Ice can harbor the Hepatitis A virus.

Ice can harbor the Hepatitis A virus.

On June 28, in Toronto, there was an outbreak of Hepatitis A, originating from a restaurant on Church Street, that necessitated a public health warning about O’Grady’s Restaurant on Church Street The public health warning, which you can read here  warns individuals of the symptoms, which include:

  • Appetite loss
  • Dark brown urine
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Edema and swelling of the abdomen
  • Stomach pains, especially on the right side near the liver
  • Jaundice (the skin turns yellow)

The maddening thing about Type A Hepatitis is that symptoms do not show up until 14 days past initial exposure and may appear at any time 50 days after exposure. The infection itself is a potent viral one that is transmitted through food or drinks contaminated by fecal matter. Toronto Public Health did issue a warning and an advisory that anyone who was at O’Grady’s between Jun 7 and June 23 should get a hepatitis A vaccine. Generally this shot costs around $80.00 and it is not covered by OHIP or most insurance plans and Toronto Health responded to the potential epidemic by holding two clinics, over the Canada holiday weekend, that were giving the shot away for free.

Whether you missed the news about O’Grady’s, got the shot or decided not to get it, there are some natural interventions that you can do to offset the severity of this viral infection, which has the potential to scar and damage the liver.

  1. Get plenty of rest and abandon fatty foods. If your suffering is acute, bed rest, a low to no-fat diet will help you recover fast. Avoid dairy products, red meat, and fried foods.
  2. Make a healing beverage of chopped raw garlic, raw ginger, honey and very hot water to stimulate bile flow and help your immune system fight the virus
  3. Try taking a few drops of Swedish Bitters in a glass of water every couple of hours. Which contain Gentian, Wormwood and Horehound (all herbs that help detoxify the liver) in a glass of water every day
  4. Make sure you are taking over 10,000 mg of Vitamin C and Vitamin D a day to help fight inflammation and increase your resistance to the virus as it lives out it’s life span inside of your liver.
  5. Be sure to add plenty of bitter greens to your diet such as watercress, endive, and chicory to help stimulate a sluggish liver and dissolve fat.
  6. Add turmeric, garlic and black pepper to your dishes to stimulate your body’s natural hepaprotective abilities.
  7. Consider taking supplemental Milk Thistle, dandelion, artichoke, shizandra, green tea and Reishi mushroom to help your liver regenerate naturally.
  8. A simple blood analysis, which we do here at the Pinewood Natural Healthcare Centre can determine if your liver has been damaged by the virus and help us assign integrated therapies to your case to prevent liver scarring and hormonal deficiencies. We can also give you herbal and homeopathic remedies that have anti-viral properties, immune-support properties and hepatprotective properties, which means that the therapy protects your liver.

For more information about treating acute or chronic cases of hepatitis, or to book a consultation about eating a supportive diet, naturopathic testing, weight-gain programs after muscle wasting or any health issue you may be experiencing, visit the Pinewood Natural Healthcare Centre website that has a list of full services and products at or call our Toronto Office at  (416)-656- 8100.  We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario at (905)-427-0057. You can also email us at and we would be happy to answer any question that you have about our holistic health services.


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