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High Protein Diets
March Sale
eNews Updates
Well Connect
Conquer Allergy, Intolerance

How Our Services.
Are Covered By Insurance.

Food Intolerance: the Silent Assassin
Food Intolerance: the Silent Assassin

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Bringing the Wellness of Tomorrow, Today. 
March 10, 2014
Dear Valued Subscriber,    


Did you know we average 4.9 snacks and meals daily? That's a 29 percent increase since the 1970s, according to the USDA.
Need a healthy snack suggestion? One medium-size artichoke has six grams of fiber, four grams of protein, and is a powerhouse of nutrients such as vitamin K, folic acid, vitamin C, and antioxidants.
Our NCI Well Connect 4-part series, Allergy, Intolerance, and Asthma, continues this week with a shocking study about allergies, chronic disease, and mortality. Also, don't miss "These Carbs Don't Inflame" in Steve's Studies.


Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve Minsky


High Protein Diet as Bad as Smoking. Really?
Indictment of the Standard American Diet.

The press release of a new study released in Cell Metabolism (here is thestudy) states, "Meat and Cheese May Be As Bad for You As Smoking".


While the headline is catchy, the devil is in the details as the study sheds light on the ongoing problems with the Standard American Diet.


The study's main finding is that in middle-aged adults (50-65), there was a large increase in IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor) in those eating the highest amount of animal protein. Those adults with high IGF-1 had a much higher risk of diabetes mortality.


IGF-1 levels are also markedly high in those consuming a lot of added sugar, refined carbohydrates, and synthetic hormone medication.


We have said forever that when one consumes large amounts of conventional animal protein, the antibiotics and growth hormones injected directly into the animals greatly raise levels of IGF-1. In addition, the chemicals, growth enhancers, and pesticides that exist in animal feed contribute to greater IGF-1 production.


When domesticated animals earmarked for human consumption are not eating what they were put on this earth to eat, you have a completely different product for humans, and our genetics and metabolic mechanisms act negatively.


One thing the researchers did not discern is if any of the subjects ate organic eggs, grass-fed beef, organic, hormone, and antibiotic-free milk and cheese. We would venture to say that if there were any subjects who did, they were far and few between.


Here's a follow up study suggestion for the same researchers. Perform a study on the majority of our clients who eat grass-fed beef in moderation, consume organic eggs, eat organic, hormone and antibiotic-free cheese and dairy if tolerated, eat organic poultry, and choose wild caught salmon and low mercury fish. We think that our 50-65 year-old adults would fare much better!


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Utilizing our decades of clinical experience to discern what is fact or fiction, we pore over 400 journals and media weekly to find the ideal wellness tips to motivate you to adhere to, or improve upon, your wellness goals.


NCI Well Connect is your weekly nutritionist and wellness companion. 


Here Are This Week's Topics:

  • Allergy, Intolerance, and Asthma Part One.
  • Carbs That Don't Inflame.
  • Staying Healthy While Flying.
  • Eating This Way Works.
  • A New Workplace Hazard
  • Xylitol is a Duel Threat.
  • Food Focus: Monk Fruit
  • Coconut Cream Snack
  • Scrumptious Seaweed Snacks
  • Great Sugar-Free Dried Cherry Snack

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Having the Right Supplement Plan is Crucial


Did you know that you need to have your dietary supplement regimen evaluated frequently? Like with medication, as your body changes, so do your nutrient needs. Research is always evolving and new supplements seem to come to market on a daily basis.


Our philosophy has always been to tailor supplements to your individual needs. You wouldn't go to the store to change your prescriptions. So why do it for supplements? Just as a doctor and pharmacist are experts with medication, our expertise is in finding the safest, most effective, and least reactive supplements for you.


You need an evaluation if...

  • You have not had your supplements evaluated within the last 12 to 18 months.
  • You have made changes to your supplement regimen. Many clients who self-prescribe start to feel worse and wonder why. Often, the supplements they switched to have one or more ingredients that they do not tolerate, or are simply overdosing on nutrients.
  • Your health status has changed, either for worse or for better.
  • You listened to Dr. Oz and went out to buy his top 5 weight management supplements. While partially tongue-in-cheek, many people do this. Dr. Oz is not making recommendations for your individual needs and there can be serious consequences from following one-size-fits-all advice like this.

Call at 847-498-3422 or email at for an evaluation.


Make Time for Your Mind.


 Care's Corner with Carolyn Martinelli 


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.

Always Stay Connected

Whether you leave Chicago for the winter or live out of state, it is easy to stay connected to Nutritional Concepts.

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