Nutritional Concepts Mid-Week Brief
February 25, 2015
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that increased intakes of lutein may not only have a direct beneficial role in the macula of the eye, but may also affect inflammation, says a new study from Acta Ophthalmology? Results indicated that 10 mg per day of supplemental lutein significantly reduced levels of sC5b-9, a marker of systemic inflammation, compared to placebo.

Regrettably, Integrative Therapeutics has stopped manufacturing Alka-Aid. They said it was purely a "business decision" and replaced it with two, more expensive herbal remedies that we do not recommend.

Currently, there is no exact match for Alka-Aid. For this reason, and the fact that many of you rely on it for GERD/Reflux, we will be custom-formulating the product ourselves. The product will be ready mid-June. Until then, we have several individualized protocols for you to bridge the gap. Contact us at your convenience.
What to Expect From the
2015 Dietary Guidelines
Very Little Progress Since the Last Guidelines
Steve and Bonnie:

These days, we are reticent about commenting on nutritional guidelines from the government because there is no longer a demarcation between them and Big Food. However, the last meeting of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Committee revealed suggestions sure to anger Big Food. However, it does not mean the suggestions will appear in the final guidelines.

  • Specific nutrients that pose a public health concern because of deficiency: vitamin D, vitamin E, potassium, fiber, magnesium, and calcium. This must be addressed either with fortification or supplementation.
  • Across all age and sex groups, the majority of the U.S. population does not meet recommendation intakes for fruit and vegetables. This is atrocious, given that the DG recommendations are much less than what we recommend. Sadly, vegetable intake has even declined from 2001-04 to 2007-10.
  • Of course, all age and sex groups exceed recommended intakes of refined grains and added sugars. For this reason, they are recommending that new guidelines include drastic reductions in sugar and refined grain.
  • Beverages contribute 19% of total daily energy intake. Just think, if we all drank water or unsweetened tea and coffee, how many billions of calories would we consume less of every year?
  • Breakfast tends to have a higher overall dietary quality compared to other meals and snacks. Of course, adolescents and young adults are the least likely to eat breakfast.
  • On a positive note, for the first time, the guidelines demonstrate the Mediterranean-style as a healthy eating pattern!
Who knows what will stick after Big Food starts to lobby hard. What we do know is that as constructed, the governmental guidelines are failing. The next incarnation will also fail unless government officials are separated from the Big Food lobby.
Mid-Week Briefs
Arsenic Much Higher in Formula Than Breast Milk
Use of tap water and the powder itself to blame.
How Much Do You Pay for Bloodwork?
If you have a high deductible, the cost is prohibitive. Even if insurance covers most of the bloodwork, your co-pay can be steep.
Sauna Lowers Multiple Cardiac Risk Factors
This week, a study in JAMA Internal Medicine found that increased frequency of sauna bathing reduced the risk of sudden cardiac death, coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and all-cause mortality.
Gluten in Medication and Supplements
Gluten Ubiquitous, Especially in Medication
Gluten is a common ingredient in many commercial food products. Less commonly known, however, is that gluten may be used in the manufacture of such unsuspected products as medications, supplements, and vitamins.

Although product selection can be a nuisance, it is extremely important for those with gluten intolerance and celiac diseases (CD) to review the nutrition labels of all foods and beverages, as well as the package inserts of medications and supplements, prior to ingestion. Luckily, at least with dietary supplements, we have already done the work for you if you take the brands we recommend.

Unfortunately, at present, manufacturers of prescription or OTC medications are not required to disclose on the package labeling whether the product contains gluten. Consequently, it is important to investigate each orally ingested medication for the presence of any ingredients or excipients that may contain gluten. This often can be accomplished by evaluating the ingredient list, contacting the manufacturer, or utilizing a variety of other resources.


List of excipients that may contain gluten, as well as a more sinister issue of some drugs acting differently in gluten-compromised individuals can be accessed by NCI Well Connect Members. Click here to activate your membership.

Salicylates: The Most Universally Ignored Intolerance
Services Update
Nutritional Concepts
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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
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