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Your Body Doesn't Lie: Introduction to Behavioural Kinesiology [Paperback]

John Diamond
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May 1997 1870845250 978-1870845250

A simple muscle test can tell you what stimuli can strengthen or weaken you--how your body responds to stress, posture, specific foods, emotions, and your entire social and physical environments. Based on the role of the thymus gland in regulating body energy, this laboratory-tested method can guide you into a more vital, healthier way of life. Begin benefiting now from Dr. John Diamond's unique, personal synthesis of developments in psychiatry, preventive medicine, kinesiology, nutrition, and music therapy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading June 13 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first of Dr. Diamond's books that I read, and it's easy to see why it became a best-seller. Dr. Diamond looks in detail at some of the aspects of our lives that affect us negatively, and gives simple, effective ways of overcoming these stresses. I have incorporated Dr. Diamond's suggestions in my normal working day for many years now, and I have found them to be enormously beneficial.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and inspiring - essential! May 29 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I first read this book in the early 1980s, and I have referred to it ever since for its highly practical suggestions on ways to reduce stress and enhance creativity. I have also used Diamond's discussion of "Stress and Cerebral Balance" as a text in teaching communication in college courses. While I understand that the use of kinesiological testing by those not professionally trained has turned out to be a more difficult and complex matter than suggested in this early work, the results of Dr. John Diamond's research are as relevant today as they were when this book was first published in 1979. This book truly laid the groundwork for Dr. Diamond's wonderful subsequent writings, which have developed and refined his work. And here, as always, Dr. Diamond's prose is wonderful reading -- robust, down-to-earth, and entertaining!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Skip this and get to what counts Aug. 22 2010
By Jak
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a great book full of groundbreaking research, but you can really sense how 'dated' it is and steeped in 70's pop culture self help promotional style. Much work has been done with behavioral kinesiology since publishing this book- most remarkably Dr. David Hawkin's work on conciousness via B.K.. I would reccomend going right to his work since it's more current and uses this knowledge to explore spiritual grounds. That being said, it's a fun, easy read with some good basics in it. Thank you John Diamond for all the work you've done!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Has Changed My Life Jan. 29 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I first read this book in 1984. At that time I knew nothing about the work of the thymus gland in the body, and how it is affected by so many factors. Reading this book has helped me greatly in knowing how cooperate with my body to keep it healthy. It is truly valuable to know how to build the immune system and increase our life energy by making choices in our everyday lives that will help! I appreciated the chapter on stress and cerebral balance. Being a musician, it reinforced my own belief that classical music helps keep the mind and emotions in balance. In the last 16 years, I have proven the truths in this book over and over, from the ideas about foods to those about fabrics and circumstances. I have re-read this book many times, and so have my daughters, and friends. I am so happy to find that I can order copies for others from Amazon!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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From George Goodheart's pioneering work in the 1970's has evolved Applied, Clinical and Behavioral Kinesiology. The author of this book was a leader in the field of Behavioral Kinesiology (which was also the original title, published in 1979).
This book is important because Dr. Diamond's work has subsequently evolved into other areas of research and has frequently been referenced in later significant works like "Power vs Force" by David Hawkins.
I would recommend this book as required reading to anyone interested in the field of kinesiology, its origins and applications. There have been recent books written that appear to be more comprehensive in the applications of kinesiology, but these are frequently over-reaching and innacurate in their attempts to be everything to everybody.
Perhaps the most valuable aspect of this book is the clear direction given on how to properly perform the technique of muscle testing.
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In this self-help manual, Dr. John Diamond urges the need for us all to take back the responsibility for being well. The author tells of how his close working relationship with his colleague, Dr. Goodheart, expert in the field of Applied Kinesiology, impacted on his own work, by enabling him to practice medicine democratically. Diamond's own research and practice led, in time, to the separate but related discipline of Behavioral Kinesiology (BK), an integration of psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, Kinesiology, preventive medicine, and the humanities, on which Your Body Doesn't Lie is based.

In unpacking what he has learned from his own experiences with patients in the field, Diamond shows how we ourselves can determine the extent to which we allow various factors in our environment and in our life-style to affect our body energy. He suggests how we can replace many of our current energy-depleting activities with ones that are energy-enriching. He also advises us on how we can modify or counteract the effect of those life-sapping factors that we cannot totally avoid.

Starting with a discussion of the importance of the thymus gland as the seat of our Life Energy, Diamond reveals how stress can affect cerebral balance. In order to overcome the deleterious effects of negative stress upon our bodies, he offers some simple techniques to counteract such results. Taking several everyday objects, such as sunglasses and ice water, he shows how they can weaken one's Life Energy if they are used improperly and suggests alternative modes of use that can, instead, be life-enhancing.

Diamond shows how beneficial most music and the sounds of nature can be.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Warning for Christians exploring this stuff...
In reading John Diamond's "Your Body Doesn't Lie", I wasn't too familiar with Applied or Behavioral Kinesiology and wasn't sure what the whole thing was about. Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2010 by Lyndon Unger
1.0 out of 5 stars A word to the sane (would give zero stars if I could)
The world is divided into various types of people with regards to applied kinesiology:
The sceptical: Any sceptic worth their salt who spends five minutes investigating this... Read more
Published on April 16 2004 by Fontwell
5.0 out of 5 stars A Health Classic
This book is a classic of its kind. Although it is probably best known for its discussion of the kinesiological muscle test, it is ultimately more important for showing that... Read more
Published on June 2 2003 by Peter Muir
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Introduction to Behavioral Kinesiology
When I first read this book in the early 80's, it profoundly changed my life. The idea that there is an innate body wisdom that guides us, physically as well as ethically and... Read more
Published on Dec 7 2002 by Health and Healing
1.0 out of 5 stars A dubious premise
This book is premised upon the validity of applied kinesiology. While applied kineosology may be useful for a practicioner who needs intuitive guidance on which of two qualified... Read more
Published on April 21 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Good beginners book
This book is a great beginners volume on the basic physical aspects of this subject. I found the book lacking in the mental/emotional realms that could be delved into using these... Read more
Published on May 25 2000 by tamingchaos
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST book out there for beginners.
This book is excellent for beginners. It tells you the how's, what's where's and why's. It gives you are start on how to do it and the basics about why it works. Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2000 by Jason Ard
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