AK issue n.11 - Fall 2001


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EDITOR’S NOTE

Dr. George Goodheart, the developer of applied kinesiology, was recently featured in the April 16th issue of TIME magazine as part of a monthly installment, “The Innovators”. This series of articles profiles 100 people with breakthrough ideas that are changing our world, covering five people in certain categories each time. The field of alternative and complementary medicine is booming with millions of people now seeing practitioners who use the methods developed by pioneers such as Drs. Jean-Pierre Barral, John Upledger, and of course George Goodheart. With a base of over five million paid subscribers and many more newsstand sales, we feel that Dr. Goodheart and kinesiologic methods are receiving justified attention.
I would also like to thank the staff of the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential for their cooperation in helping us put this issue together. Glenn Doman, founder of the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential, is best known to applied kinesiologists for his collaboration with Delacato in developing the cross crawl. He has been involved in bringing brain-injured children to wellness for a half century and we are proud to honor him and the staff herein.
Others in the field of applied kinesiology are making great strides in the treatment of kids with special needs. Two of these outstanding clinicians are Drs. Michel Barras of Switzerland and Clive Lindley-Jones of the United Kingdom. They too assist in the framework of this issue centering on the theme of children.


GLENN DOMAN AND THE INSTITUTES FOR THE ACHIEVEMENT OF HUMAN POTENTIAL
Interview with Glenn and Janet Doman
by Jerold I. Morantz, D.C., D.I.B.A.K.

The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential is a nonprofit educational organization that serves brain-injured and well children by introducing parents to the field of child brain development. Parents learn how to enhance significantly the development of their children physically, intellectually and socially in a joyous and sensible way. Families learn how the brain grows and how to speed that growth in their brain-injured child or enhance that growth in their well child.

Glenn Doman is the founder of The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential, to which parents from every continent have been finding their way for more than a half of a century. He and The Institutes are famous for their pioneering work with brain-injured children and for their work in early development for well children. In addition to dealing intimately with more than twenty thousand families over the last fifty years, he has strongly influenced millions of families through the book What to Do About Your Brain Injured Child and the creation of the groundbreaking Gentle Revolution Series of books and materials that teach parents how to teach their babies at home. Glenn Doman has lived with, studied, or worked with children in more than one hundred nations, ranging from the most civilized to the most primitive. He was distinguished for outstanding heroism in action during World War II and was knighted by the Brazilian government in 1966 for his services to the children of the world. Mr. Doman is the principle lecturer for the many courses given by The Institutes for the parents of well children and brain-injured children. When he is not lecturing in Philadelphia or around the world, he is nose-to-nose with parents and children, discovering better ways to make hurt kids well and well kids more capable.



APPLIED KINESIOLOGY AND EVALUATION OF CHILDREN
by Michel Barras, D.C.

Part 1: Neurological Disorganization
Key Words
gait, neurological organization, neurological disorganization, applied kinesiology, chiropractic
Abstract
Insights on the body’s general neurological organization are given together with the pathological changes that can occur. Based on two studies, a distinction of two different types of neurological disorganization is proposed; their different mechanisms and clinical consequences are described together with a new corrective procedure.

Part 2: Objective Evaluation of the Effects of Neurological Disorganization and Potential Subsequent Learning Disabilities and/or Dyslexia

Key Words
learning disabilities, dyslexia, neurological organization, neurological disorganization, applied kinesiology, chiropractic, psychometric evaluations
Abstract
After a review of the basic neurological organization of the human being and its potential disorganization, an original sequential method measuring the different tools necessary for the learning process is described. Results of a specific chiropractic treatment are shown in the form of a before/after comparison. General use of this procedure is recommended as a reliable monitoring device of treatments, even if the complaint of the patient is in another field.


AK AND EVIDENCE BASED MEDICINE
by Hans Garten, M.D., D.I.B.A.K.

Introduction
In recent issues of The International Journal of Applied Kinesiology and Kinesiologic Medicine (IJAKKM), a two-part-article (5,6) on functional neurological assessment was published. Part 1 by Motyka and Yanuck dealt primarily with applied kinesiology (AK) research while Part 2 by Schmitt and Yanuck discussed neurological models for AK phenomena in an effort to correlate clinical findings in AK practice with known neurology, anatomy, physiology, and other established parameters. This was carried out in order to promote the acceptance and integration of AK in the context of the mainstream scientific community. This corresponds to one goal of the journal – to become a peer-reviewed, indexed journal. Another objective is to act as a mediator among those who practice kinesiologic medicine, i.e. the various groups which have developed as a result of applied kinesiology observations.
The article by Ferreri (3,4), “The Temporomandibular Joint: A new paradigm”, previewed by the author of this commentary prior to its publication, represents an example of the aforementioned intention. Those who read the article will carefully note that more than once there is a statement that the described material represents personal observations which have shown to hold true for the author. As such, the article has been published in the section “kinesiologic medicine”, which may be considered individual opinions and observations.


THE SUNFLOWER METHOD – PART 2
Research & Stages of Treatment

by Clive Lindley-Jones, B.Ed (Hons), D.O., D.I.B.A.K.

In a recent issue of this journal (1), practitioners were introduced to The Sunflower Method via some personal reflections of my experiences of first learning and then both using and teaching others to use this applied kinesiology (AK) based approach to helping children overcome learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia.
In this follow-up article, readers are brought up to date on the progress and aims of the research the Sunflower Trust is jointly funding with Surrey University in England and make more explicit some of the methods used and the stages the treatment protocol involves.

Research
Over the last few years, our focus has been on expanding the number of practitioners who are trained to offer this work. This year it has been on moving the research forward. The Sunflower Trust and The Roehampton Institute, part of Surrey University, are jointly funding Leona Bull of (2) the Faculty of Life Sciences to do her Ph.D. evaluating the method. The Institute has a renowned reputation for research in education and medical science.
Following a favourable article about the method published in the London Times newspaper in October 2000, five hundred families applied for places on the research programme. Seventy suitable families were selected and the first cohort of children commenced treatment in early 2001, while a carefully matched control group will be monitored and compared to the treatment group. The control group themselves will eventually receive the Sunflower Method treatment once the first cohort has been completed and research findings will be published when all the results are in.


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