NCI Well Connect: February 20, 2017
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that charring anything, be it animal protein, vegetables, or grains, can be carcinogenic? Char is the black stuff you see on cooked food.

I hate to the bearer of bad news, but this is not the first time I (Steve) have brought this up. You could say the urgency was heightened when a client came in last week and said that her gastroenterologist told her they are starting to make a connection because charred food and cancerous colorectal polyps.

People in my own family laugh when I tell them that I never grill or cook my food at high heat. I don't care. I have seen too many independent research studies confirming the cancer connection.

If you have cancer in your family history, especially colorectal cancer, avoid charred foods whenever possible.

Let me reiterate it is not just charred animal flesh. The same goes for toasted items, such as bread that gets blackened, vegetables that blacken on the grill, or potatoes that get ultra-crispy on high heat.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve
 
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Knowing Your Vitamin A Level
Bonnie and Steve: Elderly people with low vitamin A levels may be more at risk of Alzheimer's disease and lower brain functioning. The study from  Acta Neuropathologica indicates that even marginal vitamin A deficiency at birth can influence long­term risks.

This is why we say mapping your genome now, especially for those in their fertility years, is a no brainer. We can tell how well you break down beta carotene from food into usable vitamin A. 
Certain biochemical reactions that lead to cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease could begin in the womb, or just after birth, if the fetus or newborn do not have sufficient levels of vitamin A.

In the study subjects, 75% of those with either mild or significant vitamin A deficiency had cognitive impairment, compared to 47% of those with normal vitamin A levels.

The study clearly shows that marginal deficiency of vitamin A, even as early as in pregnancy, has a detrimental effect on brain development and has long­ lasting effect that may facilitate Alzheimer's disease in later life. 

It is imperative to know if you have a genetic deficiency converting beta carotene from food to retinol vitamin A. This way, you can easily fix it with supplemental vitamin A as needed.
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Genetic Wellness Testing & Analysis
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Bonnie and Steve:It only takes a few simple steps to get individualized genetic nutritional support. Test your genome. We translate the results in a way you can understand. We target your individualized needs with nutritional support that can be easily implemented.

Pure Genomics helps the patient with:
  1. Reaffirmation for why existing patients should continue to adhere to their optimal diet and lifestyle. Genes are the deepest layer of individualization. When a patient is doing incredibly well despite horrible genetic deficiencies, it is a strong deterrent to fall off the wagon.
  2. Creates the last thrust of motivation for a patient who is having trouble adhering to their diet and lifestyle protocol.
  3. Provides incredible proof for prevention of family disease history. Connects the dots for many of our patients.
  4. Is a strong component for new patient screenings, especially if they need activated forms of B-vitamins and specific phytochemicals.
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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 recent study from Age and Ageing, showed that healthy subjects whose sauna use averaged 4 to 7 times per week were 66% less likely to develop dementia at 20-year follow-up than those who used a sauna once a week. In addition, they had a 65% risk reduction for Alzheimer's Disease.

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.

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One of the perks of being a NCI Well Connect Member is that you have a 30 minutes of free wellness coaching session with Steve.

This includes analyzing your Pure Genomics' genetic methylation, vitamin A & D, and detoxification and antioxidant pathways from your 23andMe raw data.
 
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Healthy Bones
 
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 (43 plans: total value $300). 

This comes in handy when you are looking for the information on how to keep your bones healthy and strong.

Our Healthy Bones Action Plan combines the most recent research with some of the myths associated with bone health recommendations.

Action Plans are free by email request for NCI Well Connect Members or can be ordered separately. To activate your NCI Well Connect Membership and get your free copy, click here.
 
SPMs and Osteoarthritis
Bonnie: There is strong evidence for the role of SPMs (specialized pro-resolving mediators) in resolving inflammation of the joints that is the hallmark of Osteoarthritis (OA). Receptors for SPMs are present in joints' synovial fluid.

Furthermore, the underlying cause of inflammation present in OA could be the failure of pro-resolving mediators to activate in the joints. Researchers consistently find low SPM levels in OA and Rheumatoid Arthritis patients.


The symptoms of osteoarthritis can be managed with healthy lifestyle behaviors. Getting regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating an anti-inflammatory diet may slow the progression of the disease. It cannot be reversed, though, so the goal of treatment is typically pain relief and maintenance of function. Adding SPMs to a healthy lifestyle, including maintaining a healthy weight, may help to ameliorate the symptoms of OA.
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