By Kevin P. Bethel M.D.
One of my medical skills is ultrasound and diagnostic tuning forks. To many people, the use of tuning forks to diagnose illness or injury may seem ‘foo-foo’, but that is not the case. Every medical student should have learned how to use tuning forks to diagnose a fractured bone or tendon injury or use them to diagnose several hearing and neurological conditions. The 128 Hz tuning fork is most commonly used by doctors for diagnostic reasons. A bone fracture can be detected by listening with a stethoscope while holding the tuning fork on the body. The vibration sound transmits through injured bones and tendons differently than healthy structures. A trained ear can hear the vibration difference between healthy structures compared to damaged bone structures.
This essentially is the same way sonography ultrasound imaging works. In sonographic technology, sound is transmitted through the structures of the body, and depending on the way those structures change the quality of the transmitted sound, an image is created to see healthy vs. damaged structures.
There are many more advanced diagnostic and therapeutic techniques for tuning forks and sound generators in medicine. For over 40 years, doctors have been using infrasound generators in the ‘Earth vibration’ frequency range of 3-10 Hz to break up kidney stones. Yet, much of the research for sound as a heeling energy or diagnostic modality in modern medicine has been ignored and pushed aside as ‘new age medicine’. This is very unfortunate. I feel there is so much more to learn about energy medicine.
I was very happy to see in our mainstream scientific endocrinology literature a new study that looked at the use of an ultrasound machine to look at the shoulder deltoid muscle as a way to detect diabetes. Even more pleasantly surprising was that the doctors were 89% correct in predicting the risk of future diabetes just from ultrasound of the deltoid muscle. The doctors were also able to use ultrasound imaging to predict if someone with diabetes had controlled blood glucose levels over the past months.
This is how this works… The ultrasound image of a healthy deltoid muscle looks different than the deltoid muscle that is damaged from sugar. The deltoid muscle that is damaged from sugar has a brighter vibrational sound return, a form of static noise.
This is so exciting to me. I have an ultrasound in my exam rooms that I can use in this way. I will be able to learn this new test for diabetes. I am also excited because I am sure I can train my ear to also make similar measurements with a tuning fork. In trained hands, ears and minds, the tuning fork is essentially a similar diagnostic tool.
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Kevin P. Bethel M.D., C.M., C.M.T., F.A.A.R.M., F.I.C.T.
American Academy of Anti-Aging Regenerative Medicine
American Academy of Family Medicine
International Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology
Fellow American Board of Anti-Aging Regenerative Medicine
Fellow American Board of Integrative Cancer Therapy