Bright Field Microscopy

Bright Field Microscopy

In bright field microscopy a specimen is placed on the stage of the microscope and incandescent light from the microscope’s light source is aimed at a lens beneath the specimen. This lens is called a condenser.

The condenser usually contains an aperture diaphragm to control and focus light on the specimen; light passes through the specimen and then is collected by an objective lens situated in a turret above the stage.

The objective magnifies the light and transmits it to an oracular lens or eyepiece and into the user’s eyes. Some of the light is absorbed by stains, pigmentation, or dense areas of the sample and this contrast allows you to see the specimen.

For good results with this microscopic technique, the microscope should have a light source that can provide intense illumination necessary at high magnifications and lower light levels for lower magnifications.

Darkfield Microscopy

Dark Field Microscopy

Dark Field microscopy is a microscope illumination technique used to observe unstained samples causing them to appear brightly lit against a dark, almost purely black, background.

When light hits an object, rays are scattered in all directions. The design of the dark field microscope is such that it removes the dispersed light so that only the scattered beams hit the sample.

The introduction of a condenser and/or stop below the stage ensures that these light rays will hit the specimen at different angles, rather than as a direct light source above/below the object.

The result is a “cone of light” where rays are diffracted, reflected and/or refracted off the object, ultimately, allowing you to view a specimen in dark field.

A dark field microscope is ideal for viewing objects that are unstained, transparent and absorb little or no light.

These specimens often have similar refractive indices as their surroundings, making them hard to distinguish with other illumination techniques.

Dark field can be used to study marine organisms such as algae and plankton, diatoms, insects, fibres, hairs, yeast, live bacterium, protozoa as well as cells and tissues and is ideal for live blood analysis enabling the practitioner to see much more than is possible with other lighting methods.

The History of Live Blood Analysis

THE HISTORY OF DRY BLOOD ANALYSIS

THE HISTORY OF DRY BLOOD ANALYSIS (THE OXIDATIVE STRESS TEST)

In the 1920s, European medical practitioners added a twist to unconventional microscopy when they began looking at dried blood samples, later called the Oxidative Stress Test.

The dry blood spot is considered to be a hologram of the human body, a little like the eye in iridology, i.e. the different rings in the sample represent a different part of the body. Therefore, wherever the abnormality appears in the bloodspot tells us approximately where the problem is occurring in the body.

Another important aspect of this test is that each spot represents a time frame; the first and largest spot of blood taken reflects the current day, the latter spots provide a reflection of the patient’s health, many months or even years ago, and will highlight the deeper seated or chronic issues underlying the client’s current symptoms.

How this historical view works is little understood; however, it has been the observations of many researchers that as a person heals, it is the first and largest blood spot on the slide that corrects itself towards the healthy sample first, followed by the second and then the third, etc., etc., over a period of months, as the patient’s health problems reverse. The patterns that form are observed under the microscope. These patterns provide us with insights into the imbalances present in the organs and systems of the body These observations are cross-referenced with existing medical conditions or signs and symptoms. The resulting patterns seen in the dry blood under microscope brightfield setting reveal a characteristic ‘footprint’ which can be seen in similar cases and, thus, can be indicative of certain generalised pathologies.

For instance, cases of advanced degenerative disease show very poor clotting and minimal fibrin formation with many white ‘puddles’ appearing throughout the sample. In contrast, a healthy control subject’s blood shows a tight, fibrin-rich clotting pattern with no white puddles.

In the 1930s, the head of surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr H L Bowlen MD, introduced the dry blood test to America. Dr Bowlen learned the dry test from President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s physicians, Drs Heitlan and LaGarde.

In the 1970s, one of Heitlan-LaGarde’s students, Dr Robert Bradford of the American Biologics Hospital in Mexico, began teaching other practitioners how to perform this test. So there is now over 70 years of dry blood testing data by hundreds of healthcare practitioners worldwide.

Although live and dry blood analysis have been in existence for many years, their practice and acceptance in the mainstream of medicine is still very much underestimated or neglected altogether.

Because it is not being taught at medical school is the main reason for this lack of acceptance and GPs don’t have the time or inclination to study further. They are often bogged down with administration and an ever increasing patient load.

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Top 5 – Holiday & Travel Health FAQs

Pain in the abdomen

 

Can I take my probiotics away with me?

It is recommended that probiotic supplements are kept in the fridge to ensure they remain as effective as they can possibly be.  However, if they are of a high enough quality, they will remain stable out of the fridge for long enough for you to transport them to your holiday destination; just make sure you pop them back in the fridge when you arrive.  If you’re not going to have access to a fridge however whilst you’re away, we recommend taking a probiotic supplement containing saccharomyces boulardii with you as an alternative.  Saccharomyces boulardii is a non-pathogenic yeast which has been shown to support a healthy balance of flora.  This doesn’t need to be kept in the fridge and is a great solution for gastrointestinal support whilst traveling.

I’m worried about travelers diarrhea – is there anything I can take to help?

Saccharomyces boulardii is ideal to take away with you if you’re worried about travelers diarrhea.  It can be used to deal with an acute problem, or as a preventative if it’s something you’re concerned you could be exposed to whilst away.  It’s also useful for antibiotic-associated diarrhea.

I often get constipated when I go on holiday – is there an easy way to deal with this?

Many people worry about a change in bowel habits when they go away.  Both traveler’s diarrhea and constipation are very common.  Some of the most common causes of constipation on holiday are a sudden change in diet, disruption of daily routine, jet lag and dehydration.  Making sure you continue to get enough fibre and plenty of water are important strategies to help prevent constipation, especially if you are traveling to a warmer climate.  In addition, a stick pack of pureed papaya is a useful support that travels well and doesn’t need to be kept in the fridge.  Several trials have found papaya helps to facilitate regular bowel movements and can be a particularly useful support on holiday.

i often suffer from indigestion when I eat out and am worried about this happening more often on holiday.  Is there anything natural that I can take to help?

Indigestion is a common holiday health complaint.  Whilst it’s lovely to try new cuisines, sometimes these can be laden with ingredients that our digestive systems are not used to dealing with.  A natural plant-based digestive enzyme supplement can really help in these situations.  Plant enzymes are similar to those that your body naturally produces and can help to make sure your food is broken down properly and help you to avoid unwanted symptoms of indigestion.

I’m worried about catching bugs on the plane that could spoil my holiday.  Is there anything I can take to help prevent this?

Arriving on holiday with more than you bargained for is a common worry among travelers.  Re-circulated air, cabin pressure and the virtually moisture-free conditions inside a plane cabin can increase your vulnerability to airborne infection.  Whilst there’s little you can do to change the conditions inside a plane, you can be pro-active about maximizing your immune defenses before you go on holiday to decrease your risks of contracting infections that you may be exposed to.  Choose a comprehensive immune support product that contains key nutrients; vitamins A, C, E, D and zinc.  In addition, an exciting new ingredient – beta 1-3/1-6 glucans has been found to be a powerful support that enhances the immune system without over-stimulating it.

Saccharomyces boulardii is available at The Finchley Clinic 

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Blood Type

WHAT ARE LECTINS AND HOW CAN WE AVOID THEM?

Parts reprinted with permission from Eat Right For Your Type  by Dr. Peter D’Adamo and Catherine Whitney

Lectins: The Diet Connection

A chemical reaction occurs between your blood and the foods you eat. This reaction is part of your genetic inheritance. It is amazing but true that today, in the twenty first century, your immune and digestive systems still maintain favouritism for foods that your blood type ancestors ate.

We know this because of a factor called lectins. Lectins, abundant and diverse proteins found in foods, have agglutinating properties that affect your blood and the lining of your digestive tract. Lectins are a powerful way for organisms in nature to attach themselves to other organisms in nature. Lots of germs, and even our own immune systems, use this super glue to their benefit. For example, cells in our liver’s bile ducts have lectins on their surfaces to help snatch up bacteria and parasites. Bacteria and other microbes have lectins on their surfaces as well, which work rather like suction cups, so that they can attach to the slippery mucosal linings of the body. Often the lectins used by viruses or bacteria can be blood type specific, making them a stickier pest for people of that blood type.

So, too, with the lectins in food. Simply put, when you eat a food containing protein lectins that are incompatible with your blood type antigen, the lectins target an organ or bodily system (kidneys, liver, gut, stomach, etc.) and can begin to interact with the tissues in that area.

Here’s an example of how a lectin agglutinates in the body. Let’s say a Type A person eats a plate of lima beans. The lima beans are digested in the stomach through the process of acid hydrolysis. However, the lectin protein is resistant to acid hydrolysis. It doesn’t get digested, but it stays intact. It may interact directly with the lining of the stomach or intestinal tract, or it may get absorbed into your blood stream along with the digested lima bean nutrients. Different lectins target different organs and body systems.

Once the intact lectin protein settles someplace in your body, it literally has a magnetic effect on the cells in that region. It clumps the cells together and they are targeted for destruction, as if they, too, were foreign invaders. This clumping can cause irritable bowel syndrome in the intestines or cirrhosis in the liver, or block the flow of blood through the kidneys – to name just a few of the effects. Lectins can also act as ‘fake hormones,’ latching onto the receptor for a hormone and either blocking the normal action of the hormone (this is called an ‘antagonist’) or revving up the hormone receptor non-stop (termed an ‘agonist.’)

Lectins: A Dangerous Glue
You may remember the bizarre assassination of Georgi Markov in 1978 on a London Street. Markov was killed by an unknown Soviet KGB agent while waiting for a bus. Initially, the autopsy could not pinpoint how it was done. After a thorough search, a tiny gold bead was found embedded in Markov’s leg. The bead was found to be permeated with a chemical called ricin, which is a toxic lectin extracted from castor beans. Ricin is so potent an agglutinin that even an infinitesimally small amount can cause death by swiftly converting the body’s red blood cells into large clots which block the arteries. Ricin kills instantaneously.
Lectins are a type of molecular Velcro. On the left is a slide of a normal blood smear. On the right a blood sample after agglutination.
Fortunately, most lectins found in the diet are not quite so life threatening, although they can cause a variety of other problems, especially if they are specific to a particular blood type. For the most part our immune systems protect us from lectins. Ninety-five percent of the lectins we absorb from our typical diets are sloughed off by the body. But at least 5 percent of the lectins we eat are filtered into the bloodstream, where they react with and destroy red and white blood cells. The actions of lectins in the digestive tract can be even more powerful. There they often create a violent inflammation of the sensitive mucous of the intestines, and this agglutinative action may mimic food allergies. Even a minute quantity of a lectin is capable of agglutinating a huge number of cells if the particular blood type is reactive.
Signs that you might be experiencing problems from lectins in your diet:
  • Bloating and flatulence after meals
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Achy joints and muscles
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Skin eruptions
  • Fatigue and tiredness
This is not to say that you should suddenly become fearful of every food you eat. After all, lectins are widely abundant in legumes, seafood, grains, and vegetables. It’s hard to bypass them. The key is to avoid the lectins that agglutinate your particular cells—determined by your blood type. For example, wheat germ agglutinin, the most common lectin found in wheat, binds to the lining of the small intestine, causing substantial reactions and irritation in some blood types – especially Type O.
Lectins vary widely, according to their source. For example, the lectin found in wheat has a different shape from the lectin found in soy, and attaches to a different combination of sugars; each of these foods is dangerous for some blood types, but can sometimes be beneficial for others. In the case of blood type A and soy, the lectin in soy can actually help the immune system keep guard against cellular changes that could go on to be problematic.
Many people with joint problems feel that avoiding the nightshade vegetables such as tomatoes, eggplant, and white potatoes seem to help their symptoms. That’s not surprising, since most nightshades are very high in lectins.

A Few Common Foods That Contain Problem Lectins For Each Blood Type

Type O – Wheat, soy, peanuts & kidney beans

Type A – Lima beans, tomatoes, eggplant & garbanzo beans (chick peas)

Type B – Chicken, corn, soy & lentils

Type AB – Chicken, corn, bell pepper & fava beans

Lectins: A Summary
Lots of information on lectins can be found on the internet. Unfortunately, the great majority of it is either extremely technical or just wrong to some degree or another. One common misconception is that all lectins in foods are inactivated either by heating, or through the process of digestion. This is true, but only to a certain degree. Some lectins, such as the lectins from beans, are usually rendered inactive by slow and long cooking, but this may not result in all lectins being inactivated. Studies have shown that a percentage does tend to resist destruction, despite heating. Other lectins, such as the lectin from bananas, actually become more potent after heating. Digestive juices can inactivate lectins, but many people simply do not have the levels of stomach acid to do this. If you currently suffer from digestive problems, it is more than likely that you have some degree of lectin sensitivity, and following the diet prescribed for your blood type is the best way to start the healing.

Reasons why following blood type diet improves well-being

According to Dr. Peter DAdamo, author of “Eat Right For Your Type” Ninety-five percent of the lectins you absorb from your typical diets are sloughed off by the body. But at least five percent of the lectins you eat are filtered into the bloodstream and can cause different reactions in different organs”.

The blood type diet works because through it, you are able to avoid these harmful lectins.

Avoiding the lectins restores your natural genetic rhythm thereby enjoying health and vitality whilst avoiding unnecessary disease. Your blood type diet follows a clear, logical, scientifically researched plan based on your cellular profile.

 

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Lectins – could they be quietly harming you?

Lectins are abundant and diverse proteins found in foods that have agglutinating properties that affect our blood.
(Dr Peter J D’Adamo)

A chemical reaction occurs between our blood and the foods that we eat. This reaction is part of our genetic inheritance and is due to these lectins.

Lectins are blood type specific and the lectins in a food will affect one blood type whilst not affecting another.

Many food lectins have characteristics that are close enough to a certain blood type antigen to make it an enemy to another blood type antigen.

Lectins

Lectins, could they be harming you?

For example, milk has B like qualities, if a person with type A blood drinks milk, the digestive system will immediately start the agglutination process in order to reject it. Read more

Live Blood Cell Analysis

Could Live Blood Cell Analysis Be A Good Addition To Your Complementary Health Practice?

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.
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