AK founder Goodheart mourned
Goodheart, DC, founder of Applied Kinesiology, died at his home in Grosse
Point Farms, Mich., at the age of 89.
The 1939 National
College of Chiropractic graduate's career was interrupted by World War II
but resumed in 1946 following his discharge from the US Air Force, where --
at age 22 -- he became the youngest person to attain the rank of major.
A second generation
chiropractor, Dr. Goodheart began his career working alongside his DC
father. In his book "You'll Be Better: The Story of Applied Kinesiology," he
recalled the first lesson he learned was that he had a lot more to learn.
"As is usually the
case," he wrote, "the further along I got in practice the more intelligent
my father seemed to become -- the obvious fact being that I became more
aware of my inadequacies and his excellent qualities."
Goodheart had learned
equally important lessons from his military service, and in practice he
combined his father's diagnostic and clinical training with the "taste for
innovative opportunities" he'd acquired in the Air Force.
Not long after his
father's death, Goodheart began using muscle testing as a diagnostic tool
and had significant success with several patients.
"By now I was becoming
convinced of a relationship between muscles and particular organs or
glands," he explained in his book. "A muscle moderately weak on testing
often appeared to be associated with a weak viscera or organ. Evidence of a
weak pancreas, stomach, liver, or kidney that could be measured by x-ray,
biochemistry, or by some other accepted test, would correspond to a weakened
muscle. This relationship, rather tenuous at first, became more and more
evident as time went on. The use of muscle testing gave a diagnostic ability
to determine the need to stimulate the reflex and whether the stimulation
was effective as observed by the muscle strength immediately improving."
That was the beginning
of what would become applied kinesiology, a technique practiced by thousands
of chiropractors, medical doctors, osteopaths, podiatrists and dentists in
the US and Canada and overseas.
quickly spread, putting him increasingly in demand as a speaker and
instructor. He was the first non-medical practitioner to become a member of
the United States Sports Medicine Committee of the US Olympic team during
the 1980 winter games in Lake Placid, New York. He was also nominated in
April of 1988 by Members of the US Congress for the Presidential Medal of
Freedom, the highest civilian award bestowed by the President on behalf of
the nation. Goodheart was featured in an April 2001 Time Magazine
article titled "A New Breed of Healers," in which he was dubbed "The Man
with Magic Fingers."
College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK) was founded in 1975 to provide
instruction on Goodheart's research to interested health care professionals,
and in addition to the ICAK-USA chapter, the organization has chapters
representing Australasia, Canada, and Europe. Goodheart served as chairman
of the Research Committee for the ICAK for 32 years.
In a tribute to
Goodheart published in the June 2003 issue of The Chiropractic Journal,
several of his admirers shared their thoughts on their colleague.
David Leaf, DC,
then-chairman of the ICAK-USA, said, "Dr. George Goodheart is one of the
great discoverers of the chiropractic profession. His work spans the bridge
from the original pioneers to the present."
Robert J. Porzio, DC,
noted: "Dr. Goodheart impacts my life every day. Every time I look at a
patient's posture, locate an area of involvement, test a muscle, or make
some analogy to help the patient identify with a common sense solution, I
feel Dr. Goodheart."
Jerold I. Morantz, DC
added: "Dr. Goodheart has been a mentor, father and friend for over 30
years. There is not a day that I don't find myself using the knowledge that
he so graciously gives away, and reproducing his words of encouragement to
my patients. We have all been so fortunate to be influenced by what he does
so well, seeing with eyes that see, hearing with ears that hear and caring
for our patients with our head, hands, and heart. Just as the man with a