Applied Kinesiology As Part Of Treating for Functional Wellness

First what is functional wellness?

Functional wellness is an approach to the human body that allows you to treat the underlying cause of the problem such as for example heartburn—not just manage the symptoms of it.

Its primary distinction is a focus on overall health—physical, mental, and nutritional. It’s not a single treatment for a single problem (or its symptoms).

As a certified applied kinesiologist, I look for the cause of the problem. For example, in a case of heartburn, I look to see if the spinal segments innervating the stomach, the esophagus and diaphragm are moving freely.

Do the neuro-lymphatic or the neuro-vascular points need stimulation to increase lymphatic or vascular flow?

Is there a cranial fault involved?

Is the patient using their diaphragm correctly to breathe?  Is an imbalance in their psoas muscle affecting their diaphragm?

Is a visceral manipulation needed?

Does the patient need enzymes to help them digest or zinc to heal inflammation in the digestive tract?  Does the patient need probiotics?

Are there acupressure points involved? Is the energy in their stomach meridian being affected by an overflow of liver meridian energy due to the patient’s anger issues?

These and other questions arise when looking for the cause of a problem.

The human body functions as a network of interconnected systems that affect each other. so a functional wellness approach such as a chiropractic/applied kinesiology/nutrition treats the whole body rather than a sub-section or single organ system.

The goal of functional wellness also is the prevention and addressing the underlying clinical imbalances that may lead to any number of chronic problems.


Keeping the spine and the cranium moving freely and the lymphatic, vascular and acu-points unblocked and making sure that the patient has the proper nutrition that they need is part of our prevention/maintenance care.

Part of my continuing education is keeping abreast of nutritional research and chiropractic techniques; please check out our Bibliography page on my web site for a list of my continuing education studies.

If you have any questions or wish to talk to me about your concerns, please feel free to contact me either by e-mail  or via phone 212-431-3724.

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A NYC Chiropractor Talks About Nutrient Depletion Due To Pharmaceuticals

As a Doctor of Chiropractic and an Applied Kinesiologist, I’m interested in holistic health care and eating healthy in order to promote life-long wellness.

I do realize that occasionally we need to take pharmaceuticals like for example antibiotics.

But we need to be aware that medications can cause nutrient deletion especially if patients are on pharmaceuticals for a extended period of time.


Here’s a list of common pharmaceuticals and the nutrients that will deplete from your body.

W long term use of antacids, calcium, Vitamins B12, B1, D, folic acid, iron & zinc

W antibiotics, nutrient depletion of biotin, potassium, Vitamin B1-2-3-6-12, C, E, K, inositol, magnesium, zinc, lactobacillus & bifidobacteria

W antidepressants, nutrient depletion of EPA (increased need), Vitamin B2, 12, D, folic acid, sodium

W anti-diabetics, nutrient depletion of VitaminB12, folic acid & CoQ10

W use of anti-histamines, increased need for EPA-DHA

W use of anti-retrovirals, nutrient depletion of zinc, cooper, Vitamin B12 & carnitine

W use of anti-hypertensives, nutrient depletion of CoQ10, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, zinc, calcium, magnesium & Vitamin B1

W use of anti-inflammatories, nutrient depletion of folic acid, iron, potassium, sodium. Vitamin C & glutathione

W use of bronchodilators , nutrient depletion of potassium

W use of cholesterol –lowering drugs, you lose CoQ10, beta carotene, calcium, folic acid, iron, magnesium, Vitamins A B12 D E K & phosphorus

W use of corticosteroids, nutrient depletion of calcium, folic acid, magnesium, potassium, selenium, Vitamins A, B6, C, D, K & zinc

W use of diuretics, nutrient depletion of calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, Vitamin B1, B6 , C, zinc, CoQ10 & folic acid

W use of colchicines for gout, nutrient depletion of Vitamins A, D, B12, folic acid, iron & potassium

W use of hormone replacement, nutrient depletion of Vitamin B6 B1, B2 B12 C biotin pantothenic acid & magnesium

W use of laxatives, nutrient depletion of Vitamin A D E Calcium sodium potassium

W oral contraceptives, u lose beta carotene Vitamin B1 B2 B3 B6 B12 C folic acid biotin pantothenic acid Magnesium Zinc Tryptophan Tyrosine

W psychotherapeutics, nutrient depletion of Vitamin B2 & CoQ10

W Rheumatoid arthritis drugs, nutrient depletion of folic acid

W use of sleep aid drugs, nutrient depletion of biotin, calcium folic acid Vitamin B1, B12, D & K

W use of thyroid, nutrient depletion of iron

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What Do The Codes on The Stickers on Fruits & Some Veggies Mean?

You know those annoying stickers on fruits and some vegetables?

Well those stickers have more of a function than for the cashier to scan for the price of the item. The price lookup number of PLU code will also tell you whatever the fruit was genetically modified, organically grown or conventionally grown with use of pesticides and other chemicals.

Here what you should know:

Conventionally grown w/ use of pesticides & other chemicals will be four numbers that start with the number 4

Organically grown fruit will  be five numbers that start  w/ the  number 9

Genetically modified fruit will be five numbers that start w/ the number 8


And by the way, here’s a link to the Environmental Working Group  with a list of the fruits and veggies w/ the least pesticides to the ones w/ the most pesticides that you may want to definitely buy organic

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What is Applied Kinesiology?

Applied Kinesiology (AK) can be defined as the clinical application of the study of movement and function; it is functional neurology.

AK is a system of testing and treatment that is used to assess the body’s functional aberrations.

These functional aberrations may be but not limited to:

    •   Muscular
    • Neurological
    • Vascular
    • Osseous
    • Lymphatic
    • Respiratory
    • Digestive
    • Endocrine
    • Imbalance in the Chinese Meridian systems

  Therapies to induce or restore individual normal function include but not limited to:

    • Chiropractic adjustive therapy
    • Cranial techniques
    • Therapeutic massage modalities
    • Reflex therapies
    • Acupuncture therapies
    • Exercise & stretches
    • Nutritional supplementation
    • Emotional support or modalities
  • Lifestyle changes

With the aim of decreasing cumulative noxious stimuli below threshold and allowing the body to heal itself. 

AK does not replace standard examination procedures such as neurological and orthopedic testing, blood laboratory work or X-rays but rather it is another examination tool at the doctor’s disposal. 

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a continually evolving system that provides the doctor with the skills and knowledge to purposefully, systematically and logically ascertain the optimal treatment of the patient. AK embraces the work of all individuals and disciplines who endeavor to diminish the suffering of humanity.

AK attempts to unify such diverse knowledge and techniques into a usable scientific system for one purpose: To bring patients to a higher level of health and help them to actualize their potential.(Thanks to Dr. Charles for the use of his definition.)

Applied Kinesiology Is Not:

Testing nutritional needs by holding bottles in your hand or placing pills on the skin.

Touch for health or any other forms of evaluation using muscle testing as a simple yes-no answer system.

Testing using mental telepathy.

A simplistic cookie cutter approach to treatment.

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A NYC Applied Kinesiologist Moves Her Practice To W.23rd ST

As Of Thursday, March 1st, Dr. Vittoria Repetto
will be seeing patients at
455 W. 23rd St. #1E (between 9th & 10 Ave)
Our Phone number will be 212-431-3724
We will have closed the office at 285 West Broadway

Office hours are Mon & Thurs 2pm – 8pm and Sat 2pm – 7pm

As the building,we are  in is called London Terrace, the name of our Facebook page has been changed to London Terrace Chiropractic & Applied Kinesiology

The new site does have a flexion-distraction table which allows me to open up and relax my patient’s spine more esp great for those  w/ disc or spinal stenosis problems .

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A NYC Chiropractor/Applied Kinesiologist Asks: Are Supplements Really Harmful or Was the Study Flawed?

Lately we have heard of a medical research study in the Oct 2011 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine talking about use of supplements and death rate among more than 38,000 older women enrolled in the Iowa Women’s Health Study. The study reported the possibility of a slightly increased risk of death among women who took multivitamins and other supplements, including vitamin B6, folic acid, iron, magnesium, zinc and copper. The researchers also found a reduced risk of cancer and death associated with taking calcium supplements.

First, this study was based on the recall of the women who took part. They were asked in three separate years, 1986, 1997 and 2004, to fill out a 16-page questionnaire on their supplement use and the frequency with which they ate 127 different food items. In these kinds of studies, there’s no way to verify the accuracy of participants’ recall. These types of study are observational in nature, it doesn’t tell us anything about cause and effect. Indeed, the most the researchers could say in their conclusion was that taking certain supplements “may be associated” with an increased death rate.

The strongest association seen was between iron supplements and mortality rates. This doesn’t surprise me as a daughter of someone who had iron overload. I have for years only recommended iron for menstruating women and a low dosage at that. Iron is one of the few minerals we cannot eliminate (except through blood loss or blood donation), and accumulations in the body can rise to toxic levels. Iron is an oxidizing agent that can increase the risk of cancer, diabetes, liver problems, arthritis and heart disease. Please see and Men and post menopausal women should not take iron in their supplements unless they have had blood tests showing they are iron deficient.

And I have questions about the rest of the study’s findings. We don’t know the dosages or quality of the supplements the women took which can have different absorption rates and bioavailability in the body. Vitamins/minerals like Vitamin B6 or zinc for example can be helpful taken at the right dosages but very harmful if you take too much. And bioavailabity can be affected for example by the source of the supplement and fillers in the supplement.

What do we know? We know that between 14 to 17 percent of the women were smokers; seven to 13 percent of the women were on hormone replacement therapy  and between 35 and 38 percent had high blood pressure. So generalizing about this group is questionable since the women were not completely healthy to begin with.

So in my opinion the study was flawed and pointed to something any nutritionally knowledgeable doctor (unfortunately MD’s get very little training in nutrition) should know which is too much iron will make you sick and in time kill you.

So please talk to a doctor who has had nutritional training (that includes chiropractors, naturopaths and osteopaths or an MD who has taken additional studies in nutrition) about taking a good quality vitamin/mineral supplement that would be right for you.

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Problem w/ Misuse of Neurolymphatics & Organ-Muscle Connection

As some of you may know, I get annoyed when I see a so-called healer placing a bottle on someone’s chest and claiming that they need to take this supplement because a vague muscle test proved it. (see: )

Well I also get annoyed when I see these same people testing a muscle and immediately claiming that there is an organic problem with the organ associated. This is a grave disservice as the so-called healer has not taken a medical history, nor do they have the diagnostic skills to evaluate either a musclo-skeletal problem or an organic problem.

And it annoyed me greatly when these people call themselves Applied Kinesiologists.

The practice of Applied Kinesiology as defined by the International College of Applied Kinesiology (  is used in combination with standard diagnostic tests such as orthopedic & neurological testing, physical examination and blood tests that are taught to M.D’s, D.C’s, DDS’s and D.O.’s; in fact these degrees are a requirement to take the certified post-graduate training in Applied Kinesiology.

And that being said, I’d like to present you with an interesting article by a doctor of chiropractic (D.C.), who though not an AK’er, talks about the process of diagnosis when faced w/ a weak muscle and sensitive neuro-lymphatic points.

You may also wish to read

 © 2011-Dr. Vittoria Repetto


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