Introduction to The Five Major Stressors
The five major stressors are the foundation principle of Nutrition Response Testing. They are the first thing that must be considered in resolving any malfunction. Even before doing a reflex analysis each foundational procedure starting with obtaining a lock, opening blocked regulation, and correcting neurogenic switching requires finding the stressor(s) at each one of these levels to effect correction if they are not functioning properly. If, at any of these levels the cause is not found and corrected, the system will simply not work to bring the body into balance.
It is analogous to trying to get a car engine working without replacing the old, worn out plugs, or correcting the timing, or fixing the alternator, or whatever else is causing the engine to malfunction. Each and every part of the system must be operating correctly for the engine to work the way it is designed to function. Of course, you might get it to operate for awhile with faulty spark plugs, or if it is out of timing a little bit, but ultimately the engine will fail because of the added burden required to keep it running.
So it is with the body. Each piece of the machinery must be in proper working condition for the body to operate effectively and last the maximum number of years possible.
Understanding and applying the principle of the stressors is what gives Nutrition Response Testing its unique and effective approach. It provides an early defense system to identify the cause of any problem in the body. Long before symptoms often occur, these stressors are at work causing the body to up-regulate or down-regulate its function in order to compensate for the damage being caused. This is comparable to an engine having to idle faster if the air and fuel are not correctly mixed in the proper ratio in the carburetor of a gasoline engine. The engine will be up-regulated to keep from stalling out, but at what expense to its overall function? As carbon builds up faster in the cylinders, there is more wear and tear on the piston rings. The engine will run hotter, the power will decline, and more gasoline will be used. The exhaust valves will pit and burn, and eventually the engine will become sludged up, a rod may break, and the engine will fail.
The same principle is applicable in the body. Any of the five major stressors will cause an unnecessary strain on the body for which the body will need to compensate. Often, this compensation may go on for years before any noticeable symptoms may occur. And then, when they do occur and the patient feels forced to see a doctor, the actual cause of these symptoms may not be a part of the corrective action. Very often, the course which is taken is solely for the purpose of alleviating the symptoms without actually addressing the cause and the sick individual is simply ‘managed’ in his sickness.
For instance, if a person develops ‘high blood pressure’, the patient is often given some type of blood pressure medication. This may initially control the numbers, but as time goes on the medication will be increased because the blood pressure begins to rise again. Then another medication is added, and sooner or later another is added. It is not uncommon for an individual, over several years, to be on three, four, or even more medications to control his blood pressure. And yet, it is a known fact that about 80% of the time high blood pressure is diagnosed as ‘essential hypertension’. That simply means that the elevated blood pressure is of unknown origin. No attempt is made to get to the cause of the elevated blood pressure; efforts are made just to bring it into what is considered the ‘normal’ range. The simple fact is that the body is up-regulating blood flow because it has to in order to compensate for either the need to supply more oxygen to some part of the body, or to eliminate an excess of carbon dioxide. So, giving blood pressure medication to force the blood pressure down is equivalent to throwing gasoline on a fire in order to put it out. But this is traditional medical thinking.
Unfortunately, the abovementioned scenario can have some disastrous results. For, after years of forcing the heart to function counter to what it needs to do in order to survive, it very often quits from total exhaustion and damage. And the underlying reason for all of this rests in the simple fact that the stressors causing this problem in the first place have totally been ignored. That is the beauty of Nutrition Response Testing. It considers the root causes (the stressors), and provides the necessary information on the support the body needs to bring these causative factors under control first. And then, if indicated, the system works to support the body with the necessary diet and supplementation so that it is then able to heal itself as it is programmed to do.
So let us look at the five major stressors and see how, by addressing them, one can assist the body to function optimally and heal itself. After all, under normal circumstances, when the body is able to comfortably maintain homeostasis, that is exactly what it will do. And there is no better way, in spite of what one may think, than to let the body handle its assigned responsibility of maintaining health. We only need take the responsibility of caring for it properly by attending to the six major areas of eating, drinking, breathing, thinking, resting, and exercising.
The first major area of stressors to the body is the category of food sensitivities. These are commonly and mistakenly referred to as allergies. True allergies will cause some type of immunoglobulin response. However, long before the body gets to this point where the immune system is actually attacking ‘food’ proteins or other foreign complexes, there exists the whole arena of sensitivities. These exist earlier on in the spectrum, and are often present long before the allergic condition occurs. They can be easily recognized using Nutrition Response Testing protocols and treated long before the immune system becomes over-stimulated by their persistent presence over time. If the process is not recognized and handled, the individual is then set up for chronic degenerative conditions. That is exactly what is happening today. Because the true source causes are not addressed in the traditional medical model, chronic degenerative conditions are rapidly becoming pandemic in the twenty-first century.
There are four major areas of food sensitivities. These are grains, sugars, dairy, and eggs. Grain sensitivities may at first be difficult to comprehend, but when one looks at the food pyramid and sees that seven to eleven servings of grain are recommended in this USDA approved food model it is more easily understood. The fact is that the grain eaten today in the United States has been ‘refined’, which simply means it is processed to avoid spoilage and has been stripped of most of its original food value. The ‘food’ in this group hardly passes for food. It therefore puts a tremendous strain on the body, especially in the digestive tract. This may well explain the fact that it has been estimated that between 11-18% of the American population has gluten sensitivity. Gluten is a protein found especially in wheat, rye, oats and barley. Because so much wheat, oats and rye are eaten the Nutrition Response Testing system routinely checks for sensitivities concerning them. Other grains checked using Nutrition Response Testing include corn, soy, brown and white spelt, millet, and whole grain sprout mix.
The sugars tested include white refined sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar, fruit sugar, and honey mix. It has been estimated that the average American around 1910 consumed about 5 pounds of sugar in a year. The estimates in this century are in the range of 180 pounds of sugar for the average American a year. Just about everything which is processed today is full of sugar, especially corn sugar. This averages to about ½ pound of sugar per day per American. This is a huge upset to the balance intended for the body and creates a great strain on the gastrointestinal tract and organ systems. Another glaring problem is created in the fact that microbes thrive on sugar so that this excess promotes microbial growth creating another imbalance in the body which it has to fight to control.
The next area of food sensitivities is dairy foods. This includes American cheese, Swiss cheese, cheese mix, pasteurized milk, and raw milk. Sadly, the American dairy industry has cunningly convinced the American public that milk is a perfect food. It has also been successful in convincing us that homogenized, pasteurized milk is better for us than raw milk. The truth is that processed (homogenized/pasteurized) milk creates another burden to the digestive tract. The homogenization process creates a change in the molecular arrangement of the milk molecules creating a stable suspension, and therefore the milk fat does not separate out of it. This process however, reduces the enzymatic action to break down the milk sugar which further fuels the fire. Lactose intolerance is the result of a combination of factors, two of which have already been alluded to.
We have been convinced that milk builds strong bones. If that is true, Americans should have healthy bones because we drink more milk than any other country in the world per person. And yet, we have one of the highest rates of osteoporosis. Consider these questions. What animal drinks milk after it has been weaned? What animal drinks the milk of another animal? What animal drinks homogenized pasteurized milk? The answer to all three of these questions is man. There are many studies to invalidate the present thinking, but the advertising has done and continues to do its job to sell milk. As a result we suffer from food sensitivities caused by the over indulgence of milk products, especially homogenized, pasteurized milk.
The last group of the food challenges is in the area of eggs. I eat eggs almost every day, but this could eventually become a problem. Here again, the quality of the eggs is a lot different from the free range eggs which grandma and grandpa grew up with on the farm. In Nutrition Response Testing commercial and organic eggs, egg yolks, and egg whites are routinely checked for sensitivities in patients.
In addition to these four major food groups which are routinely checked, the advanced clinical training modules presently includes another 56 food allergens and devotes an entire module to clearing the sensitivity to them. I know of no other ‘allergy clearing technique’ that is as comprehensive as this procedure. Again, this has evolved after years of research and has been refined to be fast, effective, and with no side effects or adverse reactions to deal with on the part of the patient. It is also safe and can handle several substances at one time. Did I mention it is painless and avoids the use of shots? Yes, it is the best treatment protocol available, in my opinion.
Having briefly covered the area of food sensitivities let us move into the area of immune challenges. It has already been mentioned that sugars are the principle food of bugs. So, unless one is willing to control sugar in the diet, microbes are going to be a continual problem.
There are four primary areas of immune challenges. These include viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Nutrition Response Testing is able to identify the correct classification of the offending microbes and then indicate the nutritional support to help the immune system to adequately remove these poachers without the side effects of antibiotics. Not only that, but, in Nutrition Response Testing, one is taught how to also effectively remove the dead critters so that there are no ill effects. Nutrition Response Testing counteracts the kill off response with specific draining principles to afford a smooth transition from the imbalanced state of microbial overgrowth to the balanced healthy state. Note I did not say all microbes should be eliminated. It is entirely preposterous to think that a sterile body is a healthy one. We would die without the necessary flora. The key is to maintain a healthy balance with them. Not only do they need us, but we need them also. A healthy balance is the key, and the only way to maintain a healthy balance is to maintain a healthy body.
Specifically, Nutrition Response Testing will identify which microbe or microbes need to be handled, and which drainage support will best remove the dead carcasses from the body. When both of these two conditions can be met, which Nutrition Response Testing does so effectively, one can expect results to be quick and effective with minimal to no side effects. It is really that simple.
The use of these principles as taught in Nutrition Response Testing have made it possible for me to see dramatic changes in individuals suffering from chronic health issues– sometimes in a matter of a few days. One is not blindly shooting at a target but using precision instrumentation and procedures to make a smooth transition back to a healthier state. Sometimes a miraculous recovery occurs, but one can expect that if someone has had a particular condition for years, then it is only reasonable that it could take months to clear it up. One has to understand that small steps in the right direction, consistently, over time, are the key to health.
The third major area of stressors affecting the body is that of heavy metals. Most of us are aware of mercury poisoning to a minor extent. This is the most common heavy metal toxicity, with aluminum coming in close behind. Nutrition Response has identified sixteen heavy metals as having harmful effects on the body. These include aluminum, antimony, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, gold, iron, lead, manganese, mercury, nickel, silver, tin, titanium, and zinc. Testing for these is routine in Nutrition Response Testing because of the frequency with which they are found. And nutrition Response Testing is capable of detecting the presence of these heavy metals long before they can be found using orthodox medical procedures.
Unfortunately, if the presence of these heavy metals is not found with traditional methods, many of these enzyme inhibitors are likely to go on causing bodily damage in the unsuspecting patient, thus causing an effective barrier to the restoration of health.
You may not be aware of all the insidious avenues by which these heavy metals are infused into the atmosphere. The avenues might include, but are certainly not limited to, cookware, antacids, antiperspirants, aluminum cans, kitchen utensils, paints, dental composites, poisons, pigments, dyes, wood preservatives, insecticides, wine, well water, seafood, treated lumber, medicines, cigarette smoke, copper plumbing, jewelry, vaccines, canned foods, vapor lamps, creams, newsprint, tap water, prostheses. The list goes on. Finding the presence of metals and eliminating them is one of the five major keys to health restoration. The time to look for these menaces is now and Nutrition Response Testing can help. This system will indicate the products to safely remove these heavy metals from the body and create a clean bodily environment which will thrive.
Many people have asked me about chelation therapy. Although this has helped many people, it is my professional opinion that Nutrition Response Testing is not only safer but has an effective means of measuring the removal of things like mercury, arsenic, aluminum, and lead from the body to the point where they no longer cause damage. No other system does this
The fourth major stressor is chemicals. Like heavy metals these toxic chemicals have permeated the environment. Nail polish remover, paint thinners and removers, drinking water, dry cleaned clothes, packaged foods, carpets, perfumes, cleaning products, exhausts, medications, herbicides, fungicides, bug-killers, laundry and housecleaning detergents, building materials, are just a few problematic substances. For instance, the average American consumes six pounds of preservatives in a year. At that rate he will not have to worry about being embalmed at death. His dead body will already be preserved.
These chemicals are everywhere and need to be addressed. Nutrition Response Testing provides a means of eliminating these substances, which leads to improving ones health. The common chemicals addressed in Nutrition Response Testing include acetates, chlorine, dry cleaning fluid, food dyes and colors, food preservatives, formaldehyde, heavy chemicals, hydrocarbons, medications, perfume and fragrances, pesticides, petroleum solvents, alcohol, and plastics. Once they have been identified and the source removed, they can be cleared. Again, each of is responsible to avoid those things which are going to harm the body. Nothing could be simpler than that. The procedures to remove these chemicals can be performed with the cooperative efforts of the individual and a Nutrition Response Testing practitioner.
Scars are considered to be the fifth of the five major stressors. How is this possible? In the discussion of the sympathetic nervous system it was shown that 80% of these fibers go to the surface of the skin. This abundance of fibers is so dense that if one were able to remove the skin from the body without upsetting the network of sympathetic nerve fibers underneath, the individual would still be recognizable. These sympathetic nerve fibers appear to run in what one might think to be a random unrecognizable pattern. But there is a coordinated flow of electrical energy under the skin of the body. This electrical energy may, in fact, have something to do with the energy field which has been discovered on the surface of the body using Kirlian photography.
Let us use an analogy to explain this flow of electrical energy. If one were to take a metal screen like that which is used for a screen window or door and connect a wire to one corner of the screen and another wire to the opposite corner, the screen would then become part of the circuit. As electricity is passed through this circuit it would create an even flow of current throughout the screen. If this could be visualized, the current would appear to be evenly dispersed. Now, let us take a knife and tear a straight line hole in the screen. The screen would no longer be functional, so in order to repair the screen without replacing it, one could take some fine metal wire and stitch up the straight line hole. The screen continues to function although it may look unsightly (depending on the skill of the person doing the repair). Nevertheless, when a current is now passed through the screen, the current no longer passes through in a uniform manner. At the site of the repair the electrical charge or current will be concentrated.
In comparing that analogy to the sympathetic nerve fibers on the skin, once a cut is made on the body the sympathetic nerve fibers are cut as well and they have to heal. This may occur in such a randomized fashion that the electrical flow along these fibers may become disrupted. The end result can often be a concentration of electrical energy in the area of the healing scar. Dr. Ulan refers to this effect as the scar acting like a condenser which collects electrical energy. As electrical energy is collected in this area it can randomly discharge small amounts of this energy. This random discharge of energy can most certainly upset the control and balance of this part of the ANS and subsequently effect the PNS as well, since both of these systems complement each other. If one is affected, it causes the other one to try to compensate. This is the delicate balance of neurological control which is always seeking to maintain homeostasis in the body.
Considering the effects of scars, it is important to realize the following facts. The size of the scar has no direct correlation with the effect it may have on ANS function. A small, seemingly insignificant scar may cause a great deal of harm as compared to a large scar which may have no effect on the individual at all. So size has no bearing on the effects a scar may or may not cause. Another important point of consideration is that a scar may be active for a protracted period of time, may be active spontaneously, may be inactive for years and suddenly, for no apparent reason, become active, and vice versa. When the possibility of scars being a stressor presents itself, it is important to check and correct the active scars as often as necessary until they are no longer present as active. Periodical checking is also a good idea because of the possibility of their becoming active again later in the future.
So, what does one do about an active scar? Topical application of wheat germ oil, wheat germ oil fortified, and sesame oil, whichever the scar tests for, often will inactivate a scar. This may occur immediately or take several weeks to accomplish. This method will be effective 60% of the time. Cold laser application is another method of inactivating a scar. This is done for a period of four minutes, usually in the office, but the practitioner can rent out a laser or have the patient buy one for home use. It is effective 80% of the time. The combination of laser and topical application is effective in inactivating scars 90% of the time. The advanced clinical training modules outline more advanced procedures for the treatment of scars should these procedures not effectively handle them.
Now that we have discussed the five major stressors to some extent, I hope an understanding has been gained on how important it is to individual health for these impediments to wellness to be found and effectively addressed. Too many people suffer from ill health for want of the stressors being properly handled in their bodies. Nutrition Response Testing is the only procedure I have found and worked with that actually deals with these foundational issues. It is effective in its detection and handling of them, and is therefore a tremendous breakthrough in this modern age as we all attempt to live in what amounts to a toxic environment.