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March Email Update
Quick Hits
-- Food's Toxic Effect.
-- UNICEF 2007 Child Well-Being Report Card
-- March Sale - 20% OFF
-- Recipes du Jour
-- March Announcements
-- Hidden Hazards in Milk.

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!

Food's Toxic Effect.
 Many of us are aware of food allergies. These are immediate, catastrophic inflammatory responses to foreign proteins in foods or substances that we ingest (commonly known as anaphylaxis). It is estimated that 12 million Americans suffer from true food allergies. Most of us know if we have a true food allergy.

However, many of us are unaware of what approximately 72 million Americans suffer from: food intolerance. If our practice is any indication, we think the number of Americans with food intolerances is much higher.

Read the entire article.

UNICEF 2007 Child Well-Being Report Card
 To echo our comments in January's "What is Your Quality of Life," UNICEF's 2007 Child Well-Being Report Card revealed some disturbing statistics about children living in the United States.

Overall, the United States ranked 20th out of 21 rich countries in overall child well-being.

Read Our Detailed Analysis.

March Sale - 20% OFF
Ester-0C Metagenics Cal Apatite, Cal Apatite with boron, Cal Apatite Plus, and Cal Apatite Forte
For those of you not familiar with the MCHC form of calcium that we have recommended for over fifteen years, enlighten yourself!

Metagenics Fem Prenatal
The only complete prenatal that Bonnie is comfortable recommending.

Pure Encaps Ester-C & Flavanoids
Immune support complex consisting of GI-friendly Ester-C (calcium ascorbate) and the powerful antioxidants quercetin, rutin, and pomegranate.

Order here

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

California Avocado Mille Feuille

Yield: 4 servings (note: if you are salicylate sensitive, have reflux, heartburn, or digestive issues, replace tomatoes with jicama.)
-4 heirloom or colorful tomatoes (red, orange, yellow)
-4 lettuce leaves (green leaf, Boston, or frisee)
-1 ripe avocado, seeded, peeled and thinly sliced into 16 slices, divided
-1 T. virgin olive oil, divided
-1 T. balsamic vinegar, divided
-4 slices (1/4 in. thick) buffalo mozzarella, divided
-1/2 c. prepared crab or tuna salad, divided

Instructions: slice each tomato into four slices. Place a lettuce leaf on each salad plate. To assemble stack: place a tomato slice on lettuce; top with 1 T. crab or tuna salad and one slice avocado; sprinkle with oil and vinegar. Top with another slice of tomato, 1 slice mozzarella and 1 slice avocado; drizzle with oil and vinegar. Top with remaining tomato slice and remaining 1 T. crab or tuna salad and avocado slice; drizzle with oil and vinegar. Repeat process, preparing four stacks. Serve. This dish is perfectly balanced with protein, healthy fat, and carbohydrate.

For more delectable recipes, view our Spa Recipes.

March Announcements
announce -It is National Nutrition Month. Looking for calcium from non-dairy sources?
  • Fortified Milks (Rice, Soy, Almond and Hazelnut milks)
  • 3 oz. sardines = 325 mg calcium
  • Raw broccoli and leafy greens contain more calcium than cream cheese or cottage cheese
  • Fortified Cereals (no added sugar)
Also, read a recent blog entry on this subject

-While not a new theory in our office, a recent study from Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 2007 reports that dieting alone is just as effective as dieting plus exercise. We want to emphasize that the researchers use of the term "dieting" is misleading. What they should have said is that for those who overeat and are looking to return to their optimal weight, by incoporating balanced dietary habits with portion sizes ideal for your body type and activity level, one can shed weight whether you exercise or not. Of course, we always advocate exercise for an optimal lifestyle.

-Congrats to Bonnie for her contribution to a February article in the National Culinary Review entitled, "Avocado Bravado!"

-Echoing our plea for more Americans to supplement with magnesium, a study published in the Winter issue of Journal of the American College of Nutrition, stated that higher magnesium intake was significantly associated with lower fasting insulin and better insulin sensitivity, two important factors in repelling type 2 diabetes. The non-diabetic subjects studied were from the Framingham Offspring Study. In another study in the same journal, a cross-sectional study performed on African American and Hispanic adults living in New York City, found that those with diabetes had lower serum magnesium levels compared to those classified as pre-diabetic or those with normal fasting glucose levels.


Hidden Hazards in Milk.
 In case you missed February's Special Report, the Nutrition for Optimal Health Association (NOHA), an organization I have been involved with for decades, published an incredible piece in their Winter Newsletter, NOHA News. It is a summary of the recent book written by world renowned University of Chicago Professor Samuel S. Epstein entitled, What's in Your Milk? An Expose of Industry and Government Cover-Up on the Dangers of the Genetically Engineered (rBGH) Milk You're Drinking. Here are a few of the shocking revelations:
  1. Cows treated with rBGH are seriously stressed, have chronic mastitis - infection of the udder - giving pus in their milk. To treat mastitis, the cows are given antibiotics, which are passed onto humans in the milk.
  2. Milk from rBGH cows have much higher levels of natural Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF-1) and is not destroyed during pasteurization. Research suggests an association between increased blood levels of IGF-1 and increased risk of breast, colon, and prostate cancer.
  3. The nutritional quality of rBGH milk is altered by an increase in saturated fat and less casein protein.
  4. rBGH milk produced at Monsanto's plant was reportedly contaminated with Staphylococcus, the antibiotic-resistant superbug that has been infecting hospitals at an alarming rate.
  5. Another contaminant reported to be found at the Monsanto plant was Propioni-bacterium acnes, a common cause of pimples (acne).

Even though the FDA says that rBGH milk is safe, consumer dollars are migrating more to rBGH-free milk (mostly of the organic variety). Dairy producers and retailers are listening. Two large milk producers on the East Coast have launched hormone-free milks (and have marketed them as such). Starbucks released a statement in January stating that they will begin to phase out purchasing milk products containing rBGH.

Read the entire article here.

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