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STEPS TO WEIGHT LOSS SUCCESS

STEP 1:    PAY ATTENTION  to everything you eat.Whenever you eat something it directly impacts your overall body functions, including the quantity of fat your body burns or stores.  At first watching what you eat may seem like a chore.  But soon it will just come naturally to you and you will look and feel healthier for it.  Consult our food list for some healthy choices.  Be sure to maintain a balance between proteins, fats and carbohydrates.Snack on veggies - just be sure you prepare them without dips or dressings.  Fill up on fiber.  Low density high-fiber foods are a good choice, such as oatmeal.  Lose the yolk - egg whites alone are much less fatty and removing the yolk drastically reduces the cholestserol content.  NO SKIN is better when you are choosing cuts of meat and most often white meat is leaner than red, which makes it a better option.Vegetables - raw or steamed.  Adding butter, cream sauce, dressings or dips can skyrocket the calorie count.  Breads and grain products and fruit -- choose the higher fiber foods whenever possible, like brown rice, 100% whole wheat bread and whole wheat pasta.  This will help your body process better and store less fat.   Fruits are best eaten in their natural state, raw instead of juice.  Don't overdo it on the foods in this category as they are rich in calories.Proteins - lean cuts of meat are the best choice.  White meat such as chicken, fish and turkey provide the protein with less fat than red meat.   

Fun Health Factoids

Today let's "nourish" the second most important system in our bodies, the Cardio-Vascular System. Our heart beats an average 100,000 times/day and pumps approx. 2,000 gallons of blood through more than 60,000 miles of blood vessels!!!  So, eat something from the fruit/veggie world with the color "RED". They contain nutrients such as lycopene, ellagic acid, quercetin, and hesperidin, to name a few, which  reduce the risk of prostate cancer, lower blood pressure, reduce tumor growth and LDL cholesterol levels, scavenge harmful free-radicals, and support joint tissue in arthritis cases. And while you’re at it....'take a walk'  !!!!


SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY

Spinal decompression is a treatment option for folks with long-term back pain, sciatica, leg pain, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, numbness and other conditions that have not responded to initial tteatments such as manipulation and physical therapy. All of these conditions may be the result of compressive forces on your vertebrae, which can cause spinal misalignment and compressed discs.

Compressed discs can lead to herniation or bulging of the discs, thus pressure on the nerves. Spinal decompression is a non-invasive, non-surgical alternative that offers gentle spinal decompression through the use of specially designed, FDA-approved equipment. Patients are placed on a decompression table in a comfortable posture that depends upon which area of the back needs treatment. The treatment applies a specific force to the compressed discs, and a computer alternates the decompression force with relaxation periods. The amount of time for decompression will be individually determined by your doctor. This process serves to gently elongate the spine and to create a vacuum that pulls the disc back into its proper location and shape within the vertebrae. Realigning the discs in this manner can reduce pain and promote healing. The number of treatments to achieve complete healing varies from patient to patient.

It is important to work carefully with your chiropractor to be sure you have a good chance of successful treatment. Your chiropractor may precede each treatment with soft tissue muscle work. He will also work with other health professionals as needed to determine the precise nature of your back pain and the type of treatments that are most likely to resolve your pain at its source.


OBESITY FACTS AND FIGURES

Obesity is fast becoming the number one health problem in the world, contributing to an increased risk of other diseases. Following are some interesting facts and figures related to obesity:

Obesity adds about $2,800.00 to a person's medical bills annually.

An estimated 300,000 premature deaths in the US each year are caused by obesity.

One-third of US asdults are obese, indicating a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher.

80% of cases of Type 2 diabetes are related to obesity. The rate of diabetes has doubled in 8 states since 1995.

70% of heart disease is obesity related.

In the last 30 years childhood obesity has tripled, from 6.5% in children aged 6 to 11 years to 19.6% today. The obesity rate in teenagers aged 12 to 19 years has increased from 5% to 18.1%.

Of children who are overweight at age 10 - 15, 80% will be obese as adults.

The rate of obesity is increasing in the US. In 2007 only one state had an overall obesity rate of over 30%. In 2011, 12 states had a greater than 30% obesity rate.

40% of obese Americans aged 50 to 84 have osteoarthritis of the knee, caused by the wear and tear to the joints from excess weight stress. One extra pound of weight is equivalent to four pounds of stress on the knee.

Good health is a combination of many factors including your nutrition, preventative care, appropriate corrective care and the small choices you make every day in the course of living. If you have any questions about the above facts, or your general health, please ask. We are here to help you!


HOW COFFEE AFFECTS YOUR HEALTH

OK, once and for all, is coffee good or bad for your health? The answer is - in short - it's a little of both.

Too much coffee can lead to a temporary increase in blood pressure, anxiety and upset stomach, in addition to its ability to become addictive. And don't forget that added cream and sugar contribute to weight gain. For example (and you're gonna hate it), a 24-ounce Starbuck's venti double chocolate chip frappucino contains a whopping 520 calories!!!

Despite these drawbacks, moderate coffee consumption can actually have a positive effect; it can help to reduce your risk of many problems, including Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, liver cancer, gallstones, and Type II diabetes, to name a few. It can also lower the risk of stroke in women.

Research has shown there is no increased risk of heart disease or cancer from moderate coffee drinking. And a recent published study found that there was a 25% reduction in cases of endometrial cancer in women who drank four or more cups of coffee per day. Scientists believe that this is due partially to the cancer-fighting effect of coffee's antioxidant phenols.

Even a few cups of coffee per day can cut men's risk of developing prostate cancer by 30%, with those consuming six cups per day reducing their risk by a whopping 60%. Coffee also reduces your risk of developing basal cell carcinoma by up to 20%.

It is recommended that you get no more than 500-600 mg of caffeine per day, the equivalent of about six to eight cups of brewed coffee. Obviously, the amount of caffeine in a cup of espresso will be more than that.

The key thing to remember is to consume coffee in moderation. But all in all, the benefits of coffee far outweigh the risks, so grab a cafe grande and drink up!


FAST N EASY POWER BREAKFASTS

Everyone is pressed for time in the mornings, but PLEEZE do not skip breakfast!!! Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day -- especially in the areas of maintaining energy and brain function. Eating a good breakfast is one of the best things you can do for your health.

Avoid eating refined sugar as much as possible. NO donuts!! Most cereals contain far too much sugar to be considered healthy. The better choice would be what our grandmothers used to eat: Eggs, fruit, dairy and whole grains. These things will provide you with steady energy to keep you going until lunchtime. Following are some breakfast ideas:

Eggs - which are called the "perfect" food - provide a considerable amount of protein and minerals. Cook up a quick batch of cheesy scrambled eggs. Break a couple of eggs into a bowl, whisk briefly, add to the pan, and as they cook, add a handful of cheddar cheese. In less than five minutes you have a healthy, fast and easy breakfast......even kids love it!

Whole grain breads and cereals such as oatmeal provide healthy fiber and B vitamins. Oatmeal not only lowers cholesterol, but also reduces your risk of contracting heart disease and Type II diabetes. It is one of the best sources of soluble and insoluble fiber, which both promotes digestion and keeps you feeling fuller longer. Try adding blueberries and honey to your morning oatmeal for an extra special treat. In addition to providing powerful antioxidants, blueberries protect against cancer and promote healthy bone growth. In addition, they contain only 57 calories per 3.5 oz serving, and 25% of your RDA of Vitamin C.

Smoothies may be the king of fast breakfasts because they are quick to make, they provide fruit and dairy, and give you a good supply of calcium, vitamins and antioxidants.

So before going to bed tonight, plan breakfast for tomorrow morning.......another tip to make it fast, easy, and healthy!


HOW TO RECOGNIZE SIGNS OF HEAT STROKE

The body normally regulates its own temperature by sweating as temperatures rise. However, in cases of extreme heat, the body's regulation mechanism can sometimes be overwhelmed, leading first to heat exhaustion and then to heat stroke if nothing is done. The danger of heat stroke is particularly risky on days that are extremely hot and humid, as excessive humidity does not allow the body to cool itself properly through sweating.

Those at greater risk of heat stroke are babies, the elderly, those with heart, kidney or lung disease, and people taking some forms of medication. When it is very hot and humid, body temperature in those affected can rise very quickly to 106 degrees or more in only about 10 to 15 minutes. Following are some of the signs of heat stroke:

Body temp of 103 degrees or above; hot, red, dry skin with no sweating; strong, rapid pulse and deep breathing; weak pulse and shallow breathing; nausea and vomiting; throbbing headache; confusion; dizziness; hallucinations; convulsions; unconscious.

Heat stroke can cause organ failure, brain damage, and eventually death if not treated PROMPTLY. If you believe someone may have heat stroke, move them to a cool or shady location and call 911 IMMEDIATELY. While waiting for help you can do some things..

Cool them down ASAP; remove excess clothing and use whatever is available to reduce temperature; ideally, a cool bath but if not able, a cold shower or ice packs on the head, neck, groin, and armpits will help. If outdoors, cool water from a hose.

Do not become a heat stroke victim. Keep well hydrated on hot days, wear light clothing, avoid all alcohol, and stay in air-conditioned environments. If no A/C, go to the mall, a library, or take in a movie. Using these guidelines will help you get through this non-stop heat wave safely.


THE IMPORTANCE OF VITAMIN D

A Vitamin D theory that might not wash with you...................There is a theory gaining support among some doctors and researchers that we are literally washing Vitamin D - which we get from the sun - down the drain!!

Consider for a moment how sunlight converts to Vitamin D in the first place -- on the skin! You see, Vitamin D3 is actually not a vitamin at all. It is an oil-soluble steroid hormone. When your skin is exposed to ultraviolet rays, it converts a form of cholesterol into Vitamin D3 --- but not instantly. It takes some time to make its way through the skin and into the bloodstream. How much time is hard to say for sure. Possibly it's just a couple of hours; or it could be as long as 48 hours. Science is still researching that.

Perhaps after outside sun exposure we should just rinse our body and not use excessive soap applications until later.

The truth is that until the advent of indoor plumbing and hot water heaters, humans never showered as often as we do now. For most of us, that is at least once a day, and as many as twice a day or more when we go to the gym or the beach or pool.

 


ICE OR HEAT - HOW TO DECIDE

With summer now in full swing, 4th of July coming up, and everyone going outside, biking, playing, and being outdoor "weekend warriors", we thought this would be a great time to feature this article. When to use heat or ice is extremely important because if you use them at the wrong time they can actually do more harm than good. Here's the "skinny" ------------

The first general rule is to ICE AN ACUTE INJURY and HEAT A CHRONIC INJURY. When you are first injured, your body's natural response is swelling and inflammation. Your blood vessels expand in order to rush more blood to the area to begin to immediately start the healing process. You DO NOT want to use heat at this time. Heat will only cause even more swelling and inflammation -- and more pain. You want to use ICE within the first 24 hours of an injury. Ice allows the blood vessels to contract, reducing inflammation and bringing down the swelling, in addition to relieving pain by calming irritated nerves. Never apply ice directly to the skin, as it could cause frostbite - yes, really. Ice or cold packs should be wrapped in a damp wash cloth or towel, or just use a bag of frozen peas - again, really. Apply for 10 to 20 minutes every two hours during the first 72 hours.

HEAT is most useful for chronic injury/conditions, as it increases blood flow. Heat should NOT be used immediately after an injury, as it may ultimately increase pain and swelling. Sitting in a tub of hot water may feel good, however, the next day you will likely feel more pain and stiffness due to the increased inflammation it has caused. Apply heat beginning 72 hours after an injury, and make it MOIST heat, as this is most ideal for healing. Either apply a warm, wet towel or submerge yourself in a tub for 10 to 30 minutes two to five times a day. Warm rather than hot should be used to avoid the risk of burns, and heat should NEVER be applied for an extended period of time or when you are sleeping. Heat is also useful in cases of chronic injury, such as overuse injuries in athletes, shoulder impingement syndrome, bursitis and tendonitis.


BURSITIS - CAUSES AND TREATMENT OPTIONS

A bursa is a pouch filled with a small amount of lubricating fluid that provides cushioning between a bone and tendon, ligament, muscle or skin, which allows them to slide smoothly over the bone as it moves. Bursae are located wherever tissue and bone meet. When the tissue of the bursa becomes swollen and inflamed, it causes bursitis.

Though bursitis can occur anywhere in the body where bursae are located, the most common areas are the shoulder, hip, knee and elbow. Bursitis is often caused by excessive repetitive motion, such as hitting a tennis ball, vacuuming or hammering, for example, or by leaning on your elbows at your desk.

Traumatic injury, such as a fall or a car accident, can also lead to bursitis. If bacteria get inside the bursa via a wound, infection may result, leading to heat, redness, fever, chills, swellling and pain, and excess fluid will collect in the bursa, causing a large bump to form around the area. Additionally, those who suffer from gout, diabetes, or rheumatoid arthritis are at greater risk for contacting bursitis.

The first treatment for bursitis is rest, ice, compression and elevation, or "RICE". Rest the area as much as possible, keep pressure off of it as much as possible, cushion the area if necessary. Apply ice and wrap an elastic bandage around the area. You can take NSAIDS to decrease inflammation and reduce pain.

Bursitis usually heals in a matter of weeks or months, depending upon its severity. Dr. Fiscella can recommend treatments and exercises to help restore range of motion.

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4918 WEBER RD
Saint Louis, MO 63123

Phone: 314.353.1477
Fax: 314.631.3060

Click here for directions

Hours
Monday: 11:00 am 6:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am 11:00 am
Wednesday: 11:00 am 6:00 pm
Thursday: 11:00 am 6:00 pm
Friday: 6:00 am 11:00 am
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed