Coca Pulse Test Identifies Food or Nutrient Sensitivities

Food “sensitivities” can be a major contributor to things like migraine headaches, dizziness, constipation, epilepsy, obesity, irritability, fatigue, sinusitis, hypertension, hives or asthma.


Have you ever taken a nutrient or made a dietary change hoping it would make you feel better but instead you feel worse? Were you experiencing a reaction to the supplement or food, or were you experiencing a detox reaction? Meaning toxins are on their way out; but in the process, you can feel worse. If it’s a detox process, we might want to slow the process down and tough it out. But if it is a food sensitivity, we want to stop it.

A food “sensitivity” is different than an out an out food allergy. I’m sure you have heard of people eating shell fish or some food and they have had a definite reaction. In the movie Hitch, Will Smith ate a food and in a short time his face was puffed out and swollen.

Food “sensitivities” will cause inflammation but just not as severe. In fact, food “sensitivities” can be a major contributor to things like migraine headaches, dizziness, constipation, epilepsy, obesity, irritability, fatigue, sinusitis, hypertension, hives or asthma. Dr. Arthur Coca was able to reverse these very symptoms by eliminating the foods which precipitated the symptoms.

Dr. Coca was a board certified allergist for over 40 years. Recognizing that allergy tests were limited, he developed the Coca Pulse Test. He observed that as we ingest stressful agents our sympathetic nervous system will react. One of the ways we can assess that reaction is by pulse measurements.

The way Dr. Coca did the test was to test one food at a time and have patients measure their pulse rates 30, 60 and then 90 minutes after an individual food was eaten. It involved a total of 13 tests per day. That’s pretty tough in today’s times; however, the test was later modified by a group of Naturopaths in the Northwest and is much more patient friendly.

The “modified” test makes things a lot easier. Here are the basic guidelines. Get a baseline pulse for full 60 seconds. Taste one food or nutrient on your tongue for 30 seconds, which is enough time for the body to react. Don’t swallow. Now with the food or nutrient still in your mouth, evaluate “the nervous system reaction” by re-measuring your pulse for a full 60 seconds. If the ending score is 4 points higher than the initial reading, the food or nutrient is creating stress for you.

Here is an example of how valuable this test can be. A few days ago a patient called me and was having a rapid heart rate and was concerned that it might be caused by his nutrients. He was actually kind of scared. I taught him the Coca Pulse Test over the phone, and we tested all his nutrients and medications.

We found out the culprit was a medication reaction from something his physician had recently given him. Needless to say he was greatly relieved when we found the cause.

I think over the years I’ve done this test only a handful of times when it was a nutrient that caused the reaction, most often it was their diet or detox reaction which we easily fixed by slowing down the protocol. The beauty of this test is that you can do it with nutrients or foods. You can get more information about the Cocoa Pulse Test below. Included is a form to help you track your results.

Try it. Once you have isolated the foods and nutrients that cause problems, see Dr. Godo for advice and alternatives. Maybe you are living with symptoms that could be reversed if you knew the cause. Do a little detective work on YOU… with the Coca Pulse Test.

Dr. Jason Godo, DC


One comment on “Coca Pulse Test Identifies Food or Nutrient Sensitivities

  1. vjkline says:

    This is great information for someone like me. I tried to have allergy testing quite a few years ago and after administering about 1/4 of the “scratches” on my back, they had to stop because my reactions were so severe. The result: we know I have allergies, but they can’t tell me to what. This test appears to be a simple and reasonable way of knowing what may be causing problems. Thanks!

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