White Blood Cells & Immunity
White blood cells are humble workers
who, among other functions, devour debris (such as seen in the
image below). Immunity can be boosted by the right choice of
products that increase the effectiveness of white blood cells.
In darkfield microscope examination of live blood cells, it becomes
immediately clear that active white blood cells are what "clean" the
red blood cells and enable them to function properly. They also
eat bacteria and secrete something that dissolves fibrin in the
blood. Eliminating disease is thus more a matter of boosting
the activity of the immune cells than of poisoning the body with
chemicals with a supposed selectivity for cancer cells.
Canadian producer of a colloidal silver product provided a video
tape of darkfield microscope analysis of live blood before and
after using his product. What was most fascinating is that within
a few minutes of ingesting 1-2 teaspoons of his
product , the white blood cells
became more vigorous and effective. Within half a hour, the plasma
began to look cleaner and some of the rouleau (clumping
of red blood cells so often found in the blood of cancer patients)
had begun to break up.
People feel immediately more invigorated when the red blood cells
are freer and able to circulate and transport more oxygen.
What one also saw in the video is that many red blood cells
were suffering from bacterial attacks on the cell membranes
and that bacteria often penetrated the cell membrane. When
this happens, the cell becomes very weak and deformed and quite "incompetent." These
cells move towards the white blood cells which then begin cleaning
the red blood cells, who then happily dance off. This is very
interesting, no absolutely fascinating, to watch. It results
in a profound appreciation for the many roles performed by
white blood cells and the importance of good immunity.
I was left with no doubt that adequate white
blood cell activity is not just crucial to health, but perhaps
a higher priority than "destroying disease" in some specific
cytotoxic or other manner. I have had subsequent opportunities
to observe similar phenomenon while consulting in Germany. It became
obvious to me that red blood cells are dependent on the white for
help. More importantly, I saw that bacteria eat dead parasites
and when they are finished, the white blood cells eat the bacteria.
These natural processes led me to believe that poisoning the system
to rid it of something would only make more work for the already
overburdened white blood cells and probably also a delay in recovery.
This is a picture of three very fine white
blood cells surrounded by almost normal red blood cells.
There are many herbs that support healthy
white blood cells as well as a few exotic Oriental preparations
such as very finely powdered pearls, a tradition in both Chinese
and Ayurvedic medicine. Some of these include astragalus, an
ingredient in many immune boosting formulae, and certain kinds
of medicinal mushrooms such as reishi, maitake, and shiitake.
a popular immune boosting herb that is not well understood by
most patients. It is probably the herb of choice for anyone needing
to restore T-cell counts, something almost as important to cancer
patients as to those with AIDS. It does not seem to have any
direct effect on malignancy, meaning it is not cytotoxic, but
it strengthens the immune system in such a way as to make the
battle with cancer somewhat less taxing on the patient.
This herb was quite rare outside of China until
a friend of mine offered a thousand dollar reward to anyone who
would provide him a source that could be propagated in the States.
One of my students won the prize and organically grown astragalus
is now widely available. I found live plants at the outdoor farmer's
market in Santa Fe where I used to live. The Chinese name for
astragalus means something to the effect of "respected yellow
tonic." The roots are harvested after 4-5 years of growth
and usually sliced into strips that resemble tongue depressors.
Most herbalists continue to prefer the better quality Chinese
varieties over the domestically ground astragalus.
See astragalus recipe for nut
butter that can be used by people
This formula contains goldenseal and baptisia. Dr.
John Pattison felt that goldenseal has a specific constitutional
effect on cancer. Dr. Eli Jones used baptisia extensively
to combat infection. In addition, Sacred Medicine Sanctuary
uses other known anti-infective and detoxifying herbs: lomatium,
St. John's wort, Oregon grape root, and galangal.
Stillingia and poke root are added for their lymphatic decongesting
actions and corydalis is included for pain. Indigo Drops also contains
a small amount of the cornerstone of certain anti-cancer protocols,
bloodroot. This formula was intended to perform three main functions:
lymph stimulation, immune enhancement, and relief for stagnation
in the gastrointestinal system and liver.