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Nutritional Concepts Mid-Week Brief
July 10, 2013
Dear Valued Subscriber,


We hope you are having a great week. Congrats to Cecilia G. who won our $50 Fourth of July Sale Gift Certificate.


Have a happy, healthy day. Bonnie and Steve Minsky

Gluten Intolerance Linked to Autism.


Some children with autism have increased immune reactivity to gluten, but the mechanism of this increased reactivity appears to be distinct from that involved with celiac disease, according to a study published in the June 18th issue of PLoS One.

The results also indicated an association between elevated antibodies to gluten proteins and the presence of gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms in the affected children. 
The researchers analyzed serologic and genetic markers of celiac disease and gluten intolerance in children diagnosed with autism according to both the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview, Revised (ADI-R) as well as their unaffected siblings and age-matched unrelated healthy control individuals. The blood samples were tested for antibodies to tissue transglutaminase, a sensitive and specific marker of celiac disease, as well as antibodies to gliadin.
The analysis showed that the children with autism had significantly higher levels of IgG (intolerance) antibody to gliadin compared with unrelated healthy controls individuals. The IgG levels were also higher compared with the unaffected siblings. The researchers also found that the IgG antigliadin antibody response was significantly greater in the autistic children with GI symptoms in comparison to those without GI symptoms. There were no differences in IgA response to gliadin or genetic celiac markers among the 3 groups.
The observations from this study point to immunologic and/or intestinal barrier abnormalities and their association with GI symptoms in autism.
Bonnie - Of course, the researchers say several times in the study that the findings are preliminary and need to be confirmed in larger study groups. We know better. We have known about the link between GI problems and autism for a long time. We know that some of these cases are connected to the body's overexcited reaction to toxic substances in the wheat family, most notably gluten. As more research arrives, removing gluten will be an integral part of conventional autism prevention and healing protocols. Unfortunately, it will come decades too late for many.


Client Question: Verification Supplement Testing


Q - Hello Steve, I recently learned about "USP" and their verification process for supplements. 

I noticed that there seem to be very few supplement companies that have earned this quality and safety verification. What is your take on this, and how do you know that the supplements you sell are of good and consistent quality, and meet safety standards? Why don't more legitimate manufacturers submit to the USP process? 
Thanks, Deb
A - Hi Deb. There are several third party certification organizations. USP is one of them. Companies that sell to retail channels, such as health food stores and grocery stores, pay these organizations to put their "stamp of approval" on their products. USP is a reputable testing facility. However, for them to exist, supplement manufacturers must pay them for the right to carry the USP seal.
With regard to the manufacturers we dispense, almost every one goes beyond what USP requires because they attain the same standards that FDA pharmaceuticals do. This is very expensive, but they do it because they work with physicians and licensed health professionals, usually in therapeutic doses much higher that what is seen in retail. For example, Metagenics not only meets cGMP for supplements, it is also certified by NSF (an organization like USP), and its manufacturing meets the same standards as pharmaceuticals (GMP).
In addition, before I carry any product, I meticulously go through third party testing assays, research the origin of source materials, tour their testing facilities, and more. Our staff and families use the same products that you do. That's how much we care about finding the best products available.
The USP seal can bring piece of mind for the average supplement user who does not have a resource like us to be their safety net. However, just because a product does not have a USP seal, it does not mean that it is inferior. It just means that they did not pay USP to test their products.
Hope this helps.
Steve Minsky
Ice Chips Are Here!


It has been difficult for many of you since Xylichew gum went out of production. We think we have found a wonderful product for you.
We are recommending and stocking at our office the sugar-free candy Ice Chips.
While not gum, these little mints taste delicious and are made with corn-free xylitol. We are stocking the flavors Wild Berry, Lemon, Peppermint, and Licorice. 
Not only are they non-glycemic, they can help prevent dental caries. The one caveat: you have to eat them in moderation (four chips daily) because xylitol has a laxative effect. Enjoy!