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The Reich Blood Tests
(Added 14. 4. 17. This video has apparently been removed by the channel, no reason given. It has just gone. A great pity. I leave the description here so that visitors can see the sort of thing that orgonomy can do. Perhaps in the long run we, C O R E, can make a similar video.) Here's a further link to an excellent video on the orgone accumulator and its effectiveness in preserving the structure of the red blood cells, as shown in video film of two blood samples one exposed to the accumulator and a second control sample. I hope the link works. If not try the channel Orgonomy Today. https://youtu.be/Sy06iXaX9VE I think this video is the same as the one below, only with English subtitles. This Greek group are producing some outstandingly good videos of really significant orgonomic research. If only similar work were coming from the UK. (24. 5. 16.)
Here's an interesting link to a video of the RBT. The explanation is all in Greek, but you can still work out what is happening. Let's hope the system will allow me to post the link to YouTube - https://youtu.be/iC8xfOMm1EQ - no it wouldn't. I had to copy it out, letter by letter. I hope it works. The Greek orgonomists produce some lovely microscopy videos. Someone amongst them obviously knows what they are doing. The above link did not work when I tested it from outside this site. Try the channel Orgonomy Today and look for a video called The Effectiveness of the Orgone Accumulator.... Another very impressive video on the same channel is The Phenomenon of Orgonotic Lumination. (9. 2. 16.)
RBT and Midwifery
If you visit this site regularly you will know that C O R E plans to run a study week next spring on orgone therapy in midwifery. I have already written an information leaflet for interested students. Please contact me for a copy via e-mail, if you are interested in this learning opportunity. (I am also offering a study week on the bion experiments and the RBT.) The RBT is not necessarily an obvious part of orgone-therapeutic assistance in labour, but it could play a part in orgonomic midwifery research and so may be relevant to midwives. We know very little about the detailed energetics of pregnancy and childbirth. Obviously there must be a natural energy cycle in pregnancy. Judging from the blooming state of a small number of women in pregnancy, there is, in the absence of major armouring, a rise in energy levels through pregnancy which eventually reaches a culmination of charge, where expulsive contractions set in, the whole process following Reich's tension → charge → discharge → relaxation formula. It would greatly expand our orgonomic understanding of pregnancy and birth, if midwives training in the use of OT in childbirth learnt how to do the RBT so that they could pursue research in this field, if this work ever becomes established. This is a long way away at the moment. I present the possibilities here, in the hope that they will inspire somebody somewhere to embark upon this important research. RBTs, carried out at regular intervals during pregnancy and immediately after birth, would teach us a great deal. If you are pregnant now, or are hoping to become pregnant in the next few months, and would like to volunteer to take part in this project, please get in touch. ( firstname.lastname@example.org ). (7. 9. 14.)
Study Week, Spring 2016, on the Bions and Reich Blood Tests
C O R E is planning to run a five-day study week next spring on the topics of the bion experiments and the Reich blood tests. These obviously go together and form the basics of orgonomic microscopy. I have already received some informal requests from students at conferences for a weekend on these topics. We have found suitable local premises to use as a classroom and can now accommodate up to 8 students with a microscope for each student. If you want to attend, please get in touch NOW and register your interest. I will post further information as soon as I have it. (3. 1. 16.) (Please see events page for full details of dates, etc.)
Here is a link to a really interesting and beautiful series of videos of the Reich blood test made by a practitioner in Greece: Some of the videos have been filmed at very high magnification, 4000x, under darkfield lighting. This shows a huge amount of detail and actual bionous pulsation.
Thanks to our friend in Cyprus, Christos Pechlivanis, for sending us this link. (5. 5. 13.)
A student at C O R E's 2010 Easter school looking at her own red blood cells during a demonstration of the Reich blood test
I was invited to talk about the Reich blood test at the orgonomic conference in Italy last October (2013) and it seemed there ought to be a page on such an important item in Reich's work. Why hadn't I thought of this before? So here you are - a page on the Reich blood tests. Yes, there are two, though you don't hear much about the second one these days.
The original test is described in detail in The Cancer Biopathy and was developed by Reich as a simple way of assessing a person's overall orgonotic vitality. It may seem unbelievable, but, as far as I know, there is within mainstream medicine still no basic test of health. Doctors could run every known blood, urine, breathing, and fitness tests and if they all came up with 'normal' results they would presumably tell you that you are fit and healthy. Health is more or less a negative in mainstream medicine - you are healthy if you have no symptoms and if your test results are all normal.
A student's red blood cells on screen during a recent Reich blood test
In principle the test is very easy to perform. It just requires a little organisation and, of course, a suitable microscope. The requirements of the microscope are similar to those for the bion experiments, though we don't need such high magnification. Phase contrast (explained on the bion page, if that is new to you) is a basic requirement for the blood test, I would say. You can just about see red blood cells under bright-field lighting, but not too well. Certainly if you plan, in the long run, to use the test clinically I would say that phase contrast is indispensable for accurate results and interpretation. As the videos made in Greece (see above) show, darkfield lighting is also important for the RBT.
Things you will need;
PRECAUTIONS! You are now working with blood! You must treat anything that comes into contact with blood as potentially dangerous and infected, however much your volunteer tells you that they have had no infections for years. People can be carriers of infections without knowing it. Place your 'sharps' (slide, coverslips, needles, toothpicks) in a secure sharps container immediately after use. Do not leave things lying around until later.
Although this test needs a great deal of care and refinement to be clinically useful and accurate, it is not nearly so demanding simply to do it as an orgonomic exercise and learning experience and that is how I have done it, almost always as a demonstration requested by visiting students. It is very interesting to know what red blood cells look like, especially when they are your own. The process of breakdown over time, (how long depends on your state of health) is also very interesting. Observers are always visibly moved and deeply interested by the experience.
Reich found that a sample of a patient's red blood cells, (erythrocytes in medicalese), when added to a drop of normal saline, break down slowly. Blood taken from cancer patients broke down very quickly and when he treated them with the orgone accumulator, he found that the break-down time lengthened, in the best cases eventually becoming normal.
So... how do we get the blood cells into the saline?
I shall assume to begin with that there are two of you dong this. You can do it on your own blood without an assistant, though it is slightly more difficult to do it single-handedly. Ask your volunteer to wash their hands in water and only water and to dab their skin dry with clean tissues. They should let the hand from which the blood sample is to be taken hang down so that it fills with blood. Before you extract the blood, you need to have your microscope and slide set up in advance as once you have drawn blood, you have to get the sample into the saline immediately and start observing and timing.
Prepare your slide as follows. Get a clean standard, flat, 25 x 75 slide and a little to each side of an imaginary centre line 'glue' two coverslips to the slide. The simplest way of doing this is to put a small amount of saliva on the underside of the coverslip and place it on the slide. The saliva will hold it in place. Do this with two coverslips so that the space between them is slightly less than the length of a coverslip side, so that a third coverslip can sit across the two like a bridge. (I'll post a diagram of this as soon as I can manage it.) Next, place a drop of your saline in between these two coverslips. Have a third coverslip ready for use.
These very amateur diagrams, prepared by myself, give you a rough idea of what to look for, how the slide is set up, (upper left diagram), and what the red blood cells look like. Somewhere on my hard drive I have some diagrams prepared by a proper graphic artist, Megan Vaughan, for my forthcoming book of Collected Orgonomic Essays, the text of all my booklets written over the last 20 years. When I can find these excellent illustrations, I will replace these rough sketches with the real ones.
Raise your volunteer's hand, pick a finger, place the pen against the soft, bulging part of their fingertip and press the button. If you have no pen and are doing this manually, twist the head off the lancet, and quickly and firmly press the needle into the soft bulging part of the fingertip and immediately withdraw it. Turn the finger so that you can see the puncture and the drop of blood emerging. Observe this drop as there is a visual element to the test. A drop of healthy blood forms a nice turgid hemisphere and stands up off the skin like the yolk of a very fresh egg. (Functional identity - they are both highly charged with orgone energy.) Put the point of a toothpick or unused sterile needle into the drop so that some of the blood comes off on it. This can be quite difficult to see. Have cotton wool balls to hand so your volunteer can immediately press one on the site to stop further blood flow, as soon as you have obtained your sample on the tooth-pick or needle. Quickly place the point of your toothpick or needle in the saline. You should see it turning pink. Note the time of the puncture. Place your third coverslip across the saline and place the whole slide on the microscope stage and observe at 100x. Once you have orientated yourself, change up to 400x and phase contrast, if you have it.
You need to find a section of the slide where you can see what is going on, an area where the red blood cells are not jammed together and where there are enough to get a good impression of their condition. There may be areas at the edge where there are very few cells. You need to find an area with a cell concentration somewhere between the two. Once you have located a suitable area, just start observing carefully and record your observations with times, as that is the important aspect of this test. Your volunteer being a person interested in orgonomy, will almost certainly be a young and healthy person with no major illnesses, and so you will find that their red blood cells take a good time to start to break down significantly, perhaps as long as 15-20 minutes. Reich found that some of his cancer patients showed break-down times of only a few minutes.
The logic of the test is that the normal saline contains salt, sodium chloride, NaCl, at the same concentration as the blood fluid, the serum. So, biologically speaking, the cells are at home, in their natural medium. If the saline were stronger than the concentration of the NaCl inside the cells it would immediately suck out the weaker fluid to level up the two and the cells would form points at the edges and start to break down. (This process is called crenation in medicalese.) If it were weaker it would be drawn into the interior of the cells and they would swell and burst. If the concentration is the same, isotonic, as that of the serum, there is no 'reaction' and a stable habitat for the cells. They break down gradually as their orgone charge disperses. The stronger their charge to start with the longer this charge takes to disperse and for the cells to break down.
If you get a very short break-down time with an apparently healthy young volunteer, you may have accidentally contaminated the saline with something or your volunteer may have without thinking or telling you, washed their hands with soap, some of which may remain on their skin. On one occasion a friend offering his blood, had, unknown to me, cleaned his hands with some alcohol-based cleanser and his blood cells were collapsing immediately they were in the saline. So before you tell your volunteer that they have only a short time to live, look carefully at your procedures, check that the slide is clean and that the saline has not come into contact with anything else, and above all, that your volunteer has washed their hands with water alone and dried them with clean paper and not a towel, which may have all sorts of things on it.
Initially the cells will look like little wheels with a tyre on them. Until I can get a photo or diagram posted, you can easily find some video film of RBCs on YouTube. They are in fact circular and flat like a wheel and you can see that, as here and there you will see a cell sideways on.
It is an interesting experience to observe your cells like this and to see whether they have a short or longer break-down time. This version of the test is very approximate and just educational in its purpose. If you want to learn how to use the test for serious clinical assessment, you need to refine it considerably and above all, make sure that you are doing it in exactly the same way every time, so that you are comparing like with like. You will also need an eye-piece graticule. This has a pattern of squares marked on it and allows you to count the numbers of cells in a chosen area and how many have broken down after a measured period. Baker and Burlingame suggest every five minutes and use the presence of bions on the edge of the cell as a sign of healthy, normal break-down. They suggest counting the percentage of the chosen area (containing about 50 cells) that show this bionous appearance until you have reached 35%. (If you have trouble finding their article, C O R E can send you a scanned copy of it.)
Sources: Reich, The Cancer Biopathy, pages 170-171, and Baker C F and Burlingame P S, The Reich Blood Test, pages 76-82, Annals of the Institute for Orgonomic Science, Vol 6, 1989.
The Advanced Reich Blood Test
This test is much less known than the one above and I have not come across many mentions of it at orgonomic conferences or in the literature since Reich's death. Technically, it is slightly more demanding than the first test but not prohibitively so. It does need autoclaving facility and perhaps that deters amateur students and anyone not working within medical or scientificestablishments, where such a tool will be routinely available. However, the poorman's autoclave is just as effective. It is the familiar domestic pressure-cooker. (Autoclaving is a simple process of sterilisation at a temperature above the normal boiling point of water. Items to be autoclaved are sealed in a pressurised container and brought to a temperature of 120C for 30 minutes.) When I started out I could not find inexpensive portable autoclaves. The only ones I could find cost thousands. Oliver Gerlach, our German colleague, who has shared much of his microscope work and techniques with C O R E, has found a moderately-priced German-made field autoclave. This looks very similar to a pressure-cooker with a couple of dials on the top! (I'll post a link here, when I can locate the website.)
In this test, (Reich calls it the T-blood test), we autoclave a sample of blood in potassium saline and broth. Reich does not define broth in any way at all and the couple of times I have done this test I have just used saline. It still seems to work. In principle this is just another test of the blood's power to resist the forces of disintegration when subjected to the huge assault of high temperature. Healthy blood does break down, but into a highly bionous product, whereas unhealthy blood, ie, weakly charged blood, produces many T-bacilli, the tiny pointed forms that Reich discovered in his orgonomic blood and cancer research and which is still ignored by science and medicine to this day. We have to have a very high magnification, of about 4500x, to see T-bacilli, so this test will be beyond the possible for most orgonomic amateurs. As far as I know there are no cheaper microscopes manufactured anywhere that have provision for a magnification changer that allows such high levels. The best prospect of obtaining one for a hard-up school student or young learner is probably to scour ebay every few days until you come across an old microscope that includes a changer and the option of very high magnification. The old high-class German models made by Leitx, Zeiss, and Reichert were often equipped with a magnification changer. See the source below for more details.
Source: Cancer Biopathy, pages 37-41
Using the Reich Blood Tests: C O R E's Breast-Milk Research
If you are not a clinician of any sort you may be thinking that these techniques are not for you, that they are advanced and difficult, and something to be left to doctors and lab people in white coats. If orgonomy is to advance at all and go beyond what Reich himself wrote and discovered, we need to think of new connections and new applications for the techniques and experimental methods that Reich devised. It seems to me, (this is entirely speculative and my own idea), that the Reich blood tests can easily be applied in many other spheres apart from the obvious one of measuring the orgonotic vitality of human blood.
It has long been a wish of mine to find a way of scientifically demonstrating the difference between mother's milk and the artifical bottled milk (US -formula) fed to babies who are not fed by their mothers. Perhaps the same tests can also be used to assess the orgonotic vitality of free-range and factory-produced food, for example, chicken eggs.
Mother's milk is a good candidate, as there is not too much difference between milk and blood. This project occurred to me while studying the physiology of lactation, a subject which all midwives learn about in their training. Milk is only a layer or two of cells away from the blood. It is a blood product and generous lactation depends on a healthy supply of a blood to the breasts and good circulation. The blood supply to the breasts during pregnancy and lactation increases greatly. If you look at any photo of a mother feeding her baby with the breasts exposed you can see the very large and prominent blood vessels all over the surface of her breasts. There is one notorious video on YouTube of a mother drinking her own milk. Comments below controversial, attention-catching videos like this on YouTube often attract abuse and the comment 'Fake!' Whether this milk that we see this woman drinking is real, her own, or not, it is clear from the photo that she is lactating and presumably feeding a baby. (The milk looks completely authentic to me and has the typical, watery grey colour of expressed breast-milk.)
I have conducted an investigation of mother's milk making use of the RBT. I was able to obtain a small sample of milk from a friend and put a drop in some normal saline, exactly as if it were blood and I were doing the RBT on it. The fat globules are clearly recognisable under the microscope and these turned out to have a very long disintegration time, holding on to their shape for ages, much longer than red blood cells maintain their normal shape in saline. The capacity of the globules to maintain their structure really impressed me. This seems to be, above all, the natural function of a healthy orgone energy charge, to maintain the life-functions and structures of any living system or cells. To compare this with 'formula' milk I bought a 100ml carton of ready made artifical milk and did the same with it. The milk was not nearly so structured as mother's milk and what visible structure there was broke down much more quickly than the breast-milk. ( A better test would be to use milk freshly mixed out of a tin of milk powder, but this is rather expensive to buy and I do not have any other use for this item, so I made do with the ready-made carton.) Obviously a single test cannot be considered as definitive at all, but the results are very suggestive and do confirm a huge difference in the orgonotic vitality of the two types of milk. This is what we would expect, but it seems an important achievement to be able to demonstrate it scientifically.
Results from the second RBT were even more remarkable, the breast-milk surviving the incredible 30-minute assault of the high temperature, 120oC, whereas the bottle-milk (formula) broke down to a completely formless mush. I was appalled by the gigantic difference. When I did this test a few years ago C O R E did not have available very high magnification levels on our Olympus microscope and I was not able to examine the sample for T-bacilli. We now have the facilities needed to do that.
For more detailed information on these tests, please see Reich's original writing on them in The Cancer Biopathy, pages 170-171 and 37-41. There is also an excellent article in Annals of the IOS, vol 6, September, 1989, pages 76-82. We can send a photo-copy of this to interested students. I daresay it is available for downloading from their website, though I haven't checked on that.
Since I have been asked to talk about the RBT in Italy next October, I will repeat these tests and film the findings. (I didn't have filming facilities available at the time of the first tests either.) So... I need a sample or two of breast-milk. Just in case someone in Preston or nearby is reading this and you are feeding a baby, will you please contact me (email@example.com), if you you are willing to donate a few mls of your milk for the important purpose of orgonomic research. (PS July 2014: needless to say, I didn't get any volunteers offering samples in time for the Rome conference and so had to leave that idea out of my presentation. It is still important to obtain film of this method of testing mother's milk So, on the unlikely chance that someone in Lancashire, say, is reading this and is feeding her own baby at the moment, I would much appreciate a small sample to do this test on. If you are interested in supporting C O R E's vital research in this area, you are welcome to observe while I put your milk through the test. I am sure any mother would find the experiment very interesting to watch. Please contact us here.
Posted January 1st, 2013, last revised March 12th, 2019.
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