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Alcohol and Blood Pressure

From eNewsletter 10/11/2023

DID YOU KNOW that if you currently have, or have a history of high blood pressure, one alcoholic drink daily is not a great idea?

According to a new study from Hypertension, compared with nondrinkers, systolic blood pressure (BP) was 1.25 mm Hg higher in adults who consumed one serving of alcohol per day, rising to 4.90 mm Hg in adults consuming an average of 4 servings alcohol per day.

Diastolic BP (DBP) was 1.14 mm Hg higher in adults who consumed one serving of alcohol per day, rising to 3.10 mm Hg in those who consumed an average of 4 servings of alcohol per day.

Based on the results, the authors state: "the lower the better, and no consumption even better, as we did not find any indication that human health may benefit from consumption of very small amounts of alcohol".


Services Update

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.

Pet Wellness Our dietary supplement line for dogs and cats, ThorneVet, has an impeccable reputation among veterinarians. Carolyn Martinelli "Coach Care" can answer your questions about ThorneVet pet supplements at 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. To order from our wellness shop, please visit here (for prices, enter the Guest Area password: discount2018). Online Gift Cards Giving the gift of wellness has never been easier. Order your gift cards here.

Upcoming Wellness Screenings

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 October 28th

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

Text, email, or call us to set up your appointment.

Thermography Screening Friday, October 20th

October is Breast Health Awareness Month. Eniko is offering $25 off to new clients who are getting a breast scan or $50 off to new clients getting a 1/2 body or full body scan in the month of October.

For those interested in an upper torso or whole body thermography scan, please book your session by emailing: (tell Eniko you would like to schedule your thermography scan at Schuster Chiropractic on Friday, October 20th. She will get back to you with times available, type of scan; openings are limited and first come first serve). To find out more about thermography, please read the following.

Infection Support

Prevention or During Infection Year-round infection is the new normal. We are exposed to many endemic viruses including SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), influenza (flu), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), norovirus (stomach flu), adenovirus (common cold), monkeypox, and four other coronaviruses (common cold), among others. Support your immune system with our Free Prevent and Fight Viruses 2.0 Protocol here.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie Minsky

In Today's Issue...

  • WC Feature* Homemade Chicken Broth for the Salicylate Intolerant Individual

  • Healthy Fertility, Pregnancy, and Nursing

  • October 20% OFF Sale Items

  • Chiro Corner NEW!

  • Pure Genomics

  • Blog Briefs NEW!

  • Well Connect Member Benefits

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Healthy Fertility, Pregnancy, and Nursing Update

Steve: Nothing is more important than giving our children the best chance to succeed in al facets of life. Starting before conception, there are many steps that can be taken to optimize your children's outcomes.


Taking folic acid supplements before conception and in the first trimester of pregnancy continues to be a major line of defense against neural tube defects. In a statement published in JAMA, the US Preventive Services Task Force recommended that all people planning on becoming pregnant or who could become pregnant take a daily supplement of folic acid to prevent neural tube defects.

Infertility treatments may increase the risk for hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke among new mothers by 66%, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.


In utero exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) has been tied to reduced brain volume in children, results of a large population-based study in JAMA Psychiatry show.

Maternal structured lifestyle interventions during pregnancy based on a Mediterranean diet significantly improved child neurodevelopmental outcomes at age 2 years, as shown in JAMA Network Open.

A study in American Journal of Preventive Medicine found prenatal iron supplementation adjusted to the maternal hemoglobin levels and baseline iron stores improves cognitive functioning in children aged 4 years.

Phthalates, ubiquitous chemicals in the environment, may be associated with postpartum depression and every effort should be made to avoid them as much as possible, according to a study from JAMA Psychiatry.


According to researchers in Archives of Disease in Childhood, children who were breastfed for longer durations were more likely to achieve higher academic results at age 16 compared to their non-breastfed peers.

Among nearly 10 million US infants born between 2016 and 2018, breastfed babies were 33% less likely to die during the post-perinatal period (day 7-364) than infants who were not breastfed, reports a new study from American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

According to a study in Frontiers in Nutrition, contaminants can be transferred to breast milk and are delivered during breastfeeding. Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals and indirect food additives may induce tissue inflammation and polarize lymphocytes, increase proinflammatory cytokines, promote allergic sensitization, and microbial dysbiosis, activate nuclear receptors and increase the incidence of allergic, autoimmune, and metabolic diseases. This is why it is critical for the mother to eat a healthy diet while breastfeeding.

Among fathers who wanted their infant's mother to breastfeed, 95% reported breastfeeding initiation and 78% reported breastfeeding at eight weeks. This is significantly higher than the rates reported by fathers who had no opinion or did not want their infant's mother to breastfeed - 69% of these fathers reported breastfeeding initiation and 33% reported breastfeeding at eight weeks, as reported in Pediatrics.


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