It is with great pleasure that we are finally able to feature Dr.
David S. Walther in The International Journal of Applied Kinesiology
and Kinesiologic Medicine. This is not because we failed to consider
him sooner, but because Dr. Walther was quite involved in completing
the second edition of his successful text, Applied Kinesiology:
Synopsis, and could not make himself available at an earlier date.
Dr. Walther, as well as his wife and best friend Jeanne, certainly
deserve our recognition and adulation for their efforts in bringing
prestige to applied kinesiology over the years. The readers may also
notice that there are two articles contained herein on the temporomandibular
joint, by Drs. Paul Ridder and Carl Ferreri. In addition to our efforts
in providing information that we feel to be relevant and useful, we
would like to focus on a certain subject in each issue, when possible.
We hope, eventually, to not only spotlight people and personalities
on our covers, but to hone in on a specific theme so that the reader
might gain a clear understanding of a singular topic, with in-depth
and diverse approaches. Dr. Ferreri, for example, has a different
approach to the temporomandibular disorder than what has been published
in standard ICAK literature. While at times this may cause unrest
in traditional modes of thought, there should also be space allotted
for stimulating intellectual discussion, with new modifications and
improvements in what exists in the world of kinesiologic medicine.
We trust that our readers enjoy this forum and that it will assist
them in building a better knowledge base on each subject. While the
above changes will be gradual and follow the demands of the field,
we will occasionally continue to feature certain special people in
Our Assistant Editor, Dr. Marcello Caso, has been working overtime
with several colleagues on the process of getting our journal into
the Index Medicus. While we have already met several criteria to accomplish
this task, there remains additional work to be carried out. Should
such a goal be attained, it may indicate a great leap forward for
the profession. As always, we promise to highlight figures and articles
which reflect the quality of our journal.
DAVID S. WALTHER - APPLIED KINESIOLOGY’S MOST PROMINENT ACADEMICIAN
Interview with Dr. David S. Walther
by Marcello Caso, D.C.
A 1959 graduate of the Palmer College of Chiropractic, Dr. David S.
Walther was one of the charter diplomates of the International College
of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK). In the educational arena, he co-developed
applied kinesiology (AK) seminars with Dr. Paul White and was the
initial developer of the 100-hour basic course syllabus adopted by
the ICAK. To aid in AK teaching, he developed programmed instruction
workbooks and over 10,000 slides to date, as well as three 50-hour
course syllabi on: basic procedures; the stomatognathic system; and
orthopedic conditions. As a certified ICAK teacher since 1975, Dr.
Walther has lectured throughout the United States, Canada, Japan,
Australia, and Europe. Recognized as one of applied kinesiology’s
most prominent academic authorities, he has authored numerous patient
education pamphlets, articles for healthcare professionals, and several
textbooks which have served as standard references for applied kinesiologists
since their publication.
APPLIED KINESIOLOGY AND THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
by Christopher R. Astill-Smith D.O., M.R.O., D.I.B.A.K.
Applied kinesiology offers a valuable diagnostic tool for assessing
the immune system. Through a series of specific challenges, using
chemical or homeopathic biological response modifiers (biomarkers),
the practitioner can assess for likely causation and most suitable
remedial intervention in both acute and chronic inflammatory disorders.
FUNCTIONAL TEMPOROMANDIBULAR DISORDER AND DEFECTIVE DENTAL POSITION:
SUBSEQUENT EFFECTS ON REMOTE BODY REGIONS
by Dr. med. Paul H. Ridder
1. Introduction and theory
2. Anatomy of the Mandible and Adjacent Structures
3. Pathology Factors Impairments
7. Discussion Disturbing Factors
Why do so many patients who have undergone dental orthopedic care,
and who later redevelop defective dental position, suffer from temporomandibular
"click" with partial dislocation of the disc, complain about headaches
they have had over a period of years, and show other similar symptoms?
Why do many patients cease to respond to therapy after cervical spine
whiplash injury? Why do subluxations and fixations in the C0/1 and
C2/3 vertebral segments and sacroiliac joint (SIJ) regions frequently
recur, although correct manual therapy was carried out and the patients
were in good health for a short time, both objectively and subjectively?
These are just a few of many unanswered questions to which there are
certainly a great number of diverse answers/opinions/theories. One
of the questions could be answered by the view that this is caused
by primary impairment, just as recurring, segmental functional disorders
of the thoracic spine are usually caused by internal dysfunction,
i.e. gallbladder, heart, etc. It is the assertion of this author that
the above-mentioned cases are also caused by a primary superior disorder;
the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) plays a key role here.
THE TEMPORO-MANDIBULAR JOINT: A NEW PARADIGM
by Carl A. Ferreri, D.C..
Part 1 - INTRODUCTION
A recent article in The International Journal of Applied Kinesiology
and Kinesiologic Medicine was a good review of standard applied kinesiology
material regarding the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), but not much
new or exciting material was presented. The techniques and information
can occasionally be difficult to apply in an efficient manner; they
also adhere to traditional concepts, some of which were developed
twenty-five or more years ago. The material discussed did not actually
address the true role of the TM. We must challenge ourselves to strive
for new thinking, new paradigms, and new understandings of how the
body functions, as well as innovative treatment protocols recognizing
the holographic nature and function of the nervous system. We all
recognize that others in the field of applied kinesiology have made
extremely valuable contributions to our knowledge base over the years,
but these contributions should not represent the end of our investigation.