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Vitamin Controversy Pt 2
Vitamin Controversy Pt 1
Well Connect Feature
Did You Know?
Menu Savvy
Recipe du Jour
Brand Buzz
June Sale
Food Focus
Mental Minute
Wild Card
eNews Updates
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Is One Leg Longer?
Diet=Quality of Life

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June 4, 2012
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Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve Minsky

Well Connect Weekly Feature:
Advances in Weight Management: Part One


The recent warning from Centers for Disease Control and Institute of Medicine stating that 42 percent of Americans will be obese by 2030 is truly unfathomable. Yet, here we are at 34 percent already. To address this public health crisis, it will take a group, as well as individual, effort. Here are new developments that could be incorporated into future weight management paradigms.


Advances in Weight Management: Part One (access limited to paid subscribers only). 


Did You Know? Supplements
Magnesium Lowers Cardiac Death Risk by a Whopping 50%.
If this study was performed using a prescription medication, it would have infiltrated every media outlet in the world. However, because magnesium is a lowly, unpatentable mineral, you have to hear it here first.
Writing in Atherosclerosis, researchers state that increased intakes of magnesium in the diet may reduce the risk of cardiovascular mortality by about 50%. Data collected over the course of 14.7 years from 58,615 healthy Japanese aged between 40 and 79 indicated similar reductions in the risk of individual cardiovascular events, such as stroke and coronary heart disease. Magnesium may also benefit heart health by suppressing irregular heartbeats, or by inhibiting inflammation.
Dietary surveys show that a large portion of adults do not meet the minimum requirements for magnesium (320 mg per day for women and 420 mg per day for men). Using data from the Japan Collaborative Cohort (JACC) Study, the researchers documented 2,690 deaths from cardiovascular disease over the course of almost 15 years, with the highest dietary intakes of magnesium linked to a 50% reduction in the risk of death from heart disease.
Steve: This study was structured in the ideal fashion for vitamins and minerals: following healthy people over a long period of time. Adding more to the magnesium mystique: a study in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that oral magnesium supplementation helped improve respiratory muscle strength in pediatric patients with cystic fibrosis. 


Menu Savvy
Water Could Change the Way We Eat.
That's the conclusion of a study in journal Appetite. The paper featured separate studies. One involved a survey of 60 young U.S. adults (ages 19-23) about the role of food-and-drink pairings. The second involved experiments with 75 U.S. children (ages 3-5) to determine the role of drinks and vegetable consumption.


The same preschoolers were tested on different days under differing scenarios involving drinks served with vegetables. Older participants favored the combination of soda served with salty, calorie-dense foods rather than soda and vegetables. Preschoolers ate more raw vegetables, either carrots or red peppers, when accompanied with water rather than when accompanied by a sweetened beverage.


Our taste preferences are heavily influenced by repeated exposure to particular foods and drinks. This begins early through exposure to meals served at home and by meal combinations offered by many restaurants.


One simple recommendation is to serve water with all meals. Restaurants easily could use water as their default drink in kids' meal combos and charge extra for other drink alternatives.


Drinking water with meals also would reduce dehydration. While estimates of dehydration vary by sources, many estimates suggest that 75 percent of adult Americans are chronically dehydrated.


Recipe du Jour
This traditional gluten-free Colombian bread is usually eaten at breakfast. Enjoy with coffee and lean protein.

Prep: 20 minutes

Bake: 10 minutes

Makes 20 small rolls


-12 oz. queso fresco

-1/2 cup Chebe All Purpose Mix (manioc flour)

-2 T. Arepas flour (pre-cooked white cornmeal flour) or quinoa/buckwheat flakes or flour

-2 T. raw sugar

-1/2 tsp. salt

-1 organic egg

-Vegetable oil for baking sheet


Break cheese into 3 or 4 chunks. Drop into the food processor and make into to bits. Add all flour, sugar, and salt. Add egg. Process a full two minutes. Dough will form a ball - just keep going. Dough will be very soft. Let rest for ten minutes. Divide dough and roll into 20 balls. Set 10 balls on each of two lightly oiled baking sheets. Press each ball gently into the pan, forming a dome shape. Slide pans into a 400 degree oven and bake until puffed, golden and cooked through, about ten minutes. Breads should still be soft on top when pressed.


Brand Buzz - Ten Scrumptious Organic Wines

CalNaturale Cabernet Sauvignon

Chateau Maris La Touge Syrah

DeLoach Vineyards Pinot Noir Rosé 

Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir 

Hall Wines Cabernet Sauvignon


Naked Merlot

Nativa Terra Reserva Carmenère 

Parducci Sustainable Red Wine

Yellow + Blue


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Acid Not Culprit for Barrett's Esophagus.

When it comes to Barrett's esophagus, a condition commonly found in people with GERD, acid control may be less important than beating back another bodily fluid -- bile. A new study from the Annals of Surgery shows that bile -- a digestive fluid that leaks backwards from the stomach into the esophagus along with acid in patients with GERD -- plays a critical and previously unrecognized role in the development of Barrett's esophagus, which is the only known cause of a rare but often deadly type of cancer called esophageal adenocarcinoma. Other research even indicates that GERD medication may actually make patients more prone to developing Barrett's.


Normally, our esophagus -- the muscular tube connecting the mouth to the stomach -- is lined with skin-like tissue. But, in people with Barrett's, it's replaced by tissue that more closely resembles the lining of our intestine, which is smooth and red. The researchers found that bile that washes up from the stomach into the esophagus shuts off genes responsible for the normal, skin-like lining of the organ, and turns on genes that produce the intestine-like lining that is the hallmark of Barrett's. They discovered that acid, on the other hand, didn't largely influence the change from one cell type to another. 


Food Focus
Fraudulent Food

New research published in the Journal of Food Scienceanalyzed the first known public database compiling reports on food fraud and economically motivated adulteration in food, highlighting the most fraud-prone ingredients in the food supply. The top seven adulterated ingredients in the database are olive oil, milk, honey, saffron, orange juice, coffee, and apple juice. The database was created by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), a nonprofit scientific organization.

Food fraud was recently defined as a collective term that encompasses the deliberate substitution, addition, tampering or misrepresentation of food, food ingredients or food packaging, or false or misleading statements made about a product for economic gain.

The USP Food Fraud Database is publicly accessible at


Mental Minute
Visualizing Goal a Powerful Motivator

Researchers in a study from the Journal of Marketing studied the effect of goal visualization in abstract contexts and report that making goal attainment visual provides motivation for reaching abstract goals just as with physical destinations.


They suggested a scenario where salespeople are offered a trip to Hawaii if they achieve sales 20 percent above the annual target. If progress is reported visually by showing a bar filling, the sales staff will be more energized than if progress is reported numerically, as dollars or percent of sales. They suggest that even drawing a graph representing your savings will provide motivation.

The research results suggest that we process visual representations in a manner similar to distance, influencing perceptions of proximity and effort as we pursue everyday tasks or make decisions about investing time and effort for a particular outcome.


Your Healthy Kitchen
Cold Brew Coffee Recipe
  1. Grind 1/2 lb. of coffee beans to medium grind. Not too fine, not too coarse. You can use any of your favorite beans as long as they're not too dark and bitter.
  2. Spoon coffee into a large jar.
  3. Add 9 cups of room temperature filtered water.
  4. Using a long wooden spoon, stir gently until the coffee grounds on top are incorporated into the water. Don't stir again after this step.
  5. Cover jar and let sit at room temperature, without stirring, for 12-16 hours.
  6. Strain the cold brew through a chinois or fine mesh strainer set over a large measuring cup or bowl. If you don't have one, then line a medium mesh strainer with 3-4 layers of damp cheesecloth or a damp kitchen towel. You'll have about 8 cups of coffee.
  7. Transfer the coffee to a jar, seal, and keep in your refrigerator for up to 4 weeks. To serve, pour the coffee over ice. Add water to dilute, if desired. Adjust the amount of water and beans as you see fit depending on the strength and acidity of the brew.
Wild Card
Absorbing Formaldehyde Through the Skin.

Formaldehyde doesn't just find its way into our body via inhalation and through vaccinations. It is also used in many of the items we use every day that touch our skin. This may be inadvertent as sometimes formaldehyde can be a by-product of some of the other chemicals used in our personal care products.


Ureas are a chemical family commonly used in shampoos, conditioners, lotions, cosmetics and many other personal or beauty care items. You may see them on labels as DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl or diazolidinyl. Another chemical to check for is quaternium-15. These chemicals are used as preservatives and stabilizers and they release formaldehyde over time.


Formaldehyde is used in many of today's hair smoothing treatments. Many times these treatments require several minutes to work. This means your scalp is absorbing these toxic chemicals the entire time.


Formaldehyde is also found in some of the fabric that makes up the clothes we wear. It is commonly used in "wrinkle free" types of clothing. It is prudent to wash all new clothes or air them out for a period of a couple days before putting them on. This reduces the concentration of your exposure via the skin and inhalation.


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Diet Most Linked to Quality of Life?
A new study from European Journal of Clinical Nutritionanalyzed the influence of the Mediterranean diet on the quality of life of a sample of more than 11,000 university students over a period of four years. The results revealed that those who stuck more to the Mediterranean diet scored higher on the quality of life questionnaire in terms of physical and mental well-being. The link was even stronger in terms of physical quality of life.
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