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What started out as a response to a client, has turned into such a lengthy explanation that I've decided to post it on my blog since the question is surely shared by many others as well. That is...
How is muscle testing supposed to determine my sensitivities to food? If it really worked, wouldn't it be implemented by more practitioners?
Please bear with my long answer; it comes full circle.
While I do not practice Applied Kinesiology (muscle testing), I have tried it when selecting certain homeopathics for people and dogs, and I have referred my clients to seek their expertise from time to time. To my surprise, it works; that is, when the practitioner understands how to read the responses.
Like in all things, if the 'interpreter' is mistaken, the message is wrong. In fact, I have a client who calls me her “body translator" because from the location of one itch, I can realize her kidneys need support or by the pattern on her tongue, I can see which organs need detoxing. The body provides some rather clear messages for us to read, but most people consider them subtle, normal or perhaps don't even notice.
To understand why kinesiology works as a fast and inexpensive method to allergy relief, it is best to know the difference between sensitivities and allergies, and how they affect the body.
With sensitivities, a food or other pathogen has caused a weakening effect on the body and it usually does not involve our immune system. Most of us eat foods we are sensitive to, but we do not:
With allergies, however, an immediate reaction occurs after exposure and the reaction more often than not involves the immune system. This reaction is also sometimes tolerable so we continue on for years with an allergy. Of course, some reactions are debilitating so we find out the cause and stop consuming them. Mucous in the nose or throat after drinking milk is a common 'allergy', but so is skin related reactions, headaches, difficulty breathing, shock, etc. The immediacy of the reaction is helpful with an allergy so you can stop putting fuel on the fire.
While there are many pathways to allergies and sensitivities, most often, sensitivities begin from:
That's where kinesiology comes in. Just because a person tests 'weak' to something, doesn't automatically make it an allergy. It can suggest, instead, that the person doesn't react in an energetic way to said substance. Also, just because you have an allergy, it doesn’t always mean you can’t ever enjoy it again. In order to understand the importance of this, let’s consider the following:
So let’s consider the various types of foods we consume: Biogenic foods, Bioactive foods (sometimes considered biogenic), Biostatic foods, and Biocidic foods.
The unfortunate challenge, perhaps, is that we are each unique in our biochemic nature. What may be biogenic (energy) for some is actually biocidic (depleting) for another. Our expression of the sensitivity can be different too. Somebody may show sensitivity to wheat, for example, as a headache, while for another, symptoms are in their gut with diarrhea, or perhaps arthritis. Muscle testing can be used to interpret this unique biochemistry when it comes to sensitivities or allergies. In order to understand your biochemistry, we first need to understand our experience to everything around us.
There are five avenues to our existence, including: mental, physical, environmental, chemical and energetic. Each of these five areas are affected by everything we do. For example, when we are exposed to foods that we are sensitive to, we have a reaction as follows:
To understand how muscle strength or weakness is tested, it is important to understand which muscles (or body parts) are related to which organs. Since muscles share similar nerve pathways through the body and up into the vertebral structure, they are also strengthened (or weakened) by the same organ meridians.
In kinesiology, the pectoralis muscle is related to the stomach meridian and the deltoid muscle, the lung meridian, for example. With the arm stretched out in front and the thumb pointed down, a position which requires your pecs, somebody trained in kinesiology would test the stomach’s reaction to a substance by interpreting the strength or weakness in the muscle when the practitioner puts resistance upon the muscle. Or with the arm out to the side, they are testing the lung, since in order to hold up the arm in this position, the deltoid is most prominent.
Certain muscles are better suited for a food sensitivity while others are more specific to an environmental sensitivity. Similarly, some foods will be digested by one organ while others require many organs. Since coffee affects the liver and kidneys predominately, it would not work to test the lung for a sensitivity. Or with sugar, which greatly affects the stomach and pancreas and not as much the kidneys. Since they all pass through the stomach, the most common muscle tested is the pectoralis.
It is optimal to adjust the body’s overly-reactive responses to a sensitivity before it weakens the overall strength of the body, which leads to lowered resistance, autoimmunity and ‘dis’ease. Since food affects the body by strengthening or weakening, testing the resistance (or energy) in the associated muscle group while holding the culprit, a sensitivity can be determined, even if sub-clinical in other diagnostics. Through the Science of nutritional and energy balancing, you can overcome sensitivities to food so they do not compound into future complications and vulnerabilities.
So yes, muscle testing is real and can be a great tool to determine sensitivities; however, it is not without mis-interpretation since the interpreter is human. That said, I usually only refer my clients to somebody trained in muscle testing after interpreting that their symptoms are caused by something they continue to reintroduce, such as food. More often than not, the client has a long suspicion of the sensitivities that are later validated through muscle testing. One of the best ways to determine for yourself is to go through the treatments from a Kinesiologist and reintroduce what you were formerly sensitive to and notice no reaction. I had a client who had such a severe skin reaction, that despite my homeopathic and dietary recommendations, only a dent was made towards relief. After seeing a practitioner of kinesiology, it was determined she had an allergy to leather. They worked together to counteract this sensitivity and her rash went away. I'd say, it works. Give it a try.
Stephanie Austin, HHP
Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Nutrition Coach
An excellent article on food allergies and various testing options: http://drlwilson.com/articles/food_intolerance.htm
A wonderful website to research autoimmunity and allergy related to gluten: http://www.thedr.com/
Educational facilities who provide degrees in kinesiology: Cal Poly http://kinesiology.calpoly.edu/home.html, Manhattan College http://manhattan.edu/academics/education/kinesiology/what-kinesiology, University of Tennessee http://www.utk.edu/academics/programs/2010/ehhs/kinesiology.html, and there are countless more.
Kinesiology: with special reference to electromyographic kinesiology http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/285846
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Certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Practitioner, Stephanie Austin, was guided into holistic living in 2002 when she was diagnosed with Dermatomyositis, an uncommon autoimmune disease affecting the skin and muscle.
Opting for education rather than medication, Austin enrolled in a Holistic Health Practitioner program in 2004 after realizing she'd been gifted with disease so that she may learn to heal herself and later teach others to do the same.
Since her education, Austin has released over 60 pounds and conquered years of junk food addiction through holistic healing and nutrition techniques that she now passes onto others through her business, Wellness by Mother Nature.
Austin has been the Director of Education and Board Member for the nonprofit organization, The Wellness Kitchen. She is the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Award from www.ACHS.edu.
Austin is an author, coach and speaker who empowers people on the healing value of nutrition and the innate self-healing abilities of a body in balance.
She has helped hundreds of people achieve balance through methods such as meditation, herbs, movement, supplements, aromatherapy, homeopathy, nutrition, mind-body connection, energy healing and by closely listening to the needs of her clients.
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