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In This Issue
Well Connect Feature
The Human Magnesome
Recipe du Jour
Shrewd Shopper
Brand Buzz
Dec, Jan Sale
Steve's Studies
Green Lifestyle
Wild Card
eNews Updates

Does Insurance and Medicare Cover Our Services?
A New Year's Detox Starts With
Far Infrared Sauna Therapy.
Kick Start 2013.

Schedule Your Apt
 With Bonnie ASAP.

Can This Man Fight Cold & Flu?
Food Intolerance: the Silent Assassin
Food Intolerance: 
the Silent Assassin
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December 31, 2012

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  4. All Clinical Nutrients multivitamins by Integrative Therapeutics are back in stock and on sale.

Did you know that according to a recent discovery from the Annals of Internal Medicine, fat cells are less sensitive to insulin when a person is tired than when a person is well rested? The response from fat cells mirrored the effect of sleep deprivation on the entire body's insulin sensitivity. Get optimal sleep to help balance blood sugar.


Did you know that University of Chicago Medicine researchers identified how cellular and molecular mechanisms in vitamin D suppress cancer? They are now preparing a clinical study to determine if vitamin D supplements will reduce colon cancer tumor growth. A parallel clinical trial will evaluate whether the supplements can prevent colon polyps. 


Wishing you a Happy New Year and a healthy and fruitful 2013! Bonnie and Steve Minsky


Well Connect Weekly Feature:
Vitamin D Update


Bonnie: We frequently mention the importance of having optimal vitamin D levels. If you haven't had your level checked, maybe the recent studies we found just within the last three months may sway you.


Allergies and Asthma

Vitamin D deficiency results in increased risks for asthma and allergies, as reported in the October issue of Current Opinions on Clinical Allergy and Immunology


A study has found that low vitamin D levels may be linked to increased autism risk. Conducted by the Vitamin D Council and appearing inDermato-Endocrinology, the researchers hypothesize that low vitamin D levels have adverse effects on fetal brain development during pregnancy.


Low levels of vitamin D in the blood double the risk of developing bladder cancer. The low levels increase the risk of the most aggressive form of the disease almost six-fold, researchers reported in a recent Journal of the National Cancer Institute.  



Vitamin D deficiency is associated with lower pregnancy rates in non-Hispanic whites, possibly due to their lower IVF success rates as reported in Human Reproduction.


Gestational Diabetes
Women with lower serum levels of vitamin D during the first trimester of pregnancy are at greater risk for developing gestational diabetes mellitus later in pregnancy, according to a study at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes Annual Meeting.



A new study from Arthritis Research and Therapy provides preliminary evidence that vitamin D supplementation could be considered an immunomodulatory agent for systemic lupus.  


Multiple Sclerosis
Pregnant women who have higher levels of vitamin D in their blood may have a lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis than women with lower levels, according to a study in Neurology.  


Muscle Mass
Having higher vitamin D levels may help maintain muscle mass in the elderly, according to a study in Journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise

Optimal vitamin D levels in early pregnancy are closely related to healthybirth weight, head circumference and ponderal index in term infants, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.


A study in BMC Psychiatry found that vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency are both highly prevalent in adolescents with severe mental illness.


Respiratory Infection
Treating infection-prone patients over a 12-month period with high doses of vitamin D reduces their risk of developing respiratory tract infections  -- and consequently their antibiotic requirements, as reported in BMJ Open.


A new study from Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine suggests that there is a significant correlation between excessive daytime sleepiness and low vitamin D levels, especially among the black population.

Obese individuals tend to have a low vitamin D status. Therefore, vitamin D deficiency may compromise the normal metabolic functioning of adipose tissue. Given the importance of the tissue in energy balance, lipid metabolism and inflammation in obesity, understanding the mechanisms of vitamin D action in adipocytes may have a significant impact on the maintenance of metabolic health, according to research in British Journal of Nutrition and Pediatrics.


The Human Magnesome
A new study from BMC Bioinformatics entitled, "3,751 magnesium binding sites have been detected on human proteins," indicates that a deficiency of magnesium may profoundly affect a far wider range of biological structures than previously understood.

Magnesium research is increasing in molecular medicine due to its relevance in myriad important biological processes and associated molecular pathogeneses.


The proteome, or entire set of proteins expressed by the human genome, contains well over 100,000 distinct protein structures.


The discovery of the "magnesome," as its being called, adds additional complexity to the picture, indicating that the presence or absence of adequate levels of this basic mineral may epigenetically alter the expression and behavior of the proteins in our body, thereby altering the course of both health and disease.


Bonnie and Steve: The study not only discovered that magnesium affects proteins in the human genome, but thousands of other organisms' proteins, such as intestinal bacteria. We are just scratching the surface of this wonderful mineral.

Recipe du Jour
Chicken Breasts With Mango Barbecue Sauce
-2 T. olive oil
-1 small onion, diced (about 1 cup)
-1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced (about 1 cup)
-3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped (about 1 T.)
-1 tsp. salt
-freshly ground black pepper
-1/2 tsp. ground allspice
-1/3 c. Cuisine Perel vinegar
-2 T. unsulphured molasses
-1 T. Worcestershire sauce
-2 T. fresh lemon juice
-2 T. Italian tomato paste
-2 T. water
-1 medium ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and diced (about 1 cups)
-8 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 2 pounds), pounded between 2 sheets of waxed paper to inch thickness
-cooking spray

Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring a few times, until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the bell pepper, garlic, salt, black pepper, and allspice and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes more. Stir in the vinegar, molasses, Worcestershire, lemon juice, and tomato paste/water and cook for 1 minute more. Transfer the mixture to a blender and add the mango. Blend until smooth. Put 2 cups of the barbecue sauce in a large, sealable bag with the chicken and marinate for 1 hour in the refrigerator. Reserve remaining sauce for serving. Prepare the grill or spray a grill pan with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Remove the chicken from the sauce, discarding the sauce in the bag. Grill the chicken until just cooked all the way through, about 4 minutes per side. Serve the chicken with the reserved sauce on the side. SERVES: 8 


Shrewd Shopper
Add Cruciferous to Your Cart.
A concentrated form of a compound called sulforaphane found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables such as Brussels sprouts and bok choy has been shown to reduce the number of acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells, according to findings in the current edition of PLOS ONE.

Sulforaphane works by entering the cells and reacting with certain proteins. Researchers believe this compound will one day be used as a treatment option in combination with current therapies. They also are working to determine which proteins are affected by sulforaphane and how. This could identify a new treatment target that might be affected by other types of cancer cells as well.


Bonnie: Eating one serving per day minimum is phenomenal for cancer prevention.


Carrageenan is Not Benign.
Bonnie and Steve: There is a growing belief that carrageenan, a ubiquitous ingredient in dairy and alternative dairy products, does not belong in organic foods. The seaweed-derived carrageenan may be causing digestive problems in certain individuals. We have kept a close eye on data concerning this substance that creates a better texture by helping to keep different ingredients in suspension so they don't separate and have to be shaken. 
While the data is scant, we have noticed that select individuals do feel better when switching to carrageenan-free products. While we wish methylcellulose would be used instead of carrageenan, we certainly do not recommend that everyone switch to carrageenan-free products. Only if you are certain that carrageenan is indicated in your digestive distress should you make the switch. For those individuals, here is a list of brands that do not contain carrageenan.
Brand Buzz

Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Non-Stick Cooking Spray

Soy-free, gluten-free, and lactose-free!

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Ekobrew Reusable Coffee Filters

Fits any size coffee maker.

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Erewhon Supergrains Buckwheat and Hemp Cereal

Another delicious gluten-free option.

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Steve's Studies
Cure for Nearsightedness?
Nearsightedness, or myopia, affects more than 40 percent of people in the U.S. The problem begins in childhood and often progresses with age. Standard prescription lenses can correct the defocus but do not cure nearsightedness, and do not slow progression rates as children grow.

But recent work presented at the Optical Society's Annual Meeting supports the development of a potential cure for myopia by using specialty contact lenses that coax the eye to grow in a way that can correct nearsighted vision while reducing myopia progression.

Myopia develops when the eye is too long, making it difficult to focus light from distant objects on the retina. Specially designed contact lenses that alter how light is focused in the peripheral retina can induce changes in growth that help reshape the eye in the desired way. The experimental lenses successfully reduced the elongation of the eye that causes myopia progression.

Several contact lens designs may soon be available to help eye doctors manage the progression of myopia in children. 
Green Lifestyle
Day Care Centers Exposed.
A new, comprehensive survey of day care centers found that, overall, the environmental quality in child care settings was similar to other indoor environments, but that levels of formaldehyde and several other contaminants exceeded state health guidelines. Cleaning- and sanitizing-related chemicals were also present in the air, and sometimes at higher levels, than in comparable studies on homes. 
The study, funded by the California Air Resources Board, is the first detailed analysis of environmental contaminants and exposures for California day care centers. 35 of the centers, or 87.5 percent, had levels of formaldehyde greater than 9 micrograms per cubic meters over eight hours, which is above California's guideline for safe exposure. Formaldehyde is a known respiratory irritant and carcinogen.
Children are more vulnerable to the health effects of environmental contaminants, and many small children spend as much as 10 hours per day, five days a week, in child care centers. Ensuring proper ventilation can help reduce contaminant levels.


Wild Card
Top 10 Well Behaviors for 2013.
  1. Eat locally and sustainably.
    Learn where your food comes from and how it is produced. Seek out a diverse variety of vegetables and fruits from small, local producers whose practices are organic, humane, and environmentally sound.
  2. Eat seasonally.
    Choose food in season. Even where the growing season is short, organic gardening and farming can extend it: greens can be grown in cold frames and greenhouses, and there are always local foods that can be stored, dried, and canned for the winter months. Eating seasonally inspires your menus, gives you a sense of time and place, and rewards you with the most flavorful food.
  3. Shop at farmers' markets.
    Farmers' markets create communities that value diversity, honesty, seasonality, locality, sustainability, and beauty. Get to know the people who grow your food. Think of yourself as a partner with the farmers, learning from them and working with them.
  4. Plant a garden.
    It is deeply satisfying to eat food you have grown yourself, in your won backyard or in a community garden. Even a pot of herbs on your windowsill can transform your cooking and connect you to the changing seasons, as can foraging for wild foods and harvesting fruit from farms that allow you to pick your own, Learn what the edible landscape has to offer.
  5. Conserve, compost, and recycle.
    Take your own basket to the market. Reuse whatever packaging you can. Keep a compost bucket nearby when you cook to recycle kitchen scraps. The more you conserve, the less you waste, the better you feel.
  6. Cook simply, engaging all your senses.
    Plan uncomplicated meals. Let things taste of what they are. Enjoy cooking as a sensory pleasure: touch, listen, watch, smell, and, above all, taste. Taste as you go. Keep tasting and keep practicing and discovering.
  7. Cook together.
    Include your family and friends, especially children. When children grow, cook, and serve food, they want to eat it. The hands-on experience of gardening and cooking teaches children the value and pleasure of good food almost effortlessly.
  8. Eat together.
    No matter how modest the meal, create a special place to sit down together, and set the table with care and respect. Savor the ritual of the table. Mealtime is a time for empathy and generosity, a time to nourish and communicate.
  9. Eat to live. Don't live to eat.
    So simple, yet so difficult to adhere to.
  10. Remember food is precious.
    Good food can only come from good ingredients. Its proper price includes the cost to preserve the environment and paying fairly for the labor of the people who produce it. Food should never be taken for granted.
eNews Updates (access for all)
eNewsThis week's topics:
A Reminder for Snowbirds.

For our clients who travel south or west for the fall and winter, stay connected to wellness.


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Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions.


Smart Menopause Action Plan


  1. Everyone around you has an attitude problem.
  2. You're adding chocolate chips to your veggie omelet.
  3. The dryer has shrunk all of your jeans.
  4. Your husband is readily agreeing with everything you say.
  5. Your children have found every excuse to be at their friends' houses.
  6. Everyone's head looks like an invitation to batting practice.
  7. You're sure that everyone is scheming to drive you crazy.
  8. You're winning the gold medal for "road rage".
  9. You've discovered that every bathroom scale you've used is off by 20 points on the high side.
  10. Your husband keeps turning up the heat while you keep turning it down.



In Smart Menopause, the newest installment of our self-help Action Plan series, Bonnie has created a complete roadmap for peri and full blown menopause. Order here or NCI Well Connect subscribers can request a free copy be emailed to you.


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"Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."
-World Health Organization 


Have a happy, healthy day.

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