Some basic information about the Autonomic Nervous System is helpful to understand how Nutrition Response Testing™ (NRT™) works. The ANS is known as the master regulator of metabolism, controlling the working organs and glands in the body. It is also known as the involuntary nervous system, meaning we cannot control it with our minds. For example, as you read this your heart is beating at a certain rate – you are not doing anything to control how fast it beats. That is controlled by the ANS. The ANS regulates breathing, heart rate, digestion, immune function, sleep patterns, hormone regulation, blood pressure, blood sugar levels, tissue regeneration, and liver and kidney detoxification.
The autonomic nervous system contains two parts. The sympathetic nervous system is known in layman’s terms as the “fight or flight” mechanism. This is the aspect of the nervous system that gives your “get up and go.” It functions at higher levels during the course of your day and when you are up and moving around, and becomes crucially important during high periods of stress. The parasympathetic nervous system is also known as the “rest and digest” aspect of the nervous system. This aspect of our nervous system allows you to wind down and relax, or digest the food you’ve eaten.
Throughout the day, our nervous system is moving between sympathetic and parasympathetic activity – but never both at the same time. For optimal health to occur, it is important that a person have the ability to move easily between the two, and that the ANS never gets stuck in either sympathetic or parasympathetic mode.
While we cannot control the nervous system with out minds, the ANS is constantly perceiving and registering input from the outside world. For example. if it is hot outside, nerve fibers perceive that heat and send a message to the brain, which in turn signals the body to sweat and cool down.
Originally developed by physicians, NRT™ grew out of the need to detect and correct problems of the ANS. NRT™ uses muscle response testing through biofeedback of the ANS to determine disturbances and potential remedies. NRT™ is a functional assessment of the ANS, which measures bodily function (or dysfunction). It does not measure disease. Once the imbalances are identified we design a clinical nutrition program specifically around the individual’s ANS challenges.
In medical practice there are two key parts: the diagnosis (identifying and/or naming the “disease” or syndrome), and the treatment (Drugs, Surgery, etc).
In NRT™ we do not diagnose or treat disease, but we also have two parts: the analysis and the individually designed clinical nutrition program.
Therefore, we first perform an analysis, and then we design a natural clinical nutrition program to handle the challenges/stresses affecting the condition of vour body.
The analysis is done through the body’s own acupuncture points and neurological reflexes. NRT™ is a study of how the different points on the surface of the body relate to the state of health and to the flow of energy in each and every organ of the body. NRT™ is a functional assessment of the body and its autonomic nervous system.
Each NRT™ reflect represents a specific organ, tissue, or function, and indicates the effect that energy, or lack of energy, is having on the body. By analyzing the NRT™ reflexes, we have a system of monitoring your body at each visit that has proven to be extremely accurate clinically, and that helps us identify exactly what the body needs and how well we are meeting that need.
Accessing Neurological Reflexes
During a procedure such as an electrocardiograph, a doctor is measuring the electrical energy from the heart. This electrical energy is what is recorded by the electrocardiograph in the form of a graph or chart. The doctor then studies the chart and is able to better understand the function of the heart.
Instead of connecting electrodes to specific points being tested, the NRT™ practitioner contacts reflex points with his/her hand. With his/her other hand he/she will test the muscle response of your extended arm. If the reflex being contracted is active, the nervous system will respond by reducing the energy to the extended arm and the arm will weaken and drop. This drop signifies underlying stress or dysfunction, which can be affecting your health.
The Individually Designed Clinical Nutrition Program
Once the weak area(s) of the body are identified, we determine what organ or system is causing most of the difficulties of the body. We then test possible stresses, including: food allergies, various immune challenges, chemical exposure, heavy metal exposure, viral activity, etc.
Once the stresses are identified, the next step is to test specific, time-tested, proven, high-quality nutritional formulas against those weak areas. Nutritional formulas may include whole food complexes, herbal remedies and homeopathic remedies. We have consistently found that the use of synthetic supplements (most commonly used today) can frequently weaken or worsen the health of the patient and therefore are not used in our practice. The design of the correct nutritional program is reflected in restoring strength to weak reflexes.
Clinical evidence and research tells us that when we have found the correct nutritional supplements using NRT™, and when we work out a personalized nutritional supplement schedule, we have accomplished the most important first step in correcting the underlying imbalance that caused the reflect to be active in the first place. By following the program as precisely as possible, you are well on your way to restoring normal function and improving your health.
NRT™ uses individually designed clinical nutrition to correct the cause or root of the problem, so the body can regain the ability to correct itself. NRT™ provides an objective way in which to evaluate the current state of your health and a clear, simple way to monitor your health in the future.