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"read this if you have cervical dysplasia"
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*Cervical Dysplasia

Getting Your Cells in Line

It gets scraped during a Pap test, bumped during intercourse, stretched open
during childbirth and occasionally covered with latex or squirted with foam
when you’re trying to avoid pregnancy. But other than that, your cervix is
not really a focal point of your life. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

Right. Until your gynecologist says that something is wrong.

For somewhere between 250,000 and 1 million women every year, that something
is cervical dysplasia, a condition in which cells lining the cervix stop
organizing themselves into nice, neat, horizontal layers that reflect their
maturity from youngest to oldest.

Instead, a few older cells apparently decide to hang out with the younger
crowd, then become disruptive when their increasing growth no longer allows
them to neatly fit in among their younger siblings. They push the other
cells around, which eventually disrupts the rows.

Fortunately, the fact that these cells are out of line signals itself on a
Pap test. Depending on how many of these juvenile delinquents there are, a
lab technician will label the test either “low-grade squamous
intraepithelial lesion” for the minor disruptions of mild dysplasia or
“high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion” for the more significant
disruptions of moderate and severe dysplasia. Carcinoma in situ, which is
also a high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion, is not a form of cancer,
despite its name. Dysplasia becomes cancer when the delinquent cells quit
jostling their brothers and sisters and invade the cervix itself.

And that, of course, is what most women who find out they have cervical
dysplasia are afraid of. Although not all dysplasia progresses to cervical
cancer, most doctors surgically remove or otherwise destroy the cells
involved because they feel that dysplasia is the first step down the road to

But that thinking is beginning to change.

“Researchers are studying both the progression of cervical dysplasia toward
cancer and its regression back to the normal state (which is far more
common),” says Nancy Potischman, Ph.D., a senior staff fellow at the
National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Maryland. So instead of just asking
themselves “Why are these cervical changes evolving into cancer?”
researchers are also asking “What blocks the cervix’s return to normal?”

“Human papillomavirus (HPV), in combination with other genetic and
environmental factors such as cigarette smoke, is believed to be the main
cause of cervical cancer,” says Dr. Potischman. But there may also be
nutritional factors that affect whether dysplastic cells return to normal.
Based on what she has seen so far, says Dr. Potischman, “it may be that
vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene and other carotenoids play parts in
whether your cervix returns to normal.”

What vitamins C and E and beta-carotene have in common is that they enhance
immune function. They are also antioxidants, which means that they protect
your body’s healthy molecules by neutralizing naturally occurring unstable
molecules called free radicals, which cause cellular damage by stealing
electrons to balance themselves.

Antioxidant Power

Evidence that antioxidant vitamins can reverse dysplasia is impressive.

In a study at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, for
example, researchers took blood samples from 43 women with cervical
dysplasia and compared them with blood samples taken from women who did not
have the condition. The comparison revealed that lower levels of
beta-carotene and vitamin E corresponded to a significantly increased risk
of cervical dysplasia.

And what really knocked the socks off the researchers was a direct
correlation between the amounts of beta-carotene and vitamin E in the blood
and the stage of cervical abnormality.

In other words, says study leader Prabhudas R. Palan, Ph.D., assistant
professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Albert Einstein, the less
beta-carotene and vitamin E in a blood sample, the more dysplasia in the

An older study of vitamin C, also done at Albert Einstein, showed similar
results. In that study, researchers figured out the amount of vitamin C in
the diets of 87 women with dysplasia, then compared it with the amount of
vitamin C in the diets of women without dysplasia. They found that women who
consumed less than 30 milligrams of vitamin C a day were ten times more
likely to develop dysplasia than women who consumed more.

But will increasing your intake of antioxidants help heal dysplasia?

Perhaps, says Dr. Palan, who is conducting a study to find out. In this
study, women with the condition are being given 30 milligrams (about 50,000
international units) of pure beta-carotene every day for nine months.

In any event, the signs are good, since other studies have already
demonstrated that a diet rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E can
prevent cervical cancer.

In a study in four Latin American countries of 748 women with cervical
cancer, for example, researchers found that women who got more than 300
milligrams of vitamin C and 6,000 micrograms (about 10,000 international
units) of beta-carotene a day from fruits and fruit juices were roughly 30
percent less likely to develop cervical cancer than women who got less of
these nutrients.

How beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E might keep cervical dysplasia in
check is still unknown, says Dr. Palan. Some researchers suspect that these
nutrients enhance the ability of your immune system to fight off attackers
such as HPV, which is known to increase your risk of dysplasia. Others feel
that the nutrients work by increasing the amount of vitamin A available to
your cells.

“We’ve found that the antioxidant properties are important,” says Dr. Palan.

Depending on supplements alone is not the best way to guard against cervical
dysplasia, says Dr. Palan. That’s because the fresh fruits and vegetables
rich in cervix-protecting vitamins, particularly beta-carotene, may contain
other beneficial substances.

But supplements can provide added benefits to a diet that already gets five
servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Many nutrition experts do recommend
taking daily supplements that include 50,000 international units of
beta-carotene, 500 milligrams of vitamin C and 100 international units of
vitamin E.

Food Factors
Beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A, is important in the prevention and
treatment of cervical dysplasia. But it's not the whole story. There are
other members of the carotenoid family--lycopene, lutein, zeaxanthin,
beta-cryptoxanthin and alpha-carotene, for example--that may be equally
important. Medical researchers say that many of these carotenoids, which are
responsible for the yellow and red pigments found in foods, may have healing

Advances in technology have given scientists the tools to measure these
carotenoids individually. Here are some carotenoid-rich foods that may be

Eat tomatoes. In a study conducted at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in
New York City, researchers found that lycopene, a carotenoid found in
tomatoes, has a direct effect on the development of cervical dysplasia.
Studies are ongoing, says Prabhudas R. Palan, Ph.D., assistant professor of
obstetrics and gynecology at Albert Einstein, who is leading the study. But
right now it looks as though the more tomatoes you eat, the less cervical
dysplasia you get.

Reach for the leafy greens. Kale, raw spinach and fresh parsley are good
sources of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin.

Get more fruits. Fresh papaya, tangerines and dried peaches are good sources
of the carotenoid beta-cryptoxanthin.

Eat deep orange vegetables. Carrots and pumpkin are good sources of

Prescriptions for Healing
A broad array of nutrients found in fruits, fruit juices, green, leafy
vegetables and orange and red vegetables have been shown to reduce the risk
of cervical dysplasia.

Some experts also recommend that you get the following nutrients from foods
or supplements on a daily basis to protect your cervix.

Nutrient Daily Amount


Beta-carotene 50,000 international units

Folic acid 400 micrograms

Up to 800 micrograms for pregnant women

Vitamin C 500 milligrams

Vitamin E 100 international units


MEDICAL ALERT: If you have been diagnosed with cervical dysplasia, you
should be under a doctor's care.

If you are taking anticoagulant drugs, you should not take vitamin E

Folic Acid Fixes

Although antioxidants such as beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E clearly
play pivotal roles in protecting your cervix from dysplasia, folate (the
naturally occurring form of folic acid) may actually be more important.

Researchers have been studying the effects of folate on cervical dysplasia
for years, yet the relationship between folate levels and dysplasia is so
complex that study results have been equivocal. Some studies indicated that
a low level of folate in the body increases the risk of dysplasia; others
indicated that it doesn’t.

But researchers have begun to suspect that these inconsistencies,
frustrating as they may be, are the smoking gun that is actually pointing
them in the right direction. So instead of looking just at how many women
with low levels of folate have dysplasia versus how many women with high
levels of folate have the condition, researchers are looking at the
relationship between folate levels and risk factors such as smoking, oral
contraceptives, pregnancy and HPV infection. All of these things are known
to be associated with dysplasia.

In a study at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, researchers compared
the amount of folate in the red blood cells of 294 women with cervical
dysplasia with that of women without the condition. Then they checked with
the women to see whether they smoked, used oral contraceptives, had given
birth or had an HPV infection. And in each case, they found that the risk
factor was more likely to be associated with dysplasia if the women had low
levels of folate. Women with low levels of folate who were infected with
HPV, for example, were five times more likely to develop dysplasia than
women who were loaded with folate.

“Micronutrients such as folate are involved in nucleic acid synthesis and
repair. And folate deficiency is a cause of chromosomal breaks,” explains
Tom Becker, M.D., associate professor of medicine at the University of New
Mexico in Albuquerque, who is studying the nutrient. It’s possible that
cervical cells that have had DNA damage related to low folate levels could
be further damaged by cigarette smoke by-products or an HPV infection, could
become dysplastic and may not be able to repair themselves. As a result,
they may very well be blocked from returning to normal and instead progress
to cervical cancer.

Given that possibility, it may be more risky to be low in folate than to be
low in antioxidants, says Dr. Becker. “Research suggests that a diet with
plenty of cereals, fruits and green, leafy vegetables, as well as orange and
red vegetables, will help prevent cervical dysplasia,” he said. So there’s
yet another reason to learn to love those colorful veggies.

The recommended Daily Value for folic acid is 400 micrograms a day, although
pregnant women should get up to twice that amount. Unfortunately, most
American women get only about 236 micrograms a day.

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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  Thanks for the excellent article! Rajahadmin Aug-02-04 1
     RE: Thanks for the excellent article! lucky_me Aug-02-04 2
  RE: read this if you have cervical dysplasia hank Oct-17-06 5
  RE: read this if you have cervical dysplasia MiNusOnE Aug-15-07 8
  RE: read this if you have cervical dysplasia mami Feb-17-08 9
     RE: read this if you have cervical dysplasia auntiejessiadmin Feb-17-08 10
  RE: read this if you have cervical dysplasia lbear Nov-01-09 11
  RE: read this if you have cervical dysplasia adriabold May-27-11 12

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1. "Thanks for the excellent article!"
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Lots of useful information there. If you don't mind I may post it permanently.

"Do the Right Thing. It will gratify some people and astound the rest." - Mark Twain

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   Sure! I hope it helps a lot of women!
This article comes from a chapter on this book:

Prevention's Healing with Vitamins
Alice Feinstein, editor, with editors of Prevention Magazine Health Books, 1996; Rodale Press, Inc., Emmaus, PA, Index, 593 pages

All the chapters (including one about herpes) of this book can be found on this website:


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Rather not say
Aug-22-06, 09:35 PM (CST)
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   I would just like to say that I have stage III cervical dysplasia. Less than two months ago I was only showing "few" abnormal cell changes and tested negative for HPV now I am at a stage III and having a cone biopsy. In my opinion cervical cancer is making women feel like it is an STD and WOMEN...it is NOT! There is a lot of false info out there especially on the internet. I also would like to add my three sisters, mother and three aunts all have had the same problem. Makes me wonder if it is more genetics. I really feel there is not enough research into it and too much focus into it being causes by the HPV virus & it is not always slow growing.

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Rather Not Say
Mar-14-07, 10:03 PM (CST)
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   That was me that wrote message #3 and following that I had two more punch biopsys and still had to go for another cone biopsy. I was lossing faith...in everything & becoming so bitter! I was was an active runner and did six marathons within 14 months and I also took dancing lessons. Something inside of me just died or broke. Now today, the first time in a year I feel alive. I dream of the day, I will dance at my son's wedding or run the marathon of my dreams...Hawaii. I was so happy today that I bought a pink rose for each one of my friends...just to let them know how dear they are to my heart! Now I can begin to live...I almost forgot what it was like to smile or laugh let alone dance or run. Now, I will run & dance my heart out. I'm ready to live now...

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   been awhile since i've been here. I learned so much from this site. Anyway, just wanted to provide a link to my local newspaper. One down and more to go. http://www.oaoa.com/news/nw101706c.htm

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   Seems like you've done your due dilligence here. I have an ex wife that is essentially pointing her finger at me saying that I gave her HPV a year and a half ago and she now has to have her cervix removed. In the past month she had polyps on her cervix, she has endometriosys, and has had all kinds of other woman part problems. I've been on this forum before and I have been told that it takes a long time before woman see cervical dysplasia from HPV let alone having to have a cervix removed. I was wondering if you can shed some light on this for me. She is saying that she will show me the pathology report.

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I was diagnosed with cervical dysplasia cin1 last year. I developed flatwarts on my knees and elbows. Doctor said I cant get warts with this thing. I delt with it for a few months, 6 months later I took another test, and I was normal, the warts went away too. Now 5 months in, I have these warts again, and pain, I just don't feel well.
If this comes and goes can it get worse?I have read thast flatwarts can develope only with certain strains of this cin1. I would like some advice and info, cause I am looking everywhere, anbd I am not getting what I want out of htis.
Thank you very much, I hope to hear from you soon
You can email me at mami-smiley@hotmail.com

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Mimi -

You might want to make a seperate thread for this. I'm afraid this will get lost in this one.


"In those times you seem to forget, I don't mind reminding you that you are a beautiful soul." ~ Cindy Campo

Paragraphs are beautiful things.

You can google, too.

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I have to agree with what I've read so far. I would like to add to that though.

I would say that I am living proof of what I am to write. Three years ago I was diagnosed with High Grade cervical dysplasia - stage 4. I was at the stage just before cancer, and doctors and specialists advised me to have surgery urgently. I did thorough research and found the above information to be true. I had numerous tests month after month after being diagnosed, all with bad results. I had a deadly strain of the HPV virus, the one that causes cancer. I was recently diagnosed as 'normal' much to my doctors SURPRISE. I can't tell you how good that felt. But I believed and had courage despite the pressure from my doctors (who were working to their beliefs). But I was different. I had courage, I did the research, and believed ultimately that the body's own immune system has the capability to heal itself, no matter what the problem (something we often forget). Not everyone can do this, I know, so I don't recommend it to just anybody.

So what could I add to the above, what made the difference? Several things:

1. I supplemented my diet with vitamins: vitamin E, C, very high daily doses of folic acid, antioxidants, selenium, serotonin, vitex and herbs for the cervix and HPV virus: eg. True Unicorn (aletris farinosa), lomatium (lomatium dissectum), squaw vine (michella reper), thuja (thuja accidentalis), motherwort (leonurus cardiaca). This I took daily.

I must say that I was commited to my regime EVERY DAY taking the supplements and herbal liquids.

2. My diet changed completely. Everything I ate was certified organic. I ate no vegetables or fruits chemically grown. My diet consisted of loads of the following daily:

a. Organic juices home made in my juicer: combination of orange, lemon, beetroot, carrot, broccoli, cabbage, parsley, often basil, tomato, sweet potato, yellow and red grapefruit, apples and plenty of english spinach. This was made and drunk fresh twice a day.

b. Fibre from eating lots of raw vegetables and fruit daily: eg. pawpaw, pineapple, carrots, apples, broccoli (raw), cauliflower (raw), tomatoes, spinach (english).

3. Huge reduction in levels of stress. Previously on my job I was exposed to enormous levels of stress and anxiety. Now I regularly meditated, learnt to react differently to stressful situations and difficult people at work.

4. Another great change was adding regular exercise to my routine. I think without this I might not have recovered. Religiously I ran (exercise)daily 30 minutes a day in the fresh air.

I am so happy today to be healthy again. I often say to my boyfriend that I am living proof in the power of 'organic food'. The reason why I changed to organic is because it has way more vitamins and minerals in it than non-organic food (food grown with chemicals). Plus, it doesn't have the chemicals in it, that non-organic food has. I didn't want to load my body with chemicals that my body had to manage. I wanted it to be free to heal my body. Also the reason why I consumed lots of beetroot & broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower EVERY DAY was firstly because they detoxify the body, and secondly because the cruciferous vegetables detoxify the body (this is important for the healing process to begin). I also made sure to consume lots of carrots in my juice daily, as I recognised with my condition that I might have a vitamin A deficiency. I could have taken vitamin A capsules, but felt carrots have over 500 different carotonoids in the right quantities. In the summer time, I ate regularly organic cherries, grapes, wine, nectarines, peaches, plums, apricots.

Throughout this whole time, the support of my boyfriend was invaluable. He believed in what I was doing. I didn't go for tests for 2 years because I wanted my cervix to heal, and I didn't go for a test, mostly because I was scared, and only went when my instincts told me I was okay. Also over the 3 year period I noticed 'discharge' go from heavy to lighter and lighter to nothing (up and down along the way), but the trend was going up, so I knew I was getting better. I didn't need a test to tell me that.

The reason why I wrote this was because when I was in trouble and did research on the internet, I found NO example of anyone in stage 4 who had regressed back to normal, only women in the early stages, which is common. Also the research I read showed very little hope of someone regressing from stage 4 with the deadly strain of the HPV virus. I want you to know it is possible. I DID IT. You need to be committed though, and prepared to spend the money (to save your life) by paying for organic food. Also my cosmetics, hair and skin, soap products were organically certified as well. I have nothing to gain from this. I am not in the organic industry and never was. I only hope that I might be able to offer a ray of hope to others who may be going through the pain I went through. If I went through with the operation, I was told I would never be able to have children.

Remember though, if you don't believe and you don't change your ways, and you are not fully committed like I was, you are better off having the operation. Remember though, if you don't change your habits, you are continuing the sow the seeds of another disease in your body later on.

Good Luck and Good Health,


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12. "RE: read this if you have cervical dysplasia"
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Thank you so much for the information on cervical dysplasia. You have added most of the information one needs regarding cervical dysplasia. Will you please let me know the drawbacks of it too.

I have been to http://www.womenhealthzone.com/womens-health/cervical-dysplasia-causes-symptoms-and-treatment but could not trace it out.


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