Viral Load Effect of International Travel June
My name is D. 45 yrs old and I was diagnosed with Hepatitis
C in 1990 when donating blood. I have been basically
asymtomatic other than weight gain, fluctuating hepatic enzymes
and tiredness. Had a biopsy in 1995 and didn't show
anything serious. No alcohol products, no antibiotics,
no tylenol, no over the counter or prescription medications
since 1995. I have not taken any treatments.
Last year I was told I hadgenotype
1a. My HCV RNA Quant. absolute value in May 2002
was 2,510,000. I started part of your program that May. I
did the frozen bovine thymus every other day, milk thistle
daily, aloe vera juice when I remembered, ecchinacea, eurocel,
NADH, selenium, vit, calcium, occasionally.
Nov 2002 (6 months later) Viral
absolute value was 1,660,000 about a 34% reduction in viral
load. All blood test normal except ALT 57 (15-49).
I was fired up and decided to comment myself to the
program alittle better. Started trying to swallow more pills,
increased the aloe juice, ordered the milk thistle tea.
I felt myself getter better. Didn't need to sleep as
much, more active started working 12hr night shifts 6-12 in
a row (when 2 - 12hr shifts would normally knock me on my
March 2003 traveled to Italy and Sicily as the RN escort
for an educational trip with students for about 3 weeks. Couldn't
take the frozen bovine but took the Thymus capsules, aloe
juice and other pills fathfully all though not in the quantity
recommended. We were on the go everyday and I could keep up.
Came home and didn't crave the alovera juice as much - quit
smoking while on the trip. May 2003 did another HCV RNA Quant
and it was up 3,020,000. Starting to get some nerve twitching
in my fingers and toes and cramping.
Can you tell me what you think might be going on? My family
thinks I'm working too hard and on the go too much - they
say when I come home from a long stretch of work I'm a zombie
for a few days - but I tell them its my healing period and
I'm switching over to daylight hours. I guess since my viral
load had gone down in Nov 2002 I thought it was okay to do
Please let me know your opinion on all of this. I also would
like to go to Peru in a few weeks - how can I avoid this increase
in viral load? How does international travel affect
viral load that much. I also thought being smoke free
would reduce my viral load.
Thank you for your time
I have noticed and I have posted my findings on my message
board regarding traveling to other countries.
Every person I know of that is on my program and who travels
to a foreign country has there viral load go up.
Some more than others. Also cruise ships do it as well.
The reason is that your body is exposed to bacterial and
viral infections mostly thru finger tips touching the nose
These viral and bacterial agents are ones that your immune
system is not familiar with and then begin to fight and build
a tolerance to. This raises the viral load.
It is like a bat tub full of water.
When you get in, the water level goes up, if you put some
more items in, the water level goes up.
I have not yet discovered how long it takes for the viral
load to go back down, mostly because most people are so up
set that it happens that they do not get back to me for a
It is normal, I see it weekly and your doctor will know nothing
about it. You should notice a slow drop back to where
it was unless you did something else or contracted something
It is most usually bacterial infections you never know you
have. Your body knows so it fights them.
In a few weeks I will have a new product from atrium that
is a little less than 1/2 as strong as the frozen, not as
good but better than nothing that you can take it with you.