NCI Well Connect: May 8, 2017
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that older adults are more apt to exercise with financial and charitable incentives?

Participants received digital pedometers with walking goals of a 50% increase in daily steps. In a study from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, they were randomized to one of four groups: (1) Control: received weekly feedback only; (2) Financial Incentives: received payment of $20 each week walking goals were met; (3) Social Goals: received donation of $20 to a charity of choice each week walking goals were met; and (4) Combined: received $20 each week walking goals were met that could be received by participant, donated to a charity of choice, or divided between the participant and charity.

Schemes that used donations to a charity of choice, personal financial incentives, or a combination of the two increased the older adults' levels of walking significantly. Show me the money! 

Spring is consultation time! There are so many new and exciting ways in which we can help you achieve or maintain optimal wellness. Have new bloodwork? Have 23andMe results? Worried about your memory? We're here for you whether in person or by phone. Schedule today.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie
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Gluten-Free Ups Heart Risk? Oy.

Bonnie and Steve: When people go gluten-free on their own, they may be at risk for increased health events if they do not sensibly replace those calories. How many times have we said that there is just as much gluten-free "junk" as there is gluten "junk"?

To say that gluten-free should not be encouraged, as published in last week's study inBMJ, is laughable. Let's create a study of people who have been off gluten for a decade, regardless if they have celiac or gluten intolerance, and have them reintroduce gluten. It would be a disaster.

A licensed health professional would never take someone off gluten without replacing it with the proper amount and type of healthy calories to replace it. This is why we have said forever that nobody should ever go on a gluten-free diet without consulting a health professional with expertise in the issue first.

But we digress. When you boil gluten down into its simplest function, it is the glue that holds myriad parts of the wheat plant together. Our digestive system was not created, and is still ill-equipped, to digest glue. Especially when the types of gluten foods in our modern food supply do not resemble anything like they were when agriculture began.

Putting aside the bevy of clients with true gluten issues who have been liberated by removing gluten, there have been myriad others who have come through our doors and have been given a "new lease on life" by removing gluten. You will never, ever convince us that "the promotion of gluten-free diets among people without celiac disease should not be encouraged".

In 20 years of clinical trials of the sickest people, those eating a PaleoMediterranean eating style (no grains except buckwheat and quinoa as substitutes with occasional rice), and even the National Institutes of Health and American Diabetes Association, found that as long as fruits and vegetables were substituted for grains, this diet is the healthiest possible for disease prevention. Think about the native Japanese diet. They are the healthiest people in the world. They eat no gluten, lots of veggies, fish, a little meat, and rice.

Sometimes, a simple image is all one needs to convince oneself that what they are doing is common sense. Picture yourself putting a dollop of glue on a spoon and eating it every day. Appetizing? Better yet, imagine your digestive system trying to digest the glue without becoming inflamed.

What does common sense tell you?

Devil is in the Details
If you read the details about the BMJ study, confounding factors made the heart disease differences between gluten and non-gluten insignificant.

When researchers left in subjects' refined gluten grain consumption, heart disease numbers went up way beyond gluten free subjects.

When researchers took out refined gluten grain consumption and just left in whole grain gluten consumption, there was no heart disease increase. This should not surprise anybody.

The researchers, however, did not account for gluten free subjects' refined gluten free consumption versus whole gluten-free grain consumption. This is a huge confounding factor.
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This comes in handy when you are looking for a comprehensive wellness approach to eye health. Our Eye-Mazing Vision Protection Action Plan has been put into practice by many of our clients with great success! 

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