Unfortunately, we have to say goodbye to our current Office Manager, Michelle, as her and her husband prepare for the arrival of their first baby and their transfer to Philadelphia, PA. As sad as we are to see Michelle go, … Read More
Monthly Archives: February 2016
Unfortunately, we have to say goodbye to our current Office Manager, Michelle, as her and her husband prepare for the arrival of their first baby and their transfer to Philadelphia, PA. As sad as we are to see Michelle go, we want to warmly welcome our new Office Manager, Maggie! Many of you might recognize Maggie as she was one of our massage therapists! Below is a short bio for our patients to get to know her better!
Maggie came to Body Logic in 2015 as a Massage Therapist and in 2016 transitioned to a new role as the Office Manager. Although she is passionate about massage, essential oils, and holistic wellness, Maggie also has a wealth of experience in management. She comes from a background in human resource management with a specialization in employee benefits and is an asset to the staff in being able to fully understand the patient/client experience from all sides.
Maggie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business/Human Resource Management in addition to her education at Advanced Fuller School of Massage. Her loves include continuing her education in holistic health, her beautiful Chihuahua puppies, and most importantly, her son, Caleb.
1 spaghetti squash (3 pounds)
non-stick cooking spray
1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 clove fresh garlic, minced OR 1 tsp. jarred, minced garlic
1/2 small onion, chopped
1 cup tomatoes, diced OR 8 oz. canned, no-salt-added, diced tomatoes
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. dried, salt-free herbs, Italian blend
1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
16 oz. canned, no salt added tomato sauce
1/2 cup small “bite size” fresh mozzarella balls (can substitute fresh mozzarella), cut into bite-size pieces
1/4 cup coarsely chopped or torn basil OR 1 tsp. dried basil
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Cut spaghetti squash in half. On a baking sheet coated with cooking spray, place halves of squash face down and bake for 1 hour or until tender.
- Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and cook until soft, about 5-7 minutes. Add diced tomatoes, pepper, herbs and red pepper flakes. Cook until liquid is evaporated, about 2-3 minutes. Add tomato sauce and reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Let squash sit at room temperature until just cool enough to handle. Take a fork and scrap flesh from outside working in, creating “spaghetti noodles”.
- Add squash “noodles” to sauce and remove from heat. Toss with mozzarella balls and fresh basil and serve.
1 spaghetti squash (3 pounds) non-stick cooking spray 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 clove fresh garlic, minced OR 1 tsp. jarred, minced garlic 1/2 small onion, chopped 1 cup tomatoes, diced OR 8 oz. canned, no-salt-added, diced … Read More
Heart disease and stroke are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States. Heart disease is responsible for 1 of every 4 deaths in the country. The good news is that heart disease and stroke can be prevented, and February—American Heart Month—is a great time to refresh your memory on the small but important actions you can take.
How can you reduce your risk? One way is to know your ABCS
Talk to your health care provider and team to see if taking an aspirin each day is right for you.
B: Blood Pressure Control
High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of heart disease and stroke. One in three American adults has high blood pressure—that’s about 70 million people. Unfortunately, less than half of people with high blood pressure have their condition under control. Work with your health care team to find out if you have high blood pressure. If you do, take steps to reduce it:
- Get active by exercising for at least 30 minutes most days of the week.
- Eat a heart-healthy diet that is high in fresh fruits and vegetables and low in sodium, saturated and trans fats, and cholesterol.
- Follow your health care provider’s instructions when it comes to taking medicines or measuring your blood pressure at home.
High cholesterol affects 1 in 3 American adults. Getting a simple blood test is the only way you can know if have high cholesterol. Your doctor can suggest steps you can take to prevent high cholesterol or to reduce your levels if they are high.
Cigarette smoking greatly increases your risk for heart disease. If you’re a smoker, quit as soon as possible, and if you don’t smoke, don’t start. Get help from 1-800-QUIT-NOW or Smokefree.gov.
Heart disease and stroke are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States. Heart disease is responsible for 1 of every 4 deaths in the country. The good news is that heart disease and stroke can … Read More
Cholesterol is a naturally occurring substance that has been correlated with conditions such as heart disease. Excessive levels of cholesterol have been linked to increased risk of coronary artery disease and heart attacks. Because of this, we all see the numerous pharmaceutical commercials telling you to ask your doctor if their pill is right for you. These commercials are usually referencing a class of prescription medications called statins. Statins are designed to chemically block your body’s ability to produce cholesterol. The theory is that by stopping the production of cholesterol we can lower our serum cholesterol levels and therefore reduce our risk of heart disease. Sounds good, right?
Unfortunately, not exactly. First of all, cholesterol is an essential molecule for sustaining life. Among other things, it is a precursor to the sex hormones. Without cholesterol the body can’t make testosterone, estrogen, etc. Cholesterol is also the main building block of the myelin sheath which is the electric insulator around nerve cells. Without cholesterol, our nerves and our brains would not be able to function properly. So entirely shutting down our body’s ability to create cholesterol molecules likely isn’t the best idea.
Secondly, statin medications cut off the chemical pathway for forming cholesterol at a very early level, which means every other chemical process involved in that pathway is also completely shut down. By doing so, we cut off our body’s natural ability to produce two major neurotransmitters, specifically acetylcholine and serotonin. Low levels of serotonin are associated with increased rates of depression and anxiety. By medicating ourselves to decrease cholesterol we are greatly increasing the number of people suffering from mental health problems, which often leads to additional medications with additional side effects and additional prescriptions to treat those other side effects.
And third, a known side effect of statin drug use is called statin-induced myopathy. Myopathy is a term meaning dysfunction of muscle tissue. This can range in presentation from minor muscle aches to rhabdomyolysis, or muscle tissue death. Considering your heart is a muscle, taking a medication that can damage muscle cells may not be the best option when trying to prevent heart disease.
Granted, there are circumstances when pharmacology is necessary and if you are currently taking a statin medication I am NOT recommending you stop without discussing it with your prescribing physician. What I would like to present to you is that there are other options available to lower serum cholesterol levels without submitting to these unwanted and potentially dangerous side effects.
Cholesterol can be lowered naturally with fairly minimal effort by making a few dietary changes. This does not necessarily mean avoiding foods that contain cholesterol, but rather setting the stage for your body to function optimally and regulate the amount of cholesterol in your bloodstream better. This can be done by increasing your fiber intake to help your body pull LDL cholesterol from your bloodstream and eliminate it through the digestive tract, supporting your liver’s ability to process cholesterol and lipid metabolism, and maintaining a healthy balance of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids.
If you are interested in learning more, please ask your doctor at Body Logic if these alternatives to statins are appropriate for you. Click here to read about some of our patient’s success stories, and click here for more information about some of the natural supplements that might be helpful in preventing the need for pharmacologic intervention.
Cholesterol is a naturally occurring substance that has been correlated with conditions such as heart disease. Excessive levels of cholesterol have been linked to increased risk of coronary artery disease and heart attacks. Because of this, we all see the … Read More
Heart health is a big topic of concern these days and continues to be our theme for the month of February. The rate at which people are being prescribed Statin medications is unbelievable. Unfortunately, in the world of musculoskeletal health we’re seeing the detrimental effects statin drugs can have on our patients. Increased pain and decreased muscle function is a simple way to describe a major side effect! Luckily, we have created a great combination of products that can help lower cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels, and triglycerides when combined with a healthy diet and exercise. Please note we do not and cannot tell our patients to stop taking their statin medications. HOWEVER, it’s important to know that there are other options out there! If you are on a statin drug, always talk to your prescribing physician before making any decisions regarding dosage.
First, fiber has an impressive impact on our cholesterol regulation. Fiber helps to reduce cholesterol levels by binding to lipoproteins (the circulating form of cholesterol in the body) and removing them through stool elimination. The best dietary fiber comes from hearty resources like beans, legumes, peas, and other vegetables. You often see fruit and other whole grains, like oatmeal and Cheerios, listed as good sources as well. We recommend, however, that the focus remain on the lower sugar sources like vegetables for the health of your arteries. More often, it is not cholesterol that is the cause for the artery wall damage, but excessive sugar and triglyceride levels that damage the artery walls to allow for cholesterol, or plaque, build up to occur. Choosing a high fiber, low sugar food is the way to go! How many times do you add fennel, fenugreek, and psyllium husk to your grocery cart?? Standard Process has a way to make it easier for you to get the most effective fiber into your diet with a great product appropriately named Gastrofiber. An additional benefit of fiber, hunger seems to stay away a little longer thanks to the fenugreek in Gastrofiber, as it takes longer for the body to digest.
Second, the liver is a major player when it comes to cholesterol regulation. In fact, the liver produces cholesterol! It also plays an essential role in the removal process from the body. When a physician tells you that you’re genetically predisposed to high cholesterol levels, he or she may be right. HOWEVER, stopping cholesterol production is not necessarily the best route. Instead of attacking the production of cholesterol and suffering the negative side effects, improving the removal and detoxification process is a safer and more effective way to maintain healthy cholesterol levels. The liver is bombarded with toxins and “junk” that needs to be processed every day. Livaplex, another Standard Process product, helps promote a healthy liver by supporting the body’s normal toxin-elimination function as well as encouraging the healthy digestion of fats.
Third, increasing your intake of Omega-3 fatty acids is another positive way to address cholesterol levels. The high-density lipoprotein (HDL cholesterol) is the “good” form. For many reasons, we actually want our HDL levels to be high. The ratio between the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol level and the HDL level is even more important than the total cholesterol. Omega-3 fatty acids are the only nutrient source shown to elevate HDL levels. Yet, another healthy way to improve cholesterol levels without blocking the production. “Fish Oil” is the common form used to supplement Omega-3’s into the diet. Eating healthy, wild-caught fish and walnuts are great options. And, our third product in the heart health recommendations, Tuna Omega-3 Oil, is one of the best sources of fish oil on the market.
Some of our patients have already seen the positive results from using our Standard Process products… check out their stories here! We’d love to help you too!!
Heart health is a big topic of concern these days and continues to be our theme for the month of February. The rate at which people are being prescribed Statin medications is unbelievable. Unfortunately, in the world of musculoskeletal health … Read More
“During my adjustment sessions Dr. Amanda listened while I talked about my concerns regarding my glucose numbers on my blood work. She suggested I try the blood sugar cleanse. That was the beginning of my dietary changes. I also began taking Livaplex and Gastro-fiber supplements. I stopped taking the statin, increased my exercise and with the positive encouragement from Dr. Amanda, I lost weight, my blood work (glucose and cholesterol) were within normal range and my back pain was gone. The supplements coupled with the support from Dr. Amanda have made an amazing difference in my health and well-being.”–B.K
“I am a firm believer in the healthy benefits of of the 21 day Purification and the 10 day Blood Sugar Programs.With the assistance and tutilage of Drs. Amanda and Scott I achieved remarkable results with these programs. Starting out with the Blood Sugar Program then converting to the 21 Day Purification I dramatically improved my overall wellness and healthiness with less aches and pains from inflammation and more energy. My health statistics also reflected the improvement.
Cholesterol dropped almost twenty points.
Blood sugar (Serum Glucose) from pre diabetes levels in the low 120s to 103.
Weight loss was about 25 pounds.
We continue to eat based on the healthier lifestyle we learned and are maintaining most to these great stats.Give it a try and you will reap the benefits.”–R.S.
“I am a very healthy man of 60, but I have a genetic propensity to have high cholestrol. A recent reading indicated it was in the mid-200s. I wasn’t concerned, but my doctor was. He was insisting that I use statin drugs, which is out of the question for me, due to the known side effects. I mentioned this to Dr. Scott. He recommended I use supplements: tuna omega, Liviplex, and Gastro-fiber. My next cholestrol test less than 6 months after starting the supplements resulted in a reading of 196. No statin drug could have accomplished this change this quickly.”–G.J.
“During my adjustment sessions Dr. Amanda listened while I talked about my concerns regarding my glucose numbers on my blood work. She suggested I try the blood sugar cleanse. That was the beginning of my dietary changes. I also began … Read More