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Hepatitis C Poll Archives

Can drinking alcohol cause elevated liver enzymes?

  • Yes, definitely. (92%)
  • I'm not sure. (6%)
  • No way. (2%)
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Green tea is a powerful protector of liver health. Do you drink green tea?

  • Yes, I love it! (42%)
  • Yes, but only once in awhile. (34%)
  • No, I'm not a fan. (14%)
  • No, I prefer to drink other teas. (9%)
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True or False: Having Hepatitis C once does not provide immunity from getting it again.

  • True (79%)
  • False (21%)
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Scientific facts support the value of antioxidants in stopping Hepatitis C virus-related liver cancer. Which antioxidant supplements do you use?

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Most people with Hepatitis C need to eat plenty of protein, because it is composed of amino acids, the major building blocks the body uses to make many substances and tissues including liver cells. Which is your go-to protein source?

  • All of the Above (41%)
  • Eggs (12%)
  • Lean Beef, Pork or Lean Poultry (11%)
  • Fish (9%)
  • Nuts and Seeds (7%)
  • Protein Shakes (7%)
  • Beans (7%)
  • Dairy (3%)
  • None of the Above (1%)
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Which of these foods can help lower liver inflammation?

  • Pineapples (45%)
  • All of the Above (19%)
  • Bananas (16%)
  • None of the Above (16%)
  • Potatoes (4%)
  • Brownies (0%)
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Did you know that Hepatitis C patients may get benefits through two separate disability programs?

  • No, this is news to me. (97%)
  • Yes. (3%)
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It has been researched and revealed that both coffee and some teas supply liver health benefits. Which do you like to drink?

  • It depends. I like to drink both. (45%)
  • Coffee (39%)
  • Green Tea, Dandelion Tea, Chicory Tea and Others (13%)
  • None of the Above (3%)
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Five of the best foods you can feed your liver are berries, beets, avocado, cruciferous vegetables and leafy greens! How many of these do you eat regularly?

  • All of them! Yum! (38%)
  • 1-2 (29%)
  • 3-4 (29%)
  • None (4%)
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Hepatitis C can cause poor sleep. Do you suffer from insomnia or sleep disturbances?

  • Yes, often. (80%)
  • Nope, not really. (20%)
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Have you ever tried reducing liver congestion and toxicity by sipping organic detox tea?

  • No (75%)
  • Yes (25%)
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Avocados, full of healthy fats and fiber, are a great food for liver health. Have you ever tried avocados in a chocolate mousse?

  • No, that does not sound good to me. (41%)
  • No, but please show me the recipe! (35%)
  • Yes, and it was delicious! (24%)
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Did you know that dragon fruit positively impacts insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and a fatty liver?

  • I didn't know until today! (55%)
  • What is dragon fruit? (26%)
  • Yes, I knew that. (19%)
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We provide uplifting and motivational quotes in every R&T News Update. Do you enjoy and benefit from this part of our e-newsletters?

  • Yes, definitely! Keep them coming. (87%)
  • Sometimes. (10%)
  • Sorry, not really. (3%)
  • I never noticed the quotes. (0%)
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There is a rising incidence of NAFLD. What percentage of body weight is recommended for individuals who are overweight to lose through regular diet and exercise?

  • 10% (34%)
  • 15% (31%)
  • 25% (30%)
  • 5% (6%)
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Have you heard that birch water can help detoxify your liver?

  • This is news to me! (95%)
  • Yes (5%)
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A daily cup of ginger root tea offers liver health benefits, including reducing fat in the liver and deflecting liver damage. How often do you drink ginger root tea?

  • I have never tried ginger root tea, but would like to. (45%)
  • Never. (24%)
  • A few times a week. (18%)
  • Every day! (14%)
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Unfortunately, stress causes physiological changes that impact the health of the liver. How do you try to minimize stress in your life and body?

  • I use a combination of the above to reduce stress in my life. (30%)
  • I do my best to get enough sleep every night. (22%)
  • None of the above. (21%)
  • Stress is not an issue for me. (14%)
  • I like to meditate to clear my head. (5%)
  • I supplement with curcumin, because it can impact emotional well-being. (4%)
  • I go to Yoga classes. (3%)
  • I write my thoughts in a journal, and it helps relieve daily stress. (1%)
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True or False: There is a link between Hepatitis C and Parkinson's disease.

  • True (64%)
  • False (36%)
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So you love McDonald’s Shamrock Shake? Natural Wellness created a tasty, healthier version – with GREENS! Would you try this taste-tested Delicious Shamrock Shake?

  • Yes, definitely! (69%)
  • I'm not sure. (17%)
  • No, shakes are not for me. (14%)
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Dark chocolate can be helpful for those with Hepatitis C for stress relief and blood pressure reduction. True or False: Experts believe that dark chocolate contains a very large number of antioxidants – nearly eight times the number found in strawberries.

  • True (91%)
  • False (9%)
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Which of these spices can help you achieve a healthy weight AND protect your liver?

  • Turmeric, Cinnamon, Garlic, Cumin (77%)
  • Turmeric, Cinnamon, Chili Powder, Dried Thyme (15%)
  • Garlic, Cumin, Salt, Black Pepper (5%)
  • Black Pepper, Onion Powder, Cinnamon, Dried Mustard (2%)
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Milk thistle’s role in supporting and protecting the liver is widely known. What other benefits does milk thistle offer the body?

  • All of the above. (83%)
  • None of the above. (9%)
  • Milk thistle is protective of the nervous system, including the brain. (3%)
  • A growing body of research is demonstrating that silymarin can help decrease blood sugar levels in those with diabetes and those with insulin resistance – a precursor to diabetes. (3%)
  • Because it is a potent anti-inflammatory substance, milk thistle is extremely valuable for maintaining cardiovascular health. (1%)
  • Milk thistle's believed value for cancer prevention is via boosting the immune system, fighting DNA damage, reversing cancerous tumor growth and inhibiting the binding of toxins to cell membranes. (1%)
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A natural concoction called Golden Honey is a recipe that you can make at home. It consists of turmeric and honey - and helps improve immune, digestive and liver health. Have you ever tried this recipe?

  • No - but I want to know more about this easy, homemade mixture. (81%)
  • Yes. (13%)
  • No, I am not interested. (6%)
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Green coffee extract aids weight management and supports liver health. Would you try supplementing with it?

  • I am curious and would like to try it. (44%)
  • Definitely! (33%)
  • I am hesitant about taking anything that touts weight loss or weight management. (13%)
  • Nope, not interested. (10%)
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Pears can help assist your liver. How do you like to eat them best?

  • Eaten as is, like an apple! (84%)
  • Sliced in my salad. (7%)
  • Other. (5%)
  • As a jam or jelly. (2%)
  • None of the above. (2%)
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Papaya seeds are an ally for liver health. Do you incorporate them into your diet?

  • Maybe I should! (76%)
  • Yes, sometimes. (21%)
  • No, I am not interested. (3%)
  • I tried them a few times, but that was enough. (0%)
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Juicing marijuana might be the best way to prevent and heal chronic liver disease. Would you consider trying it?

  • Yes, I want to try this. (84%)
  • Undecided. (8%)
  • No, this is not for me. (6%)
  • Yes, I have already tried this. (2%)
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Which of these 7 beverages contains the most amount of fructose and is thus most harmful to your liver?

  • Mountain Dew (33%)
  • Pepsi (19%)
  • Tropicana 100% Orange Juice (16%)
  • Arizona Iced Tea with Lemon Flavor (11%)
  • Minute Maid 100% Apple Juice (10%)
  • Ocean Spray 100% Cranberry Juice (8%)
  • 7-Up (4%)
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What flavor of UltraNourish would you like best?

  • Vanilla (31%)
  • Chocolate (28%)
  • Strawberry Banana (21%)
  • Unflavored and unsweetened. This way I can make it to my liking. (20%)
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Kale helps detoxify the body, supports a healthy weight, fights inflammation, and more! Do you eat this green vegetable?

  • Yes, very often. (59%)
  • No, I have never tried it. (16%)
  • I prefer other leafy vegetables. (14%)
  • No, but I would like to start. (11%)
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Have you ever used marijuana for medicinal purposes?

  • Yes (51%)
  • No (41%)
  • No, but I will in the future. (8%)
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Have you ever been diagnosed with Lyme Disease?

  • No (88%)
  • Yes (12%)
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Which Hepatitis C treatment have you used, currently use or plan to use?

  • Harvoni (47%)
  • Sovaldi (20%)
  • Pegasys (13%)
  • None of the Above (6%)
  • Incivek (6%)
  • Viekira Pak (4%)
  • Olysio (2%)
  • Rebetron (1%)
  • Victrelis (1%)
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Genotype 1 is the most common type of Hepatitis C genotype in the U.S. and the most difficult to treat. For physicians, knowing the genotype of Hep C is helpful in making a therapeutic recommendation. Which genotype of chronic HCV did/do you have?

  • Genotype 1a (53%)
  • Genotype 1b (19%)
  • Genotype 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e and 3f (12%)
  • Genotype 2a, 2b, 2c and 2d (11%)
  • Genotype 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 4e, 4f, 4g, 4h, 4i and 4j (4%)
  • Genotype 5a (1%)
  • Genotype 6a (0%)
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In your opinion, what is a fair price to pay to undergo successful Hepatitis C treatment?

  • Less than $5,000 (44%)
  • None of the above. It should be free. (29%)
  • $5,001 to $10,000 (11%)
  • $10,001 to $20,000 (6%)
  • None of the above. I would pay as much as is needed. (3%)
  • $20,001 to $40,000 (3%)
  • $40,001 to $60,000 (2%)
  • $80,001 or $100,000 (1%)
  • $60,001 to $80,000 (1%)
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Consuming protein can help people with some types of liver problems. How do you get your protein?

  • All of the Above (33%)
  • Poultry (14%)
  • Seafood (8%)
  • Eggs (8%)
  • Legumes (8%)
  • Dairy (7%)
  • Protein Powders (5%)
  • Soy (4%)
  • Lean Beef (3%)
  • Other (3%)
  • None of the Above (3%)
  • Lean Pork (3%)
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Fatigue is a common symptom for people with Hepatitis C. What lifestyle modification do you rely on the most to lessen your fatigue?

  • All of the above (44%)
  • Exercising (19%)
  • Prioritizing sleep (18%)
  • Drinking lots of water (9%)
  • None of the above (3%)
  • Reducing stress (3%)
  • Other (2%)
  • Enlisting psychological support (2%)
  • Avoiding too much caffeine (1%)
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Limes are a great culinary ingredient for supporting liver wellness. Do you incorporate limes into your diet?

  • Yes! (64%)
  • No, but I want to start. (36%)
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Migraines and/or headaches can benefit from liver support.

  • TRUE (87%)
  • FALSE (13%)
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Which foods do you avoid to help protect your liver?

  • Alcohol (54%)
  • All of the Above (33%)
  • Processed Foods (6%)
  • Hydrogenated Oils (3%)
  • None of the Above (2%)
  • Fruit Juices (1%)
  • Wheat and Gluten (1%)
  • Other (0%)
  • Dairy Products (0%)
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Can your liver benefit from coconut oil?

  • Definitely (63%)
  • Not Sure (34%)
  • No Way (3%)
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True or False: Excessive amounts and long term exposure of Triclosan, a chemical added to many products, such as soap, to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination, can lead to liver toxicity and even give rise to liver fibrosis and cancer.

  • TRUE (86%)
  • FALSE (14%)
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Did you know that a bio-artificial liver is currently in human trials?

  • No (86%)
  • Yes (14%)
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Have you ever had to tell a child he or she has Hepatitis C?

  • No. (76%)
  • Yes. (18%)
  • No, but I will have to soon and I am not sure how. (5%)
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Eating the right foods is essential for a liver detox diet. Which of these do you eat most often?

  • All of the Above (33%)
  • Apples (17%)
  • Broccoli (13%)
  • Garlic (12%)
  • Lemons (8%)
  • Avocados (7%)
  • Walnuts (6%)
  • None of the Above (5%)
  • Seaweed (0%)
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There is no doubt that drinking excessive quantities of alcohol harms the liver, and any amount of alcohol can harm someone with Hepatitis C. How often do you consume alcoholic beverages?

  • Never. (43%)
  • Only at special occasions (such as a wedding). (25%)
  • About once a week. (16%)
  • Almost every day. (16%)
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Supplementing with probiotics and providing the gastrointestinal system with beneficial bacteria is steadily gaining respect in the quest for a lean, healthful liver. Do you supplement with probiotics?

  • Yes, on a regular basis. (65%)
  • No, but I would like to start. (18%)
  • Sometimes. (18%)
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Drinking water benefits your liver, and several experts suggest there are certain times of the day that are ideal for hydrating. When do you more likely to drink water?

  • All of the above (71%)
  • Upon waking up (14%)
  • Prior to and following physical activity (5%)
  • I rarely drink water (5%)
  • Before a meal (3%)
  • Before bed (2%)
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Regular incorporation of the following four foods into your diet will boost the liver's detox capability. Which do you eat most often?

  • All of the Above (34%)
  • Lemons (27%)
  • Apples (20%)
  • Broccoli Sprouts (10%)
  • None of the Above (4%)
  • Other (3%)
  • Seaweed (1%)
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Feeling itchy may be a result of chronic liver disease. Which of these 9 natural itch-relief approaches have provided the best results?

  • All of the Above (37%)
  • None of the Above (16%)
  • Using topical creams and lotions (16%)
  • Putting a cold pack on the skin (6%)
  • Avoiding heat and humidity (5%)
  • Drinking water (5%)
  • Supplementing with milk thistle (4%)
  • Gently rubbing the itchy area with an ice cube (4%)
  • Wearing comfortable clothing made from natural fabrics (3%)
  • Taking an oatmeal bath (3%)
  • Showering in tepid water (1%)
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Regular exercise benefits liver health, as it can reduce the incidence of obesity in HCV patients, elevate mood and enhance blood oxygenation. How often do you exercise?

  • 1-3 days a week (31%)
  • 4-5 days a week (28%)
  • Every day (23%)
  • Not as often as I would like (14%)
  • Never (5%)
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Liver disease can impact how well you sleep. Which do you rely on most to get a sound night's sleep?

  • None of the Above (30%)
  • All of the Above (21%)
  • Physical Activity (17%)
  • Nutrition (11%)
  • Stress Relief (11%)
  • Herbal Formulae (8%)
  • Releasing Stuck Emotions (2%)
  • Acupuncture (0%)
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Those with liver disease are more likely than those with a healthy liver to experience the symptoms of lactose intolerance. Do you suffer from symptoms of undigested lactose (such as gurgling stomach, cramps, bloating, diarrhea, nausea, etc.)?

  • Unfortunately, Yes (51%)
  • Nope (28%)
  • Sometimes (17%)
  • Not Sure (3%)
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Only adults get liver disease.

  • FALSE (98%)
  • TRUE (2%)
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Numerous studies have demonstrated correlations between gluten intolerance and liver disorders. What do you think is the most common symptom of gluten sensitivity?

  • All of the Above (55%)
  • Bloating, Constipation, Cramping, Gas (31%)
  • Fatigue (11%)
  • Dizziness (2%)
  • None of the Above (1%)
  • Mood Disorders (1%)
  • Headaches (0%)
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People with liver concerns are extremely vulnerable to fluid retention from salt consumption. Which popular food dish do you think packs the most sodium (and should be avoided)?

  • French Onion Soup from TGI Fridays (57%)
  • Chicken Alfredo Pizza from The Olive Garden (17%)
  • Texas Cheese Fries from Chili's Bar & Grill (16%)
  • Honey BBQ Chicken Salad from Buffalo Wild Wings (11%)
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Although the temperatures have been cold and weather has been severe, spring is set to start later in March. How do you plan on spring cleaning your liver?

  • All of the Above (67%)
  • Going Outside and Being Active (9%)
  • Taking Milk Thistle (8%)
  • Avoiding Liver Inflammatory Foods (6%)
  • Drinking Lemon Water (5%)
  • None of the Above (4%)
  • Loading Up on Green Veggies (1%)
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Human and animal studies have shown that quercetin can reduce the accumulation of dangerous abdominal and liver fat. Quercetin even helps prevent the development of cancer cells in the liver. Which food do you think naturally contains quercetin?

  • All of the Above (48%)
  • Apples (24%)
  • Broccoli (11%)
  • Onions (9%)
  • Tomatoes (3%)
  • Oranges (3%)
  • None of the Above (2%)
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With Valentine's Day approaching, there are several factors to consider when giving and receiving chocolate, the traditional gift of the holiday. What type of chocolate do you think can help support the health of your liver?

  • Dark Chocolate (80%)
  • None of the Above - Chocolate is not healthy! (15%)
  • All of the Above (3%)
  • White Chocolate (2%)
  • Milk Chocolate (1%)
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Which two sources of caffeine have proven to be beneficial for those with Hepatitis C?

  • Coffee and Green Tea (85%)
  • Green Tea and Diet Soda (11%)
  • Green Tea and Energy Drinks (4%)
  • Energy Drinks and Coffee (0%)
  • Diet Soda and Coffee (0%)
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Due to health regulations, the cinnamon bun may soon be banned in Denmark. Which ingredient do you think is causing this sticky situation with regard to liver health?

  • Sugar (64%)
  • Cinnamon (17%)
  • Butter (14%)
  • Eggs (3%)
  • Milk (2%)
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Stress is abundant this time of year and can be harmful to your liver's health. How do you try to reduce stress during the holiday season?

  • All of the Above (37%)
  • None of the Above (21%)
  • Exercise (13%)
  • Get a Massage (9%)
  • Listen to Relaxing Music (7%)
  • Watch a Funny Movie (7%)
  • Meditate and Practice Deep Breathing (5%)
  • Aromatherapy (1%)
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Which herb is a good part of a liver wellness diet, and contains selenium, arginine, vitamin B6 and vitamin C?

  • Garlic (54%)
  • Parsley (18%)
  • Thyme (14%)
  • Basil (9%)
  • Lavender (4%)
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Which Hep-C friendly side dish are you looking forward to trying this year at Thanksgiving?

  • Baked Sweet Potatoes (39%)
  • All of the Above! (30%)
  • None of the Above (10%)
  • Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Lemon (8%)
  • Beet and Apple Salad (7%)
  • Quinoa Stuffing with Walnuts, Cranberry and Artichoke (5%)
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Experts believe that anxiety is predominantly a side effect of interferon, but it can also accompany the worry and uncertainty elicited when fighting any chronic illness. If you have suffered from anxiety, which ways have you tried to ease it?

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A new study that appeared in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology suggests that drinking 3 cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma by 40 percent. How many cups of coffee do you drink a day?

  • 42006 (41%)
  • 42067 (28%)
  • 0 (22%)
  • 5 or more (9%)
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Probiotics benefit people with chronic liver disease, as well as those struggling with the Hepatitis C drug side effects of fatigue, nausea and low appetite. Do you currently supplement with probiotics?

  • No, but I would like to learn more. (59%)
  • Yes, on a regular basis. (39%)
  • No, I am not interested. (1%)
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Although seemingly distinct from bone density, various studies and physician reports indicate a relationship between Hepatitis C and osteoporosis. What ways have you tried to add Vitamin D and calcium to your diet to help fend off osteoporosis?

  • All of the Above (37%)
  • Multi-Vitamins (35%)
  • None of the Above (12%)
  • Yogurt (8%)
  • Broccoli (5%)
  • Cheese (2%)
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True or False? Honey has been associated with improved liver health and a reduced risk of liver disease.

  • TRUE (79%)
  • Undecided (13%)
  • FALSE (8%)
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The focus of a wide range of clinical studies, curcumin has repeatedly demonstrated liver benefits. You can find products that contain Curcumin C3 Complex® or turmeric root. Have you ever supplemented with curcumin?

  • Yes (49%)
  • No (29%)
  • No, but I add turmeric powder to some foods I eat. (22%)
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A new study debunks previous clinicians' conclusions that smoking marijuana contributes to liver injury. Have you ever tried medicinal marijuana to help alleviate side effects from Hepatitis C?

  • Yes (63%)
  • No (37%)
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Choosing a peach over a dessert loaded with fat, sugar and devoid of nutrients is a wise decision for anyone with a compromised liver due to Hepatitis C. What is your favorite fruit to snack on in the summer?

  • All of the Above (35%)
  • Watermelon (22%)
  • Apples (17%)
  • Peaches (11%)
  • Grapes (10%)
  • None of the Above (4%)
  • Pears (1%)
  • Plums (1%)
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There are safer, non-pharmaceutical ways to ease joint pain that will not put any additional stress on the liver. If you suffer from joint pain, which of these substances have you tried?

  • Glucosamine and Chondroitin (59%)
  • None of the Above (25%)
  • All of the Above (8%)
  • Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane (MSM) (5%)
  • Chicken Collagen Type II (4%)
  • Phellodendron Amurense (0%)
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There is little doubt that strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are nutritious, but which one of these berries do you think is best for preserving liver health?

  • Blueberries (73%)
  • Raspberries (14%)
  • Strawberries (10%)
  • None of the Above (4%)
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In its pure form, coffee can benefit the liver. However, additives such as cream and sugar, can work against liver health. Which iced coffee do you think contributes the most to liver inflammation or compounds liver fat accumulation?

  • Starbucks Blended Coffee Frappuccino® (62%)
  • Dunkin' Donuts Small Iced Coffee (17%)
  • Starbucks Grande Iced Coffee (11%)
  • Dunkin' Donuts Small Coffee Coolata® (9%)
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Have you ever participated or plan to participate in a Hepatitis C drug trial?

  • Yes (55%)
  • No (32%)
  • Not sure (13%)
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Although there is some crossover between HCV and thyroid disorder symptoms, being aware of their possible co-existence can help a person discover a previously unknown ailment. Have you ever been tested for an abnormal thyroid?

  • Yes (72%)
  • No (28%)
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Have you or someone you know had to disclose that they have Hepatitis C to their employer?

  • Yes (64%)
  • No (36%)
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Have you ever, or do you currently, eat selenium-rich foods or supplement with selenium to help battle HCV?

  • Yes, I have or currently eat broccoli, onions, garlic or other selenium-rich foods. (48%)
  • Yes, I have or currently eat selenium-rich foods and supplement with selenium. (20%)
  • No, I did not know about the benefits of selenium until today. (12%)
  • Yes, I have or currently supplement with selenium. (11%)
  • No, but I would like to learn more. (9%)
  • No, I have no interest in doing so. (0%)
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Did you know that Telaprevir can cause serious skin reactions?

  • Yes (69%)
  • No (31%)
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Although far from a comprehensive list, these manufacturers rank better in liver-friendly cosmetics than more conventional brands. Which do you use or plan to use in the future?

  • I do not wear makeup. (31%)
  • None of the Above (25%)
  • Burt's Bees (19%)
  • Aubrey (9%)
  • Weleda (5%)
  • Ecco Bella (4%)
  • Dr. Hauschka (4%)
  • Giovanni (2%)
  • Honeybee Gardens (1%)
  • BWC - Beauty without Cruelty (1%)
  • Lavera (0%)
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The next generation of Hepatitis C drugs may be on the horizon. Are you or someone you know waiting for these new drugs before trying triple antiviral therapy?

  • Yes (84%)
  • No, I am currently on triple antiviral therapy. (9%)
  • No, I preserve the health of my liver without using drugs. (8%)
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Being educated on the risks involved (including the spread of HCV) with body piercing will benefit everyone partaking in it. How many body piercings do you have?

  • 0 (66%)
  • 42007 (26%)
  • 42100 (4%)
  • 10+ (2%)
  • 42194 (1%)
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Saunas have health benefits, such as easing muscular tension and stimulating immunity. Even so, the use of saunas should be approached cautiously by people with Hep C. Did you get your doctor's OK prior to using a sauna after knowing you had HCV?

  • No, I thought it was safe. (50%)
  • No, I do not like to use saunas. (38%)
  • Yes, I asked my physician for permission. (12%)
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Have you or someone you know had trouble quitting alcohol after learning of a hepatitis diagnosis?

  • Yes (64%)
  • No (36%)
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By creating a thoughtful dinner at home for Valentine's Day, you can control the presence and quantity of pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory ingredients. Which anti-inflammatory foods do you plan on including on your Valentine's Day menu?

  • Fish (67%)
  • All of the Above (20%)
  • I plan on dining out this year. (6%)
  • Produce (3%)
  • Whole Grains (2%)
  • None of the Above (2%)
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Acupuncture maximizes the body's potential for health by creating an energetic balance. It can reduce fatigue, stop nausea and/or vomiting, ease headaches and muscle aches, improve mood and relieve stress. Have you ever tried acupuncture?

  • No (58%)
  • Yes (42%)
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Finding decent substitutes in recipes can go a long way in supporting the well-being of our liver. Which do you think is the suggested option for replacing sugar in sweet, baked recipes?

  • All of the Above (32%)
  • Honey (24%)
  • Unsweetened Applesauce (19%)
  • None of the Above (10%)
  • Plain, Non-Fat Yogurt (8%)
  • Pure Maple Syrup (6%)
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Has having Hepatitis C put a damper on your sex life?

  • Yes, my desire has diminished. (37%)
  • Yes, my energy is not the same. (32%)
  • No, my sex life has not changed. (30%)
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People living with Hepatitis C, cirrhosis and those undergoing Hepatitis C antiviral treatment are all encouraged by the medical community to receive an annual flu shot. Do you get an annual flu shot?

  • Yes (46%)
  • No (40%)
  • Sometimes (14%)
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Alcohol flows heavily during the holidays, but it destroys liver cells. What drink do you most often substitute for alcohol during the festivities?

  • Tea (21%)
  • Lemon Water (21%)
  • Coffee (16%)
  • I Do Not Always Substitute (14%)
  • Other (12%)
  • Juice (8%)
  • Nonalcoholic Beer (7%)
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Some foods can provide significant health benefits. Do you think cranberry is a good choice for liver health?

  • Yes, absolutely! (81%)
  • No, I've never heard of cranberry having liver health benefits. (12%)
  • Undecided (7%)
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Do you think changes in a person's fingernails could be an indicator of a liver problem?

  • Yes (66%)
  • Not Sure (28%)
  • No (6%)
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Maintaining a healthy weight is an essential preventative measure to prevent liver cancer development. Do you know your body mass index (BMI)?

  • Yes (57%)
  • No (43%)
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Ursolic acid in apple peel will soon be evaluated in people, as it may be able to protect against the development or advancement of fatty liver disease. Other than apple peel, where else can ursolic acid be found?

  • All of the Above (38%)
  • Cranberries (34%)
  • Basil (11%)
  • None of the Above (8%)
  • Prunes (4%)
  • Oregano (2%)
  • Thyme (1%)
  • Rosemary (1%)
  • Lavender (1%)
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Which seed do you think can naturally reduce liver inflammation, improve the cholesterol ratio, reduce blood sugar levels, ease constipation and fight obesity?

  • Flax (64%)
  • Sunflower (15%)
  • None of the Above (11%)
  • Pumpkin (9%)
  • Squash (1%)
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Did you know that, earlier in August, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released final recommendations for routine screening of Hepatitis C in all baby boomers (people born between 1945 and 1965)?

  • Yes (62%)
  • No (38%)
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Aiding the circulation of lymphatic fluid through physical activity is one way to help the liver process its toxic load. Has watching the 2012 London Olympic Games motivated you to exercise more often?

  • No, I am too tired to exercise more than I do now. (50%)
  • Yes. (22%)
  • No, I have not watched the Olympics. (14%)
  • No, I already get enough exercise. (14%)
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Recognized as one of the oldest methods of healing, massage therapy positively influences the overall health and well-being of the client. Have you ever tried massage therapy as an alternative method for Hepatitis C?

  • No, but I would like to try a massage session soon. (46%)
  • Yes, and I continue to receive massages on a regular basis. (28%)
  • No, I am not interested in trying massage therapy. (20%)
  • Yes, but I do not think it helped. (6%)
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Talking to others about having Hepatitis C can help people cope when battling this liver disease. Who do you turn to when you need support?

  • None of the above. (53%)
  • I call a friend or family member. (21%)
  • I chat with people online in Hepatitis C forums. (14%)
  • I attend local support groups in my area. (7%)
  • All of the above. (6%)
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Brain fog means mental confusion or a lack of mental clarity, and can include feeling spacey, forgetful, lost and fatigued. Those with chronic liver problems are especially susceptible to brain fog. Do you suffer from spells of brain fog?

  • Yes, all of the time. (52%)
  • Yes, but only once in awhile. (39%)
  • No. (9%)
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Tattoos can help express one's individuality, beautify the body, as well as mark an important event. Do you have a tattoo?

  • Yes (58%)
  • No (42%)
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The Liver Life Walk will bring much needed awareness and financial support to the needs of millions of Americans who are battling more than 100 different types of liver disease. Are you or anyone you know participating this year?

  • No (61%)
  • Yes (39%)
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Liver disease can worsen when negative energy remains stuck. It can manifest as anger, frustration, depression and irritability. To help free this energy, emotional release can be achieved in many different ways. Which method appeals to you the most?

  • Engaging in physical activity (51%)
  • Using creativity as an emotional outlet (13%)
  • Verbalizing emotions to a friend or professional (13%)
  • Meditation and/or visualization (10%)
  • Crying and/or laughing (7%)
  • Receiving bodywork (4%)
  • Journaling or writing about your feelings (1%)
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The formula upon which SST is derived has a long history of helping conditions related to the liver and gallbladder. Have you ever supplemented with SST?

  • No, I had never heard of SST until today. (51%)
  • No, but I am interested in learning more. (31%)
  • Yes. (13%)
  • Yes, and I am happy it is back! (4%)
  • Yes, but I do not need to use it anymore. (2%)
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Hepatitis C can affect anyone, young or old, rich or poor, man or woman. Of the following celebrities diagnosed with Hepatitis C, who would you most want to meet?

  • Steven Tyler (20%)
  • Billy Graham (18%)
  • Keith Richards (14%)
  • Naomi Judd (14%)
  • Natalie Cole (12%)
  • Pamela Anderson (11%)
  • Gregg Allman (6%)
  • David Crosby (5%)
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Do you think underarm deodorant has the potential to impact the health of your liver?

  • Yes, definitely. (47%)
  • Hmm, I am not sure. (37%)
  • No, absolutely not. (15%)
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There are many herbs and nutritional supplements available to help support liver health. If you were to recommend ONE herb or supplement to a friend or family member, which would it be?

  • Milk Thistle (70%)
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid (7%)
  • Vitamin C (6%)
  • Liv.52® (4%)
  • Selenium (3%)
  • N-Acetyl L-Cysteine (NAC) (3%)
  • Turmeric (3%)
  • Schizandra (1%)
  • Proanthocyanidins (antioxidants found in pine bark, blueberry leaves, etc.) (1%)
  • Bupleurum (1%)
  • Ginseng (0%)
  • Licorice Root (0%)
  • Ginkgo Biloba Extract (0%)
  • Eclipta (0%)
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An increasing number of physicians are becoming aware of the possibility that their patients with chronic liver disease are deficient in Vitamin D and are ordering blood tests to assess it. How would you plan to supply Vitamin D to your body?

  • All of the Above (69%)
  • Supplements - Most people need to supplement with 200 to 2,000 international units (IU) of Vitamin D a day. (14%)
  • Food - Sources of Vitamin D-rich food include fish, eggs, fortified milk and cod liver oil. (10%)
  • Sun - Vitamin D is produced in the body after exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun. (5%)
  • None of the Above (1%)
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There are many uses for bleach, including in the home, in our water supply and on the body. Did you know that, though a common household chemical, bleach is not the safest compound for a compromised liver?

  • No, but I would like to learn more. (48%)
  • Yes (40%)
  • No (13%)
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Some nuts provide a healthy combination of liver-protective substances. However, which nut listed below has conflicting information regarding its benefit to the liver?

  • Peanuts (44%)
  • Almonds (24%)
  • Brazil Nuts (18%)
  • Walnuts (8%)
  • Pecans (7%)
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2012 is right around the corner. Do you have any New Year’s resolutions?

  • Yes, I’d like to try and exercise more often. (36%)
  • Yes, I’d like start eating healthier. (25%)
  • No, I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions. (19%)
  • Other (None of the Above) (9%)
  • Yes, I’d like to try reconnecting with long lost friends and family. (4%)
  • Yes, I’d like to learn a new hobby. (4%)
  • Yes, I’d like to read more books. (3%)
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Green tea offers a range of health benefits. Do you drink this hot beverage?

  • Yes, I drink green tea regularly. (46%)
  • Yes, but only once in a while. (27%)
  • No, I don't like the taste of green tea. (14%)
  • Not yet, but I’d like to start. (12%)
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Antioxidants are typically advised for people with chronic hepatitis. Do you supplement with any antioxidants?

  • Yes (78%)
  • No (22%)
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Eggnog is a traditional holiday beverage, but it can be a nightmare for anyone with liver concerns. What beverage would you prefer to replace it with?

  • Green Tea (43%)
  • Lemon Water (26%)
  • Coffee (16%)
  • Other (10%)
  • Warm Milk (6%)
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Temperatures are starting to drop in many states. With colder weather comes the need to moisturize. But did you know that some products commonly advertised to moisturize the skin may actually increase the toxic load on your liver?

  • No – tell me more! (79%)
  • Yes (21%)
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Do you think pure maple syrup may help promote liver health?

  • I'm not sure... (46%)
  • Yes, definitely! (38%)
  • No, not a chance! (16%)
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Fall and Halloween are filled with lots of sugary treats. Because it can put an additional stress on the liver, those with liver disease must limit their sugar intake. Which do you think is the “healthiest” autumn treat?

  • Pumpkin Muffin (37%)
  • Slice of Pumpkin Pie (27%)
  • Caramel Apple with Crushed Nuts (20%)
  • Slice of Apple Pie (11%)
  • Apple Cider Doughnut (5%)
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Those with chronic hepatitis often feel fatigued. Which practice have you or a loved one used to help fight fatigue and increase energy levels?

  • Reducing stress levels (34%)
  • Other (24%)
  • Avoiding too much caffeine (23%)
  • All of the above (15%)
  • Supplementing with Siberian ginseng (3%)
  • Lipid replacement therapy (2%)
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Because indulging in sugary treats puts an additional stress on the liver, those with liver disease may benefit from strategies to help fend off a sweet tooth. Which is your go-to strategy?

  • All of the above (37%)
  • Snacking on fruit (21%)
  • Eating foods full of protein and fiber every 3 to 5 hours to keep blood sugar levels stable (13%)
  • None of the above (12%)
  • Chewing sugarless gum (9%)
  • Exercising to release serotonin and improve my mood (7%)
  • Seeking support from friends, because I am an emotional eater (1%)
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The antioxidant, glutathione, is a vital substance for maintaining liver health. Clinical studies have demonstrated that many with Hepatitis C have alarmingly low levels of glutathione. What do you do to boost the levels of glutathione in your body?

  • I didn’t know about the importance of glutathione until today. (58%)
  • I exercise AND supplement with N-Acetyl L-Cysteine (NAC). (18%)
  • I try to get plenty of exercise. (16%)
  • I supplement with N-Acetyl L-Cysteine (NAC). (8%)
  • I’m not concerned about increasing the production of my body’s glutathione. (1%)
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There are many books and informational sources at your fingertips to learn more about Hepatitis C. Have you ever read Living Healthy with Hepatitis C?

  • No (69%)
  • Yes (31%)
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A low glycemic index breakfast can improve energy levels, minimize your body’s production of insulin levels and may help prevent or even reverse fatty liver disease. Which foods do you eat for breakfast?

  • All of the above. (36%)
  • None of the above. (20%)
  • Oatmeal prepared from rolled oats or steel-cut oats – not quick or instant oatmeal products. (15%)
  • Cereal containing oat bran and muesli – not cornflakes, puffed rice breakfast cereal or sugary cereals. (9%)
  • Dairy items like milk or plain yogurt – not whipped cream or yogurt containing corn syrup, sugar, artificial flavors and dyes. (8%)
  • Fruit such as cherries, grapefruit, prunes, oranges, grapes, fresh peaches, plums, pears and apples – not cereal with fake fruit composed of corn syrup, sugar, hydrogenated oil, artificial flavors and dyes. (7%)
  • Toast made from pumpernickel bread or 100 percent stone-ground wheat bread – not white bread or white bagels. (6%)
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Several ingredients in a good multivitamin will aid the liver in detoxification. However, choosing the right multivitamin for someone with liver disease usually means taking one without iron. Do you or someone you know take a multivitamin?

  • Yes (75%)
  • No, because I am not sure which multivitamin is safe for my liver. (17%)
  • No, but I would like to start. (5%)
  • No, I have no interest in taking a multivitamin. (4%)
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Tune In to Hep C Presents The Allman Brothers Band, will take place at The Beacon Theatre in New York City on July 27, the eve of World Hepatitis Day. Will you or someone you know be attending?

  • No (79%)
  • Yes (21%)
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Do you or someone you know suffer from frequent nosebleeds?

  • No (50%)
  • Yes (50%)
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Did you know that, due to Roundup and similar weed-killers, physical contact with the average patch of weed-free grass poses a potential hazard to those with chronic liver disease?

  • No (65%)
  • Yes (35%)
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Eurythmy is considered to be both a form of energy medicine and the art of visible speech and song, and it may help those with Hepatitis C by delivering an active approach toward liver wellness. Have you ever tried eurythmy therapy?

  • No (94%)
  • Yes (6%)
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Did you know that Traditional Chinese Medicine strategies aimed at fortifying liver blood can also improve the eye’s nutrition and thus nourish the macula?

  • No (77%)
  • Yes (23%)
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Coconut oil has many health benefits, and possesses antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. However, being a saturated fat, it can also raise cholesterol levels. Do you plan on including or excluding coconut oil from your Hepatitis C diet?

  • I do not consume coconut oil and do not plan on adding it to my diet. (49%)
  • I will start including coconut oil in my diet. (28%)
  • I already include coconut oil in my diet and will continue to do so. (23%)
  • I already include coconut oil in my diet but will stop. (1%)
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Many people don’t know they need to relieve stress for their liver’s well-being. However, the body can deliver some pretty major hints that stress relief is needed. What sign(s) should you be on the lookout for?

  • All of the Above (58%)
  • Bad Skin (10%)
  • Sore Jaw (9%)
  • None of the Above (8%)
  • Hair Shedding (6%)
  • Libido Loss (5%)
  • Perpetually Stuffy Nose (5%)
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Spring is here! But so, too, are allergy symptoms. Which of the following 5 popular allergy medicines to fight hay fever also have potential to stress the liver?

  • All of the Above (55%)
  • None of the Above (12%)
  • Flonase (nasal steroid spray) (10%)
  • Singulair (leukotriene inhibitor) (10%)
  • Zyrtec (antihistamine) (7%)
  • Nasonex (nasal steroid spray) (3%)
  • Clarinex (antihistamine) (3%)
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Have you or someone you know ever participated in a clinical trial?

  • No (66%)
  • Yes (34%)
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Experts now know that for anyone with chronic Hepatitis C, glutathione deficiency is an important factor contributing to further liver damage. How do you or someone you know boost glutathione?

  • All of the Above (64%)
  • Exercise regularly (15%)
  • Supplement with milk thistle, alpha R-lipoic acid or N-acetyl-L-cysteine (10%)
  • Eat sulfur-rich vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, garlic and onions (5%)
  • Eat selenium-rich foods like oats, brazil nuts, tuna and black beans (3%)
  • None of the Above (2%)
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Do you think home remedies for Hepatitis C work?

  • Yes (39%)
  • No (37%)
  • Sometimes (24%)
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Many people turn to doctors, drugs or other costly interventions for better liver health. However, these approaches overlook friendship as a powerful tool in fighting liver disease. Do you think friendship can positively impact your liver’s health?

  • Yes (77%)
  • No (16%)
  • Maybe (7%)
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Probiotics are dietary supplements of live bacteria or yeasts intended to restore a healthful balance of the body’s naturally occurring gut flora, and those with Hepatitis C may benefit from probiotic supplementation. Do you take probiotics?

  • Yes (58%)
  • No (42%)
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Salt can be sneaky, abundant in curious places. Such is the case for the following four food groups. Of the four, which do you or will you start to avoid to reduce your consumption of sodium?

  • All of the Above (56%)
  • Soda (16%)
  • Condiments and Sauces (15%)
  • Soup (9%)
  • None of the Above (3%)
  • Beans (2%)
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Eating a healthy breakfast takes on extra importance throughout the cold winter months. Consuming oatmeal offers many benefits, including aiding toxin elimination, reducing cholesterol and improving blood sugar levels. Do you eat oatmeal for breakfast?

  • Yes, I eat oatmeal for breakfast many times a week. (49%)
  • Yes, I occasionally eat oatmeal for breakfast. (32%)
  • No, I never eat oatmeal for breakfast or any other meal. (13%)
  • No, I don’t eat oatmeal for breakfast but would like to start. (6%)
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Research shows that lemon peels are effective in lowering blood & liver cholesterol levels, and a citrus bioflavonoid found in lemons demonstrates the ability to protect the liver from damage. Do you drink lemon water to support the health of your liver?

  • No, I don’t drink lemon water, but I want to after learning of its health benefits. (48%)
  • Yes, I drink lemon water every day. (26%)
  • Yes, I drink lemon water a few times a week. (23%)
  • No, I don’t drink lemon water because I don’t like the taste of lemons. (2%)
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Turmeric, a compound in curry, is a key ingredient for many Indian, Persian, Thai and Malay dishes, and new research shows that the spice could help in the management of chronic liver disease. Do you eat recipes that contain turmeric (and thus curcumin)?

  • Yes, I eat foods containing turmeric to help benefit my liver. (38%)
  • No, but I’d like to add this spice to my diet now that I know it can benefit my liver. (34%)
  • Yes, I eat foods containing turmeric, but didn’t know until today the benefits. (19%)
  • No, I don’t like Indian, Persian, Thai or Malay dishes. (9%)
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The holiday season can be stressful and draining, which can negatively impact liver health. How do you plan to reduce stress and fatigue this year, and stay healthy from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day?

  • All of the Above (42%)
  • Get Enough Sleep (21%)
  • Prioritize Exercise (14%)
  • None of the Above (10%)
  • Spend Time With Supportive People (7%)
  • Perform Deep Breathing Exercises (3%)
  • Volunteer (2%)
  • Supplement With NT Factor® (2%)
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Did you know before reading “Why Hepatitis C Patients Should Practice Diabetes Prevention,” that Hepatitis C interferon therapy non-responders are at high risk for developing adult onset diabetes?

  • No (71%)
  • Yes (29%)
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The following five strategies can help reduce the severity and length of a cold or flu without posing any risks to a liver with Hepatitis C. Which strategy do you use most often?

  • All of the Above. (34%)
  • Taking vitamin c to help ward off illness. (30%)
  • None of the Above. (16%)
  • Gargling with salt water to ease throat pain and inflammation. (6%)
  • Supplementing with N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) to help the liver breakdown hazardous compounds. (5%)
  • Taking zinc to increase the production of disease-fighting white blood cells. (5%)
  • Breathing in steam to keep mucous membranes moist and break up congestion. (4%)
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Besides satisfying in-between meal hunger, people with chronic hepatitis have four additional reasons to snack healthfully, including nausea relief and boosting energy. Of the healthy snacks below, which do you eat MOST often?

  • All of the Above (19%)
  • Popcorn (15%)
  • None of the Above (15%)
  • Sandwich or Wrap (15%)
  • Blanched Vegetables (14%)
  • Trail Mix (13%)
  • Smoothie (9%)
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Eating fast food can cause substantial liver damage, and people with HCV are encouraged to avoid such toxic food. Of the fast food establishments and hamburgers below, which do you think is the unhealthiest?

  • Triple Whopper (Burger King) (32%)
  • Triple with Everything Cheeseburger (Wendy’s) (30%)
  • Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese (McDonald’s) (25%)
  • Super Sonic Cheeseburger (Sonic) (7%)
  • DQ Ultimate Burger (Dairy Queen) (6%)
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Many women with chronic HCV are wary of procreating because of the chance they may pass their illness to their child. In your opinion, and after reading our latest article about mother-to-child transmission, should women conceive if they have Hep C?

  • Yes. (56%)
  • No, even though the most accurate estimate of vertical transmission from mothers with Hepatitis C is five percent, that’s still too risky. (31%)
  • Undecided (13%)
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Eating nutritiously (such as whey protein, eggs and artichokes), while also avoiding fast food hamburgers and the like, can help your body feel well while living with Hep C. Do you read ingredient labels while grocery shopping to avoid buying toxic foods?

  • Yes, I always read food labels. (65%)
  • Sometimes, but it depends. (24%)
  • No, I never read food labels. (11%)
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Three sought after approaches for helping the liver fend off damage from Hepatitis C are consistently reported to improve HCV treatment success, relieve symptoms and stall the progression of liver damage. Which strategy do you use to defend against HCV?

  • Milk Thistle Supplementation (59%)
  • None of the Above (17%)
  • All of the Above (15%)
  • N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) Supplementation (6%)
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) (4%)
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Eating a big meal past 9pm puts an additional strain on the liver. Thus, experts advise those with Hepatitis C eating the last meal of the day long before the nine o’clock hour. What time do you usually eat dinner?

  • Between 5pm and 7pm (51%)
  • Between 7pm and 9pm (27%)
  • Between 4pm and 5pm (12%)
  • After 9pm (10%)
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Relieving stress reduces Hepatitis C flare-ups and disease progression. Have you ever soaked in a hot tub to help ease your stress?

  • Yes – I soak in a hot tub on a regular basis. (48%)
  • No – But I am interested in trying it soon. (24%)
  • No – I don’t like hot tubs. (21%)
  • Yes – I tried it, but it’s not the best way for me to relieve stress. (7%)
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Water, no doubt, is your best choice for healthful drinking, particularly when living with chronic liver disease. However, do you think it’s true that we need at least eight cups of water a day?

  • Yes – Everyone needs at least eights cups of water a day. (63%)
  • No – Every person’s fluid intake is individualized. (33%)
  • Not Sure (4%)
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May is Hepatitis Awareness Month. Have you, or do you plan to, participate in any hepatitis awareness campaigns?

  • Yes (60%)
  • No (40%)
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All three additives used to sweeten food – artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup and table sugar – have their own health caveats. Do you know which two are particularly conducive to worsening liver disease?

  • Artificial Sweeteners and High Fructose Corn Syrup (68%)
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup and Table Sugar (18%)
  • Table Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners (14%)
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Many people with Hepatitis C suffer from chronic sleeplessness. However, diet can have a profound impact on sleep. Which, of the foods below, have you eaten to try and achieve a restful slumber?

  • None of the Above (31%)
  • Warm Milk (30%)
  • All of the Above (18%)
  • Bananas (13%)
  • Brown Rice, Oats or Quinoa (5%)
  • Pecans (2%)
  • Cherries (2%)
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Have you, at any point, after being diagnosed with Hepatitis C, withdrawn from social activities you used to once enjoy?

  • Yes – There were or are still times I lack enthusiasm and prefer to be by myself. (66%)
  • No – I haven’t stopped doing what has always made me happy. (23%)
  • Yes – But I try to surround myself with friends or family when I’m feeling down. (7%)
  • Not Sure – I never really thought about it until today. (4%)
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There are several reasons why physical activity is beneficial to those with Hepatitis C, including reducing demand on the liver and helping keep the immune system healthy. How often do you exercise each week?

  • 3 – 4 days per week (26%)
  • 5 – 7 days per week (23%)
  • Never – I’m just too tired. (19%)
  • 1 – 2 days per week (17%)
  • Never – but I’d like to start. (14%)
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The side effects from interferon and ribavirin therapy often lead to lowered dosages or even discontinuation of these drugs. Do you feel you have any permanent side effects from combination therapy?

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Since being diagnosed with Hepatitis C, do you struggle with any eating and weight issues?

  • No – My eating and weight have not been an issue. (39%)
  • Yes – I eat more and am gaining weight. (37%)
  • Yes – I have no appetite and am losing weight. (24%)
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Itching, or pruritus, is a common symptom of Hepatitis C. What strategy have you tried to help relieve incessant itching?

  • I don’t suffer from this symptom (23%)
  • Applying moisturizing creams at least twice a day (23%)
  • Drinking lots of water to keep your entire body hydrated (20%)
  • All of the Above (19%)
  • Other – None of the Above (9%)
  • Taking a colloidal oatmeal bath (6%)
  • Applying cold packs (1%)
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Research shows that consuming dark chocolate can help those with Hepatitis C, as it aids in stress relief and blood pressure reduction. Do you eat a small piece of dark chocolate each day?

  • Sometimes – I do eat dark chocolate, just not every day. (50%)
  • Yes – I eat a small piece of dark chocolate on a daily basis. (30%)
  • No – I don’t eat any chocolate. (12%)
  • No – I find other ways to manage my stress and/or blood pressure. (8%)
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New research demonstrates that those with chronic Hepatitis C have a lot to gain from a several cup per day coffee habit. Do you drink coffee to help prevent the progression of liver disease?

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Castor oil packs are an effective technique for improving liver function for those with Hepatitis C. Have you ever used a warm castor oil pack?

  • No – I’d never heard of a castor oil pack until today. (61%)
  • No – but I would like to try one. (28%)
  • No – and I have no interest in using one. (5%)
  • Yes – I use one regularly. (4%)
  • Yes – but I wasn’t happy with the results. (1%)
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Have you, or anyone you know, ever been discriminated against at work for having Hepatitis C?

  • Yes (60%)
  • No (40%)
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Many holiday traditions can turn mild liver disease into a more severe illness. Below are some newer, healthier traditions to consider that can help you enjoy this holiday season without compromising your liver's health. Which will you participate in?

  • Supplementing with Milk Thistle (it can be used to give the liver an extra layer of protection) (36%)
  • Getting Active (sledding, skating, walking) (24%)
  • Eating Fruit (fruits such as apples, plums, berries and oranges are packed with high levels of antioxidants) (17%)
  • Eating Cruciferous Veggies (broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage) (14%)
  • Eating Lean Protein (such as white turkey meat) (7%)
  • Eating Bitter Greens (like dandelion, watercress, chicory, endive and rocket) (1%)
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The liver is a vital organ and is necessary for survival. How many different functions do you think the liver is estimated to be responsible for?

  • 1000 (32%)
  • 500 (25%)
  • 250 (18%)
  • 100 (16%)
  • 20 (9%)
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There are several strategies people with liver disease use to stay healthy. Which strategy do you use most often?

  • All of the Above (50%)
  • Completely abstaining from drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes or doing drugs (19%)
  • Supplementing with milk thistle to protect your liver (12%)
  • Eliminating processed and fatty foods from your diet (8%)
  • None of the Above (5%)
  • Finding a daily practice that relieves stress (4%)
  • Minimizing exposure to environmental toxins (2%)
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After starting a new relationship, when do you feel is the MOST appropriate time to inform a significant other that you are positive for Hepatitis C?

  • Prior to sexual intercourse (33%)
  • After a few dates (31%)
  • On a first date (30%)
  • Never (4%)
  • Before getting married (1%)
  • Prior to moving in together (1%)
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How long after exposure to HCV do you think it takes to test positive?

  • 2 – 3 Months (29%)
  • None of the Above (27%)
  • 1 – 2 Weeks (19%)
  • 1 Day (13%)
  • 1 Month (12%)
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The risk of contracting viral hepatitis through oral sex is different for each viral strain. Which strain do you believe poses the most substantial risk of being transmitted through oral sex?

  • Hepatitis C (33%)
  • Hepatitis B (31%)
  • Hepatitis A (26%)
  • None of the Above (10%)
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Despite the claim that cleanliness is next to godliness, the products you use to keep your home clean may be worsening Hepatitis C. Which cleaning products do you think have hazardous ingredients?

  • All of the Above (66%)
  • Air Fresheners and Deodorizers (14%)
  • Phenol and Cresol (6%)
  • Glycol Ethers (5%)
  • Fabric Softeners and Dryer Sheets (4%)
  • None of the Above (3%)
  • Citrus (1%)
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Talk of vitamin B-12 shots or supplements restoring energy levels has created a lot of interest in the hepatitis community. Do you currently take, or have you considered adding, vitamin B-12 to your diet?

  • Yes (70%)
  • No (22%)
  • Maybe (8%)
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Antioxidants are known for having the ability to fight everything from colds to cancer to aging to liver disease. Which nutritious source of antioxidants do you consume MOST often?

  • Tomatoes (26%)
  • Tea (19%)
  • Apples (13%)
  • Carrots (10%)
  • Cranberries (8%)
  • Watermelon (7%)
  • Blueberry Leaves (7%)
  • Corn (5%)
  • Sweet Potatoes (4%)
  • Kale (2%)
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Genotype refers to the genetic make-up of an organism or a virus. There are at least 6 distinct HCV genotypes identified, and genotype 1 is the most common genotype seen in the U.S. Do you think persons can become infected with different genotypes?

  • Yes (83%)
  • Not Sure (13%)
  • No (4%)
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Receiving acupuncture prior to and during a liver transplant can lessen some of the immediate challenges of this surgery. Have you, or would you ever consider receiving acupuncture?

  • Yes (87%)
  • No (9%)
  • Undecided (4%)
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What do you think is the longest amount of time the Hepatitis C virus can live outside the body and still transmit infection?

  • 1 Hour (32%)
  • 1 Week (27%)
  • 4 Days (19%)
  • 1 Day (15%)
  • 5 Days (7%)
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Medical marijuana has been noted to help alleviate chronic pain and nausea for such conditions as cancer, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, Crohn's disease and Alzheimer's disease. Do you think people should be able to use marijuana for medical purposes?

  • Yes (94%)
  • No (4%)
  • Undecided (2%)
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People with Hepatitis C can slow the liver's cycle of inflammation by making healthy lifestyle changes. Have you had to abandon any of the following unhealthful habits after being diagnosed with Hepatitis C?

  • Drinking Alcohol (45%)
  • All of the Above (27%)
  • None of the Above (14%)
  • Eating a High Fat Diet (11%)
  • Other (2%)
  • Smoking Marijuana Daily (1%)
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What have you found helps most with boosting your energy?

  • Restful Sleep (40%)
  • All of the Above (25%)
  • Vitamins and/or Nutritional Supplements (12%)
  • None of the Above (9%)
  • Fresh Juices (5%)
  • Raw Foods (4%)
  • Protein Shakes (3%)
  • Energy Bars (2%)
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Of the five ideal foods for your liver listed below, which one do you consume most often?

  • None of the Above (45%)
  • Artichokes (21%)
  • Whey Protein (18%)
  • Dandelion Greens (7%)
  • All of the Above (4%)
  • Mung Beans (3%)
  • Shitake (2%)
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Which topic would you most like to see in an upcoming Research & Treatment News update?

  • All of the Above (36%)
  • Alternative Therapies for Hepatitis C (33%)
  • Drug Development for HCV (15%)
  • Foods and Hepatitis C (10%)
  • Hepatitis Transmission (3%)
  • HCV and Lifestyle Changes (3%)
  • None of the Above (1%)
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Which resource do you use the most for getting information about Hepatitis C?

  • Websites (66%)
  • Newsletters (18%)
  • Physician (9%)
  • Support Groups (4%)
  • Other (1%)
  • Books / Journals (1%)
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