Updated March 22, 2020
Have you noticed that there are times when you feel sudden weakness or nausea, your balance is altered or one side of your body is weaker than the other side? Muscle response testing is a form of neuromuscularbiofeedback, an applied kinesiology biofeedback testing method. It uses feedback from the body and brain (your virtual black box) as information. Other forms of biofeedback include taking a pulse, taking a blood pressure and listening to the heart with a stethoscope.” In the 1950s, Dr. Arthur Coca identified that his wife’s heart rate would increase if she ate a food that provoked an inappropriate or allergic response. This was, as Dr. Coca put it, ‘accidentally acquired knowledge’ which he then applied to patients as well as his wife. The results were very effective and consistent.” Similarly muscle response testing provides information about foods and substances ingested, inhaled and applied to the body as well as environmental factors, including stressors. Anything can cause disruption to the natural balance, communication and function within your body. Learning how to read your body’s responses after exposure to suspected causes can provide you with health protection.
When my immune and nervous systems crashed many years ago, I suffered from multiple unexplained symptoms and was extremely weak. There were times that all I could do was crawl. Although I had my symptoms investigated by my doctor and other doctors; there was no cause determined. I was prescribed medication which did nothing to relieve my symptoms.
I did a lot of research in my quest for answers and recovery. Everything I ate caused me extreme gastrointestinal distress. I lost a great deal of weight in a short period of time. I would doubled over in pain after eating everything. I realized that some foods caused me more distress than others so I decided to have a blood test done to determine if food allergies could be the cause. The blood test revealed that I was reacting (I call it a skewed response) to 80+ foods. That list of offending foods became my first ‘weak list’, WEAK LIST #1. It was a Godsend! I immediately stopped eating everything on the list. Within 3 days my gastrointestinal symptoms started to subside and some of my energy started to come back.
As time went on I learned a lot about allergies; what causes them and how to deal with them. I was concerned that if I ate out (including family events) I would not be able to determine if the foods I was eating were safe; so I learned muscle response testing to discreetly test the foods before I ate them. Learning how to use this tool has basically saved my life. It allowed my body to focus it’s energies on healing and repair instead of vigilance and reacting. When my body was full of antibodies, antihistamines, cortisol and other blood responders I felt ill all of the time. Muscle response testing for heatlh protection protects me so that I felt better.
Once I mastered the muscle response testing I used it to test the products I was using; the water I drank and bathed in and the air I breathed in my different environments. The results of testing these using muscle response testing provided me with my second weak list, WEAK LIST #2.
Making changes in my diet, home, environments and life so that I could avoid WEAK LIST #1 AND #2; were major assets in my recovery. By only using items on my SAFE LIST my body stopped the vigilance and reacting and concentrated its energies on healing, repair and energy production. Dealing with my body pollution and challenged liver was a major part of my recover.
What items are found on a weak list?
Muscle response testing provides information about foods and substances ingested, inhaled and applied to the body as well as environmental factors, including stressors. Anything can cause disruption to the natural balance, communication and function within your body. Some people react to stressors like others do to ragweed, both dangerous responses to your body if they persist chronically. Learning how to read your body’s responses after exposure to suspected causes can provide you with health protection. Interestingly, the water samples that clients bring for testing are often a ‘weak list’ item. Considering that our bodies are mostly water, this can cause significant health challenges.
Some questions to ask yourself:
Will a blood allergy test identify food additives that may be harmful to you?
Muscle response testing for health protection can identify any foods that contain added substances that may be harmful to you. When purchasing and eating the same food samples you may still have a reaction based on how the food item was grown and processed (eg. GMO, additives, organic, pesticide, herbicide, irradiation, contamination, preservatives)
Will a skin allergy test identify all substances from all sources (not just the sample) that may harm you?
Muscle response testing for health protection can identify the specific substances in your specific food/product list that may be harmful to you. When purchasing and eating the same food samples you may still have a reaction based on how the food item was grown and processed (eg. GMO, additives, organic, pesticide, herbicide, irradiation, contamination, preservatives)
Will food allergy blood tests and skin allergy tests identify substances that cause a reaction/response when combined? Or after the fact?
Muscle response testing for health protection can identify combinations which may cause you harm; think about the drug warning – ‘some drug interactions direct you to avoid grapefruit’. Thinking back to a meal that you ate three or more days ago while simultaneously testing your balance thinking of the individual food items/ingredients, can help you identify what the disrupting food item was.
I have a client who regularly eats organic raspberries with no reaction. When she eats them at breakfast when she takes her medication, her ‘sway’ muscle response testing method (found in my book below) causes her to completely lose her balance with risk of falling. She now knows that she needs to separate the timing of eating her organic raspberries and taking her medication.
I have a client that is reactive and weak to certain items only when there is a full moon. This may sound silly, but think about how the moon affects cycles. Some people are affected.
Some of my clients are reactive to specific foods only during specific times of their menstrual cycle (hormone changes). Muscle response testing for health protection provides a ‘heads up’ alert to avoid the foods during that period of time.
Some of my clients are reactive to specific foods, products and environmental factors when they are under stress. Muscle response testing provides a ‘heads up’ alert to avoid the foods during those periods of time.
How do you determine what factors are distracting my healthy immune system responses, an important consideration for those who are immune compromised and the aged, as their immune systems generally decline? Multiple factors have the potential to disrupt normal, healthy and necessary immunesurveillance, immunoassessment and immunoresponse. Determing your weak list can help you to keep your immune system healthy and focused.
As a holistic wellness practitioner I provide my clients with their WEAK LISTS using neuromuscular biofeedback – a ‘health forensics’ investigation. The list provides a combination of ‘stop, start and change’ recommendations based on the biofeedback information. Once they avoid or change the items on their weak lists; their symptoms usually start to subside, allowing their health to return. Their remaining SAFE LIST of acceptable foods and products gives them confidence and with some tweaking can provide ongoing symptom free living. . I counsel them on detoxifying their body pollution and supporting healthy liver function – a must for healthy longevity and achieving symptom free status, including reacting to foods and products. My original ’cause’ for my symptoms was due to toxicant induced loss of tolerance (TILT) cause by my body’s inability to deal with the off gassing of a new home.
Sounds simple, I know; but it works. It is not immediate, it does take time. Weak list items can be physical, mental, emotional or spiritual factors, or combinations of these. Sometimes these items are factors that interfere with normal healthy body communication and function.
For anyone suffering from chronic or life threatening conditions and disease (especially cancer); determining a WEAK LIST and remaining SAFE LIST is mandatory to recovery. Determining and addressing your ‘weak list’ can allow you to maintain a strong immune system and body, and become and stay ‘symptom free’. Avoiding the items on the weak lists, by substituting ‘non weak’ items, can allow energy and health to return. Many items found on a weak list interfere with immunosurveillance (critical for those fighting diseases, including cancer) and normal healthy communication and response, including immune system response. Curious about what items are on your ‘weak list’ and causing your symptoms/condition or affecting your well-being?
What does a weak list mean?
Sometimes it means you are allergic to the items. The resulting biofeedback ‘weak response’ can be indicative of an association your body has made about a product, substance or situation in the past at a time of extreme trauma or duress. A ‘weak response’ can also mean that something is going on in the body at this time, which added to the use of the product or substance or recall of a past similar association (from your body’s ‘black box’); is a temporary bad combination (e.g. during detoxification, rapid growth, healing, recovery, hormone change, distress, treatment, medications, your body’s present chemical equation). Generally speaking it means that the item or factor is causing confusion, interference (body communication), imbalance, disruption (of brain and body chemistry), malfunction or damage. Sometimes it is to the immune system, sometimes to the nervous, endocrine or other systems, and sometimes to the liver or heart; all necessary to stay strong and healthy. If this happens on a daily/weakly basis the results can be catastrophic. Daily consumption, inhalation or absorption of neurotoxins can cause daily weakness to the body and dire consequences. Studies have shown that neurotoxins can shorten the life span of nerve cells. These toxins have been linked to brain disorders and neurodegenerative disease, such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s Chorea and Parkinson’s. For information on some neurotoxins responsible for causing weakness, interference and malfunction in your body, resulting in unwanted symptoms, visit http://energyfanatics.com/
If for some reason your body has collected information from your past and has saved it in ‘history’ (your body’s virtual black box) and has given it ‘added value’ (e.g. bee sting, peanut, scent) – your body may present with a weak response in present time when your brain/body makes an association based on the history and stored information.
How do you get your weak list? The best way to get an unbiased weak list is to have a qualified practitioner provide you with the information. The ideal person is someone who has nothing to gain or lose by the results (e.g. sale of products). All you are looking for is a list of items or factors that cause weakness. You will use that information to avoid; so your body can rebound. The next step is to learn muscle response testing so that you have the tools to assess potential ‘weakening’ items or factors ongoing, on a daily basis. Muscle response testing is a valuable tool that can contribute to Healthy longevity.
There are unusual ways that you may find out what you are weak to. I was shopping in a grocery store with my son one day and as I came around a different aisle from the one he was in he said ‘mom, catch’. He tossed a package of something into the air and I automatically reached out to catch it. As I caught it I had an immediate wave of nausea and extreme weakness. The label read – monosodium glutamate! Obviously something my body would rather not every meet.
Where do you start?
- Book a BodyFeedback™ Interview & Therapy session or other neuromuscular biofeedback assessment today. You take your vehicle in for regular inspection and maintenance, doesn’t your body deserve the same attention and care?
- Learn how to determine your ‘weak list’ by doing muscle response testing. You can start with the Muscle Response Testing for Health Protection e-book or book a private or group workshop by contacting me at email@example.com or join us at a workshop or event. In Muscle Response Testing for health protection you will learn various methods of testing including the ‘sway’ and ‘friction’ biofeedback methods.
Using Your Weak List to Restore Your Health:
People who are diagnosed with food allergies and sensitivities are told to ‘avoid‘ the suspect foods and items for a period of time, and then gradually add an item back in to determine if the body has stopped reacting, a ‘desensitization‘, avoid and challenge process. While you are in the ‘avoid’ period, your body will focus its attention on healing and repair with the support of self-care and possibly added therapies, instead of vigilance and protection. If you go through periods of great stress in your life you may find that your allergies, sensitivities and reactions return; requiring you to restart the ‘avoidance’ and ‘desensitization’ process. This same process can be used for all of the items on your weak list, including environmental factors and stressors, dealing with one at a time, allowing your body the time and supports it needs to return to a ‘non-reactive’ state.
I am now able to eat all foods in any restaurant or be in any environment (including perfume counters) without fear of reactions. I avoid toxic environments and known triggers because I know the health risks based on my unique responding history, not because of fear. Let me help you transition to 100% symptom free and healthy longevity.
Find out how to transition from FOOD ALLERGIES to 100% FOOD ALLERGY FREE:
PEANUT AND NUT ALLERGIES: Becoming 100% Allergy Free http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=588
Learn how to become multiple chemical sensitivity free in my book MCS: Gone and feel safe in all environments!
Consult your regular healthcare provider before using of the information therapeutically. There many be contraindications due to health status, medications or other factors. Do not stop taken prescribed medication.
ENJOY better health today
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- Your Symptom Picture
- Determine Your “Weak List”
- Detoxify your BODY POLLUTION
- Rejuvenate your body
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Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca
P.S. If a weakening item turns out to be something you absolutely can not avoid (e.g. medications with harmful side effects for diseases, HIV or Aids), there is a way. I have developed a protection technique that I teach clients so that the offending item or factor does not cause weakness (an override). Understandably you would not be able to do this for every item on your list. The protection/override sequence details can be found in my book THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION.
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