NCI Well Connect: November 21, 2016
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that as industry cuts down on its mercury emissions from burning coal, research has found mercury concentrations in some fish are dropping? The latest study, in Environmental Science & Technology, reports that this is the case for Atlantic bluefin tuna.

Although global mercury emissions continue to rise due largely to increases in coal burning in Asia, emissions in North America between 1990 and 2007 went down 2.8 percent per year. Over a similar period, mercury in north Atlantic waters dropped 4.3 percent annually. And between 2001 and 2009, mercury in the air above the north Atlantic declined by 20 percent.

Over this eight-year period, the mercury concentration in the fish dropped an average of 19 percent. The finding suggests that reductions in mercury emissions could rapidly lead to reduced mercury concentrations in some marine fish, the researchers say.

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Well Connect Feature
Constipation Assistance 
Steve: Electroacupuncture (EA) may offer patients with chronic severe functional constipation a safe and effective alternative to traditional therapies, according to research from the September 12th issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

Half the participants received EA and the other half received sham EA for 28 sessions over the course of 8 weeks.

The study's primary outcome was the change from baseline in the number of complete spontaneous bowel movements (CSBMs) per week during weeks 1 to 8.

The investigators found that the patients who received EA had significantly more CSBMs. This effect also persisted through the 12-week follow-up (weeks 9 - 20). In the EA group, 31.3% and 37.7% of patients had 3 or more mean weekly CSBMs during the treatment and follow-up phases, respectively, compared with 12.1% and 14.1%, respectively, in the sham EA group.

Patients who received EA also had improved general well-being and quality of life.
Nutrient Intake Inadequate for Most Americans
Bonnie and Steve: The most common method to assess vitamin and mineral status of the American population is the recommended dietary allowance (RDA). We believe that this is an antiquated method that sets the bar extremely low for nutrient intake. For example, the current RDA for vitamin C for adult nonsmoking men and women is 60 mg daily, which is based on a requirement of 46 mg per day to prevent the deficiency disease scurvy.

Is this the right way to assess optimal health, by getting just enough vitamin C to avoid scurvy? Surely, the science has found that we need a lot more vitamin C than that for preventing infection and promoting healthy cell function.

We have been trying to get public health decision makers to eliminate RDAs for decades, to no avail. Maybe a new study in the September issue of Journal of Family Practice can help convince "the powers that be" that we need a new way of assessing nutrient deficiencies. 

The study found that in every instance where a nutrient deficiency had been discovered (i.e., magnesium, zinc, potassium, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin K, and more), those that were taking dietary supplements were at significantly less risk for deficiency.

According to the authors, "the collective evidence to date indicates that many Americans are obtaining less than the required amounts of a number of vitamins and minerals. In turn, nutritional deficiencies and insufficiencies can have health consequences. The evidence further shows that vitamin and mineral supplement use is associated with higher micronutrient intakes and lower rates of deficiencies and inadequacies."
Small Business Saturday
Bonnie and Steve: This Nov 26, we want to celebrate Small Business Saturday with you! It's a special holiday created so communities can show love for small businesses like ours.

So mark your calendars for Nov 26, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and get ready to Shop Small with us. Stop by between the hours of 9AM and 4PM.

Thanks for your support. See you Saturday, Nov 26!

Did You Know? Meds
Yet Another Reflux Med Side Effect
Steve: A popular group of antacids known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), used to reduce stomach acid and treat heartburn may increase the risk of ischemic stroke, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2016.

Ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke, is caused by clots blocking blood flow to or in the brain.

Researchers analyzed the records of 244,679 patients who had an ischemic stroke for the first time in their lives.

Overall stroke risk increased by 21 percent when patients were taking one of four PPIs: omeprazole (Prilosec), pantoprazole (Protonix), lansoprazole (Prevacid) and esomeprazole (Nexium).

At the highest dose for these 4 PPI's, stroke risk increased from 30 percent for lansoprazole (Prevacid) to 94 percent for pantoprazole (Protonix).

There was no increased risk of stroke associated with another group of acid-reducing medications known as H2 blockers, which include famotidine (Pepcid) and ranitidine (Zantac).
Shrewd Shopper
Don't Go to the Grocery Store Without It
Steve: Heading to the grocery store armed with a list makes it easier to follow a healthy diet, a study from Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior suggests.

Researchers surveyed more than 1,300 mostly overweight and obese individuals and found that shoppers who regularly made grocery lists also made higher quality food choices and had lower body weight.

Just under one third of the participants said they "always" shopped with a grocery list, while another 17 percent did so often and 26 percent did so occasionally.

Using a shopping list was also associated with having a BMI about one point lower compared to people who didn't use lists. 

Remember that the typical supermarket these days is carefully engineered so that they are constantly tempting you to make impulse purchases and unwise food choices (i.e. placing candies at the checkout). Having a plan and sticking to it is a good start to pre-committing yourself to a healthy purchase pattern.
Zero Second Rule
Steve: According to new research from Rutgers University, pathogenic bacteria can change places in the blink of an eye. Picking up dropped food and eating it is equivalent to not wearing a seatbelt.

The researchers meticulously dropped watermelon, bread (buttered and unbuttered), and gummy candy from a height of 5 inches onto four different surfaces that had been disinfected, inoculated with Enterobacter aerogenes, then allowed to dry. The surfaces were stainless steel, ceramic tile, wood, and carpet.

Contact time ranged from less than one second to a full five minutes.

Watermelon picked up the most contaminating bacteria, while the gummy candy acquired the least.

The highest transfer rates came from stainless steel and tile-the lowest from carpet. Transfer rates from wood were variable.

Unfortunately, the Five-Second Rule is simply an urban myth. The five-second rule, the lead author says, "should probably should become the zero-second rule".
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Bonnie's Bite
Supplements and Telomeres
Bonnie: The following study from the August issue of the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics adds more evidence to the importance of supplement intake and increased telomere length.

Telomeres shorten with age. Longer telomere length has been associated with a reduction in the risk of age-related diseases that include diabetes, coronary heart disease and dementia.

2000 people aged 40 to 69 years were analyzed for the amount of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C and E, folate, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and zinc consumed. Telomere length was assessed at a ten-year follow-up examination.

There was a strong association between greater intake of vitamin C, folate, and potassium with longer telomere length.
Tech for Wellness
Downside to Chronic Smartphone Use
Steve: Exposure to smartphone screens is associated with lower sleep quality, according to a study published in this month's PLoS ONE.

In 653 adult individuals across the United States, a smartphone application recorded their screen-time, defined as the number of minutes in each hour that the screen was turned on, over a 30-day period. They also recorded their sleeping hours and sleep quality.

The researchers found that each participant totaled an average of 38.4 hours over this period, with smartphones being activated on average for 3.7 minutes in each hour. Longer average screen-time was associated with poor sleep quality and less sleep overall, particularly when smartphones were used near participants' bedtime.

This study is the first to measure smartphone exposure prospectively.

We suggest abstaining from looking at your smartphone at least one hour before bed, if not more.
Green Lifestyle
Mimic Plants for Renewable Energy
Steve: Using a simple membrane extract from spinach leaves, researchers have developed a bio-photo-electro-chemical (BPEC) cell that produces electricity and hydrogen from water using sunlight.

The findings were published in the August issue of Nature Communications. 

The BPEC cell developed by the researchers is based on the naturally occurring process of photosynthesis in plants, in which light drives electrons that produce storable chemical energetic molecules, that are the fuels of all cells in the animal and plant worlds.

Unlike the combustion of hydrocarbon fuels, which emit greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide) into the atmosphere and pollute the environment, the product of hydrogen combustion is clean water. Therefore, this is a closed cycle that begins with water and ends with water, allowing the conversion and storage of solar energy in hydrogen gas, which could be a clean and sustainable substitute for hydrocarbon fuel.

This paves the way for the development of new technologies for the creation of clean fuels from renewable sources: water and solar energy.
Genetic Wellness Testing & Analysis
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Far Infrared Sauna Therapy
It is always the right time to experience Far Infrared Sauna Therapy. Traditional saunas emit direct heat. Far Infrared uses light to create heat. Far infrared run at much milder temperatures, but travels much deeper into the body, which is why you sweat more vigorously. Sweating is the body's safe and natural way to heal and detoxify.


Aside from the fact that you are taking one hour out of your busy lives to relax, Far Infrared Therapy offers numerous therapeutic benefits, most importantly enhanced detoxification. Many clients use it to relieve painful joints, rev up metabolism, and remove buildup of heavy metals.


Sweat samples reveal traces of a number of toxins, including mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, and some hormone-disrupting chemicals. Far Infrared has shown to draw out 15 to 20% more heavy metals, sulfuric acid, ammonia, uric-acid, and fat-soluble toxins than traditional saunas.


A recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine found that increased frequency of sauna bathing reduced the risk of sudden cardiac death, coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and all-cause mortality.

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Wild Card
Why We Stink.
Bonnie: Although many believe that bacteria themselves are smelly, they're almost certainly not. What happens is that when bacteria metabolize other substances, they produce end- or by-products that are often volatile, and sometimes have distinctive odors.

After vigorous exercise, you may blame sweat for the smell, but it's really not the sweat's fault. It's odorless.

The odor is, instead, produced by bacteria metabolizing your perspiration, then in turn producing the whiffy by-product.

Many bacteria are fond of sugars, producing different odors as they digest them.

The distinctive smell of foot odor is often caused by Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus epidermidis, while funky underarms (sounds a bit like a band) tend to result from Corynebacterium xerosis.

Reportedly, experienced lab technicians develop an ability to identify bacteria from the smells they give off when being cultured.

A fascinating online exchange of techs' experiences reveals that Pseudomonas aeruginosa has an initial smell of grapes, with a secondary scent of tortillas.

Less pleasantly, C. difficile apparently smells like horse manure or elephant dung.

And worst of all, perhaps, E. coli is said to smell somewhere between vomit and melting Styrofoam. Yuck!
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