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June eNewsletter
Quick Hits
-- Top Ten Anti-Aging Tips.
-- Thinking About the Shingles Vaccine? Think Again.
-- "Text Bonnie"
-- June Sale - 20% OFF.
-- Whole Foods Red Flags.
-- Recipes du Jour.
-- June Announcements.
-- Is Aspirin Right for You?
-- Locavore Tidbit.
-- In Case You Missed It.

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!

Top Ten Anti-Aging Tips.
 While some of these tips may seem like no-brainers, every now and then we have to be reminded of the important things in life!


  1. Eat Real Foods - the smaller the ingredient label the better. Ditch the chemicals, preservatives, and artificial sweeteners. Focus on the real foods: fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds, and lean poultry/meats.
  2. Get Moving - a body in motion stays in motion. For those of us who cannot exercise five times weekly, a pedometer is a great way to know if you're taking enough steps daily.
  3. Do the Heavy Lifting - strength training keeps the bones strong. Mental heavy lifting should be put towards taking responsibility for your optimal diet and lifestyle.
  4. Touch and Be Touched - babies who are not touched do not thrive. Adults can suffer from the same issue.
  5. Keep in Touch - maintaining social networks is critical as we age. Partake in activities, groups, classes, and spend time with friends and family.
  6. Help Others - volunteering for causes you are passionate about and being there for your friends can bring a sense of fulfillment and gratitude.
  7. Live in the Moment - we all have long-term goals, but focusing on the here and now, taking life one day at a time, and stopping to smell the roses, helps you stay present, grounded, and calm.
  8. Take a Mental Retreat - whether it is daily meditation, visualization techniques, or a Rejuvenating Room session, taking a few moments to imagine peace and tranquility helps reduce stress. "Disease cannot live in a body that is in a healthy emotional state." Bob Proctor
  9. Breathe - monitoring and focusing on breath is a healing mechanism that has been used for centuries. Stop to take in a deep breath and slowly sigh it out.
  10. Think Positive - our thoughts create our lives. "All that we are is a result of what we have thought." Buddha - 536BCE-483BCE


Rejuvenating Room

Thinking About the Shingles Vaccine? Think Again.
 "CDC Recommends Shingles Vaccine for Age 60 & Up." Let's take a peek at the prescribing instructions for Zostavax, Merck's Live Varicella Virus Vaccine and you decide if this is a prudent public health strategy:
  • "Each dose contains sucrose, hydrolyzed porcine gelatin, sodium chloride, monosodium glutamate, sodium phosphate dibasic, neomycin (antibiotic), and bovine calf serum."
  • "The health care provider is required to question the vaccine recipient about reactions to previous vaccines as well as the benefits and risks of Zostavax. Patients should also be provided with a copy of the patient information insert and be given the opportunity to discuss questions and concerns."
  • "Zostavax has not been evaluated for its carcinogenicity or mutagenic potential, or its potential to impair fertility."
  • "Transmission of vaccine virus may occur rarely between vaccinees and susceptible contacts." Who are the susceptible contacts? Other adults who have not been vaccinated?
  • "The duration of protection beyond four years after vaccination is unknown. The need for revaccination has not been defined." Does the CDC recommend getting it every four years?

Bonnie - this infuriates me. To me, it is a great scheme by Merck. Expose millions of people to shingles from the vaccine, scare them because thousands will get it, which then will encourage more people to get the vaccine.

CDC Recommends Shingles Vaccine for Age 60 and Up.

"Text Bonnie"
 We are always looking for ways to expand and improve upon our client services. Technology has brought us text messaging. We will feel this medium could offer numerous benefits to improve your compliance and understanding of optimal diet and lifestyle.

We ask that you fill out this short survey to help us better understand if this is a service that interests you. We appreciate your participation in helping us find better ways to serve you.

"Text Bonnie" Survey.

June Sale - 20% OFF.
CoQ10 Metagenics CoQ10ST & ST-100
CoQ10 is a compound found in all human cell membranes and mitochondria. It is considered the "powerhouse of the cell" by converting food into usable energy. Decreased levels of CoQ10 may result from insufficient dietary intake (foods high in CoQ10 are only fish, organ meats, and germs of whole grain), excessive utilization by the body (stressful lifestyles), gene mutation, aging, cancer drugs, and statins. CoQ10 has always one of our highly recommended nutrients for long-term prevention and is a must for anyone taking a statin regularly.

Integrative Therapeutics Bio-Zyme
Broad-spectrum, potent digestive enzyme for those who require extra digestive support due to malabsorption.

Nature's Way Maca Root
Well-tolerated chelator for excess estrogen buildup in men and women. In men, may promote re-growth of scalp hair due to estrogen-induced male pattern baldness.

Twinlab Daily One Caps
A good foundational multivitamin to support your nutrient regimen. Available with or without iron.

Order here

Whole Foods Red Flags.
wholefoods Can it be? Unfortunately, yes. As the years have gone by, it seems that Whole Foods Markets have allowed more questionable ingredients into their private label products as well as other brands. While they are still the unquestioned leader in clean food, you still have to read labels!

Click below for a list of ingredients we have found in many of their products. Feel free to email us any others you have found that are not on this list.

Whole Foods Red Flags.

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

Eggless/Dairy-Free Caesar Salad

Great for people who can't tolerate eggs or cow's milk products.

Dressing Ingredients:
-300-g pkg. soft tofu
-2-3 garlic cloves, minced
-2 anchovies, chopped (optional)
-1/4 c. freshly squeezed lemon juice
-3 T. extra virgin olive oil
-2 T. sheep romano cheese
-1 T. Dijon mustard

Directions: whirl all ingredients in a food processor or blender until combined. Mix dressing with 1 head (or bag) romaine or baby romaine lettuce. Serve immediately with croutons or crumbled rice crackers. SERVES: 8

Spa Recipes.

June Announcements.
announce -The Alzheimer's Association has come out with 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's Disease. Click here to read them.

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

-Understanding "Organic" and "Natural" Labeling.

-Best & Worst of Conventional Produce.

-You don't want to miss our highlights and commentary from the June issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, including a fascinating study on protein's relation to bone health.

-5 foods that can help protect you from sun damage: Colorful Fruits and Vegetables, Omega-3-Rich Foods, Dark Chocolate (70% cocoa or more), Green & Black Tea, and Green Leafy Vegetables.

-New MRI Technique Could Catch Cancer Early.

Bonnie & Steve's Blog

Is Aspirin Right for You?
 Researchers have discovered several important things about aspirin within the last few years. First, some of us (some experts estimate about 25% of the human population) do not have the genetic capability to tolerate aspirin. Second, it seems that aspirin is more effective for men than women in preventing heart attacks. Here are several things to consider before going on aspirin:
  • Ask for a genetic test. Many doctors are already doing this.
  • Do you have an allergy/sensitivity to salicylates? Aspirin is pure salicylic acid.
  • Do you have asthma?
  • Do you have stomach ulcers or a history of ulcers?
  • Do you have a bleeding disorder?
  • Do you have a history of hemorrhagic stroke?
  • Do you have reduced liver or kidney function?
  • Do you have uncontrolled high blood pressure?

Be sure to ask your doctor if any of the above applies because aspirin in some cases can make these conditions worse.


Locavore Tidbit.
newfarm What's in Season in June in the Midwest
Arugula, Asparagus, Beans, Beets, Bell Peppers, Blackberries, Carrots, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Lettuce, Melons, Mushrooms, Onions, Parsnips, Plums, Potatoes, Radicchio, Radishes, Rhubarb, Scallions, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Turnips

Locally grown produce provides an incredibly fresh and less toxic product, supports your local economy, and reduces your carbon load.

Check out a CSA in your area

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

Relief for Tinnitus Sufferers.

Menus Flunk at Assisted Living Centers.

Your Toxic Load.

Newsletter Archives.




BRAND BUZZ - Bonnie-Approved Stuff!


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