PAM'S LIFE-AND-DEATH GAMBLE

Published on: March 11, 2003

Pam Anderson is risking her life by turning to unproven treatments to beat potentially fatal hepatitis C.

Standard treatment with the drug Interferon can cause harsh side effects including depression, flu-like symptoms and hair loss -- and Pam desperately wants to avoid these as she plans her future with fiancé Kid Rock.

"Pam's vanity could prove to be fatal in the long run," revealed a close friend. "She's desperate to get rid of the disease because she wants to have children with Kid Rock.

"Everybody's telling her regular medicine is the best bet -- but so far she's not listening."

The former "Baywatch" star keeps in great condition, and the disease, still in its early stages, has not affected her fabulous good looks.

But the virus could ravage her if she shuns the recommended medical care.

"I'm treating myself alternatively," Pam recently revealed. "Everything from homeopathic doctors to osteopaths to oxygen therapy."

Pam says she's also taking milk thistle -- an herb purchased at health food stores, which is used as a liver cleanser.

The ENQUIRER spoke with several experts, who are not treating 35-year-old Pam, and all of them warned about nontraditional therapy.

"I don't know of any experts in the field who would recommend herbal forms of treatment," Dr. Jean-Pierre Raufman, a professor of medicine and chief of gastroenterology at the University of Maryland, told The ENQUIRER.

"The bottom line is that there are no scientific studies that show these substances are effective in the treatment of hepatitis C -- and some of those things can work against prescribed drugs."