NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
June 3, 2015
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW the use of silver for medicinal purposes dates back to the eighth century century and is still in use today? Generalized argyria is characterized by slate-gray to blue discoloration of the skin caused by cutaneous deposits of silver particles after long-term ingestion of solutions containing colloidal silver ingredients or silver salts. The skin discoloration is more prominent in sun-exposed areas and is usually permanent, according to a study in JAMA Dermatology. It is a heavy metal, so we do not recommend it ever.

JUNE SPECIAL! NCI Well Connect Membership is 40% OFF. Sign up today and get your free copy of our Action Plan, How to Eat Well While Dining Out.

RECAP: If you missed Monday's piece on Magnesium Deficiency: Ruler of All Maladies, go to this link.
Test Best to Assess Heart Risk
Bonnie: HDL is the 'good cholesterol' that helps remove fat from artery walls, reversing the process that leads to heart disease. A large, 20 year study in Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinologyhas shown that HDL function may be a better measure of coronary heart disease risk and a better target for heart-protecting drugs.

The scientists found that people with no heart disease whose blood had the highest measures of HDL function at the outset of the study had 36% less heart attacks and other heart disease events in the years that followed, compared to those with the lowest HDL function.

If you have normal triglycerides, good HDL, and normal C-reactive protein, a high LDL level is a non-issue, unless the LDL particle size is small and dense. The only way to find this out is to have your doctor run LDL particle size in addition to a regular lipid panel.
Vitamin D Boosts
Testosterone Levels in Men
NOTE: stories like this are normally available to NCI Well Connect Members only, but is free today as part of our 40% OFF membership offer.


Low levels of vitamin D are significantly associated with low levels of testosterone in healthy middle-aged men, according to a study presented at the American Urological Association 2015 Annual Meeting.


Levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D were insufficient in 68% of the men. And only about 11% of participants with insufficient levels took vitamin D supplements. Total testosterone was higher in men with normal levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D than in men with lower levels.


The researchers suggest that there is something about testosterone synthesis that needs vitamin D. In another study of healthy overweight men with a low baseline level of 25-hydroxyvitamin D and testosterone levels, there was a significant increase in total testosterone levels after 12 months of a vitamin D3 3000 IU supplement daily.

Steve: Get your vitamin D3 level checked before supplementing with vitamin D3 to ascertain the best dose for your individual needs. We always suggest maintaining a level at 50 or above.
Food Cravings and Food Addiction
Mounting data is proving the clear and present danger food cravings and food addiction present to public health. The tools in which to help those suffering have come a long way.

We made the process as easy as possible for you.
  1. Fill out our online evaluation.
  2. Notify us by email or phone when completed.
  3. Our specialist in the field, Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist Elizabeth Prebish, will contact you to set up a coaching session.
Elizabeth will give you techniques that fit your lifestyle to address and overcome cravings and addictions.

This service is available for free to NCI Well Connect Members and $45 to non-members. Please contact us if you would like to take the evaluation.
NCI Well Connect Membership
NCI Well Connect Membership is open to clients and non-clients.

One Year Membership Includes:
  1. Weekly eNewsletters (84 issues). We publish our long-form issue on Monday and a Mid-Week Brief on Wednesday. Our eNewsletter has been awarded Constant Contact All Star status seven years in a row to date. Here is a preview issue from Monday.
  2. Self-Help Action Plans. Access to two titles per month from our self-help Action Plan Library. There are currently 38 Action Plan titles to date on all aspects of wellness, including the new and improved How to Eat Healthy While Dining Out. You can view the full library of titles here.
  3. Natural Foods Shopping List. Updated quarterly, our Natural Foods Shopping List includes only the most meticulously vetted, highest quality food and beverage products that we recommend to our clients. These include gluten-free, corn-free, and kosher pareve items.
  4. Free 15 Minute Wellness Coaching Sessions on topics such as Immune System, Detox, Shedding Weight, and Food Cravings and Food Addiction.

The approximate cost for all of this? One dollar a week!


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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, Carolyn, Lilo, and Elizabeth
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