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August 5, 2013
Dear Valued Subscriber,   


Did you know that there is a difference between juicing and blending? Juicing is a process which extracts water and nutrients from produce and discards the indigestible fiber. When you remove the fiber from the produce, the liquid juice is absorbed into your blood stream quickly. This can cause a rapid spike in blood sugar, leading to mood swings, energy loss, memory problems and more.


Blending consists of the entire fruit or vegetable, skin and all. Blending slows down the release of nutrients into the blood stream. However, without any protein or healthy fat, this is still too much carbohydrate for the body to handle on a daily basis.


Whether you juice or blend, drink it right away. It usually takes 15 minutes for light and air to destroy many of the nutrients. Or, transfer to a dark airtight container until you're ready.


INSIDE HIGHLIGHTS: FDA's new gluten-free rules; top 12 reasons to scrap GMOs. For Well Connect subscribers: new topical agents for hair regrowth; the new gold standard cholesterol assessment. 


Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve Minsky


Medication, Supplement, Testing Update.

Recent FDA Actions

The FDA updated a boxed warning to the label ofantimalarial drug mefloquine hydrochloride due to the possibility that neurologic side effects may persist or become permanent. They can include dizziness, loss of balance, or ringing in the ears. Psychiatric side effects can include feeling anxious, mistrustful, depressed, or having hallucinations.


The FDA is taking several actions related to Nizoral (ketoconazole) oral tablets, including limiting the drug's use, warning that it can cause severe liver injuries and adrenal gland problems and advising that it can lead to harmful drug interactions with other medications. Nizoral should be used for the treatment of certain fungal infections, known as endemic mycoses, only when alternative antifungal therapies are not available or tolerated.


The FDA is warning consumers that they should not use or purchaseHealthy Life Chemistry By Purity First B-50, marketed as a vitamin B dietary supplement. A preliminary FDA laboratory analysis indicated that the product contains two potentially harmful anabolic steroids-methasterone, a controlled substance, and dimethazine.


The FDA has approved required revisions for the rotavirus vaccineRotaTeq as a result of new safety data. The Mini-Sentinel PRISM study is the largest study of intussusception after rotavirus vaccines to date and identified an increased risk of intussusception in the 21 day time period after the first dose of RotaTeq.


The FDA announced that stimulants, including Ritalin and Adderall, used to treat ADHD are associated with peripheral vasculopathy, including Raynaud's syndrome. Effects were observed in post-marketing reports at different times and at therapeutic doses in all age groups throughout the course of treatment.



Children who receive antibiotics in the first year of their lives are as much as 40% more likely to go on to develop eczema, according to a new study in British Journal of Dermatology. The researchers state that broad-spectrum antibiotics alter the gut microflora and in turn affects the maturing immune system in a way that prompts allergic disease development.



Older adults using anticholinergic (AC) medications for just 2 months to manage sleep problems, urinary incontinence, and other ailments could be at increased risk of developing mild cognitive impairment, a new study in journal Alzheimer's and Dementia suggests. The risk for cognitive impairment was increased by 50% in adults receiving at least 3 mild ACs for more than 90 days and by 100% in those receiving 1 or more severe ACs for more than 60 days.


CT Scans

Children and adolescents who undergo computed tomography (CT) scans may be at greater risk of developing cancer compared with individuals who do not, according to a study in the British Medical Journal. Brain cancer was at almost twice the overall rate for individuals who had a brain CT scan and overall rates were highest for CT exposures in children younger than 5 years.



Lumbar epidural steroid injections are associated with an increased risk for spinal fracture, according to the results of a study in Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Moreover, the authors state an increasing number of epidurals were associated with an increasing likelihood of fracture.


Induced Labor

Policies restricting nonmedically indicated labor inductions are now in place in the majority of hospitals in the United States, and early signs are that they have had the desired effect. Data presented at the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Annual Clinical Meeting stated that nearly two thirds of more than 2600 hospitals are following this policy.


Before there was a policy against elective induction, c-section rates went way up and patients on labor and delivery being induced for 2 and 3 days. There was also an increase in the number of accreta cases, which is abnormal placentation in women who have typically had multiple c-sections.


Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)

One strategy to control Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) should include a reduction in proton pump inhibitor (PPI) use, according to a study in the July 22 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers found that patients having community-associated CDI without antibiotic exposure had a trend toward having received PPIs more frequently than patients with antibiotic exposure.


According to a new study in Therapeutic Advances of Drug Safety, PPIs are ssociated with an increased risk of vitamin and mineral deficiencies impacting vitamin B12, vitamin C, calcium, iron and especially magnesium metabolism.


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Why NCI Well Connect?

Do you feel overwhelmed by the avalanche of diet and lifestyle information you are exposed to? Do you feel like there is never enough time to read up on all of it? NCI Well Connect can do it for you. 


Utilizing our decades of clinical experience to discern what is fact or fiction, we pore over 400 journals and media weekly to find the ideal nutrition and lifestyle tips that will motivate you to adhere to, or improve upon, your wellness goals.


NCI Well Connect is your weekly nutritionist and wellness companion. 


This Week's Topics Are:

  • New Topical Agents for Hair Regrowth.
  • A Healthier Mashed Potato
  • Misinformation on OTC Medications for Kids.
  • Never Shop When This?
  • Have We Solved Motion Sickness?
  • Sea Salt Spray
  • New Gluten-Free Bakery
  • Organic Red Palm Oil
  • Mosquito, Tick, and Flea Prevention
  • The Truest Lipid Assessment.
  • Addressing Toxic Algal Blooms Naturally.
  • How to Time Protein for Muscle Building After Exercise.
  • eInspire

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Ragweed Season is Fast-Approaching. 

springallergyfunnyOne of the perks of being a NCI Well Connect subscriber is that you are granted monthly access to our Action Plan Library (27 plans with a total value over $200) and Special Reports. 


The perk comes in handy in several weeks when the pollen counts for ragweed pollen counts will be at their peak. Our Conquering Allergy and Intolerance Action Plan lists every non-invasive step you can take not just to mitigate, but prevent the onset of symptoms. But you must start preparing today!


If you are not an NCI Well Connect subscriber, you can purchase Conquering Allergy and Intolerance Action Plan separately here. For NCI Well Connect subscribers, it is free by email request.

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You May Need a Nutritional Update. 

updateAre you a snowbird or student back home for the summer? Has it been a few years since your last visit? Have you had major trauma or changes in your life that have altered your optimal balance. Or, do you just feel there is one small thing missing from you feeling ideal? Chances are that you are due for a nutritional update with Bonnie.


If you have had a physical with bloodwork performed within the last 6-8 months, set up a consultation with Bonnie. Bring a copy of the bloodwork and be ready to discuss any diet, supplement, medication, health status, and major life changes since your last visit.


To set up an appointment, please contact us at 847-498-3422.

Ice Chips Xylitol Mints

icechips2It 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 Berry Mix, 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.