If you ever have an abnormal Pap smear or colon polyps, does that mean you're destined to have cancer? If you don't do anything, the answer is probably yes. But you don't have to submit to conventional treatments to avoid cancer in either case. That's because recent research has found that both conditions might be the result of a common vitamin deficiency.
In the study, researchers compared 103 women with abnormal cervical changes to 175 normal women. As part of the comparison, they looked at their nutritional levels. They found that the women with abnormal cells had much lower vitamin B12 levels.
Another study followed 220 recently diagnosed colon cancer patients from Jordan and compared them to 220 age- and gender-matched healthy controls. The researchers looked at the participants' dietary intake and also measured their folate and vitamin B12 levels. The colon cancer patients had a "lower daily intake and serum levels of both folate and vitamin B12" compared to the control group. In fact, their serum levels were roughly half as high for vitamin B12.
And a third study found that those with the highest levels of vitamin B12 have a 34% less risk of developing colon cancer.
It's very hard to have a significant impact on your vitamin B12 levels with supplements because it's hard to absorb. However, recent research shows that they can help. Still most integrative physicians prefer to give it by regular injection. And they've been seeing incredible results in its ability to reverse abnormal Pap smears and colon polyps.
While the injections along with daily folic acid supplementation (5 mg, three times daily) can have a dramatic impact, don't stop there. I also recommend taking vitamin A (100,000 IU daily). This regimen can reverse the polyps and abnormal Pap smear in about three months (or less). There is one caveat: If you're pregnant or plan to be pregnant, you'll want to talk to your doctor before taking such a high dose of vitamin A, as it can cause birth defects. You'll likely need to take a much lower dose.
So if you have an abnormal Pap smear or colon polyps, don't rush into conventional therapy. First, get your vitamin B12 levels checked. If they're low (and they probably are), simply ask your integrative physician for an injection. It's cheap, easy, and incredibly effective.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
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