Celebrating 30 Years
Nutritional Concepts Mid-Week Brief
February 4, 2015
Dear Steve, 

Did you know that researchers in Singapore have developed nanoscale drug delivery "missiles" that use a key ingredient from green tea, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), to kill cancer tumors more effectively? The missiles are less prone to accumulating in organs where they aren't wanted, so there are fewer chances of nasty side effects. It's not certain when they will be available, but let's hope it won't be too long.
Diet and Nutrition Advice Works
Prestigious Journals Heed the Call.
Evidence is growing showing the vital relationship between both diet quality and potential nutritional deficiencies and mental health. Published in The Lancet Psychiatry last week, a consortium of leading academics state that as with a range of medical conditions, psychiatry and public health should now recognize and embrace diet and nutrition as key determinants of mental health.


The lead author said psychiatry is at a critical stage, with the current medically-focused model having achieved only modest benefits in addressing the global burden of poor mental health. She said, "while the determinants of mental health are complex, the emerging and compelling evidence for nutrition as a key factor in the high prevalence and incidence of mental disorders suggests that nutrition is as important to psychiatry as it is to cardiology, endocrinology and gastroenterology."


Findings of the study revealed that in addition to dietary improvement, evidence now supports the contention that nutrient-based prescription has the potential to assist in the management of mental disorders at the individual and population level. Many of these nutrients have a clear link to brain health, including omega-3s, B vitamins (particularly folate and B12), choline, iron, zinc, magnesium, S-adenosyl methionine (SAMe), vitamin D, and amino acids.


"While we advocate for these to be consumed in the diet where possible, additional select prescription of these as nutraceuticals (nutrient supplements) may also be justified," the lead author said.


Bonnie: The study emphasized maternal and early-life nutrition as a major factor in mental health outcomes in children, while severe deficiencies in some essential nutrients during critical developmental periods have long been implicated in the development of both depressive and psychotic disorders. NCI Well Connect members can learn more about the newest research on child lifestyle training.

Mid-Week Briefs
Dirty Dozen Food Additives
Environmental Working Group has come out with their top 12 most dangerous food additives. For the most part, we agree with this list.
How Much Do You Pay for Bloodwork?
If you have a high deductible, your out-of-pocket cost can be prohibitive. Even if insurance covers most of the bloodwork, the lab inflates the prices so much that your co-pay is even steep.
Mothers of Kids With Food Allergies Need, Want Help.
In addition to medical and nutritional advice, mothers of kids with food allergies seek an advocate, and where needed, an emotional confidant as well. Allergists say a dietitian can fit the bill.


Major Retailers Selling Fraudulent Supplements?
NY Attorney General Sends Cease and Desist Letters to GNC, Target, and Walmart, Walgreens.
Steve and Bonnie: If what the Attorney General claims is true, the only thing we can say is "you get what you pay for".


The authorities said they had run tests on popular store brands of herbal supplements at the retailers - Walmart, Walgreens, Target and GNC - which showed that roughly four out of five of the products contained none of the herbs listed on their labels. In many cases, the authorities said, the supplements contained little more than cheap fillers like rice and house plants. In one GNC product labeled ginkgo biloba, the agency found only rice, asparagus and spruce, an ornamental plant commonly used for Christmas decorations.


Here is a copy of the cease and desist letter the New York Times obtained.


We have said for a long time that when it comes to dietary supplements, you get what you pay for. Big Box and major retailers are always going to go cheap, and this is what can happen. There is no possible way they can sell some of those supplements, especially herbs, at those prices and be efficacious.


Yes, there are certain source materials that are inexpensive. But there is no getting around the fact that most dietary supplement source materials are expensive and you cannot cut corners if you want to quality and efficacy. Many of our clients do not trust buying from major Internet retailers anymore because so many have been burned by adulterated product.


Whether they did it knowingly or relied on a middle man to provide the source materials, these retailers should have to answer for these allegations if true.


Our supplements, many of which we have dispensed for decades, can be pricey. We have never hid from the idea that you get what you pay for when it comes to dietary supplements. Knowing that they meet label claim, are efficacious, and safe means much more to us than price.  

Services Update
Nutritional Concepts
Turns 30!
Many of you have been with us from the beginning. We cherish the generations of families who have come through this office and cannot wait to serve future generations.

We believe that even with the incredible lifestyle technology at our fingertips, there is no replacement for one on one, face to face counseling.

 We have a multitude of options from simple fine-tuning or the toughest cases.


Consulting prices range from $45 to $225. Contact us at 847-498-3422  for details.
Don't Let It Happen.
Reboot for Free!
Most of us do not like February because it is the month we are most likely to scrap our New Year's resolutions. We can help you stick to your plan. It only  takes 15 minutes in office or by phone. We have three Reboots to choose from:

 -- Immune System --

-- Detox --

-- I Eat and Exercise Right But Can't Shed a Pound --


FREE to current NCI Well Connect subscribers.


FREE if you become a subscriber to NCI Well Connect today.


$25-$45 for non-NCI Well Connect subscribers.


Call 847-498-3422 or email nutrocon@aol.com to book your consult today!

NCI Well Rewards
Back for 2015
For the fifth year in a row, our loyalty program is back. Start your orders early as every dollar spent counts as a point. The more points you accrue, the larger the discounts become.

For more details about NCI Well Rewards Loyalty Program, click here.


Thirty years of serving your wellness needs. We appreciate your continued patronage and support.

Have a happy, healthy day,
Bonnie, Steve, and all of us at Nutritional Concepts
(847) 498 3422 

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