Information Compiled by
Richard W. Pressinger (M.Ed.)
The above microscopic photograph shows the normal function of immune system white blood cells attacking and eliminating a cancer cell.
A BRIEF INTRODUCTION
The immune system is comprised of various types of white blood cells which function to remove bacteria - viruses and cancer within the individual. The primary "leukemia eating" white blood cell cited by the research is called a NATURAL KILLER CELL. Natural Killer Cells (often called NK cells) normally comprise about 15% of the total lymphocyte count (lymphocytes are the white blood cells which mature in the lymph glands and comprise about 30-40% of the total white blood cells).
It is a fact that many modern chemicals (from vehicle exhaust - to disinfectants - to pesticides) have now been found to slow or even "stop" the immune system's ability to remove cancer cells from the body.
Some children are also born with a weaker immune system due to environmental exposures occurring to the mother during pregnancy or to compromises in the father's sperm quality due to his exposure to DNA damaging circumstances two months prior to conception (the time required for sperm to fully develop within the testicles).
It is essential for parents of children with cancer to fully understand the importance of the immune system in fighting cancer, as this understanding will motivate the removal or at least reduce tolerated exposures to many common chemical sources.
What would be the expected consequence if a child was placed into an environment where he/she was repeatedly exposed to chemicals which have this "weakening effect" upon the immune system?
Certainly, the risk for any type of cancer now greatly increases.
The following research has just recently be located from the University of South Florida Medical Library and is currently being summarized and placed onto this web site.
THE IMMUNE SYSTEM & LEUKEMIA
Summary of the Research
Natural Killer Cell Activity
SOURCE: LEUKEMIA, 10:478-482, 1996
Researchers at the Department of Internal Medicine, Tottori University Faculty of Medicine, Japan studied the natural killer cell activity and production of cytokines from 44 leukemia patients who had either gone into remission or experienced a relapse back into a full leukemia state. In conclusion the researchers stated:
F. Tajima, T
Kawatani, A Endo and H. Kawasaki
Chemicals Found to Damage Immune System
Source: Environmental Research: 1990
The research cited previously shows just how important the immune system is in determining whether a child will win or lose a battle with cancer. Over the past 5-10 years there have been more and more modern-day chemicals identified which can damage these essential cancer fighter cells.
Plastics Chemical Weakens Killer Cells
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