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New Action Plan
Good Methylator?
Feeding Young Athletes
Menu Savvy
Smart Food
Recipe du Jour
Brand Buzz
July Sale
Locavore Tidbits
Aesthetically Speaking
eNews Updates
Youth Athlete Success
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NCI Well Connect
July 28, 2014
Dear Valued Subscriber,   


Did you know that the percentage of high school athletes who admit to taking synthetic human growth hormone (HGH) has more than doubled from 5 to 11% in one year?


LAST CHANCE! This is the last week to take advantage of a one year subscription to NCI Well Connect at 40% OFF (49.99 from 79.99). If you subscribe today, we will email you a copy of our latest Action Plan,Building the Optimal Youth Athlete Nutritional Concepts' Way. What a great gift for your kids, grandkids, and your friends kids.


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Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve Minsky


New Release!! Self-Help Action Plan Series


Build the Optimal Youth Athlete Nutritional Concepts' Way
Build the Optimal Youth Athlete Nutritional Concepts' Way
Well Connect Weekly Feature:
Are You a Good Methylator?

Steve: You had better be a good methylator. Methylation is the essential pathway responsible for the detoxification of toxins, graceful aging, supporting proper weight, the balance of brain chemistry, strong immunity, protecting the nerves, and so much more.


The process of methylation continuously repairs DNA (up to 80 billion times per second) so that the body's trillions of individual molecules stay young. The body should have enough groups to conduct methylation's healing directives. However, due to an increasing toxic load from what we eat and drink, put on our skin, and what we breathe, outside assistance may be necessary.


Over the next several NCI Well Connects, I will answer more questions related to methylation, including: How do I know if I am a good methylator? And if not, what steps do I need to take to be one?


Common Mistakes We Make Feeding Our Young Athletes.
Steve: This is an excerpt from our new Action Plan, Build the Optimal Youth Athlete Nutritional Concepts' Way.
  • We tell them to eat a high carbohydrate diet. Only about 50% of their diet should come from carbohydrates for optimal performance and recovery from endurance activities.
  • We tell them too eat little dietary fat. A minimum of 30% of dietary fat should be consumed to allow for consistent energy reserves.
  • We don't give them enough protein. They should have protein at every meal and snack along with their carbohydrates and fats. Our plan incorporates this philosophy.
  • We give them Gatorade-type sports drinks and sugar before competing. This creates too great a spike in blood sugar, which causes a crash about 15 minutes later. Low blood sugar makes it impossible for a child to perform to the best of their ability.
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Menu Savvy
How Many Cups of Coffee Affects Blood Sugar?

The first study to examine whether a change in the amount of tea or coffee consumed has any effect on the subsequent risk for type 2 diabetes among healthy individuals has found that it does, at least for coffee.


In the recent study in Diabetologia, those who increased their intake by around one-and-a-half cups of regular coffee per day, on average, had an 11% lower risk for type 2 diabetes over the following 4 years, compared with people who did not alter the amount of coffee they drank. Conversely, those who reduced the amount of coffee drunk by a median of 2 cups per day had a 17% higher risk for type 2 diabetes during the next 4 years, relative to those who didn't change their coffee habit.


Bonnie: Caffeinated coffee was only seen to make a difference, not decaffeinated. Changes in tea consumption were not associated with type 2 diabetes risk positively or negatively.


The authors suggest the greatest benefit was seen in subjects drinking the equivalent of six 8 oz. cups of coffee per day. Here's the kicker: the researchers only looked at black coffee, with no milk or sugar!


Smart Food
Bok Choy is a Superfood Superhero. 

The ancient Chinese vegetable that is actually in the cruciferous family not only has a fresh, mild taste, it packs quite a nutrient wallop.


Whether you choose baby bok choy or the full-size version, a few servings can provide a powerful boost of beta carotene, which is good for our eyes and immune system.


Its sulfur content, like other cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts, has been found to be beneficial for cancer prevention. 


Believe it or not, one cooked cup of bok choy provides 158 mg. of supremely absorbed calcium.


Best ways to utilize bok choy?

  • Steam or saute it which takes 3 to 4 minutes max.
  • Use it in place of chips to dip in hummus, guacamole, or salsa!
  • Chop and use it as part of your salad greens.
  • Add to soup and eat it like a crouton. It won't get soggy!
Recipe du Jour
Quinoa and Roasted Beet Salad 

-4 cups cooked Alter Eco Royal Pearl Quinoa

-1 bunch of beets (3 large, 4 medium or 5 small), roasted

-3/4 to 1 pound beet greens (the greens from 1 generous bunch)

-Salt to taste

-1 to 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (to taste)

-2 garlic cloves, minced

-2 teaspoons caraway seeds, lightly crushed

-2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled or diced (1/2 cup)



Scrub and roast the beets. Once they are cooled, remove the skins and cut into 1/4-inch dice. Set aside.


Blanch the greens in a large pot of generously salted water or steam them above an inch of boiling water until wilted, one to two minutes. Refresh with cold water, squeeze dry and chop.


Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large, heavy skillet. Add the garlic. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 seconds to a minute. Add the caraway, beet greens, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir over medium heat for 30 seconds to a minute until the greens are nicely infused with the garlic and oil. Add the beets and quinoa. Toss together until the ingredients are well combined and the quinoa is heated through and colored with beet juice. Taste and adjust salt and pepper. Transfer to a wide serving bowl or platter, and sprinkle the goat cheese over the top. Serve hot.


Do Weather Changes Trigger Pain?

While several studies have concurred with people's accounts that their joint and muscle pain can be triggered by changes in the weather, a new study contradicts this belief, at least for those with low back pain.


Researchers analyzed information from nearly 1,000 people who went to the doctor within a few days of experiencing sudden (acute) lower back pain. The researchers then compared weather conditions at the time people experienced back pain to weather conditions one week and one month prior, when the participants were pain-free.


There was no link between episodes of back pain and the temperature, relative humidity, air pressure, wind direction and precipitation in the city, the researchers concluded in the July issue of Arthritis Care & Research


Bonnie: We did see a study that claimed that knee pain was triggered by the weather, but it was the only we have seen. This is the second or third study that discounts weather-triggered pain.


Brand Buzz 

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Locavore Tidbits 
Exciting Times for Clients and Colleagues. 
It is wonderful to hear about some of the wonderful things our clients and colleagues are up to.

One of our clients, Gail Trace, started an avocado farm in California and now has a booming business. You can learn more about Gail's farm, which is also growing a rare fruit called white sapote, at Traceland Organics.

The Goodman's, husband and wife team, have started Kings Hill Farm, a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).

The Wolf's, also a husband and wife team, have had Turtle Creek Farms, also a CSA, for several years now.

Dr. Paul Schattauer, owner of The Green Medical Practice and wonderful family doctor, has helped develop The Sugar Beet Co-Op in Oak Park/River Forest. The member-owned, full-service grocery store, will be opening early 2015.
Human Breast Milk Bank
Dr. Schattauer is also housing the first human breast milk bank in the state of Illinois. Breast milk is prohibitively expensive and with the help of the nonprofit Mothers Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes, they hope to provide breast milk to mothers and infants who need it most.

Aesthetically Speaking 
Nutritional Regimen for Deep Wrinkles and Skin Changes Due to Aging

One hundred sixty-six post-menopausal women were recruited for an International Journal of Cosmetic Science double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. The women were healthy, non-smokers and were not using dietary supplements or receiving hormone replacement therapy. The women were randomly assigned to one of three protocols for 14 weeks:

  • Placebo: drinks and capsules without active ingredients
  • Test group 1: fruit based drink with 70mg isoflavones, 8mg lycopene, 250mg vitamin C, and 250mg vitamin E; and 660mg omega-3 fish oil in 2 capsules daily.
  • Test group 2: fruit based drink with 40mg isoflavones, 3mg lycopene, 180mg vitamin C, and 30mg vitamin E; and 660mg omega-3 fish oil in 2 capsules daily.

Skin measurements, blood samples, and skin biopsies were taken at the start and end of the treatment period. Researchers analyzed the quantity and quality of collagen and elastin fiber pre and post treatment as well as the supplements effect on deep wrinkles, hydration, and discoloration.


Researchers found a significant reduction in wrinkle depth in both test groups compared to placebo. Furthermore, the test groups had more hydration in the skin. Significant differences were not found between the test groups. In test group 2, which was tested for collagen quality and quantity, 17.3% of subjects experienced an increase in both quality and quantity of collagen compared to placebo.


Bonnie: We have known that nutritional supplementation can be helpful for skin aging, but the research has lagged behind. It is nice to see it in a double-blind placebo-controlled trial.


Wild Card
Prescription Niacin Bashing.

Bonnie: A recent study all over the news showing high-dose prescription niacin to be ineffective in high cholesterol/heart disease prevention is ridiculous.


You would think pharmaceutical companies would be satisfied with the billions of dollars they are raking in for a dangerous drug therapy where for most people, unless they have had a stroke, heart attack, several stents, or bypass surgery...THE RISK FAR OUTWEIGHS THE BENEFIT. Of course, I am referring to statins.


Niacin raises HDL (good cholesterol). While not directly acting as a major protector against heart disease, it is the yin to LDL's yang. So for most people with high LDL, if they have good HDL, their total cholesterol number is ideal.


The other very important benefit to prescription niacin, which no media outlet or study mentioned, is that it greatly lowers triglycerides. Triglycerides are as much a risk factor, if not more, for heart diease than LDL. High triglycerides may also indicate a potential blood sugar disorder. Niacin lowers triglycerides by 20 to 50 percent, where statins lower 7 to 30 percent at best.


I have dozens of clients on prescription niacin for cardiac risk for prevention who have done very well for decades without taking a statin.


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