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May 16, 2011
Dear Valued Subscriber,
We are often asked what the "CNS" in Bonnie's credentials stands for. CNS is Certified Nutrition Specialist. In order to become a CNS, you must go through an exhaustive exam and meet yearly continuing education credits. Most importantly, you must have an advanced, masters, or doctoral degree, something that is not required to be a registered dietitian. Here is the website for those interested.

Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve Minsky.

Exciting Study Hits Close to Home.
announceTwo probiotic strains that comprise one of our long-standing probiotic products (the FDA does not allow us to mention the brand and product name, but you can look on the bottle or ask us), taken twice daily, improved symptoms of bloating in patients with functional bowel disorders in a recent double-blind, placebo-controlled study in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology.

Researchers found Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM (L. acidophilus NCFM) and Bifidobacterium lactis Bi-07 (B. lactis Bi-07) reduced abdominal bloating 27 percent after eight weeks in men and women with general bowel disorders and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) compared to placebo.
Vitamin D Level Crucial for Children.
The importance of correcting a vitamin D deficiency is becoming more apparent as studies such as the following have appeared in the last few weeks.

Childhood Obesity
Journal of Adolescent Health has found that most obese adolescents are lacking in vitamin D. In addition, vitamin D status is significantly associated with muscle power/force, and therefore, a deficiency may interfere with the obese adolescent's ability to increase physical activity. Screening obese adolescents for vitamin D status by measuring their blood 25(OH)D level has become a routine protocol at the Adolescent Health Center of Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, R.I. since 2007. The hospital study found that low vitamin D status was present in all of the girls and in 91 percent of the boys. The researchers question whether a higher daily vitamin D intake than the one recently recommended by the Institute of Medicine (600 international units of vitamin D/day) may be required as part of treatment in obese adolescents, in an attempt to increase their vitamin D status.

Childhood Allergies
Until now, the association between low vitamin D levels and total and allergen-specific IgE levels has never been established. The association of 25(OH)D deficiency with 17 different allergens was assessed in this Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology study. In children and adolescents, allergic sensitization to 11 of 17 allergens was more common in those with 25(OH)D deficiency. 25(OH)D levels of less than 15 ng/mL were associated with peanut, ragweed, and oak allergies.

Neonate Infection
Vitamin D deficiency in the cord blood of healthy neonates is associated with increased risk for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) bronchiolitis in the first year of life, according to Pediatrics. RSV is the most important pathogen that causes lower respiratory tract infections in infants. Concentrations of 25(OH)D in cord blood were strongly associated with maternal vitamin D3 supplementation during pregnancy. Compared with infants who had 25(OH)D concentrations of 75 nmol/L or higher, those born with 25(OH)D concentrations lower than 50 nmol/L had a 6-fold increased risk for RSV LRTI in the first year of life.
eNews Updates.
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This week's topics:
  • Well Connect Feature:
    Skin Conditions Part 4: Psoriasis.     
  • Did You Know:
    New Drugs. New Warnings.   
  • Brand Buzz:
    -Mainstream Brands Go Gluten-Free
    -Weekly Deal          
  • Wild Card:
    Autism, ADHD Update.    
  • Bonnie's Bite:
    Bone Update.    
  • Understanding Lab Tests:
  • Green Lifestyle:
    What Do Smoking and Grilling Have in Common?
  • Intelligent Activity:
    Brain-Nourishing Exercise. 
  • eNews Updates:
    -The Sugar Reward.
    -Mobile Phones Affect Young Adults.        
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Care's Corner
 The Hottest Fad Diets.
Featuring food and lifestyle consultant Carolyn Martinelli. Feel free to email her suggestions for future segments.

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Dr. Schuster's Well Tips - May
drliloschuster How to Use Miracle Balls.
My name is Dr. Liselotte Schuster. I have worked with Bonnie Minsky at Nutritional Concepts for over twenty years. Each month, I offer wellness tips from a Chiropractor's perspective. Feel free to email me topics to consider for future segments.

This month, I explain how to use the Miracle Balls for easing pain and discomfort as well as for helping maintain good posture.

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