NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
November 4, 2015
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that in a recent issue of American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers found that pregnant women living in close proximity to solid waste power plants had significantly increased low birth weight in their babies? Proximity to oil, gas, and solid waste plants increased the risk of preterm delivery and very preterm delivery compared with those living further away.

NEVER FAST AGAIN
Many of our clients have shown interest in the "Fast Mimicking" eating style, which suggests eating a normal diet 5 days per week, while the other 2 days you eat a reduced calorie menu. Aside from improved body weight management, intelligent caloric restriction allows the body to rest and regenerate on a weekly basis, thus avoiding draconian cleanses and detoxes.

The Fast Mimicking Diet is available today for NCI Well Connect Members or join today at 40% OFF. The diet will soon be available to buy individually.
 
Psychiatrists Agree on Best Way to Prevent Mental Decline
Steve and Bonnie: Dietary changes that reduce the incidence of, and prevent, mental health disorders are a cost-effective and efficacious means of improving mental health, urges a position statement by the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR) that appeared in October's journalWorld Psychiatry. 
Moreover, a number of nutrients are linked to brain health.

"The situation we find ourselves in across the world is one wherein unhealthy food products are ubiquitous, they're heavily marketed, they're socially acceptable and normalized, and we believe that they're highly addictive," the lead author states.

"The changes to our diet, globally, have resulted in a tsunami of ill health across the globe, and an unhealthy diet is...understood to be the greatest cause of early mortality.

"We can't continue to ignore this. No country in the world can afford the costs associated with the substantial changes to the food systems as the drivers of noncommunicable disorders, which we now understand include mental disorders and neurodegenerative disorders, and possibly neurodevelopmental disorders."

"Governments have to act. It's very difficult because we're talking about large global industry players here that are in many cases larger than governments and more powerful, but we can't afford to turn a blind eye."

In the statement, the ISNPR says that although the outcomes achieved by current treatments of mental disorders are "suboptimal," little attention is paid to prevention. As such, diet and nutrition are modifiable targets for the prevention of mental disorders and play a key role in the promotion of mental health.

Furthermore, it states that "evidence-based nutritional change should be regarded as an efficacious and cost-effective means to improve mental health."

A number of nutrients, it says, have a "clear link" to brain health, including omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, choline, iron, zinc, magnesium, S-adenosyl methionine, vitamin D, and amino acids, and that dietary consumption could be supplemented by the prescription of nutraceuticals, where justified.

Well said ISNPR!
 
Forget Calorie Counting. Count These!
This article is reserved for NCI Well Connect Members.
 
Why Is This Graphic So Important?
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.

All It Takes Is a Few Simple Steps:
  1. Pay to have your genetic kit sent to your home from 23andMe. You can get the test for $179 instead of $199 at this link because of your relationship with us. We have no financial arrangement with 23andMe.
  2. When you receive your genetic kit, follow the instructions to prepare your saliva sample and send back to 23andMe via the US Postal Service.
  3. 23andMe will email you when your results are complete.
  4. Go to your personal page. Download the "Raw Data File" to your computer. Attach the file and email it to us.
  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.
  6. (Optional) Share your disease carrier, traits, and wellness reports with us.
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. This is 23andMe's specialty. 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 your 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.
 
40% OFF
NCI Well Connect Membership
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. Here is a recent preview issue.
  2. Self-Help Action Plans. Access to two titles per month from our self-help Action Plan Library. There are currently 40 Action Plan titles to date on all aspects of wellness, including the new Fast Mimicking Diet. You can view the full library of titles 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 23andMe genetic results, Immune System, Detox, Shedding Weight, Food Cravings and Food Addiction, or those of your own choosing.

The approximate cost for all of this? Less than one dollar a week!

 

Activate Your Membership at 40% OFF Here!

Thirty years of serving your wellness needs. We appreciate your continued patronage and support.

Have a happy, healthy day,
 
Bonnie, Steve, Carolyn, Lilo, and Elizabeth
(847) 498 3422 
support@nutritionalconcepts.com 
http://www.nutritionalconcepts.com

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