Celebrating 30 Years
NCI Well Connect: June 8, 2015
Dear Steve, 


One of perks that comes with your membership, our award-winning eNewsletter, is free for you to preview today. Just keep reading or sign up here!


We can assist you with food cravings and food addiction. Simply fill out a short evaluation and our Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist Elizabeth Prebish will contact you to schedule a coaching session. This new service is free for NCI Well Connect Members and $45 for non-members. Contact us for more information.


DID YOU KNOW that quercetin, a natural flavonoid, had significant protective effects against nickel induced injury in liver of mice? According to Food and Chemical Toxicology, quercetin decreased production of several pro-inflammatory markers and accelerated the methylation (detoxification) of the nickel.

Have a happy, healthy day. Steve and Bonnie
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From Editor Steve Minsky
  • Study Turns Antidepressants Upside Down
  • Wonderful New World of Lipidomics
  • Two Brand New Veggies
  • Your Kid Can't and Won't Eat Veggies?
  • Grass-Fed Whey Protein
  • Two Issues That Can Impact Fertility
  • All Encompassing Blood Marker
  • What Organic Farms Can Do
  • Stress Reducers You Can Try at the Office
  • Beanitos Announcement
  • Chicagoland Ready-Food Delivery
  • eInspire
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.
Well Connect Feature
Wonderful New World of Lipidomics 

Bonnie: Lipidomics is a branch of metabolomics, which has been recently developed to comprehensively measure small-molecular chemical compounds, such as amino acids, lipids and carbohydrates.


In 2010, the first comprehensive analysis of human plasma lipidomics identified and quantified over 500 different lipid molecular species covering six main categories.


While lipidomics offers an exciting view, especially on how our bodies react to food from a lipid-profile perspective, application of new technologies in clinical laboratories is still at very early stage.


Hopefully, within the next ten years, we will be able to tell exactly what foods and nutrients we need to individually address every lipid-related detail. Medication may not even be necessary if patient compliance is exemplary. 


One thing is for certain. Personalized diet and lifestyle intervention for improving lipid profiles and preventing related disorders, if not already, will be the gold standard.


Dietary intake is the most important factors that influence circulating lipid profiles.

2 Incredibly Quick Ways to Boost Mood Naturally
1. Up Your Water Intake

A study in the upcoming September issue of Appetite found that in healthy women, habitual low water intake corresponded with adverse mood states. What could be more simple than drinking enough water? After accounting for any other mood enhancers in the female subjects, those with the highest water intake had the most balanced mood states.


2. Up Your Magnesium Intake

Last week, we reported that researchers in June's Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine found a significant association between very low magnesium intake and depression, especially in younger adults. Making sure that normal sized-adults get at least 400 mg. of supplemental magnesium daily will greatly enhance mood.

The Recipe for Instant Mood Boosting?

How much easier can it get? Drink water intake and take magnesium at the same time. Take 200mg. magnesium glycinate (or as directed by your health professional) in the morning with 8-16 oz. of water. Repeat before bed!

Did You Know? Meds
Study Turns Antidepressants Upside Down
Steve: The science behind many anti-depressant medications appears to be backwards, say the authors of a paper in Neuroscience & Biobehavorial Reviews.

The theory that has dominated nearly 50 years of depression research is that depression is related to low levels of serotonin in the gaps between cells in the brain. This is the basis for commonly prescribed anti-depressant medications called selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, or SSRIs.

The authors argue that those serotonin-boosting medications actually make it harder for patients to recover, especially in the short term.

When depressed patients on SSRI medication do show improvement, it appears that their brains are actually overcoming the effects of anti-depressant medications, rather than being assisted directly by them. Instead of helping, the medications appear to be interfering with the brain's own mechanisms of recovery. Many people report feeling worse, not better, for their first two weeks on anti-depressants. This could explain why.

It is currently impossible to measure exactly how the brain is releasing and using serotonin, because there is no safe way to measure it in a living human brain.

The best available evidence appears to show that there is more serotonin being released and used during depressive episodes, not less. Serotonin helps the brain adapt to depression by re-allocating its resources, giving more to conscious thought and less to areas such as growth, development, reproduction, immune function, and the stress response.

In conclusion, the authors state that most forms of depression, though painful, are natural and beneficial adaptations to stress.

In a unrelated editorial in BMJ this month, the journal calls for 98% of psychotropic drugs to be dropped. These include all antidepressant, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and dementia drugs and all but 6% of the antipsychotics and benzodiazepines currently in use. "Because psychotropic drugs are immensely harmful when used long term, they should almost exclusively be used in acute situations and always with a firm plan for tapering off, which can be difficult for many patients," the author argues.
Shrewd Shopper
Two New Vegetables Offerings

Steve: These new vegetables have started popping up at farmer's markets. Be on the lookout!


The name comes from a cross between lettuce and celery. It's a Chinese cabbage. By the time you cook it, it looks like a broccoli stem, but it has this sweet, nutty flavor.

They look like celery, a long stalk of white, but they have artichoke flavor. They're delicious and versatile.

Your Kid Can't and Won't Eat Vegetables at Home

Bonnie: A recent study in Appetite found a very successful technique to help get your kid to eat vegetables.

Children aged 2-4 years were placed into one of four intervention groups or to a no-treatment control and were exposed by a parent to daily offerings of a disliked vegetable for 14 days.


Significant increases in post-intervention consumption were seen in three groups, but the modelling, rewards and repeated exposure condition technique was highest (more than 60% showed increased liking).

Parent led interventions based around modelling (leading by example), offering incentives, and constant exposure are successful ways to increase children's vegetable consumption.

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Our own Elizabeth Prebish broke the news. In early 2016, Beanitos is coming out with a corn-free, gluten-freetaco shell! If it tastes anything like their restaurant-style tortilla chip, it is going to be amazing!
Bonnie's Bite
Two Issues That Can Impact Fertility

Among the multitude of factors I take into account when I am presented with infertility, two are celiac disease and marijuana use. This is not to say that these are the most common reasons. Infertility is always multifactorial for the individuals involved.

That said, a recent study in the Journal of Gastroenterology suggests that when presented with infertility, physicians should screen for celiac disease and/or gluten intolerance early in the process. Fertility can be greatly hampered when something as toxic as gluten goes undetected in affected individuals.

Men who use cannabis may be putting their fertility at risk by inadvertently affecting the size and shape of their sperm according to research in Human Reproduction. In the world's largest study to investigate how common lifestyle factors influence the size and shape of sperm (referred to as sperm morphology), in addition to cannabis, sperm size and shape was worse in the summer months but was better in men who had abstained from sexual activity for more than six days. 

Understanding Lab Tests
GGT Screening

Bonnie: Over the past two decades, research has started to find a common link between cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes, in the form of blood levels of a liver enzyme called gamma-glutamyltransferase, or GGT. As a result, finding ways to decrease GGT levels, and thereby possibly affect chronic disease risk, are important.


A new study in BMC Research suggests that CoQ10 supplementation may be an effective way to maintain healthy levels of GGT. Healthy males given 150mg per day of CoQ10 per day exhibited 13.2% reduced GGT activity while blood levels of CoQ10 quadrupled in only two weeks. In addition, the rate of cell damage in the blood decreased by 20.5%.

Far Infrared Sauna Therapy
It is always the right time to experience Far Infrared Sauna Therapy.


Aside from the fact that you are taking one hour out of your busy lives to relax, Far Infrared Therapy offers numerous therapeutic benefits, most importantly enhanced detoxification. Many clients use it to relieve painful joints, rev up metabolism, and remove buildup of heavy metals.


A recent 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.

Contact us to schedule a session.

Green Lifestyle

What Organic Farms Can Do

On average, organic farms support 34% more plant, insect and animal species than conventional farms. Researchers in the Journal of Applied Ecology looked at data going back 30 years and found that this effect has remained stable over time and shows no signs of decreasing.


For pollinators such as bees, the number of different species was 50% higher on organic farms. Interestingly, organic farms had a bigger impact on species richness when the land around them was more intensively farmed.

Wild Card

Stress Reducers You Can Try at the Office

  1. Daydream by gazing out your window. Daydreaming is not only relaxing, but it can actually help boost your creativity.
  2. Doodling is another way to jumpstart your creative side. Give your left brain a rest and let your right brain wake up. When we move our attention away from goal-directed activity during doodling, our "attention system" is relaxed.
  3. Close your eyes and listen. Listen to the sounds around you. Isolate your sense of hearing, letting yourself notice and label each sound that you hear. Mindful listening clears the mind and has the effect of rebooting your system.
  4. Close your eyes and breathe. Breathe in for the count of 4, hold your breath to the count of 7, and exhale your breath, breathing out through your mouth as if breathing through a straw, to the count of 8. The pairing of an exhale that is twice as long as the inhale is especially relaxing.
"I know not age, not weariness, not defeat."
-Rose Kennedy
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How to Eat Well While Dining Out -
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The perk comes in handy when you're dining out. Our How to Eat Well While Dining Out Action Plan is your complete, indispensable guide to navigating the menus of any kind of restaurant you frequent. Yes, even fast food restaurants are included. You won't want to be without it!


Action Plans are free by email request for NCI Well Connect Members or can be ordered separately. To activate your NCI Well Connect Membership today at 40% Off and get your free copy, click here.

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Are you completely overwhelmed with finding trustworthy foods that fit your individualized eating style? Don't fret.Natural Foods Shopping List does the work for you.

Natural Foods Shopping List consists of food items that meet our strict criteria for safety, clean ingredients, and of course, palatability.

We are always open to your recommendations. As long as it meets our criteria, we will add it to the list.

Natural Foods Shopping List is revised quarterly and updates are available online to NCI Well Connect Members. The latest update is from March 1, 2015.
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Have a happy, healthy day,
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