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Well Connect Feature
DF Cocoa Pudding
Menu Savvy
Diet Protects Your Bones
Shrewd Shopper
Brand Buzz
January Sale
Did You Know?
Green Lifestyle
Tech for Wellness
Wild Card
eNews Updates
Last Chance Offer!
Wellness Update
For Snowbirds

How Does Insurance Cover Our Services?
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Food Intolerance: the Silent Assassin
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NCI Well Connect
January 27, 2014
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Did you know that leafy greens are built-in appetite regulators? Ten servings of fruits and vegetable is now the new daily recommendation from most health professionals for optimal health.


Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve Minsky


Well Connect Weekly Feature:
Is It Cold or Flu?


We are definitely in the throws of cold and flu season. Sometimes it is difficult to discern which it is because the symptoms are similar.

  • Influenza (Flu) can come on suddenly and seemingly out-of-nowhere to incapacitate you. Colds come on slowly over several days.
  • Most people who get a fever have the flu.
  • Both produce sneezing, sore throat and stuffy nose, but predominately colds.
  • Chest discomfort and cough are likely flu-related, but can occur with colds.
  • The flu lasts longer than a cold.
  • Vomiting and debilitating body aches (including headaches) that prevent you from leaving your bed are almost always the flu. You can usually function with a cold.
  • Fatigue is usually the flu and can last for several weeks.
  • Cold and Flu are viral, so antibiotics are ineffective.
  • Try to minimize anti-fever medication like aspirin and acetaminophen because you can spread more virus to others. Simply, fever creates more immune boosting chemicals, which kill more virus when at a higher temperature. Without high temperature, viruses can more easily escape and infect others around you.

Bonnie: The best remedy for cold and flu is still prevention. Make sure you don't touch parts of your body that allow viruses to enter (nose, eyes, ears, mouth). Lowering or eliminating sugar and refined carbohydrate intake is huge. Anything that suppresses your immune system makes you more vulnerable. We have myriad suggestions for prevention and treatment in our Cold & Flu Action Plan, which is free to Well Connect subscribers.

Bonnie's Bite.
Dairy-Free Cocoa Pudding

Rich, delicious, and a nutrient powerhouse! The healthy fat from avocado and coconut protect the brain and the waist line. Like any food, you can still overdo it. Please stick to a 1/2 cup portion size!


1 ripe avocado

1/4 cup cacao powder

1/4 cup almond milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. coconut oil

1 T. coconut butter

2 full droppers chocolate stevia (to taste)

2 tsp. pure maple syrup, "just like sugar," or yacon syrup


Mix all the ingredients together in a blender. Add additional drops of chocolate stevia to taste. Chill for at least 30 minutes, then top with coconut, berries, nuts, granola, almond butter, or whatever you'd like. SERVES 4


Important Announcement
UAS Labs DDS Aciodphilus and DDS Plus Have Changed! 

Steve: UAS Labs changed its name to UAS Life Sciences.


In addition, they changed the names, sizes, and doses of their product line. Here's what you need to know:

  • DDS Acidophilus is now UP4 Aciophilus.
  • DDS Plus is now UP4 Daily.
  • The probiotic strains and inactive ingredients are exactly the same.
  • The potency of both formulas now contain 5 billion units per cap, up from 2.5 billion. If you took two capsules, you will only take one now. For those who took one capsule, stay with one capsule. The dose increase is very small but beneficial! 
  • Each bottle contains 60 capsules instead of 100.
  • Better value per bottle.

Feel free to contact us if you need further assistance or order here.


Diet That Protects Your Bones.
Gluten-Free Effectiveness Confirmed

Long-term damage to the intestines raise the risk of hip fractures in people with celiac disease.


The research, published last week in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, also found that the risk was lower in celiac disease patients who ate a gluten-free diet and whose intestinal tissue had begun to heal.


Patients had a higher rate of hip fractures when tissue damage persisted over time. Sticking to a gluten-free diet is crucial for minimizing tissue damage and reducing the risk of a serious fracture that could cause other complications.


Bonnie: Bones degrade when the gastrointestinal tract is inflamed. Gluten is highly inflammatory. Those who are gluten intolerant, and of course celiac, will have poor bone quality if they continue to consume it. There are chemicals in wheat and its cousins other than gluten that can also inflame. This is why grasses need not be a food staple.


Give Quinoa Some Love

There has been some debate about whether one of wheat's replacements, quinoa, is a good option for a gluten-free diet. We have always found it to be nothing but a wonderful replacement for gluten.


According to a new study from American Journal of Gastroenterology, adding quinoa to a gluten-free diet in patients with celiac disease was well-tolerated and did not exacerbate the condition.


The debate was that some believed that quinoa storage proteins may stimulate innate and adaptive immune responses in celiac patients. In the study, the median values for all the patients' blood tests remained within normal ranges, and triglycerides and both low and high density lipoproteins decreased. Researchers also found a positive trend towards improved small intestine morphology.


Shrewd Shopper
Eschew Low Fat, Low Calorie Labels. 

Foods labeled 'low fat' or 'low calorie' encourage consumers to eat more, according to a study published in journal Appetite.


Study participants ate 3% more in the low fat/low energy condition compared to high fat/high energy condition. 30% said the low fat/low energy condition meant they enjoyed the meal more, leading them to eat more, compared with 11% in the high fat/high energy condition.


Even more telling is significantly more participants said they would buy the low fat/low energy meal in a supermarket (94%) compared to the high fat/high energy meal (49%).


Bonnie: Foods labeled low fat or low cal almost always contain processed ingredients, preservatives, and/or excess sodium. 


No Other Options for Dry Eye?
There are more options than just artificial tears. When compared with artificial tears, thermal massage, which consists of vibration, massage and thermotherapy, when carried out twice daily, was more effective in improving dry eye syndrome and safe, according to a study in British Journal of Ophthalmology.

A combination of oral omega-3 and antioxidant supplements significantly reduced dry eye symptoms in a Clinical Ophthalmology study, including scratchy eyes, eye redness, and blurry vision. The percentage of people in which dry eye symptoms predominated nearly all the time decreased from 53.5% at the start, to 34.1% after 3 months of intervention.


Brand Buzz

Puroast Low Acid Coffee

70% lower acid than regular coffee. Best solution for those with reflux or acid-induced inflammation. 

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Arm & Hammer Simply Saline Nasal Mist

Just sterilized water and sodium chloride. Neti Pot alternative that keeps nasal passages moisturized during dry, cold months or during allergy season.

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Wild Planet White Anchovies in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Water

Sustainable, high quality ingredients.

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Ecol Formulas
Allergy Fighter
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Abdom Lean
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Did You Know? Meds
How Antibiotics Lead to Allergy.

Antibiotic treatment generally results in a greater widespread gut species disturbance than simply the loss of bacterial populations directly targeted by the antibiotic, since many microbes are dependent on the presence of other bacterial species for their existence, according to a new study in Expert Review of Clinical Immunology. Because of this, we can be at greater risk for developing allergies over time.


Exposure to antibiotic treatment during childhood have more severe long-term effects on microbial community structure due to the less stable nature of immature microbiota.


Disruption of the microbiota from antibiotics also leads to an increase in fungal colonization (candida albicans), leading to allergy development or exacerbation.


An important area for future focus will be to characterize those immune disruptions following early-life antibiotic treatment that persist into adulthood, and to confirm what the critical window for recovery of these perturbations is.


Steve: As we have said many times in the past, only take an antibiotic if it is absolutely necessary. If you must take it, there is a specific protocol that you must follow to avoid major microbiota disruption.


Green Lifestyle
Are Smart Water Meters in Our Future?

A study in Journal of Cleaner Production has discovered that using smart water meters to identify leaks in and around the home can result in significant savings.


The benefits are more than just household savings. Reducing the amount of water lost through leaks has further implications for both energy consumption and treatment costs.


In Queensland Australia, smart water meters were installed in 22,000 households. Through a monitoring system, households were identified as having a suspected leak, and the customers were contacted. Water leakage at those properties was reduced by as much as 91% when repairs were made.


Steve: The findings will be of immense value to urban water managers attempting to reduce water demand or improve system efficiency. California, are you listening?


Tech for Wellness
Cyberbullying Rampant. Internet Safety Lacking.

Results of a survey of middle and high school student attitudes to cyberbullying and online safety shows that many children are bullied and few understand internet safety.


Published in the International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, researchers found that almost one in three admitted to being bullied at school. Parental involvement in monitoring internet activity is low among this group with about a third of middle school and 17% of high school students reporting that their parents monitor their internet. Overall, the researchers found that students had little or no knowledge of internet safety.

Steve: Threats found on the internet can be more dangerous and threatening since there are often no barriers. A lack of understanding and frivolous interpretation often leads to young people coping on their own, not informing a parent or adult in a judicious time, if at all. This can, of course, affect their mental and physical health.

Educating kids about the risks in an non-patronizing way, as well as teaching them about respect and having an open anti-bullying approach to relationships, is vital to reduce the risk of them being exposed to potential harm. Some schools have wonderful programs that can help you with this if you are unsure where to begin.

Wild Card
Is Multitasking in the Genes?
A group of neuroergonomics researchers, examining a genetic link to multitasking ability in journal Human Factors, found that participants with the Met/Met genotype of the COMT gene showed more improvement with training and performed better than did those in two other genotype groups.
The presence of the COMT gene has been shown to increase dopamine levels in the prefrontal cortex. Adequate dopamine appears to be particularly important when task demands are high.

Steve: Matching training to individuals based on their cognitive abilities could be important for personnel selection in the future.


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You May Need a Wellness Update. 

Did you know that a Council for Responsible survey found that those who frequently engage in healthy habits visit their health professionals regularly?


Has it been a while since your last visit? Have you had major trauma or changes in your life that have altered your optimal balance? Or, do you just feel there is one something missing from you feeling ideal? Chances are that you are due for a wellness update with Bonnie.


If you have had bloodwork within the last 6-8 months, bring a copy to your appointment. Be ready to discuss any diet, supplement, medication, health status, and major life changes since your last visit.


To set up an appointment, please contact us at 847-498-3422.

A Reminder for Snowbirds.

It is imperative for clients who flock to warm climates for the winter to stay connected to wellness.

  1. If you need Bonnie's guidance, she is only a phone consult away.
  2. If you need your supplements, we ship anywhere in the United States. We use green and recycled shipping materials. We even ship probiotics that require refrigeration.
  3. Read our free or NCI Well Connect eNewsletters to reinforce your wellness plans and stay informed of new developments.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions.


Last Chance! PaleoMediterranean Eating Style

One of the perks of being a NCI Well Connect subscriber is that you are granted monthly access to our Action Plan Library (27 plans with a total value over $200) and Special Reports. 


The perk comes in handy when you are trying to eat heart healthy, but tasty. Our new Jump-Start PaleoMediterranean Diet shows you how to accomplish this. It is free if you sign up today or current subscribers to NCI Well Connect members can email their request as part of their subscription.


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eInspire Quote of the Week.

"A good reputation is better than fame.

-Louis Dudek


Have a happy, healthy day.

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

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