About five months ago, I had an irregular pap smear,
and was told to have a biopsy. The biopsy proved that
I had HPV.
The OB/GYN told me I needed to have a procedure where
these "cancerous cells" on my cervix would
be frozen. After the nurse's vague instructions to have
the procedure soon "or it could get worse"
My instincts told me not to do it.
My question to you is; what exactly is HPV, and are
there herbs you can suggest? It is my understanding
that this is a wide-spread virus. Many of the sisters
I know have also been diagnosed with it.
Also, I also had a recent 'bout with the Mono virus,
is this perhaps connected to HPV?
I am doing all I know to strengthen my immune system,
but I seem to have a hard time from preventing these
In love and light, Stella
Susun's Response: HPV
You are right, it is a virus. HPV does not always
lead to cervical cancer. You can prevent cancer from
starting by drinking red clover infusion. A quart or
more a week is good. Burdock root tincture also seems
to help. You can use them alternately.
As for your immune system: remember that white sugar
zaps it. See if you can do without it completely for
at least six weeks.
Green Blessings, Susun Weed
Thank you so much for your personal answer to my question.
I really appreciate your taking the time to do that.
I thought your article on Osteoporosis really nailed
a lot of issues that had not yet been so succinctly
addressed. I would like to send it to my mother who
has been haunted by it, and is now, as you say, "dancing
with breast cancer".
She is occasionally open to new ideas and I would
really like her to read it. She did hurt up until last
year. She is 79 and was on Primarine for 18 years. She
is being denied the extended care option by insurance
companies, because of the osteoporosis. She drinks 3
glasses of milk a day and feels that is all she can
do. It seems to me like this calcium is being directed
to her breasts.
I am asking your permission to send it to her, and
if you have some thoughts about this idea, I welcome
Thanks again, Samantha
Susun's Response: Re: blessings
Yes yes you can share our articles with anyone. This
information belongs to all of us. And thanks for asking.
Calcium is an important mineral all over the body. When
a cell dies, calcium is used to fill in the place of
the dead cell. Has your mom been diagnosed with cancer
or have calcifications been found on a mammogram? There
is a difference. Do you know about my book Breast Cancer?
Breast Health! THe WIse Woman Way. It has a lot of good
information for your mom. Available from www.ashtreepublishing.com
Green Blessings, Susun Weed
Problems & Red Clover Infusion
I have a history of bladder cancer and irritations
of the bladder. You
recommended dried red clover in a tea every day. I have
done that for
approximately 3 months and received one of the first
quarterly reports in
decades with no sign of blotches or insitu in the bladder.
My urologist ran retrogrades on my ureterus and noticed
a narrowing of
the left ureter just above the bladder. I had 4-1/2
hour surgery last
Wednesday to remove the bottom inch of the ureter and
re-implant it into
the bladder. He recommended that I stop taking the red
clover tea one
week prior to surgery, in case there was possible interference
anesthesia. (The AMA has not ruled on most herbs, as
I'm sure you are
My questions are: Should I resume the infusion now
(one week after
surgery)? Is there such a thing as overdose or unnecessarily
treatment with red clover tea? Should this be a lifelong
I will be most interested to receive your answers.
Sincerely yours, Charlotte
Susun's Response: I am happy Red
Clover and you are together
I am so happy to hear of your success. So far as I know,
there is no overdose of red clover infusion. That said,
one can die from drinking more than four gallons of
water at once, so there is obviously an overdose of
everything. What I mean is, there appears to be no long-term
consequences from drinking 2-4 cups of red clover infusion
daily for extended periods. Red clover is given as a
daily food to many animals, with no reported adverse
The FDA will never rule on infusions. Their rulings
apply only to herbs in capsules. It would be like the
FDA ruling on broccoli. When taken in a water base red
clover is a food, not a drug. Like other foods it keeps
the blood flowing smoothly. This minor blood thinning
effect is magnified when it is taken in pill form and
that is the reason your doctor told you to stop using
it before surgery. In fact, it is less harmful than
coffee. But if you see any sign that it is thinning
you blood (bleeding at the site of the surgery, a hemotoma,
etc), then back off and begin again a week later if
Sending you lots of Green Blessings, Susun Weed
Can you direct me to information that talks about
alternatives to mammograms. I was told that you know
of alternative options.
Thank you, Gina
Response: here are some links for you
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Pap and Rosacea
I was told that I had an abnormal pap smear from my
gynecologist. She called and told me they sent the test
out and now I have HPV and wants to do a colposcopy
because this could be a precancerous problem..
Do I need to do this $800 colposcopy? And what do I
do with this HPV? I read and she says, its contagious!
My husband is already uncomfortable. Also, if she finds
precancerous tissue, then what would you advise?
This whole situation makes me feel upset.. I have
no symptoms(warts)... I did have a baby 2years ago..
and seem to be chronically exhausted due to raising
a kid, working and living in Manhattan... I developed
Rosacea over this period, too.
Tell me what you think...
Thanks so much.
You are a wonderful resource.
What is your phone #? Do you answer consults/brief questions
over the phone?
Susun's Response: there are some
herbs for you
Hang in there. Don't let the doctor fluster you, keep
your center. It is good you are looking for options.
Susun will be here tomorrow and will answer your questions
as best she can. She only consults for free and only
by email in the winter months.
For Rosacea use aloe vera gel, the good stuff. I will
send an email another woman sent, if I can find it,
about her remarkable results with aloe. Another herb
you will want to ally with, will be St. John's Wort,
for it is an anti-viral, but I will let Susun tell you
about this tomorrow.
What a stressful situation. Too bad MDs don't have
time to learn how to deal with people in a way that
doesn't freak them out.
HVP is a common virus. It has many forms. It is noted
for being a trigger for cancer, but it is not thought
to cause cancer. It is contagious, like all viruses.
But I would suspect that your husband already has it,
as it produces no symptoms or problems in men. I'm not
even sure if he can be tested. It is not like you have
some rampant infection. It is like having a cold sore.
He is not threatened by your infection as far as I know.
Bum PAP smears are also common. Standard procedure is
to do another smear in 3-6 months and then another 3-6
months after that. If any of the smears are normal,
you probably don't have to worry. If all three are abnormal,
you will be happy to have the colpospy I bet. Best is
if they take a big enough piece that they get clear
margins and then you don't have to do anything else.
Meanwhile, protect yourself against cancer by drinking
at least a quart of red clover infusion a week. A quart
a day is not too much if you are really worried. I know
quite a few DES daughters who keep their PAP smears
clear by drinking this anti-cancer champion. It is safe
enough for pregnant ladies, so no need to worry about
Burdock root is another anti-cancer ally. The infusion
is best, but tincture is good enough for prevention.
Anti-viral herbs include St. Joan's/John's Wort tincture
(taken internally, about a dropperful a day for several
weeks) and lemon balm ointment (applied directly to
the cervix). It is ok to use all these herbs at once
if you want to , but it is not necessary.
Keep in touch and let us know how it goes.
Green Blessings, Susun Weed
Good Morning, Susun and Justine,
Well, after all these years of rather clear symptoms,
my thyroid gland became pronounced. Ultra sound was
ordered. Findings of nodes on both sides of the gland,
more on the left.
The "plan" is that I will have a nuclear
study. Radioactive iodine injected to see if the thyroid
responds. I'm sure you know I'm not thrilled about this.
However, my symptoms have become more acute, and I do
not want a "meltdown" of my own, which, given
that my thyroid has moved into high-low gear, is entirely
Do you have any information for me which may help
me? It would be one thing if I trusted the doctor at
all...at least then I would be able to trust in that
faith. This is a clinic I'm going to, so not much option.
Given the history of the allegedly malignant cells
in my breast back in '98, and the knowledge and power
I gained through you, I hope you can give some thoughts
in this current matter.
I also (finally) stopped in at a Mexican Curio/Herb
shop. The curandero gave me a prescription to bathe
with certain herbs, and pray over myself with egg,
chili, and lemon or lime. He also confirmed my Divine
gift of healing, which, as it happened, he allowed me
to use with him. It was strange to me that it was a
man, but he was definitely male-female duality, so I
(somewhat ashamedly I admit), felt better.
Thanks for your thoughts. I may be coming back to the
area quite soon.
Susun's Response: Re: There are options
Great to hear from you, even if it is with not such
great news. There is a whole section on thyroid in New
Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way. Also, you may want
to contact Ryan Drum. He is the one who knows thyroids
and how to help. I talked to him lots while writing
my section and I believe he takes patients. If you can't
find him, drop me a postcard asking for his phone number
and I will mail it to you.
Injection of radioactive iodine is step 6. What have
you done with the other steps that you are ready to
go there? Stop, there are other choices.
Love and Green Blessings, Susun Weed
Thank you for your response. I am actually writing
this for my sister
Barbara, who does not have a computer. She is very grateful
You asked if she had symptoms. Yes, she had spotting
(bleeding) on and
off since her periods stopped - about a year ago. Even
in the last few
months of regular periods the hyperplasia was diagnosed.
She has had two biopsies, a D&C and three or four
ultrasounds. The first
biopsy showed simple hyperplasia and she is waiting
for the report of
In the past the treatments have been Prometrium tablets
(micronized progersterone) 200mg for ten days. She has
treatment twice. After the treatment the hyperplasia
went away but then
Thank you again for your information. If you have any
let us know. I look forward to your new edition of Menopausal
it is available in Canada.
Blessing and Happy Solstice
Susun's Response: Re :infuisons and
I think New Meno Years is now available in Canada.
Hard to deal with this by e-mail, but will try to give
you some simple things you could do.
First, drinking nourishing herbal infusions will protect
her health. Recipe for them in my books. Red clover
infusion is the anti-cancer one. She could drink up
to a quart a day. Pills and tinctures and even tea will
not give much effect, it really needs to be an infusion
(one ounce of dried herb brewed for four hours in a
quart of boiling water).
Burdock root tincture is also a solid anticancer herbs.
I have seen women get rid of nasty dysplasia using either
burdock or red clover. Care needs to continue daily
for 4-6 months and then several times a week or as needed.
Green Blessings, Susun Weed