NCI Well Connect
September 24, 2018
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that sucralose (Splenda) decreases insulin sensitivity in healthy subjects, according to a study in the September issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition?

When you decrease the sensitivity of insulin, the risk for blood sugar disorders goes up significantly. Wasn't sucralose invented to do the opposite?

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie
NCI Well Connect Highlights
From Editor Steve Minsky
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Vitamin D Update

Bonnie and Steve: As we enter into fall, it is always prudent to take note of your vitamin D intake. If you titer down your dosage during the spring and summer, October is a good time to titer the dosage back up to fall and winter levels.

As you may know, we like to periodically cite vitamin D research updates. This is especially important now, as vitamin D and testing of 25(OH)D levels have been taking a beating in the media over the last year. We like to stick with the research, which is as copious on vitamin D as just about any nutrient we recommend.

A study in the August issue of British Journal of Nutrition stated that genetic mutations of the vitamin D pathways were associated with increased susceptibility to upper respiratory infections in children and adults.

Moreover, a study in the August issue of Nutrients stated that postmenopausal women with genetic mutations of the vitamin D pathways were much more likely to exhibit vitamin D deficiency.

Finally, a study from the July issue of Journal of the Endocrine Society purported that compared with the control group, vitamin D3 supplementation significantly reduced HbA1c level by, fasting plasma glucose level in prediabetics.

The best time to test your vitamin D3 levels is right now, when levels should be at their highest, and at the beginning of spring, where levels are often at their lowest.
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.

Click on the links below to learn about the original research that we have done with our clients and Pure Genomics.
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Action Plan of the Month:
Pain Relief Diet
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 suspect food may be contributing to your pain. Our Pain Relief Diet Action Plan can help you discover what food in your diet may be the greatest offenders! 

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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Aspirin-Like Substances in My Food
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We have a multitude of options for simple fine-tuning or the toughest cases.
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  • Food Intolerance Screening and Menu Plan Implementation (separate fees)
  • Memory Loss Protocol
  • Dietary Supplement Evaluation
  • Wellness and Lifestyle Coaching Sessions
  • Far Infrared Sauna Treatment
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  • Workplace Wellness Evaluations
  • Chiropractic and Acupuncture

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Have a happy, healthy day,
Bonnie, Steve, Carolyn, Lilo, Elizabeth, Sharron, and Lori
(847) 498-3422  

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