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Quick Hits
-- Vitamin D Deficiency Is An Epidemic.
-- We've Got a Bone to Pick With Oprah.
-- Battle Lines Drawn for Pregnancy Care.
-- July Sale - 20% OFF.
-- The Skinny on CFL's.
-- Recipes du Jour.
-- July Announcements.
-- Mosquito Quick Tip.
-- 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 Deficiency Is An Epidemic.
 Vitamin D has dominated the health headlines lately.

"People with a vitamin D deficiency are twice as likely to die."
"Lack of vitamin D rampant in infants, teens."
"Breast cancer patients deficient in vitamin D."
"Vitamin D protects against heart attacks in men."
"Vitamin D deficiency increases chances of getting influenza."
"Prostates protected by vitamin D."
"Ensuring vitamin D levels never get low is a way of protecting against cancer."
"Vitamin D to boost mood in older adults."

These studies are only from within the last two months.

Why so much press? Vitamin D deficiency is officially considered an epidemic in the United States as well as in many other countries.

Click on the link below to find out why there is an epidemic and Bonnie's recommendations to combat vitamin D deficiency.

Vitamin D Deficiency is an Epidemic.

We've Got a Bone to Pick With Oprah.
 Oprah Winfrey just finished a 21 day cleanse that received a lot of attention. In this case, the "Oprah effect" may have been detrimental to the thousands that followed her lead.

Kathy Freston, self-proclaimed "Conscious Living Counselor" and author of The Quantum Wellness Plan, has no credentials as a dietitian, physician, or any other licensed health professional. Her cleanse plan can actually create health problems for some individuals. Why?

1. It contains too many common food reactors:
Mushroom (mold allergy), Soy (third most common allergen), Wheat (second most common allergen, highest gluten food, and cross reactive to grass pollen), and Peanut (high mold content, life threatening allergy and cross reactive to grass and tree pollen)

2. This cleanse would be awful for anyone suffering from chronic yeast imbalance because many of the foods are yeast-producing.

3. The huge amount of soy could be contraindicated for hypothyroid individuals on medication and for women who have an estrogen positive breast cancer history, especially if they are on medication to keep them in remission.

For these reasons, we have created a 2 to 3 week cleanse that is gentle, sustainable, vegan, soy-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, artificial sweetener-free, and well-tolerated for most individuals who suffer from chronic yeast problems.

Nutritional Concepts Smart Cleanse - $4.95.

Battle Lines Drawn for Pregnancy Care.
 In April, the American Medical Association made a statement about home births by voting to tighten physician control over midwives. They also are going to develop model legislation in support of their concept for the safest setting for labor, delivery, and the immediate post-partum period, which is in the hospital setting.

While home births are not by any means the norm, and do not come without risk, they have been proven to be a safe and incredible experience for many.

More importantly, the AMA should be looking at themselves in the mirror because the epidemic of premature babies is a clear and present danger. Underweight babies born in the United states have increased to its highest rate in 40 years, due in large part to fertility treatments, poor prenatal care, medication intake during pregnancy, and excess procedures during pregnancy.

Alternatively, you rarely see this with babies born by home births. Our beloved chiropractor, Dr. Liselotte Schuster, offers a explanation for premature contractions and what steps you can take to see your baby to full term.

A Gentle Hands On Approach to Premature Contractions.

July Sale - 20% OFF.
UltraClear Metagenics UltraClear Medical Food
Just add water. Use with our Smart Cleanse or Smart Detox Action Plans. Safe, gentle, and well-researched for stimulating the activity of our often compromised detoxification pathways.

Twinlab Quercetin + C
While most vitamin C is derived from corn-based ascorbic acid, this source comes from the hypoallergenic sago palm. Quercetin is a powerful bioflavanoid that has been extensively researched for heart health, lowering blood pressure, pancreatic cancer risk, polyp development, inflammation, wound healing, and tooth decay. Quercetin and vitamin C enhance the activity of one another, creating an antioxidant powerhouse.

Cardiovascular Research Hepagen
Our long-standing and most effective nutrient for liver nourishment/protection/detoxification. Hepagen contains Alpha Lipoic Acid and Silymarin, two of the most well-researched, safe nutrients for aiding malfunctioning livers and blood sugar disorders.

Metagenics Advaclear
Advaclear performs the same purpose as UltraClear, except in capsule form.

Order here

The Skinny on CFL's.
 Transitioning to Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs are wonderful for reducing your electric bill as well as your overall carbon load. However, if a CFL ever breaks in your house, you need to discard it properly because it contains a small amount of mercury, which is especially toxic when emitted through the air.

The same goes for standard fluorescent. Click below for the protocol.

What if I accidentally break a fluorescent lamp in my house?

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

Roasted Chicken Salad with Mango and Pistachios

Great summer salad recipe!

-4 bone-in organic or free-range chicken breast halves
-sea or Kosher salt
- c. reduced-fat mayonnaise
- c. 2% Greek style yogurt
-2 T. lemon juice
-1 tsp. dried tarragon
-1 tsp. Dijon mustard
- tsp. grated lemon peel, optional
-2 ribs celery, diced
- red bell pepper, seeded and diced
-1 mango, peeled and cut into cubes
- c. shelled unsalted pistachios, coarsely chopped
- c. fresh parsley, chopped

Directions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking dish with foil. Place the chicken in the baking dish. Coat with cooking spray and season with salt. Roast for approximately 30 minutes, or until cooked through. Set aside to cool. In a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, yogurt, lemon juice, tarragon, mustard, and optional lemon peel. Remove the skin and bones from the chicken and shred by hand into bite-size pieces. Fold into the dressing, along with the celery, bell pepper, mango, pistachios, and parsley. Refrigerate until ready to serve. SERVES: 6

Spa Recipes.

July Announcements.
announce -Fluoride's glory may be cresting.

-Golfers may be at increased risk for diabetes.

-Americans are eating better-for-you foods instead of dieting.

-Big breakfast aids weight loss.

-Change in your diet can change your genes.

-Foods set switches for better health.

-We are delighted to have Aga Adamczyk as Bonnie's intern. Aga is fulfilling her hours to become a licensed dietitian nutritionist.

Bonnie & Steve's Blog

Mosquito Quick Tip.
 It is still early in the summer, but the mosquitoes are ravenous, especially in the rain soaked Midwest. We have accounts that mosquitoes are not just biting at dawn and dusk, prime feeding time, but all day long.

One tried and tested, albeit unconventional preventive, is Vitamin B-1 (thiamin). Taking at least 100 mg. of Vitamin B-1 before going outdoors changes your body's odor, while undetectable to humans, is oppressive to mosquitoes.


Locavore Tidbit.
newfarm What's in Season in July in the Midwest
Beans, Beets, Bell Peppers, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cabbage, Cantaloupes, Carrots, Cherries, Cucumbers, Currants, Eggplant, Fennel, Garlic, Horseradish, Melons, Mushrooms, Nectarines, Okra, Onions, Peaches, Plums, Potatoes, Radicchio, Radishes, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Scallions, Summer Squash, Sweet Corn, 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 June:

The Importance of Stress Management.

Top Ten Anti-Aging Tips.

Whole Foods Red Flags.

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