NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
June 20, 2018
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW on the heels of last week's findings that higher vitamin D levels were associated with less colorectal cancer risk, researchers in this week's PLOS Onefound higher levels of vitamin D are associated with decreasing risk of breast cancer?

Participants with blood levels of 25(OH)D that were above 60 had one-fifth the risk of breast cancer compared to those with levels less than 20.

In addition, a study published this week's in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism reported that girls were stronger when their vitamin D levels were more than 50!

We are offering a one year NCI Well Connect Membership at 25% OFF at this link! This includes a free Pure Genomics screening. For more details about NCI Well Connect Membership, see below.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie
SIBO: Gut Diagnosis du Jour
Bonnie and Steve: Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a controversial diagnosis that can masquerade behind a variety of symptoms, not all of which involve the characteristic bloating, gas and abdominal pain. SIBO can manifest itself as rosacea, diarrhea, constipation, anxiety, depression, fatigue, and iron deficiency.

Alternatively, SIBO is often mistaken for yeast overgrowth or candidiasis. It takes an astute professional to diagnose SIBO.

SIBO is a chronic, excessive bacterial colonization of the small bowel. This means the patient with SIBO may have an overgrowth of the microbiota in the small intestine, or backwards migration into the small intestine of the normal bacterial flora from the large intestine. These organisms can produce hydrogen or methane gas or a combination of the two in excess and consume vital nutrients before the person has a chance to absorb them, leading to malnutrition and fatigue.

Poor diets, especially those rich in sugar and refined carbohydrates, antibiotic overuse, and chronic antacid therapy are the three most common reasons for SIBO. Other factors that may put someone at risk for SIBO:
  • Hypochlorhydria (low production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach)
  • Gastroparesis (motility of the stomach is abnormal or absent)
  • Gallbladder/bile dysfunction
  • Pancreatic enzyme deficiency
  • Slow-transit constipation
  • Heavy alcohol use
Testing for SIBO is done either via a jejunal aspirate, which is the gold standard, or most often through a less invasive breath test that detects both methane (CH4) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gases.

Most Common, Safe Therapies If Diagnosed With SIBO
  • Diet is the most important aspect of treatment, but is solely based upon individual needs.
  • Prescription Rifaximin (which is a eubiotic, not a probiotic or antibiotic) is not absorbed, so it stays in the space where it is needed to reduce the bacterial overgrowth back to normal. However, methane-predominant SIBO, which is often characterized by constipation, does not respond well to rifaximin therapy alone.
  • Daily consumption of the probiotic strain Lactobacillus salivarius UCC118 can help relieve severity of gastrointestinal symptoms, as a recent Cleveland Clinic pilot study showed. Sometimes, a probiotic is too strong to introduce right away and can aggravate symptoms, so we sometimes wait 3 to 4 weeks.
  • Extra-strength, pancreatic-derived enzyme complex with protease, lipase and amylase.
  • A zinc-carnosine complex helps improve gastric mucosal integrity and function.
Elimination of symptoms is the best way to know if you have reached gut homeostasis. A repeat SIBO breath test is also useful if you want lab confirmation.

Understand that diagnosing and treating SIBO, depending on the health professional, is difficult. Each individual patient has unique needs and the symptoms are multifactorial.
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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.
NCI Well Connect Member Benefits 

One Year Membership Is Open to Clients and Non-Clients.
Membership 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.
We appreciate your continued patronage and support.

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Have a happy, healthy day,

Bonnie, Steve, Carolyn, Lilo, Elizabeth, Sharron, and Lori (not pictured)
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