In today’s episode I want to talk about HPV (Human Papillomavirus) – specifically the five foods to stop eating if you’re working on fending off HPV.
The Issue with HPV
Here’s the thing: We are almost all exposed to HPV virus at some point in our lives. That includes men and women. And certain strains of HPV are associated with cancer risk. So, to find out that HPV is positive, which often happens when women go to get a pap smear, and more often are being tested for HPV and being told that it’s positive, it can be quite scary.
My Experience Helping Women with HPV
So that might be why you’re listening to this video freaking out thinking, “Oh my gosh, I’m HPV positive,” or “HPV keeps showing up positive,” or even that the HPV is causing abnormal cells on your pap smear or worse. And you feel like you just want to get out of this situation and get rid of this virus as fast as possible. And I understand—I help thousands of women every year to do exactly that in my practice.
What I find is even women who’ve been following my protocol for months—because oftentimes women who follow my protocol even within three months will find that HPV goes to negative—but sometimes if it hasn’t gone away within six months and I go back, and we start digging, and we say, “What is still making this person susceptible to HPV?”
How Dietary Changes Can Help
I’m a naturopathic doctor and midwife, and I’ve been helping women to address HPV virus for over 23 years. And one of the best ways to do that—to actually help your body, your immune system protect you from this virus—is by making dietary changes.
Now, of course the conventional medical system and most medical practitioners are not trained in nutrition. And so they are not aware of the potential of dietary changes to help your body fend off HPV. But I’m here to tell you and report back to you from all the patients who’ve worked with me that making dietary changes absolutely can make a difference.
And women every week are coming back to me telling me how their pap is now negative and the HPV is negative. And not only that, but it’s staying negative over years, over a period of time. So this is why I feel so motivated to be able to share this information.
An Effective Dietary Protocol: Foods to Avoid
I have a whole protocol that I use in my practice. But today I want to focus on the top five foods that I see make the biggest difference when women are able to take them out of their diet—for at least a period of time until the HPV goes to negative.
#1 – Refined Sugar
So, the first food on that list is really something that’s usually an ingredient in foods, and that’s sugar. And when I say sugar, I’m referring to refined sugar like a spoonful of white sugar or brown sugar. That’s the kind of sugar that we’re talking about. I’m not talking about sugar necessarily from natural sugars, say from fruits and vegetables. We want to have some fruits and vegetables in our diet.
But refined sugar can reduce immune system function for hours after you consume it. So if you’re having sugar even once a day—a spoonful of sugar or equivalent to that—then it’s going to be reducing your immune system’s ability to protect you from all different infections, including HPV.
Now just imagine if you’re having sugar in your diet multiple different times of day—it’s continually reducing your immune function. And a lot of times sugar is in our diet and our beverages without us realizing it.
So I encourage you to take a closer look at the food you’re eating—even your protein shakes, even beverages that you think might be healthy. It’s worth it to take a look at the ingredients. And if you see sugar, or sugar cane, or sometimes sugar comes in as other names like dextrose and sucrose, these all mean sugar.
If there’s sugar in your food—in your sometimes it’s in processed food, sometimes it might be food that you’re grabbing on the go, or your morning coffee or latte maybe containing sugars—these sugars are reducing your immune function and making you susceptible to HPV, as well as other health issues. So number one is to start really paying attention to sugar and start reducing it in your daily intake.
#2 – Gluten
OK, number two, to me, is gluten. Remember, I’ve been at this for a couple of decades. And I do very specific testing with my patients to identify issues with gluten—specifically gluten sensitivity. And in some cases, we’re also testing for celiac disease if we see severe symptoms and severe signs of gluten issues.
And what I consistently find over and over again, case after case with HPV and abnormal pap smears, is gluten sensitivity. Actually, at least one out of four of us has gluten sensitivity. I think it’s actually more common than that.
Humans in general just don’t digest gluten very well. Gluten is in rye, barley, spelt, wheat, and anything that has wheat in it—not just whole wheat, but it could be anything made from wheat or rye, barley, spelt has gluten in it.
And so you might be getting gluten again numerous times a day if you’re having something made from wheat or containing gluten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You’re getting gluten multiple times a day. And gluten for everyone is inflammatory.
Gluten is known in research to cause something called leaky gut, which is damage to the intestinal cells. And this is really important when it comes to HPV. And you might be wondering why. Because you’re like, “Well, the HPV is in the vagina.” It also, by the way, can exist in the anal rectal area and oral area.”
But most times we’re identifying it in the vaginal area. And yes, there is a connection between your digestion and your vaginal area. So if you’re consuming gluten and it’s causing inflammation and causing damage to your intestinal cells—that’s causing inflammation to circulate around your whole body, including to the vaginal area.
Gluten also disrupts the bacteria in the digestive tract. This is well established in research. And I can share the references. When we have disrupted bacteria in our digestion, it is known to disrupt the microbiome vaginally. And this is another way that gluten makes us susceptible to HPV.
So you’ll notice in my language I’m talking about susceptibility to HPV. It’s not just about exposure. Remember, most all of us are exposed to this virus, but it only has the opportunity to cause abnormal cells in a certain percentage of the population. What’s different about that percentage of the population? Well, one thing could be that those people are more susceptible to inflammatory changes and microbiome changes due to gluten exposure.
And so what I recommend with women who work with me in my practice is we test for food sensitivities and find out if gluten is an issue. And then we start eliminating gluten from their diet, and we start to see major changes in their health—not just HPV—but so many things improve about their health, including their digestion and their skin and their hair and their hormones and their energy and their focus and their sleep.
So much more improves. So, yes, you could just start to eliminate gluten from your diet. I think that is a good place to start. And then if you really want to know more about whether you have leaky gut and are there other foods to avoid, I would recommend doing a food sensitivity panel.
#3 – Dairy
OK, so number three—and this also comes back to the food sensitivity panel and what I see as major food problems for women who are experiencing HPV—and that’s dairy products, including anything made from cow’s milk except butter. Butter is usually is OK, but anything else made from cow’s milk—from yogurt, cheeses, even whey protein powders—is an issue because of the proteins in dairy, not the sugar.
The sugar in dairy is called lactose, and some people are not able to digest lactose and may experiencedigestive issues from it. That’s not so much the issue for HPV. With HPV, the issue is the dairy proteins—casein and whey. And so if you’re consuming dairy products—even if you just have milk in your coffee or even if you just have cheese every so often—it could be an issue when it comes to HPV, because it’s inflammatory.
The inflammation dairy causes in the digestion then spreads throughout your whole body. And it makes you susceptible to infections. A lot of times people who have dairy sensitivity also are prone to sinus infections and skin issues, but absolutely can make you more prone to HPV.
And this is a thing, then, with the HPV—which normally our bodies can clear and get rid of—it sticks around longer and it has more chance to cause abnormal cells.
#4 – Eggs
OK, so number four, which I think might surprise you, is eggs. Now, a lot of people don’t realize that they’re reacting to eggs. And I’m not just talking about egg yolks. I’m talking about egg whites. And the issue is that once leaky gut exists—once the intestinal cells are not as healthy as they should be, which happens when we’re exposed to stress and toxins and gluten—we end up with leaky gut.
And then eggs, which we all think are healthy and we eat eggs—a lot of women I talk to are eating eggs almost every single day—the eggs are leaking through the intestinal lining undigested. And that egg protein is then triggering an immune response because the immune system thinks it needs to protect you from this foreign protein. That’s what our immune system does. It protects us from a foreign proteins.
So when egg protein comes through, the immune system is busy trying to protect you from it and it’s not doing as good of a job protecting you from the HPV virus. So one way to know for sure if you’re reacting to egg or egg whites in particular is to do the food sensitivity test I recommend, which is from a lab that I’ve been working with for many years.
I have cross tested it with other labs. I constantly review other food sensitivity panels. And what I find is that this particular lab gives us the clearest results—the clearest information to know for sure if you need to eliminate eggs from your diet.
Now, I want to make sure while we’re talking about dietary changes for you to understand that it’s not going to be necessary for you to avoid these foods forever. A lot of people worry, “Oh my gosh, how am I going to avoid these foods the rest of my life in order to protect myself from HPV?” But that’s not necessary.
Because once we help your body to heal—once we help your body to heal leaky gut, restore healthy digestive function and microbiome and healthy immune function—then in most cases you’re able to add these foods back into your diet.
So I’m not suggesting, that you need to avoid these foods forever. I’m suggesting that these are foods that are common in our diet that are actually making us more susceptible to HPV virus. And if we can identify that specifically for you and eliminate those foods from your diet while we heal your digestion, heal your body, rebalance your immune system—you’re going to be better able to protect yourself from HPV going forward, even if you reintroduce those foods to your diet.
#5 – Alcohol
So the fifth food I want to talk about is really a beverage, and that is alcohol. What we discover is that women who drink alcohol on a regular basis are more susceptible to HPV. And I’m talking about any type of alcoholic beverage—liquor, beer, wine, or any other beverage containing alcohol. All forms of alcohol reduce immune function.
if you have one drink a week, it is probably not enough to be an issue, but if you’re finding yourself having, let’s say, two glasses of wine or having one or two glasses of wine more than once a week, then it could be making you more susceptible to HPV.
And it’s when women finally do make the commitment to taking alcohol out of their diet, out of their life for a period of time—sometimes for three to six months—along with doing everything else in my protocol including supplements and suppositories, they finally are able to get HPV to go away.
Again, my goal is to help your immune system learn how to protect you from HPV. It doesn’t mean you’re going to have to forever avoid alcohol. At the same time, women often report to me that they feel so good without these foods and alcohol and sugar in their diet. They end up realizing, “Wow, I feel so much better. My energy is better, my mood is better, my sleep is better, my skin is better—everything is better! Why would I want to go back to eating and drinking all the things I was eating and drinking before that were making me not feel so good?”
When I guide women to follow a maintenance plan, we figure out what you’re going to continue now that you’ve transformed not only your health related to HPV, but you’ve transformed your life. You become empowered about protecting yourself from HPV-related cancer as well as many other health issues.
At that point you can reevaluate what you want to bring back into your diet and your life—even potentially on an occasional basis—but knowing that you’re the one who gets to decide what you’re eating. You’re the one who gets to decide what you’re drinking. And you’re the one who gets to be in control of your health and your ability to protect yourself from HPV as well as other health issues.
For More About HPV
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