NutraScan : Another “Test” to Avoid

Stephen Barrett, M.D.
August 20, 2007

The Nutrition Wellness Center of Sarasota Florida (formerly called the Martin Clinic) offers NutraScan Bio-Resonance testing, which is said to “examine urine and saliva for over 550 known toxicants, including chemicals and heavy metals, pesticides, dyes, parasites, bacteria, molds, viruses and fungi.” [1] Acording to the clinic’s Web site:

The specificity of NutraScan is unique in that we are able to determine what body organs are being affected and also by what toxins. This enables us to assess an individualized treatment approach for detoxification and tissue repair [2].

The site also offers a questionnaire with more than 300 questions “designed to aid the practitioner in assessing a person’s potential need for a clinical purification program.” The clinic’s proprietor James H. Martin, describes himself as “an established Clinical Nutritionist and retired Chiropractic physician who has been in practice for over 30 years.” [3] He fails to mention, however, that his “retirement” involved permanently relinquishing his chiropractic license rather than facing charges by a patient who had accused him of fraud.

In 2002, a young woman from Iowa completed the questionnaire and sent urine and saliva samples for testing. She was told that her test results showed an accumulation of toxins and was advised to visit Martin’s clinc to undergo “plate zapping” and ozone treatments. (“Zappers” are quack devices that emit low-voltage electric currents. Their use is based on Hulda Clark’s notion that all living things broadcast a characteristic range of radio frequencies and that zappers can issue counter-frequencies that kill unwanted organisms [4].) The young woman sent me a copy of her clinic records and described her experience this way:

I arrived at the Martin Clinic at 9 a.m. on November 12 and plate zapping began immediately. Slides with cross-sections of parasites (matching the parasites in my body) were placed on a metal plate attached to the top of a black box. Wires ran from the box and connected to my ankles in a fashion similar to an EEG or EKG. A zapper was also connected to the box. . . . I was zapped in one-hour increments for parasites, mold/bacteria/fungus, and chemicals. Molds/bacteria/fungi were also on slides—the chemicals were in small brown glass bottles. I was told the zapper matched the frequency of the slide on the plate with the frequency of the toxin in my body and would then zap/eliminate the toxin (parasite/mold/chemical). The supplements were to aid in the detox and tissue repair processes. Urine and saliva testing determines which supplements a person needs and also shows how much of each supplement a person’s body requires.

Each day I zapped from 9-11:00 a.m. and from 1:00 or 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. At 11:00 and 4:00 each day I was scheduled for an ozone treatment. For the ozone treatments, I sat in . . . an old-fashioned white sweat box with my head sticking out a hole at the top. The compartment got very steamy inside. Inside the compartment was a hose with a funnel-shaped cone connected to it. The hose was connected to an ozone-producing machine. I was told to direct the cone at my liver for half the session and my thyroid the other half of the session. I was told that toxins would be excreted through my open pores as the temperature inside the compartment heated and my body began to perspire. Each session lasted about 30 minutes. Following each session, I was given a glass of ozone water to drink while ozone was directed into my ears (via a tube connected to what looked like a stethoscope). The hose was connected to an ozone-producing machine. . . .

A copy of Hulda Clark’s book, Cure for All Diseases was highly recommended by both Dr. Martin and his staff, and I read it during my zapping treatments [5].  

In 2002, after wasting thousands of dollars in response to Martin’s advice, the woman realized that she had been misled and complained to the Florida Department of Health. In 2006, although he denied wrongdoing, Martin voluntarily relinquished his license rather than have the board judge the patient’s complaint [6]. It is interesting to see that a single well-documented complaint against a questionable practitoner can lead to significant regulatory action.

  1. Florida doctor addresses toxicity in autism spectrum patients. PR Web news release, April 21, 2005.
  2. Toxins = disease. Nutrition Wellness Center Web site, accessed Aug 18, 2007.
  3. Dr. Martin’s bio. Nutrition Wellness Center Web site, accessed Aug 18, 2007.
  4. Barrett S. The bizarre claims of Hulda Clark. Quackwatch, Nov 21, 2006.
  5. Letter from victim to Dr. Stephen Barrett, June 3, 2002.
  6. Final order. Florida Department of Health vs James Martin, D.C., Filed Sept 1, 2006.

This article was posted on August 20, 2007.