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. There is no scientific evidence for the validity of live blood analysis, and it has been described as a pseudoscientific, bogus and fraudulent medical test. 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.”
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
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Here are a few relevant links.
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 .
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.
I really enjoyed Steven Novella’s article for it’s relatively concise take down.