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Netropenia is an abnormally low level of white blood cells (neutrophils). Neutrophils are a common type of white blood cell, important for fighting off infection, particularly those caused by bacteria.
If a person has less that 1,500 neutrophils, per microliter of blood , they are considered to be neutropenia. For children, the cell count indicating neutropenia varies with age. Low neutrophils have a direct effect on the immune system and will seriously impair the immune system ability to keep the body healthy.
Neutrophils are manufactured in the bone marrow, along with the red blood cells. They are the first (white) cell types, to travel to the site of an infection. They fight infection, by ingesting microorganisms and releasing enzymes that kill the microorganisms. Anything that disrupts neutrophil production can result in neutrophenia.
Some of the specific causes that disrupts production include :
Vitamin deficiencies : Vitamins B, C, E, A, Hypochlorhydria, Achlorhydria
Mineral Deficiencies : Iron, Zinc, Calcium, Potassium, Selenium, Hypochlorhydria
Antibiotics : Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs), Antihistamines, Hypochlorhydria, etc.
Bacterial Infections : Hepatitis A, B, C, HIV/AIDS, H. pylori, Hypochlorhydria, Achlorhydria, Cuts & Abrasions, Animal, or Insect Bites, Air Contaminants, etc.
Autoimmune Disorders : triggers for disorders, Bacteria & Viruses, Drugs, Immune System Deficiencies, Hypochlorhydria, Injury, Smoking
Arthritis : Nutrition, Reduced Protein Conversion (Hypochlorhydria), Bacterial and Viral Infections, Obesity, Autoimmune Disorders, Injury
Osteoporosis : Malnutrition, Hypochlorhydria, Achlorhydria, Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs), Antibiotics, B-12 & D Deficiency, Aging
Chemotherapy : Malnutrition, Anemia, Hypochlorhydria, Achlorhydria, Immune System Disorders, Bacterial Infections.
Alcoholism : Malnutrition, Gastritis, Vitamin Deficiencies (A, B, D, K, Folate, Selenium, Riboflavin, etc.), Hypochlorhydria
Everyone of the specific causes listed, for low white cell deficiency (Neutropenia), has something in common. Malnutrition, caused by Hypochlorhydria, or Achlorhydria, affects every function in the body and allows the onset of many debilitating disorders. Hypochlorhydria and Achlorhydria prevents adequate sterilization and conversion of the nutrients consumed. These conditions allow the premature dumping of nutrients, into the small bowel, resulting in bacterial and pathogenic, infections. The vitamins and minerals necessary to support the immune system and body are no longer absorbed at their optimum level.
Hypochlorhydria is a condition that causes the reduction in the strength of the acid, produced by the stomachs parietal cells in the stomach. Hypochlorhydria causes reduced sterilization and conversion of the nutrients consumed. It allow premature dumping of raw nutrients, into the small bowel and allows bacterial overgrowth.
Achlorhydria is the complete absence of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. The immune system is seriously compromised and there is very little absorption, of the necessary vitamins and minerals, necessary to maintain the body functions.