NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
May 18, 2016
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that when researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine asked people to deliberately touch door handles and railings in public spaces, a disturbing 44% were later found to have fecal bacteria on their hands?

This number was reduced to 23% by washing with water only, and to 8% by using ordinary (non-antibacterial) soap and water. The number was reduced to zero when people scrubbed their hands with soap and water for the recommended time most public health experts agree upon: 20 seconds.

Much to our chagrin, UAS Life Sciences has decided to discontinue UP4 Acidophilus (yellow label). Their reasoning was: "it's not a big seller" and "customers want multiple strains".

When we mentioned that many who suffer from yeast imbalances can only handle acidophilus usually, they had no credible response. The cold reality is that even supplement manufacturers often go with what sells, and not what serves the best interest of its customers diverse needs.

Luckily, we have options for your individual needs. Please see details below.

We have built up a sizable library of self-help Action Plans (42 and counting), covering myriad wellness topics. We are happy to announce our newest installment, Eye-Mazing Vision Protection Action Plan. You can order it from our website or ask that a free copy be emailed if you are a NCI Well Connect Member. Enjoy!

Have a happy, healthy day. Steve and Bonnie
Know Your Vitamin D GC Gene

Bonnie and Steve: The graphic gives you a great look into how vitamin D is transported from outside our bodies into necessary tissues. The GC gene is crucial for this process to function properly.

Data from population samples in US, Europe, and Asia suggest that SNP (genetic inability to deliver vitamin D to target tissues) of the GC gene affects up to 50% of individuals, doubling the risk of vitamin D deficiency.

In our assessment, the GC gene is the only gene to date that has been impeccably researched. That is why we include it in our genomic screening panel.

Given that two studies published in the last two weeks found that optimal vitamin D levels during pregnancy are critical for preventing multiple sclerosis in offspring (JAMA Neurology), as well as healthy intake of vitamin D in the first year of life appears to set children up to have more muscle mass and less body fat as toddlers (Journal Pediatric Obesity), makes it all the more important to know if you and your family process vitamin D optimally.
UP4 Acidophilus Discontinued

Bonnie and Steve: Much to our chagrin, UAS Life Sciences has discontinued UP4 Acidophilus (yellow label). Their reasoning was: "it's not a big seller" and "customers want multiple strains per capsule".

When we mentioned that in many instances, those who suffer from yeast imbalances need and can only tolerate acidophilus, they had no credible response. The cold reality is that even supplement manufacturers go with what sells, not what serves the best interest of its diverse customers.

Luckily, we have options to cater to your individual needs.
  1. If you no longer struggle with yeast imbalance, you can switch to UP4 Daily(lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidus).
  2. For everyone else, we contract manufactured our own Acidophilus product: Well Probiotic L. Acidophilus. We will ship this product with refrigeration during the warmer months. but you can store it exactly as you did with UP4 Acidophilus (just refrigerate after opening).
We have never been about "what sells". Unfortunately, we are penalized for this as evidenced by the discontinuation of certain Twinlab products and now this.

We will continue to focus solely on what's best for your individual needs, as well as our own, because everyone here, in addition to our friends and families, all use the same products you do!
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Screening for Vitamin A & D Genetic Deficiencies Is Now Available!

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, as well as absorb vitamins A & D. The great thing is that you can prevent impairment with diet, lifestyle, and nutrient modification.

For example, if you cannot adequately convert Beta Carotene from food into absorbable vitamin A (retinol), this greatly increases your risk for the eye disease Macular Degeneration. Food and supplement modification addresses this issue.

The graphic on top is the methylation cycle. The bottom graphic is genes associated with vitamins 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 42 Action Plan titles to date on all aspects of wellness, including the new Eye-Mazing Vision Protection 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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We appreciate your continued patronage and support.

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