Cervical Dysplasia Reversed
By Joel Fuhrman, M.D.www.drfuhrman.com
Nutritional Intervention Brings About Dramatic Results!
Janice Alvarado, a twenty-six-year old high school English teacher, had consecutively worsening Pap smear abnormalities, leading to a cervical biopsy that revealed CIN-IIIII (cervical intraepithelial neoplasia). She was advised to have surgery to remove her cervix.
Cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) means that dysplastic (abnormal, pre-cancerous) changes were seen on a Pap smear. These lesions are categorized into three levels of severity: CIN I, CIN II, and CIN III (CIN III carries the highest risk and includes carcinoma in situ).
Carcinoma in situ (CIS) is characterized by cells that look cancerous under the microscope but have not yet invaded surrounding tissue. CIS is included in the CIN III category of precursor lesions. Since CIS can progress to invasive cancer, it is recommended this condition be treated with surgery, especially the LEEP procedure.
Janice’s biopsy report read, “high grad squamous intraepithelial lesion with severe dysplasia, chronic endocervicitis, and HPV effect.” HPV refers to the vaginal and penile wart virus named human papilloma virus. This virus causes inflammation and is the initiator of cervical cancer. In the environment of inadequate nutrition, the HPV virus invades and damages cervical cells.
Janice was seen in my office for her first visit on December 7, 2004, and she wanted to know if nutritional intervention might help her condition and if she had to have surgery. Her diet was already mostly vegetarian before she saw me. She ate small amounts of eggs and shrimp, but lots of rice, beans, and salads.
I told her that it was perfectly reasonable to wait three to four months to see if nutritional improvements could give her immune system the boost it needed to destroy the HPV and allow those cellular abnormalities to repair themselves. We would then repeat the Pap smear, and, if no improvement was seen, we could always resort to a surgical procedure. At this first visit, her skin carotenoid score was 41,000 (which was already in the highest quartile of Americans).
Her diet was tweaked to include two servings of freshly squeezed vegetable juice daily, frequent consumption of blueberries and blackberries, and my high-cruciferous vegetable/bean soup and a blended salad every day. In addition to my multivitamin and DHA supplement, indole-3 carbinol and green tea extract were added.
On February 8, two months after her initial visit, Janice’s skin carotenoid score had improved to 90,000. On April 12, four months after beginning the program, her Pap smear (thinprep Pap) read, “satisfactory for evaluation, endocervical/transformation zone component present, negative for intraepithelial lesion or malignancy.” This was her first normal Pap smear in over two years.
Janice’s case is not an isolated one. In the last decade of my medical practice, many women who have adopted my high-nutrient dietary program have reversed these pre-cancerous and cancerous cellular abnormalities.