Connecticut Chiropractor Ordered to
Stop Doing Live Blood Analysis

Stephen Barrett, M.D.


Live blood analysis —also called live blood cell analysis, dark-field video analysis, nutritional blood analysis, and several other names—is carried out by viewing blood from the patient's fingertip at high magnification with a dark-field microscope that forwards the image to a television monitor for the patient and practitioner to see. The results are then used as a basis for prescribing dietary supplement products. Although dark-field microscopy has legitimate uses, live blood cell analysis is a fraud. To curb its use, the federal agency that oversees laboratories has ruled that any facility performing this procedure must be approved for complex testing, a standard that is impractical for small health-care facilities to meet. In 2005, as shown in the document below, the Connecticut Department of Health determined that Joyce Martin , D.C., of Providence, Rhode Island did not have the necessary approval and ordered her to stop doing the test.


STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
DIVISION OF PROFESSIONAL REGULATION

IN THE MATTER OF JOYCE MARTIN DC

IMMEDIATE COMPLIANCE ORDER

Now comes the Director of Health of the State of Rhode Island,and pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws 23-1-21 makes the following Findings and Order.

FINDINGS

The practice of live blood analysis cannot be performed in either a licensed practitioner's office or an unlicensed practitioner's office without Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) waiver. Additionally, there is negligible scientific data available to support this testing procedure. Respondent has been performing this testing procedure in her offices.

ORDER

Respondent shall cease and desist the practice of using Live Blood Analysis in any form in her chiropractic office.

Entered this 20th day of June 2005.


By_____________________
David F. Gifford, MD, MPH
Director of Health

CERTIFICATION OF SERVICE

A copy of the within Immediate Compliance Order was hand delivered to Joyce Martin, DC at 280 Elmwood Avenue by the undersigned on 20th day of June 2005.


____________________
Linda Julian


This page was posted on December 29, 2006.

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