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Dry Layer Blood Testing

Sometimes called the Oxidative Stress Test or Clot Retraction Blood Test this differs from live blood testing in that it uses a dried sample of blood rather than the living blood. It originated in Europe in the 20’s and was first introduced to the USA  in the 1930’s. The test was firstly researched and put together by Dr. Heitan and Dr. La Garde and is sometimes referred to as the Heitan-Le Garde Blood test. Recent research conducted in several U.S. universities and by many independent researchers has validated this test. Not to mention over 70 years of use by various practitioners in clinics around the world.

It accurately assesses the level of free radical activity or oxidative stress. Excessive levels of free radical activity are associated with degenerative diseases conditions such as Cancer, Heart Disease, Strokes, Memory Loss, Arthritis and Cataracts. This test also indicates the presence of heavy metal, bowel toxicity, inflammation, vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Its simplicity alone makes it a truly remarkable test that we use to screen for all of the above conditions and more!

Blood is an interesting indicator of health and where free radicals are concerned, their activity impacts blood morphology. Putting it very simply, when free radicals attack cells, damage is done. Reading the dry layers of blood is like reading an ink blot. It can be very revealing as to the overall state of one's health. Blood from a healthy person will be uniform in coagulation, and tightly connected. From an individual with health problems and excess free radical activity, the dry layer blood profile will be disconnected, showing puddles of white (known as polymerized protein puddles). The more ill the patient with free radical/oxidative stress, the more disconnected is the dried layer of blood.

The image above left is the dried layer of blood of a healthy individual. Notice how it is inter-connected with black connecting lines. The black interconnecting lines are made of fibrinogen, one of the main protein constituents of the blood. The red in-between the black lines are the red blood cells. The image above right is of an individual who has degenerative disease. Notice how the blood fails to clot and coagulate completely and has many white areas. These are the polymerized protein puddles and they reflect oxidative stress or free radical activity in excess in the body. Since free radical activity has been implicated in nearly all disease processes, this test can be used as a quick reference to gauge the severity and extent of one's health problems.

Below is some examples of other ailments that Dry Layer Blood Testing is able to guage: