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Copaiba vs CBD Oil

Cannabidiol, or CBD oil, has recently been gaining a lot of attention as an alternative, non-pharmacologic method of relieving pain.

The legality of CBD oil usage is still controversial, as it is derived from the cannabis (marijuana) or hemp plants, both of which produce THC.  CBD oil is not supposed to contain any discernable amount of THC to be legally marketable; however, independent analytic testing of various CBD oils on the market showed many of the products in the market to contain significant levels of THC and varied greatly in their actual CBD content.  Therefore, it is possible to get a psychoactive effect and positive drug test from a supposedly safe and legal product that is currently poorly regulated.

But did you know there is another cannabinoid compound that does not come from cannabis or hemp?

It’s called Copaiba, and it comes from the Copaifera plant, which does not produce THC.

And here’s how it works:

  • There are two receptors in our cells that Cannabinoids can bind to.
    • The first, CB1, is what THC binds to and causes psychotropic effects.
    • The second, CB2, are found mostly in immune tissues and seem to reduce inflammation and pain. These receptors are what both CBD oil and Copaiba bind to.
      • Copaiba directly binds with these receptors, while CBD interacts only indirectly.

To summarize, Copaiba binds directly to the same receptors that CBD oil effects, therefore having the same pain-relieving effect, with no risk of exposure to THC.

If you are looking for a non-pharmacologic alternative to pain medication, Copaiba may be of interest to you.  Talk to the staff at Body Logic about how to get a bottle of Copaiba Essential Oil from DoTerra.

 

For more in-depth information on the difference in chemistry between CBD and Copaiba, click here to read this article.

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Fall Classes Are Scheduled!

Brian from Anytime Fitness will be teaching us how to work simple exercises into busy lifestyles. This class will be great for anyone, especially those who work at a desk all day! There is still time to sign up, and we have plenty of space! Click here to sign up today!

 

Dr. Amanda will be teaching two classes this fall! The first class will be about the Standard Process Purification Program on Tuesday September 25, 2018 from 6-7pm. It’s time to get back on track and stay healthy through the holidays!

The second class that she is teaching will be about Women’s Health and how Standard Process supplements can help with issues women face every day. This class will be held on on Tuesday October 16, 2018 from 6-7pm.

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Stretches to Combat Sitting

We’ve all heard the quote “Sitting is the new smoking.”  And that statement is true for many parts of the body, including heart health, digestion, musculoskeletal health, and more!  As we send our kids back to school and working professionals prepare for the last quarter, we’re in for more sitting!  This brief article focuses on 4 stretches that can help combat the negative effects of sitting.

What happens to our muscles when we sit for long periods of time?

There are two different muscular responses to sitting:

  1. Tighter muscles– some muscles are in a shortened position when sitting.  For example, the hamstrings are shorter because of the bend in the knee and the hip flexors are shorter because of the bend in the hip.  The average adult sits for 9-10 hours per day.  If muscles are not stretched during that time, they become accustomed to new, shorter position.  As days, weeks, or months by the body has a “new normal” that is not ideal for the rest of the body, like the low back.
  2. Stretched, weaker muscles– some muscles are in a stretched position when sitting.  It might sound advantageous, however when muscles are in a stretched state for long periods of time they become weaker.  For example, the muscles between the shoulder blades are stretched as the shoulders hunch forward in a typical poor posture pattern.  It gets harder and harder to comfortably keep our shoulders back and down as they should be naturally.  Another stretch-weakened muscle is in the buttocks, the piriformis muscle.  Over time, a dysfunctional piriformis muscle can lead to hip and low back pain.  Although these muscles are already “stretched,” it is important that we don’t neglect them in a stretching routine. They still need the same TLC as our other muscles.  (We’ll talk about strengthening for sitting in another article!) 

Check out one of Body Logic’s September classes “Exercise for Busy Professionals.” Brian from Anytime Fitness will be teaching you ways to help yourself Move Better, Feel Better, and Live Better!  Click here to sign up– limited space available!

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Black Bean and Quinoa Salad

In the Kuper household, we are all about simple meal prep and dishes that are versatile.  Below is one of our favorites!  This gluten-free, dairy-free black bean and quinoa salad is very flavorful and can be used as a side dish to go with your favorite meat, ideally chicken or fish.  For this week’s menu we decided to chop and add chicken right to the dish!  We’re able to get multiple lunches out of it without the need for prep time in the office… we do try to take our time and be mindful while we enjoy it *wink wink*.   We hope you enjoy it too, bon appetit!

Black Bean and Quinoa Salad

Prep Time: 15 min
Total Time: 30 min
Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (1 cup dry quinoa yields about 2 cups cooked)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed, grated or finely chopped
  • Juice of one lime (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional for heat)
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained well
  • 1 red bell pepper, quarter inch chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 6 green onions, root removed, white and part of the greens chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 handful of cilantro, rough chopped (about 1/3 cup)

Recipe: Prepare the quinoa (I encourage using broth vs. water for a bolder flavor). While the quinoa is cooking, whisk the olive oil, cumin, garlic, lime, salt and cayenne (if using) together in the bottom of a large bowl to let the flavors blend while you chop the veggies. We like a lot of flavor and don’t measure too closely, prepare the seasoning as you desire. Rinse and drain the black beans, then chop the veggies; the key is to make the peppers and onions about the same size as the beans. Add the cooked quinoa, beans and veggies to the bowl and gently fold it all together with the dressing. The quinoa can be warm, room temp, or cold when you make the dish. Letting the final dish chill in the refrigerator at least 30 minutes brings the flavors together. It tastes best served room temperature or chilled.

 

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Fall is Bringing Exciting News!

KIANA IS ENGAGED!!!!

Kiana and James met through an online music project in early 2015, where James reached out to her to thank her for her support. They became interested in one another and began a long distance relationship that has lasted for over three years. On August 4th, 2018, James proposed to Kiana at her home in Virginia Beach, and they are set to be married within the next two years. They are very excited for their future together, and thankful for all of the support they have received!

 

 

Audrey won the crayon guessing game that we had at the front desk during the month of August! What a way to relax now that the kids are back to school!

 

 

 

Good luck to all of the students, teachers, and administrative staff starting a new school year!

We know that it’s early to be talking about the upcoming Holidays, but we wanted to let you know to be on the lookout for gift certificate sales starting in November!

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Preventing Opioid Abuse

Opioid medications (including morphine, hydrocodone, tramadol, and fentanyl) were originally intended for pain associated with cancer and the end stages of life, and have been found less effective to treat noncancerous, chronic pain.  However, for many years, these medications have been prescribed for all types of pain coming from a wide range of causes.  Our current epidemic of opioid overuse and abuse has led the medical community to re-evaluate the use of conservative treatments to common conditions such as low back pain.

Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, and is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office.  It is estimated that 80% of the population will have a back problem at some point in their life, and 31 million Americans are experiencing low back pain at any given moment.

In 2017 the American College of Physicians updated its treatment guidelines for low back pain to support conservative care including chiropractic spinal manipulation, massage, acupuncture, and heat therapy as options for non-pharmacologic treatment options.  Only when such treatments provide little or no relief should patients be recommended ibuprofen or muscle relaxants, and prescription opioids should be a last resort.

So what can you do to help end the national opioid epidemic?

  • Be informed, and share this information with friends and family, so that you and your loved ones try effective conservative treatments first when experiencing pain. Of course, we hope you chose Body Logic as your source for chiropractic care and massage!
  • Reduce misuse of prescription medication by disposing of your unused prescription medications in a safe way. Information on the Prescription Medication Take Back Program in Virginia Beach can be found by clicking <here.>