Nutrition Response Testing (NRT)
To assist in achieving wellness, a therapeutic dose of certain herbs, vitamins, or minerals may be needed to overcome an assortment of different stressors. Making dietary changes alone may not be enough. How do you decide which organs need support? Or which stressors are present and need to be addressed? Nutrition Response Testing (NRT) is a tool that can help pinpoint these challenges and help with deciding the exact support you need as an individual.
Please Note: Not every patient's condition makes them a good candidate for NRT. It is a valuable tool, but we believe that is it just that, "a tool." NRT does offer valuable information that cannot always be achieved through labs. Whether or not a patient will benefit from this tool is determined by Dr. Vermeesch throughout care.
Check out “My Story” by Abigail Vermeesch, ND to hear about how diet and NRT changed her own life and that of her son, Luke.
At GPC, we utilize Nutrition Response Testing in coordination with the implementation of our Complete Cellular Restoration program with our patients. This program includes coordinating a healing diet into daily life and using Functional Lab Testing. This helps us eliminate any foods that may be causing problems and has proven to be extremely effective in speeding up the recovery process.
Click here to learn more about Complete Cellular Restoration and why this works seamlessly with NRT.
So what is Nutrition Response Testing?
Nutrition Response Testing is a technology that obtains critical information about bodily function from the autonomic nervous system (ANS). Autonomic refers to something that occurs involuntarily. Bodily functions like eye blinking, heart and breathing rates, digestive metabolism, immune response, hormone regulation and so forth are regulated by the ANS. There are two controls to the ANS:
Think of them as our body’s accelerator (sympathetic control) and brake (parasympathetic control) – our “go” pedal and “whoa” pedal. When our bodies are healthy and in balance, these systems function properly and are in tune with one another; the sympathetic dominates when we are active, the parasympathetic when we are resting.
These regulators are responsible for healthy functioning, including our ability to heal. It is when there is an imbalance, blockage or interference that we experience symptoms such as allergies, acid reflux, high blood pressure, chronic pain, headaches and the like. Think of these symptoms as “check engine lights” or “alarm bells.” These imbalances can be corrected safely, naturally and effectively by accessing the ANS.
The 3-P Method and the 5 Stressors
The 3-P Method refers to the fact that the Nutrition Response Testing technique is Painless, Powerful and Personalized. This empirically proven technique allows us to accurately determine what stands in the way between you and better health. In fact, Dr. Ulan’s discovery of the barriers’ to healing he called stressors ” … opened the door to the most effective, most economical, easiest-to-comply with, lowest-pill-count program ever. “And that”, says Dr. Ulan, “is the key secret to our success.”
When undergoing Nutrition Response Testing you will be tested for these five common stressors:
2. Food sensitivities
3. Immune challenges
4. Chemical challenges
5. Metal challenges
These stressors can and will prevent your body from healing. Many of you have experienced this already without perhaps realizing it. Have you ever failed to respond to perfectly good treatment. Have you ever experienced the opposite result to perfectly good treatment? Has your condition “plateaued” or gotten better and then worse? If so, these are all indications that your body isn’t fully open to healing. Nutrition Response Testing allows the practitioner to test you using the “stressors” to reveal and then remove these barriers.
Next, specific organ reflexes are tested (such as liver, heart and bowel) as well as glandular reflexes (like prostate, thyroid and adrenals). Then the priority reflex is determined. This step is critical to Nutrition Response Testing because pinpointing the priority results in having to take fewer supplements, achieving a lowered pill count and a phenomenon I call “whole body healing. “Have you ever just gotten temporary relief or relief of some but not all of your symptoms? If so, then you haven’t achieved whole body healing.
Based on this determination, we will recommend specific whole-food supplements and/or herbs as well as dietary and lifestyle changes. This is all done painlessly, with the practitioner lightly pressing on different acupuncture points or reflex locations on the body associated with specific organs or glands, while simultaneously checking a strong muscle group.
The result is a personalized health improvement program that addresses your own body’s imbalances and corrects its operation. Our goals are two-fold: achieving good health and feeling good again – safely, naturally and effectively. You are bound to get results as long as you follow your personalized program.
Accessing the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)
We use a standardized form of applied kinesiology, commonly known as muscle testing. In the hands of thoroughly trained health professionals, this highly effective method of evaluation gives the practitioner essential information about your body’s requirements for a return to health. Book learning and clinical experience, which are the sum total of theoretical and educated knowledge, can clearly help us get close to what may be required to pinpoint the solution to your health concerns. But what separates Nutrition Response Testing from most other treatment strategies is the critical information obtained from the body itself or, as we say, accessing the body’s innate intelligence in order to find the precise answers to your health concerns.
(Quoted excerpt, pages 68-72, from the Book The Great Health Heist © by Paul Rosen J.D.,L.Ac. Published by Warren Publishing, Inc.)