What is Nutrition Response Testing®?
Nutrition Response Testing is a non-invasive system of analyzing the body to determine the underlying causes of ill or non-optimum health. Our clinically proven system may be quite different from any other healing practice that you may have experienced. We will have some questions for you before and during the testing. The actual procedure is simple and direct, with the body providing all of the information and feedback needed. We use the extraordinary properties of the human cells and tissues to bring about healing and health changes, exactly as nature intended.
The body responds to the procedure reliably and consistently. This feedback is so precise that it opens the door to a safe and lasting recovery, even in cases where everything else has failed.
Who do we help?
If you are like other people who come to us for help, then most likely:
- You may have one or more health conditions that won’t go away
- You have visited doctors, or even alternative practitioners, but the results weren’t what you hoped or expected
- Health conditions are significantly affecting your life. Perhaps this also affects your career, family and/or personal finances
- You realize that these conditions are probably not going to get better unless the real source of the problem is found and corrected
What are we testing for?
Through our analysis, we are testing your body’s neurological reflexes. These reflexes are the body’s way of telling us what and how your nervous system is doing – as it is the nervous system’s responsibility to regulate the body’s functions for each and every organ. The testing includes organs, glands, joints, muscles, etc.These reflexes are tested on the surface of the body and then the findings are analyzed.
How do we get the body’s “reflex” information?
Energy flows exist between all parts and organs of the body. These flows can become disrupted for a variety of reasons. This disruption is easily discovered with our testing. As a Nutrition Response Testing practitioner, we will do a full body scan to properly assess each of your reflexes. The practitioner will do the analysis by contacting your extended arm with one hand, and contact the specific reflex area with the other hand. If the tested reflex is stressed, your nervous system will respond by reducing energy to the extended arm (which will weaken and cause it to drop). A drop in the arm indicates underlying stress or dysfunction in that area which can be affecting your health
Once the underlying stress is corrected, this weak muscle response will no longer occur. Since we directly use the body for analysis (versus doing lab tests) it is faster and tends to be just as (if not more) accurate. There are also no huge expensive machines, no drugs, surgery, nasty needles or laboratory fees to cover. Following your consultation you will be given the results in a way that you can understand, with a specific nutritional program to follow.
How soon will I see improvement?
Although every case is different, we often hear enthusiastic reports from patients in as little as 4-6 weeks. The fastest recoveries are often from those who have most closely adhered to their recommended nutritional program.
Is it important to stick to the plan?
Generally chronic health problems do not suddenly develop overnight. They develop over a long period of time (often years) with improper diet (which cause nutritional deficiencies and imbalances) and environmental influences. All of which have gotten you into your current health condition.
Therefore, the sooner and more thoroughly you implement your program, the sooner you will start to see results. While on your program, if you continue those same old habits and routines that contributed to your current condition, your body’s condition may not improve as you hope. Total commitment to your program is strongly urged.
What are my chances for recovery?
Our long-term experience in a wide variety of cases tells us the first thing we must determine is whether or not you are a “Nutrition Response Testing Case”. If someone is NOT, then it is unlikely that Nutrition Response Testing will ever help you. However if you ARE, then in our experience, it is our belief that nothing else will help you as much.
What happens next?
While you are on your own designed clinical nutrition program, you will continue on your health recovery process. We will continue to monitor your progress and adjust your program as needed when additional layers show up. This procedure will assist you in attaining the maximum possible health benefits and get the real underlying health issues handled.
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Do you or someone you know suffer from chronic health conditions & don’t seem to improve? Give us a call @ 410-717-6610.
The strength and health of your body is determined by how fully your life force is expressed in every cell. Your brain and nervous system control and regulate every cell of your body. Simply put, when your nervous system doesn’t work well, your body doesn’t work well either.
NeuroCranial Integration (NCI) relieves pressure in the brain and nervous system caused by illness, injury and daily stress, allowing your body to function at a higher level of efficiency. It not only gently removes tension from the nervous system, releasing restrictions throughout all the tissues and organs of the body; it also returns proper cerebrospinal fluid flow to the spinal cord and to the entire body, improving almost every function of the body.
How is NeuroCranial Integration different than typical alternative treatments?
NCI is a able to affect the brain, the spine and the entire nervous system in a way that is simply not accessible through regular healthcare techniques or modalities. Although other systems of care may also affect the cranium, none reaches the deepest level of the dura mater as precisely as NCI. The dura mater is a tough, protective covering around the brain and spinal cord. Its job is so important that it extends down the spine and throughout the entire nervous system.
How does treating the brain and nervous system affect the rest of my body?
According to Gray’s Anatomy: “The brain and the nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions of the body and relates it to its environment…”
NeuroCranial Integration directly affects the proper functioning of the central nervous system inside the brain, because NCI allows the left and right brain hemispheres (and other areas of the brain) to profoundly re-balance and reintegrate. It is so gentle, it can be safely performed of patients of any age, from infants to the elderly.
How does the brain affect my neck or back pain?
Because the dura is attached to the skull, as well as the spine’s top two neck vertebrae, and extends all the way down to the tailbone, the dura must be balanced from the top to bottom for optimal functioning. Any misalignments or distortions (twisting) of the skull, the spine and the entire body. Sooner or later, these distortions result in health consequences, including neck and back pain.
What can NCI help with?
- Headaches & migraines
- Cerebral Palsy
- ADHD and autism
- Mild traumatic brain injuries, strokes and multiple sclerosis
- Back & neck pain along with other acute conditions
- Improve sports performance
A woman’s body goes through many different changes throughout life. Following a healthy diet, exercise routine & mindfulness practice will help keep your body in balance and at ease for these various & sometimes difficult stages.
Tips to ease cramps:
- Foods to focus on: Getting enough calcium, magnesium, Vitamin D, good fats & iron are important during your menstrual years.
- Dark chocolate, yogurt, salmon, broccoli, pumpkin seeds, eggs, nuts, bananas, chamomile tea, dark leafy greens like spinach, kale & bok choy, oats, ginger etc.
- Drinking lots of water actually prevents your body from retaining water, so even if you’re bloated make sure you are getting enough hydration. Avoid alcohol, carbonated beverages and caffeine.
- Raw cacao (1 tbs) is a great source of iron and magnesium, two minerals women commonly can be deficient in. So, chocolate is GOOD 😊
- Raspberry leaf tea helps tone the uterus and pelvic muscles.
- Focus on gentle & restorative workouts rather than high-intensity like barre, Pilates, yoga, walking & biking.
- Chiropractic adjustments can help provide pain relief, especially in the lower back and uterus area.
PCOS occurs when a woman’s hormones are out of balance, which can lead to problems with fertility and menstrual cycles, weight gain, and cysts on the ovaries.
- Drinking 1-2 tbs of apple cider vinegar (with “the mother”) diluted in water/tea/smoothies every day. This will help improve the body’s natural elimination system while balancing pH levels to help control bacteria, candida and yeast.
- Eat a 95% whole foods diet focusing on vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes and leafy greens.
- Eliminate processed foods & sugar.
- Probiotic foods like kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi & miso.
- Iron-rich food like spinach, kale, goji berries, lentils & chickpeas are great if you have low iron.
- Focus on gentle & restorative workouts rather than high-intensity like barre, Pilates, yoga, walking & biking.
FUN FACT: Women who eat at least 10g of fresh mushrooms each day (about one mushroom per day) have a 64% DECREASED risk of breast cancer & when you add in a daily cup of green tea, there is an 89% DECREASED risk of breast cancer!
- Raspberry leaf tea helps tone the uterus and pelvic muscles.
- A nutrient rich, whole food diet will nourish you and your baby. Focus on a good variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, beans and lean meats. If you are craving sugar, eat protein & good fats instead.
- Drink 2-3 liters of water per day and avoid artificially sweetened drinks and all sodas.
- Natural magnesium supplements can help with morning sickness, fatigue & constipation.
- Using an exercise ball as a chair can help keep the pelvis forward and in good alignment.
- Balance physical activity with rest.
- Supplements: E-manganese, Symplex F, Pituitrophin PMG, Calcium Lactate
- Soy (unprocessed) contains high levels of estrogen-like compounds which mimic natural estrogen. It can help decrease hot flash frequency and severity – edamame is a good source for unprocessed soy. Stay away if there is a known breast cancer risk.
- Black cohosh: can help reduce production of LH (luteinizing hormone – causes hot flashes).
- Eat regular meals throughout the day.
- Healthy fats and fatty acids, dairy, eggs, leafy green vegetables, kelp.
- Full fat foods like walnuts/almonds, flax seed, chia seed, berries, bananas, plain yogurt or coconut yogurt if you’re sensitive to dairy.
- Avoid hot flash triggering foods like caffeine, alcohol, sugary and spicy foods.
- Yoga, meditation & other relaxation techniques.
Open & Strengthen Your Hips
Women tend to carry their stress in their hips. Stretching and strengthening the muscles around the hips is a great way to release tension and stress on the spine. Always complete both sides/legs with stretching, and remember that one side may feel different than the other.
Cow Face Pose: For this pose, imagine a really tight “criss-cross” seated position. Bend your right knee to face the front of the mat, and then bend your left knee the same, and stack it right on top of your right knee. The soles of both your feet should ideally be facing up. It’s ok if you cannot come into the full position at first. Sit on a block or blanket for leverage and try again. Make sure both sit bones stay on the ground, or block/blanket, and breathe deeply. Fold forward for an added challenge. Switch after 3 minutes for a great release.
Half Pigeon Pose: For this pose, begin in a downward facing dog position. From there, swing your left (or right) leg through your hands, bending at the knee and facing the sole of your foot up. Lay your knee flat on the mat and to the side just enough so that you are not lying on it as you lean forward. Ideally, your shin is parallel to the front of the mat, but this won’t occur until you are very open in the hips. For now, it is ok for the shin to be slanted. The most important part of this pose is that you first align your hips. Distribute your weight evenly so that you are not leaning to the left or right side. If you cannot align your hips, place a block under your left sit bone – this leverage will help you as you begin to open up tight hips.
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Sugar & Carbs Don’t Care About You!
You might think your diet is healthy, but there are many foods that could surprise you. Some foods contain sugar or are broken down into sugar in your body.
Sugar & Refined Carbohydrates: Be Careful
Many processed or refined foods contain simple carbohydrates, which have the greatest impact on blood sugar. These simple carbohydrates break down into glucose that enters the bloodstream quickly, affecting insulin release. This rush of glucose can create an energy spike followed by a deep drop in blood sugar and energy. You can be caught in a vicious cycle of craving sugar, eating it, feeling tired and craving it again.
How Carbs Affect the Body:
- You eat and digest food – digested food releases glucose
- Glucose enters the bloodstream and raises blood sugar
- The rise in blood sugar triggers the pancreas to release insulin
- Insulin tells cells to either use the glucose or store it for energy
- The less energy burned, the more fatty acids are stored
- More stored fatty acids may result in weight gain
Complex Carbohydrates: Better, But Keep Track of Them
Complex carbs are easier on your blood sugar metabolism because they contain fiber and break down more slowly into sugar. Even though this is better for your blood sugar metabolism, you still need to watch your intake of complex carbs. In time, they will be completely changed into sugar too.
Follow a nutritious meal plan that includes healthy fats and a diet low in simple carbs, sugar and starches.
- Cut Sugars: soda, energy drinks, fruit juice, high-fructose corn syrup
- Reduce Refined Simple Carbs: breads and pasta made with refined flour, pastries, white rice
- Count Complex Carbs: whole-grain breads, starchy vegetables like corn, beans, white potatoes, peas
- Include Healthy Fats: avocados, olives, plant oils like olive & coconut, nuts like almonds & walnuts, oily fish like salmon & tuna
Start Here for Healthy Blood Sugar Support:
- Limit your refined-carb count to a maximum of 60-70 grams a day, not including low-starch vegetables.
- Watch portion size when you are tracking food.
- Are you hungry or thirsty? If your energy is low and you’re feeling a bit on the edge, you might think you’re hungry, but your body is really thirsty. Keep hydrated and drink plenty of water.
- Eat frequent small meals throughout the day.
- Try and include a protein, healthy fat, and fiber
- A healthy fat plus fiber helps you feel full and less likely to be hungry
- Protein can sometimes help moderate the rise in blood sugar
- Fiber, particularly soluble fiber, can slow the absorption of sugar
- Exercise on a regular basis. Don’t sit for long periods; get up and stretch or take a quick walk
- Keep a daily record of food and supplement intake for reference.
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Advanced Allergy Therapeutics, or AAT, offers a unique and highly effective approach for the treatment of the many symptoms associated with allergies and sensitivities. AAT is a precision-based treatment that addresses the organ systems that are involved in an overreaction. AAT does not treat the immune system. The therapy instead focuses on the relationship between symptoms and organ systems in order to produce rapid, long-term results.
Common Symptoms Relieved with AAT:
- Digestive System: reflux, heartburn, abdominal and intestinal pain, cramping, gas, bloating, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting
- Respiratory System: sneezing, congestion, runny nose, wheezing, shortness of breath, coughs, post nasal drip, skin conditions, rashes and itch watery eyes
- Multiple Systems: headaches, irritability, hyperactivity, mood swings, tiredness, fatigue and inflammation
- Skin: scaly, red, itchy skin, rashes, blisters with oozing and crusting, dry leathery skin areas, hives, plants, contactants and chemicals
- Headaches & Migraines: chocolate and caffeine, airborne irritants such as pollens, chemicals including household cleaners, perfumes and vehicle fumes
- Chemical and Occupational Sensitivities: household cleaners, chemicals, perfumes, detergents, latex, petrol and building materials such as pains, glues, carpets, woods and varnishes
By treating the organ systems related to a reaction to an offending substance, the symptoms stemming from those organ systems are directly affected. In most cases symptoms are reduced significantly within the first 1-3 treatments. AAT is non-invasive and does not require needles, herbal remedies or supplements.
Some examples of organ dysfunction includes:
- Intestines: gas, bloating, pain, diarrhea
- Lungs: cough, sneezing, congestion, wheezing
- Stomach: cramping, bloating, nausea, heartburn
- Heart: tachycardia, elevated blood pressure
- Kidneys: fatigue, tiredness
- Liver: stress, mood swings, irritability
- Skin: red, itchy or scaly skin, rashes, hives
A Holistic Approach to Allergies & Sensitivities
AAT merges 21st century science with 3,000 year old traditional acupuncture and modern chiropractic principles in offering an effective alternative in the treatment of the symptoms associated with allergies and sensitivities. All holistic fields of medicine are aligned in their approach to treat the whole body. They share the understanding that health conditions may develop as a result of various forms of stress or other interference with proper function. Removing the stress or interference allows for optimal health. When the specific organ system is supported and stress is reduced in relation to a harmless substance, the whole body is conditioned to respond more appropriately.
AAT can offer rapid, long term results from the many symptoms associated with allergies and sensitivities.
Understanding Allergies & Sensitivities
Allergies and sensitivities are caused by inappropriate reactions to harmless substances. A “true allergy” is a reaction triggered by the immune system while a sensitivity, which is more common, may or may not involve the immune system. The majority of patients who seek the AAT tratment do not have “true allergies”. Instead, their symptoms are likely to be caused by sensitivities. However, their symptoms can be the same, and both allergies and sensitivities respond well to the treatment wince AAT addresses the organ systems involved in the reactions.
Sensitivities AAT Can help Treat:
- Environmental Agents
- & many more
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Are you or someone you know suffering from allergies or sensitivities? Give us a call to see if we can help in a natural way @ 410-717-6610.
What can we do to keep our immune systems happy & healthy?
- Avoid antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers and wash well with soap and water
- Avoid unnecessary antibiotics and focus on good probiotics
- Get lots of rest & exercise regularly
- Enjoying time in the sun & in nature
- Take brief cold showers
- Regular dry brushing
- Do a coconut or sesame oil pull a few times a week or daily
- Eat lots of wholesome root veggies and leafy greens
- Incorporate healing herbs and spices into your diet like turmeric & ginger
- Eat different species of immune boosting mushrooms
- Drink half your weight in ounces of water per day
- Avoid sugar
- Decrease stress
- Remove household molds
- Shower before going to sleep
80-90% of the immune system is in the GUT
- Vitamin D (Cataplex D)
- Vitamin C
- Congaplex, Immuplex, Antronex, Epimmune, Echinacea C/Premium, Cataplex C, Catalyn
Foods to focus on:
- Healing bone broth
- Sweet potatoes
- Garlic & onion
- Probiotic Rich Foods: kimchi, kefir, sauerkraut, miso
- Citrus Fruit
How to Oil Pull
Oil pulling has many holistic benefits; it is great for clearing out bad bacteria in the mouth and toxins throughout the entire body. Put 1-2 tsp coconut/sesame oil in your mouth and swish it around for 15-20 minutes – this is long enough to break through plaque and bacteria but not long enough that the body starts re-absorbing the toxins and bacteria. The oil will get thicker and milky as it mixed with saliva during this time and it should be creamy-white when spit out. Spit the oil into the trashcan, then rinse your mouth with warm water. Finish by brushing your teeth as usual to remove any bacteria left.
How to Dry Brush
Dry brushing is a great way to help stimulate the lymphatic system which helps the body detoxify. It is also useful for exfoliation, cleaning pores, reducing cellulite & boosting energy. Starting at the bottom of the feet, brush upwards towards the heart in long, smooth strokes concentrating on one area for about 5 strokes; always brush toward the center of the body. Repeat the process with the arms starting with the palms. When focusing on the stomach and armpits brush in a circular clockwise motion, and be careful when brushing your neck; you may want to use a softer brush if doing the face.
Our purpose at the Natural Health Improvement Center is to empower as many people as possible to achieve vibrant and optimum health through education and natural means, without the use of unnecessary drugs and surgery, and to pass the benefits along to future generations.
What kinds of people do we treat? If you can relate to one or more of the following, Dr. Lisa can help!
- Spring and fall allergies that bring along sneezing, coughing, wheezing etc.
- Sensitivity to animals & considering giving up a pet due to allergies
- Chronic fatigue
- Depression and anxiety
- Headaches, migraines, concussions
- PMS, PCOS, hot flashes, cramps
- Hormonal issues including thyroid, prostate, adrenal etc.
- Food sensitivities
- Digestive problems like acid reflux, IBS etc.
- Sensitivities to perfumes, soaps, chemicals, hydrocarbons, scented candles, dryer sheets, smoke etc.
- Past sports injuries
- Feeling achy all over
We help people who are tired of their medical doctors telling them to take medications when they know the medication just hides the underlying problem.
We help people who know that food is the best medicine to help the body thrive.
We help people who know their body can heal but need a guide on their journey to health.
Packed with protein, vitamin D, potassium, and vitamin B12, eggs are not only affordable and quick to cook, but they also offer a bounty of nutritional benefits. Try switching up some different ways you incorporate eggs into your diet!
- Blend a Salad Dressing: Hard boiled eggs make a delicious alternative to avocados in a homemade pureed dressing or sauce combined with whatever other ingredients you want like mustard, garlic, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar.
- Over Oatmeal: crack one or two into morning oatmeal before cooking to add some power protein and fat; you can drop the egg right on top of the oatmeal or mix it in.
- Swap Out Chips: load up a hard-boiled egg with a scoop of guacamole.
- Morning Muffins: using a cupcake baking sheet, use eggs and your favorite veggies and proteins to make bite sized snacks.
- Toast Topper: slice a sweet potato and bake in the toaster until edges are crispy, top with poached egg.
- Savory Waffle: add an egg on top of a whole-wheat waffle, feel free to add bacon, avocado and some greens to spice up this yummy breakfast
- Frittatas: Put some cooked pasta in a bowl and beat with six eggs. Then, add a splash of milk or water and a healthy amount of chopped veggies, like zucchini, spinach, kale or broccoli. Then, heat a large nonstick pan, add the mixture and cook until it just sets around the edges. Pop into a 400-degree oven to finish cooking. Remove, flip it upside-down and slice into wedges. Can be made without pasta
- Breakfast Fried Rice: use a mixture of eggs, scallions, ginger, garlic & additional sauces to whip up a healthy bowl to start your day
- Add to Soups: add a poached egg on top of veggie based soups for some stomach-filling protein
- Egg Burritos: preheat a nonstick pan over medium-high heat and pour the eggs in, cooking until just set. Fill with beans, cooked chorizo or bacon, cheese and guacamole before rolling into a burrito.
- Hash Brown Egg-in-a-Hole: swap out bread with hash browns, using a skillet form a hole in the middle of the hash browns and crack an egg. Cook until it sets.
- Salad Topper: use a poached or hard boiled egg on top of salad for extra protein and flavor.
- Breakfast Pizza: top a classic margarita pizza with a few eggs! Cook the pizza about three-quarters, then crack the eggs in the center and cook the rest of the way. Or, you can cook the pizza all the way and top with fried eggs before serving.
We have officially started our raffle for one lucky patient to win an INSTANT POT! There are many different & easy ways to get your name into the contest, and you can have multiple entries too! A winner will be chosen just before Thanksgiving.
All you have to do is:
- Refer someone who becomes a new patient
- Post a testimonial (written or video) on your Facebook and tag Dr. Lisa
- Post a picture of you and Dr. Lisa on Facebook (tag her too!)
- Share one of Dr. Lisa’s Facebook videos on your page
- Bring a guest to a health talk (one entry for each guest)
- Write us a google review
Join us for our next upcoming Health Information Talks @ the Natural Health Improvement Center of Columbia, MD! Give us a call to reserve your spot today 410-717-6610.
Patients who bring guests to any health talk will receive one entry per guest in our raffle to win an Instant Pot!
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October 1st: Immune Essentials
October 15th: ADD/ADHD, Concentration, Memory, Studying etc.
October 29th: Women’s Health, Menopause, PMS, Foggy Brain, Hot-Flashes etc.
November 12th: Digestive Dysfunction, Acid Reflux, Bloating etc.
November 26th: Men’s Health, Prostate etc.
December 10th: Cholesterol – Myths & Truths
December 17th: Anxiety & Depression
January 7th: Skin Health – Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne, Rashes