The Hpv Vaccine: Why It Won’t Promote Sexual Promiscuity

Ever since the FDA approved the HPV vaccine two years ago, its introduction into the health community has been embroiled in a medical, social, cultural and political controversy. At first glance, the debut of a vaccine to fight most cervical cancers looks like an exciting advance in the history of women’s health. However, many people are unable to separate the ethics from the basic scientific facts: the virus is transmitted through sexual contact and hence the vaccine is recommended for 11 or 12-year-old girls, before they first become sexually active. The perceived possibility that administering such a vaccine to prevent a sexually transmitted disease could promote sexual promiscuity has trumped all other ethical debates, leading some people to cast its benefits aside. As a mother, I can understand why many parents are concerned about this issue and put off vaccinating their daughters. However, in addition to being a mother, I am a physician, and I therefore believe that by putting off vaccination, we effectively strip our daughters from their chances of protecting themselves from the two major cancer causing HPV types.

According to a Newsweek article from February 25, 2008, only two out of every 10 women in the U.S. in the approved age group have received the vaccine so far. In another new survey of almost 10,000 parents, only 49 percent said they would get their daughters vaccinated with the HPV vaccine at the recommended age of 9 to 12 years. Even though 68 percent planned to vaccinate their daughters at 13 to 15 years of age, and 86 percent said they would vaccinate at 16 to 18 years of age, they might be too late — because the vaccine can only prevent and not cure HPV. The National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), an agency that collects data on the sexual behavior of American teenagers, reports that teenage girls are already sexually active: 13 percent of them by the time they are 15, 43 percent of them by age 17, and 70 percent of them by age 19. Of the sexually active 13-21 year age group, 70 percent show evidence of HPV infections within a few to several months of when they start having sex — most of which could easily be prevented by vaccinating preadolescent girls. In addition, many parents are uncomfortable talking to their preadolescents about sexual issues; meaning uneducated teens could make problematic sexual choices not only without realizing the consequences of their actions, but also without the protection from HPV that the vaccine provides.

Again, bear in mind that the vaccine is preventive — it is only effective if administered prior to exposure to the virus. Therefore, the vaccine will not treat the existing infections. This is why it’s so crucial to administer the vaccine when girls are young, before any chance of sexual activity, including sexual contact without intercourse. In addition, there are several other scientific reasons why the vaccine is recommended in the 11-12 year old groups. Unfortunately, it is beyond the scope of this article to discuss those facts.

But, won’t vaccinating young girls against a STD cause them to become less sexually inhibited and more promiscuous by giving them a license not to worry about the consequences of sex? Won’t it eliminate a deterrent to teenage sex and therefore encourage it? Highly unlikely: because teens rarely factor the possibility of getting HPV into their decisions to have sex.

Current research in adolescent sexual behavior shows that not one, but a variety of factors influence teenage sexual behavior, such as their socio-economic status, their moral and religious values, their sexual attitudes, and the influence of family, friends, and the society they live in. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that a vaccine against a single kind of STD would play a more significant role in adolescent decision making than these factors paired with their responsibility, good judgment, and the boundaries of accepted sexual behavior.

According to NSFG, the top two factors influencing teenagers who choose to remain virgins are fear of pregnancy (94 percent) and contracting HIV/AIDS (92 percent). Since knowledge and awareness of HPV in this age group is poor to begin with, teens will not view this vaccine as a reason to become sexually active at an age sooner than intended. And parents who worry about the vaccine causing promiscuity should remind themselves of the two most dangerous and important factors that influence teenagers to become sexually active and engage in high-risk behaviors: peer pressure and the use of alcohol and/or drugs.

Parents who worry about their teens becoming promiscuous can also focus on a crucial method to keep them from becoming sexually active too soon: raising their awareness. Research has shown that parental guidance is one of the most important factors in delaying teenage sexual activity — teenagers who do not have involved parents are most likely to engage in high-risk behaviors. The HPV vaccine can actually help parents guide their teens’ sexual decisions by giving them a window of opportunity to talk about the topic, and to get health care providers involved in the discussion. There is no reason why parents cannot, without any hypocrisy, inform their daughters that the vaccine is not a green light for them to immediately have sex. Rather, it is a strong message that you, their parents, care about their health, and that it’s important to take proactive steps to become a healthy adult. Think of it this way: Getting a car with an airbag, traction control and anti-lock brakes means that the car is safer in the long-run, but these features aren’t a reason to drive recklessly — accidents are still possible. No matter what, the vaccine will not, cannot and should not take the place of good, solid parental guidance.

The bottom line is we as we as parents want to do what is best for our children. We all want to teach them well while they are still in our protective cocoon so that we can trust them with their own judgment when they become independent. If they always followed our best wishes, we wouldn’t need to worry about administering the vaccine at all. However, even teens with the best judgment can face peer pressure and fall victim to bad decisions or other reasons that may cause them to engage in risky sexual behavior, and this makes the case for vaccinating all the more compelling.

Herbal Health Supplements For Athletes

Herbal health supplements have numerous benefits especially to an athlete who needs more energy than a common person. Today, we want to be more energetic and we want to do more our daily life. Athletes require more energy. They want to run faster, jump higher, throw longer, play better and win their sporting event.

It is a well proven fact that the steroids involve the risk of health dangers. Athletes were looking for supplements that are safe and are effective in enhancing endurance. Herbal supplements suffice the requirement as they are safe and have very few or no side effects. They reduce the risks manifold that the manufactured steroids and drugs generate. Herbal supplements are an excellent source of energy and strength for an athlete. For example, Ginko Biloba is an herb which can increase an individual’s mental power, it helps in increasing energy levels too. The herb is a safe nutrition supplement for athletes when taken under strict medical supervision.

Common herbs like turmeric and ginger help athletes by boosting their energy levels. Though they are not regarded as energy producing herbs but they help in easy and better digestion of good. As better digestion means more release of energy, these herbs help trigger the release of energy and increase overall energy levels in an athlete. An herb named Gotu Kola was used by Indian Americans as an energy giving tonic. It is believed that this herb facilitates clear thinking in the brain. It also boosts the flow of blood through blood vessels. Another herb named Siberian Ginseng is an herbal supplement for athletes. Athletes from Russia as well as all over the world used to take Ginseng regularly to increase their stamina and reduce their stress. Licorice, is an herb that increases energy levels in an athlete. It arouses the adrenal secretions and reduces the symptoms of allergies.

The best herbal supplements for everyone, including athletes, are manufactured from standardized herbal extracts. This means that they are the finest ingredients available. Look for the herbs that you are interested in at local health food stores. Here are some worth mentioning:
Eleuthero: Helps in increasing oxygenation of body cells. It boosts the enduring power.
Fo-ti- : It provides strength and improves cardiovascular system.
Codonopsis : It is a mild substitute of Ginseng. It strengthens muscles while reducing weakness and stress. It also enhances digestive power and thereby increasing energy levels.
Nettles : They are highly nutritious and are a good source of protein. They counteract fatigue and help in building blood cells.
Dandelion root : This herb helps in improving liver functions. It helps sportspersons to pull through quickly after exercise.
Dipsacus : This herb is known to stimulate metabolism while developing ligaments and bones too. In China, this herb is used for discomfort in lower back and knees.
Cayenne : This natural herb removes toxin in blood. It stimulates entire body.

Herbal supplements for athletes are unique in their own way and are finding their use in all the sporting events in modern times.

Weight Loss Tips That Guarantee Fast Weight Loss

With obesity continuing to be a serious menace among a significant size of the world proportion today, it is crucial that people take advantage of weight loss tips that really work. Being obese comes with a myriad of many health complications that need to be avoided at all costs. Diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes are all associated with this weight gain but there are a few things that you can do to cut down on the weight and achieve your desired body weight.

Prevent obesity

Preventing obesity rather than struggling to lose weight is essentially the best thing to do. Controlling your body weight is essentially not as hard as you might think as it is all about how you think and getting to achieve your desired weight loss goals. By doing so, you are able to ensure that you are always in your best state of healthy at any time and such a healthy lifestyle significantly reduces your vulnerability to life threatening diseases associated with unreasonable weight gain.

Exercise a lot

The importance of engaging in physical activities can not be undermined at any given time when it comes to losing weight. Any healthy lifestyle should essentially include exercises as one of the basic weight loss tips that work. The good thing about these exercises is that they make your muscles much stronger and boosts your metabolism thus helping avoid the building up of fat. As such, it is of paramount importance that you include various strength training routines into your exercising program and you will certainly be able to see some remarkable results.

Eliminate sugar

When it comes to achieving your weight loss goals, something that you will need to ensure that you avoid completely is sugar. Consumption of sugar in excess has the effects of triggering the increased use of insulin by the body in efforts of burning it off. This in turn results in a spike of your insulin and some the unused one is then converted to fats. Keeping this in mind, it is crucial that you cut back your intake of sugar and this will help you to be at the best state of your health.

Check your eating styles

You are what you eat and as such, it is of paramount importance that you are really concerned with your style of eating at all times. Eating smaller meals is regarded as one of the most effective weight loss tips that can assist you to achieve your goals when it comes to fighting obesity. It is important that you eat consistently and avoid over eating in order to ensure that your rate of metabolism is always at its best at all times.