The software of our bio-energetic testing device contains digitally-encoded information relating to a wide range of mental, physiological and emotional factors. The signals are output by the hardware as electromagnetic signals during testing. Using a simple and safe low voltage circuit formed by holding two brass cylinders, the response of the body to those signals is recorded. The response being measured is small changes in the electrical resistance of the skin. This information is relayed back to the software. A report is generated on the computer of any responses that are outside specific limits.
Running this test is an example of a process that we call bio-energetic testing. Bio-energetic (or just ‘energetic’) testing is effectively ‘asking the body a question and obtaining the response directly from the body’s own physiology, without engaging the conscious and language centers of the mind.
It is helpful to make some comparisons to other similar techniques. Many people will be familiar with muscle testing or kinesiology. This is another form of bio-energetic testing applied by health practitioners. In kinesiology the question is often asked verbally or the subject may hold an object or substance that is being tested. The response is measured by changes in the contractile strength of the skeletal muscles, checked manually by the tester.
Another informative comparison is the phenomenon of ideo-motor response, which is used by hypnotherapists. When a subject is in a trance state, a set of pre-defined response patterns (e.g. raising one finger or another, which occurs without conscious effort) can be observed to obtain responses to questions about which the subject may have no conscious recollection. This method can be used to recover memories from the unconscious mind, which is thought to store all our experiences, regardless of whether we can ‘remember’ them in normal consciousness.
These examples bear similarities to testing with the Qest4 however our testing goes one step further. The challenges or questions are presented a micro-power radio signal output, rather than in words.
What really distinguishes the Qest4 from manual methods and from many of the other devices on the market is the skill and experience that has been brought to bear over 30 years in collecting and refining the digital encoding methods and in improving the technology for recording responses. Our latest system is able to run a very large number of tests in a few minutes and thereby build a broad picture of energetic functioning and responses in the client’s body.
What is meant by energetic in the context of health testing?
The word ‘energetic’ does not relate to energy in the strict sense that a physicist would mean it. Instead we are using the term loosely to refer to aspects of human functioning that are not just bio-mechanical (e.g. joints, muscles and motion) and biochemical (e.g. nutrients, proteins, hormones and oxidation)
The functioning of the human body is governed by informational signals. Some of these, such as the instructions for making proteins encoded in DNA are recognized by modern science. The epigenetic factors (how our experiences in life affect gene expression) are just beginning to be understood. It is likely that there are many other communication mechanisms at work that have yet to be explained scientifically. Biology is a very young science. The existence of control mechanisms beyond genetic determinism is not seriously disputed by modern science, but its implications have not filtered through to medicine in practice. This is a result of resistance to change and because it is not yet clear how to employ the knowledge in systematic treatment programs. When we obtain responses from a bio-energetic testing device, the information is a mixture of commentary on the physical, chemical, emotional and mental state. Indeed, part of the skill of the practitioner of bio-energetic testing is to consider the information that comes from the system and decide how to recommend an individualized health and wellness program.
Is this the same as bio-resonance?
Yes. Bio-resonance systems are operating along the same principle, although many of them are much more limited in their application compared to our bio-energetic screening system. Resonance and ‘frequency’ are often used interchangeably. We prefer the term ‘informational signatures’ as in truth, the recorded and encoded signal may interact with the consciousness in a more complex way than a single frequency or simple wave-form.
Is the Qest4 a diagnostic device?
No, but let us be clear about definitions here. ‘Diagnosis’ is derived from a Greek word meaning to ‘discern or distinguish’. In the modern medical context, this means to take a set of symptoms presented by a patient and state that they fit better into the category for disease A, disease B or perhaps disease C. In this way the medical practitioner can choose appropriate treatment, and it is important that he gets it right because the treatment for disease A might have quite negative consequences for a disease B patient, especially if it is surgical.
Bio-energetic testing does indeed ‘discern’ only in that it records a completely individual set of responses to signals. This may assist a holistic practitioner the approach that is characteristic to such disciplines: “treating the patient, not the disease.” Information obtained may support practitioners in making a traditional diagnosis; if that is something they are trained and licensed to do.
What do the results signify?
The one definite and unchanging aspect of interpreting the test results is as follows: if an item shows up as unbalanced (usually a red or yellow indication against the item in the displayed list), then that signals that among the potentially hundreds or thousands of items tested, the body gave an above or below average electrical resistance response. In other words, the body-mind system has indicated some kind of reaction to the item being tested, and along the lines of homeopathic treatment, we can use that to ‘remind’ the organism to improve that particular aspect of homeostasis.
Consider a couple of parallels. Firstly from immunology: introduction to a pathogenic microbe initially causes a disturbance to the body, perhaps quite a serious acute reaction. However, as the information is relayed around the immune system, the body learns to cope with that particular pattern better next time. Secondly, from psychology: a therapist mentions an event in calm conversation to his client and the client breaks down in tears – he has hit a raw nerve. Subsequent discussion desensitizes the event and places it in a context. In both these cases, a repetition of information has allowed the body to become more robustly adapted to its environment.
The test is identifying items to which the body / mind system can learn better adaptive behaviors. These items may be as diverse as foods, pathogens, emotional patterns, colors or nutritional and pharmaceutical agents.
How do we use this in health and wellness practices?
We can proceed down a number of paths. Firstly, we can follow the recommendation – feed the informational signatures highlighted by the test back to the body. The test provides us two ways of doing this: by creating an imprinted informational remedy (similar to a homeopathic remedy), and by feeding the information via a safe low-energy laser.
That much is simple, and is often quite clearly effective. However, most practitioners choose to use the system’s results to inform other aspects of a wellness program according to their particular expertise. Most commonly this means nutrition, herbs, homeopathy, acupuncture, osteopathy or emotionally based therapies.
The practitioner working in this way can utilize the very flexible database and reporting system on the system to run the tests required to investigate different parts of the health picture and to inform other types of treatment within their training.
The system essentially helps the practitioner to find clues about how to make progress, though like with all detective work, some clues are more important than others.
Do test results correlate with symptoms?
The answer to this is ‘sometimes yes, sometimes no’, and it would be surprising if it was any other way.
It is always re-assuring for practitioners and clients if the test reports seem to confirm things that the client is reporting in the case history, perhaps even more so if it is things they have initially held back from telling the practitioner.
However, the real value of a bio-energetic testing or bio-resonance system is to reveal underlying patterns that are able to help change the dynamics of the system. These, by definition, are not the symptoms themselves. They may be recognizable as things closely associated with a symptom, or they may not be.
A client’s state of health can be considered like a complex 3-dimensional form about which we can only ever see a 2-dimensional snapshot. When we combine multiple snapshots from different angles, we get a better impression of the overall shape.
When we want to help a client undo patterns that have been ingrained into the body over years or decades, the process can be seen as stripping away ‘layers’. Bio-energetic testing using the Qest4, especially using the Comprehensive Analysis at the heart of the system, reveals the body’s first priorities for healing, and those may or may not correlate with the main symptom that the client is presenting. As we peel away more layers, different causative aspects of the health problems reveal themselves for healing.
Are test results repeatable?
Rarely, if ever, will a test repeated two minutes later give the same set of responses as the first time.
This is a critical point. As the system is revealing the body’s response to informational signals, and response to information is instantaneous – the response to the same questions will be different if you run the test again.
That’s not the same as saying that a physical symptom has gone away – just that the body-mind has taken account of that information and can therefore adapt to it in any way it sees fit. That adaptation may take a while to promote a physical change, and indeed the same information may need to be fed back to the body repeatedly if aspects of the client’s environment or habitual behavior override it. The imprinted remedy helps with this process.
Understanding Bio-energetic Testing and How it Works