NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
March 9, 2016
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that according to a study from the December issue of International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, not all wearable activity trackers are created equal?

Researching the ability of Fitbit and Jawbone, the review indicated higher validity of step counting, inconclusive findings for distance and physical activity, and lower validity for calories (energy expenditure) and sleep.

To make trackers as accurate as possible, the authors suggest some strategies for device wearers:
  • Wear the tracker in the same position each day.
  • Enter personal details like height and weight correctly at initial set-up, and update if there is significant change in weight.
  • If the tracker provides these options, then: correctly calibrate the length of a walking stride; add more information via the device's journal function; and interact with the sleep mode settings.
Have a happy, healthy day. Steve and Bonnie
Vit D Deficiency Epidemic Ignored?
Steve and Bonnie: The European Union has acknowledged that a major vitamin D deficiency epidemic exists within their population. Why can't US public health experts sound the alarm? 

A new study that appeared in the February issue ofAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition states that irrespective of age group, ethnic mix, and latitude, 18% of Europeans had vitamin D levels less than 30. 40% had levels less than 50.

We believe a level of 50 or more to be considered optimal, so this is indeed a gargantuan epidemic.

If we used our office to represent the US population, we would more deficient than Europe. Yet, you hear no acknowledgement from public health officials. In fact, they suggest "not enough data exists to show vitamin D deficiency has any measurable effect on public health".

As we have shown consistently in this eNewsletter for years now, the research on vitamin D and vitamin D deficiency continues to come in tsunami-sized waves. Unfortunately, one of the easiest and most economical public health decisions, to screen every American for vitamin D deficiency, remains on the sidelines.
Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to...Everything?
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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
(847) 498 3422

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