Nutritional Microscopy – Part 2 Course
|These are the specifications of the Da Vinci Institute of Holistic Medicine’s
Nutritional Microscopy – Part 2 Course:
|1. Awarding Institution / Body:||Da Vinci Institute of Holistic Medicine|
|2. Teaching Institution:||Online and distance learning, with tutor support|
|3. Programme Accredited by:||School of Integrative and Complementary Medicine, University of America, USA|
|4. Final Award||Compulsory course for students enrolled in the Doctor of Naturopathy and Holistic Medicine|
|5. Programme title:||Nutritional Microscopy – Part 2 Course|
|6. Course Code and level:||DNHM8004|
|7. Duration of programme:||One trimester or 12 weeks|
|8. Total number of study hours:||Equivalent to 5 US credits or 75 clock hours of study|
|9. Enrollment requirements:||Students enrolled in the Doctor of Naturopathy and Holistic Medicine|
|10. Enrollment date:||First Year, First Trimester|
|11. Fees:||Full payment: €500 euros; Installment plan: €175 per month for 3 monthly payments.|
The Nutritional Microscopy – Part 2 course takes the student through the fascinating world of Live Blood Analysis using a darkfield microscope, learning how to identify and interpret the different morphologies seen.
The Nutritional Microscopy – Part 2 Course is a compulsory course for all Doctor of Naturopathy and Holistic Medicine degree students.
The Nutritional Microscopy – Part 2 course contains 5 lessons, as follows:
Lesson 1 – What Are We Seeing In Live Blood Analysis: Interpreting Blood Forms
In this lesson we will examine how we interpret the various blood morphologies that we see under darkfield – what do all these mean? Prof. Enderlein spent many years observing morphologies under the microscope and indeed in those days the technology was much less developed that it is today. Most darkfield microscopists usually study the Enderleinian perspective and analyze the blood according to this.
Modern microbiologists do not recognize the morphologies or the language used by Enderlein and as expert witnesses in a court of law, their word counts. However, there is the more traditional, scientific approach that microbiologists would understand and agree with the various morphologies seen in darkfield – here you will be on safe, scientific ground as you are simply using your darkfield microscope as a scientist identifying various morphologies and interpreting according to traditional microbiological knowledge.
In this course the intention is not to omit either of these two views – if anything, the Enderlein perspective has important historical significance, but on the other hand science is not set in stone and I strongly believe that more work in this field of live blood analysis will reveal a lot that is not part of our knowledge base at the moment. Therefore, Enderlein’s perspective will be given, along with a number of his own papers for those that want to pursue his research further and get a better understanding. Most of these papers are in previous lessons that talk about the history of darkfield microscopy as well as the work of Prof. Enderlein.
Lesson 2 – Zeta Potentials: Explaining the Development of the Morphologies
In this lesson we will examine how live blood analysis works – how are the various morphologies developed and why. In order to understand how this works we need to look at the ZETA POTENTIAL, a common concept in physics. The zeta potential is a measure of the magnitude of the repulsion or attraction between particles. Simply put, Zeta Potential is a measurement of the charge on the surface of blood cells, platelets, proteins and debris in the plasma. It is the force responsible for particles in blood repelling one another or clumping together.
Lesson 3 – Parasites: The Uninvited Guests!
One of the reasons why we have included this lesson on parasites is because often you will see various parasites under the darkfield or phase contrast microscope. Identifying them is an art and science in itself, and this requires deepening your knowledge in parasitology as well as “training the eye” to be able to identify what you are seeing. This is intended to be an introductory lesson in parasitology in the hope that you will harm ourselves with more specialized books on the subject and begin really identifying what you see.
Lesson 4 – Fungi and Moulds: Feeding off the Dead!
It is often possible to see various fungi and mould under darkfield, so this is a useful section to include. There are many people that suffer from fungal and mould infections and treatment protocols are included to address these issues.
Lesson 5 – Time Lapse Decay (TLD)
There are many practitioners that examine a blood sample for no more than 10-15 minutes and conclude from this. If you spend time looking at blood samples you will see many changes taking place over time – usually a number of hours are required. This is what has been termed ‘Time Lapse Decay’ or TLD – a brief introduction to this will be provided to familiarize yourself with the concept and understand the significance of ‘behavioural microscopy.’
All study materials are online and include downloadable .pdf files of each lesson, as well as images, videos, assignments and final exam.