Drink Your Way to Health!

Yes, seriously, but I mean with green tea. My latest blood level check shows that not only have they held steady but continued to improve. Long story short, my chronic leukemia (T-cell LGL Leukemia) is getting better, not worse as it’s supposed to be, and not from any medical intervention of the modern sort.  No, this remedy is quite ancient.  And I want to credit the particular tea, Yogi Green Tea with Kombucha, as I wonder if the kombucha component is also playing a role in my improvement.  My daily routine is to drink two quarts (one in the morning and one in the afternoon, (broken up into pints) of freshly brewed tea made with water just below the boil and steeped two to three minutes–longer if I want a stronger cup.  I get two pints from one bag, but if I steep those added minutes then I use a second bag for the next go round.

This kind of tea already has a marvelous fruity, minty taste but I add a bag of peppermint tea (Celestial Seasonings or some other plain mint), to further enhance the minty properties.  Mint is very soothing to the stomach. This is just me, the rest of you will probably be fine with the amount of mint already present in the tea.

Back to my blood levels, my hematologist has gone from skeptical to say the least, to puzzled, to wondering if maybe there’s something in what I’m doing after all because he has no other explanation as to why I’m improving instead of deteriorating.  When I was first diagnosed two years ago in April of 2010, he predicted  I’d likely need the big guns treatment within a year.  He’s happy to be wrong.  I’m delighted, and brewing tea as I write.  My mission, to tell the world.  You don’t have to suffer from chronic leukemia to benefit from green tea.

“Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage.” ~KAKUZO OKAKURA, Book of Tea

I should also mention the importance of Olive Leaf extract which I came across on a leukemia message board.  I get mine from Olivus online (their best quality capsules) and take one two times  a day.   I began with one capsule and worked my way up.  Olive leaf helps with many things, including being a powerful immune booster and can aid blood levels.  To this I add Vitamin C and TOCQ10 supplements–also beneficial.  The only contraindications I know of for olive leaf are that you shouldn’t take it if you on on a blood thinner because it also thins the blood.  And it can interfere with the effectiveness of an antibiotic so take it at a different time of day.

*This is my story.  Not a scientific study.  But pretty darn amazing.  Also, Olive leaf can make you worse before it makes you better as it cleanses toxins. I sweeten my tea with a little raw honey–also healthful–or plain sugar. Artificial sweeteners are incredibly bad for you.

“Tea … is one of those rare treasures, enjoyed throughout the world, that actually benefits health.”

~KIT CHOW, All the Tea in China

“Tea beckons us to enjoy quality time with friends and loved ones, and especially to rediscover the art of relaxed conversation.”

~DOROTHEA JOHNSON, Tea & Etiquette

“Tea is the most popular beverage, after water, throughout the world.”

~LESTER MITSCHER, The Green Tea Book

***Update August 27th, 2012: My blood levels are good and even a little better than before. The hematologist has declared my T-cell LGL leukemia dormant. I think all the green tea I drink and the olive leaf extract I take has quite a bit to do with this. Not to overlook the power of prayer. The leukemia didn’t just go to sleep on its own.

16 responses to “Drink Your Way to Health!

  1. I don’t drink green tea because of the high caffeine content, which makes me feel like I have ants under my skin. 🙂 However, I have noticed the benefits of tea, but don’t remember to use it regularly. Maybe this will give me the nudge I needed to establish the habit.


  2. Beth, I’m so pleased you continue to improve! I believe part of that is due to your attitude. You love beautiful, peaceful, natural things in life, and enjoy sharing them with others. I always feel peaceful after reading one of your blogs, especially those with flowers and Pooh. Blessings for continued improvement!


  3. Oh, Beth, I’m so happy this is working for you! I’ve always been a big fan of green tea. But it wasn’t until I read your last post about this topic that I decided to make green tea part of my daily sustenance. My mother died from leukemia when I was 11, so this strikes quite close to home for me. To hear your story literally brings tears to my eyes! I’ll join you in spreading the word about this!


  4. Nature provides us with most everything we need. Too bad so many physicians don’t realize that.


  5. I love green tea…It depends on the brand since some are just not good…


  6. I am so sorry that you are burdened with chronic illness, too. My grandmother was a leukemia survivor – remained strong, using natural remedies as supplements until one month before her 90th birthday. As a kidney dialysis patient, I must testify to the greatness of Yogi teas as well. I drink the Peach Detox daily, and my doctors are the same way – their answer is always “no” to natural healing. Dealing with kidney failure has taught me that practicing medicine and healing are not always synonymous. My faith in natural healing has grown considerably. I would recommend the Yogi teas to anyone, and there’s one for whatever ails you 🙂


  7. I was diagnosed with LGL Leukemia with Rhematoid Arthritis several years ago. I also take Olive Leaf Extract and Vitamin C. I stumbled upon a treatment that has made me symptom free and my blood counts are now normal. I had severe chronic neutropenia (less than .5), borderline anemia, and borderline low platelets. The compound that is working is AM-2201, which is a potent synthetic cannabinoid. Cannabinoids work on CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain and immune system. These are the same receptors effected by Marijuana.

    The downside to this is it can make the user extremely high for about 45 minutes. But with constant use it turns more into an excellent sleep aid. The other downside is that Obama just signed a law (July 2012) to place this compound into Schedule 1 which carries heavy jail time if possesed or sold. Many other compounds are available that are not Scheduled but work in the same way. These compounds show great promise.



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