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What Is Clinical Intuition?

What Is Clinical Intuition?

By:  Dr. Vito Hemphill


When we think of ‘clinical’, we think of physicians, offices, and
procedures that might be used to improve our health.  When there is
illness or dis-ease, we go to the doctor to get an evaluation and
treatment to heal our condition.  This is the standard procedure for
patients, but what is the standard of care for the physician?  How
does your doctor make the clinical choices that affect your health?
Does your doctor use the mind, emotions or intuition to get critical
information to resolve your condition?


We expect to be evaluated mentally.  We expect many  questions about our
symptoms.  Here are some of those questions that lead to mental
evaluation.  What aggravates your condition?  What helps decrease
your symptoms?  Have you had this before and what did you do about it
then?  And so on….  Until the physician has a mental picture of
what is happening .  Then comes the next big question, ‘what are we
going to do about it’?  This is the science of medicine and it has
worked pretty well for a long time.  What is being discussed so far
is only the ‘mental level of healing.’  Medicine today often
functions without any ‘intuition or emotion’ added.


We know that patients like doctors with a ‘good bedside manner’.  What
that really means is a doctor who is willing to take time to be
emotionally present with the patient.  This is simply emotional
rapport, not actually assisting the patient with their emotional
problems.  Patients love to ‘connect with the doctor’.  They love ‘to
feel’ that their doctor ‘listens, takes time, and really cares about
their problems’.  Patients want their physician to compassionately
connect with their pain.  In fact, most patients get more excited
about a ‘caring doctor’ than a ‘smart doctor’, but they honestly want
their doctor to be both.  However, a smart doctor with a great
bedside manner may still not be enough to get the patient better.


The part that may be missing is the clinician’s intuition.  The intuition
is the part that makes the final diagnostic and therapeutic choices.
Doctors listen to the story, does the examinations, reads the test
results, and make real decisions about your care.  But there is
always a point in that process where it is not a clear ‘yes or no’
for that patient.  Patients are unique individuals that react in
different ways to different procedures and drugs.  Their reactions
are not completely predictable and tolerances to therapy do vary
significantly.  A ‘good doctor’ develops ‘a careful eye’ to detect
the patients that do not quite fit the therapeutic picture or may
require special attention or modifications in care.  This is a fine
art and not a science. 

The advantage of older doctors is that they have more clinical experience
and are therefore are more likely to ‘pick up on the odd patient’ or
get subtle clues that may help avoid drug allergies or other
contraindications.  It is my contention that Clinical Intuition
can be learned as a science in itself.  You as a doctor can learn
simple ‘clinical intuitive skills’ that can be used in less
than two minutes to make final diagnostic and therapeutic choices
that do get better clinical results without the dangers of drug
allergies or other adverse reactions.


Clinical Intuition answers questions like which drug(s) to use, how
much of that drug, and for how long should it be taken?  Let’s use
the example of  a patient presenting with a swollen ankle.  Is is
fractured?  Is there a tear or damage to soft tissues?  Should x-rays
be taken?  Is casting needed?  Is bed rest needed?  Should the
patient use ice, physical therapy, a chiropractic adjustment of the
talus bone, a brace,  lymphatic massage, anti-inflammatory drugs,
homeopathic drugs, systemic digestive enzymes, diuretics, exercises
(passive or active), and/or elevation? 


Even with this simple example of a swollen ankle, you can see how many
choices you have to make.  What order or combination of the previous
therapies will be most effective for this particular patient?  How
does the physician decide?  The honest answer is that the doctor
makes the choices that have worked for most people in the past.
Unfortunately, that is not a very exacting science.  You can do better. 

Clinical Intuition is a tool that can be used with the mind and heart to yield much
better clinical results. 


Computers function in a binary way giving a series of zeros and ones that form
a binary code.  Clinical Intuition is also a binary testing procedure giving ‘yes or no’ answers.
One of the main testing methods is ‘arm resistance testing’ which
gives either a strong or weak muscle as an indicator.  If the muscle
is strong, then the answer is ‘yes’.  If the muscle is weak, then the
answer is ‘no’.  The other major indicator is ‘leg motion testing’ in
which a change of length equals ‘yes’ and no change equals ‘no’.


Once the doctor learns how to use these binary testing procedures, it is
easy to apply that testing to gain specific diagnostic and
therapeutic answers.  These answers shortcut the healing time and get
patients better much faster without risk of side effects.  Clinical
Intuition is a tool that is used during evaluation and
treatment to simplify and focus your care in a way that will be more
effective than just using your mind or emotions alone.


The best decisions that we make are made form our intuition, mind and
emotions (heart) at the same time.  If there is agreement between
these three levels of consciousness, then the answers are effective
and results are assured.  So, if things ‘feel right’, ‘make sense’,
and ‘are ‘intuitively guided’ they usually work.  It is when a part
of this equation is at odds with any other part, that we encounter
difficulties.  Too many of us are willing to accept logic alone and
not ask the question of how does this feel or what is my intuition


Many people do not know how to access their intuition or even know that we
have one.  Other people think of it as the ‘voice in their head’ or
the ‘inner knowing’ that speaks to clarify what is happening or to
give a warning.  Even the most intellectual people can be aware of
their intuitive part.  You can learn to communicate your intuition
just like you use your mind.  You can begin to make all you choices
in life from mind, heart, and intuition.  When this happens, you are
integrated and more effective in the world. 


This is the fusion of your higher and personal wills.  Some people have
already developed this talent through years of practicing meditation
and introspection.  By keeping the mind in the Observer mode, you can
watch your thoughts and actions and make choices from this bigger
part of yourself.  It has been said that when the personal will and
higher will work as one, there will be no more negative karma
produced.  In other words, when you act in unison with your
intuition, you will not produce future problems or imbalances.  It is
a built in safety factor that you can have with patients.  This gets
them better faster and protects you from malpractice.


Here is a personal example.  One night, at four AM, I was walking in the
wilderness and I stopped for a moment at the top of the ridge above
my house.  Based on the intensity of it’s voice, a large cougar
growled at me. Within a second, the voice of my Higher Self will told
me to ‘walk slowly down the mountain into my home’.  I didn’t
remember if I was supposed to ‘make myself look big’ or ‘to make
noise’.  I did not think about anything other that what I heard in my
head.  I immediately listened to my Higher Will and slowly walked
down that mountain.  I could not see that cat in the dark and it
really did not matter because I had gotten the message and was
walking slowing down the mountain.  I stopped for a moment and it
growled at me  again and could have attacked me.  The message was the
same, ‘walk slowly down the hill’.  I walked to the house, went
inside and I am still alive today thanks only to my willingness to
trust my Higher Self. 


If this technique can save me from a cougar, it can help you heal a
swollen ankle.  Clinical Intuition is an ideological shift in living. 
The shift is from ‘thinking you
know to asking for the answer’.  You can apply this technique to
yourself and the choices you make day to day in every aspect of your
life.  There is a certain humility that comes form being able to say,
‘I do not know’, ‘I will ask’.  ‘Asking’ puts you in a different
place.  It opens more possibilities and options that you might
normally not explore.  It widens your reality to be able to open to
the wider range of possible answers to include things that you would
not normally ‘think’ were options.  Including your intuition in your
life brings greater clarity, a bigger picture, and ultimately more


I am Dr. Vito Hemphill and I have been using ‘intuitive
clinical skills’ in my chiropractic practice for over 25 years
and now I teach other physicians how to use these same skills.  My
basic workshop is taught in three days  and you will learn ‘leg
motion testing and arm resistance testing’ so that you are able to
receive clinical information from your patients and yourself.  You
will also learn drug and supplement testing and how to adapt these
skills to your specific practice. 


The advanced subtle body balancing course is a six month course intended
to teach physicians and clinical psycho-therapists how to obtain
intuitive based emotional, mental, and spiritual information from
each patient
and how to treat what you find. 


Details at:



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