NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
July 8, 2015
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that many published studies estimate that misdiagnosis happens in 15-28% of all medical costs in the US?

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?
Why Artificial Sweeteners Make Us Gain Weight
Steve: Until a study in last month's Neuron, nobody quite understood how organisms distinguish between real sugar and artificial sweeteners.

Fruit flies and humans share about 75 percent of the same disease-causing genes, which is why researchers chose them for this study. Plus, we know that the human brain could tell the difference between real and fake sugar, we just did not know how.

Researchers deprived fruit flies of food for several hours and then gave them a choice between diet, non-nutritive sweeteners and real sugar. When the flies licked the real sugar, it activated a group of six neurons that released a hormone with receptors in the gut and brain. These neurons are in roughly the same spot in humans.

The hormone fueled digestion and allowed the fly to lick more of the nutritious food. On the other hand, when the fly licked the diet sweetener, it never produced this hormone/digestive reaction because zero-calorie sweetener has no nutritional or energy value.

In every case, the flies abandoned the artificial sweetener and chose the regular sugar because the starved flies needed the energy provided by the calories in the real sugar.

From an evolutionary perspective, sweet taste means sugar (traditionally from fruit or high concentrate carbohydrates) and a subsequent big energy boost. If our brains work the same way, this helps explains why diet foods don't satiate or satisfy us, and we gain weight while dieting. It's like eating that entire bag of low-calorie cookies and the body telling you you're still hungry. You keep eating until you eats something with nutritional value that meets her energy needs.

Part One: Toxins in the Environment and What Can We Do About It
This series is available to NCI Well Connect Members.

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.

Alka Support Has Arrived!
At long last, our replacement for Integrative Therapeutics Alka Aid will be arriving today!

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.
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, Food Cravings and Food Addiction, or those of your own choosing.

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

Have a happy, healthy day,
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