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    Applied Kinesiology - hands off please!!

    Applied kinesiology or AK as it is known in the field is in my opinion just about the worst form of quackery in alternative health care. If ranks right up there with Hulda Clark's Zapper, Michael Pinkus' B-1 Bomber, Laetrile, Uri Geller, and ESSIAC. It can actually be harmful because it may interfere with medical treatments by competent health care practitioners. If these people are actually licensed in a regulated health profession, it reduces their practices to nothing more than snake-oil salesmen/women.

    This section of ChiroWatch includes links to AK sites around the world, some critical, some not critical. We suggest that if your chiropractor uses applied kinesiology in their office, in your shopping mall, or on your TV cable channels to drum up business, then you should be taking your business to someone else. The other thing you could do is to report them to the Better Business Bureau, and the chiropractic regulatory board or college in your State or Province.

    AK Links

    • More AK on HealthWatcher.net

    • Dateline NBC exposed AK as a fraud - But this web site owner feels that they have an obligation to tell their supporters that they are right, and that science, and Dr. Barrett is wrong. I leave it to you to decide who is right, and who is just plain stupid. "The recording of this television expose was initially done at what appeared to be an alternative health care fair. The Dateline moderator interviewed presenters on iridology, live cell analysis, and Frederick Mindel, DC on applied kinesiology. Interwoven with Dr. MindelŐs comments are comments from other doctors who were interviewed by the NBC commentator. Unfortunately, the show is riddled with false, misleading, and incorrect information. The following is a description of the show and its errors."

    • Review article of AK by researchers at UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine - 1998 The most prominent feature of the status of AK research is the lack of results relevant to clinical practice. Many studies attempting to evaluate this methodologically challenging area have been uninformative because they have proceeded under mistaken assumptions regarding AK practice or focused on questions unrelated to AK clinical procedures. It is surprising that no studies (or even case series) have looked at outcomes of AK care since cost, satisfaction, utilization and changes in symptoms or function are the important results of clinical practice.

    • Kinesiology - How it Can Work - How it is Often Misused - Kinesiology purports to measure reactions via the strengthening or weakening of muscular contractions. It is simple, safe, and can be done by the patients themselves. In the typical scenario, the, um, victim has his or her arm extended, and the practitioner presses down on the arm. The patient is then handed a sealed container of (or less often, made to sniff) a substance which he or she should be allergic to, and the downward press of the arm is repeated. If the patient is allergic to the substance, and then he or she is usually less able to resist the downward pressure by the practitioner. However, if the practitioner changes his pressure or point of contact on the arm, then the victim will experience similar changes in ability to resist. This is due to the simple physics of leverage. The further from the body the person presses, the harder it will be for the victim to resist.

    • Applied Kinesiology and Nutritional Muscle Response Testing: A Christian Perspective - By Janice Lyons, R.N. - Applied Kinesiology originated with George Goodheart, a chiropractor, in the 1960's. He combined the chiropractic concept of "innate intelligence" with the Eastern religious concept of energy (ch'i) and the idea that muscles reflex (reflect back) the condition of each of the various body organs via the ch'i meridians.

    • Applied Kinesiolgy - Acupuncture Canada - The Natural Health Domain - A volunteer extends one arm out to the side, holding it firmly in place. The facilitator presses on the arm to establish a benchmark for the volunteer’s strength. The volunteer says "My name is …." And completes the sentence with his own name. When the facilitator tries to depress the volunteer’s arm while he is making this truthful statement about who he is, the volunteer’s arm typically remains strong and steady. However, when he is asked to continue holding his arm out, steady and strong, and to use a different name, saying "My name is Santa Claus," or "Ernie," it usually will be easy to depress his arm. The body is registering that he is saying an untruth, as evidenced by the weakened muscles. This demonstrates how muscle testing reflects a truth in the conscious mind. It is also possible to use muscle testing to access the beliefs, stored feelings, and the associated blocks hidden within the body/mind system.

    • Applied Kinesiology (A.K.) in the U.K. - (This one is not from a chiropractor, but this link came from a Medical Doctor's own site, without comments from him.)
    • A.K. can help with more than 80% of all health problems. - If the Senate of York University really wants to see the CMCC at part of their faculty, then I suggest that each of them go to have their AK done in the U.K. It might help them make a final decision about whether to take $25 million dollars from Jean Moss, the president of the CMCC, who obviously believes in this crap.

    • Applied Kinesiology Net

    • Boulder, Colorado chiro group links to Hulda Clark "Dr. Hulda Clark's work in the area of toxicities and pathogens (parasites, bacteria, etc.) has made significant contributions to understanding how many disease conditions develop." (I don't know how it's possible for a young chiropracter with at least half a brain to believe in this cancer quack.)


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