DIAD Microscopy™ - Exploring the Body's Inner Ecosystem
The science of EcoBiotics follows from the idea that the body is best understood as an ecological system - a dynamic web of living relationships. When these critical relationships are in balance, the many interlocking elements of our inner ecology literally create the conditions of health from moment to moment. But when these relationships become disturbed, the resulting imbalances can manifest as illness or dysfunction.
With this in mind, it's logical that we need a powerful way to visualize and interpret these important ecological relationships as they unfold deep within the body. We need a way to determine precisely which factors are in balance and therefore tend to contribute to our health, and which are out of balance, potentially setting the stage for distress.
The Birth of Darkfield Microscopy
In the early part of the 20th Century, a number of innovative biologists created a system of visual blood analysis using a special instrument called a darkfield microscope. The darkfield microscope was originally invented in 1909 by the American company Bausch and Lomb to assist chemists studying colloidal reactions such as the hardening of cement. But it was soon used to look at blood and other biological fluids in their living state instead of the more familiar process of adding chemical dyes that alter or destroy cellular processes. It's interesting to note that many hematologists, including researchers at the most elite medical institutions, have never studied blood in its living state and are often surprised by the simplest observations made through the darkfield microscope.
The following pictures compare a view of the same live blood cells through a darkfield PleoScope™ - a high quality digital darkfield imaging system that I build - and a phase contrast microscope. Note how much more detail can be seen in the PleoScope darkfield picture, especially the fine points and filaments between the cells as well as details on the the surface of the cells themselves. Phase contrast is an excellent technique for revealing some interior cell structures but for EcoBiotic analysis with DIAD, darkfield is far superior.
Our Blood Just Isn't What it Used to Be
Today, a number of practitioners offer "Live Blood Cell Analysis" based on the techniques originally developed in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s. But this classical work, while revolutionary for its time, has many important limitations.
When biological medicine pioneers like Dr. Günther Enderlein (1872-1968), the imposing gentleman in the picture at left, originally developed darkfield blood analysis, people tended to live simpler lives than we do today. From a biological perspective, their blood was much less complex. For the most part, people primarily ate food grown on their own property or on nearby local farms, and seldom traveled more than a few dozen miles from home in an entire lifetime. Foods were not laced with antibiotics, hormones, and artificial ingredients and the airwaves were not choked with a silent cacophony of radio and microwaves signals.
When examined under the microscope, healthy people usually showed healthy blood and sick people tended to show disturbances that directly correlated to the nature of their illness.
But in our modern world, with the extraordinary levels of stress, chemical toxicity, artificial and adulterated foods, electromagnetic pollution and other factors that have become commonplace in our lives, the collective health of our entire species is under siege. And one very practical result is that almost no one has healthy looking blood anymore! Even extremely healthy people tend to have blood that resembles the blood of seriously ill people back in Enderlein's time.
Today's health challenges demand that we find a way to dig deeper, to get below the biological pollution of our "21st Century Malaise" and reveal specific sources of ecological disturbance. Being able to do this well is part of what makes DIAD Microscopy unique.
Another limitation of classical darkfield analysis is that it provides few if any clues about the biological origins of the distress we see reflected in the blood, even when dramatic disturbances are observed. Therefore, even knowledgeable and well meaning practitioners must use some other means to choose therapeutic strategies, including kinesiology (muscle testing), EAV ("Electro-acupuncture According to Voll") or classical symptom checklists. Quite often, this results in a kind of "hit-or-miss" approach whose results are frequently less than completely successful.
In contrast, DIAD Microscopy is able to highlight specific sources of ecological distress and identify key families of microorganisms involved in ecological distress within the body. Because DIAD provides this precise level of information, we can choose natural therapeutic options that are specifically targeted to harmonize with each individual's unique interior ecosystem. Over time, we can repeat the DIAD testing process and follow the exact pattern of changes that take place within the body, making adjustments as required.
How Does DIAD work?
A typical DIAD EcoMicroscopy analysis consists of a panel of 10 or more microscope slides. Each slide contains a small drop of capillary blood, sandwiched between two pieces of glass that make the cells lay down in a single, easily observed layer. The blood is usually drawn from the fingertip and the process is nearly painless - in fact, children who were anticipating a painful shot are often so relieved that they ask their parents if they can do it again!
Of the ten or more slides prepared, the first simply contains plain, native blood. This slide gives us baseline information about what is actually taking place in the body and serves as a basis of comparison for the other slides. The baseline slide reveals the combined, net effects of the body's imbalances as well as information about the many ways the body strives to contain and transform them.
On each of the remaining slides, the blood is mixed with an equal volume of a special biological solution called a "DIAD Developer." Each DIAD developer contains standardized dilutions of metabolic and structural substances derived from particular species of mold fungi known to have played a co-evolutionary role in mammalian evolution.
What happens when the blood mixes with one of the DIAD developers is similar to what happens when a picture is placed into a photographic developer. The instant you take a picture with your camera, the photo is recorded on the film. But that picture doesn't become visible until it's put into a developer that chemically reacts with those places on the film that have been struck with light.
Similarly, each of our bodies contains countless biochemical and cellular "building blocks" that are normally invisible. However, when mixed with the DIAD developer, they link together to create structures that can easily been seen through the darkfield microscope. The following 3 DIAD images - all of the same person's blood - graphically illustrate the dramatic changes that can take place in response to different DIAD Developer challenges.
The first image is plain, native blood, without the addition of a DIAD developer challenge. It has been allowed to break down naturally for approximately 12 hours, showing how cells naturally degenerate when removed from the body.
The next images shows the transformation that took place in an otherwise identical drop of blood when mixed with one of the DIAD developers after 4 hours. Note the highly structured forms including membrane bound tubules and a complex, branched element that resembles a balloon animal with at least 9 projections. These are not normal elements of the blood and formed in response to the DIAD developer.
Finally, here is another drop of the same person's blood but mixed with a different DIAD developer. You can clearly see that it has not only profoundly transformed but the nature of the transformation is completely different.
By studying which DIAD developers provoke a transforming reaction, and considering the nature, extent and speed with which the emergent forms appeared, it's possible to make many significant inferences and empirically design precise biological therapies. For a short discussion of these transformation, please look at the page on Microbial EcoBiotics. Extracting meaningful information from a DIAD Microscopy analysis requires detailed training but is exceptionally rewarding. Intensive training seminars are offered from time to time.
The Nature of the EcoBiotic Transformation, A Simplified Explanation
I like to explain what I believe is taking place by comparing the DIAD developers to Tinkertoys. Remember them? Tinkertoys were construction sets (made by Hasbro Toys) that let you connect sticks and other parts to round wooden "hubs" with holes in them.
To understand how the DIAD process works, let's pretend that we can actually have many different shapes of Tinkertoy hubs in addition to the traditional round type. Perhaps there is another variety of hub can only fit triangular sticks, and another that only links with square sticks. If you think of the different DIAD developers as molecular versions of different shapes of Tinkertoy hubs, we can see how the process works.
When we mix the blood with the DIAD developer that's like our round hubs, only round sticks can fit into the hub and link with it. When they do, they will create new structures in the blood big enough to see with our darkfield microscope.
Of course, the "sticks" we're talking about are really molecules and colloids associated with a particular species of microorganism. There may be other "sticks" present in the blood, that is, molecules from other species of microorganism, but they can't hook up with this developer's particular shape of molecular Tinkertoy.
However, on another slide we mix the blood with a different type of DIAD developer - the one that we're thinking of as the triangular hubs. On this slide, only the "triangular" sticks link together, while the round ones that were so interesting on the previous slide just float around, unable to bind to our developer. Since the "sticks" that link with the "hubs" make various kinds of new objects in the blood, by watching which developers cause new, transformed objects to appear, we can figure our which species of microorganisms are active within the internal ecology.
If we add a DIAD developer to the blood and nothing much changes, we know that that species is not part of a significant pattern of endoecological imbalance. If we add a different developer and the blood changes radically in response, generating large numbers of highly complex forms as we saw in the examples above, it's a good indication that the related species of microorganism is likely to be contributing a high level of EcoBiotic stress.
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