Some basic information about the Autonomic Nervous System (“ANS”) is helpful to understand how Nutrition Response Testing™ 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 automatic or 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, repair, digest” aspect of the nervous system. This aspect of our nervous system allows you to wind down and relax, digest the food you’ve eaten, and repair any portion of your body that has broken down.
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 our 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, Nutrition Response Testing™ grew out of the need to detect and correct problems of the ANS. Nutrition Response Testing™ uses muscle 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 a clinical nutrition program can be designed which is unique to each 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).
With Nutrition Response Testing™, 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 your 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, 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.
Once the weak area(s) of the body are identified, we determine which organ or system is causing most of the difficulties the body. We then 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.
Clinical evidence and research tells us that when we have found the correct nutritional supplements using Nutrition Response Testing™, 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 reflex 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.
Dr. Suzan Starler, D.C. is one of a small handful of doctors internationally who have received “ACT” or Advanced Clinical Training utilizing Nutrition response Testing™. Please feel free to view the above video and/or contact Dr. Suzan directly if you have any further questions concerning Nutrition Response Testing™.