The Hidden Polarities of Nature

by Margaret K. Chaney


CHAPTER 2:  Muscle-Function Testing

Eventually I took formal training in muscle-function testing, but originally I learned by following the instructions in Dr. Diamond's Your Body Doesn't Lie.  I quickly was able to recognize what constitutes a valid response.  After a few experiences with a compatible partner, you too will realize you are tapping into a powerful guidance system evolved from primeval times.  It is truly an unidentified Order of Creation!

Some people who do kinesiology testing take elaborate precautions to ensure their data are pure.  Some insist one hold the sample substance under the tongue so the trilingual nerve will carry information directly to the brain.  Some require you to chew the sample, swallow it, and let it start to digest.  Others would have subjects rinse their mouths with distilled water between tests.  Some ask them to wear only white cotton clothing and remove all metal jewelry.

I recognize there are advantages to rigid standards in any research project.  Working under controlled laboratory conditions makes it easier to share and compare data.  However, these body signals convey so much energy that they allow great leeway.  I believe the over-scrupulous testers underestimate the subtlety, complexity and speed of our bio-computers which operate continuously day and night, checking every change in our environment.  Long before a substance disappears behind our teeth, our bodies have made an evaluation of its potential for benefit or harm.  And no saber-tooth tiger would wait around while we changed to white cotton clothes and took off our jewelry before we decided whether or not we were in danger.

I was pleased to hear that in the office of one of the leading kinesiologists, the sublingual test is no longer considered the most legitimate benchmark.  Often their patients are now tested while they hold the bottle containing the sample substance.  It seems unbelievable that we can test a substance in a sealed container.   However, if the container is glass, our optic nerves 'see' the contents; our other systems can pick up other vibrations just as reliably and then our muscles can interpret the message.

Personally, I do my testing with people actually holding, touching, tasting, or smelling the item being tested.  That does not mean they are making conscious judgments because often they have not looked at the item or it might be indistinct such as pebbles from a handful of gravel.  The body nevertheless picks up the information it needs and signals the muscle-function response.

On a day-to-day basis, my portable test equipment is either my diamond and gold engagement ring, or little packets of salt and pepper, or nickels and dimes.  Testing strong with gold, salt, or nickels means you are REDLIST; testing strong with diamond, pepper, or dimes assigns you to the GREENLIST.  You can also use any of the items on the polarity lists in chapter four for testing to determine your biotype, REDLIST or GREENLIST.

I believe learning to interpret the information sent by our muscles should be an easy, fun process.  These are directions for the Two-person test, the standard kinesiological test that is the basis of this research.  Also, the Three-person test and a One-person test.  The One-person, yourself, test is possible because, whose guidance system IS it?  But I would suggest you not use the One-person test until you have used the more objective Two-person test long enough to become thoroughly persuaded that a binary split exists.  The Three-person test is a way to test someone who is too weak to be tested directly such as an infant, a fragile older person, someone in a coma, or even a person irrationally trying to be macho.  Using this test assisted by a third person, we established that a friend's autistic granddaughter was GREENLIST.  We looked over the list of GREENLIST foods.   Suddenly the family began reminding each other of moments of alertness after the girl had eaten GREENLIST foods, and moments of belligerence following REDLIST meals.  It is most unfortunate they did not have this information earlier in the girl's life.


1. Stand and raise your arm (either one) out at the side, slightly higher than shoulder height, parallel to the floor.

2. The person testing you stands and faces you.

3. The person testing you lays outstretched fingers across your wrist, advises you to resist, then applies SLOW, CONTINUOUS pressure to your wrist.  No jerking, bouncing or excess power.  No smiling and no eye contact.  This should result in your countering their pressure with the same amount of resistance OR a collapse of your muscle letting your arm drop down toward your hip.

4. First, get comfortable with a few sample tests.  Then, you pick up the test object with your other hand (or rub it, taste it, or smell it.).  Your body will respond as if it were saying, "Thank you very much." or "Please, don't."

5. Do not do too many tests at a time.  Muscles are meant to work in pairs. Overworking just the one can result in fatigue or pain.

As a preliminary test, you can smile at a person, test them, and find them strong.  Then warn them you will glare and make menacing gestures. That test should find them weak.  Their mind knew you would do them no harm, but their body went on alert just in case.


1. Enlist the help of a strong person and, using any of the polarized test substances in chapter four, determine whether that person is REDLIST or GREENLIST.

2. Have the strong person touch the patient and then test the strong person again to learn their reaction.

3. If the strong person stays strong, the patient is the same list; if the strong person tests weak, the patient is the opposite list.

4. Since we are dealing with a binary system, any other person of the same list as the patient then can be tested to find the patient's compatibility to any food, medication, etc.

THIS DOES NOT CONSTITUTE MEDICAL ADVICE. You must consult with your licensed professional before making any decisions involving another person's treatment.


1. My personal test is to hold my arm outstretched at shoulder height and IMAGINE someone is trying to press it down.  After you have been tested often enough by someone else, you realize it isn't the person pushing, it is your body doing the signaling; gradually you can learn how that feels.  I go around the store flapping my arm, touching packaged meats, produce, cosmetics, cleaning supplies, etc.  My sons warn everyone, "Here she comes around again!"   Happily, I no longer need even that motion.  Now I can tap my fingers just ever so lightly on an item and get the full reading.

2. The easiest one-person test to learn consists of making interlocking rings of the thumb and middle finger of each hand.  As you try to pull them apart, they will slide apart easily if you have touched a NO item, and they will stick together if it is a YES item.  The trick to learning this method is to take KNOWN items from the polarity lists in chapter four for practice.  MAKE your YES item stick and MAKE your NO item slide.  This lets you be sure you can identify the correct feeling.  Soon it becomes easy.

One boy says he feels "the blood go up" with positive items, and "the blood go down" with negative ones.  Your signals also may take a uniquely personal form.

This whole research project has been a process of wondering about the meaning of what I was seeing, asking questions, and trying to search out answers.  In the next chapter, I am including some of the side-tracks I have taken, hoping you will do some exploring on your own.














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