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Quick Hits
-- Rating Menus at Senior Housing Facilities.
-- Relief for Tinnitus Sufferers.
-- Follow up to Sports Drinks & Energy Bars.
-- May Sale - 20% OFF.
-- Growing Vaccine Issue.
-- Recipes du Jour.
-- May Announcements.
-- What's in Season in the Midwest in May.
-- In Case You Missed It.
-- Bonnie C. Minsky Award Winner.

Dear Valued Client,

We keep you plugged into what's new in the world of nutrition, wellness, and public health. Email us if there is a particular topic you would like us to explore. Have a happy, healthy day!

Rating Menus at Senior Housing Facilities.
 Several clients who are considering assisted living facilities have us to look into this. They are in good health and would like to maintain it. They are very unsure about what options are available to meet their individual needs.

Quality of senior housing will become much more visible now that 78 million baby boomers are heading toward old age. Please pass this along to any loved one who considers assisted living an option.

The dietary needs of seniors are as significant to their health as they are to young children. Often, these needs are neglected. We hope that the analysis in the link below can shed light on a very important issue.

Meeting the dietary needs of those living in senior housing.

Relief for Tinnitus Sufferers.
 Tinnitus, which is the perception of sound in the ear without the presence of external sound, is a complicated condition. Read below for medications that list Tinnitus a side effect, as well as new therapies available to you.

If a medical reason has been ruled out, here are some dietary tips to reduce the symptoms.
  • Eat fatty fish (at least three times weekly) and take 1 tsp. Fish or Cod Liver Oil daily.
  • Avoid trans fats.
  • Avoid excess sugar.
  • Avoid all artificial sugar substitutes.
  • Avoid all artificial colors and preservatives.
  • If after implementing the following, relief still does not occur, look into the possibility of salicylate toxicity or yeast imbalance.

A large group of medications list Tinnitus as a side effect. The following link offers resources to access this information.

New Therapies Fight Phantom Noises of Tinnitus (may require registration).

Follow up to Sports Drinks & Energy Bars.
 Thanks to everyone who suggested products that we may not have considered. Based upon your feedback, we have added these to the Bonnie-approved list.

Emergen-C Electro-Mix (do not take this as an endorsement for the Emergen-C product line; this product only) - low allergy electrolyte powder sweetened with stevia and tapioca maltodextrin.

Mrs. May's Trio Bars - real food; no added sugars, binders, or allergens (unless nut allergic).

Oskri Bars are back! - we rediscovered these delicious bars that so many of us loved. We dispensed them years ago and were discontinued because of a supply shortage. We are happy they're back. We recommend two flavors:

Sesame-Molasses: sesame seeds, molasses, brown rice syrup

Sesame-Quinoa: quinoa seeds, sesame seeds, molasses, brown rice syrup

Oskri Bars are USDA Organic, gluten-free, lactose-free, Kosher, Halal, low glycemic load, low allergy (except for the sesame-allergic), and balanced snacks. Moreover, they taste great! Unfortunately, they are very difficult to find in stores, but can be found on the Internet and from our website.

Bonnie-Approved Sports Drinks & Energy Bars (4/15/08).

May Sale - 20% OFF.
Cod Liver Metagenics Ultra Flora Plus DF 60 caps
Potent, well-researched strains of acidophilus and bifidus for the prevention of unbalanced gut flora affected by the rigors of daily living.

Carlson Liquid Cod Liver Oil
Broad-based omega-3, vitamin D food which can, according to a recent study in Rheumatology, reduce arthritis drug use by 30 percent with 2 tsp. daily.

Carlson's Liquid Fish Oil
Potent omega-3 dose in just 1 tsp. serving. Ideal for those taking high doses for inflammation and chronic disease.

Metagenics Actifolate
It is well documented that 25 percent of the world's population are genetically unable to process folic acid into absorbable folate. Metagenics Actifolate contains folic acid as well as two reduced forms of folate (L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate & 5-formyl tetrahydrofolate) that can bypass the genetic roadblock.

Order here

Growing Vaccine Issue.
 Recently, several clients who have children with severe egg, milk, and soy allergies have run into vociferous opposition from their physicians when asked for a medical exemption from vaccination. In many states, you can be granted a medical exemption if one has an allergy to an ingredient in a vaccine. Furthermore, most vaccine label inserts suggest avoiding vaccination if allergic to any of the ingredients.

Yet, in at least a half dozen cases over the last few months, the parents of young clients have been told by their physicians that they will be dropped as patients unless their allergic children get vaccinated.

For those of you who would like to know what potential allergens and other ingredients exist in vaccines, please click on the link below.

Centers for Disease Control's Vaccine Ingredients.

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

Dinner in a Grain-Less Wrap

Instead of a wrap made of grain, make your own delicious, complete meal in foil or parchment. Please visit the following link!

Dinner in a Grain-Less Wrap Recipe.

May Announcements.
announce -With all of the hub bub surrounding Bisphenol A, we thought we would give you a refresher course on the reuse of plastic bottles. The only plastic bottles you can reuse are number's 2, 4 and 5. It's okay to use number 1's once, but not for reuse. Look at the bottom of the bottle to find the number.

-Only one in three kids' drugs FDA-approved.

-High dose vitamin E lengthens lives of Alzheimer's patients.

-Merck wrote drug studies for doctors.

-Water Trouble? Here are some filter tips.

-Antioxidants called into question again.

-Few US doctors answer emails from patients.

-The National Dairy Council tells us that flavored milk is healthy.

Bonnie & Steve's Blog

What's in Season in the Midwest in May.
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Parsnips & Turnips
  • Radishes
  • Scallions
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes

Check out a CSA in your area

In Case You Missed It.
 Here's a recap of the timely issues we covered in April:

Bonnie-Approved Sports Drinks & Energy Bars

Low Inflation Diet

Spring...Cleaning for Your Nose

Newsletter Archives.

Bonnie C. Minsky Award Winner.
uicaward Bonnie with Erin Murphy, the first recipient of the Bonnie C. Minsky Award presented last month at the University of Illinois-Chicago School of Public Health.

UIC List of Funds




BRAND BUZZ - Bonnie-Approved Stuff!


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