One thing we begin to realize more and more as we age is the intricate and often bizarre ways in which our bodies react to both physical and mental disturbances. Have you ever been so stressed you thought you would throw-up? Or had a headache that came along due to stress or anxiety? We’ve all been there before.
This was just the case for Kreso, a fairly healthy man of middle age who in September of 2016 was diagnosed with clinical depression. Understandably, Kreso can’t pinpoint any particular event that caused his depression, and can’t say why it occurred when it did, but he does believe that it was the catalyst for a far more pervasive illness that could not be ignored.
On a routine check-up, Kreso’s doctor found that his white blood cell count was worryingly abnormal, and on further investigation it was discovered that Kreso had something called Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CCL), a particular form of blood cancer that affects the body’s ability to produce antibodies that fight infection, and help immune health.
CLL is a form of slow-growing leukemia, which meant that Kreso was not in any particular immediate threat. In fact, around 30-50% of those diagnosed with CLL never actual require any form of treatment. Many even live years and years despite their diagnosis, remaining stable with little, if any, impact on their lifestyle or general health.
However bright that silver lining seemed, Kreso was aware of the possibilities and complications this diagnosis imposed. He knew that over time, having excess numbers of lymphocytes crowding the bone marrow, interfering with normal blood cell production and leading to health complications for many of his vital organs, was just one of many possibilities of his future.
Like many given a diagnosis like this, Kreso inevitably became retrospective. He couldn’t help but look into his past to try and find out he had developed this disease, especially in a relatively young person with no past health issues, living a fairly active and healthy lifestyle.
However, it is, Kreso says firmly, “my guess is that my depression had triggered it”.
The havoc wreaked on his body by his chronic depression and the mental and physical repercussions of this he believes must have played its role in the development of his CLL.
The causes of CLL are unfortunately not known, and with little to direct him to its cause, he couldn’t think of it having developed in any other way. Luckily, Kreso was in good hands. His very dear friend was also a ‘top-notch’ hematologist, which enabled him a very personalized health plan; something he felt very positive about.
Kreso began following a health plan that did not include any medical therapies whatsoever. “I am trying to control it on my own,” he says, by only “using special teas… [and] going every week to acupuncture”. However, that’s not all.
When Kreso was first diagnosed with clinical depression, he was recommended to “take some 5% and then later 10% CBD bio drops produced in the Czech Republic". After trying this for a few months at the end of 2016 and at the beginning of 2017, Kreso felt that the CBD had had “no palpable effects” on his depression.
However, the idea that CBD may be able to “control my WBC growth (and, of course, could also have a very beneficial effect on my mental state)” was something that couldn’t be ignored.
“A friend of a friend told me that a very efficient treatment for any kind of serious and chronic disease is a [sic] use of a medical cannabis suppositories because of their very good absorption.”
So, persuaded for a second time, in September of 2018 Kreso was referred back to the plant extract that had made no improvement in his depressive state, but may, in fact, be just what he needed now to benefit his white blood cell count. However, realizing that not all products are created equal, Kreso would only move forward with CBD if he was assured of its superior quality over others of its kind. This time, he says “I opted for CBD suppositories and was very lucky to learn about ENDOCA.”
So equipped, Kreso began his CBD suppository journey with Endoca CBD Suppositories. immediately, he noticed the effect that the CBD had made on his mood. Unlike his first experience with CBD oil, these suppositories he says, “improved further my mental stability.”
and was the catalyst for inspiring a newfound belief in not only the advancement that the cannabis plant can make in human health but also the incredible difference that high-quality hemp extracts can have when compared to mediocre options like Kreso had with his initial CBD oil.
It’s been 8 weeks since Kreso begun on his CBD journey and is yet to have a blood test to find out where his white blood cell count currently stands, however, he is full of optimism. His most recent results attest to his improving health, with all his blood parameters being in excellent order… he really can’t think of a better way to combat his health problems than his current route.
"I am feeling rather well both physically and psychologically. I am full of energy and, if I were not told about elevated white blood cells, I would tell you that I am very healthy (and despite it I do believe that I am basically healthy)."
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