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Burn Calories Better | End of Year Sale

From eNewsletter 12/26/2022

DID YOU KNOW that three new studies help us better understand the holistic approach to cancer prevention?

A study in Frontiers in Nutrition has shown that quercetin plays a substantial part in the suppression of cancer cells in the breast, colon, prostate, ovary, endometrial, and lung tumors. The authors of the study give an exhaustive account of quercetin's mechanism of action. In short, its anti-inflammatory and free radical scavenging activities are most indicative for cancer prevention.

A study from Nutrients suggests two genes associated with methylation and B-vitamin metabolism, MTRR (B-12) and MTHFR (folate), were found to be positively or negatively associated with colorectal cancer (CRC) depending upon specific mutations. The wonderful thing is that these genes can be screened for in our Pure Genomics genetic wellness screening and specific gene circumventing nutrients can be recommended to reduce CRC risk.

Habitual glucosamine use was significantly related to decreased overall cancer, kidney cancer, lung cancer, and rectum cancer mortality, according to a new study in Frontiers in Nutrition. A study earlier this year found glucosamine and chondroitin supplementation reduced all-cause mortality risk.

Note to Paid NCI Well Connect Members: because of the holiday, today's issue is truncated.


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Steve Minsky MS, HWC

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Infection Section


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.


25 to 40% of COVID patients develop Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC) or "Long COVID". If you, a family member, friend, coworker, or neighbor are suffering from PASC, schedule an appointment with Steve or purchase our self-help Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Action Plan 3.0 (password: discount2018).

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Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie Minsky

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Burn Calories Better

Steve: Most of what you have been told about metabolism, or how we burn calories, is incorrect based upon new research to be presented in the January issue of Scientific American.

  • Calories in and calories out is a misnomer. It is much more nuanced than this.

  • Our metabolism does not wane between 20 and 60 years old, although it does go down by about 7% per decade thereafter.

  • Men do not have better metabolism than women. Simply, those with greater fat-free mass, meaning muscle, have better metabolism. Women generally are smaller and have more fat mass than men, but when comparing men and women with the same fat-free mass, there is no difference in metabolism.

The authors go on to say that we evolved with such amazing capabilities to hunt and gather but have not evolved enough to handle the overabundance of fuel (food and beverage) now available to us. Food manufacturers that prey upon these most ancestral of desires does not help matters either.

Other Notable Research on Metabolism and Optimizing Fat-Free Mass

  • Magnesium is very important for reducing fat mass because it is involved in many body functions that include regulation of blood sugar, production of energy, and nerve function, among others.

  • Hypomethylation, or the inability to utilize B-vitamins optimally because of genetic mutations, was found to increase risk of obesity in a study from Medrxiv. Moreover, another study from Medrxiv found that mutation(s) of the FTO gene were a predictor of excess fat mass. We call FTO the protein gene and someone with mutations should always increase their protein intake. Our Pure Genomics wellness screening tests for these genetic mutations.

  • Because modern diets consist of highly processed and refined foods which are low in protein, people are driven to consume more energy-dense foods until they satisfy their protein demand, according to a new study in Obesity. This is why optimal protein intake and balanced meals reduces cravings and encourages less caloric intake.

  • A new study in Science purports that time-restricted feeding can encourage loss of fat mass because when fasting, once the tiny amount of glycogen is used up, the body burn fat mass for fuel.

  • Authors of a study in PLOS One found those with a genetic predisposition to low dopamine activation, the "reward hormone," are more influenced by food cues, sweet foods, and stress, which all increase risk for obesity.

  • Low vitamin D levels in all ethnic groups in the United States were associated with prevalence of metabolic syndrome, as stated in an American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study.

  • Exercise improves sleep, and together, the two help maintain reduced body mass in people with obesity, shows a new research presented at the European Congress on Obesity 2022.


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