NCI Well Connect
August 27, 2018
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that last week, a Harvard professor called coconut oil "pure poison," which set off a media firestorm, including this New York Times piece?

Coconut oil is not pure poison for the majority of us, as long as we consume it in moderation, or are not intolerant to it.

The only individuals who really need to avoid coconut oil are those with homozygous APOA2 genetic mutation. This is a very small percentage of the human population that suffers physically from large amounts of saturated fat.

The only reason this made news is that she was a professor from Harvard.

If you've missed the last few eNewsletters, click on the titles below to catch up on the original research that we have done at Nutritional Concepts recently.
Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie
NCI Well Connect Highlights
Steve Minsky
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Push Your Taste Buds' Limits
Bonnie and Steve: Saliva is crucial for tasting and digesting food, but scientists have now found that it may have another, more subtle role. Salivary proteins could be part of a feedback loop that influences how food tastes to people, and by extension, what foods they're willing to eat. Researchers hope that the results they presented last week at the National meeting of the American Chemical Society can help consumers stick to a healthier diet.

Many healthy foods, like broccoli and dark chocolate, taste bitter. Researchers set out to see if eating bitter foods would help people overcome an aversion to bitter compounds. Thus, they could eat more of these healthy foods without cringing.

While saliva consists almost entirely of water, it also contains thousands of proteins released by salivary glands. Some of these proteins are thought to bind to flavor compounds in food and also to taste receptor cells in the mouth. Certain proteins may be responsible for the astringent sensations, such as dryness and roughness, that develop when eating some chocolates, red wine and other foods. 

Practice Makes Perfect
The scientists carried out sensory evaluation tests in which they asked participants to drink unsweetened chocolate almond milk three times a day for a week and rate its bitterness and astringency. The researchers found that the protein composition of the participants' saliva changed during that week. Several proline-rich proteins, which can bind the bitter/astringent compounds in chocolate, increased after drinking the chocolate almond milk. The changes in these proteins corresponded to changes in sensory ratings: As these proteins shifted up, the sensory ratings for bitterness and astringency shifted down.

Hence, the body adapts to reduce the negative sensation of these bitter compounds. Having this knowledge will help someone stick to a healthier diet long enough to adapt to like it.

This is why we say to keep introducing bitter and sour foods to children. Eventually, their taste buds will adapt!
Should Reiki Be Part of Your Integrative Plan? 
Reiki, pronounced "RAY-key", is a powerful, non-invasive healing technique dating back thousands of years. It is one of the fastest growing complimentary modalities in the world and is quickly gaining acceptance in the medical establishment. It is being used in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices and spas throughout the U.S. 

Reiki's natural healing abilities can help with stress, tension, anxiety, insomnia, PTSD, pain management & more. It helps stimulate the immune system and aids the body in eliminating toxins. Patients who received Reiki before and after surgery reported less pain and a shortened hospital stay. It is also being used as a complimentary therapy for side-effects of chemo. A session helps to promote a sense of peace, calmness, well being and deep relaxation. The benefits of Reiki are numerous.

Reiki is done with the client fully clothed lying on a massage table. The practitioner uses specific hand positions along the front and back of the body with hands either lightly touching or slightly above the client.

Sessions last approximately 60 minutes.

Lori Cruttenden
Reiki Practitioner
(847) 421-5847
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: New Relaxation Video
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:
Toxin-Free Home NEW!!
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 (44 plans: total value $300). 

This comes in handy when you're are moving into a new or old domicile, renovating, or need ideas for making your existing domicile less toxic. Our Toxin-Free Home Action Plan covers just about everything you can think of! 

Action Plans are free by email request for NCI Well Connect Members or can be ordered separately. To activate your membership, click here.
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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 44 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.
  • Full Wellness Evaluation (with bloodwork)
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  • Dietary Supplement Evaluation
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Have a happy, healthy day,
Bonnie, Steve, Carolyn, Lilo, Elizabeth, Sharron, and Lori
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