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2 Forever Meds on the Hot Seat

From eNewsletter 11/8/2023

DID YOU KNOW that two "forever" medications have come under fire again?

According to a new study from Alzheimer's and Dementia, the class of acid reflux medications called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs such as Omeprazole, Nexium, Prilosec, among others) were again associated with a 36% increased risk of dementia. Defenders of PPIs will have a hard time arguing these fundamentals.

  • Researchers collected data on dementia diagnoses and prescription PPI use among 2 million individuals aged 60-75 years between 2000 and 2018. The median follow-up time was 10.3 years.

The other forever medication, a class of cholesterol lowering meds called statins, were again linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from The British Medical Journal (BMJ). In this study, over 4000 subjects were followed for 3 years and in that time, their type 2 diabetes risk went up 7.2%.

It may sound like a broken record, but we still find that too many of our clients, old and new, are on these medications unnecessarily, and you are not likely to hear about the deleterious side effects elsewhere.

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The Gift of Wellness

Struggling for gift ideas this holiday season? From consultation gift certificates to human and pet supplements, what better gift can you give than the gift of wellness?

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We're nearing the end of 2023, so this is your reminder to stock up to take advantage of your loyalty rewards. We track and apply discounts as you achieve certain dollar thresholds, but feel free to ask us if you qualify for a loyalty discount or are close to one. NOTE: all accounts reset to zero in 2024, so get your orders in before the end of the year.

Steve Minsky MS, HWC

As a Health and Wellness Counselor, Steve analyzes and offer solutions to optimize human functioning not only with food, but every aspect of your lifestyle, whether for prevention or healing. More info on Steve's services.


Text Us If Convenient at (847) 497-0902 Text is quickest way to get communicate with us. Type (847) 497-0902. Questions for Bonnie do not apply.


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Food Intolerance Blood Draw

Options to set up a Biotrition food intolerance test blood draw. By appointment only:

  1. One Saturday per month at Biotrition in Glenview - next date TBD

  2. MON-FRI 9AM-3PM at NICL Labs in Northbrook

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Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie Minsky

In Today's Issue...

  • WC Feature* Emotional Survival Guide for the Holidays

  • Fight AGEs

  • November 20% OFF Sale Items

  • Case Report

  • Chiro Corner NEW!

  • Pure Genomics

  • Blog Briefs NEW!

  • Well Connect Member Benefits

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Fight AGEs

Steve: Advanced glycation end products (AGEs), created mostly by sugary foods, speed up cell-death and like the acronym says, speeds up the aging process. As studies from Nutrition Reviews and Cell Reports state, we can only renew our cells so many times, so the less we have to do so, the longer our healthspan will be.

Skin aging is particularly impacted by AGEs. Accumulation within the skin results in typical structural and functional changes that are colloquially known as sugar sag. AGEs have a large impact on the collagen and elastin fibers that maintain the structural framework of the skin and provide resilience and elasticity. Collagen may undergo up to a 50% increase in glycation over a lifetime. Glycation is closely related to oxidation and inflammation as well.

A new study from eLife shows that Big Food has a big part to play in fomenting AGEs. Researchers have determined for the first time that AGEs in cooked or processed foods increase hunger and test our willpower or ability to make healthy choices when it comes to food.

Aside from avoiding added sugars as much as possible, consumption of a diet rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, such as olive oil, and omega-3 fatty acids from fish, as well as a quality collagen powder can lower blood concentrations of AGEs. Different phytonutrients in fruits and vegetables, tea leaves, nuts and seeds, and dietary supplements, act to limit AGEs damaging effects.

A study in Nutrients also found certain cooking methods are more apt to create AGEs. In the case of red meat being grilled on high heat, consumption of AGEs increased 25%. Try to grill at low heat and be sure to marinate prior to cooking.

Diagnostically, if you are looking for common indicators of excess AGEs, look no further than high levels of triglycerides and hemoglobin A1C.

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