Celebrating 30 Years
NCI Well Connect: December 28, 2015
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that drinking alcohol can be beneficial for protecting you from contaminated food? Alcohol is of course an antibacterial. Research has shown that in those overcome with bouts of salmonella, those who had been drinking alcohol had less levels of sickness.

Don't get too excited because drinking too much can have the opposite effect. Other research has found that those who binge drink show an immediate 50% rise in pathogenic gut bacteria.

As we always say, moderation is key. Happy New Year!

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Have a happy, healthy day. Steve and Bonnie
 
Today's NCI Well Connect
Steve Minsky
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Bonnie and Steve: One out of every four dollars employers pay for health care is tied to unhealthy lifestyle choices or conditions like smoking, stress and obesity, despite the fact that most large employers have workplace wellness programs.

In the largest study of its kind, researchers in Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine looked at 10 modifiable health risks in roughly 223,500 people across seven industries.

Modifiable risks are conditions or behaviors that employees can improve or eliminate by making healthier choices. Obesity was most prevalent and cost employers the most money, followed by stress and use of mood-altering drugs. Other risks included exercise, tobacco and alcohol use.

The results illustrate the substantial savings employers might realize by reducing or eliminating those risks through workplace wellness programs.

The problem is, according to the study's lead author, "There are hundreds of well-designed programs, but thousands of programs that are too superficial to have an impact. The best programs increase awareness about the link between lifestyle and health, motivate people to change and build the skills necessary to do so, and provide opportunities to practice a healthy lifestyle."

The U.S. has worse health outcomes than most other developed nations, despite spending almost twice as much on health care.

The other problem is that most workplace wellness programs are not cutting edge or individualized enough. You can only espouse general wellness for so long. People need to specific information tailored to their individual needs.
 
Care's Corner - Pediatric Cancer
 
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.

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 $179 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.

 
Wellness Session of the Month
23andMe, Pure Genomics Methylation Cycle Evaluation

One of the perks of being a NCI Well Connect Member is that you have two free 15 minute wellness coaching sessions. 

 

The perk comes in handy when you've gotten your 23andMe raw genetic data and want us to analyze your methylation cycle.

 

To schedule your free appointment with Steve, email or phone 847-498-3422. An appointment with Bonnie is $45.

 
ActionPlanAction Plan of the Month:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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 (41 plans: total value $300). 

This comes in handy when discerning whether your digestive symptoms may be related to Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Our new Irritable Bowel Syndrome Action Plan is the most complete self-help guide to addressing your digestive needs.

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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WCMembershipGet an NCI Well Connect Membership at 40% OFF Today!
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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 41 Action Plan titles to date on all aspects of wellness, including the new Irritable Bowel Syndrome Action Plan. 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 23andMe genetic results, 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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