to see something fascinating?
Below and to the right you will see a picture (Photo 1) that I took of an image in a medical text book. The photo is of two images. The upper image, we are told, are normal red blood cells.
The lower image are iron deficient (anemic) red blood cells. Abnormal.
You will notice how in the lower image you have red blood cells which are thin, pale and irregular in shape.
There is no question these anemic red blood cells are very unhealthy.
In the upper image, the red blood cells appear to be fuller, redder (because they have more hemoglobin) and have more consistent shape. The red blood cells in this upper image, we are told, are normal. So far, so good.
However, now look at the next photo below (Photo 2). The black and white photo. Can you guess what these are? These are also red blood cells. This photo was taken through a phase contrast microscope. But these red blood cells look very different.
They look VERY round and full and uniform, don't they? They almost look plump.
They are also freely residing in their own space where as even the "normal" red blood cells in the upper image of Photo 1 appear to be stacked on top of each other. Some seem to be stuck together.
But here's the main difference. In Photo 1 of the "normal" and the anemic red blood cells, all of the red blood cells look like donuts. The medical text books say this biconcave shape's purpose is to increase the surface area of the red blood cell so that more of the oxygen contained in the hemoglobin can be made available for the oxygen deficient cells. Sounds reasonable.
But, in contrast to the claims made in the medical textbook, the "normal" cells in Photo 1 aren't healthy. Only the full, plump, uniform red blood cells without the donut shapes in the black and white Photo 2 above are healthy red blood cells.
How do I know this? Because these red blood cells were examined by a doctor who has done thousands upon thousands of this kind of blood analysis over the last 20 years. By the way, the red blood cells in Photo 2 are mine. In other words, those are Andy Long's red blood cells that were examined through a phase contrast microscope during live blood analysis.
So what does this mean? It means that just because some aspect of your physiology may be considered "normal" by a medical textbook doesn't mean it is healthy. Unfortunately, this is exactly the case with most of the population.
Here's some more phase contrast photos of red blood cells. Unhealthy ones this time. Now, remember when I talked to you about how healthy red blood cells have a negative charge that keeps them separate? Well, here's what can happen when your red blood cells lose their negative electrical charge.
Notice how these red blood cells in the photo to the right (Photo 3) are stacked like crazy on top of each other. This is called Rouleau.
With them all bunched together like this, how easy is it going to be for your red blood cells to move one by one through your tiny capillaries on their way to feed all the cells in your body? Not very easy. More like impossible.
The next photo to the left (Photo 4) shows what your blood looks like when it's got tons of yeast growing fat and happy in your plasma.
The yeast are the small circles all packed together in the top and middle right of the photo. The larger circles on the bottom left are red blood cells.
Yeast is not something you want living and growing in your bloodstream. They not only feed on the nutrients in your plasma that are meant for your cells but they pollute your bloodstream with their wastes.
Here's an interesting one. Take a look at the photo to the right (Photo 5). Look at the big chuck of crystals in the middle of all the red blood cells.
It is believed that when there is too much acid in the body, a preservation mechanism will kick in to buffer the acids. What the body does is create a solid form which is less toxic than the liquid acids.
Whatever these crystals are, does it not make sense that this is something you DO NOT want to have in your blood?
And finally, let's contrast TRULY healthy red blood cells with unhealty red blood cells (Photo 6).
Again, notice how full, round and uniform the healthy red blood cells are in the upper portion of Photo 6.
Also notice how the fluid surrounding the red blood cells is absolutely clear. No yeast, no crystals, no cholesterol. Very clean. It should be your goal to have your blood look like this.
Contrast these healthy red blood cells with the red blood cells in the lower section of Photo 6.
These unhealthy red blood cells actually look sick, don't they? The have distorted shapes, have that donut look and are all clumped together.
So here's another question for you. If you are not feeling well or have some serious physical problems, could it be that your red blood cells look like the ones in the bottom of Photo 6? Something to think about.
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