A possible cure for Hepatitis?

 Posted on the KeelyNet BBS on May 15, 1992 as HEPATITS.ASC
 This article was  from  Health  Counselor  magazine July/August 1991
 issue. This is  an  excellent magazine  for  information  on  nature
 health care and nutrition. You can usually find it,  at  your  local
 health food store.  They  usually give it away for free. Or ask your
 health food store to carry it. I consider  this  a MUST HAVE to keep
 up with the  latest in natural health care.  If you  are  unable  to
 find it, you  can  contact them at, Sante Publishing, P.O. Box 1914,
 Green Bay, Wisconsin 54305.

                                                       Ronald Barker


  `After contracting hepatitis  B  during  surgery, here's how one
             physician fought back and cured himself.'

                                     By Karolyn A. Gazella

 Carson B. Burgstiner, M.D., was at the height of his  career. He had
 developed a thriving  practice  as  an  obstetrician/gynecologist in
 Savannah, Georgia. A highly trained  and  skilled  microsurgeon, Dr.
 Burgstiner was devoted to his profession. But his profession  nearly
 cost him his life.

                         THE ORDEAL BEGINS

 "In 1983, I contracted hepatitis B after I had stuck my finger while
 operating on an infected patient," recalled Dr.  Burgstiner, who was
 49 at the time.

 The discovery of  the disease and the disasters that followed nearly
 devastated Dr. Burgstiner and his wife, Jacque.

 After his diagnosis, Dr. Burgstiner notified the Centers for Disease
 Control (CDC) and the Georgia State Board of Medical Examiners. They
 provided guidelines for  him  to  follow.  Because  he  intended  to
 cooperate fully, Dr.   Burgstiner volunteered to have  his  patients
 undergo epidemiologic studies.

 His patients stood  behind  him  through his ordeal, Dr.  Burgstiner
 explained. "I was very fortunate  to  have  such loyal patients," he

 Unfortunately, the local  media  soon learned that Dr.  Burgstiner's
 patients were being tested for hepatitis.   Headlines  on  the front
 page of the morning newspaper declared: "Source of  Local  Hepatitis
 Outbreak Discovered!"

 A detailed account of Dr. Burgstiner's diagnosis was included in the
 article. Immediately, his    successful    practice   and   sterling
 reputation were jeopardized.

 "The CDC and the local health department  proved that none of the 26
 reported cases of  hepatitis in the county were patients  of  mine."
 Dr. Burgstiner said.   The   newspaper   subsequently   published  a
 retraction on its back page.

 The publicity added even more stress for the Burgstiners.

 "After 26 years of medical practice  without  a  lawsuit, suddenly I
 had two past  patients  who  claimed that exposure  by  surgery  had
 caused their hepatitis  B,"  said Dr. Burgstiner.  As it turned out,
 both patients were infected by other sources.

 Dr. Burgstiner was  forced  to  discontinue   obstetrics  and  major
 surgery, limiting his   practice   to  minor  surgery   and   office
 gynercology. He was an aggressive, motivated physician, and it was a
 painful transition.

 "The economic and emotional impact was truly devastating," he said.

                      DOCTOR BECOMES PATIENT

 Coping with the  shock of local publicity as well as the frustration
 of having to refer all of his patients  to colleagues for obstetrics
 and major surgery  was  just  the  beginning  of  Dr.   Burgstiner's
 struggle. The devastating  side  effects and fear of dying from this
 disease began to surface.

 "A chronic hepatitis B carrier in  the United States today has a 255
 percent chance of dying of liver cancer," he said. "There is clearly
 an epidemic of  hepatitis  B,  with  over 300,000  new  cases  being
 diagnosed yearly."

 The fear also haunted Dr. Burgstiner's wife.

 "I remember when my husband and I attended a conference where one of
 the speakers was discussing hepatitis B," Mrs.  Burgstiner recalled.

 This was when  she realized the severity of her husband's condition.
 Their fear and  concern  fueled their  determination  to  fight  the
 disease. The devoted doctor soon became and equally devoted patient.

 "I've always believed strongly in the teachings of  my  professor of
 pathology, W.A.D. Anderson, M.D., who taught me that if you maintain
 normal physiology, you prevent disease," Dr. Burgstiner explained.

 Dr. Burgstiner is  the  first to admit that he is somewhat unique in
 the medical establishment.

 "For the past  29 years I have believed  in  preventative  medicine,
 nutrition, exercise, and  hormonal replacement,"  he  said.   "If  a
 gland dries up, you need to replace it."

 This philosophy virtually saved his practice and his life.

 Other than the  hepatitis B, Dr. Burgstiner was in excellent health.
 He asked himself, what gland could be deficient? What gland could he
 support in order  to combat his hepatitis:  Armed  with  a  thorough
 understanding of the human body, he realized the  thymus  gland  was
 the key.

                      THE CRUCIAL THYMUS GLAND

 "I had always  been  taught  that the thymus gland (which is located
 within the upper chest) is large  in  infants  but  atrophies  as we
 age,"" he said.  "The  thymus  gland has always been  credited  with
 controlling the immune system."

 Because hepatitis B  is  an  immune disease, Dr. Burgstiner sought a
 nutritional supplement containing  thymus tissue extract. He visited
 his local health food store, Brighter Day in Savannah.

 Dr. Burgstiner began  taking  a  thymus  tissue extract  supplement,
 along with 25,000  units  be  beta  carotene and a multiple vitamin.
 Within three weeks, after a seven-year  battle  with  an "incurable"
 disease, the E-antigen became weakly positive and the  liver studies
 turned up normal.

 "After being tested  every  week  for  seven  years, I almost didn't
 believe the test results," Dr. Burgstiner  said.   "Before  I shared
 the news with Jacque, I waited until a few more tests came back."

 "I was so  happy.  My  prayers had been answered," Mrs.   Burgstiner

 After another three   weeks  of  following  his  own  protocol,  Dr.
 Burgstiner became E-antigen negative  and  antibody positive. He was
 cured of hepatitis. To confirm his finding, he notified  the CDC and
 had blood drawn  at Candler Hospital, which was sent to Mass General
 (Harvard) and Scripps  Institute   in  California.  These  prominent
 health facilities conducted many tests on his blood, and all of them
 showed there was absolutely no trace of the virus in his system.

 Dr. Burgstiner shared  his  good  news  with a colleague  he'd  been
 communicating with about   hepatitis   research.   Dr.    Milton  G.
 Mutchnick, a gastroenterologist/hepatologist    at    Wayne    State
 University in Detroit,,  Michigan, had published controlled  studies
 where he converted  75  percent of his patients who were hepatitis B

 "I was planning  on getting into  his  next  treatment  group,"  Dr.
 Burgstiner explained. "When  I  called  him  and  told  him  that  I
 converted myself, he asked what I took."

 When Dr. Burgstiner  told  him he was taking an oral thymus extract,
 Dr. Mutchnick explained that he was  using  thymus injections in his
 studies. After their   conversation,   Dr.   Burgstiner   sent   Dr.
 Mutchnick a bottle  of  the  oral thymus supplement. Dr. Mutchnick's
 preliminary tests with  the product  have  him  the  same  startling

 Today, Dr. Burgstiner is excited about the potential for helping
 others. "The impact  of  thymic  hormonal  replacement  has enormous
 potential in immune system diseases, from allergies and hay fever to
 rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, cancer,  and  AIDS,"  he  said.   "This
 simple glandular hormone could answer a lot of prayers."

 Understandably, Mrs. Burgstiner   is  thrilled.  Her   husband   has
 regained his thriving  practice,  but  even more importantly, he has
 regained his health.

 "I've gotten a second chance, and I want to help as many people as I
 can," Dr. Burgstiner said.

                        DEALING WITH HEPATITIS

 Hepatitis is an  infection of the  liver  caused  by  the  hepatitis
 virus. Basically, there are two main strains of the hepatitis virus.
 Hepatitis A is  more  common  and more contagious.  The  chances  of
 complete recovery from hepatitis A are very good.

 Hepatitis B, on   the  other  hand,  is  much  more  serious.   With
 hepatitis B, the symptoms are more  severe and last longer than with
 hepatitis A. One  of  the more serious outcomes of  hepatitis  B  is
 chronic liver disease.

 TRANSMISSION: Transmission of   hepatitis   B  is  very  similar  to
 transmission of the AIDS virus. Common  sources of infection include
 blood transfusions, intravenous  drug abuse, needle  punctures  from
 acupuncture or tattooing, and sexual contact.

 The virus can  spread  through  contact  with infected saliva, nasal
 mucus, sperm and blood. Hepatitis  B may also be transmitted through
 pregnancy from the infected mother to her unborn baby.

 SYMPTOMS: The symptoms of any type of hepatitis include  fatigue  or
 extreme weakness, jaundice  (yellowing of the skin and the whites of
 the eyes), nausea,  dark  brownish   urine,   fever,  and  abdominal
 discomfort. The severity  and range of symptoms vary  from  case  to

 DIAGNOSIS: Hepatitis is  suspected when the above-mentioned symptoms
 are present. Exact diagnosis is confirmed  by  specific  blood tests
 that determine elevated liver enzymes and measure antibody activity.

 TREATMENT: Although there is presently no known cure  for  hepatitis
 B, a vaccination  is  available.  Health care workers are especially
 encouraged to get the vaccination.

 Various nutritional factors should be considered in the treatment of
 hepatitis B. Many  natural  liver-supporting   techniques  are  also
 recommended. The use  of  an  oral  thymic  fraction  supplement  to
 convert hepatitis B  carries  is  presently  being  explored in more

 Because hepatitis A  is  so  contagious,  scrupulous  sanitation  is
 essential. Clothing and bed linen require special handling when they
 are visibly soiled, and should be laundered with  a  detergent  that
 kills germs. Contaminated  toilets and floors should be cleaned with
 a disinfectant.

 Patients with hepatitis A are advised to get plenty of bed rest.  In
 the first few  weeks of the infection, alcohol is prohibited.  After
 a bout with  hepatitis  A,  patients  develop  an  immunity  to  the


       SYMPTOM                            % OF PATIENTS
        Dark Urine ........................ 94
        Fatigue ........................... 91
        Loss Of Appetite .................. 90
        Nausea ............................ 87
        Fever ............................. 76
        Vomiting .......................... 71
        Headache .......................... 70
        Abdominal Discomfort .............. 65
        Light Stools ...................... 52
        Muscle Pain ....................... 52
        Drowsiness ........................ 49
        Irritability ...................... 43
        Itching ........................... 42
        Diarrhea .......................... 25
        Joint Pain ........................ 21

    (Source: Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Michael Murray, N.D.
             and Joseph Pizzorno, N.D.)


 Dr. Burgstiner remains  very  active  within his community  and  his
 profession. He is  past  president  of  the  Medical  Association of
 Georgia and presently serves as vice-chairman  of  the AMA's Georgia
 Delegation. He is also a Fellow of the American College  of Surgeons
 and of the  American College of Preventative Medicine. We would like
 to thank the Burgstiners for sharing their inspirational story.

 Health Counselor has  welcomed  Dr.   Brugstiner  to  our  staff  of
 contributing authors.