NCI Well Connect
July 24, 2017
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that good sleep hygiene consists of providing an optimal environment for restful sleep? Artificial light can disrupt circadian rhythms, with common offenders being bright light and electronic devices that emit blue light. 

Using a blue light filter, avoiding use of electronic devices in the few hours before bedtime, and sleeping in a darkened room can prevent this from occurring.

Good sleep hygiene should also include digestive care. Minimizing late night eating allows the gut to rest, as well as counter the increased caloric intake associated with sleep disruption.

Conversely, exposure to artificial light within thirty minutes of awakening can support circadian alignment with the sleep/wake cycle, either through exposure to a partly cloudy morning, a brightly lit room, or an equivalent of 800 LUX from a light box.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie
NCI Well Connect Highlights
Steve Minsky
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Nutrients for Eye Strain, Fatigue
Bonnie and Steve: Our codependency with our digital screens of computers, phones and tablets causes us to experience eye strain and fatigue from staring at screens for so many hours a day. Age-related macular degeneration was the leading cause of blindness in those over age 65, and today it's now the leading cause of blindness in those over age 60. Could the screen codependency have something to do with this?

Lutein and zeaxanthin are macular carotenoids. They are natural filters of high-energy blue light. High-energy blue light reaches deep into the eye and can harm the macula, the region of the eye responsible for the highest visual acuity, by promoting the production of free radicals. Short-term effects can cause eye fatigue while long-term exposure can lead to progressive loss of visual function.

The B.L.U.E. study is the first to examine the effect of macular carotenoid supplementation to protect visual health and performance, reduce eye strain and fatigue, even improve sleep quality, during prolonged exposure to blue light emitted from digital screens for at least six hours daily.

After six months of supplementation, there was significant reduction (approximately 30 percent) in symptoms and significant improvement in measures of visual performance and protection.

This is especially important for children, whose eyes are more susceptible to the harmful effects of blue light, as they spend on average almost half their day staring into screens.

Adding more validity to the importance of getting higher levels of macular carotenoids, a study from University of Illinois researchers found an association with superior academic achievement and increased efficiency in performing cognitive tasks in children.

In children aged 8 to 9 years, lutein and zeaxanthin were positively related to academic achievement in children, even when controlling for other factors, such as aerobic fitness, body composition, and intelligence quotient (IQ).

For children, getting them to eat their fruit and veggies are more important than ever. For extra insurance, try to find a multi that includes lutein and zeaxanthin.

For adults with a family history of macular degeneration, are trending towards macular degeneration, or those who spend a ton of time in front of a screen, a therapeutic dose of lutein and zeaxanthin is warranted.
Genetic Wellness Testing & Analysis
Cognition & Mental Health - All New!

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 for methylation, detoxification, antioxidant defense, weight management, metabolic health, memory and cognition, mental health, and essential fatty acid, vitamin A, and vitamin D absorption.
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Well Connect Coaching Sessions
One of the perks of being a NCI Well Connect Member is that you have one free 45 minute wellness coaching session. Analyzing your Pure Genomics' genetic profile is one of your options.
To schedule your free appointment with Steve, email or phone 847-498-3422.
Action Plan of the Month:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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 a self help plan to address Irritable Bowel. Our Irritable Bowel Syndrome Action Plan covers all aspects a what may be triggering symptoms and ways to ameliorate them! 

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 25% off today and get your free copy, click here.
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.
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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 10 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. 45 Minute Free Wellness Coaching Session (visits with Bonnie are separate) for Pure Genomics genetic results or any topic of your choosing.

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Have a happy, healthy day,
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