The Latest News About AHCC and Cancer-Causing HPV
A recent article on survivornet.com titled Could a Shiitake Mushroom-derived Supplement Help Your Body Eradicate Cancer-causing HPV? Is making waves.
This article about AHCC and how it has “… shown itself capable of helping people’s bodies naturally eradicate persistent, high-risk HPV…” is helping us improve the lives of so many people.
As you know AHCC is clinically proven to support immune system health. However, many people overlook the benefits AHCC has for people recovering from cancer treatments such as chemotherapy.
There is a lot of misinformation on the Internet about supplements, alternative therapies, and who to trust with your health. We want you to know that AHCC is backed by science. We stand behind AHCC and what it can do for your immune system health.
The recent article about AHCC and HPV-related cancer is a very worthwhile read. In fact, we’d like you to read it and share it with your friends, family, and social networks.
However, we understand that it’s a long article and like us, you’re pressed for time. This is why we’ve pulled out the really key information from this article so you can quickly understand why it’s so important to understand how AHCC is helping people.
What is HPV?
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common sexually transmitted disease. Experts estimate that 70% of sexually active adults will contract HPV at some point in their lives.
- An estimated 79 million Americans are infected with HPV.
- HPV can be transmitted without intercourse.
- A condom doesn’t necessarily prevent HPV transmission.
- There are multiple strains of HPV. Some strains cause health problems such as genital warts and other strains of HPV cause cancer.
- HPV can cause a range of cancers including: cervical cancer, cancer of the vulva, vagina, penis, or anus.
People with a weakened immune system have a reduced ability to defend against HPV and are more likely to develop HPV-related health problems.
What is AHCC?
AHCC stands for active hexose correlated compound. AHCC is a functional food. AHCC is derived from healing mushrooms.
AHCC has anti-inflammatory, immune system enhancing, immunomodulatory, and antioxidant properties.
- AHCC is a functional food that is rich in alpha-glucans.
- AHCC is used in hospitals, universities, and other institutions around the world.
- AHCC modulates your body’s innate immunity and supports healthy immune function.
- AHCC is shown to modulate the immune system by maintaining optimal natural killer (NK) cell activity, enhancing cytokine production, promoting T-cell and macrophage activity, and increasing the number and activity of dendritic cells.
AHCC supports your immune system by turning up the dial on your natural immune response This means you have an enhanced ability to fight all kinds of threats to your health.
With AHCC, you’re better able to withstand the impacts of a virus, bacteria, auto-immune attack, inflammatory response, or other disease such as cancer, hepatitis, or diabetes.
How AHCC Helped Lillian Kreppel
AHCC helped Lillian Kreppel, get her white blood cell count back to normal after undergoing chemotherapy treatment for HPV-related cancer.
It had been a full year since she had completed chemotherapy treatment for anal cancer (linked to a high-risk strain of HPV), and Kreppel’s white blood cell count hadn’t recovered as quickly as her oncologist wanted.
Although Kreppel felt strong and healthy through-out her cancer treatment, the lingering low white blood cell count put her at risk for additional illness and infection. Fortunately for Kreppel, her gynecologic oncologist, Dr. Elizabeth Poynor, recommended Kreppel take AHCC.
In the months leading up to her hematology appointment, Kreppel started taking three AHCC pills per day. She went back to get her blood levels tested once more in the interim.
“And then three days before my hematology appointment, they called me up and they said, ‘you don’t have to come in; your white blood cells are up.’” She recalled. “This stuff is not hokey pokey stupid. This is real.”
It’s important to note that Kreppel only took AHCC after a recommendation from her doctor. Along with taking AHCC, she maintained her conventional medical care. Kreppel used AHCC as we want people to use it - as an addition to her conventional medical treatment.
“HPV lies dormant,” Kreppel said. “It stays there. Don’t think it goes away – this virus is sneaky. This is what happening to us in our 50s. We contracted HPV in our 20s, it laid dormant, and now it’s coming out.”
It is for these people that AHCC could potentially deliver a significant benefit.
The Science Behind AHCC
AHCC is heavily researched and studied with both pre-clinical and clinical studies.
Dr. Judith Smith, the Director of Women’s Health Integrative Medicine Research Program in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas, has conducted two key studies into AHCC and HPV.
It’s important to be clear that AHCC doesn’t get rid of HPV. AHCC helps regulate the immune system, allowing the immune system to defend against HPV.
Dr. Smith explained, that rather than being an immune “booster”, as many supplements claim to be, the AHCC extract works as an immune “modulator”, in that it brings immune systems that are out of balance into a normal state to effectively fight off infections (like HPV).
AHCC specifically does this by suppressing elevated levels of something called “interferon beta”, which is a type of cytokine (signaling protein) in the immune system. In too-high levels, interferon beta can prevent one of its counterparts, interferon gamma from doing its job of releasing the immune fighters (called “natural killer cells” and “cytotoxic T cells”) in clearing a chronic virus.
“My goal in working on AHCC supplement is to have a potential option for women or men infected with HPV to have easy access to a potentially safe and effective way to help support their immune systems to eliminate the HPV infection,” Dr. Smith said.
Your Immune System Health and AHCC
Before you start taking AHCC, it’s important you discuss AHCC with your doctor. Every medical situation is different, and it is key that you discuss all of your options with your doctor.
Remember that Lillian Kreppel took AHCC on the advice of her gynecologic oncologist when her white blood cell count was failing to rebound after chemotherapy treatment.
We do want you to learn everything you can about AHCC and your immune system. Make the time to read and watch these key AHCC and immune system resources: