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Gut Epidemic
October Sale
eNews Updates
Well Connect
The New Senior Male
Healthier Halloween

How Does Insurance Cover Our Services?
Far Infrared Sauna Therapy.
The War for Food Transparency
The War for Food Transparency

Food Intolerance: the Silent Assassin
Food Intolerance: the Silent Assassin

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October 21, 2013
Dear Valued Subscriber,  


Did you know that infants are generally thought to be born with intestines that are sterile or that, at most, contain a very low level of microbes?However, the infant GI tract is rapidly colonized following delivery. The composition of the infant gut can vary significantly based on a number of factors, including mode of delivery (cesarean is worse), feeding type (formula is worse), or due to antibiotic (worse), prebiotic or probiotic use (better).


ANNOUNCEMENT: We just published our newest Action Plan, Wellness for the "New Senior Male". You can purchase separately here or if you become a new subscriber to NCI Well Connect here, we will email you a copy for free. 


Current NCI Well Connect subscribers can email us to get your complimentary copy.


Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve Minsky


The Fastest Growing Gut Epidemic Is?

What Is Gastroparesis?

This is a digestive problem in which the nerves and muscles that regulate stomach emptying don't work properly. This problem can happen to anyone, but it is especially common among up to 50% of all diabetics and many elderly.


The Main Culprit? Reflux Meds

In my 28 years as a practicing nutritionist and dietitian, I had never heard of Gastroparesis until a few years ago. Its not even listed in my handy Medical Dictionary.


Why is it that in the last few years, it has become a near epidemic! The answer is simple...proton pump inhibitors (Prilosec, Prevacid, Aciphex, Nexium, Protonix, Dexalant, etc.). They have been used by too many people for far too long to treat heartburn and reflux. These drugs destroy B-12 and magnesium and consistently turn off stomach acid. How can anyone digest normally when they have been taking these drugs daily for years?


What Are the Symptoms?

  • feeling full after only a few bites of food
  • feeling bloated
  • chronic hiccups and/or belching
  • chronic heartburn
  • nausea and vomiting
  • loss of appetite


  • Dietary changes are critical for managing the problem. Switching to less fiber and easier to digest foods is a necessity. Soft, peeled fruits and vegetables, especially cooked; lean lowfat meats, poultry, fish, and eggs that are fork tender; and liquid or soft foods (protein smoothies, yogurt, applesauce) are recommended as the mainstay of the diet.
  • Small, frequent meals and snacks (5-6 daily) will put less stress on the digestive system.
  • Chewing foods slowly and completely and sipping (instead of guzzling) will make digestion and absorption easier.
  • Taking necessary supplements is important. B-12, B-6 and magnesium help strengthen the nerves and muscles. B-12 helps produce more stomach acid to aid in digestion. Vitamin D3 has a benefit to all systems and can help prevent bone loss.
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eNews Updates (access for all)
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NCI Well Connect (Subscription Only)
Why NCI Well Connect?
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:

  • Wading Through the Water Filter Muck.
  • Did You Know Supplements? Lithium
  • Are Some of Our Organs Odor Savvy?
  • This Mineral Taken Every Day Can Keep Fatigue Away.
  • Quinoa Mac and Cheese
  • The Hottest and Coldest Stainless Steel Container
  • Gluten-Free Zucchini and Pumpkin Bread Mixes
  • Can Memories Be Erased From the Brain?
  • Kitchen Safety Tips: Cuts
  • The Perils of Social Isolation.
  • eInspire

Please click here to read a recent issue of NCI Well Connect.


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Wellness for the "New Senior Male"

One 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 when our newest Action Plan lays the groundwork for seniors to thrive. Wellness for the "New Senior Male" Action Plan contains a road map for how men can age gracefully and increase their quality of life.


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

To become a Well Connect subscriber. Simply click on this link to register.


You May Need a Nutritional Update. 

updateHas it been a while 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 something 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. 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.

A Healthier Halloween

Shopping for Halloween treats? Consider purchasing an edible and non-edible treat. A study we always refer to, from Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, states that when given the option, children between the ages of 3 and 14 choose toys over candy during trick or treating.


Along with offering non-edible treats, make sure the edible treat is as healthy as possible. A dark chocolate square, such as the Endangered Species brand, is actually considered healthful.


A few tips for your own children:

  • Give them a snack before trick or treating to avoid cravings.
  • Give them your own treats to eat at school or after-school parties.
  • Offer them five or ten cents for every piece of candy they collect as an alternative to eating all of it!