Learn about World Hepatitis Day
Hepatitis is a disease characterized by the inflammation of the liver. There are 5 main hepatitis viruses, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. These 5 types are of greatest concern because of the burden of illness and death they cause and the potential for outbreaks and epidemic spread. In particular, types B and C lead to chronic disease in hundreds of millions of people and, together, are the most common cause of liver cirrhosis and cancer.
The History of World Hepatitis Day
In 2010 the World Health Organization made World Hepatitis Day one of only four official disease-specific world health days, to be celebrated each year on the 28th July. Millions of people across the world now take part in World Hepatitis Day, to raise awareness about viral hepatitis, and to call for access to treatment, better prevention programs and government action.
There was a group created called the World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA) which is a patient-led and patient driven non-governmental organization whose membership consists of 230 different organizations from 81 countries all over the world.
How to Celebrate World Hepatitis Day
The theme for 2016’s global campaign is ELIMINATION. 2016 was a pivotal year for viral hepatitis. At the World Health Assembly in May, WHO Member States are set to adopt the first ever Elimination Strategy for Viral Hepatitis, with ambitious targets and a goal to eliminate hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030. This will be the first time national governments sign up and commit to the goal of eliminating viral hepatitis. There are plenty of different groups that you can join and volunteer with to help out with your local hepatitis patients.
You could also take care of your liver today, eat and drink some healthy things. There are also herbs that are good for cleansing your liver, such as Burdock, chicory, dandelion, and milk thistle. They can be used on a daily basis, and if consumed before meals they can enhance digestion. Some good foods for your liver are lemons, beets and beet tops, turmeric, garlic, avocados, artichokes, apples, and leafy green veggies like chard, kale and collards, broccoli, and cabbage.
Keep in mind you are trying to clean your body of toxins and wastes so it doesn’t make sense to consume heavy unhealthy foods and drinks while cleansing. We advise eating light, raw fruits and vegetables, especially those above, the first and last day of cleansing with fresh juice and tea during the middle 3-5 days. Just by consuming all the liquid we recommend with the program including the tea, potassium broth and fresh juices, you will literally flush the liver out.