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Thing is, if you were diagnosed with acute/chronic lymphocytic leukemia, they were relying on more than just a white count. Elevated white count can come up from just about anything (certainly all the different leukemias in addition to infections like mono, pneumonia, etc) and is much more commonly an infection than leukemia. To make the diagnosis, your doc sent your blood to a pathologist who looked at it under a microscope and wrote a report on it. Your doc takes that report and clinical presentation into account and makes the diagnosis.

Secondly, you really don't need to worry about having predisposed yourself to leukemia. With CLL (which I assume is what you've been diagnosed with), you see white counts between 50,000 and 200,000 (normal is between 4,000 and 9,000 or so). These OTC/herbal products would at most raise your counts to 12,000, maybe 13,000 - nothing dramatic like in CLL. Furthermore, leukemia is not about high wbc counts (although that is how you begin to diagnose it). It is about an inherent problem with the production of those cells in the bone marrow. Unless you are exposed to high radiation or powerful magnetic fields, or have a random genetic mutation, etc, you can't get this from just taking a T-cell stimulant like Herbalife.

That said, you do want to bring this up with your doc just to make sure there is not some obscure study that he (and not we) have read about that would implicate Herbalife as an etiology for CLL in your case.

Please let us know the outcome.

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