How Our Nervous System Helps or Inhibits Our Healing
by Coquille (Coco) Wilson of Divine Wholism

There can be many reasons why our bodies don’t respond to the methods we are using to heal them. This can include a lack of responsiveness to certain foods, exercises, supplements, or even feeling worse when we expect them to help us feel better. There are a few explanations for this, but first, let’s recap a little bit of anatomy.

Often, in our over-busy, overstressed, highly toxic modern world, our nervous system becomes dysregulated. It can be caused by physical or emotional trauma, sickness, or even undetected food intolerances. So, how does our nervous system work? First, we have the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), which autonomously regulates key involuntary functions such as circulation (including the function of our heart), breathing, digestion, elimination, immune function, and cellular repair. The ANS has two parts: the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) and the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PSNS). The SNS enables our body to respond to stress by raising blood pressure or heart rate, while the PSNS is our resting system that monitors cellular repair, allows detoxification, relaxation, and facilitates digestion. Just imagine how you might feel if your cortisol levels are constantly high, causing PSNS dysregulation and an inability to rest.

When any of these systems are inhibited, it can cause our nervous system (SNS or PSNS, sometimes both) to be “blocked” or stuck, resulting in an inability to adjust adequately and adapt optimally. Consequently, our body doesn’t handle stress well and struggles to repair itself.

Another way the nervous system can become dysregulated is when the Autonomic Nervous System experiences confusion due to diversion in its electrical communication matrix. This can manifest as an inability to fully recover or experiencing frequent “relapses” even after feeling better.

Either of these states can be triggered or prolonged by one of five stressors: 1) unidentified food intolerances, 2) immune challenges (such as viruses, fungi, parasites, and bacteria), 3) heavy metal toxicity, 4) chemical overload, or 5) an activated scar that acts as a catalyst, impeding nerve impulses from reaching their destination.

This is where the non-invasive muscle test of Nutrition Response Testing analysis comes in. Without requiring a multitude of expensive tests, it allows us to quickly, safely, and systematically determine areas of imbalance in the nervous system or any other part of the body, from localized pain or swelling to specific organs. For more information, you can visit

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Coquille (Coco) Wilson, BS, BC, ACN of Divine Wholism
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