The Health Corner Vol. 18 – Calibration
Last time, we referred to the first step in Nutrition Response Testing as ‘finding the lock’. We defined it as a procedure by which the practitioner determines if the patient has the ability to produce the necessary locked muscle for testing.
Now, I would like to discuss the next step in the Nutrition Response Testing procedure called calibration. According to Webster’s dictionary the word calibrate means “to adjust precisely for a particular function”. Calibration in relation to Nutrition Response Testing is then a process whereby the patient and doctor are able to develop a cooperative understanding and sense of a locked and weak muscle.
For illustrative purposes let us compare the use of a voltmeter on an electrical system to a practitioner calibrating a patient for testing. A voltmeter is a device used for measuring electrical phenomena like voltage, current, and amperes. Prior to using the voltmeter, the electrician must calibrate it to the electrical system that is to be tested. If the voltmeter is not calibrated the results, at the very least, will be inaccurate. So it is with the body. If a patient’s body is not calibrated for muscle testing, the results the practitioner obtains may be erratic, even faulty.
So, after I attain a locked muscle on a patient, I then must calibrate him or her, so that we can both agree on what a locked muscle or a weak muscle is with respect to that particular patient. That way, I know and the patient knows that when his or her muscle goes weak it is because the reflex I am testing really is weak. It is not a fluke, but an accurate result.
When calibrating a patient, I use the middle or the index finger to make contact with the bridge of the patient’s nose, using the finger pad and the fingernail side of the finger alternately. The finger tip of the finger has the opposite charge from that of the dorsum or ‘fingernail’ side. One side, when placed on the bridge of the nose, will cause the muscle of the arm to lock, and the other side will cause the muscle to go weak. This is because the human body is electrically charged (remember the volt meter illustration). The practitioner’s finger contains one charge that causes the lock on one side, either the finger pad or the fingernail, and the other inhibits it. As the practitioner, I never know which side will cause which reaction. The pad side may cause a locked muscle with one patient and a weak muscle with the next. This can even vary on the same patient from time to time.
There is no clinical significance to this phenomenon, as every patient is automatically capable of demonstrating a weak and locked muscle when calibrated. But it is an important tool to help the patient and practitioner find out what a weak muscle feels like versus a locked one on each individual. It also helps the practitioner teach the patient how to be an accurate muscle tester, by letting him or her get a feel for the lock, as the practitioner assesses exactly how much pressure to use in testing a particular patient’s arm. He can also more easily instruct the patient on whether to increase or decrease his or her resistance to achieve accurate results from the very start of testing.
This procedure can be very important throughout the rest of the testing procedure as well. If the tester begins to get results which appear to be out of the ordinary (many reflexes which all test weak in succession), then it is time to recalibrate to ensure the accuracy of the testing. This may have to be done several times on a new patient during the first evaluation or analysis, but it is well worth the effort to get accurate results.
Calibration may not be an important clinical tool per se, but it is a very important learning tool for both my patients and myself, as the practitioner. Once the patient feels the difference between the locked and weak muscle, and I get a feel for how much pressure to use in testing that patient’s arm, we can move forward to finding the patient’s problem reflexes. Then, I can provide the necessary support to help the patient’s body as it moves away from sickness and toward health.
When next we meet, I would like to talk about the autonomic nervous system, the system of the body we are evaluating when using Nutrition Response Testing.
Until then, here’s to your good health!
Dr Jon R. Link