NCI Well Connect
November 5, 2018
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that Pure Encapsulations and Metagenics have products that have been used in hundreds of research studies? If interested in investigating further, refer to these links from Pure Encapsulations and Metagenics.

Stay tuned for Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School's study on Pure Encaps Magnesium Glycinate's effect on vascular health/blood pressure, set to be published in the summer of 2019!

We keep track of your purchases throughout the year and apply discounts as you hit certain purchase benchmarks. Rewards reset on January 1, so stock up!

Did you know that if you have an HSA or FSA debit/credit card, you can use it at Nutritional Concepts? While we cannot guarantee it because every account is different, we are able to process most HSA or FSA credit card transactions.

Along with countless accounts from clients, Metagenics sent a memo alerting us of a problem customers have had purchasing counterfeit and adulterated products from third party sources on the Internet. Pure Encapsulations alerted us to similar occurrences with their products. Overheated products, expired products, labels removed, QR codes removed, and label tampering are all major issues. Read the memo here.

The Wall Street Journal reported on this issue as well.

We are not a third party vendor. We are an authorized vendor for Metagenics and Pure Encapsulations.

We also send refrigerated probiotics properly, with refrigeration! 

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie
NCI Well Connect Highlights
From Editor Steve Minsky
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Omega-3 from Plant or Fish for Cancer Prevention?
Bonnie & Steve: Omega-3's from fish pack a stronger punch than flaxseed and other oils when it comes to cancer prevention, according to a first-ever study published in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.

Researchers discovered that marine-based omega-3s are eight times more effective at inhibiting tumor development and growth in mice.

There are three types of omega-3 fatty acids: a-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). ALA is plant-based and found in such edible seeds as flaxseed and in oils, such as soy, canola and hemp oil. EPA and DHA are found in marine life, such as fish, algae and phytoplankton.

ALA must be broken down into EPA and DHA. In many humans, that extra step is retarded by genetic mutation, as many who have done the Pure Genomics screening can attest to.

The authors explained that omega-3s prevent and fight cancer by turning on genes associated with the immune system and blocking tumor growth pathways.
Chiropractic Case Studies

No More Leaky Bladder for This Patient!
Vertebral Subluxation Research published a case study of a patient who came in for chiropractic care during her second trimester of pregnancy. For three years she had suffered with urinary incontinence after a previous traumatic birth. During that birth, three years beforehand, she had severe perineal tearing and then immediately afterwards was unable to hold urine beyond about a half-full bladder. She also would frequently urinate on herself when sneezing or coughing even shortly after going to the bathroom.

During the Chiropractic visits she received instructions on corrective exercises to perform at home as well as instrument based adjustments to correct misalignment of the bones above the sit bone, the pelvis and the ligaments above the groin. Urinary Incontinence Resolved after 6 Chiropractic visits.

Did you notice that the incontinence occurred after perineal tearing? I remember years ago a pregnant women came to my office specifically because she did not want to tear during delivery and she did not want an episiotomy. I sent her home with the following instructions which were so successful that I recommend this to all of my pregnant patients. 

Every day during the last trimester, massage the perineum with olive oil or coconut oil or any oil that doesn't cause any kind of allergic reaction. Then follow up with a very warm washcloth and keep it there for a few minutes. This primes the tissue to be more flexible during delivery. Some obstetricians massage this area during the delivery to prevent tearing and if yours does make sure to bring in the oil you have been using so as not have an allergic reaction to any oil they might use.

Along with massaging the perineum, I recommend my pregnant patients get adjusted after birth to correct any bones and ligaments that got jammed during delivery. New moms need all the help they can get to give optimal attention to their newborns.
Genetic Wellness Screening
Pure Genomics, our genetic wellness screening, covers 32 impeccably well-researched genes in seven categories:
  1. Methylation
  2. Vitamins and Minerals
  3. Detoxification
  4. Weight Management
  5. Cognitive Health and Memory
  6. Blood Sugar Balance
  7. Immune Health
Pure Genomics tips the balance toward optimal wellness. It only takes four simple steps to get started:
  1. Order a genetic kit from or
  2. Send your saliva sample back to 23andMe or Ancestry. They will email you when your results are ready.
  3. Download your raw genetic data file to your computer. Email us the data file.
  4. We generate your Pure Genomics report and contact you with the next step.
Email Steve for further questions or clarification.

Click on the links below to learn about the original research that we have done with our clients and Pure Genomics.
Video: EPA Propose Loosening Protections From Radiation & Mercury

Local Reiki Services
Reiki, pronounced "RAY-key", is a powerful, non-invasive healing technique dating back thousands of years. It is one of the fastest growing complimentary modalities in the world and is quickly gaining acceptance in the medical establishment. It is being used in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices and spas throughout the U.S. 

Reiki's natural healing abilities can help with stress, tension, anxiety, insomnia, PTSD, pain management & more. It helps stimulate the immune system and aids the body in eliminating toxins. Patients who received Reiki before and after surgery reported less pain and a shortened hospital stay. It is also being used as a complimentary therapy for side-effects of chemo. A session helps to promote a sense of peace, calmness, well being and deep relaxation. The benefits of Reiki are numerous.

Reiki is done with the client fully clothed lying on a massage table. The practitioner uses specific hand positions along the front and back of the body with hands either lightly touching or slightly above the client.

Sessions last approximately 60 minutes.

I'll be seeing clients at Nutritional Concepts on Fridays. By appointment only. Hours: 8:30-3:30.

Lori Cruttenden RMT
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 new report published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that sauna bathing is associated with a reduction in the risk of vascular diseases, such as high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, neurocognitive diseases, nonvascular conditions, such as pulmonary diseases, mental health disorders, and mortality. Furthermore, sauna bathing alleviated conditions such as skin diseases, arthritis, headache, and flu. The evidence also suggests that regular sauna baths are associated with a better health-related quality of life. Wow, what can't saunas do?

A second study from Neurology stated that frequent sauna bathing is associated with a reduced risk of stroke. In a 15-year follow-up study, people taking a sauna 4-7 times a week were 61% less likely to suffer a stroke than those taking a sauna once a week. Even one sauna session per week reduced the risk of stroke by 14% compared with those who did not take saunas.

Contact us to schedule a session.
Action Plan of the Month:
Recipes to Live By
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 (44 plans: total value $300). 

This comes in handy when you are looking for recipes for the holidays, or for just about any occasion for that matter, and for any eating style. Our Recipes to Live By Action Plan is a huge compilation of recipes loved by our family, staff, and clients over the years! 

Action Plans are free by email request for NCI Well Connect Members or can be ordered separately. To activate your membership, click here.
eNews Briefs

NCI Well Connect Member Benefits

One Year Membership Is Open to Clients and Non-Clients of our practice. Includes:
  1. Free 45 Minute Pure Genomics Screening & Consultation
  2. Twice Weekly eNewsletters. Long-form issue on Monday and mid-week brief on Wednesday.
  3. Self-Help Action Plans. Access to two titles per month from our 44 title self-help Action Plan Library. Full library of titles here.
  4. Natural Foods Shopping List. Meticulously vetted, high quality food and beverages we recommend to our clients. Gluten-free, corn-free, and kosher pareve items included. Updated quarterly.
Care's Corner Video
Food Intolerance: the Silent Assassin
Food Intolerance: the Silent Assassin
Be Your Own Medical Advocate
Aspirin-Like Substances in My Food
Salicylates in My Food? What Are Those?
Wellness Services Menu
We have a multitude of options for simple fine-tuning or the toughest cases.
  • Full Wellness Evaluation (with bloodwork)
  • NCI Well Connect Membership
  • Genetic Wellness Evaluation
  • Balanced Eating 101 (focus on eating only)
  • Food Intolerance Screening and Menu Plan Implementation (separate fees)
  • Memory Loss Protocol
  • Dietary Supplement Evaluation
  • Wellness and Lifestyle Coaching Sessions
  • Far Infrared Sauna Treatment
  • Grocery Shopping Tours and Pantry Advice
  • Workplace Wellness Evaluations
  • Chiropractic and Acupuncture

Consulting prices range from $45 to $225. Contact us at 847-498-3422 or email for details.

Loyalty Program
Did You Know We Have a Loyalty Program?
We keep track of your purchases throughout the year and apply discounts as you hit certain purchase benchmarks.

Your yearly totals reset each calendar year. More info here.
Reminder: Snowbirds & Out-of-Staters
Whether you leave Chicago for the winter or live out of state, don't be a stranger. Stay connected!
  • We do phone consultations.
  • Reading our newsletters keep you informed.
  • We ship supplements anywhere in the United States. We use green, recycled materials and ship probiotics that require refrigeration.
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Have a happy, healthy day,
Bonnie, Steve, Carolyn, Lilo, Elizabeth, Sharron, and Lori
(847) 498-3422  

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