Live Cell Microspocy​

Detecting Your Body’s Imbalances

Live blood analysis differs from traditional medical blood testing in which preserved blood is sent to a laboratory for an “autopsy” and analyzed for chemical composition and cell counts.  Live blood work involves magnifying a single living drop of blood, taken from a fingertip prick to 1,000 times or more under a microscope. The cells of the blood live for at least 20 minutes and with the aid of a video camera, are observed on a monitor, revealing certain subtleties missed by laboratory blood tests. 

Although live cell microscopy was invented over 140 years ago, only with the recent advent of a video camera and monitor, did it become possible for the client to become involved by observing the immediate test results on the screen. This expanded technology is mainly responsible for the growing popularity of a live blood test. 

Nutritional Indicators

Live blood analysis can reveal distortion of red blood cells which reflect nutrition status, especially low levels of iron, protein, vitamin B12, folic acid and fatty acids. Incomplete or delayed digestion of fats and proteins can also be observed. In addition, liver stress and undesirable bacterial and fungal by-products may be revealed.

The live blood thus acts as an educational “feedback mechanism”, motivating people to improve their diet, perhaps with the addition of nutritional supplements. Positive changes in the structure of the blood cells can be viewed over time, usually a period of months, as improved nutrition impacts the blood.  

In laboratory tests, preserved blood must be stained in order to see certain cellular structures. When live blood is viewed with a darkfield condensor, the process gives a highly contrasted image so that live material can be easily viewed. 

This darkfield microscopy may be of value in the early assessment of environmental sensitivity, imbalanced terrain, compromised immunity and other conditions, months or years before traditional medical diagnosis.

The microscopist can look at live blood through various lenses, including darkfield and brightfield, both of which provide a different illumination to help evaluate the same blood specimen. 

Test Offered Across Canada 

According to the microscope research of Gunther Enderlein, tiny life forms called protits undergo a life cycle and can reveal much information concerning the state of one’s health and immunity.

Although the diseases themselves cannot be actually seen under a microscope, live blood analysis allows altered “blood ecology” patterns to be observed. These patterns allow disease imbalances to occur over time and the idea is to modify and improve suboptimal patterns before serious trouble such as disease arises. 

Microscopic analysis of live blood is very popular in Europe, especially Germany. In Canada, live blood and darkfield microscopy are gaining in popularity and are now available in almost every city. Live blood work is not covered by provincial health insurance, but when performed by Certified Nutritional Practitioner most benefits will cover it. The cost of the analysis ranges from $60. to $200. Since a national referral list of practitioners is not yet available, Better Health Clinic offers this service at the Clinic in Onangeville.

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Hannah discovered her love of food and nutrition working in the restaurant industry. Over the past 15 years, she has worked with all aspects of food, from creating meal plans, presenting it, purchasing it, knowing what it does to our bodies, understanding the environmental aspect of it, understanding what our bodies require, and cooking it. In these roles accompanied with her diploma in Holistic Nutrition she is ready to help all ages achieve their health goals and teach simple understanding of holistic nutrition.

Weight Loss & Acupunctur​​e?!

Did you know that Acupuncture can help with weight loss? Acupuncture is more than just pricking someone with a needle. Our bodies work in strange ways that cannot be explained through simple science. Depending on the site of acupuncture, it can bring many beneficial & therapeutic effects. 

For example, there are points on the body when triggered, releases heat beneficial for those with fevers or a point combination that can help with constipation or dysmenorrhea (aka painful menstruation). 

Our ears are used for more than just listening, you can also treat the entire body by stimulating specific points on the ear. The ear houses points that can stimulate the parts of the body, the nervous system and organs. 

A randomized study conducted in 2013 showed that a treatment regime that consisted using ear acupuncture points for 8 weeks showed reduction in body mass index. 

Heechan will also be using different kinds of diagnostic methods to identify the root of the problem and guide you through recommendations in the form of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 

Book an appointment with our Registered Acupuncturist Heechan Lee and start the New Year on the first step to losing weight!

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Heechan Lee graduated with honours from SSC Acupuncture Institute in the Acupuncture program and Traditional Chinese Medicine Program. He is currently a registered Acupuncturist and an active member of CTCMPAO and working towards in becoming a registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner.

Intro To Detox

Our bodies are exposed daily to a variety of chemicals and substances that can be harmful to our health. The air that we breathe, the food that we eat, the drinks we consume, the products we use on our skin, and the items we clean with. We require daily methods of detoxification to enhance our body’s natural ability to detoxify and renew. 

What is a toxin?     

Any substance that the body cannot use in a purposeful way, that requires energy to be removed, or that can cause harm in sufficiently large doses, qualifies as a toxin. Our bodies are incredibly resilient – but if we push too hard, it can break! Toxins can come from inside the body as a by-product of metabolism or from the external environment.  

There are 3 ways toxins can enter – 1) Ingested orally 2) Inhaling toxins 3) Taking toxins through the skin

Synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers are meant to help grow our food, but they can accumulate in our organs and our tissues. 

More than 80,000 chemicals are released into the environment every year, many in the form of gas. We cannot always avoid where we are breathing in air, but we can support our body to strengthen and handle it

Why is it important to detox?

 Our bodies build new cells and detoxify toxins on their own; however, our body’s ability to eliminate toxins is not limitless. Our bodies can become overburdened with toxins, and therefore, our body’s natural detox mechanisms could use a little help.

 The amount of toxicity in the body is dependent upon your genetic makeup, nutritional status, lifestyle, history of antibiotic or drug use, and emotional wellbeing.

Fat soluble toxins are stored in your fat cells, releasing toxins into your bloodstream. Abdominal fat secrets chemicals that can cause inflammation throughout your body. Affects your heart, and increases your risk of cancer, arthritis and stroke.

Common symptoms of toxic burden:

  • Fatigue, headaches, muscle and joint pain
  • Mood changes: anxiety, aggression & depression
  • Cognitive: reduced memory & brain fog
  • Immune: chronic infection/severe allergic reactions
  • Digestion: constipation, nausea, bloating, weight gain
  • Hormones: infertility, PMS, blood sugar imbalance
  • Skin: allergies, eczema, psoriasis, and acne

There are 4 main areas of the body where detoxification takes place:

Liver, Kidney, GI Tract, and Skin.

Liver– Our metabolic gateway. Our largest glandular organ. It metabolizes carbohydrates, protein and fat, vitamins and minerals. Regulates cholesterol and blood sugar imbalance. Creates bile to aid in digestion, breaks down red and white blood cells, regulates hormones.

Kidney–   Process about 200 litres of blood and eliminate waste and excess water as urine. They are responsible for keeping the composition of the blood stable. Every day the kidneys filter between 120 and 150 quarts of blood to eliminate waste through the urine. They also balance sodium and potassium levels in the body. Urine is excreted from the kidneys and stored in the bladder before elimination.GI Tract – Home to 100 trillion friendly bacteria. Aid in digestion and absorption of nutrients, prevent infections, and balance autoimmunity. 

GI Tract– The best sign of functionality in the GI tract is regular and proper elimination. Digestion problems likely mean you are not absorbing nutrients properly or detoxing efficiently. This is also home to 100 trillion friendly bacteria. Friendly bacteria aids in nutrient absorption, prevent infections and balance auto immunity. 

Skin– Serves as an important barrier that keeps many toxins from entering your body. Window to the digestive tract. Toxins become overloaded and are looking for a way out of the body. Skin conditions usually clear up with proper elimination. Sweat glands are housed in our skin (great for detoxification)

Recommendations for optimal detoxification:

  • Eat organic produce  
  • Avoid farmed fish and consume wild only
  • Eat grass fed, hormone and antibiotic free meat and poultry
  • Avoid sugar
  • Refrain from heating food in plastic containers
  • Use natural personal care products and cleaners
  • Stay hydrated with clean, filtered water  
  • Drink morning lemon and turmeric water
  • Physical exercise for a minimum of 20 minutes per day
  • Ionic foot bath – purifies the body through electrolysis of negative ions in the water
  • Infrared sauna – heats the body’s core temperature to deeply detox on a cellular level
  • Epsom salt bath – encourages the body to efficiently flush out toxins

About the author ...

Hannah discovered her love of food and nutrition working in the restaurant industry. Over the past 15 years, she has worked with all aspects of food, from creating meal plans, presenting it, purchasing it, knowing what it does to our bodies, understanding the environmental aspect of it, understanding what our bodies require, and cooking it. In these roles accompanied with her diploma in Holistic Nutrition she is ready to help all ages achieve their health goals and teach simple understanding of holistic nutrition.

Pain in your butt?

The gluteal muscles of your buttocks are among the largest and strongest in the body. They are responsible for moving your leg at the hip joint. More specifically, they extend your thigh, help with rotation, and help keep your pelvis stabilized and strong. For example, every time you climb the stairs, get out of your car, or get out of bed in the morning, your glutes kick into action. You rely on them every day.

When you do activities such as running, climbing, or squats, your glutes are loaded even more. These muscles can get tight and painful from overuse or strain and massage therapy can provide relief. Under the glutes lie the lateral rotators of the hip.

The most clinically notable of these is the piriformis muscle. It is really important to address when a person is experiencing sciatica type symptoms. The sciatic nerve can be compressed by the piriformis muscle and cause pain in the hip area and down the back of your leg, often making it painful to sit or to get up from sitting. Thankfully, massage therapy is very good at addressing this “piriformis syndrome“.

As you can see, the gluteal region of the body is an important one for day to day life as well as for more athletic pursuits. Keeping it strong is important to your overall health as it plays a big role in keeping you active and mobile. If you are experiencing discomfort or limited movement because of tightness in this area, it is wise to get it treated to prevent any further muscle or nerve involvement

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