NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
March 2, 2016
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that you are half to three-fourths of an inch taller in the morning than at night? Why? It's simple. Gravity pulls you down.

DID YOU KNOW that according to a study from the December issue of The Journal of Nutrition, 68% of the adult US population consumes nutritional supplements, and over one-quarter consumes supplemental chromium? The odds of having type 2 diabetes were lower in those who had consumed supplements containing chromium.

Jeannie Gorman will be filling in for Elizabeth while she is on maternity leave. Welcome Jeannie and we are thrilled to have you aboard!

Have a happy, healthy day. Steve and Bonnie
Cleveland Clinic Doubles Down on Functional Medicine
Steve and Bonnie: The Cleveland Clinic's Center for Functional Medicine (CFM) will be doubling its physical size and patient care capacities in the coming year, to meet what medical director, Dr. Patrick Hanaway, characterizes as "unbelievable pent up demand for this kind of care."

Since opening in late 2014, CFM practitioners have handled nearly 5,300 total appointments, quickly reaching maximum capacity. The center now has a waiting list of over 1,100 individuals.

 "This has grown much faster and much more profoundly than we expected," says Dr. Hanaway, CFM's medical director and co-founder. "We have a great number of people who want to receive services from us, and the demand far outstrips our current resources and capacities."

The CFM's model of care puts nutrition and natural therapeutics at the center of the treatment equation, not on the margins.

Dr. Hanaway says the center has several total-cost-of-care studies in the works, looking at functional medicine as a comprehensive system for management of asthma, irritable bowel disease, and migraines. These trials will compare CFM patients with these conditions against similar people with the same diseases treated at other centers within the Cleveland Clinic system.

This will allow investigators to test the functional medicine model against conventional protocols across a range of standardized clinical, cost, and QOL outcomes measures. Hanaway hopes to have preliminary data from the first wave of studies within 18-24 months.

Anecdotally, many of these patients experience major improvements once they begin working in earnest with CFM's practitioners. In time, Dr. Hanaway and his team hope to have robust data to corroborate the clinical observations.

Not everyone in Cleveland is a fan of the functional medicine paradigm. Curran says there is still considerable resistance toward functional medicine in many sectors of the Cleveland Clinic system. She attributes that to "a lack of understanding among certain physician specialists."

In response, CFM is embarking on an ambitious education program aimed at introducing the core concepts of functional medicine to the widest possible spectrum of specialists.

We have said for a while that Cleveland Clinic now trumps Mayo as the best in the US. This development comes as no surprise to us.
What Do You Have in Common With a Sewer Pipe?
This article is reserved for NCI Well Connect Members.
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, lifestyle, and nutrient modification.

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Twinlab Quercetin + C on Long-Term Backorder
While this should not come as a surprise given the issues Twinlab has had keeping items in stock over the last 18 months, we have been notified by Twinlab that Quercetin + C in both sizes will not be available until August at the earliest. In addition, Twinlab Allergy C has been discontinued and will no longer be available.

To prevent these frequent occurrences, we are looking into the possibility of making our own Quercetin + C product, much like what we did with Alka Support. This process however, will take at least two to three months.

In the interim, we have individualized alternatives:

Pure Encapsulations Ester-C & Flavanoids
-Contains quercetin and rutin, both wonderful antinflammatory flavanoids that also enhance the action of vitamin C. A bit less quercetin than what was in the Twinlab.
-One capsule for one capsule exchange
-If taking for allergies, you can add extra, separate Quercetin during the height of the season.
-If taking for severe inflammation, then you can add one or two more Quercetin capsules.
-Ester-C is well tolerated for mild to moderate corn intolerants.

Pure Encapsulations Quercetin AND Ecological Formulas Vitamin C-1000 (tapioca source)
One to two capsules Quercetin AND only one vitamin C is necessary.

Metagenics Sinuplex
-Mirrors the old Twinlab Allergy Fighters the most.
-Cannot take if pineapple sensitive.
We appreciate your continued patronage and support.

Have a happy, healthy day,
Bonnie, Steve, Carolyn, Lilo, and Elizabeth
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