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Cramping-up the NBA Finals

WHO SAW game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday night as LeBron James was forced to miss the final minutes because of cramps as he was carried off the court? LeBron James

How Applied Kinesiology can help:

When I caught "The King's" post-game press conference, he mentioned his doctors "do not know" why he endured cramps as he was put on an IV in the locker room. This tells me that his problem is of a functional nature; not pathological one (In other words, it is not a disease; otherwise his excellent doctors would have found the problem and would be best suited to correct it). As I listened to greatest basketball player in the game explain why this periodically happens to him, I was struck to hear him claim, “playoff sweat is different from regular season sweat...” Well, he is right! The stress levels are very different, therefore you can lose more sodium through your sweat and become more prone to "cramp-up."

The stress glands (adrenal glands) secrete a hormone called "aldosterone" and when the adrenals are fatigued they may not secrete enough aldosterone—so you lose sodium and suffer intense cramps (along with other symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, light sensitivity, brain fog and more.)

 

 

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JUST LIKE LEBRON, many people need physical treatment to their adrenal glands.

This includes:

Chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, deep percussion and nutrition such as Vitamin C, B vitamins.

Plus natural remedies such as:

Licorice root, cordyceps, rhodiola and/or withania.

There are standard functional tests for the adrenal glands that any doctor can do. Hopefully, Mr. James and others will get these tests done and receive treatment from a Professional Applied Kinesiologist who will help them to perform at their absolute best and be prepared to deal with all the stresses life has to offer.

 

Be well,

Dr. Eugene Charles www.charlesseminars.com

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STATINS vs "An Apple A Day"

THERE ARE NEW statin guidelines that your "well meaning" allopathic doctor may want to discuss with you. But please be aware—when you take statins—if you DIE from kidney failure, diabetes or liver problems caused by the statins before you die from cardiovascular problems you're attempting to treat, it is considered a SUCCESS!

In my opinion, this is like saying, "hitting someone over the head with a baseball bat is the cure for not dying from cancer." I can see the media headlines now: "THIS JUST IN—Studies have shown a 100% success rate in that no patient who underwent therapeutic intervention with a Louisville Slugger died of cancer!" (A little harsh perhaps, but we all have our sore points and getting people hooked on drugs under the pretense of health is mine.)

*The Framingham Heart Study (1948) from which this CHOLESTEROL scare came from NEVER said that cholesterol was the cause….and no study I am aware of EVER said that a cholesterol level of 200 was the norm!  As a patient of mine who is a great researcher has said, "Correlation does not equal causation."

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*On the other hand, a study from the UK states if statins do save lives, they also have serious side-effects.  This study also found that:

AN APPLE A DAY SAVES A COMPARABLE AMOUNT OF LIVES WITH NO SIDE-EFFECTS!

 

 

Here are some "BASICS" for improving your cardiovascular health:

1. Eat one organic apple everyday

2. Exercise at least 5 days a week

3. Get your spine and skull aligned on a regular basis to help the nerve supply to the heart and blood vessels

 

To your continued great health and success,

Dr. Eugene Charles

 

Power Kinetics® may be the most intelligent way to workout.  Learn more at  http://www.charlesseminars.com/PowerKineticsVitamins.html

"It's All In Your Head." How Applied Kinesiology can get your head moving right and your body to follow!

 


 

Applied Kinesiology (AK) Approach to HELPING YOU WITH HEADACHES—and other HEALTH ISSUES

As you may know, Applied Kinesiologists don’t treat conditions; we treat people. Through muscle testing we can see what IS NOT moving correctly and we get it moving again. When you visit us at the office we assess what needs to be done on an INDIVIDUAL BASIS with each and every patient.

In patients with headaches, It is very common to find that their skull is not moving properly. THAT’S RIGHT—your skull moves! It expands 2.2 millimeters every 10 seconds; according to a landmark study in the Journal of The American Osteopathic Association in 1994.

So you see, your skull is not just a big football helmet. It moves to pump cerebrospinal fluid to nourish every nerve in your body. This is why it is a good idea to come in on a regular basis to make sure all 206 bones in your body are moving properly—including your skull bones.

Just like when you can have a pinched nerve in your back; you can have a pinched nerve in your skull. 

Instead of walking around with electrodes strapped to your head (see below), doesn’t it make more sense to stimulate the nerve by un-pinching it—instead of having an electrical device (TENS) doing it artificially?

 

Below are diagrams of the different skull bones in the human head:

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See how the 12 Cranial Nerves (in Roman numerals) control the eyes, ears, nose, neck, jaw (TMJ), heart, lungs, stomach and intestines!? Cranial Nerve X also has a calming effect on your nervous system.

Hopefully, you now understand how getting your Cranial Bones moving properly not just helps with Headaches but also helps you with:

— Neck Pain

— Anxiety Attacks

— Heart Palpitations

— Hearing & Balance Issues

— Breathing and Lung Problems

— Digestive Disorders (GERD, gas, constipation etc)

— Eyesight problems and more

Its not Magic… It is Science properly applied!

 

 

Be well,

 

Dr. Eugene Charles

 

FDA Approves First Device to Prevent Migraine

Susan Jeffrey

March 11, 2014 The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today allowed marketing of the first device for the preventive treatment of migraine headaches (Cefaly, STX-Med). It is also the first transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) device specifically authorized for use before the onset of pain, the FDA noted in a statement released today. The device, which resembles a plastic headband worn across the forehead and over the ears, stimulates the trigeminal nerve using a self-adhesive electrode in the center of the forehead. "The user may feel a tingling or massaging sensation where the electrode is applied," the FDA notes. "Cefaly is indicated for patients 18 years of age and older and should only be used once per day for 20 minutes.” The device is already available in Europe, as well as several South American and Middle Eastern countries and Canada.


 

 

Introducing the Power Kinetics™ Exercise DVD from Dr. Eugene Charles

Dr. Eugene Charles has spent nearly 25 years puttinghis weight training, martial arts, chiropractic and applied kinesiology knowledge and experience in creating Power Kinetics. It is possibly the most intelligent and synergistic workout to develop EVERYDAY STRENGTH!

Here is the only exercise program to combine all 3 workouts – Isokinetics, Isotonics, and Isometrics to prevent injuries and help rehabilitate injured joints and develop a healthy, strong and well-balanced body.

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PowerKinetics™ consists of exercises using your own body to improve health, enhance performance and relieve joint pain - The stronger you get the harder the exercises gets.

Your patients are getting older; your training knowledge must get newer. Your patients can perform these at home or in your office as part of your treatment.

INCLUDES the most scientific and effective Muscle Building, Fat Metabolizing and Healthy Joint Nutritional Supplements from Power Kinetics™.

The main purpose of exercise is to make you healthier and PowerKinetics™ may be the healthiest way to work out.

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Enhance your own health as well as the health of your patients with PowerKinetics™.

To order your Workout DVD and Fitness Building Vitamins go to  http://www.charlesseminars.com/PowerKineticsVitamins.html

  "Maximize Your Performance" with PowerKinetics - Balanced Workouts for Everyday Strength

Dr. Eugene Charles uses Applied Kinesiology to demonstrate Nutrition's ability to reduce pain naturally and immediately!

As we have shown previously when you taste something it affects your nervous system. Since you feel pain through the same nervous system it makes sense that if you have pain because of a nutritional need; when you supply that need the pain sensation will decrease while you are TASTING what your body is crying for. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH1m_6h9xNw&feature=youtu.be]

This video shows a doctor experiencing chronic foot pain from an old ankle sprain. Watch what happens when she tastes the nutrient that helps bones and muscles to heal. REMEMBER: no one ever has pain because of an aspirin deficiency!
Best wishes to your continued great health and success,
Dr. Eugene Charles
If you need a Professional Applied Kinesiologist in your area, contact Charles Seminarscharlesinstituteinfo@mac.com or the International College of Applied Kinesiology or icakusa.com for a doctor in your area.

Dr. Eugene Charles Demonstrates Nutrition's Effect on Range of Motion with Applied Kinesiology

We all know that you are what you eat. Did you also know that when you taste something your brain and nervous system can immediately tell if it is bad or good for you? Haven't you seen this with allergies? Someone can taste something, and if they are allergic to it, they can break out in a rash, get a stuffed nose or if it is severe...their throat muscles can constrict and they can die from an anaphylactic reaction. It makes sense that if the negative allergic reaction is possible (and it is beyond the shadow of a doubt) the positive is possible. Namely, that if you taste something that your body needs or that is good for you your muscles will relax (the opposite of the allergic response). Here I am demonstrating a patient tasting a whole food multiple vitamin from Alpha Organics and the multiple from Standard Process Labs.

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You can actually do this yourself (although it is better to have a doctor trained in applied kinesiology do it with you). You can check your flexibility, such as touching your toes. Put a vitamin, or any food on your mouth, and see if your flexibility increases (good for you) or decreases (bad for you) or stays the same (neither good nor bad, or you just don't need it).

If you need a Professional Applied Kinesiologist in your area, contact Charles Seminars charlesinstituteinfo@mac.com or the International College of Applied Kinesiology or icakusa.com for a doctor in your area.

Stay healthy and stay positive.

Dr. Eugene Charles

Breast Health Awareness Month

Three things for optimal breast health:

1. Avoid aluminum containing deodorants/antiperspirants

2. Avoid wearing overly tight bras and bras with metal underwire. (And take off your bra as soon as you get home. They need to breathe!)

3. Perform the door stretch 3-6 times a week.

One stretch I am adamant about is “The Door Stretch.” Why? Most of us tend to get hunched over due to our work. That’s the first reason. Secondly, this may be the most important stretch, especially for women. This stretches the chest muscles and helps with posture, and I believe helps prevent breast cancer.

How?

The chest muscles sit above the main lymphatic drainage centers of the body. The lymphatics are the sewer system of the body. My theory is that if they are tight they block the lymphatics and the breast tissue sits in a toxic sewer since the drainage is impeded. So please teach this stretch to every woman you know (every man too). If I am mistaken about preventing breast cancer, then at least it will give people great posture and prevent that hump in the upper back that people tend to get as they get older. But if I am right, you are doing a great service for every woman you know. (Reference: breast cancer/lymphatics) 

Door stretch 

Put your elbows out on the doorframe with your hands up (like you are in a Western and being told to “stick em up), put one leg in front of the other, lean your body forward while keeping your back foot flat on the ground (this gives the calves a great stretch, another thing most women need due to high heels). 

Hold this position for 15 seconds then do 10 quick little stretches at the end, breathing out with each quick stretch of the chest muscles. Then hold again for 15 seconds This really helps to relax those tight muscles. Then switch legs and repeat.
                                                                                                                                           
Stay happy, healthy and positive,                                                                                                                                          
Dr. Eugene Charles

Recognize a Stroke by Asking Four Questions

Do you know how to tell if someone (including yourself) is having a stroke?  The sooner you recognize the signs, the sooner the victim can get help and expect a full-recovery. The problem is, many times symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now, doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions, which you can remember by the acronym "STRT":

1* Ask the individual to SMILE.

2* Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) , such as, "It is sunny out today."

3* Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

4* Stick out his/her TONGUE, according to one study. If the tongue is 'crooked' (if it goes to one side or the other) that could be an indication of a stroke.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

What is a stroke?

A stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, so it starts to die. It is the number three cause of death in the United States, behind diseases of the heart and cancer, according to the American Stroke Association.

Everyone should take a moment out of their day to review the warning signs of a stroke from the American Stroke Association. It could save your life or the life of a friend/loved one.

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*Doctor is Latin for teacher...be a great doctor and teach this to all of your patients*

Stay happy and stay healthy,

Dr. Charles

How to Treat a Sprained Pelvis or Piriformis Syndrome Using the Serola Sacroiliac Belt

This one is for you, doctors! In this video, Dr. Eugene Charles explains how to treat a sprained pelvis (or Piriformis Syndrome) by using the Serola Sacroiliac belt by Dr. Serola. This is a simple, yet effective approach to treat low back pain, sciatica, bladder issues and ovary and prostate problems. It could be worn sitting at your desk at work all day, during exercise or during daily activities. Check out the belt at: http://www.serola.net/

 

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Allergies and Weight Loss

If you think about it, spring is actually the beginning of the new year. It is the time of life and growth and should be the time for us to set new goals and wake up from the cold cocoon of winter. Well, spring is here and so are allergies (for many of us) along with 10 pounds of bloat from too much holiday cheer and too little movement. This epidemic of allergies and weight gain can be disheartening especially when we feel it is a vicious cycle with no end in sight. The good news is, I have developed a remedy that seems to work miracles on both. I am not going to get into the physiology of it here, but the formula I have come up with, after 24 years in practice, to help with spring allergies and weight loss, is becoming known to my patients as "Dr. C's Spring Cleaning Drink" to help with Weight Loss and Allergies.

The formula for Dr. C's Spring Cleaning Drink is:

Dandelion root and apple cider vinegar. That's right, dandelion root and apple cider vinegar mixed with 6 oz of water. Have this three times a day between meals and before bedtime.

1) Dandelion: It's almost as if nature has those pesky dandelions to help us with these 2 common spring time problems. Dandelion is known to help with digestion, liver and kidney function and as a blood purifier. It is believed to get bile flowing, and the fat with it, as well as a diuretic to shed excess water weight. I believe that it can desensitize people to spring time allergens, perhaps by helping the liver.

2) Apple cider vinegar: This product has been used as a weight loss remedy for thousands of years. It may help you to feel full, or just help with digestion. Either way it seems to work. Same with allergies. I know getting alkaline is the current rage, and with good reason, but Dr. Royal Lee, who started Standard Process, the oldest vitamin company in the country, made some compelling points about acidifying the body (intelligently) to help with allergies and arthritis.

Good Brands:

You can use Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar or Heinz. Both yield ideal results.

Naturally check with your physician before starting anything new for possible side effects see here.

For dandelion root, I like to use Nature's Answers Alcohol Free and follow the instructions on how to use it 3 times a day. You can also add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to this to make the spring cleaning drink.

When taking Apple Cider Vinegar, Brush Your Teeth Immediately

Make sure you brush your teeth immediately after drinking apple cider vinegar due to the acidity of the vinegar. If you don't want to bother with adding this to the dandelion, then just do a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar right before bed then brush your teeth with a good baking soda toothpaste like Tom's or Arm and Hammer.

This should help you to become more active and enjoy the beautiful springtime with clear eyes and nose and a leaner waist.

Stay healthy and stay positive.

Applied Kinesiology in My Own Words

Patients and doctors alike often ask me, “What is applied kinesiology?” I would like to take this time to share with you my definition of applied kinesiology (AK).

In my opinion, AK is true functional medicine. It takes into account all the interacting systems contained within the body.

Specifically: 1) The muscles, bones and ligaments 2) The nutritional/chemical 3) The psychological components

All of these must be balanced for harmony and health. Once the imbalance (or dysfunction) has been diagnosed, the most appropriate therapy is initiated. These therapies will be directed to normalize the interactions of the body, mind and spirit of the person.

Chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, nutrition, exercise, cranial-sacral therapy, emotional releases and thought process development are some of the techniques integrated into the applied kinesiologist’s armamentarium. With such a vast array of therapeutic options, the kinesiologist is able to conform a treatment protocol to meet the individual’s unique needs instead of trying to alter the patient to the only therapy that the doctor knows.

This flexibility allows the doctor to treat the person who has the condition and not the condition that has the person.

Applied kinesiology is a healing system that is constantly being refined by doctors all over the world and of every discipline. This is why I am always reading and going to seminars. I am in constant training in order to keep expanding my knowledge as well as my service to you and your family.

In my mind, there is nothing quite like applied kinesiology and this is what makes it sometimes difficult to explain. I hope I did an adequate job for you and I look forward to keeping you healthy for a long time to come.

Best wishes to your continued good health and success.

Eugene Charles D.C. DIBAK Diplomate International Board of Applied Kinesiology

Treating Muscle and Bone Problems with the Vibracussor®

Dear Doctors, This post is for you. The following video clip is a demonstration of me using the VibraCussor by IMPAC, Inc. to treat myogelosis, or a thickening of the muscles. No one should ever attempt any of what they see here unless they are trained and certified in professional Applied Kinesiology.

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Ward Off the Flu from You and Your Family

No one wants the flu. So, how do we prevent it during the winter months when everyone is in cooped up quarters and the people around us seem to be rapidly succumbing to this awful virus? Well, take a deep breath and read on to arm yourself with knowledge and tips.

The key to preventing and limiting the effects of the flu is to understand that IT IS NOT THE VIRUS ALONE THAT CAUSES THE FLU. If this were the case, everyone would be getting it all the time. It is the body that must be able to keep the effects of the virus at bay.

The following are tips to protect against the flu. The first three tips address the body itself and the last two deals with limiting exposure to the virus

TAKE SUPPLEMENTS TO IMMUNIZE YOURSELF.

Build your immune system now and your body will thank you later. Andrographis, astragalus as well as calcium lactate all help keep your immune system strong against viruses like the flu. Also, at least 50% of the immune system is in the gut. Therefore, 64 oz (2 Liters) of water per day, probiotics such as acidophilus found in natural yogurt (though supplement pills are recommended), and daily bowel movements help regulate the approximately 28-feet of intestines inside your body.

SLEEP.

A run-down body is more susceptible to getting sick. S-L-E-E-P. I can’t emphasis it enough. Get at least 8-hours of rest at night and take a 15-minute power nap in the afternoon if you are feeling a little tired. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. If you’re feeling inescapably tired at work – use part of your lunch break to shut your eyes and recharge. When dogs get tired, they don’t drink coffee and keep going. They lie down and rest. Not only do you heal your body physically when you rest, but mentally as well. Lastly, check your mattress. If you are waking up sore or fatigued, it may be time to get a new one. I recommend Duxiana, Tempurepedic, Posturepedic and Beauty Rest.

CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS.

A quiet piece of American history is that the flu epidemic of 1918 is the single event most responsible for chiropractic growing to become the largest American-born health profession. People were dying from this terrible epidemic with a notable exception of people being treated with the new healing procedure known as chiropractic adjustments. Why? Because proper movement of the spine influences the nervous system, which in turn, controls the immune system. Chiropractic adjustments are another way to strengthen your immunity. So, get a precise chiropractic adjustment regularly and keep your neurology functioning optimally.

WASH, SWEAT, EXERCISE AND BATHE IN SALT.

Skin is the biggest organ of our bodies and it is greatly responsible for our interaction with the environment. Can anyone even count how many objects, people, surfaces, doorknobs, handles and light switches they have touched in a given day? You need to keep your hands clean and avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes at all costs unless your hands are thoroughly clean. It’s also important to remember to wash with natural soaps as much as you can – not the antibacterial type – and avoid touching high microbe areas such as door knobs and public toilets. Use your sleeve or a piece of paper-towel. Don’t be afraid of looking strange to others. You should never be ashamed of protecting your health. Also, the skin is a way of keeping viruses from accumulating in the body. Sweating and salt-water baths are excellent means of cleansing your internal environment. Exercise or visit the sauna 3-4 times per week and take weekly warm water salt-water baths for 20-minutes at a time. Masada Dead Sea salts are exceptional. While in the bath, treat yourself with a medicinal drink of green tea with a tablespoon of raw honey and apple cider vinegar – both are excellent immune builders. Remember to brush your teeth right afterwards, though, because apple cider vinegar is very acidic and can damage tooth enamel.

CLOSE YOUR MOUTH, BREATHE THROUGH YOUR NOSE!

Breathe the way nature intended – through your nose. One of the first things I watch with new patients is how they breathe. Mouth breathers seem to get more infections, lung problems and sore throats. Your two nostrils have small hairs that filter, humidify and ionize the air that enters your lungs and then your blood stream. So be sure to breathe through your nose.

Stay healthy and stay positive,

Dr. Charles

Okay, you ate it. Now what?

What’s the remedy for that McDonald’s Sausage Biscuit you put down for breakfast this morning or that Big Mac you swore you wouldn’t eat last week but did it anyway? Nothing.

You could pray all you want for an antidote for this one, but I’m afraid the gods of evil grease are just too powerful to completely reverse fast food induced damage. Think about that the next time you “forget” to make yourself a healthy sandwich or “don’t have time” to prepare a fresh salad.

The simplest way to put it is like this: There is absolutely zero nutritional value in most fast foods, so you’re better off skipping lunch or finding a speedy alternative before your bad conscience materializes in the form of a little devil over your head and tempts you to spend on a Dollar Menu item to keep your growling tummy at bay during the 3 o’clock meeting.

You might choose to let your tummy growl if you only knew how badly your body was suffering internally after eating fast food. At fast food restaurants, serving sizes are bigger than they should be, filled with calories and sugar, and packed with trans-fats and partially hydrogenated oils – enough to increase the risk of heart disease, studies show. Compare serving sizes and calories of specific fast foods by clicking here. Fast food is devoid of all things nutritious and basically like a dose of poison for your body.  If you’d like to read more why fast food, even in moderation, is bad for you, click here, but I’m going to tell you about what you can do for your body during those few times you slip up.

Whenever you eat a greasy meal, your liver secretes bile, which is stored by the gall bladder. Bile is released for the purpose of breaking down lipids or fats. So one of the things you could do to help your body’s process of digestion along is to take things that’ll get your fat digesting and bile flowing.

Here are three things that’ll help:

1. Ginger 2. Dandelion 3. Beet leaves

You may also want to incorporate some “good” oils into your diet such as olive oil, flaxseed oil and fish oil. All of these oils will help the bile flow and aid the process of digestion. Most of these are available in pill form if you don’t like how they taste, however, not all vitamins are created equal. I would recommend Standard Process Tuna Omega Oil and Black Currant Seed Oil. These are only available through your doctor (you may contact us to help you find a doctor in your area). The ideal type of olive oil is extra virgin first cold-pressed and stored in a dark container to prevent oxidation. Colavita is an example of a high quality olive oil.

Now that you’ve done this, remember to EXERCISE later that day or the next day. At least 30-minutes of aerobic exercise is needed to metabolize the fat.

Want to learn more about how to offset life’s little indiscretions like this one? Want to know how to healthily neutralize the burden of drinking too much coffee and eating pizza? You can have all these answers and much more for only $6.95 all in my pocket-sized book called “Antidotes for Indiscretions.”

What’s better than the gift of health for family and friends? And doctors, I offer the option to buy these books in bulk if you’d like to sell them in your office with your own personalized labels attached.

Learn more by clicking here or sending questions to CharlesSeminars@gmail.com.

Dr. Eugene Charles Demonstrates Ileocecal Valve Technique

The following video clip is a DEMONSTRATION. No one should ever attempt any of what they see in this clip unless they are trained and certified in Professional Applied Kinesiology. Doctors may purchase my 100-hour Applied Kinesiology DVD and attend Applied Kinesiology workshops to become properly trained in this technique. Click here for a compiled list of other demonstrations shown on the AK DVD.

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Every Back has a Front Attached to it

Sometimes, a back problem may really be a front problem. On the front of every human body lies the ileocecal valve. Let’s call it ICV for short. This little valve is what separates the small intestine from the large intestine. Its function is to prevent food in the large intestine (meant for evacuation) from refluxing back into the small intestine.

But what if this trusty gatekeeper failed to do its job?

If it did, our body would have a landslide of toxins to deal with, and the results wouldn’t be very pretty. Think excruciating low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, inflamed pelvic organs, PMS, bowel changes, dark circles under the eyes. Not enough to make you cringe? Tack on ovarian pain, prostate problems, dizziness, fatigue, severe sinus issues and headaches. I’ll bet that’s enough to ruin your day.

Let’s back up a second, though. How can a little food leaking back into the small intestines cause so many catastrophes? Well, the fact of the matter is that once food enters the large intestines, it’s meant to go nowhere else but OUT. And if it doesn’t, then toxins will build. Such toxicity can cause the body to react by trying to dilute the dangerous wastes by sending fluid to the different areas. And the accumulation of this fluid can lead the above mentioned malfunctions and symptoms.

So how do we keep our ICV working properly on our own?

1) We keep our abdominal muscles strong. Sadly, most abdominal exercises cause more harm than good. I am testing an abdominal exercise I developed to help with low back and ICV problems. I plan on making this available when I am totally satisfied with the results.

2) Having around 20-30 grams of fiber per day helps too. Fiber can be found in foods like salads, fruits, vegetables, bran or high quality fiber products like Whole Food Fiber from Standard Process (available from your doctor) or Psyllium Whole Husks from Yerba Prima (available at your local health food store). Too much or too little can disrupt the valve.

3) Proper walking after meals helps also. If you do not know how to walk properly find an Alexander Technique Practitioner in your area or go to http://www.alexandertech.org/.

Please note: Only a doctor trained to address the ICV can tell you if there is a problem and correct it. Proper treatment of the valve can help with a myriad of conditions as the valve may be the underlying cause of many “overlying” and seemingly random health problems.

For example: trying to help someone with sinus problems without correcting the ICV disturbance is like trying to clear a clogged sink by taking a cup and bailing out the water. The problem is not the sink. It is the plumbing below.

Before anything else, your doctor should examine the ICV and then continue. This goes for severe low back pain, ovarian pain and headaches that have resisted prior treatments and medications.

It was once suggested to me by a doctor that it is impossible to correct an internal organ by external manual pressure. I thought for a moment and seriously asked, "Then how do you explain CPR?" I mean if you can bring someone back to life by compression on the chest then massaging the intestines to help with low back pain or headaches seems pretty believable.

To Your Continued Good Health and Success,

Dr. Eugene Charles

If you think you may have an ICV problem contact charlesinstituteinfo@mac.com or www.icak.com and we will send you the names of doctors in your area who are skilled in Applied Kinesiology.

Doctors, if you would like to learn more about helping your patients with possible ICV problems you can order Session 8 of Applied Kinesiology in Clinical Practice at http://www.charlesseminars.com/producs.html. Workshop Leaders may be available in your area for hands on training.

Working Out Too Hard: Healthy or Health Hazard?

It’s the middle of the summer and if you don't already have your beach body, chances are you're making an effort to get fit fast. In an attempt to shed excess pounds, many people are hitting the gym hard. But here’s the real skinny on exercise: There is such a thing as overtraining. Yes, I said it.

Over doing it in your daily workout regime can leave you sore, more prone to injury and just downright exhausted – none of which are part of the goal. Besides the obvious, the goal of intense exercise should be to sustain energy, not lose it.

After too many bench presses or too many miles of running, muscle soreness is common due to excessive muscle damage and lactic acid build up. Lucky for you, I’m here to bring you ways of counteracting this.

  1. Take Calcium lactate at least once a day
  2. Take Magnesium lactate at least once a day
  3. Stock up on that protein post workout. Whether it be in the form of soft boiled eggs or protein powder blended with bananas and blueberries to perfection, your body needs it.
  4. Plenty of water
  5. Icing down sore areas that feel strained or tired after a strenuous workout for approximately 20 minutes. Note: Remember never to put ice directly on the skin. Wrap ice in a thin towel.

All of the above are key players in helping muscles rebuild and combating soreness and fatigue.

Another two helpers of metabolizing lactic acid out of the muscles are Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and the herb Schisandra. All of these can either be found at a local health food establishment or at www.standardprocess.com.

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N.Y. Yankee player Andy Pettitte needs Professional Applied Kinesiology

Earlier this week, coffee in hand, I was reading the Wall Street Journal. To my surprise, I learned that Andy Pettitte is being put on the disabled list and is likely to be out for four to five weeks. And for what? A groin injury?  I see injuries similar to Pettitte’s on athletes all the time in my office. A groin injury is something that a Professional Applied Kinesiologist could fix and get Pettitte back on the field in approximately one week, if treated right away. 

Professional Applied Kinesiologists believe that a sprain/strain results from an awkward or over exerted movement, which in turn, excites the nerve endings (Golgi tendon organs) at the beginning and end of the muscle to "shut off" the muscle in an attempt to protect it from further harm. 

While Pettitte is bound to receive traditional methods of physical therapy (like electrical muscle stimulation, ice, massage and ultrasound), it’s important to realize that the muscle MUST be functioning properly BEFORE it could be strengthened through any form of physical therapy. Applied Kinesiology uses specific chiropractic techniques, muscle massage therapies, sports nutrition and exercises to get the muscle function working properly. If the muscle function is not restored prior to the more traditional methods of rehabilitation, the healing process will take much longer – like somewhere in the ballpark of three to six weeks, as in Pettitte’s case.  

If Pettitte visited a Professional Applied Kinesiologist, he could expect to receive a therapy known as origin/insertion technique, where the endings of the injured muscle(s) would be stimulated to restore normal function by diminishing the signals from the Golgi Tendon Organs. Pettitte could also expect to undergo what Professional Applied Kinesiologists call “speed healing.”  

Speed healing is the process of restoring the normal tone and function of the muscle so that traditional physical therapy treatments could work more effectively in rehabilitating and strengthening the injured muscle. Muscle strength alone will not do the job – it is with normalized muscle function that a Professional AK comes in to work in conjunction with a physical therapist, strength and conditioning coach and massage therapist. This is the reason similar injuries can lead one athlete to be restored to pre-injury status or can hamper an athlete for the rest of his career. Speed healing was developed specifically for this type of injury 46 years ago and has been used successfully on thousands of professional and amateur athletes worldwide. 

As mentioned, Applied Kinesiology would help Pettite restore normal muscle function so that his groin injury could be rehabilitated more effectively, but he would also need to implicate proper nutrition and vitamins into his lifestyle as a supplement. If I were treating Pettitte, I’d suggest he take the following: 

  1. Raw calcium tablets, which contain the enzyme phosphatase to help the muscle heal
  2. Gotu kola, an herb which has been shown to help muscles to recuperate
  3. An enzyme solution to place on the area to be absorbed through the skin. This aids in decreasing the inflammation and muscle waste products.

Applied Kinesiology works with muscle function, like the gears of a car. Then, it can be exercised, like with a gas pedal. Electrical muscle stimulation, ice, massage and ultrasound are all good techniques and work well WITH Professional Applied Kinesiology (PAK). However, PAK  is very effective at specifying these general therapies to the individual person. The key is that Andy Pettitte would have to be treated RIGHT NOW with Professional Applied Kinesiology. If so, he could be back on the field in one week. If delayed, the injury will take a few days longer to heal for every week the muscle is not treated by a Professional Applied Kinesiologist.  

It’s been said that insanity is doing the same thing but expecting different results. If the traditional course of physical therapy treatment is followed, the results will likely be similar to 2001 when Pettitte suffered a similar injury and had difficulty the remainder of the season. Because of this, there is a high probability that he will not regain the form he displayed over the first half of the season during 2010. But this does not have to be so if Professional Applied Kinesiology was performed in conjunction with the fine treatment he is currently receiving.

Five tips before hitting the beach

To tan, or not to tan? That is, very simply, the question. How much sun exposure is safe for your body is one of the most popular questions asked around summer time – especially during heat waves like the one we just had in New York.

It’s no surprise that many people feel better about themselves when they’re tan. Some people claim it builds their self-esteem and confidence, others say it makes them look thinner.

But on the other hand, it’s no secret that “sun worshipping” can be very dangerous.

In my pocket-sized book, "Antidotes for Indescretions," you can learn specific natural remedies to counteract the negative impact that some foods and lifestyle choices may cause us. In my book, I discuss natural remedies for things like sunburn,  greasy foods, cigarettes and excessive coffee drinking. Learn more about my book here: http://www.charlesseminars.com/producs.html

The most important thing to remember is that sun exposure is like a workout for your skin. Just like exercising is imperative to your overall health, Vitamin D from the sun is important as well. But just like you need to take adequate breaks from exercising so that you don’t fatigue your muscles, you must take breaks from the sun. Like many things in life, neither too much nor too little sun is a good thing.

Here are 5 helpful tips to remember for safe sun exposure:

1. Take your oils before and after sitting in the sun.

And no, I don’t mean sit there and lather on a full bottle of baby oil. The oils I’m talking about are the ones your skin produces naturally.

Sunlight is a powerful oxidizer that tends to pull calcium out of the skin and draw it into the bloodstream because of Vitamin D activation. But taking things like fish oil, flaxseed, black currant seed oil or olive oil before sun exposure will help keep the skin moisturized and pull the calcium back into the skin.

It is also helpful to take calcium lactate to ensure that you have enough calcium in your body for the oils to bring to the skin. And as an added benefit, taking calcium along with oils can prevent things like nasty cold sores.

2. Eat mushrooms before sun exposure.

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, mushrooms may help protect your skin from the sun. Mushrooms contain the enzyme tryosinase, which converts the amino acid tryosine into melanin.  Melanin is what allows us to tan and protects the skin.  Melanin is the pigment that is secreted by melanocytes, a type of cell in your skin. The type, combination of types, and amount of melanin determines things like your hair color and your skin color, both naturally and with sun exposure

Melanin is the body's way of protecting skin from burning, so popping a few mushrooms in your salad the night before a big beach day might just help protect you from the sun’s dangerous rays.

3. Select the right sun screen.

Ultraviolet light from the sun comes in two main wavelengths: UVA and UVB.

UVB is what you want for healthy Vitamin D production. UVA, the deeper penetrating ray, is what causes premature aging and wrinkles. So, be sure to select the sunscreen that protects against UVA rays.

What most people don’t realize is that it takes about 15-20 minutes for sunscreen to start working. Because of this, it is important to apply sunscreen with some time to spare before sitting in the sun. Sunscreens are measured by SPF, or their “sun protection factor.” It is ideal to use a sunscreen with at least 15 SPF; 30 SPF if you’re fair-skinned.

The SPF rating gives you an estimate of how much longer you could stay in the sun without getting sunburned. If you typically burn after 20 minutes and you put on a sunscreen with an SPF of 15, this sunscreen may give you 15 times the protection. That's 15 times 20 minutes, or 300 minutes (5 hours), according to KidsHealth.org.

4. Take antioxidants after sun exposure.

Unprotected overexposure to ultraviolet light from the sun accounts for 90 percent of symptoms of premature skin aging, according to sources. That is because overexposure to the sun damages the moisture barrier in the epidermis layer, and damages collagen fibers in the dermis layer and leads to the accumulation of abnormal elastin. In turn, this may cause the formation of wrinkles and/or dark circles.

To prevent this, nourish your body with things like green tea, cruciferous vegetables, blueberries, grapes and bilberry to counteract the oxidizing and aging effects of the sun.

5. Drink plenty of water.

This one is probably the most obvious tip, yet the most ignored.

Keep hydrated BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER you’re in the sun. Whether you’ve been in the sun for 10-minutes or two-hours, the sun still causes your body to lose water by sweating. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. By that time, you’ve already started to dehydrate.

Remember that the sun is strongest between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., so limit your time in the sun around that time. Also, remember to take breaks by reading a good book in the shade, or going indoors for air conditioning and food.

Happy and safe tanning!

-Dr. Charles

Doctors: Build your practice and increase your ability to heal your patients, Everyone else: Expand your knowledge on natural healing

Greetings Doctors, I hope you have all been enjoying the summer months and that those of you in New York have been keeping cool and hydrated.

I just wanted to remind everyone that my Applied Kinesiology 100-Hour Certification 8 Session Course is now available on DVD. Now you can learn the art of Applied Kinesiology at your leisure in your own home. With these professionally edited DVDs, you may rewind, skip ahead and review all at your own pace. It is all possible now that my DVDs have specifically labeled chapters.

Doctors: By learning Applied Kinesiology, you will increase your chances of permanently healing your patients. You will learn methodical ways to identify and narrow down problems within your patient, how to treat it and help the patient prevent it. Learn to heal through muscle testing and nutrition and give yourself a better opportunity to heal your patients.

Even if you're not a doctor and have never heard of Applied Kinesiology before, you can benefit from my DVDs. You will expand your knowledge on nutrition and lifestyle changes that you can benefit from. You may also learn why you're feeling certain symptoms, alternative options to your regular medications and why you may need to see a kinesiologist.

You can order the DVDs through my website by going to http://www.charlesseminars.com/producs.html

And to review the courses and topics that address everything from intestinal problems to carpal tunnel syndrome, click here.

As an added bonus, here is a sample clip from one of my DVDs:

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Please don't hesitate to send questions, concerns and suggestions to charlesseminars@gmail.com

Enjoy your weekend!