Correcting the Autonomic Nervous System (“ANS”)

Nutrition Response Testing™ utilizes muscle testing in order to determine which area of the body should be addressed first. This is not woo-woo science. The body is one great big electrical feedback unit, and the nervous system provides the core of that feedback unit.

Your body should be able to multitask. You should be able to walk down the street, chew gum, talk to the person next to you, notice that the light has turned from green to red, smell the smoke that’s burning the building three blocks away, and hear the sirens coming from behind you. In other words, your nervous system should be able to multitask.

If your body is not able to multitask, you won’t be able to do more than one thing at a time. If, for example, a patient’s primary complaint is that they are having difficulty breathing while performing aerobic activities, or they get knee pain when going up stairs, or they have headache pain that occurs at apparently random times for “no reason,” Dr. Suzan Starler, D.C will use Nutrition Response Testing™ to find out which area of the body is most challenged at that moment. The patient is asked to hold out their arm, make it strong, and match the resistance that Dr. Suzan adds by pressing on the strong arm. Once a strong testing muscle has been identified, Dr. Suzan will immediately go to the area of complaint, gently apply pressure over the area, and if there in fact is a problem with that area, the patient will not be able to maintain the strength of the testing arm muscle. The body’s neurologic reflexes will cause more input to be focused on the area of complaint, and less on the testing arm, effectively causing the testing muscle to go weak. If, conversely, an area of the body other than the main area of complaint is challenged, then the testing muscle may stay strong, or if it is contributing to the area of complaint, it may go weak again. Either response provides valuable information and ultimately helps determine which area should first be addressed and which nutritional supplements may provide the most support for the patient. Providing that support will help the body’s antonomic nervous system operate at a higher level of efficiency, and thus hasten improvement.

How Nutrition Response Testing™ Works

When consulting with patients regarding their nutritional concerns, Dr. Suzan Starler, D.C., uses a system called Nutrition Response Testing™. Nutrition Response Testing™ helps Dr. Suzan determine which area of the body needs the most nutritional help at that time, and which nutritional support will best serve each individual’s needs in order to help restore your overall health and vitality.

Nutrition Response Testing™, is not used to diagnose or treat disease. There are two parts to the process: the analysis and the individually designed clinical nutrition program. First Dr. Suzan performs an analysis, and the information gained is then utilized to design a natural clinical nutrition program to handle the challenges/stresses affecting the patient’s body.
The analysis is done utilizing the body’s own acupuncture points and neurological reflexes. Nutrition Response Testing™ 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; it is a functional assessment of the body and its autonomic nervous system.

Each Nutrition Response Testing™ reflex 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 reflexes, Dr. Suzan has a system of monitoring your body at each visit that has proven to be extremely accurate clinically, and that helps her identify exactly what the body needs and how well those needs are being met.

Once the weak area(s) of the body are identified, Dr. Suzan can determine which organ or system is causing most of the body’s challenges. At that point, she will test for possible stressors such as food allergies, various immune challenges, chemical exposure, heavy metal exposure, viral activity, etc.

Once the stressors 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. The design of the correct nutritional program is reflected in restoring strength to weak reflexes.
Just as each individual’s problems are unique to that individual, each protocol is unique for each patient. Should you have any questions as to whether or not this is a good fit for you, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Suzan. If you would like a verbal response, please be sure to leave your phone number, and the time of day when it is most convenient for you to receive a call back.

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Why Salad Might Not Be The Best Choice After All

September 24, 2015
by Dana Poblete for Thrive Market

Why Salad Might Not Be The Best Choice After All

Have you heard? Salad is Public Enemy No. 1 right now—much to the dismay of faithful dieters everywhere, and a delight to all of its naysayers.
Let’s be totally honest: How often have we sat down to lunch and stared into a pile of lettuce wishing it would morph into something more tantalizing? Plenty. But the health benefits are worth the sacrificial sad salad of iceberg lettuce, cucumbers, and a few carrot shavings, right? Wrong.

Salad is a sly one at inspiring the health halo effect. But its role in the human diet and the environment is anything but angelic. Lettuce is little more than a glorified garnish to heaps of other fillers like celery and cucumbers, and all too often, these ingredients swim in high-calorie dressing with the sodium content of a salt lick. And just because a salad is green, doesn’t mean it’s green. Lettuce alone requires its fair share of water and fossil fuels to get from farm to table, where it delivers only a nominal amount of nutrition.
But don’t get us wrong; salad can often be a smart and satisfying meal option. Here are six do’s and don’ts to ensure a sad salad will never be had again.

Do it yourself.

Don’t pat yourself on the back for ordering a Cobb salad from a chain restaurant.
A typical California Cobb salad—topped with bleu cheese, ranch, and bacon—from a national chain restaurant could have as much as 1,030 calories and a whopping 1,680 milligrams of sodium. A safer way to ensure a healthier salad: Make it at home where you can handpick the most nutritious ingredients and control the portions.

Do start with nutrient-rich greens.

Don’t stick to plain lettuce.
In 2011, lettuce was grown on 206,000 acres of California’s 25.3 million acres of total farm land. That’s a lot considering it’s only slightly more nutritious than water, which comprises about 96 percent of each leaf. Okay, all vegetables are mostly water—but still, iceberg lettuce pales in comparison to other greens like kale and spinach when it comes to nutritional value. (One hundred grams of spinach contains 188 percent of daily requirements for vitamin A and 47 percent for vitamin C, compared to the same amount of iceberg lettuce, which provides 10 percent and 5 percent, respectively.)
And have you tasted iceberg lettuce? We haven’t. (Get it?) Try arugula, also known as rocket, for a salad with a peppery bite. Better nutrition and more flavor just from ditching plain old lettuce? Sounds like an easy win.

Do throw in tons of colorful vegetables.

Don’t throw together a bunch of garnishes.
Just like lettuce, cucumber and radishes contain very little nutrition on top of high water density compared to other vegetables. Some people claim celery is a negative-calorie food, meaning it may require more energy to digest than the energy it actually delivers to the body. Although this is a controversial point, why load a salad with fillers when there are a rainbow of vegetables out there that can pack essential vitamins and minerals into a single meal?
Be adventurous and add in some sautéed Brussels sprouts or mushrooms, or roast some sweet potatoes to mix into a salad for plenty of nutrition and an added dimension of flavor and texture. Sweet potatoes are among the vegetables with the lowest water content (about 77 percent). Plus, cooked vegetables are typically easier to digest than a fully raw salad.

Do add healthy protein.

Don’t add processed protein.
The easy way to salad nirvana is to pile on barbecued or fried chicken strips, maybe a handful of cheese, and a dollop of sour cream. It’s tempting, but it’s a quick way to negate the whole point of eating salad. Instead, go for a healthy dose of protein in the form of a hard-boiled egg. Sustainable tuna and wild-caught salmon are also great options, and provide essential omega-3 fatty acids. For vegetarians and vegans, try flaxseeds, which also contain omega-3s, as well as legumes like garbanzo beans. If you gotta have the cheese and the sour cream, opt for organic, and do it in moderation.

Do experiment with homemade dressings.

Don’t reach for store-bought ranch or bleu cheese every time.
We get it—sometimes it feels like only excess amounts of oil and croutons can save a salad. But one serving of bleu cheese dressing can contain about 142 calories and 280 milligrams of sodium—more than all the rest of the salad ingredients combined, in some cases. A simple homemade citrus vinaigrette made with extra virgin olive oil, champagne vinegar, lemon juice and zest, cracked black pepper, and sea salt will do the trick. Keep dressing portions to two tablespoons.

Do compost uneaten salad.

Don’t throw it in the garbage.
It’s easy to be overly ambitious about a commitment to eating salad; greens can turn into slime quickly in the fridge when we’re rushing to and from work and enjoying more decadent lunches and dinners out. That may be why 1 billion pounds of lettuce ends up in landfills each year. If salad ingredients go to waste, don’t throw them in the garbage; it’s destined to rot in a landfill, releasing methane into the atmosphere. Instead, make an effort to compost your greens so that they can go right back into the soil. Ultimately, be mindful of how much lettuce and other produce you will realistically eat.

If you’ve been looking for a reason to pass on the salad, go ahead and skip it in favor of another nutritious, veggie-heavy meal like a stir fry or veggie bowl.

But if you wholeheartedly love it, or a salad is the most conscientious option next to a double cheeseburger and fries, go for a big bowl of greens. Just go the extra mile and choose your salad ingredients wisely.
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