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From eNewsletter 10/3/2022

DID YOU KNOW that daily breath training matches the effectiveness of medication for high blood pressure, according to a study from Journal of the American Heart Association?

If you've seen Steve for a consultation, you may remember him mentioning diaphragmatic breathing for a myriad of maladies, including anxiety, depression, stress, and blood pressure balance, among others.

Also called inspiratory-muscle strength training, the researchers of the study found it can increase blood vessel function by 45%. Subjects took 30 breaths per day for six weeks using a high resistance inspiratory muscle training device. Systolic blood pressure went down by 9mm.

Taking deep, resisted breaths generate same benefits of exercise and physical activity. This therapy is good for all age groups, and can even help athletic performance. Moreover, it is currently being used as a Long COVID therapy.

To all of our Floridian clients who are suffering from the devastation of Hurricane Ian, please know that we are thinking of you and hope that you get back to normalcy as quickly as possible.

Announcements

Pet Supplements

We now have a dietary supplement line for dogs and cats! ThorneVet has an impeccable reputation among veterinarians. To order from our wellness shop, please visit here (for prices, enter the Guest Area password: discount2018).

All ThorneVet supplements we carry are 20% OFF today only!

Pet Support by Coach Care

Carolyn Martinelli a.k.a. "Coach Care" will be available to answer your questions about ThorneVet pet supplements at nutroconpet@gmail.com. Please leave detailed contact information as well as the name, age, sex, breed, and/or health issue(s) and med(s) of your pet so Carolyn can respond accordingly.

Steve Minsky MS, HWC

The clinician of the future is here now. Steve completed his Masters of Science (MS) with honors in Health and Wellness. As a Health and Wellness Counselor, he will continue to analyze and offer solutions to optimize not only the food you eat, but every aspect of your lifestyle, whether for prevention or healing. More information on Steve's services.


US Postal Service Holiday Shipping Rate Increase

For the second consecutive year, the US Postal Service will be temporarily raising their shipping rates from October 2 until January 22, 2023. For the second consecutive year, we will NOT be temporarily increasing your holiday shipping rates. They will be staying at the current pricing :)

Text Us If It Is Convenient!

We encourage text messages at (847) 498-3422.

Virus Prevention and Support

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is here to stay. Moreover, we are exposed to many other viruses including influenza (flu), norovirus (stomach flu), adenovirus (common cold), monkeypox, and four other coronaviruses (common cold), among others. We recommend supporting your immune system year-round. For more information, refer to our Prevent and Fight Viruses 2.0 Protocol here.

Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection

or "Long COVID" Action Plan 3.0

Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC) or "Long COVID" includes symptoms that can last for 12 weeks or more. If you, a family member, friend, coworker, or neighbor are suffering from PASC, follow our Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection Action Plan 3.0. It is available for purchase here (password: discount2018).

Our COVID-19 Vaccine Opinion

Our opinion can be found at this link and is continually updated.

Warning: Counterfeit, Adulterated Supplements Online

On the internet, especially at Amazon, there is an epidemic of counterfeit, adulterated, and purposely mislabeled dietary supplements. A recent study from JAMA Network Open found that half of immune products analyzed from Amazon had labels that did not match the contents.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie Minsky

In Today's Issue

  • Paid Member Content

  • Well Connect Feature: Relaxation Techniques

  • Recipe du Jour: Rhubarb Apple Crisp

  • Menu Savvy: Stay Well Chicken Broth

  • Brand Buzz: Expanding Towels

  • Intelligently Active: Omega-3's and Football

  • Mental Minute: Histamine and Depression

  • eInspire: Luvvie Ajayi Jones

  • Free Member Content

  • Did You Know?

  • COVID-19 Update

  • October 20% OFF Sale Items

  • Pure Genomics

  • Watch - Tendons & Ligaments

  • Loyalty Program

  • Well Connect Member Benefits

Buy One Year Paid Membership for $79.99*

*To get past the Guest Area paywall use password: discount2018

COVID-19 Update

Steve: As it is still the dominant infection affecting our populace, it is incumbent upon me to share with you the latest concerning this insidious COVID-19 epidemic.

Paxlovid Antiviral

We still have serious reservations about you taking Paxlovid if you get COVID-19. Forgetting about the fact that some of our most visible politicians experienced a rebound effect, we have heard horror stories from a few clients who took Paxlovid, only to have COVID-19 come back much worse after stopping it. Moreover, new research from New England Journal of Medicine found no measurable benefit for ages 40-65.

Shingles or Other Live Vaccines

If you recently had COVID-19, or are experiencing lingering effects such as Long COVID, please postpone any live virus vaccinations such as shingles or chicken pox shots. We have several accounts of clients who after the shots, feel like they are relapsing with COVID-19. For those with Long COVID, they complain that their symptoms escalate immediately and insufferably.

COVID-19 Infection May Trigger IBS

This comes as no surprise to us because we have dealt with an inordinate number of new clients coming to us with digestive disorders after contracting COVID-19.

A new study from Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology estimates the prevalence of GI symptoms in COVID-19 patients can be as high as 60%.

Omega-3

Two new studies from Medrxiv laud the benefits of fish oil. One study found that study participants that had taken fish oil supplements habitually over for 12 years had a lower risk of hospital admission and mortality from COVID-19. The second study found that in subjects with the most optimal levels of omega-3 in their blood had a 21% reduced risk of testing positive for COVID-19 compared to subjects who had the lowest blood levels.

Phytonutrients

A recent study in Phytotherapy Research listed several phytonutrients that can help protect against severe COVID-19. A few substances cited were curcumin, quercetin, epigallocatechin gallate (ECGC from green tea), and nicotinamide (non-flush source of niacin). If considering one or more of these, please check first with your health professional.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Long COVID-19 patients who received pure oxygen treatments saw improvements to damaged brain tissues and their functional cognition compared to placebo, researchers state in Scientific Reports. Of the numerous benefits hyperbaric oxygen provides for Long COVID patients, “brain fog” is definitely one of them.

From eNewsletter 9/28/2022

DID YOU KNOW that one of the lowest quality commercial multivitamin-minerals was shown to improve cognition in older adults compared with placebo over a three year period? A study from The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association found that improved global cognition, episodic memory, and executive function were found in older adults who took the multivitamin-mineral than those who did not. The effect was even more pronounced in those with cardiovascular disease. The authors purported that 3 years of multivitamin-mineral supplementation appeared to have slowed aging by 1.8 years, or by 60%. The authors claimed to be "shocked" by the results. Imagine what the results would have been if researchers had used a quality multivitamin-mineral!

Announcements

Double Sale! Starting today and ending Friday September 30th, please take advantage of both September and October 20% OFF sale items. See website for details.

Bonnie Minsky Award Winner The 2022-2023 recipient of the UIC School of Public Health Bonnie C. Minsky Award Fund is Laura Howenstine. Laura is a second year PhD candidate in the division of community health sciences whose research interest is in school-based health interventions. While her journey as a doctoral student is in its early stage, Laura hopes to use her degree for Youth-led Participatory Action Research to address health equity issues in schools. She is extremely grateful to have been selected for the Bonnie C. Minsky Award. “This scholarship will help me continue to grow as a public health student and allows me to further my passion of making meaningful change in the lives of children.”

Steve Minsky MS, HWC The clinician of the future is here now. Steve just completed his Masters of Science (MS) with honors in Health and Wellness. As a Health and Wellness Counselor, he will continue to analyze and offer solutions to optimize not only the food you eat, but every aspect of your lifestyle, whether for prevention or healing. More information on Steve's services.

US Postal Service Holiday Shipping Rate Increase For the second consecutive year, the US Postal Service will be temporarily raising their shipping rates from October 2 until January 22, 2023. For the second consecutive year, we will NOT be temporarily increasing your holiday shipping rates. They will be staying at the current pricing :)

Text Us We accept text messages. Type (847) 498-3422 and text away!

Virus Prevention and Support SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is here to stay. Moreover, we are exposed to many other viruses including influenza (flu), norovirus (stomach flu), adenovirus (common cold), monkeypox, and four other coronaviruses (common cold), among others. We recommend supporting your immune system year-round. For more information, refer to our Prevent and Fight Viruses 2.0 Protocol here.

Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection or "Long COVID" Action Plan 3.0 Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC) or "Long COVID" includes symptoms that can last for 12 weeks or more. If you, a family member, friend, coworker, or neighbor are suffering from PASC, follow our Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection Action Plan 3.0. It is available for purchase here (password: discount2018).

COVID-19 Vaccine Information *Fall Booster Update Our opinion can be found at this link and is continually updated.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie Minsky


Your Pet Deserves the Best!

Steve: Is the saying "people treat their pets better than they treat themselves" really true? Hopefully not for our clients, but there is truth to it. We can, and should, treat our pets as well as ourselves. Just like with humans, it is difficult to provide everything your pet needs from food alone. Their diet should be augmented with a solid nutrient foundation, and when necessary, targeted nutrients. For this reason, we have taken our decades of dietary supplement expertise, performed an exhaustive search for just about every brand on the market, and found our favorite dietary supplement line for dogs and cats. Thorne Vet ThorneVet supplements have an impeccable reputation among veterinarians. We feel it is the most efficacious, of the highest quality, and most importantly the safest pet supplement brand. Until next Monday, all ThorneVet supplements we carry are 20% OFF! To peruse the ThorneVet line or order from our wellness shop, please visit here (to see prices, you must enter the Guest Area paywall password: discount2018). Pet Support by Coach Care We are elated to announce that Carolyn Martinelli a.k.a. "Coach Care" will be available to answer your questions about ThorneVet pet supplements. Any questions should be directed to Carolyn at nutroconpet@gmail.com. Please leave detailed contact information, as well as the name, age, sex, breed, and/or health issue(s) and med(s) of your pet so Carolyn can respond accurately.

In Today's Issue...

  • Well Connect - PaleoMed Diet Update Part 2*

  • Coffee & Caffeine Alternatives

  • Sept & Oct 20% OFF Sale Items

  • Case Report

  • Chiro Corner NEW!

  • Pure Genomics

  • Blog Briefs NEW!

  • Well Connect Member Benefits

*Paid Member Access Only

Coffee and Caffeine Alternatives

Steve: Many of us do not tolerate coffee and caffeine, and they are not mutually exclusive. Some tolerate caffeine but cannot tolerate coffee because of salicylate intolerance or acid reflux. Some can tolerate decaf coffee but cannot tolerate caffeine because they have a mutation(s) of a gene that does not allow them to process it. I have listed several alternatives if you happen to fall into one or both of these categories. Caffeine Alternatives Sunrider Calli Tea (unfortunately it is current out of stock) Decaf Coffee Decaf Green Tea Hot Water with Lemon Herbal tea (if tolerated) Coffee Alternatives Ecoteas or Wisdom of the Ancients brand Yerba Mate Tea Pure Encapsulations CaffPhenol (caffeine and L-Theanine in a capsule) Hint Energy Water (water, caffeine, and natural flavor) Tea (black and green) Future Caffeine Alternatives (we will have more data within the next year) Theacrine Mangifera indica (mango tree) leaf Alpinia galanga (galangal - herb from the ginger family)

From eNewsletter 9/26/2022

DID YOU KNOW that according to a new study in PNAS, electrical activation of a specific nerve can promote healing in acute inflammation?

Electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve has been used with encouraging results in clinical studies of patients with inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and recently long COVID.

Stimulation of the vagus nerve shifts the balance between inflammatory and specialized anti-inflammatory molecules, which promotes healing.

As you have read in this newsletter, and heard from us countless times during consultations, inflammation and its resolution plays a key role in a wide range of common diseases, including autoimmune diseases and cardiovascular diseases, among others..

For those who may benefit from vagus nerve stimulation, there is now a non-invasive way to apply stimulation. Ask us for details.

Announcements

Steve Minsky MS, HWC

The clinician of the future is here now. Steve just completed his Masters of Science (MS) with honors in Health and Wellness. As a Health and Wellness Counselor, he will continue to analyze and offer solutions to optimize not only the food you eat, but every aspect of your lifestyle, whether for prevention or healing. More information on Steve's services.

Text Us If It Is Convenient!

We encourage text messages at (847) 498-3422.

Virus Prevention and Support

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is here to stay. Moreover, we are exposed to many other viruses including influenza (flu), norovirus (stomach flu), adenovirus (common cold), monkeypox, and four other coronaviruses (common cold), among others. We recommend supporting your immune system year-round. For more information, refer to our Prevent and Fight Viruses 2.0 Protocol here.

Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection

or "Long COVID" Action Plan 3.0

Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC) or "Long COVID" includes symptoms that can last for 12 weeks or more. If you, a family member, friend, coworker, or neighbor are suffering from PASC, follow our Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection Action Plan 3.0. It is available for purchase here (password: discount2018).

Our COVID-19 Vaccine Opinion

Our opinion can be found at this link and is continually updated.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie Minsky

Your Pet Deserves the Best!

Steve: Is the saying "people treat their pets better than they treat themselves" really true? Hopefully not for our clients, but there is truth to it. We can, and should, treat our pets as well as ourselves.

Just like with humans, it is difficult to provide everything your pet needs from food alone. Their diet should be augmented with a solid nutrient foundation, and when necessary, targeted nutrients. For this reason, we have taken our decades of dietary supplement expertise, performed an exhaustive search for just about every brand on the market, and found our favorite dietary supplement line for dogs and cats.

Thorne Vet

ThorneVet supplements have an impeccable reputation among veterinarians. We feel it is the most efficacious, of the highest quality, and most importantly the safest pet supplement brand.

For one week only, all ThorneVet supplements we carry are 20% OFF!

To peruse the ThorneVet line or order from our wellness shop, please visit here (to see prices, you must enter the Guest Area paywall password: discount2018).

Pet Support by Coach Care (pictured above with dog Von)

We are elated to announce that Carolyn Martinelli a.k.a. "Coach Care" will be available to answer your questions about ThorneVet pet supplements. Any questions should be directed to Carolyn at nutroconpet@gmail.com. Please leave detailed contact information, as well as the name, age, sex, breed, and/or health issue(s) and med(s) of your pet so Carolyn can respond accurately.

In Today's Issue

  • Paid Member Content

  • Well Connect Feature: PaleoMed Diet Updates

  • Food Focus: The Avocado

  • Genetic Update: Physical Activity

  • Brand Buzz: Cell Rejuvenator

  • FoodQ: Emotional Patterns and Kids' Food Choices

  • Green Lifestyle: Greening Your Home

  • Wild Card: Nutrition and Tendon Health

  • eInspire: Phillip Brooks

  • Free Member Content

  • Did You Know?

  • Artificial Sweeteners Are Not Inert

  • Sept 20% OFF Sale Items

  • Pure Genomics

  • Watch - Tendons & Ligaments

  • Loyalty Program

  • Well Connect Member Benefits

Buy One Year Paid Membership for $79.99*

*To get past the Guest Area paywall use password: discount2018

Artificial Sweeteners Are Not Inert

Steve: As you know, we have been vehemently against consuming artificial sweeteners, or as the industry more positively calls them, non-nutritive sweeteners.

As successful as the industry has been in the past quelling negative research, over the last several years and months, the data is coming fast and furious, and there is little they can do to stop it.

If you are one of the select few reading this that still consumes artificial sweeteners, please read further. If you have family, friends, or coworkers who still consume them, please pass this along.

A new study in Cell states that sugar substitutes are not inert and, in fact, alter human our microbiomes in a way that can change our blood sugar levels. Specifically, saccharin and sucralose significantly and negatively impacted glucose tolerance in healthy adults.

In a new study from The BMJ, researchers followed over 100,000 healthy adults, average age of 42, for over a decade. Artificial sweetener consumption was linked to a 9% higher risk of cardiovascular disease. When looking at specific types of illness, they found artificial sweetener consumption was linked to an 18% higher risk of cerebrovascular disease, conditions that affect the blood flow to the brain.

A specific type of sweetener, aspartame, was associated with a 17% increased risk of cerebrovascular events, while acesulfame potassium and sucralose were linked to increased risk of coronary heart disease.

Here's a full list of artificial sweeteners to AVOID, so check your labels.

  • Acesulfame Potassium or Acesulfame K (brand Sunnett, Sweet One, Sweet & Safe)

  • Advantame

  • Alitame (brand Aclame)

  • Aspartame (also known as Acesulfame Potassium; brands NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, Equal-Measure, Canderel, Benevia, AminoSweet, NatraTaste)

  • Aspartame-acesulfame Salt (brand Twinsweet)

  • Cyclamate (brands Sucaryl and Cologran)

  • Erythritol (brands ZSweet, Wholesome Sweeteners, Organic Zero, Zerose, Now Foods, NuNaturals, Swerve Natural Sweeteners, Truvia)

  • Isomalt (brands DiabetiSweet, ClearCut, Decomalt)

  • Neohesperidine dihydrochalcone

  • Neotame

  • Saccharin (brands Sweet’N Low, Necta Sweet, Cologran, Heremesetas, Sucaryl, Sucron, Sugar Twin, Sweet 10)

  • Sucralose (Splenda, Nevella)

We still recommend organic stevia and organic monk fruit as long as they are not mixed with any other ingredients (i.e., Pure Via contains stevia and dextrose). We still recommend sugar alcohols such as xylitol, but only if tolerated and consumed in moderation.