NCI Well Connect
June 11, 2018
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that quercetin is such a powerful flavonoid that at high doses it was found to be a successful antidote to snake venom in rats?

Researchers in the August issue of Food and Toxicology found that a very high dose of quercetin prevented snake venom-induced structural tissue damage in liver and kidneys of rats.

We are not citing this study to encourage you to use quercetin as a snake venom antidote :) We are simply elucidating the power that natural plant substances can wield when called upon.

We are offering a one year NCI Well Connect Membership at 25% OFF at this link for the month of June! Get today's long-form issue by signing up today. For more details about NCI Well Connect Membership, see below.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie
NCI Well Connect Highlights
Steve Minsky
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Belly Fat and Our Microbiome
Bonnie and Steve: Research from the most recent issue of Nature Genetics found the role the gut plays in processing and distributing fat.

It's well known that fat around the waist, also known as visceral fat, is strongly associated with the development of conditions including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

In the largest study of its kind, scientists analyzed the fecal metabolome (the community of chemicals produced by gut microbes in the feces) of 500 pairs of twins to build up a picture of how the gut governs these processes and distributes fat. They also wanted to find out how much of that activity is genetic and how much is determined by environmental factors.

18 percent of gut processes were attributed to hereditary factors, and 68 percent of gut activity was found to be influenced by environmental factors, mainly a person's regular diet.

This means, of course, that important changes can be made to the way an individual's gut processes and distributes fat by altering both their diet and microbial interactions in their gut.

NOTE: In the very near future, we will be able to screen your microbiome to find the exact beneficial microbes and dietary pattern, even more then we do now! Stay tuned.

The other inexpensive way to trim belly fat is with exercise. A study in this month'sMedicine in Science and Sports Exercise purports that 6 weeks of aerobic exercise training can positively alter gut microbiota and microbial-derived short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) in previously sedentary lean and obese adults WITHOUT any changes to dietary patterns.

While obese individuals had different gut microbiota compositions from lean individuals, and the microbiota of the two groups responded differently to exercise training, exercise was strongly associated with changes in body composition in lean and obese participants, highlighting its role in proper distribution of fatty acids.

Moreover, the negative gut microbiome changes that occurred when subjects returned to sedentary lifestyles provide further evidence that physical activity status contributes significantly to the composition of the human gut microbiota and fat distribution.
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.
Video: Mindfulness Meditation Music
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.

Recent studies in JAMA Internal Medicine and American Journal of Hypertension found that increased frequency of sauna bathing reduced the risk of sudden cardiac death, coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and all-cause mortality.

Contact us to schedule a session.
Action Plan of the Month:
How to Eat Well While Dining Out
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're trying to stick to your eating plan when at a restaurant or guest's house. Our How to Eat Well While Dining Out Action Plan is an informative self-help guide to get you through! 

Action Plans are free by email request for NCI Well Connect Members or can be ordered separately. To activate your NCI Well Connect Membership this month at 25% OFF, click here.
eNews Briefs
NCI Well Connect Member Benefits

One Year Membership Is Open to Clients and Non-Clients of our practice. Includes:
  1. Free 45 Minute Pure Genomics Screening & Consultation
  2. Twice Weekly eNewsletters. Long-form issue on Monday and mid-week brief on Wednesday.
  3. Self-Help Action Plans. Access to two titles per month from our 43 title self-help Action Plan Library. Full library of titles here.
  4. Natural Foods Shopping List. Meticulously vetted, high quality food and beverages we recommend to our clients. Gluten-free, corn-free, and kosher pareve items included. Updated quarterly.
Care's Corner Video
Food Intolerance: the Silent Assassin
Food Intolerance: the Silent Assassin
Be Your Own Medical Advocate
Aspirin-Like Substances in My Food
Salicylates in My Food? What Are Those?
Wellness Services Menu
We have a multitude of options for simple fine-tuning or the toughest cases.
  • Full Wellness Evaluation (with bloodwork)
  • NCI Well Connect Membership
  • Genetic Wellness Evaluation
  • Balanced Eating 101 (focus on eating only)
  • Food Intolerance Screening and Menu Plan Implementation (separate fees)
  • Memory Loss Protocol
  • Dietary Supplement Evaluation
  • Wellness and Lifestyle Coaching Sessions
  • Far Infrared Sauna Treatment
  • Grocery Shopping Tours and Pantry Advice
  • Workplace Wellness Evaluations
  • Chiropractic and Acupuncture

Consulting prices range from $45 to $225. Contact us at 847-498-3422 or email for details.

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