“This simple in-office procedure can dramatically reduce breast tenderness and pain in just minutes!”
For years I attended courses through the Nutritional Therapy Association about the different in-office tests doctors can use with their patients. One of the tests involved having the patient (the physicians were the patients in the class) do a self breast examination. If they felt tenderness above a certain pain threshold they were to come forward so we could demonstrate how to reduce or fix the problem.
Now keep in mind, they came forward expecting results, meaning the demonstration had to work. No matter how confident I appeared, I was always nervous whether the demonstration would work in front of the class. But it worked every time in a matter of minutes and continues to work in clinical practice. Let me tell you how the test is performed first before we go into why it works.
Participants rate their breast/muscle tenderness on a 1-10 scale with 10 being the most painful. The ones with the most pain, usually 5 or higher, are asked to taste different nutrients for 30 seconds and re-evaluate the tenderness, meaning if the pain had lessened.
Sometimes the pain would become greater, signaling the nutrient tested was not the right nutrient for that particular patient. You’ll see why in a moment. After tasting anywhere from 1 – 5 nutrients all participants discovered 1 or 2 nutrients that would dramatically reduce their breast pain.
I must confess it was always amazing to watch the body decide which substance would fix the problem. Sometimes it would be a predictable nutrient, but often the substance that would take the pain away was one I would never think to give. So why did it work? It worked because breast tissue is honeycombed with lymph nodes. When the lymph system gets sluggish and the fluid gets congested and can’t drain… the nodes become painful and often small cysts can develop. Where does the lymph fluid drain, the bowel. So if we open the drain the fluid will begin to move.
Taking the next step, one of the roles of the liver/gallbladder is to keep the bowel moving. So the nutrients we sampled first were things to optimize gallbladder function. If that didn’t seem to make a difference we tested nutrients for bowel health and cleansing. With some patients a prebiotics/probiotics blend would make the difference in pain or tenderness reduction. Sometimes it was a hydrochloric acid supplement taken to digest food more effectively.
Tasting nutrients to see if they affect certain functional issues is called neuro-lingual taste testing. Whenever we taste something, immediately nerve signals in our mouth transmit a signal to our brain about the substance. The brain identifies properties in the substance tasted and makes a lightning fast decision about what it will do to the body.
This type of testing is also used to see which nutrients increase range of motion, balance as well as reduce pain or trigger points. If the nutrient is tasted and it increases range of motion, balance or decreases pain, we ask the patient to take it therapeutically for 30 days and retest. This helps both doctor and patient understand when a nutrient is needed and when it is time to stop supplementation. Neuro-lingual taste testing uses the body to screen neurologically, nutrients that may have the greatest therapeutic value.
The point for this newsletter on breast tenderness is that neuro-lingual taste testing can have rapid responses for many situations and can help Dr. Godo assess which foods or nutrients can benefit you. There are so many nutrients to choose from, if we can individualize which one works for a specific patient it dramatically increases the effectiveness of their treatment. Yes, you may have to go in for multiple visits while you peel away the causes of the problem with repeat testing, but this kind of individualized detective work can be life changing for those who have chronic conditions.
Breast tenderness is common with many women and muscle tenderness in men. You’ll be surprised how discerning this testing can be for breast/muscle tenderness and other conditions such as low energy, stiff joints, limited flexibility and movement, headaches, digestive disorders, vitamin and mineral deficiencies and others.
Ask Dr. Godo about neuro-lingual taste testing especially for breast tenderness. It works in just minutes; you’ll be impressed.
Dr. Jason Godo, DC