Watch and wait: Will changing my diet contribute to better blood test results?

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Question from Rick:

I read the response on "Why is my WBC lower now than when I was first diagnosed."  Like many of us who are not treated in the "watch and wait" mode, we try to be proactive.  Speaking for myself, I have decreased much of my sugar intake. Also removed from my diet are most processed foods, a large percentage of animal protein, and alcohol.  Added to my daily intake is green tea, ashwagandha supplements, graviola supplements, fresh vegetable juice, apple cider vinegar/honey and water at night, and a high ph intake of water and foods.  I have seen my WBC drop. Otherwise, my daily exercise and normal vitamin intake has remained the same.  I would like to think my dietary changes have contributed to a better blood test results.  Would you agree?  Or am I pursuing a false hope in thinking all this is helping me?

Answer from Dr. Leclair:

There has not been enough study into the effects of food or exercise or mental state on the progress of many diseases, include CLL. The proof for you is in the pudding or in this situation the vegetables.  As one physician once commented, "There are three rules of medicine. The first is if what you are doing seems to be working, keep on doing it. The second is if what you are doing doesn't seem to be working, stop. And (he was an internist) the third was (to him the most important), never trust a surgeon."

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That’s how you’ll get care that’s most appropriate for you. 

Have a question for the experts? Send them to questions@patientpower.info.

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