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Personalising Optimal Treatment

You are unique. No one on the planet is exactly like you. Likewise, your biochemical, physical, mental, and emotional needs are unlike those of anyone else.

Diagnosing a problem does not automatically reveal the best treatment to correct that problem. For any condition there are many possible treatments. This is true whether we are using drugs or food supplements. While diagnosis is the critical first step in the healing process, it is only the first step.

For example, suppose we diagnose that you have a functional deficiency of magnesium. This does NOT tell us which of the several hundreds of forms of magnesium available on the market will be the most helpful for you. It does NOT tell us if you need other cofactor minerals or vitamins to make the magnesium work more efficiently. It does NOT tell us how much magnesium you need, or how often or for how long you need to take it.

Yet these are all absolutely critical clinical questions, since your recovery depends on us being able to answer each of these questions accurately. The ugly truth, which most practitioners don’t want to talk about, is that they generally just guess at the answers to these important questions. You quite literally become a guinea pig in an experiment of classic trial-and-error medicine. Trial-and-error medicine is bad medicine, regardless of whether we are talking about conventional medicine or alternative medicine.

Muscle testing, often referred to as Kinesiology, was first discovered by Dr. George Goodheart, an American Chiropractor during the 1960s. Two things are abundantly clear with muscle testing. First, it is widely used around the world by thousands of healthcare practitioners on millions of patients every day. Indeed, practitioners have found it so useful that there are now dozens of varieties or “schools” of Kinesiology. Practitioners have used it putatively to identify the need for physical adjustments, for nutritional intervention, and for psychological and emotional wellbeing, but this leads us to the second clear thing about muscle testing: no scientific study has ever demonstrated its ability to diagnose or treat any condition or problem. Indeed, one who uses kinesiology can really explain WHAT is happening in the process. Muscle strength appears to weaken or strengthen, but even this has not been proven. It remains possible that kinesiology “reactions” happen not to the patient but between the patient and the practitioner. Perhaps because of its intensely personal interaction, no studies have been done that unequivocally demonstrate its effectiveness in a clinical trial.

At the Natural Health & Wellness Centre, Dr. Michael Culp, NMD (Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine) is researching, pioneering and using a new type of muscle testing called Kinesophia (from Greek words meaning “the wisdom of movement”). This new form of muscle testing incorporates the work and insight of numerous practitioners and schools of Kinesiology, and is based on a simple, singular idea: Your body is an integrated information system.

Most Kinesiology works on the presupposition that your body knows exactly what is wrong with itself and exactly how to fix itself and that we can use muscle testing to somehow access that information. Kinesophia works on the presupposition that this cannot possibly be true because if your body knew exactly what was wrong and how to fix itself, no one would ever get sick and there would be a lot of healthcare workers looking for other employment. But we do get sick, of course, and so we need a new model to explain what is happening. Kinesophia is that new model.

On a practical level, Dr. Culp (Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine) will take a thorough case history, and when necessary carry out any physical examination and order any conventional or functional laboratory testing that may be necessary in order to discover what health questions we want to ask your body through muscle testing.

In Kinesophia, we find initially that not only does your body not know the answers to the questions that are asked, but it doesn’t understand the question at all. Putatively because your body has already adapted to the problem it cannot fix and has blocked off its internal memory about the problem. This creates an information disconnect in your body, not unlike your laptop crashing when there is not enough RAM to run a programme. When this happens, your body stops “talking”, and typically one arm becomes shorter than the other and one leg becomes shorter than the other. Dr. Culp (Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine) demonstrated this bizarre phenomenon for the BBC Documentary “Inside Harley Street”, produced and directed by Vanessa Engle and first broadcast on 27th April 2015. After repeated adjustments, you body will no longer “crash” and the presumption is that your body now understands the question, or at least is no longer discombobulated by it.

In this way, we use Kinesophia to allow your body to choose which therapy it appears to prefer. Kinesophia helps us to address the old proverb, “One man’s meat is another man’s poison”.