A few weeks ago I shared my story of how my struggle with Candida led me on a quest for healing. This search led me to an amazing muscle testing technique called Nutrition Response Testing. I’d like to talk a little more in detail about that this week, as well as provide my readers with an update on my progress.
My second visit with the chiropractor, Dr. Dale Porter out of Watertown, NY, showed significant improvement. I had gone from a 0 at week one on the muscle test to a 4 this week (0 being completely blocked; 10 being completely functional). As I mentioned in the last article, the supplements I was taking immediately stopped the itching that had kept me up so many nights before. My neck still was sore, but the never-ending migraine had finally gone away, and I was left with smaller occasional headaches throughout the week.
The supplements Dr. Porter prescribed are through a company called Standard Process. Their products are made from the highest quality whole foods, unlike most over-the-counter synthetic vitamins that are often derived from such lovely substances as coal tar (Frost, 2007). Practitioners of Nutrition Response Testing believe that many ailments of the human body are a result of our modern diet. Overuse of processed “dead” foods including sugars and flours, combined with a lack of sufficient vegetables and nutrients has resulted in nutritional starvation for many Americans, despite the fact that over 63 percent of us are overweight or obese (Hendrick, 2010).
Nutrition Response Testing practitioners measure individuals according to their personal needs and design a program specific for them. The first week Dr. Porter prescribed Spanish Black Radish to help balance out my PH and Zymex to help conquer the overgrowth of yeast in my body. He also prescribed Wheat Germ oil to be applied topically to my “active” scars, which I’ll talk about in more detail next week. I gave up eating sweets and started adding more vegetables to my plate at lunch and dinner in order to avoid looking like a slacker when Dr. Porter looked at my food journal. Motivation really can come from anywhere! As mentioned earlier, the itching subsided immediately, and I began to feel better overall as I avoided foods with wheat or gluten in them. However, as I began to cut out the sugars and flours, I started to experience some intense cravings. I mentioned this to Dr. Porter and he explained that it was perfectly normal to feel this way.
Through more muscle testing, Dr. Porter also pinpointed my sensitivity to wheat itself and not to gluten as the medical tests had shown. He prescribed an enzyme supplement called Multizyme to help my body to stop seeing wheat as an intruder, and he asked me to continue journaling my food and drink intake. He then did the unthinkable. He asked me give up fruit for a while. I was devastated. It was the only sweet I thought I had left and I was clinging to it ferociously. Dr. Porter kindly reminded me I could do it gradually and that I would eventually be able to add it back into my diet when the Candida died off. Candida feeds off sugar, so when you remove the excess from your diet, the Candida will eventually starve. Little did I know how much I was using the fruit to replace the other sugars I’d been avoiding. Week two was a tough road mentally as I struggled to cut out all forms of sugar from my diet, but I did it and look forward to sharing more next week.
Frost, M. (2007). Back to the Basics of Human Health: Avoiding the fads, trends, and boldface lies, (4th ed.). Expansive Health Awareness, Inc.
Hendrick, B. (2010). Percentage of Overweight, Obese Americans Swells: Americans Are Eating Poorly, Exercising Less, and Getting Bigger, Survey Finds. WebMD. Retrieved August 17, 2012, from http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20100210/percentage-of-overweight-obese-americans-swells
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