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  1. Good oral hygiene beats HPV infection

    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."

  2. Study finds Gardasil safe -- but don't believe it

    New study on HPV shots misses the point

    Here's an urgent warning for anyone with a daughter or granddaughter and a vaccine-happy doctor pushing HPV shots: DON'T!

    A new study claims the main vaccine used against HPV, Gardasil, is safe despite plenty of evidence to the contrary -- including years of reports of side effects that include everything from serious and permanent nerve disorders right up to death.

    But the main thing you need to know about the study isn't the results, which are questionable at best. It's who paid for it: Merck, the makers of Gardasil.

    Sounds like they got their money's worth.

    Gardasil, as I'm sure you've heard by now, is often called the "cervical cancer vaccine" despite the fact that it doesn't actually protect against cervical cancer.

    It only protects against some -- not all -- strains of HPV, the virus that causes the disease.

    In the new study, researchers claimed the only risks of the shot were skin infections and fainting. And if that were true, the shot might be worth it even though it offers only limited protection.

    But it's not true.

    There have been literally thousands of serious adverse side effects linked to the shot and reported to the FDA -- including paralysis, temporary and permanent nerve damage, blindness, seizures, and even dozens of deaths.

    Despite all those well-documented risks, there's been pressure on parents from every direction -- pressure from doctors, pressure from school districts, and even pressure from the government, all aimed at getting little girls vaccinated to "protect" them from HPV.

    But you don't need a dangerous shot for that. In most cases, you don't need anything at all. Here are the three most important things every parent and grandparent should know about HPV prevention and protection:

    1. You can't get HPV without sexual contact, so it's critical to teach teens the importance of abstinence. Some parents laugh when I tell them this is the best vaccine of all. They tell me it's not realistic. I remind them that there are a number of sexually transmitted diseases that cannot be vaccinated against -- including HIV, gonorrhea, and syphilis, which can be deadly. Their chuckling soon stops.
    2. If you do get HPV -- and many people do, eventually -- your own body will take care of it 90 percent of the time, and this is according to the CDC's own numbers. No vaccine can match that success rate.
    3. A diet rich in cruciferous vegetables and vitamin E can help the body to beat HPV infections and even reduce the risk of the cervical dysplasia that can turn into cancer.

    Finally, remember that even cervical cancer itself is detectable, treatable, and beatable. Pap smears may be uncomfortable, but they are safe and non-toxic -- unlike HPV shots.

  3. Gardasil's European tour off to a rocky start

    Spanish authorities recently recalled the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil after two girls had to be hospitalized shortly after getting injections.

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