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NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
August 28, 2013
Dear Valued Subscriber,


We will be closed on Monday, September 2nd for Labor Day. Enjoy a safe, well deserved three day weekend! 


Have a happy, healthy day. Bonnie and Steve Minsky

Bonnie Blasts Doc's Best Seller.

It is very seldom that I comment on a specific book, but due to serious errors by the author, and that many clients have asked me about it because of Dr. Oz's endorsement, I feel compelled to comment on the best seller entitled Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.


Although Dr. Fuhrman does make important comments that all good preventive health books make (i.e. benefits of fruits and vegetables, nutrient density, and eating real food; dangers from excess refined sugar; and America's unnecessary love affair with cow's milk calcium), he delves into shocking misinformation in his zeal to promote a vegan diet.

For example, on pp. 70-71 he states, "The biggest animals - elephants, gorillas, rhinoceroses, hippopotamuses and giraffes - all eat predominantly green vegetation. How did they get the protein to get so big? The cow didn't eat another cow to form the protein in its muscles which we call steak." Dr. Fuhrman must have forgotten his basic biology and mammal anatomy. The animals he mentions are HERBIVORES. Here are the basic definitions of Herbivores, Carnivores, and Omnivores:

HERBIVORE - a plant-eating animal that gets its energy from eating plants. Most have a special digestive system that allows them to digest all kinds of plants efficiently, including grasses.

CARNIVORE - a flesh eating animal that generally eats herbivores, but will also eat omnivores and other carnivores for basic energy. They cannot derive enough energy to sustain life on a plant based diet. Carnivores include large cats and canines (dogs).

OMNIVORE - an animal that eats other animals and plants. Some will hunt and eat their food like carnivores. Others scavenge and eat dead matter. Many eat eggs from other animals. They also eat plants, but not all can digest substances in grains or other plants that don't produce fruit.

Humans are not herbivores. We are OMNIVORES. This is why we will not thrive for a long period of time on a vegan diet (a diet intended only for herbivores).


I recommend that Dr. Fuhrman read Dr. William Davis' best seller, Wheat Belly.  Dr. Davis, a cardiologist, did a splendid job of explaining how hard-to-digest grains, such as wheat, were never biologically or genetically intended to be tolerated in large amounts by most humans. His book is impeccably researched and a fascinating read.


Bonnie Minsky


Meet the Pili Nut.
Chances are, you will be hearing a lot more about the Asian nut that comes from a flowering evergreen tree called Canarium ovatum, which thrives in rainforests.
New to the U.S. market, Pili nuts should be billed as the ultimate comfort food because of its combination of magnesium and fat.
Besides providing a whopping 86 mg. of the mood mineral magnesium per ounce, Piti nuts contain a gargantuan 204 calories per ounce, 9 grams of which is saturated fat.
While boasting a large amount of healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat, at this time, we only recommend eating Piti nuts in moderation.