Some Plain Speaking on “Kinesiological” Testing for Emotional Problems

John Diamond, M.D.

So much of this so-called testing is invalid, and therefore potentially harmful. Consider these two situations:

1. As proven by cranial osteopathy, the skull bones move, however subtly, with each respiration of the cranio-respiratory impulse.1 So if, for instance, the parietal bones are squeezed in what is called the Head Clamp Test, there usually will be such a sudden diminution in Life Energy that the subject now tests weak.

This can be used to determine how accurately the “kinesiologist” is testing as follows:

I place my hand over the sagittal suture of the test subject so that I can apply the head clamp to the parietal bones. Now the tester is instructed to test the subject while I apply the head clamp – or not. Sometimes I squeeze and other times I don’t. The subject will of course know the difference, but the tester will not. He now tests, say, ten times, and each result is recorded.

What are the typical results? The tester should be correct every time, but that’s never the case. It could be 5 out of 10 – no better than pure chance. In fact it’s nearly always less than 5; usually 2 or 3 out of 10. That’s less accurate than random guessing. No wonder such testing is invalid – there is a desire, albeit unconscious, to get the testing wrong!

2. This desire is further demonstrated by my testing these “kinesiologists” – assuming my testing is valid. With the great majority of them, I find that they test as wanting to get the testing wrong. I repeat: if my testing of them is valid, then theirs is not – they want to get it wrong!


One of the major underlying reasons relates to a particular thyroid (triple heater) meridian problem: insignificance. Not, for instance, feeling bad about oneself (that would be large intestine meridian), but insignificant, of no importance, worthless.

When examining these testers I am often reminded of the TV ad “It’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature”. For that’s what they are trying to do. To test accurately, to be subservient to Mother Nature, does not make the tester feel important. But to over-ride Her – now he’s important! Now he’s significant! Now he can strut. He has reversed the truth, he has over-ruled Mother Nature.

I watch these people testing, and I see this posturing, this self-importance time and again. To test truly is to be cognizant of one’s role as a mere assistant to Mother Nature. It is to be humble. Then, and only then, may the testing be valid and therapeutic. (After all, the patient has come along to be himself helped, not to help the tester vainly attempt to resolve his own insignificance problem.)

As you can see, if my own testing of the above is accurate, a most important – probably the most important – training of the tester is to help him to want to get the testing right: to be a humble servant of Mother Nature.

To test accurately for psychological problems, many – I stress, many – variables must be controlled. And the most important variable is the tester himself.

  1. H.I. Magoun, Osteopathy in the Cranial Field. Kirksville, MO: Journal Printing Company, 1976.