Autonomic Response Testing (ART)
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At Bella Fiore Klinik, our doctors use a technique called Autonomic Response Testing (ART) to identify the root cause of illness and tailor treatment accordingly, in order to help the body’s cellular frequency come back to health. This comprehensive diagnostic system was developed by Dietrich Klinghardt, MD after years of research. Dr. Klinghardt has helped to transform many practices in the US and abroad into true healing centers through this process.
ART is a biofeedback-enhanced physical exam that uses changes in muscle tone to show when the body goes into stress (sympathetic mode), relaxation (parasympathetic mode), or exhibits a neutral/no change response. Our doctors are highly trained to perform conventional physical examinations but also use ART to arrive at a more precise diagnosis and effective treatment. They can tap into the body’s nervous system to determine specific treatments (supplements, herbs, injections, etc.) that will help bring the organ system back to homeostasis. This medicine is based on both science and art. The ART based testing will always lead the doctor to take appropriate next steps, such as ordering lab work, imaging studies, psychotherapeutic interventions, or other therapies. Doctors at Bella Fiore Klinik are highly trained and understand anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, physics, quantum physics, and psychology.
The foundation of naturopathic medicine was stated simply by Samuel Hahnemann when he said, “the first thing we must do is remove obstacles to cure.” Our doctors identify the root cause of chronic illness by testing the seven main factors that are usually underlying causes of disease. The seven factors are toxicity (internally generated biotoxins from infections, fungus, parasites, bacteria, or external toxins such as heavy metals), nutritional deficiencies, post-traumatic or genetic structural problems, geopathic stress (microwave/cell phone radiation, EMF, etc), scars (which cause interference in the body and in acupuncture meridians), allergies, and unresolved psycho-emotional, spiritual conflict or trauma. Many studies have shown that substances, pathogens, and/or emotions can cause the body to go into either a stress or relaxation response. This is why our doctors address these factors and eliminate things that are not meant to be in our body, while also replenishing deficiencies.
ART also uses a method called “direct resonance testing.” This makes it possible to accurately detect microbes and toxins in organs or tissues so doctors know where to target treatment. Our doctors also determine which treatments push the body into a yin versus yang state. A yin state occurs when the body goes into a parasympathetic mode where organs most efficiently detox. A yang state occurs when the body goes into a sympathetic mode where the body’s immune system upregulates cells that are needed to fight infections.
There is an intelligence that runs through the body and communicates with the brain--muscle testing is a tool to access what the body and brain are trying to communicate. It can provide clues to where there is dysfunction between the body and brain, to help unravel why things are going awry.
This work and the medicine that our doctors provide at Bella Fiore Klinik to patients is most powerful when used preventatively. No test is 100% accurate and the doctors always rely on clinical thinking to ensure the safety of the patient when prescribing treatments.
*ART is not a stand-alone treatment and is only done in the context of a Naturopathic Physician’s visit with Dr. Christine Schaffner.