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How does a Chiropractic Adjustment work and why is it so important to overall Health?

This past month:

 Tiger Woods had to pull out of a major PGA Tournament because of back pain
Pope Francis fell while delivering a mass, some say due to his chronic sciatic pain. 
In all likelihood, both incidences could have been avoided had the world’s formerly greatest golfer and the 79-year-old Pontiff received specific chiropractic adjustments to their low backs to help them with their chronic painful conditions.
How does a Chiropractic Adjustment work and why is it so important to overall Health?
Empirical evidence suggests that chiropractic patients tend to be healthier than those who depend on drugs and surgeries to address their health problems. You may ask, “How and why is this?"
First and foremost - Gravity never takes a day off and my job is to improve your “relationship with gravity” by making sure your 206 bones are in alignment. You know that if one of the 4 tires of your car is out of alignment what happens…. imagine any one of the bones of your feet, spine, limbs or skull being misaligned. Like the misaligned tires it will make you move unsteadily and if you don't quickly remedy the misalignment you will have to replace the tire (shoulder, hip or spinal bone).
Currently, there are approximately 285,000 hip replacements and 600,000 knee replacements in the US yearly. The best ways to prevent these are:
1. Keep your joints in alignment through monthly chiropractic adjustments
2. Keep your weight down
3. Put your joints through their full movements. - The 6 Power Kinetics® Movements are great for this. Ask me about these if you don’t know them.
It is not just the biomechanical benefit mentioned above of having your bones in proper alignment that creates your improved health; there are also neurological reasons:
All joints have nerve endings called mechanoreceptors, which tell the brain where the body is in space. When a spinal vertebra for instance is stuck within its normal range of motion the mechanoreceptors lose the impulse and the integrity of the nervous system is compromised - this can lead to pain, loss of sensation, muscle spasms (as the body tries to make the bone move) and has autonomic consequences to the related organs in the area. (via the intermediolateral cell column of the spinal cord, which allows communication between the muscle and the related organ)
Therefore, a chiropractic adjustment does not just “un-pinch a nerve” it stimulates the mechanoreceptors in that joint and affects the entire nervous system and thereby the entire body. In other words, a spinal adjustment actually “un-pinches the entire nervous system.” 

This is how it helps people with other health issues besides back pain and sciatica such as allergies, digestive problems, headaches, chronic fatigue, ADHD, skin issues (the largest organ of the body)  visual disturbances… and basically anything connected with the nervous system, which is everything since the nervous system controls every muscle, gland and organ in the body.

If you look at people who regularly receive specific chiropractic treatments they are not only straighter and in less pain… they have more vitality! This is how you will be if you maintain your good health by including the necessary and often overlooked aspect of keeping your joints in proper alignment and your nervous system free of avoidable tension.
To your great health,
Eugene Charles, D.C. DIBAK
Diplomate, International Board of Applied Kinesiology
Incidentally, Dr. Charles’ training manual, Precision Adjusting For The Master Chiropractor, is in every Chiropractic College in the United States. 
Photo: Dr. Charles restoring normal motion to a patient’s low back 
(From Precision Adjusting For The Master Chiropractor by Eugene Charles, D.C.)

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!


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.


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.

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

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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

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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=]

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
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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