NCI Well Connect
May 7, 2018
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that a suspected link between abnormal hormone imbalances in young boys and the use of lavender and tea tree oils has been given new weight, after a study presented at this year's Endocrine Society annual meeting found eight chemicals contained in the oils interfere with hormones?

We have mentioned this several times over the years. Gynecomastia is rare, but there have been a spike in cases linked to use of these essential oils. The study found that key chemicals in the oils boost estrogen and inhibit testosterone. A growing number of reported cases of male gynecomastia have coincided with topical exposure to the oils. After they stopped using the products, the symptoms subsided.

Please keep this in mind for any young person using lavender and tea tree on a daily basis.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie
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Prebiotic Primer
Bonnie and Steve: Because of the popularity of probiotics, it should not come as a surprise that many of you have questions about prebiotics.

Most benefit from prebiotics. However, those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or yeast overgrowth issues often do not do well with a diet high in prebiotic foods or supplements.

Simply put, prebiotics are food for probiotics. When prebiotics are plentiful, probiotics flourish. Without prebiotics, probiotic numbers may suffer. In addition to being beneficial for our gut flora, prebiotics are also a wonderful source of soluble fiber.

Food-rich prebiotic sources include berries, root vegetables, onions, garlic, leeks, apples, bananas and much more. Supplemental sources of prebiotics usually are sourced from chicory or agave. The common name you will recognize for these formulations isInulin.

In many cases, probiotic manufacturers include prebiotics in their formula preparations. However, because IBS and yeast overgrowth are so pervasive, we recommend some probiotic formulations with, and others without, prebiotics.

You can get prebiotics from food and supplements, but we do not suggest self-prescribing prebiotic supplements. We often find that people can "overdo it" and develop gastrointestinal distress from supplementing with too much inulin. Let health professionals like ourselves guide you.

Under the right circumstances, individualized prebiotic supplementation can have a highly beneficial effect for gut integrity, enhanced fiber consumption, blood sugar and lipid management. In the case of inulin, many of our clients even use it successfully as an alternative sweetener.

If you are a client, you can feel confident that the proper probiotic has been prescribed for your individual needs, and we have taken into account if you are a candidate for prebiotics. If you are not a current client, we can certainly assist you in making a smart decision on prebiotic and probiotic formulations.
Genetic Wellness Screening
Pure Genomics, our genetic wellness screening, covers 32 impeccably well-researched genes in seven categories:
  1. Methylation
  2. Vitamins and Minerals
  3. Detoxification
  4. Weight Management
  5. Cognitive Health and Memory
  6. Blood Sugar Balance
  7. Immune Health
Pure Genomics tips the balance toward optimal wellness. It only takes four simple steps to get started:
  1. Order a genetic kit from or
  2. Send your saliva sample back to 23andMe or Ancestry. They will email you when your results are ready.
  3. Download your raw genetic data file to your computer. Email us the data file.
  4. We generate your Pure Genomics report and contact you with the next step.
Email Steve for further questions or clarification.
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Pain Relief Diet
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This comes in handy when you're trying to minimize pain and are not sure if certain foods are triggering it. Our Pain Relief Diet Action Plan is the most complete self-help guide you will find anywhere! 

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Have a happy, healthy day,
Bonnie, Steve, Carolyn, Lilo, Elizabeth, Sharron, and Lori (not pictured)
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