NCI Well Connect
June 4, 2018
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that a new scientific advisory in journal Circulation reaffirms the American Heart Association's recommendation to eat fish, especially those rich in omega-3 fatty acids, twice a week to help reduce the risk of heart failure, coronary heart disease, cardiac arrest and the most common type of stroke?

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.

Pure Genomics can now process results from raw genetic data through In the past, we could only process 23andMe raw data. For those of who have done but did not want to spend the money for 23andMe, it is your lucky day!

If you have not gotten it already, please read about the new Pure Genomics upgrade here!

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie
NCI Well Connect Highlights
Steve Minsky
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More Following Special Diets
Bonnie and Steve: Results from a fascinating survey were revealed last month by the International Food Information Council. More than one in three U.S. consumers are following a specific diet or eating pattern, and they are increasingly averse to carbohydrates and sugar.

On the one hand, this is great news. Consumers are finally understanding that they are individuals, and that they need to eat in a way that works for their unique individual needs. Being aware of overconsumption of carbs and sugar is also great news.

On the other hand, there were two glaring omissions from the data.

Given a list of diets to choose from, or the option to write in a response, 36 percent of Americans reported following a specific eating pattern or diet within the past year, about two-and-a-half times the number (14 percent) from 2017.

The top eating pattern cited was intermittent fasting. Diets considered at least somewhat restrictive of carbohydrates were well-represented, including Paleo, low-carb, Whole30, high-protein, and ketogenic/high-fat. We never recommend self-prescribing a ketogenic diet, or any diet that deplete large groups of macronutrients, for that matter.

Mediterranean and/or PaleoMediterranean, which are considered special diets, did not appear on the survey. These need to be included, as we know the data from both of these eating styles is exemplary.

"Food values" continue their growth as a factor in consumers' decision-making, with organics increasingly popular in purchasing choices. When shopping for foods and beverages, 29 percent buy those labeled "organic," up from 25 percent in 2017. The increase is even more significant when people eat out: 20 percent said they eat at restaurants with foods and beverages advertised as organic compared to 14 percent last year.

Similarly, 37 percent of shoppers bought foods and beverages billed as "natural," up from 31 percent in 2017, and 26 percent of consumers ate at restaurants with "natural" food and beverage options compared to 23 percent in 2017.

The importance of sustainability in food production also loomed larger in 2018, with 59 percent of consumers saying it's important that the foods they purchase and consume be produced in a sustainable way, jumping up from 50 percent in 2017.

Friends/family members and personal healthcare professionals tied as the most relied-upon sources of information. However, healthcare professionals are far more trusted (66 percent) than friends and family (26 percent). We would agree!
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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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.
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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.
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We have a multitude of options for simple fine-tuning or the toughest cases.
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  • Memory Loss Protocol
  • Dietary Supplement Evaluation
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  • Far Infrared Sauna Treatment
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  • Chiropractic and Acupuncture

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