The Paradox of Stress: The Silent Killer

STRESS. You hear about it on a daily basis. However, did you know that the word stress did not exist in many languages until around the year 1936. It was an endocrinologist, Dr. Hans Selye who coined the phrase to mean, “The non-specific response of the body to any demand for change.” When he lectured about stress around the world, certain languages did not have a word for stress at the time and had to come up with one. Dr. Selye reportedly joked that he would be known as the man who introduced the word stress to much of the world.

What is no joke is how the constant stress we live under is different from the way our physiology was developed to handle it. In other words, our outer world is beating our inner world in the adaptation process and if Darwin is right…we are in trouble.

Our stress glands, our adrenal glands, were made to secrete adrenaline to make you run faster or become more alert temporarily to handle a crisis. It looks like we are running on adrenaline due to the constant barrage to our senses. In other words, what I see with my patients is that we are running in crisis mode from the moment we wake up to the time we go to sleep, and some of us continue the barrage into our sleep. What does this mean?

This means we are burning ourselves out from the inside. The adrenals protect us not just from the external environment but also from our internal one. The adrenals also secrete hormones to prevent our immune system from attacking ourselves. I believe this is why we are seeing a rise in autoimmune diseases and well as inflammatory ones. This in conjunction with elevated blood pressure, pulse and heart rate may be a common thread in most of what is killing people in “civilized society.”

The problem can be either a constant barrage of stress or a single event that is overwhelming. The key point is that stress is cumulative. Depending on your current levels of both internal and external stress you may become stronger or you may breakdown or become ill.

The Paradox of Stress is that in and of itself some stress is good. For example, stress in the form of exercise is good for you in that your muscles respond to the push ups you are doing and they become stronger. If you begin walking every day your heart and lungs adapt to provide your body with more life-giving oxygen.

What makes stress good or bad?

My professional opinion is that your mental attitude is a big factor. I say this because many factors come into play when you realize that some people who seem like they are doing the right things fare worse than those who seem not to. For example, Warren Buffet reportedly drinks six Cherry Cokes a day and eats McDonald’s regularly and is still going strong at 86.(God Bless) Meanwhile, J.I. Rodale, a pioneering health advocate known as “Mr. Organic,” died on the Dick Cavett Show moments after he claimed he was going to live to be 100. He was 72 years old. I don’t know much about Mr. Rodale but I do know that people say that Mr. Buffet laughs often, and always did, and that he, “Tap dances to work everyday.”

So what is the answer? How do we make sense out of what is apparently senseless? I can tell you this: I have studied health and fitness for over 40 years and I am not arrogant enough to claim that I know for sure. However, I do have my thoughts on the matter and I will share with you that I believe the answer lies in the saying, “Health is what you do FOR your body minus what you do TO your body.” In other words, do more healthy things and reduce negative or “stressful” things and you will probably enjoy life more richly. How do you do this?

You can decrease your internal stress by having an optimistic attitude, laugh often (especially at yourself), eat as natural as you can but don’t worry about it. I feel it is better to happily eat a slice of pizza than to self-righteously, or through self-abnegation, pick at organic kale.

There used to be a bumper sticker that said, “Whoever dies with the most toys wins.” The years have shown that this is not true. What appears to be true is that, “Whoever can best handle stress wins.” You can do more things, enjoy greater experiences and appreciate more of the riches of life when you do not let stress get the better of you. You can do all this pain-free and with your faculties operating at their highest level when your stress levels are below your breaking point. You best accomplish this by simultaneously raising your threshold by becoming more adept at adapting and by lower your stress levels.

Become a Master of Serenity by decreasing stress where you can, internally start by not taking things personally and externally by increasing the probability of enjoying a long, healthy life by doing the following recommendations. There seems to be no guarantees in life but there are probabilities. For example, if you look both ways before crossing the street you increase the probability of not getting hit by a car.

Likewise, if you:

  1. Eat well, this includes enjoying what you are eating
  2. Drink filtered water
  3. Be optimistic and surround yourself with positive people
  4. Do work that you love
  5. Laugh easily, especially at yourself
  6. Relax – this includes recreational activities, meditation, volunteering, etc.
  7. See a Health Care Practitioner on a regular basis who works using Timeless Health Principles

You increase the probability of having a long life filled with Health, Wealth and Wisdom.

Many people do not understand how holistic doctors use natural therapies to help your body to adapt to this brave new world we live in. These doctors decrease your internal stress by ensuring your bones are in alignment, your muscles are relaxed and your nutrient levels are optimal.

If I am correct in my assertion that stress may be the underlying factor that causes ill health, this sheds light on the mystery as to why some people who seem like they should be healthy aren’t and those whose habits should make them sick, live to a ripe old age.

If this is the case and the above insights in conjunction with you maintaining a positive attitude are an important factor in relieving stress – you will feel better immediately and continue to feel better for a long time. Especially if you learn to let go, stay relaxed and don’t confuse inconveniences with catastophes.

Look it at this way, if I’m wrong about holistic health care and an optimistic attitude adding to your health and longevity you will be so busy enjoying yourself every day you won’t even notice.

To Your Long and Lasting Health,

Dr. Eugene Charles

Applied Kinesiology Center of New York

See more at An Optimistic Attitude and your Health



Muscle Testing for Environmental Toxins including Furniture and Receipts

Detoxification is a common phrase in holistic medicine. Nearly everyone has a “Detox” program ranging from supplements to sweat lodges. However, you can get, “Toxed out” from outside factors also and you need to be aware of these serious health offenders.

A dramatic case recently occurred whereby a doctor who is a patient complained of severe fatigue of unknown origin. No cause could be found and examination revealed no credible reason for such an extreme case of lethargy. Frustration led to intense questioning about any new dietary changes, exercise habits, recent travels or sleep patterns. A negative answer to all led to the question, “Tell me… has anything different happened recently before you started feeling this fatigue”

The excited response was, “Yes, I finally got a reading chair that I have been wanting for years. WHY?” Well, if that is the only new change in your life preceding this health problem, logic dictates we must start there. We need to see if your new chair is affecting your health.

His wife, who is also a student of mine in Applied Kinesiology, muscle tested him when he was sitting comfortably in his chair and she discovered that within ten seconds of being in the chair every muscle in his body weakened. My suggestion to throw out the chair or keep it as an ornament was not well received. His wife had a third alternative suggestion, one that she learned from another Applied Kinesiologist, of spraying Scotchgard™ on the chair to seal in the toxic fumes from the fabric. (The ingredients in Scotchgard™ look somewhat toxic too but sometimes you have to fight fire with fire)

They did just that and afterwards, the doctor was able to sit in his new reading chair and has had no complaints of debilitating fatigue ever since. It seems they need to apply the sealant spray every two months. In addition to creating a barrier to the toxins, I recommended a high quality nutritional supplement to help his liver to detoxify his bloodstream. Power Lean Greens.

This case shows how your environment can affect you in a negative way. Likewise, if you are in a house with plenty of natural sunlight, plants, beautiful artwork and a sense of love and mutual respect among the inhabitants you will experience rejuvenation, a sense of peace and overall positive health promoting energy.

Another extremely common environmental toxin and “Endocrine Disruptor” are the paper receipts that you get from stores and credit card machines. If you hold a receipt in your hand and an Applied Kinesiologist muscle tests you there will be a measurable inhibition and weakening of any muscle in your body due to the toxicity of the endocrine disrupting factors in the paper. Nature: Toxicology-The Plastics Puzzle

Remember, your skin is the largest organ of your body and is responsible for protecting you as it helps you to interact with your environment. Medicine utilizes various skin patches to deliver drugs or hormones because doctors know that what is on your skin will be absorbed into your blood stream.  This is why a water purifier on your shower is imperative to good and lasting health.

The main points of today’s Better Health/Better Life information is for you to be aware of the various toxins in your environment:

  1. Wash your hands whenever you handle receipts
  2. Get a water purifier for your shower. Here are good ones: Water Filters
  3. Observe when and where you do not feel well
  4. Be aware of “Endocrine Disruptors”
  5. Have your Applied Kinesiologist muscle test you for suspected environmental toxins Find an AK Doctor in your Area

For more on this topic – Medscape: Endocrine Disruptors: Should We Be Afraid?

To your great health and success,

Dr. Eugene Charles

Applied Kinesiology Center of New York



Movement is Medicine

“Use it or lose,” is far more than a pithy saying. It is a foundational truth that underlies health… as well as wealth and wisdom. We will focus on health in our conversation today.

The Mayo Clinic famously said that, “Sitting is the new smoking,” to stress the fact that being sedentary for long periods can be as bad for your health as smoking. While I do not feel this is 100% accurate, I think it makes a dramatic point… you must move to be healthy.

Exercise fads come and go and my job as a doctor of chiropractic and a Diplomate in Applied Kinesiology (the clinical application of the benefits of movement) is to filter through the “fluff” and make sure your exercise program is grounded in correct principles. These timeless principles of a healthy exercise program include: strength training, balance, reflexes, aerobic/endurance, and flexibility.

The foundation of your fitness should be that you make sure you walk briskly for 30 minutes five days a week. This alone will give you superior health. In fact, along the lines of the Mayo Clinic comment, studies have shown that 30 minutes of brisk walking five days a week is as healthy for you as quitting smoking. That’s a big plus!

Basic principles of Movement is Medicine are these:

  1. Walk daily or at least five times a week in addition to any other aerobic exercise you like.
  2. Do strength developing exercises such as push-ups and deep knee bends (pull-ups if you can) anywhere from once to three times a week…depending on your fitness level.
  3. Do High Intensity Interval Training for about 10 minutes three times a week,
  4. Stretch at least three times a week.
  5. Perform deep breathing exercises and / or meditation daily.
  6. Perform speed, dexterity and/or balance exercises like ping pong, plyometrics or balance board work. NOTE: Some neurologists and psychiatrists feel that ping pong is the “world’s best brain sport.”  I have used muscle testing to substantiate this claim.

Movement is not just medicine for your body but also for your mood. A study performed at George Mason University found that, “On a given day students who exercised also tended to participate in more social and achievement activities than on days they did not exercise.”  The study’s lead author believes exercise may help people with depression. You can read the article here: In Case You Needed Even More Reason to Exercise…

This study validates the fact that if you start doing even little healthy things, you will start doing more healthy and bigger things. In my 30 years in practice I have done my best to teach patients that, “Health is what you do for your body MINUS what you do to your body.” The best way to stay healthy is to have more positives to push out the negatives. In other words, you can get rid of a negative habit by implementing a positive one.

For instance, a patient asked me to try to convince her husband to stop smoking. I replied, “If the picture of a slow horrible death doesn’t motivate him to quit smoking, then there is nothing I can say that will convince him.” However, what we did instead was to get Henry started on an exercise program (this actually helped to lay the groundwork for the Power Kinetics® Program) where he could measure his progress weekly.

When Henry saw himself getting stronger, more flexible and having greater endurance – he kicked the habit all on his own because as he said, “I’m working my butt off and I’ll be dammed if I am going to put a butt in my mouth and undo all my hard work!” Perfectly said.

The life lesson (literally a life-saving lesson) is don’t just try to stop a bad habit; start healthy ones and crowd out the unhealthy ones. Health starts with feeling good and feeling good starts with movement combined with an optimistic attitude. Read the best story you may ever hear about having an optimistic attitude here: Optimistic Attitude and Your Health

You can always find a good EXCUSE not to exercise but you will never find a good REASON! Remember, “Movement IS Medicine.”

To your excellent health,

Dr. Eugene Charles

Applied Kinesiology Center of New York  

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Health Made Simple: Stand Up Straight

An old time chiropractor proclaimed, “The three keys to being healthy is to stand up straight; laugh heartily; and have a bowel movement everyday!” While achieving optimal health may be a little more entailed than that…it is a good start. Today let’s focus on the first one: Standing up straight to decrease postural stress.

My job is to help take stress out of you. Sometimes the best way to accomplish this is for you to avoid potential stress. However, there is one inexorable potential stressor you cannot avoid… gravity. Gravity never takes a day off and if you do not enjoy a pleasant relationship with gravity you have to carry that burden around with you whenever you sit, walk and stand. Let’s focus on standing properly to make sure gravity is your ally and not your enemy.

Proper Standing to reduce Postural Stress

  1. Start by making sure that your weight rests chiefly on your heels. We have all heard the phrase, “Be on your toes.” Standing with your weight forward puts you physiologically into a fight or flight response and creates tension and fatigue in your body. A good guide is to lean back and stop just before it feels like your toes are going to come up off the floor. All your muscles, from your feet to your face, will relax once you put your weight where it belongs, on your large heel bones and not on your much smaller toes. (Another reason why high heel shoes are a chiropractor’s nightmare)
  2. You want to have a comfortable, stable base. Stand with your feet straight down from your hips, usually a little less than shoulder width apart. Any deviation will put stress on your hip, knee and groin muscles. Your feet should point out about 20 degrees from midline.
  3. Let your shoulders rest on your rib cage. Do not slouch forward and do not throw them back. Ironically, either of these will cause your neck and shoulder muscles to tighten. This is a common cause of headaches. Let your shoulders rest downwards like two raincoats hanging from a pair of hooks.
  4. Dangle both arms. Once your shoulders are relaxed let your forearm dangle from your elbow; the hand from the wrist; and the fingers from the palm.
  5. Imagine your head is a balloon and allow it to move slightly upward and forward. This lengthens the muscles in the back of the neck and literally makes you “light on your feet.” Seriously, raising the position of the head has been found to raise dropped arches. This habit can also prevent you from developing the “hump” in the back of your neck and keep you tall and straight as you get older.
  6. Once in this position you can augment your perfect posture with proper breathing. Allow the stomach to relax and the bottom of the ribs to widen sideways. Lastly, let the top of the ribs open up as you let air flow into your lungs to nourish your entire body. Remember, we live at the bottom of a sea of air and you are not laboriously sniffing air… you are creating an internal vacuum for life-giving air to flow into you!

There you have it, a simple stress reducing guide to standing properly. It breaks my heart when I walk through the city streets and see people hunched over. I know that if they had this information and received precise spinal manipulations earlier in life they would be straight as an arrow with more vitality and less pain. I may not be able to help them but I can help you. Practice these six points until proper standing is a health giving habit.

To your great health,

Dr. Eugene Charles

Applied Kinesiology Center of New York


For more information on posture you might want to look into The Alexander Technique:

Alexander technique

Introduction to The Alexander Technique with William Hurt

Muscle Testing as a Diagnostic Tool for Proper Antibiotic Use

In a previous “Better Health Better Life” entry you learned how Applied Kinesiology Muscle Testing can help your doctor better understand what is going on in your nervous system. See What is Applied Kinesiology Muscle Testing and How Does it Work? You can see the video here: What is Applied Kinesiology Muscle Testing Video

I propose that Medical Doctors should start incorporating Muscle Testing into their diagnostic armamentarium as a safeguard against dispensing the wrong medication; or to put in more positively – as a confirmation that they are giving the best medication for you.

Recently, Neil Gaffin, MD and Brad Spellbergand, MD wrote a compelling article called, “Making the Correct Diagnosis: The Cornerstone of Antibiotic Stewardship.” Here are some highlights:

“As the crisis of antibiotic resistance continues to worsen across the globe, new emphasis is being placed on “antibiotic stewardship.” Antibiotic stewardship is the process of ensuring that antibiotics are used appropriately.

Physicians have a long history of overuse and misuse of antibiotics. More than 70 years ago, Alexander Fleming—the man who discovered penicillin—warned the public that penicillin was being misused.{1] He knew that overuse of penicillin would lead to penicillin-resistant bacteria and that patients would die because of it. Yet, his warning has gone unheeded by society. Seven decades later, up to 50% of antibiotic prescriptions in the United States continue to be unnecessary or inappropriate.”

Gaffin and Spellbergand also share these three pertinent quotes from the paper:

“Up to 50% of antibiotic prescriptions in the United States continue to be unnecessary or inappropriate.”

“None of these antibiotic stewardship principles (right drug, right dose, right duration) are relevant when the fundamental problem is a misdiagnosis.”

“The danger of misdiagnosis is overuse and misuse of antibiotics, as well as failure to treat the actual disease present.”
My proposal is that if Medical Doctors start adding Muscle Testing to neurologically challenge the patient and observe muscle response as an indicator of the proper therapy for each individual case then the chances of:
a) 50% of antibiotic prescription mistakes
b) Misdiagnosis
c) Failure to treat the actual disease…can all be significantly reduced.

You can read the excellent article in its entirety here: Making the Correct Diagnosis: The Cornerstone of Antibiotic Stewardship

Important caveat – any time you take an antibiotic you MUST also take a probiotic. The reason is that most antibiotics also kill the good bacteria in your large intestine that are essential to your health. In fact, research has discovered that you have MORE BACTERIA in your gut than you have CELLS in your body!

Therefore, it is critical that you populate your gut with beneficial bacteria from foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut and miso and take a high quality probiotic supplement. Actually, it is a better idea to do this on a regular basis and not just after you take an antibiotic. Since approximately 70% of your immune system is in your gut…if you proactively take the probiotics you just might not need the antibiotic in the first place!

Best wishes to your continued good health and success,

Dr. Eugene Charles

  1. Penicillin’s finder assays its future; Sir Alexander Fleming says improved dosage method is needed to extend use other scientists praised self-medication decried. New York Times. June 26, 1945:21.

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

I have often said that, “No one has ever had pain because of an aspirin deficiency.” This means that taking a drug for your pain NEVER gets to the root cause of your pain. You can have pain from a bone not moving properly, a weak or tight muscle, a nutritional deficiency or from a disease or pathological condition…but never from an “Advil, Motrin or Celebrex deficiency.”

Things got worse because not only are taking drugs NOT getting to the cause…they can actually kill you in a week. Here is an important study that just one week of taking Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can cause heart attacks:

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

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

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

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

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

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

The BMJ article  May 9, 2017 (Free)

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

Applied Kinesiology

and Chiropractic

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

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To your Health,

Dr. Eugene Charles


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best of Health,

Dr. Eugene Charles


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