Welcome to NCI Well Connect!
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Dear Prospective Member,

Welcome to NCI Well Connect. Membership is open to clients and non-clients of our practice!

One Year Membership Includes:
  1. Weekly eNewsletters (84 issues). We publish a long-form issue on Monday (see example below) and a Mid-Week Brief on Wednesday. Our eNewsletter has been awarded Constant Contact All Star status seven years in a row to date.
  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. 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. Free 30 minute wellness or Pure Genomics coaching session on topics such as Genetic Methylation Cycle, Detoxification, Antioxidant and Vitamin A & D Pathways via 23andMe Raw Data, Immune System, Detox, and Shedding Weight.

The approximate cost for all of this? One dollar a week! Quite a bargain for complete, expert wellness advice.

Become a NCI Well Connect Member today and sign up here.

Have, a happy, healthy day. Bonnie and Steve

Well Connect Feature
Supervised Detox Can Be Wonderfully Beneficial
Detoxification is the metabolic process of removing unwanted fat-soluble compounds from the body. These unwanted compounds can be foreign (such as environmental toxins) or internal (such as excess estrogen hormone).

Detoxification occurs throughout the body, with the liver being the predominant detox organ. In order for the process to function properly, three steps must occur to achieve the ultimate goal of turning the toxin into a water-soluble form for excretion.

Many of us have difficulty completing all three phases of detoxification. When this occurs, our bodies must compensate by encapsulating the toxins with, you guessed it, fat cells.

While it may seem trite, the new year is really a great time to detox. Most of us have taxed our bodies with travel, infection, partying, and more. A smart, gentle, individualized detox can be a great way to allow your body to relax, replace, regenerate, and repopulate.

As a perk for NCI Well Connect subscribers, we are offering 15 minute mini consultations to help discover the right detox for you.

Contact us at 847-498-3422 or reply to this email to request your free mini consultation.
Vit D Is Amazing, But Has Its Limits
Cannot Protect Us From Earthquake Damage
Steve:  Yes, they did a study on this! Vitamin D can do a lot of things, but it does not reduce the adverse effect of earthquakes, according to new research from BMJ. The media headlines and scientific interest in vitamin D seemingly knows no bounds. In most cases, I agree. In this case, the premise of the study was a bit of a stretch. They aimed to determine whether supplementation with vitamin D improves resilience to the adverse effects of earthquakes. Not surprisingly, they concluded that vitamin D exhibited no benefit for those who undergo the serious trauma of experiencing an earthquake compared with placebo.
Recipe du Jour
Chickpea, Kale and Avocado Soup

2 T. extra virgin olive oil or grapeseed oil

1 onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced

salt and pepper to taste

1 bayleaf

1 15-ounce can organic chick peas, drained and rinsed

6 cups organic chicken stock (unsalted)

1 T. San-J wheat-free tamari

2 cups finely chopped kale

3/4 cup nuts or seeds (I prefer pumpkin seeds)

1 ripe avocado, cubed

grated parmesan or sheep romano parmesan (optional)


In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium-high. Add onion, salt, pepper, and bayleaf and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring often, until onions caramelize (about 20 minutes). If they stick to the pot, add water to loosen.


Add chickpeas and stock and turn heat to high. Once boiling, reduce to medium heat and add tamari. Simmer for 3 minutes. Add kale and nuts/seeds and cook until kale is tender (about 2 minutes). Discard bayleaf. Ladle soup into four bowls. Top with avocado and optional cheese.  SERVES: 4

Did You Know? Supplements
Turmeric: Life-Giving for Some, Poisonous for Others

Adding just one gram  (1000 mg) of turmeric to breakfast could help improve the memory of people who are in the very early stages of diabetes and at risk of cognitive impairment, according to a new study from Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Turmeric is now recommended routinely for myriad maladies, especially inflammatory disorders.


Bonnie: While many benefit from the wonderful spice, there is at least one-quarter of us that do not because turmeric is high in salicylic acid. You may recognize the term salicylic acid because it is the ingredient that makes up aspirin. Turmeric is very high in salycilic acid, so it is contraindicated in those who do not tolerate aspirin.

Food Intolerance: Silent Assassin
Brand Buzz
Banza High Protein Pasta
High-protein, high-fiber pasta made of chickpeas and a few other non-GMO, gluten-free and vegan ingredients.
It cooks quickly, tastes good and, thanks to the ridiculously high 13 grams protein and 7 grams fiber per serving, won't leave you with a post-pasta blood-sugar crash.
Evolution Salt Co.
The longtime supplier of Himalayan sea salts decided it was time to launch its own line of culinary and beauty products that leverage the benefits of a mineral-rich treasure.
Evolution's Product Line
Their lotions are one component of a small but complete bath and body line filled with products that help to moisturize, exfoliate and keep the oxygen flowing!
Bee's Wrap
Made of organic cotton muslin, beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin, Bee's Wrap (an alternative to plastic wrap for food storage).
The warmth of your hands softens the wax, allowing it to mold to the top of a bowl or tightly cover foods. When it cools, it holds its seal.
The antibacterial properties of beeswax and jojoba oil work together to keep foods fresh and also make the Bee's Wrap itself easy to wash and reuse. One piece lasts for up to a year with proper care.
Menu Savvy
Where Kids Learn Preferences for Food

Most health professionals identify food in the home as the key influence on children's food preferences. In contrast, parents often perceive children's food preferences to be inborn. 


In a recent study in Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, genetic effects dominated for more nutrient-dense foods (vegetables, fruit, and protein), whereas parental effects dominated for snacks, dairy, and starches. This confirms that the home environment is the main determinant of children's liking for energy-dense foods implicated in excessive weight gain but suggest that parents are also correct by identifying innate differences in liking, particularly for nutrient-dense foods that children tend to eschew. 


Bonnie: Easy solution. Do not have the energy-dense foods that promote weight gain in the home!

Intelligently Active
Running At Any Age

Running as a habitual exercise at any stage in life not only DOES NOT increase a person's risk of developing knee osteoarthritis and may even help protect a person from developing the painful disease, according to new research presented at a recent American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting.


Of the 2,683 participants, 56 percent were female and averaged 64.5 years of age. Regardless of the age when they ran, runners had a lower prevalence of knee pain than non-runners.

Mental Minute
Music Matters for Children

Children who play the violin or study piano could be learning more than just Mozart. A Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry child psychiatry team has found that musical training might also help kids focus their attention, control their emotions and diminish their anxiety.


The team analyzed the brain scans of children ages 6 to 18. Music playing altered the motor areas of the brain, because the activity requires control and coordination of movement. Even more important were changes in the behavior-regulating areas of the brain. For example, music practice influenced thickness in the part of the cortex that relates to executive functioning, including working memory, attentional control, as well as organization and planning for the future.

Wild Card
Common Sleep Mistakes Part Two
  1. Keeping your bedroom too warm. A sleep environment that's too warm can prevent the natural cooling that should take place in your body while you sleep. Melatonin and growth-hormone release is disrupted, which means you won't burn fat while you sleep or benefit from nighttime repair of your bones, skin, and muscles. Steve: Sleep in a cool environment, at least below 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Sleeping in tight-fitting clothes. Wearing tight-fitting clothing at bedtime-even a bra or underwear-appears to raise your body temperature and has been proven to reduce secretion of melatonin and growth hormone. Steve: Sleep "au natural" or make sure your clothes are light and loose fitting.
  3. Failure to open the blinds or go outside in the morning. Melatonin is supposed to be lowest first thing in the morning. If you remain in darkness, your body will not get the signal that the time has come to get up and go. Steve: Let the light in as soon as you wake.
  4. Not getting the right amount of sleep. The American Cancer Association found higher incidences of cancer in individuals who consistently slept six hours or less or more than nine hours nightly. Steve: New research recently reported that people who regularly sleep 7 hours per night live longer.
  5. Going to bed too late. Evening people are more likely than morning people to experience symptoms of insomnia and sleep apnea, enjoy less sleep than they felt they needed, and take longer to fall asleep. Cortisol naturally begins to increase during the second half of your sleep-a small boost at 2 a.m., another at 4 a.m., and the peak at around 6 a.m. If you're just getting to bed immediately beforehand, you're missing out on your most restful period of sleep. Steve: Go to bed between 10 and 11 p.m.
"Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done."
-Robert Heinlen 
The Optimal Eating Plan
PaleoMediterranean Eating Style Delivers

One of the perks of being a NCI Well Connect subscriber is that you have monthly access to our Action Plan Library (38 plans: total value over $275). 

The perk comes in handy when you want to begin 2016 with most the optimal, intelligent eating style: Jump-Start PaleoMediterranean Diet Action Plan.


Action Plans are free by email request for NCI Well Connect subscribers as part of their subscription.

Thirty years of serving your wellness needs. We appreciate your continued patronage and support.

Have a happy, healthy day,
Bonnie, Steve, and all of us at Nutritional Concepts

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Frequently Asked Questions
Will I still receive the free eNewsletter If I Do Not Subscribe?
Yes, you will still receive our free email newsletter.

How is this different from your free eNewsletter?
NCI Well Connect is much more focused on topics such as: dealing with the emotional toll of making major dietary lifestyle changes, simplifying food preparation techniques, what bloodwork tests mean, Bonnie-approved brands of food and lifestyle products, how to better cope with multiple dietary exclusions from allergies and intolerances, supporting various health conditions, explaining medication side effects and warnings, new recipes and menu ideas, keeping a healthy kitchen, kid and family-friendly advice, shopping tips, dietary supplement news, sensible solutions for cosmetics and beauty, and much more. 

How much does NCI Well Connect cost?
$79.99 for one year for approximately 84 issues. VISA, MC, Discover accepted.

When will I receive NCI Well Connect?
Monday and Wednesday mornings.

What else comes with NCI Well Connect?
1. Access to our library of Action Plans (41 titles to date valued over $275.00 in value). You email us your request and we email the Action Plans back to you in pdf format. You can request two titles per month. Unfortunately, we can only email the Action plans. We cannot send them by regular mail. The entire list of Action Plans is availble in paper copies at our office.

2. Access to our Natural Foods Shopping List, which includes hundreds of Nutritional Concepts' approved brands updated quarterly. Each product is vigorously vetted to ensure that each is made from real food, does not contain harmful hidden ingredients, and most importantly, is healthful.

3. Mini Wellness Coaching Sessions. 15 Minute visits by phone or in-office on topics we publish.

Why did you create this service?
We consistently receive comments from clients who crave more help with the "how-to" for maintaining their food plans and lifestyle choices, yet find it difficult to afford or make time to come in or phone for an appointment. While NCI Well Connect cannot replace an individual appointment, it is the next best thing.

There is so much misinformation on the web, we see it as our duty to keep our clients and readers informed about the truth in wellness. 

Can I cancel my subscription at any time?
Once your credit card has been charged and the service has begun, there are no refunds. You can choose to stop receiving the emails at any time simply by unsubscribing, but you will not receive a credit for those newsletters. If you do not wish to renew your subscription when it expires after the full year, just notify us and we will contact you with a confirmation of your cancellation.

Will NCI Well Connect contain any advertising?
At this time, NCI Connect is a service to support only optimal nutritional health. Any product mentioned will be to strictly benefit the client. We receive no outside fees for promoting products and do not charge third parties for advertising.

Is NCI Well Connect available by email only?
At this time, NCI Well Connect is email only.

Any further questions can be directed to support@nutritionalconcepts.com.