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Cyber Gift
Well Connect Delivers
Thing About Oats
Quality Years
Recipe Du Jour
Did You Know? Supps
Menu Savvy
Brand Buzz
Turn Loyalty Into Savings
December Sale!
Intelligently Active
Mental Minute
Wild Card
Aging Well
Food Intolerance: the Silent Assassin
Food Intolerance: the Silent Assassin

Tai Chi and Qi Gong
Tai Chi and Qi Gong

Super Immune Man
Super Immune Man

Build the Optimal Youth Athlete Nutritional Concepts' Way
Build the Optimal Youth Athlete Nutritional Concepts' Way

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December 1, 2014
Dear Steve,    


Did you know that if you are reading this, you are participating in the "new health paradigm"?

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Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve Minsky


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Why Gluten Intolerants Can't Eat Oats

Bonnie: In addition to the fact that I do not trust oats to be free of gluten because grain transport often involves sharing containers, risking cross-contamination, researchers have discovered another reason for gluten intolerants to stay away.


There are key components in oats that trigger an immune response in some people with gluten intolerance and celiac disease.


Oats contain proteins called avenins that are similar to gluten. The 10-year study, published in this month's Journal of Autoimmunity, revealed that oat consumption triggered a strong immune response in eight percent of the participants with celiac disease.


The research was the first of its kind to comprehensively profile immune responses to oats in people with celiac disease.


What Would You Give for Two Extra Quality Years...or More?

Steve: A huge study from the November issue of American Journal of Epidemiologyfound that a healthier diet according to WHO guidelines was associated with lower risk of death and were similar among different age groups, between men and women, and across geographical locations.


An increase in 10 HDI points, which represents adherence to one WHO guideline was associated with a 2-year increase in life expectancy for a person 60 years of age. How simple is it to accrue 10 HDI points?

  • Avoiding the consumption of potato chips and sweets.
  • Reducing the consumption of meat during the main meal by introducing one (additional) day of fish intake.
  • Replacing full-fat milk with low-fat milk.
  • Eating 2 additional servings of fruits or vegetables daily.
  • Replacing white rolls and cereals with whole-grain alternatives

Are you kidding? Most of you are doing better than this already!


When Bonnie and I talk about adding more quality years, there are additional measures that you need address, such as testing your vitamin D level at least once a year. Here is a smattering of research I found over the last several months:


Mental Decline

A study in Neurology supports a link between low levels of vitamin D and increased risk for cognitive decline in a group of cognitively intact older adults. While we still support levels at 50 and over, this study found the most beneficial level was 75 and above.


An Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism review found that midlife supplemental vitamin D intake exhibited a positive association with cognition in the context of aging.


Seasonal Affective Disorder

Vitamin D supplementation improved winter-related AD among Mongolian children, a population likely to have vitamin D deficiency in winter, according to a Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology study.



According to a paper from Allergy, of some 21,000 asthma patients studied, those with a vitamin D deficiency were 25 percent more likely to have had at least one flare-up in the recent past.


Asthma patients who received vitamin D supplements for six months, in addition to inhalers, could breathe a easier than those who relied only on the inhalers, in an Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology study.


Post-Cardiac Arrest Symptoms

Vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of poor brain function after sudden cardiac arrest by seven-fold, according to research presented at Acute Cardiovascular Care 2014. Vitamin D deficiency also led to a higher chance of dying after sudden cardiac arrest.


Knee Osteoarthritis

A study from Journal of Nutrition stated that individuals deficient in vitamin D had a two-fold elevated risk of knee OA progression compared with those with normal vitamin D concentrations.


Colorectal Cancer

In a Journal of Clinical Oncology study of patients with colorectal cancer, higher levels of vitamin D were associated with better survival than lower levels.


Recipe Du Jour - Powerhouse Dinner
Pan-Seared Salmon With Lentil and Quinoa Salad 

3/4 cup dried lentils

3/4 cup quinoa

2 small lemons, juiced (4 T.)

1 T. Dijon mustard

1/4 cup plus 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil

4 skin-on salmon fillets (about 4 oz. each)

1/2 cup mined onion

1 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped


DIRECTIONS: In separate saucepans, cook the lentils and quinoa according to package instructions, but use 1/2 chicken or vegetable broth in place of 1/2 water. Drain and cool. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk the lemon juice and mustard. Gradually whisk in 1/4 cup olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Reserve 1/4 cup of the vinaigrette. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the remaining 1 T. olive oil and half the reserved vinaigrette over medium high. Add the salmon, skin side down. Cover, reduce the heat to medium and cook until the fish flakes apart easily with a fork, about 8 minutes. Add the quinoa, lentils, onion, and 3/4 cup parsley to the bowl with the vinaigrette. Toss to combine; season. Divide among plates and serve the fish on top. Drizzle with remaining vinaigrette and top with remaining parsley. SERVES: 4


Did You Know? Supps
8 Ways Zinc Helps the Body 

Bonnie: Zinc is one of the most important essential trace metals in human nutrition, yet nearly half of the world's population is at risk for inadequate zinc intake.

  1. Brain: The blood zinc level is less in patients with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. It is also linked to better focus in young persons.
  2. Cardiovascular System: Zinc performs a noteworthy role in the regulation of arterial blood pressure.
  3. Liver: Zinc deficiency in the liver occurs not only in those with liver cirrhosis, but also in less advanced alcoholic and nonalcoholic liver disease.
  4. Pregnancy: A mild deficiency of zinc during a pregnancy can cause increased maternal morbidity, abnormal taste sensation, prolonged gestation, inefficient labor, and an increased risk to fetuses.
  5. Diabetes: Zinc is very important in the synthesis, storage, and secretion of insulin.
  6. Endocrine System: There is a correlation between zinc deficiency and reduced activity of the thymus gland and thymic hormones and reduced immunity.
  7. Healing: Zinc deficiency has been linked with delayed wound healing, and has been found to be crucial to the healing of gastric ulcers especially at the early stage.
  8. Pneumonia: Zinc may shorten the duration of severe pneumonia and time in the hospital.
Menu Savvy
For Fried Food, Choose Olive Oil 

As reported in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, deep- and pan-fried raw potato pieces were tested in four different refined oils -- olive, corn, soybean and sunflower -- and reused the oil 10 times.


Scientists found that olive oil was the most stable oil for deep-frying at 320 and 374 degrees, while sunflower oil degraded the fastest when pan-fried at 356 degrees. Hence, for frying foods, olive oil maintains quality and nutrition better than seed oils.


Bonnie: We recommend that you avoid frying if at all possible. However, if you must partake, olive oil is our best bet.


Recreational Running Kills Your Knees

Recreational running at any age does NOT appear to contribute to the development of osteoarthritis, and may be protective, according to the results of a first-of-its-kind study presented at American College of Rheumatology 2014 Annual Meeting.


The researchers state that, "in people who do not have knee osteoarthritis, there is no reason to restrict participation in habitual running at any time in life for fear that it will be harmful to the knee joint."


In all age groups, the prevalence of knee pain was lower in runners than in nonrunners, as was the prevalence radiographic osteoarthritis and symptomatic osteoarthritis.


Steve: Moreover, when you are running with the proper form (mid or forefoot), your injuries and joint stiffness/pain go down immensely! However, don't change your running form unless you speak to a professional first. If you change too quickly, you increase your risk of injury.


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Use for rodents, spiders, ants, moths; a safe and effective repellent with no harsh chemicals.

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Intelligently Active
It's a Matter of White

A new study of 9- and 10-year-olds finds that those who are more aerobically fit have more fibrous and compact white-matter tracts in the brain than their peers who are less fit.


"White matter" describes the bundles of axons that carry nerve signals from one brain region to another. More compact white matter is associated with faster and more efficient nerve activity.


The University of Illinois team, who reported its findings in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, states that the area where white matter is enhanced plays a role in attention and memory.


Mental Minute 
Give Your Memory a Rest

Contrary to common wisdom, an idle brain is in fact doing important work. In the age of constant information overload, it's a good idea to go offline on a regular basis according Erik Fransen, one of the foremost researchers on short-term memory and ways to treat diseased neurons.


Steve: When you try to store many things in your working memory, you actually get worse at processing information. You're also robbing the brain of time it needs to do some necessary housekeeping. The brain is designed for both activity and relaxation.


Fransen says, "the brain is made to go into a less active state, which we might think is wasteful; but probably memory consolidation, and transferring information into memory takes place in this state."


A great way to allow your brain to relax is to practice mindfulness and/or meditation at least once a day, preferably twice.


Wild Card
Simple Technique Does Wonders for Constipation

Applying external pressure to the perineum in conjunction with standard constipation treatment can improve bowel function and quality of life for people suffering from chronic constipation.


A self-acupressure technique improved constipation symptoms at 4 weeks in 72% of patients in a new Journal of General Internal Medicine study.


Bonnie: Perineal self-acupressure should be a component of first-line constipation treatment. It is noninvasive, nonpharmacologic, and carries a lower risk for adverse effects and complications than common medications. It can help control the costs as U.S. hospital costs alone associated with constipation were estimated at over $4.25 billion in 2012.


What's the catch? It seems too sensible to for the US healthcare system!


At this time, there aren't many options for learning this technique in cyberspace, but this video does a fairly good job.


Steve Minsky
Steve Minsky
Senior Editor

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eInspire Quote of the Week.

"Most folks are as happy as they make their minds up to be.

-Abraham Lincoln


Have a happy, healthy day.

Bonnie, Steve, and the staff at Nutritional Concepts Inc.

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