What alternative health

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A list of tests which have little or no diagnostic value. Includes information on

BLOOD TESTS: Biological Terrain Assessment (BTA), Bolan's Clot Retraction Test, Clifford Reactivity Materials Testing (CMRT) for selecting dental filling materials, cytotoxic testing (also called Metabolic Intolerance Test), ELISA/ACT, HealthPrint, Live Blood Cell Analysis (also called LBA, Live-cell Analysis, Nutritional Blood Analysis, and Hemaview), mercury testing for "amalgam toxicity", Nutrabalance, OncoDiagnosticator, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) for Lyme disease, and Polymerase Chain Reaction;

SALIVA TESTS: Biological Terrain Assessment, herbal crystallization analysis, salivary hormone tests for menopause and aging and urine/saliva pH test (also called Reams test, Bio-Energy Metabolic Efficiency Analysis, Biological Immunity Analysis, and Nutri Energy Systems Analysis);

URINE TESTS: Anabolic/Catabolic Index (ACI), Biological Terrain Assessment, Lyme Antigen Urine Test [LUAT], PrivaTest (Ideal Health), mercury testing for amalgam toxicity, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) for Lyme disease, urine/saliva pH test (also called Reams test);

DUBIOUS DEVICES: Amalgameter, BTA S2000, Bioscan 2010, Cancer Detector LEC-03, Electronic-Allergo Sensitivity Test, Electrodermal screening (also called electroacupuncture of Voll (EAV), bioelectric functions diagnosis (BFD), and electrodiagnosis), Insight 7000 (to detect "subluxations"), Quantum Xrroid, Radionics devices, spinal heat-detecting devices (handheld — including Analagraph, Neurocalometer, Nervo-Scope, Nervoscope, and Temp-o-Scope), Surface Electromyography (to follow patient progress), Synchrometer for detecting cancers, Toftness Radiation Detector, and Vegatest Device;

IMAGING PROCEDURES: Cancer Detector LEC-03, Cavitat ultrasonography, Chiropractic Biophysics X-Ray Analysis, Contour analysis (also called moire contourography), full-body CT scans, inappropriate ultrasound testing, Keepsake Ultrasound Imaging, Kirlian photography, Polycontrast Interference Photography (PIP), SPECT testing at the Amen Clinics, thermography, ultrasound monitoring of stroke patients, ultrasound screening (self-referred) via mobile units and Videofluoroscopy;

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION PROCEDURES: Contact Reflex Analysis, iridology, leg-length testing for "pelvic deficiency" or "subluxations", muscle-testing (applied kinesiology) for allergies and nutrient deficiencies, Nambutripad's Allergy Elimination Technique, O-Ring testing, phrenognomy, phrenology, Spinal Analysis Machine (S.A.M.);

SKIN TESTS: Patch test for mercury-amalgam hypersensitivity, and provocation-neutralization;

QUESTIONNAIRES: Ayurvedic "body type" questionnaire, BodyBalance Health Check Risk Assessment, Dr. Weil's Vitamin Adviser, Eckerd Drugs' "Personalized Vitamin" Questionnaire, Great Earth's Nutritional Fitness Profile (1990), LifeScript's Personal Health Profile, NutriPax Program, NutritionalTest.com questionnaires, NutriScan Targeted Health Assessment;

MISCELLANEOUS ANALYSES: AndroScreen testing, BioPhotonic Scanning, Bizarre Tooth Charts, Blind Spot Mapping, Body Benefits test (Sciona), "Brain Mapping", Ex-Vivo Apoptotic (EVA) Laboratory Assay, Genetic Testing (Overview: Genetics and Predictive Medicine, dubious tests, "Genovations" Genetic Test Kits), Graphology: How It Fools People, hair analysis, Lingual vitamin C test, Nugenix genetic profiling, NUTRI-SPEC Testing, and Mercury Assist Program (also called Health Assist Program);

INTERNET TESTING includes FDA cautions against buying diagnostic tests on the Internet.

(Information at Quackwatch)