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Live Blood Cell Analysis – Scam?

A girlfriend’s question that my quick answer to  is yes.  Scam.  Why?

“Live blood analysis is an “unestablished diagnostic test”: its methods are not generally accepted in laboratory practice and its validity as a laboratory test has not yet been determined.[1] There is no scientific evidence for the validity of live blood analysis,[1] and it has been described as a pseudoscientific, bogus and fraudulent medical test.[2][3] Live blood testing has also been described as a fraudulent means of convincing a patient that they are ill and require treatment with dietary supplements.[4][5][6]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Live_blood_analysis

Well, my first quick google squirms with calling the bull-shit.

My second reeks with a sales pitch for supplements.

Big red flags for me are:

Many different health claims/possible illnesses or sensitives detected

Lots of science jargon that isn’t really relevant to the claims

Many testimonials – often featuring the writer returning to better health after following prescribed health food diets/supplement routines and losing a fair amount of weight.  Which is great- but having lost a total of 85! lbs myself now, I wonder if most of the success is related to a healthier lifestyle?  Many candida/yeast/gluten free diets eliminate/restrict many sugars (refined and unrefined) and from my rather extensive reading- that would do the trick re weight loss and healthier feelings.

I’m not going to point at any particular practitioner, just google Live Blood Cell Analysis.

Here is part of the original Ad in question

Live Blood Cell Analysis
Friday, September 30th

Simple Finger Stick
Immediate Results
Personalized Wellness Plan

Your Consultation:
Weight, Candida, Bacteria, Low Energy, Liver Stress, Free Radicals, Iron Deficiency, Digestive Problems, Memory Issues, Depression, Anxiety, Hypoglycemia, Immune System, Vitamin Deficiency

You will receive a clear understanding of why you feel the way you do.
You will receive a step-by-step program to restore your health and energy.
Your program will take in consideration your nutritional needs, hormonal tendencies, dietary tendencies and emotional tendencies.
You can save money and feel secure that your supplements are personalized for you.

Call  to schedule your appointment today.
*Space is limited*
$50.00

Here are a few relevant links.

http://www.microscopemaster.com/blood-microscopy.html

http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/Tests/livecell.html

If you still are thinking-what’s the harm?  Realize that people are spending millions upon millions of dollars they don’t really have on treatments that don’t really work.  It can be dangerous to trust your or your child’s health to alternative medicine alone.  If it was scientifically backed it would just be called medicine.  Read this from Quack Watch:

“In 2008, Robert W. Bradford, C.R.B., Inc. (d/b/a American Biologics), C.R.B.’s chief operating officer Brigitte G. Bird, and John R. Toth, M.D. were charged with conspiring to violate federal food and drug laws and defraud individuals seeking medical care. The indictment states that Bradford, C.R.B., and Bird marketed bogus Lyme disease products and the Bradford Variable Projection Microscope, which was falsely claimed to diagnose the disease [14,15]. Toth is serving a prison sentence for manslaughter related to the death of a woman whom he falsely diagnosed with Lyme disease and treated with a dangerous intravenous product sold by American Biologics. In 2009, Carl E,. Haese, an unlicensed practitioner in New Mexico who used the BVRM to misdiagnose Lyme disease, was arrested for fraud [16].

If you encounter anyone who performs any type of live cell analysis, please report this to your state department of laboratories and send a copy of your notice to me at P.O. Box 1747, Allentown, PA 18105.”

 

My long answer is also yes.  This is a scam.  And a possibly dangerous one.

 

 

 

 


Garden clean up time

It looks like I’m going to be bringing all my green tomatoes with me to process into green tomato ketchup (by the boys request).  I’m a tad disappointed that only a few ripened, but glad they are still useable.  I was planning on putting in 10lbs of garlic this fall, but good intentions….I put in .5 lbs of Red Russian garlic, but I did prep two new big raised beds that will be all ready for spring planting which I am pretty stoked about.  I”ve been building some stone retaining walls all around the kitchen garden and they really define the space in such a satisfying way.  All and all it was a pretty successful gardening season for me. I had enough veggies to share and we didn’t have to buy much in the way of greens for most of the summer.  We have one piddly pumpkin and a cantaloupe the size of a golf ball.  I was amazed by the perfect waxy purple eggplants that we grew.  Looking forward to spending some time pouring through seed catalogs this winter and getting connected with local gardeners next spring.

I’ve just joined http://inthekoots.com/ in the gardening group, hope to see some of you there!

 


Homeopathic Thuggery

http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/homeopathic-thuggery/

 

I really enjoyed Steven Novella’s article for it’s relatively concise take down.


Surgery date= Halloween

Ack! It’s really real.


Early Fall Photo Gallery

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Late Summer Photo Gallery 2

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September spun by with a cool breeze and warm sun. This morning was first frost. A light one, but definitely a frost. My green tomatoes hang heavy with my first bumper crop, I think I wasn’t aggressive enough in pruning them back this year and they became quite the jungle. Towards fall when I was worrying about this day coming I started ripping off new blooms and excess growth. I did this twice earlier in the summer as well. The compost alone I’ve gained from all the tomato greens has certainly paid for the transplants. I am looking forward to ‘harvesting’ my compost in the spring. I must tell you that the compostable chip bags do not compost in 18 months and made last years compost unready this spring.

The kids and I are heading off hopefully this weekend for a few blissful weeks of water and central heat and fun city things to do. We will be in internet zone for almost a month, so hopefully I can get back in the swing of blogging.

Mr.T is going to juggle some building work for us and for a neighbour and we will come home when our laundryroom/family closet/bathroom is built. I’ll warn you, it’s gonna be rustic.

We will be back in the Kootenays for November for sure since I am having the following surgeries- Laparoscopy, Bilateral Salpungectomy, Hysterosypy, Ablation and possible removal of endo/hysterectomy.  I’m planning on watching the surgeries on You Tube, but haven’t gotten the chance yet.  If you’ve been through any of these and are feeling chatty- fill me in.  So far, the big question for me is “Is that going to make my belly button hurt?”

Oddly, the Gyno told me that that isn’t what most women ask, they are usually more worried about the scraping down/removal of internal organs. I however am pretty darn excited about missing out on 30 more years of menses!

Coach Rapper is enjoying school.  He is in love with his teacher who he describes as “slim and beautiful with long blond hair”.  It’s true, she is lovely, and very sweet.  I met her today and the adoration is mutual. We are having a few little hiccups along the way as my little man works out the big bad world of social dynamics of the school bus, including a marshmallow gun going off right into his eye with some nasty swelling and our nieghbour and his little friend deciding he is “bored” of sitting with him.  He is rolling with the punches though and comes home happy with his day, and lots of questions.

Well, I better be going home right away, it’s almost 11pm!


Late Summer Photo Gallery 1

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