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November 7, 2012
Dear Valued Subscriber, 

This holiday season, we would like to take a moment to thank you for your support and patronage. We value you as a subscriber, and we will continue to strive to provide the most innovative, data-driven, honest, and effective wellness advice we are capable of.

Just as we were skeptical of the results from last month's JAMA study showing an eight percent reduction in cancer in men taking Centrum multivitamins, we are just as skeptical with yesterday's JAMA finding that the same Centrum multivitamin, used in the same study, did not prevent cardiovascular disease risk in the same group of men. There were fewer total deaths among multivitamin users, but this statistic was deemed statistically insignificant. There were a small number of participants that had heart disease at the start of the study who were found to be 44% less likely to die of a heart attack than in those not taking a multi. None of this was presented in media coverage.


In short, we do not trust Centrum multivitamins period. Harmful excipients. Poorly absorbed sources. Too many holes in the product to trust the data, for or against.


Have a happy, healthy day. Bonnie and Steve Minsky


Case of the Incredibly Shrinking Palate


Bonnie: Many Americans have become unwilling to try foods that challenge their palates, despite that fact that it can take five to 10 attempts before you reach the point where you don't reject a new food outright. The tongue is a unique muscle. Expanding yourfood horizon isn't just about exploration. It's one of the first steps toward a healthier diet.


We are born loving sweetness. Constantly indulging our craving for sweetness dulls our palates to other tastes and flavors, especially nutritious fruits and vegetables. Excessive consumption of calorically dense foods changes the way that our brain responds to future foods. The effect is akin to a drug addict's craving.


Repeat tastings can positively affect a child's experience of a food. An adult who's learning to drink tea or coffee without sugar will often miss the sweetness at first, but will get over it in time. Here's how to acclimate a child, or an adult for that matter, to new foods: 


Every day for 10 days, offer the child small pieces of a single "moderately disliked" target vegetable. It should be served raw and the child can eat as much or as little as she likes. Make sure that the food is chewed thoroughly so the full taste is achieved.


At the end of the 10 days, many children will consume more of their target vegetables, and report that they like them more. For kids who are not willing to even try a disliked vegetable, a small nonfood incentive can tip the balance. Kids are willing to try moderately disliked vegetables when a sticker incentive is added. Cooking is also a great way to keep picky eaters more invested. 


Exercise tips for your palate:


1. Eat More Bitter Foods. We're all born with an aversion to bitterness. While only 5% to 8% of the calories we eat are bitter, the compounds that make foods taste bitter (carotenoids in spinach, flavonoids in kale, polyphenols in grapes) are the most healthful.


2. Try Something New. At a restaurant, order something you would never cook at home.

3.  Pick a food that you hate but know you should eat more often, andteach yourself a bit about it.

4. Eat More Ethnic Food. There's nothing more enjoyable than using the unfamiliar flavors of ethnic food to exercise your taste buds and olfactory triggers.

5. Quiz Yourself. Keep spice jars on your counter with the labels covered. Every now and then, pick one up, stick your nose in it, and see if you can identify it. Your olfactory sensors are inextricably linked to your palate. 


Here is a delicious recipe that will trigger every taste bud. Feel free to use as as side dish for the holidays.


Vegetable Quinoa

1 cup quinoa, rinsed

1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth

1/4 water

1 small onion, chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped

1 small carrot, chopped

1/2 cup chopped fresh broccoli

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Preparation: In a small nonstick saucepan coated with cooking spray, toast quinoa over medium heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Add broth and water; bring to a boil. reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 12-15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, saute onion in oil for 2 minutes. Add the red pepper, carrot, broccoli and garlic; saute 3 minutes longer. Add basil and pepper; cook and stir just until vegetables are tender. Stir in quinoa; heat through. Makes 4 servings


EASY Holiday Support Solutions


What should be one of the most fulfilling times of the year often becomes the most stressful. Bonnie created 5 EASY Support Solutions to assure that your holiday season is the happiest and healthiest it can be. 


The following information is free. Supplements and action plans are optional.


*EASY Holiday Support Solutions

(click on each numbered plan for details)

Mood Support 
50 Plan  |  100 Plan

Immune Support 

Detox Support 
50 Plan  |  100 Plan  |  175 Plan

Travel Support 
50 Plan

Weight Management 

Contact Steve at or 847-509-1336 for further details.