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What is Live Blood Cell Analysis or Nutritional Microscopy

Updated on October 1, 2012
One drop is all it takes to do Live Blood Cell Analysis.
One drop is all it takes to do Live Blood Cell Analysis. | Source

Have you been seeing advertisements about the live blood cell analysis and wondered what it is all about? Maybe you have also seen it called a nutritional analysis or nutritional microscopy. It’s being offered everywhere from gyms to chiropractors, even at local health food stores! Basically anywhere you can find a business promoting good nutrition or alternative health practices.

It is a simple test conducted by a nutritional microscopist to get an overall picture of the blood. They will begin with a small, painless prick of the index finger to collect a single drop of blood. Then it is placed on a glass slide and covered to keep the sample intact and slow the drying process. Next the sample is place under a high magnification dark-field microscope, which is linked to a television monitor.

What can be interpreted from a Live Blood Cell Analysis?

There are a variety of health issues that can supposedly be recognized from this analysis. Some of these include: Liver stress, circulation, anemia, oxygen level in the blood, hydration, vitamin and mineral deficiency, toxicity, yeast, fungus, leukemia, proper digestion, kidney function, weakened immune system, and more. Some claim that this test is able to provide up to 25 interpretations of the blood.

Is it credible?

With all the good things that can be said about this testing from alternative practitioners, there is also some opposition. The negativity seems to stem from the findings of the Department of Health and Human Resources Office of Inspector General and a law that was passed by Congress in 1988 called The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments. For more clarification, the Health and Human Services states the CLIA law establishes “quality standard for all laboratory testing to ensure the accuracy, reliability and timeliness of patient test results regardless of where the test was performed.”

The live blood cell analysis was never able to meet these requirements. Basically, the DHHR feels the test may be open to too much interpretation. And also it did not meet personnel requirements because it can be administered by nutritionists, herbologists, naturopaths, and chiropractors. Therefore it was ultimately considered an unregulated and unreliable test.

From these finding it is likely when you take the test you will have to sign a written assertion that by taking part in live blood analysis you understand you are not getting a diagnosis and should not consider it a diagnosis.

Live Blood Cell Analysis is a way to determine how your nutrition is affecting your overall health. It is being advertised in places where health conscious people frequent. Although it is not considered mainstream or even regulated, by some it is considered an informative complement to traditional medicine. This analysis is just another way to gain some insight into your health but as always, if you have any medical concerns you should always consult a licensed doctor.


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    • scsunshine profile image

      scsunshine 6 years ago from sc

      Thank you Donna. It's a neat test I hope you can find it.

    • Donna Sundblad profile image

      Donna Sundblad 6 years ago from Georgia

      Great hub! I hadn't heard of this. Will have to see if my chiropractor offers this test.