Leukemia in children

What is leukemia?

Leukemia literally means “white blood” and is a type of cancer that develops from the stem (immature) cells of the bone marrow which results in massive over-production of abnormal “leukemic” white blood cells. They then “crowd out” normal white and red cells, slowing their development and reducing their effectiveness.

Normally, white cells prevent infection by ridding the body of invading bacteria and other organisms, and by killing the cancer cells that continually develop in our body. If there aren’t enough white cells, infection can occur and a shortage of blood platelets result in bruising and bleeding gums.

There are different types of leukemia divided into acute (rapid development), and chronic (slow development). For example, acute lymphoblastic leukemia is the most common form in young children, but can also occur in adults.

What are the symptoms of leukemia?

Commonly, these consist of fatigue, weight loss, night sweats and frequent infections due to compromised immunity.

There is no known specific cause for leukemia, but radiation e.g. natural radiation from the sun, viruses, chemicals and hereditary factors are all possible predisposing factors.

Treatment

The most common treatment used is chemotherapy and, less frequently, bone marrow transplant, with survival rates varying considerably depending on what type of leukemia is being treated.

A mother’s story how wheatgrass helped her daughter with leukemia

The following message came from a mother in Florida, USA whose daughter was under treatment for leukemia:

“My 7 year old daughter, K. has leukemia. The treatment for leukemia is 2 1/2 years for girls and 3 1/2 years for boys. Being on Chemotherapy for years can be very destructive to the body.

When I purchased your products (wheatgrass extract), I must admit that I was really worried about it being a rip off. You must know that I am completely delighted with your products.

My daughter takes the Supershots every day, twice a day. Your Recovery Cream is unbelievable. K. got some sort of severe skin irritation from the chemo. It was swollen, cracking and very red. We applied the cream several times throughout a 48 hour period. Much to my astonishment the irritation started to heal right away and disappeared after two days. Now, she will let me know when an outbreak is starting to happen and your cream handles it immediately. Never, would I have dreamed that a product would work so well.

K. is the star of the Oncology clinic because she does not look like a cancer patient. Her skin is bright, eye’s bright, physically she is strong and much to the amazement of the oncology team, she has had very little side effects for the amount of chemo she is getting. We are doing quite a bit of alternatives and yours is primary.

On the blood counts, K’s counts have stayed pretty consistent for months. I never connected the possibility that the Supershots was directly related to this. Before the Supershots her counts would go down to 100 for ANC, (Note: A normal ANC* is above 1,500. An ANC less than 500 significantly increases the risk of infection.) and then come back up. The medical staff made this sound very normal. The last time K.’s count was very low was on the 14th of April. Since that time her counts have been in the 1,000’s. I do not recall exactly when we ordered, but think this correlates to using the shots. Her ANC has not dropped below 1,000 since that time.”

*Absolute Neutrophil Count. Neutrophils are white blood cells.

Discussion

Numerous studies over the years have demonstrated potent anti-cancer effects by wheatgrass and other cereals. As recently as 2007, Karadag (1) and his colleagues wrote:

“Wheatgrass (Triticum vulgare/aestivum ) is a rich source of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals and has higher levels of cancer-fighting phenols and flavonoids in ethanol extracts than water extracts (e.g. by juicing). Flavonoids have been shown to have anticancer properties and can prevent some mutations that lead to cancer development.”

They showed that wheatgrass extract (similar to the type I use) is capable of inhibiting growth as well as inducing death of human (acute lymphoblastic) leukemia cells significantly faster than non-blood cancer cells. Also, the response was dose dependent i.e. the stronger the extract, the quicker the cancer cells were killed.

There are a number of laboratory studies demonstrating the efficacy of wheatgrass (and other cereals) working against cancer development and progression, and my own clinical experience working with wheatgrass supports their claims.

Chronic Myeloid Leukemia/Wheatgrass Reference:
1. Karadag, A. et al. Antiproliferative and apoptotic effects of wheatgrass (Triticum aestivum L.) extracts on chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) cell line. Planta Med 2007; 73

Dr. Chris Reynolds.