When I saw that Nutrition Response Testing (NRT) is offered free of charge at my wellness center, I had to give it a try. What could I lose besides an hour of my life? Could this help my chronic pain, brain fog, inability to sleep, and my poor memory? I’m so desperate for relief, I’ll try almost anything.
The entire premise of NRT is based on energy. Just like acupuncture, energy (or “qì”) flows between your organs and other parts of your body. This flow can be disrupted, which may cause various health issues. This procedure is a way to find the cause of an underlying illness or symptom.
Some diagnostic tests are done at the beginning of the exam, including blood pressure and pH level. I completed 70 questions on a form regarding my symptoms. My answers were entered into a computer program and analyzed.
“You aren’t getting any sleep, are you?”
That was the first thing the doctor said to me. This put me at ease because I felt like I had come to the right place. She knew what I was going through! We talked at great length about my health and what I needed to do to feel better.
She was spot–on about everything. She told me my health is very poor and that I can’t go on this way any longer. She asked if I was ready to make a huge change. Yes, I am if it will help my pain. With that, she had me jump on the examination table to do a “hands–on” exam that measures my neurologic reflexes.
The exam goes like this: You extend one of your arms and the practitioner applies light pressure to that arm. They use their other hand to apply light pressure to certain organs and other areas of your body. If the reflex being tested is stressed, your nervous system reduces the energy to your extended arm. This causes your arm to weaken or even fall. That response indicates there is either stress or dysfunction in the area that is negatively impacting your health.
The results of my exam indicate that my pancreas is sluggish and my gallbladder is working overtime. She said the cause of my fibromyalgia is sugar. I know that sugar causes inflammation and I thought I tried very hard to avoid it. Apparently, that wasn’t the case. It was in almost everything I ate! She told me I must give up sugar in all forms now or I will only continue to become more miserable and take years off my life.
I knew she was right. She wasn’t trying to sell me anything or get me to come back regularly. She gets paid a salary from the wellness center. Patients and insurance are not charged for any part of the test or follow-up appointments. It doesn’t matter to her if I take her recommendations or not. She’s unbiased. She has no reason to lie or lead me on.
From now on, I must eat whole foods. No processed, grain-feed, pesticide-treated food. No more alcohol, bacon, fried foods, white rice, or potatoes. Me, the person who never met a vegetable I liked, needs to start eating them ASAP? Yikes! This is a huge challenge, but one I must take head–on.
Because my muscle tone is that of a 70– to 80–year-old, I was given an easy exercise plan to follow. It consists of light walking for 10 minutes a day and using hand weights four times a week. Building muscle tone is essential to my health.
She gave me four supplements that aid in digestion and boost energy. They were pretty inexpensive. I won’t go broke doing this plan.
I see the doctor again in 45 days. I will be reevaluated to see if I have made any progress. I plan to show her just how serious I am by following the plan to a T and making positive improvements to my BMI and muscle mass. Wish me luck!
Have you tried Nutrition Response Testing? If so, what were your results? Would you recommend the plan to others?
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