NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
May 25, 2016
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that a new report by the advisory group the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine state that genetically engineered crops appear to be safe to eat and do not harm the environment?

USA Today went so far as to use the headline in an editorial: "GMO debate based upon fear, not logic."

What's logical is that using a proprietary pesticide (Roundup) on proprietary seeds that have not delivered on what they set out to do is not good for our future. End of story. All we want is the option to choose non-GMO. We have a right to the option.

We have built up a sizable library of self-help Action Plans (42 and counting), covering myriad wellness topics. We are happy to announce our newest installment, Eye-Mazing Vision Protection Action Plan. You can order it from our website or ask that a free copy be emailed if you are a NCI Well Connect Member. Enjoy!

Have a happy, healthy day. Steve and Bonnie
Salt Good. Sugar Bad.

Bonnie and Steve: The FDA finally acknowledged that the US has a sugar problem by standing up to Big Food! 

Very soon, on your nutrition facts label, which appear on the back of food packages, a new line will tell you how much sugar has been added to a processed food. For example, we will be able to see how much sugar in yogurt is naturally there from milk sugar and how much is added to sweeten it.

The sugar industry, among other industries who profit on sweetening food, are irate. Of course they are. Sorry, but something had to be done. Right now, the average American eats about 115 grams (23 teaspoons) of added sugar a day. The new daily value for added sugar will be 50 grams, less than half that amount. That's still too much as far as we are concerned.

Among the other key changes to the nutrition facts label:
  • Daily values will be updated to reflect the most recent science. The daily value for fiber has been increased from 25 grams to 28 grams, for example.
  • Potassium and vitamin D will now be featured on food labels.
Salt Shedding Bad Rap

A worldwide study from The Lancet has found that low-salt diets may not be beneficial and may actually increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and death compared to average salt consumption.

Researchers looked specifically at whether the relationship between sodium (salt) intake and death, heart disease and stroke differs in people with high blood pressure compared to those with normal blood pressure. The researchers showed that regardless of whether people have high blood pressure, low-sodium intake is associated with more heart attacks, strokes, and deaths compared to average intake.

While the data highlights the importance of reducing high salt intake in people with hypertension, it does not support reducing salt intake to low levels. Low-sodium intake was considered less than three grams per day.

What a relief to finally see this from a prestigious medical journal. We have always said that this issue is about lack of potassium intake versus too much sodium!
UP4 Acidophilus Discontinued

Bonnie and Steve: Much to our chagrin, UAS Life Sciences has discontinued UP4 Acidophilus (yellow label). Their reasoning was: "it's not a big seller" and "customers want multiple strains per capsule".

When we mentioned that in many instances, those who suffer from yeast imbalances need and can only tolerate acidophilus, they had no credible response. The cold reality is that even supplement manufacturers go with what sells, not what serves the best interest of its diverse customers.

Luckily, we have options to cater to your individual needs.
  1. If you no longer struggle with yeast imbalance, you can switch to UP4 Daily(lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidus).
  2. For everyone else, we contract manufactured our own Acidophilus product: Well Probiotic L. Acidophilus. We will ship this product with refrigeration during the warmer months. but you can store it exactly as you did with UP4 Acidophilus (just refrigerate after opening).
We have never been about "what sells". Unfortunately, we are penalized for this as evidenced by the discontinuation of certain Twinlab products and now this.

We will continue to focus solely on what's best for your individual needs, as well as our own, because everyone here, in addition to our friends and families, all use the same products you do!
Age Really is Just a Number
This article is reserved for NCI Well Connect Members.
Screening for Vitamin A & D Genetic Deficiencies Is Now Available!

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, as well as absorb vitamins A & D. The great thing is that you can prevent impairment with diet, lifestyle, and nutrient modification.

For example, if you cannot adequately convert Beta Carotene from food into absorbable vitamin A (retinol), this greatly increases your risk for the eye disease Macular Degeneration. Food and supplement modification addresses this issue.

The graphic on top is the methylation cycle. The bottom graphic is genes associated with vitamins A & D. If you have not done your 23andMe genetic test, yet, what are you waiting for?

NCI Well Connect Membership
One Year Membership Includes:
  1. Weekly eNewsletters (84 issues). We publish our long-form issue on Monday and a Mid-Week Brief on Wednesday. Here is a recent preview issue.
  2. Self-Help Action Plans. Access to two titles per month from our self-help Action Plan Library. There are currently 42 Action Plan titles to date on all aspects of wellness, including the new Eye-Mazing Vision Protection Action Plan. You can view the full library of titles here.
  3. Natural Foods Shopping List. Updated quarterly, our Natural Foods Shopping List includes only the most meticulously vetted, highest quality food and beverage products that we recommend to our clients. These include gluten-free, corn-free, and kosher pareve items.
  4. Free 15 Minute Wellness Coaching Sessions (visits with Bonnie are separate) on topics such as 23andMe genetic results, Immune System, Detox, Shedding Weight, Food Cravings and Food Addiction, or those of your own choosing.

The approximate cost for all of this? Less than one dollar a week!


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We appreciate your continued patronage and support.

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