The Health Corner Vol. 21 – Neurogenic Switching
In my last article, I discussed Nutrition Response Testing and blocked regulation. Now I would like to talk about another problem with which some of my patients present called Neurogenic switching.
Neurogenic switching is a phenomenon in which the parasympathetic, sympathetic, or both systems are switched in relation to the patient’s activity level. In normal regulation the parasympathetic system goes down from a lying to a standing position, while the sympathetic system goes up. In neurogenic switching, instead of the parasympathetic nervous system going down in activity when the patient moves from lying to standing, it goes up. In essence, it regulates in the opposite direction of what it is supposed to do, hence the term switching. This is also called parasympathetic up-regulation. Sometimes the sympathetic system is down-regulated instead of the normal up-regulation when going from lying to standing. I have even seen cases where both systems were malfunctioning, which is termed double switching.
I think of switching as being the presence of a short circuit in the body which needs to be corrected before the “analyzer” (body) will properly function. Do you remember the voltmeter? The voltmeter must be working correctly before it can be used to measure electrical circuits. So it is with the body. The ‘analyzer’, or the body, must also be working correctly before it can be used to measure the different reflexes.
Just as blocked regulation has its own clinical implications, so does neurogenic switching. Unlike blocking, which causes a program of supplements to fail to work, switching will cause the patient to react adversely to the clinical program. Even though the correct program may have been given to the patient, he or she will react inappropriately to it. Many times the patient’s condition will appear to worsen, even though he or she is doing the program faithfully. This is a tell-tale sign that switching is present. So, if a patient is going along and improving, and then suddenly his program is not working and he appears to be getting worse, it is time to check to see if switching is involved. This has happened to me countless times, and I have noticed that once the switching is corrected the program starts to work again.
There are 108 different switching “circuits” so the best way to check for switching is by using the heart rate variability instrumentation. Once switching is verified, the practitioner can proceed to check the 108 circuits to find the exact switched circuit needing correction and fix it.
Incidentally, there are two switching circuits in the body that usually account for 80% of patients who are switched. The rest of the time, switching may occur in any of 106 other circuits. Only an advanced clinical training graduate, such as myself, is equipped to handle these cases.
The thoroughness of finding and correcting blocking and switching is only taught in Nutrition Response Testing. Once these second and third foundational pillars are correctly handled, the “analyzer” is now able to function correctly and can be used to perform the next step of the procedure which is the reflex analysis.
Next time, I would like to describe in more detail how a reflex analysis is done and what I, as the practitioner, might do to correct any weak reflexes found.
Until then, here’s to your good health!
Dr. Jon R. Link