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Live Blood Analysis and HeartMath

Close-up shot of microscope

What information that can be gained from looking at your own blood under the microscope? What combination of self-regulating techniques and technology can help build your mental and emotional resilience? In this blog, I would like to talk about two key tools I use with clients which help them cope with the challenges of Covid-19. Firstly, Live and Dried Blood Analysis, in which I analyse a live blood sample for evidence of where your body may not be functioning optimally.  Secondly, HeartMath, which combines simple techniques and technology to help you build resilience in the face of stress. They are both incredibly helpful in exploring and improving your immune function and overall wellbeing, which is so important given the challenges posed by Covid-19 and national lockdowns.

Live and Dried Blood Analysis: Immune Function

Normal Blood

The Live and Dried Blood Analysis is proving to be very helpful at checking my clients’ immune function.  In the Live Blood Analysis, I am able to differentiate between the different types of white blood cells (WBC’s).  If you have ever had a full blood screen from your doctor, the immunology section should show markers such as Neutrophils, Eosinophils, Basophils, Lymphocytes and Monocytes.  From a tiny prick of blood looked at through my microscope, I can also see these.

Neutrophils, for instance, are the most important and numerous of the white blood cells and they are your first line of defense against bacterial infection. Neutrophils are excellent markers associated with bacterial or viral infection. Low Neutrophil count can suggest that you either have low immunity which may be due to a lack the nutrients to make white blood cells. Immature Neutrophils (known as Band Cells) also suggest the body is fighting an active infection.

Ideally healthy blood, when seen via live blood analysis and dried blood anlysis, would show images such as those included above. Seeing changes to Neurtrophils in your blood can be a brilliant way of monitoring the impact of dietary and lifestyle changes.


One of my clients came to see me a month or so because she has wanted support with her digestion, energy levels and weight. It was clear when we looked at her blood that she had abnormally low amounts of Neutrophils (see the image above). When I asked her about her immune system, she said, “It is really good, I never catch any colds, I can’t remember the last time I had one.”

I immediately realised that there was a problem. It is not a good sign never to catch infections as this can be an indication that the immune system is in fact not working efficiently. Ideally, it is good to pick up an infection a couple of times a year and a sign of a robust immune system is when you get over it quickly.

I can give my precious mother as an example of this. Growing up she never caught infections and at the slightest risk of picking something up, she would gargle TCP.  When she was in her mid forties, she was hospitalised with very very severe pneumonia and pleurisy. I am sure this was because her immune system was never challenged.

I can also use myself as an example. I know that when I was very stressed a few years ago, I too never caught infection and it was only after I did the Lightning Process and calmed my sympathetic nervous system down that I begun to catch colds!

Anyway, back to my client! I realised quite quickly that she was relying heavy on sugar and starchy carbohydrates to keep her energy levels up. She was also highly stressed which was causing her to crave these sweet carbohydrate rich foods. We agreed that for one month at least she would try and completely cut out sugar which, like stress, suppresses the immune system. She also started taking some herbs to calm her stress and support her nervous system.

I was so excited to see in her follow-up appointment a few days ago that she had completely normal amounts of Neutrophils. What a comfort this was to her to know that she is in a much more robust state to fight COVID-19 should it come her way!  She would never have known that she had low immunity if it was not for the live blood analysis test.

Other markers I look for in the Live Blood Analysis include increased levels of Basophils which release histamine can be  associated with allergies and inflammation and increased levels of Monocytes which usually suggest that either the body is recovering from an acute infection or that there is chronic inflammation in the body. In the Dried Blood Analysis, it is also possible to identify what is called ‘Viral Spiking’, which indicates the onset of a viral infection. As you can see, this is a wonderful tool at checking immunity and ensuring that it is balanced to cope with the challenge of Covid-19.

Viral Spiking

Disclaimer: With the advance of technology Live and Dried Blood Analysis brings unique insights to the inner workings of our bodies. It can also show the immediate effects of beneficial nutrition and lifestyle changes. Consultations involving Live and Dried Blood Analysis do not, however, constitute medical advice.

HeartMath: Managing Stress and Building Resilience

HeartMath uses self-regulating techniques and technology to help build resilience and strengthen our ability to prepare for stress and our capacity to recover from it. It is one of the tools I use to balance emotions, calm an overactive mind and replenish energy levels.

HeartMath is based on very simple breathing exercises combined with emotional awareness exercises. Effective techniques and technology are based on understanding Heart Rate Variability (HRV) to help you bring your physical, mental and emotional systems into balance.

The beauty of it is that it is incredibly simple yet capable of prompting long-lasting shifts in attitudes, mental states and emotional wellbeing. Using it alongside other methods and programs, it results in more energy, less anxiety, clearer thinking, improved cognition and better quality of sleep.

During times of stress, such as national lockdowns and the spread of Covid-19, we all need to be resilient and adaptable in the face of challenge or adversity. I often talk about resilience as the amount of energy you can store in your inner battery. The more energy you have stored, the greater your capacity to remain calm, think clearly and be in control of your emotions so you don’t overreact. Most importantly, with more resilience we can reduce the amount of stress which has such detrimental effects on our bodies! You can read more about the impact of stress and the importance of stress management here.

Please contact me if you would like to explore how these tools could help you in your next consultation!

With every blessing,



Emma Maitland-Carew – Registered Nutritional Therapist

Dip.ION, mBANT, CHNC Registered Practitioner,

Metabolic Balance® Coach, HeartMath Coach.


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