The measurement of muscle strength in allergic response
The purpose of this thesis was to show a relationship between muscle strength and allergic reactions. Clinics have for many years relied on what have become traditional methods for testing for allergic reactions. These include such tests as the Patch test and the Skin-Prick test. Both these tests cause discomfort and irritation to sensitive patients. The historical development of allergies is outlined, showing that scientists and clinicians in the late 18th and early 19th century were aware of certain reactions which people showed to apparently normal non-reactive foods. The development of methods of diagnosing allergies such as the elimination diet, which dates back to approx 1940, are surveyed. Current practices are also studied with the use of photographs. The reaction of the skin to modern day testing practices is shown. In some cases these reactions are quite violent. The Applied Kinesiology Test is examined as a universally used test which when carried out by an experienced Kinesiologist can give a true but highly subjective response to a patients allergic condition. A system has been developed based on the relationship between muscle strength and allergies, the components of this system were readily available at little cost. Once a basic system was built it was possible to perform trials on patients at an established allergy clinic. With the aid of a data printer it became possible to prove first graphically and second statistically that there was a statistically valid relationship between the measured muscle strength and allergies. The conclusion shows that the final version of the operating system is capable of equaling the performance of an experienced Kinesiologist, showing its results both digitally and graphically rather than subjectively. The various deductions and recommendations which are detailed, point towards a readily marketable device which could represent a potential break through in modern allergy testing. The system will also open the way for clinicians to make an objective assessment of the relationship between muscle strength and allergic sensitivity via further research.