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Nutrtional Response Testing
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Nutritional Response Muscle Testing (NRT) has two parts:

  • The analysis which is an “bio- energetic” assessment of your body's current health status and
  • Your personalized supplementation program.

PART 1: The Analysis.
The analysis is done through testing the body's own neurological reflexes and certain acupuncture like “bio energy” points.

Nutritional Response Muscle Testing (NRT) analyzes these different points and areas on the surface of the body that relate to the state of health and to the flow of energy in each and every organ and function of the body.

The neurological reflexes are derived from the part of the nervous system whose job it is to regulate the functions of each and every organ. These acupuncture like points are derived mostly from the ancient Chinese system of acupuncture plus chiropractic and osteopathic reflex points as presented by Dr. Dejarnett, founder of Sacro- Occipital Technic (SOT), specifically his Chiropractic Manipulative Reflex Technic (CMRT), and Dr. George Goodhart, creator of Applied Kinesiology (AK).

Each Nutritional Response Muscle Testing reflex may represent a specific organ, tissue, or function, and suggests the effect that energy, or the lack of energy, is having on the body. By testing the NRT reflexes, we have a system of monitoring your body at each visit that has been found by me and many other health practitioners to accurate clinically, and that helps us identify more exactly what the body needs, how much it needs, and how well we are meeting that need.

How Do We Do The Nutritional Response Muscle Testing Analysis? If I were to hook you up to an electro-cardiograph machine and take a reading, that would make perfect sense to you, right?

What is actually happening during this procedure? Electrical energy from the heart is running over the wires. This electrical energy makes the electrocardiograph record the energy pattern in the form of a graph or chart. I could then study this graph and tell you what it all means.

Here is what we do with Nutritional Response Muscle Testing. Instead of connecting electrodes to the reflex areas being tested, the NRT practitioner contacts these areas with their own hand. With the other hand, he/she will test the muscle of your extended arm/leg. If the reflex being contacted is "active" the nervous system will respond by reducing energy to the extended arm, and the arm will weaken and drop. This drop signifies underlying stress or dysfunction, which can be affecting your health.

Part II: Choosing Your Supplements
Let's say the liver or kidney reflexes are active. Then what? Our next step is to test specific, time-tested and proven, highest-possible quality nutritional formulas against those weak areas, to find which ones bring the reflexes back to strength.

Our decades of clinical experience tell us that when we have found the correct nutritional supplements, as indicated by this procedure, and have worked out a highly personalized nutritional supplement schedule, we have identified the most important first step in correcting the underlying deficiency or imbalance that caused the reflex to be active in the first place. By following the program as precisely as possible, you are most likely well on your way to restoring normal function and improving your health.

Even better, it is safe, painless and inexpensive to retest you in the future to update your personalized nutritional needs, which like most things in life, needs occasional tune ups, and even occasional overhauling, because of the ever changing circumstances and conditions of our lives. It is really that simple!

How to Minimize Supplements.
The best ways to minimize supplements are to avoid/minimize stressors, toxins and poisons and to eat right and exercise.  Also being regular with supplements helps, as over time deficiencies diminish and increasing repair means less assistance needed for remaining support. Indeed, some supplements may, with further NRT testing, show that supplementation is no longer needed, especially when addressing acute short term conditions like colds, flu, and sprains and strains.

On the other hand, life’s conditions and challenges are in constant flux so semi- annual or at least annual retesting is essential for long term results for your main chronic conditions, for maximizing vitality, longevity and antiaging benefits, or reducing the risk related to the common diseases of aging and your genetic risks.  At least with NRT, I trust I have prescribed the best supplements in the just right amount for you!

My Nutritional Credentials

  • Graduate, IPS Health and Nutritional Counseling, 1996
  • Post Graduate Faculty in Anti-Aging, NYCC, Stonybrook, NY 1998-99
  • Co-Founder & V.P. of Research and Education, Doctors For Nutrition, Inc, CA, 2000
  • Health & Wellness Columnist, Dynamic Chiropractic, 2002
  • Co-Founder & V.P. of Education and Research for BioPharma Scientific, Inc, CA, 2004
  • Fellow, American Association of Integrative Medicine, 2006 (FAAIM)
  • Board Certified in Integrative Medicine, 2009 (BCIM)
  • Granted Diplomate by the Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition, 2010 (DCBCN)
  • Graduate Nutritional Response Training (NRT), initial and intermediate levels, 2010 and
  • Awarded "Best Nutritionist", 2015
  • Current Director of Research and Education for Nutragen, Inc.



I've lost weight and I have no digestion problems. I have more energy, no colds, my immune system is better, and my blood pressure is down. Mena M.

Improvements I have noticed: skin, hair, complexion, anxiety level, self-assurance, improved digestive system, increased energy, overall health, better eating habits, and better health awareness. Nicole M.

…, I have lost weight, and reached my goal! I have much more energy, less headaches, etc. Another big point is antibiotic use. I have not needed an antibiotic for months, and that is wonderful. Suzie Adams

…noticed an improvement in my joint pain, intestinal disorder, cholesterol, weight loss, and blood pressure... I have more energy than I have had in years.        Evelyn A.

I have much more energy, weight loss, more confidence, and feel better overall. Melanie D.

…I have noticed many changes in my body, scars have peeled, lumps have disappeared, my hernia has disappeared, along with the hernia in my belly button, my hair grows like crazy, my nails are stronger, mental attitude has improved, and I even went from a 44C bra to a 38C on the second hook.C. G.

I have been able to watch my diet more carefully, eat better and healthier, and have become aware of "bad foods". I have lost 12 pounds since I started, and my indigestion concerns are much improved.Susan G.

I suffer from Crohn's Disease,…my cholesterol vs. triglycerides have been reversed, I have the ability to eat salads without the fear of doubling over or spending hours in discomfort, and I realized I was eating too many carbs vs. protein. Cheryl

…my hot flashes have been taken care of; I have lost weight, which I did not even come for. The very painful Bursitis in my shoulder has also been taken care of. Most of the pain I have suffered in the past has been resolved through the Thyroid supplements. Gloria C.

…I had chronic fatigue. Now I have more energy. I have lost 20 pounds, and I do not have to take as many pain medications. Dolores K.

… I have been able to drink more water, eat less junk food, pay closer attention to food labels, eat more vegetables, and use more seasonings. B.D.

I was tired; I ached all over, and carried extra pounds. After two months, my energy has increased, I am losing weight and my overall outlook on myself has improved, and my stamina is much better than it was in the beginning. Sharon M.





Valley Center Chiropractor | Nutrtional Response Testing. Dr. John Maher, D.C. is a Valley Center Chiropractor.