What a wake-up call: the latest applied kinesiology conference

Applied kinesiology conferenceI must admit that I have never been to South Korea before and would probably never have thought of going, if it were not for the fact that I am a member of the International Collage of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK).

There are a few thousand professional registered therapists, including doctors, medical consultants, osteopaths, chiropractors, orthodontists and physiotherapists who have completed a post graduate training in Applied Kinesiology (AK). They are all members of this international group of therapists, who continue to study, research and share more knowledge about the value of this manual way of assessing functional neurology as it coordinates and runs the structural, biochemical, mental and emotional aspects of human health.

Every year a meeting is organised in one part of the world or another to meet and exchange knowledge and skills that enable each of us to learn more so that we are able to pass on more benefits to our patients. AK is used to cover a whole range of medical disciplines in the most effective, non-invasive, respectful way.

practitioners of Applied kinesiologyIt is a great experience to be a part of an international family of fellow therapists and enthusiasts from many diverse medical disciplines. Comrades, who have discovered, embraced and learned to run with this amazing diagnostic system which in conjunction with other medical disciplines enables treatments to be more accurately targeted, specifically to each individual patient in measured ways.

The generally accepted standardised way in which experts of one kind or another give a name to a set of symptoms, which they then call a “diagnosis”, is very often not the most efficient way to help people to be more in touch with their innate ability to heal and be whole, given the right circumstances.

The blanked application of generalised prescriptions to individuals who are all different and obviously suffering from a combination of many different imbalances on many different levels, even though prescribed for the best of possible motives, could be regarded as inefficient and rather insensitive.

There is of course a place for everything. We should all be grateful for orthodox medicine which has been able to save the lives and lower the degree of suffering of millions of people. Most people visiting their GP however, do not have a serious pathology where orthodox treatments come into their own. Most people are simply suffering from symptoms for which they are frequently simply prescribed a drug to take it away. Repressing symptoms rather than dealing with underlying reasons can in time lead to more serious chronic illness of the kind that is more difficult to resolve and is also increasing the burden on the NHS.

It would appear to have a lot more to do with ignorance, institutional intransigence, international corporations involved in the drug industry, the investments and the influence behind that they seem to have on politicians looking for short term answers for complicated problems; especially, the answers for which they are largely on ignorant.

As a general policy, the approach that whole person natural healers use is based on the study of health rather than that of disease. The body always tries to become balanced, integrated and whole, given the right environment. This environment is at the same time, physical, physiological, mental, emotional, social, cultural and personal. Symptoms are usually the way in which the body is trying to signal that it is out of balance. In many cases thus, it is best first to do the least you need to do in the safest way possible.

All of these matters are interconnected via the nervous system. Dealing with the underlying imbalances by using a process of functional neurology, as measured via Manual Muscle testing (MM), together with a mixture of safe invasive treatments, and using them in a way that respects the individuality of each and every person, is probably the most efficient, cost effective way to promote health, fulfilment and longevity.

There are countries where these kinds of approaches are taken seriously by members of established scientific, medical and political circles.

It was marvellous to share some time and get to know some of my international colleagues. It was so exciting to discover that, unlike this country, AK conferencewhere most doctors have not even heard of AK, nearly all the people learning to apply these skills were medical doctors including consultant neurologists, orthopaedic surgeons, orthodontists, psychologists and the like.

Apart from that, I was stunned by the advanced sophistication of so many things in South Korea; the architecture, engineering, underground tube system, as well as the fact that they all seem to look so beautiful and you hardly see a fat person anywhere.

Unhampered by outdated institutions, in a matter of just 40 years or so, with hard work and dedicated study, open mindedness, healthier eating habits and application, they seem to have grasped the knowledge they needed and applied it in their own way, having overtaken us in so many spheres of activity.

I consider myself so very privileged to be associated with such forward looking, inspired, intelligent colleagues from around the world.

It was a bonus and I was proud that my good friend and colleague, Clive Lindley-Jones, who is one of the international teachers of AK, introduced this knowledge to some of our Korean colleagues, giving a great presentation about the Sunflower Programme to the assembled company.

*(Answering machine outside of opening hours and during lunch, breaks from 1pm till 3pm).