Frequently Asked Questions

Nutrition Response Testing®

1.  How long will it take before I start seeing the results from Nutrition Response Testing?

Most patients see improvement in 4 to 6 weeks, although some start noticing a change in as little as 2 to 4 weeks.  The fastest recoveries are often from those who adhere to their recommended nutritional program.  Keep in mind, your chronic health condition did not develop overnight, therefore you shouldn't expect to heal overnight.

2.  What makes your supplements different from supplements I can buy at local stores?

Over-the-counter vitamins are produced in a laboratory and typically contain a fraction of the whole vitamin structure.  Since they are not made from whole foods, they are difficult for your body to absorb.  Whole food vitamins are made from real food and contain the whole vitamin structure.  They are much more bioavailable and recognizable to your body.  The supplements we use are whole food vitamins and are prepared using a unique manufacturing process that preserves all the active enzymes and vital components that make them work as nature intended.  The supplement companies we use for Nutrition Response Testing include Standard Process, Mediherb, Southern Botanicals, Systemic Formulas, and Energetix.

3.  Can I be a nutritional patient and take supplements if I'm currently taking pharmaceutical drugs?

Yes.  We are using whole food, herbal, and homeopathic supplementation, so our approach is gentle and safe for those taking pharmaceutical drugs.  We advise you to continue consulting your medical doctor regarding your medication.

4.  Does insurance cover Nutrition Response Testing?

Most health insurance companies do not cover nutritional therapy.  We do accept HSA and FSA cards, but please make sure you check with your provider that our services are accepted by them.

6.  What can I expect at my first office visit?

During the first visit, the practitioner will run a computer test that will assess you nervous system and overall health.  He will then discuss with you your health history, main health concerns, and goals.  Finally, he will perform an Nutrition Response Testing analysis.  Within a few days, during the Report of Findings appointment, the practitioner will put together an individualized report that includes the findings from your initial visit.  He will then develop a nutrition program for you consisting of supplements and dietary recommendations that will help to restore your health.

5.  What are the fees for a nutritional program?

An initial consultation is $120.  It is 60 to 90 minutes and includes all the testing necessary for a complete evaluation.  This price also includes an extensive Report of Findings appointment done on a separate visit.  Each follow-up visit is $40.

 

1.  Is acupuncture safe?

 

Acupuncture is extremely safe if performed by a well-trained practitioner.  Acupuncture needles are required by law in most states to be sterile and used only once.  There is practically no possibility of infection.  Side effects are extremely rare.  Most people feel relief and improvement of their symptoms with each treatment.

 

2.  Are the needles painful?

 

It’s understandable that sharp objects can create anxiety in people.  Acupuncture needles are extremely thin and are only slightly thicker than human hair.  It is possible for 10 acupuncture needles to fit into the hole of a hypodermic syringe (the type of needle most people are used to).  The majority of acupuncture patients say the treatments are not painful.  If you have never experienced acupuncture before, we will explain the process to you and make sure you are comfortable throughout the treatment.

 

3.  Is there research to prove acupuncture works?

 

Yes.  There is currently a significant amount of research proving that acupuncture is scientifically valid and effective.  Medical organizations, such as the Mayo Clinic, Harvard Medical School and the World Health Organization all endorse acupuncture. 

If you would like further perspective on the scientific evidence of acupuncture vs. that of conventional medical treatments, please read the following. 

https://www.evidencebasedacupuncture.org/present-research/acupuncture-scientific-evidence/

 

4.  How many sessions are needed for acupuncture to be effective?

 

It very much depends on how long you have been affected by your health condition and the complexity of it.  For example, you may only need one treatment for an ankle sprain, whereas for a long-term, chronic illness you may need treatments once or twice a week for several months to experience lasting results.

 

5.  Does my medical insurance, FSA, or HSA cover acupuncture?

 

Acupuncture is covered by many major insurance companies in the United States.  However, coverage varies greatly depending on the company and individual plan.  It is important to check with your insurance company to see what coverage your plan offers.  There should be an 800 number on the back of your card.  Questions to ask are:  Does my plan cover acupuncture?  How many treatments are covered in a calendar year?  Do I need a referral from a doctor?  How much will be reimbursed per treatment?  Is acupuncture covered when carried out by an IL state licensed acupuncturist (not an MD or DC)?  Also, Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Health Savings Accounts (HSA) can be used for acupuncture services.

 

6.  What should I expect during my first acupuncture treatment?

 

During the first treatment, Eric will review your health history and ask questions related to your health.  He will feel your pulse and briefly look at your tongue, which is a method to examine your organ systems.  He will then perform the acupuncture treatment.  Your initial visit will last approximately 60 to 90 minutes.  Each follow up visit will last about 50 to 60 minutes.

7.  What are the fees for acupuncture treatments?

The initial exam and treatment is $120.  Follow up visits are $75.

A package of 8 follow-up visits can be purchased for $520 (a savings of $80). 

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