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Acute or sudden onset back pain can be due to a number of causes. It's easier than you think to sprain or strain the tendons, muscles and ligaments that support the spine, especially if we are out of shape. While sports injuries are common, sudden onset back pain may also be a result of just bending over to pick something up off the floor.

Weakened muscles may suddenly go into spasm from performing the simplest movements. If you have a sedentary lifestyle or are carrying a few extra pounds, that can weaken the structure supporting the back, which can lead to acute back pain. If your spinal discs, ligaments and muscles are chronically unbalanced, it can lead to a misalignment in your spine and create the perfect conditions for sudden onset back pain.

Another common cause of acute back pain is a vertebral compression fracture due to osteoporosis. This type of fracture can happen at any time, even simply from sneezing, coughing, or rolling over in bed, if the osteoporosis is sufficiently advanced. Acute back pain usually follows a vertebral compression fracture. This pain usually lasts for four to six weeks, when it becomes a more chronic type of aching pain.

Chiropractic therapy has been proven to be an effective tool in treating and reducing acute back pain, and does so in a safe and cost-effective manner. Conventional medical treatment has not been as successful; in fact, federal research agencies recommended that adults with acute lower back pain first seek treatment using spinal manipulation, as it is safe, effective and requires no drugs.

A study published in "The Spine Journal" in December, 2010, found that patients had positive results after treatment with chiropractic manipulation, as opposed to no improvement in the control group treated with pain medication and physical therapy. The researchers reported that after 16 weeks, "78% of patients in the group were still taking narcotic analgesic medications either on a daily basis or as needed. The chiropractic manipulative therapy is associated with significantly greater improvement in condition-specific functioning."

So if you find yourself suffering from sudden onset back pain, consult your chiropractor, who can determine the cause of your pain and provide safe, effective tretment, so it doesn't become chronic.


While many look forward to spring and its abundance of flowers, for allergy sufferers it's more likely to be a season of stuffy noses, sneezing and itchy, watery, irritated eyes. For some symptoms may also include sore throats and headaches. Fortunately, there are things you can do about this.

Find out the source of your allergy. An allergist can pinpoint the plants and pollen causing your sensitivty.

Avoid the outdoors. During allergy season spend as much time as possible indoors, especially in the mornings and on warm, dry, windy days, when pollen counts are the highest. If you normally run in the park, consider joining a gym for the spring and run on a treatmill.

Wear a hat outdoors and wash your hair often. Hair is a magnet to pollen; wash your hair when you go to bed so there's no transfer onto your pillow. If you normally use gels or sprays, avoid them during allergy season. They are "pollen magnets".

Wash your linen and clothes more often. And when you do, don't hang them outside to dry. They just pick up pollen from the air.

No window fans. Use an air conditioner or "recirculate" setting. The fan will just take the pollen in the air and spread it around.

Use a saltwater nasal spray. 1 tsp of table salt with 8 oz of water used twice a day can help wash allergens out of your nasal passages.

Eat allergy-fighting foods. Foods rich in Vitamin C - oranges, broccoli, grapefruit, kale, brussels sprouts, green tea, berries, apples.

Sniff the RIGHT flowers. YES to periwinkles, gladiolus, iris, begonias, orchids and bouganvilleas. NO to daisies, sunflowers, zinnias, dahlias, chrysanthemums, lilies, gardenias, narcissus, and star jasmine.

Your dog! Wash his feet off when he comes in. Pet dander can also trigger, so bathe your pets often and wash their bedding when you wash your own.'

Leave your shoes by the door. Avoid strong frgrances. Wear movie-star sunglasses - the larger the better. Helps keep pollen from being blown into your eyes..



If your allergies seem to be kicking in, you're not alone. This is prime allergy season. And with all the warm weather we've had since February, they're kicking in even earlier.

If you're an allergy sufferer, go to Google and type in "check local pollen count". You'll see several sites where you can insert your zip code and get the count for your area. That will give you an idea of why you feel the way you feel.

If you want help with that, we have two products in the office that many of our patients use and they love them -- they are called Allerplex and Antronex. These two products are a therapeutic whole food combo for helping people through allergy season without having to take any medicines - either prescription or over-the-counter. As with all our products these are food-based......not chemical-based. Long-term users say they no longer even get the symptoms of some allergies, and others are much milder than they used to be!

Call our office and check them out. You, too, could have a much, much easier allergy season - get started today!


ATTITUDE - Positive, cheerful. "If you need medical advice, let these three things be your physicians; a cheerful mind, relaxation from business, and a moderate diet." Author Unknown

CHEMISTRY...........HYDRATION....your eating style...your lifestyle. Water, water, water..........

"Thou should eat to live; not live to eat." - Socrates

TIPS: Nourish yourself - don't just feed yourself; portion size - the "fist concept". 1 fist of protein, 1 fist of veggie/fruit, 1 fist of good starch. Multiple small meals per day. Break your "fast" with a combination of protein and either fruit or vegetable (low glycemic index). Eat heavier meals earlier in the day when you are most active and reduce calorie density as you approach rest time. Many people stop eating after a certain time of day. General recommendation is 3 to 5 hours before bedtime.

PROTEINS...the building blocks (50-80 gms/day).......animal and plant sources.....lean meats, chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, dairy (unless sensitive) - low fat (yogurt, cheese), legumes, beans, nuts (raw - not toasted or salted....keep refrigerated) -- almonds, walnuts, brazil, etc, and seeds (raw/sprouted -- flax, chia, alfalfa, etc)

CARBOHYDRATES....."The Big "Secret".....slow/fast release (glycemic index, gluten free). SLOW: Green, Red, Yellow, Purple, Black, Orange, etc.........(vegetable, fruit, beans, lentils). FAST: White (refined, enriched).........starches (bread, pastas, rice, corn, cereal, etc).

FATS. (High Omegas 3, 6, 7, 9, 11, etc)..."good oils"....olive, walnut, canola, flaxseed (seasoning only), almond, avocado, grape seed, fish.


Most people fall short of the recommendation to drink eight 8-ounce servings of water per day. Although three-fourths of us are aware of the recommendation, only 34% actually drink this amount, while 10% said they do not drink water -- at all! However, Americans drink an average of nearly 6 servings a day of caffeinated beverages such as coffee and soda. These drinks can cause the body to actually lose water, making proper hydration even more difficult to attain.

Water makes up more than 70% of the body's tissues and plays a role in nearly every bodily function - from regulating temperature and cushioning joints, to bringing oxygen to the cells and removing waste from the body. Severe dehydration can affect blood pressure, circulation, digestion and kidney function. But on a daily basis, not getting enough water can cause fatigue, dry skin, headaches and constipation. Nearly one-third of people questioned did not know that giving a child water instead of sugar-containing drinks such as juice or soda, can help prevent chidhood obesity.

The following was released by the Mayo Clinic - Foundation for Medical Education and Research: Functions of H2-0 - Moistens tissues such as those in the mouth, eyes and nose. Regulates body temperature. Lubricates joints. Protects body organs and tissues. Helps prevent constipation. Lessens the burden on the kidneys and liver by flushing out waste products. Helps dissolve minerals and other nutrients to make them accessible to the body. Carries nutrients and oxygen to cells.

Bottom Line: DRINK YOUR WATER. If you don't "like it" -- LEARN TO. What's not to like? It's tasteless!!! And often it's the only thing that will really quench your thirst! Your body will thank you!!



Purification refers to the process of eliminating toxins from your body.

There are two major types of toxins that your body accumulates over time:

ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS - Sometimes called exogenous (made outside your body) toxins, these toxins include all the chemicals and pollutants that you are exposed to through air, water, and food. Common environmental toxins include pesticides, herbicides, prescription and OTC medications, carbon monoxide, and other chemical and organic compounds.

METABOLIC TOXINS - These are toxins made inside your body. Metabolic toxins are produced by each of your cells as they go about their everyday processes. They can also be produced by microorganisms that act on incompletely digested food in your digestive tract. Interestingly, your cells do contain some toxins at all times. The cells need to manufacture energy on an ongoing basis, and the manufacturing process results in waste (toxin) production.

Because of these kinds of toxins which build up in your body, many people experience symptoms of toxicity, such as, headaches, fatigue or difficulty sleeping, digestive and other GI problems, immune problems, food cravings, weight gain, reduced mental clarity, and low libido, to name a few.

Dr. Fiscella offers an amazing cleansing weight loss program that will cleanse and purify your body, while allowing you to lose weight at the same time. If you're ready, start the New Year right - call the office about this amazing 21-day program!



I have gone gluten-free. My gluten-free diet is by choice; I have not been diagnosed with Celiac Disease. What does it mean to be gluten-free? Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye, malts and others. It is a food additive in the form of a flavoring, stabilizing or thickening agent in many of our daily food, as well as make-up. Gluten injures the lining of the small intestine. This can result in weight loss, bloating, diarrhea, gas, abdominal cramps, and/or vitamin and mineral deficiencies. When gluten is totally eliminated from the diet, the lining of the intestine has a chance to heal.

In the three years that I have been Dr. Fiscella's patient, he has helped me with cleansing my body - mainly of allergies. I started removing the most obvious - dairy and wheat - which worked somewhat, but I was still having problems both inside and out. The gluten-free diet changed my life greatly, I lost some weight and my skin started to clear up. I then took it a step further, as I wanted to completely cleanse my body from any other toxins that had built up, so I did Dr. Fiscella's SP Cleanse, which is the cleansing weight loss diet. Then I lost an additional 15 pounds in the 21 days on that diet and I feel great now each and every day.



When I was about 47 years old, I started gaining weight. I was always a petite size 3/4 until then -- even after having two children. Suddenly it seemed like I was gaining weight like crazy for no apparent reason. Before long I was in a size 10. Yes, ME in a size 10!!! At this point I became very depressed over my weight. I heard some women at my church talking about this 21 day cleansing weight loss program that Dr. Fiscella offered. The words I heard were, "lost the weight I've been trying to lose for years and have kept it off while cleansing my body from all the chemicals, toxins, and other pollutants in the foods we eat."

The results have been life-changing!! After only a few days I began feeling incredible bursts of energy in my daily life, and surprise, surprise -- I was losing weight without being hungry and feeling deprived!! I've succeeded in losing 13 pounds (huge for me), and keeping it off!! I also feel a huge improvement in my overall health. I have successfully and permanently changed my eating habits. I have even gained the confidence to overcome my depressed eating habits.

If you are dedicated and determined to lose the weight you've been fighting for years, this cleansing weight loss program will absolutely make it a whole lot easier!



I have been a patient of Dr. Fiscella's for about three years. I first went to him because he had helped my Pastor, David Crank, from Faith Church St Louis, so much. Pastor David shared how much better he felt since going to Dr Mike and I was desperate, so decided to make an appointment.

I had a very severe automobile accident in 1998, which left me with three almost-fused neck vertebrae, as well as having had back surgery, then all the arthritic healing that that entails. Bottom line is that this adds up to lots of pain. All medical doctors can do is surgery, which was already done, and pain medication, which only treats the symptoms. One time I asked my pain management doctor if I would become addicted to the pain medication he was prescribing, because, working in medicine myself, I knew what it was. His answer was, "sure you will - but if you keep your appointments like you're supposed to, you'll always be able to get your medicine." It was then I knew I needed to figure out something that would help me without taking narcotic pain medication.

Since becoming a patient of Dr Fiscella, he has helped me in many ways. My back pain is more than manageable now, and at this point, with just 2 to 4 treatments a month, I feel great! And, of course, I take NO medication any more!

Dr. Mike and I also have a running diaglog about diet and exercise - something he is VERY into. He is so knowledgeable in this area that I have learned from him how to very simply and easily eat healthy, and the weight loss will be part of this healthy eating. Every time I do it, it works! I have gone on Dr. Mike's cleansing weight loss diet twice - the 21 day plan - and the first time lost 15 lbs in 3 weeks, and the second time lost 12 pounds in 3 weeks. It is really an amazing plan -- and you feel so good and have so much energy.

Finally, I have sinus issues, like Pastor David did, and Dr Mike has helped me - and also my son - with this very much. We do the sinus rinse every day, use the Colloidal Silver, which is a natural antibiotic, and we both know what to do when we feel an infection coming on. And, if we need it, we come in and let Dr. Mike do his "sinus thing", as Pastor says.

I thank God every day that Pastor David told us about Dr. Mike. Not having to take medications and being virtually pain-free is something I never thought I would experience again. I can't recommend him enough for any problem you may have!


Good Health is something you have to work at everyday!!

What have you done to help yourself today?

  • said something good about myself.....
  • eating to "nourish" myself.......
  • get up and move around......

If so, "keep on keepin' on"........


"The Doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease."

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Saint Louis, MO 63123

Phone: 314.353.1477
Fax: 314.631.3060

Click here for directions

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