What is Nutrition Response Testing?

Many people are interested in a more detailed explanation of Nutrition Response Testing.  The following article, written by Dr. Freddie Ulan, DC, CCN, provides a detailed description of the process and why it works.  Fred Ulan is a Clinical Nutritionist, and a highly skilled Nutrition Response Testing practitioner and teacher. He is the Director of the Natural Health Improvement Center, in upstate New York where he and his partner practice Nutrition Response Testing in service to their extensive local and international lay and professional clientele.  You may read more about Dr. Ulan on his website.

What is Nutrition Response Testing™?

In order for you to begin the healing process we need to make sure you understand what Nutrition Response Testing™ (NRT) is right from the start. NRT is probably verydifferent from anything you may have experienced before. Although it is very precise and scientific, if we were to analyze you using NRT without an explanation you may find it strange or mysterious. We felt similarly when we first encountered it and, therefore, have studied it extensively to see if it really worked. We are happy we did because it has helped us greatly improve our own health and with NRT, we may be able to help you improve yours. It is important for you to understand Nutrition Response Testing™ because it is the foundation upon which we base our recommendations, and if you don’t understand it you may be less likely to follow through with our advice. To put it simply, if you don’t follow through with our advice, you won’t get well and if you are not going to get well, why begin in the first place? The good news is that by using NRT, most clients experience 90% or better improvement in their overall health.

 Getting Started

In medical practice there are two key parts: the diagnosis (identifying and/or naming the “disease” or syndrome) and the treatment (drugs, surgery, etc.).
In Nutrition Response Testing™ we do not diagnose or treat disease but we also have two parts:  the analysis and the personalized health improvement program (using designed clinical nutrition).
The analysis is performed simply by using your body’s own muscle group in combination with acupressure points to determine where the underlying weakness is in the body and then, using the same technique we design a natural health improvement program to help you handle what we find in the analysis.

First the Analysis

The analysis is done through testing the body’s neurological reflexes and acupressure points.  The neurological reflexes are derived from the part of the nervous system whose job is to regulate the functions of each and every organ. The acupuncture points are selected from the ancient Chinese system of acupuncture, which is thousands of years old.

NRT is a study of how the different points on the surface of the body relate to the state of health and to the flow of energy in each and every organ and function of the body.  Since human anatomy has not changed significantly in thousands of years, the utilization of these reflexes and specific points has become extremely useful in our practice because they are so accurate.

Think About It

Each NRT reflex represents a specific organ, tissue, or function, and indicates the effect that energy, or the lack of energy, is having on the body.  By testing these reflexes, we have a system of monitoring your body at each visit that helps us identify what your needs and how well we are meeting those needs.  Doesn’t this sound like something you would want for yourself in order to predict, with certainty, what is needed and wanted by the body to help you reach the next stage of optimal health?

How Do We Access the Nutrition Response Testing™ Reflexes in Order to Get This Information?

If we were to hook you up to an EKG machine and take a reading, that would make perfect sense to you, right? What is actually happening during that procedure? Electrical energy from the heart is running over the wires. This electrical energy makes the EKG record the energy pattern in the form of a graph or chart. We could then study this graph and tell you what it all means. In Nutrition Response Testing™, instead of connecting electrodes to the specific points being tested, the practitioner contacts these points with his/her own hand. With the other hand, he/she will test the muscles of your extended arm. 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 may be affecting your health.

 The Second Part – the “Personalized Health Improvement Program”

Let’s say the liver or kidney reflexes are active, then what?

Our next step is to test specific high quality nutritional supplements against those weak areas to find which ones bring the reflexes back to strength.

Decades of clinical experience tell us that when we have found the correct nutritional supplements, as indicated by this procedure, and when we work out a highly personalized nutritional supplement schedule, we have accomplished the most important first step of supporting 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 well on your way to restoring normal function and improving your health.

It’s that simple!

In Nutrition Response Testing™ we use designed clinical nutrition to address the causes of the problem, so that the body can regain the ability to heal and support itself.

There is a Great Deal of Technology and Know-How Behind What We Do

Having been designed through decades of clinical use on tens of thousands of clients, and on clients from many different types of health care practitioners, you can be assured that Nutrition Response Testing™ is capable of evaluating and possibly solving your health concerns.

A complete NRT analysis can be done on each client on each subsequent visit, thereby revealing the next layers of dysfunction so these can also be addressed and supported.

In this way, each client gets completely individualized handling in the correct sequence for his or her body.

Very much like opening a combination lock, you must use the right numbers in the right sequence and in the right direction at the right time – then the lock opens.

By following the correct sequence as revealed through Nutrition Response Testing™, you don’t “shot-gun” your diet or supplements.  With a correctly done NRT analysis, we can determine the correct food supplements for you – designed to give your body the best possible chance of getting well and staying well.


1. Through an analysis of your body’s reflexes, we help you to determine the exact nutrients you need to supplement your diet in order to bring about balanced and improved health.
2. We make these highly concentrated therapeutic formulations available to you in tablets, capsules, or in powdered form to “supplement” your current diet.  That’s why they are called “food supplements.”
3. Depending on your individual situation, we may also require that you make some specific changes in your diet & eating habits and in your routines in order to bring about the best possible results.


Many people we see in our practice have eaten themselves into their current state of ill-health, to one degree or another.  Nutritional deficiencies or imbalances lead to a breakdown in resistance, or immunity, and a loss of the ability to cope with environmental stresses (chemical, microscopic, or otherwise).  The good news is that it may be possible to reverse the process!

Is It Possible to Restore Your Health?

What could be more natural?  What could be more correct?  Each cell, tissue, and organ in your body is in the process of replacing itself every day, month, and year.  The health of each organ is dependent on making the correct nutrients available to upgrade or to maintain the health of the body at a cellular level.

Designed Clinical Nutrition provides the right basic materials.

Nutrition Response Testing™ tells you when and what to use to bring about the desired results.  With this understanding of what we do, we feel you can comprehend how we are able to work with you to help you more effectively improve your health.  Once that is achieved, do you see how you might be able to use this approach to stay well?

Now you have the complete 1-2-3 package. You know:

What we do

How and why we do it

What you need to do to gain the potential of restoring your health and staying healthy.

It is important to remember that in the end you are the one responsible for your own condition.  And with our guidance, we feel that – if you are a Nutrition Response Testing™ case – your chances of greatly improving your health can be as high as 90%, or better.  In our experience, if our analysis indicates that you are not a Nutrition Response Testing™ / nutritional case, then in all probability, while a nutritional program may give you some benefit, it may not give you the maximum results you desire.

If our analysis confirms that you are a Nutrition Response Testing™ / clinical nutrition case, then, in our experience, nothing else may ever compare to what you may achieve by using NRT and Designed Clinical Nutrition.

We wish you the best of luck in your quest to take back full responsibility for your health.  Just remember to do it one step at a time and that we are here to guide you in that quest.

Once we accept your case, you can count on us to do everything in our ability to help you achieve your health objectives and to help you achieve a healthier, happier life.


  1. says

    After going to my first NRT class last nite, I was a bit apprehensive. However, after reading up a bit and thinking a lot about this, I have decided to take this on full force!!! There is nothing I want more than to rid myself of these prescribed toxins that are definitely slowly, killing me. Being a first time grandmother to the most precious baby ever, I NEED AND WANT to be healthy to enjoy sharing I her life for the next 35 years, or better!!!!
    I look forward to this new direction in my life.
    Thank you Thank you.

  2. Jason shiflett says

    I am a PT who practices much osteopathy and am getting into diet allergy d/t it’s ill effect on the body. Where can I learn this?

    • Sue says

      Our insurance does not cover it. However, it may depend on what insurance plan you have. You can always ask the office staff.

  3. rene says

    My chiropractor introduce me to NRT and it made me feel 85% better .I’m still working on my nutrition but slowly but surely I’m getting well. i still have issues due to multiple injuries. my question is how does laying the various supplements on the body affect the nerves pathways? Is it frequencies from them?

    • Kim says

      Yes, we use Standard Process for whole food supplements, Energetix for Homeopathy and varsious herbal tincutres and Klair Labs for specialty products. Feel free to send me a message through our contacts page Jane if you’d like more information! ~ Kim

  4. Sue says

    My husband went through this program and I was astounded at how well he did. I am going to go myself in a few days because I really believe it. Pharmaceuticals are prescribed all the time; some are helpful, some are harmful. My own dad believed if it comes from nature, it can’t hurt you, and I am taking that approach with my health. I will continue to see my family MD, but I need help with weight management and anxiety, and I don’t feel it is being addressed medically as well as it could be. Also, this is not covered by my health insurance, but I don’t care because I want to start feeling good again!

  5. Barbara says

    Hello, I had my first experience with Nutritional Response testing last week. I was really excited and bought 4 Standard Process supplements the dr. said I needed. I was disappointed to find out that they contain bovine & ovine ingredients. I barely eat meat and I can’t wrap my head around taking supplements on a daily basis that contain animal ingredients. My dr. told me to think about it and it’s caused me great confusion and a knotted stomach. I can’t bring myself to take these supplements. Do others have this issue?

  6. Anne says

    i am skeptical, as I have had chronic pain in my hands and feet for 9 years, not the typical symptoms you hear about, like weight issues, headaches or fatigue. I have been through a battery of tests, seen a naturopath for 3 years, accupuncture and countless doctors and blood work. I am currently doing NRT for 3 weeks now and don’t see any major changes. I’m just wondering if others have experienced pain relief from NRT. I am hopeful, but would love to know if anyone with severe pain has experienced healing.

  7. Martha Williams says

    I am looking for this program in the Beaumont, Port Arthur, Orange, Texas area – can you help? Also, not that far from Lake Charles, LA

  8. Gloria says

    This is a wonderful lifesaving program for me. I have been on it for over a year. Changed my whole life. Dr. Carlson in Redlands, CA is the BEST!!!!

  9. Gloria says

    Also, my 3 sisters have started and are feeling great and learning how to really eat. I have also joined 2 friends who are on road to recovery. :)


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