Just a Week of NSAID Use Tied to Increased Heart Attack Risk

I have often said that, "No one has ever had pain because of an aspirin deficiency." This means that taking a drug for your pain NEVER gets to the root cause of your pain. You can have pain from a bone not moving properly, a weak or tight muscle, a nutritional deficiency or from a disease or pathological condition...but never from an "Advil, Motrin or Celebrex deficiency." Things got worse because not only are taking drugs NOT getting to the cause...they can actually kill you in a week. Here is an important study that just one week of taking Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can cause heart attacks:

Meta-Analysis: Just a Week of NSAID Use Tied to Increased Heart Attack Risk

Use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for even 1 week is associated with increased risk for myocardial infarction, a meta-analysis in The BMJ finds.

The following list is an example of NSAIDs available:
  • aspirin.
  • celecoxib (Celebrex)
  • diclofenac (Cambia, Cataflam, Voltaren-XR, Zipsor, Zorvolex)
  • diflunisal (Dolobid - discontinued brand)
  • etodolac (Lodine - discontinued brand)
  • ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil)
  • indomethacin (Indocin)

Using individual patient data from four studies from healthcare databases, researchers identified over 61,000 cases of acute MI and 385,000 controls without MI. Compared with NSAID nonuse, current use of each NSAID studied -- including diclofenac, ibuprofen, naproxen, and celecoxib -- was associated with increased MI risk. The elevated risk was not higher for celecoxib than for other NSAIDs.

The increased risk generally emerged during the first week of use and was highest during the first month. Higher doses were also associated with greater risks.

Dr. Harlan Krumholz, editor-in-chief of New England Journal of Medicine Journal Watch Cardiology, weighed in: "People, particularly those at high risk for cardiac disease, should be aware of these risks as they contemplate use of these popular medications. This large study further reinforces that these risks are large enough to be meaningful for many patients."

The BMJ article  May 9, 2017 (Free)

On a positive note: There are proven, natural methods to relieve pain such as:

Applied Kinesiology

and Chiropractic

Also, here are two healthy alternatives to drugs to help relieve your pain naturally:

Available at:

To your Health,

Dr. Eugene Charles


What is Applied Kinesiology Muscle Testing and How Does it Work?

"How did my muscle just get stronger when you pressed on my spine?"

This is a common question that patients, especially athletes who tend to know their bodies very well, will ask their Applied Kinesiologist.

When you experience your first examination and treatment with a doctor who specializes in Applied Kinesiology (AK) it seems impossible that your muscles will test at apparently different strengths in a matter of seconds. The reason this is possible is that Applied Kinesiologists are not measuring your muscle's strength... they are measuring your muscle's function. This reading of your muscle function can change just like your blood pressure measurement can change depending on current stimuli. (i.e. White Coat Syndrome)

Not knowing that a muscle test performed by a trained Applied Kinesiologist is NOT a strength test and actually represents a reading of your nervous system and therefore can change immediately is where much of the misunderstanding of AK stems from!

This Introduction to Applied Kinesiology Video is meant for doctors. However, I think you will find it illuminating.

You might find it interesting to know how this innovative and growing healthcare discipline can improve your health and help you to live pain-free.  Here is my explanation of What is Applied Kinesiology Muscle Testing and How Does it Work?

"Applied Kinesiology (AK) muscle testing represents a window into your overall health. Instead of using manual muscle testing as a measure of 'disability,' your Applied Kinesiologist uses muscle testing as a measure of 'ability'.

Before AK, the results of muscle strength testing were thought to be static like seeing a fracture on an x-ray. In 1964, Dr George Goodheart’s breakthrough discovery was that muscle 'weakness' was not necessarily a pathological problem, but could be a functional one.

When used as part of a thorough examination by a doctor certified in Applied Kinesiology, manual muscle testing can be a diagnostic tool as a dynamic measure of relative function not as a static label of absolute disability.

  Not only can muscle testing indicate the proper therapy to treat a specific musculoskeletal condition, but Applied Kinesiologists eventually found it could be a predicator of overall health.

  AK muscle testing magnifies the depth of the meaning of the muscle test similar to what a microscope does to the magnifying glass; it reveals more of what is happening deep in your physiology. This is why AK manual muscle testing can find health issues that many other less refined diagnostic tests may miss. A problem cannot exist unless a solution also exists and AK Muscle Testing may find the solution to what is causing your problem when it doesn't show up on x-rays, MRIs or blood tests."

Best of Health,

Dr. Eugene Charles


To find an applied kinesiologist in your area go to: OR

Doctors can begin to learn the AK Certification Course through either:

DVD Training -


Online Courses-

Spinal Manipulation is recognized by Medical Doctors to help with Low Back Pain

1. In previous entries you learned how Low Back Pain is the #1 Cause of disability worldwide and how Spinal Manipulation can help you. 2. You have learned how a Chiropractic Adjustment Works and Why It is so important to Overall Health.

3. You also saw how Precise Chiropractic Adjustments may help end America's Opioid Epidemic.

4. There was last week's BLOG where  Medscape Orthopedics reported that the fact that spinal manipulation works is now indisputable.      

In addition to the above... a new guideline has emerged that came out in the prestigious Annals of Internal Medicine:

Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians

In this paper, The American College of Physicians (ACP) developed a guideline to present the evidence and provide clinical recommendations on noninvasive treatment of low back pain.

They provided 3 recommended course of therapy. In the first 2 courses they recommended natural healing modalities such as massage, acupuncture and spinal manipulation. Only in the last one, and only if the patient DID NOT IMPROVE to natural therapies or to drugs such as acetaminophen and non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [NSAIDs such as Tylenol], do they recommend opioids (percocet, oxycontin. etc)

This is a watershed moment for several reasons:

  1. It halts the horrific pattern of giving people highly addictive drugs that are reportedly killing approximately 33,000 Americans annually. (and growing fast)
  2. It represents a breakthrough that the medical establishment recognizes spinal manipulation to be a first line treatment for people suffering with Low Back Pain.

If Medical Doctors and Doctors of Chiropractic along with acupuncturists, physical therapists and massage therapists can all get on the same page we can help make America the healthiest country in the world instead of the sickest as it currently ranks every year.

In the meantime, if you were putting off getting your spine aligned get to a doctor of chiropractic - NOW. Ask your healthiest friends for a recommendation or you can find a good one here:

You can read the Annals of Internal Medicine paper in its entirely at this site:

To your excellent health,

Dr. Eugene Charles

Spinal Manipulation for Back and Neck Pain: Does It Work?

I have shared with you in previous BLOGS the incredible benefits of spinal adjustments:


A landmark paper that came out today in Medscape Orthopedics had this to say:

"Spinal Manipulation: A Valid Technique?

In her office at McMaster University in Toronto, Anita Gross, MSc, has logged paper after paper showing that spinal manipulation can help control neck pain. "The evidence keeps growing and growing," she says.

Gross, a physiotherapist and associate professor of rehabilitation science, helped write a 2015 Cochrane review of the literature and is already at work on updating that paper.[1]

Mounting evidence also supports spinal manipulation for low back pain, says Roger Chou, MD, professor of medicine at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon, who led a similar review for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality last year.[2]

Contemporary theories on the mechanism of spinal manipulation include the disruption of articular or periarticular adhesions; release of entrapped synovial folds; unbuckling of motion segments that have undergone disproportionate displacements; relaxation of hypertonic muscle; alteration of mechanoreceptors in the spinal apophyseal joints; and release of endorphins.[6]

However spinal manipulation works, it's at least better than nothing when it comes to chronic low back pain, says Dr Chou. "Our general finding was that manipulation appears to be more effective than treatments that are thought to be basically control treatments—such things as pretend ultrasound or giving somebody an educational booklet," he explains."

*If you would like the full article sent to you please respond here and I will have it forwarded to you.

Dr. Charles’ training manual, Precision Adjusting For The Master Chiropractor, is available to doctors who want to provide the highest level of spinal manipulative therapy for their patients. The DVD and manual are available here:
Photo: Dr. Charles restoring normal motion to a patient’s low back 


Here are the references from the Medscape Article if you would like to investigate further:


  1. Manipulation and mobilisation for neck disorders. Cochrane. September 23, 2015. Accessed January 26, 2016.
  2. Noninvasive treatments for low back pain. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. February 29, 2016. Accessed January 26, 2016.
  3. Homola S. Bonesetting, chiropractic, and cultism. Chirobase. 1963. January 26, 2016.
  4. Wieting MJ. Massage, traction, and manipulation. Medscape. November 2, 2015. Accessed January 26, 2016.
  5. Keating JC Jr. D.D. Palmer's religion of chiropractic. March 1995.'s_Religion-of-Chiro.pdf Accessed January 26, 2016.
  6. Cugalj AP, McManus K. Manual treatments. PM&R Knowledge Now. September 20, 2013. Accessed January 26, 2016.
  7. Neck pain tool-kit: step 1. Physiopedia. Accessed January 26, 2016.
  8. Low back pain strategy. Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. September 16, 2016. Accessed January 26, 2016.

Digestive Problems - Hiatal Hernia

"A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things." - Plato Hope you had a Happy Thanks-Giving. Along with giving thanks; you probably gave your digestive system quite a workout. Overeating can lead to or exacerbate what is known as a Hiatal Hernia.

I have been helping people with Hiatal Hernias (which is now commonly called GERD - Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) for over 30 years.

*You do not need drugs for most cases of GERD, Heartburn or Reflux; many of which can lead to a Vitamin B12 deficiency. Frequently, it is a Hiatal Hernia…see below. ****************************** Hiatal Hernia (from Web MD®) Any time an internal body part pushes into an area where it doesn't belong, it'scalled a hernia.

The hiatus is an opening in the diaphragm -- the muscular wall separating the chestcavity from the abdomen. Normally, the esophagus (food pipe) goes through the hiatus and attaches to the stomach. In a hiatal hernia (also called hiatus hernia) the stomach bulges up into the chest through that opening. There are two main types of hiatal hernias: sliding and paraesophageal (next to the esophagus).


In a sliding hiatal hernia, the stomach and the section of the esophagus that joins the stomach slide up into the chest In a sliding hiatal hernia, the stomach and the section of the esophagus that joins the stomach slide up into the chest through the hiatus. This is the more commontype of hernia.


*Applied Kinesiologists are trained to pull the sliding stomach back into the abdominal cavity thereby alleviating symptoms.

**Symptoms are not just stomach related: Along with heartburn a Hiatal Hernia (as I said, now called GERD to make it sound like a disease) can also cause:

1. Heart palpitations 2. Midback pain 3. Ear ringing 4. Insomnia 5. Shortness of breath - often leading to fatigue 6. Skin problems - in Chinese Medicine the skin and digestive system are related 7. Chronic infections - new research shows that 70% of your immune system is located in your gut

***Poor posture is a major contributor so make sure you are not hunching over when you are sitting and standing. Do NOT lie down immediately after eating.


The Wall Stretch is very helpful in keeping a Hiatal Hernia at bay. (after it is corrected)

  To Your Health,

Eugene Charles, D.C., DIBAK

America's Opioid Addiction

Last week HBO presented sickening statistics and facts about the staggering damage that opioid drugs are inflicting upon America.    Opioid Addiction The first fact is that, "As of 2015, 2.6 million Americans were addicted to prescription opioids (oxycontin, vicodin, percocet) and heroin. As a consequence these same drugs are involved in nearly 30,000 deaths a year."

Also, "75% of heroin addicts used prescription opioids before turning to heroin..."

Therefore, people got hooked on these highly addicted drugs through their doctors and then as one person said, "I switched to heroin because it is cheaper."

One woman who was featured in the original oxycontin commercial, seen playing with her grandchildren, said in the interview that she became so addicted to oxycontin that she lost everything: her house, her car, her job and the only reason she is now alive is that her medical insurance ran out and wouldn't pay for her monthly prescription.

In fact, two of the seven people featured on the original oxycontin commercial died as active opioid abusers.

To their credit, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued guidelines suggesting doctors use nonopioid therapies when possible and limit the dosage and duration of these highly addictive drugs.

I believe one of the most powerful nonopioid therapies is a Precise Chiropractic Adjustment. 

You might be asking why is this?

The answer is because chiropractic adjustments are like getting a natural dose of healthy opioids from the inside - out.

Now you might be asking how is this?

According to the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Chiropractic Adjustments increase beta endorphins in the blood. Endorphins are your body's natural opioid. Actually, when Candace Pert discovered "endorphins" she gave her discovery this name because she considered them to be "endogenous morphine." Meaning morphine made from within the body.

Therefore, when a person receives a precise chiropractic adjustment the body will release its own natural supply of opioids in a safe, deliberate dosage. This is will lead to a decrease in pain and an elevated mood. (with no side-effects)

Perhaps the best way to stop dependency on external drug use is to get the body to make its own "drugs" by the utilization of nonopioid therapies such as: precise chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, exercise, meditation, laughter, goal setting and proper diet all to naturally access the greatest pharmacy in the world - the human body!

Common Sense in American Health Care

Happy 4th of July to you, In honor of our country I decided to read Thomas Paine’s Common Sense. It was said to be the deciding factor in America’s decision for Independence.

As a healthcare provider for 30 years I saw the similarity between what Paine wrote and what I feel about our current health care system.

I hope you can see the importance in this new version of Common Sense in American Healthcare

Thank you and I appreciate you reading this and sharing it with loved ones,

Dr. Eugene Charles

*Here is an example of a young boy whose life would have been derailed before it started if it wasn’t for his father’s persistence in using “common sense" in health care.


Common Sense in American Health Care

America decided over 200 years ago to free herself from the shackles of European colonialism and become master of her own fate. Even with all sorts of problems, the United States has become a haven for freedom, innovation and opportunity; yet she remains enslaved to a different outdated monarchy.

Why is it that America has the most expensive Health Care System in the world and yet when graded for results year after year she ranks LAST among all industrialized nations in overall health?

Why is it that healthcare costs now consume an ever-growing percentage of total economic expenditure and is said to be the greatest threat facing the U.S. economy. The threat of terrorism represents a real danger; however, statistically speaking the odds are slim it will cost you your life. In fact, according to statistics the odds are far greater that medical errors (the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S.) will kill you before a terrorist attack does.

Likewise, statistics have shown that more people die yearly from taking aspirin and ibuprofen properly than die from AIDS in America. There is much talk and money invested in AIDS awareness and treatment (and rightly so) and yet why isn’t there a simple campaign to save the lives of the greater number of loved ones who die from this no less tragic cause of taking over the counter medications?

Could the answer be that the money is not being wisely invested? Could it be that we are searching for answers to our health problems in the wrong places? Could it be that we are entrenched in a stifling mindset that we are afraid to speak out against? Could it be that we are afraid to take responsibility for our lives and our health and to live as a free people?

The opening statement that America continues to be enslaved by a European Monarch is derived from the fact that American health care is rooted in European discoveries. In France, Louis Pasteur discovered the germ theory and a Scottish born physician, Alexander Fleming, discovered penicillin. The germ theory and antibiotics should be applauded as tremendous breakthroughs and have unquestionably saved innumerable lives from the scourge of infection.

However, do you think that is all there is to health? Antibiotics saved lives but did it promote health? Do you see that perhaps scientists became enamored with their science and forgot the purpose of their mission? The overutilization of antibiotics and the “pill for a problem” mentality have pushed us to the brink of Orwellian destruction by antibiotic resistant bacteria that threaten human existence. These superbugs were created in response to the irresponsible use of wonderdrugs.

Let me be clear, I believe in cleaning wounds and sterile operating rooms as advocated by Dr. Joseph Lister (of Listerine fame) but what works in extreme cases may not be appropriate in promoting health on a day-to-day basis. You coddle a body too much and it weakens and atrophies. Drugs don’t strengthen a person; they weaken him by doing the work for the person when they are taken unnecessarily.

Except in cases of a weakened immune system perhaps the germ is not the problem. Modern research is working on drugs that get the body’s immune system to destroy cancer cells and repair other bodily tissues because the direct drug approach has failed miserably. I see this as a step in the right direction because the body can cure what it has created. It is the body and mind that cure…not drugs unless they work with these two. The question remains, “Why do we support this drug-based system when, according to health standings compared with other countries, it is failing?”

Is it because we are afraid to question? What would you do if your favorite sports team had the highest payroll year after year and yet it came in last every season? Would you think they should keep following the same plan? Do you think that spending more on the same players, coaches and manager would solve the problem?

No you wouldn’t would you? A dedicated, intelligent fan would say we need a fresh, new approach. We need new players with a hunger for success with a burning desire to win. The beauty of this example as it applies to healthcare is that when this new team wins…we all WIN!

What can The United States best do to foster its dictum of promoting life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? The most obvious answer is to first provide the best healthcare system possible! How do we convert our current sickcare system into a healthcare system?

Common sense dictates that the things help us to stay healthy will also improve health when it falters – rest, exercise, wholesome foods, clean water, fresh air, sunshine, an optimistic attitude, laughter, love, spiritual convictions, honest hard work and consistent healthcare treatments with experts that work with the body not instead of it.

Where should you look for these healthcare experts? We should, as always, start in the acre of diamonds at our feet; in the USA. The healing systems of chiropractic and applied kinesiology are two disciplines born in America. In Davenport Iowa, Daniel David Palmer delivered the first modern chiropractic adjustment in 1895 (I say modern because Hippocrates said over 2000 years ago to “look to the spine for disease.”) when he realigned a spinal segment and restored hearing to his janitor.

In Detroit Michigan Dr. George Goodheart performed the first applied kinesiology technique in 1964 and healed the chronic shoulder pain of the man who delivered water bottles to his office.

It looks like another American Revolution is needed – a wellness revolution some have called it. America has the resources to make people healthier than ever. She needs to stop investing a penny to tell people to exercise while spending a dollar to convince people they need to be on some sort of drug.

The addiction to drugs is rising and why not. The average American is bombarded to a nonstop cascade of drug commercials, advertisements and billboards. Sadly, if people are getting addicted to legal drugs it may be unethical but it’s not a crime. In fact, to those promoting drugs it’s good business. To this cartel the only shame is when someone dies; the shame not being loss of life…the shame being a loss of revenue. Remember, the drug never proposes to cure anything, just keep a person limping along until he finishes his life of quiet desperation hopefully with one last prescription filled. Are drugs needed some times? Yes, but not to the sickening degree it is currently.

America is called the land of opportunity and paradoxically her chance for the greatest opportunity to her children; namely, that of supreme health lies within her own borders. I feel that if The United States Health Care System adopted a more holistic approach and utilized the home grown healing disciplines of chiropractic and applied kinesiology instead of the European model of emergency medicine that it is currently based on, America would climb from the cellar of being the sickest country in the industrialized world and rise up to first place and be the healthiest country within 3-5 years of adopting this approach of focusing more on healing and less on medicine.

Dr. Eugene Charles

July 4, 2016