I decided to write a series on Live Cell Microscopy. This is also called Live Cell Analysis or Applied Nutritional Microscopy.

Live Cell Microscopy (LCM) was invented 140 years ago. This is not a new natural health modality! LCM involves magnifying a single drop of blood from the prick of a finger, 1000x or more under the microscope. This is different than conventional blood tests where the blood is preserved and analyzed.

Live Cell Microscopy allows the client and practitioner to view, on a screen, what the client’s Blood Picture looks like. We can see the size and shape of the red blood cells. Red blood cells contain hemoglobin which enables them to carry iron and to exchange gases like oxygen and carbon dioxide. We can observe white blood cells, like neutrophils, move around in the sample. We can tell if the blood picture looks healthy or not.

Each red blood cell has a negative charge, so each cell is repelled from one another. In this way the cells can move freely in the serum, oxygen is maximized and nutrients and wastes are moved in and out of the cell respectively. This is called the Zeta Potential of the cell.


When the zeta potential is changed from a negative charge to a positive charge, the cells start sticking together like a magnet. There are a number of factors that can contribute to this – free radical damage, dehydration, altered tissue pH, eating too much protein and carbonated beverages like soda, and, also negative emotions and stress.

LCM can reveal distortions of the cells that can reflect nutritional insufficiencies like lowered levels of iron, B12, folic acid and fatty acids. There are many other altered states of the blood picture. Some of these are incomplete digestion, liver stress and undesirable by-products of bacteria and fungus.

There are three different views of the blood picture in LCM. The first is the live blood cells in their natural environment. When we stress the sample by breaking the cells we look at the second blood picture. This is to analyze the Pleomorphic Cycle. This cycle is based on the study and work of Dr. Enderlein. It gives insight on the upward development of microorganisms in the blood. I will write more about Dr. Enderlein and his fascinating work in future blog posts. The third view is the Dry Blood sample. This is called the oxidative stress test. Among other things, we look at the advancement of the oxidative stress of the cells.

Live Cell Microscopy cannot diagnose disease. In practice, I will not tell a client they have this disorder or that disease. It can only reveal if the terrain, or milleu, the cells are living in is healthy or if it can support a disease process.