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HPV Vaccine Risks Vs. Rewards

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The most comprehensive study on HPV vaccine side effects followed up on more than 2 million women and reported a statistically non-significant association between exposure to the vaccine and severe adverse events…

It is no surprise to me that side effects come with the HPV vaccine. As far as I know, every medical intervention known to man comes with the risk of side effects. Hell, even drinking too much water in too short a time can cause health risks.

I am a cancer survivor who lives with a host of long-term and late stage side effects that resulted from FDA approved “safe and effective” cancer therapies. So when I read about possible side effects of a vaccine that is supposed to prevent infection and therefore prevent cancers, I dig into the issues.


The issues are two:

  1. The severity of the side effects and
  2. The frequency of the side effects. 

The HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine is designed to protect against infection with certain strains of the virus, which can cause various cancers and genital warts. The vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective, but like any medical intervention, it comes with both risks and rewards.


  1. Cancer Prevention: HPV is a leading cause of cervical cancer, and the vaccine has been shown to be highly effective in preventing infections with the most common cancer-causing HPV strains. It also helps prevent some other cancers, such as anal, vaginal, vulvar, and oropharyngeal cancers.
  2. Reduced Transmission: By preventing HPV infection, the vaccine can also reduce the transmission of the virus, contributing to community immunity and protecting those who may not be eligible for vaccination.
  3. Long-lasting Protection: The vaccine provides long-lasting protection, potentially reducing the risk of developing HPV-related cancers later in life.
  4. Prevention of Genital Warts: The vaccine can also protect against certain HPV strains that cause genital warts.


  1. Side Effects: Like any vaccine, the HPV vaccine can cause side effects. The most common side effects include pain and swelling at the injection site, fever, and headache. Serious side effects are extremely rare.
  2. Allergic Reactions: Although extremely rare, some individuals may experience an allergic reaction to the vaccine components.
  3. Fainting: Fainting can occur after any vaccination. Adolescents, in particular, may be more prone to this.
  4. Pain and Discomfort: Some individuals may experience pain and discomfort at the injection site.

From an evidence-based, non-conventional perspective, a supplement called AHCC (active hexose correlated compound) has been shown to clear the HPV virus. But again, there are risks and benefits to consider.

Potential Benefits of AHCC:

  1. Immune System Support: Some studies suggest that AHCC may enhance the activity of certain immune cells, such as natural killer (NK) cells, which play a crucial role in the body’s defense against infections and cancer.
  2. Antioxidant Properties: AHCC has antioxidant properties, which means it may help neutralize free radicals in the body. Free radicals can contribute to oxidative stress, which is linked to various health issues, including chronic diseases and aging.
  3. Cancer Support: There is some preliminary research indicating that AHCC may have potential benefits in cancer patients, such as improving quality of life and reducing side effects of cancer treatments. However, more rigorous studies are needed to establish these effects.

Potential Risks and Considerations:

  1. Limited Research: While some studies suggest positive effects, the overall body of research on AHCC is limited, and more high-quality studies are needed to confirm its efficacy and safety.
  2. Interactions with Medications: AHCC may interact with certain medications, including immunosuppressants. If you are taking any medications or have underlying health conditions, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional before using AHCC.
  3. Allergic Reactions: As AHCC is derived from mushrooms, individuals with allergies to mushrooms should avoid it. Allergic reactions can range from mild skin reactions to severe anaphylaxis.
  4. Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: There is limited information on the safety of AHCC during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Pregnant or breastfeeding individuals should consult with their healthcare provider before using AHCC.
  5. Digestive Issues: Some individuals may experience mild digestive issues, such as bloating or diarrhea, when taking AHCC. If these symptoms persist or worsen, it’s advisable to discontinue use and consult with a healthcare professional.

From my perspective, there are risks to consider the come with both the HPV vaccine as well as AHCC supplementation. You, the individual, must decide what is right for you.

Thank you,

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

Class Action Lawsuit Against HPV Vaccine Filed in Colombia

“A class action lawsuit has been filed in Colombia against the Colombian government and Merck Sharp & Dohme by a group representing 700 individuals who allege that they have been damaged by Gardasil, the company’s human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine…

An ongoing class action lawsuit over the HPV vaccine in Japan involves 63 plaintiffs…

The association (Colombian Rebuilding Hope Association) is calling for compensation for the damage allegedly due to the vaccine, mainly symptoms that affect the immune and neurologic systems, and also is calling for a declaration that the vaccine is unsafe…

However, the safety of the HPV vaccine has been repeatedly confirmed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO)…

In a 2009 JAMA article on the postlicensure safety surveillance for quadrivalent HPV recombinant vaccine, the authors reported that the most frequently reported side effects were lower grade, including excessive pain in the area of application and occasional headaches or dizziness, at rates of 7.5 cases per 100,000 doses…

The most comprehensive study on this subject followed up on more than 2 million women and reported a statistically nonsignificant association between exposure to the vaccine and severe adverse events, such as demyelinating diseases (including Guillain-Barré syndrome)…

Could Active Hexose Correlated Compound (AHCC) Currently Be an Appropriate Choice to Clear Human Papillomavirus Infection?

“Regarding the effect of AHCC on improving the rate of high risk-HPV clearance, a recent study by Smith et al claimed that AHCC could result in the durable clearance of high risk-HPV infections.1




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