NCI Well Connect
October 16, 2017
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that the newest preventive "drug for all" is Metformin? At the slightest hint of elevated glucose or high normal HgbA1C, doctors are now prescribing Metformin preventively. A multimillion dollar "public awareness campaign" sponsored by health organizations, heavily sponsored by drug companies, are behind the push.

Like statins, PPI's, bone drugs, antibiotics, and any other drug that has been overprescribed, there will be consequences. In the case of Metformin, weight gain and vitamin B-12 deficiency-related conditions such as peripheral neuropathy are common side effects. While there is no consensus, research does exist linking Metformin to poor cognition.

You may have forgotten that we keep track of your purchases throughout the year and apply discounts as you hit certain purchase benchmarks. Your yearly totals reset at the end of the year. There are less than three months left in 2017, so if you need to stock up to get your next well reward discount, here is your reminder!

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie
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Childhood Obesity at All-Time High Worldwide
Bonnie and Steve: You may have seen the headlines of a new study published last week in The Lancet showing that childhood obesity rates have risen ten-fold worldwide over the last 40 years.

There are myriad reasons why this has occurred, many of which we have explained in past newsletters. The question remains: what is being done about it?

The Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost-Effectiveness Study (CHOICES) has found three inexpensive programs to be the most cost-effective ways to reduce childhood obesity rates.

According to Harvard researchers behind the study, the work has provided clear evidence that the interventions save more than they cost to implement.

The first intervention is the imposition of an excise tax - $0.01 per ounce - on sugar-sweetened beverages. This has been shown to reduce consumption and is inexpensive to implement because tax systems are already in place. Projected savings of about $14 billion come from the slower rise in obesity rates induced by the tax, and do not include the expected $12.5 billion increase in national tax revenue.

Unfortunately, two months after being implemented in Chicago, the Cook County Board decided to repeal the soda tax as of December 1st. This was in response to a relentless barrage of misleading attack ads from the Food and Beverage Association. Harvard researchers did not take into account these evil forces at play when assessing the tax.

The second intervention, the Smart Snacks program, operated under the umbrella of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, sets a nutritional bar that must be met by any food or beverage available to children during school, outside of lunch. It is projected to save $792 million.

The third intervention, the elimination of tax breaks for companies that advertise junk foods and beverages to children, is projected to save $260 million.

None of these on paper should be difficult. However, when you are going up against the behemoth that is Big Food and Big Beverage, it will be no easy task.

The only thing we can do to stem the tide of childhood obesity is the one true equalizer...where you spend almighty dollar. If we continue to eschew sugary drinks and junk food, as we continue to do, Big Food and Big Beverage will and continue to react to consumer demand.

While the war may be never ending, we have still made progress. Unfortunately, most of the rest of the world where obesity has risen the most, have not caught onto the scam yet. And there are still many pockets of the US that have very limited choices for quality food and beverage.
Genetic Wellness Testing & Analysis
Cognition & Mental Health

Bonnie and Steve:It only takes a few simple steps to get individualized genetic nutritional support. Test your genome. We translate the results in a way you can understand. We target your individualized needs with nutritional support that can be easily implemented.

Pure Genomics helps the patient with:
  1. Reaffirmation for why existing patients should continue to adhere to their optimal diet and lifestyle. Genes are the deepest layer of individualization. When a patient is doing incredibly well despite horrible genetic deficiencies, it is a strong deterrent to fall off the wagon.
  2. Creates the last thrust of motivation for a patient who is having trouble adhering to their diet and lifestyle protocol.
  3. Provides incredible proof for prevention of family disease history. Connects the dots for many of our patients.
  4. Is a strong component for new patient screenings, especially for methylation, detoxification, antioxidant defense, weight management, metabolic health, memory and cognition, mental health, and essential fatty acid, vitamin A, and vitamin D absorption.
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Far Infrared Sauna Therapy
Steve: Traditional saunas emit direct heat. Far Infrared uses light to create heat. Far infrared run at much milder temperatures, but travels much deeper into the body, which is why you sweat more vigorously.

Far Infrared Therapy offers numerous therapeutic benefits, most importantly enhanced detoxification. Many of our clients use it to relieve painful joints, rev up metabolism, and remove buildup of heavy metals.

Far Infrared has shown to draw out 15 to 20% more heavy metals (i.e., mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic), hormone-disrupting chemicals, sulfuric acid, ammonia, uric-acid, and fat-soluble toxins than traditional saunas.

A recent study from Age and Ageing, showed that healthy subjects whose sauna use averaged 4 to 7 times per week were 66% less likely to develop dementia at 20-year follow-up than those who used a sauna once a week. In addition, they had a 65% risk reduction for Alzheimer's Disease.

Recent studies in JAMA Internal Medicine and American Journal of Hypertension found that increased frequency of sauna bathing reduced the risk of sudden cardiac death, coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and all-cause mortality.

Contact us to schedule a session.
Well Connect Coaching Sessions
One of the perks of being a NCI Well Connect Member is that you have one free 45 minute wellness coaching session. Analyzing your Pure Genomics' genetic profile is one of your options.
To schedule your free appointment with Steve, email or phone 847-498-3422.
Action Plan of the Month:
Cold and Flu
One of the benefits of being a NCI Well Connect Member is that you can request two titles monthly from our our Action Plan Library (43 plans: total value $300). 

This comes in handy as we head into the colder months and sickness becomes more prevalent. Our Cold and Flu Action Plan lists numerous preventive methods tom employ this fall and winter! 

Action Plans are free by email request for NCI Well Connect Members or can be ordered separately. To activate your NCI Well Connect Membership, click here.
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NCI Well Connect Member Benefits
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NCI Well Connect Membership is open to clients and non-clients of our practice!

One Year Membership Includes:
  1. Weekly eNewsletters (84 issues). We publish our long-form issue on Monday and mid-week brief on Wednesday. Our eNewsletter has been a Constant Contact All Star 10 years in a row.
  2. Self-Help Action Plans. Access to two titles per month from our self-help Action Plan Library. There are currently 43 Action Plan titles to date on all aspects of wellness, including the new Heal Your Headache Action Plan. You can view the list 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. 45 Minute Free Wellness Coaching Session (visits with Bonnie are separate) for Pure Genomics genetic results or any topic of your choosing.

Activate Your 1 Year Membership Here!

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We have a multitude of options for simple fine-tuning or the toughest cases.
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  • Dietary Supplement Evaluation
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  • Chiropractic and Acupuncture

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Have a happy, healthy day,
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