Leukemia is a type of cancer found in blood, bone marrow and is caused by the rapid production of abnormal white blood cells. These abnormal white blood cells are not able to fight infection and impair the ability of the bone marrow to produce red blood cells and platelets.
Leukemia is actually a group of different cancers of the blood cells. Leukemias can be acute or chronic, and people with chronic leukemias may not notice any symptoms before the condition is diagnosed with a blood test.
Types of Leukemia
The types of Leukemia are:
Acute myeloid leukemia
Chronic myeloid leukemia
Acute lymphocytic leukemia
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
The primary differences between the four main types of leukemia have to do with their rates of progression and where the cancer develops. “Chronic” leukemia cells do not mature all the way, so they are not as capable of defending against infections as normal lymphocytes. “Acute” leukemia cells begin to replicate before any immune functions have developed.
Leukemia symptoms vary, depending on the type of leukemia. Common leukemia signs and symptoms include:
- Fever or chills
- Persistent fatigue, weakness
- Frequent or severe infections
- Losing weight without trying
- Swollen lymph nodes, enlarged liver or spleen
- Easy bleeding or bruising
- Recurrent nosebleeds
- Tiny red spots in your skin
- Excessive sweating, especially at night
- Bone pain or tenderness
The causes of Leukemia
As of currently, the causes of Leukemia are unknown, but there are some probable causes:
Electromagnetic and other types of radiation – considered the most dominant of the causes of leukemia includes electric, magnetic, radio frequency/wireless and ionizing radiation. Why does it cause leukemia? First, because radiation destroys vitamin A, E and Selenium in the body. Without vitamin A, bone marrow can’t produce red blood cells or function normally. The first symptoms of this occurring is anemia and then progresses to leukemia. Selenium is important because it protects cell DNA against free radical damage which causes leukemia and other cancers.
Second, radiation decreases melatonin levels which is known to protect against cancer in a number of ways. And third, electrical radiation puts a charge on toxic airborne pollutants causing them to be more likely to be absorbed into the body to cause DNA damage.
Benzene – considered one of the primary causes of leukemia. Documented since 1928 to cause leukemia. Listed by the EPA as Class A ‘carcinogenic to humans’ but is still in the Top 20 chemicals produced in the U.S.A.
Also causes pre-leukemia aplastic anemia. Found in gasoline, tobacco smoke, car fumes, industrial petroleum solvents, burning coal or oil, found in some sodas.
Chemotherapy – It damages DNA which causes normal bone marrow cells to become leukemic cells or other types of cancer cells along with reduced production of healthy cells.
Formaldehyde – damages DNA which causes normal bone marrow cells to become leukemic cells or other types of cancer cells. Found in dyes, germicides, disinfectants fertilizers, vaccinations, pressed wood, medication, paint, cosmetics, fabric and many others.
High Consumption of Dairy Products – for the same basic reason as radiation – vitamin A unavailability. Dairy binds zinc so it cannot be absorbed in the system. Since zinc is required for vitamin A to be useable by the body, the bone marrow does not have access to vitamin A – even when it’s present.
Pesticide Exposure – toxic exposure damages DNA which causes normal bone marrow cells to become leukemic cells or other types of cancer cells.
Fluoride – studies show fluoride leads to DNA damage and ultimate death of healthy bone marrow cells leading to leukemia.
Arsenic – damages DNA and causes malfunction of bone marrow.
Severe Malnutrition – nutrients are not available for proper bone marrow functioning.
Smoking and Second hand smoke – Tobacco smoke contains benzene and five other chemicals known as to cause cancer. Smoking increases your risk of getting leukemia by 30% and is the main cause in 14% of all adult leukemia cases.