NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
August 19, 2015
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that alcohol problems are often undetected in primary care but by asking two simple questions could quickly uncover which patients have drinking problems -- including patients who would otherwise remain undetected.
  1. How often do you have six or more drinks on one occasion?
  2. As a result of your drinking, did anything happen in the last year that you wish didn't happen?

If yes to one or both, you should follow up with your doctor for a longer screening test to find out whether you are in need of help.

OFF TO COLLEGE? Don't leave without supplement nutrients for immune support, stress-reduction, metabolism, and focus.

Osteoporosis: The Emperor Has No Clothes
Steve: If you've listened to or read what we have said since the World Health Organization introduced diagnostic criteria for osteoporosis in 1994, you know that we have never bought into this "disease creation". Finally, researchers (recent BMJ expose) and the medical community are beginning to echo our sentiments. 

In the latest and most detailed account exposing the paucity of proof that current osteoporosis measures have succeeded, the Journal of Internal Medicine does an impeccable job laying out the facts.

If you do not want to read the entire study here, we have summarized the most cogent points so you will be prepared the next time your doctor wants to put you on bone drugs.
  • "Most fracture patients have fallen, but actually do not have osteoporosis. A high likelihood of falling, in turn, is attributable to an aging-related decline in physical functioning and general frailty."
  • "Current available fracture risk prediction strategies including bone densitometry (i.e DEXA scan) and multifactorial prediction tools (i.e. FRAX) are unable to identify a large proportion of patients who will sustain a fracture, whereas many of those with a high fracture risk score will not sustain a fracture."
  • Finally, the researchers state that the evidence for the viability of bone-targeted pharmacotherapy in preventing hip and vertebral fracture is absent in real-life studies, while many drugs for the treatment of osteoporosis have been associated with serious side effects.
Not convinced? You can join our NCI Well Connect Membership to read the proof that backs up the researchers claims, as well as simple alternatives for preventing falls.
New and Old Guard Confirmed for Macular Degeneration
Bonnie: Sustained supplementation with the macular carotenoids can lead to greater augmentation of macular pigment and improve contrast sensitivity, according to a new study in the journal Eye.

A formulation with at least 17 mg per day meso­zeaxanthin, 3 mg per day lutein, and 2 mg per day zeaxanthin was found to produce significant increases in macular pigmentation.

The macula is a yellow spot of about five millimeters diameter on the retina. As we age, levels of the pigments in the macula decrease naturally, thereby increasing the risk of macular degeneration (AMD). The yellow color is due to the content of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which we derive from the diet. These compounds are the only carotenoids capable of filtering the harmful blue light than can damage the light receptor cells in the eye, the rods and the cones. A macular pigment layer that is too thin can allow the blue light through and destroy the cells. 

Supplements are often needed to augment the carotenoids we get in our diet. You will start to see the inclusion of meso­zeaxanthin in macular formulations as research mounts. In the meantime, eat plenty of colorful fruit and vegetables and take your supplements!
Twinlab Allergy Multicaps Discontinued
We have been informed that Allergy Multicaps has been discontinued. This was not a total shock as Allergy Fighters followed a similar path recently.

Luckily, the numerous clients who have already switched to Klaire Vita Spectrum have been very happy with it. As we have said to many of you, we like the Klaire multi even better from a purity and hypoallergenic standpoint.

Going forward, Klaire Vita Spectrum will be our long-term replacement. One minor note: if you do not take extra supplemental calcium and magnesium, we encourage you to take extra because Vita Spectrum does not have much. If you had taken two Allergy Multicaps, take 250 mg. of extra calcium and 200 mg. magnesium. If you had taken three Allergy Multicaps, take 500 mg. of extra calcium and 400 mg. magnesium.

If you would like us to take a look at your file to make individual recommendations, do not hesitate to contact us.
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 recent preview issue.
  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, Food Cravings and Food Addiction, or those of your own choosing.

The approximate cost for all of this? Less than 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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