This is an overview of everything cervical dysplasia. At the bottom of this section will be the various natural and holistic ways of treating along with the science behind it.
Note: This page is from 8-09. It is a work in progress. The research is complicated and difficult to explain so please come back as this is unraveled and put in a form easier to understand. Although seeing first hand the benefits of boosting glutathione to treat this health challenge, at this writing there is little study to back this up.
What causes cervical dysplasia?
What is associated with cervical dysplasia?
Who is at risk?
What are the risk factors?
What is Cervical Dysplasia?
What are the Treatments?
Is there an Alternative?
Cervical dysplasia is a precancerous abnormal tissue (called a lesion) that potentially can progress to cervical cancer. It is caused by a sexually transmitted infection with an cancer causing strain of the human papillomavirus (HPV).
Cervical cancer is a common cancer of the outer layers of skin (called epithelial cancer). It is the second-most common type of cancer in women age 20-39 years.
Since cervical dysplasia does not cause symptoms, it is essential to get a regular screening. Early diagnosis is essential to prevent cancer. Most physicians remove suspicious cervical lesions and will require frequent Pap smears to observe for recurrences.
HBV is a group of more than 100 types of viruses that can cause genital warts and are associated with some types of cancer, possibly including oral cancer.
Some cause the non malignant and non-harmful (benign) but annoying warts that pop up unexpectedly on the hands or feet.
There are at least 30 strains that can infect the genital area. They reside there for months or even years before they cause any harm. HPV is transmitted by skin-to-skin contact, which means you can unwittingly infect your partner—or vice versa.
Once exposed to the virus, the infected skin will first begin to enlarge due to the growth of new cells. Should it progress, the resulting tissue becomes damaged, such as a wound, ulcer, abscess or tumor. The abnormal tissues, called lesions, can develop into cancer.
Women who are minorities and those living in underdeveloped countries seem to be at greater risk.
By one estimate, there is one case of invasive cancer for every 50 smears that are abnormal. International statistics lists cervical cancer as being responsible for 11.6 percent of all cancers.
The primary cause of the lesion is sexually transmitted infection with an cancer causing strain of the human papillomavirus (HPV).
HPV is considered to be responsible for 90 to 99 percent of cervical dysplasia. However not all HPV infections end up causing cervical dysplasia.
Likewise, not all cervical dysplasia turns into cervical cancer.
The good news is that it is a slow process, sometimes taking years to progress. Like other cancers, it is considered in stages, mild, moderate, and severs. If found early, it is treatable which will prevent the cancer.
The risk factors include...
Sexually acquired HPV is the primary risk factor for cervical cancer.
Other cofactors: literature indicates these as possible to probable result in the progression of low-grade to high-grade lesions and/or the development of cervical cancer.
Early age at first intercourse Multiple sexual partners
High-risk sexual behavior or having multiple sex partners, having sex with a man who has had multiple sex partners, and engaging in sexual intercourse before the age of 18 are all linked to cervical dysplasia.
If you have sex with a man who has had sex with six people who each have had sex with six people going out times six, well, it is like you have shared your body with or exposed it to over 5,000 people.
Leading these lifestyles result in a greater chance of being infected with HPV and or HIV, especially if they do not use a barrier contraceptive such as a condom. These infections put them at higher risk for developing cervical dysplasia.
Use of oral contraceptive high parity (having 6 or more children Low socioeconomic status Poor diet Cigarette smoking
This applies to either of the sexual partners. Both nicotine and cotinine, chemicals in the tobacco smoke, end up in the cervical cells of women who smoke. Likewise men who smoke excrete these chemicals in their semen. Once that comes in contact cervix during sexual intercourse, the woman is exposed to the same chemicals. The chemicals in tobacco are considered to cause changes in the cells that lead to dysplasia.
Immunosuppression from drugs or disease Immunosuppression from any blood transfusion Promiscuous male sexual partners Women using oral contraceptives more than 10 years acquiring sexually transmitted diseases exposure to human papillomavirus (HPV) Exposure to HIV infection
Women infected with HIV have a greater risk for developing cervical dysplasia. Decreases in the number of CD4 cells (cells involved in the immune responses) is associated with increased risk. HIV as is cervical dysplasia are both associated with Low CG Syndrome.
Women with suppressed immune systems due to multiple blood transfusions during their life or drugs to prevent rejection of organ transplants, are at greater risk.
Although the organ transplant patients cannot boost their glutathione, the association with weakened immunity provides a clue and target to prevent this from happening and possibly treat it for those who have it.
DES is a synthetic estrogen thought to help prevent miscarriage. Between the late 30's and 1971, there were about 5 million pregnant women were given diethylstilbestrol (DES) to prevent miscarriages. Once found to be ineffective, it was discontinued.
Now, the daughters of women who took DES have a higher risk for developing adenocarcinoma, and abnormalities of the cervix, vagina, and uterus. It is a rare cancer of the vagina or cervix.
Women once becoming sexually active should have a pelvic exam and Pap test. A Pap test is a procedure where skin cells are gently scraped from the uterus and cervix. These cells are then smeared on a slide to be examined under a microscope. This makes it possible to pick up abnormalities early enough to to provide care.
Not all abnormal Pap results call for great concern, but they do indicate a need for follow-up to determine the cause of the abnormal results. Pap smears are not diagnostic, but they do indicate if you need very early treatment. They make it possible to determine if you need a colposcopy and a biopsy.
a high-tech visual procedure that allows the doctor to see the vagina and cervix through a special magnifying lens (colposcope).
Sometimes the procedure includes staining the cervix with an iodine or vinegar solution. This makes it easier to see the difference between the normal and abnormal cells. A biopsy or little pieces of tissue may be taken for further investigation.
The first time abnormal results are seen, many doctors will take a conservative approach. Some doctors even recommend using natural medicine for three to six months and then retesting.
Additional testing of DNA strains provides additional information for diagnosing. Of the genital HPV strains, more than 10 cause cervical dysplasia. Four of these are considered high-risk for cervical cancer.
Statistically, more than half of cervical cancer cases are caused by HPB-16.
HPV-18 is responsible for about 12 percent, and HPV-31 5 percent and HPV-45 about 5 percent.
Now Pap samples can be prepared with “wet-preps,” produce easier-to-read results and are routinely used for women over 30. Additionally, they allow for DNA testing.
New testing and treatment methods have made cervical cancer almost entirely preventable for women who have access to health care.
The most common is a treatment is LEEP (loop electrosurgical excision procedure), it is done in-office under local anesthetic. LEEP is sparing to healthy underlying tissue while providing a biopsy specimen.
Sometimes removal is with a scalpel, electric scalpel (electrocautery), a laser, or by freezing (cryotherapy) with a 90 percent success rate.
Some clinicians recommend taking multivitamins and increasing antioxidant intake before and after surgery during the time the body is healing from surgery.
On healing, both topical and oral green teas are recommended by some clinicians. This is to help the immune system function at its best.
Not all women with the virus develop cervical dysplasia or cervical cancer. It is believed that there are several factors that contribute to progression of the disease. Many of the risk factors can be reversed or eliminated, resulting in regression of the lesions.
Numerous studies have demonstrated that dietary intervention and nutrient supplementation help prevent cervical cancer.
Current vaccination technology may have many limitations, including health side effects.
Tune Up your Immune System
Since poor nutrition and low antioxidant levels are a risk factor for developing cervical cancer, boosting these will help prevent and possibly treat cervical dysplasia.
Dietary and Supplemental Aids
activated folic acid
Barrier contraceptive methods
Monogamous life style
Echinacea (3 weeks on one week off)
Often when looking for alternatives, there will be those who have "the doctor knows best" syndrome.
Consider one posting on the web...
...you're not going to be able to cure cervical dysplasia with vitamins or some other concoction you read about on the internet. This is very serious and could effect your fertility FOREVER.
Beware that cervical dysplasia can become cancer if you mess around too long. Trying concoctions of different douches or vitamins alone will not cure you.
I urge you to seek a doctors care before it's too late.
Remember, the same doctors that promoted, prescribed, and gave out Fen-Fen, DES and any of a number of other medicines that have proved harmful are the ones this poster is saying to put your faith in.
Rather than limiting your thinking, become an educated consumer. There is no one right way. There is a best way. That way is what ever you will comply with.
As mentioned above, this condition and subsequent diseases are associated with Low CG syndrome.
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