Serious health conditions do not spare even the world’s glitterati. Wellness World investigates.
Playboy centrefold and star of the famous Baywatch series, Pamela Anderson suffers from Hepatitis C, an almost incurable, infectious disease that affects the liver and if not managed properly, can cause cirrhosis, liver failure as well as cancer. The actress confirmed that she had the disease in 2002, blaming ex-husband Tommy Lee for transmitting it to her. Anderson reportedly got it from sharing a used tattoo needle.
How Does It Spread?
Primarily by blood-to-blood contact associated with intravenous drug use, poorly sterilised medical equipment, and blood transfusions. An estimated 150-200 million people worldwide are infected with hepatitis C.
This infection causes acute symptoms in 15% of cases. Symptoms are generally mild and vague, including a decreased appetite, fatigue, nausea, muscle or joint pains, and weight loss and can cause acute liver failure if not managed. Most cases of acute infection are not associated with jaundice.
Conventional medicine like Interferon works well but has nasty side effects like nausea and stomach ulcers. There are integrative approaches to help counteract this disease; Anderson tried a drastic change in lifestyle to try to prevent liver damage and possibly rid her body of the virus. She cut out all alcohol because it can accelerate cirrhosis, especially in those with hepatitis C. Coffee, red meat and artificial sweeteners were also out. Besides diet, she uses a combo of Western, Chinese, homeopathic, and naturopathic medicine, plus acupuncture and chiropractic – an integrative approach that combined physical care with mental, spiritual, and emotional support.