What Is Nutritional Microscopy?

Nutritional Microscopy, also known as Live and Dry Blood Analysis, is an educational tool observing and monitoring the health of the human body through 1 drop of blood. 

• Utilizes a high powered microscope to view a drop of capillary blood from a subject’s fingertip, obtained with a sterile lancet.
• Examines blood cells and plasma to gather research data: How does the blood picture relate to the level of health challenges experienced by the subject; What are the subjects nutritional needs and/or deficiencies?
• Addresses areas of imbalance suggested by the case history and the blood picture, Nutritional Microscopy is an evaluation of the internal environment referred to as the biological terrain but is not considered diagnostic.
• No medical test by itself is usually considered diagnostic without corroborating lab tests, imaging studies, or physical examination.

Where standard laboratory blood tests are generally quantitative (how many cells are there?), Nutritional Microscopy is qualitative (what is the condition of the cells?). Standard laboratory tests are often used as pre/post studies to Nutritional Microscopy because there is correlative value in knowing both the quantity and quality of the client’s cells.

The Microscopist and client can see the characteristics of the client’s blood live on a video screen. This process gives current and past information, as it pertains to the biological terrain of the client (stress appears in the blood sometimes years before it manifests as symptoms). This information can assist the Microscopist and client by:

• Giving early warning of possible upcoming challenges
• Showing patterns of disorganization
• Alerting to the advisability of medical referral
• Monitoring a challenge before and after regimes
• Determining the effectiveness of various regimes

Live Blood Sample of Healthy Balanced Bloodhealthy live blood photo
Live Blood Sample of Un-Healthy Out of Balance Blood
unhealthy out of balance blood


The Phase Contrast (Unchanged Live Blood) and Bright Field (Dry Blood/ Oxidative Stress) Demonstrations are used to observe and monitor metabolic function or dysfunction, thereby taking the guesswork out of diet determination and the selection of appropriate supplementation. We can observe the blood for imbalances in body chemistry. In the New Biology these “imbalances” are seen as “conditions” brought on by acidity from poor diet, nutrition, or lifestyle choices.

Among the phenomenon observed are:

• Relative level of acidity in the body fluids and the effects these acids have on the body
• Relative activity of the immune system
• Condition of the red blood cells and changes in form and function
• General organ “stress”
• Presence of parasites, bacteria, yeast, fungus, and mold
• Blood sugar imbalances
• Malabsorption of fats, proteins, and other nutrients
• Crystalline forms of morbid matter, acids, cholesterol, and mycotoxins
• Degenerative stress and gastrointestinal tract dysfunction

Dry Blood Sample of Healthy Balanced Bloodhealthy dry blood sample

Dry Blood Sample of Un-Healthy Out of Balance Blood
unhealthy dry blood sample

History of Nutritional Microscopy

Viewing live blood under a microscope is probably as old as the microscope itself. But it was the work of European scientists Dr. Antoine Bechamp and Dr. Gunther Enderlein in the mid-19th and early 20th Centuries that would advance the use of the microscope, challenge the medical establishment of the day and propose new ways of interpreting what was being viewed in blood. Other microscopists included noted physiologist, Dr. Claude Bernard, who coined the term “internal milieu,” Germ Theory advocate Louis Pasteur, Californian Dr. Virginia Livingston Wheeler and Canadian scientist Gaston Naessens.

In the 1920s European medical practitioners added another twist to unconventional microscopy when they began looking at dried blood samples, later called the Oxidative Stress Test. A glass microscope slide is dabbed onto a bead of blood on the finger in sequence several times, resulting in a slide with 8 individual drops of blood pressed upon the slide and allowed to air dry.

The resulting patterns seen in the dry blood under the bright field format reveal a characteristic “footprint” which can be seen in similar cases and, thus, are predictive of certain generalized pathologies. For instance, cases of advanced degenerative disease show very poor clotting, minimal fibrin formation with many white “puddles” disseminated throughout the sample. A healthy control subject’s blood shows a tight, fibrin rich clotting pattern with no white puddles.

In the 1930s, the head of surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. H.L. Bowlen, MD, introduced the dry blood test to America. Dr. Bowlen learned the dry test from President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s physicians, Drs. Heitlan and LaGarde. In the 1970s, one of Heitlan-LaGarde’s students, Dr. Robert Bradford of the American Biologics Hospital in Mexico, began teaching other practitioners how to perform this test. So now there is over 70 years of dry blood testing data by hundreds of health care practitioners worldwide.

Nutritional Microscopy is now an alternative examination routinely utilized by holistic medical, osteopathic, chiropractic and naturopathic physicians, as well as other health care professionals around the world, providing an insightful view of the biological terrain.

Dr. Robert O. Young, founder of the pH Miracle® has extended the work done with live and dry blood analysis with over three decades of research. In particular his findings on the use of the Mycotoxic Oxidative Stress Test have resulted in major advances of understanding. Your Microscopy Trainers have been trained and certified by Dr. Young and the pH Miracle® .

The Outcome Is To Bring the Body into Optimal Balance.