Live Blood Analysis (also known as “nutritional microscopy”) is a quack diagnostic technique which was described as ‘fraudulent’ by Professor Edzard Ernst as long ago as 2005 and which has already been covered many times on this blog.
When I first heard about Live Blood Analysis, I was so shocked by what I found that I was moved to act. Happily, the ASA had just extended their online remit to include company websites.
The following list details the outcomes of all the ASA complaints I know of concerning live blood analysis and its practitioners.
- Live Blood Test (Errol Denton). Adjudication against a leaflet here (13/10/10). Blogpost by complainant, Jo Brodie here.
- Fitalifestyle (t/a See My Cells) (Errol Denton). Adjudication against false claims for liquid chlorophyll here (01/06/11). Blogged here.
- My CityDeal Ltd (t/a GrouponUK). This was regarding a promotion for Errol Denton’s Live Blood Test. Adjudication here. Blogged here. I also reported further Groupon deals for other practitioners which also made misleading claims regarding live blood analysis. These were passed to the ASA’s compliance team. Groupon were later referred to the OFT due to broader, ongoing compliance problems.
- Optimum Health UK. Adjudication here. Optimum Health UK no longer advertise live blood analysis on their website.
- Fitalifestyle (t/a See My Cells) (Errol Denton). Adjudication against claims for “nutritional microscopy” here. Blogged here and here
- *NEW* The Natural Health Clinic (Stephen Ferguson) Adjudication here (16/01/13). Blogged here.
- *NEW* Live Blood Test t/a Errol Denton Adjudication here (27/02/13). Reported here.
- *NEW* Steps To Perfect Health (David Parker) Adjudication here (06/03/13). Blogged here. UPDATE 14/02/14 The Steps To Perfect Health website has been suspended.
- *NEW* Live Blood Test t/a Errol Denton Adjudication here (24/04/13).
Non-compliant online advertisers
The following advertisers continued to make problematic claims on their websites despite repeated requests for changes by the ASA’s compliance teams.
- Fitalifestyle Ltd (t/a See My Cells) (Errol Denton). Following the ruling mentioned above, Denton moved his ludicrous claims regarding liquid chlorophyll to a different page of the same website. The ASA statement relating to this is here. My blogpost is here.
- London Natural Therapies (Katrin Hempel). Following a credulous Evening Standard article on live blood analysis (which was blogged here), Jo Brodie complained to the ASA about the website of the featured practitioner. The ASA statement is here. Jo’s blogpost is here.
*NEW* The Natural Health Clinic (Stephen Ferguson). Ferguson was added to the list on 15/02/13 for failure to comply with the ruling mentioned above (16/01/13). The ASA statement is here. UPDATE 13/02/14: The Natural Health Clinic website has been updated and the company name is no longer listed as non-compliant. UPDATE 05/06/14 Ferguson is still making problematic claims on his website (for example, in an embedded video, he claims “you can see whether your liver is cleansing your red blood cells properly”.)
- *NEW* Live Blood Test t/a Errol Denton Denton was added to the list on 12/03/13 for continuing to feature problematic claims on his website livebloodtest.com after the adjudication dated 27/02/13. The ASA statement is here.
*NEW* Steps To Perfect Health (David Parker)This advertiser was added to the list on 25/03/13 for failure to amend their website following the adjudication dated 06/03/13. The ASA statement is here. UPDATE 14/02/14 The Steps To Perfect Health website has been suspended. The company are no longer on the non-compliant list.
These advertisers all agreed to amend their advertising after I reported them to the ASA.
- Jackie Reader (t/a Solar Health). Resolved 06/05/11. Blogged here. The website is still online. UPDATE 05/06/14 Although the specific claims I had highlighted have gone, it still appears to be problematic.
- Inhealth UK (Brina Eidelson) Resolved 15/06/11. Mentioned on my blog here. The website is still online. UPDATE 05/06/14 Although the specific claims I had highlighted have gone, it still appears to be problematic.
- Dipika Joshi (Good Medicine Clinic) Resolved 20/07/11. The website is no longer active. UPDATE 05/06/14 The site is back online, claiming that live blood analysis can be “used to evaluate nutritional, biochemical, or physiological imbalance and to determine any need for medical referral.”
- UK Blood Clinic Resolved 03/08/11. Blogged here. The website is no longer active.
- Ruth Daber Resolved 17/08/11. UPDATE 05/06/14 The website has been updated and has improved, but still implies that live blood analysis is a useful test (“We will complete the session with summarising most dominant blood patterns and the most relevant actions that I would take, if it was my blood that was being viewed. These may include dietary, supplementary, therapeutic and lifestyle pointers.”
- Steps To Perfect Health Resolved 25/05/11 (as mentioned here) after agreeing to remove problematic claims from this website. UPDATE 14/02/14 The Steps To Perfect Health website has been suspended.
- Steps To Perfect Health Despite assurances, the misleading claims were not removed. A second complaint was informally resolved on 07/09/11. UPDATE 14/02/14 The Steps To Perfect Health website has been suspended.
- *NEW* Marianne Greenwood t/a Alchemy Microscopy. Ms Greenwood assured the ASA that she has taken down the Alchemy Microscopy website. She was directed to CAP for advice regarding future advertising claims. Resolved 27/02/13. UPDATE 05/06/14 Live blood analysis by Ms Greenwood is advertised on the Live Energized site alongside problematic claims.
The unresolved complaints related to the following companies:
- Live Blood Test (Errol Denton) The website is here. My posts tagged “Errol Denton” are all here.
- The Natural Health Clinic (Stephen Ferguson) The website is here. My posts tagged “Stephen Ferguson” are here.
- Food for Life (Gareth Edwards) The website is here. Details of my complaint are here.
I will update this post as outcomes of further complaints come to light.
A new era of scientific discovery? Edzard Ernst, The Guardian, 12/07/05
Live Blood Analysis: The Modern Auguries Mark Crislip, Science-Based Medicine, 13/02/09
Radio 4 You & Yours investigate unregulated ‘live’ blood tests Josephine Jones 17/03/12
The Pseudoscience of Live Blood Cell Analysis Thomas Patterson, Skeptical Inquirer, Nov-Dec 2012
Live Blood Analysis Wikipedia entry
All my posts tagged ‘Live Blood Analysis’ Josephine Jones