Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Muscle Testing: "This isn't working."

It has come to my remembrance that I once mentioned muscle testing in a post some time ago. We had heard about it from our doctor’s office and knew nothing about it – just that it was supposed to be a way to determine (better stated, discern) what foods the twins may or may not react to. Muscle testing, we were told, would be a good indicator of what NOT to try. We were told that if a food “failed” we should consider that food unsafe, but if it passed, we should consider it a “maybe.” We were not told much about how it would work, but that it would be the body leading the whole thing. At the time we didn’t think much about it. We had absolutely NOTHING to go on, and so we figured it would be worth a try…either it would work or not – nothing gained nothing lost.

We went to see a chiropractor who was said to be good at the muscle testing. He was younger and nice enough, but a bit rushed with us. Nevertheless, we were absolutely AMAZED at the results. Shawn would hold each child on his lap with a given food placed next to the chest of the child. Then he would raise his arm up and outstretched and hold firm as Dr. M tried to push the arm down. If the arm stayed up this was a “strong” sign and the food was a pass. If the arm went down this was a weak sign and it was a fail. As I mentioned we were AMAZED with the results. Each child passed and failed a number of foods. LittleR failed more than LittleM; this made sense to us. I was so glad that Shawn was the one who was the “surrogate” since I knew he would be skeptical if he had not actually felt what had happened. No kidding, on the failed foods his arm would simply give way – there was nothing he could do about it, and on the passed foods his arm would NOT go down. There was truly something to this.

We took our list and went home ready to use it as a guideline of what to try next and what to stay away from.

Fast Forward

At one point the same woman at the doctor’s office recommended that I go and have some muscle testing done to help determine what was going on in my body that doctor’s couldn’t answer. I made an appointment with the same chiropractor and had the opportunity to experience the phenomenon for myself. I too was AMAZED at the results of the testing and even more AMAZED at what happened when Dr. M. attempted to use the same practice to determine my course of treatment.

Dr. M. tested multiple points on my body that would “tell him” which parts or systems of my body were not working properly. I help my arm up as he tested different things. My arm was very strong for the most part. I was a little weak when he “tested” my digestive system, but when he got to my thyroid my arm FLEW DOWN to my side. I had been tested for thyroid dysfunction a number of times and had even had more specific testing done to determine that the thyroid looked “good enough,” but I had always suspected that there was perhaps a sub-clinical issue with it. This was AMAZING. I was shocked at the TRUE reaction my body had.

Now it was time to test the treatment. Dr. M. left the room and returned with a couple of supplements in his hands. He placed them on me and began to test again. To my amazement my arm was weak for one and very strong for another. Dr. M. explained that the strong reaction was the right supplement and then told me that we would test for the correct dosage. I was excited! The next thing out of his mouth gave me a whole lot more information than I was expecting.

He said something about how open I was to this and that was why it was going so well. Then he finished, “now just open your mind.”

“Oh SHIT!” Was the next thing that went through my mind.

Yes, I swore about it in my head. I suddenly KNEW what was going on here. I remember all too well my days of “opening my mind to the universe.” I knew that I was NOT interested in opening my mind to ANY spiritual realm that was not firmly rooted and PLANTED in the GOD of the universe. I IMMEDIATELY began repeating the name of Jesus in my head.

“Jesus, Jesus, Jesus…” I kept going.

I was lying there in complete panic, but calmly calling on the Blood that never fails.

Dr. M. was pushing on my arm - testing. “The correct dose is one pill.” Nothing.

“Two pills.” He pushed again, but my arm didn’t move.

“Three pills.” He was going a bit faster now, but again pushed on my arm.

“Four pills.” He paused then went on, “Five, six, seven, eight…” He quickly ran through the numbers up into the teens, and then simply stated, “This isn’t working.”

OH. MY. WORD. I certainly knew what was blocking this “power” from revealing itself. I wanted out of there. I was conflicted about the results though. Dr. M. just told me to start with 2 pills a day. I purchased the supplement (which I have never been able to bring myself to take), went home, and researched muscle testing (Applied Kinesiology) and the occult. I was shocked (but not so much since the experience I had just had) to learn of its roots in the occult, and I thankfully educated on how the practice didn't fit at all with my faith.

I found the list we had gained from the children’s muscle testing and threw it away.

Ephesians 5:11

Take no part in and have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds and enterprises of darkness, but instead [let your lives be so in contrast as to] expose and reprove and convict them.

Colossians 2:8

See to it that no one carries you off as spoil or makes you yourselves captive by his so-called philosophy and intellectualism and vain deceit (idle fancies and plain nonsense), following human tradition (men's ideas of the material rather than the spiritual world), just crude notions following the rudimentary and elemental teachings of the universe and disregarding [the teachings of] Christ (the Messiah).



  1. That is interesting. We tried it initially for a short amount of time. We never had any comments about opening the mind. BUT I have never trusted the results. It was bogus to me that the results could change week to week. I know some people who self-test and I tried it out of curiosity and got absolutely nothing from the experience. So it's not an option for us, I don't know how hocus pocus it is but I don't trust it, anyway!

  2. Hi Liz! The scary thing for me is that even if the patient is not "opening their mind" to "whatever" the practitioner probably is. I don't think it is hocus pocus really - I think there is probably some dark spiritual power behind it. BUT any answers that come from darkness (even if they seem benefitial for a season) will only lead to distruction in the long run. I believe that there are two forces in this world - good and evil. If it is not sourced by the power of the Holy Spirit then what is the source? My personal experience confirmed this for me. Though I know it is a personal journey for all.