Celebrating 30 Years
NCI Well Connect: October 26, 2015
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that a study from this month's Clinical Nutrition stated that women with type 2 diabetes who took 4000IU of vitamin D3 for six months had significantly better triglyceride levels than women taking placebo?

23andMe JUST GOT BETTER
Aside from testing our ancestry and raw data which allows us to screen your methylation cycle, 23andMe now screens for 36 rare diseases, traits such as baldness and red hair, and the most exciting part for us, your genetic predisposition to lactose intolerance!

REDEEM YOUR LOYALTY REWARDS BY THE END OF 2015!
Most of you are aware of our loyalty program that provides discounts at certain product purchase benchmarks. You may not know that rewards zero out every January 1. So get your orders in soon. Details at the end of this eNewsletter. 

Have a happy, healthy day. Steve and Bonnie
 
Today's NCI Well Connect
Steve Minsky
From Editor Steve Minsky
All the above articles are available to NCI Well Connect Members. In addition, 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!
 
Bonnie and Steve: The safety and efficacy of surgical procedures and immunosuppressive chemotherapy may be threatened by increasing antibiotic resistance, according to a new study inThe Lancet Infectious Diseases. In both arenas, patients commonly receive antibiotic prophylaxis, but they are losing their efficacy.

The researchers studied the ability of antibiotic prophylaxis to prevent infections and deaths from infections for the 10 most common surgeries and blood cancer chemotherapy regimens in the United States over a 50 year period. They then calculated the additional number of infections and deaths related to infections that would occur under different scenarios of reduced efficacy of antibiotic prophylaxis.

The authors describe a grim future in which patients who need surgery or chemotherapy can no longer be protected from life-threatening infections.

From 38.7% to 50.9% of pathogens causing surgical site infections and 26.8% of pathogens causing infection after chemotherapy are resistant to standard prophylactic antibiotics. This would likely result in an additional 120,000 infections and 6300 infection-related deaths per year!

They implore that all clinicians take responsibility to prevent this situation from becoming patients' reality.

If you must have a surgical procedure, or have to take an antibiotic for ANY reason, we recommend that your physician culture your bacteria first and test it against several antibiotics to assure that you will get the one that works. Many us already have antibiotic-resistant bacteria and we DO NOT want to take antibiotics needlessly.
 
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.

The New 23andMe
Now, with the recent news that 23andMe will be testing for rare genetic disease traits, heritable lifestyle traits (such as baldness and red hair), and wellness traits, getting this test is a no brainer.

What is the most exciting development in 23andMe's new screening for us? They now test for your genetic predisposition to lactose intolerance!

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 $189 instead of $199 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. Feel free to share your disease carrier, traits, and wellness reports with us by email.
  5. Most importantly, download your raw data from 23andMe and and email the file to us. Contact us if you need help with this step.
  6. 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! $189 is quite a deal.
  • 23andMe provides you with information about your ancestry. We do not delve into this aspect of your genetic results. It is completely private to you.
     
  • Knowing your disease carrier status, traits, and wellness genetics (like lactose intolerance) is invaluable to you and your health professionals. 23andMe has many more test in the offing as the research becomes more available.
  • 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.
 
ActionPlanAction Plan of the Month -
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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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 a Mid-Week Brief on Wednesday. Our eNewsletter has been awarded Constant Contact All Star status seven years in a row to date.
  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 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. Free 15 Minute Wellness Coaching Sessions on topics such as Immune System, Detox, Shedding Weight, Food Cravings and Food Addiction, and any other topic of your choosing.

The approximate cost for all of this? One dollar a week! Quite a bargain for this volume of expert wellness advice.


Click here and activate your membership today!

 
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Get Back to Wellness
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)
  • NCI Well Connect Membership
  • Food/Med/Supplement Interaction Evaluation
  • Food Intolerance Screening (with menu plan only)
  • Dietary Supplement Update
  • Wellness and Lifestyle Coaching Sessions
  • Far Infrared Sauna Treatment
  • Grocery Shopping Tours and Pantry Raids
  • Workplace Wellness Evaluations
  • Chiropractic and Acupuncture

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.
  • Read our eNewsletters to reinforce your wellness plan.
  • 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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