Lifestyle no doubt and more often than not, because of the hepatitis C virus. The "celebrity list is endless...David Crosby, Gregg Allman, the late Dallas Taylor, Larry Hagman, & Jim Nabors, although I believe in Nabors case, he claimed that he cut himself shaving. Yeah right Gomer! With 4 million Americans carrying this deadly virus-and 75% of them unaware of it-researchers are looking for ways to boost the cure rate of the most effective treatment. According to my guest this afternoon (Friday) on the Puffman Show, it appears they may have found it. It's vitamin B-12 according to registered nurse Sally Pacholok, author of "Could It Be B-12? An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses". The good nurse says "with millions of U.S. baby boomers walking around with hepatitis C, this is an incredible finding. The virus is already the #1 reason for liver transplants, and it's only going to get worse as liver disease starts showing up in these boomers who picked it up in the 1970's & 80's". Experts believe there are so many people unaware they have the deadly virus because the damage can take decades to show up, she says. Medical care costs related with the treatment of HCV infection are tallied at more than $600 million a year. I remember years back when there was NO cure for hepatitis C. I heard yesterday on ABC news that the cure rate these days is as high as 75%. Medicine truly has come a long way, especially with retro virus's like hepatitis C and aids. We'll talk more this afternoon when Nurse Sally stops by the Puffman Show at 4:35. First caller in after the interview will receive a free copy of Sally's book.

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