HPV vaccines: too many questions, too little benefit

Back in 2013, I told you how Japan withdrew its national recommendation to vaccinate young girls against human papillomavirus (HPV) due to concerns over the vaccine’s safety.

That was two years ago…yet here in the U.S. mainstream medical authorities are still promoting the HPV vaccine as fervently as ever.

But, thankfully, the backlash against this initiative is spreading. In fact, some very prominent physicians and even pharmaceutical insiders are speaking out against HPV vaccines like Gardasil and Cerverix.

These experts cite disturbing reports of serious health concerns that have occurred in girls who have gotten the Gardasil vaccine. We’re talking frightening, life-threatening conditions ranging from multiple sclerosis to brain inflammation.

In fact, last year, a major research review investigated the link between HPV vaccines and autoimmune diseases. Of course, the researchers stopped short of pointing the finger directly at these vaccines. But they did issue an ominous conclusion: “The risk vs. benefit of [HPV] vaccination is still to be solved. The on-going vigilance for the safety of this vaccine remains of paramount importance.”

Doesn’t exactly inspire a lot of confidence in Gardasil or its cousins, if you ask me.

But with no effective medication available to treat HPV, many people feel backed into a corner when it comes to getting their kids vaccinated (the vaccine used to only be recommended for girls, but now it’s being forced on boys as well).

Pediatricians and government health “experts” are quick to point out the dangers of HPV to “sell” the vaccine to parents. For instance, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer, and is also associated with several other cancers as well.

But the fact is, there is no conclusive evidence that the HPV vaccine is even effective when it comes to preventing those instances of cancer. If anything, Gardasil is controversial at best…and downright deadly at worst.

And with odds like that, should we really be gambling our kids’ lives?

Especially when there’s a much, much safer bet for protecting them from HPV—and any number of other health threats, to boot. A couple of months ago, I told you about a new trial showing that one of my favorite natural supplements, AHCC, appears to be effective against HPV.

Human and preclinical studies have already shown that AHCC improves the immune system to help the body fight off infections and block tumor growth. So these new study results just add to its already impressive roster of benefits.

For general immune support, I recommend 1,000 mg of AHCC daily (I typically suggest one 500 mg dose in the morning and one at night).


“On the relationship between human papilloma virus vaccine and autoimmune diseases,” Autoimmunity Reviews 2014; 13(7): 736-741