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Neuro Emotional Technique

by Thomas Heath

Neuro Emotional Technique (NET), developed by Dr. Scott Walker, is a stress-reduction technique that may help various mind and body stress-related symptoms. Chronic stress affects our brain and our adrenal glands causing over stimulation of the fight, flight, freeze portion of the nervous system. Many stressful events of today can subconsciously remind us of unresolved past traumatic events. This can cause ongoing chronic stress patterns to surface as mind and body symptoms, potentially leading to disease and premature death. NET helps to find and eliminate conditioned emotional responses and stops these recurring patterns.

Emotions and stress can affect the body in many ways, and may show up as a headache, anxiety, constipation, diarrhea, auto-immune diseases and more. Emotional trauma can cause a repeat of the same or similar stress pattern in the future even when we don’t think about it. Remembering past stressful events may cause the body to respond like it did at the time of the original event. 

In NET, all memory events are considered to be emotional reality as they may or may not correspond with actual or historical reality. Muscle testing can be used to access the changes in the body, including the changes caused by the emotional response. The muscle testing works much like an involuntary reflex response.

Visualize a lemon. Think about cutting into it and seeing the juice squirt out. Imagine taking a big bite.  Most people will experience their mouths watering, the body’s natural physiological response to the memory of a lemon. Our body’s “stress response” works in a similar way when triggered with unresolved memories. 

Research done using NET at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, in Philadelphia, has shown changes in the brain physiology of cancer patients with traumatic stress as well as functional changes in the cerebellum.

Dr. Thomas Heath, president and founder of Heath Wellness Center, looks at the whole person to find the root cause of dysfunction or disease.  Heath Wellness Center is located at 14 West Main St., Landisville. For more information, call 717-530-5555, email [email protected], or visit

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