Touch For Health Education Newsletter
Sony Corporation of Japan Using Muscle Testing
Sony has set up ESPER(Extra Sensory Perception and Excitation Research) Laboratory. Since 1991, members of this research team "are delving into Chinese holistic medicine, extra sensory perception, ki (a form of spiritual energy), or any of a dozen other paranormal subjects. Sony's ultimate goal is to create commercial products from the knowledge acquired during these explorations into the unknown, but the path from here to there is littered with non-believers -- a fact of which Yoichiro Sako, a sony researcher, is all too aware." This information was passed on to me by Donald McDowall, of Camberra, Australia, when he sent me a copy of the article Sony's Weird Science from The Bulletin, June 18, 1996.
Later in the article they describe something most TFH/Kinesiologists are doing or have seen done. It is the use of testing muscles and probing the area of internal organs to see the muscle changes. The interest large corporations have in muscle testing is going to increase. We need to find ways to gather the results that have been obtained by hundreds of thousands if not millions of people since the 1970s.
Will you be part of that process? We are hoping that our Web site will be eventually used for this research. Wouldn't it be nice if you could somehow look up a particular symptom or type of goal and in a few moments be able to learn if anyone using the TFHS had ever had a similar problem and what the outcomes were of the TFHS interventions? Wouldn't it be nice if there was a way to know who around the world is using TFHS interventions privately and giving various classes? Wouldn't it be nice if we had one place where all the classes in all the different Kinesiologies could be listed and you could get this information without cost?
I hope in the next year to be able to help create the largest directory of TFHS and other Kinesiology teachers, practitioners, and users of this information ever formulated. So far everyone I have spoken to has been eager to participate. The more information the better as far as I am concerned. Please contact me and give me your ideas and volunteer to help. Gather all the names of people offering the TFHS in classes or privately in your community. Write up the outcomes of your interventions, Collect them from others and post them to the Touch4Health web site. (Note: Since this article was published in the newsletter, there has been an explosion in Kinesiology and TFH related websites. We all need to link to each other to facilitate searches.)
See my Related Sites page for a very rudimentary beginning. some of the other sites out there are very comprehensive already. I want to add more anectdotal reports and success stories to this site, so please send them in
How were correlations of muscles/meridians discovered?
I just received a letter from a physical therapist who writes," I took TFH 10 years ago and have used it off and on during this time. I recently had the opportunity to use it when an interested patient inquired about the chart on my wall. We had a session and extra time after she became balanced. I'd always wanted to experiment with some reversed thinking. Started with a physical condition-muscle contraction, spasm etc.-thinking of weakening a meridian--this I did by weakening the meridians that went through the muscle--the result was complete range of motion of a shoulder that had been frozen for two years. What was interesting is that I didn't know about her frozen shoulder until that session; for we were treating her for another condition and I had not treated her previously. I am very curious as to how you came up with which indicator muscle to correlate with which meridian."
The answer to her curiosity is that I didn't come up with these correlations alone. These were worked out by trial and error, after the relationship between the neurolymphatic and neurovascular points had been worked out by George Goodheart DC in the mid1960s. When in the early1970s acupuncture became a new approach because of the publicity given the opening of China to the West again, the ICAK (International College of Applied Kinesiology), of which I was the founding chairman, began seeing the correlation between the beliefs of chiropractic and Chinese traditional medicine.
I personally did my research by first finding a muscle weakness. Then I'd trace the meridians one by one until I found a strengthening of the muscle. I made the correlation If the reversed tracing of the meridian caused the muscle to again be inhibited. This allowed me to open and close the meridians by tracing the energy flow either from the traditional beginning points to facilitate or from the end points back to the beginning to inhibit. When members of the ICAK also found the same thing we could draw conclusions. Gradually, all the major postural muscle/meridian relationships were found. Many members of the ICAK worked together and shared their findings so that it was a wonderful cooperative adventure in learning how to help our patients and clients more.
Power-Commendeering of Resources
One of the aspects of the Law of 5 elements is power. One way to look at power is to consider it the commandeering of resources. In the law of five elements the five types of power are:
1. Birth-Think of new beginnings, leaving where you are and moving through new open doors as one type of power
2. Mature-Think of having and using the wisdom that has been gained from living and adapting to new circumstances learning how to be able to remain balanced in all types of circumstances.
3. Decrease-Think about being able to do more with less, learning that simple is best in many circumstances. What can you do with the least amount of effort?
4. Balance-Think about how when you are able to stay balanced under all circumstances how much power you have over these circumstances
5. Emphasis-Think about how powerful you can be when you know what is right to emphasize at the moment and moment by moment. When you know what's important you can put emphasis where it will serve you best so that you can fulfill your mission, use your talents and reach your destiny with power.
In our material world, people speak of power as money. In this sense some use money as power to make another person scrub their floors, write a will for them, cut their hair. In fact, nearly all society works on the exchange of power for goods and services through the brokerage of money.
This is a false understanding of true power, because true power resides in the soul, the whole person. It is the distributed intelligence that is available to solve all problems. In this light, getting your energy balanced helps not only yourself but the whole world.
MD Orthopedist Doubt "Repetitive Stress Injury Cause"
In a commentary article in the Los Angeles Times William C. Masters,MD, president of the 1,500 member California Orthopedic Assn.(MDs that specialize in injuries to the hand, knee, back and shoulders) says, "...there is no scientific basis at this time that would warrant broad regulation and/or legislation on repetitive stress injuries." He goes on to say that scientifically the cause of these complaints may be work related, but this has yet to be proven. There seem to be other related aspects beside typing or repeatedly doing the same activity, otherwise why doesn't every worker get the pains when they are working side by side?
We also believe that it is necessary to look at the whole person for any pain or complaint. The time of believing that the human can be divided into parts in order to treat the individual parts separately is rapidly disappearing. More and more professionals and lay people alike are recognizing that the soul, the whole person, needs to be considered to get the best result. We urge you to look at the various aspects of the soul in considering why you are out of balance. TFH intervention can be a way to help you come back into harmony and have health and wholeness in your life.
Home Care Nurse Helps Ulcers Heal
The sponsor of my program last March (with the IAK of Germany in Bremen) just wrote me to tell me of her experiences since the seminar. In addition to being a practicing Kinesiologist/nurse she does home care nursing with the elderly. She states " Working with the older people I had some success: I had a woman with very large open sores at her legs. While creaming her back I gave her a massage at the neurlymphatic points and after six weeks it is mostly healed. (the doctor thinks, it's because of his therapy)." [It's both hopefully.] She then goes on to ask if there is a way to help the people, particularly the elderly, release and let go of this life? She says that maybe its that they need the time? What are your experiences with people who are dying?
I would love to hear about this subject from any of you reading this or from your friends who are doing Kinesiology. She also says about her personal experience since the seminar "I thought of you very often and how lucky I was -and still I am!-that you stayed here in Bremen for some days. It made my life changing completely! I didn't only change the rules with my partner but also with many other people that treated me the same way-
( in discussion about her goal she found that she had some rules in her life that were not working for her and were no longer appropriate so she needed to acknowledge this with the important people in her life so that she could make new arrangements)
-and at last changed the rules for myself and all is working better for me. The universe gives me again all I need--and that was my question for the balance you gave me on Sunday. Thank you!"
Maguire, IKC Faculty, Helps Woman in Talk
I was having lunch with John Varun maguire here in Malibu in May 96 and he told me about the simple TFH materials of self care that he shares at the Tony Robbins Seminars in Hawaii, where he is the Complementary Health expert on the program. While giving this same talk at an exclusive Country Club women's group, John was able to help one the women take more responsibility for her own care.
One of the women asked if there was something that he could recommend for her painful foot that bothered when walking. She had been to a podiatrist, a neurologist, and an orthopedist, none of whom gave her anything to do for herself. She wondered why all they could do was recommend surgery, which she resisted.
He recommended that she could use the "gait reflexes", massaging the neurolymphatic points for the muscles that relate to the foot movements. He gave handouts for these techniques as part of his talk. Then the woman asked, "Why didn't any of these doctor specialists offer me any of these things?"
This is in the minds of many people. It seems to relate to the belief systems the specialists have about people. They seem to believe that people are divided into parts. they see the parts rather than the whole. It's a bit like the saying "You cannot see the forest because you see only the individual tree(s)". We don't know the long term outcomes that many people are having using Touch for Health independently. Our assumption is that many are helped and never report the results because we have built into us, in our design, the belief that we are entitled to health. When we seek help to improve our well-being and it occurs, we feel like we "got what we expected", so why go to the trouble of writing a report?
Asthma Related to a Muscle Problem?
According to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, November 1995, wheezing of asthmatics is not due to an excessive irritability of the breathing apparatus, but because the smooth muscle in the bronchioles doesn't relax. The scientists contend that everyone has similar brief spasms when irritants come in contact with the breathing tubes, but for some reason the spasm persist in asthmatics.
In my practice I was able to help a number of patients who had difficulty with breathing, which others had labeled asthma. My approach was always to look at the whole person and what was going on in their whole lived life. Finding energy imbalances and correcting them along with eliminating certain foods often gave great relief and in many cases eliminated the need of emergency room visits.
Since every muscle, when it contracts, has another muscle that needs to relax, I wonder what muscles might be failing to contract and thus prevent the bronchiole muscles from relaxing. My general understanding is that we will not find specific muscles or even specific meridian patterns, as each person has multiple causes for the difficulty in breathing and exhaling air from their lungs. If you have used the TFHS to alleviate breathing problems, I would appreciate your thinking about what gave you the relief. What changes took place in your life and did anything that you are aware of cause the breathing symptoms to return?
Keep Nuts Away from Babies
As many of you know, nuts can be a health problem for many people. More life threatening allergies seem to be developing from eating nuts. Babies seem to be given nuts too soon, especially peanuts. In a report in the British Medical Journal April 27, 1996, the peanut proved to be the most common allergy and the researchers believe it is due to the seeming increasing propensity to give peanut butter to young children.
The scientists did a survey on people with life threatening allergies and discovered that 92 percent had the allergy before age 7. It is believed that the immune system is not fully developed when humans are born and cannot handle certain types of foods such as peanuts and other real nuts. These scientists are calling for labeling of all foods that contain peanuts and real nuts and recommending that children not be allowed to eat nuts until at least the age of 3 and possibly not until 7. If you have had any experience in helping people with nut or peanut allergies I would like to hear from you.
"The Hubbub of Modern Life Has Turned Us Into a Nation of Walking Zombies--and Made Us Prone to Deadly Errors"
The headline above was on page 1 of Section E of the Los Angeles Times April 29, 1996 in a story by Kathleen Kelleher. She went on to tell about the latest research reported in the new book "Sleep Thieves" by Stanley Coren, professor of psychology at University of British Columbia (published by Free Press 1996) and others that are showing that we as humans are in danger of attempting to get along on too little sleep.
In the last 50 years, since the invention of the electric light bulb and especially with the recent development of TV Games, the personal computer, the Internet, etc., there is seemingly a greater demand for people to know more things (of less real value). In an effort to keep up, the average person attempts to get along on much less sleep than is needed for peak efficiency or even to just prevent accidents and very costly errors in social, family, business and spiritual areas of our lives.
Our stability and enjoyment of life is now less than desired. Forty one percent of all auto accidents are associated with sleepiness. IQ tests show drops when sleep debt is present, the immune system is impaired, emotions are more out of control and high pressure effects us more.
Our society places sleep on one of lowest daily priorities. We seem to admire people who can work long hours and many days in a row. We as a society don't seem to value the time we spend in sleep. There is much evidence that shows much creativity and spiritual instruction take place in sleep. Many of the very best scientists say the ideas for their most important discoveries were gained during sleep. Some of the most stable families take time to discuss dreams. Nearly all cultures including the medical profession places value on dreams.
You need to place value on sleep to have and remember dreams. I recently received a letter from a student who had just completed a 6 day TFH seminar with me and he told me that he had solved a very difficult crystallography problem after being balanced for a solution and sleeping. The next day he was able to solve the problem which had not been solved after multiple attempts.
If you have had experience with solving problems after setting a goal, getting a balance for it, and then sleeping on it, please let me hear from you.
Researchers are in agreement that you can have a sleep deficit that impairs your functioning. It seems that experts agree that most people sleeping 7 1/2 hours a night or less are running on a sleep debt. Dr. Mary Carskdon, professor of psychiatry at Brown University, says, most people need at least an hour more sleep than they are getting. In 1910 studies show that people were getting nine and half to ten hours of sleep a night The research shows that, when left to natural devices, people sleep up to 12 hours to make up the sleep deficit then level off at 10, given 14 hours of darkness and no artificial light.
For students, clients and patients it would be a consideration to advise more sleep, in addition to getting more effective sleep by using cross crawl, meridian tracing and TFH muscle balancing on a daily basis to make your sleep even more effective. I know I awaken more refreshed if I get my energy balanced prior to going to sleep
New Muscle, Proposed Name: Sphenomandibularis
This new muscle was found by Gary Hack, a professor of Dentistry, while doing an unorthodox dissection of the TMJ joint from the front of the face instead of the side. It goes from the sphenoid bone behind the eye which houses the pituitary gland to the jaw bone. This finding gives good anatomical reasons why working with the TMJ joint using muscle testing procedures so often gives good results in such a variety of conditions. When this muscle is tense and abnormally contracted it may effect the endocrine system as well as the position of the jaw so that any part of the entire person could malfunction. This muscle has been noted before, but other anatomists assumed it was a tendon connected to an overlapping larger muscle.
Touch for Health Helps Knee Pain
On my recent lecture and seminar tour of Europe I had the opportunity to work with many people as models to show how TFH can be used to help change their lives. When working with people as models, the results are nearly always very good. I also receive a lot of positive follow-up reports.
Recently, I received a follow-up letter from one of the Kinesiologists who volunteered to be a model. After five weeks her knee pain was still completely gone. This person was an very athletic and active skier . She reported that the knee pain had begun after a fall several months before. She had received care for the knee, but it was still chronic and difficult for her.
What we were able to help her find out was that the circumstances surrounding the fall had an emotional factor that she hadn't considered. The goal for the balance included not only getting the healing process going to alleviate the knee pain but also to deal with the fear and anger that was surrounding the context of the fall. I am more convinced each day of the importance of looking at the whole person, including all the aspects of the pyramid of health. We can increase our effectiveness when using the TFH System of energy balancing for enhancing health and having more peak performances by setting a goal that addresses what we want to accomplish in our lives.
Repeated Muscle Testing with Neurolymphatic Massage Helpful in Cases of Chronic Pain
In Seattle I worked with another volunteer model whose knee pain came on only after running a distance. The knee was fine normally but just before she reached the "high" that was possible for her in running the knee pain would occur, preventing her pleasure and instead giving her pain, suffering and fear. One of her goals was to be able to experience the "high" in running that she once enjoyed.
We discovered that the sartorius muscle was weak after the 14 muscle fix-as-you-go balance. I checked it because it is a major muscle related to the knee and hip and often is found weak in cases of chronic knee pain. In this type of a problem it is useful to repeatedly test the muscle after it is restored to its normal facilitation. We did this and found that after only three tests it began to weaken. This calls for repeated neurolymphatic massage (NLM). Once restoration of the facilitation occurs the muscle is again repeatedly tested. This time it took 5 tests before it began to show inhibition. The next time, after NLM and facilitation, it took 8 tests. The following time it showed no sign of weakening after 15 tests and the model felt the muscle would hold, "forever".
She felt entirely different, not only in the knee but as she said, "I feel different all over." When I asked, "better?" she replied, "Absolutely. And I feel much more sure of accomplishing my other goals too." Before we were finished balancing we tested other muscles that related to the knee that we hadn't tested yet and found them all facilitated.
For chronic pain problems in any joint, consider using the TFH technique of repeated muscle testing and NLM. If inhibition occurs after less than 10 repeated tests, a few cycles of repeated testing and NLM may provide additional relief. This has helped me work with many athletes who felt that they would have to give up their sport because nothing could be found wrong pathologically, yet pains would develop during the athletic activity.
Please send me your case reports when you use this method. First set a goal and do at least a 14 muscle balance. Then test the muscles around the involved joint up to 10 times. If weakness occurs, do NLM until the strength is present and locking for at least 10 tests in rapid succession.
National Medical Library Revises Definition of Alternative Medicine to Reflect Reality
The United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) in Bethesda Md. has accepted a number of new indexing terms for the field of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). These additions to the MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) show the great changes being made in the recognition of alternatives to orthodoxy. Prior to 1996, Alternative Medicine was defined as "non-orthodox therapeutic systems which usually have no satisfactory explanation for their effectiveness." (emphasis mine) Now it reads "An unrelated group of non-orthodox therapeutic practices, often with explanatory systems that do not follow conventional biomedical explanations."(again my emphasis). Also, they now include a definition of Acupressure as a type of message. The prefix "acu-" refers to the same acupuncture points used in acupuncture therapy, not to the use of needles in acupuncture.
These changes are really going to help the public get better care through understanding of the available alternatives to orthodox drug therapies or surgeries for their pains and suffering. It gives me more enthusiasm to share the principles of TFH and encourage others to be bold in their endorsements and use of the TFH system.
U.S. National Institutes of Health Office of Alternative Medicine give new definition
Along these same lines in The Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health Newsletter(Vol. 3 number 1 April 1996). Dr. Wayne Jonas, the director, restated the Definitions Group's findings on what is Complementary and Alternative medicine. It "is defined through a social process as those practices that do not form part of the dominant system for managing health and disease."
New Federal Legislation proposed--Will guarantee public Access to Alternative and Complementary Methods if Passed
There is federal legislation before the United States Congress which when passed will open the field of complementary and alternative medicine(CAM) to all of the public in the United States.
The bill will grants a citizen the right "to be treated by a health care practitioner with any medical treatment...that such individual desires." In addition it would provide a legal structure for CAM practitioners who have been certified or licensed by recognized medical or state board. The bill would provide legal protection for both consumers and CAM practitioners. Hearings on the bill are being held this Spring in Washington.
It is amazing to me the acceptance and definitions of CAM that are occurring in the United States. Why is this happening now? The changes are so rapid its hard to keep up. These changes seem to be driven by a greater openness of the younger graduates of the orthodox schools, the greater ability for communication by computers so that the information from smaller studies are widely available, more outcome studies showing the benefits of CAM methods, and the greater satisfaction of patients with less invasive and less dangerous procedures offered by CAM practitioners.
The economic benefits that studies on the use of CAM procedures show are now seeming to be more important than the theoretical understandings of why the person benefits. The patients, insurance companies, and businesses paying for health care all seem to be in agreement. Its to all our benefit that more and more people will be exposed to energy balancing methods as a result of these changes. It couldn't be a better time to be a TFH Instructor. The demand for the information in TFH is now growing and will continue to grow in the foreseeable future.
Drug-Induced Parkinson's Disease
You or your clients could be getting a second drug to counter-effect the side reactions to another drug because doctors believe the symptoms are due to another disease rather than an adverse side reaction to the first drug. More and more people are being given tranquilizers for anxiety and other problems which sometimes causes side reactions which resemble the symptoms of Parkinsonian disease.
Metoclopramide is prescribed, particularly the elderly, to treat nausea and digestive tract problems. Now it has been proven in a research study on 20 thousand people that metoclopramide also causes Parkinson-like side reactions.
Those of us working with students, clients and patients who are taking drugs need to urge them to discuss all the medication they are taking with their doctors before taking another drug. We are likely to see these people as many of the adverse drug reactions produce problems that relate to the muscles and movements. Tremors and slow gait are some of the symptoms that could be seen in students.
We can help these people by urging them to consider their own uniqueness and special reaction to drugs. If a drug is causing the muscular system to malfunction, balancing may help, but if the continued use of the drugs is causing the problem the person needs to discuss their drugs with their doctor and take responsibility of looking up the possible side reactions in the library or other reference area.
In a statement released by Stanley L. Slater, deputy associate director of the National Institute on Aging in Bethesda Maryland he said, in reference to a Harvard School of Public Health research study, "The study results are disturbing because metoclopramide is a widely prescribed drug. Its' use may have resulted in people being needlessly treated with costly and possibly toxic antiparkinsonian medication for a disease they don't have."
Marathon Runners & Upper Respiratory Infections
Taking Vitamin C in larger quantities may prevent the frequent upper respiratory infections that occur in the two weeks following a Marathon event. Scientists at the University of Witwaterstand in Johannesburg, South Africa have found that a regimen of vitamin C apparently prevented half of the infections found in a placebo group.
They divided a group of marathon runners into two groups. One got 600 mg of vitamin C daily and the other got a placebo. In the Vitamin C group only 33% developed a respiratory problem and they stated they were mild in nature, while in the placebo group 65% developed a respiratory problem. I have been taking vitamin C as a supplement for over 45 years and have been prescribing it to my chiropractic patients during my entire time in practice. This study confirms what I myself have found.
I have noticed that people require different amounts to meet their needs for this as a supplement. The more stress they have been under the more supplemental vitamin C they seemed to need to get the maximum benefit. I teach my patients/students/clients to monitor themselves on the vitamin C excretion by taking enough of a powdered C to get a slight loose stool. I tell them whenever they know they have been under stress and feeling more fatigued/sick or been injured in any way, take more vitamin C until they have the loose stool.
The amount needed varies for each person. My personal experience is that I require approximately 10 grams daily when things are doing well. When I have been under stress the temporary supplemental amount can go up to 6-7 times more: 60-70 grams. When I follow this regimen and get daily balances my recovery time is reduced greatly.
This conscious monitoring of my personal health is very worthwhile and I encourage you try it. Let me know your results. When I am doing a TFH assessment and find inhibition in the muscles that are related to the immune system as the primary indicator, I find that using vitamin C in the mouth will often correct all the energy imbalances as indicated by muscle testing. When this occurs I advise the person to use the bowel tolerance monitoring of themselves along with drinking extra water. The water addition is important as a lot of the used vitamin C is excreted through the kidneys and bowel.
Keep your Ovaries
In a study of 1000 women for 21 years after hysterectomy surgeries, Researchers found that those that had only a partial hysterectomy, that is the ovaries were not removed, had less problems. The researchers tested for blood pressure, triglycerides, cholesterol and glucose levels and in all these tests those who had ovaries showed more normal results. They said that with the passage of time the differences were more significant. Reported at the Annual scientific sessions of the American Heart Association in Anaheim California November 1995
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