Chances are, your life or the life of someone you know, has been affected by hepatitis.
Hepatitis literally means liver inflammation. This condition can have many causes: autoimmune, drug induced (Tylenol is a common drug that in excess can cause hepatitis), alcoholic, fatty liver and viral (such as hepatitis A, B, C, D, E, F).
Each type of hepatitis, and each person with hepatitis, needs PERSONALIZED holistic care. Read more
This year marks Dr. Rozenn’s ten year anniversary at her current location in downtown Santa Cruz. She opened her clinic on Cedar street with the vision of bringing Integrative Medical Care to the Santa Cruz community. Her coworkers over the last decade have included Medical and Naturopathic Doctors, massage therapists and psychotherapists. It has been a pleasure and an honor to provide Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine to Santa Cruz, and we look forward to serving you through the next decade!
To celebrate our anniversary and to give back to our Read more
The last day to start the detoxification program is 10-15-2014! Don’t let this year pass you by!
“I can’t begin to explain how wonderful I feel after completing the Liver Detox Program with Dr. Maureen Rozenn. I’ve been on a long journey trying to become a healthier person and really felt I’d come a long way – but I actually didn’t realize how crappy I was still feeling until I started to feel so much better!! The program is so simple and Dr. Rozenn tailors it to each patient’s specific needs. The actual plan requires a 3 week commitment and includes a weekly acupuncture with Dr. Rozenn…I’ve never experienced something like this before and, for me, it has resulted in some significant lifestyle changes. To be honest, I finished my 3 weeks but have now modified it so that I can continue following it for a few more. I highly, highly, recommend Dr. Rozenn and Endless Possibilities Acupuncture.” Deborah N.–Scotts Valley
Come join me for a talk on holistic liver health! Sponsored by HELP! (Help & Education for Liver Patients). In my 8th annual HELP! talk we will discuss the beauty and wisdom of Chinese medicine theory as it pertains to the Liver Organ System.
My practical approach is aimed towards empowering people to change their health through education. Geared towards people interested in improving their liver health and those living with liver disease.
Where: SC Bible Church, 440 Frederick Street, Room WC-10
When: Monday, September 16th from 6:30-8:30
See you there!
Hepatitis C is an epidemic, both in Santa Cruz County and across the country. Over five million people have hepatitis C in the United States, and approximately 200 million people are infected worldwide. This virus causes chronic liver inflammation which can scar the liver, leading to severe liver disease. Hepatitis C is also associated with a number of other syndromes like autoimmune diseases, thyroid problems, depression and type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is a complex disease in which the body can not properly regulate its blood sugar levels. People over 40 years old with hepatitis C are four times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Researchers first reported the association between hepatitis C and diabetes ten years ago. Since then evidence has shown that unstable blood sugar levels lead to chronic inflammation, and chronic inflammatory states, such as hepatitis, can produce erratic blood sugar levels. Further, people with diabetes tend to have trouble with fat metabolism, which besides causing high cholesterol can lead to fat accumulation in the liver. In a person with hepatitis C, fat in the liver can trigger even more liver inflammation, causing serious liver disease. Read more
In 1833 a Russian botanist named Alexander Von Burge gave a famous Chinese medicinal herb, Dan Shen the Latin name Salvia miltiorrhiza which literally means “to be saved”. Dan Shen was first noted in the oldest surviving Chinese herbal text written in 206 BCE. Traditionally Dan Shen was used to invigorate the blood, a function analogous to reducing blood coagulation and clotting. Its modern day applications include: prevention of atherosclerosis, prevention of and rehabilitation after certain types of strokes and lowering cholesterol and triglycerides. I use Dan Shen frequently in my practice. I have found that in addition to substantial changes in lab tests, Dan Shen effectively allievates subjective symptoms such as chest distress and costal (liver, gallbladder) pain. No wonder a modern day scientist named a traditional Chinese herb “to be saved”.
Please note: Dan Shen should not be combined with other herbs or drugs that thin the blood unless specifically prescribed by a medical professional. For best results patients should only take Dan Shen under the supervision of trained health care provider.
I am excited to announce that next weekend, 2/21-2/22, I will be teaching Masters students at Five Branches University in Santa Cruz a holistic approach to treating hepatitis C.
Topics include acupuncture treatment protocols, nutritional supplementation, herbal therapy and dietary regimens specific to hepatitis C. Common hepatitis C symptoms such as joint pain, digestive issues and fatigue will be addressed. Additionally, we will discuss illnesses related to hepatitis C such as fatty liver and diabetes. Last but not least, we will cover Western drug therapy and how to help patients though it by reducing the potentially overwhelming side effect of those drugs.
I am looking forward to the annual free talk I deliver at HELP!’s September meeting. I will be speaking on liver health and answering your questions on acupuncture, liver function, herbal do’s and don’ts, diet and nutrition and integrated Eastern/Western hepatitis C treatment.
* HELP! is a group dedicated to providing support and education for people affected by liver disease.
Monday~September 15, 2008 from 6:30-8:30pm.
Location and HELP! contact information:
C.N. & Ed Gordon ~ 831.462.2979 ~ email@example.com
Santa Cruz Bible Church ~ 440 Frederick Street, Room WC-10 ~ Santa Cruz, CA 95062
What is it?
S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAMe), is derived from an amino acid, methionine.
What does it do?
SAMe supports healthy cell membranes, affects hormones, neurotransmitter formation, DNA, RNA, proteins and thus has far reaching affects on brain chemistry and liver detoxification.
What is it used for?
SAMe has been the subject of many clinical trials involving osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, depression and viral, fatty and alcohol related liver disease. In my practice, I use SAMe when a patient has a combination of these conditions. For example, I commonly prescribe SAMe for patients with hepatitis C with depression and muscle/joint pain. I also prescribe SAMe for patients who have a difficult time producing and excreting bile. Toxins can easily build up without proper bile production and flow leading to irritability, flank pain, yellow stools and drug sensitivity.
What is the dosage?
SAMe must be in a special form “enteric coated” for it to be properly absorbed orally. For this reason SAMe tends to be a more expensive supplement, leading people to under dose. The generally acceptable dose is between 400 and 1600 milligrams (mg) per day on an empty stomach. When I prescribe SAMe, generally I start people on the lowest dose of 200 mg twice daily. Most people find between 800 and 1200 mg to be an effective dose. I do caution people against upping their dose too quickly, as for many chronic conditions SAMe must be taken for at least one month before improvement becomes obvious.
What if I can’t afford it?
As part of my Hepatitis C Certification I attended a lecture by a very knowledgeable Naturopathic physician, Lynn Patrick, ND. According to Dr. Patrick all of the building blocks of SAMe: methionine, betaine, folic acid and B 12, are available from dietary sources. The following is her SAMe daily diet prescription:
One of the following will yield 500 mg of methionine: 1 cup cottage cheese,4 ounces of fish, 5 ounces chicken, 1/3 cup sesame seeds or 2 cups lentils.
500-3000 mcg of vitamin B12 is easily available from meat and fish (100 mcg/serving) or can be taken as an inexpensive supplement.
For 800 micrograms (mcg) folic acid: 2 cups cooked asparagus + 1 cup cooked beans (black, pinto, navy, etc). Other good sources include avocados, chickpeas, lentils, spinach, broccoli, peas, soy nuts and fortified foods such as rice and breakfast cereals. One of the following will yield 500 mg of betaine:1 cup cooked spinach, 2 cooked beets, 2 cups wheat bran cereal.
- People with a compromised digestive system may need to take SAMe in supplement form.
Who shouldn’t take SAMe?
I am very cautious when prescribing SAMe to a person who is currently taking antidepressants because of a possible synergistic reaction. I do not suggest people with bipolar or anxiety disorders take SAMe. Anyone who is pregnant, trying to get pregnant or nursing should ask their health care provider before taking SAMe.
Are there any side effects?
SAMe is generally very well tolerated. Gastrointestinal side effects are the most commonly reported and seem to be dose dependent.