Health E Guide Nutrition Cambridge, Ontario
Ruth Thompson, Registered Nutritionist
EVIDENCE FOR RELIABILITY OF MERIDIAN STRESS ASSESSMENT
Acupuncture points have been known for thousands of years, and the principles of electricity have been understood (at least somewhat) since before the 1600s. It has been known for many years that acupuncture points have different electrical conduction than the surrounding tissues. Changes in these electrical readings in conjunction with disease states has been investigated extensively.
Meridian stress assessment instruments that measure electrical conduction at acupressure points have been around for over thirty five years. They have been used widely in Europe and virtually around the world for allergy testing as well as for a variety of other purposes. These instruments, however, have been used for only a few years in this country. Meridian stress assessment instruments have been manufactured in Germany, Japan, China, France, Denmark, Russia, and more recently in the United States.
Perhaps the most convincing evidence for the accuracy and reliability of meridian stress assessment came from using this testing to quickly identify correct optimal treatment doses for patients who had unpleasant reactions to provocative testing. An effective dose to turn off the response would often take more than an hour by trial and error, but could almost always be found within seconds using the instrument. On those few misses, the optimal dose was within one dilution, and could easily be found.
Another physician who has evaluated meridian stress assessment in his office is William Rea, M.D. from Dallas, an internationally known pioneer in environmental medicine. Besides serving as the director of the Environmental Health Center in Dallas, Dr. Rea has been appointed as the First World Professional Chair in Environmental Medicine, University of Surrey, England. Dr. Rea set up a simple double-
Doctors from England have for some time used meridian stress assessment for allergies. One of these medical doctors reported a study in the British medical literature. (1)There have been at least three double-
In 1984, researchers from the University of Hawaii compared 6 different diagnostic modalities for assessing food allergies. These tests included history, food challenge, skin, RAST, IgE antibodies, and meridian stress assessment on 30 volunteers. The testing was done in a double-
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1. 2 Krop J, Swierczek J, Wood A: Comparison of Ecological Testing with the Vega Test Method in Identifying Sensitivities to Chemicals, Foods and Inhalants. Am J Acupuncture 1985; 13(3):253-
3 Tsuei JJ, Lehman CW, Lam FMK, Zhu DAH: A Food Allergy Study Utilizing the EAV Acupuncture Technique. Am J Acupuncture 1984; 12(2):105-