If you’re looking for someone who is a fan of non-natural nutritional products or anything associated with miracle products to lose weight, it probably would not be me. On the contrary, I am a person who dismisses any diet not based on natural foods, or that prohibits or limits to a very small amount your daily intake of any natural food that is understood as healthy.
My journey began while I was looking on the Internet for articles about how to reduce body fat naturally a course in miracles . There is an immense amount of articles and even more nutritionists willing to give their opinion. Many of them agreed that the safest way to reduce body fat is by eating plenty of protein daily, especially in the morning. They also added that the protein should come primarily from vegetables.
The solution was simple, but to put it to practice was not easy at all. It was no fun having to eat so much protein from foods that are nutritious, but not tasty a course in miracles text . Eventually you get tired of eating so many vegetables on the same day, every day.
So I sought help in whey protein. After trying several brands of whey protein for a few months, I could not find one that did not leave an awful bitter taste in my mouth for hours. As you can imagine, I ended up giving up on the idea that whey protein would be the solution for me.
Little did I know that a surprise awaited me soon. One day I was left jaw dropped when I saw a picture on Facebook of one of my friends from high school. I just could not believe the comment under that photo. He had lost 8 pounds in just 4 weeks. He is not an overweight person, so I was surprised to find out that he lost that much weight so fast.
When I asked him how he had succeeded, his answer surprised me even more. He told me that he lost those extra pounds by replacing 2 meals a day with a protein shake of Vi-Shape easily. He added that this protein has a delicious cake taste and that he knew people who had tried it and lost on average 1 to 2 pounds per week.
What is important to note is that this vaccine has been touted as a savior for women. As usual women are guilted into the vaccine through media coverage claiming we need to protect ourselves and it would be irresponsible to allow our girls to develop cervical cancer. Again, education is the best protection, however failing that, we should start to question why men aren’t being encouraged to have this vaccine at the same rate.
There are currently two vaccines on the market – Gardasil, which is being marketed for men and women, although the CDC notes the vaccine is not routinely recommended for administration to males. This vaccine could prevent anal and penile cancers caused by HPV as well as genital warts. While genital warts are not life threatening, it is a disease transmittable to others, specifically women who may then contract cervical cancer. Men are just as responsible as women for spreading disease and should, if we decide this vaccine is worthwhile, be encouraged to have the vaccine as aggressively as women are encouraged.
The second vaccine, Cevarix, is targeted only towards women and deals with two strains of HPV that can lead to cervical cancer. This vaccine does not target genital warts. Gardasil is targeted to four strains.
While these products have been tested on thousands of people, side effects have only been observed for eight years. Within those 8 years there have been short-term side effects. Long-term side effects, such as increased risk for cancers may not appear for another 10 plus years.
According to the National Cancer Institute, from the 35 million doses administered there have been 18,727 reports of “adverse effects,” resulting from use of Gardasil. 8% or 1,498 of those are considered serious. Serious effects include “hospitalization, death, permanent disability, congenital anomaly or life threatening illness.” While these have been reported post vaccine, they have not been proven to be a result of the vaccine, although it is likely. In 2006, 9,700 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer and 3,700 women died. Not all cases of cervical cancer are related to HPV. So the vaccine could not have saved all 3,700 women. Statistics do not show the percentage of deaths due to HPV related cervical cancer versus other causes of cervical cancer. We have however determined Gardasil may cause serious illness to close to 1,500 women. Not a great statistic. Add to that girls and women who have reported blood clots in the heart, lungs, and legs after receiving the vaccine, as well as cases of Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a neurological disorder that results in muscle weakness and this vaccine does not appear to be such a miracle. With Cevarix there have only been 39 reports of adverse affects with 3% serious, according to the CDC. We may have saved 2,202 lives, however we don’t know the long term effects that could potentially damage 35 million people and counting.