NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
January 6, 2016
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that wellness coaching via email newsletters can improve lifestyle behaviors known to prevent or manage chronic conditions such as prediabetes, according to a new study from the December issue of Journal Preventing Chronic Disease?

That's funny, our NCI Well Connect eNewsletters improve lifestyle behaviors known to prevent or manage chronic conditions. Nice to see it confirmed by research!

Membership adds tremendous value to your wellness regime. That's why we have an almost 90 percent renewal rate! And now that nutrigenomic evaluations are included, it is a no brainer for 49.99 (40% off retail price) for one year. Sign up here.

Most of you are aware of that our loyalty program provides discounts at certain product purchase benchmarks. The rewards zero out every January 1. So start your orders now to gather points and discounts.
Magnesium Deficiency and Stress
Steve and Bonnie: Magnesium plays an important role in the functions of the central nervous system. It takes part in the regulation of the cell membrane, the transport of calcium and sodium ions, and metabolic reactions that produce, accumulate, transfer, and utilize energy, free radicals, and their oxidation products. Magnesium is a crucial neuroprotector that is able to modulate the regulation of blood-brain barrier permeability.

Because research has demonstrated a relationship between the manifestations of stress reactions (anxiety, autonomic dysfunction, and maladjustment) and magnesium deficiency, it is crucial that this issue is not allowed to fester. Moreover, mental and physical stresses cause an increase in magnesium elimination from the body. Magnesium deficiency enhances the response to stress because the body cannot compensate for the nervous system's lack of available magnesium.

While blood levels of magnesium can detect magnesium deficiency, there are many more individualized variables that need to be determined to confirm magnesium deficiency. This should be done under the auspices of a knowledgeable health professional.

From a self-help perspective, the RDA, which is ultra-conservative, recommends 400 mg. of total magnesium daily. It is almost impossible to get that just from food. Most supplemental magnesium can be aggressive on the bowel, so there are very select sources that can be taken on a daily basis with no digestive distress. Once again, consult your licensed health professional for the right source for you.
The Skinny on Flatulence
This article is reserved for NCI Well Connect Members.
Choose Your Healthspan
From Monday's eNewsletter.

Bonnie and Steve: There is a new term in gerontology (the field of aging): healthspan. Gerontologists believe that while there is no reason why lifespan should not continue to rise, they believe that we have a lot left to be desired when it comes to healthspan, or length of healthy life.

We are in love with the term healthspan. It is echoes everything we stand for. Of course, we would like all of our clients to have long lifespans. That has not been a problem as lifespan has risen in the U.S. to 78 years for males and 83 for females, healthy or not. This is a remarkable achievement considering in 1900 the numbers were 55 and 58. However, we still are ranked second to last of wealthy nations in lifespan based upon our annual average income.

While we have reduced mortality, we have gotten worse in reducing morbidity (health problems). This is almost an impossibility considering the marked reduction in smoking over the last few decades. Yet, here we are. Putrid diet, lack of exercise, unhealthy environmental factors, and a medical model that only treats disease instead of promoting prevention, has led to a decline in U.S. healthspans.

A New Year's Message to You
We want you to focus on putting in the work to increase your healthspan. Exercise your mind with meditation or mindfulness. Exercise your body with consistent movement and standing. Limit your environmental exposure to toxicity. Utilize individualized, supplemental nutrients to fill in the foundational cracks, and to supply the daily boost you need to thrive through the day. Finally, stack days with optimal dietary decisions, knowing that the more you stack, the longer you will stave off chronic disease.

We are so excited for 2016. Of the myriad preventive modalities we have at our disposal, the fact that we can now evaluate the deepest layer of your individual needs through genetics allows us to further optimize your healthspan.

With the financial and scientific wherewithal we have in this great country, lifespan should not be the goal of every American. Healthspan, or longer length of healthy life, should be the goal.

As always, we are here to help either in-office, off-site, or this eNewsletter.
Why Is This Graphic So Important?
Bonnie and Steve: If one or more of these boxes are yellow or red, then you have genetic deficiencies that may impair your ability to break down and move toxins from your body. The great thing is that you can prevent impairment with diet, nutrients.

The graphic is an example of what our clients receive when screening their methylation cycles. The results have nothing been short of incredible.

Derived from your raw genomic data provided by the genetics company 23andMe, the results reaffirm why many clients have been so vigilant about managing their diets and lifestyles. For others, the results are providing that final push to reach their goals.

The New 23andMe
With recent news that 23andMe now tests for rare genetic disease traits, heritable lifestyle traits (such as baldness and red hair), and wellness traits, getting this test is a no brainer.

While we are most interested in the raw genomic data, their new test for lactose intolerance is very helpful.

Why the Methylation Cycle? Why Now?
It was one of the major nutritional conundrums which had evaded us for years. We tried to cover all bases to help your methylation cycle, the most important pathway for detoxification of chemicals, hormones, and other unwanted environmental byproducts, but we did not have the entire map at our disposal. Now, we can pinpoint exactly if and where your cycle is impaired and fix it.

Methylation impairment can contribute to carcinogenesis, body mass gain, autoimmune disorders, to name a few.

All It Takes Is a Few Simple Steps:
  1. Pay to have your genetic kit sent to your home from 23andMe. You can get the test for $179 instead of $199 at this link because of your relationship with us. We have no financial arrangement with 23andMe.
  2. When you receive your genetic kit, follow the instructions to prepare your saliva sample and send back to 23andMe via the US Postal Service.
  3. 23andMe will email you when your results are complete.
  4. Go to your personal page and look in two areas depending on the state of your results: 1) Click "Tools" link, scroll down to "Browse Your Data", and click the word download. Download the file to your computer and email us the file. 2) Click your name at the top right, click "Browse Raw Data," click the download button, and find the raw data file on your computer. Attach the file and email it to us.
  5. When we get your raw data file, we will upload it into our methylation database and contact you when the results are complete to make an appointment.
  6. (Optional) Share your disease carrier, traits, and wellness reports with us.
Why Is This Such an Incredible Opportunity?
  • In addition to the methylation data that we analyze, 23andMe maps your entire genome. This is crucial if we offer further genetic analysis on other bodily functions or for other health care providers who may require your genetic info.
  • You only need your genome mapped once!
  • 23andMe provides you with information about your ancestry. This is 23andMe's specialty. We do not delve into this aspect of your genetic results. It is completely private to you.
  • Knowing your disease carrier status, traits, and wellness genetics (like lactose intolerance) is invaluable to you and your health professionals. 23andMe has many more test in the offing as the research becomes more available.

  • Many of you have heard us refer to the MTHFR genetic mutation for pregnancy, neurological function, and detoxification. MTHFR is included in the panel, as well as every other major gene associated with the methylation pathway.

Why Did We Decide to Finally Use Genetic Testing?
  • While we feel that much of the information about the humane genome is "not ready for prime time," we feel extremely confident that the genes associated with the methylation pathway have more than enough clinical data. The pharmaceutical industry has done most of the work for us by putting billions of dollars into researching genetics and methylation so they can find out who can best metabolize and avoid side effects from their drugs!
  • As better research comes along, having your genetic information allows us to contact you when, for instance, a genetic bone health panel comes along. How can you beat that service?
Putting Your Methylation Results Into Action
Going over your results should only take about 15 minutes. This is free for NCI Well Connect Members. For non-Well Connect members, the fee is $45.

To start the process, just go to 23andMe and click on the link:
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One Year Membership Includes:
  1. Weekly eNewsletters (84 issues). We publish our long-form issue on Monday and a Mid-Week Brief on Wednesday. Our eNewsletter has been awarded Constant Contact All Star status seven years in a row to date. Here is a recent preview issue.
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Have a happy, healthy day,
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