I mentioned in the Editor's Note of issue number four that we would have a special 1999 issue for those subscribers who are not part of the ICAK. This was meant to open up the journal to publication by other professional groups. We had hoped to keep everyone happy by publishing something separate for certain interested groups. After several discussions with important leaders in the world of kinesiologic medicine, we have decided to not publish separate journals. By publishing separate journals on the same subject, instead of keeping everyone united, we would have been fostering the very same negative, separatist attitude we have been trying to eliminate. Our initial goal was to bring the world of kinesiology together and to be the premier publication in our field. Only by having an environment of sharing the best techniques and research by the best minds available can this be accomplished.
The International Journal of Applied Kinesiology and Kinesiologic Medicine continues to grow and we feel it is important to remember who brought us to this point - our readers and our sponsors. For our readers, we hope to continue to have the high quality format and information which brings the latest news on the people who are making a difference in the world of kinesiologic medicine, as well as the latest techniques which can be utilized in the office to achieve optimal results with our patients. For our sponsors, we are doing more than just placing an ad on paper. We are also giving maximal exposure on the internet through links on our site, www.kinmed.com, help with marketing strategy in the various countries in which our journal is present, and any other concerns our sponsors may have. We will also have special space available at the various conferences which we organize for our sponsors, which helps to complete one of our objectives: putting the material that is necessary in our readers' hands, so that we may achieve optimal results.
WALTER SCHMITT, JR. - A FIGUREHEAD IN THE FIELD OF APPLIED KINESIOLOGY
A man guided by principle
Enhancing applied kinesiology through the utilization of chiropractic neurology concepts
and nutritional biochemistry
Interview by Marcello Caso, D.C.
Dr. Walter H. Schmitt, Jr. is a chiropractic physician practicing in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is a graduate of Duke University (1970) and the National College of Chiropractic (1974). He served on the Board of Directors of the International College of Applied Kinesiology for nineteen years and is a charter diplomate of this organization. In 1991, he received a diplomate in chiropractic neurology from the American College of Chiropractic Neurology. He was the first doctor to hold diplomate status in both applied kinesiology and neurology.
THE TEMPOROMANDIBULARJOINT REVISITED
by Hans W. Boehnke, D.C., D.I.B.A.K.
Most of us are familiar with the standard diagnostic work-up in applied kinesiology that is taught in the textbooks of Walther and Leaf   . In this paper, those will be quickly reviewed, and some other diagnostic factors will be added, which I have found very useful when faced with cases that are more difficult to analyze and do not show the usual stomatognathic findings.
The standard approach to the temporomandibular joint that I use is a combination of David Walther's and David Leaf's methods and is as follows:
Look for postural and facial asymmetries.
Use standard applied kinesiology techniques to level the head and shoulders.
Correct any cranial faults found.
Palpate for muscle hyper and hypo tonicity as well as referred pain from trigger points, dural tension points, etc.
DURNED IF YOU DON'T - DURNED IF YOU DO
Why a muscle strengthening response is not enough
by Walter H. Schmitt, Jr., D.C., D.I.B.A.K., D.A.B.C.N.
Therapeutic measures in applied kinesiology (AK) result in a muscle strengthening which seems like a favorable outcome. Oftentimes, however, the strengthening of one muscle is accompanied by a weakening reaction somewhere else in the body. Examples of this pattern are discussed in relation to structural, chemical, and mental patterns. Structural patterns are associated with improper adjusting procedures. Chemical patterns are discussed in relation to sugar, glandular and hormonal therapies, neurotransmitter production, and homeopathic therapies associated with heavy metal toxicity and allergens. The mental pattern discussed is psychological reversal.
CHEMICAL DIYD-DIYD: NEUROTRANSMITTERS
Patients are often caught in a DIYD-DIYD situation in relationship to nutrients, foods, or drugs which they are taking. Many nutrients contribute to neurotransmitter (NT) production. For example, tyrosine (TYR) is an amino acid which is the precursor to the adrenergic catecholamines, norepinephrine (NE), epinephrine (Epin), and dopamine (DA). It is also the precursor for thyroid hormone.
TYR is commonly given as a supplement to low thyroid patients. As a precursor to catecholamines, TYR may promote also excess NE, Epin, or DA production which can lead to problems. Even though it might improve thyroid function, a characteristic problem which might arise from TYR supplementation is excess stimulation to adrenal glands or suppression of the immune system by NE, Epin, or DA. In this case, TYR will strengthen, for example, a weak teres minor, but cause a weakness on TL to the reflexes for the adrenals and/or the immune system. If the patient requires TYR for the thyroid, its harmful effects to the other organs may be diminished by treating their reflexes with IRT while the patient tastes the TYR.
Another example of DIYD-DIYD with NTs is when a patient is taking a medication which affects NT activity, which is necessary for the control of one set of symptoms, but causes problems in another tissue. Tranquilizers and anti-depressants are commonly encountered medications which may help mental symptoms, but create stress to the liver, immune system, or any other tissue in the body.
If the medication is necessary, its adverse effects may be diminished by treating stressed organs' reflexes or spinal areas with IRT, with the medication in the mouth.
BODY LANGUAGE, MIND LANGUAGE
Chiropractic is Energy Medicine. AK is Advanced Kiropractic
by Bill Conder, D.C.
In his Synopsis, David Walther, D.C. writes: "The body has a language providing information which can lead to the discovery of the cause of health problems; the key is an ability to understand the language." In the next paragraph he continues: "A major aptitude that Goodheart possesses is an ability to decipher the language the body presents" (1).
Professor of English Walter J. Ong, S.J., in his book The Presence of the Word, says "There is only one point in the knowledge process where the question of truth or falsity directly applies: this is the point at which... we join a subject and a predicate. ...only in predication can truth and falsity be formally tested" (10). In language we test for truth or falsehood by interfacing or joining a subject with a predicate and putting it in motion in the form of an articulated question as a sentence or statement. "Yes, this is true" or "No, this is not true" (uncertainty is also a possibility) is implicit in every sentence we read or write or speak. And this is the form of body-mind language as when we question a joint's articulation by testing its muscle.
INTERVIEW WITH THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF ICAK-RUSSIA
by Antonio Gil, D.C., C.C.S.P.
The International Journal of Applied Kinesiology and Kinesiologic Medicine was on site at the ICAK International Council Conference in Sidney, Australia, from March 15-19, 2000. The ICAK Chapters throughout the world were represented and one of the most intriguing groups was the contingent from Russia. Through an interpreter, I was able to conduct an interview with the Vice-President of the Russian ICAK Chapter, Dr. Alexander Vedishtchev. My initial impression of Dr. Vedishtchev was probably typical for an American, like myself, not contradictory to what one might expect from a Russian with a higher education - serious, reserved, and exhibiting an incredible presence of importance. One could easily be intimidated. My fears and insecurity were quickly laid to rest, as he flashed a pleasant smile; the interview continued and I had the distinct feeling of being accepted as a friend.