Autonomic Response Testing (ART)/muscle testing

by | May 7, 2007 | Columns, dosage info, Healing Lyme, The Basics | 0 comments

Dear Stephen,
Can you tell me what your thoughts are on Autonomic Response Testing (ART)/muscle testing? Over the last 25 years I’ve had numerous people, some so called experts, MD’s etc. do some form of muscle testing/ART (people trained by Dr. Klinghardt) and Vohl, and give me a diagnosis based on this intervention. I’ve never found any benefit for me—I’ve taken all the suggestions with no change (wasted precious money and time). I just want to follow your treatment protocol in your book, yet people are always claiming it’s important to “check” if the body wants it, etc. but is this dependent on the clarity/health of the practitioner? The ones who practice ART/muscle testing/vohl/pendulum, swear by it. The ones who don’t say it’s bogus. Any thoughts?

Stephen’s response:
I have had such mixed results from muscle testing that I don’t go there much myself. That being said I have seen a few practitioners that are pretty remarkable at it. The factors involved in muscle testing are complex and like any tool, its elegance depends on the excellence of the practitioner. Remember: 50% of all healers you meet graduated in the bottom half of their class. So, yes it is dependent on the clarity of the practitioner.

  • Stephen Harrod Buhner

    Stephen Harrod Buhner was an Earth poet and an award-winning author of twenty-four books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment, and herbal medicine including the acclaimed book Healing Lyme: Natural Healing & Prevention of Lyme Borreliosis & Its Co-infections.

    Stephen came from a long line of healers including Leroy Burney, Surgeon General of the United States under Eisenhower and Kennedy, and Elizabeth Lusterheide, a midwife and herbalist who worked in rural Indiana in the early nineteenth century. The greatest influence on his work, however, was his great-grandfather C.G. Harrod who primarily used botanical medicines, also in rural Indiana, when he began his work as a physician in 1911.

    Stephen’s work has appeared or been profiled in publications throughout North America and Europe including Common Boundary, Apotheosis, Shaman’s Drum, The New York Times, CNN, and Good Morning America. Stephen lectured yearly throughout the United States on herbal medicine, the sacredness of plants, the intelligence of Nature, and the states of mind necessary for successful habitation of Earth.

    He was a tireless advocate for the reincorporation of the exploratory artist, independent scholar, amateur naturalist, and citizen scientist in American society – especially as a counterweight to the influence of corporate science and technology.

This protocol was incredible. After only a few weeks most of my symptoms were gone. After six months all my symptoms were gone… it has given me my life back.

– Amazon review by Joseph

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