Live Blood Cell Analysis at Island Healthworks

What is your Blood Really Telling you?

Oxygen Carrying Red Blood Cells are visible in Live Blood Cell Analysis

Red Blood Cells Distribute Oxygen throughout the Body, Maintaining Tissue Health. Image Source: Health Published under Creative Commons Licence ShareAlike 3.0 unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) )

A healthy blood stream makes for a healthy body. Our blood nourishes our cells, all tissues, organs and glands. Clearly, just having enough blood is not enough. It must be in great shape if you want to be healthy! Live Blood Cell Analysis at Island Healthworks gives us a window into the person’s nutritional needs, helping us to design a program and healthy lifestyle plan. A live blood sample gives valuable insight into the attributes of the blood terrain.

In the Live Blood Cell Analysis process, we use our state of the art microscopy equipment to conduct both a wet and dry blood cell analysis. To obtain the samples, we simply take a pinprick blood sample from your finger and place the drop of blood on a slide, and then place 8 separate drops on another slide to dry. Using a specially designed compound microscope, we magnify and project the image of the wet blood sample and the dry blood sample onto a computer screen, where we view the specific characteristics of the sample.

With the bloodstream underpinning every function of our body, a microscopy examined sample of the blood itself offers an invaluable look at our current lifestyle and nutritional needs. The health of your blood is central to the health of your cardiovascular system, but also relates directly to all other aspects of your health. When anomalies are noticed in a live blood sample, the observations give us relevant information to build a nutritional program tailored to the needs reflected in the blood terrain. The findings help to support improved health and lifestyle decision making.
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Acidity & Alkalinity Explained – For Human Health

Acidity & Alkalinity Can Determine the Condition of the Human Body

Acidity and alkalinity must be balanced for proper health - acid rain harms forests, and excesss body acidity harms health

Acid rain is bad for the planet; excessive acidity is most harmful to the body.

The human body depends on a proper biochemical balance for health. Key to our health is a balance between body acidity and alkalinity. Acidity and alkalinity has a profound impact on physical health. Many different kinds of acids influence the body, being produced as waste and existing as essential nutrients and digestive juices.

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Harnessing the Healing Power of Nature

Nature Can Lift your Mood & Boost Your Health: So Ensure You Experience the Earth!


Island Healthworks discusses the ways humans benefit from time in nature at a physiological and psychological level - Purple Funch - Simon Pierre Barrette photo - May 22, 2011 - Used under CC licence BY-SA 3.0

Birdwatching engages the mind while bringing great relaxation and memories that last a lifetime. Purple Finch – Simon Pierre Barrette photo, May 22, 2011 – Used under CC licence BY-SA 3.0

Humans are part of nature and we exert a profound influence on the natural world. While much concern has focused on human impacts on forests, bird populations, water quality, air quality and endangered species, we ourselves are endangered in a different way. Without the proper access to nature that comes hand in hand with proper respect for nature, we face a variety of health challenges relating to a loss of benefits from the natural world.

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Astragalus: The Immune System Herb

Astragalus Contains a Range of Active Ingredients that may support Immunity


Astragalus offers a range of potential immune supporting properties.

Astragalus offers immune supporting properties and may support cellular resiliency. Stanislav Doronenko Photo. June 24, 2007.

A herb with promise, Astragalus is a member of the legume family with a wide range of active ingredients that gives high potential for use as a herb. Medical research into the immune supporting potential of Astragalus continues, with findings that the herb supports and strengthens the immune system coming forward. Possible anti-aging properties of the plant through effects on T-cells, genetic pathways and the production of the enzyme telomerase which controls the replacement of cellular DNA is also ongoing at this time. Research on invertebrates has shown potential life extending properties from the use of Astragalus based polysaccharide extracts as one example of leading research involving this fascinating herb.

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Health Care Economics & The Holistic Lifestyle: Special Feature!

Healthy Living Investments Could Cut Rising Medical Costs

Learn about the economics of health and lifestyle choices

Investing in Health Now reduces Medical Expenses Further Down the Road.

Island Healthworks Special Feature – The Economic Challenges of Public Health

Economics may be considered a dark art, but the connections between our economy and public health are strikingly clear!  The language that includes terms like rates of return, loss prevention, cost avoidance, wise budgeting and investment are applicable to public health.

A quick review of nutritional education opportunities shows growth potential for public learning and  lots of professional development in these areas. A glance at health care expenditures shows staggering expenses in the billions dedicated not only to the construction of new hospitals across North America, increased use of emergency treatments and  rising medication expenses. Individual diseases such as diabetes are costing billions of dollars, including conditions that may have genetic roots, but seem to be linked to addressable public health matters such as exercise, alcohol overuse or high refined sugar intake. Dr. Preston Maring, Asociate Physician in-chief for the Oakland, California based Kaiser Permanante East Bay Medical  Center,  sees much of North American Health care “as a sort of pyramid”.

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Cholesterol Issues: A Closer Look with Island Healthworks

Cholesterol Management Involves Lesser Known Root Causes

Cholesterol buildup is related to Endothelial cell health & Inflammation - Island Healthworks

Arterial Cellular Health Limits Cholesterol Buildup

Cholesterol control is a major subject in popular health conversation, but it is often misunderstood as a subject. Cholesterol comes in both healthy and harmful forms known as High-density lipoprotein (HDL) and Low-density lipoprotein (LDL). Cholesterol is distributed throughout the body and as a natural body component, it has important natural functions in the different organ systems. Cholesterol is both produced by the body and also sourced from food. Cholesterol management is not only a matter of regulating the diet but managing the physiological and biochemical processes that affect cholesterol regulation and its influences throughout the body. Continue reading

Health Nuggets: E-Tea – A Traditional Formula

E-Tea Is a Traditional Herbal Formulation With Many Uses

Learn about E-Tea - Traditional Herbal Formulation

Burdock is a Health Enhancing Component of E-Tea

Traditional herbal formulas bring historic health care knowledge to current times. E-Tea is a modern herbal preparation widely believed to have older origins. This formulation became popular in the mid 1900s through the work of American Nurse, who credited an Ojibwa medicine man as the provider of the original herbal mix. E-tea contains premium quality Burdock Root, known to herbalists as an anti-inflammatory and infection fighting herb, while Slippery Elm Bark is widely recommended for soothing the digestive system. Included Turkey Rhubarb is used for gastrointestinal complaints, while Sheep Sorrel, a key ingredient with high phytoestrogens may have tonic properties and detox potential . This formulation has been studied for its potential use in a range of medical circumstances.

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Health Nuggets: The Right Fats

Healthy Fat Intake Balances Omega 3 & Omega 6

Traditional diets rich in fish help maintain Omega 3 & 6 levels.

Traditional Diets that Include Fish Help Ensure Sufficient Omega 3 Intake

Dietary fat is a hot topic in natural health care and lifestyle improvement. Weight loss concerns point to fat intake as an inherent evil, while the dietary presence of fats believed to be harmful, such as trans-fats is coming under increasing scrutiny. Perhaps less frequently discussed is the importance of adding sufficient quantities of the right fats in the diet. The body cannot produce Omega 3 and 6, but they are absolutely required for the maintenance of good health. Sufficient intake may potentially limit serious medical concerns that are known to arise due to deficiencies in required fats. Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) maintain normal brain development and day to day function of the cells and organs. Omega 3 and Omega 6 compounds have different roles in maintaining body systems, and a balance between the two is required.

Omega 6 may increase inflammatory body responses, while Omega 3 reduces inflammation. You can read more about inflammation, which is not entirely a bad thing, in our latest full length article. Medical studies have indicated the so called “Mediterranean diets” with a balance of Omega 3 and 6 sources may play a role in reducing heart disease, while judicious use of Essential Fatty Acids may assist in the transmission of nerve impulses and cellular activity regulation through prostaglandin production. Studies indicate that Omega-3 fatty acids contained in fish oil reduce the LDL cholesterol and raises the good HDL cholesterol, with indications that cancerous conditions, inflammation and a vast range of symptoms ranging from dermatological, vision and mood problems may relate to Omega 3 deficiencies. EFAs are considered essential in maintaining healthy nerve functions, and inadequate intake could be a factor in some cases of depression.


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Inflammation: The Underlying Cause of Most Illness

Chronic Inflammation Often Remains Undetected, but Has Serious Implications

The Sun, like inflammation, has a role, but too much may cause damage

Like the Sun, Inflammation has a Role, but too much is Harmful.

Island Healthworks is pleased to showcase this special feature extended article on inflammation. This is one of the most significant public health issues we face today.

If you look at any disease, health concern or medical condition, you are likely to find inflammation at the root as an underlying cause.

According to some of the most interesting and progressive health writings by medical doctors, inflammation in of itself is actually a good thing in many cases. However, too much of a good thing is sure recipe for problems down the road, and excessive inflammation drives serious illnesses and even apparently terminal conditions.

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