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Arsenic in Food
December SALE!
eNews Updates
Epsom Salts
Medicare Notice
Helping Those in Need
How Are We Doing?
For Snowbirds

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Weather Outside Frightful?
Infrared Sauna Is So Delightful.

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December 12, 2011
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Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve.
Arsenic in Our Food. Cause for Alarm?


Two recent media stories exposed potentially high levels of arsenic in two major American foodstuffs: rice and apple juice. Should there be cause for concern?

There is virtually no data or oversight on naturally-occurring arsenic, or any heavy metal in rice for that matter. We applaud scientists for wanting to exploring the issue. It is a complex one that depends on many factors before a consensus can be drawn. For instance, the location of the rice field has a lot to do with the amount of heavy metals in the soil. Are the fields sprayed with pesticides or near farms that do? Do the farmers use well water, usually higher in arsenic, or receive runoff from rivers or tributaries high in heavy metals? Additionally, soil in different areas of the world have varying amounts of arsenic. For instance, California soil has less arsenic in its soil than Texas.

In our opinion, there is no cause for alarm at the moment. The new study scientists' cite is too small and has many confounding variables. If you are worried, purchase organic rice. This way, you can check off pesticides as one less potential contributor to high heavy metals. If you are gluten intolerant or celiac and consume copious amounts of rice, do not deviate from what works. If you are worried, you can always do a hair analysis or serum blood test to rule out high arsenic or other heavy metals.

Apple Juice
In the case of apple juice, there is more data to draw from and depending upon the brand of apple juice, there may be cause for concern. Additionally, because apple juice is a processed food, it is much easier to perform arsenic testing before releasing the product to the public. The fact that the FDA is considering more oversight means that it is an issue. We would also suggest going organic in this case if you drink apple juice. However, we are not big advocates of juice in any form because of its high glycemic index and load. We always prefer that you consume the real thing.


NCI Well Rewards Back for 2012!

nciwellrewardsFor the second year in a row, NCI Well Rewards Loyalty Program was a success. It will be back for 2012. Before the year ends, make sure you stock up on your supplements because:

  1. Your reward points reset to zero at 5PM on 12/31/2010.
  2. The more reward points you have accrued throughout the year, the larger the discounts become.   
  3. For details about our NCI Well Rewards Loyalty Program,click here.
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eNews Updates.
eNewsThis week's topics:
NCI Well Connect (subscription only).
This week's Well Connect topics are:
  • Blood Test Associated With Perceived Age. 
  • Favorite Sweeteners.
  • OTC Medication and Gluten 
  • Belief in God Yields Different Outcomes.
  • Toasted Rice Crispibread.   
  • Aflatoxin-Free Peanut Butter. 
  • Is CA-125 A Solid Cancer-Predictor? 
  • Are These Taking Over the Workplace?   
  • Agritourism
  • Food Extracts and Prostate Cancer
  • Parental Effect of Meals at Home.
  • eInspire 

In the current health care paradigm, it is paramount that we practice "self-care". But how can we ascertain what is truth or fiction? NCI Well Connect does the work for you as your self-care wellness filter. Staying connected to real-time nutrition and lifestyle developments, based upon sound research, motivates you to adhere to your optimal wellness plan.


In addition to the eNewsletter, subscribing to NCI Well Connect allows you access to our entire library of Action Plans and Natural Foods Shopping List. The total value of these items exceeds the subscription price. Click here for a list of our Action Plans titles.

The cost for a one year subscription (42 issues) is ninety-nine dollars (2.35 per week). For more info, email Steve at, 847-509-1336, or review a sample issue.


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Dr. Schuster's Well Tips - NEW!
drliloschusterBenefits of Espom Salts.
My name is Dr. Liselotte Schuster. I have worked with Bonnie Minsky at Nutritional Concepts for over twenty years. Each month, I offer wellness tips from a Chiropractor's perspective. Feel free to email me topics to consider for future segments.


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Important Medicare Announcement

announceThe U.S. Medicare program for will cover counseling for obesity. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said obesity counseling and screening has been added to its portfolio of preventive services.


Screening for obesity and counseling for eligible beneficiaries by primary care providers are covered under the new benefit.


For patients deemed to be obese based on body mass index measures, the benefit would include one face-to-face counseling visit each week for one month and one face-to-face counseling visit every other week for an additional five months.


Medicare patients who lose at least 6.6 pounds (3 kilograms) during the first six months of counseling would be eligible to receive addition face-to-face counseling once a month for an additional six months for up to a total of 12 months of counseling, the agency said.


Steve - for our services, you would simply need to get an Rx from your doctor with a diagnosis for obesity counseling. We would give you a receipt with the same diagnosis. Then, you would submit the claim to Medicare. In summary, they are now covering counseling services for diabetes, preventive care or "wellness visit", and obesity. 


Helping Those in Need.

This holiday season, if you or someone you know does something to help those in need, we would like to know about it. This way, we can get the word out about all the wonderful things people are doing for others.

Email us at In the subject line, please type "Helping Those in Need." 
Your entries can be anonymous. Otherwise, type your name or the person/organization you would like to mention, what and how they help those in need, and contact information.


We will post the list on our blog and eNewsletter before the end of 2011. 


Tell Us How We Are Doing.

We constantly evaluate ways in which we can better serve you. The end result can be achieved more effectively with your assistance. At the end of each year, we ask for your feedback. Please fill out a short survey. As a thank you, you will automatically be entered into a raffle to win $200.00 worth of prizes.


A Reminder for Snowbirds.

For our clients who travel south or west for the winter, don't be a stranger. Stay connected.


1) If you run low on your supplements, we ship anywhere in the United States. We use green and recycled shipping materials. We even ship probiotics that require refrigeration. 


2) If you need Bonnie's guidance, she is only a phone or video consult away. 


3) NCI Well Connect eNewsletter is like a weekly wellness coach.


Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions,


Care's Corner
Cares Corner 3Holiday Survival Tips.
Featuring food and lifestyle consultant Carolyn Martinelli. Feel free to email her suggestions for future segments.

Care presents helpful tips for how to get through the holiday season physically, as well as, emotionally.

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The Perfect Holiday Treat!

suncupsSun Cups are  devastatingly delicious gluten-free treats for those who cannot have peanut butter cups or desire a healthier alternative.

All organic ingredients with dark chocolate and sunflower seed butter.


Until they are widely available in stores, we will be carrying them. 


Dark Chocolate Sun Cups.