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February Email Update
Quick Hits
-- February is Heart Health Month.
-- Cholesterol: Big Problem or Big Business?
-- Top Nutrients to Support a Healthy Heart.
-- February Mag Sale - 20% OFF.
-- Good Calories/Bad Calories: Review.
-- Recipes du Jour.
-- February Announcements.
-- Seafood - What's Sustainable & Heart Healthy.
-- MANopause Action Plan Now Available.
-- Mind Your Magnesium.
-- In Case You Missed It.
-- All New Spa Products.

Dear Valued Client

At the beginning of each month, we like to keep you informed about what's new with Bonnie Minsky & Nutritional Concepts. As always, have a happy, healthy day!

February is Heart Health Month.

This issue is heart-health intensive in light of the recent news on Vytorin. Heart health is a difficult topic to get your arms around because there are so many schools of thought, misinformation, and special interests.

We hope to provide you with a fresh perspective going forward.


Cholesterol: Big Problem or Big Business?
 I'm sure you are frustrated as we are to keep reading about unfavorable research released years after patients have already been taking a drug. The most recent example is Vytorin, the cholesterol-lowering combination of Zocor and Zetia.

The makers of Vytorin announced that it has known for years that its drug had failed to reduce the growth of fatty arterial plaque, even though Vytorin users had lower LDL than those taking Zocor alone. These results are now being interpreted to mean that LDL may not translate into measurable medical benefits. Right or wrong, the subject is hotly up for debate.

The reason this story received so much attention, like that of Avandia and Vioxx, is because Vytorin is a blockbuster drug. Cholesterol medications are the darlings of pharmaceutical companies and tens of millions of Americans are taking them. They are considered lifestyle drugs, those that are prescribed to be taken on a long-term basis, so the money to be made is the tune of $40 billion a year.

While still in the minority, a powerful group of researchers and cardiologists are beginning to recognize that the benefits of statin medications may not come from its intended purpose, to lower cholesterol, but for its ability to reduce inflammation. Most importantly, they realize that just lowering LDL will not solve the heart disease problem.

We further discuss the implications of the cholesterol issue, statin's underreported side effects, and look at the most important indicators of cardiac risk.

Read the entire article here.

Top Nutrients to Support a Healthy Heart.
  • Magnesium
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids - number one option for reducing inflammation
  • Plant Sterols & Stanols
  • Soluble Fiber
  • Nuts - rotate them daily to avoid developing a sensitivity; put them in separate baggies in the freezer; almonds, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamias, pistachios, and peanuts are great
  • Co-Enzyme Q10 - allows for optimal utilization of energy in the cell; a must if taking a statin
  • Vitamin D - key for reducing inflammation
  • Vitamin E - a 2007 Harvard study found that of 8,171 women taking 600IU of mixed tocopherols, risk of heart attack, stroke, and CVD related death was reduced by 23%.
  • Pomegranate - if you do not have the patience to eat the fruit itself, look for the seeds at Trader Joes or Whole Foods (although they frequently run out because so many of our clients buy them!); otherwise, a 4 oz. shot of pur pomegranate several times weekly should suffice

Other Notables:

Niacin - only available by prescription in therapeutic doses; used to treat low HDL

Kinase Harmonizing Substances - this white hot science focuses on calming the messaging hubs that send signals from our body to our genes. Metagenics has a wonderful product called Insinase that focuses specifically on calming the kinase that inflames the insulin/blood sugar pathway.

Heart Health Action Plan ($4.95)

February Mag Sale - 20% OFF.
mag Metagenics Magnesium Glycinate all sizes
One of Bonnie's supplemental stalwarts. Its broad-spectrum importance for such a wide variety of organ functions makes it a must for most.

Pure Encaps Magnesium Glycinate 180 vegicaps
For those who have an easier time taking capsules.

Metagenics EPA/DHA Extra Strength Enteric 120 gels
Recent research in AmJCN showed that fish oil and plant sterols together may be more effective in reducing CVD risk than fish oil alone.

Metagenics Meta Sitosterol 2.0 120 tabs
Plant sterol esters and plant stanol esters may reduce both LDL and HDL blood cholesterol levels.

Metagenics Insinase
Patented product that promotes healthy insulin levels by regulating inflammatory cytokines.

Order here

Good Calories/Bad Calories: Review.
goodbadcal Rarely do we expound on a book or speak so highly of a singular title. However, in this case, writer Gary Taubes, a correspondent for Science magazine and winner of three Science in Society Journalism awards, has written Good Calories/Bad Calories, a book that warrants attention.

For those who do not want to read the entire book, we will provide you with the Cliffs Notes version.

In short, Taubes' main premise is that excess carbohydrate consumption is the main reason we have an obesity epidemic. He backs up his statements by copious amounts of research. The research, despite some calls to the contrary, is impeccable.

What's prophetic is that soon after Gary's book was published, a major study appeared in the January 2008 issue of American Journal of Preventive Medicine, which questioned whether the federal government's national guidelines advising Americans to eat a low-fat diet has contributed to the current obesity epidemic.

Highlights of Good Calories/Bad Calories.

Recipes du Jour.
recipe2 Once a month, we highlight a recipe from our database or from you. We welcome entries by email to

Yeast-Free, Corn-Free, Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free Pizza

-2 c. organic all purpose flour (rice or quinoa)
-1 tsp. salt
-2 tsp. baking powder (aluminum-free)
-2/3 c. filtered water
-1/4 c. olive oil
-Organic tomato sauce
-Lean ground pork, hamburger, or chicken/turkey sausage browned
-Chopped onion (optional)
-1/2 T. MSG- free spices/seasoning (your choice)
-Your choice of vegetables (no mushrooms)
-Shredded mozzarella, sheep, or goat cheese

Directions: Mix flour, salt, baking powder and water. Knead on floured counter just until workable and spreadable, about 2 minutes. Put pizza on pizza pan, with fingers spread olive oil on crust (helps prevent tomato sauce from soaking into crust) then put tomato sauce on, then meat of your choice. Then add pizza seasoning. Put vegetables and cheese on top. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes or cooked to taste. SERVES: 4

Note: any like ingredient can be replaced if allergic or intolerant.

More recipes like this can be found in Spa Recipes.

February Announcements.
announce -Save the Date! Bonnie will be presenting her first scholarship to a deserving nutrition student at the University of Illinois School of Public Health on Friday, April 11th. Time and exact location is forthcoming.

-People with low vitamin D levels face an elevated risk for heart attack, heart failure and stroke, according to a study published in Circulation.

-Research highlights from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 11/1/07-1/31/08

-The makers of antidepressants like Prozac and Paxil never published the results of about a third of the drug trials that they conducted to win government approval, misleading doctors and consumers about the drugs' true effectiveness, a new analysis has found.

-Diets high in protein are the best way to keep hunger in check, U.S. researchers said. They found that protein does the best job at keeping the hunger hormone ghrelin in check, while carbohydrates increase hunger.

-Low blood levels of vitamin E are linked to greater physical decline in older people, suggests a new study from Yale University School of Medicine that appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association. "The current study provides empirical evidence that a low concentration of vitamin E is associated with subsequent decline in physical function in a population-based sample of older persons living in the community," wrote lead author Benedetta Bartali.

Bonnie & Steve's Blog

Seafood - What's Sustainable & Heart Healthy.
 A growing number of chefs are becoming eco-activists and buying only sustainable seafood. Here are some of their favorites:
  • Atlantic Mackerel
  • Dungeness Crabs
  • Farmed Mussels and Clams
  • Farmed Striped Seabass
  • Wild Alaskan Salmon
  • Wild Pacific Halibut

The Mackerel, Salmon, and Halibut are particularly heart healthy.

Guide to Mercury Content in Fish.

MANopause Action Plan Now Available.
 Late last year, we wrote a piece entitled MANopause, which explored challenges facing today's male and natural solutions for solving them. We have decided to expand that piece into a self-help Action Plan to address this very private issue for men.

MANopause Action Plan ($4.95)

Mind Your Magnesium.
 Are you magnesium challenged? This information appeared in the winter issue of Fibromyalgia AWARE.

Some common symptoms of low magnesium:
  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Agitation, Anxiety, and Confusion
  • Craving for Chocolate
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable Bowel
  • Muscle spasms & weakness
  • Nausea

Conditions often compounded by low magnesium:

  • Arthritis, Asthma,
  • Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue
  • Celiac Sprue, Crohn's
  • Diabetes, Fibromyalgia
  • Fatigue, Glaucoma
  • Hearing Loss, Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure, Kidney Stones
  • Low HDL Cholesterol Levels, Migraine
  • Osteoporosis/Osteopenia
  • Premenstrual Syndrome


Magnesium Lowers Cholesterol?

In Case You Missed It.
 January went by in the blink of an eye. Here's a recap of some crucial topics you may have missed:

Bone Health Alert

Bonnie on Colon Cleansers

Five Ways to Avoid Winter Weight Gain

Maca Root...Take Your Place at the Table

Newsletter Archives.

All New Spa Products.
 Ionic Crystal Salt Lamps are mined from 250 million year old natural Himalayan salt rock. When the lamps are lit, they create a relaxing environment with their amber hue. The heat, generated from the light bulb/candle produce beneficial negative ions which help purify the air and remove excess humidity. Great for office or home where electrical devices such as computer and printers are located to offset harmful emissions. Traditional Feng Shui for moving stuck energy. A natural alternative to electric ionizers that have recently come under scrutiny.

$9.99 - votive (candle only)
$24.99 - medium lamp
$33.99 - large lamp

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