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Cocktail Kills Cancer
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Recipe du Jour
Smart Food
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Your Healthy Kitchen
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December 2, 2013
Dear Valued Subscriber,   


Did you know that the number of children being diagnosed with attention-deficit disorder, allergy and asthma is increasing in the United States? And according to a new study, there might be a link between the growth of these three conditions. The study, published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, found there is an increased risk of ADHD in boys that have a history of allergy or asthma. They also found there is an increased risk of ADHD in boys with a history of asthma and an even stronger risk associated with milk intolerance.


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Well Connect Weekly Feature:
Controversies in Nutrition

Bonnie recently attended an amazing conference sponsored by The American College of Nutrition in partnership with Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine. It was entitled  "Controversies in Nutrition".


The speakers included some of the most prestigious medical minds in the world, including researchers who have published hundreds of articles in their fields of studies. These included genetics and nutrition expert Artemis Simopoulos, M.D. Here is a synopsis of the research she presented.


Negative changes in our food supply over the last 50 years have negatively altered our genes. Even Hippocrates often talked about the benefits of eating superfoods and exercising. He said "if there is any deficiency in food or exercise, the body will fall ill".


Simopoulos said that we have the same genes now that we had 50,000-100,000 years ago. Humans have not been able to adapt to this huge change in diet.

  • Lowered intake of anti-inflammatory Omega 3
  • Higher intake of inflammatory Omega 6
  • Lower intake of vitamins C and E
  • Higher intake of inflammatory arachidonic acid
  • Skyrocketing amounts of inflammatory refined sugars

Simopoulos discussed two burgeoning fields (which you may be familiar with if you have read our eNewsletters over the years), in which nutritional expertise is paramount.



The study of how genetic variants influence dietary responses (we will delve further into this, especially in relation to intestinal disorders, in future newsletters).



Heritable changes in gene expression that are not accompanied by alterations in gene sequence. Epigenetic mechanisms provide the link between environmental factors and phenotypical changes during our entire lives (diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol, drugs, stress, weather, etc.).


Miscellaneous Statements

  • Simopoulos was emphatic that a low carbohydrate diet not only increases mitochondrial benefits, but longevity.
  • Sulforaphane is a bioactive food compound found in cruciferous vegetables, most abundant in broccoli and broccoli sprouts, which possesses the ability to inhibit cancer cell virulence.
  • Food has hormonal properties that can be expressed positively or negatively.
  • Obesity is absolutely related to excess carbohydrate consumption.
  • In the future, the clinician must look at genetic variation to provide personalized nutrition for the patient.
Super Plant Cocktail Kills Breast Cancer Cells.

A study in the November issue of The Journal of Cancer has found that a super cocktail of six natural compounds in vegetables, fruits, spices and plant roots killed 100% of sample breast cancer cells without toxic side effects on normal cells.


The results should be dominating media headlines, but because the agents were lowly plant compounds, and not synthetic, patentable chemicals, the study has been ignored. Is the frustration palpable yet?

"One of the primary causes of both the recurrence of breast cancer and deaths is a small group of cancer stem cells that evade therapy," notes the lead researcher. "These often multi-drug-resistant cells have the ability to generate new tumors, so it is critically important to develop new approaches to more effective and safer treatment or prevention of breast cancer."

The research team tested ten known protective chemical nutrients found in foods like broccoli, grapes, apples, tofu, and turmeric root (a spice used in Indian curry) before settling upon six:

  • Curcumin known as turmeric
  • Isoflavone from fermented soybeans
  • Indo-3-Carbinol from cruciferous plants (broccoli, Brussels sprouts)
  • C-phycocyanin from spirulina
  • Reservatrol from grapes
  • Quercetin, a flavonoid present in fruits, vegetables, and tea.

Many of you are familiar with these compounds. In fact, many of you eat or take these compounds supplementally. 


The researchers administered these six at bioavailable levels to both breast cancer and control cells. They tested the compounds individually and in combination. They found that the super cocktail suppressed breast cancer cell growth by more than 80%, inhibited migration and invasion, caused cell cycle arrest, and triggered the process leading to cell death resulting in the death of 100% of the breast cancer cells in the sample. The researchers observed no harmful effects on the control cells.


Further analysis also identified several key genes, which could serve as markers to follow the progress of therapy. Although the cocktail was not tested against BRCA1 and BRAC2, previous studies have shown that they are molecular targets of four of the six compounds. The researchers also earlier demonstrated that two of the compounds synergize effectively to kill ovarian cancer cells.


Menu Savvy
How Much Protein for Breakfast?
We tend to eat a small amount of protein at breakfast, moderate amounts at lunch, and the largest amount at dinner. It should be the opposite.
New research presented at The Obesity Society's annual scientific meeting shows that eating high protein breakfasts curbed hunger throughout the morning, compared with a low-protein breakfast or skipping breakfast, in 18-55-year-old women.
The protein-rich breakfast contained 30 to 39 grams of protein (eggs and lean turkey sausage) where a low-protein breakfast contained 10 to 19 grams (pancakes, bagel, muffin).
Bonnie: For those who have trouble with satiety, it is crucial that you eat a breakfast rich in protein. It will significantly improve appetite control and help avoiding overeating later in the day.
Recipe du Jour
Grain-Free Garlic Parmesan Bread
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.


2. Mix the following dry ingredients in a food processor.

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 2 T. coconut flour or can substitute with tapioca or potato flour
  • 3/4 cup shaved parmesan/pecorino romano cheese
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

3. Now add the wet ingredients to the food processor

  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil or 1/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3-5 cloves garlic to preference
  • 1 T. rice vinegar (optional)

4. Mix all ingredients well and pour into greased 81/2 x 41/2 pyrex dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until toothpick is dry when inserted. Take out of pan and let cool.

Smart Food
Pliable Pistachio
The findings of an American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine study highlight the beneficial impact of pistachio-containing diets on the serum lipid profile. Because of the beneficial impact, the researchers implore that pistachios should be considered heart healthy and should be recommended for individuals at risk for or with heart disease
Knees Can Predict the Weather.
Grandma was right. Scientists don't understand all the mechanisms involved in weather-related pain, but one leading theory holds that the falling barometric pressure that frequently precedes a storm alters the pressure inside joints. Those connections between bones, held together with tendons and ligaments, are surrounded and cushioned by sacs of fluid and trapped gasses.
Think of a balloon that has as much air pressure on the outside pushing in as on the inside pushing out. As the outside pressure drops, the balloon-or joint-expands, pressing against surrounding nerves and other tissues. That's probably the effect that people are feeling, particularly if those nerves are irritated in the first place. It's much more common in people with some sort of effusion, an abnormal buildup of fluid in or around a joint that frequently occurs with inflammation. 

In people with chronic inflammation from arthritis or past injuries, even slight irritations due to the weather can aggravate sensory nerve cells, known as nociceptors, that relay pain signals to the brain. That may explain why some people with neuropathic pain and phantom-limb pain also report weather-related flare-ups. Fibromyalgia patients seem to be the most sensitive.


Visiting a warm, dry climate may bring temporary relief, but if you live there full time, your body seems to acclimatize and you become sensitive to even subtle weather changes. 

Brand Buzz

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Aesthetically Speaking
Green Tea Foot Baths

After 12 weeks of treatment, a warm green tea solution foot bath for 15 minutes per day significantly improved the overall skin symptoms of Athlete's Foot compared to placebo in a recent journal Foot study. There were no adverse skin reactions.


Before each foot bath, the feet were cleaned with mild soap and rinsed with warm water. The feet were then immersed up to the ankles in the warm foot bath for 15 minutes. The green tea group received a solution of warm water and green tea extract (0.1% green tea polyphenol solution: 89.5% catechins).


After the foot bath, the feet were towel dried but were not washed. This was done deliberately, so beneficial properties of the green tea solution was not washed off the participants' feet in the green tea group.


This was the first randomized, placebo controlled study reviewing the effects of green tea foot baths on Athlete's Foot.


Your Healthy Kitchen
Just a Fat in the Pan?

Your dinner will be lower in fat if you add food to a pan of already-hot oil.


When a pan is still heating, and the oil you've added is cold, it's more likely to seep into your food. If it is already hot, it will sear the food and let less oil soak in.

Wild Card
Musical Training Great for the Brain.
Findings presented at Neuroscience 2013, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, suggest potential new roles for musical training including fostering plasticity in the brain, an alternative tool in education, and treating a range of learning disabilities.

Highlights include:
  • Long-term high level musical training has a broader impact than previously thought. Researchers found that musicians have an enhanced ability to integrate sensory information from hearing, touch, and sight.
  • The age at which musical training begins affects brain anatomy as an adult; beginning training before the age of seven has the greatest impact.
  • Brain circuits involved in musical improvisation are shaped by systematic training, leading to less reliance on working memory and more extensive connectivity within the brain.
  • Some of the brain changes that occur with musical training reflect the automation of task (much as one would recite a multiplication table) and the acquisition of highly specific sensorimotor and cognitive skills required for various aspects of musical expertise.
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Have a happy, healthy day.

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

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