Live Blood Analysis/Screening (LBS) examines living blood under a microscope. A tiny prick is made on the patient’s finger and a droplet of blood is added to a sterile slide. Blood is not drawn from the veins as with other blood tests that doctors perform.
So for those of you that loathe having your blood taken the traditional medical way, you will find this quite a painless experience.
The LBA test is a screening test for haematological status using darkfield, phase contrast and brightfield microscopy. The individual blood cells can be evaluated allowing for an assessment of various nutritional deficits as well as digestive tract dysfunction.
The benefit of having a microscopic blood analysis is that many nutritional deficits can be detected before standard blood tests can detect any chemical changes.
Live Blood Analysis Can Provide The Following Information;
The relative sizes of erythrocytes can reveal important factors in cytogenesis that can affect all body cells. Vitamins such as folic acid and B12 are essential for the synthesis of nucleic acids.
A deficiency in both of these vitamins can lead to asynchronous development of all body cells as the development of the nucleus will be delayed while the maturation of the cytoplasm continues relatively unaffected. This pathogenic process may progress as new generations of abnormally large cells are formed.
The relatively uniform size of red cells provides an unambiguous and ready contrast from the generation of cells affected by such a state of deficiency presenting with larger sized cells.
These large red cells are called macrocytes and display diameters exceeding normal values and in the range of 8.5 – 9.0µm.
This erythrocyte abnormality is the principle characteristic of frank folate and/or vitamin B12 deficiency in pernicious anaemia where the macrocytes take on an oval conformation. The relatively short life of red blood cells provides for this characteristic before many other tissues are significantly affected.
If the deficiency state is not corrected an overt disease termed megaloblastic anaemia will ensue. Similarly neutrophil white blood cells and platelets will present with an abnormally large morphology that can further assist the screening of the haematologic condition.
This can all be discerned under dark field illumination microscopy.
LBA also provides a discernment of abnormally small red blood cells by a physical contrast with normal sized cells.
Microcytes are red cells that are usually less than 6µm in diameter and are liberated as such into the peripheral blood or may be the result of cellular fragmentation. Microcytes are the classical hallmark of iron deficiency anaemia.
Dark field illumination microscopy also provides the observer with the ability to distinguish all the major subtypes of white blood cells. This leads to a complete differential screening/analysis of the leukocytes and hence gained a significant insight into the immunologic function of the patient.
LBA can also indicate any dysfunction of the digestive system and liver metabolism. Unlike most medical testing LBA allows you the patient, to be present and an observer during the entire procedure.
You get to have a physical look at the blood and what is happening inside. The technician/practitioner will discuss with you whilst observing variations in the size, shape, ratios and fine structure of both red and white cells, platelets and other structures in your blood giving you a broader understanding.
This information allows the practitioner to provide a more accurate professional recommendation on the present state of your health.
LBA enables early detection of problem areas and therefore can be used as a preventative measure for the patient. The test must be done efficiently and quickly or many of the live blood’s features will degrade with time.
What Can Live Blood Analysis Tell Me About My Health Right Now?
Nutritional status of your blood
Organ system dysfunctions
Gut Permeability & Digestive Health
Blood cell integrity Chronic infections such as Candida
Antioxidant levels and Free Radical load
Some biochemical imbalances
Any inflammatory process
Your immune system activity
Any increased toxins, for instance as a result of smoking
And, your hydration levels
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Why Would You Want To Have A Live Blood Analysis?
LBA detects functional imbalances otherwise known as “precursors” to disease (inflammation, sluggish immunity, poor red cell structure etc), quite early on, and in some instances well before that of standard blood pathology.
So by displaying your live blood on a monitor you can see how your blood picture is affected by poor diet and lifestyle choices.
You are then given a professional recommendation to assist you in resolving any disorders whilst in the initial stage, giving you the opportunity to look at prevention, rather than wait for things to go wrong and then take longer to resolve.
The practitioner then gives you a specific treatment regime, for your own unique requirements. As you begin to make changes here and improve you will then experience the benefits of achieving optimum health and vitality.
LBA is based on one of the oldest, most highly developed of medical sciences – haematology. It can help screen for a number of risk factors that may be affecting your blood, including:
High Fat Diets Poor Nutrition Smoking, Alcohol Stress
LBA is known as a functional test and therefore will show you how your Liver is functioning. Standard Liver Function Tests does not necessarily show any abnormal function of the Liver but usually shows liver damage.
We don’t really want to wait to that stage where damage is indicated. What we really need to know for preventative measures is how the Liver is functioning right now. LBA can give you that information.
Also the LBA is done immediately and the blood is not introduced to or altered in any way by chemicals or staining solutions as would be with conventional blood testing where it is dried/fixed on a slide.
The test very useful for people who have poor digestive function, allergies, fatty livers (usually had history of higher than normal levels of alcohol), and a variety of other gastrointestinal problems.
It has been an excellent test for people to receive and then offers a much clearer picture of their present state of health, so the practitioner can then formulate the correct remedies to help resolve their problems.
At the conclusion to your test you receive a copy of results along with a copy for your practitioner.
Research indicates that 90% of the community have underlying nutritional deficiencies contributing to health problems. Recent reviews suggest that nutritional supplementation may be a necessary prerequisite for chronic disease prevention.
Some Additional Information On Your Blood
• A red blood cell can circumnavigate your body in less than 20 seconds!
• There are 2.5 trillion red blood cells in your body at any given moment, so to enable you to maintain this number, about two and half million new ones need to be produced every second by your bone marrow!
• The average blood cell in your body lives for only 120 days
• Red blood cells are about seven micrometers in diameter
• Human blood is colourless! The haemoglobin, which is a pigment present in the blood cells, is what makes your blood the red colour!
Lyn Craven is a Practitioner of Naturopathy