70% of women will get the human papillomavirus (HPV) virus at some point in their life, yet it still seems somewhat taboo to talk about. From the age of 25 women will go for a smear test every 3 years. If they test positive for HPV, and no abnormal cells show up, they will be invited back a year later. Why is this? The HPV virus should be cleared naturally by the immune system, like a common cold. Problems occur when this doesn’t happen as the the virus can result in abnormal cells, which can eventually turn into cervical cancer.
WHAT IS HPV?
HPV is human papillomavirus and it is linked commonly with herpes but is not necessarily a herpes simplex virus. However, the symptoms are almost identical but many people with HPV don’t experience any noticeable symptoms at all, especially with high-risk HPV.
If you do experience symptoms, it may include genital warts, flu-like symptoms and fatigue. So, we’re looking at a lot of the same symptoms as herpes simplex virus (HSV).
HOW TO GET RID OF HPV
If HPV is not going away on its own then you might have a weakened immune system, so we need to work out WHY. Do you have leaky gut which is causing inflammation and an overactive immune response? Are your hormones out of whack? The only way to heal HPV is by rebalancing the underlying root causes and boosting the immune system.
By boosting the immunity, we can then stop the virus from replicating and then go on to kill the virus itself. After the virus has been destroyed, your body then needs to recover from the damage and physical stress from fighting the virus.
WHERE TO START
The first thing that we have to do is understand that, besides the cells and DNA, we need to look at the bacteria inside our body. How do we do this? At-home functional lab tests.
My recommendations of lab tests would be:
1. Hair tissue mineral analysis to look at heavy metals, which will exacerbate inflammation and allow for the biofilms that can be used by these viruses.
2. Organic acid test to look at candida overgrowth and bacteria overgrowth, namely clostridium difficile.
3. Stool test to see whether there is E. coli overgrowth, H. pylori, klebsiella and any other parasites and other things that also could be hindering the immune system.
If your immune system is always fighting candida, SIBO, parasites, H. pylori, E. coli overgrowth, or other infections or imbalances, it will eventually weaken.
When your immune system doesn’t functioning optimally, you will not be able to produce enough CD4 cells (white blood cells that fight infections), and so you will not be well equipped to fight off viruses, such as HPV.
So, what is going wrong that has led to here? For a lot of my clients, a weakened immune system often comes down to gut issues, remember that 70% of your immune system is right there in your gut. If this is the case, we need to heal the gut first, because we also need you to be able to absorb all these great nutrients that we’re going to put in your body, to boost your immune system in the first place.
We also need to ensure that your body is less stressed by removing toxicities before we attempt to boost the immune system. Once we have done this, we will look to stop the virus from replicating by destroying it. One of the best ways to stop it from replicating is to destroy the lipid membrane of the virus itself.
I use nutrition, lifestyle practices and supplementation with my clients which will differ depending on what shows up in lab tests. Even though it’s the same virus, the underlying root cause(s) as to why the body couldn’t get rid of it will be different. So, when people ask me “how to get rid of HPV”, as much as I would like to give a ‘magic bullet’ answer, it doesn’t exist due to individuality and the differing stages to rebalancing the body and boosting the immune system.
I have worked with many clients who just could not get rid of HPV – unfortunately, there is no advice given when you receive your smear results, other than ‘it should go away on its own, but come back in a year, just in case.’ If you have received positive HPV results multiple times, your body is telling you that your immune system is not working optimally!
You can overcome HPV if you go beyond the surface level and start healing the body from within. Jemma is a clear example of this, see below:
“I had two treatments to remove precancerous cells at the end of last year, following an abnormal smear result due to the HPV virus. I was lucky to receive treatment quickly but was not given any advice to help clear the virus (the cause of the precancerous cells) and was advised to wait and hope my body cleared it. […] Four months after starting the protocol I had a check-up at the hospital and recently received confirmation that I had tested negative for the HPV virus which was the best news.
I can’t put into words how grateful I am for all of Paula’s help, I really can’t thank her enough.’ – Jemma, Kent UK
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