Some science behind the scenes
Identification of the pathogen
In order to try to find out what the cause of an illness is one set of tests that can be used is to use the antibodies and tests aimed at trying to identify the pathogen. None of the tests is precise, because there are - let's face it - an almost infinite number of possible pathogens. Having seen how invaders get into your body, you can help yourself by looking at all the products you have used which might have by-passed your defences.
We can use all or some of the following bodily excretions to test for antibodies and hence allergies/allergens and pathogens:
- Urine - wee
- Fecal excretions - poo
- The skin
- Nasal excretions
- Ear wax
Some of the markers and antibodies are difficult to access directly, which is when more intrusive methods may have to be used. The CSF from the spinal cord can be used to test for viruses, bacteria and other invaders, for example. Lymph from the lymph system can also be used. And there is the possibility of using a Biopsy if the invader has really dug its way in. A bit less intrusive is the Endoscopy which means looking inside and typically refers to looking inside the body using an endoscope, an instrument used to examine the interior of a hollow organ or cavity of the body. Parasites can be sometimes spotted this way, as can build up of toxins in the lung. I will not go into these as we are then entering into very complex medical territory.
This is not a complete list, I emphasise this, but it shows you what is available and what is possible. I want to show that your doctor does not have to hand out prescription medicine when he sees you, he could do tests first, and it is your right to ask for tests:
- MORA testing – can be used to determine many types of pathogen. The higher the reading ‘amplification’ necessary for neutralisation, the higher the burden. Various filters are used to test for the type of pathogen. This is a whole body test but is non intrusive, wee can also be used.
- LTT Test – Does not use antibodies but leukocytes from the blood, another key in the specific immune response. The testing is usually ‘very accurate but costly’ in what it can test for. It has been used to test for heavy metals and pharmaceuticals.
- MELISA test – MELISA (Memory Lymphocyte Immunostimulation Assay) test is a blood test that detects antibodies that have been created in response to metals, chemicals, environmental toxins and molds from one single blood sample. It can also identify active Lyme disease (Lyme Borreliosis). The test does not measure toxicity-that is to say, it will not measure the amounts of a harmful substance in the patient's blood.
- ELISA test (sometimes also called an EIA) - is essentially the same as MELISA, using antibodies coupled with indicators to detect the presence of specific pathogens, including fungi, viruses, and bacteria. The antibody from the blood is extracted and tested against a suspected pathogen of interest.
- RAST test – is more correctly the ImmunoCAP test. It is a blood test used to determine the amount of specific IgE antibodies to a suspected pathogen.
- Laboratory stool tests – tests poo. These test have the added advantage that tests for viruses, parasites and bacteria can also be added to any tests for 'biomarkers'.
- Coca test – a test that can be done by you without needing help. Begin with 3 minutes of rest, then take the pulse. Then consume the suspected food only. Retake the pulse after periods of 15, 30, 60 and 120 minutes. Don't eat too much as the pulse speeds up anyway if you've eaten a lot. If the pulse is faster by about 15 beats or more an allergic process may be present. The same test can be used to test for radiation problems. If the pulse is faster by about 20 or more beats when you are in a certain spot [bed, working at computer etc], there is a problem with the location. Note that this could be caused by telluric currents or EM radiation or infrasound like that produced by wind turbines.
- Urine test - A urinalysis (UA) is an array of tests performed on urine. There are a whole host of chemicals, minerals and pathogens that can be tested for using these tests and they have the advantage that there are some that can be used at home using urine test strips or pipettes with little test tubes. The same kits can be used to test for saliva. One kit on the market, for example, is able to test for heavy metals in urine, saliva and water supply to help with elimination of options.
Clearly, the identification of bacteria or viruses etc in pus, or sputum needs a laboratory test. Growing your own pus derived bacteria on petri slides does have its amusement value, but identification can be difficult afterwards without the proper equipment - sorry I jest.