Dr. John Hawrylak ND





Utilizing Neuro-Muscular Reflex Tests to Analyse

Bodily Functions

Total Body Modification 

An advanced type of kineseological testing and assessment tool used by a wide variety of physicians, Total Body Modification (TBM) utilises a neuro-muscular reflex test to analyse organ functions. It is best used for assessing, resetting, and stabilising organs and bodily functions by stimulating reflex points along the spine, which will then improve imbalances of the body’s everyday functions.


Essentially, TBM helps the practitioner to understand what is causing the patient’s symptoms and what steps should be taken to correct any issues.


The TBM practitioner tests the strength of the arm muscle by asking the patient to resist any amount of pressure given. The practitioner then taps a body point (often acupuncture points) and then retests the arm muscle. If a particular point in the body causes weakness in the arm, then the associated organ is likely frail.


TBM is not diagnostic, but is extremely beneficial in determining the blockages that are contributing to poor health. It is an excellent tool which reveals whether there are issues with digestion, circulation, viruses, fertility, menstrual function or thyroid function. TBM is also useful for testing for food sensitivities.

Food Sensitivity Testing 

At Dr. John Hawrylak ND in Sydney, Nova Scotia, we may use both TBM and Electro Dermal Screening (EDS) testing for the evaluation of food sensitivities. This testing is beneficial in analysing which food weakens the body and therefore should be avoided for a period of time in order to support the body’s healing response.


An IgG test is also performed in our clinic. After the test, the result is sent to a lab for evaluation. A full report of food intolerances is given to the patient with recommendations on the dietary changes required to improve symptoms and overall health.

Hormone Testing 

The right balance of hormones is essential for good health. Using saliva, urine, and hair testing, we determine if your hormone levels are optimal for health.  

Saliva Hormones 

Hormones have been measured in saliva for more than 30 years. Research continues to accumulate to confirm its reliability and clinical relevance.


In spite of the wealth of supporting evidence, many are still critical of saliva hormone testing. These criticisms are mainly due to the misuse of the test results specifically, reading too much into what the numbers mean. Saliva hormone testing is very useful for determining underlying hormone excesses and deficiencies, but needs to be interpreted with care when hormones are being supplemented.

Urine Steroid Hormones 

Like saliva hormone analysis, urine steroid hormone analysis is non-invasive and can be done at home. Producing a saliva sample is generally easy for most people, but certain conditions, such as dry mouth and some autoimmune diseases can make saliva collection difficult. The alternative is urine collection, although collecting urine for a full 24 hours may be inconvenient.


Urine steroid hormone analysis differs from saliva hormone testing in that it measures conjugated hormones. Conjugated hormones are hormones that the body modifies by adding a chemical, usually glucuronide or sulphate molecules, to facilitate their elimination (i.e. in urine or stool). The amount of hormone in urine essentially tells us what the body is getting rid of, not necessarily what is available for use.

Hair Cortisol 

Hair collection is non-invasive and convenient to do at home. This is a good option for anyone who has difficulty collecting saliva and/or finds a 24-hour urine collection inconvenient.  

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