NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
December 23, 2015
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that a study from this month's American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that vegetarians and nonvegetarians have similar all-cause mortality? The study pooled data from over 60,000 subjects.

CONGRATULATIONS ALL!
Congratulations to Viktoria K., the lucky winner of our free 23andMe genetics kit raffle!

Thank you to all who participated in our 3-Day Holiday Client Appreciation Giveaway. We raised $544.70 for the St. Jude's Pediatric Cancer Genome Project! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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There's That Telomere Term Again
Steve and Bonnie: You've read our posts about telomeres, pieces of DNA that are attached to and protect the chromosomes of cells. Telomeres allow chromosomes to divide properly when, say, the body needs more white blood cells to fight infection. Telomeres fray naturally as a person ages.

Until recently, all researchers have known about telomeres is that the longer they are, the longer one usually lives. Now, they can link specific health issues with telomeres length.

Muscle Mass
Short telomeres may be a risk factor for lower appendicular lean mass, or muscles that support the skeleton, according to a study in this month's American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Cancer Prevention
It is well documented that healthy diet and exercise are key in cancer prevention and management, but the exact mechanism hasn't been clear. Now, Yale Cancer Center researchers have found an explanation. Telomeres were slower to shorten in breast cancer survivors who lost body mass through diet and exercise. In some cases, telomere shortening even reversed. The findings were presented this month at the 2015 Breast Cancer Symposium.

Cancer Cells Also Have Telomeres
An enzyme called telomerase plays a significant role in aging and most cancers by maintaining the DNA in telomeres, but until recently many aspects of the enzyme's structure could not be clearly seen. A study from the journal Science could ultimately lead to new directions for treating cancer and preventing premature aging.

Telomerase is particularly active in cancer cells, which helps make them immortal and enables cancer to grow and spread. Scientists believe that controlling the length of telomeres in cancer cells could be a way to prevent them from multiplying.

There is much more to unlocking the telomere puzzle, especially with how to promote telomeres in healthy cells and retard them in cancer cells. Exciting stuff!
 
MBCT As Good As Antidepressants
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 red, 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.
 
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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 41 Action Plan titles to date on all aspects of wellness, including the new Irritable Bowel Syndrome Action Plan. 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!

 

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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 
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