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White Blood Cells Sound an Alarm

This is an article I reference frequently. Since it potentially contradicts the cholesterol hypothesis, my concern is that it - like other important publications - will be removed from the internet.

Simply put - white blood cell counts - when interpreted scientifically - are highly predictive of early mortality risk - especially from heart attack and strokes.

But these markers of INNATE IMMUNITY portent essentially every chronic disease.

Here is the article header. The full text is included below. Also, here is the link to the article.


Before you dive into the article, check your white blood cell counts against this optimal standard. Your WBC (total white blood cell count that includes the five (5) different type of white blood cells) should be between 4,000 and 5,700 cells per microliter. Depending upon the units of measure, you may see WBC presented as 4.0 and 5.7, for example. These are the same values - just different units.

Notice that I indicate your ideal WBC is between 4,000 and 5,700. However, this may not always be optimal. Optimal really is defined by looking at the amount and ratios of the individual white blood cells that include: neutrophils, lymphocytes, monocytes, basophils, and eosinophils. I have only included neutrophils and lymphocytes in this analysis. These two types of white blood cells are the most abundant and have the most data relating their levels to disease.

That being explained, IMHO - based on studying over 10,000 labs, the optimal WBC count is best described by two markers - total WBC and the neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio. The more markers that are included, the better the precision. However, these two markers have adequate precision to determine your innate immune health status in most cases.

The neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio is the absolute count of neutrophils divided by the absolute count of lymphocytes.

In general, neutrophils go up with bacterial infections and lymphocytes go down with viral infections. This is NOT a hard and fast rule. When the WBC total and the NLR does not look like that which I suggest is optimal, then the complete "differential" of white blood cell counts must be analyzed. That being said, probably 80% of the time, this is what you want your WBC total and your NLR:


Now for the article.....

White blood cell levels are a good predictor of strokes, heart attacks, and fatal heart disease in older women, according to a nationwide study. White cell counts can be easily measured by inexpensive, widely available tests, raising the possibility of lowering the toll of heart disease fatalities, the leading cause of death among women in the United States.