Live Blood Analysis
One of the relatively new developments in blood testing is Live Cell Analysis. This test uses live blood cells taken from a finger tip and examines them under a darkfield microscope. Live Cell Analysis reveals anemic tendencies, vitamin deficiencies, certain infections and metabolic dysfunctions and other nutritionally related abnormalities. It is a quick and efficient means to identify the present condition of one's blood as it relates to overall health.
Live Blood Analysis and Darfield Microscopy
Live Blood Analysis is a screening test. Darkfield Microscopy is the description of a special technique in which light is diffracted from the microscope condenser. This, in turn, produces a white reflected image of solid objects against a dark background. By observing various conditions in a sample of live blood, the technician is able to perform a screen test which can determine the effects of nutritional imbalances and other stressors on the body.
Dark field illumination is invaluable for observing minute, low-contrast objects or transparent crystalline structures which are virtually invisible under standard bright-field microscopy.
The blood plays a central role in the overall health of every person. Although nearly 100 percent water, blood is a complex liquid that comprises approximately 7.5 percent of a person's total weight. An averaged-size man has about 1-1/2 gallons (5.5 liters) of blood, while a woman has slightly less than a gallon (3.25 liters).
Whole human blood consists of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets (blood elements) that float individually in plasma, a straw-colored liquid made up of about 90 percent water. The watery plasma, which also contains organic acids, glucose, hormones and salts, serves as a medium for: (1) circulating the suspended blood components throughout the body's network of arteries, veins and capillaries; (2) delivering nutrients to the tissues and organs; (3) carrying minerals, hormones, vitamins and antibodies; and (4) removing waste products. Many substances vital to health are recycled through the blood.
Blood travels from the heart to the lungs through the pulmonary artery, picks up oxygen, flows back to the heart, and is then pumped out to the body. After releasing the oxygen to the cells and taking on carbon dioxide (the waste product of cell metabolism), the blood returns to the lungs, where the carbon dioxide is exhaled. It completes this circuit in 20 seconds. During its journey through the body, the blood also picks up hormones from the thyroid, adrenal, and other glands and transports them to specific organs.
In general, the blood helps maintain equilibrium (homeostasis) of the internal environment. In addition to bathing the body's tissues in oxygen and collecting waste products, the blood's major regulatory functions involve nutrition of cells, defense mechanisms and maintaining proper body temperature. The blood also facilitates the body's adaptability to different conditions, including changes in climate, stressful physical activity, new dietary habits and resistance to injury and infectious organisms. The cells of the blood are of three types:
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