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5.0 out of 5 stars Book review, November 29, 1999
This review is from: Dr. Melissa Palmer's Guide to Hepatitis and Liver Disease: What You Need to Know (Paperback)
Dr. Melissa Palmer's Guide to Hepatitis and Liver Disease What You Need to Know will undoubtedly become a Bible to liver sufferers. In this superbly written book we come to understand a silent epidemic and the horrible toll it can exact on its victims and their families. The book is very easy to read and attacks liver disease in a step by step approach in which the valuable nuggets of information will be easily digested. The book covers a wide array of topics starting with what to do when you are diagnosed with liver disease. The book depicts the many manifestations of liver disease and the signs and symptoms which accompany it. The next step is what to do when you find out that you have a liver problem which includes picking the best liver specialist. The laboratory tests and diagnostic liver procedures are explained so that the reader will have a good comprehension of what it all means. Numerous chapters are dedicated to the various types of hepatitis including viral, alcoholic, and autoimmune. Cirrhosis is also a target of intense discussion not to mention the various types of benign and malignant liver tumors. There are a number of chapters which discuss treatment plans and the arsenal of drugs which are presently available along with their side effects. Frankly discussed are the alternative therapies and herbal medicines. The last few chapters are devoted to the practical aspects of liver disease and how best to live your life. Diet and nutrition as well as exercise and lifestyle changes are critical to a favorable outcome to those with liver disease. Discussed are the nutritional aspects of liver disease with regard to the optimal intake of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. Sex, Pregnancy and the prevention of transmission of hepatitis also brought to light. Questions like, " Can I contract hepatitis through sex ?" and "Can I pass hepatitis to my unborn child?" are dealt with. The book debunks many of the myths out there with simplicity and science. On a final note as a physician I was gratified to learn that people with liver disease are not given a death sentence rather the outlook for them is more promising that ever.
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Initial post: Feb 17, 2009 8:38:36 PM PST
Clearly biased towrd western medicine and alot of the misinformation on alternative therapies and Herbs is just untrue. There are alot of studies for example on Milk Thistle that she just choses to ignore. All herbs and alternative treatments are dismissed as unproven and dangerous, even if the information exists here or in Europe that they are safe and effective.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 11:32:09 AM PDT
sam selastra says:
I tried milk thistle, and got the worst allergic reaction you could imagine. So much for alternative herbal medicine for me.
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