NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
August 30, 2017
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that the more alcohol that people drink, the more their cells appear to age? In a study presented at the annual scientific meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism in June, researchers found that alcoholic patients had much shorter telomere lengths, placing them at greater risk for age-related illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and dementia.

They also found an association between telomere shortening from alcohol consumption and thiamine deficiency, a known cause of neuronal impairment. So make sure to take those B-vitamins!

Starting today, you can order both August and September sales items until the end of Labor Day on Monday, September 4th. Even though we will be closed Monday September 4th, you can still email, phone, or order at

To help our fellow Americans affected by Hurricane Harvey, Nutritional Concepts will be donating 10% of all Labor Day sale proceeds to the American Red Cross. So if you need to get an order in, now would be a great time!

Metagenics sent a memo alerting us of a problem customers have had purchasing counterfeit and adulterated products from third party sources on the Internet. Pure Encapsulations alerted us to similar occurrences with their products. Overheated products, expired products, labels removed, QR codes removed, and label tampering are all major issues. Read the memo here.

We are not a third party vendor. We are an authorized vendor for Metagenics and Pure Encapsulations.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie
Mulits Are Your Foundation
Bonnie and Steve: A study published in last month's Nutrients adds more evidence backing the ability of multivitamins to fill in nutrient shortfalls. While this notion is taken for granted among experts in the dietary supplement field, it is still sometimes discredited by health influencers and in the mainstream press.

The study, led by pioneer Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, of Tufts University, found that frequent use of multivitamin and mineral supplements (MVMS) achieved exactly what the manufacturers of these products claim they will do, namely prevent the shortfall of important nutrients.

Except for calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D, most frequent MVMS use eliminated inadequacies of the nutrients examined, and was associated with significantly lower odds ratios of deficiency for the examined nutrient biomarkers except for iron. 

The reason iron, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D did not match nutrient adequacy, is for reasons why most of you take them separately.
  1. Iron is not added to most MVMS because it is dangerous if taken by adult men and postmenopausal women unless they have diagnosed deficiency.
  2. Calcium and magnesium are large molecules, which would force manufacturers to make MVMS in 4-8 capsule serving sizes.
  3. Vitamin D is so individual-dependent, manufacturers keep a conservative dose in most MVMS knowing they will take extra D anyway.
While the conclusion that MVMS solves micronutrient inadequacy may seem elementary, Dr. Blumberg states that it is important to have this kind of confirmation for the public, and especially, skeptics in the allopathic arena.

We incessantly read or hear the standard line from doctors and public health experts: "Diet alone is sufficient to supply all of the nutrients that are critical in maintaining health." We know that this is a woefully untrue, tired, and old line. 

While food fortification has been one of the huge public health wins in the US this past century, in spite of past success, due partly to changes in our current dietary pattern, there are now 11 underconsumed or shortfall micronutrients: vitamins A, C, D, E, K, folate and choline and the essential minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium, as stated in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020.

The researchers found that users who were most consistent in their MVMS use derived the most benefit. However, MVMS can help fill many, but not all, of these nutrient gaps. That is why MVMS are considered your foundation. Everything else you need to "finish the house" is based upon individual, including your genetic, needs.

With the results from this study, which confirm other similar studies, why then does the notion persist that multivitamins are merely a superfluous habit? It starts with the way health professionals such as registered dietitians, pharmacists and physicians are trained, making nutrient status, at best, an afterthought in most curricula in these professions.

As the notion that higher nutrient requirements for optimal health and wellness grows, particularly among children and older adults, we will all be better off for it.
The Extremely High HDL Issue

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