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Nutritional Concepts Mid-Week Brief
January 15, 2014
Dear Valued Subscriber,

It is our sole intent to help you implement and/or maintain healthy habits in 2014. The first step is to extend 40% OFF for a subscription to NCI Well Connect until the end of January.

"I just want to say that subscribing to your NCI Well Connect has been one of the best value-added investments of my life! Your newsletters and researched articles are truly invaluable. Thank you VERY MUCH!"
Jill H.

Research confirms that installing consistent, healthy habits are the best way to maintain optimal health. Our eNewsletter, which provides research-backed habits for mental, emotional, physical, and environmental health, is the weekly reaffirmation many crave to meet their wellness goals.

You can subscribe at our website here or contact us at 847-498-3422. By doing so, we will email you a free copy of Bonnie's new eating plan, Jump-Start PaleoMediterranean Diet.

Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve.

Laxatives and Wet Wipes Warning.

Wet Wipes

A preservative used in some popular wet wipes may be leading to significant eczematous dermatitis in children, according to a report published in the January 13 issue of Pediatrics.


Moreover, the report suggests that physicians may be misdiagnosing these cases as other skin disorders.

Researchers state that children have presented with "chronic, recalcitrant perianal and/or facial dermatitis" after the use of 2 brands (Cottonelle and Huggie) of wet wipes. The problems resolved quickly and completely after use of the wipes stopped.

This is the first US report of pediatric allergic contact dermatitis linked tomethylisothiazolinone (MI), a preservative in wet wipes.

The authors of the report confirmed all cases with standard patch testing with low MI concentrations.

"As wet wipes are being increasingly marketed as personal care products for all ages, MI exposure and contact sensitization will likely increase," the authors write. "Dermatitis of the perianal, facial, and hand areas with a history of wet wipe use should raise suspicion of allergic contact dermatitis to MI and prompt appropriate patch testing."


Steve: Seventh Generation is a brand that uses as little preservatives as possible.

Concerns Over Laxatives
The FDA is warning consumers that some over-the-counter laxatives may be dangerous if dosing instructions or warnings are not followed. There have been dozens of reports of serious side effects, including 13 deaths, associated with the use of sodium phosphate laxatives.

The FDA's Division of Non-prescription Regulation Development said the most serious harm in recent reports occurred after consumers overdosed by taking a single dose that was higher than recommended on the drug label or took more than one dose in a day because they had a poor laxative effect from the first dose.

Laxative products containing sodium phosphates are marketed under the brand name "Fleet" and also as store brands and generic products. All are potentially associated with serious side effects, such as dehydration and/or abnormal levels of electrolytes in the blood that can lead to serious complications, such as kidney damage and sometimes death.
You can read the FDA's Consumer Report here.
Bonnie - Laxatives cannot only be deadly, but addictive. It is easy to rely on them to help move your bowels to the point where your body loses the ability to perform peristalsis (the action of muscles moving waste through the colon). If one decides to stop laxatives and is unaware peristalsis has stopped, this could create a life-threatening bowel obstruction.
In addition, many laxative products are extremely harsh and/or allergenic. Please consult with a licensed health professional before taking a laxative.
Third Healthy Behavior of 2014?

This article is available to NCI Well Connect subscribers.


It is currently 40% OFF for the month of January. Subscribe here.


NCI Well Rewards Back for 2014!

For the fourth year in a row, NCI Well Rewards Loyalty Program was a success. It is back for 2014. Start your orders early because every dollar spent counts as one point. The more points you accrue, the larger the discounts become.


For details about NCI Well Rewards Loyalty Program, click here.


Prescription for Starting the Year Off Right.
  1. Make an appointment with Bonnie if you need to get back on track. The Affordable Care Act has made it easier than ever to get preventive services covered. With a simple doctor's prescription, we can give you a Superbill to submit for medical nutrition therapy services or wellness visits (Medicare allows a wellness visit with an Rx).
  2. Follow your individualized supplement regimen. If you have gotten off track, now is the perfect time to start. While eating optimally comprises 75 percent of your nutrient intake, supplements comprise the other 25 percent. We offer monthly supplement discounts and a loyalty reward program.
  3. Stay on the straight and narrow with NCI Well Connect. Read Well Connect weekly to maintain healthy behaviors and avoid the pitfalls. If you need a weight management boost, we will email you our new Jump-Start PaleoMediterranean Diet. Subscribe here.
  4. Avoid your food reactors. As it was in 2013, wellness trends will be heavily influenced by food intolerances. Why? We are finally coming to the realization that food intolerances occur much more frequently than once believed. Everyone is different in how and what they react to. Luckily, we have been treating clients with food intolerances for over 16 years and have the most accurate, battle-tested screening method with our Biotrition Food Intolerance Test.
  5. Cleanse and Detox intelligently. One of the most popular ways to ring in the new year is to do a cleanse or detox. Unfortunately, some can do more harm than good. Our Smart Detox 2-Week,Smart Cleanse 2-Week, and Spring Cleanse 3-Day Action Plans have been used safely and successfully by our clients for years. They are free to NCI Well Connect subscribers.
  6. Choose mental and exercise routines to fit your needs. Methods for exercising your mind and body should be just as individualized as your food choices. Most importantly, make sure your routine fits your lifestyle capabilities.