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March 17, 2014
Dear Valued Subscriber,    


Did you know that in the March 5th issue of JAMA, editors stated that acupuncture is associated with improved pain outcomes compared with sham-acupuncture and no-acupuncture control, with response rates of approximately 30% for no acupuncture, 42.5% for sham acupuncture, and 50% for acupuncture.The 7.5% difference between sham and the real thing is significant in research terms. 
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Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve Minsky


What Really is Evaporated Cane Juice?
Manufacturers Under Fire.

A client asked us if we would share our opinion on evaporated cane juice (ECJ), commonly found at health food stores.


ECJ is not juice. It is basically dried cane syrup. The only real difference between the look of ECJ and sugar is that ECJ is refined less, which allows it to keep its brown color.


Because the word "juice" is in the ingredient name, manufacturers have been accused of cleverly disguising the fact that it is identical to sugar in calories and counts as sugar on Nutrition Facts. Civil litigation has been launched against firms from Chobani to Trader Joe's. The FDA has repeatedly told food manufacturers not to use the term ECJ because it is false and misleading.


Manufacturers defend the name because they say it has a distinct darker appearance and it is not decolorized, as is refined sugar. They say ECJ has distinct taste and smell characteristics. Further they say, ECJ has nutrients and other inherent constituents that do not exist in refined sugar.

This is a pretty weak defense. While we agree that it is not as bad as bleached white table sugar, we think a more apropos name would be "dried cane syrup". Just as high fructose corn syrup was misleading, ECJ should be treated no differently.
Regardless of what the name of the sugar source is, you need to read the ingredient label and the Nutrition Facts. Look for how many grams of sugar are on the Nutrition Facts. A rule of thumb is that 4 grams of sugar per serving is okay. Sugar should always one of the last ingredients on the label. The further down it is on the list of ingredients, the less of it there is.

If you would like to share your opinion with the FDA about this, the deadline to comment is is May 5.
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  • Is it the Fruits and Veggies or Your Attitude?
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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.


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


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