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Well Connect Feature
Wheat, Rice Disappoint
Did You Know? Meds
Recipe du Jour
Shrewd Shopper
Intelligently Active
Brand Buzz
Bonnie's Bite
Tech for Wellness
Green Lifestyle
Wild Card
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Nutritional Update
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September 2, 2013
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Did you know that women who got at least 25 percent of their daily calories from protein and less than 40 percent from carbohydrates were four times more likely to get pregnant via in vitro fertilization than those who ate a more starch-heavy diet?


HIGHLIGHTS INSIDE: Enjoy your complementary Labor Day issue of NCI Well Connect!


Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve Minsky


Well Connect Weekly Feature:
Fish Oil Saves Child's Life.

Children who suffer from intestinal failure are unable to consume food orally. Instead, a nutritional cocktail of sugar, protein and fat made from soybean oil is injected through a small tube in their vein.

For these children, the intravenous nutrition serves as a bridge to bowel adaptation, a process by which the intestine recovers and improves its capacity to absorb nutrition. But the soybean oil has been associated with a potentially lethal complication known as intestinal failure-associated liver disease.


A clinical trial published in Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition has found that, compared with soybean oil, a limited duration (24 weeks) of fish oil is safe and effective in reversing liver disease in 80 percent children between 2 weeks and 18 years. The researchers believe that fish oil may also decrease the need for liver and/or intestinal transplants -- and mortality -- associated with this disease.

"We cried tears of joy each week that we saw Isabella getting better and better," said Laureano Piscione, father of Isabella who was a subject in the trial. "She is a success story."


Wheat, Rice Do Not Reduce Chronic Disease Risk. Fruits and Veggies Do!

A study in the July 24th issue of Clinical Nutrition examined the association between foods, macronutrients and micronutrients and the evolution of eleven chronic diseases.


During the five year observation phase in 60,000 subjects, the prevalence of chronic disease increased from 14% to 34% on average.


The researchers reported that fruits and vegetables and grain products other than rice and wheat were effective in preventing evolution of chronic disease. They postulate that the presence of phytochemicals and micronutrients such as dietary fibers, iron, vitamin C and magnesium are responsible, at least partly, for those benefits. 


Steve: What is interesting about this study is not only did it show that those who ate copious amounts of fruits and veggies who were healthy or somewhat healthy did not develop chronic disease, it showed subjects with multiple chronic diseases did not get any worse.

Did You Know? Meds
We Are An Overmedicated Country.
Nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and more than half take two. Antibiotics, antidepressants and painkilling opioids are most commonly prescribed, the Mayo Clinic Proceedings study found. Twenty percent of patients are on five or more prescription medications.

The data is valuable because it gives insight into prescribing practices. While 
one would think chronic conditions such as heart disease or diabetes would dominate, the second most common prescription was for antidepressants -- suggesting that mental health is a huge issue. The third most common drugs were opioids, which is a huge concern considering their addicting nature. 
The percentage of people who took at least one prescription drug in the past month increased from 44 percent in 1999-2000 to 48 percent in 2007-08. Spending on prescription drugs accounted for 12 percent of total personal health care expenditures and shows no sign of ebbing any time soon.


Recipe Du Jour
Avocado Ice Pops.

-Boil 2 cups water. 

-Add 1 cup organic sugar and simmer until dissolved. --Cool completely.

-Mash 2 medium avocados.

-Stir in water and 1/2 cup lime juice.

-Fold in 1/2 cup chopped mint leaves.

-Pour into ice pop molds and freeze overnight.




Shrewd Shopper
Another Reason To Eat Organic Produce.

Norovirus is the most common cause of viral foodborne illness worldwide. A new International Journal of Food Microbiology study suggests that contaminated water used to dilute or reconstitute agricultural pesticides may be one way the virus is entering the food supply.

Farmers mix pesticides with water from sources including wells, irrigation ditches, rivers, and lakes. All these water sources have been known to harbor norovirus. Until recently, no one had tested whether norovirus in contaminated water remains infectious after pesticides are added.

After mocking up a a real dilution and spiking it with norovirus, when monitored for activity two hours later, all three norovirus types remained stable in seven of the eight tested pesticides.

The greatest microbial risk from pesticide-born norovirus would appear to be for produce such as soft berries like raspberries and strawberries, which are frequently sprayed shortly before harvest to reduce spoilage and then minimally processed before being eaten raw.


Steve: the researchers go on to say washing can help reduce risk. Freezing does not destroy norovirus. Heating, while effective, can negatively impact quality and nutritive value of fresh produce. All of which tells you to be shrewd when shopping for produce. With berries especially, choose organic exclusively.


Intelligently Active
Vitamin C Helps With "Exercise Cough."
New research from BMJ Open shows that vitamin C may substantially reduce bronchoconstriction caused by exercise. Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction means the narrowing of the airways that occurs during or after exercise. It can cause symptoms such as cough, wheezing, or shortness of breath. This condition used to be called exercise-induced asthma. Vitamin C halved the decline caused by exercise. 
Bonnie: The low cost and safety of vitamin C, along with added quercetin, makes it a perfect preventive for this issue.


Study Confirms Breastfeeding Provides Probiotics to Infant.
We knew it! We had a hunch all along but now it has been confirmed in research. For years, scientists believed there was no possible way that probiotics could travel from mother to infant.  They have now discovered that important 'good' bacteria arrive in babies' digestive systems from their mother's gut via breast milk.

The Environmental Microbiology study does confirm that when it comes to early establishment of gut and immune health, "breast is best." The study's author said: "We are excited to find out that bacteria can actually travel from the mother's gut to her breast milk. A healthy community of bacteria in the gut of both mother and baby is really important for baby's gut health and immune system development."

The team found the same strains of Bifidobacterium breve and several types of Clostridium bacteria, which are important for colonic health, in breast milk, and maternal and/or neonatal feces. Strains found in breast milk may be involved in establishing a critical nutritional balance in the baby's gut and may be important to prevent intestinal disorders. 


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Bonnie's Bite
Staying Healthy While Flying.
  • When I am traveling, I am always aware of viral hot spots such as:
    • In-flight magazines
    • Tray table (study found 4 of 6 tray tables harbored MRSA superbug)
    • Lavatory door handle

Thus, limit eye and nose rubbing! In addition, please do the following

  • Use saline spray (thimerosal-free) to keep nasal membranes moist. Apply before boarding, during bathroom breaks, and after arriving.
  • Apply neosporin around the edge of your nostrils before boarding your flight.
  • Stay hydrated - load up on water and limit alcohol intake (dehydrates and suppresses immune system).
  • Overhead vent - aim it just in front of your face to act as a wind barrier to blow particles from coughing and sneezing passengers.
  • Get up and move. Prolonged sitting can cause blood clots. Stay on your feet as much as possible before the flight.
  • If a long flight, take Melatonin to help with jet lag.
  • For relaxation, I always supplement with magnesium glycinate right before the flight.
  • Finally, probiotics, grapefruit seed extract (GSE), zinc chelate, and/or monolaurin are great choices for immune support.
Tech for Wellness
Certain Video Games Can Sharpen the Mind.

Certain types of video games can train the brain to become more agile and improve strategic thinking, according to British scientists.


They measured subjects 'cognitive flexibility' described as a person's ability to adapt and switch between tasks, and think about multiple ideas at a given time to solve problems.

The researchers discovered that those who played StarCraft, a fast-paced game where players have to construct and organize armies to battle an enemy, were quicker and more accurate in performing cognitive flexibility tasks, than those who played The Sims, which does not require much memory or many tactics.

Bonnie: cognitive flexibility, a cornerstone of human intelligence, could be used to develop clinical interventions for symptoms related to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or traumatic brain injuries, for example

Green Lifestyle
Communication Out of Thin Air.

Engineers have created a new wireless communication system from devices that form a network out of thin air. You can reflect signals slightly to create a Morse code of communication between devices to interact with each other without relying on batteries or wires for power.

The new technique takes advantage of the TV and cellular transmissions that already surround us around the clock. Two devices communicate with each other by reflecting the existing signals to exchange information.

The technology would need no power source or human attention. It's hopefully going to have applications in a number of areas including wearable computing, smart homes and self-sustaining sensor networks.

The researchers published their results at the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Data Communication 2013 conference.
Wild Card
Volunteer for Your Health.
People who regularly perform meaningful work for a good cause without any expectation of compensation may experience a longer life, lower rates of depression and greater life satisfaction. Older volunteers may reap the greatest rewards, providing a sense of purpose for those who have experienced a loss of identity when their roles in the homes and community evolved as they aged.

New research published by the American Psychological Association shows that older adults decreased their risk of hypertension by 40 percent when they volunteered at least 200 hours per year - just 16 hours per month. The specific type of volunteer activity was not a factor in lowering blood pressure - only the amount of time spent volunteering.

Young people can reap the health benefits of volunteering too. When a group of tenth graders spent one hour a week working with elementary students in an after-school program, the teens had lower levels of inflammation, cholesterol and body mass index after just 10 weeks compared to peers who didn't volunteer.

Bonnie: this feeling - often referred to as the "helper's high" - is a sense of elation and increased energy that comes from giving to others without expecting anything tangible in return. 
The most rewarding experiences are those that fit well with a volunteer's personality, strengths and interests.
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A Reminder for Snowbirds.

For our clients who travel south or west for the fall and winter, stay connected to wellness.


1) If you run low on your supplements, we ship anywhere in the United States. We use green and recycled shipping materials. We even ship probiotics that require refrigeration. 


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3) Read our free eNewsletter for wellness tips. NCI Well Connect, our paid subscription option, we liken to having a weekly wellness coach.


Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions.


You May Need a Nutritional Update. 

updateHas it been a while since your last visit? Have you had major trauma or changes in your life that have altered your optimal balance? Or, do you just feel there is one something missing from you feeling ideal? Chances are that you are due for a nutritional update with Bonnie.


If you have had a physical with bloodwork performed within the last 6-8 months, set up a consultation. Bring a copy of the bloodwork and be ready to discuss any diet, supplement, medication, health status, and major life changes since your last visit.


To set up an appointment, please contact us at 847-498-3422.

Prep for Cold & Flu Season 

One of the perks of being a NCI Well Connect subscriber is that you are granted monthly access to our Action Plan Library (27 plans with a total value over $200) and Special Reports. 


The perk comes in handy when you need to ramp up your immune system for fall and winter infections. Our Cold & Flu Action Plan explains myriad immune support therapies for your needs.


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eInspire Quote of the Week.

"Adam and Eve ate the first vitamins, including the package." 

-E.R. Squibb


Have a happy, healthy day.

Bonnie, Steve, and the staff at Nutritional Concepts Inc.

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