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Say "Yes" to Exercise, "No" to Surgery for Shoulder Injury
May 24, 2005

-- Touch for Health Reunion Malibu March 27-31 2006
-- Say "Yes" to Exercise, "No" to Surgery for Shoulder Injury
-- Matthew Thie Tells About the First 30 Years
-- Why me? "Allergies"
-- Ger Hunter Receives Award
-- 1000 Cranes plus REPORT ON JOHN THIE'S HEALTH


It is "allergy time." The Spring is often a time when for many different and unknown reasons people suffer from allergies. The eight article gives some helpful suggestions and information. The second article gives some research background about shoulder problems and how conservative care is at least as effective as exercise. My experience agrees with this when using Touch for Health as an interventions when a person is suffering from shoulder discomfort and disability. If you, a friend or relative is considering a new career you can look into Touch for Health as starting point to helping you find your mission. Getting goal balances helps you focus.

If you are new to this newsletter and are interested in becoming trained in TFH there are articles describing how to become a TFH Instructor, which is the first step in becoming a professional TFH Kinesiologist. It is our desire that people find out if they have a gift of healing before they invest years and large amounts of money and energy in a healing arts profession of any kind. We believe that TFH will give you that knowledge in a minimum amount of time and enable you to help yourself and others at the same time. It could also be a wonderful second career as a Touch for Health Instructor/practitioner.

Touch for Health Reunion Malibu March 27-31 2006
This will be the first reunion after the release of the completely revised and updated Touch for Health book(release date late August 2005). This new book has more than double the pages and lots of new information including the Pyramid of Health, Metaphors in a very useful format and new approach to balancing, the two major models of assessments for balancing for goals. It is in full color and all new photos and graphics for both the standing and lying down testing positions and many other new photos and graphics. Bring your book with you to the reunion or get one while you are there as we will be presenting the new materials and showing how it can make your use of TFH even more effective.

Say "Yes" to Exercise, "No" to Surgery for Shoulder Injury

Shoulder injuries are common and often referred for treatment through surgical means. Researchers compared surgery vs. exercise training in patients suffering from shoulder pain to determine which has the more positive outcome. Shoulder pain in this study was defined as rotator cuff disease and nerve impingement. Eighty-four participants were randomized into a surgical intervention group (41 patients) or physiotherapeutic exercise group (43 patients). All patients were evaluated before intervention and filled out a questionnaire regarding pain and impairment. The exercise group received 19, 60-minute sessions consisting of the application of heat, cold packs, or soft- tissue treatments, followed by muscle training and rotator cuff strengthening exercises. Results: Both groups were evaluated at three, six and 12 months. Pain was measured using the Constant score totaling 100, which includes pain measured on a visual analogue scale, as well as measures in daily activity limitations, range of motion and shoulder strength. Before intervention, the exercise group Constant score was 34.8, while the surgery group was 33.7. After intervention, the exercise group Constant score improved to 54.8, 55.5, and 57.0 after three, six and 12 months, respectively, while the surgery group's scores were 49.2, 53.8 and 52.7. After one year, 20 participants (10 in each group) reported a score of 80 or higher. Reference: Haahr JP, Østergaard S, Dalsgaard J, et al. Exercises versus arthroscopic decompression in patients with subacromial impingement: a randomised, controlled study in 90 cases with a one year follow up. Ann Rheum Dis 2005;64:760-764.

Dr. Thie's comment: One of the most impressive benefits of Touch for Health Kinesiology has been the improvement in shoulder conditions. In my first training program for Registered Nurses in California where their were 250 nurses taking a basic two day license renewal program, I demonstrated the use of TFH for a "frozen shoulder." At the end of the demonstration this school nurse was able to move her arm through the full range of motion. I treated her three weeks later for return of the problem of lesser degree. It again was totally relieved after six balances over a two week period in my office. I followed up with this nurse care for other health problems for more than 5 five years and she did not have any further recurrences. Over my 48 years of working with patients I agree with the study that surgery for shoulder problems should not be the first resort sought. It is less dangerous and less costly to use conservative methods such as chiropractic and/or Touch for Health Kinesiology as the first approach.

Matthew Thie Tells About the First 30 Years
Matthew Thie, M.A. Ed. will open this years TFH Kinesiology Association conference with an overview of the Growth and Development of TFH over the last 30 years. Matthew is in a particularly good position to give an insider's view. He is the son of the founder and for the last 10 years has been working closely with Dr. Thie writing two books which now have the complete TFH program clearly spelled out for all. Also on program will be George Goodheart, D.C., founder and developer of Applied Kinesiology will be addressing the TFH Conference. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear George speak and feel his wonderful charisma. There is really nothing like meeting the founder of this worldwide movement of Kinesiology. Some of the other founding members of the International College of Applied Kinesiology including myself, Sheldon Deal DC and Wally Schmitt, DC. will also be present and presenting. Reinforce and enrich your understanding of Kinesiology, and get exposed to some new ideas. It is always worthwhile, even if we do not adopt these new ideas into our lives or our practices.

It is expected to be sellout so sign up right away! The International star-studded cast of speakers includes Mary Jo Bulbrook R.N. Ed.D., an early sponsor of TFH in the nursing profession, Jan Cole, Dr. Bruce Dewe, M.D. , Arlene Green, Denise Gurney, Sue Hall, Charles Krebs, PhD., Adam Lehman, Brendan O'Hara, Maurizio Piva, President of the IKC, Dale Schusterman, D.C., Jon Seskevich, Jerry Teplitz,PH.D. Hugo Tobar, Wayne Topping, Ph.D., Richard Utt, Licensed Acupuncturist AND Irene Yachuk Arabei Catherine Carleton- Fitchett
More About the Speakers!

Why me? "Allergies"
"You develop an allergy when your immune system becomes hypersensitive to a normally harmless substance, such as inhaled pollen or dust mite particles or feces. Once sensitized, the immune system overreacts every time it's exposed, even to very tiny amounts. Not everyone has allergies. Some people are genetically predisposed (one or both parents have allergies), and others may develop allergies in response to the environment. One theory, called the "hygiene hypothesis," holds that allergies are the price we pay for protecting our children from germs with modern sanitation and antibiotics. The idea is that lack of exposure to dirt, dust, and certain childhood infections early in life makes the immune system hypersensitive later on. For example, studies in Europe have found that children growing up in regular contact with farm animals and barns have less hay fever than children in rural environments who do not live on farms. On the other hand, repeated exposure to certain allergens, such as dust mites, may further predispose the offspring of allergic parents to develop allergies." Harvard Health E-Newsletter, Compliments of MerckSource 5-16-05

Dr. Thie's Comments: There are a lot of theories about why some of us have allergies and some do not. In our TFH program we recognize people with similar allergy symptoms often have different meridian imbalances based on muscle testing. Sometimes by correcting these meridian imbalances with the TFH protocols the symptoms disappear almost miraculously, other time the improvement is less dramatic. We can also use muscle monitoring/testing to determine which things are causing some stress that may be resulting in the symptoms. When we stay away from exposure to these substances for a while we no longer are bothered by the substance in a mild exposure. So our theory is that allergies are sensitivities developed because of the energy imbalances caused by we do not know what. What should you do? Get your energy working more harmoniously by avoiding stressful situations and environmental exposure, learn what are your trigger substances, and avoid exposure. Improve your immune systems functioning with supplemental nutrition such as vitamin C and other antioxidants. In addition another way to get your immune system function better is to reduce your stress. Daily TFH balancing procedures by family members for friends will help reduce your reactions to all kinds of stressful situations.

Ger Hunter Receives Award
At a recent conference in Ireland Ger Hunter, Touch for Health Instructor Trainer for Ireland, was acknowledged as being the person who has contributed the most to kinesiology in Ireland.  "Caring Girl" - a bronze cast of the hand of Buddha holding a tiny child was given to her. Ger has shown over the years to be a wonderful touch for Health Kinesiologist and trainer of new Touch for Health Instructors. Congratulations to her and her family.


I finished a 5 day clinical training May 20 for 19 Students from Japan at Serra retreat. These students took some of their evening time to fold over 1000 cranes as a prayer for my health and presented these to me on the 20th. It is a Japanese folk belief that if someone received more than 1000 hand folded cranes done so that they would have health that God will grant their prayer and give health to the person prayed for. I am most greatful for this gesture. My exercise program has increased to a 30 minute walk daily and special exercises for expanding my oxygenation. I continue to have daily TFH balances using goals. Carrie and I work out the goal using the eTouch "Aspects and Suggestions sections on the goal page. Looking back over these goals shows the areas of daily stress and helps us to realize that staying aware is very important to my continued good health. I intend to teach all my Clinical Intensives in Malibu this year an next, that is 2006. So if you wanted to take one of these personal training sessions with me now would be the time to sign up.

If you are praying or giving me surrogate balances or other energy work from a distance, thank you very much and I will appreciate your continued gifts. I know that these efforts by you have helped me in overcoming this situation. I am not yet well and continue to follow a well designed program of recovery. For all of you who have sent suggestions thank you. I am staying with my present program as it seems to be working well. Thanks to those of you who have sent cards and email messages. The colorful cranes are hanging in my living room to remind me of the love of these Japanese students and their desire for my continued health.

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