NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
April 6, 2016
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that according to a Wall Street Journal report, Hain Celestial will reformulate dozens of products and drop claims that they don't contain sodium lauryl sulfate? SLS is a harsh cleaning agent commonly used in mainstream products. Hain has long said that its products don't contain any "harsh chemicals" such as SLS. They own the brands Alba, Avalon, Jason, Orjene, and Zia. 

DID YOU KNOW that Pure Encapsulations just won the Science and Innovation Award from the leading publication in the wellness industry, Nutrition Business Journal? Congratulations Pure Encaps!

Have a happy, healthy day. Steve and Bonnie
Are You Statin Intolerant?
Bonnie and Steve: We said it was coming. We just didn't think it would come this soon. Is this the beginning of the end for the statin era?

Unless you were on vacation and had no access to the Internet or television, you must have heard that there is a new term for those who cannot handle statins: Statin Intolerance. Here are a few body blows from recent media coverage:
  • "A study released Sunday shows for the first time that statin intolerance is very real and that a newer, different kind of drug can have a strong impact on these patients' high cholesterol."
  • "Researchers found that 42.6 percent of people who had complained of muscle pain while taking at least two different statins experienced the same symptoms when given a statin during the study but had no ill effects when administered a placebo."
Hate to say we told you so. Here's a quote from our May 15, 2015 eNewsletter: "Statins are on borrowed time. They will soon be replaced with another lipid-lowering blockbuster, PCSK9-inhibitors. Once they are ramrodded through the regulatory process, statins will be shunned and quietly put out to pasture."

Guess what? PCSK9-inhibitors were approved by the FDA and now they are taking aim at statins. The first blow came from the study published last week in JAMA, funded by Amgen, a PCSK9-inhibitor manufacturer. Of course, it took a pharmaceutical company to state the obvious: statins have major side effects.

Amgen has a lot to gain from belittling statins. Its PCSK9-inhibitor, delivered by injection, costs $14,100 per year!

If you are statin intolerant, there are many other avenues you can explore through diet, supplements, and lifestyle to balance cholesterol. The only person who should explore PCSK9-inhibitors is one who has extremely high cholesterol because of genetic predisposition and no other methods have helped.
Eye Health: What Works and What Doesn't 
This article is reserved for NCI Well Connect Members.
Vitamin A & D Genetic Panel Coming Soon!

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.

The graphic on top is the methylation cycle. The bottom graphic is coming soon: genes associated with how well you can absorb vitamin A & D. If you have not done your 23andMe genetic test, yet, what are you waiting for?

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
(847) 498 3422

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