The Health Corner Vol. 16 – Unique Nutrition Response Testing I
In my last several articles, we have been discussing the health process and Nutrition Response Testing. I have provided an overview of the health/sickness continuum and several case studies of patients I have seen and been able to help with this procedure, thus illustrating how the health process is positively affected by it.
Now I would like to more fully emphasize the uniqueness of this cutting-edge, state-of-the-art testing procedure. I think you will see even more clearly how very different it is from the mainstream approach to health.
The first thing we need to understand is that Nutrition Response Testing gives the tester the ability to ‘read’ or communicate with the body of the patient, so he or she can pinpoint what particular support needs to be given. I have found that the body is my best guide in regards to helping a patient attain good health. Any nutritional support I give is just that, support, as the body naturally reaches for a state of homeostasis. Nutrition Response Testing, quite simply maximizes the body’s natural movement toward a disease-free state instead of just working to get a patient symptom-free. This is very different from mainstream medicine’s approach, which uses a list of symptoms as a tool for analysis and treatment of illness.
A characteristic of Nutrition Response Testing that is wholly unique is what I refer to as its “pyramid approach” to finding and correcting abnormalities. A pyramid can be seen to have layers, the foundation of which contains the problems that need to be worked on first, before proceeding to the next layer of issues. If a practitioner works the pyramid properly, one layer at a time, he or she will end up with a complete structure that is indestructible and will withstand the test of time. But, paramount to identifying that first layer is making sure the patient’s body can be ‘read’ properly.
When I begin to work with a new patient, the first step foundationally speaking is to make sure the patient has a properly functioning autonomic nervous system. This system is made up of two parts, the sympathetic and the parasympathetic. The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for fright, flight, and fight reactions, and the parasympathetic nervous system oversees rest and digestion. In a properly functioning body, this autonomic nervous system as a whole is well able to regulate body function. Nutrition Response Testing is singular in that the testing procedure assesses the function of the autonomic nervous system and helps the practitioner correct any abnormality that might be found. The reason this is so important is that the body reflexes are under autonomic nervous system control. If this system is not functioning, I cannot do a proper reflex analysis, and therefore cannot help the patient successfully.
Once I have assessed and corrected any malfunction in a patient’s autonomic nervous system, I am ready to do a reflex exam. This exam is a muscle testing technique designed to find any weak reflexes in the body. A weak muscle reflex is an indicator to the practitioner of the need for support to the corresponding organ or organ system. There is no guess work here, which gives me confidence to know that I can really help the patient regain health by giving him or her the correct support tailored to his or her particular needs.
At this point, we have discussed the preliminary portion of the Nutrition Response Testing procedure. I hope you can clearly see the advantages of this kind of testing. There are no needles, or big, expensive machines involved, but Nutrition Response Testing is still able to pinpoint a patient’s problem quickly and effectively just by consulting the body on what it needs to attain optimal health. This seems to me to be better than the hit and miss approach of expensive medical testing followed by prescribing first one expensive medication and then another if the first doesn’t work.
When we meet again, I will continue to discuss the process of Nutrition Response Testing and how it helps me to find just the right nutritional support for each patient with whom I work.
Until then, here’s to your good health!
Dr. Jon R. Link