NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
January 13, 2016
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that the gonorrhea bacterium is the strongest organism on earth? It can pull with a force equal to 100,000 times its body weight, the equivalent of a human dragging 22 fully-laden Boeing 747s!

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Our Take: Dietary Guidelines 2015
Steve and Bonnie: While we have never adhered to them, it is our responsibility as public health professionals to provide feedback on the recently published Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020. At any rate, you can tell your family and friends the good, the bad, and the ugly.

  • Half of all American adults have one or more preventable, diet-related chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and overweight/obesity. These can be prevented by improving dietary habits.
  • The guidelines are different from previous ones because people do not eat food groups and nutrients in isolation. They form a totality and should be tailored to an individual's personal preferences. This enables Americans to choose the eating style that is right for them.
  • The guidelines now acknowledge that all segments of our society have a role to play in supporting healthy choices (home, food manufacturers, proper labeling, restaurants, schools, etc.).
  • Desire for an individual's healthy eating pattern to be an adaptable framework, not a rigid prescription.
  • Personal, cultural, and traditional preferences must be honored and the plan must fit within their budget.
  • Focus on a variety of foods.
  • Healthy eating plan includes a variety of vegetables and fruit.
  • Mention fortified soy beverages as a milk replacement.
  • Mentions eating a variety of protein.
  • Physical Activity Guidelines are included.
  • Still focusing on calories.
  • Limit calories from saturated fats. Should say no calories from trans fat.
  • Reduce sodium is a health issue. Yes, but once again, there is no mention of the dearth of potassium.
  • Grains should come from at least half whole grains. Ugh.
  • Consume fat-free or lowfat dairy. Yikes.
  • Count nuts and seeds as proteins. While they do contain viable protein, they should be classified as fats.
  • Consume less than 10 percent of calories per day from saturated fats. This would mean that an individual who eats the healthiest food known to man, a 3.75 ounce can of sardines in olive oil, on a 1600 calorie diet, would be exceeding their limit of saturated fat for the day. Ludicrous!
  • To expect an individual to figure out the saturated fat calories daily is very difficult to tabulate, no matter what algorithm/app you use.
  • Limit calories from added sugars to 10 percent of daily calories. That's about 12 teaspoons of sugar per day. Way too much!
How Food Allergy, Intolerance Is Linked to Irritable Bowel Syndrome
This article is reserved for NCI Well Connect Members.
Local Duck Eggs Have Arrived
Steve: Over the years, we have received numerous requests for duck egg purveyors. Until now, we have had few suggestions beyond going to Asian markets.

Why Duck Eggs?
  • Duck eggs have been found to be less allergenic than chicken eggs. Of course, if you have any kind of egg allergy, check with your allergist before trying.
  • Duck eggs have a rich, full flavor that chicken eggs cannot provide. Chefs prefer using duck eggs in cooking and baking when they are available.
  • Duck eggs stay fresh longer due to their harder shell.
  • Duck eggs have higher omega-3 content and overall better nutritional value.
  • Unlike local chicken egg supplies that are seasonal, ducks lay eggs throughout the winter, so there is always a supply.
Duck Tail Farms
Duck Tail Farm is located in Grayslake, IL at Prairie Crossing Farm. They are currently creating pickup locations around Chicagoland. If you are interested in purchasing duck eggs through a Duck Tail Farm CSA, or on an as need basis, contact Erin at 847-665-9084,,, or on Facebook.

For more information, here is a copy of their most recent eNewsletter.
Why Is This Graphic So Important?
Bonnie and Steve: If one or more of these boxes are yellow or red, then you have genetic deficiencies that may impair your ability to break down and move toxins from your body. The great thing is that you can prevent impairment with diet, nutrients.

The graphic is an example of what our clients receive when screening their methylation cycles. The results have nothing been short of incredible.

Derived from your raw genomic data provided by the genetics company 23andMe, the results reaffirm why many clients have been so vigilant about managing their diets and lifestyles. For others, the results are providing that final push to reach their goals.

Why the Methylation Cycle? Why Now?
It was one of the major nutritional conundrums which had evaded us for years. We tried to cover all bases to help your methylation cycle, the most important pathway for detoxification of chemicals, hormones, and other unwanted environmental byproducts, but we did not have the entire map at our disposal. Now, we can pinpoint exactly if and where your cycle is impaired and fix it.

Methylation impairment can contribute to carcinogenesis, body mass gain, autoimmune disorders, to name a few.

All It Takes Is a Few Simple Steps:
  1. Pay to have your genetic kit sent to your home from 23andMe. You can get the test for $179 instead of $199 at this link because of your relationship with us. We have no financial arrangement with 23andMe.
  2. When you receive your genetic kit, follow the instructions to prepare your saliva sample and send back to 23andMe via the US Postal Service.
  3. 23andMe will email you when your results are complete.
  4. Go to your personal page and look in two areas depending on the state of your results: 1) Click "Tools" link, scroll down to "Browse Your Data", and click the word download. Download the file to your computer and email us the file. 2) Click your name at the top right, click "Browse Raw Data," click the download button, and find the raw data file on your computer. Attach the file and email it to us.
  5. When we get your raw data file, we will upload it into our methylation database and contact you when the results are complete to make an appointment.
  6. (Optional) Share your disease carrier, traits, and wellness reports with us.
Why Is This Such an Incredible Opportunity?
  • In addition to the methylation data that we analyze, 23andMe maps your entire genome. This is crucial if we offer further genetic analysis on other bodily functions or for other health care providers who may require your genetic info.
  • You only need your genome mapped once!
  • 23andMe provides you with information about your ancestry. This is 23andMe's specialty. We do not delve into this aspect of your genetic results. It is completely private to you.
  • Knowing your disease carrier status, traits, and wellness genetics (like lactose intolerance) is invaluable to you and your health professionals. 23andMe has many more test in the offing as the research becomes more available.

  • Many of you have heard us refer to the MTHFR genetic mutation for pregnancy, neurological function, and detoxification. MTHFR is included in the panel, as well as every other major gene associated with the methylation pathway.

Why Did We Decide to Finally Use Genetic Testing?
  • While we feel that much of the information about the humane genome is "not ready for prime time," we feel extremely confident that the genes associated with the methylation pathway have more than enough clinical data. The pharmaceutical industry has done most of the work for us by putting billions of dollars into researching genetics and methylation so they can find out who can best metabolize and avoid side effects from their drugs!
  • As better research comes along, having your genetic information allows us to contact you when, for instance, a genetic bone health panel comes along. How can you beat that service?
Putting Your Methylation Results Into Action
Going over your results should only take about 15 minutes. This is free for NCI Well Connect Members. For non-Well Connect members, the fee is $45.

To start the process, just go to 23andMe and click on the link:
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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 41 Action Plan titles to date on all aspects of wellness, including the new Irritable Bowel Syndrome Action Plan. 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 23andMe genetic results, Immune System, Detox, Shedding Weight, Food Cravings and Food Addiction, or those of your own choosing.

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Have a happy, healthy day,
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