Celebrating 30 Years
NCI Well Connect: November 16, 2015
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that according to a study in the October issue of The Journal of Nutrition, higher maternal blood levels of omega-3 and lower levels of omega-6 fatty acid concentrations during pregnancy are associated with lower blood pressure in childhood? This has a direct effect on long-term cardiovascular consequences.

THE FAST MIMICKING DIET ACTION PLAN
The perfect eating style for the holiday season! Intelligent caloric restriction is beneficial for cleansing, body weight reduction, telomere preservation, and overall better health. There are many versions of the fast mimicking diet, but we have devised the most intelligent version for you.

If you are not an NCI Well Connect Member, order a copy at this link.

5 SECRETS ABOUT YOUR GUT BACTERIA AND BODY WEIGHT
If you've been holding back on a NCI Well Connect Membership, today may change your mind. In addition to all the incredible benefits that comes with a membership, if you sign up today, you get a free copy of 5 Secrets About Your Gut Bacteria and Body Weight.

Not a day goes by when you don't see or hear something about the importance of gut bacteria. Research has shown that gut bacteria composition can effect body weight.


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
 
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Bonnie and Steve: Recent reports by public television in Canada and PBS' Frontline aired shows challenging the safety and science of dietary supplements, especially omega-3 fish oil products.

While we can see the suspicion over weight and energy supplements, which have we documented ad nauseam, to question the efficacy of omega-3 fish oil is old news.

There are so many papers on omega-3s, more than most pharmaceuticals. While not every study is going to be positive (and they shouldn't be), the majority have been positive for the purposes health professionals recommend it for: inflammation and triglyceride reduction.

The larger problem is an expectation that nutrition is treated like pharmaceutical medicine, and nutrition is not going to give as powerful an impact as drugs for acute conditions. However, as we have seen in long-term studies on nutrients, the results for prevention are very positive. 

Another issue we have alluded too many times is the consumer media. Headlines are not nuanced at all and yet they're talking about nuanced science. Just last week was a study and headlines which said omega-3s don't help depression at all. But if you look at the paper, it does help depression though it's just a small benefit, but a bigger benefit among patients getting treatment for clinical depression.

It's amazing. We know that most of us do not get enough omega-3s in our diet. When you supplement, your triglycerides improve, your inflammation tapers. How can you say you shouldn't take omega-3s?
 
Bonnie and Steve: If one or more of these boxes are yellow or green, then you have genetic deficiencies that may impair your ability to break down and move toxins from your body. The great thing is that you can prevent impairment with diet, nutrients.

Methylation
The graphic is an example of what our clients receive when screening their methylation cycles. The results have nothing been short of incredible.

Derived from your raw genomic data provided by the genetics company 23andMe, the results reaffirm why many clients have been so vigilant about managing their diets and lifestyles. For others, the results are providing that final push to reach their goals.

The New 23andMe
With recent news that 23andMe now tests for rare genetic disease traits, heritable lifestyle traits (such as baldness and red hair), and wellness traits, getting this test is a no brainer.

While we are most interested in the raw genomic data, their new test for lactose intolerance is very helpful.

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 and fix it.

Methylation impairment can contribute to carcinogenesis, body mass gain, autoimmune disorders, 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!
  • 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?
Putting Your Methylation Results Into Action

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.
 
 
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.

 
ActionPlanAction Plan of the Month:
Fast Mimicking Diet
One of the perks of being a NCI Well Connect Member is that you can request two titles monthly from our our Action Plan Library (40 plans: total value $300). 

This comes in handy when discerning which is the best fast mimicking diet.

Recently, research has shown that intelligent caloric restriction is beneficial for cleansing, body weight reduction, telomere preservation, and overall better health. There are many versions of fast mimicking diet. We have devised the most intelligent version for you.

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 at 40% OFF and get your free copy, click here.
 
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Whether you leave Chicago for the winter or live out of state, don't be a stranger. Stay connected!
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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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