Answered by Steven Fowkes:

There are many treatments for hepatitis B and C, some of which are mainstream and some of which are not yet adopted. Hepatitis B viruses are lipid-enveloped viruses, which are a class of viruses that use lipid envelopes to encapsulate their DNA and RNA and disguise themselves from the immune system. The class includes such viruses/diseases as influenza, EBV, herpes, measles, mumps, chicken pox, shingles, Newcastle virus, swine flu, bird flu, SARS, ebola, cytomegalovirus, HIV and West Nile virus. These are among the most difficult diseases to treat, largely because most of the viral proteins (antigens) are hidden behind/underneath a lipid layer. To the immune system, these viruses look like a ball of fat, with a tiny protein (the binding protein) sticking out.

Despite lack of medical acceptance and use, the scientific and medical literature is replete with examples of antiviral influences on these diseases. I was just reviewing the literature on the use of high-dose vitamin A to lower morbidity and decrease mortality in children with acute measles. Similar observations are made about vitamin D. Because these findings were generated overseas, they are not given equal respect in the US. Fortunately, there is no need for you to buy into such prejudices.

I have documented many such “generic” treatments for viral diseases and written them up in a freeware PDF book that you can download from the /Steve page at Project Wellbeing (dot com). It’s called The BHT Book, because the first data that I was exposed to (in 1975!) was the use of BHT food preservative as a treatment for herpes. But most of the book deals with antiviral nutrients and raising metabolism to attenuate viral virulence. Please let me know what you think.

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If by “cure” you mean the eradication of all hepatitis DNA from the body, I would say no. This is because viruses can insert their DNA into our chromosomes, and we’d have to develop DNA-scanning and DNA-editing nanomachines to get it all out. I think that’s a bit more than 20 years in the future.  Maybe 50?

But if you mean the “treatment” of hepatitis to achieve a zero viral load (PCR negative test result), I think that it’s already here. Look up intravenous vitamin C, ultraviolet blood irradiation therapy, ozone therapy as medical treatments. Some hepatitis infections are secondary to clinical or subclinical hemochromatosis, which if reversed, spontaneously resolve. Deficiencies of vitamin A, vitamin D, B6, B12, selenium, magnesium and copper can make a person more susceptible to lipid enveloped viruses. Similarly, such medical/lifestyle conditions as hypothyroidism, heavy metal toxicity, adrenal exhaustion, autoimmune disease, chronic infection, chronic inflammatory state, chemical poisoning, COPD, coagulopathy, estrogen dominance, and veganism and vegetarianism can be factors, too.

Basically, any metabolic bottleneck can serve as a sufficient trigger for an opportunistic infection. Resolving the bottleneck(s) could result in a zero viral load by natural healing mechanisms.

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The disappearance of viral DNA and RNA is the sign of zero viral replication. Most viruses (e.g., herpes) have the capability to go dormant and sit inertly in body tissues (e.g., nerve ganglia) without replicating. But even if that were not the case, and all intact viruses were actually eliminated, there would be no automatic disappearance of antibodies. The body maintains antibody-based defenses for weeks, months, years and decades in anticipation of possible re-infection or flare-up. I’ve seen some people go seronegative with zero viral load with hep-C, but more frequently they remain seropositive after PCR goes to zero. The residual antibodies are likely helpful for keeping the viral disease dormant. 99% of humans are infected with herpes, yet only 5-10% experience herpes flareups. The average human dies with more copies of the herpes genome in their body than their own genome. The herpes virus often flares up immediately before death, or during chronic diseases, which is why some researchers has suggested that herpes might be the cause of Alzheimer’s disease. But I think it is the other way around. Alzheimer’s disease causes herpes flareups.

Comment on @Quora by Steven Fowkes on an answer to In twenty years, will we have have a cure or treatment for the hepatitis B virus?

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