Beat HPV infection without a vaccine

Let's get one thing straight, the CDC and FDA aren't public health agencies.

They're drug industry marketing firms, and if you have any doubts about this just take a look at how hard they're pushing the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines. They claim the shots can protect against HPV infection, cervical cancer in girls as well as head, neck and throat cancers in girls and boys alike.

But there are two things they won't tell you:

  1. The vaccines, especially Gardasil, may be dangerous -- and they've been linked to thousands of serious and in some cases crippling adverse events as well as dozens of deaths; and
  2. There are much better, far safer and more effective ways to protect every member of the family at every age from this virus.

You can start by brushing your teeth.

An oral HPV infection can enter the body through cuts and sores, and if you've got a mouthful of bleeding gums, you're practically offering germs of all kinds a free ride right into your bloodstream.

That's why new research finds that overall poor oral hygiene can increase the risk of oral HPV infection by 56 percent, while gum disease can cause that risk to jump by 56 percent.

Brush your teeth -- and don't forget to floss -- and you can turn that risk around. Just be sure to use natural fluoride-free toothpaste and mouthwash.

And that's not the only way you can protect yourself.

When it comes to fighting an HPV infection, you've already got something more powerful than the vaccine. You've got an immune system that can clear the virus out of the body 90 percent of the time.

Boost your immune system with good nutrition and healthy supplements, and you can bring that number closer to 100 percent.

In addition, a diet rich in cruciferous vegetables and vitamin E can help the body to beat HPV infections when they do strike and even slash the risk of the cervical dysplasia that can turn into cancer.

And remember, the number one source of HPV exposure is through sexual contact. Since there's no vaccine that can stop kids from having sex, it's critical to teach strong moral values and the important of abstinence.

Condom use can reduce the risk, but it's no guarantee.

I know abstinence is considered old-fashioned these days, but along with preventing HPV infection, abstinence is the only guaranteed way to eliminate the risk of exposure to all sexually transmitted diseases -- not to mention the only guaranteed way to make sure your family won't be profiled on the next episode of "Teen Mom."