NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
March 23, 2016
Dear Steve, 

Congratulations to our own Elizabeth and Greg on the birth of Ainsley on March 21st! Mother and baby are doing very well.

DID YOU KNOW that a study from the November, 2015 issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition supports evidence that a high vegetable intake is associated with lower (mainly hormone receptor-negative) breast cancer risk?

DID YOU KNOW that one of our favorite supplement manufacturers, Pure Encapsulations, has 25 products in either ongoing or complete trials? 

Have a happy, healthy day. Steve and Bonnie
The Perils of Self-Prescribing Supplements
Steve: Here are a few examples of how conversations go with clients who self-prescribe...

Example #1

Client: Do you carry cinnamon supplements?

Me: No, we do not. Many of our clients cannot tolerate them.

Client: My blood sugar was a little high so I read about cinnamon being good for me and I started to take cinnamon supplements. Since I  have been taking it though, my body feels like it is on fire.

Me: Do you have a salicylate intolerance?

Client: No.

Me: Are you taking any medication?

Client: For GERD.

Me: Cinnamon is one of the most acidic foods. You definitely do not want to be adding excess acid when you are on medication that is supposed to block it. This is why you feel inflamed. You are overly acidic. The cinnamon is fanning the flame.

Client: Wow, I didn't know that.

Me: No worries. Feel free to use it as a spice on your food, but in moderation.

Example #2

Client (by phone): I started taking magnesium that I picked up at the drugstore and it seems to be upsetting my stomach.

Me: Can you look on the bottle and tell me the magnesium source?

Client: It says magnesium oxide.

Me: This is not a surprise. Magnesium can create loose bowel and upset stomach if not in a chelated source, such as glycinate. Compounding the issue is that you already have IBS, so it does not take much to set you off. After giving your gastrointestinal tract two weeks to relax, I suggest you switch to magnesium glycinate. Then, you shouldn't have a problem because it is not aggravating to the bowel.

Unfortunately, there are myriad examples just like these. The problem with supplements is like everything else...we are not one-size-fits-all. Whether herbs, vitamins, minerals, or enzymes, there are so many variables that go into what is right for your individual needs.

Who knows your individual nutritional needs better than we do? We would rather you ask us for first before suffering a unnecessary reaction.
Genetics Update
This article is reserved for NCI Well Connect Members.
Why Is This Graphic So Important?
Bonnie and Steve: If one or more of these boxes are yellow or red, then you have genetic deficiencies that may impair your ability to break down and move toxins from your body. The great thing is that you can prevent impairment with diet, lifestyle, and nutrient modification.

NCI Well Connect Membership
One Year Membership Includes:
  1. Weekly eNewsletters (84 issues). We publish our long-form issue on Monday and a Mid-Week Brief on Wednesday. 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 41 Action Plan titles to date on all aspects of wellness, including the new Fast Mimicking Diet Action Plan. 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 (visits with Bonnie are separate) on topics such as 23andMe genetic results, 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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Twinlab Quercetin + C on Long-Term Backorder
While this should not come as a surprise given the issues Twinlab has had keeping items in stock over the last 18 months, we have been notified by Twinlab that Quercetin + C in both sizes will not be available until August at the earliest. In addition, Twinlab Allergy C has been discontinued and will no longer be available.

To prevent these frequent occurrences, we are looking into the possibility of making our own Quercetin + C product, much like what we did with Alka Support. This process however, will take at least two to three months.

In the interim, we have individualized alternatives:

Pure Encapsulations Ester-C & Flavanoids
-Contains quercetin and rutin, both wonderful antinflammatory flavanoids that also enhance the action of vitamin C. A bit less quercetin than what was in the Twinlab.
-One capsule for one capsule exchange
-If taking for allergies, you can add extra, separate Quercetin during the height of the season.
-If taking for severe inflammation, then you can add one or two more Quercetin capsules.
-Ester-C is well tolerated for mild to moderate corn intolerants.

Pure Encapsulations Quercetin AND Ecological Formulas Vitamin C-1000 (tapioca source)
One to two capsules Quercetin AND only one vitamin C is necessary.

Metagenics Sinuplex
-Mirrors the old Twinlab Allergy Fighters the most.
-Cannot take if pineapple sensitive.
We appreciate your continued patronage and support.

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