Investigative Nutrition—What Is It?
Dr. Starler uses a variety of techniques to analyze the body’s reactions to various substances. She uses techniques that involve analyzing responses through the Autonomic Nervous System (“ANS”).
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 and digest” aspect of the nervous system. This aspect of our nervous system allows you to wind down and repair from illness or injury, 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.
What to Expect:
When a new patient first comes in, what he or she needs most will determine how Dr. Suzan first proceeds. Sometimes what is truly needed is not what the patient came in for, and at that point we switch gears. Nothing is written in stone. If a new patient comes in with the complaint of neck pain or low back pain, for example, that particular complaint may be due to something structural or it may be due to a chemical or physiologic imbalance. No two individuals are the same. The exam, assessment and analysis received is unique for each person. After the initial consultation, Dr. Suzan will recommend a course of treatment which is specific for each individual’s needs.
Many program recommendations are multi-faceted – and may include chiropractic care and/or neurologic rehabilitation, combined with home exercises, dietary suggestions, and lifestyle modifications.
Dr. Suzan wants to make sure that you get the care that you need, and that you have as much information as possible in order to make an informed, educated decision regarding that care. Most patients who adhere to their programs have positive changes within the first four to six weeks (some longer, some sooner). The choice, ultimately, is yours. The better you adhere to your program, the better your results.
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