PAP II and immunodeficiency
When my gynaecologist presented me with the PAP III result after my annual check-up with the PAP smear test for the early detection of cervical cancer, I was surprised and at the same time quite worried. She advised me to get a second opinion, but also to have an operation as quickly as possible due to the worrying changes in the cells. I wanted to avoid a surgical intervention and looked for other ways of having treatment. As a trained nurse and certified aromatherapist, I wanted to support my body as well as I possibly could and began researching the topic of human papillomaviruses (HPV), and in particular the effect of different micronutrients on these widespread viruses.
by Mag. Kristiina Singer
The Scientific Assessment
In the course of my research, I came across some fascinating findings regarding the effect of beta-glucans on the immunological performance of the organism, and on viruses and HPV infections in particular. Several studies examined the activity of beta-glucans on the prevention and treatment of cervical cancer – with very promising results. Some studies also discussed the potential connection between a vitamin D deficiency and infections with HPV and cervical cancer. I began taking the from Biogena ImmunoMyk and vitamin D3 2000 Duo.
I took ImmunoMyk and vitamin D3 2000 Duo that had been prescribed for me for 6–9 months and, after 3 months, I consulted my gynaecologist once again. The result of the repeated PAP smear was not only surprising, but it actually made me feel quite hopeful. My results no longer indicated a condition that needed monitoring or a worrying result – and I no longer needed a surgical intervention. I had obviously opted for the right route with my treatment with different plant-based substances and vitamin D in order to treat my HPV infection. Right from the outset, my gynaecologist had encouraged me to try everything that felt right to me. Since then, I have had no more worrying findings at my annual check-ups with a PAP smear.
It is safe to assume that every sexually active person has come into contact with the human papillomavirus (HPV) at some time or another. There are some 100 different HPV strains, 30 of which increase the risk of cervical cell changes. Studies have shown that beta-glucans can offer effective support for women with cervical cancer caused by the HPV virus, with a 15% to 20% increase in the regression rates after 12 months. Vitamin D has also been shown to be very promising. A study dating from 2011, in which the effect of long-term supplementation with vitamin D on the regression rates of cervical dysplasia was examined, showed a 30% increased regression rate, since vitamin D can be helpful in supporting the function of the immune system in the case of women with cervical dysplasia.
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Smoking is believed to be a co-factor in the development of cervical cancer. Smoking should be avoided, particularly in the case of increased PAP levels, and ideally it should be stopped altogether.