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Autonomic Response

What is the Autonomic Nervous System?

The part of the nervous system that we cannot control with our conscious mind is called the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). The ANS regulates heart rate, breathing, digestion, sleep patterns, immune function, and hormone regulation.  It also controls tissue regeneration, blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and kidney and liver detoxification.

What is Autonomic Response Testing?

Autonomic Response Testing (ART) was developed out of the importance of detecting and correcting disturbances of the autonomic nervous system.  ART allows the practitioner to correct the disturbances that are affecting the ANS. Autonomic Response Testing (ART) is a system of evaluation and treatment developed by Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD and Lousia Williams, DC, ND.  Dr. Klinghardt is a German-trained physician who also has a PhD in neurology.  ART uses Applied Kinesiology, Electroacupuncture (EAV), Nogier pulse, heart rate variability, O-Ring testing, Chinese pulse, and other techniques to determine the health or dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system.

Dr. Klinghardt feels that many practitioners using muscle testing and/or applied kinesiology with their patients are often getting inaccurate information because the autonomic nervous system is not functioning properly. In ART, this condition is called blocked regulation and stems from the inability of the ANS to self-regulate correctly. Dr. Klinghardt feels that blocked regulation of the ANS is caused by 7 common factors that include structural imbalances, chemical imbalances, emotional imbalances, electromagnetic imbalances, and spiritual issues.  This includes undiagnosed food allergies, chemical toxicity, heavy metal toxicity,  chronic infections, parasites, scars, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), electromagnetic stress and unresolved psychological stress.   Through ART, Dr. Klinghardt has developed specific tests for detecting these 7 Factors and treatment protocols to correct them.

During the first visit, the practitioner using ART will evaluate the patient while paying close attention to identifying any of the 7 factors that are blocking ANS regulation.  In part, this is accomplished through a review of the patient's dental and medical history and a physical exam that includes a nervous system and kinesiology evaluation.  Once the practitioner identifies the blockages, he will then choose a treatment protocol that will correct these problems.

A typical visit may reveal that a patient has a severe hidden allergy to dairy and wheat, heavy metal toxicity from mercury amalgams in their teeth, and a scar from a past appendix surgery that are all causing stress on the ANS.  For this patient, the primary treatment protocol would include scar therapy (using cold laser, neural therapy, or wheat germ oil.  The dietary advice to avoid dairy and wheat products, and a referral to an experienced biological dentist to safely replace the mercury fillings.  The doctor may also suggest natural remedies including heavy metal detox agent, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals,  probiotics, herbs,  amino acids, exercise, and meditation.

Autonomic Response Testing is a way to detect and address chronic infections including Lyme (and its coinfection), hidden allergies, immune problems, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, anxiety, heavy metal toxicity, and depression.  It may also help with cancer, seizure disorders, diabetes, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,  menopause symptoms,  pre-menstrual syndrome, closed head injuries, digestive problems, and sinusitis.

A majority of the doctors using Autonomic Response Testing are holistic health practitioners, medical doctors, dentists, naturopathic physicians, chiropractors, or acupuncturists.  ART is taught at the Klinghardt Academy and the American Academy of Neural Therapy/Neural Kinesiology.  ART is not taught at any of the medical schools.

What is Direct Resonance Testing 

The accuracy of DIRECT RESONANCE TESTING is instrumental in detecting and addressing illness. The Biological Law of Identical Substances states that "if there is an identical substance outside the body than there is inside the body, a stress reaction in a muscle is created." When samples of various organisms are placed directly over areas on the head, face, heart, liver, pubic area, etc., and if that organism is present in any of those tested areas, a muscle is weakened. The presence of intracellular organisms that are hidden from most tests are thus revealed and a treatment that will work for that organism is also revealed in the same manner.

The Laws of Direct Resonance Testing

by Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, M.D., PhD


1. The First law of Direct Resonance Testing - the law of resonance between two identical substances (this law has been most clearly identified by the research of Y.Omura,M.D.):

  • Whole Body Testing - If a practitioner holds the test substance (heavy metal, parasite, virus, bacteria, fungus, etc) the energy field of a patient and the patient's indicator muscle weakens (ex: patient's strong arm goes weak), this means that the identical substance (heavy metal, parasite, virus, bacteria, fungus, etc) is in the body of the patient.  In summary, the patient's weak indicator muscle is a result of resonance between two identical substances (heavy metal, parasite, virus, bacteria, fungus, etc).

  • Localized Testing - If the test substance (heavy metal, parasite, virus, bacteria, fungus, etc) is only in a particular organ, ganglion, or other structure, the test substance (heavy metal, parasite, virus, bacteria, fungus, etc) may have to be held directly over the organ, ganglion, or structure being affected, to be detected.  An example of this would be if the Practitioner holds the test substance (heavy metal, parasite, virus, bacteria, fungus, etc) directly over a specific organ, and the patient's indicator muscle weakens (ex: patients arm strength weakens) this means that the identical substance (heavy metal, parasite, virus, bacteria, fungus, etc) is in that specific organ.  If the practitioner then holds the test substance (heavy metal, parasite, virus, bacteria, fungus, etc) in the entire energy field of the patient, the patient's indicator muscle may not weaken. This reveals that the test substance is not systemic, but the test substance is localized in one specific organ or area. 

2. The Second law of Autonomic Response Testing - 2-Pointing: 

  • During the Autonomic Response Testing Evaluation entire body scan or examination, if the practitioner places his hand directly on an organ, ganglion, or structure and the patient's indicator muscle weakens, this means that there is a stressor (heavy metal, parasite, virus, bacteria, fungus, etc)  affecting that area.  If the practitioners detects a weakness in more than one organ, ganglion, or structure  this means that two or more organs, ganglion, or structures may be affected by the same toxin or infection (heavy metal, parasite, virus, bacteria, fungus, etc) , or one stressed organ, ganglion, or structure may be affect one or more others organ, ganglion, or structure.  Example of this would be if the practitioner places his hand directly on an stressed organ, and the patient's indicator muscle weakens,  and the practitioner then places his hand on directly on the second stressed organ, and the patient's indicator arm goes strong, (exact opposite response in test) this means that the stress on both organs is somehow related meaning that there is a either a............ 

  1. cause and effect/relationship between the two stressed organs, meaning that one stressed organ is directly affecting and stressing the second organ.  If the stressor (heavy metal, parasite, virus, bacteria, fungus, etc) affecting the first organ detected and cleared, then the stress that the first organ has placed on the second organ will be cleared as a result, and both organs then will function normally again.  

  2. same toxin/infection affecting both organs

3. The Third Law of Autonomic Response Testing- Resonance between the examiner and the patient : 

  • The practitioner's body acts exactly like any other test substance (heavy metal, parasite, virus, bacteria, fungus, etc) held into the energy field of the patient. If the doctor is toxic with the same substance that is causing the patient's illness, or that is stored in one or more of the patient's tissues, the test will be affected as outlined in the 1st and 2nd law of Autonomic Response Testing.  Therefore, the 3rd law is really a variation of the 1st law also (but overlooked in any other school of kinesiology).


  • As outlined in the Autonomic Response Testing manual, the patient also has this effect on the examiner. Therefore no two examiners can find the same problems in a given patient, unless both examiners are free of stored toxins, infections, root canal filled teeth, untreated scars, active psycho-emotional conflicts, have not recently consumed foods they are allergic to etc. The 3rd law results in a simple postulate: the Autonomic Response Testing practitioner has to continuously strive to improve their own health. The practitioner should be "ahead" of their healthiest patient (Quote: Ann McCombs, D.O.).

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