NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
July 13, 2016
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that in 1920, women lived, on average, one year longer than men? Now, men, on average, die almost five years earlier than women. Maybe it has to do with the fact that women are 100% more likely to utilize preventive services than men!

We are sad to announce that Winnetka-based allergist Kim Ricaurte will no longer be seeing patients on an ongoing basis. She is seeking other opportunities in the allergy field. For those taking her custom allergy drops, she will still make those available upon request.

Over the next few months, we will be evaluating local allergists to recommend, as we do not have one to recommend currently.

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Who Eats Better? You or Your Kids?
Bonnie and Steve: Many people accept the old axiom: "You are what you eat." Now researchers are suggesting there may be a lesser-known parallel: "Your kids are what you eat."

In a new Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics study of parent-child diet quality and calories consumed, researchers found the two are related in significant ways, a connection that could lead to better strategies as we work to address obesity and related conditions such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

As dietary details emerged for hundreds of parents and children who participated in the study, the overall picture wasn't pretty. Unfortunately, people are not doing very well in terms of diet quality. Parents had better diet quality than kids, but only by a few percentage points. Caloric intake was similar.

After controlling for demographics, neighborhood type and body-mass index, researchers found parental diet to be the strongest predictor of a child's diet quality.

They found two clear culprits for poorer diet quality among children: too few vegetables and too many empty calories.

The proof is in the pudding. Parents lead by example, and in no case can it be more important than with dietary choices. We are confident that as parent diet quality increases, children will as well.

We know that battling your kids over food choices is no fun. A philosophy that has worked well here for several generations is as follows: Control what you keep in the home and don't worry as much about what happens outside of it.

What is eaten in the home makes up the majority of what most children eat on a daily basis, so you are providing most of their daily calories.

If your child comes home with an upset stomach because he or she gorged on junk food at a party, point out cause and effect. Teach them about making wiser decisions. Try to let them know that while you may be disappointed in the food choices they make at times, you hope that they will make better choices going forward.

One caveat: if your child has a life-threatening food allergy, the aforementioned would not apply. You must be cognizant with every food choice.
Allergy Season Update
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Genetic Nutrient Deficiency Revealed

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?

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