NCI Well Connect: January 23, 2017
Dear Steve, 

Only eight percent of Americans succeed in meeting their New Year's resolutions. However, many of our clients stick to their goals 365 days of the year because of their NCI Well Connect Membership.

Order your membership now at 40% OFF and we will email you today's member issue including: "Common Drug-Nutrient Complications" and "Why Organic Soymilk Is a Must". See "NCI Well Connect Highlights" below for all the incredible articles in today's issue.

DID YOU KNOW that Cargill/Evolva have released details of its newest artificial sweetener, EverSweet? To mass produce the product, they use genetically engineered baker's yeast to convert sugars from corn dextrose into the more desirable glycoside sweeteners, Reb M and Reb D, via fermentation. Because the genetically engineered yeast is not present in the final product, it will not have to be labeled as containing GMOs. Lovely!

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie
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Is it a Cold or Sinus Infection?
Bonnie and Steve: Walking around with a nose that's either stuffy, runny or all of the above? Sometimes it can be difficult to know whether a cold virus or a bacterial sinus infection are to blame.

When is a cold just a cold?

If you have an upper respiratory tract infection or a cold, and you're not getting better after ten days, particularly if your mucus is getting thicker, and you're feeling even more run down, then you may have developed a bacterial sinus infection.

What's the worst thing you can do? Convince your doctor to give you an antibiotic without culturing it first. Never take an antibiotic unless you have a positive test for bacterial infection.

Colds are most often viruses, to which antibiotics are useless. Taking antibiotics for a viral cold will set you back longer because it will kill your own immune defenses. In addition, because you have wiped out all of your beneficial bacteria, you are more apt to contract a bacterial infection because you have upset your microbial balance. If this occurs, then you'll have to go on another antibiotic.

A cold does not always turn into a sinus infection, which is why you should wait ten days to see if the cold resolves on its own.

Most sinus infections develop from bacteria, which are treated with antibiotics. Some, however, are fungal or viral, to which again, antibiotics are useless. Yet another reason why you should get a nasal culture first.

You don't necessarily need an antibiotic to cure a sinus infection, but without one it will take longer to feel better.

The more you go on antibiotics, the higher the risk that your own bacteria will become resistant to them. As you may know, an apocalyptic superbug, carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae, killed a Reno woman last week after 26 different antibiotics were ineffective. This is a bacterium that is inside all of us, but mutated in her to become virtually resistant to every antibiotic we know of.

As we have reminded you for decades, be very vigilant about taking antibiotics.
SPMs and Osteoarthritis
Bonnie: There is strong evidence for the role of SPMs (specialized pro-resolving mediators) in resolving inflammation of the joints that is the hallmark of Osteoarthritis (OA). Receptors for SPMs are present in joints' synovial fluid.

Furthermore, the underlying cause of inflammation present in OA could be the failure of pro-resolving mediators to activate in the joints. Researchers consistently find low SPM levels in OA and Rheumatoid Arthritis patients.

The symptoms of osteoarthritis can be managed with healthy lifestyle behaviors. Getting regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating an anti-inflammatory diet may slow the progression of the disease. It cannot be reversed, though, so the goal of treatment is typically pain relief and maintenance of function. Adding SPMs to a healthy lifestyle, including maintaining a healthy weight, may help to ameliorate the symptoms of OA.
Genetic Wellness Testing & Analysis
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Bonnie and Steve:It only takes a few simple steps to get individualized genetic nutritional support. Test your genome. We translate the results in a way you can understand. We target your individualized needs with nutritional support that can be easily implemented.

Pure Genomics helps the patient with:
  1. Reaffirmation for why existing patients should continue to adhere to their optimal diet and lifestyle. Genes are the deepest layer of individualization. When a patient is doing incredibly well despite horrible genetic deficiencies, it is a strong deterrent to fall off the wagon.
  2. Creates the last thrust of motivation for a patient who is having trouble adhering to their diet and lifestyle protocol.
  3. Provides incredible proof for prevention of family disease history. Connects the dots for many of our patients.
  4. Is a strong component for new patient screenings, especially if they need activated forms of B-vitamins and specific phytochemicals.
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Far Infrared Sauna Therapy
Steve: Traditional saunas emit direct heat. Far Infrared uses light to create heat. Far infrared run at much milder temperatures, but travels much deeper into the body, which is why you sweat more vigorously.

Far Infrared Therapy offers numerous therapeutic benefits, most importantly enhanced detoxification. Many of our clients use it to relieve painful joints, rev up metabolism, and remove buildup of heavy metals.

Far Infrared has shown to draw out 15 to 20% more heavy metals (i.e., mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic), hormone-disrupting chemicals, sulfuric acid, ammonia, uric-acid, and fat-soluble toxins than traditional saunas.

A recent study from Age and Ageing, showed that healthy subjects whose sauna use averaged 4 to 7 times per week were 66% less likely to develop dementia at 20-year follow-up than those who used a sauna once a week. In addition, they had a 65% risk reduction for Alzheimer's Disease.

A recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine found that increased frequency of sauna bathing reduced the risk of sudden cardiac death, coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and all-cause mortality.

Contact us to schedule a session.
Well Connect Coaching Sessions
One of the perks of being a NCI Well Connect Member is that you have 30 minutes of free wellness coaching sessions with Steve.

The perk comes in handy when you want us to analyze your genetic methylation, vitamin A & D, and detoxification and antioxidant pathways.
To schedule your free appointment with Steve, email or phone 847-498-3422.
ActionPlanAction Plan of the Month:
PaleoMediterranean Diet
One of the benefits of being a NCI Well Connect Member is that you can request two titles monthly from our our Action Plan Library (43 plans: total value $300). 

This comes in handy when you are looking for the finest, ideally balanced eating plan to kickstart the year.

Our PaleoMediterranean Diet Action Plan combines the best of Paleo and Mediterranean eating styles.

Action Plans are free by email request for NCI Well Connect Members or can be ordered separately. To activate your NCI Well Connect Membership at 40% OFF today and get your free copy, click here.
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NCI Well Connect Membership is open to clients and non-clients of our practice!

One Year Membership Includes:
  1. Weekly eNewsletters (84 issues). We publish our long-form issue on Monday and mid-week brief on Wednesday. Our eNewsletter has been a Constant Contact All Star 9 years in a row.
  2. Self-Help Action Plans. Access to two titles per month from our self-help Action Plan Library. There are currently 43 Action Plan titles to date on all aspects of wellness, including the new Heal Your Headache Action Plan. You can view the list 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. 30 Minute Free Wellness Coaching Session (visits with Bonnie are separate) for Pure Genomics genetic results or any topic of your choosing.

The approximate cost for all of this? One dollar a week! Quite a bargain for this volume of expert wellness advice.

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Wellness Services Menu
We have a multitude of options for simple fine-tuning or the toughest cases.
  • Full Wellness Evaluation (with bloodwork)
  • NCI Well Connect Membership
  • Genetic Wellness Evaluation
  • Balanced Eating 101 (focus on eating only)
  • Food Intolerance Screening and Menu Plan Implementation (separate fees)
  • Dietary Supplement Evaluation
  • Wellness and Lifestyle Coaching Sessions
  • Far Infrared Sauna Treatment
  • Grocery Shopping Tours and Pantry Advice
  • Workplace Wellness Evaluations
  • Chiropractic and Acupuncture

Consulting prices range from $45 to $225. Contact us at 847-498-3422 or email for details.

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Have a happy, healthy day,
Bonnie, Steve, Carolyn, Lilo, Elizabeth, Sharron, and Jeannie
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