NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
September 30, 2015
Dear Steve, 

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DID YOU KNOW that according to a study from the August issue of Journal of Medical Case Reports, the supplementation of fish oil containing omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, benefitted patients with breast cancer by increasing their antioxidant levels? The results strongly suggest that fish oil's possible role as an adjuvant in the management of breast cancer.
Alcohol: Friend or Foe?
Steve: There is probably no more vexing foodstuff than alcohol. One week, it is a miracle. The next week, it is a pariah. So what are we to make out of the mixed messages?

For example, our PaleoMediterranean eating style includes 7 glasses of wine per week for optimal health. The phytochemical resveratrol, in red wine especially, trumps any potential negatives.

Another example are the benefits of beer for inflammation. Yes, this data does exist. The hops is what has an antiinflammatory effect. However, the yeast and grain in beer far outweighs the benefits. Hops extract, which can be taken as a supplement, is a much better option for an antiinflammatory benefit.

For many of you, because of allergies and intolerances, hard alcohol such as grape or potato-derived vodka, tequila, or gin are your only options. Unfortunately, the long-term prospects for hard alcohol are not looking so good.

A quote from a major study in last week's The Lancet"Drinking alcohol does not result in a net health benefit and, in fact, increases the risk for alcohol-related cancers by 51%, according to a study of almost 115,000 people from 12 countries."

The researchers admit that "the association between alcohol consumption and health is extremely complex. Although alcohol consumption has been associated with some health benefits, it has also been associated with increased risks for other outcomes."

Looking at the details of the study, it has just as many mixed messages as prior research:
  • The risk for cardiovascular disease was lower in wine drinkers (up to seven drinks per week) than in never drinkers, and the risk for heart attack was significantly lower. However, the risk for cancer was 38% higher in wine drinkers than in never drinkers, 69% higher in spirit drinkers, and 20% higher in beer drinkers.
  • There was no reduction in the risk for death or stroke among current drinkers.
  • Heavy drinking (14 or more drinks in women per week; 21 or more in men) had a 31% increased risk for death. Those with heavy episodic drinking (five or more drinks in one sitting at least once per month) had a 54% increased risk for mortality and a 71% increased risk for injury.
  • If you do not drink, don't start. There are other things you can do to make up for red wine's heart preventive properties.
  • Unless you consume MORE than 7 drinks per week, you need not worry. Moderation is the key.
  • If you drink moderately, you will receive a net zero benefit from wine, and a slightly negative result from beer or hard liquor.
  • If you have cancer in your family history, your decision to drink alcohol is a bit tougher, as this is not the only study that has linked it with higher incidence of cancer.
Let's put things into perspective. Besides water, alcohol is the oldest human-consumed beverage. It is not going anywhere anytime soon.
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Brain Function Connected to How You Methylate
Bonnie and Steve: We are so excited to announce that one of the major nutritional conundrums which has evaded us is no longer.

We can now evaluate your complete methylation cycle, the most important pathway for detoxification of chemicals, hormones, and other unwanted environmental byproducts.

In the past, we have tried to cover all bases to help your metabolic pathway, but we did not have the entire map at our disposal. Now, we can pinpoint exactly if and where your metabolic cycle is impaired. Even better, we can fix it to make sure it is running smoothly.

Methylation is important for each and every one of us because the last thing we want is to have toxins recycling within our bodies with no way to escape. It can be carcinogenic, obesogenic, affect brain function, among other adverse effects. 

The process takes 5 simple steps:
  1. Pay to have your genetic kit sent to your home from the lab 23andMe. You can get the test for $79.99 instead of $99 at this link because of your relationship with us. We have no financial interest in 23andMe.
  2. When you receive your genetic kit, follow the instructions to prepare your sample (saliva sample) and send back to 23andMe via the US Postal Service.
  3. 23andMe will email you when your results are complete.
  4. Download your raw data from 23andMe and and email the file to us. Contact us if you need help with this step.
  5. When we get your raw data file, we will upload it into our methylation database and contact you when the results are complete to make an appointment.
Why Is This Such an Incredible Opportunity?
  • In addition to the methylation data that we analyze, 23andMe maps your entire genome. This is crucial if we offer further genetic analysis on other bodily functions or for other health care providers who may require your genetic info.
  • You only need your genome mapped once! $79 is quite a deal.
  • 23andMe provides you with information about your ancestry. This is 23andMe's specialty. We do not delve into this aspect of your genetic results. It is completely private to you.
  • Many of you have heard us refer to the MTHFR genetic mutation for pregnancy, neurological function, and detoxification. MTHFR is included in the panel, as well as every other major gene associated with the methylation pathway.
Why Did We Decide to Finally Use Genetic Testing?
  • While we feel that much of the information about the humane genome is "not ready for prime time," we feel extremely confident that the genes associated with the methylation pathway have more than enough clinical data. The pharmaceutical industry has done most of the work for us by putting billions of dollars into researching genetics and methylation so they can find out who can best metabolize and avoid side effects from their drugs!
  • As better research comes along, having your genetic information allows us to contact you when, for instance, a genetic bone health panel comes along. How can you beat that service?
This may all seem overwhelming. As always, we are here to answer any questions you may have about the process.

Putting Your Methylation Results Into Practice

Going over the results should only take about 15 minutes. This is free for NCI Well Connect Members. For non-Well Connect members, the fee is $45.

To start the process, just go to 23andMe and click on the link: Then, let us know when your results are ready!
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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