Cervical Health and Diindolymethane.
Since the discovery of the Pap smear in the early part of the 20th century, the incidence of cervical cancer among women had dropped dramatically. This is especially true of countries where the cost of the Pap smear is covered by government health agencies and where the Pap smear is regularly promoted.
It is recommended that all women start an annual Pap smear at the age of 18 or at the age of first intercourse. The Pap smear is nothing more than swabbing, with a cotton swab to the cervix, in order to take a sample of the cells lining the cervix. The cells are then examined under the microscope to see if any cancerous changes have taken place. By doing regular annual examinations, the cancerous changes can be picked up very early and steps can be taken to prevent the development of cancer. If followed, this type of prevention is very effective, reducing the risk of cancer formation to practically zero. Although this is the best prevention of cervical cancer, there are some imperfections with the Pap smear. For one they are not 100% accurate (this is one of the reasons why regular yearly tests are recommended) and if they actually discover cancerous cells, the procedures and steps taken to prevent the cancer from forming are actually very uncomfortable. These procedures may also weaken the strength of the cervix, potentially leading to some complications during pregnancy.
Another important, relatively recent development is the discovery of two very effective vaccines for cervical cancer. This is because almost all types of cervical cancer are caused by the infection with a virus called papillomavirus. The chances of acquiring this virus is increased by unprotected sex, multiple sexual partners, and smoking. Smoking apparently creates such an environment which is more favourable for this virus to infect and reside in the cervix. The vaccines are very effective, reducing the risk of cancer formation by about 93%.
The problem with the vaccines is that only a few countries have programs where the vaccines are covered by government agencies. Furthermore, the vaccines are only effective if administered before infection occurs. As most women carry the virus at some time during their lives, the vaccines are only effective and thus administered at a very young age (i.e. 18-26 years of age). The other problem is that these vaccines are only effective for about 6 years and many women forget about getting a booster shot.
There is one natural compound that has been found to be quite promising in the fight against papillomavirus and cervical cancer. This compound is called Diindolymethane. It is a digestive by-product of a compound found in kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage. It works mainly by stimulating cells to repair their DNA. Damaged or mutated DNA is what starts the cancer to form. These mutations stop cells from controlling their lifespan as well as their rate of replication. Unchecked the cells divide without control and never die, leading to cancer formation. Diindolymethane repairs such damaged or mutated DNA. This quality makes it a very promising compound for not just cervical cancer but for all cancers in general. In addition what makes this molecule special is that fact that it is very well tolerated with practically no side effects, a big contrast to most, if not all, standard chemotherapy medications.
For those of you who don’t like eating kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts or cabbage, or if you want this molecule along with other beneficial herbs for women’s health, Vitarock carries such a product under the name of Rx Balance Women’s Balance. This product is especially helpful for balancing estrogen levels in women, as well as for pre-menstrual symptoms.