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Well Connect Feature
Recipe du Jour
Med Destroys DASH
Menu Savvy
Aesthetically Speaking
Brand Buzz
January Sale
Smart Food
Healthy Kitchen
Wild Card
eNews Updates
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January 6, 2014
Dear Valued Subscriber,  


Did you know that nasal rinsing with Neti pot is wonderful, unless you use tap water? Use distilled water or if you use tap, boil it first. There have been several cases of Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (brain eating amoeba) in those using unsafe nasal rinsing practices.


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Well Connect Weekly Feature:
"Respect and Listen to Your Elders" Rings True.

Understanding how dietary habits are connected through the generations could have valuable benefits for community health, a new study from Ecology of Food and Nutrition Journal shows.

The study assessed the relationship between the quality of children's diets and that of their elders in a wide range of representative Taiwanese communities, generating findings that have international relevance.

The groups of children who scored highest on dietary quality showed a correlation with high dietary scores among their respective elders. Factors from level of household income and parental education to the amount of time children spend watching television were all found to be significant determinants of dietary quality in children.

The researchers believe grandparents may be even more likely than parents to influence food habits. The research also raised the possibility that the association works both ways, with children's familiarity with information technology, for example, boosting their influence over their elders.

Given the links between diet and health issues such as obesity and longevity, the intergenerational associations are particularly relevant.
Bonnie: I am living proof of the findings of this study. My grandparents had an immeasurable effect on my eating habits and lifestyle.
Recipe du Jour
High Protein Muffinsbananaquinoamuffins

-6 T. Metagenics Biopure Protein or equivalent grass-fed, non-hydrolyzed whey protein concentrate (not isolate)

-1 cup all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour mix

-1 cup fine cornmeal or flaxmeal

-6 T. raw sugar

-1/2 tsp. sea salt

-2 T. aluminum-free baking powder

-1/2 tsp. baking soda

-2 eggs, room temperature

-3 T. melted butter or no trans fat butter substitute

-1 1/2 c. buttermilk, room temperature

-1 tsp. vanilla, optional

-1 pint fresh, clean blueberries


Preheat oven to 400 degrees, Prepare  a 12-cup or 24-mini cup muffin tin by filling with cupcake liners or coating with nonstick spray. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, fat, optional vanilla, and buttermilk. Add the berries to the dry ingredients and mix gently with a rubber spatula until they are coated with flour. Pour in the buttermilk mixture all at once and fold the wet and dry ingredients together until just blended. Fill each muffin cup with 1/3 cup batter. Bake 18 to 20 minutes until golden brown and firm to the touch. Cool for 10 minutes and remove muffins from the tin.


Mediterranean Destroys DASH.

The Mediterranean and Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diets are characterized by higher intake of fruit, vegetables and unsaturated fatty acids. All of these foods and nutrients may affect cholesterol, inflammation, the development of atherosclerosis, and, therefore, risk of cardiac death.

The objective of an upcoming American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study was to examine the association between the Mediterranean and DASH dietary patterns and risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in 93,122 women over a 10.5 year period.

A higher Mediterranean diet score was associated with lower risk of SCD when women in the highest quintile were compared with women in the lowest quintile. A higher DASH diet score was not associated with lower risk of SCD. The researchers concluded that the Mediterranean dietary pattern may be associated with lower risk of SCD in women.


Bonnie: When you combine that with a modified Paleo eating style (increased animal protein and low grain carbohydrates), you have the perfect eating style. We call it the PaleoMediterranean Diet.


Menu Savvy
Intermittent Fasting

Evidence suggests that imposing fasting periods increases longevity, improves health and reduces disease, including such diverse morbidities as cancer, neurological disorders and disorders of circadian rhythm.


Intermittent fasting can be undertaken in several ways but the basic format alternates days of 'normal' calorie consumption with days when calorie consumption is severely restricted. This can either be done on an alternating day basis (too severe and unnecessary), or more recently a 5:2 strategy has been developed, where 2 days each week are classed as 'fasting days' (with less than 600 calories consumed for men, less than 500 for women).


Importantly, this type of intermittent fasting has been shown to be similarly effective or more effective than continuous modest calorie restriction with regard to loss of body mass, improved insulin sensitivity and other health biomarkers.


Bonnie: This study, which appeared in the British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease, offers an interesting method of longevity through detoxification. Unless you are an athlete or are sick, there is nothing wrong with lowering your caloric intake for a day or two per week, as long as those calories are nutrient-dense and real.


Aesthetically Speaking
Lose the Bifocals?

By middle age, most people have age-related declines in near vision (presbyopia) requiring bifocals or reading glasses.


An emerging technique called hyperopic orthokeratology (OK) may provide a new alternative for restoring near vision without the need for glasses, according to new research in the journal Optometry and Vision Science.


For middle-aged patients with presbyopia, wearing OK contact lenses overnight can restore up-close vision in one eye to allow in-focus near vision for reading. Orthokeratology is a clinical technique to correct vision using specially designed rigid contact lenses to manipulate the shape of the cornea. The researchers liken OK therapy to orthodontic treatment using braces to change the alignment of the teeth.


To preserve normal distance vision, the other eye was left untreated. In all patients, the monocular OK technique was successful in restoring near vision in the treated eye. The improvement was apparent on the first day after overnight OK lens wear, and increased further during the treatment week. As expected, when patients stopped wearing their OK lens after the treatment week, presbyopia rapidly returned.

Bonnie: OK is viable as a nonsurgical option for monovision that does not require wearing contact lenses during the day. This possibility will certainly appeal to many people, especially since the changes in the corneal curvature of the treated eye are fully reversible.


Avocados Contribute to Weight Gain?
On the contrary. Avocados are nutrient dense with properties that may favorably impact energy balance, according to a study in the November issue of Nutrition Journal. The addition of approximately one half of a Hass avocado at a lunch meal influenced post-ingestive satiety over a subsequent 3 and 5 hour period in overweight adults. Compared to the non-avocado test meal, participants in the avocado test meal increased satisfaction by 23% and decreased the desire to eat by 28%.
Bonnie: This is huge if you are trying to manage your weight and are looking to curb cravings between lunch and dinner. 


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Smart Food
Smart Philosophy Behind Paleo Eating

Our genes are incredibly well adapted to a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. This lifestyle essentially involved cycles of great activity, generally linked to food procurement, and rest. We also needed to be adapted to cycles of ample food availability (feast) and famine.


To cope with these extreme cycles, selection pressure drove those with 'thrifty' genes to be selected over those without. These genes allowed us not only to have highly efficient means of fuel utilization, but probably even more importantly, highly efficient means of fuel storage. Our body's main fuels include adenosine triphosphate (ATP), glucose and fat. Essential to our control of glucose is the insulin sensitivity of our cells.

Our fuel storage systems fall apart if our lifestyles deviate too far from those to which these systems are adapted. And that's just what's happened to the majority of those suffering chronic disease today.

Balancing our exposure to appropriate amounts of glucose, other nutrients and insulin, is critical to maintaining the insulin sensitivity of cells, and consequently good health and wellbeing. Thirty-five of our most troublesome chronic, killer and degenerative diseases, from the gamut of cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes and cancer, to arthritis, osteoporosis and Alzheimer's, are linked directly to dysregulation of glucose uptake and the resulting insulin resistance caused by inappropriate gene expression.


While Big Pharma is desperately trying to find drugs to try to correct this dysfunction, nothing is likely to be more effective than a diet closer to what our paleo ancestors ate, fasting intermittently, and exercising more.


Your Healthy Kitchen
3 Key Food Substitutions

Less: Dairy

More: Avocado in place of butter, cheese, and mayonnaise


Less: Cane Sugar

More: Maple Syrup not processed, more nutrients, more flavor with less


Less: Red Meat

More: Nuts add to salads, cereals, or as snacks

Wild Card
Gambling Affects Mental Health.
Gamblers, even those who only gamble recreationally, are at increased risk of developing comorbid mental health disorders. A study examining the relationship between different levels of gambling and the development of psychiatric disorders showed there was an increased risk for comorbidities even at the lowest levels.

The study was presented at the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Annual Meeting.

Respondents were grouped into categories that included full gambling disorder, subthreshold gambling disorder, and recreational gambling. At the 3-year follow-up, the risk for any mood, anxiety, or substance abuse disorders was higher in all 3 levels of gambling groups after adjusting for factors that included age, sex, race, marital status, annual income, and education.


The higher numbers, especially with recreational gamblers, should be an important wake-up call.


Steve: While recreational gambling can be fun once in a while, doing it on a consistent basis can definitely create hidden stress and exacerbate mental disorders that exist. If you currently have, overcome, or have a history of mental disorders in your family history, gambling should be avoided.


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You May Need a Nutritional Update. 

updateHas 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 nutritional update with Bonnie.


If you have had a physical with bloodwork performed within the last 6-8 months, set up a consultation. Bring a copy of the bloodwork and be ready to discuss any diet, supplement, medication, health status, and major life changes since your last visit.


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Corn-Free People: Xylichew Gum is Back!

No, this is not a figment of your imagination. A thoughtful manufacturer named Nature's Stance finally bought the brand and will keep the ingredients (birch bark, not corn xylitol) the same!


Here is what is available to order now:


Peppermint Jars (60 pieces)
Spearmint Jars (60 pieces)
Here is what will be available sometime in December:
Like with any xylitol product, eat in moderation (four to six pieces daily max) due to its laxative effect.
eInspire Quote of the Week.

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

-Anne Frank


Have a happy, healthy day.

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

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