A doctor would say that!! White blood cells are used by your body for immunity and fighting infection and are absolutely vital. You need some immunity boosting foods and quick, it's never safeto have a low WBC count. Are you feeling weak at all? Garlic, pumpkin, shitake mushrooms, spinach, carrots, melon, oranges, beetroot... I could go on! Deep coloured foods are particularly good. A diet high in fat can supress white blood cells (I have seen this in the lab during one of my pharm studies) Remember that even a simple cold will deplete your WBC further so be careful.
Thanks...I'm scared now! They weren't too low. I haven't been eating very well lately i guess. Out of all the things you names spianch and garlic were the only 2...some carrots, Im going to eat these as much as possible to show that doctor :) THANKS!
YESENIA - I am unimpressed with many aspects of conventional medicine, but not all of them. Despite that, it is foolish to disregard a possible health issue just because you feel uncomfortable about a recommendation. If your WBC is in fact low, that is an issue you need to address. Should you fall ill to an opportunistic infection, it could be very difficult for you. I had low WBC some time back, before switching more to diet and alternative medicine and I was sick for a long, long time as a result.
I don't know the answer as to why your doctor recommended you eat meat. This is a topic I have never spent time trying to understand. However, it may be possible that if you are vegetarian, your doctor knows this, and your doctor is not, in his mind you may need meat and this is why he recommended it. But there may be a link between meat and WBC as well.
If you want to know if that is an issue, spend some time researching the topic but don't just look for information that supports one side or the other, You need to learn both side of the argument in order to decide where the truth is, if you can find it at all.
What I meant was if she has a very low count then she is open to infection due to her immune system being weakened which therefore increases her chances of a more serious infection. WBC counts vary in everyone but it would help if she knew her levels.
I have suffered with very bad bloods and about ten years ago my immunity was dragging on the floor, my ME just left me open to everything else. In 2006 it happened again but I'm determined not to let my blood get so bad. The only meat that could really help you is turkey but I'd rather have a double helping of baby spinach!
According to Tonya Zavasta in Quantum Eating, raw foodists often have low white blood cell count, as it is well known that when you eat cooked food your white blood cells rise, it is called leucotosis (sp?) but they don't rise when you eat raw food. Low white blood cell count in a raw foodist may not mean anything, I'm not saying that is the reason in your case but is worth keeping in mind as blood tests in raw foodists don't mean the same as a cooked foodist
I dont think i would have the guts to eat a raw egg...but i went to the doctor in the first place because my mom is consernded about me health all the time...especially since I lost alot of weight. He said i was Lucky i didnt have anemia. I think he told me to eat meat because he say me real thin.
I dont know my exact number but was like 5 point lower than normal.
Leucocytosis is indeed a rise in the overall WBC count, caused by the elevation of one of the WBC component types. I know of no link between cooked food and leucocytosis (normally caused by trauma, medication, leukaemia, stress) but would gladly don my white coat again to investigate such a thing. Phlebotomy is my world :)