NRT and Blocking

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Feeling a bit “out of it” lately?  A bit more tired than usual after exercising?  Finding it takes longer than usual to fall asleep? 

Maybe you tried extra coffee during the day.  Taken a few vitamin pills?  How about a glass of wine before bedtime?  Nothing seemed to work, did it?  Did you ever wonder why?

It could be that your body’s involuntary control system has a blockage.


The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) is what keeps your body’s systems and organs
in balance.  The ANS directs them to produce increases or decreases in system functions (Regulation) in response to the body’s changing needs throughout the day. 

Sometimes the ANS becomes blocked due to one, some, or all of these 5 stressors:  immune challenges, food sensitivities, scars, heavy metal toxicity (such as to aluminum, mercury or lead), and chemicals, as well as other kinds of sensitivities (jewelry, clothing, radio frequencies, etc.).


When your ANS is functioning efficiently (Open Regulation) you can respond well to natural health improvement programs, like acupuncture, nutrition, diet, chiropractic, lifestyle changes, etc.

When the ANS is blocked (Blocked Regulation), prescribed medications or specific therapies to relieve your symptoms, even natural remedies often will not produce the hoped-for results as we discussed at the beginning of this article.  Symptoms generally will drag on or may even worsen.


The Regulation Test to detect Blockages relies on the fact that ANS fibers in the hand produce a measurable electro-magnetic field that your body will react to by having a specific muscle reaction.  The arm muscles typically are chosen as the indicator. 

When Joe is performing this test for you, you will be asked to resist his pressure against your arm as he places his hand over each body organ.  As your body detects the natural electrical field in Joe’s hand, the ANS will respond to this mini-stress by attempting to regulate the body’s systems to rebalance itself.

If the ANS is blocked he will be able to detect this through a change in your arm’s resistance.  It’s really that simple.


A muscle testing procedure similar to that used to detect Blockages is used both to pinpoint specific causes of blockages and to identify specific foods and nutrients that will make true healing possible.  When multiple stressors are detected Joe will establish priorities and devise a healing plan for you, which will include additional NRT sessions and a variety of non-invasive tests to monitor your healing progress and to update your healing plan.

The plan Joe prepares will be specific to your needs.  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.”


If you are not feeling quite right and want to try true healing and not just a “band aid” for your symptoms, call us at 203-257-7550 to set up an appointment for your NRT evaluation session.

Nutrition Response Testing™ and Switching Part 1

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Your body is working on many levels all the time, even when you seem to be doing nothing specific.  For instance, as you are eating a meal there is increased blood flow to the stomach and intestines to take care of the needs of digestion.  This does not come by lowering blood pressure and reducing oxygen in other parts of the body, as you might think. 

The body responds to the needs of digestion mainly by diversion of blood from skeletal muscle tissue and by increasing blood volume pumped by the heart.  The body is responding to stress (yes, eating is a stress on the body) by balancing its systems according to the greatest immediate need.

When the body’s regulating system is not functioning efficiently you may recognize this as “not feeling right” or feeling ill.  You may also recognize this condition when you don’t respond as expected to medical treatment.


The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) is part of the body’s balance-regulating system.  You’ve read previously that it can become Blocked by stressors.  There’s another way the ANS can become unbalanced.  This is when the ANS is Switched.


When there is Neurogenic Switching the ANS healing signals stop working, or even reverse their expected effect because the electrical signals don’t get to the right place.

The Autonomic Nervous System is confused.  It is in a state of dys-regulation.  As in Blocked Regulation, the ANS has been stressed by one, 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.). 

Acupuncture For Diarrhea

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acupuncture-for-diarrhea-ctAcupuncture can treat diarrhea and other digestive issues.

Diarrhea is a result of something not quite right in the lower intestinal tract.

The most common symptoms are: frequent and loose to watery stools; abdominal pain; cramping; sometimes fever, chills, and a general sick feeling; and associated thirst and weight loss. The immediate cause is that food and fluids pass through the colon so quickly that the body doesn’t have enough time to absorb the fluid.

It is important to look for general signs of dehydration:

  • thirst
  • less frequent urination
  • dry skin
  • fatigue
  • light-headedness
  • dark colored urine

Although most bouts of diarrhea are not serious and resolve in a few days, more lengthy periods of diarrhea, or if the stool contains blood or pus, or if severe thirst is not controlled by higher intake of fluids a doctor should be seen. Because children and the elderly are more easily dehydrated they should see their doctor earlier.

Children react differently to dehydration than do adults:

  • dry mouth and tongue
  • no tears when crying
  • no wet diapers for 3 hours or more
  • sunken abdomen, eyes, or cheeks
  • high fever
  • listlessness or irritability
  • skin that does not flatten when pinched and released

Causes of Diarrhea

Common causes of diarrhea include:

  • foods or drinks contaminated with bacteria, parasites, or viruses
  • reactions to medications (including some vitamins, minerals, and herbs)
  • reactions to artificial sweeteners (such as sorbitol and mannitol).
  • Lactose or other food intolerance

More serious are intestinal disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), celiac disease or Crohn’s disease, which should be followed by a competent health care practitioner.
Conventional Treatment Options

Over the counter antidiarrheal remedies include loperamide (Imodium), bismuth sub-salicylate (Pepto-Bismol), and attapulgite (Kaopectate). These are not intended for longer-term use or for use when there is an underlying infection or serious gastrointestinal condition. Certain foods, herbs and supplements have a long history of use in treating cases of non-serious diarrhea. The condition should respond within 24 hours. If it does not a health care provider should be consulted.

Severe cases of diarrhea often are prescribed diphenoxylate or atropine (Lomotil), which slow movement through the colon. This addresses the dehydration issue but does nothing to treat the actual cause. These drugs are known to have very serious side effects in some patients.

When diarrhea’s cause is found to be an infection antibiotics or other medications would be prescribed.

Acupuncture Treatment for Diarrhea

Acupuncture works well alongside conventional treatments because it addresses several problems associated with diarrhea that the medication approach of treating symptoms does not focus on:

  • Accumulation of toxins
  • General weakening of the gastrointestinal system
  • Impaired or overtaxed immune system
  • Inflammation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Anxiety and stress (which cause the body to divert blood flow away from the digestive system)



University of Maryland Medical Center

Acupuncture To Treat Food Allergies

Posted by | | Posted in Allergies, Autoimmune Disorders, Food Allergies, Immune System.

acupuncture-treats-food-allergies-stratford-ctFood allergies are the immune system’s extreme reaction to one or more food proteins.

Foods intolerance is different from food allergies in that it does not involve the immune system.  It also produces milder reactions.  For many people food allergy is an undiagnosed problem.  Here is why: reactions can produce symptoms common to many other conditions

Milder symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Breathing problems, including wheezing, nasal congestion, or trouble breathing
  • Skin rash, hives, swelling, itching, or eczema
  • Nausea and vomiting, stomach cramps, indigestion, or diarrhea
  • Swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, tongue, throat, or other parts of the body (called angioedema)
  • A metallic taste in the mouth
  • Lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting

When symptoms are extreme they can be life threatening.

Extreme allergic reactions (anaphylactic shock) include:

  • Swelling of the throat and difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Rapid pulse
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, or loss of consciousness
  • Blue color to the skin and nails

Allergic reactions usually come on suddenly, can be triggered by a small amount of food, and happen every time the food is eaten.

Foods commonly producing food allergies include:

  • Shellfish, such as shrimp, crab, and lobster
  • Tree nuts, including walnuts, almonds, and pecans
  • Peanuts
  • Fruits, particularly strawberries, melons and tropical fruits
  • Tomatoes
  • Fish
  • Food additives such as dyes, thickeners, Monosodium glutamate (MSG), and preservatives.

Common Food Allergy Treatments

Conventional treatments focus on reducing symptoms and identifying and avoiding offending foods.  Both over-the-counter and prescription antihistamines are recommended for mild itching, swelling, rash, runny nose, or headache.  Side effects include drowsiness, irritability, dry mouth, and heart palpitations.

Some doctors may suggest certain herbs and supplements that reduce inflammation.

Epinephrine injection is called for in an emergency.

Acupuncture Food Allergy Relief

As with all Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture’s goal in food allergies is to treat both the immediate symptoms and to rebalance the hyperactive immune system, the root cause of allergies.

The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture endorses the use of acupuncture for food allergies.

A Western medical researcher, Dr. Benno Brinkhaus of the Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics at Charité University Medical Center in Berlin, has written: “From my experience as a physician and acupuncturist, and as a researcher, I would recommend trying acupuncture if patients are not satisfied with the conventional anti-allergic medication or treatment or they suffer from more or less serious sides effects of the conventional medication.  Also because acupuncture is a relative [sic] safe treatment.”

Since all allergies involve the immune system, we suggest you also review our earlier entry “Acupuncture and Allergies”.