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August Email Update
Quick Hits
-- Is My Food Safe?
-- School is Fast Approaching.
-- West Nile Epidemic?
-- August Sale - 20% OFF.
-- Happiness Happens Month.
-- Recipes du Jour.
-- August Announcements.
-- If you missed it: July Highlights.
-- Cardiologist Dr. Stephen Devries Writes Book.

Dear Valued Client

At the beginning of each month, we like to keep you informed about what's new with Bonnie Minsky & Nutritional Concepts. As always, have a happy, healthy day! Nutritional Concepts is a 2007 Working Mother Best Small Company.

Is My Food Safe?
 We have gotten this question a lot lately. It is very complex and has no simple answer.

Tainted spinach, peanut butter, ground beef, pet food, farm-raised seafood, Veggie Booty, food booth at the Taste of Chicago, and this month (drum roll please)...chili sauce/canned meat products.

Irradiation, viral adulteration, packing fresh meat in carbon monoxide, administering growth hormones and antibiotics, cloned animals, GMO's, accumulation of heavy metals and pesticides in our nutrient-poor food.

Did we forget bird flu, mad cow, norovirus, e. coli, salmonella and clostridium botulinum?

These are some of the issues we have become familiar with over the last year in relation to our food supply.

The public's confidence in food safety is at an all time low, with good reason. In our opinion, the safety of food has serious flaws that require a global effort to rectify. Unsafe food is almost unavoidable. However, there are some things you can do to minimize your exposure.

Read the entire article here.

School is Fast Approaching.
 While lamenting the fact that kids will be back in school VERY soon, with fall right around the corner, it is a good time to get their diets and lifestyles in order, as well as your own.

These wonderful resources can help you accomplish this:

1) Nutritional Concepts' School-Age Child Action Plan.

2) The Healthy Schools Campaign, a local nonprofit organization, puts out an incredible Wellness Guide.

These resources should be required reading for any parent. A recent study has shown that nutrition education programs in schools have thus far been ineffective. You must take it upon yourselves to make a difference.

Nutrition Education Ineffective.

West Nile Epidemic?
 According to the Centers for Disease Control, cases of the West Nile virus, transmitted by mosquitoes, are four times higher than what was reported last year. The virus causes a mild, flu-like illness in 20 percent of those infected, and no symptoms in about 80 percent. In about 1 percent of cases, the illness progresses to a brain infection that can be fatal, predominately in the elderly. Last year, 4,269 cases were reported in the United States, including 1,495 brain infections, and 177 people died.

Please note that mosquito season goes well into September.

In the past, we have recommended Skin-so-Soft by Avon as an alternative insect repellent. The results have been mixed. We have found a natural combination this summer that has been dynamite for friends, family, and clients. One caveat: you must implement all three of the following every time:

  • Vitamin B-1 (Thiamine) 100 mg. - take whenever you are going to be outside for a long period of time at dawn or dusk.
  • Fabric Softener: wives' tale aside, put one in your pocket (unscented okay) when outdoors.
  • California Baby Bug Repellent Spray - DEET/chemical-free and the smell is pleasant.
  • Optional: wear bright colors (mosquitoes are more attracted to dark colors).
This concoction may seem crazy, but we don't mess with success. Most importantly, it is all natural.

Do you have a regimen you wish to share? Email us at

Rise in Cases of West Nile May Portend an Epidemic

August Sale - 20% OFF.
ultraclear2 Metagenics UltraClear Detoxification Medical Food
Powdered Mixture that you put into water. Great for a mid-year detox. Using UltraClear while following our Smart Detox, getting Rejuvenating Room treatments, and administering Body Detox Foot Pads (contact our office) is a wonderful combination for revitalizing your body.

Carlson Super 2 softgels
We now offer in family-size 360 softgels! Two 180 gel bottles are shrink-wrapped together to make for a significant savings. Super 2 Daily is a high potency multivitamin/mineral containing therapeutic doses of fish oil, vitamin D, and lutein in just two softgels.

Metagenics Zinlori
Zinlori contains a high potency, patented zinc-carnosine complex formulated to provide relief of gastric discomfort.
* Relieves gastric discomforts such as occasional heartburn and indigestion, upset stomach, mild nausea, bloating, belching, and burping.
* Promotes a healthy gastric bacterial balance.
* Helps maintain the integrity of the protective gastric mucosal lining by supporting healthy mucus secretion.
* Gastro-supportive benefits demonstrated in over 20 published studies.

Order here

Happiness Happens Month.
 August is a good month to take stock in your quality of life.
  1. Making an extra effort to do things that make you happy.
  2. Increasing consumption of mood-boosting foods, if well-tolerated (i.e., avocado, dark chocolate, watermelon, cod liver oil/omega 3's).
  3. Pampering yourself with stress-relieving methods (i.e., meditation, yoga, magnesium supplementation, The Rejuvenating Room).
  4. Making a significant contribution to friends, family, and/or community will always make you feel happy!

What is Your Quality of Life?

Recipes du Jour.
recipe2 Once a month, we highlight a recipe from our database or from you. We welcome entries by email to

Bistro Flank Steak Sandwich

-6 cloves garlic, unpeeled
-1 T. extra-virgin olive oil
-3/4 pound organic/free-range/grass-fed flank steak
-1/2 tsp. salt, divided
-1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper (if desired)
-1 medium red bell pepper
-1 medium yellow bell pepper
-4 large slices Ezekiel bread, cut in half, or 8 small slices
-2 T. olive or canola oil mayonnaise
-1 c. mixed salad greens

Instructions: 1. Preheat grill to medium-high. 2. Place garlic in the center of a piece of foil and drizzle with oil. Gather the foil together at the top to form a sealed packet. Sprinkle both sides of steak with 1/4 tsp. salt and pepper. 3. Place the garlic packet over indirect heat or the coolest part of the grill. Place the steak and bell peppers over direct or the hottest part of the grill. Cook the garlic until soft and golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Cook the peppers, turning occasionally, until the skin is blistered on all sides, about 10 minutes total. Cook the steak, turning once, until desired doneness, about 6 minutes per side for medium. Transfer the garlic packet, peppers and steak to a clean platter. Tent the steak with foil to keep warm. 4. Grill bread, turning once, until toasted, about 1 minute per side. 5. When the peppers are cool enough to handle, peel and discard the stems, seeds and ribs. Slice into wide strips and toss with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in small bowl. Peel the garlic and place it and the oil from the packet in another small bowl. Add mayonnaise and mash with a fork until combined. Slice the steak very thinly. 6. To assemble sandwiches, spread 1 scant teaspoon of the roasted garlic aioli on each piece of bread. Divide greens, the sliced steak and grilled peppers among 4 slices of bread; top with the remaining bread or keep open-faced, if desired.

Makes 4 sandwiches.

Note: any like ingredient can be replaced if allergic or intolerant.

For more delectable recipes, view our Spa Recipes.

August Announcements.
announce -Did you know that ostrich is high in omega-3 fatty acids, provides half of your daily iron intake, and boasts 36 grams of lean protein per 6 oz. portion?

-We hear so much about probiotics, but hardly anything about PREbiotics: the food for your probiotic flora. Without prebiotics, probiotics are less effective and do not survive in the gastrointestinal tract for very long. The most common types of prebiotics come in the form of soluble fiber. FOS (fructo-oligosaccharides) such as chicory root/inulin (Fibersure), oat bran, rice maltodextrin, and pectin are examples. All of the probiotics we recommend have prebiotics in their formulas. Other foods that act as prebiotics to help promote probiotic growth: legumes, tea, red wine, fruits, berries, dark chocolate (from phenol content), and nuts, seeds, and fatty fish (from fatty acids).

-2007 may be known as the year our government took huge strides to ensure the safety of dietary supplements with the Adverse Events Reporting Amendment (AER) and the Good Manufacturing Practices Guidelines (GMP's). Will it be enough? Time will tell says the healthy skeptic. However, you are at an advantage because you've had an extra layer of protection all along...Nutritional Concepts!

-Coming soon...Reverse Chronic Fatigue Action Plan.

-More exciting news on Epigenetics research into cancer prevention and NIH funding.

-Please read our comments regarding the controversial results of two recent studies: Fruits and Vegetables provide no cancer shield and Selenium supplements raise risk of type 2 Diabetes.

-There was too much important information revealed in July to fit into this update (including Bonnie's shingles remedy and an unknown statin side-effect). However, you can find it all in our blog.

Bonnie & Steve's Blog

If you missed it: July Highlights.
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  • GMP'S - How will they affect dietary supplements?
  • Top 10 Healthy Snacks - Bonnie Approved.
  • Sauna Therapy Used on Ground Zero Workers.

July Newsletter

Cardiologist Dr. Stephen Devries Writes Book.
drdevries Our favorite Cardiologist, Dr. Stephen Devries, had his first title published by Warner Wellness entitled, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Cholesterol.

Dr. Devries is a long time colleague of Bonnie's because of his unique, integrative approach to cardiology.

Comments from Bonnie and Dr. Andrew Weil appear in the book.

Bonnie: "It is so refreshing to work with a cardiologist who embraces prevention on state-of-the-art tests and then uses these results to plan a heart-healthy diet and supplement protocol. I have said many times that we need to clone Dr. Devries. This book will help accomplish that goal."

Dr. Weil: "Outstanding...the most up-to-date information...Highly recommended."

You can find Dr. Devries' book here.




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