Major study out of the National Institutes of Health showing white blood counts have been dropping
annually in adults over the past 50 years. Since having low numbers of white blood cells
is well known to increase the frequency and severity of viral infections,
this trend serves as a wake-up call and is reason for serious concern. The importance and meaning of
these numbers are discussed along with references to environmental factors found to decrease
white blood cell counts.
Not Good News... The part of our immune system that plays the biggest role in removing viruses from the
body has been steadily declining for more than four decades.
These virus fighting cells (called white blood cells), are dropping at the rate of about 50 per
year in each cubic millimeter of our blood (a little less than a drop).
These were the findings reported from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Aging Division,
which has been looking at blood test reports over the past 40 years.
Counts Below 3,500 = Higher Risk of Death
When you go to the doctor for a routine blood test, they will often take a blood sample and
measure your white blood count. This is the number of immune system white blood cells in a cubic
millimeter of blood (a little less than a drop). The so-called "normal range" is what
95% of the population scores, with 2.5% above that range and 2.5% below that range.
Normal Range Shifting
The NIH study looked at 2,853 people spanning from 1958 to 2002. Participants were asked
to return every few years to conduct cognitive and blood tests, thereby observing changes in the
aging process. Along with the steady decline in blood counts seen in participants each decade,
scientists found people with white blood counts below 3,500 (the number considered very low)
had a 3-times greater risk of dying than people who averaged closer to 5,000 and 6,000.
This certainly makes sense, since having lower numbers of immune-system fighting cells should correspond
with a faster growth rate for viruses.
Extremely Low Blood Counts Increasing Rapidly
Each column in the chart above gives the number of people per 1000 with a white blood count below 3,500 (the number considered low).
In the first decade from 1958-1969, people with very low white blood counts averaged on 2 per 1000 people.
During the second decade (1970-79), the number of people with very low white blood counts doubled to 4 per thousand.
In the third decade (1980-89), this number nearly doubled again reaching 7 per thousand people.
Of great concern, during the fourth decade (1990 to 2000), there was a tripling of the number of
people with low white blood counts - now reaching 22 people per thousand!
The study was published in 2007, and does not have numbers for the last two decades
from 2000 to 2020. Because of the exponential growth (and extreme seriousness of this condition),
it would be in our interest to determine how numbers have changed during this last 20 year period -
especially in light of new research showing that having a low white blood count greatly increases the
risk of overall death including a fatal outcome in influenza and apparently, in CoronaViruses as well.
The average white blood count over the 42 year study was also seen to be dropping for those
involved in the study. While scientists stated that reductions in cigarette smoking was
partially responsible (cigarette smokers have higher counts), they also stated that smoking
did not explain all of the reductions. Below is the chart that shows the reductions in average white
blood cell count from 1958 to 2002.
Why are Blood Counts Dropping?
Obviously, such dramatic changes in blood counts over a relatively short period of time suggests
something around us is suppressing white blood cell development (which occurs in
our bone marrow, lymph organs and thymus). Toxicology research over the past several decades has identified a
number of circumstances in daily life that can lower the number of white blood cells and/or quality.
Studies investigating environmental factors that lower white blood counts will be discussed at the end of this
report and include chemicals that can suppress bone marrow production of cells, chemicals found to damage DNA
inside white blood cells, as well as the myriad of chemicals found to weaken and damage the thymus gland.
The thymus is critically important for the final maturation of white blood cells
called "T-Cell lymphocytes." These cells play a critical role in organizing and continuing the attack against
viruses in the body. Perhaps not coincidentally, individuals who eperience severe reactions to COVID-19 have
extremely low levels of T-Cells. Also of interest, the thymus plays an essential role in filtering/removing
autoimmune cells causing arthritis, lupus, and other autoimmune diseases.