Applied Kinesiology: An Opinion
John Diamond, M.D.
(Originally published in the Journal of the International Academy of Preventive Medicine, July 1977, pp. 97-99.)
Applied Kinesiology may turn out to be the most therapeutic advance of this century! It has already revolutionized many practices including my own. I would venture to say that in the next few years it is going to cause tremendous changes in all branches of the healing professions open to change and improvement.
Kinesiology’s major advance is that it allows the body to “tell” us what needs to be done. The body becomes our chief diagnostic and therapeutic tool in this system where we ask the body the questions and the body gives us the answers. How obvious and natural this approach seems; yet, how far we have strayed. Let us recall that the basic premise of all healing is that the body’s innate wisdom knows what is wrong and that we as nature’s helpers need only ask the appropriate question to find out the nature of the imbalance, and then by giving the appropriate treatment witness the body’s response as if to say, “Yes, that’s what is needed. Thank you.”
Kinesiology is also a revolutionary approach to healing because it is showing us that we don’t have to rely solely on the use of pharmaceutical chemicals to treat patients, nor on massive invasive techniques. The methodology opens up a more natural, simple, non-destructive, painless, pro-homeostatic treatment procedure. Here we have a system where the doctor works with the patient and with the patient’s energies, and where the patient shares fully in the treatment and adopts a far greater attitude of responsibility towards his illness and recovery than is commonly witnessed in medical practice today.
With a kinesiology approach the day is perhaps gone where the patient submits to a doctor saying: “I, in my wisdom, know what is wrong with you and how to treat you.” We are coming to appreciate that for those of us willing to ask, the patient can show us the therapeutic path to follow. Out of kinesiology flows a renewed reverence and respect for the person, for the human body and its mind and soul of the sort which is poorly sustained in present-day orthodox medicine so geared to volume treatment using standardized drugs with but little concern for the patient’s individuality. Applied Kinesiology promises to restore the “soul” and “heart” to what has become the cold and inhuman practice of much of today’s orthodox medicine.
Applied Kinesiology offers dentistry the strongest holistic arguments for the practice of this medical speciality; for, it alone is able to show the wide-ranging effect on the total mind and body of minute changes within the oral cavity. Many dentists today use Applied Kinesiology in their practices accompanied by a complete re-evaluation and reunderstanding of their role in the patient’s overall health and well-being.
Applied Kinesiology can do much to revolutionize the practice of psychiatry. No longer need the psychiatrist become burdened by the daily bombardment of the sorrows of his patients; for, he may now take a more active role employing the methodology of kinesiology. Having been a psychiatrist for some 15 years I speak from personal experience. No longer am I depressed or weighed down by the sufferings of my patients; for, I now treat them with hope as I work with them physically as well as psych ologically in a way that has proven much more effective, quicker and more gratifying than ever before.
Applied Kinesiology has at last made more sense of nutrition. It enables the body to communicate what nutritional supplements are required. We are no longer left guessing in the dark so much or referring to this authority or that authority in an age where so little is really known about nutritional science. When the body itself becomes the determiner of treatment the results are most gratifying!
If one is not practicing kinesiology, then I feel one is not fully practicing preventative medicine, because only kinesiology enables us to diagnose and treat accurately and thoroughly before major biochemical and pathological changes have developed in the organism.
The range of divergent areas in which Applied Kinesiology has already been able to shed new light ranges from schizophrenia to acupuncture; from new light on psychosomatic medicine to a new appreciation of the effects of music, and so forth. It seems also to be an incredible research tool in addition to qualifying as a powerful therapeutic modality. This burgeoning new healing art is also opening up numerous other areas of knowledge, e.g., to do with language and the effects of speech and gesture and biological sounds on the body in ways that are begging for exploration. The field of research seems infinite to me at this time. It would seem that anything that has a mental or physical effect on the human body can now be explored through the responses of the human being employing kinesiology. It has led to the evolution in my own research and practice of the new discipline known as Behavioral Kinesiology, in which I have attempted to integrate kinesiology, psychiatry and preventative medicine in order to achieve a higher synthesis.
In conclusion, there are a million discoveries still to be made on the human body, and I find that every day of kinesiology practice is full of excitement and challenge for me as new discoveries are made and as patients are helped in ways that we never thought possible even a month ago. I urge my readers to give this exciting and promising new healing art serious consideration.