Monday, May 09, 2005

Low Red Blood Cells, Low White Blood Cells, Nupagen Shots, Immune System Deficiency, Food Allergies, Eczema

Derrick J. Berg

My Testimony has to do with my youngest son, Eathan, who is now 4 years old. When Eathan was 8 months old he was diagnosed with failure to thrive. He had some blood tests done and the results showed that his liver enzymes were elevated, but before anymore tests could be done he was growing and gaining weight again. When he was about 10 months old he contracted the RSV virus and had to use a nebulizer with steroid breathing treatments for about four weeks.

When he was 15 months old he had a low grade fever that spiked in the middle of the night and caused him to have a febrile seizure. He was taken to the emergency room where they gave him a breathing tube and performed many tests. The doctors discovered that his red blood cell count was extremely low and his white blood cells were virtually non-existent. They gave him three blood transfusions which stabilized his red cell counts had but his white cell count was still extremely low and falling.

After a bone marrow tap they discovered he wasn’t producing any nutrifil cells, or baby white blood cells. They gave him a Nupagen injection. After a week in the hospital, he was allowed to come home. Since his bone marrow still wasn’t producing any white blood cells, Eathan had to be quarantined for several months. With a white cell count as low as his, he couldn't be exposed to people. His immune system was so devastated that he could pick up something off a grocery cart that would give you and me a sniffle, and could be a death sentence to him.

His hematologist started him on a Nupagen regiment. Nupagen is the miracle drug that helps build up one's white blood cell count. We have had togive him Nupagen injections 1-3 times a week for the past two years. These injections run about $250.00 each. This would help stimulate productionof the white blood cells but would barely maintain them at an acceptable level. The doctor had warned us that it may take up to three to four years for his body to recover if it did at all. During this time he had a high level of food allergies caused by mal-absorption. This led the doctors to believe he also might have celiac disease, due to his elevated gluten levels. Along with all of these other problems he also had a moderate case of eczema.

I was introduced to Mangosteen juice in mid October of 2003. I looked all over the internet for articles on the mangosteen. I couldn’t find a reason not to give it to him. I ordered two cases and started giving him the mangosteen juice around the first of November, 2003. Eathan had been on the mangosteen juice for about 3 weeks when I gave him his last injection of Nupagen right around Thanksgiving time 2003. He has been on mangosteen juice for about twelve months and hasn't needed another injection for over eleven months.

This mangosteen juice has been able to elevate and maintain my son's white blood cell count to an acceptable level. He has no more food allergies and his eczema is completely gone. In the beginning his doctor was totally baffled by this. Now he truly believes that the mangosteen juice is doing something. At his appointment last week he still didn’t need a shot and his hematologist said, “Keep giving him that juice!”-

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