Nutrition Response Testing™ and Foods

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“We are what we eat” is an observation first recorded in 1826.  This is just as true today as it was then.  What we consume becomes every cell, every hormone, every chemical in our bodies.  The quality of our lives, our weight and energy, and our overall health depends in large part on what we eat and drink. 


Junk food is the preference of most Americans.  So, it should be no surprise that we lead the world in per capita health expenses, spending 50% more than Switzerland, at number two. 

Junk food typically is a prepared food containing a high level of calories usually in the form of added sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or fat.  This comes at the expense of fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals. 

Junk foods often contain additives to extend shelf life and improve texture, taste and appearance.  Many of these additives, such as hydrogenated fats and oils, carrageenan and certain food colorings have been shown in studies to be harmful to humans.

While not confined only to junk foods, modern farming methods usually produce foods that contain hormones, antibiotics, and pesticides we should not be eating.


Two things happen to us as a direct result of our “SAD” diet.

  1. As a nation we have become grossly overweight and many suffer from subclinical systemic inflammation.  A 2018 study (published in the Archives of Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology – The Journal of Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health) determined that subclinical systemic inflammation is a common risk factor for many non-communicable diseases like atherosclerosis, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, cancer, and obstructive lung disease.
  1. As you have learned in our previous articles on Blocking and Switching, the types of foods we eat and what these foods contain can get in the way of healing.  And in some cases, this can have serious consequences.


A wide variety of inflammation and immune system responses can occur because of food allergies or sensitivities.  These are not limited to “common” gas and bloating, hives, acne, joint pain, heartburn, brain fog or fatigue.  Long-term depression, chronic cough, unexplained weight loss and other serious conditions are known to result from food allergies or sensitivities. 

Combined with NRT, Joe recommends keeping a 4-day journal of what you are eating and how you feel to help find the offending foods.


Eating those foods that are helpful to you and avoiding foods that are harmful will allow your body to achieve true healing.

Nutrition Response Testing™ is an effective way to determine how your diet may be affecting you by causing illness or preventing healing.

NRT also can determine which specific whole food supplements can be most effective in quickly restoring nutrient deficiencies to a healthy level.


Help your body systems function at their best.  Follow Joe’s recommended dietary and lifestyle changes and specific whole-food supplements and/or herbs as revealed by the results of your NRT evaluation.

If you want to treat causes instead of symptoms call us at 203-257-7550 to set up an appointment for your NRT evaluation session.

Nutrition Response Testing™ and the Immune System

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“Houston, we have a problem.”  Controls have stopped working.  Meters and gauges are giving misleading readings.  Support systems are beginning to fail.

If our immune system were a spacecraft it would be sending out this message many times during our lifetimes.  You see, we are challenged with stress, infections by viruses, bacteria, yeast and parasites, and by harmful chemicals, heavy metals and other external assaults to our immune systems all the time.


Most of us imagine the immune system to be the white blood cells and various antibodies created when the body fights off an illness or is stimulated by a vaccine.  But the immune system is so much more.  Our immune system needs to have its various parts communicating effectively via chemical messengers, having all organs and components working together: the skeletal, respiratory, reproductive, digestive, endocrine and central nervous systems. 

The skin is both a barrier and produces chemicals to fight off pathogens.  This same tissue lining the nose and other parts of the body produce mucus to trap invaders.

Hydrochloric acid in the stomach destroys pathogenic microbes.

The human gut does more than help us digest food.  Some GI tract bacteria fight off invading germs.  In addition, they produce chemical signals, letting the central nervous system know what is going on.

The thymus is called on to ramp up production of T-cell lymphocytes (a form of white blood cells in our immune system).

The bone marrow is called on to ramp up production of B-cell lymphocytes (another form of white blood cells in our immune system).

Interferon is called in to help at the earliest stages of disease and infections.

The spleen is needed to cleanse the blood of the products of the battle between the immune system cells and the invaders.


The immune system is sensitive to the body’s state of nutrition and to assaults by stressors we have mentioned above and in other articles.

Studies have proven that: chronic stress, poor diet, poor digestion and elimination, pesticides and heavy metals absorption, certain food additives, air and water pollution, use of prescription and recreational drugs, and lack of exercise can all contribute to a reduced efficiency or even failure of the immune system.

Americans overall are overfed and undernourished on the Standard American Diet.  Even when we do follow a healthy diet the nutrients, microbes and trace minerals we need are no longer in our soil at the levels of only 50 years ago and therefore not getting into our bodies.


After Joe’s Nutrition Response Testing™ analysis, existing imbalances to your immune system will be identified.  In other words, NRT will help Joe identify where and why your immune system is being Blocked or Switched and not performing at its optimal levels.


Identify the stressors that are affecting your immune system’s ability to function at its best.  Follow Joe’s recommended dietary and lifestyle changes and specific whole-food supplements and/or herbs as revealed by the results of your NRT evaluation.

If you want to treat causes instead of symptoms call us at 203-257-7550 to set up an appointment for your Nutrition Response Testing™ evaluation session.

Nutrition Response Testing™ and the 5 Stressors

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Even in the most pristine environments we are exposed to things that not only are unhealthy but that keep us from healing completely when we aren’t well.  Very often we aren’t even aware of our exposure to them.  Let’s look at these stressors that NRT™ has identified as barriers to healing:

  • TOXIC CHEMICALS – how about that “new car” smell, or the smoke from meat broiling on the barbecue?  There are pesticides in your fruits and vegetables and antibiotics in your meat.  They can be just as harmful as second-hand cigarette smoke.
  • HEAVY METALS – mercury in your favorite sushi meal or coming out of your “silver” fillings?  Lead from old painted walls?  Heavy metals are a serious health hazard and are very difficult to get out of your body.
  • IMMUNE SYSTEM CHALLENGES – we are challenged with infections by viruses, bacteria, yeast, or parasites all the time.  If our immune system is able to handle these threats we aren’t aware of the ongoing battles that try to keep us from getting sick.
  • FOOD SENSITIVITIES – food allergies can cause serious physical and mental problems that produces symptoms such as diarrhea or constipation, muscle soreness or stiffness, brain fog, anxiety, skin rash, or even more serious conditions.  Most of these symptoms come with eating processed foods, foods high in sugar, dairy products, wheat, yeast, eggs, sugar, corn and soy.  Peanut allergies have been known to be fatal to some people.
  • ACTIVE SCARS – from surgery, cuts, injuries, animal or insect bites, injections, IV sites/ports, burns, stretch marks, body piercings and tattoos.  Scar tissue on the skin’s surface can scramble Autonomic Nervous System signals, causing Blockages and Switching which, as you have learned from our previous articles, prevent healing.


Nutrition Response Testing allows us to analyze the primary causes of imbalances in the body’s systems.  These imbalances are what allow disease to take hold and which prevent or inhibit healing.   In addition to the five classes of stressors above, NRT can identify the effects of:

  • EMF: electromagnetic fields that disrupt the body’s own communications system
  • Deficiency of minerals and vitamins and other vital nutrients resulting from a junk food diet that prevents the growth and maintenance of a healthy body and mind
  • Lack of digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid, good bacteria and yeast will impair complete digestion of the foods we eat and reduce the effectiveness of the immune system 


Unfortunately, there are many other beatings on the body’s systems that interfere with the proper functioning of our bodies.  Let Joe help you win this battle through Nutrition Response Testing™, Call 203-257-7550 for an appointment.


Identify the stressors that are affecting your body’s ability to function at its best.  Follow Joe’s recommended dietary and lifestyle changes and specific whole-food supplements and/or herbs as revealed by the results of your NRT evaluation.

If you want to treat causes instead of symptoms call us at 203-257-7550 to set up an appointment for your NRT evaluation session.

Nutrition Response Testing™ and Switching Part 2

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Sometimes our bodies work against us.  It’s the strangest thing: 

You came to Joe complaining that your symptoms had not responded well to conventional Western Treatment or Alternative therapy (acupuncture, naturopathy, chiropractic, homeopathy, etc) treatment.  During his NRT testing he discovered one or more Blockages and he developed a treatment plan for you.  On the plan you responded well – for a while.

And then this happened…

You had been feeling tired and listless until you started Joe’s treatment plan, and you began to feel better.  After several weeks you couldn’t account for why once again you were feeling so tired in the afternoons.                                      

Or, your wrist pain, which had lessened, suddenly got worse.

Or, perish the thought, you started to gain weight on the same healthy food program that until then was helping you to lose weight.


What you experienced was Switching (Neurogenic Switching).  The delicate electrical communication system that is the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) has revealed a Switch that was hidden behind the Block that was removed.


Blocking and Switching can be operating at the same time. 

As we mentioned in Part 1, Blocking can occur because of some, or all these 5 stressors:  immune challenges, food sensitivities, scars, heavy metal toxicity (such as to aluminum, mercury or lead), and chemicals, or other kinds of sensitivities (jewelry, clothing, radio frequencies, etc.).  If you are sensitive to Switching, any of these stressors can also cause Switching.  Sometimes it’s the same stressor causing both the Block and the Switch and sometimes it’s a different stressor.


Should a treatment program seem to stop working, it should not be surprising that the problem is Switching.  People who tend to be Switched tend to go in and out of Switching over time as we can be slammed by our constantly changing group of stressors. 

That’s why Joe schedules weekly monitoring sessions to be able to adjust your NRT supplement program to take care of your initial stressors along with any new stressors that may show up over time.


When Switching is suspected, the “pinkie and thumb” style muscle test is how Joe verifies that Switching is occurring.  If this test does not confirm Switching it means that the Switch may be happening at a deeper level.  Other muscle tests may be required to reveal this deeper level of Switching and help pinpoint which stressor is causing the Switch.

Heart Rate Variability (HRV) or Nerve Express monitoring is a simple non-invasive test that also can reveal deep Switching.

Once the stressors involved are identified, Joe will modify your nutrition plan as needed to restore your body’s ability to heal itself.  The supplement plan Joe prepares for you may occasionally need to be modified when a new Switch or Block is observed.  As we have noted before, this is not the typical Western medicine cookie-cutter approach of “take these pills for 30 days and then come back if it doesn’t help, and we’ll try something else.”


When you aren’t feeling quite right and you want a way to assist your body in true healing, call us at 203-257-7550 to set up an appointment for your NRT evaluation session.