NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
September 9, 2015
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that according to a study in this month's BMC Health, the only non-pharmaceutical measure found that was significant for simple flu prevention was hand washing hygiene (not hand sanitizer)? Frequent hand washing (five times per day or more) should be recommended to prevent influenza infection in the family and community setting, especially in school age children.

Now of course, the researchers did not look at diet or supplements as non-pharmaceutical measures. We will explore those options for you below.
 
Vitamin C Mimics Exercise Benefits?
Steve: Overweight and obese adults are advised to exercise to improve their health, but more than 50 percent do not do so.

New research to be presented at the 14th International Conference on Endothelin: Physiology, Pathophysiology and Therapeutics suggests that taking vitamin C supplements daily can have similar cardiovascular benefits as regular exercise in these adults.

The blood vessels of overweight and obese adults have elevated activity of the small vessel-constricting protein endothelin (ET)-1. Because of the high ET-1 activity, these vessels are more prone to constricting, becoming less responsive to blood flow demand and increasing risk of developing vascular disease. Exercise has been shown to reduce ET-1 activity.

This study examined whether vitamin C supplements, which have been reported to improve vessel function, can also lower ET-1 activity. The researchers found that daily supplementation of vitamin C (500 mg/day) reduced ET-1-related vessel constriction as much as walking for exercise did.

Thus, the researchers suggest vitamin C supplementation may be an effective lifestyle strategy for reducing ET-1-mediated vessel constriction in overweight and obese adults.

I love vitamin C, and consider it a daily staple for most supplement regimens. However, this study, which did make national news, took it a bit too far. This is not the first study to show vitamin C's beneficial effect for vascular function. However, to think that it can replace exercise for obese and overweight individuals is a strech to say the least.

Take vitamin C (with quercetin) AND exercise? Now we're talking!
 
Cold and Flu Season Coming Soon
This article is reserved for NCI Well Connect Members.

 
Optimal Weight May Depend Upon How You Methylate
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. It can be carcinogenic, obesogenic, among many other adverse complications. 

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!
 
NCI Well Connect Membership
NCI Well Connect Membership is open to clients and non-clients.

One Year Membership Includes:
  1. Weekly eNewsletters (84 issues). We publish our long-form issue on Monday and a Mid-Week Brief on Wednesday. Our eNewsletter has been awarded Constant Contact All Star status seven years in a row to date. Here is a recent preview issue.
  2. Self-Help Action Plans. Access to two titles per month from our self-help Action Plan Library. There are currently 38 Action Plan titles to date on all aspects of wellness, including the new and improved How to Eat Healthy While Dining Out. You can view the full library of titles here.
  3. Natural Foods Shopping List. Updated quarterly, our Natural Foods Shopping List includes only the most meticulously vetted, highest quality food and beverage products that we recommend to our clients. These include gluten-free, corn-free, and kosher pareve items.
  4. Free 15 Minute Wellness Coaching Sessions on topics such as Immune System, Detox, Shedding Weight, Food Cravings and Food Addiction, or those of your own choosing.

The approximate cost for all of this? Less than one dollar a week!

 

Activate Your Membership Here!

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

Have a happy, healthy day,
 
Bonnie, Steve, Carolyn, Lilo, and Elizabeth
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