, 1994)
- Spontaneous Healing: How To Discover and Enhance Your Body’s Natural Ability To Heal Itself, by Andrew Weil, M.D. (Knopf, 1995)
- Super Immunity: Master Your Emotions and Improve Your Personal Health, by Paul Pearsall (Fawcett Books, 1993)
- Timeless Healing: The Power of Biology and Belief, by Herbert Benson and Marg Stark (Scribner, 1996)
- Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can, by Caroline Myss (Harmony Books, 1994)
- Healing and the Mind book and video PBS tape by Bill Moyers (Doubleday, 1993)
- The Healing Brain: Breakthrough Discoveries About How The Brain Keeps Us Healthy, by Robert Ornstein and David Sobel (Simon and Schuster, 1987)
- Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer: A Holistic Approach To Preventing Stress Disorders, by Kenneth R. Pelletier (Delta, 1992)
- Mind Body Medicine: How To Use Your Mind For Better Health, by Daniel Goleman and Joel Gurin (Consumer Reports Books, 1995)
- Minding the Body, Mending the Mind, by Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. (Bantam Doubleday, 1993)
- Molecules of Emotion: Why You Feel The Way You Feel, by Candace Pert Ph.D. (Simon & Schuster, 1997)
- Peace, Love & Healing: Body Mind Communication and The Path To Self-Healing, An Exploration, by Bernie Siegel, M.D.(HarperCollins, 1990)
- Spontaneous Remission, by Brendan O’Regan, Caryle Hirshberg and Brendan Oregon (Institute of Noetic Sciences, 1995; for membership info, call: 800-383-1586)
- A Different Kind of Health, Blair Justice Ph.D. (Peak Press)
- Who Gets Sick : How Beliefs, Moods and Thoughts Affect Your Health, by Blair and Rita Justice (J.P. Tarcher, 1989, out of print)
- Healing into Life and Death, by Stephen Levine (Anchor, 1989)
- A Year to Live, by Stephen Levine (Three Rivers Press, 1997)
- The Grace in Dying, by Kathleen Dowling Singh (Harper San Francisco, 1998)
- Mourning Sickness, by Keith Smith
Family Issues/Sibling Placement/Relationships
- Love and Survival: The Scientific Basis for the Healing Power of Intimacy, by Dr. Dean Ornish (HarperCollins, 1998)
- The Mother Daughter Dance, by Harriet Lerner, Ph.D.
- Adult Sibling Rivalry: Understanding the Legacy of Childhood, by Jane Greer and Edward Myers (Crown Publishing, 1992)
- Choicemaking, by Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse (Health Communications, 1985)
- Family Treatment: The Sibling Bond and Other Relationship Issues, by Edith M. Freeman (Charles C. Thomas Publishing, 1993)
- Legacy of the Heart: The Spiritual Advantages of A Painful Childhood, by Wayne Mueller (Fireside, 1993)
- Mom Loved You Best: Understanding the Roots of Rivalry and Enriching Your Sibling Relationships, by William E. and Mada Hapworth (Penguin USA, 1994)
- Truce: Ending The Sibling War, by Janet Bode (Franklin Watts, 1991)
- Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher Ph.D.
- The Shelter of Each Other by Mary Pipher Ph.D.
- Another Country by Mary Pipher Ph.D.
- Love Can Build A Bridge (children’s’ book) Naomi Judd, HarperCollins Publishers, 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022. http://www.harperchildrens.com
- The Bible
- Iluminata A Return to Prayer, by Marianne Williamson
- Care of the Soul: Cultivating Depth and Sacredness In Everyday Life, by Thomas Moore (Harper Perennial, 1994)
- Fire in the Soul: A New Psychology of Spiritual Optimism, by Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.(Warner Books, 1994)
- Healing into Life and Death, by Stephen Levine (Anchor Books, 1989)
- The Laws of Spirit: Simple, Powerful Truths For Making Life Work, by Dan Millman(HJ Kramer, 1995)
- Who Needs God?, by Rabbi Harold Kushner
- Mere Christianity, by C. S. Lewis (Simon & Shuster, 1980)
- Recovering the Soul: A Scientific and Spiritual Approach, by Larry Dossey, M.D.(Bantam Doubleday, 1989)
- Releasing the Ability of God Through Prayer, by Charles Capps (Harrison House, 1978)
- The Faith Factor: Proof of the Healing Power of Prayer, by Dr. Dale Mathews and Connie I. Clark (Viking Press, 1998)
- The Road Less Traveled, by Dr. M. Scott Peck (Touchstone Books, 1988)
- The Seat of the Soul, by Gary Zucav Simon & Schuster (Fireside, 1990)
- Breaking Free From Compulsive Eating, by Geneen Roth (Plume, 1993)
- The Celestine Prophecy, by James Redfield (Warner Books, 1996)
- Eat More, Weigh Less: Dr. Dean Ornish’s Life Choice Program For Losing Weight Safely, by Dean Ornish, M.D. (Harper Collins Publishers, 1997)
- Feeding The Hungry Heart: The Experience of Compulsive Eating, by Geneen Roth(Plume, 1993)
- Guilt is the Teacher, Love is the Lesson, by Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. (Warner Books, 1991)
- The Healing Foods Cookbook: 400 Delicious Recipes With Curative Power, by the Prevention Magazine editors (GK Hall & Co, 1991)
- Healthy Pleasures, by Robert Ornstein (Addison Wesley, 1990)
- Naomi's Home Companion: A Treasury of Favorite Recipes, Food For Thought and Country Wit and Wisdom, by Naomi Judd (GoodTimes Publishing, 1997)
- Program for Reversing Heart Disease, by Dean Ornish, M.D. (Random House, 1990)
- Seeking Your Healthy Balance, by Donald Tubesing (Whole Person Associates, 1992)
- When Food Is Love: Exploring The Relationship Between Eating and Intimacy, by Geneen Roth (Plume, 1993)
- Why Weight? A Guide To Ending Compulsive Eating, by Geneen Roth Plume, 1993)
- Yoga by Silva, Mira & Shyam Mehta
- Love Can Build A Bridge (autobiography), by Naomi Judd (Fawcett Books, 1994)
- Awakening Intuition, by Mona Lisa Schulz M.D and Ph.D.
- The Be-Happy Attitudes: Eight Positive Attitudes That Can Transform Your Life, by Dr. Robert Schuller (Word Books, 1997)
- Chicken Soup for the Soul, by Victor Canfield and Jack Hansen Health Communications, 1993)
- Handbook for the Soul, by Richard Carlson and Benjamin Shield, editors (Little Brown & Co., 1995)
- Second Sight, by Dr. Judith Orloff
- The Healing Heart, by Dr. Mehmet OZ
- Teach Only Love, by Gerald Jampolsky, M.D.
- Creative Visualization, by Shakti Gawain (Bantam Books, 1983)
- How To Meditate (book & tapes), by Lawrence LeShan (book published by Bantam Books, 1984; tapes published by Audio Renaissance, 1987)
- Inner Simplicity: 100 Ways To Regain Peace and Nourish Your Soul, by Elaine St. James (Bantam Doubleday, 1995)
- Mindfulness Meditation: Cultivating the Wisdom Of Your Body and Mind, by Jon Kabat-Zinn (Simon and Schuster, 1995)
- The Relaxation Response, by Herbert Benson (Avon, 1990)
- Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort & Joy, by Sarah Ban Breathnach (Warner Books, 1995)
- Simplify Your Life: 100 Ways To Slow Down and Enjoy The Things That Really Matter, by Elaine St. James (Hyperion, 1994)
- Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindful Meditation in Everyday Life, by Jon Kabat-Zinn (Hyperion, 1995)
- The Art of Happiness, by The Dali Lama
- Managing Stress, by Brian Luke Seaword, Ph.D.
- Kicking Your Stress Habits: A Do-It-Yourself Guide For Coping With Stress, by Donald A. Tubesing (New American Library, 1989)
- Screaming To Be Heard: Hormonal Connections Women Suspect...And Doctor’s Ignore, by Elizabeth Vliet (Lee M. Evans & Co, 1995)
- Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing, by Dr. Christiane Northrup (Bantam, 1995)
- A Woman's Worth, by Marianne Williamson (Ballantine Books, 1994)
- A Woman’s Book of Life, Joan Borypenko, Ph.D.
- Alive and Well, by Rita Justice, Ph.D. (Peak Press)
- I’m Too Young To Get Old, by Judith Reichman, M.D.
- 7) The Wisdom of Menopause, by Dr. Christiane Northrup.
- Health Wisdom for Women Newsletter, by Dr. Christiane Northrup (To order call 800-211-8561).
- Self-Healing Newsletter, by Andrew Weil, M.D. (To subscribe, call 1-800-523-3296)
- A Real Life, newsletter (To subscribe send check or money order for $30 to: 245 Eighth Avenue, Box 400, New York, NY 10011.)
- Connections Newsletter, (To order call 800-383-1394)
- Mind/Body Health Newsletter, by David Sobel, M.D. and Robert Ornstein, Ph.D.
- The Hope Heart Institute Newsletter, Healthy Bites (To order call 616-343-0770)
- Psychology & Health Update Newsletter (To order write, P.O. box 469103, Escondido, CA 92046)
I recommend The Health Resource, Inc. It is a professional medical information service. A team of researchers present you individualized comprehensive research report on your specific medical condition. It will contain information on the latest mainstream experimental, as well as integrative treatment options for you to consider. The Health Resource, Inc., 933 Faulkner Street, Conway, AR 72032 1-800-949-0090.
NAOMI'S TAPE SUGGESTIONS FOR PEACEFUL AND INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC
To order a catalog, contact Soundings of the Planet at 800-93-PEACE or visit the Sounding of the Planet website at www.PeaceThroughMusic.com Tropic of Paradise, Forest Rain, Life Streams, Ocean Dreams, Peaceful Pond, Dreamstreams, Desert Dawn Song.
Seashore Solitude - Rising Star Records
Ancestral Voices - Carlos Nakai & William Eaton
Migration - Peter Kater & Carlos Nakai
Portraits & The Living Earth - both by Annie Locke
Cristofori's Dream - David Lanz
The Sky of Mind - Ray Lynch
Silence is the Answer, Land of Enchantment & Sands of Time - all by Deuter
Music to Disappear in, Vol. II - Raphael
Himalaya - David Parsons
Enhancing Massage & Inner Peace - both by Steven Halpern
Angel Love & Crystal Illuminations - both by Aeoliah
Lullaby for the Hearts of Space - Kevin Braheny
Planetary Chronicles, Vol. I & II & Tingri - John Serrie
Praise and Worship Tapes
Inspirational CDs by Don Potter. You can order his music through his website: http://www.donpottermusic.com
Spiritual Journeys: Meditations – Woodland Streams, Sea Shore, Desert Rain, and Night Watch. Purchase through Master/Media (817-498-8909)
Gregorian Chants, Ave Maria - Benedictine Nuns of St. Cecilia's Abbey
Tibetan Bells, Vol. III: Empty Mirror - Henry Wolff & Nancy Hennings
NAWANG, Sounds of Peace
Environments: Music of the Future, I-IV Ocean Sounds, Thunderstorms, English Meadow, etc.
Morning and Evening Meditations and Prayers - Joan Borysenko Ph.D.
Angelic Meditation - Audio Alternatives (914-238-5943)
Relaxation/Imagery Skills/Stress Management tapes
Whole Person Associates (800/247-6789)
Meditations for Overcoming Depression - Joan Borysenko Ph.D.
Moderately Upbeat Music
Beyond the Gardens, Behind the Wall, White Winds, Down to the Moos, Dancing with the Lion, Caverna Magica - all by Andreas Vollenweider
No Blue Thing - Ray Lynch
Natural States - David Lanz & Paul Speed
Silk Road - Kitaro
Aerial Boundaries, Breakfast in Bed - both by Michael Hedges
Narada: The Wilderness Collection
Piano Escapes - Michael Jones
It Takes a Year and Past Light - William Ackerman
Still Moments - Scott Cossu
To order any of the above: Bodhi Tree Bookstore 800/825-9798
GENERAL RESOURCE NUMBERS AND HOTLINES
Alcoholics Anonymous (212) 870-3400
American Cancer Society Response Line: (800) 227-2345 http://www.cancer.org
American Heart Association (888) 694-3278 http://www.americanheart.org
Anxiety Disorders Association of America (301) 231-9259
Arthritis Foundation (800) 283-7800 http://www.arthritis.org
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) http://www.DBSAlliance.org
Dial-A-Hearing Screening Test: (800) 222-3277
Emergency Contraception Hotline: (800) 584-9911
Gambling Addiction Hotline: (800) 522-4700
Grief Recovery Institute: (800) 445-4808
Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (800) 444-4441 http:///www.sgo.org
National AIDS Clearinghouse: (800) 458-5231
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (800) 950-6264 http://www.nami.org
National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations (888) 806-2226 http://www.nabco.org
National Clearinghouse for Alcohol & Drugs: (800) 729-6686
National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-7233
National Insurance Consumer Helpline: (800) 942-4242
National Mental Health Association: (800) 969-6642
Office of Alternative Medicine (888) 644-4741
Sexually Transmitted Diseases Hotline: (800) 227-8922
Today, while you’re reading this eight to ten people needing an organ transplant will die because there aren’t enough donor organs. Children are twice as likely to die than adults. I’ve visited patients and their families in hospitals while they pray and wait hoping for an available organ. Please sign the back of your driver’s license to be a donor, and tell your family of your wishes.
HEPATITIS C INFORMATION
Living With Hepatitis C: A Survivor’s guide, by Gregory Everson, MD & Hedy Weinberg, Hatherleigh Press, 1997.
The Hepatitis C Handbook, by Matthew Dolan. Published by Catalyst Press United Kingdom (To order send check or money order for $27.75 to PJ Communications DAB/MBE, 511 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10011 or call Quantum Media Group at (802) 655-3415. To order by e-mail, send your name, address, phone number and credit card info to Jason McClure @ CompuServe.com).
Focus: On Hepatitis C publishes a monthly newsletter. $3.75 per issue/$21.00 for a 6 month subscription, or $40 for a 12-month subscription. To order, call Quantum Media Group at (802) 655-2579, or send check or money order to: Quantum Media Group, 130 Prim Road, Suite 510, Colchesterm Vermont, 05446-1326
Visit the Hep C Connection: http://www.hepc-connection.org
Visit the Focus: On Hepatitis C International Web Site at http://pages.prodigy.com/hepc.
American Liver Foundation, 1425 Pompton Ave. Cedar Grove, NJ 07009. 1-800-GO-LIVER or 1-888-4-HEP-ABC.
Office of Alternative Medicine, 9000 Rockville Pike, Building 31, Bethesda, MD 20892. (888) 644-4741/Fax: (301) 402-4741.
Living with Hep C: Everson and Weinberg
The Hepatitis C Handbook, by Matthew Dolan
I recommend Hepatitis C Home Kit "Home Access Health’s Hepatitis C Check" To order call 1-888-888-4372; it is also available on the web.