By Gerald H. Smith, DDS, DNM
One of the principal issues with today’s medicine is that the majority of the diagnostic tests do not uncover the underlying causes of the patient’s illness. One solution to this problem is the use of a software program developed by MIT and integrated into a computer system, ANSAR, that can analyze the autonomic nervous system. It has been recognized by many medical authorities that an imbalance of the autonomic nervous system is the reason for many dysfunctions of the body.
An example of such an imbalance was recently uncovered when one of my patients presented with chief complaints of fatigue and mental fog especially after lunch. None of the conventional medical testing uncovered the cause of the patient’s complaints. Evaluation by the ANSAR (autonomic nervous system analysis report) testing showed that the patient’s parasympathetic (similar to the breaks in a car) and the sympathetic (similar to the gas pedal in a car) were both low. Rather than prescribing drugs for the symptoms, nutritional supplements were provided to correct the underlying problem rather than mask it.
The advantages of the ANSAR system is that it records both the parasympathetic and sympathetic parts of the nervous system whereas most heart rate monitoring systems on the market only evaluate the sympathetic portion. The result is a much more comprehensive examination and a more valid assessment of the patient. Preclinical issues like the potential for sudden cardiac death, hypotension and hypertension issues can be determined before they manifest into clinical symptoms.
In a cliff notes description, the ANSAR system evaluates by means of an EKG reading of the patient in six parameters: baseline resting, deep breathing (parasympathetic assessment), baseline resting, Valsalva (short rapid breaths assessing the sympathetics), baseline resting, and standing (assessing the sympathetic nervous system). By assessing these various parameters a noninvasive comprehensive evaluation of the patient is obtained.
Most medical practices and even cardiologists do not offer this type of comprehensive evaluation.
Where to Get a Non-Invasive Evaluation
If interested in having this noninvasive evaluation, please call Marissa or Rebecca to schedule an appointment. (800) 272-2323.