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Live Cell Microscopy Explained


Livecell microscopy is not a diagnostic procedure for any specific disease. It is best used as a screening test to help determine the optimal diet and natural therapies for a given individual with chronic illness, especially of the immune system. Analysis of the blood by the microscope is as old as the practice of medicine itself. The main advantage of blood microscopy is that many nutritional imbalances can be detected before standard chemical blood tests show any abnormalities. Health problems can then be prevented by early nutritional intervention.

Livecell blood analysis is different from regular blood analysis because it uses whole blood as opposed to just parts of the blood, is unstained and uses higher magnification. The blood which is viewed directly by the technician is alive, not dead like in conventional microscopic evaluation. The type of lens used is also different in that the technique of visualization (phase contrast, darkfield vs. brightfield) allows the technician to see much more than could possibly be seen by the conventional microscope. Stain obliterated particles will not show up on typical conventional dead cell microscopy.

The presence of bacteria, fungi or parasitic forms on a livecell test is not diagnostic of an infection with any of these organisms. The blood and immune system is exposed to these organisms on a daily basis from the intake of food, tap water, a polluted environment, etc. These organisms, when they enter the blood stream are inactivated by the immune system army of white blood cells and antibodies. Technically, then, the mere presence of these bugs in the blood is not diagnostic of an infection. For a blood infection to be present, a great deal more has to be observed.

Skeptics of darkfield microscopy believe that the blood of most breathing, walking and functioning humans is completely sterile and that viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites could not possibly exist in the bloodstream. They argue that if parasites, candida, fungi or bacteria were really present in the bloodstream that the patient would be lying horizontally in a hospital bed dying of septic shock. This dogma has been disproven by a great deal of research done by many scientists around the world, especially in Germany, Eastern Europe, New Zealand and countries where natural ordrugless forms of medicine are more easily available. The list of research papers describing the presence of viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic toxins in the blood of non-septicemic individuals is voluminous. A growing number of pathologists (e.g. Dr. A. Ali) and clinicians are recognizing the importance of using this kind of information in daily medical practice. The increasing incidence of autoimmune diseases associated with bacteria and parasites (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis) and infectious diseases like AIDS, hepatitis, giardiasis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome argues strongly against the dogma that breathing, walking and functioning humans have completely sterile blood. Like many controversial issues in medicine, the answers are neither completely black or white. As an old professor once told me, and I still believe this to be true, ÒNothing in medicine is always or never.Ó

Livecell microscopy, pioneered by scientists like Gaston Naessens, creator of the 714X alternative cancer treatment, offers people with systemic manifestations of candida or other infections a quick and reliable means of visualizing microorganisms and their debris in live whole blood. If candida, parasites or bacteria can be demonstrated in the blood, it is a certainty that the individual's bloodstream has been invaded. Conventional blood cultures (growing the bugs outside the body) are not 100% accurate since many organisms resist being cultured in a laboratory. With livecell microscopy, especially in those suffering from more severe immune system abnormalities like colitis, Crohn's disease, asthmatic bronchitis, sinusitis and pneumonias, the living organisms can be seen clearly, floating freely in the bloodstream.

Livecell analysis involves the use of a microscope attached to a high quality color video camera which is connected to a color monitor and video recorder. One drop of blood coming from a fingertip puncture can show valuable information about various health concerns which are then correlated with other physical and biochemical tests. This way of viewing blood through phase contrast or darkfield microscopy can reveal some data about health and disease that are not possible through conventional microscopy.

Livecell Microscopy Can Show:

  • Free radical damage and the need for antioxidant protection by vitamins, minerals, enzymes
  • Cell size and shape abnormalities typical of immune disorders of many different types 
  • Bacteria Parasites Candida/yeast/fungi 
  • Undigested protein and fat 
  • Digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid deficiencies
  •  Abnormalities associated with hormonal imbalances
  •  Folic acid and vitamin B12 deficiency 
  • Uric acid crystals and risk for gout 
  • Poor circulation, oxygenation level and abnormal blood clotting


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Zoltan Rona
Zoltan Rona