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Differences great in Muscle Testing Purposes

July 27, 2004

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Muscle Testing Different in Different Models
-- No Known Side Effects from Touch for Health
-- Intensive Interview and History is Important to Good Outcomes
-- Total Improvement A Month Later
-- Hospitals Can Be Dangerous Places
-- From BottomLine Email newsletter
-- Things to Consider If you Must Go to the Hospital
-- Share Your History With All Personel

TFH concept of muscle testing is not like the testing done in the biomedical model. The biomedical model is grading muscles from 0 to 5 from nothing to full strength, not in relationship to subtle energy balance in the meridians. When we test the muscles for response/ monitoring we are looking for the balance in the meridian system for a particular goal or complaint and seeing how the entire person represented by the muscle/meridian relationship is in balance.

We use subjective and objectively observable postural, attitudinal changes immediately and in the longer term to allow the person to evaluate the changes in themselves. We use muscle testing/monitoring of the same muscles after the energy balancing with our Touch for Health Reflex system. Most times the results are immediately noticeable based on the use of an analog subjective scale and/or the attractor number being assessed by the monitoring of the muscle response differences, usually improved.

No Known Side Effects from Touch for Health
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There are no known adverse effects from using our system for balancing the meridian energy. There are no needles, or heating or the use of machines/devices such as laser or electricity (though these can be used effectively to change the meridian balance). We use only the touching of the five senses in various ways.

Recently at a Metaphor Seminar, I worked with a dancer whose complaint was a long standing carpal tunnel syndrome. She had many different treatment applications without any lasting improvement. She had lost the strength in her hands and hadn't been able to regain it.

Intensive Interview and History is Important to Good Outcomes
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With an intensive interview she discovered some things from her past that the weakness of her wrist and hands metaphorically related. We tested the muscles related to the wrist and hand functions and found them inhibited. We agreed that the goal statement she needed to make was "My power comes from within" With that statement she had a low attractor number and a number of muscles testing inhibited.

We successfully checked and balanced her meridian system by monitoring the previously inhibited muscles and then found them facilitated. In th final outcome of that intervention she had a maximum attractor number and no inhibition of her hand and wrist muscles. Neither were there any inhibition of her muscles related to the meridian assessment.

Total Improvement A Month Later
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A month later I received an email stating that she had no more problems with the weakness in her wrists and could lift a pie from the oven with one hand with no difficulty. This had been a problem for her, as she previously could not lift even a dish of food with that hand with her arm outstretched. As a dance teacher she had found it effective to use the TFH system/methods with her students but she had not previously studied the Metaphor concept with balancing. She is quite enthusiastic now to include this protocol with her students. (Note: The Touch for Health and the Chinese Five Element Metaphors pocket book contains the information for using metaphors with the other TFH Balancing protocols.)

If you have a problem that is not responding to the care you are allowing yourself to receive, consider using TFHK Metaphor energy balancing before having testing and treatments that may be dangerous in relationship to drug side effects or surgery.

Hospitals Can Be Dangerous Places
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In the United States every year, as many as 98,000 hospital patients die as a result of medical errors. This means that there are more deaths caused by preventable medical errors than by motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer or AIDS.

One of the areas in which errors commonly occur is medical testing. Results are routinely misinterpreted, mixed up, handed out to the wrong people or not handed out at all. Some of these errors are benign, cause no problems... others are life-threatening.

From BottomLine Email newsletter
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"According to Charles B. Inlander, president of the People's Medical Society, the largest consumer health advocacy organization in the country, and author of Take This Book to the Hospital with You (St. Martin's), there are specific steps you can take to minimize the risk for medical testing errors.

· Learn all you can about the test.
  To prevent confusion and misunderstandings, prepare beforehand by asking your health-care provider...
· How should I prepare for the test?
· Exactly what does the test consist of?
· How long will the test take?
· Will there be any pain or discomfort?
· What should I expect afterward?

Seek out any available written information, and visit reliable Web sites, such as the US National Library of Medicine's MedlinePlus (www.medlineplus.gov) to learn more about testing.

Things to Consider If you Must Go to the Hospital
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What are the risks? Ask whether a test poses any risks, and if so, what they are. For instance, in younger women with dense breast tissue, the benefits of mammography are uncertain and the repeated exposure to radiation may pose unnecessary health risks. · More is not necessarily better. Always ask why a test is needed and how it will help you. In some cases, you might be better off without it. For example, certain types of screening tests -- such as those for prostate cancer -- have both benefits and limitations, and people should learn about these before making their decisions.

· Is this the best test? Don't be afraid to ask questions and express concerns. Find out whether better screening tests are available but not recommended because of cost considerations. A case in point is screening for colon cancer. Insurance is more apt to cover sigmoidoscopy (an examination of the lower colon with a flexible tube) than colonoscopy (a similar but more extensive examination of the entire colon). If you are at particular risk, consider asking your health-care provider to perform the more extensive test, even if you have to pay for it out of your own pocket.

· Choose the testing facility with care. Inlander notes that a common problem is the misreading of test results, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, mammograms or X rays. Often, the technician simply reviews them too fast. If you have a choice, your best bet is to get tested at a facility where many other people you know have already had the same test you need. Research shows that more accurate results occur at facilities were experienced radiologists; pathologists and other medical personnel have extensive experience with a particular procedure. One study showed that physicians who annually performed 100 or more colposcopies (a test performed as a follow-up to an abnormal Pap smear) obtained more accurate findings than those who did the procedure less often.

Share Your History With All Personel

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Share your medical history. Do not assume that everyone has all the information they need about you. Make sure that the testing facility is aware of any allergies or pre-existing conditions you may have. For example, some people are allergic to latex gloves. If you are diabetic or have high blood pressure or asthma, for your own safety, your health-care provider should have all special information before performing a test. Be sure to double check with the person giving the test that he/she is aware of your special needs. Also inform the testing facility about all prescription and over-the-counter medications you take as well as dietary supplements, such as vitamins and herbs. For example, to reduce the risk for bleeding, surgeons advise their patients to avoid taking aspirin or dietary supplements associated with reduced clotting (such as ginkgo biloba) for a week or more before an invasive or surgical procedure. If you are having an invasive test, such as a biopsy or colonoscopy, the same advice applies. However, new research shows that people with known heart disease should not stop taking aspirin abruptly. · Bring a family member or friend along. Ask your spouse, sibling or friend to be there with you and act as your advocate. Undergoing a test can be a stressful experience, and having an extra set of eyes and ears is a good insurance policy.

They said this so well that I wanted everyone to consider these precautions as we do need the biomedical model of disease care for no one system is complete and each of us is unique. If one system/model of health care isn't helping us we should not make a single health and disease care model into a religious dogma that says we cannot use combinations to fulfill our lives of wholeness. If you are a practitioner reading this newsletter consider coming to our 5 Day Clinical Training Instensive and learn by observing and being tutored by Dr. Thie personally about how the TFH protocols help.

Contact Information
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email: thie@touch4health.com
voice: 310 589 5269
web: http://www.touch4health.com
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