by Laura Zohman MA LDN CHT
There are tests for everything. Schools test students for knowledge,
skills, and basic intelligence. The medical profession tests eyes,
ears, blood pressure, and anything else they can find. Beyond this
there are psychological tests to see if we are crazy or moderately
normal. Biofeedback tools test if we are stressed or relaxed. We
can be tested to find out how fat we are. In the world of nutrition,
we can be measured, weighed, callipered, and evaluated.
Twenty years ago, I used "Biokinesiology" and "Touch
for Health" muscle testing methods, to examine the relationship
between the body and foods. Food substances, environmental agents,
chemicals, supplements, etc. affect muscle response and the organs
in the body. When these substances are put in proper contact with
the body, there is an immediate positive or negative effect on
Kinesiology or muscle testing studies the flow of energy in the
systems of the body. Kinesiology is an evaluation of muscle motion.
It shows how a muscle responds. Strong or weak muscle response
can indicate the condition of various body systems. Kinesiology
was originally derived from Oriental Medicine, and is used to evaluate
organ systems in the body. Each muscle is directly related to an
organ system, with shared lymph, nerve, blood vessels, and an acupuncture
meridian. Chiropractors use kinesiology to balance body structure
to restore the proper energy flow to promote healing.
Kinesiology Testing is a simple procedure. The client's arm
(or another body part) is tested for muscle strength. He/she is
then asked to hold a substance, or rest it on the navel or parotid
gland and is then retested. If the muscle is weakened, the substance
is said to have a negative effect on his or her body. If the arm
stays strong, the substance has a positive effect on the body.
The process is repeated with other substances. Our muscles also
can react to emotions, stress, noise, music, metal, jewelry, and
even certain words.
Nutrition Response Testing affectionately called NRT was formulated
and updated from other kinesiology protocols, by Dr. Fred Ulan,
a New York chiropractor. It is a powerfully accurate testing tool
to determine proper food and supplement choices. We may buy supplements
which have great descriptions but have no benefit because they
are incorrect for our body. It may be the wrong brand, an incorrect
dosage, may not be needed, or may be detrimental to the person
tested. NRT helps to evaluate environmental and chemical influences,
as well as food and supplement choices to create balance and health
in the body. Dr. Ulan says, "The results we have been having
with NRT are in the 90% and better range".
Food Testing is necessary because some people are sensitive to
certain foods or food families. Some people can eat everything
and live a healthy and long life. Others can not. There are more
sensitivities and allergies to food substances than ever before.
This is presently because of the quality of food we eat and the
manner in which it is grown and prepared. There are more additives
and preservatives used than ever before. The soil is contaminated
with toxic chemicals and many of us sensitive types have problems
with these foods.
Food Sensitivities and allergies, which have not been discovered,
may cause non-specific symptoms. These can manifest as gas, overweight,
bloating, constipation, diarrhea, headaches, cravings, respiratory
problems, fatigue, indigestion, sinus, pimples, excess colds, and
mental problems such as mood swings and depression.
I leave diagnosis to a doctor. What I do is have a conversation
with your body and energy system regarding food and vitamin choices.
Your body tells me what it needs or doesn't need regarding
nutritional supplementation or a food for health.
We must remember we are all different biochemically, nutritionally
and at different times of our lives. One of the important aspects
of proper nutrition is to get rid of the bad "stuff" first
(foods and supplements), before we add the good stuff. Clients
have brought in shopping bags with half used bottles of vitamins.
Many supplements were discarded as they were detrimental
for the client.
put on the proper track, giving your body what it needs nutritionally
and in other ways, vitality and energy
be restored. You cannot
be made whole by eating "dead "processed food or
by taking incorrect supplementation. With patience and determination
to find compatible, healthy foods along with small amounts of the
proper supplementation is a primary way to create optimum wellness.