Friday, October 16, 2009

What is APPLIED KINESIOLOGY? ( As defined by the ICAK )

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a system that evaluates structural, chemical and mental aspects of health using manual muscle testing combined with other standard methods of diagnosis. AK, a non-invasive system of evaluating body function that is unique in the healing arts, has become a dynamic movement in health care in its relatively short existence.

The combined terms “applied” and “kinesiology” describe the basis of this system, which is the use of manual muscle testing to evaluate body function through the dynamics of the musculoskeletal system. Treatments may involve specific joint manipulation or mobilization, various myofascial therapies, cranial techniques, meridian and acupuncture skills, clinical nutrition, dietary management, counselling skills, evaluating environmental irritants and various reflex procedures.

The AK symbol includes an equilateral triangle, with each side labeled with one of the three basic causes of health problems, referred to as the Triad of Health. They are structural, chemical, and mental, with structure as the base of the triad. Literally, all health problems, whether functional or pathological, are involved with one part or all parts of the triad. This is not new to chiropractic, as its founder, D.D. Palmer states in his text, “The Science, Art, and Philosophy of Chiropractic,” “The determining causes of disease are traumatism, poison and autosuggestion.” AK enables the doctor to evaluate the triad's functional balance and direct therapy toward the imbalanced side or sides. The physician who is aware of the triad of health, and evaluates every patient for all three sides, increases his ability to find the basic underlying cause of a patient’s health problem. AK skills are developed and approved by the International College of Applied Kinesiology Board of Standards. These skills are refined from many disciplines including Chiropractic, Osteopathy, Medicine, Dentistry, Acupuncture, Biochemistry, Psychology, Homeopathy, and Naturopathy etc. Members of these professions share knowledge through the publications and conferences of the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK).

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Most Common Underlying Cause of Migraine

The nervous system is a complex series of neurons that communicate with one another by way of chemical messengers called neurotransmitters. The body makes these neurotransmitters in a series of biochemical reactions which require certain building blocks. These building blocks are obtained from the various macro and micro nutrients that we supply to the body through our diet, ie. proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. If we have either a genetic predisposition to deficiencies of certain vitamins or minerals, or we are unable to digest or assimilate nutrients necessary to appropriately produce neurotransmitters, an imbalance occurs in the central nervous system which can set the stage for migraine.

The inability to digest certain foods causes an aberrant state in the small intestine, which is where nutrients are absorbed into the body for utilization by the various biochemical reactions required to maintain the body. These undigested foods putrefy and release histamines into the body which become the underlying cause of so many of the disease states that humans experience. In addition to the biochemical deficiencies that affect the production of neurotransmitters, water retention is another of the many results of increased histamines in the body. The simple mechanical pressure alone caused by water retention and subsequent swelling of the brain tissue within the cranium can be cause enough for the headache pain commonly diagnosed as migraine. This fact can be readily demonstrated by the absolute elimination of certain foods that have been proven to perpetuate this state of elevated histamines.

If you or someone close to you suffers from migraine, do this. Eliminate the following foods from your diet and realize for yourself that your diet is the culprit for your suffering. Remember. The abstinence must be absolute in order to work. The foods are: wheat, corn, soy, dairy, bakers yeast, brewers yeast, coffee, chocolate, potato, tomato, bell pepper, eggplant, paprika, cayenne pepper, tomatillo, tobacco, sugar, saccharin, NutraSweet, MSG, egg, peanuts, onion, and garlic.

You may have one more headache after starting this abstinence, mostly due to withdrawal from the foods that you have been addicted to. If you are successful with the abstinence, your migraine symptoms will be gone. This relief will only be temporary, however. If you were to then consume even the smallest amount of any of the foods that you have abstained from, you will most assuredly get a migraine within hours.

However, if you were to engage in the protocol that I have successfully used in my practice for the last nineteen years. Your period of abstinence would be only 21 days, during which time we would uncover the micro nutrient deficiencies in your system which are responsible for your inability to digest these culprit foods. You would then be prescribed the appropriate vitamin and mineral supplements that are specific to your biochemical deficiencies.

Following the 21 day abstinence and the regular use of the appropriate supplements, it is then possible to add the foods back to the diet without the return of the migraine symptoms. Remember. Everyone is unique, so there are variations to the plan I have outlined above. For information on the location of my practice, or for referral to a doctor near you that utilizes this protocol, go to my website, .