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June eNewsletter
Quick Hits
-- Vitamin D Phenomenon.
-- How Plants Protect Us.
-- Fibersure Has New Name.
-- June Sale - 20% OFF.
-- Seniors Update.
-- Recipes du Jour.
-- June eNews.
-- Metagenics Update.
-- Routine Aspirin Benefits Questioned.
-- 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!

Vitamin D Phenomenon.
 Trying to keep up with the tsunami of vitamin D research can be daunting. These were published within the last two weeks:

Low Vitamin D May Boost Metabolic Syndrome.
Vitamin D Prevents Mental Decline (two studies).
Vaginal Infection Tied to Low Vitamin D.

The mountain of data over the last two years is wonderful for raising awareness about the vitamin D deficiency epidemic in the U.S. The message is resonating with health professionals and the public.

One trend we have begun to monitor are a small percentage of clients exhibiting an inability to raise their vitamin D levels to normal range, even while taking doctor-prescribed mega doses. This can be attributed to:

Intestinal Malabsorption
Certain gut disorders make it difficult to absorb macro and micronutrients. Until the gut is healed, absorption of vitamin D can be compromised. This is common especially in those with gluten intolerance and celiac.

Intolerance to the Supplemental Source
Most supplemental vitamin D3 (unless from Cod Liver Oil), comes from lanolin. A select few have an intolerance to lanolin, thus impairing absorption.

For those living in colder weather climates, it would be a good idea to have your vitamin D level checked at the end of the summer (where it should be at its peak from sun exposure). Test it again in February to see how drastically it changes during winter. As always, the true vitamin D reading is the 25(OH)D vitamin D3 hydroxy. Summer level recommendations

Vitamin D Deficiency an Epidemic.

How Plants Protect Us.
 Everyday foods, beverages, spices, and dietary supplements contain healthful compounds that help us fight harmful inflammation, thus reducing our risk of diseases associated with chronic inflammation, including cancer and diabetes. The problem is, we do not consume enough of them.

Researchers have been conducting studies to solve the complex puzzle of precisely how phytochemicals fight inflammation. They have uncovered probable modes of action used by phytochemicals from red wine, green tea, garlic, curcumin and cinnamon, to name a few.

The puzzle is not that complex. Simply, humans and plants have evolved together for millennia. Through trial and error, we have found the exact phytochemicals that can interfere with the normal flow of negative chemical signals, or messages sent to and from cells involved in chronic inflammation.

If phytochemicals are not present and fail to interfere with the harmful messages, they reach genes that can trigger an inflammatory response. The scientific name for this process is called epigenetics, which you have heard us talk about a lot in the last few years.

It does not take a rocket scientist to understand that once humans deviated from food sources that harmonize our bodies (hunter-gatherers to Standard American Diet), we have seen a dramatic rise in inflammatory-related disease.

We highly recommend that you consume a minimum of 5-8 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. If this is not an option, or you find yourself getting half this amount, you can supplement your diet with a product like Phytoganix, which is the first phytonutrient powder we have ever found that we like. Like a varied plant-based diet, it covers the essential phytochemical colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.

We Have Greens.

Fibersure Has New Name.

We frequently recommend Fibersure to clients as a healthy, well-tolerated fiber source. The product contains vegetable inulin from chicory root, which besides soluble fiber, provides essential prebiotic food for our probiotic intestinal flora.

Please note that the manufacturer, Proctor & Gamble, has changed Fibersure to Metamucil Clear & Natural. The product is exactly the same. However, please do not confuse with regular Metamucil, which contains the aggressive, allergenic psyllium husk.


June Sale - 20% OFF.
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Pure Encaps Magnesium Glycinate
According to findings in the May issue of Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, magnesium supplementation prevents the progression of hypertension in normo-magnesemic non-diabetic overweight people with higher blood pressure. Glycinate is the best option for absorption as well as preventing loose bowels, a common side effect with most magnesium sources.

Metagenics EPA/DHA Extra Strength
Data from the National Center for Health Statistics estimates the number of disease-specific deaths attributable to low dietary omega-3 fatty acids was 84,000 in 2005. Appearing in the May issue of PLOS Medicine, omega-3 deficiency was second only to high salt intake for deaths attributable to dietary risk.

Integrative Therapeutics Saw Palmetto Complex
Our long-standing recommendation for nourishing and protecting the prostate. Multiple clinical studies lasting up to a year have shown that saw palmetto provides mild to moderate improvement in urinary symptoms such as frequent urination, painful urination, hesitancy, urgency, and perineal heaviness. It also decreases nocturia, improves peak and mean urinary flow, and lowers residual urine volume in patients with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. Seems to be comparable in efficacy to finasteride (Proscar), but saw palmetto might be better tolerated.

KAL Stevia Extract
Stevia is now a well known, safe, natural, non-caloric, alternative sweetener. The KAL product is 100% pure, contains no fillers, and provides a whopping value (2,381 servings per container).

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Seniors Update.
 There have been several important, reaffirming indicators for improving the outcomes for optimal quality of life in seniors.
  • The Alzheimer's Association Greater Illinois Chapter, by far the most preventive minded we've seen, suggests Tai Chi with QiGong as the ideal exercise for older adults. It also recommends fish, green leafy vegetables, and berries as particularly good for the brain. Vitamin E, B12, and folic acid supplements have cognitive benefits among older persons. ALZGI also suggests low glycemic load, low saturated/trans fat diets are crucial for memory prevention.
  • Journal Neurology reported that a risk factor checklist developed by researchers at U of California San Francisco can accurately predict (88%) the risk of developing Alzheimer's within six years in persons over 65.
  • Two new studies show that eating a Mediterranean-style diet rich in fish, nuts, olive oil, omega-3 fats, low in trans fats, and low glycemic index appear to lower the risk for age-related macular degeneration by over 35 percent.
  • Keeping the brain active by working later in life may be an effective way to ward off Alzheimer's disease.
  • Up to one in six older adults living on their own may not be getting adequate nutrition.

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

Summer Shish Kebabs

-1 lb. protein, cut into approximately 1 -inch pieces (except for shrimp and scallops, which are left whole)
-1 lb. vegetables and/or fruits, cut into approximately 1-inch chunks (except mushrooms which are halved or left whole)
-sea salt, to taste
- tsp. pepper (optional)

Protein, Vegetable, Fruit, and Scrumptious Flavoring Paste Suggestions.

June eNews.
eNews -Daily multivitamin linked with younger biological age.

-Children who get the flu shot are three times more at risk for hospitalization.

-True measure of a good doc.

-Ghrelin increases appetite and abdominal fat.

For More News Like This, Visit Bonnie & Steve's Blog

Metagenics Update.
metagenicslogo Metagenics has established an Internet policy stating that only Suggested Retail Prices can be posted on its health professional websites.

As you know, we offer Metagenics products at a discount. While you won't be seeing the discounted prices on our website any longer, we will still apply the discounts to your Metagenics products before your order ships.

Besides our website, you may order via email, phone, or visit our office. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Full product list with discounted prices.

Routine Aspirin Benefits Questioned.
 A new study that appears in The Lancet, one of the most prestigious journals in the world, recommends that low-dose aspirin should not routinely be used to prevent heart attacks and strokes, contrary to official guidance. Analysis of data from over 100,000 clinical trial participants found the risk of harm largely canceled out the benefits of taking the drug. Only those who have already had a heart attack or stroke should be advised to take a daily aspirin.

Bonnie - When I first read the study, I was elated and sad at the same time. My long-fought battle against the sweeping recommendation of aspirin in healthy individuals was a major personal victory. However, because I have seen long-term aspirin use cause such destruction in some of my clients, my heart went out to their suffering. I urge you to pass along this study's findings to friends, family, and co-workers. It is imperative that the message gets out.

Naturally, the question becomes, "what can I take now to prevent cardiovascular disease?" Most of you already take them: EPA/DHA omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E. They have always been better alternatives to aspirin.

Routine Aspirin Benefits Questioned.

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

"Fresh Business Model," an article that recently appeared in The Chicago Tribune, highlights Sandhill Organics, a Community Supported Farm that leases farmland in Prairie Crossing, where Nutritional Concepts' Steve Minsky lives. The piece exhibits the wonderful advantages of having local food in your neighborhood.

Chicago Area Farm Markets

In Case You Missed It.
Here's a recap of popular topics we covered in our May eNewsletters:

Summer Safety
Spring Detox & Cleanse
When is the Best Time to Take my Vitamins
Look Before You Flush
The Unknown About Bone

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