Dr- Eugene Charles

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)  http://response.jwatch.org/t?ctl=164E3:F928A81DA2FB4809E4DFCCDF13F86CC6&

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

Applied Kinesiology https://charlesseminars.wordpress.com/2017/04/17/what-is-applied-kinesiology-muscle-testing-and-how-does-it-work/

and Chiropractic https://charlesseminars.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/how-does-a-chiropractic-adjustment-work-and-why-is-it-so-important-to-overall-health/

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



Available at: http://www.charlesseminars.com/PowerKineticsVitamins.html

To your Health,

Dr. Eugene Charles


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. https://charlesseminars.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/how-does-a-chiropractic-adjustment-work-and-why-is-it-so-important-to-overall-health/ 2. You have learned how a Chiropractic Adjustment Works and Why It is so important to Overall Health.  https://charlesseminars.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/how-does-a-chiropractic-adjustment-work-and-why-is-it-so-important-to-overall-health/

3. You also saw how Precise Chiropractic Adjustments may help end America's Opioid Epidemic.  https://charlesseminars.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/how-does-a-chiropractic-adjustment-work-and-why-is-it-so-important-to-overall-health/

4. There was last week's BLOG where  Medscape Orthopedics reported that the fact that spinal manipulation works is now indisputable.                https://charlesseminars.wordpress.com/2017/02/15/spinal-manipulation-for-back-and-neck-pain-does-it-work/

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. https://www.nap.edu/catalog/13497/us-health-in-international-perspective-shorter-lives-poorer-health

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: http://www.charlesseminars.com/AKdoctors.html

You can read the Annals of Internal Medicine paper in its entirely at this site:  http://annals.org/aim/article/2603228/noninvasive-treatments-acute-subacute-chronic-low-back-pain-clinical-practice

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:

  1. https://charlesseminars.wordpress.com/2016/10/29/americas-opioid-addiction/
  2. https://charlesseminars.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/how-does-a-chiropractic-adjustment-work-and-why-is-it-so-important-to-overall-health/

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: http://www.charlesseminars.com/prec_adj.html
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. http://www.cochrane.org/CD004249/BACK_manipulation-and-mobilisation-neck-disorders Accessed January 26, 2016.
  2. Noninvasive treatments for low back pain. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. February 29, 2016. http://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/index.cfm/search-for-guides-reviews-and-reports/?productid=2192&pageaction=displayproduct Accessed January 26, 2016.
  3. Homola S. Bonesetting, chiropractic, and cultism. Chirobase. 1963. https://www.chirobase.org/05RB/BCC/01.htmlAccessed January 26, 2016.
  4. Wieting MJ. Massage, traction, and manipulation. Medscape. November 2, 2015. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/324694-overview#a4 Accessed January 26, 2016.
  5. Keating JC Jr. D.D. Palmer's religion of chiropractic. Chiro.org. March 1995. http://www.chiro.org/Plus/History/Persons/PalmerDD/PalmerDD's_Religion-of-Chiro.pdf Accessed January 26, 2016.
  6. Cugalj AP, McManus K. Manual treatments. PM&R Knowledge Now. September 20, 2013. http://me.aapmr.org/kn/article.html?id=56 Accessed January 26, 2016.
  7. Neck pain tool-kit: step 1. Physiopedia. http://www.physio-pedia.com/Neck_Pain_Tool-kit:_Step_1 Accessed January 26, 2016.
  8. Low back pain strategy. Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. September 16, 2016. http://health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/ecfa/action/primary/lower_back.aspx Accessed January 26, 2016.

The Allergy Technique ™- A Natural Remedy to Help You with Allergic Reactions

“Miracles do not occur in contradiction to nature.  They are only in contradiction 
with what we think we know of nature.”   - St. Augustine

My allergies are gone after two treatments…How is this possible?”



This was the question a patient asked me after I relieved his 30 years of suffering with seasonal allergies after just two sessions... You may be tempted to ask your doctor the same question.

I feel the reason the Allergy Technique™ is able to work so dramatically is that an allergy is basically an overreaction of your nervous system to something it should not be reacting to at all. Unlike other health issues such as low back pain, which can occur in varying degrees, allergies are an all or nothing phenomenon. You either have allergies or you don’t. It is like turning on a light switch. The Allergy Technique that your doctor is using on you simply turns the switch off. How?

By using applied kinesiology, chiropractic, acupressure and homeopathy your doctor is able to influence your nervous system to stop it in its tracks from overreacting to a stimulus or allergen (food or environmental). The acupuncture points on your head are believed to have been discovered 5,000 years ago and are known to be incredibly powerful. What your doctor is doing is stimulating these points to desensitize your nervous system to a very specific trigger (allergen).

The reason this technique can work immediately is because it is not the food or pollen that is the problem, it is your nervous system basically getting too nervous and overreacting to it. Your doctor is essentially calming down your nervous system in a very specific manner. This is why you need to have regular treatments to decrease nervous tension and this why your doctor may work on the bones of your skull to relieve tension there as well.

Since allergies also have a histamine or adrenal response, your doctor might have you take some natural anti-histamine or adrenal support supplements to go along with the technique. These are great because they nurture the healing process and do not make you dependent on them or cause you to become drowsy like drugs do.

Power Adrenal Support and AirMaxx are excellent supplements that can help you in naturally relieving allergic symptoms.

See more at:  http://www.charlesseminars.com/PowerKineticsVitamins.html


You could be allergy free in 30 days!

"I had an anaphylactic allergic reaction and was rushed to the Emergency Room on three different occasions after eating almonds. Dr. Charles did his Allergy Technique on me and I'm happy to say I'm now able to eat almonds, and anything else for that matter, with no problems."  

— Dan Yaccarino, Best Selling Author of Doug Unplugged

"Our three year old daughter Emily had terrible seasonal allergies and was also so allergic to horse hair that we could not take her to visit family who had horses. Dr. Charles' Allergy Technique alleviated all her symptoms and two years later Emily still has not had a single reaction."  

— Karen Hauck

"Dr. Charles' Allergy Technique has enhanced my practice tremendously! The ability for the body to desensitize the allergen and heal itself is truly the highest form of health optimization. Thanks Dr. Charles!!!"

— Dr. Bruce Kesten

See more testimonials from people like you who have had their allergic symptoms alleviated: http://www.charlesseminars.com/testimonials_allergy_technique.html

The Allergy Technique™ may appear miraculous; however, it is simply science properly applied.

Ask your doctor to try The Allergy Technique™ on you. Doctors can learn this simple yet powerful technique:  http://www.charlesseminars.com/producs.html

NOTE: Allergies can show up in a myriad of symptoms - such as insomnia, depression, itchy skin and chronic congestion. If you are wondering if you are having allergic reactions... here is another great slide show from WebMD  http://www.webmd.com/allergies/ss/slideshow-uncontrolled-allergy-symptoms?ecd=wnl_FUND_011517_poc9&ctr=wnl-FUND-011517-poc9_nsl-ld-stry_1&mb=uyrnBO29u8PVJTQjQI%2f8yA7W9SlMHoOnmLpztqk32TE%3d




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 www.appliedkinesiologycenterofnewyork.com

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!

An Optimistic Attitude and your Health

Most of 7 The Ground Rules for Healthy Living are pretty straight forward and… most of them come from the outside. (See July 22, 2016 Blog)
What does this mean? It means that most of the Ground Rules are external factors - what you eat, drink (or don’t eat and drink), how you exercise, what high grade nutritional supplements you take and the monthly chiropractic / kinesiological treatments you receive etc.
However, two of them #5 & #6 - Live One Day at a Time and Maintain an Optimistic Attitude come from the inside… they come from YOU! I want to touch on these here.
While I feel all these 7 Ground Rules are important; I have seen in my 31 years of providing Applied Kinesiology Treatments to nearly 9,000 people that a person’s thoughts, feelings and beliefs are an integral aspect of health and happiness. 
In other words a positive, grateful and optimistic attitude does wonders and can be the elixir most people are feverishly looking for outside of themselves. 
While a positive attitude WILL NOT put a bone back in place or alleviate pain and fatigue from a B12 deficiency (which many people have) it does set the stage so when the appropriate therapy is administered it can mean the difference between success and failure. You can equate it to trying to start a fire with top quality firewood or damp logs. The same match can start a warm, roaring fire; or do nothing... depending on the timber.
Here is a story to illustrate how the difference between a pessimistic and an optimistic attitude (and therefore happiness) is totally under your control regardless of external circumstances.
A couple had twin boys. One had a persistently pessimistic attitude and the other son had an over the top optimistic outlook. The parents were concerned about this stark contrast and wanted to balance them out. They sought professional help… all to no avail.
Finally, they went to a therapist who, upon hearing this interesting scenario proposed a drastic course of action. He said, "Look I know this may sound crazy but hear me out. You say their birthday is coming up. I suggest you buy your son with the deeply pessimistic attitude every possible toy you believe he can ever want. No matter how many. Then for your son with the exuberant optimistic attitude, I suggest you get a big pile of horse manure and plop it the middle of his room. Like I said I know this seems extreme but it might just do the trick."
Reluctantly, the loving parents did as the therapist suggested.  Upon returning from school on the day of the twins' birthday they showed the boy with the constant negative attitude his room filled with toys. He looked at them and cried out, "Oh no look at all these toys! Where am I going to put them all? And now when my friends come over I am going to have watch them so that they don’t try to steal them or worse yet break them. This is horrible."
Shocked and disappointed by the failure to elicit the desired positive response they walked their other son into his room. He opened the door and was greeted by the foulest stench he had every experienced. He looked at the pile of manure and then a big grin and a look of joy radiated from his face. He began running around the room, looking under his bed and flinging open his closet doors. The confused parents asked what he was doing. With a big smile he exclaimed, "There’s a horse in here somewhere!"
Perhaps the key word to The 7 Ground Rules of Healthy Living is the word living. Some days Life hands us the object of our desires; other days we might be handed a big pile of manure. The key to health (and happiness) appears to be to keep living as richly as possible…regardless of external circumstances. How do we do this? One way seems to be to keep our attitude as positive and optimistic as possible! We don’t know what is necessarily good or bad until the day, or life, plays out. So we might as well maintain an inner exuberance and expect the best.
It is not necessarily the external circumstances that dictate our happiness; it is largely our impression of it. So stay optimistic, grateful and positive and regardless of what you are handed you will be happy… and if scientific studies are correct you will also be healthier. These 2 rules will help you in living as richly as possible from the inside out. If it turns out this suggestion is wrong and an optimistic attitude does not work; who cares… you were too busy being happy. And who knows you just might find that horse.
Dr. Eugene Charles
*Along these lines here is a new study showing how a vacation and meditation (Rule 5 - recreation) can change your gene expression and make you healthier  http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/869068?src=wnl_edit_tpal&uac=129669BT