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How do you raise you White Blood Count to a normal level?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
First let me say thank you for your help and I so appreciate this forum for all it's information and help! Here's some info on me and then on the question:

I am 41 and "healthy". Dd is still bf-ing (3) and I have had in the past Chronic Fatigue - Epstein-Barr virus. I went to a specialist, a Doctor and authority on CF. I cleansed, took supplements and ate really healthy foods. Then DD was conceived and born and now 3 years later I feel slight CF symptoms. I take Rainbow Light Prenatals and eat all organic and eat well. I drink green tea and lots (tons) of water. I weigh 137 at 5'9".

Now I went this past Friday to my midwife, and she did a complete blood count. My White blood cells count came back 3.4 the range is 3.8-10.8. Last summer 7-20-2002 after my m/c I had a complete done and my white cell reading was 3.7. My midwife is not concerned. But I am....

It appears as if my white cells have dropped. Does anyone have any clues about this? Also how would I raise my WBC? Is there a supplement or whole food that could help my white cells? I have tried to research this (outside of Mothering) but have not come up with anything.

Sorry this was so long and thank you for reading and for helping.

blessings,
Beth
post #2 of 11
Thread Starter 
I did a google search and there is really no information on this question. It only appears after you've had chemo (which I have not) so if anyone has any ideas I would appreciate hearing from you.

thanks,

Beth
post #3 of 11
Is it the neutrophils which are low? If so, try a search for "neutropenia." I found a support group on Google, it does state that low counts are common, post-chemo, but there also is a section on other reasons why counts would be low.
post #4 of 11
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Joan thank you . Yes it is the nuetrophils. and thanks for the website info. I went there and felt relieved to have at lease a clue as to what might be going on or how to deal with it. My count is low. But I have hope with immune stimulating vitamins and herbs to boost it.

I think this is related to the Chronic Fatigue/epstein-barr virus that I had prior to dd birth three years ago.

thank you again for your help


blessings,
Beth
post #5 of 11
No offense, but your counts aren't really *that* low. The second count you listed was only 1/10 of a point lower than low normal. I've seen counts that are 0.4 and even less.

Everyone has variations in their labwork than can differ even in a matter of hours.

I also know that drinking too much water can actually 'dilute' the blood. I've seen lots of patients who come in dehydrated with a normal hemoglobin, once they get hydrated with lots of fluids their hemoglobin count can drop by as much as three or four grams--just because of the extra fluid. I'm not sure of the effect of good hydration on WBC's, but I would assume that the same principle would apply.

If you are really concerned, maybe your doctor will do some follow-up CBC's for you.

Good luck.
lisa
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
thank you lucky one for your response

What concerns me is the dropping of the WBC from 3.7 last summer to 3.4 this spring.

I have felt for a few months now that my epstein-barr virus/chronic fatigue syndrome may be coming back and getting my CBC back and seeing the WBC just confirmed my suspicion.

I do drink tons of water, but that morning I had just a bit, I was trying to fast as best I could so the counts would be "normal".

I have done more research and think that through supplements that boost my immune system I can rebuild my white cells.

thank you again,

Beth
post #7 of 11

Just happened to read this today

From James A Duke,PhD The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook-
Dong Quai-its phytochemicals crank up the production of white blood cells in the immune system,strengthen their ability to fend off invaders & impede the production of allergy-provoking antigens.
post #8 of 11
Glad it helped, Beth--best wishes.
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Jazmommie

Thank you too! I appreciate the information on Dong Quai. I have researched this herb before, but have been reluctant to take it because I am still breastfeeding my three year old. I was told not to use Dong Quai when BF-ing.

Thanks too for notating the book, I will see if I can find it. I am always looking for more information on herbs.


blessings,
Beth
post #10 of 11
I just started taking it 2 days ago to help with my pain during ovulation .
It says not to take during pregnancy-but does not mention breastfeeding-
My dd is now 4 & still nursing quite often-I will look further.
post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 
Jazmommie - that's good to know. I may try it, as you do, a few time during my cycle. I can also see after one or two capsules what the effect (s) are with dd.

thanks again,

Beth
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