NCI Well Connect
August 6, 2018
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that and just published a detailed document entitled "Privacy Best Practices for Consumer Genetic Testing Services"? For those of you still on the fence of about the privacy of your genetic information, this is worth a read.

Did you know that if you have an HSA or FSA debit/credit card, you can use it at Nutritional Concepts? While we cannot guarantee it because every account is different, we are able to process most HSA or FSA credit card transactions.

Metagenics sent a memo alerting us of a problem customers have had purchasing counterfeit and adulterated products from third party sources on the Internet. Pure Encapsulations alerted us to similar occurrences with their products. Overheated products, expired products, labels removed, QR codes removed, and label tampering are all major issues. Read the memo here.

The Wall Street Journal recently reported on this issue as well.

We are not a third party vendor. We are an authorized vendor for Metagenics and Pure Encapsulations.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie
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Health Care Use, Life Satisfaction
Bonnie and Steve: When it comes to health care, the data is painfully obvious...less is better.

Life satisfaction is increasingly being recognized as an important determinant of overall health. Poor satisfaction in life was a strong predictor of higher healthcare use with the lowest level of life satisfaction associated with three times higher odds of being in the highest cost category compared with those who are satisfied with their life, according to a study in the August issue of American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Interestingly, low life satisfaction was consistent regardless of socioeconomic level. Higher healthcare is usually associated with complex chronic conditions. 

Increased life distress has physiologic impacts that have broad health effects that contribute to disease, including lack of movement and exercise. Alternatively, physical activity is directly correlated with higher levels of happiness. Therefore, people that are happier engage in healthier behaviors.

Those that are dissatisfied with life may also be affected by depression. Well-being relates more to the amount of time one feels positive than with the intensity of positive feeling and, accordingly, the inverse correlation between life satisfaction and depression seems to go from moderate to strong. Depression affects quality of life and increases health service utilization.

Continuing to study the impact of life satisfaction and its connection to the overuse of healthcare is critical. We are the poster child case. The United States spends the most in the developed world on health care, but gets the worst results.

As we struggle to determine how to best manage future healthcare costs and improve population health, adhering to a less is more approach, and focusing more resources on prevention, should be the highest priority.
Genetic Wellness Screening
Pure Genomics, our genetic wellness screening, covers 32 impeccably well-researched genes in seven categories:
  1. Methylation
  2. Vitamins and Minerals
  3. Detoxification
  4. Weight Management
  5. Cognitive Health and Memory
  6. Blood Sugar Balance
  7. Immune Health
Pure Genomics tips the balance toward optimal wellness. It only takes four simple steps to get started:
  1. Order a genetic kit from or
  2. Send your saliva sample back to 23andMe or Ancestry. They will email you when your results are ready.
  3. Download your raw genetic data file to your computer. Email us the data file.
  4. We generate your Pure Genomics report and contact you with the next step.
Email Steve for further questions or clarification.
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Toxin-Free Home
One of the benefits of being a NCI Well Connect Member is that you can request two titles monthly from our our Action Plan Library (44 plans: total value $300). 

This comes in handy when you're are moving into a new or old domicile, renovating, or need ideas for making your existing domicile less toxic. Our Toxin-Free Home Action Plan covers just about everything you can think of! 

Action Plans are free by email request for NCI Well Connect Members or can be ordered separately. To activate your membership, click here.
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NCI Well Connect Member Benefits

One Year Membership Is Open to Clients and Non-Clients of our practice. Includes:
  1. Free 45 Minute Pure Genomics Screening & Consultation
  2. Twice Weekly eNewsletters. Long-form issue on Monday and mid-week brief on Wednesday.
  3. Self-Help Action Plans. Access to two titles per month from our 44 title self-help Action Plan Library. Full library of titles here.
  4. Natural Foods Shopping List. Meticulously vetted, high quality food and beverages we recommend to our clients. Gluten-free, corn-free, and kosher pareve items included. Updated quarterly.
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Wellness Services Menu
We have a multitude of options for simple fine-tuning or the toughest cases.
  • Full Wellness Evaluation (with bloodwork)
  • NCI Well Connect Membership
  • Genetic Wellness Evaluation
  • Balanced Eating 101 (focus on eating only)
  • Food Intolerance Screening and Menu Plan Implementation (separate fees)
  • Memory Loss Protocol
  • Dietary Supplement Evaluation
  • Wellness and Lifestyle Coaching Sessions
  • Far Infrared Sauna Treatment
  • Grocery Shopping Tours and Pantry Advice
  • Workplace Wellness Evaluations
  • Chiropractic and Acupuncture

Consulting prices range from $45 to $225. Contact us at 847-498-3422 or email for details.

Loyalty Program
Did You Know We Have a Loyalty Program?
We keep track of your purchases throughout the year and apply discounts as you hit certain purchase benchmarks.

Your yearly totals reset each calendar year. More info here.
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Have a happy, healthy day,
Bonnie, Steve, Carolyn, Lilo, Elizabeth, Sharron, and Lori
(847) 498-3422  

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