Applied Kinesiology basic course in the Washington, DC area

2015 basic AK course in the Washington, DC area

Applied Kinesiology muscle testing

Applied Kinesiology muscle testing

There hasn’t been an Applied Kinesiology muscle testing basic certification course in the Washington, DC for quite some time. In 2015 that is going to change. We are currently looking at a few different locations in the Washington, DC metro area to hold the classes.

What is involved in the AK basic course?

This is an eight weekend course that takes what you have learned as a health care professional and apply it, in a holistic way, using muscle testing to help with diagnosis. You will learn how to look at the body in a new way that will make your patients think that you are superhuman in nature.  Continue reading

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Misconceptions about Applied Kinesiology

Dr. David Leaf speaks on some of the misconceptions about Applied Kinesiology.

In 1964 Dr. George Goodheart stumbled onto a weak muscle and miraculously fixed it! That started what we now know as Applied Kinesiology. Since then Dr. Goodheart and many, many other doctors that followed his lead have developed many things in Applied Kinesiology (AK).

In 1974, the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK) was formed. It is the goal of the college to teach health care professionals the techniques of AK and there are also standards of what can be taught. The ICAK has stuck to what was feasible form a scientific point of view, explainable with our knowledge of anatomy, physiology, psychology, physics, etc. Continue reading

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Adrenal fatigue – overlooked by modern medicine

The probable cause of your chronic health problems, adrenal fatigue

Adrenal Gland fatigue over looked in Chiropractic care

Adrenal Gland fatigue can be the cause of many chronic health problems.

“Adrenal Gland fatigue is used to describe the adrenal glands’ loss of proper hormonal regulation in response to chronic physical and/or emotional stress” -Dr. Steven Zodkoy

The adrenal glands are two small glands that sit on top of the kidneys. Few physicians are aware of adrenal fatigue. It effects every person differently, so it’s not necessary to match all of the symptoms.

Adrenal gland fatigue common symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness upon standing
  • Eyes sensitive to light
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Musculoskeletal problems
  • Stress related syndromes
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Blood sugar stress
  • Insomnia
  • Low sex drive
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Digestive disturbances
  • Migraine headaches
  • Heart problems
  • Thyroid problems
  • Decreased immune system function

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Neuro Linguistic Programming

Using rapport in the health care field

Dr. Ciprian at Univeristy of Maryland

Dr. Ciprian and Dr. Amanda Thompson at the University of Maryland

Dr. Amanda Thompson and I were recently invited to speak at the University of Maryland about communication in the health care field. My topic of choice was the technique of “Rapport” from Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).

NLP is like the Applied Kinesiology of the psychological field to me (an underdog that can do amazing things). The techniques of rapport are some of the most basic and important in my opinion.

Building rapport with patients helps to bring trust, understanding, and respect! These are things that are lacking in the United States’ health care system today. Patients are just run through a medical machine and only have a few minutes to spend with a doctor. I prefer to have a boutique practice where I can spend more time with a patient and really get to the core of where their health concerns are coming from!

In the holistic medicine field, we really need to figure out the source of a patients’ problems. That can take time, exploration, and trust. We may spend more time per office visit but overall we will keep that patient out of the doctor’s office. That is out goal!

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What to do with the toughest patients!?!

Where to start with your toughest patients!

Muscle testing acupuncture meridians Washington, DC

Applied Kinesiology Acupuncture Meridian Therapy.

When I was a new doctor, I never worried about what to do with even the toughest patients. I learned from my mentors in Applied Kinesiology to look for the weakest part of the body and start from there. Typically I would asses the acupuncture meridians. It does not matter if you were suffering from a chronic disease, a headache, anxiety/depression, low back pain, or a freshly sprained ankle. Finding the weakest energy in your body is where I would start. This is how your body will show me what the biggest priority is.

Acupuncture meridians, another nervous system

The acupuncture meridians are pathways of energy that travel through designated areas in the body. So they are like another nervous system. Meridians are similar to nerves but they can not be seen (by most people). Although they can be traced with sensitive electrical equipment so we know they exist. These energy pathways transmit information, help to maintain balance in the body, supply energetic nourishment, and much more. They have an effect on the physical body (muscles, joints, fascia, etc.), the biochemistry of the body (endocrine/hormonal, digestion, metabolism, etc.), as well as the emotions (every meridian is related to several different emotions). When you aren’t sure where to start this is the best bet!

The big picture about health

I believe in keeping it simple. When you can do a quick, simple diagnosis and procedure that will help with the balance of your physical body, biochemistry, and emotions, you will help to bring on wellbeing with ease! My goal is to do the least amount of work that will have the greatest impact toward restoring wellbeing. Your body is designed to work perfectly and that is what we want it to do. My job is to find the blockages and confusion that causes health problems. Then I figure out the best way to resolve it. The goal is to restore the normal balance so that your body can do what it does best, function.

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Muscle – Acupuncture Meridian relations

Muscle relations to Acupuncture Meridians

Through his brilliance and curiosity, Dr. George Goodheart rediscovered what the ancient Egyptians knew thousands of years ago, there are muscle relations to acupuncture meridians. What are the implications of this?  If I know the muscle relations, I can use that knowledge to diagnose what is internally happening in your body for the reason that these meridians influence your physical organs.

Posture and gait

If we are aware of the muscle relations to the meridians, we can observe the way someone stands, walks, or runs and make an assessment of what is going on with their health. For years applied kinesiologists have been using posture and gait analysis to help with diagnosis. Most noteworthy, this can make the doctor seem like a psychic because they can spot internal health problems by watching how you may carry yourself.

Muscle testing

Learning how to test muscles for conditional facilitation and inhibition (to see if they are on or off) is a valuable tool. This can help us decide what is functioning or not in your body. Further more, we can challenge your body in many different ways to observe changes. This will bring an awareness of a possible underlying problems:

  • Structurally: move a joint, a muscle, a ligament into a certain direction. A resulting weakness will indicate an underlying problem because the previously strong muscles went weak.
  • Chemically: expose you to a nutrient, food, or chemical to observe if it will be beneficial to you, or in contrast, harmful.
  • Emotionally: have you hold in mind a past event or similarly a current or possible future situation. If the result is a strong muscle weakening we may be able to conclude the mental stress is causing imbalances.

Even more, each muscle has many relations to it. As a seasoned applied kinesiologist, I would know these and apply them to muscle testing to find the best choice of therapy.

Example: Lung Meridian

Applied Kinesiology Meridian Therapy Class

Deltoid is related to the Lung Meridian

The lung meridian has many correlations:

  • Element – Metal
  • Time -3-5am
  • Muscle -Deltoid
  • Nutrient -Vitamin C
  • Emotion -Grief/Sadness
  • Spinal Correlation -T3-T4
  • Extremity Correlation -Acromioclavicular & Scaphoid
  • Action -Abduction of the humerus

From here I can use the deltoid muscle to see what will help with balancing the lung meridian.

Or if there is a mechanical imbalance in your shoulder, you can use the lung meridian to help rebalance the deltoid muscle.


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Functional Biomechanics

A Muscle Testing Approach to Physical Medicine

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Functional biomechanics

Here is a class that I developed for the Canadian Association of Orthopedic Medicine that I will be teaching in Portland, Oregon. It is an applied kinesiology based biomechanics therapy class. I have included a lot of information on the fundamental AK muscle work, gait and posture patterns, and sports injury diagnosis and treatment. These basics, when applied right, can be miraculous in your physical medicine practice. All of the information is taught in a holistic style that can be easily learned.

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Acupuncture Meridians, Physical and Nutritional Correlations and Treatment

Applied Kinesiology Acupuncture Meridian Therapy Seminar Portland, Oregon

Applied Kinesiology Muscle testing portland, Oregon.

Applied Kinesiology Muscle testing portland, Oregon.

June 28-29, 2014 University of Western States

If you wanted to learn about Applied Kinesiology without the commitment of the 8 weekend course, you can do the one weekend Meridian class and see how you like it. Or if you have no intention of doing the full certification course and want to just learn this one topic, this is what you will learn:

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Another success with muscle testing!

Muscle testing success

I couldn’t think of working in my holistic health practice without using Applied Kinesiology muscle testing. I had a beautiful cultured woman in her 60s come in for low back pain and anxiety. She has been to many other medical and alternative medicine doctors. She must of been taking about 20 different pills and products a day including vitamins, homeopathies, herbal tinctures, hormones, and pharmaceutical medications.

Chronic low back pain is never just back pain

This woman fell into a pot hole while crossing the street one day. She hurt her knee and low back (sacroiliac joint). She has been dealing with this issue for over a year. Going to a chiropractor regularly for pain maintenance. But the pain was not going away. When I used muscle testing to examine the muscles that stabilize her knee and low back I was convinced that the chronic pain was due to an endocrine gland problem.

Anxiety and nervous tension

This adorable lady also suffered from anxiety. She had several reasons for this including childhood abuse, failed relationships, unemployment, pituitary gland problems, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, leaky gut syndrome, environmental sensitivities, toxicity, food allergies and sensitivities.

Sometimes it’s not all that complicated… but the machine makes it complicated.réflexion

I treated her twice and each time she would feel better for a day or two but then the anxiety, nervous tension and low back/knee pain would return. I was convinced the thyroid medication that she was taking was causing her problem. I told her to go back to her medical doctor and or Naturopath to change the type of medication that she was taking and to adjust the dose.

A week or so later she called to tell me that her medical doctor looked at her blood work and told her that the medication and dose she was taking was fine. They offered to reduce the dose by a small amount. I insisted that she needed to change her medication and be on a lower dose. I had her go to her Naturopath and he went along with what her medical doctor said and put her on some more homeopathies for her anxiety. She still in distress with anxiety and nervous tension.

She called me to tell me that she made an appointment with a top endocrinologist in town but it’s going to take a month to get into see them. She also made an appointment with a Naturopath who was a student of a doctor that wrote a book on Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (which she was convinced that she had) but it was going to take a few weeks to get into see them. I still felt that it was much simpler than that.

I talked to a fellow Applied Kinesiology doctor who is a Naturopath, Dr. Carlotta Watson. Dr. Watson muscle tested the woman and decided to change her medication from Synthroid to a Naturothroid and to put her on a lower dose. The woman now feels better, and so do I thanks to muscle testing!

Muscle Testing, A gold standard of diagnosis

When the previous doctors were using the patient’s blood work and their education for diagnosis they were failing. The only solution was to look into more and more complicated or rare possibilities. Then this patient started to become the labels that they were putting on her. Then she started researching these labels on her own and started self medicating with natural supplements, seeking out specialists in these areas, and failing. She simply needed a different form of medication and a lower dose. With my clinical experience and intuition I knew what the problem was.

Muscle testing, when combined with other forms of diagnosis, becomes a gold standard. I couldn’t imaging practicing without it. A doctor’s mind is not the authority of what a person needs, Nor is a blood test, or pulse point diagnosis, or tongue examination, or iridology, etc… They can all show you there is a problem or not. But with a good experienced doctor using muscle testing, you can find the cause, the root, the origin of the patient’s problem. And it’s usually not something so exotic.

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Believe in your ability to heal

Don’t always believe what you are told about your destiny

Believe in your natural ability to heal

Believe in your natural ability to heal

I’ve been extremely lucky to of had some miraculous mentors in my career. Over and over again I’ve heard of or personally witnessed supposed miracles.

We are all very susceptible to what authority figures tell us and in our culture. This includes the media, educational institutions, and modern medicine. Doctors have actually become like demigods. If a person with medical credentials and who wears a white coat tells you something it must be true. They have the education, they are the expert, they know your future! They can’t be wrong.

I need to you realize how powerful this is…

You are the master of your reality

One of the most powerful things that I ever heard was from one of my early mentors Dr. Howard Cohn, “Does your birth certificate have an expiration date? If not who is to tell you how long you have to live?”

Over and over again I’ve heard stories about doctors that would tell their patients things like, you’ll never walk again, you will have to live like this for you rest of your life, you’ll have to take these medications for the rest of you life, this is the only cure for this, there is no cure for this, you only have X time to live.

Do you realize how damaging this is to someone? Some people don’t accept this as their reality and prove these doctors wrong but that majority will believe their label and follow out their sentence. This is comparable to telling a child that they are stupid, ugly, bad. It shapes who we believe we are. Continue reading

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