On the recommendation of ds' neurodevelopmental therapist, I took him to a massage therapist who is experienced in the practice of applied kinesiology. This was after, by the way, traditional allergy testing...scratch test, RAST, and IgE...all of which came out negative...the IgE even came out very low, which the massage therapist told me could very well have been the result of his steroidal asthma medications.
Just in case it seems important, ds will be 17 months in two days.
The kinesiology testing showed weak responses to egg, soy, cow milk, peanuts, cat and dog hair, molds, and wheat. She also said something about sugars.
The testing showed strong (okay) responses to pollens, viruses, vit C, yeasts, candida, HCL, mercury, food colors, laundry detergents, coconut, cashews, filberts, acidophilus, dry beans, corn, dust mites, tomato, almonds, cocoa (non-dairy), walnuts, vinegar, and iodine.
So on this first day, after the testing, she treated him ("energy clearing") for sugars. We kept him off all the sugars she said we needed to (including the natural sugars of fruits, etc.) for the rest of the day as suggested, though he still comfort nurses on formula (foster adopted) and we couldn't manage to keep him off it at night.
Today we went back, and she tested the sugars again, and they seemed cleared. So she proceeded to do a clearing for eggs (this is one of his favorite all-time foods). She sent us home with instructions to have him not touch, smell, taste, or injest anything with eggs for 25 hours. This we've been able to do.
Long-term instructions, however, are still confusing me a bit. Once he is treated for each of the items he tested weak for, can he be exposed to them again? Is it okay, for instance, for him to eat moderate amounts of fruit or eggs now? Today he had two fruits before we went to the appointment, and it still tested as cleared. Does he need to have regular treatments for these items?
In addition, I was discouraged to read this on Wikipedia, and need to look into it further: "There is scientific research (below) of Applied Kinesiology, however, that has shown it has no clinical validity. For example, muscle testing cannot distinguish a test substance from a placebo under double-blind conditions, and the use of applied kinesiology to evaluate nutrient status is no more useful than random guessing.
The studies, research and reviews of Applied Kinesiology mentioned above are listed at the National Library of Medicine:        
Scientific studies showed that kinesiology tests were not reproducible ."
I half-wonder if I am just pouring money down the drain, even though I like to think that I am gaining useful information. The testing is done through surrogate testing...I hold ds, and the muscle testing is done on me while the vials are held to points on ds. The massage therapist has me push down on her arm. Sometimes I feel like the upward force *she* is exerting is less with certain vials than others. On the other hand, I could have predicted most of the weak responses, some of which I'd clued her into ahead of time, and some of which I hadn't. So who knows.
I'm pro-adoption reform, but not anti-adoption.