NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
June 24, 2015
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that a new study from journal Heart  found that those who eat up to 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate per day had 11% less risk of cardiovascular disease and 25% less risk of associated death?

Researchers couldn't explain the association, but we can. Dark chocolate is high in phythochemicals called polyphenols, and more importantly, is high in magnesium!

YOUTH SUMMER WELLNESS CHECKUPS. Don't let summer pass without scheduling a wellness visit for your kids. Doctor checkups are a necessity. Why not wellness?

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Alka Support Coming Soon!
At long last, our replacement for Integrative Therapeutics Alka Aid will be coming soon!

Our foray into custom formulations has brought us Alka Support, the first product from our private label, NCI Well Supplements.

Alka Support is the same exact formula as the old Alka Aid.

Alka Support is a sodium and potassium bicarbonate tablet for relief of a sour stomach. It also supports the digestive tract during the weaning process from reflux medication.

While prescription and OTC reflux meds block stomach acid, creating a host of side effects, including the malabsorption of critical nutrients such as B-vitamins and magnesium, sodium and potassium bicarbonate, the ingredients in Alka Support, do not block stomach acid. Sodium and potassium bicarbonate temporarily alkalize the stomach, but does not adversely affect long-term acid/alkaline balance.


Heartburn Medication Ups Risk of Heart Attack, Chronic Diarrhea
Bonnie and Steve: As many of you know, the three classes of medication that we are most vociferously vocal about minimizing, unless used as a last resort, are PPIs (proton pump inhibitors), statins, and antibiotics.

After several decades, statins are beginning to fall from grace. The world is finally waking up to the devastation of antibiotic misuse. Yet, even though the FDA has added a litany of warnings on the labels, PPS are still as pervasive as ever.


Recently, you may have seen or read about the latest symptom that comes along with taking PPIs: heart attacks! Yes, gastric reflux blockers such as Prilosec and Prevacid may increase the risk for heart attack by over 20%, according to a new study from PLOS One.


Previous studies have found that PPIs are associated with poor outcomes for people with heart disease, but this new study examined the heart attack risk in healthy people.


While the researchers do not understand the cause for the uptick in heart attacks, our belief is that the blocking of magnesium and B-vitamin absorption certainly contributes. Regrettably, researchers have never thought to link the two.


If heart attacks and the blocking of vitamin/mineral absorption were not enough to dissuade you from continuing with PPIs, how about chronic watery diarrhea?


Microscopic colitis is characterized by chronic watery diarrhea. A study in this month'sAmerican Journal of Gastroenterology found that PPIs increased the risk of microscopic colitis. If you have these symptoms and you take a PPI, you may want to ask your health professional about weaning off of it.


Why do we harp on PPIs so much?


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Is Whole Foods Dissing Organic?
Steve: In an odd move that appears to usurp the importance of organic produce, Whole Foods has created their own rating system that will rate produce "good," "better," or "best".

Longtime suppliers to Whole Foods are complaining that the program, called Responsibly Grown, can grant a farmer who does not meet the stringent requirements for federal organic certification the same rating as an organic farmer, or even a higher one for things not associated with the quality of the produce itself (i.e. if the grower has a garbage recycling program).

Odd that this should occur just as Whole Foods announced that they are opening stores that carry only discounted products with the Whole Foods 365 private label. What are the chances that they will offer conventional produce at these stores?

Organic farmers have written an open letter to Whole Foods founder John Mackey expressing their disillusionment.  

We understand that Whole Foods is a business and is facing increased pressure from conventional grocery stores. However, it is a bit hypocritical when you trample on the very ideals you worked so hard to educate consumers about.
Food Cravings and Food Addiction
Mounting data is proving the clear and present danger food cravings and food addiction present to public health. The tools in which to help those suffering have come a long way.

We made the process as easy as possible for you.
  1. Fill out our online evaluation.
  2. Notify us by email or phone when completed.
  3. Our specialist in the field, Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist Elizabeth Prebish, will contact you to set up a coaching session.
Elizabeth will give you techniques that fit your lifestyle to address and overcome cravings and addictions.

This service is available for free to NCI Well Connect Members and $45 to non-members. Please contact us if you would like to take the evaluation.
Twinlab Backorder Update
Due to a raw material shortage that has created a production backlog, Twinlab announced they will not be available until mid-August. Many of you are on the backorder list. Contact us by phone or email if you want to be added to the list.

We spent an inordinate amount of time finding the ideal replacements if interested:
  1. Twinlab Allergy Multicaps: replace with Klaire VitaSpectrum (one capsule VitaSpectrum equals one capsule Allergy Multicaps)
  2. Twinlab Daily One Caps Without Iron: replace with Pure Encaps Multi t/d (one capsule Multi t/d equals one capsule Daily One)

We apologize for the inconvenience. We certainly understand this is a frustrating situation. We will be carrying these replacements long-term if you do not wish to go back to Twinlab when it comes back in stock.

NCI Well Connect Membership
NCI Well Connect Membership is open to clients and non-clients.

One Year Membership Includes:
  1. Weekly eNewsletters (84 issues). We publish our long-form issue on Monday and a Mid-Week Brief on Wednesday. Our eNewsletter has been awarded Constant Contact All Star status seven years in a row to date. Here is a recent preview issue.
  2. Self-Help Action Plans. Access to two titles per month from our self-help Action Plan Library. There are currently 38 Action Plan titles to date on all aspects of wellness, including the new and improved How to Eat Healthy While Dining Out. You can view the full library of titles here.
  3. Natural Foods Shopping List. Updated quarterly, our Natural Foods Shopping List includes only the most meticulously vetted, highest quality food and beverage products that we recommend to our clients. These include gluten-free, corn-free, and kosher pareve items.
  4. Free 15 Minute Wellness Coaching Sessions on topics such as Immune System, Detox, Shedding Weight, and Food Cravings and Food Addiction.

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Thirty years of serving your wellness needs. We appreciate your continued patronage and support.

Have a happy, healthy day,
Bonnie, Steve, Carolyn, Lilo, and Elizabeth
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