NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
April 15, 2015
Dear Steve,  

DID YOU KNOW that first-, second-, and third-degree relatives of people with inflammatory bowel disease have a significantly increased risk of developing the disease themselves, according to a study in the March 24 issue of American Journal of Gastroenterology?

RECAP: If anyone missed the details of the dynamite study on Quercetin Slowing the Aging Process, please go to this link.
Client Testimonial
Steve: A client wanted us to share this with you.

"Bonnie, I just wanted to share with you, for other clients. 15 years ago or more, you recommended a gluten free diet for me.  It gave me a new lease on life.

Last year, after I had another serious attack of inflammation, which I have had often, but nothing like I used to be. You said the same word to me.  "You know, maybe... (before gluten, now - ) you have a low grade viral infection in your body and that is what is causing these debilitating episodes.  Why don't you try taking monolaurin - one a day - and see what happens.

Well, it has been over 5 months and I have been extremely active with NO down time at all. Bonnie, it looks as though you have done it again.  Thank you, from my very healthy heart and soul. If one other person can benefit from this , it will be wonderful.  

I have several people who credit me with saving their lives and that of their children just by telling them my "gluten" story.  I will continue spreading your word."

Linda W
Our Keys to Weight Control Reinforced in Prestigious Study
Bonnie: Eat low glycemic load carbohydrates. Replace lean protein with starchy carbohydrates. Nuts are a key cog to weight maintenance. Those who have read this eNewsletter for years should be familiar with these mantras. In this month's issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a highly populated, long-term study corroborates all of the above and more!

"Our study adds to growing new research that counting calories is not the most effective strategy for long-term weight management and prevention," said senior author Dariush Mozaffarian, M.D., Dr.P.H., dean of the Friedman School at Tufts University. "Some foods help prevent weight gain, others make it worse. Most interestingly, the combination of foods seems to make a big difference. Our findings suggest we should not only emphasize specific protein-rich foods like fish and nuts to prevent weight gain, but also focus on avoiding refined grains, starches, and sugars in order to maximize the benefits of these healthful protein-rich foods."

NCI Well Connect Members can access the rest of this weight control piece. If you are interested in signing up, here's an example of what NCI Well Connect members receive.
Medication and Procedure Alert
Antidepressants (Zoloft)

Findings from Psychosomatic Medicine suggest that long-term treatment with Zoloft promotes coronary artery atherosclerosis in non-human primates. This is clinically significant for people because almost a quarter of middle-aged women in the United States take antidepressants, the most prescribed of which are SSRIs such as Zoloft.


JAMA Pediatrics suggests that initiating antipsychotics may elevate a child's risk not only for significant weight gain, but also for Type 2 diabetes by nearly 50 percent; moreover, among children who are also receiving antidepressants, the risk may double.


According to data from Journal of the American College of Cardiology, more than 1 in 10 patients screened were receiving inappropriate aspirin therapy for primary prevention, with significant practice-level variations.

Diabetes Meds

A comprehensive study examining clinical trials of more than 95,000 patients has found that glucose or sugar-lowering medications prescribed to patients with diabetes may pose a 14%  increased risk for the development of heart failure in these patients, as stated in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.


The complex design of duodenoscopes used during endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) may impede effective cleaning, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned. ERCP procedures using duodenoscopes drain fluids from pancreatic and biliary ducts blocked by cancerous tumors, gallstones, or other conditions. The FDA says recent medical publications and adverse event reports associated multidrug-resistant bacterial infections in patients (inlcuding CRE) who have undergone ERCP with reprocessed duodenoscopes, even when manufacturer reprocessing instructions are followed correctly.

Hormonal Contraceptives

Taking a hormonal contraceptive for at least five years is associated with a possible increase in a young woman's risk of developing a rare tumor, glioma of the brain. TheBritish Journal of Clinical Pharmacology study focused on women aged 15-49.


About $4 billion is spent ever year in the United States because of false-positive mammography results and breast cancer overdiagnosis, according to a study in the April issue of Health Affairs.

Opoid Medication

A recent National Institutes of Health white paper found little to no evidence for the effectiveness of opioid drugs in the treatment of long-term chronic pain, despite the explosive recent growth in the use of the drugs.

Oral Corticosteroids

A number of patients with chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps are resistant to oral corticosteroids, according to new study in Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Prescription Drugs That Affect Sleep

According to a review in American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), Tricyclic Antidepressants, Angiotensin-converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors, Corticosteroids, and Statins most affect sleep.

Proton Pump Inhibitors

Patients who continue to take proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) after a first episode of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) may be at increased risk of recurrence. About 20% of patients with CDI will have at least one recurrence of the infection, according to JAMA Internal Medicine.

Testosterone Therapy

The FDA is now requiring drug makers to add information on product labeling about the possible increased risk of heart attacks and strokes associated with low testosterone treatments. And the agency is also cautioning these medications have not been shown to help men with low testosterone levels reverse the aging process.

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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