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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
 
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*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

 

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

www.charlesseminars.com

www.appliedkinesiologycenterofnewyork.com

*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.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ld-5-Um-TEw

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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

 

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Beating Ebola Hysteria

A doctor who returned to New York City from Africa 10 days ago was rushed in an ambulance with a police escort from his Harlem home to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday, sources said. Dr. Charles is disseminating the information below from The Centers For Disease Control to his doctors. He thought you should also know the truth and see there is no reason for hysteria.

Essentially, unless you come into intimate contact with someone infected with Ebola—you are fine.

Similar to preventing infection from ANY virus make sure you:

1. Breathe through your nose. You breathe 20,000 times a day so you better do it right!
Your nose FILTERS, HUMIDIFIES and IONIZES the air entering your body; oxygen is the most abundant element of your body—65% of YOU is OXYGEN—so you want it as pure as possible.

 

2. Wash your hands regularly with soap (NOTbactericidal) and water.

 

3. Drink two liters of pure water daily.

 
4. Exercise six days a week, and break a sweat on at least three of those days. When you're not working out make sure you're body is moving ten minutes out of every hour.
 
5. Be sure to have a daily dowel movement (t's not glamorous but along with sweating it is the best way to detoxify your body).
 
6. Get eight hours of sound sleep.
 

7. Receive monthly chiropractic/kinesiology treatments to enhance the strength of your immune system. To find a great doctor in your area go to: http://www.charlesseminars.com/AKdoctors.html

 

*8. (OPTIONAL): Take one ImmunoMax daily—and other nutritional supplements—from here: http://www.charlesseminars.com/PowerKineticsVitamins.html

 

*REMEMBER: YOU are much Bigger than a virus. If you keep yourself strong with these seven easy tips you will beat any bug and stay healthy!

 

To Actualizing Your Potential and Living as Richly as possible,

Eugene Charles, D.C., DIBAK Diplomate, International Board of Applied Kinesiology www.charlesseminars.com

 

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Evaluating Patients for Ebola: CDC Recommendations for Clinicians

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Health Advisory

October 03, 2014

  • The first case of Ebola virus disease (Ebola) diagnosed in the United States was reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by Dallas County Health and Human Services on September 28, 2014, and laboratory-confirmed by CDC and the Texas Laboratory Response Network (LRN) laboratory on September 30. The patient departed Monrovia, Liberia, on September 19, and arrived in Dallas, Texas, on September 20. The patient was asymptomatic during travel and upon his arrival in the United States; he fell ill on September 24 and sought medical care at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas on September 26. He was treated and released. On September 28, he returned to the same hospital and was admitted for treatment.

The purpose of this HAN Advisory is to remind healthcare personnel and health officials to:

1. Increase their vigilance in inquiring about a history of travel to Ebola-affected countries in the 21 days before illness onset for any patient presenting with fever or other symptoms consistent with Ebola;

2. Isolate patients who report a travel history to an Ebola-affected country (currently Liberia, Sierra Leone, Senegal, and Guinea) and who are exhibiting Ebola symptoms in a private room with a private bathroom and implement standard, contact, and droplet precautions (gowns, facemask, eye protection, and gloves); and

3. Immediately notify the local/state health department.

Background

The first known case of Ebola with illness onset and laboratory confirmation in the United States occurred in Dallas, Texas, on September 2014, in a traveler from Liberia. The West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea are experiencing the largest Ebola epidemic in history. From March 24, 2014, through September 23, 2014, there have been 6,574 total cases (3,626 were laboratory-confirmed) and 3,091 total deaths reported in Africa.

Ebola is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of four viruses (Ebolavirus genus) that cause disease in humans. Ebola infection is associated with fever of greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F, and additional symptoms such as severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or unexplained hemorrhage. Ebola is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with blood or body fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, feces, vomit, sweat, breast milk, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola or contact with objects (such as needles and syringes) that have been contaminated with these fluids. Ebola is not spread through the air or water. The main source for spread is human-to-human transmission.

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Avoiding contact with infected persons (as well as potentially infected corpses) and their blood and body fluids is of paramount importance. Persons are not contagious before they are symptomatic. The incubation period (the time from exposure until onset of symptoms) is typically 8-10 days, but can range from 2-21 days. Additional information is available at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html.

Recommendations

Early recognition is critical to controlling the spread of Ebola virus. Consequently, healthcare personnel should elicit the patient's travel history and consider the possibility of Ebola in patients who present with fever, myalgia, severe headache, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, or unexplained bleeding or bruising. Should the patient report a history of recent travel to one of the affected West African countries (Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea) and exhibit such symptoms, immediate action should be taken. The Ebola algorithm for the evaluation of a returned traveler and the checklist for evaluation of a patient being evaluated for Ebola are available at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/ebola-algorithm.pdf and http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/checklist-patients-evaluated-us-evd.pdf.

 Patients in whom a diagnosis of Ebola is being considered should be isolated in a single room (with a private bathroom), and healthcare personnel should follow standard, contact, and droplet precautions, including the use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Infection control personnel and the local health department should be immediately contacted for consultation.

The following guidance documents provide additional information about clinical presentation and clinical course of Ebola virus disease, infection control, and patient management:

The case definitions for persons under investigation (PUI) for Ebola, probable cases, and confirmed cases as well as classification of exposure risk levels are at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/case-definition.html.

Persons at highest risk of developing infection are:

  • those who have had direct contact with the blood and body fluids of an individual diagnosed with Ebola — this includes any person who provided care for an Ebola patient, such as a healthcare provider or family member not adhering to recommended infection control precautions (i.e., not wearing recommended PPE)
  • those who have had close physical contact with an individual diagnosed with Ebola
  • those who lived with or visited the Ebola-diagnosed patient while he or she was ill.

Persons who have been exposed, but who are asymptomatic, should be instructed to monitor their health for the development of fever or symptoms for 21 days after the last exposure. Guidelines for monitoring and movement of persons who have been exposed to Ebola are available at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/monitoring-and-movement-of-persons-with-exposure.html.

Diagnostic tests are available for detection of Ebola at LRN laboratories as well as CDC. Consultation with CDC is required before shipping specimens to CDC. Information about diagnostic testing for Ebola can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/interim-guidance-specimen-collection-submission-patients-suspected-infection-ebola.html.

Healthcare personnel in the United States should immediately contact their state or local health department regarding any person being evaluated for Ebola if the medical evaluation suggests that diagnostic testing may be indicated. If there is a high index of suspicion, U.S. health departments should immediately report any probable cases or PUI (http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/case-definition.html) to CDC's Emergency Operations Center at 770-488-7100.

Patients in whom a diagnosis of Ebola is being considered should be isolated in a single room (with a private bathroom), and healthcare personnel should follow standard, contact, and droplet precautions, including the use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Infection control personnel and the local health department should be immediately contacted for consultation.

The following guidance documents provide additional information about clinical presentation and clinical course of Ebola virus disease, infection control, and patient management:

The case definitions for persons under investigation (PUI) for Ebola, probable cases, and confirmed cases as well as classification of exposure risk levels are at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/case-definition.html.

Persons at highest risk of developing infection are:

  • those who have had direct contact with the blood and body fluids of an individual diagnosed with Ebola — this includes any person who provided care for an Ebola patient, such as a healthcare provider or family member not adhering to recommended infection control precautions (i.e., not wearing recommended PPE)
  • those who have had close physical contact with an individual diagnosed with Ebola
  • those who lived with or visited the Ebola-diagnosed patient while he or she was ill.

Persons who have been exposed, but who are asymptomatic, should be instructed to monitor their health for the development of fever or symptoms for 21 days after the last exposure. Guidelines for monitoring and movement of persons who have been exposed to Ebola are available at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/monitoring-and-movement-of-persons-with-exposure.html.

Diagnostic tests are available for detection of Ebola at LRN laboratories as well as CDC. Consultation with CDC is required before shipping specimens to CDC. Information about diagnostic testing for Ebola can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/interim-guidance-specimen-collection-submission-patients-suspected-infection-ebola.html.

Healthcare personnel in the United States should immediately contact their state or local health department regarding any person being evaluated for Ebola if the medical evaluation suggests that diagnostic testing may be indicated. If there is a high index of suspicion, U.S. health departments should immediately report any probable cases or PUI (http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/case-definition.html) to CDC's Emergency Operations Center at 770-488-7100.

White Death: The New Plague

In October 1347 “death ships” arrived in Sicily from the Far East where the sailors were discovered to be dead or dying. The ships were ordered immediately out of the harbor, but it was too late to stop the Black Death!

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We are all familiar with history and how in the Middle Ages the Black Death, or bubonic plague, killed approximately 20 million people in Europe (1/3 of the European population).

People initially believed it was the work of a vengeful God striking out; eventually the truth came out; it was brought about by human disregard for sanitation and public health and that flea carrying rats were the real culprit in spreading the bacteria which took so many lives.

 

 


It is said that history repeats itself, and here in this New Age we have a "White Plague" killing millions who don’t even know they are being killed. In this case, it is human arrogance and greed who are force feeding the world processed or bleached foods—devoid of any nutrition—which is slowly sucking the life out of people who are being fed like pigs or cattle. In fact, the Journal Science reported in 1946 that cattle were fed Vitamin E deficient cereal and showed no signs of health problems—until they died from HEART FAILURE! That’s right, the first sign that there was a problem from eating processed food was DEATH! (How many times have you heard of someone who was in great health and then died suddenly? Don’t you see, he did NOT die SUDDENLY…he died slowly!)

I call this bleached, chlorinated, polished, processed food—White Food.

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This includes: white bread, white sugar, white rice and non-organic pasteurized milk. (How do you think the bread, sugar and rice became white? This is not their natural color).

Like the rats that brought us the The Black Death; this epidemic is being spread by self-centered “rats” who are more interested in profit than bringing "life giving food" to people and are unleashing the White Death upon the world.

This White Death Plague can be traced back to the 1940’s when a milkshake machine salesman named Ray Kroc saw an opportunity to capitalize on the assembly line methods of preparing hamburgers, fries and milkshakes of the McDonald brothers in San Bernardino, California.

The first McDonalds 1398 North E. Street at West 14th Street in San Bernardino, California

Kroc arrived in San Bernardino and wanted to expand the small chain into a global franchise. He succeeded. Now there’s nothing wrong with thinking big but as you know when you sacrifice quality for quantity—especially with what is suppose to be LIFE-GIVING food—the wheels are in motion for the plague of a slow death.

In the aftermath of the FAST FOOD explosion came the rise of SLOW DEATH from obesity, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, heart disease and brain death in the form of Alzheimer's and dementia. This makes one wonder; a Happy Meal is happy for who, the corporation? It certainly is not for the children who, with every bite, are heading down the path to the above diseases!

Like the previous plague this opportunistic entity continues to spread death throughout the world, just more slowly. Whereas, the first plague was like putting people in boiling water and killing them quickly; this new plague is similar to putting people in comfortable warm water and then slowly bringing the water to a life ending boil.

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The above is just as truthful as tobacco causing slow death. In fact, JUNK FOOD should carry the same warning labels as tobacco products WARNING: May cause obesity, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, heart and brain disease.

Florida, whose goal it is to be Healthiest State in the Nation, struck a blow against the forces that are killing people when a jury upheld a $23.6 billion lawsuit against tobacco giant R.J Reynolds. I see no reason why Florida and every other state cannot start collecting punitive damages against fast food giants like McDonalds who use the same tactics the tobacco companies did to deceive and essentially murder people with their poisonous products.

Want proof? How about the fact that from 1950 - 2000 obesity rates in the US have increased by 214% and diabetes has increased by 500%. Along with the physical damage the economic costs are staggering. In 2012 diabetes alone reached a total cost of $245 billion yearly in the US!

This epidemic has now spread across the globe wherever the golden arches have invaded. According to The Wall Street Journal there is such an epidemic of diabetes and obesity in the Persian Gulf region with the explosion of junk food that it is now considered a national problem. BTW: This is one of the few areas globally where McDonalds delivers!

Snapshot of McDonalds in Dubai

While I feel there is nothing wrong with occasional junk food (actually that term has lost its meaning…let’s call it garbage food) the problem occurs when it is mistaken for actual food and eaten daily. Look, if I could I would eat pizza three times a day... I would! However, I realize that I just don’t feel well when I do. For example, I broke down and had a McDonalds in Disney World (another topic) and afterwards I felt gross. I was still starving due to the fact my muscles and brain received NO nutrition. So while I consumed fat creating calories I still felt the need to eat more due to the lack of vital nutrients. I feel it would have been healthier if i would have eaten the cardboard box—at least I would have gotten some fiber!

If only McDonalds, and the other garbage food outlets, would stop trying to manipulate people’s minds with clowns and commercials, and manipulate our taste buds with additives and addictive chemicals and find ways to make their “food” more nutritious. They could really make a difference in improving people’s lives instead of slowly ending people’s lives as they are doing now. In fact, with their top notch business principles they can still earn billions of dollars, help people get life giving food and... They could sleep well at night.

There you have it—the White Death. Save yourself and your children by quarantining everyone far away from this contagious circle of insidious death. Try going without garbage food for one month and see how you feel. Watch your skin clear up; your body and mind rejuvenate and your energy soar. Stop treating your body like a garbage can and treat it for what it is—the palace you currently live in.

To Actualizing Your Potential and Your Great Health and Success,

Eugene Charles, D.C., DIBAK Diplomate, International Board of Applied Kinesiology www.charlesseminars.com

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Tommy John Surgery or Dr. George Goodheart Treatments?

How applied kinesiology can be an integral part of an athlete’s recovery from injuries: Starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka #19 of the New York Yankees sits in the dugout after leaving the game during the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians on July 8th, 2014

Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka suffered an elbow injury that will keep him off the mound for at least 6 weeks. The Wall Street Journal's Daniel Barbarisi reports that Tanaka has a slight tear of his ulnar collateral ligament. We all know that a full tear means Tommy John surgery, and rightly so. The surgery is a modern marvel and has become more famous than the pitcher it is named after!

As these excellent doctors try their best to successfully heal Mr. Tanaka’s elbow—so he can avoid surgery—I will share with you how applied kinesiology could be added to the team approach to healing this athlete (and we are all athletes in our own way) and perhaps help save his career.

Applied kinesiology is another modern marvel started by a man who is not as famous as Tommy John. His name is Dr. George Goodheart and he developed a healing system known as applied kinesiology. It proved to be so successful that Dr. Goodheart was selected to the Olympic Medical Committee in 1980 when he healed the injured hamstring of the Medical Committee Chairman - Dr. Irving Dardik, after other therapies could not!

In this case, and with the information available to me—Mr. Tanaka complaining of arm fatigue, pitching on less rest than he did in Japan, and the assurance that there was no traumatic event like a loud pop—here is my suggestion of what applied kinesiology can add to the therapies being used:

An elbow joint showing all 3 joints.

1. It sounds like his elbow is not moving properly and has what is known as a subluxation. A subluxation is where the joint is NOT dislocated, however it is not moving 100% properly either. It is stuck somewhere in between, literally! The elbow is comprised of three joints (humero-radial, humero-ulnar, proximal radio-ulnar) and it appears that at least one of the joints is not functioning in the proper manner.

*A manual adjustment is needed to realign one or all three of the joints. Most likely in this case the humero-ulnar joint is subluxated and causing excessing strain on the ligament that connects the two bones—the infamous ulnar collateral ligament. This joint is probably not moving properly with many pitchers and this may be a major reason they end up tearing the ligament due to the elbow’s compromised position. After all, if it was just a case of overuse then ALL pitchers would get this when they hit a certain cumulative pitch count (This adjustment helps to heal the joint).

Anatomy of the elbow.

2. Kinesiological techniques to restore optimal function to the muscles around the elbow (pronator teres, supinator, wrist flexors etc.) These are specific massage techniques that restore the muscle to its pre-injury status. These techniques should be employed BEFORE physical therapy is initiated (This helps to heal the muscles).

3. Percussion therapy over the ulnar collateral ligament to induce the fibroblasts to synthesize collagen and promote the healing and strengthening of the ligament (This helps to heal the ligaments).

The Vibracussor® instrument.

4. NUTRITION—The last aspect that is so often overlooked in ALL injuries is the need for the nutrition that the body needs to heal. Nutrients to stop inflammation and promote the healing of muscles, tendons and ligaments are needed for a complete recovery. This is an entire topic in itself.

Briefly, Vitamin C and the mineral manganese are essential to heal ligaments; omega oils and herbs like curcumin, ginger and boswellia help stop inflammation; and my PROFESSIONAL SPORTS INJURY SECRET—natural anti-histamines! That’s right, natural anti-histamines. Why? Because when a joint is injured it disrupts mast cells which release histamines and cause excessive pain and inflammation. I have used natural anti-histamines with amazing results in healing injured ankles, shoulders, wrists….and yes, elbows (This helps to heal the joint, muscles and ligaments).

Now you have it. How applied kinesiology can be an asset in assisting the medical team working on Masahiro Tanaka’s elbow. It can bring another set of tools to the "Medical Pit Crew” working earnestly to help this athlete do what he loves. This goes for all athletes and remember WE ARE ALL ATHLETES IN OUR OWN WAY!

 

To Actualizing Your Potential and Your Great Health and Success,

Eugene Charles, D.C., DIBAK Diplomate, International Board of Applied Kinesiology www.charlesseminars.com

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Galileo proving the Sun is the center of our universe. When Galileo asked the Church Fathers to look through his telescope, legend has it they refused. Even though he wanted to show them the truth—that the sun and not the earth, was the center of our solar system—they would have none of it.

A new study recently came out, yet again, proving that the United States Health System is DEAD LAST among the 11 industrialized nations in our world. See here http://bit.ly/TFkWwV

I just returned from a trip to Washington D.C. where top professional Applied Kinesiologists from all over the world gathered for our annual international meeting (www.icakusa.com), and as I listened to these brilliant doctors talk about their newest clinical research and saw such a panorama of answers to the current problems with the US Healthcare system, I felt like I was LOOKING THROUGH GALILEO'S TELESCOPE and seeing the truth.

What is currently being done in America is not working, and doing less of it is NOT the answer. Embracing Holistic Healing Systems; such as applied kinesiology, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, exercise & nutrition and adding it to the excellent heroic medicine that we have in our emergency rooms throughout the country is THE ANSWER.

Let’s lose the PILL FOR A PROBLEM mentality of our failing US Healthcare System and put our American ingenuity to work. Doing the same thing everyday and expecting different results is insanity... It’s time to stop drugging ourselves up and start improving our health with holistic healing systems that are proving they work everyday in doctors’ offices all over the globe!

Best wishes to your Great Health & Success,

Eugene Charles, D.C., DIBAK Diplomate, International Board of Applied Kinesiology www.charlesseminars.com

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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

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.

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.

Kinesiology explained by me

Here is a clip of me explaining to a room full of doctors what Applied Kinesiology is. I hope this serves as supplement to my last blog post. This clip was taken from the Applied Kinesiology 100-Hour Certification 8 Session Course which is now available on DVD. For more details, including prices and ordering information, click here.

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