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Allergenic Mislabeled Supplements

From eNewsletter 6/7/2023

DID YOU KNOW the last several weeks have reminded us why we need to be vigilant about our dietary supplements being well vetted, tolerated, and efficacious? A recent study in JAMA found that of 25 brands of melatonin gummies, 22 were incorrectly labeled with variation of melatonin spanning from 74% to 347% of the amount advertised. This milligram dosage spanned 1.3 mg to 13.1 per serving. Certainly, 13.1 mg is way to much for anyone, especially for a young person. Having a trusted retailer who consistently looks at source material and lot number lab assays is very important. Additionally, a recent study presented at the annual meeting of the American Contact Dermatitis Society warned that dietary supplements are potential sources of allergens. Most do not have the expertise to understand the ingredients that are allergens in the supplements. Moreover, less than transparent brands may add allergenic fillers that may not be on the label. For these reasons and more, it is good to have trusted professionals like ourselves who have been using dietary supplements safely and effectively since 1985.


Services Update

Steve Minsky MS, HWC Despite 115 degrees on the track, your favorite Health and Wellness Counselor took gold in the 400 meter sprint and silver in the 200 sprint for the 50-54 age group at the Illinois State Championships Saturday at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Steve will be competing at nationals in July!

As a Health and Wellness Counselor, he will 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 OUR NUMBER HAS CHANGED! We accept text messages (except for Bonnie). Type (847) 497-0902 and text away!

Pet Wellness Start your pets off right this year with our 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). Carolyn Martinelli a.k.a. "Coach Care" is available to 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. 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 July 15th

  2. Tu, Wed, TH 9AM-3PM at NICL Labs in Northbrook

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

Infection Support

Prevention or During Infection COVID-19 is endemic, meaning it is here to stay. Moreover, we are exposed to many other endemic viruses including 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 year-round 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* Misunderstood Cholesterol

  • Pre, Pro, Postbiotics & More

  • June 20% OFF Sale Items

  • Case Report

  • Chiro Corner NEW!

  • Pure Genomics

  • Blog Briefs NEW!

  • Well Connect Member Benefits

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Pre, Pro, Postbiotics & More

Steve: One of my goals as a health professional is to make sure that your stomach and intestinal microbes are in balance. You need good and bad bacteria, but often there is more bad than good. However, because of the ever-growing potency of probiotic supplements, I have been seeing more cases of having too many good bacteria. But I digress. I thought it would be a good idea to define ways in which we can balance gut flora and their terms, as it has gotten more complicated over the years. Prebiotics Prebiotics are not alive nor digestible. However, they are sources of food for beneficial microbes. Probiotics Probiotics are live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host. Postbiotics Postbiotics is a relatively new term. These are metabolites of the probiotics or other microbes that you’ve ingested. Metabolites are substances necessary for metabolism. You may have heard of butyrate. Butyrate is a short-chain fatty acid that's produced in the small intestines. The good gut bacteria in your intestines produce butyrate when they ferment dietary fiber, thus butyrate is considered a postbiotic. Vitamin B12 can be a postbiotic when produced by probiotic strains such as lactobacillus acidophilus. Antibiotics Medications that intentionally destroy good and bad bacteria to ameliorate bacterial overload. Conclusion Gut balance is multifactorial, which is why I never suggest self-prescribing with any of these substances. Come see professionals like ourselves first.


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