Live blood cell analysis, the analysis of live unmodified capillary blood, was pioneered by several independent researchers worldwide and has evolved over the course of many years with the advancement of microscopy. Some focused only on the nutritional aspects of blood morphologies, others approached it within a medical frame of reference, whilst others made staggering discoveries that defied (and continue to defy) the accepted paradigms of modern medicine.
If you were to look at their findings, you would see that although there are differences in opinion, there is also a central truth that was proven and uncovered by all of the researchers: that the human body (which is a natural system) cannot live with an unnatural diet and lifestyle.
As practitioners of natural medicine this concept naturally resonates with us.
However, most patients are not convinced of this and hold on to the delusion that you can fool or cheat nature. They believe that you can take a pill to counter and cure almost anything – and continue to eat what you like!
Most people will not follow the advice you give them and need visual proof that their unnatural habits are having a negative impact on their health.
Live blood analysis allows you to do just that.
It gives you as a practitioner a glimpse into the internal environment (terrain) of your patient’s body, which provides you with valuable information about a great number of imbalances and health concerns. It also shows your patient how their lifestyle has impacted on their health and confirms what you are telling them. You are also able to monitor their progress and show them the effect of treatment – in essence, monitor the effectiveness of any given treatment regimen.
Due to its visual impact, patients are motivated to follow the program whole-heartedly so that they can see the improvement in their blood.
The process is fairly simple and not very invasive. A small amount of blood is taken from a patient’s finger and analyzed under high magnification using a specialized microscope. This provides information on possible weaknesses and the health priorities of the individual being tested.
The insights gained from the analysis, correlated with other clinical data, enable the analyst to understand his/her client’s individual state of health on a much deeper level. As a result, an appropriate course of natural treatment and lifestyle/dietary interventions can be formulated and furthermore, the effectiveness of various treatment combinations can be tested and progress can be monitored.
It is important to understand that this technique is not a diagnostic procedure for any specific disease. It is a tool used to demonstrate to people how their dietary and lifestyle habits may be influencing their health and where appropriate adjustments may be necessary within these areas in order to optimize health and prevent the onset of disease.
According to the principles of Naturopathy, the development of most chronic and degenerative conditions can be prevented with early nutritional intervention and many nutritional imbalances and deficiencies are believed to be major contributing factors in the pathogenesis of these conditions.
Live blood analysis is especially helpful as part of a preventative approach to healthcare. The blood comes into contact with almost every cell in the body. It carries vital nutrients and oxygen to the cells and carries wastes away from the cells. If we understand why the blood is sick we then understand why other cells in the body are sick and if we are able to improve the quality of the blood we will be able to improve the quality of almost every cell in the body.
In conventional laboratory blood analysis (peripheral blood smears) the sample is stained and essentially dead. Live blood analysis uses whole, unaltered blood viewed under higher magnification to assess the condition of blood cells, plasma, microbial activity and anomalies that are not typically ordered in conventional blood testing.
Another test used in conjunction with live blood analysis is layered dried blood analysis (a.k.a. the Oxidative stress test). This is in essence an analysis of coagulation morphology, where the result of the client’s coagulation cascade is analyzed. A single drop of blood is pressed onto a slide in eight consecutive layers and allowed to dry. This technique uncovers valuable information.
Through the oxidation of the blood cells and toxins present in the blood we are able to see characteristic patterning due to the fall out of fibrin and other toxic masses. This allows us to identify which parts of the body are holding toxins and therefore at risk of degenerative disease.
Once a practitioner becomes experienced in analyzing blood they will develop the skill, or art, of interpreting how the blood is behaving. This goes beyond the simplistic approach of giving a specified medicine for each individual sign observed and depends on one’s ability to correlate everything observed in the blood with other clinical information of the client to form a cohesive, holistic view of his/her state of health.
When a practitioner has the experience to do this, they will become amazed again at how incredibly accurate this technique is.
Gaining this level of expertise will be of immeasurable value in helping to determine what exactly needs to be addressed in the client’s condition.
There are several schools of thought in live blood analysis, ranging from nutritional microscopy to pleomorphic diagnostics. Individual signs observed in live blood can be interpreted differently depending on the training of the analyst. For example Codocytes can be an indication of iron deficiency anemia, or of an acidic terrain, or a sign of a high endobiontic burden of the erythrocytes.
Many courses offered in blood analysis are slanted towards one of these
Unbiased and balanced information is best so that the practitioner can decide for him/herself which approach suits them best.