An Introduction to Autonomic Response Testing:
Autonomic Response Testing (ART) is an unique and comprehensive alternative medical model. It has been developed and synthesized over the past 20 years by its founder. This form of testing enables practitioners to evaluate a patient’s health, on four interconnected levels. These are the Physical, Electromagnetic (or energetic), Mental and Intuitive bodies.
The Five Levels Of Healing:
Interaction of the First and Second Levels of Healing: (Physical and Energetic)
Neurological understanding clearly demonstrates how an electrical disturbance in the (autonomic) nervous system, could cause physical symptoms in an apparently unrelated area of the body. No amount of attention to a shoulder injury, for example, would relieve the pain if its cause were at a ‘higher’ level.
One level above the physical, is the electromagnetic (or energetic) body. The Autonomic Nervous System, responds to and channels energy throughout the physical body. Here, one might find a surgical scar or damaged tooth compromising the performance of the intricate network of the nervous system. This in turn could cause the shoulder pain.
Discovery of such an energetic disruption, and its subsequent treatment, would lead to an instant rebalancing of the energetics and immediate cessation of the shoulder pain.
The Third Level of Healing: (Mental)
One level higher, is the ‘Mental’ body, and here again, the ART practitioner may assess for disturbance. Unresolved Thought processes may also hinder the proper performance of the body’s Energetics, which in turn may result in a Physical condition or symptom (in this case the shoulder injury).
Mental Field Therapy has been developed from the initial discoveries by Roger Callaghan Ph.D., as the most potent means of addressing this level of healing. It combines the reintegration of the mental body with the level below, which is the energetic body of the nervous system and meridians.
The Fourth Level of Healing: (Intuitive)
Assessing and working with the intuitive body, may be achieved with colour and the use of PK (Psycho Kinesiology) or APN (Applied Psycho-Neurobiology). This technique has its roots in the discoveries made by Dr Hamer, who observed that emotions affect and are caught up in specific organs. Fear for example overstimulates the kidneys and adrenals, and an over-stimulation of the kidneys and adrenals in turn may cause fear. If a person doesn’t overcome their fear in a given situation, their kidneys and adrenals may be overstressed from that day on.
Through Autonomic Response Testing, the practitioner may again uncover these unresolved psycho-emotional conflicts, which have ramifications on the mental thought patterns, thereby upsetting the energetic body and resulting in a physical symptom.
Seen from this perspective, it is no surprise that a persistent back problem (for example) with stressing kidneys will not heal with purely physical interventions. The A.R.T. practitioner has the protocols to establish what level the problem started on, and work on that level to ‘uncouple’ and relieve the underlying cause. The same would be true of the shoulder injury discussed earlier.
The Fifth Level:
This is the level of spiritual belief, and is not trespassed on by ART.
How Does the Practitioner Find these Issues?
Autonomic Response Testing has evolved from Kinesiology. As the name suggests, it is a process of assessing the response of that part of the nervous system over which we have no conscious control (the ANS). The Autonomic Nervous System is a hugely dense network of nerve fibres running throughout the physical body. 80% by weight is in the skin, and it is so fine, that if all the other structures of the body were stripped away, each individual would still be thoroughly recognisable.
It is evident that such a fine and intricate unconscious control system so close to the surface of the body, must be continuously on the look out for minute changes in a person’s environment.
Just as a shark with its poor eyesight in murky waters, knows the shape and size of its prey through electromagnetic conductivity of the skin, so we scan our surroundings, but on an autonomic (unwitting) level.
This superfine network is not only scanning the surroundings, but is also connected to the organs and structures of the body. Light pressure on an area of skin, whose nervous network connects to a healthy organ, should not evoke any (autonomic) response. The same pressure over a compromised organ however, will instantly cause an involuntary reaction. It is this subtle, unwitting nerve response that gives rise to the phenomenon of changing muscle strength used in both kinesiology and Autonomic Response Testing.
As demonstrated with lie detection, physical contact is not necessary for involuntary reactions to occur. With polygraphs, respiratory rate, heart rate, blood pressure and electro-dermal activity are measured simply in response to verbal questions. It is the same Autonomic Nervous System controlling these factors as controls the tension and resistance transferred to the muscle spindles, which practitioners pick up in muscle testing. And these muscle spindles also react to auditory input.
What is more remarkable, is that the human body appears to respond to substances it recognises even before it comes into contact with them.
The body’s ‘radar’ will pick up and respond to the signature of all substances in its enormous library of experience, causing good and bad weakness and good and bad strengths. The ART practitioner assesses these strengths and weaknesses against another set of rules elucidated by the internationally acclaimed physicist Dr. Fritz Albert Popp.
As popularised by Lynn McTaggart in her book ‘The Field’ Dr. Popp was the first scientist in the West to demonstrate that one of the major languages of communication between living cells is the language of light. He not only demonstrated that photon emission is a key to synchronized biochemical change, but also that light emission and its level of organisation and coherence could be assessed.
The development of ART, has introduced a means of using this information to assess how a person’s photon emission and therefore physical health is pushed out of balance in order to accommodate a toxin, pathogen or stress.
The Seven Factors:
Much is made of the ‘Stress’ of modern life. The truth is however, that the humans in the West have finally eliminated the major stresses of basic survival. We are the only animals without predators, and can be sure of our daily food. So where does the stress come from?
Seven major obstacles to our health have been identified. Any of these factors, and more frequently a combination of several, may keep our nervous system in a permanently alert or stressed state. It is this relentless hyper-alertness, which is so destructive to health. These seven factors which must be addressed are:
1 Food Allergies
2 Heavy Metal Toxicity
3 Solvent Toxicity
4 Interference Fields (such as scars or teeth causing nervous disruption)
5 Jaw Misalignment
6 Mental/Psycho-emotional Conflicts
7 Geopathic and Geophysical Stress (EMF from power or earth)
In ART it is essential to assess which of the above is a contributory factor in a patient’s disease condition and relieve them of that stress as a first step towards regaining health.
It is only after identifying these factors that we then move on to assess for ‘Direct Resonance’ with particular pathogens, or search out the remedies which the body responds to with the greatest state of relief.
Autonomic Response Testing is the most complete bio-feedback mechanism with which to assess a person’s health, and determine at which level it has been compromised. It is only with this information that the appropriate interventions may be provided at the correct levels, thereby truly relieving the system of the underlying causes of distress and disease.