What to Expect at the Consultation?
Prior to your consultation you will be asked to complete a Nutritional Questionnaire this will form the initial part of your consultation. The information you include on the questionnaire and give me through further questioning, will allow me to build a full case history about you.
I will then conduct ‘Muscle Response Testing’*. You will leave the consultation with a list of foods to avoid, together with information to help you formulate meals, I will also use ‘Muscle Response Testing’ to identify imbalances within the body, recommending a supplement protocol to help support the body back into balance. Any supplements recommended are an optional additional cost and of which a small commission is made.
An initial consultation will take 2 hours and a follow up consultation 4 weeks later, 11/2 hours
* If you would prefer the ‘Functional Testing’ route and to incorporate the ‘Functional DX Blood Chemistry Analysis’ within your initial consultation rather than the muscle response testing, this may be arranged at time of booking an appointment.
(please note, the ‘Functional DX Blood Chemistry Analysis’ is an additional cost on top of the fee for the initial consultation. For more information on ‘Functional DX Blood Chemistry Analysis’ please click here.
Food Sensitivity Testing
The Difference between Allergy and Sensitivity
An allergy is seen as an adverse reaction to a substance that is not necessarily harmful but for various reasons the individual is unable to tolerate it. At the initial exposure to the substance, referred to as an antigen, the immune system creates an anti-body to it and on subsequent contact with the antigen this creates a reaction in the body. Reactions may include swollen lips or eyes, severe rash, vomiting and in severe cases difficulty breathing. Allergies are usually identified via a blood test through your GP. Examples of allergic conditions are: Asthma, eczema and hay fever etc.
There are substances that may cause a reaction within the body that are considered a sensitivity. So the reaction may not be as severe but still causes the individual discomfort and results in health issues such as gut problems, catarrh, sinus issues, migraine, fatigue to name a few. There are several reasons why someone may become allergic; some people may have a genetic pre-disposition to a substance, with others it may be a gradual decline in health and their immune system can become overloaded. If we are exposed to the same substance over a long period of time this may contribute to the body reacting to that substance. Food sensitivity is more difficult to identify.
Muscle Response Testing
There are various ways to test for sensitivities and the method I use is Muscle Response Testing also known as kinesiology. Kinesiology was created by an American chiropractor called George Goodheart in the mid 1960's. He realised that every muscle in the body shared a circuit with an energy system (referred to as meridians in acupuncture) and an organ. If there was a problem with a muscle response then this indicated that there was something out of balance within the circuit or meridian. The aim in attaining balance is to monitor energy flow by evaluating muscles associated with these acupuncture meridians and then apply the solution either by giving nutrition, working on a reflex point or by other means I may deem appropriate. Once the circuits associated with the muscles are balanced this would allow the body to be in a position to heal itself.
First of all I establish an accurate indicator muscle by isolating and putting pressure on one or more muscles. Once I have established an accurate indicator muscle I will then challenge the body with a stressor such as an intolerable food by placing the substance on the abdomen of the client. If the muscle response stays strong it indicates that the food/substance is 'ok'. If the muscle response is weak it suggests that the food/substance has a negative effect on the client. Muscle response acts as a biofeedback mechanism.
It is based on the theory that foods and substances are: Biogenic - give energy Biocidic - take energy Biostatic - maintains status quo.
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