Muscle Testing

Muscle testing is a method to ask the body yes-or-no type questions using the biofeedback of muscle response.  A muscle is tested for its ability to hold strong in the presence of a question, sensation or substance. The ability to hold is considered a “yes” (something is congruent with the body). The inability to hold, or “weakness”,  is considered a “no” (something is in-congruent with the body) .

Muscle testing uses the body’s innate intelligence to determine if a certain procedure, substance or idea is of value to the body. It is popular among many natural health practitioners, as well as laymen.  Those who get positive results from muscle testing cannot be persuaded that it doesn’t work – because they have personal experience that it does work. Likewise, there are those who have experienced negative results, or who have performed double blind testing on the process, and are convinced it does not work. Can both be right? What’s really going on? What is the nature of muscle testing? Are there circumstances where it tends to be more accurate than others? Can everyone do it? There are many yet-to-be answered questions; and all of these questions are clues to the nature of muscle testing.

The Internet is loaded with videos and blog posts describing how to perform various types of muscle tests. Occasionally,  some advice is given to enhance accuracy.  But in all the information out there, clues to the nature of muscle testing are very rare, and inconclusive.  The how-to videos often provide a general explanation that muscle testing is an electromagnetic or energetic process. Some of the best muscle testers (those who regularly have positive results in their health practices) say that muscle testing is able to indicate how a body is responding to the energetic field of what ever is being tested. If some substance is place within one’s energetic field, the body will respond in a positive or negative way that can be indicated with a muscle test.

If this is true, it should be a very straightforward process to prove it.  One would simply place helpful and harmful substances in the energy field of another, and test a muscle. If this can be done, it is evidence to support the proponents; if it cannot be done, the evidence supports the opponents.


Double Blind Muscle Test Experiment
(to verify the energy field theory)

Below is a simple double blind test you can do to verify the validity of the energy field theory. This test is best done with three people. The “doctor” will be the one who performs the muscle test on the “patient”, and a third person (the “recorder”) prepares the samples, and records the results. If only two are present, have both doctor and patient prepare the samples, and the patient do the recording.

The point is to have neither the doctor nor the patient know what is being tested, in order to isolate the energy field as the cause of the muscle test result (vs the bias of the doctor).

1. Get two substances that look alike but have opposite effects on the body.  Such as a poison (bleach), and water.

2. The doctor puts the same amount of each substance into similar vials, and marks which is which on the bottle. Place both bottles side by side on a table next to two opaque envelopes, marked “A” and “B” on the underside. The doctor then turns their back so they do not see the patient.

3. The patient also keeps their eyes closed and places each of the vials into an envelope. Then shuffles the envelopes quickly without looking at the markings until they lose track of which is which.

4. The doctor will then muscle test each of the envelopes in the patient’s field without looking at the markings (place the envelope, marked side against the patient’s body).

5. After the muscle test, the patient will record a “+” for strong, and “-“ for weak for the A and B envelopes  (without the doctor seeing the results).

6. Repeat the test 10 times, with the patient shuffling the envelopes each time.

Did the doctor get all of one letter for the “safe” (+) sample?
Is the sample tested as safe (+) actually the safe one?
Explain your results.

If you did not get what you expected, or cannot explain your results, then there is more to learn about muscle testing before you can be confident of your accuracy.



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