I am the wife of Najim who has been diagnosed with CLL for the 5 years, his count is increasing, he was 60 this year. I have been studying Naturopathic nutrition for the last three years and I am about to qualify. I just want to share with other members things I have discovered about CLL, there is a possible link between CLL and lack of Vitamin D, the Mayo Clinic in America have been doing research into the effects of low Vitamin D levels and the progression of the disease.(please check out their information of this subject, knowledge is power). CLL is a northern hemisphere disease, it does not usually effect middle eastern people, of course unless they migrate to countries where there is little or no sunlight. So my husband was unlucky that he made the move. The Mayo clinic have hypothesized that if the disease is treated with Vitamin D in the early stages , they think it may go into remission or even reverse it completely. Vitamin D has been shown to cause apoptosis (cell death) of CLL cells. I have been supplementing my husband for the last 2 years, when he was intially tested for Vitamin D deficiency he was very deficient, he now has normal Vitamin D levels but the effects we were hoping for have not materialized. The only time we saw a reduction in his lymphocyte count was when we had to stay in Egypt for 3 weeks, at the time of the ash cloud, I am now working on the theory that for the therapeutic effect I am hoping for can only be achieved by the synthesis the Vitamin D naturally with UVB light. I have bought myself a short wave Vitamin D lamp and we are using it at present. I will let you know of our progress.
The other thing that is essential to CLL patients is that the make sure their food is high in nutrients, before I put my husband on a juicing and fresh whole food diet he used to have many infections, this was before he had CLL. He hardly ever has any infections now, which is ironic as you would expect him to be more prone to infections, he used to suffer with cold sores, caused by the herpes simplex virus, but he never gets any out breaks now.
Curcumin and green tea are also supposed to be beneficial in CLL patients, research it, being involved in you own well being is crucial.
I wont bore you any longer, I hope some of you find this information helpful.