Laboratory Testing

laboratory testing

Here are some of the common tests we consider at Shangri La BioSpa & Resort. We use these tests as a foundation for our research into your individual needs for a successful healing event from both your addiction and the conditions that brought you to it.  While we start with these, we will sometimes order additional tests to further evaluate biochemical and bioenergetic weaknesses/excesses and deficiencies based on the individual patient’s health history, current lifestyle, diet, symptoms and drug/alcohol use.

Complete Blood Count (CBC): Thyroid Profile, Lipid Profile, Liver Profile, Kidney Panel, Minerals and Bone, Fluids and Electrolytes, and fasting blood sugar.

Metabolic Analysis Profile (MAP):   The methylation cycle is key in determining a patient’s ability to detoxify. It also provides concrete evidence about the availability of certain nutrients for sound mental health. The Metabolic Analysis Profile is an excellent test to establish the functional biochemistry of the methylation and Krebs cycle.

Environmental Chemical Overload:  Many mental distresses, such as anxiety and panic attacks, are caused by nerve-damaging toxins in the environment, known as neurotoxins. They sometimes cause people to medicate themselves either professionally or on their own.  We test individuals for chemical overloads that could be causing mental distress that leads to drug/alcohol addiction.

Food Chemical Overload:  Today’s standard diet is becoming more chemical than nutritional.  Monosodium glutamate, Aspartame and literally thousands of other chemicals are poured into our food supply by the billions of tons yearly.  Many people are developing a toxic overload of these chemicals. They can damage the liver and cause many of the mental health distresses diagnosed by psychiatry as everything from bipolar mental illness to attention deficit disorder. These chemicals are implicated in neurotoxicity. Digesting them provides them direct access to the very delicate organs of the neuroendocrine system that are responsible for providing healthy states of mind and homeostasis experienced as peace of mind.

Amino Acid Assays: Today’s conventional /processed diet simply does not have either complete proteins or adequate amounts of protein’s sub units known as amino acids, the fundamental building blocks of the neurochemicals required for mental health.  An amino acid assay can expose deficiencies that need to be corrected for the fundamental requirement of raw materials available for the production of neurotransmitters and hormones.

NutriEval: A comprehensive nutritional evaluation provides assessment of:

  • Oxidative Stress
  • Organic Acids
  • Amino Acids (FMV)
  • Essential Fatty Acids
  • Toxic and Nutrient Elements
  • Malabsorption and Dysbiosis Markers
  • Cellular Energy and Mitochondrial Metabolites
  • Neurotransmitter Metabolites
  • Organic Acids for Cofactor Need
  • Creatinine Concentration
  • Krebs Cycle
  • Neurotransmitter Metabolism
  • Amino Acid Analysis
  • Essential and Metabolic Fatty Acids Markers (RB Cs)
  • Fatty Acid Metabolism
  • Toxic Elements
  • Oxidative Stress

*This profile also provides assessment of gastrointestinal dysfunction and detoxification impairment.

Toxic overload, stress, legal and illegal drugs use, alcohol, excess caffeine and sugars, illness, processed foods—all tax what little nutrition people are receiving today in their diet and can actually result in malnutrition.  In fact, many people on what would be considered a good diet could be suffering from malnutrition due to the toxic load placed on the body to metabolize their intake.

Many people suffer from malnutrition psychosis that is labeled as other things by psychiatry, without considering one biochemical/functional test to determine the root cause of a condition or drug/alcohol use before prescribing additional toxic drugs.  The NutriEval test provides concrete evidence of what raw vitamins, minerals, etc. are required not only for neurotransmitter and hormone synthesis, but for the fundamental function of all cells. When they are provided the essentials they require, cells can repair and replicate themselves in a healthy way.

Autism Spectrum Analysis:  A combination of the tests presented here and some others when indicated are excellent tools for developing a functional integrative medical approach to alleviating and curing those individuals on the spectrum.  The effects of mercury toxicity in vaccinations are directly linked to many of the symptoms people self-medicate today.

Vitamin D:  Considered by many naturopaths today to be the number one deficient vitamin in the U.S.,  Vitamin D is crucial to healthy neuroendocrine function.

Pyroluria – Many mental health conditions diagnosed as schizophrenic are truly pyroluric cases that can be corrected with targeted nutritional adjustments in vitamin B6 and zinc.

HPA axis Function:  The axis of the hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal (HPA) glands is where neurochemical adaptation (addiction) resides.  It is the health and communication between these organs of the neuroendocrine system that must be brought back to balance to heal addictive biochemistry, provide neurochemical rehabilitation and ultimately heal and stabilize the entire neuroendocrine system. This process is key to bringing long-lasting mental health free of cravings, mental distresses and other symptoms that lead one to alcohol/drug abuse.  The HPA axis is your internal pharmacist and when it doesn’t show up for work, you don’t get what you naturally need for the blessings of feeling good inside your own skin and mind.

At Shangri La BioSpa & Resort we test every patient for how their HPA axis is functioning. We check levels of serotonin, GABA, dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, beta-endorphins, enkaphalins and the hormones DHEA and cortisol. We use the results to help us to prepare a sophisticated treatment strategy to bring you and your life in balance.

Heavy Metals:  Heavy metals toxicity—particularly mercury—  is connected to anxiety, autism, ADD/ADHD and many other mental distresses and performance issues as well as cancer.  High copper status is directly connected to “voices”, hallucinations and paranoia.

Liver Function:  A Functional Liver Detoxification Profile (FLDP) assesses the performance of the 6 major detoxification pathways of the liver. If the liver isn’t detoxifying the system efficiently, the brain and all other organs suffer  and this can certainly lead to symptoms and cravings.  Analyzing the functioning of the liver provides us the evidence we need to target key areas of the liver that may be weak, so we can  bring the liver back to health and promote mental/physical wellness in general.

Hormone / Neurotransmitter Assay:  Amino acid assays establish whether there is enough protein in the diet, how amino acids (protein subunits) are being utilized, and if they are being successfully made into neurotransmitters.  Toxic overload, processed food diets, stress, and many other factors  cause the depletion of key “cofactors” such as vitamin, minerals, EFAs and enzymes. Toxic overload can disable the process of actually producing the neurochemistry required for natural mental health even if your protein intake is sufficient.  Neurotransmitter assays identify key nutritional deficiencies that could be causing symptoms that encourage one to seek relief in drugs/alcohol.  

Hormone Panels:  Hormones are very powerful mind and body regulators and any excess or deficiency would indicate a propensity for symptoms that would encourage one toward self-medicating or seeking legal drugs. For example, the hormone cortisol is naturally released by the adrenals to raise blood sugar and provide a chemical stress buffer when needed. Your adrenals may not be producing enough cortisol due to today’s processed, empty carb, chemically poisoned diets and over-stimulating lifestyles.  If this is so, you can experience stress much more profoundly than one who has a healthy set of these very important organs for good mental health.  Increased perception of stress caused by a lack of cortisol can make one hyper-reactive, moody, and stressed to the point of feeling they are going to break. Testing for cortisol and other key hormones for good mental/physical health is fundamental in establishing an evidence-based treatment strategy. The test is very effective in establishing exactly what you require to begin making your own natural feel-goods again.

IV Chelation Therapy

IV therapy

What is Chelation Therapy?

One of the most toxic assaults that people are experiencing today is that of toxic metals coming up in everything from chocolate and cereals to nose sprays, psychiatric drugs and vaccinations. The only way to avoid the plethora of metabolic disorders and diseases they cause, as well as the long list of symptoms (including death) that go with them is to first chelate, then find out where your routes of exposuer are and eliminate them.

Chelation is the process by which chemicals bind with minerals. This is a common occurrence, and nature uses it frequently. Hemoglobin is the best example: it binds with iron to provide oxygen to the tissues. Plants use chlorophyll in much the same way. Many vitamins have chelating properties, including R-alpha lipoic acid, selenium, zinc, Vitamin C and A. There are also excellent plant sources that aid in removing toxic metals from the body such as garlic, cilantro and chlorophyll.

However, none of the oral applications come close to what IV Chelation can do for removing toxic metals such as mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, aluminum and barium; the latter two becoming more and more problematic in individuals today due to Chemtrail spraying which deposits aluminum, barium and many other questionable things into our air, water sources and farmlands. More and more of my clients today are coming in with extremely high aluminum bioaccumulation and this of course puts them at high risk for a plethora of diseases discussed in the aluminum section of this chapter.

Chemtrails is just one of many heavy metal toxic assaults being inflicted on living creatures and the planet itself. Our world is becoming more and more polluted with toxic metals and they are showing up in the strangest places making it very hard to avoid them unless you know where they are lurking. And since there are involuntary exposures that you don’t have any control over such as aluminum and barium from Chemtrails, you need to know how to quickly remove them from the system so they can’t bioaccumulate in your cells and tissues again after you have chelated them out.

View the chart below; how can mercury be in Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup? And why would they put it in eye drops and nose sprays where it would have direct access to the brain? This is extremely irresponsible food science and OTC product production science. But the fact of the matter it is they are there and if you are not avoiding these items and practicing good daily chelation methods to keep toxic metals from being absorbed into tissues it is going to bioaccumulate and advance into high disease risk while robbing you of your quality of life due to the biosystems they disable and the symptoms they cause.

The first thing you’ll want to do is test to find out if you are toxic and which heavy metals are bioaccumulating in your cells. This should be what is called a “challenged” test. This is a process by which you take a days supply of EDTA to help ‘pull’ it from the tissues. If you don’t’ do this you are not getting an accurate ‘read’ of the potential bioaccumulation in the tissues and are really only going to get a result demonstrating recent exposure that is still floating around in the blood. I have done both non challenged and challenged tests on patients two days apart and the challenged test produced two to three times higher toxic levels for aluminum, mercury, lead, barium, and arsenic and considerably more for any other toxic metal they tested positive for in the first test.

Below is a sample Toxic Metals Screen and the heavy metals tested.

Once you have tested positive and you are ready to chelate toxic metals there are three phases that you should be well educated in and ideally assisted through by a qualified healthcare practitioner.
1: Priming the detoxification pathways for two weeks before IV chelation therapy begins. You don’t want toxic metals being pulled from your tissues and not have a clean exit out. They can repopulate in new healthy tissues and that will only make your problem worse! You can also get sick, achy and not feel so good if you don’t prepare properly. IV Chelation is an advanced medical procedure and you are going to detox quickly. In the case of Candida – there will be even more potential for detox symptoms as when mercury goes, candida has a tendency to go with it… quickly.
2: Identifying the voluntary routes of exposure (food, water, cans, eye drops, psych drugs) and eliminating them.
3: A strategy for detoxing daily from the involuntary toxic metal assaults such as Chemtrails and lead in the air.

While we have people call the minute they find out they are toxic and want to fly in and begin their sessions the next day with their tests in hand, we prefer to have a week or so run more labs so they can benefit even more from a comprehensive strategy that will also address healing the damage from toxic metal body burden in addition to providing a week’s time at home to start an oral chelation while priming their detoxification pathways with organic superfood supplements, chlorella / algae , juices, etc… this helps us keep you time with us to a minimum as well as your sessions to 10 as opposed to the typical 18 to 20 suggested. Our chelation therapy is a proprietary potent blend that produces consistent non-detectable levels of mercury, aluminum, lead, cadmium and have dropped arsenic levels to nearly non-detectable. And everyone leaves with a thorough research session that helps identify their sources of exposure as well as a targeted nutritional therapy and daily oral chelation strategy to help keep the metals from bioaccumulating again. This is actually the best usage of oral chelation products as they can not come near to the efficacy of IV chelation.

Symptoms, Tissues Effected and Routes of Exposure of Toxic Metal Body Burden

Below is a short list of the adverse health effects caused by each of the more common toxic metals found in my patients.


Aluminum is becoming more and more an issue due to Chemtrails being sprayed into our air and water supplies and onto our farms – including organic farms.
Sources of exposure: Aluminum is a naturally occurring metal that has been utilized by humans for a number of years. The body does not need or use aluminum for any of its biochemical processes.

While acid rain, plants grown in aluminum contaminated soil, coke cans, deodorants, amalgams (silver fillings), vaccinations, antacids, aluminum cookware, buffered aspirin, canned foods, lipsticks, prescription and over the counter drugs and aids, toothpastes and tap water are all concerning sources of aluminum, today Chemtrail spraying is the most dangerous of all of them. Chemtrails are allegedly the product of a Geoengineering effort to reduce global warming; however, what it is doing is causing more health related and other problems than natural global warming would ever cause the planet and all living creatures, plant and animal alike. Chemtrails have been proven to deposit aluminum, barium and strontium into every living creature in the area of the spray. This includes the water you drink, the food you eat and the air you breath.

Please view this scientifically validated documentary video on the content and chemical pollution Chemtrails are causing:

There is also a lot of useful information at the site.

Target tissues: Aluminum accumulates primarily in the brain and bones contributing or causing Alzheimer’s and osteoporosis.
Depending on the source of exposure aluminum can be absorbed through the gastrointestinal (GI) tract or the lungs. Following aluminum inhalation deposition occurs primarily within the lungs.

Signs and Symptoms: Aluminum toxicity can produce a number of clinical signs and symptoms. Common are excessive headaches, flatulence, abnormal heart rhythm, anemia, depression, numbness of the hands and feet, and blurred vision. In chronic dialysis patients there are four major causes of hypercalcemia: hyperparathyroidism, aluminum intoxication, vitamin D intoxication, and bed rest. Ergo; aluminum has a direct adverse effect on the parathyroid which manages calcium levels and kidney disease which can advance to renal failure. It is also linked to the cause of and symptoms related to neuromuscular disorders, respiratory diseases, fatty degeneration of the liver and kidneys, skin and blood disorders, and damage to the reproductive organs and stomach. Aluminum has been directly linked to reduction of both synthesis and release of the Parathyroid Hormone PTH, causing hypoparathyroidism and resulting low serum calcium which leads to osteoporosis.

Evidence suggests that inhaled aluminum may contribute to the development of pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary granulomatosis

I have personally worked with hard core addictive biochemistry patients and witnessed a complete turn-around in drug and alcohol seeking due to the alleviation of anxiety, paranoia, worry and mental stress caused by aluminum toxicity.

Aluminum has been linked to the progression of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, Dialysis dementia, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), senile and presenile dementia, neurofibrillary tangles, clumsiness of movements staggering when walking and an inability to pronounce words properly.







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Targeted Nutritional Therapy


Targeted nutritional therapy is the science of using laboratory testing of all major biochemical processes of the body to establish an evidence-based nutritional therapy for health issues when nutritional deficiencies known to cause them are exposed. Examples of tests that are helpful in establishing a cause for addictive biochemistry include the methylation cycle, brain chemistry analysis, amino acid/vitamin/mineral/EFA assays, Krebs cycle, metabolic profiles, liver function, heavy metal and other environmental toxicities. Results of these laboratory tests establish your individual nutritional deficiencies, providing concrete evidence for the selection of the nutriceuticals required to repair and re-establish healthy biochemical and metabolic processes required for restoring your physical and mental health. Each patient at Shangri La BioSpa and Resort is assessed for which tests need to be completed and a highly sophisticated, individualized formula is provided both orally and intravenously.

Intravenous targeted nutritional therapy provides nutrition directly into the cell, bypassing intestinal malabsorption and other digestive disorders. It is standard for anyone who has been addicted to pushed/prescribed and/or alcohol to have impaired digestion. In addition to gastrointestinal damage, many people with a long-term addiction to any pushed/prescribed drug and/or alcohol suffer from pancreatic dysfunction. This reduces enzyme production and makes it impossible to benefit from the nutrient dense diets that many well meaning holistic practitioners will prescribe for those suffering from drug toxicity and mental distress.

Additionally, it is very difficult to get nutrients in and waste out because toxins are locked in the cells due to poor and damaged cellular mechanics. Cell walls are hardened from excess sugar and hydrogenated and indigestible fats bonding to proteins. During detoxification and withdrawal it is extremely important to quickly get the cells the help they need to detoxify and intravenous treatment is the best way to do that. The path must be cleared quickly so that cells may use the raw materials in amino acids, vitamins, minerals, EFAs and enzymes to stabilize the patient, minimizing withdrawal and transitional discomfort and delivering the patient to natural mental health in the most humane and quick way possible.

Intravenous targeted nutritional therapy is key in ensuring minimal transitional discomfort during withdrawal. It also is the most effective way to provide the “pharmacist within”—the neuroendocrine system—the raw materials required for producing the natural neurochemicals responsible for “green” mental health experienced as peace, inner joy, inspiration, enthusiasm and a renewed ability to embrace life in a fully present way. When the body can produce it’s own “feel-goods,” then cravings and drug dependency for relief of distressing physical and mental symptoms disappear- and the cure to addiction is achieved.

NOTE: Oral chelation begins upon arrival and intravenous chelation begins during the second month for those staying for the suggested 2 months. Intravenous chelation can not be initiated until all detoxification systems are working well, and drug toxicity is minimized. IV TNT begins after testing, usually in the 6th week. Special arrangements at an additional fee can be made for continuous intravenous TNT from the date of arrival on a case by case basis.










Orthomolecular Medicine


A Comprehensive Guide to Mental Wellness in a Toxic World

Founder & Medical Director of Shangri La BioSpa & Resort, Genita Petralli H.H.P., N.C., M.H. provides an 18 hour lecture series over the 6 week program on all aspects of Green Mental Healthcare based on her new book, Green Mental Healthcare A Comprehensive Guide to Mental Wellness in a Toxic World

Twelve 90 minute lectures on the most prevalent topics of today for staying healthy in the toxic jungle:

1) Introduction: Fractal Environmentalism – As above, so below – Protecting and healing the earth through conscious consumption and healing yourself.

What is causing the Epidemic Mental Health issues today that often lead to addiction and relapse?  How the heart of humanity’s survival mechanism, the ability to adapt to the environment which is the function of the neuroendocrine system,  is being overworked and unable to keep up with the rapidly changing environment and the chemical abuse of both the earth and all its inhabitants.  When homeostasis is lost as a result of the organism not being able to adapt and the tank being empty (deficient raw materials for the cells to function) physical and mental symptoms develop which often lead to drugs and alcohol in an attempt to do what the body and mind can no longer do for itself.

Green Mental Health Care – Sustainable health care that utilizes, assists and respects the natural healing process allowing the body to heal and maintain health naturally as it was designed to do.

2) Introduction: What is Orthomolecular Medicine
? – “Use Ford parts to repair a Ford” – Dr. Linus Pauling – father of orthomolecular medicine and two time Nobel Prize Winner (chemistry & peace).
Ms. Petralli lectures on the application of Orthomolecular Medicine, what it is, it’s history and why it is the superior treatment / curative model for both you and the earth.

What is Orthomolecular Neurochemical Rehabilitation? – Drug and alcohol addiction are not a disease; they are metabolic disorders resulting from a very elegant and necessary survival mechanism – adaptation.  Addiction at its core is neurochemical adaption.  The mind and body, in order to maintain homeostasis and survive, have adapted to a drug to compensate for its effects on the body so the body doesn’t shut down.  Conversely, it is what is causing the symptoms that is the true dis-ease.  Sometimes it is as simple as the damage recreational drinking and drug use / abuse can do that serves up the cravings and mental distresses people seek relief from, but other times it can be a list of causes from heavy metal toxicity and poor diet to childhood and/or sexual abuse that will certainly put enough stress on the neuroendocrine system that it becomes deficient in naturally medicating the body and mind and maintaining symptom-free, sound mental and physical health.

Orthomolecular Neurochemical Rehabilitation uses the principles of Orthomolecular Medicine to make the cell’s environment nutrient dense and correct deficiencies in order to “awaken the physician within” and provide a means to get the nutrients in and the waste out so that the cell can do what it does best to heal itself, the organs, and the mind and body as a whole – repair and replicate and.  At this time neurochemical rehabilitation has occurred to the point of once again being able to use the natural elements in the cells environment for the cell to function healthyfully.  Neurochemical Rehabilitation involves detoxing the body/mind and then repairing the damage done by the toxic abuse.  It then employs full laboratory testing and counseling to discover the root cause of the attraction to drugs / alcohol in order to provide a full spectrum Orthomolecular treatment to heal the root cause and free the person once and for all from both the addiction and the symptoms that drove them to it.

Orthomolecular Medicine and Neurochemical Rehabilitation also involves the art and science of Environmental Hygiene, Functional Counseling (Integral Institutes Integral Life Practice) and Mind/Body energy healing techniques to create an environment for the organism as a whole (the person) to heal. 

The science that demonstrates the phenomenal results achieved by the mind/body energy healing treatments provided at Shangri La BioSpa & Resort such as Cranial Sacral, Cranial Electrical Stimulation, Acupuncture / Medical QiQong, Infrared Sauna (stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system) and Integral Life Practice Counseling will be presented.

3) Environmental Stress
– the inability to adapt – How the neuroendocrine system and particularly the HPA axis is showing signs of not being able to keep up.  The heat is on with the windows open.

4) Causes of today’s epidemic mental illness

5) Why Green Mental Health Care to address epidemic mental distress and addiction?

  1. What psychiatrists call medicine are toxic drugs that do not heal; they are linked to growing numbers of health issues, death by disease, violence, and suicide.  They cause hundreds of thousands more deaths yearly than illegal drugs.
  2. What is green mental health care? And why is it necessary for good mental health?
  3. What are the mechanics of and steps to neurochemical adaptation?
  4. What is orthomolecular neurochemical rehabilitation?  Detailed presentation showing the science of using natural substances to achieve what drugs are sought out for.

6) Food – the right criteria for the right choices.

7) Water – filters, wells, springs, and waterfalls

8) Environmental Hygiene: from toxic people to t.v. – Monsanto and Smith-Kline Free Living

9) Home – are the cleaning agents in your home making you sick? Cancer rates for those that work from home are higher than those who leave for the office and scientists are pointing to the toxic products used around the home and in the garden.

10) Personal Hygiene – all conventional products on the market today contain some if not many forms of neurotoxic, carcinogenic, and chemically poisonous products that are bypassing your liver through direct entry into the blood system through your skin.

11) Exercise – The average healthy person is exposed to over 3,000 toxins daily.  Established by a study where health conscious, pregnant women’s umbilical cords tested positive for this number of toxins.  

12) Adjunct Therapies: the value, virtue, vitality received by the practice of ancient and current mind/body healing methods that we call therapies that were once considered ritual. 

Live Blood Cell Analysis

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BloodAt Shangri La BioSpa & Resort we are committed to providing the most effective evidence-based healthcare and treatments possible from the minute you arrive. While we wait for your lab results to return from the States & Germany, we employ live blood cell analysis to support an aggressive Targeted Nutritional Therapy that immediately begins correcting any conditions that may present themselves in the blood cell analysis. Live blood cell analysis is an excellent complement to our extensive list of laboratory tests we perform on our patients. It is just one of our many diagnostic procedures we use to provide a truly evidence-based treatment for you.

There are many conditions directly related to alcohol and drug addiction that can be verified with live blood cell analysis, and we can therefore immediately stabilize our patients to both begin the healing process and minimize transitional discomfort (withdrawal). Advanced Glycation End (AGE) products are a very common condition for those with a history of legal/illegal drug and alcohol abuse.  Hardening of the myelin sheath (cell wall) causes waste to be trapped in the cell and nutrients unable to get in as well as dramatically reduces communication between the cells. All this can be quickly corrected within the first few days to expedite your detoxification phase of treatment and any transitional discomfort by softening the cell walls and assisting nutrient delivery. Live blood cell analysis quickly identifies nutritional deficiencies while we wait for your other laboratory results from the U.S.

AGE is just one condition known to those with a history of toxic overload. There are many other conditions of the patient’s health and biochemistry that can be discovered through live blood cell analysis. This method supports further research and diagnostics to develop a truly individualized and accurate treatment to cure the addiction and its underlying cause.

Live blood cell analysis can also expose other health conditions that may complicate or impede your full recovery. Some examples are yeast overgrowth, bacterial infections, immune system issues, fungal infections, oxidative stress, infectious disease and degenerative diseases. These can be quickly identified and addressed to assist your full expeditious recovery.
Our “Aligned with Nature/Supported by Science” approach to your health is what makes our scientific approach so appealing to patients at Shangri La BioSpa & Clinic. We take all the guesswork out and put your confidence in. And when we have your confidence, the belief system is incorporated into treatment. This is the most powerful contributor to each and every successful treatment strategy.

Live blood cell analysis is used not only at the beginning of your treatment, but also as an effective way for you and your healthcare practitioner to monitor your progress throughout your treatment program.


Live Blood Cell Analysis Procedure and Examples

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Live Blood Cell Analysis is carried out by placing a drop of blood from the fingertip on a microscope slide under a glass cover slip to keep it from drying out.  The slide is then viewed at high magnification with a microscope that forwards the image to a television monitor.  Both practitioner and patient can then see the blood cells.  The results are then used as a basis for anaylsis.  A single drop of blood contains a mass of information which can be used to assess an individual’s current state of balance/imbalance.  This procedure is also called live cell analysis or nutritional blood analysis.   

Blood is the most important organ in the human body.  It provides every cell with the oxygen and nutrients it needs.  It is the system through which toxins and waste products are carried to the organs of elimination.  So it stands to reason that if the blood is not in an optimal state then this will affect the rest of the body.

The pictures below are courtesy of the Enzymology Research Center, Inc.* and are presented to show the relationship between various conditions and the blood.

Normal Red Blood CellsNormal Red Blood Cell (RBCs)
The circulatory system is the means by which oxygen, nutrients, antibodies, and hormones are transported to the cells to keep them alive and functioning. This is how our blood looks when we are experiencing optimum health. The Erythrocytes (cells) are round and separated and move through the capillaries very easily. The average size of healthy RBCs is 7.2 microns

Protein LinkageProtein Linkage
This condition is the first sign of cell stickiness and may progress into rouleau if not corrected. Protein linkage is a sign that excessive protein is being consumed or the protein is not being digested completely. As the cells start sticking together it becomes harder for the heart to push the blood through the veins and arteries.

When the blood gets to this condition the amount of oxygen that can be transported is severely diminished. This condition is caused by high fat and protein diets and high acidity. Your blood will look like this if you drink one soda and will stay that way for at least two hours. Because your cells are not getting oxygen you will feel tired, have poor digestion, and skin disorders.

Erythrocyte AggregationErythrocyte Aggregation
This condition is one step worse than rouleau. This is often seen in people with degenerative diseases. This is caused by undigested fats and proteins and high acidity. Degeneration of tissue always follows low oxygen and acidity. This condition can precede a blood clot which can cause a stroke or heart attack.

This condition is caused by free radicals. This also lowers the bloods oxygen carrying capacity and shortens the life if the cell. RBCs don’t have nuclei, so they will not mutate, but the fact that there is free radical damage signifies that there will also be damage to the nuclei of tissue cells which is the beginning of mutations that lead to cancer.

These are small RBCs having a diameter of less than 5 microns. These cells have less hemoglobin than normal cells and is often seen in people with iron deficiency anemia.

These cells are greater than 10 microns in size. Macrocytes are often seen in people with hemolytic anemia.

In this condition there are variations in the size of the cells. This is mostly seen in people with low levels of the vitamins B12 and folic acid and the mineral iron.

Target CellTarget Cell
These RBCs are deficient in iron and therefore hemoglobin, which is the part that carries oxygen. The symptoms produced in the body are tiredness, poor digestion, and anemia

This is literally the destruction of the red blood cell. This can be caused by bacterial infection or any number of toxins introduced into the blood stream. The hemoglobin goes out of the cells interior and diffuses into the plasma.

Fat, Protein, and Liver Congestion 


Normal Thrombocytes (Platelets)
Platelets are small disk shaped components of blood that have an important role in blood coagulation. When a blood vessel is injured the platelets adhere to each other and to the injury to form a plug which stops the bleeding. Platelets number approximately 200,000 to 300,000/

Thrombocyte Aggregation
When the thrombocytes (platelets) aggregate when there is no injury a very dangerous situation develops. The aggregated platelets can form a clot which can block an artery causing a stroke or heart attack. This clot is called a thrombus. Diets high in fats and proteins or high sugar consumption can create this situation

Spicules (Fibrin)
Fibrin are platelets that have changed in shape that form a net-like substance in which blood clots are formed by the entrapment of red and white cells and platelets. When they are formed in the blood when there is no injury there is an imminent danger of a blood clot that can cause a heart attack or stroke. This is caused by liver stress due to incomplete digestion of proteins and fats. 

Chylomicrons are small particles of fats in the blood after the digestion and assimilation of fat in food. The presence of chyomicrons in the blood after a 12 hour fast indicates a condition known as hyperlipo-proteinemia, This can lead to atheriosclerosis, coronary artery disease, and enlargement of the liver and spleen.  

Atherosclerotic plaque is one of the most dangerous conditions in the blood. It can adhere to the artery walls narrowing and hardening them. These crystals are formed when the system becomes acidic and the fatty acids from simple carbohydrates crystallize.  

Uric Acid Crystal
Uric acid is a byproduct of protein metabolization and urea. When the body becomes acidic the urea forms crystals that can lodge in the joints or in the tissues. Uric acid is the cause of gout and one of the causes of fibromyalgia. These crystals are shaped like knives and is the reason it can cause so much pain for people with either of these disorders. 

Cholesterol Crystal
Cholesterol is an important sterol in the body that is the precursor for many important hormones. Only when the body is acidic does the cholesterol crystallize and become a problem. This is probably the most seen crystal in blood analysis, but it’s important to realize that cholesterol is not the problem when you see the crystals, acidity is.  

These are red blood cells that have a thorny appearance. This is usually indicative of kidney stress and crenation (the shrinking of the cell by dehydration). 

Immune System, Parasites, Bacteria, and Fungal Forms

Healthy White Blood Cell
These cells are made up of lymphocytes and leukocytes. They form the basis of the immune system. There are approximately one or two white cells for every 500 red cells. When there is an elevated count it is usually a sign of an infection. The white blood cells protect us from infectious diseases and will destroy any cells that have mutated.  

A fungus that feeds on undigested food and sugar in the blood. The principle yeast found in the blood is Candida Albicans. It is usually found in people with cancer, fibromyalgia and those with chronic fatigue. This condition is also indicative of over acidity as yeast cannot live in an alkaline environment. 

L-Form Bacteria
This is a bacterial infection (it’s hard to see in this picture) that is shaped like a butterfly. This usually signifies a condition of low immunity and high blood sugar.  

 Rod Form Bacteria
This is an advanced form of a bacterial infection and is regarded as a serious indicator of a weak immune system. These bacteria produce very toxic acid byproducts as a result of their metabolic processes. 

Parasitized Red Blood Cells
This is bacteria or parasites that get inside the cells. Of course the cell will die, and unless they are stopped by the immune system, they will continue to attack other cells.  

Fungal Forms
Fungi can spread throughout your body through the blood and develop colonies. They usually develop slowly and are hard to diagnose and usually resistant to treatment. They are seldom fatal and most of the time go unnoticed. This is a sign of poor assimilation of nutrients and an acidic condition in the body fluids.



Acupuncture has a powerful effect at reducing the craving for drugs and healing the damaged neuroendocrine’s symptoms that encourage drug and alcohol use

Acupuncture is rapidly increasing in popularity as an effective aid in the treatment of many addictions—from alcohol and pushed / prescribed drugs to nicotine and overeating because it works!

Scientifically substantiated clinical evidence supports the use of acupuncture for addiction in both reducing withdrawal symptoms as well as activating those centers in the brain which produce the natural neurochemicals those who seek relief in drugs and alcohol are deficient in producing themselves.

The first acupuncture detoxification clinic in the United States opened in 1974, at the Lincoln Memorial Hospital in the South Bronx section of New York City. At first, acupuncture was used as an adjunct to methadone treatment, but such good results were obtained with acupuncture that methadone was dropped from the program. According to the clinic’s Director, Dr. Michael Smith, the success rate with acupuncture is substantially higher than that of more conventional programs. Unlike methadone, which is itself a highly addictive drug that is used primarily as a heroin substitute for those addicted to heroin, acupuncture is a natural procedure with no side effects, and it can treat a wide range of addictions because it actually stimulates the body to produce its own opiates and other inhibitory (feel good) neurotransmitters.  It works equally well for cocaine, crack, heroin and alcohol addictions, users of psychedelics, and people addicted to barbiturates and amphetamines. Because psychiatric drugs follow along the same biochemical pathways as street drugs (and are even more toxic in many cases) acupuncture is equally effective for psychiatric drug addictions and is very helpful in aiding the repair of damaged brain and other organ tissues from the toxic effects these drugs inflict on the delicate organs of the neuroendocrine system. 

Those suffering from neurochemical adaptation (addiction) report a marked reduction in craving for drugs, a relief from symptoms of withdrawal, and feelings of relaxation along with improved sleep. The success of acupuncture in the treatment of addiction has inspired the opening of public-funded acupuncture detoxification programs throughout the US.

There is strong physiological evidence supporting the use of acupuncture for push/prescribed drug and alcohol addiction. Research has shown that acupuncture can raise the level of endorphins in the nervous system. Resembling opiates in structure and function, endorphins (gr: morphine within) are the body’s natural opiates (pain killers) and are displaced and down-regulated (less naturally produced by the body) by regular heroin, opium and alcohol use which is why there is such a profound withdrawal from these drugs if reversal of the neurochemical adaptation is not supported properly by providing the body and mind (brain) everything it requires to produce it’s own again – quickly.  Their level is also increased by exercise, and they are responsible for the phenomenon called "runner’s high", a feeling of euphoria.  The key to maximize endorphin production is found in diet, exercise, environmental hygiene (avoiding situations and people that cause stress) and for many, spirituality.  Many adjunct therapies such as yoga, acupuncture, CES etc… also stimulate the body’s beta-endorphin and enkephalin production and nutritional therapies such as D-phenylalanine actually serve to preserve what is made by reducing the enzyme activity that digests beta-endorphins.

Cravings and withdrawal symptoms experienced by people giving up smoking, drugs (legal / illegal) or alcohol can be quickly alleviated by raising the level of endorphins in the nervous system. Some researchers postulate that one mechanism that drives the desire to eat is also mediated by the endorphin level in the brain, which would explain why acupuncture helps dieters to control their appetites.

Chinese Medicine has its own explanation of how acupuncture works. Chinese medical theory is based on the concept of yin and yang, which are dynamic and complementary opposites observed in all the processes of nature. In the human body in regards to homeostasis (natural mental health) this can be observed as balance of the parasympathetic (inhibitory) / sympathetic (excitatory) nervous systems.  In a healthy individual, yin and yang are in relative balance (homeostasis). Many drug addictions are encouraged by a deficiency of yin (parasympathetic nervous system) because it is burned out sometimes very early in life by trying to keep up (maintain homeostasis) with the over stimulating effects of neurotoxicity (over stimulating – causing nervous system damage) found in pesticides, MSG, aspartame, high sugar and processed food diets, caffeine, heavy metal poisoning, reactions to chemical sensitivities, and unrealistically demanding and over stimulating (stressful) lifestyles. All of these have a very profound effect on the neuroendocrine system which causes deficiencies in the body’s natural feel good neurotransmitters and hormones.  Chinese medical theory, which comprehends the body metaphorically, relates yin to substance, quiescence, and the element of water. Yang relates to function, activity, and the element of fire. Yin nourishes, and yang consumes. When yin, or the water element, is deficient, fire is not held in check and rages out of control. Since it is the product of a deficit, it is called empty fire because it has no substance to fuel it. On a psychological level, such an imbalance creates feelings of anxiety, depression, panic, acute perception of stress, emptiness and desperation. Physiologically, it manifests as frenetic mind/body hyperactivity. The afflicted is driven to self medicate, but the drug exacerbates the fire and further depletes the yin.

Acupuncture treatment for drug / alcohol addiction involves nourishing the yin by treating points on the outside of the ear and other key areas to stimulate detoxification of the liver, kidneys and lower bowel.  At Shangri La BioSpa and Resort our patients receive superior benefits from acupuncture treatment because the diet and TNT they receive in conjunction with their treatment serves to provide the raw materials required to produce the endorphins and other neurochemicals acupuncture is used to naturally stimulate in order to bring up yin therefore balancing yin/yang.


American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine: Acupuncture and Addiction

The World Health Organization endorses acupuncture as a treatment for addiction

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