Live Blood Analysis
WHAT IS LIVE BLOOD ANALYSIS?
Live Blood Analysis is a method whereby one small droplet of blood is collected and immediately analyzed under a dark field microscope.
Unlike other blood tests, the blood remains 'active' and alive so that the movement and behaviour of blood cells and components can be studied.
WHAT ARE THE USES OF
LIVE BLOOD ANALYSIS (LBA)?
Whereas normal blood tests give read outs of numbers and quantities (quantative measurements) of blood components, live blood gives us qualitative information of the shape, size and behaviour of the cells.
This can be valuable information to discover the strength, health and viability of our blood cells.
Another useful benefit of LBA is we can measure the amount of 'clumping' of the blood cells (which is considered an inflammatory marker), and view the level of oxidative stress experienced by the cells - all just by observing them.
Patients are often fascinated greatly by viewing their own blood (alive) - it is both educational and motivational to actually see changes in the blood morphology after certain practices are implemented.
The technique of LBA is also a very useful research assessment tool, being able to show actual images of effects on blood before and after interventions (such as therapies or medicines administered).
WHAT DO WE LOOK FOR IN A LBA ?
Here are some examples of the more common things we look for in a Live Blood Analysis -
Platelet size, amount and stickiness - willl give us useful information about the level of blood 'clottiness'
Red Blood Cell clumping (often known as rouleaux) - shows us the tendency towards inflammation, how much cell 'charge' and oxygenation (or lack of) in the cells.
Fibrin Spicules in the Plasma - indicate a the degree of toxicity, particularly from the liver
Size and Shape of Red Blood Cells - gives us information about the levels of Vit B 12, Folate and iron.
Damaged Red Blood Cells - shows us how much oxidative stress is present and need for anti-oxidants
How fast Chylomicrons (fat globules) are cleared from the blood after a meal - indicates how well the liver is metababolizing (breaking down) fats.
Neutrophil's (White Blood Cell) numbers, movement and size - shows the health of the immune system
The Ratio of Lymphocytes to other white blood cells - indicate what types of infection may be present, if any.