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A Peek Inside Yourself – Live Blood Analysis

Adapted and edited by Dr Arien, based on an article published in Natural Medicine Journal, March 2012, originally written by Dr David Nye, co-authored with Dr Okker Botha

You stare enthralled, with rapt attention, at the blood cells floating across the screen in front of you. It looks like a journey into space, occasionally interrupted by meteorites, flashing comets and sparkling light crystals. You are waiting for the truths to be revealed about your health! This is the world of live blood analysis (LBA).

Live blood analysis (LBA), also known as nutritional microscopy or dark-field microscopy, is the analysis of live blood using a very strong microscope, connected to a camera that projects the image on the health practitioner’s computer screen.The condition and quality of the cells in our blood has a direct impact on our present and future health and wellbeing, with signs of distress and disease appearing in the blood years before they manifest as symptoms in the body.

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The Biological Environment

Live Blood cell-analysisLive blood testing enables you to see exactly how your blood looks and behaves inside your own body, giving a clear picture of your health, extending deeply into your cells.

As a health care practitioner, I’m interested in assessing the biological environment in the blood. This may show up as oxidative or psychological stress, pH balance, chemical balance, and other homeostatic influences that have an effect on the inner milieu of the cells in your body.

The biological environment is similar to that of the plants in your garden. If the environment is in a healthy condition, where the soil is perfectly prepared, with enough water, nutrients, fertilisers, compost and care, the plants will flourish, be healthy and free of any diseases. In the same manner, the human body will be optimally healthy if the biological environment is supportive of optimal health, where viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites, cannot flourish and the inner world is balanced and stress free, with all biochemical and physiological processes occurring at optimal efficiency. After all, our natural state is health – our cells actually want to be healthy! We can change our biological environment to one of optimal health. LBA will assist in finding out what is out of balance in your inner environment so that you can take the necessary steps to correct it, long before any disease develops.

Live blood analysis is therefore especially useful in preventive health care. The red blood cells carry oxygen and the plasma carries nutrients and molecules of emotion (informational substances or peptides) to every cell in the body. The state of health or dis-ease of the blood therefore affects every cell in the body. It is clear that by improving the health of the blood, one will improve the health of the body.

Researchers all over the world have examined and studied live capillary blood for many years. Although many different approaches have been used and many opinions expressed, a central truth has emerged: the human body cannot live with an unnatural diet or an unhealthy lifestyle.This has been a basic concept of natural medicine for thousands of years, but many of us still believe that we can cheat Nature and still survive. We are deluded into thinking that we can continue to live unhealthy lifestyles with suboptimal nutrition and chronic inner distress, then take a pill to counteract the symptoms when we do get sick.


LBALive blood analysis is a quick and efficient way of assessing the health of a patient. A drop of blood is examined under a special microscope which has both dark-field and bright-field options. Very quickly one can see nutritional deficiencies, which organs are distressed, heavy-metal toxicities and imbalances in acidity or pH. The toxic effects of a typical Western lifestyle are easily demonstrated. This is not a diagnostic tool but confirms what is already suspected from the assessment completed beforehand, and also serves to monitor and demonstrate progress and response to treatment.

The advantage of examining blood in its fresh state is that one can gain much more information than when blood is sent for conventional pathological testing. When a haematologist (or nowadays more often a computer) examines a blood slide, they are looking at dead blood cells that have been fixed and stained. They count the relative numbers and look at structure, but they cannot assess how the cells are functioning.The chemical pathologist measures levels of cholesterol and other chemical substances in the blood, and issues the result in relation to a standard reference range. The patient’s mainstream doctor then interprets these results and prescribes pharmaceutical medications to correct the abnormalities. Some of these medications may have to be taken for life, at best controlling symptoms, but hardly ever restoring healthy or optimal function to the physiology, while often actually causing more side effects, dis-ease and imbalance.

With live blood analysis, the patient sees the abnormalities on the computer screen, together with the health practitioner, and participates in the discussion of what is seen and how to address risk factors identified. It is usually possible to correct irregularities and anomalies with healthier lifestyle habits, e.g. addressing alcohol consumption, exercise or lack thereof, smoking, eating habits, stress management, releasing trapped emotions, natural food supplements and herbal remedies, which support the body’s return to its natural state of health and wellbeing.

Many people who are told to modify their lifestyle don’t persist with the necessary changes for any significant length of time. When live blood analysis has enabled you to see the anomalies that need correction, and you have been involved in the discussion of why it’s necessary to do something about them, you are motivated to make the recommended improvements. Another motivation is that patients often start to feel better quickly, and they can visually appreciate their progress during follow up visits using LBA.

The development of most chronic and degenerative dis-eases can be prevented with early nutritional and corrective botanical intervention, that restore cell physiology. Live blood analysis can detect many nutritional and functional imbalances and deficiencies, which are major contributing factors in the development of these conditions, long before conventional blood testing can demonstrate any abnormalities.


Dry BloodA test often performed in conjunction with live blood analysis is called layered dried blood analysis or the oxidative stress test. A drop of blood is pressed onto a slide to make eight consecutive smears, which are allowed to coagulate and dry. The patterns the congealed blood forms, reveal further information about the state of the biological environment, and provide signs that substantiate information already revealed by the live blood analysis.

In a similar way to how the body is represented in the iris of the eye, which can be interpreted by an iridologist, the body planes are represented in the coagulation pattern of the blood smear. Disturbances relating to the adrenals or reproductive system are found at the centre of the spot. Further out are bands corresponding to vital organs, then lymph tissues, then finally the skin. It is therefore possible to determine which parts of the body are retaining toxins, and therefore currently not optimally well, or at risk of developing disease.


Live blood analysis is a simple and very graphic way to gain fuller understanding of one’s health issues. It is a simple test, which can reveal much about one’s current state of health. There are many health practitioners in South Africa who use live blood analysis to reliably demonstrate what patients ought to know, giving them the means to correct imbalances in their quest for optimal health.

By examining the live blood, it is possible to assess the body’s inner environment, then anticipate, but more importantly, incorporate measures to prevent the onset or progress of disease.

Patients often start to feel better quickly, and they can appreciate their own physical progress visually at the monthly follow up visits.

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