Nutritional Response Testing
Nutritional Response Testing is a personalized health improvement program using designed clinical nutrition (herbal remedies, nutraceuticals and homeopathic remedies may also be utilized). The testing was designed for and is currently utilized in many holistic healthcare offices for humans, but the technique is easily modified for animals. Just as in conventional medical practice, where there are two key parts: diagnosis (identifying and/or naming the "disease" or syndrome) and treatment (drugs, surgery), Nutritional Response Testing also has two parts: analysis and a natural health improvement program.
The analysis is done through testing the body's own neurological reflexes and acupuncture points. The neurological reflexes are derived from the part of the nervous system whose job is to regulate the functions of each and every organ. The acupuncture points are selected from the Chinese system of acupuncture.
Nutritional Response Testing is a study of how different points on the surface of the body relate to the state of health and to the flow of energy in each and every organ and function of the body. Each reflex represents a specific organ, tissue, or function and indicates the effect that energy or the lack of energy, is having on the body. By testing the reflexes, we have a system of monitoring your pets' body at each visit. This has proven to be extremely accurate clinically, and allows identification of specifically what the body needs and how well the need is being met.
How do we access the Nutritional Response Testing reflexes in order to get this information?
What actually takes place when you or your pet is connected to an electro-cardiograph (EKG) machine? Electrical energy from the heart is conducted through electrodes and wires to a machine. This energy pattern is then recorded as the EKG output in the form of a graph or chart. This graph may then be studied to determine the electrical operation of the heart. Instead of connecting electrodes to the specific points being tested, the Nutritional Response Testing doctor contacts these points with their hand. With their other hand, they will test the muscle of the indirect testers extended arm. If the reflex being contacted is active, the nervous system will respond by reducing energy to the extended arm and the arm will weaken and drop. This drop signifies underlying stress or dysfunction, which may be affecting your pets' health. This is the analysis portion of the Nutritional Response Testing exam.
The Personalized Health Improvement Program
Let's say the liver or kidney reflexes are active. Then what? Our next step is to test specific, time-tested and proven, highest-possible quality nutritional formulas against those weak areas, to find which ones bring the reflexes back to strength. When we have found the correct nutritional supplements, as indicated by this procedure, and when we work out a highly personalized nutritional supplement schedule, we have accomplished the most important first step in correcting the underlying deficiency or imbalance that caused the reflex to be active. By following the program as precisely as possible, your pet is on their way to restoring normal function and improving their health!
In conventional medicine, a doctor makes a diagnosis and then uses drugs or surgery to attack or suppress the symptom, or to surgically remove the "offending" organ or part. In Nutritional Response Testing, we use designed clinical nutrition to correct the cause of the problem, so that the body can regain the ability to correct itself.
What is Designed Clinical Nutrition?
First of all, Designed Clinical Nutrition does not consist of 'over-the-counter' vitamins. Over-the-counter vitamins are pharmaceutically engineered chemical fractions of vitamin structures reproduced in a laboratory. They are not "whole food," and the body does not actually recognize these as anything even vaguely beneficial. Because they are not made from whole foods, over-the-counter vitamins lack the essential synergistic elements normally present in whole foods.
An example of a whole food could be carrots. Carrots are high in Vitamin A Complex. A "complex" is something made up of many different parts that work together. Synthetic vitamin A does not contain the whole "Vitamin A Complex" found in nature. So, if we were looking for a food high in Vitamin A, carrots might be one of our choices.
If one actually were deficient in any of the components of Vitamin A Complex, one would be wise to seek out a supplement that was made from whole foods that were rich in this complex — not from chemicals re-engineered in a laboratory to look like one little part of the Vitamin A Complex that has erroneously been labeled as "Vitamin A."
Vitamins that are being used all over today generally only need to have a small percentage of their actual content derived from natural sources to be labeled "natural." If they are not derived from whole foods, they can make your pet even more deficient and nutritionally out-of-balance. They can create other health problems because they do not contain all of the co-factors found in nature that make the vitamins work.
It is whole food in a tablet, capsule, or powder, concentrated in a vacuum, cold-process system that preserves all of the active enzymes and vital components that make it work as the Creator intended. These real food supplements have been designed to match the needs of the body, as determined by the positive response shown when tested against the active Nutritional Response Testing reflexes that were found on your pet's analysis. These are nutrients that your pet is simply not getting or not assimilating in their current diet.
If you wish to learn more about this subject you can read the book Why Do I Need Whole Food Supplements: What Everyone Must Know About the Vitamins They Are Taking by Lorrie Medford, certified nutritionist.
How are these products produced?
One example of a designed clinical nutrition supplement is "Catalyn." This product is produced by starting with a wide variety of carefully chosen organically grown vegetables, taking the water and fiber out using a vacuum, low heat process — without heating or cooking the vegetables, and then utilizing the concentrated food to make a bottle of Standard Process Catalyn Tablets. The key to this whole procedure is the way it is done, using the "Standard Process" method. Standard Process nutrients are derived from plants grown on their own farms, in soil free of pesticides — no chemicals are ever used. PhDs check the soil before the seeds are sown to make sure of the fertility of the soil — even the weeding is done by hand. The machinery involved in the processing of these products is made of glass and stainless steel only. The temperature used in processing harvested plants is never raised above the point of 90 degrees Fahrenheit, so that the active ingredients are not cooked; they remain active and alive and have a very long shelf life. Your pets' vitality and energy are derived from live food. All dry and canned pet food diets are comprised of dead foods. There is a big difference between dead, devitalized foods containing synthetic or isolated vitamins and a diet of real live food.
A complete Nutritional Response Testing analysis may be done on each pet on each subsequent visit, thereby revealing the next layer of dysfunction so they also may be addressed and corrected. In this way, pets receive a completely individualized handling, in the correct sequence for their body. Very much like opening a combination lock, you must use the right numbers in the right sequence and in the right direction at the right time — then the lock falls open. Nutritional Response Testing analysis can determine your pets correct food supplements to give their body the best possible chance to get well and then to stay well.
Each cell, tissue and organ in your pets' body is in the process of replacing itself every day, month and year. The health of each organ is dependent on making the correct nutrients available to upgrade or to maintain the health of the body at the cellular level. Designed Clinical Nutrition provides the right basic materials. Nutritional Response Testing tells you when and what to use to bring about the desired result.
Nutritional Response Testing can ideally be used to do wellness and preventative healthcare screenings. It is a wonderful way to be able to identify things in the body BEFORE they become problematic, and handle them effectively. It also allows us to design a complete nutritional program for your pet, custom tailored to their individual needs.
Portions of this handout taken from Dr. Freddie Ulan's Nutritional Response Testing TM New Patient Orientation with permission.
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