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QUESTION: My husband has been diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. At this time they don't suggest treatment, just watch and wait. What would you suggest that would help him?

ANSWER: Just wait? For what, him to become so sick he has to have radiation therapy?  Honestly. Sometimes I could just scream. I'm sure you know what lymphocytic leukemia is, but for those reading this post, I'll elaborate a little  Lymphocytic cells are the white blood cells that contain the T cells needed to fight off infection. Leukemia is a cancer of the blood producing cells of the bone marrow. In your husband's case, he is not producing enough of the lymphocytic cells.

The following herbs may prove beneficial in helping your husband back to wellness.
Boswellia - To stop the uncontrolled growth cycle of leukemia cells
Garlic -  induces the suicide of  leukemia cells
Green Tea - to provide free- radical scavengers and stop the proliferation of cancer cells
Hawthorn - to accelerate the  death of leukemia cells
Kelp - to stimulate his immune system
Kudzu - to stop the growth of certain strains of leukemia cells
Turmeric - to cause the death of leukemia cells

There are a couple of formulas that you can get at your local health food store. Essiac and the Hoxsey formula are the most popular and have had amazing results. I would also suggest you find a Naturopathic practitioner or Homeopathic practitioner to help you through all of this. Of course, it goes without saying, (but I'll say it again for the millionth time!) his diet is CRITICAL at this point. He must stop all ingesting of
sugar in all forms. (that means corn syrup too) artificial sweeteners, white flour, processed foods, and caffeine. Supplement his diet with Omega 3 fatty acids. Flaxseed oil and fish oil are good sources. Get a quality brand.  Vitamin D is critical, so have him spend 20 minutes morning and evening getting some sunshine on his face and hands. You might also want to supplement his diet with Vitamin D. Take 250 -500mg of Coenzyme Q 10 (CoQ10) every day.