There are many unanswered questions regarding the current dogma that HPV causes cervical cancer. For example:
Why is it that only one in 10,000 HPV infected women go on to develop cervical cancer and why does this cancer only develop decades after HPV infection?
The human papilloma virus was not always considered the cause of cervical cancer. Christine Kent author of Saving the Whole Woman has pointed out that there is a lack of glycogen in the squamous mucosa of the cervix and vagina in women with cervical cancer. Glycogen is a stored form of glucose which is necessary for the health of these reproductive tissues. Other researchers have looked into dietary reasons that may contribute to cervical cancer such as Susan Quilliam who in her book Positive Smear noted nutritional deficiencies such as a lack of vitamin C, beta carotene and folic acid. Carolyn DeMarco also mentions the role of folic acid describing it as an important cofactor needed by the enzymes that make DNA and one that is often deficient in pill users, that can protect against precancerous changes in the cervix. Demarco adds that low levels of beta-carotene have been associated with cervical dysplasia along with inadequate vitamin B6 and selenium. Carolyn Demarco and Susan Quilliam both discuss the role that prolonged use of the contraceptive pill has on the incidence of cervical cancer. A 1988 update of a study that had been going on in Britain for the last 20 years links the pill with cervical cancer. The incidence of cervical cancer in women who had taken the pill for more than ten years was four times greater than for women who had not. The overall incidence of cancer of the cervix was increased in women who had used the pill.
Then there is the role that smoking plays in the development of the disease with it being a major risk factor and said to account for a two-to four-fold increased incidence of cervical cancer. Reading from the QuitNow website :
Smoking is a cause of cancer of the cervix. Tobacco specific carcinogens (cancer-causing substances) have been found in the cervical mucus of smokers. Smokers and former smokers risk of developing cancer of the cervix is about double that of never smokers.The level of risk remains after taking into account other risk factors for cervical cancer including infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV), a likely factor in most cases. Your risk of developing cervical cancer increases the longer you smoke and the more cigarettes you smoke. Women who smoke are around twice as likely to develop cervical cancer than non- smokers and research has shown that toxins from first-hand and second-hand smoking can be found in cervical tissue. Smoking has been implicated in the causation of cervical cancer since the 1970s.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers the following tips for preventing cervical cancer: Don’t smoke, have regular Pap smears, eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables, use a condom and be monogamous. Seems very sensible to me. And why don’t we hear this sensible advice rather than the baseless message that HPV vaccines are needed to save your daughter from the ravages of cervical cancer. And look where this advice has got the young teens of the world with over 73000 adverse events post vaccination and hundreds of deaths. This is a disease for which HPV vaccination is not warranted. First attend to these lifestyle causes would be a good way to go.
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