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The Dumb Deal of the Day: A prescription DRUG to raise white blood cell count for cancer patients on chemo

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First of all, let me just start off by saying if you or someone you know and love are dealing with cancer, my heart goes out to you.  It is probably a very scary thing for you to deal with. I’ve gone through it with others so I know.

Secondly, I am not here to bash patients or doctors, sometimes we just don’t know any better. Nor am I here to tell you what to do or not do. That choice is yours. However, my goal to share information that is primarily based on facts and backed by medical science so that others may make balanced and “informed” decisions when it comes to their health care choices.

Now onto to peeve of the day.

While researching for an article I was about to write,  I noticed an ad for a prescription drug called Neulasta at the top of the screen. It was in the form of  “Myth or Truth”.  The question was: “Does Chemotherapy lower white blood cell counts that can lead to infection?” Knowing the answer is YES I could have just moved on with what I was doing, but I bit anyway and clicked the ad just to see what it said on the next page.

Of course, as the ‘Oncologist’ explained in a brief video, yes chemotherapy is indiscriminate when it comes to our cells, good and bad cells get obliterated, especially the white blood cells. It’s our white cells that help protect us from infection.

The solution according to this ‘Oncologist’ was to get injections of Neuplasta which is supposed to help raise white blood cell counts.

Well, in theory this appears to be a great idea, right? Yes of course. And according to the studies they conducted,  it did show some positive results.  But MY point is, is it really the BEST possible way to achieve this feat? I assure you it is not. And here is why:

#1) The ingredients:

According to the package insert: “Neulasta is a man-made form of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF), which is made using the bacteria E coli. G-CSF is a substance produced by the body. It stimulates the growth of neutrophils (nu-tro-fils), a type of white blood cell important in the body’s fight against infection.”

Our immune system cells are complex and prolific. Other experts will tell you, no synthetically produced substance can do the job that our innate system can do when ‘fed’ the proper building blocks of proteins (amino acids) , vitamins, minerals,  select herbs. Plus  stress relief, sleep, H20 and oxygen that are proven to boost the immune system naturally.

Secondly, and this is just my opinnion, but I personally would not want a substance injected into my body that was configured from the bacteria E-Coli if I already had my immune system obliterated with Chemo (which I would never do in the first place, but that’s beside the point)

Besides the pegfilgrastim, all injections come with additives. This one in particular has a sweetener, solvent and preservative.  Again, this is just my opinion, but injecting foreign substances into a body that is already immune compromised is just asking for trouble.

#2) The side effects.

Again, coming from package insert are listed as

  • Spleen Rupture. Your spleen may become enlarged and can rupture while taking Neulasta. A ruptured spleen can cause death.
  • A serious lung problem called Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). Call your doctor or seek emergency care right away if you have shortness of breath, trouble breathing, or a fast rate of breathing.
  • Serious Allergic Reactions. Neulasta can cause serious allergic reactions. These reactions can cause shortness of breath, wheezing,dizziness, swelling around the mouth or eyes, fast pulsesweating, andhives. If you start to have any of these symptoms, call your doctor or seek emergency care right away. If you have an allergic reaction during the injection of Neulasta, stop the injection. Call your doctor right away.
  • Sickle Cell Crises. You may have a serious sickle cell crisis if you have a sickle cell disorder and take Neulasta. Serious and sometimes fatal sickle cell crises can occur in patients with sickle cell disorders receiving filgrastim, a medicine similar to Neulasta (pegfilgrastim). Call your doctor right away if you have symptoms of sickle cell crisis such as pain or difficulty breathing.

But the most common side effects are

  • The most common side effect you may experience is aching in the bones and muscles. If this happens, it can usually be relieved with a non aspirin pain reliever, such as acetaminophen.

So their solution to LOSING your white blood cells to a toxic drug called chemotherapy that are necessary for fighting infection  is to take this drug called Neulasta. It may help improve your white blood cell count, but it will MOST likely cause you more harm as well, so here, take another drug to relieve those symptoms, which will put more stress on your other vital organs such as your kidney and liver.

Is this making any sense?

Ok. So I will bring my rant to a close. I’m not telling you what to do. But I will tell you WHAT I WOULD do if I had cancer.

#1 The best way to combat any disease, including cancer IS with your own immune system.  I would do all I can  to boost my white blood cells and natural killer cells by taking Transer Factors. Proven to boost  natural killer cells by 437%.

#2 Remove all the things that suppress the immune system and  contribute to the growth of cancer. Mainly stress, toxins  and sugar.

#3 LOAD up on antioxidants. These too are proven to help kill cancer cells. I would EAT tons of whole foods, including lots of fiber, vegetables and some fruits. Drink plenty of water to help move out toxins. Doing these things will help balance out the body’s Ph levels. Cancer cannot survive in a balanced PH environment.

#4 Get plenty of rest. Push the pause button and release stress daily. Hourly if I have to.

#5 Increase my oxygen intake with exercise and purified, portable oxygen in a can.  Cancer cannot live in an oxygen rich environment. It also will help my body deal with stress.

#6 Have hope and stay positive. The brain releases hormones that help the body to heal and fight disease. These hormones are suppressed when we are negative and hopeless.

Source: http://www.drugs.com/pro/neulasta.html

Well, that about wraps it up.

 

Enjoy the day!

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More Thoughts from Mellisa McJunkin

Health and Wellness Warrior

Question: What are you without an immune system?
Answer: You are dead.

As morbid as it may sound, it’s true. When your immune system is weak you will get sick. When your immune system completely fails you will die.

If I could show you a way to boost your Natural Killer Cells by up to 437%, would you be interested in hearing more? Of course you would.

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