OST TestDry Blood - Oxidative Stress Test

The HealthSmart Nutrition's Nutritional Health Coach can also do an Oxidative Stress Test (OST) by studying up to eight magnified layers of a drop of your capillary blood.

In the body the major purpose of oxygen is to collect the electrons produced by the oxidation of substances in the production of energy for the cells. The oxygen molecule that accepts the electron is then unbalanced because it has a negative charge (it has an unpaired electron). This is known as super-oxide. An antioxidant called super-oxide dismutase (S.O.D) will change super-oxide back to molecular oxygen. The S.O.D is changed to hydrogen peroxide, which is neutralized by the enzyme, catalyses. If the body cannot neutralize all the super oxide, it will combine with the hydrogen peroxide and make an even more damaging free radical. The free radicals in the body are looking for an electron to balance out their charge.

The easiest place for this reaction to occur is with the carbon in the lipids of the cell walls. As the cells are broken down, free radical production is increased. The free radicals and peroxide affect the clotting factors of the blood. The XIII factor is stopped and the black fiberon does not form properly. The oxidative stress and the location occurring in the body shows up in the clotting pattern on the slide. This is caused byh cellular oxidization and degeneration, which is characterized by the fall out of fibrin toxic masses, gathered from one droplet of blood and collected in layers on the slide.

In order to understand the risk factors that an individual might be burdened with it is necessary to study all of the free radical and molecular oxidative stress characteristics of their body. The newest available laboratory tests are now at our fingertips. These are biomarkers that allow us to predict the status of the individual from the standpoint of longevity potential and chronic disease risk. We will call this test Oxidative Stress Test Profile.

The blood dries according to enzymes that are present. These enzymes will cause the blood to dry in different configurations. Soft white clots of protein puddles (laking) appear which are distinctive "foot prints" representing inflammatory or degenerative problems.

The viewing of the dried suspended blood samples offers the HealthSmart Nutrition analyst and client valuable clues to potential degenerative patterns. Through the oxidation of the blood cells, and toxins present in the blood we are able to see characteristic patterning of an alternative pathway other than the normal extrinsic or intrinsic pathways. This allows us to identify what parts of the body are holding toxins and therefore functional capacity may be impaired. Enzymes and hormone imbalances show up in the clot, as do many other conditions.

This technique may often present profiles that warrant the analyst making recommendations that the client visit their naturopath or primary care physician for additional tests.

Hundreds of microscopists around the world have studied dried blood layer analysis for over 70 years and have found that certain blood pictures co-relate to certain health conditions.