Celebrating 30 Years
NCI Well Connect: September 7, 2015
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that in a recent study of belly button, researchers found 1,458 different bacteria species? One person's navel contained bacteria that had previously only ever been seen in soil from Japan. Curiously, this individual had never been to Japan.

Have a happy, healthy day. Steve and Bonnie
 
Today's NCI Well Connect
Steve Minsky
From Editor Steve Minsky
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  • Probiotics as Treatment for Infectious Disease
  • The Beet Juice Effect Is Real
  • Washing Pesticides Off Produce
  • Blue Diamond Debacle
  • High Smoking Temp Cooking Spray
  • Papain...Blessing or Curse?
  • What a Well-Stocked Pantry Can Do
  • Natural Chemicals That Fight MRSA
  • Coffee and Tea Filters
  • eInspire
Read stories like these twice weekly from our award-winning eNewsletter, access two titles per month from our Action Plan Library, and book free wellness coaching sessions, all for one dollar per week with an NCI Well Connect Membership!
 
Produce Is Getting Sweeter.
This Is Not a Good Thing.
Bonnie: Our vegetables are getting sweeter.
But the change comes at a cost to our health, because bitter compounds present in fruit and vegetables have a range of benefits.

Many fruit and vegetables have become sweeter in recent years because manufacturers are producing 'child friendly' varieties with fewer phytonutrients - bitter-tasting compounds - in them.

These include Brussels sprouts, broccoli, tomatoes and grapefruit.

Colored grapefruit are now twice as popular as white grapefruit. But the white variety contains 50 percent more phytonutrients, including the compound naringin, than the red and pink kinds. Naringin can inhibit the growth of breast and cervical cancer cells and has been linked to improving the cardiovascular system and protecting against ulcers and inflammation.

The phytonutrient sinigrin in Brussels sprouts - also found in cauliflower, cabbage and kale - has also been found to be able to kill cancer cells.

Other bitter compounds regularly taken out of our food include tomatine in tomatoes, with some wild tomatoes having 166 times more of the chemical than sweet cultivations.

There's a simple solution for this. Eat locally grown produce whenever possible!
 
Extra Weight From Detox Dysfunction
Bonnie and Steve: We are so excited to announce that one of the major nutritional conundrums which has evaded us, is no longer. We can now evaluate your complete methylation cycle, the most important pathway for detoxification of chemicals, hormones, and other unwanted environmental byproducts.

In the past, we have tried to cover all bases to help your metabolic pathway, but we did not have the entire map at our disposal. Now, we can pinpoint exactly if and where your metabolic cycle is impaired. Even better, we can fix it to make sure it is running smoothly.

Methylation is important for each and every one of us because the last thing we want is to have toxins recycling within our bodies with no way to escape. This can contribute to carcinogenesis, weight gain, autoimmune disorders, just to name a few.

The process takes 5 simple steps:
  1. Pay to have your genetic kit sent to your home from the lab 23andMe. You can get the test for $79.99 instead of $99 at this link because of your relationship with us. We have no financial interest in 23andMe.
  2. When you receive your genetic kit, follow the instructions to prepare your sample (saliva sample) and send back to 23andMe via the US Postal Service.
  3. 23andMe will email you when your results are complete.
  4. Download your raw data from 23andMe and and email the file to us. Contact us if you need help with this step.
  5. When we get your raw data file, we will upload it into our methylation database and contact you when the results are complete to make an appointment.
Why Is This Such an Incredible Opportunity?
  • In addition to the methylation data that we analyze, 23andMe maps your entire genome. This is crucial if we offer further genetic analysis on other bodily functions or for other health care providers who may require your genetic info.
     
  • You only need your genome mapped once! $79 is quite a deal.
  • 23andMe provides you with information about your ancestry. This is 23andMe's specialty. We do not delve into this aspect of your genetic results. It is completely private to you.
  • Many of you have heard us refer to the MTHFR genetic mutation for pregnancy, neurological function, and detoxification. MTHFR is included in the panel, as well as every other major gene associated with the methylation pathway.
Why Did We Decide to Finally Use Genetic Testing?
  • While we feel that much of the information about the humane genome is "not ready for prime time," we feel extremely confident that the genes associated with the methylation pathway have more than enough clinical data. The pharmaceutical industry has done most of the work for us by putting billions of dollars into researching genetics and methylation so they can find out who can best metabolize and avoid side effects from their drugs!
     
  • As better research comes along, having your genetic information allows us to contact you when, for instance, a genetic bone health panel comes along. How can you beat that service?
This may all seem overwhelming. As always, we are here to answer any questions you may have about the process.

Putting Your Methylation Results Into Practice

Going over the results should only take about 15 minutes. This is free for NCI Well Connect Members. For non-Well Connect members, the fee is $45.

To start the process, just go to 23andMe and click on the link:http://www.23andme.com/bonnieminsky. Then, let us know when your results are ready!
 
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New Celiac Disease, Gluten Testing
Biopsy-Free, Syringe-Free
We can now test you for celiac disease and gluten intolerance from a simple finger prick for under $100!

Doctors Data, a lab we have used for heavy metal testing for almost two decades, has introduced the Celiac Bloodspot Test, which you can complete from the comfort of your home.

Ruling out celiac and gluten intolerance has never been easier. Contact us at 847-498-3422 for more info.
 
Action Plan of the Month -
Pain Relief Diet
One of the perks of being a NCI Well Connect Member is that you have monthly access to our Action Plan Library (38 plans: total value over $275). 

 

The perk comes in handy when you are looking for pain relief without medication. Of course, food should be the first place to look. Our Pain Relief Diet Action Plan guides you through eliminating and re-introducing certain groups of food that are known triggers for inflammation and pain.

 

Action Plans are free by email request for NCI Well Connect Members or can be ordered separately. To activate your NCI Well Connect Membership today and get your free copy, click here.

 
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Thirty years of serving your wellness needs. We appreciate your continued patronage and support.

Have a happy, healthy day,
           
Bonnie, Steve, and all of us at Nutritional Concepts

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