A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Leukemia
I had a question the other day about leukemia.
Leukemia is cancer of the blood cells.
It starts in the bone marrow, the soft tissue inside most bones.
Bone marrow is where blood cells are made.
When you have leukemia, the bone marrow starts to make a lot of abnormal white blood cells, called leukemia cells.
They don’t do the work of normal white blood cells.
They grow faster than normal cells, and they don’t stop growing when they should.
Over time, leukemia cells crowd out the normal blood cells.
This leads to serious problems like anemia, bleeding, and infections.
Leukemia cells can also spread to your lymph nodes or other organs and cause swelling or pain.
There are several different types of leukemia.
In general, leukemia is grouped by how fast it gets worse and what kind of white blood cell it affects.
>It may be acute or chronic. Acute leukemia gets worse very fast and may make you feel sick right away. Chronic leukemia gets worse slowly and may not cause symptoms for years.
>It may be lymphocytic or myelogenous. Lymphocytic (or lymphoblastic) leukemia affects white blood cells called lymphocytes. Myelogenous leukemia affects the other type of cells that normally become granulocytes, red blood cells, or platelets.
The 4 main types of leukemia are:
>Acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL.
>Acute myelogenous leukemia, or AML.
>Chronic lymphocytic leukemia, or CLL.
>Chronic myelogenous leukemia, or CML.
Experts don’t know what causes leukemia.
Some things may increase your risk, like being exposed to large amounts of radiation and being exposed to certain chemicals at work, like benzene.
Symptoms may depend on what type of leukemia you have, but common symptoms include:
>A new lump or swollen gland in your neck, under your arm, or in your groin.
>Frequent nosebleeds, bleeding from your gums or rectum, more frequent bruising, or very heavy menstrual bleeding.
>Unexplained appetite loss or recent weight loss.
>Feeling tired a lot without a known reason.
>Swelling and pain on the left side of your belly.
To deal with leukemia, it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to keep hydrated and flush toxins, whether thirsty or not. Add Performance for electrolytes.
*Increase life-giving, enzyme and nutrient rich fresh, raw fruits and veggies; organic whenever possible; consider juicing.
*Consider increasing dietary intake of brassica family (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, kale, etc.)
*Ensure optimal, quality protein intake.
*Balance Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fats.
*Consider including freshly made kefir in your diet.
*Review my posts on digestion and bowel health.
*Avoid constipation. Ensure at least 2 movements per day to remove wastes and toxins.
*Consider liver, gallbladder and/or colon cleanses.
*Rebalance intestinal microflora; review my post on Candida; this is crucial for immune function.
*Exercise; yoga; deep breathing; oxygenate cells.
*Fresh air, sunlight, spend some time in nature.
*Relaxation techniques; meditation; prayer.
*Research herbs, homeopathy, energy medicine.
*Address any emotional issues; trauma connections.
*Research energy medicine techniques, like EFT.
*Replace cleaners with non-toxic products.
*Consider having iron levels tested.
*Consider hair analysis for heavy metal toxicity.
*Consider hormone level testing.
*Consider monitoring blood tumor markers and immune function markers.
*Consider thermography testing (especially for breasts).
*Consult medical AND complimentary health professionals.
*Do everything possible to strengthen immune system and support ALL cellular function/strength.
*Detoxify, detoxify, detoxify.
*Consider 180 tea for its antioxidant value.
*Remember cancer cells are confused, so keep the faith.
*Investigate all views and alternative before deciding on any particular treatment, therapy, surgery, etc. Decide what best suits your desires, beliefs, lifestyle and situation.