Celebrating 30 Years
NCI Well Connect: October 19, 2015
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that recent commentary in Clinical Lipidology states, "with all of these exciting developments in the field of clinical lipidology, it is essential to keep in mind what we can accomplish with lifestyle changes, including a healthy diet, regular exercise and smoking cessation. Although we have a robust array of pharmacological agents to help correct lipid abnormalities, our primary strategy should be to improve diet, physical activity and smoking habits within the population."

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Have a happy, healthy day. Steve and Bonnie
 
Today's NCI Well Connect
Steve Minsky
From Editor Steve Minsky
  • Has Psychiatry Turned the Corner?
  • FDA, CDC Confirms Supp Safety
  • October Sale Items
  • This Probiotic Species Packs a Punch
  • More Americans Eating This Way
  • New Research on Prostate Cancer Tumors
  • Brand Buzz
  • The Promise of Young Adult Activity
  • Happy Walkers, Happy...?
  • Get Your Genetic Methylation Cycle Screened Today
  • A Meditation Primer
  • The High Glycemic Effect on Postmenopausal Women
  • eInspire
  • Action Plan of the Month Update
  • eNews Briefs- Healthy School Lunch, Hospitals, and Eating Organic
  • Natural Foods Shopping List Update
  • NCI Well Connect Membership Benefits
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!
 
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Bonnie and Steve: While the media headlines may mislead the public into thinking supplements are dangerous, we know better. Reading the details of a recent report from the FDA and CDC, published in this week's New England Journal of Medicine, confirms what we have said for years about dietary supplements. Overall, they are very safe. Here are the highlights:
  • Over a nine year span, 63 emergency rooms were tracked for visits related to adverse effects from dietary supplements. Based upon the number of cases in this sample size, officials believe that 23,000 visits per year are related to dietary supplement use.
     
  • For perspective, prescription drugs are responsible for 30 times as many trips to the emergency room each year. Just among children 5 to 14, baseball mishaps result in 110,000 emergency room visits each year.
     
  • 150 million Americans take supplements, so much less than one-tenth of 1 percent of supplement users will ever visit the emergency room.
     
  • More than a quarter of the emergency room visits occurred among people ages 20 to 34, caused by a supplement that was marketed for weight loss or energy enhancement, commonly producing symptoms like chest pain, heart palpitations and irregular heart rhythms. We have been have always been vehemently against these products.
     
  • About 20% of the ER visits involved children who took the products while unsupervised (for example, poisonings due to supplements with iron).
     
  • Among senior citizens, 38% went to the ER after a pill or pill fragment became lodged in the back of the throat, esophagus or windpipe.
 
Bonnie and Steve: The data is starting to roll in and the results have nothing been short of fascinating.

We have begun testing the methylation cycle derived from raw data provided by the genetics company 23andMe.

For many clients, the results have reaffirmed why they have been so vigilant about managing their diets and lifestyles. They are keeping genetic deficiencies from expressing themselves negatively. For others, the results have provided the final push to reach their goals.

Interesting Factoid
Out of the clients that have we have screened so far, only one result has come back with zero genetic deficiencies.

We are finding that genetic screening for the methylation cycle is important for all ages, but especially for those in their fertility years.

The greatest thrill we get from this is that any genetic deficiency we test for now and in the future can be addressed with diet, nutrients, and lifestyle.

Why the Methylation Cycle? Why Now?
It was one of the major nutritional conundrums which had evaded us for years. We tried to cover all bases to help your methylation cycle, the most important pathway for detoxification of chemicals, hormones, and other unwanted environmental byproducts, but we did not have the entire map at our disposal. Now, we can pinpoint exactly if and where your 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 is 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!
 
 
Far Infrared Sauna Therapy
It is always the right time to experience Far Infrared Sauna Therapy.

 

Aside from the fact that you are taking one hour out of your busy lives to relax, Far Infrared Therapy offers numerous therapeutic benefits, most importantly enhanced detoxification. Many clients use it to relieve painful joints, rev up metabolism, and remove buildup of heavy metals.

 

A recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine found that increased frequency of sauna bathing reduced the risk of sudden cardiac death, coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and all-cause mortality.


Contact us to schedule a session.

 
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.
 
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Recent Updates
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). 

 

We update our Action Plans regularly. Sometimes we just add a study or two. In other instances, we make major changes. Here is a list of what has been updated over the last week:

  • Blood Sugar Balance
  • Build the Optimal Youth Athlete
  • Heathy Bones
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Optimal Pregnancy
  • Sleep Well
  • Sports Nutrition

 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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We have a multitude of options for simple fine-tuning or the toughest cases.
  • Balanced Eating 101 (focus on eating style only)
  • Full Wellness Evaluation (with bloodwork)
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  • Dietary Supplement Update
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Consulting prices range from $45 to $225. Contact us at 847-498-3422 or email for details.

 
Snowbirds & Out-of-Towners
Whether you leave Chicago for the winter or live out of state, don't be a stranger. Stay connected!
  • If you need Bonnie's guidance, she is only a phone call away.
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  • If you need to order supplements, we ship anywhere in the United States. We use green and recycled shipping materials. We ship probiotics that require refrigeration.

Do not hesitate to contact us to serve all of your out-of town needs.

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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