“From baby in the highchair to grandma in the rocker, the axial bones [spinal vertebrae] are as liable to be displaced by noxious substances which enter the system in our food and drink or by inhalation as they are by accident direct [trauma].”
D. D. Palmer, 1910
After my own health had seriously (and seemingly “mysteriously”) collapsed, I personally had to find a way out of this situation—how to efficiently determine what a person needs in terms of nutritional support and/or gentle detoxification, and in what sequence and what amounts and for how long. With most other programs it comes down to, “Let’s try this for a few months and see if it works.”
My patients didn’t have the patience to try things out for months and hope it would work! What I needed for myself and as a practitioner was a system that would let me know—with certainty—what each patient needs right now, and how much, and to be able to accurately monitor each patient’s progress from start to finish. Fortunately, I found it.
The basic premise of chiropractic is that if you remove interference to the nervous system, the nervous system will then heal the body. That was the state of the technology at the turn of the 20th century. It was still working well enough in 1965, when I graduated with honors from the Chiropractic Institute of New York. We learned how to identify the exact subluxation, correct it with a precisely delivered vertebral adjustment, and verify it was corrected. When the patient got up off the table, he was healed! When you checked him the next week, it was holding!
I had such great success with adjustments for years that I would never even consider nutritional supplementation. The emphasis of my chiropractic education had been that Innate Intelligence would heal the body if you simply removed interference to the flow of Life Energy via the spinal cord and nerves, through the application of precise spinal adjustments. Interestingly, today chiropractors have much better diagnostic and adjusting technology than we had back then. But, too often these days, even though we give the best possible adjustments, the correction doesn’t seem to hold nearly as well as they used to. So, what changed?
D.D. Palmer talked about primary subluxation by injury or accident, and secondary subluxation caused by toxicity, nutritional deficiency and stress. The recurring, or secondary, subluxations were not emphasized in my training, yet the majority of patients we see today are afflicted by them. In the past fifty years, an increasingly poor diet, greater toxic burden and the stress of modern living have moved us past the point where—in far too many patients—chiropractic adjustments alone are not enough to fully restore health.
Spinal adjustments don’t hold as well when the body has lost the integrity of its tissues. We’re up against fake foods that have been processed into poisons. Our patients are worn out, their adrenals are shot, they’re propping themselves up with stimulants. Our patients don’t have knowledge about, or access to, the genuine replacement parts their bodies need in order to heal themselves.
Nutrition Response Testing® addresses this factor like no other system does. It is the only system that assesses the functional status of the autonomic nervous system directly. The result is affordable patient programs with the lowest possible pill count—and “miracles as usual” results with chiropractic.
As we remove the nerve interference and the stress on the nervous system with chiropractic adjustments, we must supply the genuine replacement parts the body needs to repair itself. With great adjustments, you can create temporary normalcy, temporary relief. But to the degree that the body’s tissues aren’t regaining their integrity, we haven’t applied all of chiropractic as D.D. Palmer envisioned it.
With Nutrition Response Testing, the first thing we identify and handle is anything that would prevent the patient from getting better. If a wooden structure is on fire, who do you call in first? The carpenters? Or the fire department? Eventually, you might call both. But if you start with the carpenters while the fire is raging or even just smoldering, you don’t get results. As you’re adding more wood, the fire is lapping it up. If the body isn’t ready for the “rebuilding” stage of the program we relieve the most immediate stress first—whether from food sensitivities, hidden immune challenges, or toxic stress from metals or chemicals—depending on the body’s priorities.
With Nutrition Response Testing, first we see if there’s a fire still burning, and if there is, we put it out. Then we can bring in the carpenters and repair the body—meanwhile monitoring that body to see if any other fires are starting… because life happens. We keep that patient on an even, constantly recovering keel, and at a price they can afford.
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In my practice, we did chiropractic adjustments almost exclusively. Nutrition was an afterthought. We sold some protein powder, multi-vitamins, fish oil, B vitamins. We operated on the medical model of, "We'll just throw this product at the symptom and see if it works."
It’s difficult to pinpoint when the fun screeched to a halt. I was having wins, but the losses started to weigh on me.
My sister, like me, grew up in chiropractic and had never been a medical patient. She was the primary breadwinner for her family, and she had an infant. She started to have severe digestive problems; she was cramping and unable to eat a lot of things. She'd be up in the night, on the bathroom floor, crying. No relief from chiropractic, holistic practitioners, or medical doctors. It was very devastating to her family, and rapidly getting worse.
An allergist told her she was allergic to her own digestive juices. That was the last straw. Her response was, “I should just die right now.” Around that time, my dad, a chiropractor on the Life University’s board of directors, was asked by the board to meet with another chiropractor from our state.
Serendipitously, the practitioner was one of Dr. Ulan’s advanced clinical graduates. He explained Nutrition Response Testing and all the results he had been getting. My dad said, “My daughter has this problem and maybe we should send her to you.” So we did. The doctor found that her episiotomy scar was the problem.
It sounded like voodoo to me, but he had her working on her scar with cold laser and doing different topical things. Within two or three weeks, her symptoms were 80% gone. She told me, “I don't know what this is, but it's pretty cool.” And she recovered.
That clinical expert became our magic worker. All of our tough cases were referred to his practice, and they were all getting better. We realized we’d better learn something about this Nutrition Response Testing thing. My sister and I both flew down to Florida in 2011 for Basic and Intermediate seminars, and I went on to do the Advanced Clinical Training.
My practice has changed pretty significantly. After ten years in practice, I feel much happier going to work each day because I am consistently bringing about the miracles we heard about in school.
For example, a patient came in whose back and knees were hurting; her body was aching all over. Adjustments wouldn’t hold. We checked her nutritionally, got her on a very simple program, and within two weeks the pain went away. Occasionally she gets a little sore from lifting her grandkids all weekend. A quick adjustment takes care of that, and it holds for months.
Another patient, who came in to handle her back problem, was scheduled to go on kidney dialysis. They had told her the kidneys were all but shut down. I said, "Let's just try Nutrition Response Testing and see if we can get these kidneys working."
I tested her and found out what her condition was. The kidneys weren't even her priority organ. We took care of what presented itself. After six weeks on the program, she went back for her follow-up with the urologist. She was told, "Your kidneys are functioning again. You don't have to go on dialysis."
Low back pain and kidneys go hand-in-hand, but in my previous practice I would have been powerless to resolve it. And that’s a real morale killer!
Now I love what I am doing again. For the last year or so, everybody says, "What's different? You look great!"
I'm happy with myself. And that’s just about the biggest win you can get.
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"A lot of my chiropractic patients have become nutrition patients as well. Where before they had a lot of pain and weren’t holding their adjustments, these nutrition patients are now holding their adjustments wonderfully. Their bodies are able to heal.
"A steel foundry worker dragged himself into our Reading, PA clinic, gritting his teeth and holding his abdominal muscles tight. Ten years of intense back pain had shattered the quality of his life. His symptoms were so odd and violent that several medical doctors had given up.
"I found heavy metals affecting his brain and his spinal cord area. We started addressing these. Literally, within three days, he said he could feel the pain leaving his body. By the tenth day, he could not believe the changes."
--Zachary Fatkin, DC
"A sixteen-year-old boy came in who had had been afflicted with nausea for several months.
"He had been to the medical people. They had messed around and messed around. Finally they said, 'Nothing else to do--let’s take out your gallbladder and spleen.' He’s just a teenager, a football player.
"They gave us a chance before committing to surgery. We did the usual, put him on a program. Within two weeks all the nausea was gone. We probably saved his life.
"We have half of my chiropractic population on nutrition work. They have less pain, not only from the nerve irritation of the subluxation complex, but also because of the lack of inflammation in the body as a whole."
--Mark Holtschlag, DC
"All of my chiropractic nutrition patients tend to hold their adjustments better, and feel better. I feel empowered by the fact that they actually are living a healthier lifestyle and able to do the things they want. I feel that I really am a doctor, and doing the things to help my patients and giving them the very best care.
"A gal came to me for adjustments who had had incontinent bladder, urgency, frequency, pain, for the past seventeen years. She had been through several different treatments and was getting side effects from the treatments. I said, 'Why don’t we see what we can do with nutrition? Come in for a consultation and we’ll see what we find.'
"By her third visit, she was making less frequent trips to the bathroom. An hour had been her limit. This had restricted her activities severely--things she could do with her family, places she could go, a lot of things.
"And she said to me, 'I didn’t mention it to you, but I had this growth behind my head here, under the hair, that was so itchy. The bump is going down and it no longer itches.'
"The exciting thing is that her body told her what needed to be done without her even giving us a complete history."
--Lori McLellan , DC
Howard City, MI
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