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Thanks for the correction and the additions, Jorge.

I seem to have mixed up ‘antigen’ and ‘antibody’, and I missed the immune complexes.

One question relating to these immune complexes. As I understand them, they are the result of the binding of the antibodies that are produced by our immune system to the antigens that are produced by the invader (in this case: candida). However, this is all on the molecular level, so it’s invisible under a microscope.

I’m specifically asking about this point because in Europe (don’t know about the USA), LBA is marketed as being able to see candida cells (!) in the blood through a microscope. This, of course, is nonsense, so it’s no surprise that LBA (at least in its European form) was quite easily proved a scam.

How about the USA form of LBA? What exactly does it see through the microscope?

And, back to the candida: in my understanding, immune cells diffuse through the body (they can leave the bloodstream), encounter candida, and then produce antibodies. These antibodies can then be detected in the blood (that’s what I was talking about in my first response), even though the candida itself is not present in the blood. Is this part of my understanding still correct, or am I missing something here too?

Rabelais