Don't give in to HPV panic

The headlines almost seem like they've been written by the drug companies: Two-thirds of all Americans carry HPV, according to a new study.

That's the virus that causes most cervical cancers as well as many head, neck and throat cancers. And, wouldn't you know it, Big Pharma just so happens to have a vaccine for that -- and since sales have been disappointing (to say the least), they're in dire need of something to help boost the bottom line.

So you can bet they're hoping parents and grandparents will see the headlines and rush their little ones (especially girls) off to get poked with HPV shots.

But there are three things you need to know that aren't getting as much attention as those panic-inducing items in the mainstream media.

First, the study also finds that while two-thirds of Americans carry the HPV virus, very few actually have one of the strains known to cause cancer. In fact, fewer than 4 percent of those who carry HPV have a strain linked to cancer.

That means 96 percent of those infected with HPV have no cancer risk at all due to the virus.

Second, the vaccine doesn't offer full protection from all cancer-causing strains, may wear off after just a few years and comes with so many risks that HPV shots may be among the most dangerous vaccines ever invented.

Girls have been known to pass out and even drop dead after getting vaccinated, and some have suffered a permanent and debilitating disorder called Guillain-Barré syndrome.

Even parents who dutifully sign their kids up for every vaccine are rejecting this one -- which is why the drug industry has to resort to panic-inducing headlines to get them to even consider the shot.

But before you even think about it, consider my third point: You already have something far more powerful than any vaccine when it comes to HPV.

It's your own immune system.

This isn't just a natural health talking point. Even the CDC admits that the human immune system clears HPV 90 percent of the time.

If you want an even higher success rate, boost your immune system with the nutrients known to fight HPV. You'll find many of them in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage.

Here's one more tip: Brush your teeth and clean your gums. Good oral hygiene can slash your risk of HPV infection, and you can read more about that in this free report from my House Calls archives.