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October 1, 2009

Dear Valued Client,

On October 5th, the first H1N1 (Swine) Flu vaccine, MedImmune's FluMist Nasal Spray, will be available to the US public. After reviewing the package insert, there were two issues that gave us reason to pause.

1. The ingredients include monosodium glutamate (MSG), sucrose, and the antibiotic gentamycin.

2. Shockingly, we copied this directly from the package insert: "FluMist contains live, attentuated influenza viruses that must infect and replicate in cells lining the nasopharynx of the recipient to induce immunity. Vaccine viruses capable of infection and replication can be cultured from nasal secretions obtained from vaccine recipients. The relationship of viral replication in a vaccine recipient and transmission of vaccine viruses to other individuals has not been established."

Why would government health officials choose FluMist to be distributed first when the transmission of the live virus from vaccine recipients to others has not been established? Even if there is a remote possibility that the live virus in FluMist could infect others in close proximity, shouldn't we be reticent? How do you feel about this? Share your thoughts here.
Got Gout?
 The "Disease of Kings" Can Be Dethroned With Prevention.
Gout is an arthritic condition that causes inflammation, swelling, and pain, usually in one joint in the body - commonly the big toe. However, it can affect any of your joints.

Gout is common in men aged 30 to 60, postmenopausal women, and older persons. It is believed that gout affects approximately 3 to 5 million Americans.

Learn about the causes, symptoms, complications, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of this painful condition.
Food Focus
 Digestive Enzymes
Everything that lives requires enzymes. Overprocessed and overcooked food perpetuates insufficient enzyme production, which reduces nutrient absorption, affects digestion, and may lead to myriad chronic disorders and premature aging.

Macronutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, and fats need enzymes to be broken down into smaller molecules for digestion. Malabsorbed protein is one reason why we wrinkle as we age. Low enzyme activity dehydrates the body's protein supply. Protease enzymes hydrate the proteins and repair skin tissue. We often recommend digestive enzymes to older clients to assure continued muscle tissue integrity and better absorption of fats.

Raw fruits and vegetables are the best dietary choice for high enzyme activity. For many, enzymes from food is simply not enough. A broad-spectrum digestive enzyme supplement would then be recommended.

Most Important Enzymes
  • Amylase
    Breaks down starchy carbohydrates.
  • Lipase
    Breaks down fats.
  • Protease
    Breaks down protein-containing food into absorbable units of amino acids.
Extra Enzymatic Support If Needed
  • Bromelain (from pineapple)
    Reduces whole-body inflammation.
  • Chymotryspin/Trypsin
    Severe protein malabsorption
  • Alpha-galactosidase
    Insoluble fiber, beans and veggies
  • Beta-glucanase
    Whole grains
  • Cellulase
    Plant fiber
  • Hemicellulase
  • Lactase
    Lactose (dairy products)
  • Nattokinase (from Natto)
    Blood thinning capability.
  • Phytase
    Leafy vegetables
  • Papain (from papaya)
    Protein and carbohydrate malabsorption
  • Xylanase 
    Soluble Fiber
WARNING: do not self-medicate. Oversupply can be as harmful as undersupply. The only self-help enzyme we can safely recommend without professional assistance would be a papaya enzyme (papain).

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Natural Thyroid Update
Last month, we reported on an imminent shortage of natural desiccated thyroid. Since then, we have gotten numerous requests for alternatives from clients who are having trouble filling their prescriptions. The following suggestion came from a physician colleague.

The product from Canada appears to be just fine for my patients, with no FDA nonsense for the manufacturers to worry about. Here are the steps:
  1. Go to and register as a new customer. (if this place ever runs out of product, there are dozens of other Canadian pharmacies).
  2. The patient should then FAX them their thyroid prescription (number on the website). The name must be "desiccated thyroid" and the quantity in milligrams (mg.) NOT grains.
  3. They'll pay out of pocket, approximately $35 for 100 tablets.
  4. If their doctor writes three refills, they'll have enough for over a year.
  5. The patient can call the store in 2-3 days to get a status on their prescription.

Have a happy, healthy day.

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