Applied Kinesiology is Useless

Applied Kinesiology is Useless

What a shock: Applied Kinesiology is useless

Applied Kinesiology is weird even in a sea of pseudo-medical weirdness.


A patient is diagnosed by testing muscle strength often before and after holding a vial of a substance in their hand. If there is weakness in the arm muscles when holding the vial, then that points to a diagnosis. For example

Many muscle-testing proponents assert that nutrients tested in these various ways will have an immediate effect: "good" substances will make specific muscles stronger, whereas "bad" substances will cause weaknesses that "indicate trouble with the organ or other tissue on the same nerve, vascular, nutrition, etc., grouping."

Words do not do applied kinesiology justice, you really have to watch the videos on the YouTubes. It also seems that most of the examples are older men demonstrating on younger women, sometimes in a bikini (the patient, not the DC), which gives the videos an additional creep factor added to the goofy factor.

Like therapeutic touch or dousing, the technique is only effective when the practitioner knows the results. When practitioners and patients are blinded, the technique fails. Effects become random:

Of the 151 sets of trials, the toxic vial was identified correctly in 80 of them (53%).

What a surprise. Another pseudo-medicine fails a basic plausibility test. I could have predicted that result with a Ouija board. It is amazing how people can fool themselves into thinking that nonsense has efficacy, although it often takes a 9 year old to discover the truth. I particularly liked the summary.

The research published by the Applied Kinesiology field itself is not to be relied upon, and in the experimental studies that do meet accepted standards of science, Applied Kinesiology has not demonstrated that it is a useful or reliable diagnostic tool upon which health decisions can be based.

This diagnostic modality is most often used by chiropractors. They do have an affinity for the fantastic diagnoses, pathology, and treatment.

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Points of Interest: 3.21.2014