Body Dowsing the Knees & Kid-Knees
Adano Ley (Swami Nitty-Gritty) referred to the inability to make a decision having “kid knees.”
He related being “weak in the knees” to the kidney’s association with fear, irresolution, and vacillation.
Knee-jerks correlate with excitement and agitation … and the kidneys.
Margaret A. Kennard, M.D. (“Autonomic Interrelationships with the Somatic Nervous System,” Psychosomatic Medicine, Jan.-Feb. 1947) wrote …
“… it is a clinical fact that the excited or agitated patient usually has more active knee jerks. Jacobson has demonstrated this in numerous ways in normal subjects. He has found that the knee jerks of a given individual are less active on first awakening in the morning than after the subject has been up and about. Moreover, knee jerks are increased when the individual is confronted with a difficult problem.”
Alfred Stengel, M.D., & D.L. Edsall, M.D. (“General Medicine,” The American Year-book of Medicine and Surgery, Vol. 10, 1905) wrote …
“A. Lion discusses the condition of the tendon-reflexes in nephritis. He has himself studied 16 cases of chronic parenchymatous nephritis and 8 of contracted kidney. He has also gone over the records of 262 cases of nephritis observed in von Leube’s clinic. Of the latter cases, in 5 only was it definitely stated that the knee-jerks were weak. In 3 of these there was edema, which would have tended to make the knee-jerks somewhat weak. In 3 cases of uremia it was noted that the reflexes were greatly excited. In his own cases Lion found, in 14 of parenchymatous nephritis out of 16, that there was excitation of the reflexes. In 3 of the 8 cases of contracted kidney the knee-jerks were not excited. He believes that the more closely a patient approaches uremia, the more actively will the knee-jerks be excited; and he thinks that in most cases of nephritis the knee-jerks are distinctly excited. That this occurs when there are no distinct evidences of uremia indicates, he believes, that practically all the symptoms in nephritis are due to a certain degree of uremia. When the knee-jerks are not excited in parenchymatous nephritis, Lion thinks that this is chiefly due to the presence of edema. In cases with evidences of renal disease he believes that excitation of the tendon-reflexes indicates disease of some gravity. With increasing excitation, there is, he thinks, an increase in the gravity of the patient’s condition. If the knee-jerks decrease in activity, he considers it a favorable prognostic sign.
“W. M. Stevens has made a study of the tendon-reflexes in uremia, and has satisfied himself that they are commonly excited, though not constantly so. Ankle-clonus, knee-clonus, and exaggerated wrist-jerk and elbow-jerk may also be present. He thinks that this point should be of value in diagnosing uremic coma from coma due to apoplexy and similar central nervous lesions, and also in the diagnosis of uremic convulsions from epilepsy; likewise in directing attention to the danger of uremia, when other premonitory symptoms are absent, and in suggesting the possibility of nephritis when the disease would not otherwise be suspected.”