applied kinesiology muscle testing

An AK practitioner muscle testing a patient
I've seen a lot of different healers thus far in my lifetime. Obviously, being from western culture, I've been to conventional doctors (also known as biomedical doctors, western doctors, 'evidence-based' doctors [yeah, right!], etc) and like most people who've seen conventional doctors for any kind of chronic, non-acute condition, I found their ability to heal the body to be severely lacking, as they seem to primarily see the symptoms of the body as a deficiency of pharmaceuticals. I was shocked many years ago by hearing from a friend who was in medical school that they spent a total of three days studying nutrition; I wondered, how can they solve health issues for people when they don't understand how the body actually works? It greatly saddens me to think of how many people are told by doctors that their health issue, whatever it is, is either incurable or are prescribed pharmaceutical drugs to simply mask symptoms and that end up making their condition worse (even to the point of death!) and end up suffering due to the rather gross ignorance of the modern western medical system.

After having worked directly with a lot of different healers, done a lot of research both on my own and with a group also researching health and the human organism, the most powerful healing system that I've encountered so far is Applied Kinesiology. Through working with practitioners in the field, I've managed to solve a myriad of underlying health issues, understand more about my own body than previously before, uncover issues and fixes that I've never read about before, and possibly even pioneer new discoveries that no one else has yet uncovered. So what is Applied Kinesiology, and what can it do for you? Well, first some background information on some of the limitations of other medical systems that I've encountered and why I've come to think that Applied Kinesiology is one of the most powerful systems (and potentially the most powerful) of healing that's currently on the planet.

Some Background

I have a background in computers, being young enough to have grown up with them for nearly my entire life. I always thought computers were interesting and ended up spending a lot of time playing with them and customizing them. Obviously along the way, I ended up breaking them quite often and so I was tasked with making them work again. Through this process, I came to develop the skill set of problem analysis, diagnosis, and repair of complex machines. Because I had developed a background in the diagnosis and repair of complex systems, I had a sense of the presence (or lack-thereof) of this skill in the medical practitioners that I saw.

Things took a significant turn for me in my understanding of the human organism and even the nature of our reality when I was taking a class that was critically analyzing the modern western biomedical system and discussing a variety of its flaws and limitations while comparing it to other medical systems throughout the world and also in history. We touched upon acupuncture as a medical system and ended up having an acupuncturist come in and talk to us for a class. What he said about acupuncture mystified and fascinated me ("Meridians? Energy flow? Keys that open energy channels? What??"); he spoke in a language that I had no understanding of and no way to even translate into my very limited understanding at the time. He asked if anyone wanted a demonstration and I volunteered because I needed to know if anything he said could really be true. Using a technique that he said he "stole" from blind Japanese acupuncturists (and later described to me as a form of focused Qi Gong), and without telling me what was going to happen, he moved energy into my body and I could feel it as a cool breeze passing into my body above the point where he was holding a silver rod (which wasn't actually touching me). He retested a meridian point on my arm and then did it again and I felt the same thing; I was completely blown away. Maybe having that experience one time could be explained away as a fluke of my imagination or something, but the second time it happened it was clear to me that he understood something that I knew nothing about and that there was something very real to it. And I wanted to know more.

Some of the Limitations of Other Medical Systems I've Worked With

Acupuncture/Chinese Medicine

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I was impressed after seeing the abilities of acupuncture and the existence of some kind of energetic/information system of the body. I started doing a lot of reading about health and trying to figure out how the body worked and what was necessary for it to be healthy and function optimally. I worked with a number of acupuncturists over the years and was impressed with their diagnostic techniques (acupuncturists typically diagnose a person's condition with their pulse, which is typically taken using three points on both wrists which correspond to 12 organ system meridians, as well as observing their tongues; the exact methodology for these depends on the framework they work with) and their treatments and had fairly good results, but the process was slow and the scope of abilities was limited. Chinese herbology was also a fairly effective, but also slow acting, addition to acupuncture treatments. I saw good results overall with acupuncture and chinese herbs, but the process was long and expensive and I felt like I was still not getting to the underlying cause of the issues.

While I still think highly of acupuncture as a field, I've come to see it as limited in its scope. Chinese medicine also seemed limited in its awareness of the underlying physical causes of issues; nutritional deficiencies, dietary issues, pathogens, heavy metal and other types of environmental toxicity, allergies, as well as other issues. Since it operates essentially on the energetic/information system of the human organism, its scope and abilities are limited in being able to understand and correct physical conditions on the physical level. Ultimately, I was looking for a way to be able to diagnose the source of issues accurately and to find solutions that would fix the physical body, thereby fixing the energetic/information field of the body as well.

Conventional Medicine

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Obviously conventional western medicine has almost nothing but pharmaceuticals for any kind of chronic or non-physical trauma based health issue (though fortunately there are some doctors who've expanded their knowledge beyond pharmaceutical brochures), so it basically has almost no diagnostics or solutions for the majority of health issues that people face. A doctor primarily sees symptoms through the lens of a cocktail of pharmaceutical drugs that are designed to mask the symptoms, rather than using the symptoms as an indicator of an underlying imbalance that's causing a health issue, with the pharmaceuticals also producing their own 'side-effects' that almost invariably need other pharmaceuticals to mask. The primary diagnostic method that a doctor has is with blood work, however blood work is impressively limited in its scope, due to the facts that:
  • Blood in the human body must be maintained within tight ranges in a number of different areas in order for the body to function at all, making some measurements nearly useless (Magnesium is an example of this and the body will take magnesium from other areas of the body, like the bones, to ensure that the amount in the blood always stays within the range necessary for life)
  • The values being measured in blood work often change throughout the day
  • Not everything in the body goes into the blood (diagnosing Lyme's disease is an example of this, since it forms biofilms and lives in other areas of the body, so the blood test for Lyme's disease is frequently inaccurate)
  • Blood testing laboratories have their own methodology and ranges for various tests, making blood work results inconsistent
  • The ranges for blood work are typically statistically established based on the population submitting blood to the lab to be tested, rather than ranges that are determined for optimal health (which may be different for different individuals)
  • Doctors need to know and order the proper tests, as well as understand their meaning in-depth, for blood work to be meaningful
  • Blood testing laboratories can be prone to errors (testing flaws by technicians, blood sample swaps, as well as other potential errors)
  • Blood testing is still a developing field, so any individual measurement (which may be a marker to indicate something, rather than a direct measurement of the thing) likely has a number of assumptions built into it, many of which may be wrong
Furthermore, the analysis of blood work requires some finesse, a lot of complex understanding and background information, and reading between the lines to understand what's going on. What typically happens, however, is that a doctor (or even a nurse) simply looks at the results and checks to see if they're within the standard ranges and then declares a person healthy (or in need a prescription) based on that, without any critical analysis. Obviously, a person is more complex than being just a number compared to a range of values, especially if they have a complex chronic health issue.

I could also never get answers from doctors to any questions I had about the functioning of the body and any chronic conditions I was working on; if I didn't understand more based on their responses, it seemed to me that they didn't understand the answers to my questions either, or simply didn't know. Because of this and other significant limitations, I rarely work with conventional medicine, on occasion getting blood work and analyzing it myself or with someone knowledgeable about blood work specifics and alternative health. Otherwise, the only time I'm going to see a doctor is if I break a bone or have some kind of serious physical trauma, and even then I'll be thinking about how to undo any negative effects inflicted upon me by the doctor's ignorance.

Homeopathy

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Homeopathy is another fascinating system that I've experimented with. The basic premise of Homeopathy is "like cures like" and the typical approach taken is to take a poison of some kind (arsenic, for example) and dilute it immensely in water to remove all of the substance of the poison, while retaining its information in the water. That information can then correct a person's health condition if their health condition matches the pattern in some way to the negative health condition that the poison creates (admittedly, this description is a significant simplification of a complex system). The results can be impressive and I've done experiments with various types of Homeopathic remedies and seen results that are significant and work extremely fast (within seconds of taking the remedy). Because Homeopathy is an energetic/information treatment with potentially rapid effects (far beyond the speed with which the body absorbs, processes, and utilizes nutrients), it appears to work on the information field of the body. Contrasting its speed of action with that of acupuncture (also an energetic/information treatment), my current running hypothesis is that there are multiple information fields associated with the body.

The biggest problem I see with Homeopathy, however, is its diagnostic system (or lack-thereof). The diagnostic system basically involves finding an experienced Homeopath (which can be challenging and is quite expensive) to listen to your story and ask you a lot of questions, and then guess your remedy based on their knowledge and experience, followed by more observation and guessing as time goes on; so yes, this is a diagnostic system of sorts, but a very limited one. Obviously this also requires self-reporting on the part of the patient which can be questionable information for a variety of reasons and can easily leave out relevant information that the patient is not aware of. In any event, the process is typically slow and drawn out with treatments that can take an extended period of time and be quite expensive (the Homeopathic remedies are usually pretty inexpensive, but the time of the trained practitioner is not). Furthermore, it only works on the energetic/information system of the body, so there may be underlying issues in the physical body that remain unaddressed, as well as other limitations that come from a limited scope with regards to the physical level aspects of the body.

Naturopathy

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Naturopathy is more or less a system that western conventional doctors should have already adopted; that is, an understanding of the various types of conditions of the body (nutrients/supplements, herbology, knowledge of pathogens, an understanding of the nuances of blood work, heavy metals/environmental toxicity, etc), viewed from a holistic perspective, with a view that the symptoms a patient presents with are indicative of an underlying imbalance. A Naturopath often utilizes self-reported information from the patient with a large body of knowledge, as well as potentially analyzing blood work (possibly along with stool or urine analyses), to determine the underlying cause of illness and suggest recommendations for treatment.

The diagnostic system of the Naturopath is similar to a conventional western doctor and a Homeopath, so again amounts to educated guess work (admittedly a good education and decent data can result in good guess work, but it's still guessing). Furthermore, like both Homeopaths and conventional western doctors, Naturopaths are expensive and some conditions can be complicated or not well understood, as well as there being unique challenges and solutions to the individual patient, so there are limitations in basing their conclusions on the results of treatments. From my own experience in briefly working with and being unimpressed by a Naturopath (who told me, for example, my liver was fine based on blood work, when it was later treated a number of times for functional issues with notable improvements by an Applied Kinesiologist), their reliance on conventional medicine and a more theoretical understanding of the body (as opposed to a more functional understanding) are their biggest limitations.

Self-Diagnosis and Treatment

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I've used this often enough that I thought it should count as its own system. For me, this was primarily born out of necessity and curiosity as well as frustration at the limitations of the different healers I had encountered, since I was interested nutrition and health and was attempting to diagnose various health issues. However, considering the state of ignorance we live in, with so much bad information out there about health and the ignorance of numerous practitioners, I think that at least on some level, one has to be aware of one's own body enough and knowledgeable about health matters to be able to at least devise reasonable hypotheses on whatever's going on, as well as taking a proactive approach to nutrition and healing as much as one is able to.

This system, like the others, also has limitations. If it's possible to find a qualified practitioner who's knowledgeable, self-diagnosis and treatment can actually be more expensive than getting an accurate diagnosis and treatment, since it's easy to spend money both on diagnosis (getting blood work and analyzing it yourself, for example), or testing with diet changes or supplements. In addition, some things produce fairly obvious results, while other things are more subtle, and getting tuned into the responses and language of your body can be challenging and is usually a learning process (resulting both from self-observation and through acquiring theoretical knowledge as a map of the functioning of the body).

I think the ideal process for this is likely expanding one's theoretical knowledge on the functioning of the body, experimenting with dietary parameters and possibly supplements based on hypotheses developed from gaining knowledge, and really paying attention to the responses of your body to try to understand its language. The limitations of all this are likely one's ability to understand and retain health information, how closely one can observe and understand one's body (especially if one is running multiple experiments at once) to understand both positive and negative feedback mechanisms, how much money one has for experimentation, and how objective and aware a person can be about their own health. The last part is likely the biggest challenge, primarily because being in a compromised state of health is generally not the best mindset for diagnosing any health issues. There are also a lot of factors that go into health, so it can be really challenging to isolate which ones are causing which effects, both positive and negative, so an outside perspective is often very helpful in this regard. As I'll mention later, self muscle testing can be a potentially useful tool in this system.

A Brief History of Applied Kinesiology

The Development of Applied Kinesiology

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Dr. George Goodheart, the primary originator of Applied Kinesiology
Kinesiology means "the study of movement" and is a different field from Applied Kinesiology. The application ("Applied") of the study of movement ("Kinesiology") has primarily given rise to what's commonly referred to as "muscle testing". Modern Applied Kinesiology is a relatively recent healing modality, primarily founded by Dr. George Goodheart (who also based some of his research on the works of earlier practitioners) roughly half a century ago, with ongoing research and developments. From the International College of Applied Kinesiology-USA:
In 1964 Dr. Goodheart made the first correlation between finding a weak muscle using manual muscle testing and then employing chiropractic therapy to make it stronger. Since then he has looked beyond the chiropractic profession to the fields of biomedicine, osteopathy, acupuncture, dentistry, nutrition, biochemistry, and others for methods to increase the health and well being of patients based on using the body itself as a diagnostic tool. Dr. Goodheart had a unique way of looking at a patient´s problem and asking, "Why is that?" This allowed him to correlate many different types of examination and treatment procedures into a unified method of examining and then treating many difficult patients.

Dr. Goodheart wrote many works on Applied Kinesiology, and lectured on the topic often. Among his many professional honors, he was the first chiropractor to serve on the U. S. Olympic Medical Team in 1980.
You may be asking yourself: why would I see a Chiropractor for health conditions that aren't structural in nature? Or how could muscle testing help me correct a chronic issue like migraines, acne, adrenal fatigue, acid reflux/GERD/other digestive issues, food sensitivities, etc? The below video explores a diagnostic and adjustment process for one of the potential causes of acid reflux as an example, to illustrate some of the techniques that modern Applied Kinesiologists use.

Dr. Goodheart's research led him to the conclusion that departed from the conventional view in the field of Chiropractic care at the time: that the primary cause for structural dysfunction wasn't tight muscles, but muscles that were weak for various reasons. Dr. Goodheart primarily pioneered the practice of muscle testing, which he initially employed with chiropractic adjustments, and along the way it was discovered that muscle testing has a range of other applications. The power of muscle testing as a diagnostic and treatment technique, beyond just its utilization for chiropractic adjustments, is why it's useful in other aspects of health.

Applied Kinesiology 2.0: The "Biocomputer" Model

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The "Triad of Health" in Applied Kinesiology, which practitioners work to balance by working on the Nervous System (N), Neuro-Lymphatics (NL), Neuro-Vascular (NV), Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF), and Acupuncture Meridian System (AMC)
Dr. Alan Beardall is another Chiropractor and Applied Kinesiologist who expanded his understanding of the human organism through his time as a practitioner. It's reported that he serendipitously discovered an aspect of the human organism that led him to the "Biocomputer" model of the human organism: this discovery was "hand modes" (which appear to also be referred to as "mudras" by some, as well as "finger modes"). Dr. Beardall termed his system "Clinical Kinesiology" and his ideas have since been adopted by at least one other system called "Chiro Plus Kinesiology" (CPK); this is the type of practitioner that I first worked with when I stumbled upon Applied Kinesiology.

The "Biocomputer" model in Applied Kinesiology basically states that the human organism operates similar to a computer, except that there are multiple computer systems within the human organism, all of which (when healthy) communicate with each other and function in harmony. So each of these Biocomputers process information, runs programs, has memory, inputs and outputs, and a circuit-like architecture that can be utilized for testing and diagnosis. His model describes the system as being essentially binary in nature (0 or 1, true or false, strong or weak, etc), however reading over his model and considering the results from my own experience suggests that this may not be entirely accurate.

While modern digital computers (there were actually analog computers at one time, as well) are simplified as working in binary, it's actually a little more complicated than that; they work on voltages and have ranges for those voltages. So, for example, a voltage in a transistor in a computer over 3v could register as true, whereas a voltage below 1v could register as false, with the range of actual inputs being from 0.2-1.2v (so some results could be in the middle) and 3.2-5v, with spikes of 16v (overload). My experience suggest that some answers may be clearer than others, indicating the relative strength of a positive or negative "challenge" to the human organism as registered through the information field. As well, obviously the human organism is a complex system, so this is a simplification of a model, which is already a simplification of the human organism itself.

So What Can Applied Kinesiology Do?

I think the primary power of Applied Kinesiology is that through it, a practitioner can establish a dialog with the body, by accessing its innate "circuitry" and information field, to determine imbalances and find corrections for those imbalances. The second greatest strength of Applied Kinesiology is that, unlikely many other healing modalities, it doesn't rely on self-reporting from the patient, and the central nervous system can't lie. Considering how easy it is to lie to oneself, it's extremely valuable to be able to bypass that and test the body directly. I would also say that the speed with which it can diagnose and repair issues is its third greatest strength.

Using the "Biocomputer" model, a practitioner can get more or less binary answers to any questions posed to the body. So, as opposed to using other diagnostic and treatment systems, using muscle testing and other methods for querying the Biocomputer (like "hand modes") one can, for example, determine if a person has a specific pathogen, perhaps even where it's located in the body (in one or more organs, for example), and then find a treatment to eliminate that pathogen; the guess-work is taken out. Potentially even more useful, one can find the dosage and amount of time needed to eliminate that pathogen (or to correct any imbalance). Instead of guess work, you're communicating with the body and rapidly locating and correcting issues. What's also fascinating though, is that this isn't limited to issues of the physical body; it's possible to test how one feels about one's job, for example, and how it's impacting an organ in the body. Or it could be used to diagnose emotional issues that people aren't aware of; it could then even be possible to find a solution to the emotional issue through finding something that caused the patient to test strong (maybe a life change, or a feeling, or perhaps even a supplement).

Muscle Testing

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An AK practitioner utilizing "therapy localization" to test different systems of the body by using muscle testing on an indicator muscle
Muscle testing as a technique taps into the circuitry of the human Biocomputer. Muscle testing basically refers to testing the status of the body by testing the ability of muscles to withstand the force applied to them by the practitioner, as well as how the body responds to a "challenge" by determining if a muscle goes weak to the challenge (the patient is unable to resist the force being applied by the practitioner), or if it formerly tested weak and now tests strong because of the addition of a challenge. As far as I can tell, this appears to be an electrical system of some sort, either the actual electrical system of the body, or an energetic/information system that is similar to electricity in its functioning. Since the system is electrical or similar to an electrical system, one of the essential aspects to reliable muscle testing is for both the patient and the practitioner to be adequately hydrated (however, I've even experienced a "hack" for instances when one isn't adequately hydrated, by simply placing a vial of water on the person). In addition, a muscle can be in one of three states: "normotonic" (normal and testable), "hypertonic" (too strong, untestable), and "hypotonic" (too weak, untestable). Only muscles that are normotonic can be used as "indicator muscles" for muscle testing, while muscles that are either hypo- or hypertonic need to be adjusted to be normotonic before they can be used as indicator muscles; if that process doesn't succeed, then another muscle can be used as an indicator muscle.

Once a normotonic indicator muscle is located, a practitioner can use "therapy localization" (often simply referred to as TL) in order to use an indicator muscle to test a specific function of the body. What this means is that the practitioner or the patient can touch an area of the body (therapy localize) and depending on what that area refers to (it could refer to the liver, for example), a muscle that's unrelated to that area (usually one of the arm muscles, since they're easy and convenient to work with) will then indicate the status of what's being tested.


So as an example, a patient could touch their liver, or a point on the body referring to the liver, then a practitioner could press down on their arm to see if they test strong to determine the status of the functioning of their liver. If they test weak, then the organ is being stressed by something; a "challenge" can then be introduced (like Milk Thistle, for example) into the person's field (often by being placed in a container somewhere on the body) and the muscle can be retested with the therapy localization. If it now tests strong, then the substance being introduced into the field of the body "should" correct the imbalance. The below video shows an example of using therapy localization and forming a circuit between the patient and practitioner in testing to locate the cause of a mild symptomatic immune response in the body.

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Muscle testing can rapidly determine food intolerances
I say "should" in this case, because the human organism is a complex system and sometimes it takes multiple corrections to properly balance an imbalance (since correcting one imbalance could expose another imbalance that was in place because of the first imbalance).

Another example could be with food allergies/intolerances: if one suspects that a food of some kind is causing them issues (or, as often happens, "loves" a food that's causing them harm), the practitioner could place the food on them (in a container is fine, by the way--the body is clever and knows what's being tested) and see if they test strong. If they do, then the food likely isn't hurting them (though again, it can be more complicated than this); if they don't, then the practitioner could try placing a supplement or some other type of challenge on them to see if they then test strong, meaning that the supplement will allow them to eat that food. Thus, food intolerances can be diagnosed and even potentially corrected, depending on the underlying cause of the intolerance. The video below goes over how some of the common foods that people eat that are actually detrimental to health affect the muscles of the body. Notice the speed of the changes to the strength of the muscles.


Beyond Muscle Testing: Accessing the Information Field of the Body

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"Mold" hand mode
As I mentioned above, the first Applied Kinesiologist practitioner I worked with used "Chiro Plus Kinesiology" (CPK). These techniques involve using "hand modes" and a CPK "resonator" that works with the hand modes. The hand modes serve as questions, or perhaps more accurately tune the body/mind to be a detector for whatever the hand mode is testing, while the resonator serves as the indicator for the hand mode detector by using audible feedback. Dr. Beardall devised over 200 original hand modes during his practice and research, so there are a great many options for diagnostics. This can include things like:
  • Pathogens (mold, bacteria, virus, parasites)
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • EMF detection
  • At least one "local" hand mode that could identify any issues in an area of the body (once an issue is located, other hand modes could then be used to determine the specific type of issue)
  • Hand modes to identify structural issues and directions for adjustments
  • Time (how long the body needs a particular substance to achieve balance, ie: about 2 months)
  • Dosage (how much of a particular substance is needed to achieve balance, ie: 2 tablets, 3 times per day)
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"Virus" hand mode
Aside from working with a practitioner as a patient, I'm not directly familiar with the hand modes (and they aren't necessarily so easy to find for those searching for that kind of information), so there are likely others that I'm not yet aware of.

What's fascinating about this is that for some of the diagnostics utilizing these tools, there's not even contact with the patient's body, which means that a practitioner utilizing these techniques is accessing information in some way beyond just direct feedback from the body. When I asked the practitioner using the techniques how they worked, he said that they basically accessed the quantum field (which I've been referring to as the information field so far in this article) of the body. The CPK resonator, while being a rather slick device, was also nothing remarkably fancy or special; this is essentially an applied form of focused, specialized dowsing. Lacking a CPK resonator then, one could substitute something like a pendulum to act as the resonator for getting results.

"Dowsing you say? A pendulum? Isn't that just some kind of new agey practice done by clueless weirdos?" This is certainly a lot to take in and may sound very far out, depending on what you've read in your research or what you've experienced first hand, and I wasn't really sure what to expect or believe the first time I saw this practitioner. However, on my initial appointment with him, his diagnoses were reasonable and made sense (actually, my initial impression was that he was practically reading me like a book) and his supplement recommendations were sound from all that I previously knew, so I took it as a testable hypothesis; that is, he had a diagnosis and a supposed fix, so I would try the fix and if it corrected the problem, then that would suggest his techniques worked. As I worked with him more and more, it became quite clear that his results were shockingly accurate, though I also needed to be asking the right questions.

Case Studies: What Did I Heal with Applied Kinesiology?

The very short answer to this question is: a lot! In fact, there are so many things that I healed that I can't even list them all, but there are some case studies that stand out from others.

Adrenal Fatigue

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Contrary to the opinions of many conventional medical doctors, Adrenal Fatigue is a very real condition that can be quite debilitating, but is treatable
One of the first issues the practitioner addressed was adrenal fatigue. I had been over stressed and was working too much with very late nights for quite some time, so there was nothing miraculous in his diagnosis for that; in fact, probably pretty much anyone could have figured it out, it was that bad. However, his recommendations turned out to be miraculous and for a condition that's as complicated and challenging as adrenal fatigue, getting a good recommendation can be extremely difficult (I knew this first hand since that's what I had tried to do myself). He tested me for some of the standard treatments (B vitamins and herbs) and found a few that matched.

He then said that we could test which one was the best for me. For this, he tested each supplement that showed a positive indication for me for how far away from me there would still be a positive match, based on a magnetic-type principle wherein the strength of the magnets' attraction is determined by how far away from each other they are while still attracting; so the supplement that still tested positive the farthest away from me was the best option for me.

In my case, it was two herbs: Ashwagandha and Siberian Eluthero. He mixed up a tincture of the two for me and gave me a dosage; within days I felt like a rocket engine on rocket fuel, instead of some old clunker car with sugar in the gas, and had energy and focus to spare.

This was where I learned about the difference in the quality of supplements available. For a variety of reasons, I've tended towards getting adrenal fatigue for probably the majority of my life and so I ended up repeating that and overtaxing my adrenals again, so I tried some different Ashwagandha and Siberian Eluthero supplements (well-reviewed pills this time) to see if that would help. It did a bit, but not anywhere near the energy I had had from his tinctures. "Well, I'll try some tinctures then" I thought and used a different brand; the next time I saw him and brought these tinctures to him to test, the dosage he got for them was significantly higher than the dosage for the tinctures that he had given me. He then re-tested me against his original tinctures and then re-tested the dosage for the tinctures I had bought myself and the dosage changed: it was now double the already high dosage that I had gotten from my tinctures. His explanation was along the lines of the body somehow seeing the potential from the high quality supplements, recognizing and desiring that potential, and re-evaluating the lower quality supplements for a dosage that would provide that level of improvement or somewhere close to it.

Needless to say, I tossed those inferior supplements and picked up his high quality tinctures and was happy again with significant energy improvements. It, again, even ended up costing me less because of the significantly higher potency of his tinctures.

Mold and Other Pathogens

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This stuff is seriously nasty
This case study is interesting because it brings out some of the complexities of diagnosis. Despite having been eating a low and even, at times, zero carb paleo diet for years, I had a feeling that I still had mold somehow, perhaps partially based on some symptoms that I had and partly on intuition. I thought I'd run a test on my own and picked up a supplement to treat the mold, then the next time I saw the Applied Kinesiologist, I asked him about it. The test was simple: I put the first two fingers of my left hand in my belly button and he did a muscle test; I tested weak, which meant that I had mold in my digestive tract. Ok then, so would my supplement correct the fungal overgrowth? He placed it on me with my fingers still in my belly button and I tested strong, indicating that it would. Then onto a dosage and timing: it was 2 pills 3 times a day for "about two months". The timing for the prescription was key here, because the symptoms primarily disappeared after about a week or so, but clearly that wasn't enough time to kill the mold; without that timing, I likely would have discontinued the supplement probably after a month of so and then the mold would have slowly crept back and continued wreaking the havoc that it does.

But was does "about two months" mean? How will I know when it's done? This was another thing I learned with his timing: after about two months, I started noticing a burning in my stomach that wasn't quite reflux and occurred within about 15 minutes of taking some of my supplements. I suspected that it might have been from the mold-killing supplement, so I tried taking just that one alone and sure enough, burning: I now better understood the language of my body and how to tell when I no longer needed certain supplements. I also knew a little bit more about the significant impact of mold on one's thinking, since eliminating that mold made a dramatic impact on automatic negative thoughts (the negative introject) that occurred in my mind; it was like a huge portion of my automatic negative thoughts simply disappeared! There's even more to mold, but I'll cover that in-depth in an upcoming article.

Now consider for a moment the fact that this test took a minute or less and was accurate for a diagnosis AND full prescription with dosage and timing, compared to other testing methods that are slow and often inaccurate--try getting an accurate mold diagnosis from a blood or stool test and also compare the bills!

But that wasn't the end of the mold and now we start getting into the specifics of Applied Kinesiology as a healing modality: there's some exploration and a need to know what you're looking for in the process to get effective results. Due to various circumstances, I happened to learn that it's possible to have some kind of systemic mold overgrowth even if a person has eliminated mold in the digestive tract. After that, at my next visit to the Applied Kinesiologist, I asked him to test me for other mold and sure enough, I still had some. In all of my reading, I had never come across this information and most of the writing about mold overgrowths has to do with Candida in the digestive tract and rarely, if ever, are other fungal overgrowths discussed anywhere other than the digestive tract; at this point, I'm pretty sure this was some kind of fungus other than Candida, and it was nasty. I still don't know where it was in my body, however.

He prescribed neem to me, 2 pills 3 times a day, for a month, and it was effective. After taking the first dose, I felt more depressed than I had felt in years, and that continued on for a month. Whatever kind of fungus this was, it did not want to lose its food source (me). But sure enough as the month of intense depression passed and I made a few major life changes, I was more or less mold free. I later discovered that I had mold on my skin that I still hadn't gotten rid of (even though I was quite convinced that topical yeast couldn't exist without digestive yeas--wrong), but the vast majority of mold problems were then resolved.

He also, at various times, diagnosed me with infections from viruses, bacteria, and parasites. While this process was similar to the mold diagnosis, what was interesting is that their symptoms by in large were sub-clinical; I didn't even know that I had any of these when I had them (though I mercilessly killed them anyway and now I'm more aware of their presence when I've gotten viruses since being rid of them). Considering how easy it is to acquire pathogens and how hard they can be to diagnose (especially considering the possibility that there may be pathogens that modern medicine isn't aware of and thus doesn't have a test for), this is a godsend.

A Genuine Miracle: A Cure for the Alpha Gal "Tick Meat" Allergy

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The "Lone Star" tick - the cause(?) of the Alpha Gal "tick meat" allergy
This case study, in my opinion, showcases the truly miraculous potential of Applied Kinesiology. I had (have?) the Alpha Galactose IgE "tick meat" allergy and suffered from it for years before even figuring out what was going on. Thanks to articles posted here on Sott.net, I started to suspect that not only was this allergy real (which I had doubted), but that I had it. I went to an allergist and got a very thorough diagnosis: skin and blood tests for the alpha gal allergy, as well as specifically to beef, pork, and lamb. For a low carb paleo eater, the diagnosis was practically death: I was allergic to all of them. Bacon was out!

Well ok, it was terrible, but I did manage to get along with fish, poultry, and coconut for a couple of years, so it wasn't quite the end of the world. But there were no answers for solutions out there and I spent quite a bit of time looking (obviously the allergists had no suggestions except to not eat mammal meat)--as far as I knew, there was no cure and I just had to live this way, and did for quite some time. I ran a variety of tests and tried different ideas and none of them made it so that I could actually successfully eat mammal meat; I believed it was uncurable, or would require some kind of really exotic cure to fix. Eventually, after realizing that I had never actually asked the Applied Kinesiologist about it, I brought him a bunch of meat and animal fat and he dropped it all on me and muscle tested me: I tested weak. Ok, so then what have you got?

He thought for a minute and goes and gets some supplements and is trying them out on me and getting various results and then, lo and behold, with two I test strong! He informs me that one supplement is to digest the protein (a high quality HCL and mixed digestive assistance supplement called Thorne Bio-Gest; I had tried HCL and most of the other ingredients as supplements before and they didn't work) and one is to digest the fat (a strange food-based supplement without a particularly clear indication of what it does, which I've since learned is to "thin" bile, from Standard Process called A-F Betafood). Two of each of those before meals for three and two months, respectively, and I could eat and actually digest mammal meat and fat without having a variety of pretty terrible after effects. And note the timing: I didn't need these forever and now have no issues with mammal meat. Whether I still have the IgE antibodies to alpha galactose, beef, pork, or lamb, I don't know.

To sum up the power I've seen with Applied Kinesiology from this case study: I gave him a problem that I had considered unsolvable, one that I had almost entirely given up on, that no one else that I'm aware of has solved, that almost every other healing modailty I had looked into either had no clue about or said was hopeless (or maybe even had treatments that didn't work), and within 15 MINUTES, he had given me a prescription with a cure--there was even time left for more of my questions!

It's hard to place a value on that, considering how much pain and negative health effects I had suffered from eating mammal meat when I couldn't digest it, as well as chronically feeling like an outsider and worrying about being able to eat food without getting sick from it, but the price from him was about $100, including the supplements. Unbeatable.

The Limitations of Applied Kinesiology

After having spent a sizable article extolling the amazing benefits of Applied Kinesiology you might be wondering what I have negative to say about it. Well, like any other healing modality, it does have its limitations, so there remains room for innovation. Muscle testing itself has some limitations due to the complex "circuitry" of the body, however the hand modes and other methods for reading the information field of the body can overcome some of those limitations. The primary limitations of Applied Kinesiolgy that I've observed thus far are that it only has approximately binary (yes or no) responses to questions, meaning that the questions need to be well-formulated and intelligently considered, and that without thorough and comprehensive questions and a sizeable body of knowledge upon which to base those questions and test solutions, issues can go overlooked (like finding the digestive mold but missing the systemic mold). It also appears possible for pathogens to "hide" themselves at least in organs and possibly other areas of the body, and there may be other issues that can go missed without active searching, so it isn't a magic bullet and does still involve some investigation.

How to Find an Applied Kinesiologist

If you're struggling with any kind of health issue, especially after making dietary changes that should provide improvements, then it's worth trying an Applied Kinesiologist to see if they're able to solve it. I think it's even worth going to one if your health is generally good, to find out if there's anything affecting you that you aren't aware of and as a preventative measure. This is especially true with regards to pathogens, which are easily acquired and can remain sub-clinical and not present any obvious symptoms, as well as things like heavy metals or nutrient deficiencies whose symptoms may not be notably overt.

In my opinion, a good Applied Kinesiologist should work with a modality beyond just testing the patient with muscle testing, since there have been good innovations since basic muscle testing that can provide powerful results. They should be bridging the gap of accessing the information field of the human organism with physical-level solutions that improve the whole of the functioning of the human organism, from the physical to the information field. I suspect, by necessity, that this will make them a little strange as practitioners (the two best ones I've used so far were definitely weird, but got the best results), so I would wonder if more physically-oriented (perhaps more focused on chiropractic care) practitioners were doing as comprehensive an analysis as those working more directly with the information field/Biocomputer model. They should specifically note that they practice Applied Kinesiology (some Chiropractors can do muscle testing, which can be useful, but the best practitioners likely focus and highlight the fact that they do Applied Kinesiology). They should also be continually expanding their knowledge base by learning more, and possibly researching (even if their research is only as a practitioner). Above all, they should be driven to get to the root of a problem and find a solution for the cause.

There are some organizations to reference when searching for a good practitioner. Those are: The International College of Applied Kinesiology - USA, CPK Association (they don't have an online search function to locate practitioners, so contact them for practitioner locations), and SORSI - Sacro Occipital Research Society International. Their online directories can hopefully point you to a qualified practitioner somewhere in your area. It's also worth searching locally though other means, like Google Maps or Yelp, to find a practitioner that way; just because you find a practitioner who isn't on one of the above 3 lists doesn't mean that they're not necessarily good. I've only encountered one Applied Kinesiologist that I wasn't particularly impressed with, and even he was helpful, so like any other healing modality, it may take going to multiple practitioners to find one that's really good.

Self Muscle Testing: Can You Test Yourself?

The short answer to this question is yes, but as always "the devil's in the details". First, being adequately hydrated is important to accurate and reliable muscle testing. After that, I think a good portion of the efficacy of self muscle testing comes down to how well one knows their biases and how objective one can be when posing questions to themselves, as well as how well a person can suspend their rational intellect when asking a question to gather the data from the body, even if it doesn't make sense. For example, if a person really loves chocolate cake, can they acknowledge their bias towards eating chocolate cake and acknowledge the possibility that it's not good for them? Or perhaps taking something less charged, what if a person really loves eggs but has some kind of intolerance to them? Could you be objective enough to accept the possibility that something you really like isn't good for you? If so, then self muscle testing could potentially be a useful tool, however it can be challenging to utilize if looking for a correction to an issue, since one might not have the knowledge to determine what thing might balance the issue, nor access to the thing needed for balance to test. In other words, self muscle testing is not a substitute for seeing a practitioner, but can be useful for isolating problems with things on a day-to-day basis and developing testable hypotheses. The video below explores some of the various techniques that people use for self muscle testing.


Where Do We Go From Here?

Considering the above limitations of Applied Kinesiology, the next innovation I would be looking towards would be the ability to get complex answers from the body to questions rather than just yes or no questions. So perhaps there is a technique to more or less ask the body a question that's along the lines of "How's the liver doing?", to which it might reply something like "Mostly functional, roughly 75%. Issues with toxic load due to heavy metals and environmental toxins, minor inflammation in a bile duct. Milk Thistle and Chlorella for a month should fix". In such a scenario, the body could give answers to various questions, as well as note solutions to the issues identified.

Even better than that would be the ability to simply get a direct narrative from the body; that is, the body would simply tell the story of what's going on with it and what it needs for optimal functioning. In such a scenario, the practitioner would likely be reading the information field of the body directly without the limitation of needing to ask questions drawn from a large volume of knowledge on the functioning of the body, the body would simply tell the story of the issues it's currently afflicted with (perhaps even past issues as well) and what it needs for optimal functioning. Following the "Biocomputer" model of the human organism, this would perhaps be analogous to installing (or accessing) a piece of software on the computer that can run a check of the entire system and print out a report of the overall status of the Biocomputer with recommended solutions.

The only alternative medical field that I'm currently aware of that may provide information on this level is the Medical Intuitive field. From what I gather, medical intuitives are practitioners who basically have psychic abilities (ESP - extra sensory perception) and either choose to focus their abilities on healing the body, or their abilities are specifically "tuned" to such information. While this may sound far-fetched, considering that Applied Kinesiologists can access the information field ("quantum field") of the human organism through various techniques and quantum fields don't necessarily have time or space limitations, then there may be a theoretical basis to explain such abilities. Edgar Cayce, the famed "sleeping psychic", is likely the most well known practitioner of this type and was well known and regarded in his time, and even continues to be today. And like anything else, whether such a system exists can be approached scientifically without one believing, or disbeliving, that such a thing can exist: one can see a practitioner and get a diagnosis (hypothesis) and recommended correction (testable), then run the experiment to see if they have the ability that they claim to have. Though since I have yet to see such a practitioner, I can't speak to their abilities.

Wrapping It Up

Applied Kinesiology is a powerful alternative healing modality that can provide rapid diagnostics and corrections to both common and rare health issues. In addition to being powerful, it is economical both in terms of its speed of diagnosis, and its ability to get accurate results without the need for costs that can arise from guess work. And since Applied Kinesiology focuses on the whole of the human organism with function as the goal, it has the ability to find and correct the root causes of health issues to help a person function as well as they can to achieve their potential as a human being.

It is my sincere hope that Applied Kinesiology, or an equally (or more) effective medical system, will come to replace general practitioners as the first line of inquiry for health questions and concerns, as well as for health checkups, for the general population of the world.

Now I'd like to hear from you: Have you ever seen an Applied Kinesiologist and if so, what was your experience? Was the practitioner able to diagnose and prescribe solutions to the issues you were experiencing? Was the practitioner able to discover issues you weren't aware of? Does anyone have any other stories of supposedly incurable conditions that they were able to solve? Have you worked with another alternative medical system that is more powerful than Applied Kinesiology?

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