Friday, October 22, 2010

Live Blood Cell Analysis - MD Crislip vs ND Fredericks

here, I cite from two opposing claims regarding 'live blood cell analysis' [LBCA].  First, there's super-naturopath Fredricks in Australia, who is a LBCA proponent and labels it "science" [see 001., below]; then, there's Oregon MD Crislip of the Science-Based Medicine blog who labels it a pseudoscience and a form of augury [see 002., below]:

001. Fredricks, G. (ND ? 1987, ND ? 1996) states in "What is Live and Dry Blood Analysis?" [vsc 2010-10-22]:

"live and dry blood analysis is an unobtrusive testing procedure where a single drop of blood is taken painlessly from your finger [...] the results can be viewed immediately [...] during your naturopathic consultation, live and dry blood analysis will be used [...] this scientific approach to naturopathic medicine can get to the bottom of stubborn and recurring health issues, in effect, giving you a number of different nets so you can catch all of the issues that are blocking your health and energy, and address them at the source."

Note: so, we're told this is "scientific."

On ND Fredricks's bio. page, he doesn't share from where his TWO ND doctorates [which makes him a super-ND!] come from.  The microscope, I presume, is on this page and this page.  And he does do "postal consultations", and I'll guess those are 'dry'.

On his homepage, we're told:

"Greg believes people can be empowered to take control of their own health and longevity and reverse many disease conditions if they are given the proper blueprint [...] he has learned from some of the world’s leading biologists and scientists to develop this unique naturopathic assessment [...] Greg Fredericks uses many screening modalities in finding your personal blueprint including: saliva hormone analysis, blood analysis live and dry, iridology / sclerology, Tibetan style eye diagnosis, physical constitution and personality type assessment, Chinese and ayurvedic body diagnosis.  This is one of the most comprehensive naturopathic screenings in the world [...and it's] covered by all major health funds."

Wow, fully covered pseudodiagnostics.  Quite empowering, quite proper, quite comprehensive.

002. Crislip, M. (MD ) states in "Live Blood Analysis: The Modern Auguries" (2009-02-13):

"I saw a patient last week [...who] had been seeing a DC / ND for a variety of symptoms [...and was] diagnosed him with an infection, based on live blood analysis [...] live blood analysis is one of these alternative methodologies that has a hint of legitimacy that is extrapolated far out of proportion to its validity [...LBCA] practitioners [...] grow a forest of fantasy and magic [...] some practitioners also practice dry blood analysis, where they examine clot to look for patterns that are allegedly indicative of disease [...] in live blood analysis, the 'physician' takes a drop of the patients blood and examines it under a high power phase contrast or a darkfield microscope. Changes in the constituents of the blood are noted and linked to a variety of ills. It is an impressive and expensive system: microscopes and various support equipment start at around $5000 [...] live blood analysis has the opportunity to be lucrative in the right hands as the patient often gets weekly analysis to see how the interventions (usually supplements sold by the blood analyst) are working. Evidently in the hands of a skilled snake oil salesman, an income of $100,000 a year to more can be generated [...] virtually every diagnosis in live blood analysis is nonsense and much of the alleged pathology is either normal or artifact on the slide. The alleged pathophysiology is also nonsense; they just make this stuff up [...] live blood analysis does not resemble most alternative medicine modalities, but is more akin to high tech reading of tea leaves or the entrails of pig to divine the future. It is the cargo cult of quackery, with the trappings of science but none of the substance [...] it is microscopic paradolia, with the practitioners seeing their own imagining in the structures on the slides [...] there is no validity behind almost all of the claims made by the practitioners [...] pseudoscientific jargon and imaginary physiology combined with the a microscope [...] gives the live blood analysis proponents the trappings of real science."

Note: said as only Dr. C. can.
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