The Health Corner Vol. 20 – Blocked Regulation

In my last article, I discussed the autonomic nervous system and its importance to Nutrition Response Testing. I talked about how the success of this procedure depends on the autonomic nervous system (ANS) working properly in a given patient. Now I want to talk about what I, as a Nutrition Response Testing practitioner, can do when a patient’s ANS is what is called ‘blocked’, thus ensuring that an accurate reflex exam can be done.

First off, it is important to define the term regulation. Regulation is the ability of the autonomic nervous system to change in accordance with the demands that are placed upon it. A healthy individual who has open regulation has an ANS that adapts correctly in response to a given stimulus. For instance, when one is lying down the parasympathetic nervous system should be more active or up-regulated, as compared to when he stands up. When he stands up, the sympathetic nervous system should be more prevalent. When this is not the case, the patient has blocked regulation.

Autonomic nervous system regulation can be blocked, or unable to respond to change, in either the sympathetic or parasympathetic systems. Sometimes both systems are affected, which is called a double block. One effect this might have on the patient is that it can cause any reflex exam done to be skewed or inaccurate. Let me give an example of this phenomenon.

Let’s say that on testing an individual, the practitioner does not first ensure that the patient has open regulation. Upon completing the reflex analysis he finds that the tonsils, lungs, spleen, and small intestine reflexes are weak. He proceeds with giving a supplement program for these reflexes. But on the next visit, the patient reports no change and does not seem to be getting better. The practitioner tests regulation at this point and finds that the individual is blocked in the umbilical (or ‘belly-button’) reflex. The practitioner then proceeds to fix this blocked reflex and performs another reflex analysis. This exam shows the thyroid to be weak. Assuming that there is no other blocked regulation (and no neurogenic switching) present, he can continue with the procedure to place the individual on the correct program, with more assurance that this time the patient will get the positive outcome expected.

Autonomic nervous system regulation is so imperative to the success of Nutrition Response Testing, I use the gold standard for determining ANS regulation blocking and neurogenic switching (which will be discussed in the next section), the Heart Rate Variability monitor (HRV). This instrument is capable of measuring the function of the autonomic nervous system under stress to see if it is operating correctly. This testing is non invasive and gives me, as the practitioner, assurance that the patient is in no way blocked or switched. Incidentally, Nutrition Response Testing is the only procedure that uses HRV in its protocol.

Even though I always use HRV on a new patient to determine ANS regulation, I still check regulation again when I begin the actual testing procedure. This involves placing a hyperextended hand over the belly button of the patient and pressing on his or her extended arm to see if there is a lock or if the muscle goes weak. (We discussed the difference between a locked muscle and a weak muscle in a previous article.) By extending or stretching the fingers backward and keeping the fingers and thumb together, I create an energy field, which when placed over the energy field around the belly button affects the arm muscle, when challenged. Ideally, when I do this the muscle should go weak. If it remains locked I know that a block exists in the circuit being tested. The circuit which is blocked must be corrected by finding out which of the five major stressors is causing a problem. The stressors that Nutrition Response Testing considers are immune challenges, food sensitivities, heavy metals and chemicals poisoning, and active scars. Sometimes the patient has more than one stressor affecting regulation. A block can be corrected only after any and all stressors are found and handled. And it is only then that I can proceed with a proper reflex exam.

As you can now see, a patient’s regulation is very important to the Nutrition Response Testing procedure. But it is not the only factor involved which will determine whether the testing will be successful in helping the patient. When next we meet, I would like to discuss neurogenic switching, another phenomenon that can cause a patient to be unable to experience the results he or she is looking to obtain, if not corrected.

Until then, here’s to your good health!

Dr. Jon R. Link