Understanding QEST4 Testing
The QEST4 is a system designed for every health practitioner to assist in:
- providing a further source of information in addition to those obtained from case history, questioning and observation.
- apply that information directly in support of healing by way of built-in informational feedback.
Frequently Asked Questions
Physical process of testing
The Qest4 software contains digitally-encoded information relating to a large number of health-related factors. These range across anatomy and physiology, body chemistry, medicines, nutrients and pathogens, mental and emotional factors, metabolic processes, and more. During a test, a set of these ‘signatures’, chosen by the practitioner, are output in rapid succession by the Qest4 hardware as electromagnetic signals. 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.
What is the nature of the information obtained ?
Running a Qest4 test is an example of a process that we call bio-energetic testing. Bio-energetic (or just ‘energetic’) testing is effectively ‘asking the body-mind a question’ and obtaining the response directly from a physiological signal, without engaging the conscious and language centres of the mind. It is helpful to make some comparisons to other techniques that go part of the way towards this. 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 non-conscious parts of mind.
These examples bear similarities to Qest4 testing, but Qest4 testing goes one step further. The challenges or questions are presented a micropower 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. The latest Qest4 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 exactly is meant by “energetic” in the context of bio-energetic 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 biomechanical (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 recognised 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 programmes. When we obtain responses from a bioenergetic 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 bioenergetic testing is to consider the information that comes from the system and decide how to recommend an individualised health and wellness program.
Is that the same as “bioresonance”?
‘Bioresonance’ is a term that should be used and interpreted cautiously, as it can be misleading. Resonance and frequency have simple and clear meanings in physics. In body-mind healthcare, where we are seeking to investigate the responses of living systems in a consultation environment, the response is not to a single ‘frequency’ but to a signal that is representative of, rather like language is representative of, physical items or concepts.
The response is individual and relevant at a point in time. We have not measured some physical property of the atoms or cells or microbes, but the response of the body-mind system to the signal. So a misleading use of the idea of ‘bioresonance’ would be to say something like: “this bacteria has a certain resonant frequency and we’ve picked that up in the body, so now we will treat you with that frequency to kill the bacteria”.
Hence, rather than the terms ‘resonance’ and ‘frequency’, we prefer the term ‘informational signatures’, as in truth the recorded and encoded signal would have to interact with the consciousness in a more complex way than can be explained by a single frequency or simple wave-form. Colloquially, it seems reasonable to talk about ‘resonance’ but its not strictly correct in a physics sense of the word.
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.
QEST4 testing does indeed ‘discern’ only in that it records a completely individual set of responses to signals. This may assist a holistic practitioner in the approach that is characteristic of such disciplines: “treating the patient, not the disease”. Information obtained may support you in making a traditional diagnosis, if that is something you are trained and licensed to do.
So what exactly 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 different words, the body-mind system has indicated some kind of reaction to the item being tested and, along the lines of homeopathy and the Law of Similars, we can use that to ‘remind’ the organism to improve that particular aspect of homeostasis.
The Qest4 test is identifying items to which the body / mind system can learn better adaptive behaviours. These items may be as diverse as foods, pathogens, emotional patterns, colours or nutritional and pharmaceutical agents.
How do we use this in health and wellness practice?
We can proceed down a number of paths. Firstly, we can feed the informational signatures highlighted by the test back to the body. The Qest4 provides us a way of doing this: by creating an informational imprint in the form of drops, pillules, or dermal patches.
That much is simple, and is often quite clearly effective. However, most practitioners choose to use the Qest4 results to inform other aspects of a wellness programme according to their particular expertise. Most commonly this means nutrition, herbs, homeopathy, kinesiology, acupuncture, osteopathy or emotionally-based therapies.
The practitioner working in this way can utilise the very flexible database and reporting system on the Qest4 to run the tests required to investigate different parts of the health picture and to inform other types of treatment within their training.
The QEST4 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 reassuring 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 bioenergetic testing system is to reveal things that are not obvious – patterns that are able to help change the dynamics of the system. These, by definition, are not the symptoms themselves. They may be recognisable as things closely associated with a symptom, or they may be counterintuitive or apparently random.
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 of functioning that have been practised for a lifetime and even supported by genes ‘switched on’ by environmental influence, the process can be seen as stripping away ‘layers’. Bioenergetic testing using the QEST4, especially using the Comprehensive Analysis at the heart of the system, reveals what that person is ready to process, 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 picture reveal themselves.
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 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. If you think about it, a question asked a second time is always different in context and how it is received and the response it provokes.
That’s not the same as saying that a physical parameter has changed, though the body responds constantly via PNIE. We might consider that a response has begun to the information revealed and an adaptation has begun. That adaptation may take a while to promote a noticeable physical change. Response may not occur at all initially, and sometimes feedback needs repeating or delivering in a new form due to the many forms of blockage we put up to change. The imprinted remedy helps with this process.
Comparisons to laboratory testing: This page should make clear there is very little common to the methods of energetic testing and laboratory testing. Both have a role to play in healthcare. Lab testing is essential in acute medicine and often chronic patterns can be differentiated. Where using statistically-tested medicines or procedures, this is often necessary.