There is more interest in nutrition today than ever before, from both healthcare practitioners and the general population. Some of the early leaders in the fields of medicine, biochemistry, and dentistry who contributed considerable research are individuals such as Dr Royal Lee, (see AK Archive, issue #6) who discovered the potent vitamin Catalyn and who, in 1937, conceived the endocardiograph (an early prototype of what is now known as the acoustic cardiograph), a tool for graphing heart sounds and a means for measuring nutritional status.
Dr Melvin Page (1894-1983) uncovered the knowledge that sugar increases serum calcium. Dr Page believed that body chemistry, properly balanced by proper nutrition and other factors, would not only prevent dental problems, but would naturally affect the rest of the body in a positive manner. Only today are we fully appreciating the value of Dr Page's research into calcium-phosphorus levels and how it works in the balancing body chemistry and of his unique system of graphing the endocrine system and a person's genetic potential for life.
Dr Francis Pottenger (1901-1967) was a pioneer in using crude extracts from the adrenal cortex for allergic states and depletion syndromes. Known for his classical experiments feeding cats, he studied more than 900 cats during a 10-year period. Dr Pottenger observed that a diet consisting almost exclusively of raw milk and raw meat was the only adequate intake that insured optimal health in cats. Cooking meat or using heat processed milk, instead caused severe health problems in successive generations of cats. Changes in facial structure and degenerative diseases that Dr Pottenger found in cats on deficient diets mirrored the human generation that Dr Westen Price (see Archive in this issue, page 48) found in tribes and villages that had abandoned traditional foods.
Many authors such as Howell, Bieler, Myers, Wiley, Tilden, Bechamp, Hawkins, Wright, Schmitt, and many others have contributed immensely to this field. I would recommend contacting The International Foundation for Nutrition and Health (see their website on page 5 of this issue where I gathered information regarding some of the pioneers in this field).
In the text Applied Kinesiology Synopsis, David S Walther states, "A system for evaluating nutrition effects on body function has been developed by (George) Goodheart. The system appears to provide added information about nutrition, or possibly adverse substances, that may work with or affect body function." Adding muscle testing after taking into consideration a thorough patient history, physical examination, laboratory findings, biochemical individuality, and any drugs the patient may be taking can produce phenomenal results and satisfaction in a practice. "Applied kinesiology nutrition testing enables a physician to give individual consideration to each patient's nutritional needs. To properly apply this method, one should be thoroughly familiar with the nervous system's role in nutrition and proficient in manual muscle testing."
John Brimhall, BA, BS, DC, FIACA
John W Brimhall is a native of Arizona where he graduated from high school as a member of the Honor Society with two academic letters and was voted most likely to succeed. His peers' expectations were met. Dr Brimhall continued his academic career at Mesa Community College for two years where he took his pre-professional courses and was elected to Who's Who in American Junior Colleges. He then went to Davenport, Iowa, and completed his doctorate in chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic in March of 1971. He was president of the honor society and graduated cum laude. Dr Brimhall then furthered his studies and completed his BA in Humanities from New Life College of California in 1978 and his BS in Nutrition from June University in 1988. He is now also a Fellow of the International Academy of Clinical Acupuncture.
This diverse and advanced education is indicative not only of Dr Brimhall's high level of achievement but also of his quest for knowledge. His studies have awarded him esteemed recognition as an author and lecturer. He has published numerous books and lectured internationally since 1972 on chiropractic, health, and nutrition. Dr Brimhall is a diplomat of the International College of Applied Kinesiology and a member of the International Academy of Preventive Medicine, the American Chiropractic Association, and the Arizona Association of Chiropractic. He is currently licensed in Iowa, Arizona, and Colorado.
Dr Brimhall has an understanding that his profession is dynamic and ever evolving. New research is ongoing and the need to continuously explore and learn is fundamental to medicine, nutritional training, and the healing arts.
Dr Brimhall continues to accrue postgraduate courses and further his studies in advanced techniques including acupuncture, applied kinesiology, clinical kinesiology, Nimmo, BEST, Callahan Techniques, psychological techniques, neuro-linguistic programming, cranial manipulation seminars for both chiropractors and osteopaths, Pettibon technique, activator methods, physical therapy training, sacral-occipital technique, motion palpation, and instrument adjusting.
Dr Brimhall is a credit to his profession and a true humanitarian. His commendable efforts and achievements will push holistic medicine to the highest of standards, educate and inspire his colleagues, and ultimately help countless people live healthy lives.
Dr Brimhall currently lectures internationally on Holistic Health Care.
ABOUT APPLIED KINESIOLOGY, HEALTH, AND NUTRITION
By John W Brimhall
Applied Kinesiology & Removing Interference Patterns to Wellness
What Dr Goodheart and AK have done for the world goes mostly unnoticed, except for those whose lives have been saved or completely changed. I don't want to imagine a world where the gifts of Dr Goodheart and applied kinesiology are not present for the patient and the doctor. Dr Goodheart has taught us is that there is an equilateral triangle of health and wellness. Dr Sheldon Deal has also demonstrated each new discovery and development as just one more piece of this puzzle. Therefore, as we concentrate on the nutrition piece of this puzzle we do not wish to lose sight of the whole wellness picture.
We have developed systematic procedures that remove interference patterns to health that can compliment and increase the reliability of AK techniques in determining what nutritional support strengthens a patient. Our research has expanded Dr Goodheart's triangle of health to include Six Interference Patterns that cause disease: structural interference, electrical pollution, emotional stress, nutritional deficiency, allergies/sensitivities, and toxicities. We have developed 10 Steps to Wellness that we use to remove these interferences: 1) Re-establish structural integrity, 2) Rebalance electro-magnetics, 3) Reset adrenals and the general adaptive syndrome, 4) Replenish nutrition for organs, glands, or system weaknesses, 5) Reduce infective organisms in the body, 6) Replace enzymes and/or other digestive support, 7) Restore proper bowel flora to optimize function, 8) Reprogram the body for any allergies or sensitivities, 9) Release aberrant emotional patterns and limiting belief systems, and 10) Remove heavy metals and other toxins from the body.
Applied kinesiology is both the basis of our research and treatment. We use very systematic AK testing procedures to evaluate each patient. We always make sure a patient is not switched or neurologically disorganized before we begin AK testing for nutrition.
NITRIC OXIDE - PLACENTAL TISSUE CORRELATION
By Timothy D Francis, MS, DC, DIBAK, DHM
Nitric oxide has been associated with blood pressure and immune function. Various nutrients have been demonstrated to influence its production. Another product has been discovered that appears to influence the oral challenge of arginine, and that is placenta (1).
Nitric oxide is an end product of the arginine cycle and is responsible for maintaining the endotheleial relaxing factor as well as part of the immune response via the phagocytes. Dr Goodheart proposed a procedure to test for the adequacy of nitric oxide by an oral challenge of arginine. If this produced a positive challenge various nutrients were utilized to test for the negation of the weakening response. These included arginex (2), calcium/magnesium, folate B/12, and superoxide dismutase. In addition to these, another substance has been found: placenta (1).
The May 1992 Scientific American classified nitric oxide as a new class of neurotransmitter. Nitric oxide is produced from the internal lining of blood vessels, neurons, and phagocytes. It has been correlated with blood pressure, immune system, cholesterol, platelets, and sexual function.
Dr Goodheart has described a screening procedure for nitric oxide. Arginine is placed on the tongue and a previous strong muscle is tested for response. If the muscle tests non-intact, then nutrients are introduced on the tongue, one at a time, while the arginine is still present there. These are arginex (2), calcium/magnesium, folate B/12, and finally superoxide dismutase. The doctor is to continue testing until the weakening is negated, leaving the previous substance on the tongue. The patient is then prescribed the nutrients that negated the weakening effect from arginine.
Another factor has been discovered by this author to negate the weakening effect of arginine. That factor is placental tissue (1). With the arginine on the tongue, if a weakening response occurs, simply place some of the placental tissue orally; recheck the indicator for strengthening. If positive, supplement the patient with placenta. This may or may not negate the need for factors mentioned above, but is an additional factor that appears to be clinically beneficial to the patient if so indicated. The dosage is usually three to nine capsules daily depending on patient need and response.
There is another factor involved in negating the weakening response via oral insalivation of arginine, and that is placental tissue.
This appears to have a positive clinical effect on the patient response if so indicated via manual muscle testing. Exactly what is present in the placental tissue responsible for this effect is unknown at this time to the author. However, no adverse side effects have been reported.
1. Ecological Formulas, 1061-B Shary Circle, Concord CA 94518 USA.
2. Leaf, David. Applied Kinesiology Flowchart Manual, third edition. Privately published, 1955.
3. Standard Process, 1200 West Royal Lee Drive, Palmyra WI 53156 USA.
Dr Eric Pierotti President of the International Council of Applied Kinesiology
Dr Eric Pierotti was born on the 19th of June 1952 in Barga Italy. He lived in a small town called Piano Di Corelgia in the province of Lucca until the age of four when his family immigrated to Australia in February 1957. He graduated from Chiropractic and Osteopathy College of South Australia in 1973 and continued with postgraduate study that provided him with qualifications in clinical nutrition and clinical biochemistry from the Health Schools Australia Clinical Sciences from RMIT. He commenced private practice in 1974 and has continued to study and increase his knowledge in the healing arts involving himself in the community teaching and guiding other learning institutions and associations. He received a Chiropractic Doctorate (ChD) from Adelaide University in 1976.
He worked as Out Patient Clinic Coordinator COC SA from 1977-1980, was a Lecturer on Chiropractic Technique COCSA 1976-1980, and was the Coordinator of the SA entry program to RMIT School of Chiropractic from 1982-1985 where he taught muscle testing and extremity techniques. He was the undergraduate and postgraduate education coordinator for the Australian Chiropractors Association of South Australia (ACA/SA) from 1976-1985 and Vice President from 1980-1985. He has been a senior lecturer in symptomatology and clinical biochemistry at the SA campus Health Schools Australia from 1998-2002. His work with the International College of Applied Kinesiology began in 1988 when he took the position of Secretary/Conference convener for the Australasian chapter until 1993 when he was elected as President, a position he held until 2000.
He has been the Australasian representative to the International Council since 1993 and was elected as the International President in 1999. He has fostered a prosperous and recognized career with many accomplishments to his credit. These include: Meritorious Services Award, International College of Applied Kinesiology for services to AK from Australia and the United States and Meritorious Services Award for services to chiropractic education from the Australian Chiropractors Association of Southern Australia. The past 30 years in Adelaide, South Australia, have been filled with success and good fortune with a prosperous practice and a wonderful 30-year marriage to his lovely wife Luciana raising two great children, Michael 21 and David 19. He runs his practice with his business partner of eight years, Dr Steve Boord, and teaches regular weekend seminars on applied kinesiology. He is a regular presenter at ICAK-Australia meetings and has written several original papers. Dr Pierotti enjoys going to the gym and playing tennis and A-grade volleyball. In October 2003 his team participated in the 9th Australian Masters Games in Canberra where they won the Gold Medal in the 40+ division.
AK Journal recently had the opportunity to talk to Dr Pierotti about his involvement in the IC and its upcoming meeting in Rome, Italy.