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Vitamins May Be Alternative to HPV Vaccine

Vitamins May Be Alternative to HPV Vaccine

The human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine has been surrounded by controversy since it was first commercialized. This could be partly due to the fact that it has had no long term testing, is injected into female children, and there have been serious side effects and even deaths linked to its use. So when I came across a study that shows two vitamins may help prevent the HPV virus from spreading, I wanted to share this exciting research.

A team of scientists led by C. J. Piyathilake at the Department of Nutrition Sciences, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, attempted to determine whether supplementation with folate (vitamin B9) and vitamin B12 would have an effect on the human papilloma virus (HPV) and cervical cancer linked to this virus among women.

They attempted to identify any associations between serum concentrations of folate and vitamin B12 and high risk HPV infections by evaluating 724 women in a screening study in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India.

They found that women with the highest concentrations of serum folate and vitamin B12 had the lowest risk of being positive for high risk HPV compared to those with lower levels of serum folate and serum vitamin B12.

The scientists published their results in The International Journal of Women’s Health, and concluded that: “These results demonstrated that improving folate and vitamin B12 status in Indian women may have a beneficial impact on the prevention of cervical cancer. Micronutrient based interventions for control of high-risk HPV infections may represent feasible alternatives to vaccine based approaches to HPV disease prevention…”

Considering the controversy surrounding HPV vaccines and the likelihood that their results with Indian women are applicable to other women, the results suggest that supplementation with folate and vitamin B12 (or a single B-complex vitamin that includes both of folate and B12) may help prevent HPV and cervical cancer.

B-vitamins are essential nutrients that are involved in countless biochemical processes in the body.  Without sufficient amounts we become more susceptible to stress, depression, anxiety, or irritability.  B-complex vitamins are necessary for adequate energy, learning capacity, growth, immunity, reproduction, pain reduction or proper pain signals, wound healing, memory, and glandular or nervous system functions.

These nutrients are found in brown rice, root vegetables, pumpkin seeds, citrus fruits, strawberries, cantaloupe, kale, green vegetables, and beans. A typical supplementary dose is between 50 to 100 mcg of folate and B-12.

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7:33PM PST on Feb 13, 2013

No one. NO ONE! ever completely knows their partner. Always protect yourself by any means necessary. It only takes 1 Oops. to have a fatal outcome.

7:45AM PST on Feb 1, 2013

Gardasil vaccines may increase the risk of developing precancerous lesions by 44.6 % in some groups of women.

12:27AM PST on Dec 28, 2012


3:48AM PST on Dec 15, 2012

My sister would still be alive and her children would remember her if she had been vaccinated against HPV. Instead, my previously beautiful, well-nourished and healthy sister developed cervical cancer that was diagnosed when she had a 4 year old son and a 3 month old daughter, and she died a horrible death two years later at age 30.

How did this happen? 1) Her husband gave her the virus, sometime between the age of 20-24, after which she divorced him when she found out he was unfaithful. At age 22 she'd had a normal pap smear. 2) At age 26, she had a pap smear during a pre-marriage physical when she was about to re-marry. No pap smear result was sent to her, and "no news is good news," so she didn't give it a second thought. Unfortunately, she had no way of knowing that the lab had either lost or misplaced her pap smear. She also had no idea that she had HPV. 3) At age 27 she was pregnant by her new husband, and diligently took her pre-natal vitamins that are high in the same vitamins that are touted in this article. 4) ) At age 28 she gave birth, and three months later, had another pap smear that signaled big trouble. (Looking back, we figured out it had been 6 years since her last reported pap smear.) Surgery revealed that the cervical cancer had spread so far that it was going to be fatal despite any treatment available. The doctors felt the hormones of pregnancy had probably caused the cancer to grow so fast. 5) Over the next two years, while racking up $250,000 in

7:03PM PST on Dec 14, 2012

Get the vaccine. It works.

12:15PM PST on Dec 10, 2012

A notable reason the HPV vaccine has been controversial wasn't mentioned in the article. It seems to imply that having sexual relations is a normal and natural thing to do, and shouldn't lead to painful premature death. Some people don't like that radical idea.

9:50PM PST on Dec 9, 2012

Considering that the risk of contracting HPV is through sex, how do we prevent our males from passing it on to the females? Or to prevent our males from contracting it as well?

It's nice to know some B vitamins can help our girls, but, this says nothing about the boys who are also potentially affected.

6:18AM PST on Dec 8, 2012

Thank you Michelle, for Sharing this!

2:59AM PST on Dec 8, 2012


9:20AM PST on Dec 5, 2012

with over 200 strains of the virus, most everybody has come in contact with it, the vitamins will help boost your immune system, in turn helps your body fight the virus, even with protected sex skin to skin contact can spread the virus. cervical cancer is very slow growing and with annual exams abnormal cells are detected long before the cells turn cancerous. i do agree with vaccines but remember do your research, weigh the benefits vs. risk, this is not a vaccine that i will allow my daughter to have but that is my personal opinion

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