Doing a Body Scan
A body scan is a procedure for addressing all of the common reflexes of the body plus any other issues that the patient may want to have addressed. For instance, if he is having low back problems the low back can be checked to see if there is an imbalance of energy in that area of the body which may need attention. Or, let us say that he is having a muscle problem or a skin issue which is of concern to him. Whatever the issue might be, if it is brought to the practitioner’s attention it can be added to the reflex exam. If it is something which might require support, then the reflex when tested will thus indicate so by going weak.
There are more than thirty commonly checked reflexes in a body scan. Each reflex is checked by ‘therapy localizing’ (placing a hand on the reflex to be checked) and then testing the arm of the patient in order to determine its relative strength or weakness. Either the patient or the practitioner can do the therapy localizing to make the assessment. Routinely, the patient can be checked in either the standing, sitting, or lying position. So let us briefly look at the reflexes which are most often checked.
Starting at the top of the body there are four main reflexes for the brain. These can each indicate different problems which may exist with the patient. Again, understand that the reflex exam does not play into the medical diagnostic model. It only assesses energy imbalances in the area being tested which may or may not need to be addressed at that time. This is dependent on what the body indicates is the priority reflex.
If the testing muscle tests weak for a particular reflex it is indicated on the patient record and the practitioner moves on to check the next reflex. Other reflexes include the following: pituitary, frontal sinuses, eyes, maxillary sinuses, upper and lower jaw, tonsils, thyroid, mediastinum (which includes the thymus, esophagus and upper bronchus), heart, lungs, stomach, gall bladder, liver, spleen, pancreas, small intestine, large intestine (to include the ascending, transverse, descending, and sigmoid portions), uterus and ovaries in women, bladder, prostate in males, adrenals, and kidneys. If there are any other concerns of the patient they will be checked after these initial reflexes are tested.
Now that the reflex exam is completed the practitioner is likely to have two or more reflexes which are indicated as weak. Another one of the very unique characteristics of Nutrition Response Testing is assessing the priority of more than one weak reflex by letting the body indicate the reflex which needs to be addressed first. For instance, if the individual tested has four weak reflexes, then the priority check will tell the practitioner which one of the reflexes needs to be addressed above the others. And here is the beauty of prioritizing … by addressing the priority very often several of the other reflexes may end up being handled, thus reducing the need for a load of supplements.
As an example, let us say that the thyroid, adrenal, heart, and small intestine all are indicated as weak reflexes on a particular patient. In this case the body tells the practitioner that the small intestine is the priority and needs to be addressed first. So the practitioner then corrects the problem with the small intestine by finding the needed program to address it. Then he tests the thyroid, adrenals, and heart again and finds that they are no longer weak. Therefore, the practitioner finds that handling the weak small intestine has also corrected the other weak reflexes. This is a huge advantage of Nutrition Response Testing because it ensures that the smallest nutritional program is recommended to the patient at the time of treatment.
Now, let us return for a look at handling the priority reflex in more detail. Once the priority is identified, it is checked against the five common stressors, which were discussed in earlier articles. (At every step of the procedure these common stressors (food sensitivities, immune challenges, heavy metals, chemicals, and scars) need to be checked to see if they are exerting any influence at the particular ‘layer’ that is being addressed at that time.) Any stressor which is identified as causing the muscle reflex to be weak must be addressed before nutritional support is even considered. Most of the time, by addressing the stressors and correcting for them, the individual does not need any additional nutritional support.
The possibilities of reflex involvement are extensive, if not infinite. Do not think, as in the example above, that these four reflexes are always connected. That is certainly not the case. Anything can cause anything, a principle which the medical model cannot entertain because its thinking is linear, or mechanistic. A causes B which causes C is the medical line of reasoning. In application, they view symptoms as the result of specific conditions. Not so with Nutrition Response Testing. The symptoms may give us a clue as to what is going on but often do not lead us to the immediate cause of the problem. For example, let us look at heartburn. The medical model suggests stomach issues. While that may be the cause there are a host of other issues that may result in the symptom of heartburn. Nutrition Response Testing is designed to find those issues and address them in the proper sequence, finding the causative factors, and treating the problem with the fewest number of supplements necessary.
After the reflex exam is complete and the program for the patient’s particular issues is found, the next step is that of doing a digestive check, sensitivity check, and finally a regulation check. The practitioner needs to ensure that the patient can digest the supplements which have been recommended, by doing the digestive check. Next, he checks to see if the patient is sensitive to any of the recommended program. And finally, it is important to ensure that the program does not overwhelm the patient and disrupt autonomic nervous system regulation. If everything checks out, then the procedure is completed except for the dosage procedure. If any of the above checks do not test affirmatively then adjustments and corrections need to be made to get an affirmative response.
The Nutrition Response Procedure is very well designed to protect the patient and provide the most beneficial and effective program possible to help return him to a higher level of health. In the next article we will talk about individualized clinical nutrition, another very unique aspect of Nutrition Response Testing.