Live and Dry Blood Cell Microscopy Training for Holistic Practitioners

As holistic practitioners, we look for what’s underneath.

It’s not just about addressing your client’s symptoms, but addressing what’s causing those symptoms in the first place.

Think of an iceberg.

What we observe with the individual is the tip of the iceberg, above the water.

To be a good nutrition detective, we have to look at what’s underneath the water and address these root causes.

Live and dry blood cell microscopy allows us to look at the cells and the terrain that they are bathed in.

What Is Live Blood Cell Microscopy Imaging?

Microbes are abundant in our system working symbiotically, creating our internal ecosystem.

Apathogenic microbes can become pathogenic if the terrain allows them to.

Disease is terrain dependent and not microbial.

Live blood cell microscopy 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 cell microscopy imaging techniques involve magnifying a single living drop of blood to 1,000 times or more under a microscope.

The cells of the blood live for at least 20 minutes outside of the body, and with the aid of a live cell imaging microscope video camera, are observed on a monitor, revealing certain subtleties missed by laboratory blood tests.

Although live blood cell microscopy imaging was invented over 140 years ago, only with the advent of the video camera and monitor did it become possible for the client to become involved by observing the immediate results on the screen.

These live blood cell imaging techniques are mainly responsible for the growing popularity of a live blood cell microscopy assessment. Many nutritionists, naturopaths and other holistic healthcare professionals use live blood cell microscopy imaging as a tool for assessing the state of their clients’ overall health.

What Does Live Blood Cell Microscopy Imaging Show?

Live blood analysis can reveal the root causes of many different health concerns.

In particular, it can expose distortions in a client’s blood.

These distortions reflect their nutrition status.

In particular, live blood cell microscopy imaging can reveal deficiencies in:

  • Iron
  • Protein
  • Vitamin B12
  • Folic acid
  • Fatty acids


Incomplete or delayed digestion of fats and proteins can also be observed, which can be a marker for other digestive disorders.

In addition, liver stress, undesirable bacterial and fungal byproducts may be revealed and altered “blood ecology” patterns can 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.

The live blood thus acts as an educational “feedback mechanism”, motivating people to improve their nutritional intake and lifestyle choices.

Positive changes in the structure of cells can be viewed over time as improved nutrition and lifestyle choices impact the blood.

Other health conditions observable through live blood cell microscopy imaging include:

  • pH balance issues
  • Allergic reactions
  • Toxicity levels
  • Evidence of parasitic forms
  • Digestive issues

Live Blood Cell Microscopy Imaging For Oxidative Stress

Live blood cell microscopy imaging can also be used to reveal oxidative stress.

This is a test that is done by allowing blood drops to dry on a slide.

It was developed by Dr. Goldberger and then Dr. Bolen in the US in 1942, and was called the Sedimentation or Bolen Blood Test.

Dr. Henri Heitan and Dr. Philippe LaGarde continued developing this technique through the “color microphotographic test”, and Dr. Bradford later published the rationale for this test in 1981.

Oxidation occurs within the cells of any aerobic organism at a controlled rate, but during oxidative stress, cell membranes, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids become altered. During a live cell microscopy examination, this alteration is visible.

Here at the Edison Institute Of Nutrition’s Live Blood Cell Microscopy Imaging Training course, you’ll learn about the theory behind using live cell microscopy to look for oxidative stress.

How Does Live Blood Cell Microscopy Imaging Training Work?

Here at the Edison Institute of Nutrition, we offer live blood cell microscopy imaging training online through video conferencing. This format is accessible worldwide, so no matter where you live, you can access live blood cell microscopy imaging training at Edison.

The training is conducted live and lasts for 4 days.

Who Is Eligible For Live Blood Cell Microscopy Imaging Training?

The Edison Institute’s live blood cell microscopy imaging training program is geared toward those who are already practicing holistic healthcare.

As an online holistic nutrition school, many of our live blood cell microscopy students are holistic nutritionists. However, the course is also open to: 

  • Naturopathic doctors
  • Homeopaths
  • Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners
  • Acupuncturists
  • Ayurvedic doctors
  • Osteopathic manual practitioners
  • Herbal medicine practitioners
  • Functional medicine practitioners
  • Colon hydrotherapy practitioners
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Medical Doctors

What Sort Of Microscope Do You Recommend?

We use darkfield microscopes in our training.

Darkfield microscopes are superior in live cell microscopy because they offer a more detailed examination of the smallest particles one finds in blood, such as the advanced phase of the life cycle of colloidal organisms. These organisms can be at the core of blood imbalances.

Because darkfield microscopes offer the greatest contrast, it increases the definition and resolution of the object observed to a degree that’s just not possible with other types of microscopes.

Do I Need A License To Offer Live Blood Cell Microscopy Imaging Services?

Currently, no. Live blood cell microscopy imaging is not a regulated field in Canada.

If you live and practice outside of Canada, however, the laws may be different. Consult your local laws for further details.

What Will I Learn?

In this 4-day live training you will learn about all aspects of Live Cell Microscopy including:

  • An introduction to the blood system and its vital role in overall health
  • How to interpret live and dry (oxidative stress) blood cell samples
  • How to incorporate live cell microscopy into your practice
  • How to operate a dark field microscope
  • The principles of pleomorphism
  • Capillary puncture training and certificate
  • Accurate methods of obtaining live and dry blood cell samples
  • How to interpret your findings and make effective health recommendations


Lynne Hinton BSc, BEd, ROHP, CHCP is a Registered Orthomolecular Holistic Practitioner and a certified microscopy trainer (having trained under Michael Coyle). She has extensive experience offering microscopy training courses internationally and has for the past twenty four years used microscopy as a client assessment tool in her thriving clinical practice in Markham, Ontario. As a lecturer, instructor, author and trainer in microscopy and nutrition, Lynne has a wealth of knowledge to share with practitioners. 

Upcoming Dates: June 22, 23, 24, 25th,  2022 9:30 to 5:30

Capillary Certificate Training: online prior to start of course. 


  • Live Cell Microscopy Training $1200.00 +HST
  • Capillary Certificate Training $90.00 +HST
  • Review (completed level one) $390.00 +HST

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