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October eNewsletter
Quick Hits
-- The State of Alzheimer's Research & Policy.
-- Add Color to Your Life.
-- Progesterone and the Brain.
-- October Sale - 20% OFF.
-- Whole Grain Does Not Always Mean Whole Wheat.
-- Recipes du Jour.
-- October Announcements.
-- Locavore Tidbit.
-- In Case You Missed It.
-- Action Plans No Longer Distributed by Click & Buy.


Dear Valued Client,

We keep you plugged into what's new in the world of nutrition, wellness, and public health. Email us if there is a particular topic you would like us to explore. Have a happy, healthy day!

The State of Alzheimer's Research & Policy.
alzheimer's1 An active mind is a healthy mind. This painting was created by French Artist Honore Daumier in 1865. It is no coincidence that mind exercises such as chess and crossword puzzles have shown positive effects in Alzheimer's prevention research. It is unfortunate that the National Institutes of Aging and leading nonprofit Alzheimer's research organizations allocate the majority of their budgets to pharmacological "miracle cures" instead of the long-term solution...prevention.

In this piece, we try to lay out what we think is an effective non-pharmacologic Alzheimer's policy based upon the current research.

A New Public Health Paradigm for Alzheimer's Prevention.

Add Color to Your Life.
phytochemicals 8 Special Phytochemicals & Their Health Benefits
  1. Lutein - along with zeaxanthin, limits retina damage caused by light-induced oxidation and aging. Found in egg yolk, spinach, cruciferous vegetables, or dietary supplement.
  2. Anthocyanins - in berries, grapes, red wine, beets, plums, and red radishes. Fights degenerative process of aging and inflammation.
  3. Sulforaphane - activates phase two enzymes that seek out and destroy cancerous cells. Keeps estrogen and testosterone at normal levels. Found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, and one our favorite dietary supplements Maca Root.
  4. Curcumin - active ingredient in turmeric and curry. Potent for inflammation reduction and slowing progression of multiple chronic diseases. Not recommended for salicylate sensitive or overly acidic persons.
  5. Lycopene - found to be heart and cancer protective. While found in tomatoes and peppers (not great for everyone), also found in red grapefruit, watermelon, apricot, and papaya.
  6. Resveratrol - we have all heard of its promise from wine-lovers. For those of us that do not do well with red wine, you can take supplementally from hyoallergenic polygonum cuspidatum.
  7. Allicin - prevalent in garlic, onions, shallots, leeks. May inhibit the growth of H.Pylori and stomach ulcers
  8. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) - multi-talented compound found in green tea.


Progesterone and the Brain.
progesterone-brain Progesterone's importance for balanced hormone function is well understood. However, research is also emerging for its importance to the brain.

Progesterone is a neurosteroid that plays a significant role in the development of the brain and its architecture. It influences maturation, neuroprotection, seizures, cognitive functions, mood, anxiety, pain, and restitution of peripheral nerves. Absence or reduced concentrations may be associated with neurodevelopmental, psychiatric, or behavioral disorders. Additionally, because brain function is interlinked with the gut, progesterone imbalance may induce inflammatory gastrointestinal and immune disorders. Lastly, those with peripheral neuropathy should look at low progesterone as a possible culprit.

One of the leading causes of progesterone imbalance is stress. A simple blood or saliva test (we prefer saliva as most accurate) can detect progesterone imbalance. If low, biodenticals or natural progesterone creams have been found to be safe alternatives to synthetic progesterone.


October Sale - 20% OFF.
ultraflora Metagenics Ultra Flora Plus DF Caps
The ideal dairy-free probiotic combination for daily use. Both acidophilus and bifidus strains are backed by copious amounts of research. Probiotics are especially helpful during the fall and winter months for fighting infection.

Ecological Formulas Monolaurin 300 & 600 mg.
Antiviral, pro-immune coconut ester that mirrors immune properties in breast milk. Daily use suggested throughout fall, winter, and early spring if tolerated.

Pure Encaps Vitamin D 400 & 1000IU
100% vitamin D3 with no excipients other than cellulose and vegetable capsule.

Metagenics Biopure Protein
Most bioavailable protein food source. Whey is derived from grass-fed, hormone and antibiotic-free source. 95% lactose free. Includes naturally occurring immunoglobulins that enhance immunity.

Metagenics Andrographis Plus
Our preferred herbal combination when you feel an infection coming on. We have found it to be wonderfully effective for eliminating or diminishing the length and severity of viral or bacterial infections.

Metagenics Zinc Tally
Zinc sulfate solution is healing and soothing to the throat during infection and an impressive preventive for daily use during cold and flu season.

Order here

Whole Grain Does Not Always Mean Whole Wheat.
shameonyou When most people see the word whole grain, they always assume it means whole wheat. This couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, I never recommend whole wheat. Why?

1. It has the highest gluten content of any grain.
2. Wheat is one of the most common food allergens.
3. Whole wheat often retains mold or is sprayed with fungicide to kill the mold (it is stored for a long time due to our national surplus).
4. Too much whole wheat can block the absorption of key minerals.

So what grains do I recommend? Click the link below.

Whole Grain Does Not Always Mean Whole Wheat.

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

This month's recipes appear in the Whole Grain story. See link below.

Recipes Du Jour.

October Announcements.
announce -Data tabulated from the first nine months of the AER Dietary Supplement Safety Bill shows adverse events are minimal.

-Read Dental Hygiene vs. Halloween that appeared in last October's newsletter.

-We would like to express our sincerest appreciation to our intern, Aga Adamczyk, for all her help. We wish you well in your future endeavors.

-BabbaCo, a very impressive baby gear company, opened for business last month. We are scientific advisors but have no financial interest in the company.

-Study validates virtual colonoscopy as effective as invasive procedure.

-Make your voice heard on the issue of genetically modified animals.

-Reporter nails the osteopenia/osteoporsis issue on the head.

-American kids most medicated.

-Acupuncture beats drug for hot flashes.

Bonnie & Steve's Blog

Locavore Tidbit.
newfarm What's in Season in October in the Midwest
Apples, Beans, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Eggplant, Garlic, Grapes, Horseradish, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Okra, Onions, Parsnips, Pears, Plums, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Radishes, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Shallots, Spinach, Sweet Corn, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Turnips, Watermelon, Winter Squash

Locally grown produce provides an incredibly fresh and less toxic product, supports your local economy, and reduces your carbon load.

October is a wonderful time to go to an apple picking. All Season Orchard has a wide variety of apples and is local (Woodstock).

All Season Orchard

In Case You Missed It.
missedit Here's a recap of the timely issues we covered in September:

Sleep Well.

Top Places for Prepared Food.

18 Action Items for Weight Loss

Newsletter Archives.

Action Plans No Longer Distributed by Click & Buy.
actionplan Simply, we have had too many complaints about Click & Buy.

We are happy to announce that Nutritional Concepts will now be processing all Action Plans internally and distributing by email. As always, you can order them from our website, only, you won't have to register with Click and Buy. Every Action Plan has been updated, incorporating all applicable 2007-2008 research.

Action Plans

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  • Bonnie's Special Reports

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  • Action Plans - "The Cliffs Notes of Nutrition"
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