Whats the Risk with HPV?
90% of cervical cancers are caused by human papillomavirus, better known as HPV. According to the CDC, 95% of anal cancers, 60% of oropharyngeal cancers, 65% of vaginal cancers, 50% of vulvar cancers and 35% of penile cancers are linked to the virus. With our immunity faltering in such a toxic environment, nearly 90% of sexually active adults will contract it at some time. There are over 150 different strains of the virus with 16 and 18 most likely to result in cancer.The good news is that if your immune system is functioning at peak performance, the chances are pretty reasurring that you will clear the viral infection.
“Studies have shown that more than 90 percent of new HPV infections, including those with high-risk types, clear or become undetectable within two years, and clearance usually occurs in the first six months after infection,” says the CDC.
The fear lies in the in-between for most patients. Testing positive for HPV is common, but it still can cause alarm in many patients despite the fact that it is most often cleared.
Cons of the Gardasil Vaccine:
So what is the correct answer? Vaccination? Herbs? To each his or her own, but my professional opinion is that we do not need to continue to come up the vaccines to treat common diseases, rather we should be working on our nutrition, stress, lifestyle and immunity so that we may naturally get to the cause of WHY we are susceptible to certain diseases. 50 years ago, HPV was not so prevalent or discussed in medical circles. Merck, the creators of Gardasil, the HPV vaccination, have admitted to it being related to the deaths of 117 patients to date. Since the system and doctors push so hard for Gardasil, I do want to highlight the cons here (as full disclosure is informed consent) according to a study published in the Translational Andrology and Urology in 2014:
“More than 67 million doses were administered nationally since the HPV vaccine was licensed in June 2006 until March 2014. There were 25,176 reports to VAERS of adverse events.
About 92.4% of the adverse events were not serious. Adverse events are considered serious if it is life threatening, or results in death, permanent disability, abnormal conditions at birth, hospitalization or prolonged administration.
The most common events reported (for both male and female patients) were:
Syncope (or fainting)-common after needle injections, especially in pre-teens and teens;
Local reactions at the site of immunization (pain and redness);
In the first report, there were 12,424 reports of adverse events 772 (6% of all reports) described serious adverse events including 32 reports of death. The most recent report from June 2006-June 2013 reported 85 deaths after the vaccine. Upon further screening of the reported deaths, there were no common patterns to the deaths that would suggest that they were caused by the vaccine. Some of the deaths were attributable to diabetes, viral illness, illicit drug use, and heart failure.
There were two reports of unusual neurological illness that were variants of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) that resulted in the deaths of two young females. This finding is being evaluated by several highly regarded academic centers.
There was increased reporting of syncope and pulmonary emboli compared to other vaccines given to females of the same age. Of the people who had blood clots, 90% had a known risk factor for blood clots, such as taking oral contraceptives. The VAERS reports cannot prove the vaccine caused the adverse event in women with these risk factors.”
Vaccinations are always the patient’s choice, however there are other options if you happen to get the diagnosis, but want to try to avoid any precancerous state . Most docs will say, “lets watch and wait,” but heres how you can take your health into your hands in the meantime.
Two clinical studies conducted at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) showed that AHCC mushroom extract can clear infections in women with recurrent human papillomavirus (HPV).
AHCC is an extract Japanese mushroom that was given to women in the study at two different daily supplementations-1 gram or 3 grams. The objective was to see how effective AHCC is at eradicating the virus, as well as approximating the necessary duration needed to achieve this goal.
The first pilot study enrolled 10 women with persistent high-risk HPV infection taking 3 grams of AHCC once daily from five weeks to six months. Half of the subjects who stayed on the protocol for four months showed a complete eradication of the HPV virus. “Eradication” means that they cleared the infection by the end of the study period and remained infection-free when tested two months post-supplementation.
The second study, which looked at the efficacy of AHCC at the 1-gram dose, tracked 10 women with persistent, high-risk HPV infections for up to a period of eight months. The study observed that four of nine patients experienced eradication of the HPV infection by the end of the study period.
As you might suspect, the eradication was achieved in a shorter amount of time with the three gram dosing. These studies did end up proposing that AHCC mushroom is successful at boosting immuntiy enough to eradicate high risk, resistant strains of HPV.
How Does AHCC Work?
Active Hexose Correlated Compound (AHCC) is an alpha-glucan rich nutritional supplement produced from the mycelia of shiitake (Lentinula edodes) of the basidiomycete family of mushrooms. It has been the subject of 20 human trials and is well known for its immune modulating properties. Clinical research shows that AHCC increases the number and activity of natural killer (NK) cells, dendritic cells and specific cytokines that help the body fight off infections and block growth of abnormal cells, including cancerous cells. The compound’s mode of action has been shown to be the stimulation of TLR-2 and TLR-4 receptors in the gut, where 80% of our immune cells are. It also feeds the good colonies of bacteria in the gut and therefore functions as a prebiotic. Combined with lifestyle modifications such as safe sex, an organic diet, quitting smoking, exercising, and immunity-increasing supplements like vitamin C, probiotics, zinc, B vitamins, vitamin D, chaga mushroom, echinacea and cat’s claw.