Autonomic Response Testing (ART) is a feedback technique to help assess and determine best treatment practices for the cause your health disruptions. The original technique, based on the work Dr. George Goodheart, DC of Detroit Michigan and later studied by Dr. Brown with Dr Dietrich Klinghardt MD and Dr Alan Beardall, DC, allows the doctor to detect direct changes in the your nervous systems response to specific tests or challenges. By listening to the patient’s history, testing the patient’s physical response to different elements (vitamins, minerals, hormones, etc.) and determining remedies for treatment our patients receive highly individualized medicine; the remedy is the right medicine at the right time for that particular patient.
The question here is always, ‘How does it work?’. The simple explanation is that it is your autonomic nervous system – or your “belly brain” that senses and sends information into your higher brain structures to report and react to conditions going on in your body. Coupled with the muscle response your nervous system responds or reacts to inputs in a predictable and reproducible manner which helps guide our diagnosis and treatment plan of action.
This phenomena is occurring all the time around us in real life – yet we barely take notice of it – because the reactions are and have been occurring from the time we were in the womb.
For example When you listen to a radio or take a photograph with a camera, information about some distant object is being projected across space and delivering information that is being detected and interrupted by the device into a desired format – the audio or the picture produced. This occurs using electromagnetic frequencies (EMF). We take this for granted because we have receptors for them, our ears and eyes, that we have been using our entire life.
The human body produces EMF, sending information out which in most of our lives we simply do not detect. We don’t detect it because we have not been using it throughout our lives. One example of where you may have unknowingly used this response is when you have a feeling that somebody is behind you. You turn around and sure enough somebody is there. This was your EMF reacting to their EMF – a detectable disruption.
Detectable disruptions are used during ART to determine what needs treated. Your autonomic nervous system (ANS) is responsible for the smooth flow of everything involuntary in your body. When you are exposed to a substance or EMF that your ANS feels is a negative strike to your health, the overall strength in your body goes down slightly. The doctor, by using a weak muscle in your body, can feel this shift. Likewise, a positive shift can strengthen a weak muscle. The key to successful ART guided treatment is understanding the body systems thereby knowing what might be wrong and therefore knowing what tests to perform.
All this means, a Naturopathic physician skilled in ART can use these responses to quite quickly help identify and treat (or prevent) conditions in his/her patients. The doctor must also use clinical experience, knowledge of conditions, and other assessments to guide treatment.
If you are struggling to get answers to what is causing your health problems or you need help finding solutions – contact our staff at Ocean Park Natural Therapies and ask for a consultation time or book at one of our free Thursday Doctor Chat Night sessions.