AK issue n.14 - Fall 2002

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The theme of this issue is acupuncture, which most practitioners using muscle testing methods have had some exposure to. Chinese-style medical history questions relate not only to the specific complaint, but also to the patient’s overall physical health and current emotional state. This sounds very familiar to the approach an applied kinesiologist would take to his or her patient. Initially developed in two distinct and diverse cultures and in different time periods, kinesiology and acupuncture share many similarities, both in their principles and in their philosophies.
With the meridian system being one of the Five Factors of the IVF, most experienced kinesiologists have come to learn its importance to health and well being.
Sheldon Deal, our feature interview, has given us information on acupuncture shortcuts and is one of the original “Dirty Dozen” applied kinesiologists. Hans Garten, a medical doctor and diplomate of applied kinesiology, compares the similarities and differences of acupuncture and applied kinesiology. Richard Utt, a licensed acupuncturist, will share some new discoveries in his field. He has survived serious health problems and is using his unique experience with difficult patients.
As the Western world’s interest increases in acupuncture it is important that we learn more on how to correctly apply acupuncture. Just as chiropractors specializing in applied kinesiology don’t like it when lay persons pass themselves as professional kinesiologists after taking weekend courses, the same holds true for licensed acupuncturists who get offended by kinesiologists who take weekend courses in acupuncture and say that they “do acupuncture”.
To those of us who do not specialize in certain disciplines I can only say that we must foster inter-professional relationships with other specialists. In the end it is the patient who benefits.


Sheldon C Deal, DC, NMD, DIBAK has traveled over 2 million miles all over the world, as evidenced by the number of miles in his frequent flyer program. One of his talents is to take a complex kinesiological procedure and present it in a simple, precise, and workable manner. He teaches only what has been proven to work for anybody, in dependent of a strong presence or what he calls “belief kinesiology”. He is one of AK’s original “Dirty Dozen”—the first study group that was instrumental in the early development of applied kinesiology, as founded by George Goodheart. Today, whether he is lecturing in a foreign country, treating patients in his successful clinic, writing a book, or presiding over and helping make the policies of the ICAK Examination Board, of which he is the current president (he was the third chairman of ICAK from 1978–1983), Dr Deal stays true to the spirit and tradition of applied kinesiology.
Dr Deal won third place in the Mister America contest in 1961 and first place in the Mister Arizona Body Building Contest the previous year, and today this 63-year-old physician and educator still maintains his optimum-condition weight from 40 years ago. His active lifestyle finds him touring around on his motorcycle or bicycle, flying airplanes, playing racquetball, weight-lifting, hiking, rock climbing, and, in slower moments, playing the organ. He continues to find many outlets to showcase his talents, earning various awards, and serving on association educational committees. With every pursuit, he demonstrates an abiding drive and integrity that captures the spirit of success.

Interview between Dr Deal and AK Journal
I understand that you were one of the original Dirty Dozen. What was it like being at that first meeting?
Although I don’t think anyone there could have predicted the magnitude that applied kinesiology would have on the healing world, there was an unmistakable feeling in the air that this was no ordinary meeting. I am sure we had all met Dr Goodheart prior to this meeting. However, we were meeting each other, in many cases, for the first time. We all took turns sharing with each other our personal findings obtained by using muscle testing. Before the meeting was over, it was a slam dunk that we should meet again with our findings written down to pass around copies to everyone else at the meeting.
Was there any special memory about the meeting that sticks out in your mind?
I remember a Dr John Hughes from Ashland, Kentucky, who said on the morning of the second day that he had a dream the night before. An angel had come to him and offered that he could be anywhere in the world that he wanted to be, and he chose to be at this meeting of Goodheart study group leaders!

Acupuncture Shortcuts
Sheldon C Deal, DC, NMD, DIBAK

This paper lists various techniques that can be used to speed up the process of checking to see if a patient needs to have acupuncture clearing done to them. When it is found that the patient does need acupuncture work done, then a host of techniques are presented to speed up that process as well.

Early on in teaching classes in applied kinesiology, I learned how discouraging it was to a doctor that was new to the principles of AK, because there was such a vast amount of material to learn and so many different techniques used to clear a problem that the patient might have. My introduction of shortcuts was most welcomed and to this day has served those doctors, as well as myself, quite well. Although it goes without saying that the shortcuts are better appreciated and better understood when the doctor has learned the standard method first.
Acupuncture is a prime example of a therapy with so many different techniques used and so many different laws involved that shortcuts are especially welcome. I need to make it very clear that the techniques presented here are not the only approach to clear out an acupuncture lesion. These techniques are not meant to discredit any other method nor invalidate any other technique. This author fully understands there is more than one way to accomplish this task. My only purpose is to present another piece of the jig-saw puzzle, and it is up to the reader whether they want to incorporate it into their procedures or not

By Hans Garten, MD, DIBAK

Acupuncture is a healing art, which is embedded in eastern culture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Applied kinesiology (AK) as a Western development has an analytical, logical basis, which is backed up by neurological and other models, and apparently supplies a logical “easy” tool for the use of acupuncture. Difficult and “mystic” tasks like pulse diagnosis and the selection of points seem to be facilitated by the “objective” tool of muscle testing.
Yet for the purpose of a “constitutional diagnosis” the diagnosis of pulse points, alarm points, and muscle strength as per AK is not equivalent to a traditional Chinese diagnosis.
The AK-specific therapy based on AK-specific pulse diagnosis can furnish only part of the possible acupuncture effects.
For constitutional acupuncture treatments a TCM diagnosis has to be established and the treatment has to be done accordingly. The selection of points can be improved by therapy localization and challenge as per AK.
Therapy of dysfunctional muscles is a major issue in AK. The AK-specific use of acupuncture of tapping points according to the AK-specific acupuncture diagnosis is by no means a sufficient way of imitating the effects of a needle therapy with the correct manipulation of the needle at the site of the disturbed structure of the muscle (trigger points, tendon avulsions, etc). Musculoskeletal therapy is most effective using concepts derived from manual therapy and myofascial therapy. The practitioner must follow anatomical and palpatory information and use the adequate stimulus as defined by the reflexotherapeutic aspects of acupuncture. Somatotopic reflexotherapy can be used (ear, scalp, hand, and others). Muscle function and the selection of points can be monitored by manual muscle testing.
The practitioner who uses acupuncture in the described way needs thorough knowledge of Chinese syndrome diagnosis and reflexotherapy.
KEY WORDS: acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), applied kinesiology (AK), syndrome diagnosis, tendinomuscular meridians, Law of Five Elements

Acupuncture as part of TCM has always been part of Chinese science. This science is of inductive-synthetic(1) character or, in other words, it uses an analogous approach. It considers the interrelation of things and phenomena rather than looking at one thing or phenomenon as being the consecutive result of some other phenomenon. The latter is the basis of Western analytic logical science.
Phenomena of the inner world and outer world are assembled in the dual systems of Yin and Yang and the five associative groups of the five phases (five elements).

By Richard D Utt, LAc

May the angels of truth guide my pen; may my mind be free of ego and jaded toward nature’s fairest observations. As a light being in life’s little drama, we of the human persuasion tend to magnify our importance in the whole of things and, even to a greater degree, to the individual of things. As an entity quite unusual to other living forms of matter, it behooves us to comprehend our true nature. From the telescope of Galileo observing the heavens to the microscope of Pasteur witnessing the germ, we have forever in our existence as man been curious as to our own importance. We look ahead to forecast the future, we look back to analyze the past. We observe how we feel to judge the present.
In the context of this passage, my reference to “we” could be a reference to me, myself, and I; a collective observation of others in the form of empathy and/or a simpatico with the whole of what matters. What matters is a living pun as to the existence of the material world in relationship to matter, time, light, and space. Divided into solids, liquids, and gases; pulsating to the rhythm of our heart; and named for each of our parts microscopically detailed is by all accounts what we are—divided. The culmination of historic accumulation of human recordings as to our nature leaves us quite perturbed to still realize our miniscule understanding of what’s really the matter with us. Is the fabric of our existence in the end just a heap of ashes? What happened to that essence known as the soul, spirit, life force, chi, pranna, and qui? Where did it come from, where did it go, and what was it when it was here?
The expression of the spirit is the presentation of the actions that emit from the matter. The nature of that given life form to react or respond by choice rather than impulse is what gives the human being a different characteristic than other life forms. To accumulate all of our experiences in a given situation, to reason consciously, and then to reply is quite a remarkable series of events for one being to accomplish. We have, by our very nature, presumed ourselves to be enlightened as opposed to the rest of the animal kingdom. That light is what I would like you, the reader, to think about.


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