HPV, Warts and Cancer… A 6 point public service announcement


Published: 05/18/2014

by Dr. Millie Lytle, ND, MPH, CNS


Studies show that Gardasil prevents people who have not yet had sexual encounter from conditions associated with this sexually transmitted disease.  It no longer works in those already exposed, nor in their older years.

The decidedly unethical marketing strategy Merck pushed the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine onto governments, doctors, clinics and into people homes prior proper evidence was published that the vaccine was effective and safe left a confusing message.

Vaccine success rates have not been high. Perhaps parents don’t like getting goaded into sexual matters involving their daughters and sons.  Maybe mothers have had their own battles with cervical dysplasia and been completely fine.

How to protect yourself and your children at all stages.

A lack of health information on the a) risk factors of HPV and b) prevention and lifestyle strategies to treat it have a lot of people down in the dumps, feeling confused and desperate about their options.

There are currently 4 strains of the HPV, traditionally only known for causing genital warts that are responsible for cellular changes that could eventually cause cervical cancer. These same strains lead to anal, throat and mouth cancer in sexually active gals and guys.  Men are usually a silent carrier.

HPV is said to be ubiquitous, meaning spread all around the world with no control over the virus. Up to 80% of sexually active individuals will come into contact with at least one strain of HPV, and this number is rising. Most people will never show any symptoms.

In most cases, cervical dysplasia is self-limiting, meaning the body’s immune system fights the virus on its own.

Changes in cervical tissue called cervical dysplasia gets medically staged as Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia (CIN) 1 or mild cervical dysplasia, 2 or moderate and 3, representing the most severe cellular changes before cancer. If left untreated or caught too late CIN develops into carcinoma in situ, localized cervical cancer.  Before 22 years of age, straight women are most susceptible to the virus. Though older women may have carried it silently for decades prior to being diagnosed as late as their senior years. We are learning a similar disease potential in gay and bisexual men although statistics are not well reported.

Risk Factors for Conditions Caused by HPV:

  1. No Examination/PAP tests. The Papanicolaou is a necessary exam whereby the physician takes a cellular sample from the cervical tissue for cellular analysis. While spotting and pain on sexual intercourse can are symptoms, there is otherwise no way for a person to know their inner organ is at risk. In populations of women who do not have access or medical coverage to receive PAP tests, cervical cancer prevalence is higher.  Lesions on anal tissues, throat swabs ought to become routine in gay and bisexual men.                                                                                                                                                             
  2. Sexual Intercourse. This is required in order to become exposed to HPV. Of the 100 or so HPV strains, all are spread by direct skin on skin contact. The penis is an asymptomatic carrier of the virus especially regarding the cancer-causing strains (primarily 16 and 18). Unprotected intercourse increases risk for developing tissue abnormalities. Even with the use of a condom though, genital warts can be contacted, as condoms do not cover the entire area.                                                          
  3. Smoking is the biggest risk factor. Women who smoke have 2-3 times higher risk for developing cervical abnormalities due to antioxidants lost and increased free radicals levels simultaneously decreasing the immune system.                                                     
  4. Poor nutrient diet. A diet rich with green, yellow, orange, red and cruciferous vegetables has been shown as more protective than taking large doses of supplements containing the same known nutrients.  However a cervical dysplasia protocol has been published by Naturopathic Doctor Tori Hudson including Folic Acid, Vitamin C, E, Selenium, Zinc in addition to some suppositories. Green Tea and Indol-3-Carbinol extract from broccoli have also been shown to be protective against cervical lesions.                                                                                                                                                                           
  5. Birth control pill and other medications. Long-term use of commonly prescribed drug and other medications may be responsible for nutrient deficiencies of those very antioxidants (folic acid, vitamin C and zinc) needed to protect soft tissues against conditions caused by HPV. Alcohol also leaches key water and fat soluble vitamins required for immune health.                            
  6. Having several sexual partners. Changing male partners, especially prior to 18 years of age introduces the virus at a time when the body is still maturing therefore when cells are most susceptible to viral influences. Giving birth prior to 22 years of age increases risk for cervical dysplasia due to cellular changes in the cervix. 
Editor's Note:

According to many HPV Vaccine is associated with serious health risks, including sudden death. Please, pay special attention to risk factor number 4, in the above article from Dr. Millie to educate yourself about natural protocols, and see the data below for additional important information on Gardasil.                                                                                                                                
HPV vaccine Gardasil might actually increase your risk of cervical cancer. Initially, that information came from Merck and was presented to the FDA prior to approval (1).

According to Merck’s own research, if you have been exposed to HPV strains 16 or 18 prior to receipt of Gardasil vaccine, you could increase your risk of precancerous lesions, or worse, by 44.6 percent.

Other health problems associated with Gardasil vaccine include immune-based inflammatory neurodegenerative disorders, suggesting that something is causing the immune system to overreact in a detrimental way—sometimes fatally.

  • Between June 1, 2006 and December 31, 2008, there were 12,424 reported adverse events following Gardasil vaccination, including 32 deaths. The girls, who were on average 18 years old, died within two to 405 days after their last Gardasil injection                                                                                                                                                                          
  • Between May 2009 and September 2010, 16 additional deaths after Gardasil vaccination were reported. For that timeframe, there were also 789 reports of "serious" Gardasil adverse reactions, including 213 cases of permanent disability and 25 diagnosed cases of Guillain-Barre Syndrome                                                                                                                                
  • Between September 1, 2010 and September 15, 2011, another 26 deaths were reported following HPV vaccination                            
  • As of May, 2013, VAERS had received 29,686 reports of adverse events following HPV vaccinations, including 136 reports of death (2), as well as 922 reports of disability, and 550 life-threatening adverse events
Sources and References: 
(2) - MedAlerts.org. HPV vaccine adverse event report to VAERS as of May 13, 2013. Accessed July 10. 9, 2013.

About the Author

Dr. Millie Lytle, ND, MPH, CNS is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (2002), a private 4 year post-graduate, accredited medical school, and earned her Masters of Public Health in Hamburg, Germany. She is a Naturopathic Doctor, certified nutrition specialist and radio host of two weekly shows on AM and internet radio. She is the founder and CEO of Millie says, Inc. providing naturopathic medicine with virtual and in-person anti-aging, nutrition programs. Follow on Google+ or visit her website at www.milliesays.com for more information. She practices in Manhattan, Brooklyn and virtually.